3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple PC Share Dips, Microsoft Speeds Up CEO Hunt, BlackBerry Open to Parts

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): IDC has released its new numbers for the PC industry, and it reported a slump of 7.6 percent industrywide. While that sounds pretty bad, it’s far better than the 11.4 percent the agency predicted during the second quarter; Apple’s share, which has seen steady gains of late, fell by 140 bpsSeeking Alpha surmises that the enterprise mix shift and pending Apple MacBook Pro/Mac OS X refreshes likely played roles.

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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft is on the fast track to find a replacement CEO for Steve Ballmer, as it hopes to appoint a leader by the end of the year and is slimming down the list of potential candidates amid preliminary interviews. Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, and former top Microsoft executive Paul Maritz, as well as Tony Bates, the company’s evangelism chief, have all been approached by Microsoft’s directors.

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): BlackBerry is apparently “warm” to the idea of breaking up the company, as it’s still unclear if Fairfax Financial can gather the resources needed for its $9 per share bid. Buyers that have been approached by BlackBerry have stated that they’re only interested in portions of the troubled phone maker; those companies include SAP, Cisco, and Samsung.

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