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Best of the Tech Blogs: Apple's Winning Streak Continues as It Opens at a Record High After Patent Victory


Plus, how will Samsung's loss affect Google?

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary about the tech sector from around the Web each day.
Link: Apple Stock Opens at Record High of $680 at a $637B Market Cap After Samsung Patent Win
"Hear that? It's the sound of corks popping as Apple's (AAPL) stock price rockets to new highs. Following Apple's landmark victory against Samsung late Friday night, the company's stock price opened today at a record high of $680 per share, the first day of trading since the court ruling. This record surpasses the company's all-time high of $674.88, which was achieved on last Tuesday, August 21. This record also pushed Apple's market capitalization to a new high of $637 billion."

Link: Apple Inc. Cripples Google Inc. Android – But a Fatal Blow?
"Apple Inc. (AAPL) is reveling in the fallout of its major patent-infringement win over Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (SSNLF) Friday, and investors are giddy with delight to see Apple stock jump 2.5% in Monday pre-market trading as a victory lap for the company that (unless an appeal is upheld) has crippled its No. 1 competitor in the smartphone market and the No. 1 partner for the Android operating system by Google Inc. (GOOG). Thanks so Samsung's devices, Android owned nearly 70 percent of the smartphone marketplace – but now, Google may be scrambling to keep its marketshare with Apple due to launch new devices this fall."

Link: IBM Takes on Salesforce With $1.3 Billion Acquisition
"IBM (IBM) is acquiring Kenexa, maker of cloud-based recruiting and talent management software, for $1.3 billion in cash, the company announced Monday morning.

"In an emailed statement, IBM said the acquisition will provide IBM's clients 'advanced social business and analytics capabilities to front-line business operations,' putting it into more direct competition with the likes of Salesforce, SAP and Oracle. IBM expects to generate $16 billion in revenue from its business analytics services by 2015."

Link: Microsoft: We Don't Harvest Windows 8 SmartScreen User Data
"On Friday, security researcher Nadim Kobeissi claimed that Microsoft's (MSFT) malware-blocking SmartScreen software gives the company too much information on which programs Windows users are installing.

"But in a statement to VentureBeat, Microsoft denied the claims."

Link: Amazon Shares Some Factoids on Prime-But Still No Member Numbers
"Amazon (AMZN) released a few statistics about Amazon Prime, which offers members free two-day shipping and other perks for $79 a year. Well, 'statistics' is the wrong word - they're more like factoids. Just as Amazon won't tell you how many Kindles it's sold, the company also won't share how many Prime members it has."

Link: AOL Announces Final Plans for $1.1 Billion Shareholder Payoff
"AOL (AOL) shareholders are well on their way to collecting that $1.1 billion the company promised them.

"AOL announced today that it has entered into a Stock Repurchase Agreement with Barclays Bank (BCS) that will see the company buy back $600 million worth of shares. According to AOL, it will receive shares through the rest of the year, including four million that it'll get from Barclays by the end of the month."
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