Google CEO on the MEND and 4 Tech Titans on the Move Today
Facebook, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FB) newly launched Malware Checkpoint, which pushes users to scan and clean their personal computers, has gotten user criticism from users claiming it’s locked them from their accounts. The checkpoint directs users to the Facebook Security site and offers links to McAfee’s Scan and Repair and Microsoft’s Security Essentials for no charge. This new security layer expands the company’s own monitoring of the site for suspicious content. In April, Facebook also began an Anti-Virus Marketplace allowing users to download free antivirus software from security vendors. The shares traded up $0.03 (0.1%) recently at $30.841.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): According to Avian, the iPhone 4S builds for the company’s June quarter will be below 20 million, which the firm describes as much worse than expected. The firm contemplates the Street’s reaction to a number so much lower than expectations, and it reduced its estimated for Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) and TriQuint (NASDAQ:TQNT) in order to reflect the lowered expectations for the iPhone.
Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Larry Page is recovering from health problems which caused him to lose his voice, states Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. The illness, which caused Page to miss Google I/O and will also force him to miss Google’s Q2 earnings call, has raised concern. No specific health details have been provided by Schmidt.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): As of June, 51 percent of subscribers of smartphones owned devices running on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, 34 percent owned Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL), and 9 percent owned RIM’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) Blackberry, reports 9to5Google citing Nielsen figures. Slightly more than 10 percent of smartphone subscribers owned devices running Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) operating systems. The shares traded up $0.59 (2.06%) recently at $29.215.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC): Following Gartner and IDC’s data, Acer (ASIYF.PK) is giving even more reason for concerns regarding PC demand. The OEM has slashed its 2012 PC shipment growth forecast from 10 percent to 5 percent due to macro concerns and an increasingly cautious stance on Windows 8’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) adoption. A spokesman for Acer stated that the popularity of the iPad has created caution for distributors regarding the build up of Windows 8 hardware inventory. Concerns are already raised that PC demand will weaken before the OS’ launch.
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