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I disagree. Such a move would paint Apple as defensive.
That Google left China in order to take a stand against its human rights record is just utter baloney. Google left China because the efforts were never really going all that well in the first place and it wouldn't have subtracted anything big from the bottom line. I'd like to see Google do that with the US government. They'd play ball in a heartbeat. It is an added benefit to Google that it was able to disguise a lack of business sense as a stand for human rights and come...
Good. Apple needs to get away from Google's services completely. The fewer opportunities Google has to datamine iOS users for ad revenue, the better. That's less money going into the pockets of Google. 
Apple has never gotten into a business in which it could not differentiate itself and sell products with a strong profit margin. Chances are that before even putting together that top-secret research lab, Apple did some due diligence on the project to see how it could set itself apart from the competition.
This report seems fishy on so many levels. Compartmentalization of information is one of the most elementary security measures out there. If an organization is trying to keep something secret, limit the number of people who have access to the information. This has two benefits. First, it limits the chance of leaks. Secondly, if the information does get out, then it's easier to trace the source of the leak.    Knowing Apple's penchant for secrecy, there are probably a...
The word "owe" is the operative term. If a company or individual is paying a penny less than what they "owe", they're breaking the law. For all the flak Apple has gotten for its tax practices, no government at any level in the world has been able to prove that Apple broke the law.  It is likely true that the government is bringing in insufficient revenue. But it is also true that fiscal discipline is a problem. To use your example, if the US military doesn't keep track of...
The argument brought against a repatriation holiday is that the companies will use most if not all the money on buybacks and dividends and the amount that will be spent on things like hiring and factories will be minuscule in comparison.   Stock buybacks and dividends are shareholder distributions. The guiding principle for shareholder distributions is to do what is in the best interests of shareholders. If a company can generate a better return hanging on to the cash...
Apple has an obligation to its shareholders. And before people deride shareholders as the 1%ers, they should think twice. The group of "shareholders" includes people who have a mutual fund that invests in Apple and an Apple employee with stock options among others. Maybe the 1%ers have more money than they need but that can't be true of a middle-class American with a mutual fund that invests in Apple. Apple has an obligation to take advantage of tools that the law provides...
Execution is an integral part of making a bet successful. Google isn't short on great ideas. But they have not shown the necessary discipline to execute properly on that great idea. You are right that no revenue stream lasts forever. There needs to be something else that can take its place once that revenue stream dries up. But spending money just because it can is just not the way to go about things. A time may come when Google will find itself in want of money to invest...
Google being held up as an example of innovation and deriding Apple for not investing enough in R&D speaks to the masses' unfortunate tendency to get carried away with hot air. It's one thing to dream up ideas. It's another thing to actually execute them. On forums regarding Apple vs. Google as an investment, people trumpet Google's work in self-driving cars, modular phones and others as reasons that Google is the "story of the future" and that Apple has nothing going for...
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