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Microsoft releases OneNote for Macs, makes it free


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Corp. on Monday released a version of its OneNote note-taking software for Macs and added new features and a free tier for all of the software’s users in moves clearly targeted at up-and-coming productivity software rival Evernote.
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Ahead of the Bell: Apple to hold annual meeting

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CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple stockholders will get a chance to grill CEO Tim Cook about the company’s product strategy, acquisition plans and money management at the iPhone maker’s annual meeting.

Friday’s gathering, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PST, isn’t expected to be as dramatic as it was shaping up to be until recently. Activist investor Carl Icahn had been promising to spice things up by pushing for the passage of a nonbinding proposal urging Apple Inc.’s board of directors to spend even more money buying back its own stock.
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Apple, Samsung fail to settle before March trial

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to settle their latest patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month.

The companies detailed the lack of progress in a court filing Friday. Judge Lucy Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court in San Jose has been pushing the two sides to settle the 2-year-old case.
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Samsung parodies Apple’s iPad Air ‘Pencil’ ad with new Galaxy Tab Pro spot

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South Korean electronics giant Samsung has once again focused its marketing resources on mocking Apple, this time promoting the new Galaxy Tab Pro with a spoof of the “Pencil” ad used to introduce the iPad Air.

The ad, posted to Samsung’s YouTube page on Wednesday, opens by slowly zooming on a pencil described as “extremely pointy.” The camera then rises to reveal an iPad Air hiding behind the writing instrument as the voiceover expresses mild incredulity at the tablet’s discovery.
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Apple takes $14B bite of its stock via buyback


NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.

The buyback news helped lift Apple’s stock by more than 1 percent Friday.

Apple Inc. bought $12 billion worth of its shares through an accelerated repurchase program and $2 billion on the open market, the company confirmed.

The company stepped its investments because CEO Tim Cook believed the stock had become a bargain after a recent downturn.
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