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Morning Beat: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY), and salesforce.com, inc. (CRM)


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox video gaming system is off the hook on allegations it violated Google’s Motorola Mobility Unit patent rights. The ruling by a US International Trade Commission Judge is, however, subject to review by the agency.

Motorola filed the complaint in 2010 accusing the software giant of infringing on its patent in the way the gaming console communicated with other accessories. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) can go ahead and appeal the ruling, which if successful could result in an import ban on all Xbox One console into the US. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox is the most popular gaming console having generated $9.6 billion in sales last year

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) first Android smartphone BlackBerry Priv might after not come with an 18MP rear camera. According to reports, the Canadian company is considering going with Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s IMX230 sensor. Such a move could result in a phone with a larger 21MP count.

The upgrade follows earlier tests that showed the current 18MP camera performs poorly in low light conditions. It is a change that it is inevitable as BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) wants to battle other smartphones already in the market on all fronts.

The IMX230 sensor could give the BlackBerry Priv an edge, putting BlackBerry back in the spotlight after years of disappointments on the hardware front.

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) through its venture capital arm intends to spend up to $100 million on European startups over the next five years. The company is looking to take advantage of Europe’s public cloud software that is poised to grow 12 times faster compared to other IT markets.

salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) Ventures will primarily target enterprise companies with applications focused on the cloud, mobile and social. The investment will also seek to bolster the relationships and investments that Salesforce has already carried out in the region.

Some of the companies that the cloud giant has invested in include CartoDB Cloud9 IDE and Cloud-Sense.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is increasing prices for apps in its App store according to a notice sent to developers. The 15% increase will come into effect in the next 36 hours. The increment will mostly affect users in Australia, Indonesia, and Sweden

According to sources, the increase is as a result of fluctuating exchange rates. The changes will affect App Store prices as well as In-App Purchases. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is also planning to offer two low price tiers in the Australian App Store as part of the changes to its App Store pricing. Apple is in the process of sending emails to affected parties notifying them of the increase.

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah has completed M.Com (Finance) and is currently pursuing his CFP. He tracks US markets along with other global markets like India very closely. He is very passionate about stocks, real estate, and technology. He also believes that money can always be made in the market.

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