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Apple splits iPhone in half, creates iPhone 5s, 5c
Apple, at the same event in June, announced it would offer not just one iPhone but two. The company said in addition to a premium iPhone 5s, it would dish out an "emerging market" or "budget" iPhone 5c to increase its rivalry over Android. While millions waited for their iPhone 5s to arrive amid shortages and extended delivery times, the iPhone 5c remained on store shelves. Apple reportedly reduced manufacturing on low demand for the cheaper smartphone.
After years of speculation, Twitter finally goes public
Finally. Twitter, the microblogging site, went public after years of rumor and speculation that it would float on a U.S. Stock Exchange. The company sought to gain $1 billion in what was considered the biggest floatation since Facebook's (albeit botched) initial public offering on Nasdaq in 2012. In order to avoid similar woes that its social rival suffered, Twitter underwent a "dry run" on the New York Stock Exchange. The debut was strong, but the company still has a long way to go before it reaches its peak.
Microsoft chief executive Ballmer to retire
After more than a decade at the world's most well-known software giant, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer announced he would retire. A new boss is expected to be announced in early 2014. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley scored Ballmer's exit interview, where he expressed his biggest regrets, his views on Surface vs. the Xbox, and his top five management tips. As for who will replace him? All bets are on.
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