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Apple’s tax arrangements: Biting criticism | The Economist

If you are for regulation you say “Get some rules and enforce them, to stop the crooks!”  If you are against regulations you say “Rules are meant to be broken and the crooks will simply find ways around them.” Could it be both arguments are true?

Apple and other mega technology winners are cashing in on profits by avoiding domestic tax codes offshore.  They are also using sweatshop labor in Asia.  Ironically, their biggest customers are the “occupy generation” of so called young, highly educated and liberal.

“COMPANIES such as Apple and Google are renowned for their ground-breaking technological innovations. They have also put a great deal of effort into reducing the amount of tax they pay on the mountains of cash those innovations produce. Their tactics are now attractiboth arguments are wright?

Apple and other mega technology winners are cashing in on profits by avoiding domestic tax codes offshore.  They are also using sweatshop labor in Asia.  Ironically, their biggest customers are the “occupy generation” of so called young, highly educated and liberal.

 

via Apple’s tax arrangements: Biting criticism | The Economist.

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Information technology: Has Apple peaked? | The Economist

It can be said that Apple was born of Steve’s exigencies and vision and China’s ability to ruthlessly churn out product in mass and timely form.  This dual reality of visionary and mass maker may not be sustainable in the long term.

It can all be summarized, perhaps over simplified, in a few sentences–Apple’s success in market share, its quick to market technological business model, and the need for seemingly immediate mass production and delivery, forced Apple to turn to the one place that can build and turn out mass production like no other place in the history of mankind, namely “CHINA!”  This move, as if it had any other choice, forced Apple to build a market plan that may be compromised by of necessity choosing China’s ability to produce though perhaps at the cost of product quality…

Apple’s mantra and the late Steve’s DNA contribution was the pursuit of ruthless perfection and un-compromised aesthetics for its products.  This business model may now be in question because of the company’s performance and the quality of its products slowly becoming an ongoing topic and the mass production by the China based infrastructure may not keep up with Western consumer exigencies.  If Apple continues to falter on its production timelines, quality or consumer expectations, the current discussion may prove fatal for a company that can’t change either reality–Steve is gone for ever and China may be the only mass market production vehicle?

The pursuit of perfection and mass production shortcoming facts remain to be final and clear as much as the above Policy ThinkShop analysis may frame the discussion and hold…  The London Economist shares to the discussion as follows:

“TECH blogs are abuzz. Pundits are busy pumping out predictions. The company that makes the new device that is attracting so much attention is teasing reporters by being coy about its innovative features. Apple’s product launches are always like this. But this time the fuss is not about an Apple product: it is about …”

via Information technology: Has Apple peaked? | The Economist.

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After Steve Jobs, Does Apple Still Innovate Like It Used To? : The New Yorker

Steve Jobs died a year ago today, and Apple’s done rather well since. Profits have soared and the stock is up eighty per cent. When Jobs passed away, the company’s market capitalization …

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Apple’s mini iPad production ramping up, report says – The Washington Post

The possibility of Apple releasing a smaller iPad seems a bit more likely, with a report Wednesday that the tablet is already on the production line. Apple suppliers are …

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Google Pounces on Apple Map Apology – WSJ.com

The furor over Apple Inc.’s AAPL -2.09% faulty mapping software reached the Silicon Valley company’s highest echelons Friday, prompting an apology from Chief Executive Tim Cook and opening the way for rival Google Inc. GOOG -0.26% to capitalize on the …

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Google says Maps not waiting in wings for iPhone 5 | Reuters

Google Inc has made no move to provide Google Maps for the iPhone 5 after Apple Inc dropped the application in favor of a home-grown but controversial alternative, Google’s …

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iPhone 5 Torn Apart and On Display [PICS]

Sure, we all know the iPhone 5 has got some pretty impressive hardware under the hood, but very few of us are really willing to pull out a screwdriver and take apart the brand new gadget to see what’s inside.

TechInsights did the dirty work for us, and provided Mashable with photos of a complete teardown of the …

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Apple iPhone 5 fever rages despite grumbling over maps | Reuters

Apple Inc fans queued around city blocks worldwide on Friday to get their hands on the new iPhone 5, pointing to a strong holiday season for the consumer device maker despite grumblings about the mapping app in the …

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Apple’s new smartphone: Five out of ten | The Economist

SOME hilarious videos doing the rounds on the internet show people pretending to take photos with invisible iPhones and hold conversations on them. These spoofs are meant to poke fun at Apple and its legion of fans. But the very notion that the firm …

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Apple versus Samsung: Copy that | The Economist

AFTER a jury in a federal court in California ruled on August 24th that Samsung had violated some of Apple’s patents, one wag online began referring to the

via Apple versus Samsung: Copy that | The Economist.

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Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case – NYTimes.com

Apple won a decisive victory on Friday in a lawsuit against Samsung, a verdict that will give …

MORE via Jury Awards $1 Billion to Apple in Samsung Patent Case – NYTimes.com.

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Apple’s Secrets Revealed at Trial – WSJ.com

Apple Inc.,  one of the world’s most secretive companies, is finding there’s a price in pushing its grievances against rival Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE -1.58% in federal court: disclosure.

In just the first few days of its …

MORE via Apple’s Secrets Revealed at Trial – WSJ.com.

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