HP Is Negotiating to Settle Bribery Charges

The allegations stem from a deal with a Russian government agency.
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Shareholder Suit Accuses IBM of Concealing a Post-Snowden Backlash in China

Big Blue saw its sales fall considerably in China last quarter. A Louisiana pension fund argues that it was because of an association with the NSA.
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Russia’s Mail.ru Hopes to Crack U.S. Market With Mobile Chat and Email Programs

Sure it is a crowded market. But, says Mail.ru CEO Dmitry Grishin: “We can learn a lot and compete with the best companies.”
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How and Why HP Is Making a Long-Term Bet in Greece. Yes, Greece.

The ancient port city of Piraeus is just what HP needed to cut costs in Europe.
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Attack of the Clones: Facebook’s Annoying Overseas Growth Problem

Mark Zuckerberg speaks about the international thorn in Facebook’s side, at an industry event.
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iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c Headed to 50 New Markets by November 1

Apple’s newest iPhones will arrive at market in more than 50 countries by Nov. 1. On Oct. 25, the flagship iPhone 5s and its sibling, the iPhone 5c, will go on sale in 35 new markets, including Austria, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. A week later, on Nov. 1, the devices will begin shipping in an additional 35 countries. Among them: India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. You’ll find a full list of the markets Apple has targeted for the next wave of iPhone releases here.

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Microsoft Bribe Probe Reaches Into Pakistan, Russia Deals

A U.S. investigation into Microsoft Corp.’s relationships with business partners that allegedly bribed foreign officials in return for contracts includes activity in Russia and Pakistan, a sign that the probe is wider reaching than previously known, according to people familiar with the matter.

Google Play Had More App Downloads in Q2 Than iOS, but the Money Is Still on Apple’s Side

Downloads! Monetization! And a viral video of cartoon characters being horribly, hilariously killed.
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We’re Very, Very Happy

If you look at the Russian market, over 80 percent of smartphones are sold in retail outside of carrier stores. We sell through a number of national chains there. … Our activations in Russia for iPhone set a record last quarter — our highest quarter ever. We’re really happy.

Tim Cook on how Apple bypassed carriers and sold a record number of iPhones in Russia

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