Daily Cuppa: Apple sales outed, Yahoo eyes Twitter exec

Apple and Samsung were forced to disclose sales figures, Yahoo has its eyes on a Twitter executive, Chrome sandbox cut down Flash crashes by 20 per cent and people want a 7-inch iPad.

The weekend is over, the Olympics is finishing up and it is yet another Monday. Here's what happened over the last two days.

Apple is hardly the most open company at the best of times, but one side effect of the company's global patent war against Samsung is that both are being forced to disclose a lot more information than they would normally be comfortable with. Apple's sales figures in Australia, which have been tabled in the Australian Federal Court, have been marked as confidential, meaning that pesky journalists can't get their hands on them. This is not so in the United States , where filings over the weekend detailed exactly how many iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices Apple has sold since 2007.

Between 2007 and the end of Q2 2012, Apple has sold 85.9 million iPhones and 46.5 million iPod Touch devices in the US, which equates to around US$50.7 billion in revenue. The company has sold 32 million iPads in the US since 2010, adding up to a total of US$19 billion in revenue.

Samsung, by comparison, has sold slightly more than 6 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S II devices in the US since 2010. The original Galaxy Tab sold over 725,000 devices, with 585,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices sold and 125,000 4G versions sold. In total, the company only sold 1.4 million tablets.

It has become clear why Apple might be considering a 7-inch version of the iPad; according to a recent survey , 21 per cent of people said that they'd consider buying a smaller iPad for their kids. Most seem keener on getting their hands on the iPhone 5 first, though.

Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly approaching Twitter's head of international markets Katie Jacobs Stanton to get Yahoo back in to the media game.

The latest Chrome browser for Windows sandboxes Flash , which will hopefully cut the amount of times you see Flash crash by around 20 per cent. This, I'm sure, will be a welcome relief to many people.

Microsoft is prepping nine fixes for Patch Tuesday , including five fixes for critical security flaws in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, SQL Server, Sever Software and Developer Tools.


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