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Some consumers say Apple is losing its 'cool' factor
By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less ”original” than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs. She's one of the 16 percent of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos poll who said Apple had become somewhat or much less cool in the last two years. By comparison, some 11 percent of respondents said that Android had lost some sheen in the same time frame. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:04:38 -0400
Alibaba IPO prices at top of range, raising $21.8 billion
By Liana B. Baker, Jessica Toonkel and Deepa Seetharaman (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut. At that price, the IPO, one of the largest-ever, would give Alibaba a market valuation of $167.6 billion, surpassing American corporate icons from Walt Disney Co to Boeing Co . The offering also vaults it atop U.S. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:09:15 -0400
Opportunists cash in on delayed iPhone launch in China
By Theodora D'cruz and Yuya Shino SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) - Lured by the promise of profit from smuggling the new iPhones into China, opportunists joined the thousands of Apple Inc fans lining up to buy the devices as they were launched on Friday across Asia. Regulatory hurdles mean the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus won't be available soon in China, the world's biggest smartphone market where Apple products are popular. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:30:55 -0400
Netflix says in talks with potential partners in Belgium
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. video streaming service Netflix said on Friday it was in talks with cable and telecoms groups to distribute its content in Belgium as it launched its on-demand service in the country. Netflix is talking with telecoms group Belgacom and cable operators, it said, in an effort to mirror distribution deals with Deutsche Telekom in Germany and Bouygues in France. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:22 -0400
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus includes chips from Qualcomm, Skyworks: iFixit
By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple's iPhone 6 Plus uses chips from Qualcomm , Skyworks Solutions , Avago Technologies and other companies, according to gadget repair firm iFixit, which pried one of the devices open in Melbourne early on Friday. Apple said it received a record 4 million first-day pre-orders for the new phones, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago, underscoring investors' expectations the new handset will maintain the Silicon Valley company's stellar growth. The company is releasing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. ...
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:50:52 -0400
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