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Apple Sapphire Supplier Breaks

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.. obvious lesson is a dumb one.

GTAT’s contract with Apple is, by most reasonable standards, terrible. GTAT is obligated to produce a minimum amount of sapphire for Apple (at an Apple factory), but Apple is under no obligation to buy any — and GTAT has exclusivity obligations, so it might not even be allowed to sell to anyone else.

via Apple Sapphire Supplier Breaks – Bloomberg View.

HP, Dell, Cisco Face Threat of Cheap Servers From Their Suppliers | Businessweek


The risk of relying on another company to make your product is that at some point it will start selling its own version without you, at a discount.

Now it’s happening to Silicon Valley, as contract manufacturers that tech companies rely on to build high-end computing hardware sell servers directly to customers.

via HP, Dell, Cisco Face Threat of Cheap Servers From Their Suppliers – Businessweek.

Russia’s Government Questions Siemens’ $2.6 Billion Train Deal With Russian Railways | The Moscow Times


Russian Railways’ 2.1 billion euro ($2.6 billion) order for 1,200 high-speed train cars from German company Siemens is under threat due to government complaints over what they argue are unsustainable maintenance costs

via Russia's Government Questions Siemens' $2.6 Billion Train Deal With Russian Railways | Business | The Moscow Times.

Will Modi bow to US pressure to modify India’s pro-people patent law? | The Times of India

“The law requires that patented inventions are available to the public at affordable prices as well as obligates the patent holders to work their patents in India.

“By making use of flexibilities in the TRIPS agreement the Indian Patents Act and policy reduce options to pharmaceutical companies, be they Indian or foreign, to profit from diseases or those suffering from them.”

via Will Modi bow to US pressure to modify India’s pro-people patent law? – The Times of India.

Siemens gets a piece of LA’s billion-dollar green plan | MarketWatch


Dresser-Rand is one of four companies involved in the plan,

which includes bringing wind power from an as-yet-to-be-built Wyoming wind farm to Utah, where excess energy from the wind farm would be used to compress air stored in salt caverns that could later be tapped to run additional power turbines.

The three other companies involved in the plan are Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, and Duke-American Transmission.

via Siemens gets a piece of LA’s billion-dollar green plan – MarketWatch.