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October 30, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - In the biggest management shake-up since Tim Cook took the helm, Apple has ousted two top executives blamed for a pair of embarrassing missteps. Apple Inc. said Scott Forstall, its longtime executive and a protege of co-founder Steve Jobs, was leaving the company. As head of the mobile software division, Forstall oversaw the iOS operating system that runs the best-selling iPhone and iPad that together account for the bulk of Apple's sales. But the 15-year Apple veteran also was responsible for one of the company's highest-profile gaffes: replacing Google Inc.'s maps with Apple's own faulty mapping software.
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BUSINESS
April 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
One analyst is predicting that Apple stock will hit $1,001 in the next 12 months. Some people might call that number crazy, but Brian White, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets who authored a report released Monday called "Apple Fever has More to Run," said if anything the valuation might be too conservative. "All we're doing is putting a 17 multiple on the earnings for 2013 and then adding back $103.66 cash," he said. "I think it's a conservative number. For most of its history Apple's growth rate was 86% a year.
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September 21, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
During the iPhone announcement event at Apple's headquarters last week, chief executive Tim Cook took a few minutes to plug a project that hadn't gotten as much attention as the company's new gadgets or iOS 7. On the screen behind him on the stage, Cook flashed a picture of the company's new store at the Stanford Shopping Center. "This month, our attention turns home," Cook said. Photos: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7   The company had previously had a small, 1,100-square-foot store at the Stanford mall.  "Despite the size of it, our teams have served 5 million customers there, in just nine years," Cook said.
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August 25, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Dawn Chmielewski and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Inc. and driving force behind a string of products that revolutionized the consumer-electronics industry, stepped down as chief executive but was named chairman of the board, the company said late Wednesday. His relinquishing of daily control had been widely anticipated since he took an extended medical leave earlier this year. Jobs, 56, had a liver transplant two years ago and underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer seven years ago. Photos: Steve Jobs and Apple's influence "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," he wrote in a letter to the board Wednesday.
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March 27, 2014 | Chris O'Brien
Officially, the Microsoft press conference Thursday in San Francisco was intended to take the wraps off the long-awaited version of its Office for iPad. While it's a big deal, it was also the first public appearance of Satya Nadella since becoming Microsoft chief executive this year. And that, as much as a product launch, was what drew dozens of reporters to a Microsoft office in the city.  Nadella, dressed in a snug, black T-shirt and speaking comfortably in front of a series of big monitors, said the event was the first in a series of opportunities he would take to begin laying out his vision for where he wants to take Microsoft.  "Our customers want to know where we're going and what is our innovation agenda," he said.  Broadly speaking, that strategy is "mobile-first, cloud-first.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple released its annual supplier responsibility report Thursday, drawing praise from Greenpeace for steps the company has taken to reduce use of conflict minerals in its products.  "Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company," said Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall in a statement. "Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals.
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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.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2012 | By Joe Bel Bruno
Apple's stock barely budged after the technology giant unveiled the iPhone 5, which it bills as the world's thinnest smartphone. Investors seemed to shrug off the announcement -- but that's not entirely shocking. Apple shares have, on average, fallen 1.4% the day the company launched all of the previous incarnations of the iPhone, according to Morgan Stanley. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 The investment bank said the week after Apple announcements haven't been all that hot either.
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January 23, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Apple investors will soon find out whether their fears are founded, as the tech juggernaut is set to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings Wednesday afternoon. [For the Record, 7:32 a.m. Jan. 23: An earlier version of this post stated that Apple was due to report its fourth-quarter earnings. It is to report its fiscal first-quarter earnings. ] Apple's stock has fallen nearly 30% since September, in a sell-off fueled by reports of waning iPhone 5 sales and questions over whether Tim Cook can lead the company through the post-Steve Jobs era. Investors also worry that Apple could be losing market share to rivals, or that profits could suffer if it makes cheaper phones and tablets.  Apple won't report its earnings until after the closing bell on Wall Street.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
With fewer than nine hours left, an auction to have a fancy steakhouse lunch with Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett has received a top bid of $775,100 Friday. The 14th charity auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time and raises money for Glide, a San Francisco anti-poverty nonprofit. The auction got off to a strong start earlier this week , but as of Friday it's still nowhere near the record $3.5 million one anonymous winner bid last year. PHOTOS: Warren Buffett in the news Buffett, however, may see some consolation in that his companionship is at least worth more than that of Apple Inc.'s chief executive, Tim Cook.
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