Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash
by unclefester on Sun 6th Nov 2011 23:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash"
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Apple is the biggest company (by market cap) on the planet. It is the most valuable brand on the planet.

So was GE a decade ago. It is now down around 80% in inflation adjusted terms.

It makes the most profit of any other company on the planet in handsets, tables, computers, displays, music, etc. It has the best customer service (as voted by actual customers) for an untold number of years. It has the strongest customer loyalty (especially in mobile devices).

Sounds just like RIM in 2007. Rim is currently facing disaster.

I could go on here.

Clearly those are indicators of a disaster waiting to happen.

Companies are frequently extremely profitable and growing rapidly just before they collapse. eg Enron.

Apple Inc. is currently rated as having Very Aggressive Accounting & Governance Risk (AGR). This places them in the 8th percentile among all companies, indicating higher Accounting & Governance Risk (AGR) than 92% of companies.

AGR scores are based on statistical analysis of accounting and governance risk factors. Lower scores indicate heightened corporate integrity risk, indicating an increased likelihood of future class action litigation, material financial restatements or impaired equity performance.

Translation: Apple is at very high risk of going belly up.

Edited 2011-11-06 23:31 UTC

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