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Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is taking yet another step toward transforming Messages into a full e-mail client with a new two-panel layout comparable to Apple’s touch-friendly design for Mail for the iPad. The revamped Facebook Messages is to also include easier ways to attach files and photos, a collection of emoticons, and keyboard shortcuts for more efficient navigation on the new Messages product. The new version of Messages will be offered to all users. The shares traded up $0.09 (0.47%) recently at $19.53.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) has confirmed to engadget that the company’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 chips are to be used in an upcoming smartphone from LG which will compete with Samsung (SSNLF) and Apple devices at the high end of the market, the blog said. The shares traded down $4.50 (0.67%) recently at $664.37.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG): Less than two weeks following its agreement to pay a $22.5 million fine for the violation of the privacy of the users of Apple’s Safari web browser, Google has begun to strengthen its privacy team to ensure that past mistakes will not be repeated. The search giant has recently posted a job notice to its website requesting a data privacy engineer for its privacy “red team.” The shares traded down $0.98 (0.14%) recently at $676.20.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Holiday shopping is arriving quickly, meaning that Microsoft has begun to slash the price of its hot-selling Xbox Kinect hands-free motion controller. Beginning immediately, the U.S. price for the standalone Kinect Sensor, not including an Xbox console, has decreased from $149.99 to $109.99, a 27 percent reduction. The shares traded down $0.29 (0.93%) recently at $30.25.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has fallen out of favor a bit with Wall Street analysts. Many claim that the company is no longer considered sexy and is viewed, in some circles, as an unfit tech company, making room for rivals Qualcomm (QCOM), ARM Holdings (ARMH) and, to some extent, Texas Instruments (TXN). The shares traded down $0.64 (2.49%) recently at $25.09.
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