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What's Apple got up its sleeve?

Plus: Microsoft's latest, a Netflix-Comcast deal, getting into the trading game and retraining advisers

Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:47 am

Today's guest chef: Mason Braswell

  • Apple is on the prowl. In its latest move, the tech giant bought Burstly, a software firm that helps developers build apps. Terms were not disclosed, but so far Apple hasn't been spending the same big bucks as Facebook and Google. Apple buys app-testing company Burstly But the 20 relatively small acquisitions Apple has made in the past 15 months may be an indicator of what the secretive company may have up its sleeve. For hints at Apple's plans, read its shopping list

  • Meanwhile, Microsoft says its cutting the price of its operating system software by 70% as it looks to stay ahead of cheaper rivals such as Google's Chromebook. Microsoft said to cut Windows price 70% to counter rivals

  • Finally on the tech-ish front, if you're a Netflix streamer with Comcast service, things are looking up. Netflix reaches traffic service agreement with Comcast

  • Elsewhere, discount brokerage firms are seeing record revenues as smaller investors jump back into the market. Small investors jump back into the trading game

  • The advisory industry is retraining advisers to make sure they have the right approach for women investors as 78% of women in one survey said they were receiving condescending treatment and cookie cutter financial plans. Mars, Venus and the handling of money


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