Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Closing price $903.32
On Wednesday, Google revealed that it will establish a new company named Calico, led by Apple Inc. and the Genentech Chairman Art Levinson, with a mission of the development of technologies to take on health problems connected with aging. The new entity will be run separately from Google, centering upon on matters that include life-threatening diseases and problems impacting mental and physical agility because of aging. Google Chief Executive Larry Page observed in a Net posting that, “While this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can make good progress within reasonable timescales with the right goals and the right people.”
BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ:BBRY): Closing price $10.40
BlackBerry announced Wednesday that its popular BlackBerry Messenger instant chat application will become available for rival devices employing Google’s Android software and for Apple’s iPhone by this weekend. The Canadian smartphone manufacturer had reported plans to open up the service, often known as BBM by both fans and the firm, back in May. At one time a unique tool to transmit short messages without raising SMS charges, BBM now rivals mobile instant messaging products from Facebook, Apple, and others, and less directly with Twitter.
Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE:CRM): Closing price $52.49
Workday and salesforce.com will “integrate the entire Salesforce and Workday product lines,” according to joint announcements on Wednesday. For its part of the more comprehensive partnership, Salesforce will make standard all of its solutions into Workday’s offerings, and Workday will do likewise with all of its offerings on salesforce.com’s platform. The firms promote the expanded partnership as the “first comprehensive solution for running the world’s largest enterprises in the cloud.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Closing price $464.68
The most recent version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, is now available for download. This update may be installed on any compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by entering the device’s settings menu, choosing “general,” and then selecting the software update option. Additionally, iOS 7 can be installed with the aid of the newly-released iTunes 11.1 on Windows and OS X.