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FACEBOOK LAUNCHES A BAZOOKA AGAINST GOOGLE, APPLE, MICROSOFT, AND BLACKBERRY $FB $AAPL $GOOG $BBRY $MSFT $NOK

It does not yet seem to be well understood, but Facebook has just launched a bazooka against Google, Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry. Present-day phones are built around apps. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, asked the right question, “Should the phones be designed around people and not apps?”  His answer was apparently that people are more important

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BLACKBERRY Z10 PHONES FLY LIKE PENGUINS OFF SHELVES IN U.S. $BBRY $AAPL $VZ $GOOG $S $T

BlackBerry’s new device, the Z10, has now been introduced in a number of markets including the United States.  It appears to have had a strong launch in places like Canada, theUnitedKingdom and India.  In contrast, the launch in the U.S. by AT&T has been listless.  The reason the BlackBerry launch has gone better in Canada, United Kingdom and

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CRICKET CAN’T MOVE IPHONES WITHOUT MEATY SUBSIDY, BAD FOR APPLE $AAPL $LEAP $T $S $VZ $GOOG

    Since I often take the minority view, I am used to receiving lots of hate mail.  Regarding Apple, the hate mail I receive usually spikes when I write that Apple is overly dependent on subsidies from phone carriers or when I write that my research shows Apple is facing

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BLACKBERRY PICKS A STRANGE WAY TO BEAT APPLE WITH A THOUSAND-DOLLAR PHONE $AAPL $BBRY $T $S $VZ $GOOG

The first carrier to introduce the BlackBerry Z10 in the U.S. is not Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.  It is a carrier that you have probably never heard of.  Solavei, a relatively new phone carrier, is introducing Z10 for a price of $999. You can buy it on their website with a promise

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MONEY FLOWS OUT OF APPLE AND INTO BLACKBERRY $AAPL $BBRY $T $VZ $HD

Yesterday trading in Apple and BlackBerry was a show of contrast. Apple rose about 1% and BlackBerry fell 4.6%.  Of interest is that money flow was negative in Apple while the stock was going up and money flow in BlackBerry was positive while the stock was going down. Apple had lots of

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WILL HUNT-AND-DESTROY ALGORITHMS GET APPLE? $AAPL $QCOM $CRUS $NTE $SNDK $AVGO $BRCM

In stock trading, twin practices have coexisted for ages. First, a large number of investors enter stop-loss orders to protect themselves. Second, such stop-loss orders become sitting ducks for some professionals. In the past, it was a common complaint that market makers and brokers tended to run the stops. These

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CONSUMER REPORTS IS NO FAN OF iPHONE 5 $AAPL $MSFT $GOOG $NOK $VZ $S $T

Over the last several months, I have been arguing the case that the long-term risks in Apple stock are rising.  I have advanced two main arguments.  First, competitors have caught up with Apple for all practical purposes.  Second, Apple is failing to innovate at the rate it was innovating in the past.

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FORCED SELLING ADDS FUEL TO APPLE’S FALL $AAPL $T $GOOG

On Wednesday, Apple (AAPL) stock fell $37.05 or 6.43%.  In after-hours the stock continued to fall and it was down as low as $518 this morning.   Yesterday Apple suffered its largest one-day loss in four years. There are a variety of explanations for the tumble offered by talking heads, ranging from a

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FREEDOMPOP SHOWS HOW APPLE AS WE KNOW IT MAY DIE SOMEDAY $AAPL

FreedomPop is a new start-up that plans to challenge AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) by providing free mobile data–500 MB per month. Both AT&T and Verizon have huge margins on mobile data because of the lack of competition.  AT&T and Verizon use these big margins to subsidize Apple‘s iPhone, Google‘s Android and other devices. The big carriers provide

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