THE WRAP: Another Apple record, Google on the edge
This week another sales record for Apple, as Google stepped back from the edge in China.
Apple set another record as it sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in three days, though Steve Jobs had to apologize for short supplies.
Separately, Jobs conceded it was impossible to be certain that products didn’t contain “conflict minerals” from the Congo.
Google stopped re-directing China search queries directly to Hong Kong and instead put them on a landing page. Google’s China license expired on June 30 but said yesterday its mainland China search services were "mostly accessible."
The Portuguese government used its “golden share” to block Portugal Telecom’s sale of its stake in Brasilcel, despite strong support from shareholders.
Contract manufacturer Foxconn said it would move its main operations to Hebei in north China. After hefty pay rises to staff at its troubled Shenzhen factories, it warned of increased losses in the first half.
Cisco unveiled its first tablet, the Cius, aimed at business users, while Samsung began rolling out the Android-powered Galaxy S, and Microsoft pulled the plug on the Kin social networking phone.
Nokia and Intel released an early version of their Linux-based MeeGo operating system to developers. The vendor said all future high-end N-series smartphones will use the platform.
Google purchased flight information software firm ITA for $700 million (€559 million) and said it expected heavy regulatory scrutiny.
Asia is now the world’s largest source of tweets, accounting for 37% on one day recently.
Finland made access to fixed-line broadband connections a legal right for its citizens.
Disney bought a Silicon Valley startup, Tapulous, that makes iPhone games, and Dell acquired server software firm Scalent.
And the European Commission lambasted carriers for failing to cut roaming rates far enough, a day before introducing a €50 cap on data roaming charges .