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From: sylvester804/16/2012 7:41:33 PM
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Apple Falls on Concern Carriers May Cut Subsidies
Apple Inc. (AAPL) ( AAPL) shares fell for a fifth day amid speculation that demand for the iPad may wane and that mobile-phone carriers will cut subsidies for the iPhone, eroding the profitability of Apple’s best-selling products.

Verizon Wireless, a U.S. partner of Apple, said last week that it will begin charging customers $30 to upgrade to a new phone. The move suggests mobile-phone service providers may take other steps, including trimming subsidies, to keep sales of the iPhone from eating into their margins, said Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG LLC in New York.

“Operators are trying to fight back against the impact that Apple is having on their business,” Piecyk, who last week reduced his rating on Apple to neutral from buy, said in an interview on Bloomberg TV’s “InBusiness With Margaret Brennan.”

Apple fell 4.2 percent, the largest decline since Oct. 19, after rising 49 percent this year before today. The shares closed at $580.13, the lowest price since March 13.

Analysts at Wedge Partners said in an April 13 research note that demand for the newest version of Apple’s iPad is beginning to wane. That means the tablet may miss analysts’ sales predictions when Apple reports earnings next week.

“Is Apple best name in tech? Yes,” Wedge Partners wrote in the report. “Have we seen the stock price plummet in the past, when expectations were out of whack with results? Yes. In our view, there is some risk to this happening again in the March quarter, and the result would likely be the stock coming back down to earth.”

‘Snowball Effect’The slide also may be the result of U.S. Mac sales falling 5 percent from a year earlier, said Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray Cos. That would be a worse performance than expected, he said. Apple reports its results after U.S. markets close on April 24.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has added $400 billion in market value since 2008, making it the world’s most valuable company. Today’s drop took about $23 billion off Apple’s market value.

“These stocks don’t just go straight up,” said Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. After such a big increase over the past several months, investors have quicker triggers to sell if the stock dips, he said. “There is a little bit of snowball effect,” Wu said.

‘We’re Sellers’Apple’s slide may continue in the next few days because it’s trading above its typical trend line, according to Carter Braxton Worth, a technical analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. “Bottom line: We’re sellers,” Worth said in a report.

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc.’s decision late on April 13 to adjust the Nasdaq-100 Index may also be driving Apple down, according to Dave Lutz, head of ETF trading and strategy at Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

First Solar Inc. was replaced with Texas Instruments Inc. in the Nasdaq-100 Index, the basis for this year’s fifth-most- traded U.S. exchange-traded fund. Because Texas Instruments has a market capitalization that’s about 20 times larger than First Solar’s, other stocks in the index are likely to see their proportion shrink, Baltimore-based Lutz said.

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From: sylvester804/16/2012 7:46:13 PM
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Quickest way to destroy CRAPple's margins = cut carrier subsidies

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To: FUBHO who wrote (19009)4/17/2012 5:05:29 AM
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Do you remember all those deluded faboys stating that Lumia 900 sales would come only from the "non-iPhone" world?

Yeah, me too. X-D

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To: zax who wrote (19031)4/17/2012 5:26:56 AM
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Guess some money managers must have seen that poll before the market opened yesterday. I would have assumed most of the people moving to the Lumia 900 to be Android users too. Just because there are twice as many as iPhone users.

This does not bode well for Apple. Once Nokia gets more product to market and more models it could get ugly for the iPhone and Apple.

Imagine if Apple had to sue Microsoft too...

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (19027)4/17/2012 1:59:58 PM
From: zax
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Apple Inc. (AAPL)-NasdaqGS 605.23 25.10(4.33%)

Whoa whoa... GTF back into your pen you stupid sheep. And don't come out until Windows 8 is released.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (19032)4/17/2012 2:15:00 PM
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Oh G-D.... So much Win. :) Someone is getting worried about losing customers...

Nokia Lumia 900 Coming To T-Mobile This Summer, Says Carrier Rep
By: Anton D. Nagy |7:44 AM 17-Apr-12

We've heard how Nokia is allegedly preparing an exclusive phone for every U.S. carrier and we're positive you remember the post about a certain "improved" Lumia 900 purportedly coming to other carriers -- as AT&T's exclusivity on the phone is, according to rumors, lasting only 45 days.

Following up on all the above reports and rumors, an in-store T-Mobile rep allegedly said the "Lumia 900 will be coming to T-Mobile this summer". We could be looking at some real inside information here or just an overzealous sales rep. However, if Nokia wants to really try regaining some of the lost market share of yesteryear, they need Windows Phones on all carriers (yes, Verizon and Sprint too).

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To: zax who wrote (19026)4/17/2012 2:29:08 PM
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You are confused. We sheep have golden fleece.

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To: zax who wrote (19031)4/17/2012 2:41:02 PM
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> remember all those deluded faboys stating that Lumia 900 sales would come ONLY from the "non-iPhone" world?

I think your memory is fuzzy, or delusional. I think it was
Lumia 900 sales would come PRIMARILY from the "non-iPhone" world

In fact I know it was, because if Lumia sales came ONLY from non iPhones that would mean than not even one iPhone sale would be lost, which is so incredibly idiotic no one could believe that except Sly.

In any case statistics say, as Julius Ceasar put it, what you want them to say, unless you are a very non-partisan thinker, which should be any investor's goal.

"Men readily believe what they wish to be true." Ceasar

I'm not too worried about those statistics.

1) the market is still rapidly expanding worldwide

2) since Android is the volume leader, your own statistics actually point out that Lumia 900 sales ARE primarily coming from Android's market share.

of course there are things I am worried about:

a) Apple might not have quite as giant of a blow out as analysts are predicting
b) China is not a sure thing

Lumia and NOK? not a big one on my radar scale.

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To: Doren who wrote (19036)4/17/2012 3:07:32 PM
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I think your memory is fuzzy

No. Search for "Lumia" or "Windows Phone" on the Apple board. You will literally find dozens upon dozens of messages where the opinion is repeatedly expressed that if Lumia 900 / Windows phone succeeds, it will be purely at the expense of Android.

I'm certain if you make the request right now, many of the herd will repeat that assertion.

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From: sylvester804/17/2012 3:16:20 PM
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Chrome for Android is a KILLER APP... and it keeps getting better and better and more AWESOME!!!!
hrome For Android Updated To Version 0.18.4409.2396, Includes UA Switching (And More), Is Now Available In All Countries With Play Store Access
Posted by Cameron Summerson in Applications, News

If your device is running Android 4.0, you'll be glad to know that Chrome for Android beta received an update in the Play Store just a bit ago that brings a few new features, one of which many users have been waiting for: user agent switching. This means that no longer are you stuck on the mobile site, as you now have the option of choosing how to load sites. Yay!

Also included in this version is:

Allow for download of files to the deviceComplex Text Layout (CTL) and Right to Left (RTL) text support in rendered pagesEnable old-style YouTube embed content to be played via native YouTube appSupport for country-specific suggested search engines.You can now add bookmarks as shortcuts on your home screen, so you can get to your favorite sites faster.Choose your favorite apps to handle links opened in Chrome.Have a proxy setup for Wi-Fi access? You can now use Chrome with the system proxy configured in Android settings.Also included in the update is support for 31 more languages, and the beta is now available in every country that has access to the Play Store.

Chrome for Android Beta

[ Chrome Release Blog, Chrome Blog]

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