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Tech News: Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Attacks Apple's and Android's Ecosystems

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Plus, Facebook rolls out a new job search app.

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TechCrunch
Link: Steve Ballmer: Android Ecosystem Is Wild and Uncontrolled, Apple Is High Priced and Highly Controlled
"[D]uring Reid Hoffman's interview with Steve Ballmer, the two talked about everything Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Now that Ballmer is talking about his competitors he let out a few bonzo words when it came to Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the state of their phone ecosystems, especially when it comes to apps.

"Ballmer called the Android ecosystem 'wild,' 'uncontrolled,' and susceptible to malware."

ReadWritePlay
Link: Google Mimics AirPlay, Apple TV's Best Feature
"AirPlay -- the wireless screen-mirroring feature that allows people to beam video from their iPhones and iPads to their televisions -- is by far the best feature of Apple TV. Google just borrowed the concept. And that's awesome. It would be even more awesome if it did a better job of matching all of AirPlay's capabilities."

Property Mentor Group
Link: Facebook Inc. Rolls Out Job Search App for US Users
"Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) recently launched its highly anticipated Social Jobs app for US users, which has totaled more than 1.7 million job listings from job search sites that were already using Facebook to reach recruits, including Jobvite, BranchOut, Work4Labs, and Monster.com. The social network first disclosed plan for a jobs app in October 2011 as a joint venture with the Labor Department."

Reuters
Link: Best Buy CEO Sets Goals; Wall Street Begs for More Details
"Best Buy Co Inc. (NYSE:BBY) is aiming to achieve operating margin of 5% to 6% over time, the company said on Tuesday, though investors and analysts were left wanting for details on how -- and how soon -- the new chief executive would turn around the world's largest consumer electronics chain."

The Markets Are Open
Link: Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) Slips to Seventh Position in Smartphone Sales in Third Quarter
"The slide has come in fast in the space of less than a year. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK), once the top mobile phones maker in the world, has slipped down to the seventh position in the global smartphone market, according to research firm Gartner."
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