Tech Business Roundup: Google’s Offer To EU, Groupon Targets Restaurants
So as to relieve European Commission worries that it’s unfairly pushing out rivals, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) makes an offer to place its brand on any of its maps, stock quotes and other in-house services appearing in its search results, according to The Financial Times.
Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) will target restaurants with a new point-of-sale service called Breadcrumb which runs on iPads. The firm charges a sliding monthly fee for the new sales and ordering system based on the number of iPad terminals a location will employ.
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Shortages of iPhone 5s (NASDAQ:AAPL) are being exacerbated by a “quality-control crackdown” at Foxconn, linked to scratches, says a source to Bloomberg. This report agrees with prior stories of labor disturbances caused by workers who are unhappy with Foxconn’s quality-control rules; some employees said that each step in the iPhone 5 production process carries the danger of scratches to its aluminum back.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) executive Steve Ballmer has said in his annual letter to shareholders that “We will focus relentlessly on delivering delightful, seamless experiences across hardware, software and services.” He added that Microsoft’s wish to “unify the cross-device user experience” among PCs, mobile devices, servers, and cloud services is still policy.
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