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The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 270 points Tuesday, as Janet Yellen pushed Congress to "act big" with a stimulus relief package.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 15:18

Among the Dow Jones stocks, Apple and Microsoft are among the top stocks to buy and watch in January 2021.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 15:03

(Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. and Microsoft Corp. are leading a $2 billion investment round in self-driving car startup Cruise LLC in a deal that will bring the software giant’s cloud and edge-computing capabilities to the venture.The new funds will raise Cruise’s post-investment valuation to an estimated $30 billion, up from $19 billion when T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. invested in the company in 2019, Cruise said in a statement. Cruise partner Honda Motor Co. and other institutional investors are also participating in the new round.The partnership with Microsoft gives Cruise, which is majority owned by GM, a major software player in its corner. That will help the company compete with Waymo, which has access to the software capabilities of parent Alphabet Inc.Shares of GM surged 8.6% to $54.28 as of 9:55 a.m. in New York. Microsoft rose 0.4% to $213.52.Cruise will be able to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing platform to manage its self-driving vehicle network. Azure will handle data and mapping, as well as enable cars to communicate with Cruise’s back office and customer-facing app for ride-hailing. It’s a vital piece of software infrastructure that Cruise needs to build its planned commercial robotaxi service.“Our mission to bring safer, better and more affordable transportation to everyone isn’t just a tech race - it’s also a trust race,” Dan Ammann, Cruise’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Microsoft, as the gold standard in the trustworthy democratization of technology, will be a force multiplier for us as we commercialize our fleet of self-driving, all-electric, shared vehicles.”Cruise is preparing to start charging fares for its service in San Francisco later this year.(Updates with GM shares from fourth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 15:03

Microsoft is part of a group of companies investing $2 billion into General Motors Cruise, the carmaker's autonomous-vehicles effort.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:59

Since 2020 March lows, the market saw a nothing short of extraordinary record-shattering rally. But how much higher can it go as COVID ...

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:38

InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for AAPL, GM, SPCE, PLUG, and MRNA.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:31

Apple's surprising low-cost entry into the fitness-app market represents a serious competitive threat.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:16

Some think the social media stock is untouchable, but investors may want to tune out the noise.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:09

Cruise has raised $2 billion in a new equity round that has pushed its valuation up to $30 billion and delivered Microsoft as an investor and partner. GM, Honda and other institutional investors have also put more capital into Cruise as the autonomous vehicle company inches closer to commercializing its technology. While Microsoft's capital is important, the partnership might provide equal and longer term value for Cruise, at least in the two companies' views.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:04

Alphabet (GOOGL), Apple, Facebook and Snap hold the potential to capitalize on growth prospects in the AR space.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:01

Cruise and General Motors on Tuesday announced they have entered a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles. The companies will bring together their software and hardware engineering excellence, cloud computing capabilities, manufacturing know-how and partner ecosystem to transform transportation to create a safer, cleaner and more accessible world for everyone.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:00

Self-driving car maker Cruise and majority shareholder General Motors Co said on Tuesday they would partner with Microsoft Corp to commercialize driverless autonomous vehicles. Microsoft will join General Motors, Honda Motor Co and institutional investors in a combined new equity investment of more than $2 billion in Cruise, bringing the post-money valuation of Cruise to $30 billion.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:00

Microsoft will take a stake in Cruise; Cruise will deploy its self-driving taxis using Azure.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 14:00

A somewhat hidden feature of the iPhone has delighted Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan after it was spread online. The tool allows the phone to work something like a photocopier, capturing the content of any document so that it can be shared, edited, printed or just saved away. On the show, Piers Morgan noted that the tip has spread across the internet recently, and shared it with fellow presenters – though all of them said they had used the tool before.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 13:53

Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) moved higher by 11.48% in the past three months. Before we understand the importance of debt, ...

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19 Jan, 2021 / 13:28

You can support sustainability across asset classes.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 13:17

Futures signal a stock market rally as Janet Yellen urges Congress to pass the "big" Biden stimulus plan. Tesla Model Y China deliveries have begun.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 13:10

The stock faces a moment of truth at the same time that major political controversies threaten the stability of the U.S.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 13:00

Amazon (AMZN) opens a new office in Greece to expand cloud services therein.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 12:50

Over 500 videos were used to create the interactive timeline, which is split into three locations

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19 Jan, 2021 / 12:28

It could be a tough year for big cap tech stock investors amid multiple regulatory issues, argues one Wall Street analyst.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 11:45

Stocks you can hold forever are the best kind, offering long-term growth and peace of mind.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 11:33

Move aside, Apple. Millennial investors have a new love of their life.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 11:06

International Business Machines Corporation is slated to report fourth-quarter 2020 results on Jan 21, 2021.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 07:55

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been sued in California over allegations it failed to take action against messaging app Telegram in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot even as the platform was used to promote violence.What Happened: The Coalition for a Safer Web, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization, filed the lawsuit against Apple in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on Sunday.The group alleges that "Telegram is being used to intimidate, threaten, and coerce members of the public," and Apple -- despite reportedly having this knowledge -- lets Telegram be available through the App Store on its devices.The lawsuit further alleges that not only was Telegram used to promote violence during the storming of Capitol Hill by outgoing President Donald Trump's supporters earlier this month, also "for years, anti-black and anti-Semitic groups have openly utilized Telegram with little or no content moderation by Telegram's management.""Apple has not taken any action against Telegram comparable to the action it has taken against Parler to compel Telegram to improve its content moderation policies." CSW claims.Why It Matters: Telegram CEO Pavel Durov, in a statement late Monday, thanked "everyone who reported public channels that crossed the line" in the recent weeks, without mentioning the lawsuit."Telegram welcomes peaceful debate and protest, but our Terms of Service explicitly prohibit distributing public calls to violence," Durov said. "In the last 7 years, we've consistently enforced this rule globally, from Belarus and Iran to Thailand and Hong Kong."Apple, alongside Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) withdrew social media app Parler from their platforms over similar allegations of promoting violence during the Capitol Hill riot. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) too withdrew hosting support, effectively forcing Parler to go offline, at least temporarily.Telegram, alongside rival privacy-focused messaging app Signal, has seen a surge in downloads owing to Facebook Inc.'s (NASDAQ: FB) WhatsApp's new proposed privacy policy.Price Action: Apple shares closed 1.37% lower at $127.14 on Friday.Read Next: Elon Musk Sends Signal Downloads Soaring: What You Should Know About The AppSee more from Benzinga * Click here for options trades from Benzinga * Parler Finds Its Way Back Online — Thanks To A Russian Tech Firm * Why Jack Dorsey Sees Bitcoin As The Answer To Donald Trump Ban Controversy(C) 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 06:34

What happens on January 27 could make 2021 another winning year -- or bring the next market crash.

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19 Jan, 2021 / 05:37

Social media Parler has managed to return on the Web partially and its website is live at press time late Monday. What Happened: The ...

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19 Jan, 2021 / 04:26

The ESG boom brought in trillions of dollars in 2020… But this one little-known play could take off in 2021

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19 Jan, 2021 / 00:00

Barron’s recently argued that shares looked pricey at $18. Now they’re nearly $40. The timing of our bearish call was terrible, but our downbeat view on the stock remains the same.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 20:04

Intel is slated to release fourth-quarter 2020 results on Jan 21, 2021.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 19:22

China reported positive growth in 2020 at 2.3%, and 6.5% in Q4, the slowest annual rise in 40-odd years.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 18:03

Netfix (NFLX) reports Q4 earnings after market close on January 19. Can it maintain robust growth in paid streaming memberships amid the COVID-19 crisis?

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18 Jan, 2021 / 17:47

(Bloomberg) -- Sequoia Capital agreed to invest in Auto1 Group SE at a valuation of about 6 billion euros ($7.2 billion) ahead of the German online car-trading platform’s initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.The U.S. venture capital firm and rival fund Lone Pine Capital reached a preliminary deal to each buy about 50 million euros of Auto1stock from early investor DN Capital, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. They have agreed to a lock-up period of six months, the people said.Sequoia and Lone Pine also signaled plans to invest at least 50 million euros apiece in Auto1’s imminent IPO, the people said.The move marks a vote of confidence in Auto1, which is backed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp., and the business of buying and selling cars online. Auto1 said last week it aims to raise about 1 billion euros from a Frankfurt share sale in the first quarter.A spokesperson for Auto1 declined to comment. An official at DN Capital didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, while representatives for Sequoia and Lone Pine couldn’t immediately be reached during a U.S. public holiday.DN Capital became one of Auto1’s first backers when it invested in the company in 2013, the year after the German startup was founded, according to its website. The venture capital firm previously invested in app developer Shazam Entertainment Ltd., which created a music-identification service later bought by Apple Inc. It also helped fund U.K. online realtor Purplebricks Group Plc and international money transfer service Remitly Inc.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 17:02

Parler, the social media website popular with Donald Trump supporters which was banned on Apple, Google, and Amazon’s platforms, has returned online. While the social media site has not regained full operability, there are now two messages at its URL.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 16:50

One Media has bought the producer's rights to hits from two-time platinum album Take That & Party — including the famous track "A Million Love Songs."

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18 Jan, 2021 / 16:42

Whether you want a substitute for your laptop or a portable device, these devices have come along way since Apple’s breakthrough product

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18 Jan, 2021 / 15:01

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tesla, Alibaba Group, Baidu and Apple

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18 Jan, 2021 / 11:39

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Apple, Mastercard, Sanofi, Comcast and Altria Group

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18 Jan, 2021 / 11:13

The business world's shift to the cloud continues to accelerate, and these companies will continue to profit from the trend.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 11:05

On Saturday, Parler’s CEO, John Matze, posted on its official website: ‘Hello world, is this thing on?’

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18 Jan, 2021 / 10:45

Catch up on the latest top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 10:41

In this article we are going to list the 15 most popular instant messaging apps. Click to skip ahead and jump to the 5 most popular instant messaging apps. I am sure many of the people who are reading this article remember the days of MSN Messenger, which was the first popular instant messaging app […]

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18 Jan, 2021 / 10:25

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), one of the world's largest technology companies, was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in a garage in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Five years later, Gates and Allen were hired to provide the operating system for IBM's first personal computer, followed in 1985 by Microsoft's launch of its now ubiquitous Windows software product. In 1986, the company raised $61 million in an initial public offering (IPO) that some analysts referred to as "the deal of the year." While Microsoft began as a software company, it has expanded its reach into broad areas of the tech industry.

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18 Jan, 2021 / 06:38

GitHub apologized and offered a former employee his job back Sunday, after an investigation found "significant errors of judgment and procedure" after the employee, who is Jewish, was fired for warning colleagues to watch out for Nazis on the day of the Capitol riot.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 23:42

Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has commented about the company's decision to suspend Parler from its App Store.What Happened: "We're always trying to do the right thing," Cook said, talking to Fox News host Chris Wallace. Answering Wallace's question about whether or not big tech is restricting speech, Cook said: "We have an App Store that has about 2 million apps in it. And we have terms of service for these apps. We obviously don't control what's on the internet, but we've never viewed that our platform should be a simple replication of the internet. We have certain rules and regulations, and we just ask that people abide by those."When asked whether there could be a balance between free speech and objectionable content, the chief executive said he doesn't believe there's a place for violence when it comes to free speech. "We looked at the incitement to violence that was on there, and we don't consider that free speech and incitement of violence has an intersection," he said.Apple took down Parler on Jan. 9, a day after sending a warning note to the platform's executives demanding they provide a moderation plan within 24 hours.Cook said the company is not banned but rather suspended, and could be allowed back. "If they get their moderation together, they would be back on there," Cook said during the interview.Cook and Wallace also discussed Apple's $100 million Racial Equity Initiative, which last week launched an Apple Developer Academy in Detroit.Why It Matters: Parler, viewed as a far-right social media platform, has come under fire since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It has been accused of failing to moderate discussions and plans of the attack. Google Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) removed Parler from its Android app store market on Jan. 8.Image: Screenshot of Fox News interviewSee more from Benzinga * Click here for options trades from Benzinga * Apple Tests Foldable Screen For iPhone: Bloomberg * Parler No. 1 On App Store A Day After Apple Warns Of Removal(C) 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 20:51

The total market capitalization of the 6 largest technology stocks, plus Berkshire Hathaway, equals $8.6 trillion, about 27% of the total capitalization of the S&P 500 ($32 trillion).

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17 Jan, 2021 / 19:44

A Biden administration should bolster the ongoing EV and autonomous vehicle trend through substantial capital inflows and tax subsidies. The Global X Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF (DRIV) should, we think, provide optimal risk-return exposure.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 18:34

I’m going to walk you through a recent trade on AAPL stock which started as a bullish calendar spread which was then adjusted into a double calendar.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 18:03

This cloud king offers a good balance between value and growth.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 14:00

Should you stock up on penny stocks?

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17 Jan, 2021 / 13:35

Watch these companies from last year's sector to be in.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 06:00

Why politics may have driven the recent all-time high in the stock market.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 05:00

Spotify shares plunged on Friday after the company was hit by a downgrade at Citi, while reports surfaced that Apple may be set to challenge the company with its own podcast subscription service.

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17 Jan, 2021 / 00:58

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is one foldable phone already on the market.Apple is working on a foldable iPhone, Bloomberg has reported.What Happened: Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) has started working on a new iPhone model with a foldable screen.The tech giant has developed prototype screens and is still in the process of internal testing, according to Bloomberg. There has not been an official decision on any launches, the financial news outlet reported.The prototype screen would make the iPhone bigger and "more pocketable." A person familiar with the testing told Bloomberg that screens would have "a mostly invisible hinge with the electronics stationed behind the display." Why It Matters: Apple has not announced any major changes for 2021 production yet, fresh off changes it made in 2020 for new designs, package conditions and 5G.But the Cupertino, California-based company is trying out one new feature: an in-screen fingerprint reader to unlock the smartphone.Under current conditions, where people have to wear masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making facial recognition difficult, this feature would be useful to iPhone users.Price Action: Apple shares fell 0.25% and closed at $126.82 in the post-market trading on Friday, after a $127.14 close in the regular hours trading.Image credit: Unsplash.comSee more from Benzinga * Click here for options trades from Benzinga * Parler No. 1 On App Store A Day After Apple Warns Of Removal(C) 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 19:44

This stock gives investors the opportunity to take advantage of diverse tech trends.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 17:35

Biden stimulus buzz may be waning, as the market rally had a healthy pullback. So did Tesla. Qualcomm and JPMorgan are near buy points.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 17:12

Such a device would compete with products from determined rivals like Samsung.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 16:53

The company has a goal to return all free cash to shareholders. Is it enough?

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16 Jan, 2021 / 16:12

Here's where to invest your money right now.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 15:00

Jump-start your 2021 goals with one of these stocks.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 14:38

Saban Capital Group Chairman & CEO, Haim Saban, joins 'Influencers with Andy Serwer' to discuss consolidation and M&A in the media industry.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 14:21

Why the audio streaming giant spent almost $400 million to acquire two companies you may have never heard of.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 14:10

These incredibly strong technology companies should deliver returns for many years.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 13:15

Tech billionaires have a lot of money and power. And that power ties directly to one of the greatest conundrums of our time, which is the unprecedented command and control tech giants like Amazon have over us.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 13:00

Consumers are becoming increasingly more thoughtful about the brands they support and buy from.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 13:00

The Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System initiated a large position in electric-vehicle giant Tesla, and added to stakes in Apple, Microsoft, and General Electric in the fourth quarter.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 12:00

These innovators and game changers have delivered returns ranging from 16,000% to 103,000% since this century began.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 11:06

WhatsApp's competitors are taking advantage of a rare misstep.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 11:04

The online dating app has a link to Tinder.

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16 Jan, 2021 / 01:06

Pat Gelsinger’s most pressing issue will be tackling Intel’s manufacturing issues. For a company that has long insisted on doing things in house, there is no easy fix.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 22:55

Stocks today cooled off, and it may be a good thing. Small caps still hold a big advance since Jan. 1.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 22:52

Looking at big trends in society to find our next investments.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 21:48

(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. has begun early work on an iPhone with a foldable screen, a potential rival to similar devices from Samsung Electronics Co. and others, though it’s planning only minor changes for this year’s iPhone line.The Cupertino, California-based company has developed prototype foldable screens for internal testing, but hasn’t solidified plans to actually launch a foldable iPhone. The development work hasn’t expanded beyond a display, meaning Apple doesn’t yet have full handset prototypes in its labs, according to a person familiar with the work, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.Like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Motorola Razr reboot and other offerings from Chinese companies including Huawei Technologies Co., a foldable iPhone would let Apple make a device with a larger screen in a more pocketable package. Apple has internally discussed a number of foldable screen sizes, including one that unfolds to a similar size as the 6.7-inch display on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Current foldable phones have screens that are from 6 and 8 inches unfolded.The foldable Apple screens in testing, like those from Samsung, have a mostly invisible hinge with the electronics stationed behind the display, the person said. Other companies, including Microsoft Corp., have recently launched devices with visible hinges separating two distinct panels. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.This would be a radical departure for Apple. Its pioneering touchable, all-screen smartphone is arguably the most successful consumer technology product in history, helping make Apple the world’s most valuable company. However, a foldable iPhone is likely years away or ultimately may never be introduced. The company is currently focused on launching its next-generation flagship iPhones and iPads later this year. Apple isn’t planning major changes for this year’s iPhone line given the enhancements made to the smartphone in 2020, including 5G and new designs, according to people familiar with the situation. Inside Apple, engineers consider the next iPhones another “S” version of the device, the nomenclature typically given to new iPhones with minor upgrades. The Covid-19 pandemic has also complicated product development, with Apple hardware engineers only working at the company’s Silicon Valley offices a few days a week and in limited numbers. That has meant offloading work to Apple’s engineers in China.Last year, the pandemic delayed the iPhone 12’s release by several weeks, but Apple was able to still include nearly every intended feature except an accessory dubbed “AirTags” for locating physical items like backpacks and keys. The company now plans to launch that accessory this year, and it is planning multiple accessories for it including a leather keychain. Samsung announced a similar gizmo earlier this month. Though overall changes will be minor, Apple is still testing a key upgrade for 2021: an in-screen fingerprint reader. This would add a new method for users to unlock their iPhone, going beyond a passcode and Face ID facial recognition. Apple started to move away from fingerprint sensors in 2017 with the launch of the iPhone X, but Touch ID has remained as a feature on Mac laptops and cheaper iPhones since then. Qualcomm Inc., which provides Apple with 5G modems, earlier this month announced a faster in-screen fingerprint sensor. Read more: Apple Plans Return of Touch ID and New Cheap iPhoneThe feature would be convenient in an environment where users wear masks, which are often incompatible with facial recognition. An in-screen fingerprint reader, which has also been featured on Android phones for several years, could also be quicker than Face ID for some users. Apple won’t remove its facial recognition scanner though as it’s still useful for augmented reality and camera features.Apple has also discussed removing the charging port for some iPhone models in favor of wireless charging. The company moved to a magnetic MagSafe charging system with the iPhone 12, in addition to removing the charging brick from the iPhone box last year. It’s also bringing this charging technology back to the MacBook Pro. For its tablet line, Apple is planning a new iPad Pro that looks similar to the current model but adds a MiniLED display and much faster processor. A thinner and lighter entry-level iPad that uses the same design as the 2019 iPad Air is also in the works. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 21:08

The tiny ad trackers called cookies are going away, with potential benefits for Google, Apple and the much-smaller Trade Desk, which has developed an alternative tracking method.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 19:40

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office on Wednesday, prominent U.S. companies are making donations toward his inaugural events, even as the proceedings will be largely online and scaled back.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 19:27

The bank just announced a new partnership with a major automaker.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 19:07

Analyst Dan Ives just put a Street-high $950 price target on TSLA stock, but he maintained his Neutral stance. Here's why.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 19:01

Spotify Technology (NYSE: SPOT) shares were trading lower on Friday after The Information reportedApple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) is ...

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15 Jan, 2021 / 18:51

Netflix Inc. had a record-setting first half of the year, but the encore may not receive stellar reviews.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 18:34

An earnings beat for JPMorgan wasn't enough to push the stock higher, and U.S. tech companies like Apple could face retaliation from China over the latest escalation.

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15 Jan, 2021 / 18:28

When it comes to growth stocks, we often look to the tech sector. However, some investors are a little nervous about big technology and social media giants these days. Most of the FAANG stocks are under increasing scrutiny. The prospect of government actions over monopolistic behavior is looming. One way to invest in a big tech company while minimizing risk is to go with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). It didn’t post spectacular gains in 2020, but MSFT stock still managed 40% for the year. Few investors would complain about that kind of return. Source: NYCStock / Shutterstock.com More importantly, Microsoft has already had its monopoly scare and survived intact. The company is not in regulator sights, effectively removing that wildcard from the equation. Big Tech Risks Regulation Big technology companies have been in the headlines for the past several years but for reasons that make investors anxious. Yes, many have achieved incredible growth. But some have done so by snapping up competing companies before they become a threat.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Social media companies have become platforms for news and essential communication, which makes them rife for targeting by bad actors. App stores have become huge moneymakers, but tech companies that take a big cut of sales are beginning to generate a backlash. This all began to come to a head in 2020. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action against what it sees as illegal monopolization. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is actively investigating antitrust allegations related to how app stores are run. In the European Union, the drumbeat is growing to break up big tech companies. 9 Stocks That Investors Think Are the Next Amazon It’s hard to say what may come of all this. It could be anything from tech companies being forced to divest themselves of divisions, to large fines, to increased regulation. The uncertainty has many investors spooked — which is completely understandable. Microsoft has been largely absent from these conversations. Why? The biggest reason is that Microsoft was the poster child for these very same actions two decades ago. In 2000, the company was found to be a monopoly and ordered to be split up. After a series of appeals, moves to satisfy regulators and the growth of competing tech companies that diluted Microsoft’s influence, the company survived intact. But MSFT stock took a beating and then stagnated for over a decade. Today, however, Microsoft is back. Over the past five years, MSFT stock has posted 318% growth. And unlike in the 1990s, Microsoft has largely avoided situations that would attract regulators. Long-Term Moneymakers and High Profile Products Microsoft growth continues to be powered by legacy products like Windows and Office. The company transitioned Office from packaged software to a subscription model with cloud-based versions and support for mobile platforms. As a result, the Office cash cow continues, decades after it was first released. But now it is largely recurring revenue. In its last quarter, Microsoft reported Office 365 commercial revenue up 21% year-over-year (YoY), while Office consumer products and cloud revenue was up 13%. In addition, Microsoft has a healthy cloud-computing business. During that last quarter, intelligent cloud revenue hit $13 billion, with Azure revenue growth up 48% YoY. Microsoft is also expecting to see a big boost from two key products through 2021. Teams had a breakout year in 2020 thanks to the pandemic forcing many companies to have staff work from home. MSFT is on the attack, rapidly increasing Teams functionality to take on competitors in the remote collaboration, video conferencing and voice call markets. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, computer monitors with a dedicated Teams button made an appearance. The Series X/S next generation game consoles will also figure prominently in Microsoft’s future. Gaming is increasingly important to the company’s bottom line. The November 2020 launch was described by Microsoft as “the most successful debut in our history,” with more of the new consoles sold than in any previous generation. 2021 will be the first full year of Xbox Series X/S sales. That is expected to pump money into Microsoft’s coffers as gamers line up to buy the latest and greatest new consoles, along with games and services like Xbox Live. Bottom Line on MSFT Stock The bottom line on MSFT stock is that it’s a great option if you want to invest in a high-growth technology giant with long-term staying power. Especially if you’re concerned about the current regulatory scrutiny so many of these companies find themselves under. On the date of publication, Louis Navellier had a long position in MSFT. Louis Navellier did not have (either directly or indirectly) any other positions in the securities mentioned in this article. InvestorPlace Research Staff member primarily responsible for this article did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. Louis Navellier had an unconventional start, as a grad student who accidentally built a market-beating stock system — with returns rivaling even Warren Buffett. In his latest feat, Louis discovered the “Master Key” to profiting from the biggest tech revolution of this (or any) generation. More From InvestorPlace Why Everyone Is Investing in 5G All WRONG Top Stock Picker Reveals His Next 1,000% Winner It doesn’t matter if you have $500 in savings or $5 million. Do this now. The post Microsoft Stock Is a Safe Choice Among Big Tech Companies appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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