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(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Wednesday it had banned Facebook Inc (FB.O) from a program designed to let businesses control iPhones used by their employees, saying the social networking company had improperly used it to track the web-browsing habits of teenagers. Apple offers what are known as certificates that let businesses have deep controls over iPhones, with the potential to remotely install apps, monitor app usage and access, and delete data owned by a business on an iPhone. Apple designed the program for organizations whose staff use iPhones for official duties, when privacy needs are different from phones for personal use tiffany infinity cufflinks.

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(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp on Thursday met Wall Street’s targets for its quarterly results and forecast, though Azure cloud computing sales grew more slowly than a year earlier. Shares of Microsoft, one of the most valuable U.S. technology companies, fell 3 percent in extended trade even though earnings per share slightly beat analysts’ estimates. The stock had closed 3.3 percent higher in a broad tech rally. Azure, Microsoft’s flagship cloud product, had revenue growth of 76 percent in the fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 31, down from a 98 percent surge a year earlier can you wear cufflinks with any shirt. Azure sales increased 76 percent in the September quarter as well..

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