Mercury News: Apple should think differently about suit

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 15:36
Category: Opinion

An article in today’s Mercury News by Mike Langberg is worth a read.

An open letter to Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer:
Dear Steve,
I urge you to Think Different in your attitude toward Web sites that publish leaked information on Apple’s upcoming products.
I’m not going to repeat at length the now-familiar argument that Apple’s legal action against three sites — Apple Insider, PowerPage and ThinkSecret — to pay damages and reveal confidential sources is wrong from a free-speech perspective.
I strongly believe online journalists, including bloggers, deserve the same First Amendment protections as print and broadcast journalists, but you would hardly expect me to feel any other way.
Instead, I want to make a dollars-and-cents argument for backing down.

Read the rest of Mike’s letter at MercuryNews.com.

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Gillmor: The Gathering Storms Over Speech

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2005, 00:50
Category: Opinion

Former San Jose Mercury News technology columnist Dan Gillmor has posted an opinion piece (“The Gathering Storms Over Speech“) on Apple’s attack of the independent online media:

Apple Computer’s disgusting attack on three online journalism sites, in a witch hunt to find out who (if anyone) inside the company leaked information about allegedly upcoming products, has taken a nasty turn. Too bad it’s not surprising — and journalists of all kinds should be paying attention.

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Midnight Missive: What Makes You an Apple User in 2005?

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Date: Monday, February 28th, 2005, 11:25
Category: Opinion

If Apple is right – many of you are reading this staring at a beautiful flat screen (over 40% of them portable) and probably running a version of OS X with most of your room now doused in the ubiquitous silver and white.
We all cheer when Apple gets it right, we love when they steal the show – as they have done with iPod. But remember the dark old days? The starting point for this Web site was when Apple released the infamous PowerBook 5300c with a colossal price and colossal design faults to match. So, are we riding high into the sun with Apple these days? Yes on many counts, but…

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Apple Ditches FireWire in Favor of USB, Worlds Collide

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 10:36
Category: Opinion

Apple iPod FireWire Cable Goes Bah-By!In probably the most surprising move in the announcement of the new iPods yesterday Apple has unbundled the FireWire cable in favor of (Gasp!) USB. Has Steve Jobs lost his mind? Read More…

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Is the Monochrome iPod on the way out?

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Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2005, 10:11
Category: iPod, Opinion

It looks to me like the US$349 30GB iPod Photo is a much better deal than the remaining 20GB monochrome iPod at US$299. You have to love U2 or the color black to get the US$349 20GB U2 edition. It looks like Apple will simplify the iPod line shortly to just three players: the Shuffle with no screen, mini with monochrome screen and full size with color screen. Or maybe they’ll add a color display to the mini (as has been rumored recently) and ditch the monochrome displays altogher?

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Report: City-run Wi-Fi Plans Could Have 'Grave Flaws'

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Date: Wednesday, February 9th, 2005, 11:52
Category: Opinion

City-run wireless broadband networks, which appear to be gaining popularity in a number of major metropolitan areas, haven’t been fully studied and are being touted with dubious claims about their benefits, according to the New Millennium Research Council. Read more at ComputerWorld.com.

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Why Buy on Price?

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Date: Saturday, February 5th, 2005, 09:50
Category: Opinion

The price of personal computers has dropped to the point where the actual box is a small part of the equation. The cost of software, broadband, accessories, movies, cameras, printers, music , music players and general consumables make the cost of the actual computer less relevant than ever, especially if it can be used for three or more years.
read on….

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EFF on Bloggers As Journalists

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Date: Sunday, January 30th, 2005, 23:21
Category: Opinion

The EFF’s Bloggers As Journalists: Why We Fight Apple?s Subpoenas is worth a read:

James Madison understood that “a popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or tragedy or perhaps both.” Legal protections for media sources and unpublished information are critical means for journalists of all stripes to acquire information and communicate it to the public. Imagine if “Deep Throat,” the informant critical to Woodward and Bernstein’s investigation of the 1972 Watergate burglary, knew that his identity could be obtained through legal process. His career, and perhaps his life, would have been in serious jeopardy, and a cautious individual would have kept silent.

Read more at EFF.org.
In related news, the EFF announced a new project that highlights the way misguided laws and lawsuits can pollute the environment for technological innovation. “Endangered Gizmos” is a natural history of technologies from the Betamax VCR to filesharing software that have been threatened or extinguished through ruthless litigation. The “Endangered Gizmos” List gives readers the vital statistics on a host of gadgets, along with steps they can take to save those that haven’t yet been killed off. Read more about it in the Press Release.

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Mac Mini – iPod all over again?

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Date: Wednesday, January 26th, 2005, 10:50
Category: Opinion

What was the problem with the original iPod? It used a tiny hard drive with a higher price and lower capacity than the laptop drives found in other players. It could not be opened by the user. It was expensive.
What was so good about it? The small size, Apple iTunes software, great interface and fast Firewire connectivity.
What about the Mac Mini? Read on…………

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My Personal Communicator

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Date: Friday, January 14th, 2005, 15:29
Category: Opinion

Applele hiPhone r6The is a story about a device that wasn’t released at Macworld Expo 2005. In fact, this device doesn’t even exist. It has not been discussed on any of the Mac news sites. No one has ever seen this device function. This is a device in someone’s mind’s eye. Any similarity between this story and reality is purely coincidence. hiPhone R6 image courtesy of Applele.com.
Instead of discussing what was revealed at MWSF05 I want to discuss something that wasn’t revealed.
This handheld device might have started out as an “Apple looking PDA” on some Apple engineer’s bicycle handlebars three years ago, only then to become the original iPod. When the success of that device reached its peak, the manufacturer came up with a new model that fulfilled the lowest common denominator’s next most wanted thing. Read more…

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