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RumorTT: Dell's shareholders could vote against the buyout

Dell were meant to be going private, after various investor meetings and reports, but new reports are suggesting that the company might not be going private.

 

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The news comes from The Wall Street Journal, who is citing unnamed sources who are familiar with the deal, who state that at least three of the biggest shareholders groups are planning to vote against Dell CEO, Michael Dell, and his $24.4 billion buyout bid. These firms are said to be the Vanguard Group, State Street Corp., and BlackRock.

 

The vote won't happen until later today, but it looks like Dell could be in some trouble here if shareholders start rocking the boat.

Smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2017

Smartphones are everywhere these days, with some people even having more than one, but just how many smartphones are expected to ship in the coming years?

 

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According to IHS, smartphone shipments are expected to break through 1.5 billion units in 2017, with Android accounting for 1 billion of those. IHS estimates that smartphone shipments will reach close to 900 million before the end of this year, with Apple making up 150 million of those units. Compared to 2012, where Apple sold 134 million iPhones, this increase is not big at all.

 

IHS' Senior Analyst, Wayne Lam, has said that "possible slowing growth of the iPhone" as well as "the rapid pace of competitive smartphone releases speak to the ferocious nature of the handset business."

Qualcomm to pay its shareholders a dividend of $0.35 per share

If you own stock in QUALCOMM Incorporated, today is a very good day for you. The company announced this morning that it will be paying a quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per common share which will be payable on September 25, 2013. This dividend comes after record-breaking quarters for the company as the mobile devices market continues unprecedented growth in all sectors.

 

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During the second quarter of 2013, QUALCOMM amassed $6.12 billion in revenue which is up 24 percent over the same period in 2012. Of that $6.12 billion, $1.87 billion accounted for net income which was actually down 16 percent year-over-year. Operating cash flow came in around $2.2 billion which was up 17 percent year-over-year. Second-quarter operating income was around $1.88 billion which is said to be up 24 percent year-over-year.

 

"We delivered another strong quarter as the worldwide adoption of smartphones continues," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Looking forward, we are seeing strong traction with our new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors, and we continue to expect healthy growth in 3G and 3G/4G multimode devices around the world. We are pleased to be raising our calendar 2013 3G/4G device shipment estimates and our revenue and earnings guidance for fiscal 2013."

Apple and Samsung will head back to court next month, the patent war continues

On my Mum's birthday, August 9, Apple and Samsung will head into court to continue their patent battle. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC said on Monday that it will hear oral arguments from both companies on the day.

 

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Apple are appealing Judge Lucy Koh's decision to not slap Samsung with a sales ban on a bunch of their Galaxy-branded devices that were found to infringe on Apple's patents. Apple were originally ordered over $1 billion from Samsung, but Koh cut the damages to around $450 million in December - less than half the original amount.

 

Koh determined that the jury's calculations were flawed, and the damages were then softened. Koh also ordered a partial retrial that will happen in November, where Samsung will find out just how much they'll have to sign over to Apple.

Path are raising $50 million over a $500 million valuation, still walking down the path to find a lead investor

Path may have just updated their apps for both Android and iOS, but their heart is with their finances right now as they're raising a $50 million Series C round at a $500 million post-money valuation.

 

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It was only back in April of 2012 that the social network raised $30 million at a valuation of $250 million, so they've grown considerably in the last fifteen months. Google offered Path $100 million to acquire them back in 2011, with rumors arriving again that the search giant would acquire them. We'll see in the coming months, I guess.

Jellygrade, a new indie gaming studio made up of now former EA Maxis employees

EA Maxis have enjoyed their fair share of troubles lately, mostly thanks to the poorly launched SimCity, and it looks like some of EA Maxis' talent have jumped ship and formed a new indie gaming studio.

 

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The new studio is called Jellygrade, and is made up of former EA Maxis Creative Director, Ocean Quigly, former Engineering Lead, Andrew Willmott and former Lead Gameplay Engineer, Dan Moskowitz. Quigley announced through a tweet that their first mystery project is about the dawn of life, where he says: "We're making a simulation about the dawn of life on earth; about lava, water, rock and the emergence of the first primordial creatures."

Yahoo managed to earn $137 million in the second quarter of 2013

Yahoo posted its quarterly earnings report today and while things haven't changed much for its bottom line, the company was able to post a revenue of $1.135 billion for the second quarter of 2013 alone. This is actually down 7 percent for the same period of 2012. Of that $1.135 billion, only $137 million was actually income which is said to be up 150 percent from the same period in 2012.

 

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had the following to say:

 

I'm encouraged by Yahoo!'s performance in the second quarter. Our business saw continued stability, and we launched more products than ever before, introducing a significant new product almost every week. From the new Yahoo! News, the new Yahoo! Sports app, the redesigned Yahoo! search, the new Flickr, the new Yahoo! Mail for tablet, the Yahoo! Weather app, our new Yahoo! app with Summly -- this quarter drove tremendous improvements in our product line and our users responded with increased usage and engagement.

Sony and HTC win battle in patent troll war, prevails in lawsuit filed by WiLAN

Score another one for the good guys. Today, HTC and Sony both claimed a major victory in the patent wars when a federal jury ruled that neither company infringed on any of the four patents that WiLAN had sued them over. Other lawsuit victors include Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson.

 

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Alcatel-Lucent managed to beat three wireless base station claims, while Sony and HTC also had to face a fourth claim involving handset technology. Both companies said that they believed that WiLAN was greatly over exaggerating the scope of its patent while Alcatel-Lucent stated that it believed the company was stretching the boundaries of its patents.

 

WiLAN is pretty much considered to be nothing more than a patent troll and has been fighting lawsuits similar to this for many years including one in which Intel reportedly agreed to pay a large settlement on. WiLAN said that it was disappointed by the decision and that it still has pending litigation against Time Warner, Comcast, and others with similar claims of patent infringement.

Google's Q2 earnings report will be released this week, just after their stock prices hit a record high of $928

Google seem to be unstoppable, but do did Apple at the beginning of last year, too. But, the Mountain View-based search giant have just seen a record high stock price of $928 today, ahead of their Q2 2013 earnings report this week.

 

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In April of this year, Google's stock price dropped to $765 after they released their Q1 2013 earnings report, but they jumped up to their original price after a few days. Google stock has steadily risen since their Q1 2013 earnings report was released, and it'll be interesting to see what happens in the coming days.

 

If the stock does drop, I'm sure it'll bounce back and if not, it'll be a few weeks. Google have countless products in the making, and unlike Apple they haven't cut themselves off from the market making their own devices, yet. Products like Glass and Android, as well as the great-selling Galaxy S4 have consumers hearts and wallets, and investors know this.

Apple iPhone sales aren't expected to grow, but we aren't surprised

I've made my thoughts on the iPhone (and Apple as a company) many times before here on TweakTown, predicting that sales would drop late last year when the iPhone 5 was launching. Apple aren't releasing anything special, or different - the iPhone 5 being the peak of the 'sameish' iPhone game they've been playing for half a decade, except it was slightly taller.

 

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Well, Fortune have now taken a look at consensus projections for how many iPhones Apple sold over the past three months, with analysts not expecting much for the quarter coming. Apple haven't been able to report any year-over-year sales growth for the iPhone, which is a big problem.

 

Their consensus analyst estimates that we should expect somewhere between 26.7 million and 27.9 million iPhones sold over the three-month period, which is only a slither more than the 26 million iPhones Apple sold in the same quarter of 2012. Most people think a cheaper iPhone will help them and while it would help their sales numbers, it won't help their bottom line, or for the company over the long term.

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