Remains of the Day: Lies, damn lies, and market share

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Statistics and puppets are surprisingly similar: you can make either one say anything you want. Also, Apple’s taking some unorthodox iPod accessory makers to court and The New York Times is going to help publications make iPad apps. It’s all packaged in the neat little box we call the remainders for Monday, August 2, 2010.

Deutsche Bank says Apple is king of the PC industry (9 to 5 Mac)

Turns out that if you count iPad sales as mobile computers then Apple is the number three PC manufacturer in the world. Hold on: last time I checked, third place didn’t make you “king”—I guess “jack of the PC industry” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Apple sues third-party accessory makers for “inferior quality” (Cult of Mac)

Just goes to show you that Apple can give as good as it gets in the legal department. The company is suing a number of manufacturers of iPod accessories who are not members of the Apple’s “Made with iPod” certification program (for which products Apple gets a hefty royalty). By the way, can anyone remind me what an i-pod is again? It’s like an iPhone that can’t go on the Internet, right?

New Foxconn factory in central China begins production with hope of peace, prosperity (Xinhua)

Manufacturing company Foxconn is starting up a new factory in China that will reportedly be mainly used to build iPhones. Also, if the picture in this story is to be believed, it has some sweet embroidered polo shirts.

New York Times starts ‘Press Engine’ business to help publishers on iPads (Bloomberg)

New York Times parent Times Co. will be helping other publications build iPad apps, based on the same foundation as its own Editors’ Choice app. Really, media, you’re just going to traipse after the Times? I mean, I know it’s all cool, what with its staying out past curfew and smoking cigarettes behind the gym, but—actually, is it too late to get in on this?

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