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Weekly Highlights: Gmail Crashed, iPhone XL Hype, Galaxy S5 Tease And More

Weekly Highlights: Gmail Crashed, iPhone XL Hype, Galaxy S5 Tease And More

This may have been a shorter work week for some, but that didn't stop the tech industry from pumping out some notable headlines.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) took the lead this week, but not for the most positive reason. Gmail, its hugely popular e-mail service, went down for the first time in 2014.

The search engine giant also made headlines after a rumor claimed that bitcoin will come to Google Wallet.

In the land of all things Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), TrendForce told Benzinga how a larger iPhone will pose a significant threat to Samsung (OTC: SSNLF).

Activist investor Carl Icahn purchased $500 million worth of Apple stock.

Lenovo (OTC: LNVGY) acquired IBM's (NYSE: IBM) x86 server business.

eBay's (NASDAQ: NASDAQ) CEO said that he would like to keep PayPal within the eBay family (despite an offer from Carl Icahn to spin it off).

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) denied a rumor claiming that it wanted to get into the pay-TV business.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) was voted the most trusted and reliable company in technology.

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) revived Windows 7.

Last but not least, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) purchased the pay-TV tech that Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) developed but no longer wanted.

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

  • Gmail's First Epic Fail…Of 2014

    Gmail's First Epic Fail…Of 2014

    It's only January, but Gmail already went down.

    The outage was a brief one -- many users were back online within 30 minutes.

    But in the time that it was out, users couldn't send or read e-mails or access Google Docs.

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  • iPhone XL - The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

    iPhone XL - The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

    Before the iPhone 5 arrived, investors insisted that Apple needed a larger smartphone.

    After its release, investors said that Apple needed to make an even bigger smartphone.

    This year, many believe that Apple will finally cave and release a phablet. For lack of a better term, that device is often referred to as the "iPhone XL" here on Benzinga.

    "The competition between Samsung and Apple will be more intense as the latter releases its larger display smartphone this year," TrendForce analyst Wilson Miao told Benzinga.

    Miao added that a larger iPhone "will pose a serious threat to Samsung's high-end market."

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  • Galaxy S5 Is Right Around The Corner

    Galaxy S5 Is Right Around The Corner

    Not one to be outdone, the Samsung rumor mill is also churning out a tease for the next Galaxy smartphone.

    The Galaxy S5 is now rumored to be unveiled on February 23 at the start of the World Mobile Congress on February 23.

    Not much is known about the device, but it is expected to include a 2,900 mAh battery, head tracking gesture controls and a stylus feature that was likely inspired by the Galaxy Note series of phablets.

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  • Carl Icahn Bought More Apple

    Carl Icahn Bought More Apple

    Carl Icahn (or iCahn, as Global Equities' Trip Chowdhry once said) bought an additional $500 million worth of Apple stock.

    The activist investor now has more than $3 billion worth of Apple in his portfolio.

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  • Lenovo Finally Bought IBM's x86 Server Biz

    Lenovo Finally Bought IBM's x86 Server Biz

    The rumors can finally be put to rest.

    Lenovo has officially acquired IBM's x86 server business for $2.3 billion.

    Lenovo previously acquired IBM's laptop business and turned into one of the most successful ventures in the world.

    The Chinese manufacturer was once rumored to be interested in acquiring a major smartphone company, including BlackBerry.

    It has yet to follow through with a purchase, however.

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  • eBay CEO wants PayPal in the family

    eBay CEO wants PayPal in the family

    eBay Chief Executive John Donahoe is not eager to spin off its payment service, PayPal.

    Carl Icahn wants the two firms to part ways and pave the way for greater investment opportunities.

    But Donahoe feels that both companies benefit each other and should stay together.

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  • No Live Pay-TV Service From Amazon?

    No Live Pay-TV Service From Amazon?

    Amazon Prime has been doing very well.

    So well, in fact, that a rumor claims that the company wants to expand its video options and introduce a service for live TV viewing.

    But Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener vehemently denied the existence of a pay-TV service.

    That doesn't mean Amazon won't introduce a pay-TV service at some point in the future.

    For now, however, the company isn't developing one -- or simply wants to stay quiet about the details.

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  • Consumers Trust Microsoft

    Consumers Trust Microsoft

    The Internet can make a mountain out of a molehill.

    One of the greatest examples involves the last Winnie the Pooh movie.

    Social media chatter indicated that it would be huge. By the time it was released in theaters, no one cared.

    Pacific Rim underperformed as well, surprising studio pundits who believed that the Internet hype would deliver massive profits.

    And who could forget about the time NBC threw out Jay Leno and replaced him with a comedian who appeared to be very popular online?

    In all of those cases, the Internet misjudged the popularity of something or someone.

    The same thing happened to Microsoft. Contrary to the praise for Apple and Google, consumers actually have more trust in Microsoft.

    In fact, the Windows maker was recently voted the most trusted and reliable tech brand.

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  • Hewlett-Packard Brought Back Windows 7

    Hewlett-Packard Brought Back Windows 7

    It's cool to be retro…circa 2009.

    Windows 7 may have unofficially retired when Windows 8 arrived, but that hasn't stopped Hewlett-Packard from bringing it back.

    The company has received a lot of hype for the effort, which includes a maximum savings of $150.

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  • Verizon Bought The TV Tech Intel Didn't Want

    Verizon Bought The TV Tech Intel Didn't Want

    Intel spent a lot of money building a next-generation TV platform.

    The project included a service and a set-top box that would apparently work with existing pay-TV providers.

    Intel built the project with former Apple, Netflix and Google employees.

    Suddenly, for reasons unknown to the public, Intel decided to back away from this initiative.

    Now, after numerous rumors, the company has sold its TV technology to Verizon.

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  • Google Looking To Add Bitcoin to Google Wallet?

    Google Looking To Add Bitcoin to Google Wallet?

    This has yet to be confirmed, but Google is reportedly considering a bitcoin addition to Google Wallet.

    The rumor claims that the company is currently gauging interest for the venture.

    If Google adds bitcoin support, it could greatly help the digital currency and bring some much-needed stability to its price.

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