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Column: Apple and Tesla contemplating the automotive if’s

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My original opening to this article read like this: Apple is almost certainly not acquiring Tesla Motors.

But maybe it should.

It would be cool to imagine Elon Musk as Tim Cook's successor, wouldn't it?

On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Apple's top M&A guy, former Goldman Sachs banker Adrian Perica, met with Musk (and probably Tim Cook as well) last spring...

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Column: Google, Microsoft make peace with their partners

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It was in 2010 that the mobile era first began to take after a soap opera -- the year that Steve Jobs called Android a "stolen product," and pledged to destroy it. That spring, Samsung Electronics released the first Galaxy S smartphone, which would later become the subject of a contentious legal battle with Apple. It was also in 2010 that the smartphone patent war went global, with the number of...

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Column: Three fresh rumors about Apple's iPhone 6

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The Korea Herald reported this afternoon that Apple is testing an iPhone 6 prototype that does not have a bezel surrounding its display. If Apple is indeed going bezel-less for the newest iPhone, it could look more like a Samsung Galaxy S4 than an iPhone 5S.

This is only the latest report to mention the bezel-less approach: Last November, Bloomberg reported that Apple was developing two new...

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Icahn gives up Apple buyback plan after ISS urges 'no' vote

Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and chairman of Icahn

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Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has backed off from his proposal that Apple Inc increase its stock buybacks, citing the company's recent repurchases as well as an influential proxy adviser's call against his proposal.

In a letter to Apple shareholders on Monday, Icahn wrote he was ditching his efforts to force Apple to add another $50 billion to its stock buyback plan, "especially...

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Column: Apple files its most ironic patent yet

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"Who wants a stylus? You have to get 'em, put 'em away, you lose 'em. Yecch! Nobody wants a stylus. So let's not use a stylus."

That sweeping, provocative disapproval of rubber-tipped pointers was expressed seven years ago by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs during the grand debut of the original iPhone. Valuing simplicity above all else, the Cupertino chief condemned the notion of extra accessories...

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Column: Did Apple just reveal its next big thing?

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Last week's earnings report was a bruiser for Apple iPhone sales disappointed, the outlook for the current quarter was gloomy, and unit prices continued their long fall as consumers embraced older, cheaper models.

These trends aren't surprising, or even new, but the quarterly conference call had an air of frustration as one analyst asked CEO Tim Cook, "Are you still a growth company?"

In...

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Column: Apple TV will become a video game console, sources say

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Last year, Google galvanized the media center market with its incredibly inexpensive Chromecast device, which turned users' TVs into connected sets for a mere $35. But whereas Mountain View raised the bar in 2013 for home entertainment in terms of price, ease, and streamlined UI, 2014 could prove to be Apple's year to shake up the industry with an update to its Apple TV line.

Sources indicate...

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Column: Developers prefer Android to iOS, studies say

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Back in November of last year, Business Insider determined that there was a staggering gap in developer revenue between Android and iOS platforms.

For every dollar that an average developer makes in revenue from an app that runs on an iPhone or iPad, an Android developer makes just $0.19 in revenue from the wide variety of Android devices. Although both mobile platforms are relatively on par...

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Column: The iPhone in China, and Apple's American opportunity

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For the nation’s most popular smartphone, the iPhone 5S is a surprisingly elusive creature. Supply problems dogged the handset when it was first released, and by early November -- two months after launch -- wait times still exceeded two weeks. Like Sasquatch, the 5S was often seen but rarely caught, and only in the last month has it been reliably spotted at Apple stores around the country.

The...

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Wall Street rises to new highs, boosted by Apple deal

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U.S. stocks rose Monday, advancing to all-time highs as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) surged on a distribution deal with China Mobile.

Activity is expected to be thin this week, with many market participants out for the Christmas holiday. Equity markets will close early on Tuesday and will be closed all of Wednesday. The light volume could amplify market volatility.

Tech titan Apple said Sunday...

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