Feds Begin Probe of Apple Stock Scandal

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 15:47
Category: News

An article over on MacObserver details how the San Francisco division of the U.S. Attorney’s office has launched its own criminal investigation into Apple Inc.’s backdated stock option scandal.

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The investigation, according to a story on financial industry news web site MarketWatch, will focus on former Apple attorney Wendy Howell and a grant of 7.5 million stock option shares to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs at a company meeting in October of 2001.
Howell claims she was ordered to make changes in order to grant Jobs the stock options by Nancy Heinen, a member of Apple’s general counsel team. Heinen departed Apple in May of 2006 for reasons unrelated to the events in question while Howell was fired from the company in December of 2006 for reasons relating to the stock options issue.
Last month, Apple stated that an independent internal investigation revealed that the October, 2001 meeting had never taken place and that grant terms weren’t set until December, 2001.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has begun its own investigation into Apple’s backdated stock option grants and Jobs has claimed he was unaware of the falsified incident. Apple later cancelled the grant, rendering the decision of no financial gain to Jobs. Apple’s own internal investigation has cleared the CEO and the rest of the company’s current management team from any wrongdoing.
The stock grant would have been worth about $20 million to Jobs, who currently holds more than five million shares of Apple stock worth more than $500 million.
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Apple Deletes nVidia Post in Forums?

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 09:19
Category: Rumor
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An article over at Slashdot.org points out that Apple may be deleting posts relating to complaints regarding nVidia’s current graphic card drivers used in the Mac Pro line of computers. The post goes as follows:
“I purchased a Mac Pro within the first week that they were available, and immediately upgraded to 3GB of RAM (knowing that OSX loves memory). When playing 3D games (World of Warcraft mainly), the game would Kernel Panic the machine if I had played it for a few hours, or if I swapped in and out of the game a few times, etc. I eventually found out (from an official Blizzard poster) that NVidia has a bug in their drivers that kernel panics a Mac Pro if any memory past the 2GB boundary is addressed in the driver. After waiting months for a resolution to this, I decided to post on Apple’s support site. Within a few hours, they removed it from the site, placing it under ‘Posts Removed by Administration.’ What’s going on here? Is Apple trying to hide this bug, or is there something more serious going on between Apple and NVidia?”
No clear answer seems to have been provided and other users have complained about this bug under practically identical conditions.
If you have any ideas about this or have had a similar experience, please let us know.

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Early Office 2008 Screenshot Gallery Posted

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 09:45
Category: Pictures

The folks over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog have posted a quick gallery of screenshots for Microsoft’s upcoming Office 2008 programs.

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The gallery features images of the new look, updated core art graphics and shows improvements in Excel as well as a new “reminder” table for Entourage.
Cool stuff and it’ll be interesting to see how they improve on Office 2004.

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iPhone Version of OS X Under 500 Megabytes

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Date: Monday, January 15th, 2007, 08:57
Category: Software

An article over on Macworld.co.uk describes how the upcoming iPhone version of Mac OS X will weigh in at under 500 megabytes of space that will be used on a “versatile” flash hard drive according to Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak.

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The operating system, according to Joswiak, will sit in the flash memory of the iPhone and that Apple will “provide updates to the operating system like we do today,” with a similar software update structure being developed such as the one used for the company’s iPods and Macintosh computers. Specific details as to this have yet to be released.
Joswiak also claimed that Apple was able to reduce the file size of Mac OS X by removing technologies that didn’t need to ship with the iPhone and that the small, durable form factor of a flash hard drive worked well for the iPhone.
So far a list of included and excluded Mac OS X technologies has yet to be seen.
If you have any comments or feedback, please let us know.

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MWSF07: One Final Look Back at Macworld Expo

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 18:25
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — We’ve grouped the photos from Flickr.com’s PowerPage section into additional sets for easier navigation and viewing.

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If you couldn’t make Macworld Expo this year, this is the next best thing. And where next year is concerned, we’ll be here and I’ll be losing additional bets as to product releases and thus buying you an ice cream sundae or other dessert.
Thanks for reading and see you then.

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MWSF07: PowerPage’s Best of Show Awards/Wrap-up

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 17:12
Category: News

San Francisco — With Macworld Expo winding down, it’s time to honor the best of the best. These companies went beyond what was expected for a trade show presence and offered something great to the people who came by.

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So, without further ado, O’Grady’s PowerPage presents this year’s awards:
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MWSF07: Additional AppleTV Details Emerge

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 16:39
Category: News

San Francisco — Further details have emerged regarding Apple’s upcoming Apple TV set top media device, due to be released this February for US$299. A first look over at Macworld News describes how the device, once hooked up, will appear in iTunes under the source list, much like a mounted iPod or other device currently does now. Select the Apple TV icon and you can choose which data is synched to the Apple TV from your Mac (such as movies, TV shows, music, playlists and photos).

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Apple currently estimates that the 40 gigabyte hard drive that ships with the Apple TV can hold 50 hours of video data or 9,000 songs or 25,000 pictures.
In environments where more than one computer is present, the Apple TV will synch with one computer to store data on its hawrd drive but will also link with up to five other computers and stream data from them using an 802.11n networking protocol for wireless synching as well as an Ethernet connection when applicable.
The Apple TV will only synch with iTunes libraries once it’s received permission from the user. When the Apple TV tries to connect, it displays a PIN code to the TV screen that must be entered for the Apple TV to synch with the library.
Apple has taken an unexpected stance with the included USB port on the Apple TV device, booth representatives citing that the port will be unable to connect to an external hard drive and is for “maintenance use only”.
If you’ve heard anything about this or have comments or feedback, let us know.

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MWSF07: Final Macworld Expo Gallery Posted

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 16:15
Category: Pictures

San Francisco — The final picture gallery for the 2007 Macworld Expo San Francisco has been posted to the PowerPage section of Flickr.com.

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The gallery includes shots from the floor as well as pictures from BackBeat Media’s Cirque de Mac 4.0 party, which took place Wednesday night and featured the Macworld All-Stars. Thanks to photographer John F. Braun for permission to use some of these shots.

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MWSF07: Cisco Claims Apple Snagged “iPhone” Name Via Shell Company

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Date: Friday, January 12th, 2007, 12:46
Category: News

An article on Canoe Network helps flesh out the conflict between Cisco and Apple over the dispute between the iPhone name and the suit Cisco has filed against Apple claiming it violated one of its trademarks.

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In the suit, filed Wednesday, Cisco asked a judge to forbid Apple from using the name “iPhone”, which Cisco has held as a trademark since 2000.
According to the article, Apple initially inquired after Cisco to acquire or license the rights to the iPhone name. Upon refusal of these names, Cisco claims that Apple embardked on a campaign of “confusion, mistake and deception” and created a shell company called Ocean Telecom Services LLC to sidestep these challenges.
In an application submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trade office during March of 2006, Ocean Telecom described itself as a foreign company offering services in Trinidad and Tobago.
As of Thursday, an Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on Ocean Telecom,
In spite of criticism form both sides, Apple recently calling Cisco’s lawsuit as “silly”, Cisco spokesman John Noh claimed that Cisco was still willing to negotiate with Apple with regard to the name. Noh claimed that Cisco executives would like to let Apple use the term “iPhone” on the condition that the companies’ phones be able to communicate with each other.
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MWSF: Parallels Update Due Within a Few Weeks

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 20:40
Category: Software

San Francisco — Parallels Desktop, the extremely popular Windows virtualization program for Mac OS X, will receive a significant update within the next few weeks according to company product manager Benjamin Rudolph.

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The free update will include full USB and iSight camera support as well as improved 3D graphics and multicore processor support.
With Mac OS X 10.5 on the horizon, the design team has found that its current builds function well with betas of the upcoming Apple operating system, albeit there are no plans to specifically wrap Parallels around Mac OS X 10.5-specific technologies such as Spaces or Time Machine.
Although Parallels has been on a run as of late, being cited as a solid, reliable product, concerns have arisen with regard to Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, which will be released at the end of the month. Current Microsoft licensing forbids the use of the home editions of the operating system under virtualization environments such as the one Parallels provides, a move that pushes the user to look towards variants of the operating system within the $400 range as opposed to one within a $100 range.
Parallels has yet to test the home editions of Vista on its current builds and was unable to provide further comments as to whether it was possible to run the operating system, despite possible licensing violations.
If you have any comments or feedback on this, please let us know.

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