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Carl Icahn makes $3.4 billion from two-year investment in Apple

Carl Icahn is coo-coo for AAPL.

Carl Icahn is cuckoo for AAPL.

Carl Icahn’s big bet on Apple is paying off huge.

During an interview today defending his belief that Apple will make a 65-inch UltraHD TV, the billionaire revealed his investment in Apple starting in 2013 has been one of the greatest trades of all time, netting about $3.4 billion.

Icahn owns more than 52 million shares and stands to make even more if Apple shares reach his current estimated value of $240 (shares closed today at 129.989). Watch what Icahn had to say about his mega-investment below:

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Apple to hire 500 extra workers for mysterious Arizona command center

Back entrance to GTAT's sapphire plant in Mesa, AZ. Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Back entrance to Apple’s sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona.

Apple’s first efforts to do major business in Arizona crashed and burned with the spectacular failure of GT Advanced Technologies’ sapphire plant, but the company’s second effort is going much better than expected.

More than 500 jobs are being added to Apple’s command center in Mesa that will require a small contingent of top Apple executives from Silicon Valley to move to Arizona to oversee operations, while other positions will be filled by local hires.

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The iPod’s godfather is still waiting for his Apple Watch

From the sound of things, Nest CEO Tony Fadell learned quite a bit from working with Steve Jobs.

From the sound of things, Nest CEO Tony Fadell learned quite a bit from working with Steve Jobs.

Before creating the home automation company Nest, Tony Fadell cut his teeth at Apple by creating revolutionary products like the iPod. You’d think being one of the key guys behind Apple’s resurgence in the early aughts means you get hooked up with Apple products for life, but according to Fadell, he had to pre-order the Apple Watch like the rest of us peasants. And he’s still waiting for it to arrive.

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The first Apple Watch software update is here

Which apps take up the most space on your wrist?

It’s time for an Apple Watch software update

Apple Watch has barely been available to the public for a month now but Apple is already sending out its first software update this morning that includes new emojis as well as fixes for Siri, measuring stand activity, and third party apps.

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Apple renews contract with TomTom to provide Maps data

TomTom will continue to power Apple Maps.

TomTom will continue to power Apple Maps.

TomTom, the Dutch navigation systems company that powers Apple Maps, announced today that it has renewed its contract with Apple to provide digital mapping data for iOS.

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iPhone 6s might launch as soon as August

The iPhone 6s may arrive sooner than expected.

The iPhone 6s may arrive sooner than expected.

Ever since the release of the iPhone 4s Apple has launched its annual smartphone updates in September, but according to supply chain sources, the production of iPhone 6s components is going so well, Apple might be able to launch the device sooner than expected.

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Doom teaser is too damn short

The demons are coming.

The demons are coming.

I’m not much of a video gamer, but Doom holds a special place in my heart. It’s the first game I can remember playing on a Mac, and while the next game in the sequel has been in the works forever (see: 2008), we finally got our first look at the gristly game today.

Publisher Bethesda will show off more of Doom at E3 next month, but for now the company released a super short teaser that has everything you could wish for: shotguns, and demons with monster guns.
Check it out below:

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New Apple TV with App Store and Siri will debut at WWDC

We're finally going to get the TV experience we deserve.

Apple TV might be in for a massive upgrade.

The biggest Apple TV update ever could make an appearance next month at WWDC, according to a new report that claims the new set-top box will feature innovative new software features to go with the hardware upgrade.

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Barack Obama writes his first tweet from an iPhone

Barack Obama writes his first tweet from an iPhone

President Obama sending his first tweet.

President Barack Obama is finally ready to enter the age of social media. After sitting behind the Resolute desk for six years, the president finally opened his own Twitter account today, but rather than using his hacker-proof BlackBerry to send his first message, POTUS turned to an Apple product.

Here’s his first tweet, sent from an iPhone:

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Carl Icahn thinks Apple is about to launch an UltraHD TV

Carl Icahn is coo-coo for AAPL. Photo: Forbes

Carl Icahn is coo-coo for AAPL. Photo: Forbes

In an open letter to Tim Cook, billionaire investor Carl Icahn says Apple’s stock is still incredibly undervalued, and that now is the time for a much larger stock buyback.

Icahn’s firm believes that Apple shares are really worth $240 today, despite trading around $130.26 this morning, an increase over his previous estimate of $216. According to his letter, Icahn believes Apple is poised to dominate two new markets – television and the automobile.

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