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Apple, Amazon called out for ‘incorrect’ Taiwan, Hong Kong references

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – One of China’s top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. FILE PHOTO: An electronic screen displays the Apple Inc. logo on the exterior of the Nasdaq Market Site following the close of the day’s trading session in New York City, New York, U.S., August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said…

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Apple plans some hiring reductions after selling fewer iPhones: Bloomberg

The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (Reuters) – Apple Inc will cut back on hiring for some divisions after lower-than-expected iPhone sales and missing its revenue forecast for the holiday quarter, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook made the disclosure to employees earlier this month in a meeting the day after he penned a letter to investors about the company’s recent struggles, particularly in China and…

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Apple loses bid to undo $440 million judgment in VirnetX patent case

FILE PHOTO: An electronic screen displays the Apple Inc. logo on the exterior of the Nasdaq Market Site following the close of the day’s trading session in New York City, New York, U.S., August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judgment worth $440 million that was won by intellectual property licensing firm VirnetX Inc against Apple Inc in a patent infringement case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied Apple’s appeal of a 2016 jury verdict originally valued…

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Verizon deepens ties with Apple, offers free Apple Music to some U.S. customers

FILE PHOTO: An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, China December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Tuesday it will include free Apple Music subscriptions in some of its top-tier U.S. data plans, deepening its ties with the iPhone maker. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is increasingly turning for growth to its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage, Apple Music and the App Store, and has been partnering with rivals in recent months. Two…

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Apple to launch three iPhones with new camera features this year: WSJ

(Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to launch three iPhone models this year with some new camera features, including three rear cameras for the most expensive model and two for the other models, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The new iPhones will succeed the XR model that has shown sluggish demand, which according to Apple was due to weak sales in China. That led several electronics retailers in the world’s second largest economy to slash iPhone prices this week. Apple was not available for comment outside regular business hours.…

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Apple demanded $1 billion for chance to win iPhone: Qualcomm CEO

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) – Qualcomm sought to become the sole supplier of modem chips for Apple’s iPhone to recoup a $1-billion “incentive payment” that Apple insisted on, not to block rivals from the market, Qualcomm’s chief executive testified on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A woman checks her phone at a flagship Apple store at Iconsiam shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun The payment from Qualcomm to Apple – part of a 2011 deal between Apple and Qualcomm – was meant to ease the technical costs…

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Apple considered Samsung, MediaTek to supply 5G modems for 2019 iPhones

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) considered tapping Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) and MediaTek Inc (2454.TW) along with existing vendor Intel Corp (INTC.O) to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at the trial between Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A chef walks past an Apple store in Beijing, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of such chips, which help iPhones connect…

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Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: Apple company logos are seen as two MacBooks stand next to each other in an office in Vienna, Austria January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to launch three new iPhone models this year, including one with an LCD screen, to succeed its struggling XR model, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The iPhone maker also intends to introduce new camera features, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple was not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours. The Cupertino,…

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China retailers slash iPhone prices after Apple sales warning

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Several Chinese electronics retailers including Alibaba-backed Suning (002024.SZ) and JD.com (JD.O) have slashed iPhone prices this week, after Apple (AAPL.O) recently blamed poor sales of the smartphone in the country for a rare revenue warning. FILE PHOTO: A new iPhone X is sold at an Apple Store in Beijing, China November 3, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo The discounting, as steep as $118 for the recently launched 64GB iPhone XR, is the latest sign that Apple’s weak holiday sales in China may have extended to the current quarter.…

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Apple, Qualcomm spar over CEOs’ comments on settlement talks

(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) has responded to comments made by Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook in an interview, in which he said there had been no recent settlement talks between the iPhone maker and chip supplier in their global legal battle, calling Cook’s remarks “misleading.” People walk by a video display promoting 5G connectivity at the Qualcomm booth during the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus Apple on Wednesday said it stood by Cook’s comments. The two companies are disputing comments…

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