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Microsoft is expanding its store presence, and this week it announced it would be opening a Microsoft Store in Manhattan...just down the street from the Apple Cube store. Leo says it'll be a challenge for them to take on Apple since Apple stores make more profit than Tiffany's. But if it brings competition, Leo's all for it.
Apple's quarterly results were posted, and they sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter ending in June. They made the most money of all on the iPhone, and are clearly an iPhone company. They hoped to sell slightly more, but it's still higher sales than compared to last year. Apple claims sales are down because of "rumors" of a new iPhone coming out in the Fall.
Revenue is pretty strong, profits are good. Apple has sold more Macs than they had in quite some time, but that could be attributed to new Macs coming out.
In the biggest layoff of Microsoft's history, 18,000 employees are on the line to be let go. That amounts to 14 percent of its staff. But the majority of those people came on board when Microsoft bought Nokia, and most are not in the U.S. either. It will cost Microsoft 1.1 to 1.6 billion dollars in severance and benefits. 13,000 jobs will be cut immediately and another 5,000 will be cut over the next 6 months. A total of 1,351 jobs will be cut in the Seattle region at Microsoft's headquarters.
Ubervita, a nutritional supplement firm, said that they want to know who's publishing negative reviews on Amazon.com of their products. The judge said Ubervita can issue subpoenas to Amazon and Craigslist to get user identities. US District Judge Marsha Pechman wrote on Wednesday: "Ubervita may serve subpoenas on Amazon, Inc. (or other appropriate Amazon entity) and Craiglist, Inc.
Kenny has a Mac Mini set up as his front desk. When people walk in, he shows people the tours he offers, since he owns a tour company. He has the Mac Mini connected to two monitors set up to mirror each other. He's wondering if there's an easy way to turn mirroring off when customers aren't there. Leo says he just has to change it in the display settings, and then he'll have an extended desktop with those two monitors, and he can drag things from one screen to the other.
A Federal judge has ruled that customers of LinkedIn can go forward with a class action lawsuit. LinkedIn users who include publishing and movie executives filed a complaint in September that accused LinkedIn of effectively breaking into their gmail accounts to send out repetitive invitations to join LinkedIn to anyone they've ever contacted.
Whenever Netflix has been having buffering issues, they have been checking with other customers of the same internet service provider to verify that they also are having problems. If they are, Netflix has been displaying a message that puts the blame on that internet service provider for being too congested. Verizon sent Netflix a cease and desist letter to get them to stop doing this, though.
Last week, word came out that Apple might be in talks to acquire Beats by Dre for $3.2 billion. That is still just a rumor, though, and there hasn't been any word on it since. Leo suspects this is some kind of publicity stunt for Beats. This would have been the largest acquisition Apple has ever made, and it wouldn't make much sense.
On Friday, a federal court overturned the Google vs. Oracle decision about Google's use of the Java API in Android. The Android operating system is based on Linux and something called Java, a programming language written almost 20 years ago by Sun. Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, and now is the owner of the Java programming language as well. Java has nice advantages -- it's a clean language and can run on a variety of platforms. This means Android could run on a variety of different hardware.
There have now been two lawsuits between Apple and Samsung. The first was in trade dress, or the "look and feel" of the phone. The jury awarded Apple over $1 billion, siding with Apple that Samsung stole the design. In this most recent lawsuit, the jury wasn't as much in favor of Apple. They awarded Apple $119 million, which fell short of the $2.2 billion Apple was seeking. The jury also found that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, and gave Samsung $158,400.