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Google Is Becoming A Problem For Apple

Google Is Becoming A Problem For Apple

For several years now, Apple (AAPL) seems to have dominated the smart phone space; especially with regard to business men and women who use smart phones. However, there’s a new player in the enterprise smart phone game that’s really starting to step on the toes of Apple (AAPL). That new player is Google (GOOG)! Google (GOOG) recently released a string of enterprise tools designed for use with phones that run on the Android operating system. Today, we’ll talk about the tools that Google (GOOG) released, how they’re a hypothetical kick in the back to Apple (AAPL), and what we’ve seen in both asset’s stock prices as a result.

Google’s New Enterprise Tools

As iPhone and related device profits have driven Apple (AAPL) to become the world’s most profitable company in the last quarter, Google (GOOG) has decided that they want a piece of the action. The new enterprise tools are how they plan to do so. The new set of tools are part of a new product line called “Google (GOOG) for Work”. The new tools offered include…

  • Work Profiles – Because many companies use the same mobile device for several users, Google (GOOG) has announced that in Android 5.0, multi-user support will be offered. This ensures that project work data is isolated and private.
  • Android for Work App – The Android for Work App gives people a way to send and receive secure emails, manage a calendar, manage documents, and browse approved work apps.
  • Productivity Tools – Google (GOOG) has enhanced the mobile experience with regard to email, contacts, and calendars in an effort to assist its users in picking up productivity.

There are far more new tools coming as well, but I think that at this point, you get the idea of what the suite offers. If you’d like to learn more about the Google (GOOG) for Work tools, check out the official blog here.

Why This Is Bad News For Apple (AAPL)

Apple (AAPL) is a massive company and there aren’t too many companies out there that are even big enough to get under Apple’s skin, but Google (GOOG) is. In the world of smart phones, the hierarchy is simple… first Apple (AAPL), then Google (GOOG), then everyone else. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself what operating system your phone runs on. Nine times out of ten, the answer will either be iOS or Android OS.

With that said, if one of the little guys were to try and step on Apple’s toes with enterprise tools, they’d either smash them in the market or buy them out. Unfortunately for Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) isn’t small enough to buy and is willing to put up a fight in the market. Essentially, Google (GOOG) deciding that they’re going to slide into Apple’s parade and take a piece of the pie in the smart phone game is Apple’s biggest nightmare because there’s almost nothing they can do about it other than race to innovate bigger, better, and more efficient tools.

How The Market Reacted To The News

The news broke on Wednesday, February 25th, and there was definitely quite the reaction in the market. Here’s a quick breakdown of both stocks.

  • Apple (AAPL) – Apple (AAPL) fell slightly in morning trading Wednesday as the result of iTunes patent issue they are facing and seemed to stabilize around $131.20 per share for a while. However, as the news of Google (GOOG) releasing enterprise tools for Android broke, the fall got much, much worse. After a steep end of day fall, Apple (AAPL) closed at $128.79 per share. While the stock continued to fall in early trading today, it seems to be back on the uptrend. The stock is currently trading just above $130 per share.
  • Google (GOOG) – On the other hand, Google (GOOG) stocks did very well. After starting the day at just over $535 per share and went on an immediate incline. By the end of the day yesterday, the stock was over $543 per share and it continues to climb today. Currently, Google (GOOG) stock is trading just under $554 per share.

What Are Your Thoughts

Do you think that this is as big of a problem for Apple (AAPL) as I do? Let me know in the comments below!

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Apple Ordered To Pay More Thank 500 Million iTunes Copyright Infringements

Apple Ordered To Pay More Thank 500 Million iTunes Copyright Infringements

According to Reuters, Apple (AAPL) has been ordered by United States courts to pay more than $500 million after a jury found that Apple (AAPL) iTunes infringed on 3 patents. The three patents infringed upon were owned by a Texas patent leasing company called SmartFlash, LLC. While Apple (AAPL) plans to appeal the decision, their stock has plummeted as a result. So, today we’ll talk about the patents involved in the case, Apple’s response to the verdict, the compensation SmartFlash was looking for, and how the news has affected Apple’s stock throughout the day.

How Were The Patents Infringed Upon

The case started in May of 2013 when SmartFlash accused Apple (AAPL) of infringing upon patents associated with accessing and storing data. In this case, the data to be stored was songs, videos, and games. The claim states that SmartFlash owned patents on the technology which Apple (AAPL) is currently using through iTunes to manage these tasks.

SmartFlash claims that Apple (AAPL) gained knowledge of their technologies nearly 15 years ago in the year 2000. At that time, one of the technology co-founders, Patrick Racz, met with the executives of what has become a digital security company called Gemalto. Augustin Farrugia, who used to be one of the company’s executives eventually became a senior director at Apple (AAPL); leading to the leak of knowledge with regard to how the technology works.

Apple’s Response To The Verdict

Throughout the case and continuing after the verdict, Apple (AAPL) has maintained that they have not infringed on any patents. They state that the iTunes software was the result of hours upon hours of in house research and fine tuning. In a statement, Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for the company had the following to say

Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. Presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented…We refuse to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice, but to take this fight up through the court system.”

SmartFlash Didn’t Exactly Get The Compensation They Were Looking For

While there was definitely a very stiff judgment in this case, the order to pay wasn’t quite as high as SmartFlash would have hoped. In the suit, the company was seeking $852 million in damages as the result of patent infringement. The settlement awarded today was a hefty $532.9 million, but still a far, nearly $320 million cry from the original amount the company was seeking. Nonetheless, SmartFlash was happy with the verdict; having the following to say…

well-deserved and long-overdue recognition…Ultimately, the jury saw through Apple’s arguments and reached the right result.” – source

How The News Has Affected Apple (AAPL) Stock Throughout The Day

As is the case anytime bad news about an asset becomes available, Apple (AAPL) stock had a rough day. In morning trading, the stock fell to $130.28 per share before finally reaching a resting point. However, as more and more news became available about the verdict, the stock had nowhere to go, but down. Around 1:45 PM, we started to see fast paced downward movement. Unfortunately, that trend would last throughout the day. At the closing bell, Apple (AAPL) shares finished the day off at $128.79.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Do you think Apple (AAPL) infringed on any copyrights or is iTunes the product of research and development? Also, do you think Apple (AAPL) is a good investment following this news? Let me know in the comments below!

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Google and Facebook Stock News

Google and Facebook Stock NewsFacebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are two of the largest household names online today. If you want to know something…”Google (GOOG) It!” Want to get in touch with an old friend? Find them on Facebook (FB)! These are terms that the average American uses every day. While Google (GOOG) is a much larger company that’s definitely a beast in its own respect, Facebook (FB) isn’t far behind; and I think that they’re going to start causing some big problems for Google (GOOG). Today, we’ll talk about Google’s dominance of the online ad space, Facebook’s growth in the industry, the feud that’s been brewing between the companies for a while now, and my overall opinion as to which company is the better investment.

Google (GOOG) Currently Dominates Online Ads

Google (GOOG) is a very dominant company. When it comes to the online ad space, the company takes around 30% of the cake. While Google Search accounts for a large portion of that, it’s important to remember that search isn’t the only reason that the company takes such a large piece of the pie. The bottom line is that….

Google (GOOG) Is Everywhere!

  • Search – Everyone knows about Google (GOOG) Search. Even in my early adult years, one of my favorite terms was “Google it…” The company is the dominant party in search and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. According to, Google (GOOG) takes more than 60% of the worlds online search market share!
  • Social – OK, so Google’s not necessarily a social media giant, but we can’t forget about Google+. While it’s nowhere near the size of Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), or LinkedIn (LNKD), it is generating at least some interest.
  • Video – Have you heard of YouTube? If not, you probably live under a rock! The online video streaming service is the largest of its kind and has become a household name in and of itself. Guess what….Google (GOOG) owns it! Cha Ching!
  • Ad Aggregation – Look at the ad on the top of this article, the right, and the bottom. Seems pretty familiar right? That’s because is not the only website that uses this ad format. The ads are part of a program called Google (GOOG) Adsense and they give website owners a way to monetize content; they’re also great at lining Google’s hypothetical pockets.
  • More – Google (GOOG) has tons of other products that bring in ad revenue; but that’s for another article in itself.

Facebook (FB) Is No Longer The Goliath Google (GOOG)’s David!

While Google (GOOG) is a massive company, we can’t discount the sheer size, strength, and more importantly eagerness to grow that we see from Facebook (FB). The company’s IPO price was $38. In a short period of time the value of Facebook (FB) has skyrocketed to $79.31, and it’s expected to continue in the upward direction. Here are a few things you should know about Facebook (FB).

Facebook (FB) & Google (GOOG) Just Don’t Get Along

If you watch the news about the two companies, it’s pretty clear that they don’t generally get along. One of the biggest public feuds between Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) had to do with Google (GOOG) attempting to use Facebook (FB) data for their search results without allowing Facebook (FB) to use Gmail data. As a matter of fact, to this day, Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD), and other social media tends to show up in Google (GOOG) search far more than Facebook (FB) as a result of the arguments over data use.

What Stock Is A Better Investment?

In this case, while Facebook (FB)’s user base is smaller, I think they may have the upper hand. The reality is that everyone uses Facebook (FB); and while there are other options, none are nearly as popular. The social atmosphere makes it hard for users to leave Facebook (FB). On the other hand, users can easily use Bing without upsetting their friends if they get tired of Google (GOOG). Therefore, as competition comes into Facebook’s space, they don’t have to worry much about it. However, competition in Google’s space could start cutting into their market share; as Bing already has. So in that respect, I think Facebook (FB) may have the upper hand in the long term end of the battle.

What Do You Think?

Which would you rather invest in, Facebook (FB) or Google (GOOG)? Why? Let me know in the comments below!

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Pandora Stock Rises

Pandora Stock RisesPandora (P) has struggled over the past year. Year over year, the stock is currently down more than 50%. While tons of experts have weighed in on the cause of the fall, the overall opinion seems to be that Pandora (P) is a victim of its own success (click here to read more on what I mean by that). Nonetheless, Monday morning, the company’s stock was on a strong uptrend. So, today we’ll talk about why Pandora’s stock is trending upward today, whether or not the trend is likely to last on a long term scale, and we’ll talk a bit about the competition in the streaming music space. So, let’s get right to it.

What Seems To Be The Cause Of The Pandora (P) Stock Uptrend?

While there’s no clear way to say “this is exactly and solely the cause of the uptrend” In any case in the stock market. In this case, the brunt of the cause seems to be clear. Here’s what’s going on…

Is The Uptrend Likely To Last?

Yes! Pandora (P) is a great company and their stock has been falling for more than a year now. Believe it or not, in my opinion, it’s one of the few stocks that are currently under-valued in the market. With that said, as the online streaming radio industry continues to grow and Pandora (P) continues to take the lion’s share of the audience, the company’s stock has no where to go, but up!

The Biggest Hurdle For Pandora (P) Now

It’s obvious that consumers use online streaming radio and that Pandora (P) is the current leader. In fact, I’m currently listening to Pandora (P) radio as I write! However, now that the company is working to make artists happy, the next big hurdle is going to be competition. With big players like Youtube (GOOG) and Spotify (SPTF) in the market, Pandora (P) is no longer the only giant; and I’d imagine they’re going to have to think incredibly hard about building a strategy to maintain their market share.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Are we seeing a long-term uptrend in the making or just a blip on the chart? Why do you think that? Let me know in the comments below!

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Apple Data Center

Apple Data CenterHas anyone noticed an influx in United States companies building data centers on European soil? Well, Apple (AAPL) is the next in line to do so. On Monday, Apple announced that they would be spending nearly $2 billion in order to build 2 massive data centers in Europe. Today, we’ll talk about why American companies are moving data centers to European soil, the specifics revolving around the new Apple data centers, and of course, whether investors seem to like the idea or not. So, let’s get right to it!

Why American Companies Are Moving Servers To European Soil

I’m sure you know about the Snowden scandal, but just in case you missed it; Edward Snowden recently leaked classified US Government information. The information leaked outlined the fact that the United States was spying not only on enemies, but also on allies and it’s own consumers and businesses.

Since the scandal, governments, businesses, and consumers alike have been weary of privacy and security online and in other forms of telecommunication. However, there is one party that’s started to make a major change…Europe! Since the scandal, we’ve seen major changes in how Europe handles and protects data stored on their land. In fear that all data will be hovered over by the NSA if on American soil, several United States tech companies have started to move their data to Europe.

Apple’s New Data Centers

As mentioned above, Apple (AAPL) announced Monday that they will be building 2 new data centers in Europe; joining the likes of Amazon (AMZN) and (CRM). Here are the key details surrounding the new data centers…

How Investors Seem To Be Reacting To The News

While I can’t speak to each and every investor, I have been strolling quite a bit this morning as well as watching the charts and it seems as though investors love the news. Here are a few of the comments I’ve seen on this morning…

$APPL yesssssss!!!!!!!!! – by karm1270

$APPL is on fire… I’m sure glad I got back on track on friday, cool! Bullish – by OpearGhost88

$AAPL I am 100% sure we will see 145 within weeks. Technically no hurdles, but this share worth 160 right now, no brainer – by vincentm62

As far as the charts go, they’re telling me that investors love the news as well. At 2:15 PM on Monday, the stock was up 2.17% and expected to continue climbing!

What Are Your Thoughts?

Would you invest in Apple? Do you like the idea of European data centers? Let me know in the comments below!

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Facebook Stock

Facebook StockI’m a tech junkie, but I’d like to be absolutely clear about something before I get into this post. I think that there’s a tech bubble in the making. I also think that investors who dump money into Amazon are absolutely crazy and that 95% of tech companies today are incredibly overvalued. With all of that being said, there is one tech company that I think far outshines the rest in the stock market right now; that company is Facebook (FB). So, I’ve compiled a list of five reasons why I absolutely love Facebook’s (FB) stock below!

Reason #1: Ability To Generate Profits

One of the things that draws me so heavily to the tech market is the fact that there are several companies doing well in the stock market that can’t seem to generate a good amount of net earnings. Amazon (AMZN) is a key example of that! However, when it comes to Facebook (FB), we’re talking about a company that’s known for producing massive net gains quarter after quarter! Can anyone say dividends?

Reason #2: Facebook Has A Clear Growth Plan

When it comes to the tech industry, there are several companies that don’t seem to have a clear growth plan. Sure, they say they’re going to generate more traffic, produce more revenue, etc… but all in all, it seems like many of them just throw ideas at the wall and hope that they stick. Look at Google (GOOG) for instance. The company has had more poor product launches recently than they’ve had positive launches. Think of the billions of dollars Google (GOOG) spent on the failure now known as Google+. When it comes to Facebook however, the company is generally very clear about what they plan to do with regard to growth; and they have a history of executing their plans well! As an investor I not only love transparency, but I’m also a stickler for results; So, this is a win/win in my book.

Reason #3: The Company Doesn’t Provide A Product, They Provide A Life Management System

Another thing I’ve found incredibly appealing about Facebook (FB) is that we’re talking about a company that has become far more than an asset, a group of products, or a service. Facebook (FB) is far more than that! The company literally runs lives. Facebook has more than a billion registered users, many of which use the several times per day to communicate with friends, family and associates, store images, search for something funny, or even research a recent topic. These people aren’t using a product, they’re using a life management system; one that they wouldn’t know how to let go! This means that the company simply can’t fail!

Reason #4: Social Media Is Trendy!

As investors, we all know that we make our money from trends. So, when there’s a strong trend in one way or another revolving around a specific company, product, or even genre of products, we tend to see strong growth. Well, guess what….social media is ridiculously trendy! So, what company seems to be in the spotlight with the social media trend? You guessed it…Facebook (FB)!

Reason #5: The Facebook Team Is Brilliant

Now matter how big a company is, it’s incredibly important for any company to invest resources into growth; and Facebook (FB) isn’t afraid to do just that. When it comes to the people who are feverishly working to continue improvements to the company and website as a whole, Facebook seems to have the best and brightest! Since the key factor to any company’s growth are the people driving the engines behind the scenes, it’s clear that Facebook (FB) is on the right track here!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to the tech market, I’m definitely on the bearish side of the fence as we speak. However, there are definitely a few tech companies that make me want to run with the bulls. With that said, there is not one tech asset that I’m more bullish on than Facebook! In my opinion, the company is a gold mine!

What Are Your Thoughts?

Do you like Facebook as an investment? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below!

This article is intended for entertainment purposes only. If you are looking for investment advice, please reach out to your local CFP.

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Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) Before we get into this interview, I'd like to extend a special thanks to my friend Joey who both set up the...