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  Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

Why Tweets on Google search results benefit brands

Posted By: Althea Chang

Google is now allowing tweets to appear on its mobile search results page, and that could be a big benefit for companies promoting products on social media.

Google mobile search users can see real-time tweets, plus they can view what specific people and companies have tweeted about the topic being searched, according to a blog post from the search giant.

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  Monday, 18 May 2015 | 11:41 AM ET

How to navigate Apple's latest acquisition

Apple has acquired yet another mapping technology company, a move that could foreshadow major improvements for its own mapping service.

The tech giant's latest mapping purchase involves Coherent Navigation, a start-up known for its precise GPS mapping technology, according to report from Mac Rumors that was later confirmed by The Wall Street Journal.

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  Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

Why the Apple Watch needs a bigger screen: Expert

Posted By: Althea Chang

The much-anticipated Apple Watch has been officially released, but consumers may want to see a larger screen on the device before sales really take off, according to one expert.

"...You've got to remember, the whole reason this new iPhone has done well is [that it has] a bigger screen. So now we're going to a smaller screen? It doesn't make the most sense," said Patriarch Equity CEO Eric Schiffer in an interview on Friday with CNBC's Tech Bet.

Read MoreWhy the Apple Watch won't destroy the Rolex

"There are a lot of question marks as to whether this is going to be a long-term seller. It's a wait and see," Schiffer said.

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  Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:03 AM ET

What to expect from GOOG, AMZN, MSFT earnings

Posted By: Althea Chang

Tech titans Google, Amazon and Microsoft report quarterly results after the bell Thursday, but they may not all exceed expectations.

For the past five quarters, Google hasn't topped expectations and it isn't expected to report an upside surprise in the latest quarter, said Lou Basenese, founder of Disruptive Tech Research, a research and investment advisory firm.

Read MoreGoogle's mobile biz, others may follow: Former Sprint exec

Mobile advertising will be a key point of interest for investors anticipating Google's earnings report, Basenese said in an interview with CNBC's "Tech Bet."

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  Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

Samsung forecasts profit drop, still beats estimates

Posted By: Althea Chang

Samsung expects to report a more than 30 percent decline in first-quarter profit, but that's better than analysts' forecasts.

The South Korean device maker estimates that its operating profit fell to 5.9 trillion won ($5.4 billion) in the period, compared with 8.49 trillion won a year earlier, according to a post on the company's official blog.

Read MoreIs the tide turning for Samsung?

Meanwhile analysts polled by Thompson Reuters expected Samsung to report profit of 5.3 trillion won for the quarter.

The company's results could see a boost going forward, however, with the release of its new Galaxy S6 phone on Friday.

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  Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 11:29 AM ET

EU charges against Google 'anti-American': Expert

Posted By: Althea Chang

Antitrust allegations against Google by European regulators seem anti-American and anti-capitalist, private equity investor Eric Schiffer said Thursday.

Google could soon be facing antitrust charges by the European Union alleging that it skewed Internet search results, favoring its own online shopping and travel services over those for its rivals, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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  Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

What Amazon's Dash button means for shoppers

Posted By: Althea Chang

Amazon's Dash button could hurt new brands if it becomes widely used to re-order old favorites, according to one economist.

Amazon Dash works like the e-commerce site's Buy It Now button on the web, except it will be an actual button sent to the customer. With a push of the button, consumers can order the products they need without having to visit the Amazon website or app, according to the company's website.

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  Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

Apple Watch rival hits $20M mark on Kickstarter

Posted By: Althea Chang

Crowdfunding for the Pebble smartwatch on Kickstarter has reached $20 million, but its success may be due in part to anticipation for the Apple Watch, researchers say.

Pebble had 78,471 backers and $20,338,986 in Kickstarter funding, according to the website Monday. Pebble's initial goal on the crowdfunding site was $500,000.

Read MoreWhy the Apple Watch has some security pros worried

Pebble says its watch is water resistant and its battery can last up to seven days. Apple's watch is water-resistant as well, but its battery life is about 18 hours, based on regular use, according to the tech giant. And while pricing on the Apple Watch starts at $349, the basic Pebble Watch costs about $99, according to the companies' websites.

Part of Pebble's success could be thanks to fanfare over the Apple Watch, however.

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  Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

Apple joins the Dow: Here's what to watch

Posted By: Althea Chang

Despite Apple's stellar market performance, the stock could add some volatility to Dow Jones industrial average, RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani said Thursday.

"The one thing you do wonder about is, Apple has been a straight-line up stock, but it has been fairly volatile historically and does this increase the volatility of the broader index?" Daryanani asked during a CNBC interview. "By our estimation, Apple's going to be something like 5 percent of the index right now."

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  Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

Next up after Apple TV online? An Apple TV set

Posted By: Althea Chang

Apple could be better poised to sell its own television set, according to one analyst, following a recent report that the tech giant plans to release an online TV service.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Apple is planning to launch its online TV service this fall, citing anonymous sources.

Television content has been a major hurdle for Apple in its reported plans to sell its own television, Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster said in a report Tuesday. Munster, who has been expecting Apple to make its own TV set for some time, now says it will be announced in 2016.

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