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Articles you should read (March 10)

HeadlinesArtApple takes a bite out of RadioShack, Best Buy’s market share: RadioShack’s steep fourth-quarter loss on Tuesday is raising concerns about its survival. The electronics retailer, like its larger rival Best Buy, is in the throes of a major turnaround that relies in part on carrying hot products from Apple Inc. to fend off such formidable competitors as Wal-Mart and Amazon.’ — Read the article on blogs.marketwatch.com >

“Hon Hai beefs up hiring In Taiwan: Hon Hai Precision Industry, which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple, is beefing up hiring in Taiwan, its latest effort to seek new avenues of growth beyond its core contract manufacturing business. The Taiwan-based contract manufacturer plans to hire 15,000 employees in Taiwan this year, including engineers and other talent for telecommunications, e-commerce, biotechnology, automation, software and hardware development, Hon Hai said in a statement over the weekend.” — Read the article on blogs.wsj.com >

“At Apple, CFO’s departure leaves big shoes to fill: Peter Oppenheimer quietly presided over one of the most remarkable runs in the technology industry’s history. By Verne Kopytoff FORTUNE — Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s longtime chief financial officer, kept an especially low profile during his tenure.” — Read the article on tech.fortune.cnn.com >

iPhone Reuse and Recycle program reaches Canada: Initiative making gradual international expansion As anticipated, the iPhone Reuse and Recycling program has been introduced at Canadian Apple Stores. The option lets people trade in an old iPhone for a gift card, usually to put towards the purchase of a new phone. In Canada, Apple is promising “up to $275″ for previous devices.” — Read the article on macnn.com >

“Samsung manufacturing issues reportedly overblown, may split A8 production with TSMC: Samsung may play a larger role in the production of Apple’s next generation A8 processor than previously rumored, claims ZDNet Korea (via GforGames). According to the report, the Korean company has already signed a contract to produce the A8 processor at its Austin, Texas plant and is in the final stages of testing before mass production begins.” — Read the article on macrumors.com >

“The Apple Game: new categories vs. ecosystem development: Rumors don’t actual Apple products make, see the perennial Apple TV – and the latest iWatch rumors. This is an opportunity to step back, look at Apple’s one and only love -personal computers – and use this thought to sift through rumors.” — Read the article on mondaynote.com >

“Predicting the future of Apple TV: Apple says it has a lot of exiting new products coming to market in 2014. I would not be surprised if Steve Jobs’ vision of Apple TV is actually one of them. At Apple’s recent shareholder meeting, CEO Tim Cook told his audience that Apple TV brought in $1 billion in revenue in the last fiscal year and said that Apple TV is now more than a hobby.” — Read the article on time.com >

“Apple’s long IRS-Irish history: Summary: There’s no avoiding the stories surrounding Apple’s shifting tax rates, whether through stock-buybacks or by moving profits among its off-shore operations. However, Apple has been in Ireland for decades and in dispute with the IRS just as long. The talk around Apple’s taxes appeared to be everywhere this past weekend: from the Internet to angry jokes on the radio.” — Read the article on zdnet.com >

“Apple’s iPhone 6 will be a monster: Apple’s next generation A8 chip is likely to be built on TSMC’s 20-nanometer process. This will enable a fairly significant jump in graphics performance relative to the A7. Imagination Technologies is likely to supply higher end IP and could see increased royalties per unit as a result.” — Read the article on seekingalpha.com >

“Why Apple’s adoption of sapphire may not have much impact on Corning: In November 2013, Apple announced a $578 million deal with GT Advanced Technologies GT Advanced Technologies wherein GTAT would supply sapphire substrate, or sapphire glass, to Apple . Since then there has been speculation over the application of sapphire glass in iPhone and iWatch.” — Read the article on forbes.com >

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