3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple’s iPhone Launch Nearly Confirmed, Amazon’s Server Shutdown, and Microsoft’s CEO Blunder

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): According to NTT DoCoMo (NYSE:DCM) senior EVP Kazuto Tsubouchi, “Docomo is ready but timing is the problem” in regards to Apple’s rumored launch date for the iPhone 5S, which is set for September 10. ”It would be difficult to start sales on the 10th,” he told Japan’s Sankei Shimbun.

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Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): An hourlong outage at Amazon’s U.S.-EAST datacenter caused some of Amazon Web Services’s operations to go dark, affecting some big-time enterprise clients like Instagram, Airbnb, Flipboard, Twitter’s Vine, and Amazon’s Audible, while Netflix was able to slide through unscathed. Connectivity issues sprung up in the North Virginia datacenter, which led to elevated API error rates in the region, and snowballed from there.

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Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT): Shares are settling a bit after last week’s rush in the wake of CEO Steve Ballmer’s departure announcement, which, according to AllThingsD, was ”neither planned nor as smooth as portrayed.” Sources told the publication that Ballmer’s timeline for leaving his post was bumped up “drastically” and signaled that Bill Gates may not have been as supportive of chief executive as he once was.

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