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Surprise, surprise...

Documents: BP cut corners in days before blowout -- "BP made a series of money-saving shortcuts and blunders that dramatically increased the danger of a destructive oil spill in a well that an engineer ominously described as a "nightmare" just six days before the blowout, according to documents released Monday that provide new insight into the causes of the disaster."

In sourcing, we talk a lot about total cost of ownership -- spending the extra money on the front end would have been far less than what BP is having to spend now, both monetarily and with the cost of their reputation.

I'm Excited.

New iPhone Antenna Aims to Better Hold Calls -- "Among the most dramatic design changes in the latest iteration of Apple's smartphone, the iPhone 4, is a stainless-steel antenna that wraps around its sides. The new antenna design constitutes a radical departure from previous iPhone models, which buried the antenna under the phone's shell."

Apple seems to have done their part of the deal...now what about AT&T? I'd have already pre-ordered had the AT&T website not been crashing all day so far...

Supply risk is all the rage.

FDA to Propose Tougher Rules for Outsourcing Drug Manufacturing -- "The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it will propose stronger regulations for pharmaceutical companies that outsource manufacturing, putting more responsibility on the companies to ensure the purity and safety of products made by contractors."

A good thing, in our eyes.

Business > Sanctions

U.S. Deploys Tech Firms to Win Syrian Allies -- "The State Department has dispatched a high-level diplomatic and trade mission to Syria, according to senior U.S. officials, marking the latest bid by the Obama administration to woo President Bashar al-Assad away from his strategic alliance with Iran.

The U.S. delegation comprises senior executives from some of America's top technology companies, including Microsoft Corp., Dell Inc., Cisco Systems Inc. and Symantec Corp., according to the U.S. officials. All these companies' businesses in Syria are constrained by U.S. sanctions."

Missionaries marching into Syria carrying technology as their "word" to spread democracy...hm.

Sheena Moore

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