3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple’s Sapphire Deal, BlackBerry Shares Recover, Microsoft’s Vet Program

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Apple has signed a sapphire production deal with GT Advanced (GTAT) where the latter will supply Apple with sapphire needed from an Apple-owned facility in Arizona. GT plans on hiring 700 people for the initiative, while Apple will be providing GT with a $578 million pre-payment to help the process along. GT will eventually reimburse Apple for the prepayment over five years, starting in 2015.

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