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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) didn't have any major products to unveil this week, but the Mac maker did make one major announcement.

Once again, Apple has set a new record for quarterly iPhone sales.

Meanwhile, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) got out of the smartphone manufacturing business and sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo (OTC: LNVGY).

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) was rumored to be developing a game console (again!).

Super Bowl ticket prices were down in the secondary market.

Piracy skyrocketed for all of ABC's shows.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) could be on the verge of a new CEO.

Samsung (OTC: SSNLF) announced its plans to release a 4K smartphone in 2015.

And Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) unveiled a new app.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

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    Apple Sold 51 Million iPhones

    Apple Sold 51 Million iPhones

    Apple sold 51 million iPhones during the December quarter.

    This is a new record for the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.

    Apple also sold 26 million iPads.

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    Google Dumped Motorola

    Google Dumped Motorola

    Remember those pundits who claimed that Google only purchased Motorola for the patents?

    It turns out that they were right.

    Google took a stab at Motorola manufacturing, but the company ultimately decided to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo.

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    Samsung To Deliver 4K Smartphones In 2015

    Samsung To Deliver 4K Smartphones In 2015

    In one year, consumers will begin to feast their eyes on the first 4K smartphones.

    Samsung plans to be one of the first to deliver a handheld device with an ultra-high resolution display.

    How high, you ask?

    If Samsung's estimates are correct, the company would deliver a smartphone with 3,480 x 2,160 pixels. This amounts to roughly 820 pixels per inch!

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    Facebook's Teen Users Remain Intact

    Facebook's Teen Users Remain Intact

    Some investors may have wondered why Facebook did not provide an update on its teen usage numbers.

    Industry experts told Benzinga that there wasn't much to worry about.

    They believe that if Facebook would have specifically announced a decline in teen users if a decline had actually occurred.

    After all, Facebook volunteered that data during the previous quarter.

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    Microsoft's CEO Could Be…

    Microsoft's CEO Could Be…

    The exec VP of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group could be on the verge of a massive promotion.

    Satya Nadella is expected to get the CEO gig that Steve Ballmer will vacate later this year.

    Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Ford CEO Allan Mulally were some of the other high-profile execs that have been rumored for the job.

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    Facebook Paper: A Game-Changing App?

    Facebook Paper: A Game-Changing App?

    By the time you read this, Facebook might have released its latest app: Paper.

    Designed to bring a newspaper-like feel to the social network, Paper introduces a clever, swipe-based layout that is radically different from the typical Facebook experience.

    Analysts and tech bloggers are very intrigued by its potential.

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    Super Bowl Prices Plummet

    Super Bowl Prices Plummet

    Secondary ticket prices are down for this year's Super Bowl.

    The Big Game has experienced a number of notable declines ever since the financial crisis of 2008.

    This year's declines could be the worst, however.

    Sports fans shouldn't worry though: no matter what happens, every seat will be full on Sunday.

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    ABC Has A Piracy Problem

    ABC Has A Piracy Problem

    ABC recently decided to restrict the next-day viewing of its latest shows.

    Instead of allowing every consumer to visit ABC.com or Hulu.com to watch Modern Family the day after it airs, ABC is now requiring users to pay for cable or subscribe to Hulu Plus.

    Everyone else must wait an extra week to catch up.

    Consumers responded to this restriction by switching to piracy.

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    Amazon's Game Console Resurfaces

    Amazon's Game Console Resurfaces

    Inspired by the huge sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Amazon is once again rumored to be working on a game console.

    Unlike the cheap, $99 box that was rumored before, this one is expected to retail for less than $300.

    Amazon may also be intrigued by the prospect of becoming the number-three console if Wii U continues to flounder.

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