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Microsoft Posts Mixed Q2 Earnings: $21.46B Revenue Misses Expectations, $0.76 EPS Exceeds Estimates

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Microsoft announced today its financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2013, and it was an overall strong showing for the company. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant posted revenue of $21.46 billion and net income of $6.38 billion, with earnings per share of 77 cents. That’s largely in line...
Microsoft Posts Mixed Q2 Earnings: $21.46B Revenue Misses Expectations, $0.76 EPS Exceeds Estimates

Lucky numbers: Should you get a 7 or a 10 inch tablet?

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For as long as tablets have been a thing, the devices have ranged across a spectrum of sizes, from a too-massive 13 inches down to a dubious not-quite-sure-if-this-is-a-tablet 5 inches. Most manufacturers aren't even ashamed of the fractional inches attached to the screen size, to the point that such fractionals...
Lucky numbers: Should you get a 7 or a 10 inch tablet?
Nexus 7 reportedly dethrones iPad as top tablet in Japan

Barnes & Noble to stop building Nook tablets, seeks hardware partners

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Barnes & Noble has announced that it will stop manufacturing Nook tablets, but the company is not getting out of the tablet market completely. Instead of building its own, Barnes & Noble will attempt to create a co-branded line of tablets with third-party manufacturers. The announcement does not affect...
Barnes & Noble to stop building Nook tablets, seeks hardware partners

Facebook prompts users to buy their Valentine a gift, offers limited-time $1 gifts

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Facebook is promoting its Gifts product at the top of News Feed today, encouraging users to buy their friends or significant other a real gift through its service. The social network also tested a number of $1 gifts for users to send as Valentines. Users who are listed in a...
Facebook prompts users to buy their Valentine a gift, offers limited-time $1 gifts

Surprise! Consumers Dreaming of an Apple Christmas.

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Consumers are dreaming of a white Christmas this holiday season — one filled with shiny white Apple products. That’s according to new data from research firm Parks Associates, which recently surveyed 2,500 adults in the U.S. to measure consumer tech purchasing intent for the holidays. Fifty-three percent of consumers planning...
Surprise! Consumers Dreaming of an Apple Christmas.

Good news, gamers: Windows Phone finally getting uber-popular Temple Run

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One of the top mobile games is finally coming to Windows Phone. At this week’s Game Developer’s Conference, Microsoft announced that Temple Run will be arriving in the Windows Phone Marketplace “very, very soon.” Microsoft is actually a bit late with this, as it promised Temple Run for the 2012 holiday...
Good news, gamers: Windows Phone finally getting uber-popular Temple Run

Nokia sold 4.4 million Lumia smartphones in 'solid' Q4 2012; results 'exceeded expectations'

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Straight out of left field, Nokia has today announced that its fourth quarter of 2012 was surprisingly solid, making its stock price spike. Revealing its preliminary financial results for Q4 2012, Nokia says ‘Smart Devices’ net sales came in at approximately 1.2 billion euros, with total volumes of 6.6 million...
Nokia sold 4.4 million Lumia smartphones in 'solid' Q4 2012; results 'exceeded expectations'

Sprint offering $150 off Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy Victory Nov 22.-25

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Sprint is offering up to $150 in savings starting on Thanksgiving Day, which will allow you to get either the Galaxy S II for $49 on contract, as well as the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Victory 4G for free. The offer will continue on Black Friday and through Sunday, Nov. 25....
Sprint offering $150 off Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus, and Galaxy Victory Nov 22.-25
Lumia smartphones see deep discounts from Verizon, T-Mobile and Amazon

Commutist podcast: iPad Mini and iMac gets skinny

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Apple is slimming down and bulking up for a combative holiday season with a new iPad Mini, iPad, iMac, Mac Mini and more. Erica Ogg was at the event and gives us the skinny on the minis and Kevin Tofel breaks away from his victory lap to give us his...
Commutist podcast: iPad Mini and iMac gets skinny

One month in, Windows 8 is on track to easily outsell Windows 7

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Windows 8 has received mixed reviews, some focusing on how much faster it is than Windows 7 and others being quick to call it the second Vista. So far, though, this hasn’t stopped consumers from buying it up in droves. According to Microsoft’s own sales numbers, Windows 8 is selling...
One month in, Windows 8 is on track to easily outsell Windows 7

This past holiday season Windows-based notebook sales declined 11% while Macbooks eased 6%

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According to data from the NPD Group released today, the 2012 holiday sales cycle wasn’t kind to companies associated with the sale of laptop computers: unit volume declined. Microsoft saw a broad 11% decline in total notebook sales during the measured holiday cycle, while Apple endured a 6% drop. Softening...
This past holiday season Windows-based notebook sales declined 11% while Macbooks eased 6%

January sales data reveals mo' iMacs, mo' Mac sales

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3-4 week shipping times are still making some iMac buyers wait. Discussion of Mac sales may have been a bit of a yawner during Apple's earnings call last month, but sales have reportedly picked up significantly since then. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster obtained NPD's retail data for January...
January sales data reveals mo' iMacs, mo' Mac sales
Xbox Black Friday 2012 deals and bundles

Thanks To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Sales Surge 16 Percent To $39B

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Holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 51 days of season is up 16 percent to $38.7 billion, according to comScore. This past week, which was the last full week consumers could order gifts online and receive them in time for Christmas, saw Free Shipping Day (Monday, Dec. 17)...
Thanks To Free Shipping Offers, Online Holiday Sales Surge 16 Percent To $39B

Samsung offers free flip covers and TecTiles for GS III and Note II device registrations

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If you just received a Galaxy S III or a Note II this holiday season, you could do yourself a favor and register it on Samsung's Facebook page to get even more goodies from Santa Sammy. What do you get in exchange for handing over some personal details and...
Samsung offers free flip covers and TecTiles for GS III and Note II device registrations
Best Buy's Amazon price match is a $400M all-in bet it can't win
Angry Birds Star Wars Blasts Off On Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows 8 (Sorry BlackBerry Users)

Cyber Monday sales to reach $2 billion, Adobe says

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Thanksgiving turkeys haven't even found their way into the oven yet, but retail retail industry experts are already expecting blockbuster holiday season sales in 2012, driven by online buyers. E-retailers and brick-and-mortar stores with online storefronts will rake in $2 billion on Cyber Monday alone, according to Adobe's holiday...
Cyber Monday sales to reach $2 billion, Adobe says

Seven savvy smartphone steals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday

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Want a new handset this holiday season, but waiting for a deal? CNET gathers excellent Black Friday and Cyber Monday markdowns on some of this year's stand-out phones. [Read more]...
Seven savvy smartphone steals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Facebook beats analyst expectations, reports $1.58 billion in Q4 revenue

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Facebook announced $1.58 billion in revenue Wednesday for the company’s fourth quarter, beating analyst estimates of $1.53 billion. Overall, the company reported $5.09 billion in revenue for 2012, compared to $3.71 billion for 2011, when the company was not yet public. The company saw fourth-quarter earnings of $0.17 per share excluding one-time charges, compared to...
Facebook beats analyst expectations, reports $1.58 billion in Q4 revenue

Facebook shares back up to $28; company to report Q4 earnings Jan. 30

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Facebook shares are up 5 percent today, closing at $28 on the first day of trading in 2013. The company also set the date for its 2012 fourth quarter earnings call: Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. Today’s share price is as high as it has been since Dec. 13. This...
Facebook shares back up to $28; company to report Q4 earnings Jan. 30

More American Kids Than Ever Clamor For iPhones And iPads This Holiday Season

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Chance are, if you ask a kid in the U.S. what they want to find under the tree (or holiday symbol of your choosing) this year, they’ll ask for an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or iPad mini. Those devices occupied four of the top five spots on Nielsen’s annual holiday...
More American Kids Than Ever Clamor For iPhones And iPads This Holiday Season

Birchbox goes 'home' for the holidays with higher-priced lifestyle box

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Discovery commerce startup Birchbox isn’t just a pretty face. After launching in 2010 with a monthly box of curated beauty products for women, the startup began offering a subscription-based box of grooming and lifestyle goods for men earlier this year. On Wednesday, the New York-based company announced that it’s dipping its toes in...
Birchbox goes 'home' for the holidays with higher-priced lifestyle box

PayPal the biggest target for site spoofing scams this holiday season, followed by financial firms

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What was the most phished website during the 2012 holidays? If you thought it was a bank, you’d be pretty close; it was actually PayPal, which saw nine times more phishing sites than the next closest victim. Seriously: it was the only company that saw spoofed sites in the five...
PayPal the biggest target for site spoofing scams this holiday season, followed by financial firms
Connecticut residents will pay sales tax on Amazon orders starting in November

New Year, Same Rating: J.P. Morgan Still Bullish on Facebook

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Facebook’s tough first six months on the Nasdaq soured some investors on the company’s money making prospects. But a few analysts are still keeping the faith. Case in point: The latest “Buy” rating coming from J.P. Morgan Chase, complete with a shiny new price target raised to $35, up six...
New Year, Same Rating: J.P. Morgan Still Bullish on Facebook
Coming to its senses, Microsoft will expand Surface rollout to more stores

Significant shortages on iMacs for the holiday quater anticipated by Tim Cook

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As we originally predicted, Apple is going be having some major delays and shortages for its new iMac lineup going into the holidays. Before the refreshed iMacs were unveiled at Apple’s iPad mini event earlier this week, we thought the shortages might even mean the unveiling would be pushed back. While Apple...
Significant shortages on iMacs for the holiday quater anticipated by Tim Cook
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