And you thought Apple had a bad 2013 ...
FORTUNE -- Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, 71, looked a little shaky Thursday as he arrived to deliver his annual new year's address.
And so did the conglomerate he's run since 1987 (not counting the two years he took off after his 2008 conviction for embezzlement and tax evasion).
Samsung plays the heavy in so many global markets -- and so many Apple (AAPL) stories -- that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 3, 2014 10:58 AM ET
In a Topsy search of holiday tweets, Microsoft's Surface barely moved the needle.
FORTUNE -- Here's an early indicator of how Christmas tablet sales went, via Topsy Analytics.
Topsy's Twitter search engine will count tweets for whatever phrases you enter. To get a feel for how Apple's (AAPL) iPad did against Samsung's Galaxy Note, Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, and Microsoft's (MSFT) Surface, I ran the following search with the following results:
got iPad: 120,608
One creepy, one poignant, one bizarre.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) took some heat for "Misunderstood" -- a holiday TV ad that spent most of its precious 90 seconds seeming to reinforce the stereotype of a socially awkward teenage boy with his nose in a smartphone. But that was before the critics saw what Samsung and Nokia (NOK) UK had served up for the holidays.
Last year, it was Samsung that seemed to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 24, 2013 7:02 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
But who would have guessed that the old iPad Mini would come in second?
FORTUNE -- There are several curious findings in Localytics' attached chart comparing the post-Black Friday/Cyber Monday presence of various devices on its analytics network with their presence the previous week.
That Apple's (AAPL) new iPad Air grew the most (51%) is not terribly surprising. But who would have guessed that...
Gains for the much maligned iPhone 5C (up 26%) would MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 4, 2013 10:38 AM ET
The key witness turned out to be Apple's accounting expert.
FORTUNE -- The Apple v. Samsung jury that awarded Apple $290 million in damages Thursday has started to talk, and they're telling a pretty simple story.
According to two jurors who spoke to Bloomberg News, the jury took its cues from one particularly credible Apple (AAPL) witness -- a Chicago CPA named Julie Davis who offered them a clear roadmap to a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 22, 2013 11:38 AM ET
The original $1.05 billion damage award has now been whittled down to about $930 million.
FORTUNE -- Apple wanted $380 million. Samsung said it owed no more than $52 million. On Thursday, after a six day trial and a couple days of deliberation, a jury awarded Apple (AAPL) $290 million -- about 75% of what it asked for.
So ends the partial retrial of Apple v. Samsung, the patent infringement trial that resulted MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 21, 2013 4:48 PM ET
Claims a Patent Office decision "calls into question the entire jury verdict in this trial."
FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, Samsung's lawyers interrupted Apple v. Samsung -- the patent retrial of the century -- to demand a mistrial.
Apple's (AAPL) chief counsel had played the race card, they claimed, when he compared what Samsung was doing to Apple in smartphones to what foreign manufacturers (i.e. Asians) had done to American-made televisions.
On Wednesday, as the jury MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 21, 2013 10:57 AM ET
If you ignore China and count Nokia, RIM, Motorola, LG and HTC as "negative profits."
FORTUNE -- According to Canaccord Genuity's Michael Walkley, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung managed last quarter to split all the world's profits in mobile phones -- 56% Apple and 53% Samsung -- and come up with a total of more than 100%.
That only makes sense if you accept two premises:
That money lost in a market should be treated MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 16, 2013 12:17 PM ET
Apple's iPad now trails Android in both units shipped AND revenues, says Morgan Stanley.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) investors have long taken comfort in the fact that even if its share of tablet shipments fell behind Android's in a particular quarter, the company still took home the lion's share of tablet revenues.
That's no longer true, says Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty.
Working from the tracking numbers IDC released two weeks ago -- which MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2013 8:27 AM ET
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