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In fairness, he says that the self-driving cars and the "pool" will be ubiquitous in 10 years and just that the change will start in 2017.
 I never said they "simply outsource" – Apple's involvement in developing the process and providing tooling is well known.  The point is, there are very few Apple employees who are directly manufacturing things (i.e. sitting on the assembly line) - Apple provides services such as the design and engineering, which is generally the more lucrative activity.  Hence why Apple's margins are closer to 30% and Foxconn's to 3%.  Of course - services are being disrupted all the...
 This is a trend an ancient trend – as a species, fewer people are "making things" (e.g. manufacturing or growing crops) and more people are involved in services. Doctors, nurses, and people working retail don't 'make' things, but healthcare and retail are the largest employment categories in the US.  As we get more specialized, some of the services that people provide (like serving ads, the finance sector, analyzing film theory, abstract mathematics, HR management,...
 That may have been the case in the past, but Intel has been chasing the custom foundry market recently. They are still in early days, but they do fab other's designs.
    Wow. Looking at the requirements, it seems like a private Apple would be a mess for all but very wealthy investors.
 I'm not much of an expert on private companies, but wouldn't this make it very difficult for the proposed Apple shareholders to sell their stock? Since it would no longer be publicly traded, it seems like it would really reduce liquidity. How do you even sell a private stock? Would you have to post an ad and find a buyer?  That could work for really large investors, but seems difficult for smaller holders.   Plus, without the same reporting requirements of a publicly...
 I think the difference is that Bill Gates was talking about humanitarian needs (i.e. food, water, vaccines, etc...).  As I understand, Facebook isn't doing this as a humanitarian venture but as a business venture.  Whether FB can make money off this is less certain, but they aren't trying to address 'needs' they are trying to provide a service for money.
 I'm not sure how much has been televised, but it is more than blogs reporting it. A number of national and international news sources have covered / are covering it:http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/27/technology/android-text-hack/http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/android-flaw-could-let-hackers-take-over-phone-text-n399016http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/android-stagefright-hack-make-protected/story?id=32738151http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33689399 It looks like at...
 It is national news – https://www.google.com/search?q=stagefright+android  shows thousands of stories on it.
Maybe I'm missing something, but doesn't this just mean that Cortana can access the microphone while it is running? It seems like giving it access to that while running would be no different than giving it access to the mouse or keyboard and wouldn't require access to the Mac file system or other devices. Of course any increased access could unearth a security flaw (like if the microphone allowed access to other devices) but the risk here seems much lower than giving it...
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