Apple's Mystique: The Dark Side

            
 
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Case Code : BECG112
Case Length : 22 Pages
Period : 2008-2009
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Apple Inc.
Industry : Consumer Electronics
Countries : US; Global

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5] Fortune Magazine is a bi-weekly global business magazine published by Time Inc.
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7] Forbes is an American publishing and media company. Its flagship publication includes the Forbes magazine which is published bi-weekly.
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