The worlds of technology and entertainment combined in somewhat bizarre fashion on Tuesday when Pete Townshend took a big swing at Apple ( AAPL). Speaking at a lecture organized by the BBC, The Who guitarist described Apple's iTunes as a "digital vampire" that "bleeds" new artists instead of helping them build their careers. The iconic musician urged Apple to help nurture emerging artists by providing A&R services, as well as computer hardware and music software. Apple shares ended the week down $2.83, or 0.7%, at $400.24.
HP ( HPQ), after spending the last few months frightening the life out of investors, took a big step in the right direction on Tuesday by becoming the first major server player to support ARM's ( ARMH) low-power chips. A semiconductor star, ARM's technology has typically been found in smartphones and tablets, although HP will use the chips within a soon-to-be-launched server technology called Redstone. HP's stock closed up 13 cents, or 0.48%, at $26.97 on Friday.