This morning more than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially, the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.
last time I saw him in concert in Milano, he was seriously stiff, a shadow of his former self. The thing that impressed me most was his voice, always warm even during the years of multiple abuses.
I really liked his participation in the recording of Tranquilize with The Killers
This is the first day of the ABCI ComFest.
The event itself is very interesting and also very useful for me, as I make a number of contacts that I will mine for researching the book on the skills of the future leader (BTW, I have been advised not to talk too much about books that have not yet been published, so I will stop right there – my dear reader, if you haven’t done so, yet, please buy the book that’s out)
I left poor Mirella at the hotel all day alone while I was at the conference (maybe we need to rethink that) but I am happy to report that I managed to extract some cash from a local ATM after only 5 tries.
The Digital Self Manifesto was well received by the audience, among which I had the honor to have Lord Timothy Bell, former communication adviser to mrs. Thatcher. I liked his quote “The Internet is a big sewer: every day we wear big yellow Marigold gloves to fish out some good stuff”
The day was capped by a most excellent dinner at the Cricket Club of India, the oldest in the country. For the whole evening I pretended to understand the intricate rules of cricket, but to be honest I don’t. And don’t give a rat’s ass about them.
Tomorrow is the big day, though. I will be double duty as panelist on the session on Digital and then, the big Gala Dinner!
So Apple is finally confident enough in its own chip design to risk a public headbutt with Intel – if indeed Cook is convinced that sticking with Intel will only share the profits that are now coming only from two assets: software and design – both of which are firmly in Apple’s own hands.
That leaves only Samsung as the provider of key components for numerous devices in Apple’s lineup; they tried taking it to court, but the koreans can laugh off any fine they are slapped with and remember, they hold Apple by the balls with the supply of several key components.
Could Apple buy Samsung outright? Not easy at $202bn at today’s price, but not impossible either – if it wasn’t for antitrust, that is…