Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Increase Number of Employees by 50% in 2 Years

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been accused of failing to pay fees it owes to a French copyright association, estimated to be about $6.3M in 2011, according to The Next Web, which cited a French newspaper. Also, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) regained its number one position in global smartphone shipments in Q4, while Samsung became the world’s largest smartphone brand for full-year 2011, according IHS iSuppli, reported DigiTimes. Lastly, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) were among tech companies that increased the number of their employees by at least 50% in the past two years, according to Bloomberg data. In the software and services industry, 74 companies with more than $100M in market value added to their workforce by at least 10%, more than any other industry group, Bloomberg measured.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): Samsung’s Galaxy Note- which is somewhere in between a cell phone and tablet – features an electronic pen, and 1M of the devices were sold worldwide, even though it hasn’t yet been introduced in the U.S., The Korea Times notes. Now Samsung is considering including a digital pen with the next version of its Galaxy Tab tablet, and LG, which, like Samsung, uses Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, is also slated to include a digital pen in an upcoming smart device, the publication added. Meanwhile, A production studio will announce later today that it has hired Bruce Seidel, who produced shows for cable’s Food Network and Cooking Channel, to head a new food channel on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) YouTube, according to The New York Times. Scheduled to be launched in July, YouTube’s food channel will be produced by Electus, a multimedia studio formed by former NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman, the newspaper added.

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