The slim tablet has generated the usual Apple buzz, but is it overpriced compared to direct competitors? Here's a look.

By MSN Money Partner Oct 24, 2012 12:36PM
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Apple (AAPL) unveiled its long-awaited miniature version of the iPad this week. But it will cost significantly more than direct competitors from Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN).

Will buyers pony up the extra dollars? Here's a look at the three tablets from the Wall Street Journal.
 

The smaller iPad is priced higher than competitors, but it appears to have what it takes to help Apple maintain its lead in the market for lower-end tablets.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 24, 2012 12:27PM

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The iPad Mini displayed in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2012 © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoBy Chris Ciaccia

 

Apple (AAPL) announced a slew of new products on Oct. 23,  including the long-awaited iPad Mini. 

 

After demoing the product, as well as Apple's new fourth-generation iPad, it's clear that the tech giant still has a lead on its tablet competitors.

 

The smaller iPad Mini, which starts at $329 for the 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi version, looks exactly like the larger iPad, but there's a whole lot more to it. The iPad Mini has a screen size of 7.9 inches, significantly larger than the smaller tablet from Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) when you take into account actual viewing size. 

 

Telecom investors can breathe a sigh of relief following the release of Verizon Communications' solid third-quarter results.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 23, 2012 1:36PM
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An iPhone 5 on display at an Apple store in Toronto © Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP PhotoBy Antoine Gara

 

Verizon Communications' (VZ) stronger than expected third-quarter earnings cast doubt on the assessment of skeptics warning that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 will be a drag on telecom-sector profits. Undeterred, some skeptics are reaffirming their expectations that the smartphone is likely to cut into carriers' earnings by year's end.

 

In reacting to Verizon's third quarter -- which was bolstered by higher than expected wireless margins and subscriber additions -- analyst Shing Yin of Guggenheim Securities said AT&T (T) is likely to see an iPhone 5 earnings hit this quarter. The analyst suspects other carriers will face margin pressures heading into 2013 as the iPhone 5 goes global.

 

Facebook is no upgrade from Web 1.0. It is Web 1.0. It is time to value it as such.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 23, 2012 12:41PM

TheStreet LoGoFacebook log-in page © Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy  Jonathan Blum

 

If investors are getting that

déjà vu feeling from Web 2.0 giant Facebook (FB), it's because the second-generation Web is turning out to be just like the first. 

Glance at any computer, tablet or smartphone with an "email" icon on it, and you'll see a perfectly apt model for the past, present and future business potential of Facebook.

 

Think about it. Technically speaking, the technologies behind Facebook and email are about the same. Each is deployed in roughly the same way. Instead of the decades of slowly emerging Internet Web standards, sharing protocols and server technology that enabled Mark Zuckerberg to share faces and friends on Facebook, email started as a private, text-based communication tool like, say, FidoNet and CECNet, then evolved into modern, commercial email systems in the early 1990s.

 

The search giant says it acquired the cell phone maker for its patents. It's early yet, but so far the deal is serving as a significant drag on earnings.

By Minyanville.com Oct 20, 2012 7:43PM
The Motorola Razr HD Google Android operated smartphone © Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBy Michael Comeau, Minyanville

Even the most ardent Google (GOOG) bull should be questioning the wisdom of the company's acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

The $64,000 question is this: Do Motorola's patents hold enough long-term strategic and financial value to make it worth the drag on growth?

Let's look at the numbers. 

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