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Just under twelve hours ago now, Microsoft unveiled their next-generation console, the Xbox One. Funnily enough, at the same time, Sony saw their stock prices lift by a decent margin, from $20.94 to $22.55 when Microsoft started the Xbox One event.
Microsoft's stock price didn't shift all that much during or after the event, simply moving from $34.99 to $35.02. It seems as though I wasn't the only one that wasn't blown away by the Microsoft Xbox One, so could this be the start of something interesting for Sony?
Apple are in the news once more, with Senate investigators accusing the iPhone maker of piecing together a complicated system to hide billions of dollars in international profits from both US and foreign tax collectors.
What puts Apple in hot water is a report that has been released ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook's inaugural Capitol Hill appearance on Tuesday, which alleges that Apple took advantage of numerous US tax loopholes and avoided taxes of up to $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012 - something that Apple rejects completely. The Senate investigation also charges, for the first time, that Apple's established foreign entities don't have tax-resident status there, or anywhere else.
Apple conducts most of their international business in the European country in order to use the lower tax rates, according to the congressional report. The Senate have said that Apple's tax conduct isn't exactly legal, but they aren't looking at the situation with compassion, pressing against Apple for their tax avoiding tactics.
AMD continue their roll, acquiring Sean Pelletier from NVIDIA, who leaves his post as NVIDIA's Senior Technical Marketing Manager. Pelletier will join AMD in a position similar to the one he left NVIDIA for, where he will initially focus on GPU's.
With AMD acquiring lots of talent over the last year or so, they truly are going to be a company to be reckoned with in a couple of years time. The staff acquisitions won't be apparent to consumers right away, but we should see the fruits of their labor over the coming year or so. The future is looking bright for AMD!
Yahoo's Board of Directors has reportedly approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of the blogging site Tumblr. News broke on Friday that Yahoo was considering picking up the blogging site that has slowly been gaining popularity among Internet users.
The deal is expected to be announced tomorrow at the press conference that Yahoo hastily scheduled on Friday. Tumblr CEO David Karp will reportedly remain with Yahoo for a minimum of four years and he is said to be retaining a lot of control over the blogging service, much like Instagram's CEO did when acquired by Facebook.
If Yahoo does announce this deal tomorrow, we'll let you know.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 continues to be the number one selling console...for 28 consecutive months! According to data from The NPD Group, as reported by Microsoft, April marked the 28th consecutive month that the Xbox 360 topped the console sales chart selling around 130,000 units in April.
130,000 sales accounts for 42 percent of current-generation console sales. A total of $208 million was spent on Xbox and Xbox-related items (software and accessories) in just the month of April. It will be interesting to see if the Xbox 360 remains on top until the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox are released later this year.
It's been widely rumored that Apple is working on bringing a streaming radio service much like Pandora or Spotify offer. While these rumors have been mostly rampant speculation, a report has surfaced that suggest iRadio is being delayed over its skipping songs policy. As most know, Pandora will only allow six skips per hour due to its license.
Rumors suggested that Apple would unveil iRadio at this year's WWDC, but if reports that negotiations with Sony Music are stalling, the release could be delayed. According to CNet, the major issue stems from partial playing. Specifically, just how much will Apple pay for a song that is played partially before being skipped?
Sony and Apple declined to comment. Apple and Sony still have a few weeks to finish the deal before WWDC, so we'll see if iRadio ends up launching at WWDC--or at all.
It looks as though Tumblr might have more than just one suitor. According to a Forbes report, Microsoft and Facebook are also interested in the blogging network. However, these talks would be irrelevant if Yahoo makes an offer that is accepted by Tumblr. If Yahoo's scheduled event is to announce a partnership, these talks clearly haven't worked.
Of course, the event could be used to announce an official offer for Tumblr without actually having an acceptance. However, Forbe's sources suggest that the Yahoo/Tumblr talks are progressing rapidly and well. Marissa Mayer would still need to secure an offer from Yahoo's Board of Directors before an official offer could be made.
Yahoo is probably attempting to get a lockup agreement that would prevent Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo from entering a bidding war.
Google lands Advertiser of the Year at this year's so-called "Oscars for Advertisers" the Clio Awards. The ads responsible for landing the prestigious award were Build with Chrome, 100,000 Stars, Re:Brief, Google Display, and Google Fiber. Check the bottom of this article for all of the ad videos.
"Always start with rabid empathy and always strive for radical simplicity," Robert Wong, chief creative officer of Google Creative Lab, told Mashable after accepting the award at Wednesday's ceremony in New York City. "At the highest order, our job is to remind the world what it is they love about Google. Know the user, know the magic, connect the two," he added.
Wong went on to say:
We spend a lot of time trying to get creatives in the industry excited about the magic of digital and the potential of technology for emotional storytelling, so it was especially meaningful to be recognized for that work by this community - as part of this community. The coming together of art, copy and code has created completely new possibilities and uniquely new opportunities.
This morning Dell released what could be its final public earnings report. In Q1 of Dell's 2014 fiscal year, the company managed to earn a revenue of $14.4 billion while managing to grow it's Enterprise Solutions, Services and Software department by 8 percent with year-over-year earnings up 12 percent to $5.5 billion. While the numbers are on par for what we thought we would see, the company still failed to meet Wall Street estimates.
In a statement, Dell chief financial officer, Brian Gladden, had the following to say:
We made progress in building our enterprise solutions capabilities in the first quarter and are confident in our strategy to be the leading provider of end-to-end scalable solutions. In addition, we have taken actions to improve our competitive position in key areas of the business, especially in end-user computing, and it has affected profitability. We'll also continue to make important investments to support our strategy and drive long-term profitability.
If Michael Dell has his way and is able to ward off those standing in his way, this earnings report may just be the last one we see from the company. Dell is so confident that he will be able to take the company private that he has officially made no speculation or announcements on what he thinks the company may do in Q2.
AMD's stock has fallen by over 13 percent today after Goldman Sachs' analyst James Covello downgraded their stock rating to "sell." Part of the reason for the downgrade is the faltering PC market in which sales are showing no signs of recovering.
AMD has had a few big wins lately. AMD was chosen to be the component provider for both Microsoft's and Sony's new next-generation gaming consoles. However, Covello doesn't believe that's enough to justify AMD's recent high of $4.40 per share.
AMD's stock has fallen 12.56 percent, down $0.55 to end at $3.83. After-hours trading hasn't been nice to the chip maker, either, with its stock falling an additional $0.01.