Headlines reporting on the fact of the hearing tended to use metaphors of violence ("rip," "lambaste," "clash," "spar," "fend off") or of high-temperature torture ("grilled," "under fire," "hot seat").
But the journalists who reported on the atmospherics -- and, dare I say, the substance -- of the hearing told a very different story. Sample headlines:
My take (with apologies for the pugilistic metaphor): No one laid a glove on him.
In a statement to the Senate, Apple explains -- sort of -- what it's doing in Cork.
FORTUNE -- There are three parts to the 17-page testimony Apple (AAPL) submitted Monday afternoon in advance of Tim Cook's appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommitee on Investigations, scheduled for Tuesday:
The easy part: A recitation of how much Apple pays in Federal taxes ($6 billion in fiscal 2012), the number of jobs it has created MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 20, 2013 5:08 PM ET
Next week we'll find out what a Senate probe of Apple's taxes has uncovered.
FORTUNE -- According to the New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning iEconomy series, Apple (AAPL) has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying its fair share of taxes -- well beyond the usual tax reduction strategies U.S. corporations have long considered fair game.
"Apple was a pioneer of an accounting technique known as the 'Double Irish With a Dutch MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 16, 2013 9:07 AM ET
The odds are stacked against Samsung on jury misconduct, liability, injunctions etc.
FORTUNE -- "All eyes are on San Jose," writes Christopher Carani in a preamble to his analysis of the big Apple v. Samsung hearing scheduled for Thursday in Judge Lucy Koh's federal court.
"This is a major hearing in an extremely important patent case that impacts one of this country's most critical and fastest growing industries... This case will have implications far MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2012 6:54 AM ET
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