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Apple, Amazon, and the weaponization of profit

Apple makes more money than any other company save those with oligopoly control of limited fossil fuel resources, yet they're perpetually punished by Wall Street and called doomed by financial-not-really-analysts. Amazon has seldom made a dime on paper and yet they're the darling of Wall Street and can do no wrong with market makers. Yet both are among the most successful companies in recent history. Why the difference? Benedict Evens on Twitter:

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Apple not paying off politicians might be costing them in the courts

Apple spends far, far less time and money lobbying and otherwise making nice with Washington than their competitors like Google and Amazon. That lack of pragmatism might be costing them in recent DOJ investigations and court proceedings, at least according to Steve Friess at Politico:

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U.S. Department of Justice wants ludicrous restrictions placed on Apple, iBooks

The U.S. Department of Justice has proposed a solution to address Apple's ebook price fixing. The remedy places restrictions on how Apple makes deals with publishers, including the immediate termination of their current deals with five publishers, and forces Apple to change policy with regards to ebook apps linking to external stores for at least two years.

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How will Google's attempt to devalue hardware hurt Apple?

With Google’s recent release of the updated Nexus 7 tablet at $229, a lot of comparisons have been made between it and other low priced tablets on the market. It sure seems like Google wants to put pressure on vendors to offer solid specs with affordable price tags for consumers. After all, this helps sell more devices, and that increases the potential market for Google services, which is where the search giant makes its profit. This isn't dissimilar to how the race-to-the-bottom in App Store pricing has commoditized software, which benefits Apple's hardware-centric revenue model. But it does prompt the question, will it force down prices, or catalyze a price war, such that nobody really makes any money on hardware? And if so, what will become of Apple's business model?

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Apple: We'll investigate Pegatron labor abuse allegations

China Labor Watch alleges that Pegatron, a Chinese electronics manufacturer whose lengthy client list includes Apple, has been abusing its employees with poor working and living conditions. Predictably, the mainstream and tech media alike has linked these allegations to Apple. Now Apple has responded with a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Apple forms academic advisory board for Supplier Responsibility initiative

An academic advisory board has been created by Apple for its Supplier Responsibility program. Richard Locke, a professor at Brown University and Director of the Watson Institute, will chair the board, which has been active for the last six months. The board will perform the following functions, according to the announcement:

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Apple named Brand of the Year for computer, tablets, phones

Market research firm Harris Interactive published the results of its newest Harris Poll Equitrend study, and the results show that Apple is still tops for consumers. The poll, which queried more than 38,500 American consumers, said that Apple is brand of the year (again) in three different categories: Computer, Tablet and Mobile Phone.

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Apple reportedly second biggest smartphone shipper in the world, again

Market share remains the most popular metric to calculate among metric calculators, and last quarter their measures claim Apple shipped the second largest amount of smartphones in the world at 31.2 million, representing a 13.1% slice of the customer pie. IDC reports:

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Tim Cook on Russia: 80% of iPhones sold from Retail, record sales figures for the quarter

Russia has been in the headlines recently, more specifically their carriers dropping the iPhone. On today's Q3 2013 earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a little to say about the story, with a little less of a doom and gloom angle on things. In short, Apple is doing just fine with iPhone sales there, reporting record figures for the quarter just gone.

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Apple Retail Stores see strong sales growth in Q3 2013, most successful MacBook Air launch yet

Part of the Apple Q3 2013 earnings call was dedicated to the Retail Stores, and on the whole it turned out pretty well for the quarter. Retail Stores saw strong growth in sales throughout, and saw their most successful MacBook Air launch to date thanks to the new Haswell machines unveiled at WWDC. The key figures:

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