Apple Weighs Supply Issues and 3 Tech Titans on the Move

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been using Samsung to manufacture the processors to run the iPhone and iPad, but the two companies are in battle over competing products and in the courtrooms. There has been a great deal of speculation that Apple has plans to move some of their production from Samsung to TSMC and possibly Intel. TSMC has also said that having a plant dedicated to a single customer could make sense and it would be a solid business decision for Apple to make this move, but it is not without risks.  Given the huge quantities of components needed to make the hundreds of millions of units they sell and the intricacies of these devices, Apple does expose itself to product disruptions.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is updating the design of Google News so that it works better on tablets that include their own Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Apple iPad. When viewed from a tablet, the new Google News has a less cluttered look with more space between articles. The site will support touch movements, too, so you can swipe horizontally between sections or choose “Explore in Depth” for multiple articles on the same topic. These are features that users of the desktop version are familiar with.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) released seven bulletins fixing twelve vulnerabilities in the final patch’s Tuesday release for 2012. The highest priority bulletins addressed critical security flaws in Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer. Security experts were evenly split as to which bulletin, the Microsoft Word (MS12-079) one or the Internet Explorer update (MS12-077), should have higher priority this month. The Word update was critical because attackers could conceivably exploit the vulnerability in targeted attacks with malicious e-mail attachments.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) unveiled a new low-power, 6-watt processor as a possible replacement for the common 40- and 95-watt servers that fill data centers throughout the world and, in some cases, use huge amounts of electricity. The new lightweight, micro-module servers, as opposed to tower, rack-mount, or even blade servers, run cooler and are more compact. Greater numbers can be packed in a rack and several servers can share a cooling fan instead of each unit needing its own direct airflow.

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