Follow-ups: Apple’s Made in the USA Macs’ potential impact; Australian cops warn against Apple Maps; no more Instagram photos on Twitter; Dell said nay to Autonomy

Follow-up roundup about news involving Silicon Valley companies:

• Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company would move manufacturing of one of its Mac lines — the Mac Pro, perhaps — to the United States. (See GMSV post.) How many American jobs will the move create? Probably about 200, one labor economist who studies factory operations tells Bloomberg. Cook said last week that he hoped other companies might follow Apple’s example. But a Harvard Business School management professor tells Bloomberg that Chinese PC maker Lenovo’s plans to build computers in North Carolina — “hundreds of thousands” of them, according to a company spokesman — may provide a template for Apple.

Meanwhile, the Merc’s Mike Cassidy wrote over the weekend about Livermore-based Integrated Manufacturing Group, a Bay Area contract manufacturer that builds specialized industrial parts for Boeing, Applied Materials, the military and companies in the gas and oil business. Cassidy points out that “in a global economy, products are not necessarily made in one country or another,” and points to IMG, which is expanding overseas but filling machinist and engineering jobs in Livermore as well.

• There’s also Apple news out of Australia, where police have reportedly warned that the company’s Maps app could be “life-threatening” after they have had “at least four documented cases” of people getting lost in the middle of a national park with scorching temperatures and no water — where Apple Maps has mistakenly placed the town of Midura. Actually, a police sergeant tells the Guardian, Midura is about 70 kilometers away. And it’s outside the park.

• The valley social-networking drama that came to light recently seems to be over in a snap. Last week, something went awry with the way Instagram photos were displaying on Twitter, with Facebook-owned Instagram admitting it had turned off integration with the technology that allowed for photos to be viewed on Twitter, which is why the photos appeared skewed or off-center. (See Instafight? Twitter and Instagram photos and less integration.) Sunday, a Facebook spokesperson told AllThingsD that Instagram photos won’t be appearing on Twitter at all. They will only be viewable by following tweeted links.

Last month, the New York Times reported that Twitter plans to add Instagram-like photo filters so its users can get artsy with the photos they tweet.

• Finally, a word on Autonomy, the big software company purchase by HP that just keeps giving.  We’re talking a more than $10 billion acquisition that is widely believed to have contributed to the ouster of former CEO Leo Apotheker, and one that prompted Hewlett-Packard to take an $8.8 billion charge. (See HP shares sink on double whammy of huge writedown, falling sales.)  As we’ve mentioned before, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had slammed HP’s purchase. (See Is the proof in the PowerPoint? Oracle vs. HP — and Autonomy.) The latest high-profile CEO to say the British company was overpriced is Dell’s Michael Dell, who says his Texas company passed up on the chance to buy Autonomy as well: “That was an overwhelmingly obvious conclusion that any reasonable person could draw,” he told the Telegraph in a story published over the weekend.

A Mercury News report last week points out that experts had put up many red flags before HP decided to buy Autonomy. Now the Silicon Valley giant is accusing Autonomy of funny accounting.


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  • Lou Mazz

    The HP Board should be canned en masse. Mr. Dell is correct, but the HP Board has been driving shareholder value into the ground since the Fiorina era. Why these shareholders have not revolted remains one of the great tech business mysteries.

  • RedRat

    The problem with wearing ID badges is that the badge become YOU. A really clever student could get one of their friends to wear the badge to appear to be in school. I must say that I am a bit uncomfortable about this in our schools. Our schools have pretty much become depersonalized as it is, and this makes it even worse.

  • RedRat

    Dell’s comment on buying Autonomy reeks of 20/20 hindsight. Clearly, he was right but perhaps for the wrong reasons, i.e., “we didn’t have the cash on hand to buy it”.

  • Apple Maps sucks. Arrogance can get you into trouble. Maybe Apple ought to call a truce with Google?

  • Patrick

    “A Mercury News report last week points out that experts had put up many red flags before HP decided to buy Autonomy.” Hello? The primary expert they needed to listen to was their own CFO. HP Chief Financial Officer, Cathie Lesjak, went to great lengths to voice her opposition of the Autonomy acquisition

  • I do agree that it’s time for Apple and Google to grow up and be adults. Their multi-billion dollar playground brawl is embarassing.