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  • Apple (AAPL -0.3%) announces iTunes Radio, its expected Pandora (P +3.2%) rival. The service is normally ad-supported, but is ad-free for iTunes Match ($25/year) subs. It supports Pandora-like station building and sharing, is integrated with iOS' Music app, and gives users the option to buy songs. Pandora has turned positive after trading lower earlier. Also: 1) Siri has been overhauled, and now includes Wikipedia/Twitter content, Bing (MSFT) results, and both male and female voices. 2) Apple launches iOS in the Car, a solution that mirrors iPhone content on in-car displays and is supported by 12 automakers. 3) iOS 7 also brings automatic app updates, a Photos app with automatic sorting and Instagram-like filters, and AirDrop file-sharing. (previous) (live blog[View news story]
    It's all part of their effort not to support Google. I hate bing, as does most of the world (a survey of mine found they lost 10:3 in their own challenge). Apple is trying to gain marketshare in each company's home ground. It's all competitive BS:
    Jun 10, 2013. 04:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Identity Crisis: The Ultimate Guide [View article]
    I agree 100%. You'll notice that I mentioned the stability, and the profitability of their business and IT sector. What I wrote was an issue was that Microsoft was putting massive resources into consumer products, and they weren't seeing the proper results for their effort, due to poor strategy. It's not like I'm the one wanting Microsoft to assimilate with all of the other technology companies. This is based on their own multi-billion dollar effort. And yes, this is mostly based on media data.
    May 31, 2013. 12:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft's Identity Crisis: The Ultimate Guide [View article]
    You make some good points. I do think that Microsoft has made some mistakes in strategy, as I wrote above, and I think that they have much to prove, but I'll leave judgements on what it means to the traders like you. I simply wanted to present the data as I saw it, in one easy-to-read format.

    Thanks for commenting.
    May 31, 2013. 11:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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