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Apple joins data-security industry group ahead of Apple Pay debut

09/15, 7:34pm

Association's aim is to improve cryptographic and data keys, thwart physical and online attacks

Apple is now a member of a non-profit trade association made up of mostly financial institutions, cellular carriers and software and hardware developers devoted to improving security in applications, transactions, data and cryptography. The group, GlobalPlatform says its objective is to "create a standardized infrastructure that accelerates the deployment" of secure software and data, "protecting them from physical or software attacks." Most of Apple's carrier and financial partners in Apple Pay are also members.

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Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer' system, Apple gets 0.15 percent

09/12, 7:30pm

Apple gets 0.15 percent cut of purchases, does not affect purchase price

Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times. As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.

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JPMorgan Chase systems infiltrated, banking data may have been stolen

08/28, 2:39pm

Assault on JPMorgan Chase may be only one of multiple intrusions in August

JP Morgan Chase & Co plus at least four other financial institutions have reportedly come under attack by hackers. According to a quartet of people familiar with the investigation, the possibility exists that gigabytes of customer data, including banking information, may have been stolen by the assailants with a "zero-day" attack, who may to be linked to Russian state-sponsored hackers.

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HP Q3 financials show increased revenues, drop in net earnings

08/21, 7:19am

HP continues to struggle in number of areas despite revenue improvement

HP's quarterly revenue in the last three months has gone up, according to its Q3 financial results announcement. Net revenue in the third quarter reached $27.6 billion, representing a 1-percent gain on the same period last year, and an improvement on the previous quarter's $27.3 billion, though elsewhere in the figures, it continues to struggle.

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T-Mobile Q2 financials claim $391M profit, 50M total subscribers

07/31, 11:47am

T-Mobile surpasses 1M customer additions for fifth successive quarter

T-Mobile is continuing to enjoy high customer growth in the United States, with the carrier receiving more than 1 million total branded net customer additions in the last quarter, according to its latest quarterly financial report. Taking into account unbranded net customer additions as well, T-Mobile now has just over 50 million subscribers using its network.

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Sprint achieves $23M quarterly net profit, loses 220,000 customers

07/30, 10:47am

Financial results promising for Sprint, subscriber losses continue

Sprint has managed to return to profitability in its latest quarterly financial results, after earning a net income of $23 million for the period, something the carrier claims is the best performance in "almost seven years." Despite the financial success, the carrier is continuing from the last quarter's 595,000 customer reduction, with the further net loss of 220,000 customers.

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HTC returns to profit in first financial results after One M8 launch

07/03, 10:55am

HTC One M8 sales may have helped HTC revenues double for quarter

HTC's finances have turned around, thanks in part to the HTC One M8. The company's latest unaudited quarterly financial results claim to have made its first profit on a year, turning around last quarter's net loss of NT$1.88 billion ($62.8 million) to a small profit of NT$2.26 billion ($75.5 million), mostly due to a doubling of revenue compared to the last period.

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Maestri officially takes over as Apple CFO from Oppenheimer

05/30, 10:39pm

Awarded annual $1 million salary, will also receive stock based on performance

As of Friday, Apple has officially installed Luca Maestri as its chief financial officer, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Maestri, who has been active in the role since January, has been taking over outgoing CFO Peter Oppenheimer's duties on a transitional basis since January of this year. The transition period will continue until September, but the SEC filing is an official notice of a change in officers of the company.

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Microsoft quarterly results show $20.4B revenue, $5.66B net income

04/25, 7:28am

Strong Microsoft results lower than last quarter, up year-on-year

Microsoft received revenues of $20.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31st, the company has revealed in its first quarterly results partially under the stewardship of new CEO Satya Nadella. Down from the previous quarter's $24.52 billion, revenues are still up from the $18.83 billion it achieved in the same period last year, and is extremely close to what financial analysts and investors expected to occur.

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Amazon posts 23 percent increase, still not making money

04/24, 7:14pm

Company expects massive losses in second quarter

Amazon today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31. Net sales increased 23 percent to $19.74 billion in the first quarter, compared with $16.07 billion in first quarter of 2013. Net income increased to $108 million in the first quarter, or $0.23 per share, compared with $82 million, in the same time period in 2013.

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Verizon reports revenues of $30.8B in first quarter financial results

04/24, 10:38am

First financial report after taking complete ownership of Verizon Wireless

Verizon is reporting revenues of $30.8 billion and an adjusted profit of $0.84 per-share in its first quarter financial results. While the quarter takes into account a full five weeks of ownership of Verizon Wireless, following the acquisition of Vodafone's holdings in the company, the results are slightly under the $0.87 per-share earnings analysts expected from marginally lower revenues of $30.7 billion.

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Netflix financial results reveal plan to increase subscription fee

04/21, 5:24pm

New users will need to pay more, existing Netflix subscribers keep current rates

Netflix is planning to raise the price of its service to new members in the near future, among other changes, the company has revealed as part of its quarterly financial results. Following a limited increase in Ireland, the streaming video service is now looking to increase the subscription fee by one to two dollars, depending on the country.

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Facebook reportedly plans money transfer, storage service in Europe

04/14, 2:35pm

Irish regulatory approval could be granted to Facebook within weeks

Facebook is working to provide financial services, such as allowing users to send money to each other, according to a report. The social network is said to be applying to regulators in Ireland to begin offering money storage and transmissions, something which could receive approval within weeks, and would directly place Facebook in competition with PayPal, Google Wallet, and other similar services.

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Report: Apple dodged taxes on $8.9B in Australian profits

03/06, 1:00am

Practice is perfectly legal, admits government, but abused

Apple's practice over the past decade of funnelling all of its foreign profits through its international sales office in Cork, Ireland has allowed it to skip out on taxes in some other countries on billions of dollars in profits, according to an audit done by the Australian Financial Review. In Australia, Apple has paid only $200 million on ten years' worth of profits, totally nearly AUS $9 billion, the report said.

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Briefly: Nook color device in 2015, OpenX's new ad exchange

02/26, 2:23pm

Barnes & Noble announces plans to launch new Nook devices in early 2015

Barnes & Noble has released its third quarter financial results today, which highlights narrowed losses compared to previous reports. In addition, the company has announced its plan to launch a new Nook color e-reader in early fiscal 2015. As reported last June, Barnes & Noble suffered losses on its Nook tablet lines, and subsequently announced its move to co-brand future Nook tablets with third-party manufacturers. This move was to assume less risk in production, while still earning money from devices sold and allowing for room to focus on its digital bookstore.

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Sprint quarterly results show subscriber increase, $1.04B loss

02/11, 8:43am

Sprint claims 53.9M subscribers, 5.6M smartphone sales

Sprint's latest quarterly results show it has suffered a loss of $1.04 billion, an improvement on last year's $1.32 billion loss, under its second quarter of ownership by SoftBank. Revenue from the carrier enjoyed a year-on-year increase from $9 billion to $9.14 billion in the fourth quarter, also up from its third-quarter results, giving it a full-year revenue of $35.5 billion.

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HTC moves into mid-range smartphones, poor financials revealed

02/10, 6:13am

Fourth quarter results of 2013 show year-on-year decline in revenue

HTC will be moving towards offering more lower-specification devices in the future, the company has revealed. The move toward mid-range smartphones comes at the same time as the company announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2013, as well as an estimate for the first quarter of 2014 suggesting it will see another drop in revenues.

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LG Q4 results show $60 net loss, increased smartphone sales

01/27, 6:12am

Profits across entire company, except for mobile phone unit

LG has seemingly improved its finances from the previous quarter, but managed to achieve a net loss, according to its latest financial results. Revenues of $14.03 billion gave it an operating profit for the quarter of $223.89 million, though this apparently dropped to a net loss of $60.2 million when currency movements were taken into account.

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Nokia hints at future profits after mobile phone arm sale in Q4 report

01/23, 7:58am

Nokia quarterly results omit sales figures for Lumia devices

Nokia has hinted at what its finances will be like in the future, in what is believed to be its last quarterly financial report before the company's mobile phone arm gets acquired by Microsoft. The company's Solutions and Networks, Here, and Advanced Technologies segments earned a profit of 408 million euro ($556 million) for the fourth quarter, an improvement when compared to the 344 million the sections earned in the third quarter.

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China's central bank warns financial institutions against Bitcoin

12/05, 7:17am

Potential for money laundering, tricky regulation causes China Bitcoin setback

The Bitcoin virtual currency has received a setback on its path to widespread use, after China's central bank advised against its use by the country's investors and banks. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) warned financial institutions that they should not trade in Bitcoins due to the potential risks associated with the currency.

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Twitter updates IPO share price to $26, company valued at $18B

11/07, 7:06am

Share price change expected to net the company $1.8B

Twitter has updated the set price per share for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) to $26 each, potentially valuing the company at $18 billion. The offering of 70 million shares is up from the previous expected range of $17 to $20 per share, and in the process earns the company $1.82 billion, along with increasing the overall valuation of the company even higher.

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T-Mobile gains 1.1M subscribers, sells 550,000 iPhones in quarter

11/05, 10:16am

Subscriber gains not enough to avoid $36M loss for third quarter

T-Mobile has managed to increase its customer numbers yet again, with its third-quarter results claiming another million users. Adding to the 1.1 million increase from the previous quarterly results, the carrier gained 643,000 branded postpaid subscribers, though this still didn't prevent the company from making a net loss of $36 million for the period. The total number of customers on T-Mobile is said to be more than 45 million across the entire company.

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Sprint Q3 results show $7.3B revenue, $398M operating loss

10/30, 8:56am

Sprint loses 313,000 customers, sells 1.4M iPhones in quarter

Sprint's first full-quarter earnings report after the completion of SoftBank's takeover and the acquisition of Clearwire gives it good news and bad news in equal measure, with the carrier's revenues rising to $7.3 billion compared to the $7.2 billion in the previous quarter. Operating losses at the company have shrunk to $398 million, an improvement on last quarter's $874 million loss, though it is still a greater loss than the $231 million in the same period last year.

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Nokia makes $151M profit, high Lumia sales in third-quarter results

10/29, 8:16am

Lumia sales improve year-on-year from 2.9M to 8.8M

Nokia has made an unexpected operating profit of 118 million euros ($162 million) for the third quarter, according to its latest financial results. The profit, stemming from net sales of 5.66 billion euros ($7.8 billion), is a marked turn-around from the $755 million lost for the same period last year, and helps to compensate for the $151 million operating loss it endured in the second quarter.

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Verizon Q3 results show over half of smartphone sales are iPhones

10/17, 12:14pm

Verizon earns $30.3B revenue, 1.1M more wireless customers

Verizon has beat Wall Street expectations in its third quarter financial results, adding more than 1.1 million new customers to its wireless service in the period. Overall Verizon revenues of $30.3 billion marks a year-on-year increase of 4.4 percent, with the wireless business increasing its contribution to the total to $20.4 billion, up by 7.2 percent compared to last year.

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Quarterly financial estimates show Samsung up, HTC makes expected loss

10/04, 5:39am

First loss in HTC corporate history since going public

Samsung and HTC have both released unaudited quarterly earnings estimates, with wildly different results. While Samsung states it enjoys an operating profit of 10.1 trillion won ($9.3 billion), HTC managed to have a net loss of NT$2.97 billion ($101 million), its first quarterly loss in the company's history since it went public.

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Moody’s: Apple holds 10 percent of all US non-bank cash reserves

10/02, 9:00pm

Despite generous shareholder dispersals, company still mega-profitable

Such is the level of Apple's success in making its mobile device, Mac and even its "hobbies" profitable that despite a $60 billion stock buyback program and additional billions given out in dividends, the company continues to make bank faster than it can disperse its capital. According to a new report from Moody's, Apple has at least $147 billion in reserves unencumbered by debt, accounting for about 10 percent of all the cash held by non-financial US companies.

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Dell gains regulatory approval, will go private by end of 3rd quarter

10/01, 3:20pm

Silver Lake deal worth $25B to complete by November 1st

Dell has cleared its final hurdle to going private, by receiving regulatory approval. The PC producer has revealed it has received "all necessary pre-merger regulatory clearances" for the $25 billion buyout by Silver Lake Partnerships and Dell founder Michael Dell, with the deal expected to close before the end of the third quarter of Dell's financial year, November 1st

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BlackBerry reveals near-$1B loss, ships Z30 smartphone in UK

09/27, 7:56am

Low revenues, high losses confirmed, conference call cancelled

BlackBerry has released its quarterly financial results, on the same day as its Z30 smartphone goes on sale in the United Kingdom. Just as it expected, it managed to earn $1.6 billion in revenues for the second quarter, down from the $2.9 billion in the same period last year, though the operating loss is marginally less than the $1 billion predicted, reaching $965 million.

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Fairfax consortium agrees to buy BlackBerry for $4.7 billion

09/23, 2:04pm

Full purchase by largest shareholder

BlackBerry has finally signed a formal agreement with a potential buyer, Fairfax Financial Holdings, which has agreed to pay a total of $4.7 billion for the struggling smartphone maker. The Fairfax consortium is currently the company's largest shareholder, holding a 10 percent stake, with the remaining shares to be purchased for approximately $9.

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BlackBerry expects to post $1 billion loss in quarterly earnings

09/20, 3:59pm

Stock trading suspended for company in Toronto exchange, Nasdaq

Beleagured BlackBerry does not appear to be able to recover from its financial condition any time soon. Amid reports of its stock sales being stopped in Toronto and on the NASDAQ exchange, the company confirmed rumors that it will be laying off 4,500 workers in what may be a last-ditch to improve company finances. The move is necessitated by an expected second quarter operating loss of nearly one billion dollars on revenue of $1.6 billion from sales of 3.7 million phones and the attendant subscription fees.

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Samsung sheds $1B, Apple up $7B in market cap following ITC veto

08/05, 7:23pm

Bipartisan agreement that ITC overreached in SEP punishment

On the first trading day following the news that the Obama administration had overturned the ITC's unusual SEP-based sales injunction that would have affected AT&T-model iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (and older) devices, world financial markets made their opinion plain: over $1B in Samsung's market capitalization was wiped away, while Apple gained nearly $7 billion as its stock price to continues a recent resurgence. AAPL closed up almost five percent to $469.45 and continues to edge up in after-hours trading, while Samsung shed a percentage point.

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Sharp reports $182M quarterly loss, IGZO displays drive revenue rise

08/01, 9:05am

Quarterly loss considerable year-on-year improvement from $1.2B

Sharp has reported an improvement in its financial situation in its latest quarterly results, as the company fights to shake off the monetary issues endured in the last year. While it managed to report a loss of 19.9 billion yen ($182 million) for the quarter, it is a significant improvement from the $1.2 billion loss it endured last year.

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Aftermath: Apple's guidance better, so analyst predictions better too

07/24, 11:00pm

For a change, Wall Street out-picked the numbers from indie analysts

Before any Apple quarterly financial conference call -- starting weeks before the end of the quarter -- pundits and analysts offer their educated guesses on how well Apple will do or did in both sales and revenue. Traditionally, Apple gave very conservative guidance and hedged its bets, and analysts were often blown away by the actual results. After years of second-guessing, Apple offered to provide what it felt was the most probable truthful guidance. It took a while, but analysts are paying attention -- and for this quarter, the pros mostly got it right.

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Nokia financials show improved Lumia sales, $151M operating loss

07/18, 8:57am

Lumia shipments for quarter outpace entire BlackBerry range

Nokia appears to be stabilizing itself financially, though it is still not profitable, according to its latest quarterly results report. The Finnish phone producer managed to receive revenues of 5.7 billion euro ($7.5 billion) and an operating loss of 115 million euro ($151 million), a minor decrease from the 5.9 billion euro ($7.7 billion) revenue and 150 million euro ($197 million) loss of the first quarter, but an improvement from the 824 million euro ($1 billion) loss in Q2 last year.

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Samsung anticipates $8.3B profit on $49B revenue, disappoints analysts

07/05, 6:12am

Samsung to miss predicted 10 trillion won profit target by analysts

Samsung will be reporting another record-breaking quarter when it releases its financial results for Q2 2013 later this month, according to a newly-released earnings guidance statement. Despite the good news, the achieved profit is said to be far lower than financial analysts predicted, with a general belief that it has undersold the Galaxy S4 and other smartphones.

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BlackBerry reveals slow BB10 shipments, operating loss in Q1 results

06/28, 10:14am

Only 2.7M BB10 OS smartphones shipped in Q1, 6.8M shipped in total

BlackBerry shipped just 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 OS smartphones in the first quarter of its 2013 to 2014 financial year, according to released results. Though the sales of the Q10 and Z10 devices could be seen as disappointing, the news is worsened by it being less than half of the 6.8 million phones shipped in total for the period, with the bulk of that figure made up of previous-generation devices.

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Bitcoin Foundation attacked by California over alleged money transfers

06/24, 6:20am

Complaint to cease and desist money transfers sent to Bitcoin support organization

The California Department of Financial Institutions has attacked the Bitcoin virtual currency, by sending a cease and desist letter to the Bitcoin Foundation. The group, which serves to standardize, support, and promote the Bitcoin protocol, was sent the order to stop late last month due to alleged monetary transmissions without proper licensing.

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HTC cuts executive pay in half for poor repeated financial results

06/21, 10:41am

Reportedly hiring actor Downey Jr. for HTC marketing campaign

HTC reduced the amount of pay its executives received by more than half in 2012, following low smartphone sales and relatively poor financial results. Details from an annual financial report released today comes amid reports that the smartphone producer has signed on Robert Downey Jr. for a two-year global marketing campaign.

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Lenovo full year results claim record $34B annual sales revenue

05/23, 11:57am

Income rises 38 percent, China shipments up 74 percent

Lenovo has managed to reach new records in annual sales and annual pre-tax income over the last year, according to its latest quarterly financial update. The computer producer reports annual sales of $34 billion for the entire year, an increase of 15 percent compared to last year, and a 38-percent increase on taxable income to $801 million.

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HP posts quarterly earnings beating estimates, Wall Street unimpressed

05/22, 5:55pm

No major stock movement in after-hours trading expected

HP today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2013. Second quarter diluted earnings per share was $0.55, down from $0.80 in the prior-year period and above its previously provided outlook of $0.38 to $0.40 per share. For the second quarter, net revenue of $27.6 billion was down 10% year over year.

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Sharp to cut 5,000 jobs, refocus production in financial recovery move

05/10, 2:34pm

Three-year plan will halve employee count at head office

Sharp will be drastically cutting its number of employees over the next three years, as part of a plan to financially rectify itself. Out of the 51,000 currently employed by the company worldwide, Sharp will be reportedly cull 5,000 jobs across the board, with its main office in Osaka, Japan losing approximately half of its workforce.

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Best Buy sells stake in European business to Carphone Warehouse

04/30, 9:11am

Exchange of ownership for $774 million in cash, stock, to help simplify business

Electronics retailer Best Buy is selling its stake in Carphone Warehouse Group to co-owner Carphone Warehouse, in its continued efforts to financially turn itself around. The sale, which sees Best Buy exchange its holdings in the European entity for £500 million ($774 million) in cash and stock according to a statement, effectively ends Best Buy's faltering expansion into the continent.

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Sony earns first annual profit in five years after HQ sales

04/25, 11:34am

Profit for year hits $403 million, beats own estimates

Sony has managed to earn its first annual profit in five years, according to its most recent full-year financial report. Net income for the year ending March 31st saw the company earn 40 billion yen ($403 million), an improvement from the 456.7 billion yen ($6.4 billion at the time) loss earned in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and beating the 20 billion yen ($213 million) profit it reportedly expected to earn in previous reports.

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AT&T results show increased earnings, lower revenues

04/24, 10:16am

Wireless data revenues up 21 percent, 1.2M smartphone sales

Quarterly results from AT&T shows the company has managed to increase its year-on-year earnings by $100 million to $3.7 billion, matching the expectations of Wall Street. The financial information also tells that its consolidated revenues of $31.4 billion is down 1.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Blackstone pulls Dell offer, citing earnings, sales drop

04/19, 10:06am

Carl Icahn, Michael Dell offers still alive

Blackstone Group is ending its offer for control of Dell, citing a 14-percent drop in PC sales for the first quarter of 2013 and a lower earnings forecast for the current financial year. The withdrawal of Blackstone leaves founder Michael Dell and equity partner Silver Lake to fight with Carl Icahn for ownership of the PC manufacturer.

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Verizon Q1 results show extra 677,000 wireless subscribers

04/18, 10:24am

Four million iPhones activated on Verizon in quarter

Verizon has managed to secure an extra 677,000 subscribers to its postpaid wireless service in the first quarter of this year. Quarterly financial results released by the carrier show it as having a total of 720,000 net retail connections for the quarter, with its entire wireless subscriber base hitting 98.9 million, a year-on-year increase of 6.4 percent.

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Yahoo disappoints analysts, posts decreasing quarterly revenue

04/16, 8:00pm

Over $1.1 billion in revenue earned company $390 million

Yahoo today released quarterly financial results that approached, but fell short of, Wall Street expectations. The company's net revenue reached $1.07 billion, the low end of what the company forecast in January, with analyst estimates at $1.1 billion. Yahoo said it earned $390 million, or 35 cents a share in the first three months of the year, compared to $286 million, or 23 cents in first quarter of 2012.

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ARM Q4 revenues up 21 percent, pre-tax profits hit $126M

02/05, 6:40am

Revenue rise down to 2.5 billion in chip shipments

Processor designer ARM has revealed pre-tax profits have risen 16-percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the same period the year before. The rise sees the company earning £80 million ($126 million) from revenues of £164.2 million ($262.8 million), itself up by 21-percent from the £137.8 million ($217 million) in Q4 2011.

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Apple shifts books around in greater transparency effort

01/28, 11:32pm

Reveals increases in R&D spending, iTunes revenue and profit

Closer analysis of the financial reports Apple has filed with the SEC reveals that some accounting changes the company made to increase transparency in its reporting of some expenditures and revenue has also revealed increases in both investments and profits in various divisions. The company increased its investment in Research & Development (R&D) by a full 33 percent in the December quarter, about the same as it did the year before. The reclassifications show that iTunes as a business is about the size of Microsoft's Windows and Office businesses.

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