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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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NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Peter Pae
Apple's stock is on a tear following the electronics giant's announcement it would buy back $60 billion in stock and boost its dividend 15% to $3.05 a share. The huge buyback plan and dividend increase eclipsed a somewhat disappointing second-quarter earnings report in which profit dipped for the first time in a decade. The company also forecast that its earnings in the current quarter would be lower. Apple shares are up more than $20 to $426.79 in after-hours trading. The stock closed at $406.13, up $7.64, in regular trading.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
Losing your company $2 billion apparently causes investors to respect you less, according to a recent survey conducted by Barron's. After an investment group within JPMorgan was found to have lost $2 billion in trading, the bank's listing on Barron's annual survey dropped to 49th this year from 14th last year. After the loss, JPMorgan's chief executive apologized for the risky trading before a congressional committee. Apple again took the top spot, even after its leadership changed when Steve Jobs died last fall.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By 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.
NEWS
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
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.
BUSINESS
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
October 11, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Steve Jobs died of respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor, according to his death certificate released Monday. The Apple Inc. co-founder and chairman died around 3 p.m. Wednesday in his Palo Alto home, the certificate noted. Apple and Jobs' family announced his death Wednesday but did not provide details about the time, place or cause. Jobs resigned as Apple chief executive Aug. 24. He had been diagnosed in 2003 with a neuroendocrine tumor on his pancreas, and he underwent a liver transplant in 2009.
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.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What appears to be a prototype for the original 2007 Apple iPhone was sold on EBay on Monday morning for $1,499. The rare Apple item was sold after receiving 37 bids. It's unclear if the device is authentic, but some aspects of its specs check out, especially because the prototype does not run Apple's iOS mobile operating system. Instead, the item description says the gadget runs on a special test software, which Apple has been known to use on other iOS device prototypes. "I am selling a very rare original iPhone engineering prototype," the seller wrote in the item description . "These were used to test the iPhone's various features.
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