Apple-Google Rivalry Grows and 3 Tech Titans to Watch

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), the iPhone maker, risks losing a key competitive advantage over Android as developers get closer  to the Google smartphone platform, according to The Financial Times, which noted that Android now comprises some 75 percent of phone sales.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been asked by copyright holders to remove 51,395,353 links to infringing webpages over the past 12 months, which marks a serious jump when compared to past years. Presently, the firm processes half a million “infringing” links per day and the figure is growing weekly. Along with several other websites on the Internet, Google is obliged to remove infringing content upon receipt of a valid DMCA request from copyright holders.

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Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) research chief Craig Mundie is stepping down prior to his retirement in 2014. As a 20-year veteran of the firm, Mundie has overseen the work of the security program and also research and development, having been selected for the role by Bill Gates in 2008 when he ended his daily involvement with the firm.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has experienced a recent slump, but new products might bring a turnaround in 2013 as the firm said this week that it intends to release a new mobile operating system in February which will contribute diversity to its product mix. Also, on Friday, Digitimes released a report that Intel plans to produce a new smart TV in 2013 and that this device will not be limited to ordinary PC functions, but will also feature functions that will involve users’ voice, face, and movements.

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