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The FBI is investigating the case of purchase of the schools of Los Angeles Apple tablet for $ 1.3 billion
Last year, the Board of Education of Los Angeles has decided that students will no longer develop the curriculum with the help of books on paper and switch to tablet computers. For this purpose, planned to buy 640,000 tablets iPad. The total value of the transaction was to be about $ 1.5 billion.
As it turns out, not all in this case is as good as it looked originally. According to The LA Times, the FBI became interested in the case. In this regard, the Bureau seized about 20 boxes of documents. The reason is suspected of collusion with Apple, that is, properly conducted the auction, which resulted in the contract is with a company from Cupertino.
Suspicions arose this summer . Then the project was suspended, but as a reason for the name of what students have learned to get rid of the pre-lock and control systems, which prevented the use of the iPad for entertainment purposes. Rather than purchase Apple-tablet decided to hold the test to be attended by a number of different mobile devices and each university will choose for themselves the specific device that will be purchased in the required quantities. Among the devices offered by the presence of conventional laptops with small screens, tablets Surface Pro 2, Lenovo Yoga and Chromebooks.
The main suspects in collusion with Apple are former Superintendent Unified School District Los Angeles (LAUSD) John Deasy, who left the post in October, as well as company-subcontractor Pearson. In the course of the case became known Deasy close acquaintance with representatives of both the company Pearson, and Apple.
The project cost a total of $ 1.3 billion. However, the source of the publication can not know about at what point the project was stopped and how many tablets were purchased and fell into the hands of students. The current “head” District said the administration is no longer interested in the disputed contract, adding that the decision was taken before the investigation set about the FBI.
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