A Turkish army Sikorsky helicopter falls on an Afghan house in Kabul, killing at least 12 Turkish soldiers and two children.
Vertical integration dictates that one company controls the end product as well as its component parts. Apple has been wildly successful through vertical integration, bringing it back in style. But will the model work for other tech firms?
FORTUNE — As Europe wallows in economic doldrums, at least one native son is thriving. Germany’s Volkswagen AG, which has its sights set on becoming the world’s top auto firm before the decade is out, is making headway. Across a broad range of businesses, the company’s aggressive expansion plans are bearing fruit and the Greek dynamics of the firm’s controlling families have settled down. The woes of its global rivals haven’t hurt, either.
The 3rd Generation iPad continues to launch around the world to long lines in many locations. The iPad is launching in ten countries including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK.
Houston’s new Highland Village Apple Store is being unveiled overnight just in time for the iPad 3 launch. (Thanks Matthew)
Finally, despite launch day availability, there are scalpers in Hong Kong already, looking to take advantage of any short supply. (Thanks Andy)
Those who pre-ordered the new iPad early enough should start receiving them on Friday. The new iPad will also be available in Apple Retail, Wal-Mart as well as Verizon and AT&T stores.