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MSFT -1.05%

AAPL -1.04%

IBM -0.53%

CSCO +0.35%

GOOG -1.23%

Technology stocks still were lower as a group on Friday, with the shares of tech stocks in the S&P 500 losing almost 0.3% in value although the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index was rising over 1.0% in recent trading.

Among technology stocks moving on news:

(+) Iridium Communications ( IRDM ) was almost 8% higher in late afternoon trading following the Friday morning launch of its 10th Iridum NEXT satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California into low-earth orbit, completing a two-year, $3 billion effort to replace its entire fleet of 75 communications satellites.

In other sector news:

(-) Himax Technologies ( HIMX ) has little changed this afternoon, giving back a more than 6% advance that followed the fabless chipmaker saying it secured a significant design win for in-cell touch and display driver integration with a "major" South Korean smartphone maker. The company expects to begin shipments under the award in Q1.

(-) Apple ( AAPL ) was down 1% on Friday after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is preparing to launch three new iPhone models later this year despite recently slashing its revenue forecast following sub-par demand for its latest iPhone updates.

(-) Activision Blizzard ( ATVI ) slid as much as 13% Friday after saying it was ending its partnership with game design and development firm Bungle and will not realize any material revenue or operating income fr

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