Apple has reported its latest financial results, for the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, which includes sales generated over the all-important holiday season.
At first glance, things seem to have gone pretty well for the company, as it booked a record $18.4 billion of net profit, on record quarterly revenues of $75.9 billion. But scratch beneath the surface of those big numbers, and things start to look a bit different.
Breaking down sales figures for its key product lines, Apple revealed that it sold 74.8 million iPhones in the three months ending December 26, 2015 - and any way you slice it, that's a huge number of handsets. But what's significant about that figure is that it represents almost no year-on-year growth for the iPhone line; during the same quarter in 2015, the company sold 74.5m units.
Read more: Apple Q1 2016: Record profits, but iPad and Mac sales down, iPhone growth stalled
On Thursday, IBM made its purchase of live video streaming site UStream official. The acquisition was first reported earlier this week.
Financial terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed, but that earlier report from Fortune pegged the purchase price at around $130 million.
IBM claims that UStream gets 80 million users per month, and has paying corporate users including NASA, Samsung, and Facebook.
But this UStream acquisition is just a piece of a bigger picture, as announced by IBM today.
It turns out that UStream is going to form a big part of a new IBM Cloud Video Services business, as the company's cloud war with the $7 billion Amazon Web Services juggernaut continues.
Read more: IBM is going after a $105 billion market in its cloud war with Amazon
A lawyer who was given access to Google's financial records has revealed in a January 14th court case what was supposed to be a classified piece of information: Google's revenue amount and net profit for Android, which are as much as $31 billion and $22 billion respectively, Bloomberg reports.
Read more: Google has reportedly made $31 billion from Android
Dell is opening up its network operating system, one step toward a data-center OS that could help enterprises emulate cloud companies like Google and Facebook.
Operating System 10, rolling out in stages this year, changes the company's networking foundation from a closed Dell platform to open software based on an unmodified Linux kernel. It will let enterprises add third-party networking components and use common scripting languages to develop new network capabilities.
But beyond its usefulness in networking, OS10 could become a single OS for computing and storage, too. That idea has the potential to make it much easier for enterprises to work on all three parts of their infrastructure in one place using a devops approach.
Read more: Dell's OS10 aims to open up networks, then whole data centers
A major consumer advocacy group in the Netherlands has filed a lawsuit against Samsung, accusing the company of having a "poor software update policy for Android smartphones", and alleging that "Samsung is therefore guilty of unfair trade practices".
Samsung was among the first to commit to rolling out Google's monthly OS security updates following the revelation of Android's massive Stagefright vulnerability - but these updates are delivered only to a subset of the company's newer devices, and not to every Galaxy phone and tablet currently in use.
The Consumentenbond cites a survey that it carried out, which it says shows that "82% of the Samsung phones examined had not been provided with the latest Android version in the two years after being introduced." Indeed, it's worth noting that Samsung isn't exactly known for delivering updates with any great sense of urgency, as its record with the newest major version of Android shows.
Read more: Samsung sued by Dutch consumer group over "poor software update policy for Android phones"