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Apr 18, 2012

Oracle trial against Google turns into CEO day

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The chief executives of Oracle Corp and Google Inc took center stage in court on Tuesday as Google’s lawyers argued Oracle is trying to hitch a ride on Google’s success after abandoning the idea of building its own smartphone.

Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page both appeared on the stand in Oracle’s high stakes lawsuit against Google over the Android operating system. Ellison, 67, is a Silicon Valley veteran while Page, 39, cuts a younger and more unpolished figure.

Apr 17, 2012

Google says Oracle should not get piece of Android

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Oracle is trying to obtain a share of Android by asserting its intellectual property even though it had nothing to do with the development of the smartphone operating system, an attorney for Google said in court.

Opening statements between Oracle Corp and Google Inc continued on Tuesday at the high-stakes trial in a San Francisco federal courtroom. Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison is also likely to take the stand later Tuesday.

Apr 12, 2012
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Top Patch editor’s “bittersweet” exit

In case you haven’t had your fill of AOL news this week: Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham surprised employees today by declaring he will be out the door May 4.

The once-mighty Internet corporation stunned Silicon Valley just days ago by announcing it was unloading the majority of its patents to Microsoft for more than $1 billion. Now, Farnham’s imminent departure raised questions about the future of a once highly touted hyper-local news and community site that reportedly lost $160 million in 2011 alone.

Apr 2, 2012
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Way to make waves: Apple analyst puts $1,001 out there

Publicity stunt or deeply held conviction? Brian White, the once oft-quoted technology stock commentator who moved to Topeka Capital from  Ticonderoga, is stoking fiery debate with his declaration of a $1,001 target price for Apple’s stock.

White, a mainstay on financial media outlets, justifies that four-digit sum by calling attention to Apple’s penetration into new markets (with the oft-rumored and apparently imminent Apple TV), its expanding footprint in China, and its unstoppable brand power, among other things.

Mar 30, 2012

Apple, Foxconn set new standard for Chinese workers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc and its main contract manufacturing Foxconn agreed to tackle violations of conditions among the 1.2 million workers assembling iPhones and iPads in a landmark decision that could change the way Western companies do business in China.

Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, whose subsidiary Hon Hai Precision Industry assembles Apple devices in factories in China, will hire tens of thousands of new workers, eliminate illegal overtime, improve safety protocols and upgrade workers’ housing and other amenities.

Mar 30, 2012

Apple, Foxconn revamp China work conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – In a landmark development for the way Western companies do business in China, Apple Inc said on Thursday it had agreed to work with partner Foxconn to tackle wage and working condition violations at the factories that produce its popular products.

Foxconn – which makes Apple devices from the iPhone to the iPad – will hire tens of thousands of new workers, clamp down on illegal overtime, improve safety protocols and upgrade worker housing and other amenities.

Mar 29, 2012

Apple, Foxconn vow wide revamp of worker conditions

SAN FRANCISCO, March 29 (Reuters) – In a landmark
development for the way Western companies do business in China,
Apple Inc said Thursday it had agreed to work with
partner Foxconn to substantially improve wages and working
conditions at the factories that produce its wildly popular
products.

Foxconn – which makes Apple devices from the iPhone to the
iPad – will hire tens of thousands of new workers, clamp down on
illegal overtime, improve safety protocols and upgrade worker
housing and other amenities.

Mar 20, 2012

Apple’s iPad throws off much more heat -tests

SAN FRANCISCO, March 20 (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s new
iPad throws off a lot more heat than the previous version,
lending weight to complaints on Internet forums that the
hot-selling tablet computer could get uncomfortably warm after
heavy use, an influential consumer watchdog found after running
tests.

Consumer Reports, a widely followed group that reviews
everything from electronics to cars, found that Apple’s new
tablet racked up temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47
Celsius) after 45 minutes of running an intense action game, up
to 13 degrees F hotter than the previous model under similar
conditions.

Mar 20, 2012

Apple iPad heat reports swirl, probe underway

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s new iPad throws off a lot more heat than the previous version, lending weight to complaints on Internet forums that the hot-selling tablet computer could get uncomfortably warm after heavy use, an influential consumer watchdog found after running tests.

Consumer Reports, a widely followed group that reviews everything from electronics to cars, found that Apple’s new tablet racked up temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius) after 45 minutes of running an intense action game, up to 13 degrees F hotter than the previous model under similar conditions.

Mar 2, 2012

Wynn backtracks on Macau announcement as shares leap

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – Wynn Resorts Ltd
(WYNN.O: Quote, Profile, Research) retracted an announcement that it had advanced a major
project in Macau, saying it had been made in error after its
shares surged on the news.

Shares in the company, which were halted after that initial
run-up, resumed trade shortly after and were still up 5.8
percent at about $129 in early afternoon trading.

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      "Based in Los Angeles, I oversee company news coverage of much of the U.S. West Coast, including such corporations as Apple, Google and Microsoft. Previously, I was bureau chief for Hong Kong and Shanghai and oversaw coverage for all corporations in China and Hong Kong."
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