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February 22, 2012, 10:20 PM

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Horace Dediu / asymco:
How much does it cost to manufacture an iPhone?  —  An iPhone generates approximately $650 in revenue for Apple.  This figure has remained fairly steady over time.  Using deduction from overall margins, it's possible to estimate the gross margin on the product to be around 55%.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Factory workers claim Foxconn hid underage employees before FLA inspection  —  Workers at Apple partner Foxconn have alleged that their employer transferred underage employees to other departments or did not schedule them to work overtime in order to avoid discovery during recent inspections …
Dave Heiner / Microsoft on the Issues:
Google: Please Don't Kill Video on the Web  —  Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Standards & Antitrust Group, Microsoft  —  Earlier today, Microsoft filed a formal competition law complaint with the European Commission (EC) against Motorola Mobility.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Look, This Is What It Comes Down To  —  The old press is still having the same conversation about the new press: objectivity!  Here's the latest by the L.A. Times, titled Are Silicon Valley tech bloggers truly objective?  —  This can (and has) gone on and on and on.
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Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
Ethical or Not, Silicon Valley Bloggers Hit Up VCs for Angel Funds  —  It's a win-win game: Bloggers write favorably about both sides' portfolios, and everyone exits with 100x returns.  Even social media maven Robert Scoble is getting in on the game.  But whatever happened to journalistic integrity?
Rahul Vohra / The Rapportive Blog:
Rapportive Acquired By LinkedIn!  —  Hey there!  This is Rahul from Rapportive.  —  Our vision is to make you brilliant with people.  Not just good, not just effective, but actually brilliant.  That's our dream.  —  Since we accidentally launched, we have relentlessly pursued this vision …
Bob Brewin / Nextgov.com:
Air Force Special Operations cancels iPad buy  —  The Air Force Special Operations Command canceled its planned acquisition of Apple iPad tablet computers last week, two days after receiving a query from Nextgov about the inclusion of Russian-developed security and documents reader software specified in procurement documents.
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: OnLive Desktop Plus Puts Windows 7 on the iPad in Blazing Speed - State of the Art  —  You're probably paying something like $60 a month for high-speed Internet.  I'm paying $5 a month, and my connection is 1,000 times faster.  —  Your iPad can't play Flash videos on the Web.
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Ian Lin / Bing:
Make a Good Search Impression with Bing's Linked Pages  —  Whether it's an old friend, a former classmate or (ahem) yourself, searching for people is one of the most common things we do on the web.  Last year, we took the first step to bring expanded search results of your Facebook friends into Bing …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I am tired of Silicon Valley's focus on virality, Glassmap is far worse than Path ever was  —  You might have seen all the people beating up on Path about two weeks ago.  But that really is pretty benign behavior, in my experience, when compared to companies, like Glassmap, who really are hurting the entire app economy.
Bits:
Apple, Google and Others in Agreement on App Privacy  —  Updated Adding Google statement. Updated Adding comments from Ms. Harris.  —  California's attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, said on Wednesday that the state had reached an agreement with Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HP Q1 Revenue Down 7 Percent To $30B; Net Income Down 44 Percent, Software Sales Up 30 Percent  —  HP just reported mixed first quarter earnings.  The company posted non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.92, down 32% from the prior-year period (GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.73, down 38% from the prior-year period).
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Google Patent Clearly Eying the Desktop Market for Android  —  A recent patent filing by Google surprisingly indicates that they're seriously eying the desktop and notebook markets for Android.  Interestingly, the patent seems to focus on similar capabilities now found in Apple's Multi-Touch Trackpad and Magic Trackpad.
Kenneth Corbin / Computerworld:
Ranking 24 Nations by Cloud Policy  —  The Business Software Alliance surveyed 24 countries that comprise lion's share of global information and communication technologies market to identify the most cloud-friendly policy environments.  Where does the U.S. rank?
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
State attorneys general: Google privacy changes appear to harm consumers  —  Dozens of state attorneys general on Thursday wrote Google's chief executive to express “strong concerns” that the company's new privacy policies starting next week will violate consumer privacy.

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