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Tech News: Guess Which New Apple Product Is Assembled in America?


Plus, why Wall Street wanted Groupon's Andrew Mason fired.

This column highlights the most useful and interesting business and financial commentary on technology every day.

Tech Crunch
Link: The New iMac: Designed By Apple in California, Assembled in USA
"Your next Mac (NASDAQ:AAPL) could be assembled in America. Apple is assembling at least some of the new, ultra-thin iMacs within the USA. The backside stamp containing the serial code and FCC logo generally says 'Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.' But several owners of the new model quickly discovered their machine was made in the good ol' US of A.

"Apple long made its products in the US. Its Elk Grove, California, complex opened in 1992 and retrofitted from a distribution center into a manufacturing plant in 1995. During the iMac's heyday, it employed more than 1,500 people and pumped out computers seven days a week. The plant made its last computer in 2004 when then SVP of Worldwide Operations, Tim Cook, consolidated Apple's manufacturing in what would be a successful move to maximize efficiency and margins."

Link: Why Wall Street Wanted Groupon to Sack Andrew Mason
"Earlier this week, Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) CEO Andrew Mason openly confirmed rumors that his job was in jeopardy. After securing the temporary approbation of his board yesterday, Mason is now facing ridicule from a more vocal critic: a public market that would prefer to see him pushed aside. But why?

"'It would be weird if the board wasn't discussing whether I was the right guy for the job,' Mason said Wednesday during an interview at the Business Insider Ignition conference."

The Washington Post
Link: Google Acquires Shipping Service BufferBox to Boost E-Commerce
"Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), owner of the world's most popular search engine, has acquired BufferBox Inc., a service for delivering e-commerce goods to physical kiosks.

"Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. BufferBox, founded in Waterloo, Ontario, enables online shoppers to pick up parcels at grocery and convenience stores at any time in the Toronto area, according to its website."

Link: Microsoft Corporation : US Teachers Awarded at Microsoft's 2012 Global Forum
"Five teachers from the US were celebrated Saturday night as five of the most innovative educators in the world, as part of Microsoft Corp.'s (NASDAQ:MSFT) annual Global Forum Educator Awards. During the ceremony, held in the prestigious Prague Castle to mark the culmination of the 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum, Microsoft announced 21 winners, narrowed down from more than 250,000 teachers registered across national and regional forums throughout the year."

Investors Business Daily
Link: Yahoo Inc. Reports Judgment in Lawsuit in Mexico
"Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today reported that the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District of Mexico City has entered a non-final judgment of US $2.7 billion against Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. in a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs Worldwide Directories S.A. de C.V. and Ideas Interactivas, S.A. de C.V. Yahoo! believes the plaintiffs' claims are without merit and will vigorously pursue all appeals. The plaintiffs alleged claims of breach of contract, breach of promise, and lost profits arising from contracts related to a yellow pages listings service."
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