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SEC Tells Telecoms to Include Net Neutrality in Shareholder Voting

10:16 AM, Feb. 15th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

legal scales

The Securities and Exchange Commission has informed AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint that they must allow shareholder requests for votes on resolutions supporting net neutrality, the concept of treating all Internet traffic equally. According to Bloomberg, the SEC has said that the issue has become a “significant policy consideration.”

Apple Significantly Drops the Entry Fee For iAds

9:39 AM, Feb. 15th, 2012 · Brad Cook · iObserver


Apple has significantly cut the minimum amount for an advertising campaign in its mobile iAd system to US$100,000. It was previously $500,000, an amount that was cut in half from the original cool $1 million needed to get into the game in 2010, when iAd was first unveiled.

BYOD Trend Could Open Door to More iPhones, iPads in Workplace

11:39 AM, Feb. 14th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

BYOD tablet

The latest workplace trend is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), in which employees bring their own smartphone or tablet to work and use that to get their jobs done. That has produced mixed feelings among, however: 64 percent of IT managers surveyed by Absolute Software felt the BYOD trend was risky, according to a BBC News story.

DOJ Signs Off on Google’s Motorola Acquisition

10:36 AM, Feb. 14th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Google and Motorola

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday gave its okay to Google’s US$12.5 billion Motorola Mobility acquisition, stating that the search engine giant is “unlikely to materially alter” Motorola’s competitive position, according to AppleInsider.

Apple Said to Be Testing Smaller iPad, 4G-Capable One

9:55 AM, Feb. 14th, 2012 · Brad Cook · Rumor

iPad crystal ball

The rumor mill continues to churn ahead of Apple’s expected announcement of the next-generation iPad in March. On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that its sources said Apple is testing an iPad with a smaller screen and is looking to sell  a 4G-capable version through Verizon and AT&T.

Pegatron Forced to Drop Zenbook Due to MacBook Air Similarities

12:51 PM, Feb. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · Rumor

MacBook Air vs. Zenbook

Apple has reportedly forced manufacturer Pegatron to stop making Asustek’s Zenbook if it wants to keep its orders for iOS devices. Apple’s ultimatum stems from the Zenbook’s similarity to the MacBook Air, according to a 9to5 Mac article that cites a Chinese language piece.

Apple’s Stock Breaks $500 Mark For First Time

12:00 PM, Feb. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · Apple Stock Watch

Apple stock chart

Shares of Apple’s stock, which trade under AAPL on Nasdaq, broke the US$500 mark for the first time in the company’s history during Monday morning trading. A CNBC article noted that Apple is now halfway to a $1 trillion valuation, which will be the first ever.

Apple Announces Foxconn Inspections

11:20 AM, Feb. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · News

Foxconn factory

Apple on Monday put out a press release in which it announced that “the Fair Labor Association [FLA] will conduct special voluntary audits of Apple’s final assembly suppliers, including Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, at Apple’s request. A team of labor rights experts led by FLA president Auret van Heerden began the first inspections Monday morning at the facility in Shenzhen known as Foxconn City.”

AT&T Begins Process Toward Offering Shared Data

10:34 AM, Feb. 13th, 2012 · Brad Cook · iObserver

iPhone on AT&T

AT&T has said as far back as last June that it is working on offering shared data plans to its customers who want to pool their data among multiple users, but signs of its existence were scant until just recently, when a source sent Engadget a screenshot indicating that support for group data has been added to Telegence, the company’s internal system for managing customer accounts.