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The Cybersecurity Play That Doubled Once – Will Double Again

Not long ago, a relative of mine was the victim of identity theft. And I have to tell you that I really felt for the entire family.

The thief ran up nearly $20,000 in charges, opened new accounts and tried to open others.

And I can tell you that the frustrations over the losses (most of which ended up being covered) were dwarfed by the helplessness that came whenever new charges showed up – and the worry that was spawned by never finding out how the whole mess started.

As we watch the headlines about data breaches and cybercrime – and watch as the violations move closer and closer to home – those worries only escalate.

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  • Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Pulls Trigger on $3 Billion Beats Deal Apple Store

    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) finally announced today (Wednesday) after the markets closed that it was buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion, a deal that has been simmering in the rumor mill for three weeks.

    The deal itself was no surprise, but tech pundits have driven themselves mad over the past few weeks trying to figure out why Apple CEO Tim Cook made the deal.

    Sure enough, Cook did talk about the deal. Here’s what he had to say…
  • Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) 2nd Annual Shareholder Meeting Highlights Facebook

    The Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock price is up 60.5% from the IPO price - so investors were thrilled at the shareholder meeting.

    Here’s how it all went down.
  • Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock Up Ahead of 2nd Annual Shareholder Meeting nasdaq FB

    Facebook Inc.'s second annual shareholder meeting will bring something new to the table...

    This year's gathering, to be held today at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, could get feisty as it marks the first time stockholders are able to put their own proposals up for vote.

    The good news going in to the meeting is the Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) stock price is in much better shape than it was at the time of its first shareholder meeting.

    Here’s what’s up for discussion this year…
  • Four Reasons Tech Stocks Will Rebound in 2014 20140521-tech-stocks

    The year is nearly half over, and the mainstream media continues to obsess over a whipsaw stock market that's been cutting highflyers down to size.

    The sullen outlook has lots of retail investors dumping tech stocks and running for the "safety" of the sidelines. That's a mistake no one should be making.

    But tech stocks - and especially biotech stocks - are poised to do very well in the last half of 2014.

    And there are four big reasons why…
  • Facebook Inc.'s (Nasdaq: FB) Rumored "Slingshot" App Takes Aim at Competition Facebook 2

    Since an unsuccessful $3 billion takeover attempt of Snapchat in 2013, Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) has been developing its own video messaging app to compete with its competitor.

    Known within the company as Slingshot, Facebook has been working on the new messaging app since Snapchat rebuffed its overtures late last year, reports the Financial Times. And, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has personally been overseeing the top-secret project, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Here’s why this is important to Facebook and the FB stock price.
  • The 10 Worst Tech Predictions of All Time worst tech predictions

    Breakthrough developments in technology are by their nature disruptive, and their long-range implications notoriously difficult to predict.

    The worst tech predictions of all time have in common a profound inability to see the value of a new technological development and in particular why it will be a game-changer. But what's obvious now is almost never obvious in the nascent stages of any tech revolution.

    And these are downright embarrassing...
  • Stocks to Buy: Get the "Google of Russia" for a Bargain Yandex

    When looking for the best stocks to buy, many investors avoid companies and markets that are tangled in bad news.

    For many, it seems like common sense to avoid areas that keep generating negative headlines. But for shrewd investors, "bad news" can frequently generate very profitable stocks.

    And right now, Russian tech stocks are providing investors with discounted buy-in opportunities. This tech stock in particular has huge potential…
  • The Three Investing Secrets Wall Street Is Terrified You’ll Discover investing secret

    An endless stream of impenetrable reports comes from the bankers in New York and our elected leaders in Washington, but most Main Street investors lack the knowledge to “decode” these reports, so they can’t respond in a constructive manner.

    But I’ve identified the three specific economic reports that matter – and have deciphered what they mean.

    These are the only three investing “secrets” you really need...
  • Two Stocks to Buy Now to Profit from the $50 Billion Big Data Industry Stocks to Buy

    Tech stocks to buy now: When it comes to innovative industries on the upswing, "Big Data" is one of the best choices right now, and the industry is full of stocks to buy.

    Analysts note that 90% of the data we work with was created in just the last two years alone. Forecasts call for this sector to grow tenfold over a five-year period, growing to roughly $50 billion by 2016.

    Here are two Big Data companies that are set to cash in on this industry’s unstoppable growth…
  • Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Knows Why It's Buying Beats – Even If No One Else Does AAPL stock

    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is not a rash and foolish company, and neither is its CEO, Tim Cook.

    So the general condemnation in the media of the possible purchase of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion by the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant seems a bit premature, although AAPL stock barely reacted.

    Still, the question on everyone's mind is why.

    On the surface, the deal apparently makes no sense. But there yet may be a method in the madness…
  • Time to Turn High-Tech "Rust" into Gold

    As a tech analyst, I spent my early years in Detroit, and I know a lot about the Rust Belt.

    In fact, when I moved to the West Coast in the mid-1980s, I drove a Honda that had already started rusting. Every once in a while, some wag would come up and ask if I was from the Midwest.

    No doubt, rust like that was obvious. But in my more than three decades of working with Silicon Valley companies, I've found high-tech "rust" may be a lot less obvious and much more insidious.

    The good news is that while this "rust" often takes down companies, it happens to be setting up three cash-generating firms that are handing us a big opportunity now... Full Story

  • Why You Need to Be Bullish on Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Nasdaq aapl-001

    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) just announced a 7-for-1 stock split that will drop the price of Apple shares from about $600 all the way down to about $86.

    Academics often dismiss stock splits as "book-keeping" maneuvers with little impact, but retail investors usually get pretty stoked about them.

    This time around it's the investor who has the right take on this.

    Here’s how this AAPL stock split can give your investment portfolio a nice jolt.
  • Why Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock Hit $600 – And Will Go Higher in 2014 Nasdaq aapl-001

    Powered by an earnings beat and a string of shareholder-friendly moves, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock breached $600 on Monday for the first time since November of 2012, and now looks like it will challenge its all-time high by year's end.

    The stock got to this point with the help of a strong dividend, a stock buyback program, and a big earnings beat. But there is so much more to come.

    Here are the catalysts that will keep pushing AAPL stock higher for the rest of the year…
  • Tech Investing: No Matter Who Loses This Silicon Valley Battle… You'll Win tech battle

    The growing rivalry between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is becoming one of the biggest battles in tech today.

    Gamers and industry analysts alike are parsing all sorts of stats to say one platform or the other is truly ahead.

    But we've found a way to make money no matter which ultimately becomes the top seller.

    And it’s about as close to a “sure thing” as you’ll find in tech investing…
  • What the F8 Conference Means for Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Stock nasdaq FB

    Announcements from the Facebook Inc. F8 developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday amplified the company’s recent focus on mobile - and in particular efforts to monetize mobile.

    Such a strategy is just what investors have wanted to see, and it will serve as a powerful catalyst for Facebook stock.

    And front and center was a new service that has the potential to double Facebook’s revenue…