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  • Apple's Loser Strategy [View article]
    I stopped reading after the statement that Lexus and BMW are superior in every respect to Cadillac and Lincoln. That is just not true. It really depends upon the model. You need to dig under the hood a little more before these analogies.
    Sep 12 08:21 AM | 28 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Senate Slams Apple On Tax Avoidance [View article]
    Maybe Apple should move its headquarters to another country. Then, the Senate could pound someone like Google for being unAmerican and Apple could be considered a great ally for paying so much taxes to the U.S. despite not being an American company.
    I hope this post doesn't get me audited by the IRS!
    May 20 08:46 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple beats estimates, issues solid guidance; shares lower [View news story]
    They already introduced a spaceship. It's called their new headquarters.
    Oct 28 04:42 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) releases Tim Cook's official statement (.pdf) to the Senate ahead of his Tuesday appearance at a hearing on corporate tax payments. Among other things, Apple claims it paid ~$6B in federal taxes in FY12 and a 30.5% effective federal tax rate, and that its foreign units don't engage in the practices the hearing focuses on (the shifting of IP to offshore havens, revolving loans from subsidiaries, etc). The company proposes a tax system that's "revenue neutral, eliminates all tax expenditures, lowers tax rates and implements a reasonable tax on foreign earnings." (previous[View news story]
    Do you want even more corporations to leave the U.S.? If they move to a more business friendly country, taxes in places like China won't hit them so hard.
    May 20 04:56 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Report: Apple holding music service talks, mulling Android iTunes app [View news story]
    iTunes became super successful in the first place because it supported non-Apple products (i.e. Windows). I think they could do the same with their streaming app without hurting their iPhone sales. I'm not sure about iTunes although the two do go together somewhat.
    Mar 21 06:08 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple Didn't Fix Its Biggest Problem [View article]
    Apple certainly needs new products and new market segments to climb higher, but this is true with most high tech companies.
    Sep 28 07:10 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More scrutiny for Apple (AAPL): After receiving complaints related to possible anti-competitive sales practices, the European Commission has launched an informal, preliminary inquiry into whether the company compels operators to accept terms which ensure it always gets at least as good a deal in terms of subsidies as competitors. A nine-page questionnaire sent to telecoms also asks about minimum purchase requirements and sales terms, FT reports. AAPL says it is in full compliance with all applicable laws. [View news story]
    The term "Most Favored Nations" term wasn't invented by the wireless industry and it's a perfectly legal concept. I don't get the issue. It sounds like the Europeans are just trying to blame their problems on a big company.
    May 26 11:52 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Broadcasters could go to Supreme Court to shut down Aereo [View news story]
    BTW, it's antennas, not antennae. Bugs have antennae.
    Oct 11 07:26 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Congress Could Fix Its Budget Woes, Permanently [View article]
    This seems like a Yahoo article, not a Seeking Alpha article. Very disappointing to see such naïveté and politics in the article. The author needs to study what the Fed been doing the past few years.
    Feb 14 08:51 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ: Apple, Comcast in talks about TV-streaming service [View news story]
    Nice to hear of Apple doing something new that is near term tangible.
    Mar 24 07:39 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple roundup: China Mobile, iPad Mini forecasts, memory M&A speculation [View news story]
    However, if they simply give into China Mobile, other large carriers will start to demand some of the same terms and conditions.
    Sep 5 11:59 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Hey, Apple Longs, Don't Sweat The Mediocre Moto X [View article]
    Actually, I know of a lot of people who use Siri, including me. However, I tend not to use it when others can overhear me and I use it primarily as a typing assistant, so perhaps you don't realize how many people use Siri?
    Aug 3 01:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • LinkedIn (2013) Vs. Amazon (1999) [View article]
    Interesting article and comparison. However, Amazon mostly sells low margin items. LinkedIn should be able to obtain significantly higher margins. Regardless, the lesson is good.
    Feb 21 10:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yandex Post The Crimea Crisis [View article]
    Nice article. I expect this Russian political mess will be resolved within the next fe months. Putin will consolidate his gains before doing anything more
    Mar 22 10:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Yahoo: Short The Alibaba IPO Hype [View article]
    Nice article except that it seems the cash and position Yahoo will have from Alibaba and Yahoo Japan needs to be taken into better account when determining future value.
    Mar 17 08:27 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment