FORTUNE -- "All happy families are alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." -- Leo Tolstoy.
Apple (AAPL) is still one of the best places to work in America, according to Glassdoor's 2014 survey. But it dropped another spot in the report released Tuesday. There are now 34 U.S. companies -- and 15 tech companies -- rated higher by their workers.
A sampling of the pros and cons -- especially the cons -- submitted by current and former Apple employees draw a picture of a work environment that's exciting but not that much fun, especially in retail.
Asymco's Horace Dediu now expects U.S. smartphone penetration to hit 90% by Dec. 2016.
FORTUNE -- I don't pretend to understand -- even after reading the Wikipedia entry on logistic regression -- the statistics Asymco's Horace Dediu used to draw the chart at right.
But even I can see that the curves representing various smartphone platforms have different shapes:
Orange: Research in Motion (BBRY), headed south
Blue: Microsoft (MSFT), recovering
Yellow: Android (GOOG), leveling off
In Piper Jaffray's test of 800 voice queries, Google Now gets the award for most improved.
FORTUNE -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster issued a matched pair of report cards Tuesday on the performance of the two leading smartphone intelligent assistants, Google's (GOOG) Google Now and Apple's (AAPL) Siri.
Google Now has overcome its initial deficit and is now roughly the equivalent of Siri in its ability to interpret spoken queries and answer MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2013 11:39 AM ET
Will replace a Galaxy S4 that caught fire, but only in return for the owner's silence.
FORTUNE -- One difference between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung is how they handle customer complaints.
When a Chinese flight attendant died last summer, apparently by electrocution from an iPhone plugged into a third-party charger, Apple did three things:
It offered its condolences,
It promised to investigate,
It launched a worldwide USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, offering to replace any non-Apple MORE
By Dec. 4, the iPhone 5S was available in all 60 U.S. stores surveyed by Piper Jaffray.
FORTUNE -- In early October, two weeks after Apple (AAPL) released the iPhone 5S, the device was out of stock at 92% of the 60 U.S. stores surveyed by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.
Piper Jaffray has been checking the stores twice a week ever since, and on Monday Munster announced in a note to clients MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 9, 2013 9:35 AM ET
If so, why has the carrier's website since dropped any mention of Apple's smartphones?
FORTUNE -- Remember Groundhog Day, the 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray as a self-centered TV weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop and must repeat the same hated assignment again and again until he finally gets it right -- and wins Andie MacDowell's heart?
Investors who have been watching Apple's (AAPL) courtship of the world's largest mobile MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 9, 2013 7:52 AM ET
Why, a newspaper asks, was Apple's lawyer paying the doctor's taxes and utilities?
FORTUNE -- Dr. James Eason, the Memphis surgeon who performed Steve Jobs' liver transplant in 2009 -- and later bought the Memphis house where Jobs convalesced -- allowed Apple (AAPL) outside counsel to pay his taxes and utilities for nearly two years.
That revelation came at the end of Southern Transplant, Marc Perrusquia's front page story Thursday in the Memphis Commercial MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 8, 2013 12:46 PM ET
Held to 5 pages by Judge Cote, one critic blasted the DOJ with pictures worth 5,000 words.
FORTUNE -- I missed this legal curio when it was filed back in Sept. 2012 by an amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case of U.S.A. v. Apple et al. But it caught the eye of both the New York Times' Media Decoder blog and the legal website Above the Law, and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 7, 2013 12:36 PM ET
Warns that the technology can be used to spy on -- and record -- your private activities.
FORTUNE -- "How would you feel," Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt asked in the Guardian last April, "if your neighbour went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their back yard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?"
Good question. Especially after Jeff Bezos' announcement on 60 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2013 11:43 AM ET
News Corp's Wall Street Journal calls for Judge Denise Cote to be taken off the case.
FORTUNE -- Most of arguments the Wall Street Journal made Friday in a strident editorial calling for the ouster of the judge in the e-book antitrust case were taken from a motion Apple (AAPL) filed last week. (See Apple to judge: You and your antitrust monitor are way out of line.)
But there was also a nugget MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2013 8:12 AM ET
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