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Select an organization or industry with which you are familiar and which allows access to its financial information. Prepare an overview of your selected organization or industry. Be sure to include a history of the organization/industry, the market in which it operates the role of government regulations on your organization/industry, and any issues or opportunities that the organization/industry faces.

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In answering this question, one of the first things you would want to do is to briefly state the organization or industry with which you intend to work with and the reason for choosing such an organization or industry. You have decided to look at Apple Inc., which is a very good choice, since over the years Apple has revolutionized the computer industry. The computer industry itself has also really grown over the years and it impacts every aspect of our daily lives. It is therefore a vital organization/industry with which to give an overview of.

The next step is to look at the role of Apple Inc. and its history. You may note the following:

"Apple Inc. (Apple), incorporated on January ...

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This solution contains detailed information on the role of Apple Inc. and its history. It also entails information as it relates to government regulations and its impact on the organization. Links are provided within the solution which points to key developments in Apple Inc. both in recent times and over the years - especially as it relates to the company's financials.

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