AsOf9: Blackstone Backs Out of $25 bn Dell Bid & Top Stories

AsOf9, your daily dose of technology news brief is here. In today’s news: Blackstone Backs Out of $25 bn Dell Bid & other top stories.

Dell LogoBlackstone withdraws $25 billion Dell bid : Blackstone’s investors weren’t convinced of the deal’s merits, and felt that Dell’s value on the stock market is already fair. Blackstone’s deal would have included an option for shareholders to hold onto their stake.

Google’s Q1 2013 earnings beat expectations on profits, miss on revenue: Google’s earnings are out and its a strong showing for the search giant in terms of profits, with weaker figures on the revenue side.

IBM comes up short of Q1 2013 estimates with $23.4B in revenue, EPS of $3.00 due to falling demand : IBM’s various markets have also taken a bit of a hit. The company reported that revenues from these growth markets went down 1 percent and even revenues in Brazil, Russia, India, and China also decreased the same amount.

Facebook Voice Calling Now Available To All US Users Thanks To Today’s Android Rollout Previously VoIP for Android was available in 23 other countries, but its roll out to the United States makes it 24. Facebook tells me the rollout will happen over the course of today, and doesn’t require any formal app updates.

Google Translate gains support for its 66th language: Cambodia’s Khmer : Google promised that it continues to work on additional languages. If your language isn’t supported yet, the company recommends that you use it on publicly available websites and upload translations to its translator toolkit.

Box adds editing and document creation functionality to its cloud storage service: Box Edit will work on desktops, mobile, and tablet devices. Once installed, users can create new files like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Simply add a title and the new document is instantly created within the associated native app.

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