Microsoft INVESTS in Start-Ups and 4 High Demand Stocks to Watch

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is relying on wireless charging and plans to build the technology into its products by the end of next year. Transmitters are to be built into the notebooks and ultrabooks, and receivers are to be built into a wide range of devices using Intel’s chips. Details are scant, although on Thursday, company representatives informed The Register that charging times are similar to charging via USB. Intel’s Developer Forum is to take place in San Francisco next month, so there will probably be more information regarding Intel’s wireless charging plans then.

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Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) lowered the complexity of its unified communications licensing, changing to a user-centric model, and raising the amount of features included with each license. In a company blog, Roberto De La Mora, senior director, Unified Communications Platforms & Endpoints, Worldwide Collaboration Solutions Marketing, explained the new direction, including software-only licensing along with the alignment of licenses for three types of users: office worker, information worker, and power user. “The old licensing scheme was the ultimate Chinese menu,” stated Richard McLeod, senior director of Business Development at Cisco. “Now we’re offering three user-type bundles, all with Jabber at the foundation. In essence, Jabber has become the new dial tone.” Also,  all three bundles come pervasive video-enabled.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) along with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) are investing $23 million in 36 app startups through the companies’ AppCampus joint venture, TechCrunch states. The JV is said to continue the search for its next batch of startups for the new year.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C): Fed Chairman Bernanke will probably acknowledge that the U.S. central bank is actively considering another round of monetary easing in his keynote  at Jackson Hole today. However, he may disappoint financial markets if he halts short of signaling another bond-buying program is imminent, which several analysts claim is a strong possibility, according to Reuters.

Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) states that its Focus small car is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, after trumping the Toyota Corolla. Ford sold 489,616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks globally within the first half of 2012. This was nearly 27,000 more than the perennial best-seller, the Toyota Corolla. Ford made the announcement at its assembly plant located in Rayong, which was opened in May to build the Focus. The Thailand plant, which is one of Ford’s most advanced, possesses the capacity to produce 150,000 cars per year for sale in Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and other countries in the region.

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