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"Apple TV's 4K Future" ["Let's say Apple sells five million Apple TVs per year at $79 wholesale for gross hardware revenue of just under $400 million annually. While $400 million sounds like a lot, for a company with Apple's fiscal 2014 sales of $182 billion, it's at best a rounding error, if that -- just over two tenths of a percent of total sales. So in an MBA textbook sense the Apple TV wasn't (and isn't) worth doing. The business simply isn't big enough to bother."] I, Cringely 8:05 AM
"Google and Apple Adjust Strategies on Mobile Payments" ["Apple is preparing to announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at its software conference next month. Those include a rewards program for the mobile wallet service, said two people briefed on the product."] New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:11 AM
"Apple knocks Google off perch, snags top spot in worldwide brand value" ZDNet 8:19 AM
"Report: Apple Taking On Google Now With Smarter iOS Spotlight" Forbes 7:50 AM
"Market Snapshot: U.S. Stock Decline; Nasdaq Retreats From Record Level" Nasdaq 11:20 AM
"U.S. stocks lower as Chinese stocks tumble" USA Today 11:20 AM
"U.S. Stocks Pulling Back on Heels of Weaker Europe Markets: Hopes fade of Greece closing in on a deal with its creditors" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:54 AM
"Asia Markets: China stocks plunge 6.5% after sovereign fund cuts stakes in banks/Chinese stocks fell the most in four months on Thursday, as a selloff swept the financial sector after a unit of China's sovereign-wealth fund reportedly cut its stakes in state-owned banks for the first time." MarketWatch 8:32 AM
"Europe Markets: European stocks lose ground on mixed messages over Greece deal/Stocks across Europe fell Thursday, deflated as a reported deal between debt-laden Greece and its creditors hasn't come through, the prospect of which sent shares soaring in the previous session." MarketWatch 8:33 AM
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