Intel’s Wind River POWERING Mars Exploration and 4 Tech Titans on the Move

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB): Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rumored to be in talks regarding the purchase of Pinterest rival The Fancy, which is a social commerce site backed by both Twitter and Facebook co-founders, according to Business Insider. The shares traded up $0.56 (2.65%) recently at $21.65.

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) senior marketing and software executives took the stand on Friday in the Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement case. Both executives reaffirmed the special effort and investment Apple put into the iPhone, and both followed Apple’s chief designer Christopher Stringer’s lead in claiming that they felt “ripped off” by Samsung. Before the trial was able to continue with witnesses, Judge Lucy Koh announced she denied an Apple motion requesting her to declare Apple’s patents valid and Samsung guilty of infringement. The motion was filed by Apple on Wednesday following an incident in which a Samsung attorney offered to the press a link to documents revealing evidence he believed should have been shown to the jury. The shares traded up $8.97 (1.46%) recently at $624.67.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Following the block of cybersecurity legislation from passing the upper chamber Senate by Republicans, President Obama considers options for implementing cybersecurity measures via an executive order, a White House spokesman indicated, reports The Hill. The shares traded up $6.65 (1.04%) recently at $647.98.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is attempting to make a bridge between the physical and digital worlds. This “bridge” is called IllumiShare, and it is an Internet-connected projector-camera combination enabling users to display physical objects to one another in real-time.The shares traded up $0.31 (1.03%) recently at $30.06.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, made a successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, which is powered by Wind River technology. Curiosity, which landed on Mars at around 10:31 p.m. PDT, on Aug. 5, is currently the most complex robotic interplanetary probe to ever be designed. It runs on Wind River’s industry-leading real-time operating system, or RTOS, VxWorks. Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). The shares traded up $0.28 (1.07%) recently at $26.51.

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