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  1. Revenue from services was a major contributing factor in Apple's revenue growth even though iPhone sales have plateaued in various countries. However, according to the latest estimates by Goldman Sachs, Apple received a lot of money from the search engine giant to remain the default search engine of Apple's Safari browser. An analyst for Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors: “Apple will need to add mid to high single digits growth back to Services revenues through successful launch of the 'Apple Prime' bundle including original video that we expect to be rolled out this Spring/Summer.” Estimates tell us that Google paid Apple anywhere near $9 and $10 billion which is a lot of money to spend to remain as a default search engine. Having said that, Apple is probably one of the biggest source of traffic for Google and in order to maintain those numbers, Google has to pay Apple a substantial amount every year. To put things into perspective, Apple accounts for roughly half of all mobile revenue and traffic. The payment basically ensures that Google remains as the default search engine on every iOS device. Apple is in a very good position where the company can demand more money over the years. Apple can obviously approach other search engine websites like Bing if Google choses not to pay the price in the future. This payment ensures Google will continue as the default search provider on iOS devices rather than a rival search engine. The downside to the agreement is that Apple can continue to push prices up each year and, if Google ever refuses to pay the amount, the Cupertino firm can simply approach a rival such as Microsoft and make Bing the default search engine. This is pure profit for Apple as the company's install base is increasing to grow even though sales of iPhones may have staggered.
  2. Google pays Apple more than $9 billion a year to be the default search engine on the iPhone. Apple CEO Tim Cook defended Apple's position for accepting billions of dollars from Google saying, “it is the best search engine for iOS users” © Youtube Google has been accused of a number of privacy issues such as storing location data even when users opted out. Google also shut down Google+ last month as over 500,000 accounts were breached. When asked about it, Cook told HBO, "I think their search engine is the best. Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It's not a perfect thing. I'd be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.” According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall, the payment for Google to remain the default search engine on iOS devices could be increased to $12 billion in 2019. Cook has previously commented negatively on companies like Facebook and Google that make most of their money from advertising based on user data. © Apple “We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them," Cook said in his October 24 speech. "This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.” However, Apple has not stopped working with Google regardless of its strong stand about user privacy. Apple has added controls to Safari that keep Google from tracking user data. "Look at what we've done with the controls we've built in," Cook said. "We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we've tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day.” Source: CNBC
  3. Just like everything else, Chinese companies try to copy or steal ideas from innovative companies and sell it as their own. Of course, there are a few exceptions to the rule however in a new scandal, Chinese hackers and spies were caught by U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for stealing confidential aircraft technology from American and French companies. According to the indictment, the two accused were Chinese intelligence officers. © YouTube We've already seen Chinese companies lifting ideas, technology and designs in other products such as smartphones, earphones and even cars; however, this is the first time Chinese intelligence officers have been caught stealing information. According to DOJ, that from January 2010 until May 2015, the officers and their teams attempted to hack and steal tech related to a new turbofan engine. Stealing the information would enable Chinese companies (public and private) to copy and build similar jet engines. Stealing of this information would prevent the Chinese from investing a lot of money into research and development. During the time of the hacks, a government-owned aerospace company was working to develop a comparable engine. © Pexels The Chinese hackers targeted firms like Capstone Turbine, French company Safran SA, that co-develops engines with U.S.-based General Electric and other companies in Arizona, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. The packers used techniques such as phishing schemes, domain hijacking, and using the companies' own websites to steal visitor information. The two accused were employed by the French company and used their position to install the Sakula remote access trojan onto their systems. "State-sponsored hacking is a direct threat to our national security," said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. "The concerted effort to steal, rather than simply purchase, commercially available products should offend every company that invests talent, energy, and shareholder money into the development of products.” Seems like Chinese entities can't help themselves from stealing information and ideas rather than investing in research and development. Earlier this month, Yanjun Xu, a spy for the Chinese ministry of state security, was arrested for economic espionage and attempting to steal trade secrets from US aviation and aerospace companies. Source: Engadget
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