4 Tech Stock Stories For a Weekend Download

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Closing price $34.90

General Manager Brian Hill of Microsoft Surface says that his company has a special offer for those in Canada and the United States. Starting Friday, for a limited time, customers may receive a free Touch Cover, Touch Cover Limited Edition, or Type Cover with the purchase of a Surface RT. With Office Home & Student 2013 RT pre-installed, which includes versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, a keyboard that goes everywhere with the user is the perfect accessory for the Surface, according to the Surface blog.

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Closing price $449.73

Jim Edwards at Business Insider believes that Apple might be poised to launch an ad exchange, as Facebook and Twitter have  done, but it is at the moment a rumor, heard from an executive who is a big player in online advertising. Theoretically, an ad exchange would be run by permitting advertisers to aim at users as  they enter the Apple eco-system on their iPads, MacBooks, various web sites and via apps. The system then would alert advertisers that an Apple user is at hand. Any advertiser tracking that user with a cookie could then offer to serve an ad that targets that user.

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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Closing price $24.28

On Friday, Intel reported that its upcoming Atom tablet chip code-named Bay Trail will be reconfigured for use in its Celeron and Pentium chips for entry-level laptops, desktops and all-in-ones. Intel’s Bay Trail chip is based upon the Atom architecture, which is contained in low-power smartphones, tablets, and netbooks. Beyond the tablet chip, spokeswoman Kathy Gill said in an e-mail that Intel will introduce Bay Trail-M (mobile) and Bay Trail-D (desktop) parts, which will be available under the Celeron and Pentium brands. Pentium and Celeron chips are employed in low-cost PCs, and the move marks an architectural shift for those brands. The move also represents Intel’s broader dependence on Atom architecture for entry-level computing. Bay Trail is based on the Silvermont architecture, which Intel says will be as much as three times faster and five times more power-efficient than are older Atom cores.

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Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD): Closing price $28.96

The United Kingdom’s Vodafone and China Mobile reported on Friday that they had withdrawn from the struggle to win a new license in Myanmar, as the conditions set by that country were unacceptable to the two operators. The Chinese and British groups, which are the number-one and -two operators in the world respectively, announced in April that they had united to bid for a license in the country once known as Burma, where the government wants to hike the number of mobile operators from two to four, and were among 12 applicants to make it to the short list.

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