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Wednesday Highlights: Apple announces record sales for March quarter with revenue of $45.6 billion and $10.2 billion profit, also announced is a board-approved 7-for-1 stock split alongside a dividend increase; Forbes' Mark Rogowsky sums up what all the analysts are predicting: "Flat revenues, minimal earnings growth due only to share buybacks, a tiny uptick in iPhone sales offset by a downtick in iPad sales."; Chris Ciaccia hopes future plans get spelled out by Cook and team as Apple is being "squeezed for new breakthrough product as iPhone and iPad sales go flat"; more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Finances sections; meanwhile the Samsung vs. Apple saga continues into day 10 with the South Korean company gunning for Apple's FaceTime having purchased a patent covering its technology; and Google is apparently shouldering some of the money for Samsung in their fight against Apple; EE Times sees "tech talent war" starting once the no-poaching case between Apple, Google is resolved; Apple allowing public to sign up for beta testing OS X; smart move says Jonny Evans; Mac OS X Hints has a how-to for creating a Fusion Drive with a recovery partition; Fortune takes us on a tour of Apple's Amsterdam store; new TV ad hits the airwaves in which Apple calls up the Pixies; hack allows you to use AirPlay with Google Play Music; GottaBeMobile reviews the MacBook Pro Retina after 6 months of use; Matt Haughey recounts Steve Jobs' connection to rural Oregon; ZDNet review of Samsung's Galaxy S5, "solid...but could have been better"; and you remember Linux, right? Well Ars Technica reviews the latest Ubuntu, concluding it misses boat on big changes.
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"Apple Reports Second Quarter Results: Strong iPhone Sales Drive Record March Quarter Revenue and 15 Percent EPS Growth/Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended March 29, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.3 percent compared to 37.5 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter's revenue." Apple 3:52 PM
"All eyes on Apple Inc.: With today's earnings expected to be ho-hum, does Apple have a surprise up its sleeve?" Fortune 8:34 AM
"Bigger-screen iPhone 6 may mean smaller sales at Apple — for now: Apple fans, already waiting for the next big thing, may have paused on buying an iPhone as they wait for the large-screen iPhone 6, expected in coming months." CNET 8:23 AM
"Apple vs Samsung, Day 10: The home stretch" Electronista 8:16 AM
"Samsung hopes to make FaceTime a headache for Apple: After weeks of playing defense against five Apple patents, Samsung this week went after Apple with two of its own patents: one it says is infringed when people make FaceTime calls, and another that covers the photo gallery feature found on iPhones, iPads, and some iPods." The Verge 8:22 AM
"Google agreed to shoulder financial burden in Samsung-Apple patent battle" ZDNet 8:49 AM
"No-Poaching Settlement Could Spur Tech Talent War" EE Times 8:52 AM
"What the Apple wage collusion case says about Silicon Valley's labor economy" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:14 AM
"Why Apple Can't Quit Steve Jobs" ABCNews 12:20 PM
"Steve Jobs in my small world: Apple's co-founder and his connection to rural Oregon" Medium 9:08 AM
"Why fret about iPad numbers when there's no such thing as the Android tablet? As Apple's financial disclosure draws near, analysts are comparing iPad sales numbers with those of the Android tablet market. The problem with that is there is no such thing as the Android tablet." ZDNet 8:48 AM
"As Microsoft's Q3 awaits, it's all Satya, all the time: CEO Satya Nadella, on the job since February, is suddenly everywhere, taking on the role of brainy technology visionary once held by Bill Gates as he seeks to steer Microsoft in a different direction." CNET 12:24 PM
"Nadella departs from predecessor's practice, will do earnings call Thursday" Computerworld 6:24 PM
"Microsoft may actually be on the right track with Windows 9: New leaked details: including some from the reemerged Russian blogger Wzor: bring renewed hope for a better Windows 9" InfoWorld 8:06 AM
"Microsoft Corporation Earnings: Can Nadella Bring Back Growth?" The Motley Fool 12:12 PM
"Microsoft and Equinix partner on private links between Azure and corporate cloud infrastructure" V3 7:52 AM
"Stock Futures Dip as Traders Eye Corporate Earnings" FOXBusiness 9:35 AM
"Stocks Drop, Snapping Win Streak: Poor Data on New-Home Sales, Mixed Earnings Weigh on Sentiment" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:25 PM
"Asia Markets: Asian shares end mixed/Stocks in Hong Kong fell on signs of further contraction in China's manufacturing sector, while a rally on Wall Street bolstered Japan in a quiet, holiday-shortened week for regional markets." MarketWatch 8:50 AM
"Europe Markets: European stocks ease; Ericsson drops after results/Euro-area manufacturing activity at three-month high" MarketWatch 8:50 AM
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