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The last several days have been dominated by Cupertino, California-based Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL).

From rumors of an iPhone delay and a Kinect-related acquisition to a 65-inch TV and a lower-priced MacBook Pro, Apple has proven to be a very hot company this week.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) also commanded a few headlines with the rumors involving Chromebook shipments (which could increase by a significant margin) and the company's plans for a TV service.

Rumors also claimed that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is developing a smartwatch to compete with the likes of Apple, Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) and other confirmed or speculated smartwatch developers.

Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ

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