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There's no question of Apple "allowing" Google Maps as an alternative app. It's up to Google to develop one and put it in the app store.
People who think that Apple should license patents and make money are not seeing the point here. Apple's strategy revolves around putting a unique product in the hands of the consumer. Apple tries to set itself apart from competitors products. Licensing out the patents and making a mint off of licensing fees might sound nice on paper. But in the long range, it's contrary to Apple's strategy of building a unique device.
I think people are confusing tax evasion with tax avoidance. If Apple were moving earned profits overseas out of the US, that would be tax evasion, which is illegal. What Apple is doing is refusing to repatriate profits that were earned overseas to avoid paying repatriation taxes. That is tax avoidance, which is not illegal.   I get the argument that Apple should pay tax because it is using infrastructure, but who's infrastructure is it using? If the profits were...
The decision to increase retail workers' pay wasn't made in a day either. And increasing retail workers' pay is simply smart business. In Apple's higher ups' mind, the retail employees were too valuable to lose to another company. The higher ups decided to bump up pay so that they would not feel an incentive to move somewhere else.   The whole premise of the NYT article is that Apple is very rich so they should share their wealth by increasing salaries. In any job,...
So if you choose to buy someone's product, that person now owes you something? If someone in Spain choose to buy a song/app from Apple, that individual chose to buy an Apple product of their own free will. Apple doesn't owe the whole of Spain one damn thing! Now it's a different matter if Apple does business in Spain, e.g. having stores in Spain. But even then, I don't blame Apple for working with the system in place. I blame the government for putting the system in place. 
Steve would have paid a dividend. He wouldn't have had a choice. In terms of shareholder value, Apple's cash hoard was being a drag. Apple was probably earning less than 1% on their cash hoard. If Apple paid a dividend, a shareholder could buy stock in another company and generate a much greater return on it.    There's also the issue of share creep. A lot of people at Apple have received options grants. When they exercise these options, those are new shares on the...
Apple's fundamentals haven't changed at all. It's just that stocks as a whole aren't an attractive asset class to be parking money in.    All the arguments I've been hearing about how Apple's growth isn't sustainable sound like saying, "Eventually everything that is born has to die." Don't tell me that Apple's growth will level off. Tell me HOW Apple will level off. Will Apple die of cancer or natural causes?
You people are reading way too much into this. Insiders sell shares all the time to raise cash. For example, if they want to buy a house, they might just sell their shares to get the cash. It means nothing.
A lot of people move to states that have lower tax rates. They undertake all sorts of measures to reduce their taxes as much as possible within the bounds of the law. Outsmarting Uncle Sam has been a national pastime for decades.    Many individuals have tried tax saving strategies such as gifting some of their income to their kids as a way to avoid taxes. Since kids have no income, they have no income tax, so parents would be able to get some of their come tax-free....
First of all, in the eyes of the law, there are no "small guys" and "big guys." At least ideally. Patents are designed to protect the fruits of one's investment of resources, be it a large or a small corporation. A patent troll is used to describe an entity that acts basically as a patent holding company. It buys up patents from other companies with no intention whatsoever of actually using those patents to make a product. The patent troll buys up patents with intent to...
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