4 Tech Stock Stories For a Midweek Investment Scan

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Closing Price $445.11

The Department of Justice’s e-book price fixing case against Apple could hinge upon the most favored nation arrangements that the company made with publishers which ensured that it would always be able to sell e-books as cheaply as could still rival retailers. These accords obliged publishers to equal in Apple’s iBookstore any lower prices they offered anywhere else. The Department has been pounding Apple about them, contending that they hiked the average price of e-books in the United States once they became effective, and put Apple in the enviable situation.

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Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU): Closing price $94.95

On Wednesday, the Chinese search engine announced that its Baidu Antivirus product has been awarded West Coast Labs’ Checkmark certification, which is a prestigious third-party accreditation of the product’s effectiveness in protecting PC users from a broad array of security threats. Baidu Antivirus obtained this certification in the categories of Anti-Trojan, Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware Desktop, Anti-Virus Desktop and Anti-Virus Disinfection.

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Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK): Closing price $42.02

The supplier of software solutions Cloudmeter, which transforms real-time network Big Data into actionable information for information tech and business users, said on Wednesday that Cloudmeter Stream for Splunk Enterprise is immediately available for download on Splunkbase.com. Cloudmeter Stream for Splunk permits Splunk users to unlock the Big Data ‘gold mine’ in their network traffic data, so as to gain visibility into their online applications, users experience and business outcome.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Closing price $34.77

As a part of its free software update in 2013, Microsoft will add its Outlook e-mail program to more tablets that run on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system. The Outlook 2013 appliction will be given to owners of Microsoft’s Surface tablet and similar devices that run Windows RT, that is a trimmed down version of Windows 8, which marked a radical overhaul of the Windows operating system used on the majority of personal computers. Microsoft is getting ready to alter Windows 8 in response to consumer complaints concerning the redesigned system released in October. On Wednesday Microsoft announced the addition of Outlook for Windows RT tablets at a computer trade show in Taiwan. However, a definite release date is still to be set for the upcoming update, now called Windows 8.1.

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