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Apple Legal Wranglings

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Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005, 07:33
Category: Opinion

Some folks are thinking a bit too simplistically about the current Apple legal wranglings. Computer users are not going to be changing their operating system based on perceptions about fairness or who is the underdog. The big issue here is that Apple is damaging its relationship with the mainstream press and over what? To put the news agencies First Amendment protections at risk over controlling some piddling leaks, leaks that have only served to boost the Apple hype makes no sense whatsoever. This smells like a personality disorder and not a business decision. Apple is flying high. Apple stock has split, iPod sales are through the roof and the most important development of all, Apple’s share of the personal computer market is surging after hanging on by a thread for so long. This is all great news, but the press loves to see a reversal of fortune. The fallout over these legal wranglings could cost Apple and the Apple brand dearly. An Apple micro notepad computer, set-top entertainment system, breakout into video distribution – who knows what – is not without risk. Good press and lots of press is important if Apple is to launch the next big thing. Sure it would be a shame if that next big thing were announced by some kid from Harvard and not at a whiz bang press extravaganza, but it would be much worse if the bad blood this engenders with the news outlets puts a seriously negative spin on the next slip up that Apple will inevitably make.

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Blogshine Sunday and Public Access to Gov't Information

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2005, 00:15
Category: Opinion

On Sunday, March 13, bloggers around the world blogged about the need for access to government information. Read More…

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CNet: Apple lawsuit: Thinking different?

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 21:45
Category: Opinion

An opinion piece by Charles Cooper for CNet also discusses Apple’s trampling of the First Amendment:

The real subtext is this: Apple is directed by a collection of control freaks who would have found themselves quite at home in the Nixon White House. The big difference being that reporters had the constitutional freedom to report on the Nixon White House.
Apple has been an infuriating company for me to cover over the last two decades or so. I adore its technology but can’t stomach its overreaching sense of entitlement. Other tech companies deal with leaks all the time. Nobody’s happy when their discussions wind up as fodder for the rumor mill. But that’s part of the give-and-take that’s defined the technology business for decades.

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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.
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