Afternoon Coffee: Motorola IP Theft, Ariba Shareholders Approve SAP, TSMC Denies Apple Supply Deal

Former Motorola engineer gets 4-year sentence for stealing secrets -- A former Motorola software engineer who lived in Schaumburg was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for stealing trade secrets from the company. Hanjuan Jin was found guilty in February on three counts of theft of trade secrets but was cleared of economic espionage charges that accused her of intending to pass the information to the Chinese military. Jin faced a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count.

SAP/Ariba: one step closer, pending regulatory approval.
Ariba Shareholders Approve Acquisition by SAP -- SAP and Ariba announced that Ariba's shareholders approved SAP's acquisition of Ariba at the meeting of Ariba's shareholders held today. SAP and Ariba anticipate regulatory approval and the completion of the transaction in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2012. See previous Spend Matters coverage on the topic here, here, and here.

T&L woes...
Man Who Shipped Himself in a Box to His Girlfriend Nearly Suffocates After Getting Lost in the Mail -- A Stevie Wonder fan in China thought he was being clever when he asked a friend to box him up and ship him via courier service to his girlfriend's office as a romantic joke. But the gag become a bit too literal when the couriers got the address wrong, and Hu Sengended up almost dying after three hours inside a box with no air holes. The "gift" finally arrived at the intended destination, but Hu had already passed out and paramedics were called to resuscitate him.

Apple: denied.
TSMC Denied Apple's Bid for Exclusive Chip Supply -- According to the reports, TSMC denied separate investment bids from Apple and Qualcomm, both of which wanted the chip maker to dedicate a part of its manufacturing line. At the moment, the Cupertino-based company is sourcing its A-series chips from Samsung. It also supplies display and other components used in iDevices and MacBooks. This makes an odd partnership, as the Korean tech giant is considered as Apple's biggest competitor in the smartphone industry.

- Sheena Moore

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