Tim Cook's Big Week: Tech Weekly

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple ( AAPL) has had a rough time of it recently, with a drastic share price decline and concerns over the next big thing from the company. Not all is bleak in Cupertino, however, as CEO Tim Cook discussed a few topics pertaining to the company's future this week.

Giving his first public interview since becoming CEO, Cook spoke with NBC's Brian Williams and Businessweek on a multitude of issues, including Apple's manufacturing plans and its broader strategy.

Apple came under fire earlier this year over the working practices and conditions at its Chinese manufacturing plants. Cook announced that some manufacturing of Apple products will be brought back to the U.S. next year.

"And next year we are going to bring some production to the U.S. on the Mac," Cook was quoted as saying. "We've been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We're really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it's broader because we wanted to do something more substantial. So we'll literally invest over $100 million. This doesn't mean that Apple will do it ourselves, but we'll be working with people, and we'll be investing our money."

Cook also touched on Apple's next move into the television market, describing it as "an area of intense interest." "When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years," Cook told NBC's Williams at the end of the interview. "It's an area of intense interest. I can't say more than that."

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On the product front, Apple continues to expand the reach of the iPhone 5, which arrived in South Korea on Friday. The iPhone 5 and iPad Mini are in the process of expanding in China, with the iPad Mini hitting China on Friday and the phone arriving next week.

Deutsche Telekom announced on Thursday that its T-Mobile USA subsidiary will be selling Apple products in 2013. "T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013," explained Deutsche Telekom, in a statement.

T-Mobile USA is the last major U.S. carrier not to carry the iPhone

Shares of Apple had their worst week in nearly two years, falling 8.88% to $533.25.

Netflix ( NFLX) made headlines, both good and bad, this week.

The Securities and Exchange Commission sent CEO Reed Hastings and Netflix a Wells notice, claiming he violated the Regulation Fair Disclosure, Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act and Rules 13a-11 and 13a-15 by making comments about usage figures on his Facebook ( FB) account.

Hastings then took to his Facebook account, saying he believes the company and himself will be vindicated. "We remain optimistic this can be cleared up quickly through the SEC's review process," Hastings wrote on his page.

The Wells notice calls into question the role of social media in finance, and how it relates to disclosure. Companies like Facebook and Twitter play an increasingly important role when it comes to information and disclosure to investors.

On a more positive note, Netflix signed a major movie licensing deal with Disney ( DIS). The deal makes Netflix the exclusive provider of Disney Studios' animated and live-action feature films in the U.S.

Shares of Netflix enjoyed a strong week, buoyed by the Disney deal, gaining 5.24% to close at $85.98.

Facebook ( FB) had a newsy week, as speculation swirled that the social network would acquire a popular SMS messaging app. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm will also be joining the Nasdaq 100.

There was speculation Facebook would buy Whatsapp, though Whatsapp later described the chatter as "a rumor and not factually accurate."

On Wednesday, Nasdaq ( NDAQ) announced that Facebook will be joining several of its indices, just seven months after it went public.

In a press release, Nasdaq OMX Group announced that Facebook will become a component of three indices prior to the market opening on Dec. 12. Facebook will join the NASDAQ-100 Index, the NASDAQ-100 Equal Weighted Index, and the NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector Index. Facebook is set to replace Infosys ( INFY).

Shares of Facebook fell this week, losing 1.84% to close at $27.49.

Research In Motion ( RIMM) gave a sneak peek of its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system this week.

TheStreet's James Rogers gave his initial impressions, saying he "was quietly impressed with the new OS."

Shares of Research In Motion rose sharply this week, gaining 3.53% to reach $12.01.

Cisco ( CSCO) held its analyst day Friday, promising to "bring sex" to the company's marketing efforts with an ambitious new campaign.

"You will see us launch on Monday a different positioning for Cisco," CEO John Chambers said during a keynote presentation during the event.

Chambers also noted that Cisco has been too quiet on the acquisition front. "We have gone too long without any major M&A," Chambers said. "You will see us more active. I am not saying that we will buy someone for $20 billion."

Cisco competitor Palo Alto Networks ( PANW) reported its first quarter earnings on Thursday and gave second-quarter guidance.

The network security company reported non-GAAP earnings of 4 cents a share on revenue of $85.9 million. Analysts were looking for 3 cents a share and sales of $83.7 million.

On the company's conference call, Palo Alto issued second-quarter guidance. It expects to earn 4 cents a share on revenue between $90 million and $94 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters now expect earnings of 4 cents per share on $92.93 million in revenue.

Shares of Cisco closed out the week higher, gaining 2.23% to finish at $19.33, while Palo Alto Networks closed sharply lower, losing 5.71% to wind up at $51.31.

Ahead of the fiscal cliff, Oracle ( ORCL) decided to take matters into its own hands, accelerating its upcoming dividend payments.

According to a press release, Oracle has accelerated its second, third and fourth-quarter cash dividend totaling 18 cents per share to be payable later this month.

Oracle noted in the press release that CEO Larry Ellison, also its largest shareholder, did not participate or vote on this matter. It came straight from the board. The accelerated dividend will be paid to shareholders of record as of Dec. 14, 2012, with a payment date of Dec. 21, 2012.

Oracle shares fell 0.78% this week to finish at $31.92.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York.

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