RODIN TO PERDITION DEPT.
Apple is known for being amazing innovators in the field of electronics — but apparently they’re also ingeniously inventive when it comes to avoiding paying taxes! It was recently revealed that the company established an elaborate system of shell companies in various countries that let them avoid paying TENS OF BILLIONS of dollars in taxes! Stiffing Uncle Sam? There’s an app for that!
Yesterday, 1970s video game pioneer Atari filed for bankruptcy, stunning many in the business community who thought it went out of business years ago. How this once-mighty game maker fell on hard times will fill MBA textbooks for years to come. Until that time, we’re filling our blog with the following:
Google was pretty excited about their “answer” to Apple TV — the Nexus Q. So it was surprising when the cyber-behemoth announced that it was suspending the launch of the media streaming doodad…indefinitely. Reps said they wanted to take time out to make it “even better,” which shouldn’t be hard, given that the Nexus Q can only stream content from Google Music, Google Play, and (Google-owned) YouTube. No Netflix, no Hulu, no home video of that time you peed yourself during your piano recital (it’s not ALL bad news). Basically, purchasing this overhyped eight ball is the tech equivalent of buying a set of knives that can only cut carrots. But besides the Nexus Q’s narrow functionality, we realized there are plenty of other things those Google gurus need to fix.
Here's a taste of the art for MAD #514's "Product Acronyms You Never Knew Existed: Tech Edition" by the legendary Paul Coker! (Please don't tell Paul we referred to him as "legendary." Knowing his ego, he'll start demanding his art be hand-delivered to the MAD offices on a velvet pillow via private plane.)
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