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Intuit spent $820,422 last year on lobbying. As such, the implication that they're doing more than Apple is outright trolling. If you want a better examples to use instead:
Elliot Management (2014): $7,152,149
National Assn of Realtors (2014): $6,324,267
Renaissance Technologies (2014): $3,671,200
Goldman Sachs (2014): $3,026,286
Microsoft (2014): $2,131,252
Exxon Mobil (2014): $1,931,230
Google (2014): $1,647,952
DLA Piper (2014): $944,672
Chevron Corp (2014): $701,983
Facebook (2014): $484,644
Sony (2014): $337,377
Emails are the post card of the digital age.
This proposed bill is designed to acknowledge that, sure, mail carriers *can* just read your mail while delivering it, it is after all right there next to the address, but we are going to be telling them that that is really, really bad, and if they do it that we won't like them one bit. The other piece here is that there is mail that has already been delivered, that resides on non-government servers. This proposed bill says that you can no longer have free reign to that data (they didn't, really as they needed to request it from companies who typically said "piss off", but for the sake of argument, let's say that they did), this bill says "get a warrant before asking".
However, at the same point it may as well be saying that within the multiverse where an infinite number of other universes exist, it is more plausible that there will be universes that are not like our own than there are those that are like our own as fundamental laws regarding the creation of said universes need not be identical, preventing the creation of sufficiently similar natural systems; ergo, the Goldilocks Principle.
However, the same can be said of the film industry, where successful releases requires teams of people and significant upfront investment, except usually with a zero or two added to the end of that figure and more people than a typical app or game.
One doesn't need to crush Cell Phones or even continue exponential growth to be successful in what Jobs described as the "Post PC World" as Oremus writes in his article. Apple secured for themselves what is effectively 35% of a wholly new market over the past 5 years, where they've previously only been selling 5m PCs a quarter. Other manufacturers like Samsung and Asus too have managed to secure quite large cuts of this new market, as have various "crapgadget" manufacturers for what it's worth. (PCs too have crapgadget manufacturers, so that doesn't feel too much like a new development)
The fact of the matter is that pressure from Android and iOS has pushed Microsoft to take some very exciting risks as of late, and as such are now looking like they may again be a legitimate competitor in both landscapes that are being increasingly pressured by the likes of ChromeOS, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, Thin Clients, People staying behind on old versions of Windows and the like.