3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple’s iPhone Agenda, Microsoft Probe Expands, and BlackBerry’s Uncertain Future

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Nikkei reports that Japanese carriers SoftBank and KDDI will begin selling the iPhone 5S and 5C on September 20, reinforcing a report from AllThingsD that says an Apple launch event is scheduled for September 10. Additionally, Foxconn will begin shipping two new iPhone models in early September, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): U.S. authorities have expanded the scope of an investigation that’s looking into possible bribery at Microsoft and its resellers that now includes allegations of wrongdoing in Russia and Pakistan. The investigation had earlier looked into claims made by a former Microsoft representative in China and the company’s relationships with resellers and consultants in Romania and Italy, Bloomberg is reporting.

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): ”I know that they’re facing their challenges and they’re adjusting their firm internally … all I can say is, we wish them well, and we’re keeping a close eye on the situation,” Canada’s industry minister, James Moore, said during a Reuters interview. ”We want them to do well, keep employing Canadians, keeping putting out innovative technologies and platforms, and we’re paying close attention,” he added, though he didn’t elaborate on the possibility of the Canadian government blocking a foreign buyer.

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