Afternoon Coffee: iPhone 5 Suppliers, Cleaning Up Lollapalooza, UK’s Supplier Blacklist

...same ol' thing.
IPhone supply chain remains the same, says Nomura -- he suppliers for the various components within the iPhone 5 mobile phone announced by Apple Wednesday (Sept. 12) have mainly remained the same as they were for the iPhone 4S, even though several components have changed, according to analysts at Nomura Equities Research. Samsung has retained its position as the application processor supplier manufacturing an upgraded ARM-based processor for Apple, the A6 (see Analyst: Apple A6 processor is dual-core Cortex-A15). Similarly Qualcomm has retained its position as a baseband supplier and Broadcom remains in place as connectivity chip supplier.

"A $100 billion space station saved by a simple $3 toothbrush."
Toothbrush bodge used to fix ISS -- A $100 billion space station saved by a simple $3 toothbrush? It was the brainstorm of astronauts Sunita Williams and Akihido Hoshide and NASA engineers on the ground: a tool to clean a bolt that gave them so much trouble during a marathon 8-hour spacewalk last week. They were trying to replace an electrical switching unit, but on Thursday they couldn't bolt it to the outside of the station. What to do if there is no hardware store in the neighborhood and the next supply ship is months away? Build it yourself -- so they attached a simple toothbrush to a metal pole and voila! They were able to clean out the bolt's socket today and finish the job.

Lollapalooza cost $350,000 to clean up.
Extra Extra: Lollapalooza Cleanup Cost Tops Out At $350K -- The city reports Grant Park has been fully restored after at a cost of $350,000. Lolla organizers will foot that bill. Early reports estimated the damage would cost $150,000, but Hutchinson Field was still a mess, bad enough to warrant closures.

The business of blacklisting.
Move to blacklist poor state suppliers -- When the government decided to blacklist underperforming suppliers, one of the first companies to fall foul of the rules expressed incredulity – not at the decision, but that it had taken ministers so long to call its bluff. Bill Crothers, who took over as the government's chief procurement officer in July after long experience in the private sector, told the Financial Times that the company's chief executive confessed: "We are completely high risk. It surprises me you haven't done it before now."

- Sheena Moore

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