Facebook, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FB) most recent figures show growth in global users and also highlights concerns that some of these users could come from dubious sources — duplicate accounts, pages for pets, and those designed for spam.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) responded to accusations claiming it influenced its retail outlets to sell alternatives to the iPhone by stating, “The idea that we would steer any customer away from a particular device couldn’t be more farfetched…Our reps do what it takes to align customer needs with the best device for them. iPhone remains one of our most popular devices, which doesn’t happen by steering people away from it. Our reps are encouraged to try all devices so they are more knowledgeable on our industry-leading smartphone lineup.”
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) coverage in online news media, social media, and separately, Twitter, helped it score $756.6 million in brand value during its Q2, General Sentiment estimated in a report released today. Apple, which kept the top spot during Q1 by inching out Google, was only able to muster $594.3 million in media value. Microsoft snatched the third spot with $356.4 million, followed by Amazon and Hewlett-Packard. These two companies earned $331.4 million and $258.2 million in media value, respectively.
Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8-powered Surface and Surface Pro tablets will be too expensive as well as facing too much competition to make a large impact on the mobile computing market with the Oct. 26 launch, according to a research firm. “The information available to date suggests the prices of both will be too high to capture significant market share, and a direct sales approach will prove inadequate,” stated Tim Coulling, who watches the the computing market for research firm Canalys.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Including the 40 Windows 8 machines coming out this year, Shenoy claims that there are currently 140 Ultrabook designs. However, only 35 of these designs have reached the public. With 105 designs still waiting for release, Intel has an opportunity to create more unique designs which will appeal to every type of consumer.
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