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February 18, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
Samsung Electronics Co.'s and Apple Inc.'s battle to dominate the world's smartphone markets has mostly been waged from their respective sides of the Pacific. Now the South Korean tech giant is storming rival Apple's backyard, launching an aggressive expansion into Silicon Valley. Samsung has opened a new innovation center in Menlo Park, Calif. A research and development lab is planned for San Jose. A start-up incubator is cooking in Palo Alto. And its most audacious undertaking: erecting a massive new semiconductor campus with a distinctive design destined to compete with Apple's proposed spaceship-like campus for the title of Silicon Valley's most distinctive architectural landmark.
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April 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What will Apple name the next version of OS X? We may have the answer, and we approve. The tech giant is keeping a lid on the name of the next operating system, expected to be announced in June, but trademark filings discovered this week and revealed on multiple news sites may include it. Apple is continuing a theme, begun with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, that's hard to beat: California. For more than a decade, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant named its Mac computer software after big cats, including Cheetah and Mountain Lion.
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August 3, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
In a rare step, the White House on Saturday overturned a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission that would have banned Apple from importing several of its older products. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, an Obama appointee, issued a letter explaining the decision to make such a rare intervention in a trade dispute. The last time the White House vetoed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission was 1987. "I have decided to disapprove the USITC's determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in the investigation," Froman wrote.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple investors were rejoicing this week after the company reported first-quarter earnings that were far better than expected, thanks to strong iPhone sales. Throw in an additional $30 billion that the company plans to spend on stock buybacks and dividends, and shareholders ended the day with big grins.  Perhaps the only blemish on an otherwise big day for Apple were sales of iPads.  Analysts were expecting  iPad  sales to fall to 19.38 million from 19.48 million in the same quarter a year ago. Instead, the company said it sold only 16.35 million units.
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BUSINESS
August 11, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Here we go. Word is that Apple is going to unveil its new iPhone at an event scheduled for Sept. 10, according to All Things D .  Few other details were known, although Apple is widely expected to show off a new iPhone 5S that has been rumored to include improved cameras and processors as well as possible goodies like a fingerprint sensor for added security.  PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet But if the...
BUSINESS
March 1, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- At an annual shareholders meeting Friday that was almost completely devoid of drama, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook still managed to stun the audience for a moment and bring the room to complete silence.  Sitting on a chair onstage, holding an iPad and some notes, about halfway through a Q&A session, Cook suddenly said something unthinkable for a company that never says a peep about its future plans: "And now I'm going...
OPINION
April 27, 2012
Re "Apple's profit nearly doubles," Business, April 25 The article describing the profits of Apple is but one of several such announcements of record profits in many industries that appear in newspapers regularly. This at a time when most of our citizenry is struggling to keep their heads above water. The discrepancy is so apparent that one wonders at the bewildering confusion of voters during this electoral season. Russell Blinick Encino
OPINION
August 28, 2012
Re "High stakes after Apple verdict," Aug. 26 The article closes with a quote from Santa Clara University assistant law professor Brian Love, who said that technology companies should "take all the money they are spending on lawyers and experts and instead invest that money in research and design. " Great in theory, but once you spend all that money and effort and produce a revolutionary product such as Apple's iPhone, and then the guy down the street copies all your best ideas, what are you supposed to do?
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July 24, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Here's one aspect of Steve Jobs' legacy that Tim Cook, his successor at the helm of Apple, must be hating Wednesday: the company's reputation for lowballing its sales and profit estimates. The company found itself in the odd position of reporting better results than it had projected -- and, more objectively, higher quarterly sales and profits than the year before -- yet having its stock hammered in after-hours trading. Why? Because analysts had predicted much higher sales and profits, and thus were surprised and disappointed.
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April 24, 2014 | By Jay Jones, reporting from Las Vegas, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Those instant cameras that Polaroid popularized in the mid-20th century (“Meet the Swinger! The Polaroid Swinger!”) are now right where they belong: in a museum in Las Vegas. You'll find the museum in the two-story Polaroid Fotobar shop at the Linq, the new entertainment and retail complex along the Strip. The Fotobar stores - there are four in Florida besides the Vegas location - offer photo gifts created from your own photography. Polaroid, its museum website says, was the Apple of its day. Its foldable SX-70, the low-cost Swinger ($19.95)
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April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Big earnings. Big stock buyback. Big stock bump. On Thursday, investors cheered Apple's performance by sending its stock up by as much as 8.5% in early trading.  The stock climbed to $ 569.50 at one point early Thursday, up from $524.75 the previous day.  Riding a wave of strong iPhone sales, Apple on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $45.6 billion, well above analysts' consensus of $43.6 billion, and up from the...
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April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Three months ago, when Apple reported its holiday earnings, the company posted record revenues thanks to refreshed lines of iPads and iPhones that had launched in the fall.  But instead of basking in a big win, Apple got pounded by Wall Street because of what the company said would happen in this current quarter. Apple projected a range of revenue expectations that raised the possibility of its first revenue decline in more than a decade. Apple is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings after the markets close Wednesday, and most analysts think the company will actually squeak out a slight revenue gain.
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April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New code found within Apple's software seems to indicate the tech giant will be bringing its Siri voice assistant to the next version of the Apple TV, a report Wednesday said. That may mean that Apple will compete against the new $99 Amazon Fire TV for customers on the high-end of the video-streaming market. The Amazon Fire TV was announced and released earlier this month. It can stream audio and video from services such as Netflix and Pandora the same way other gadgets in this market do. But unlike many of its rivals, the Fire TV also comes with voice search and the ability to play video games.
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April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
After weeks of anxiety among investors over Apple Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter results, the company delivered a one-two punch of good news Wednesday that sent its stock soaring. First, Apple posted revenue for the three months ending in March that beat both Wall Street's projections and its own guidance. And second, the company said it was expanding its record stock buyback and dividend plan to $130 billion from $105 billion. "We are announcing a significant increase to our capital return program," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a statement.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Talk of Silicon Valley losing steam was put on hold as two technology titans, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue. Apple's stock climbed more than 7% in after-hours trading after it reported that sales of iPhones blew past Wall Street's projections. Facebook's shares spiked 4% after it said ad revenue rose 82% year over year. Although many tech stocks slid in recent weeks, the robust financial results demonstrated that, at least for now, the underlying businesses of these two leading companies remain strong.
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February 15, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Apple has some explaining to do -- to Congress. On Wednesday, Democratic Reps. Henry A. Waxman of Beverly Hills and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina penned a letter to Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook, requesting information on Apple's iOS app developer policies and suggesting that perhaps Apple could be doing more to secure iPhone users' private information -- specifically the email addresses and phone numbers they keep in...
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April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Leave it to Apple to celebrate Earth Day by kicking off new device recycling programs while also taking a shot at one of its biggest rivals. The Cupertino tech company on Tuesday ran an Earth Day ad in numerous newspapers around the world, including The Times, that challenges its competitors to adopt the same environmentally friendly policies that Apple has. "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," the ad reads in large letters....
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In a case that could strengthen truth-in-labeling laws, Supreme Court justices on Monday voiced deep skepticism about Coca-Cola's Pomegranate Blueberry juice that is 99.4% apple and grape juice, saying the name would probably fool most consumers, including themselves. The high court is hearing an appeal from Stewart and Lynda Resnick of Los Angeles, makers of a rival pomegranate juice called Pom Wonderful, who complained that the name of the Coca-Cola product, sold under the Minute Maid brand, is false and misleading.
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