Who knew the U.S. government kept such close tabs on Apple's dealings with China?
On Tuesday, CNN.com reported that in 2008 Apple (AAPL), in an attempt to crack down on the proliferation of fake Chinese iPods and iPhones, recruited the team that had helped Pfizer (PFE) shut down factories turning out bogus Viagra pills.
The "sensitive but unclassified" report was produced by the U.S. embassy in Beijing and distributed via the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network to officials in the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce and Homeland Security, the FBI, the Patent Office, the FTC, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Library of Congress and the White House.
Below: The full text of the memo. It's a pretty good read.
So much for "another decade at Google."
Bloomberg this evening is reporting that the Obama administration is considering the soon to be departing CEO of Google (GOOG) for Commerce Secretary. The role will be vacated by Gary Locke who is being appointed U.S. Ambassador to China
Pfizer (PFE) Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Kindler and Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative, are also said to be in consideration for the role.
"The president will consider a MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 9, 2011 10:49 PM ET
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