The Apple Core: The other side of the Disney McDonald’s breakup

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 08:02
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After my piece yesterday about Jobs getting out of the Happy Meal business I heard from a source close to McDonald’s that tells a different toy story.
According to the source McDonald’s has been waiting for the 10-year exclusive movie tie-in contract with Disney to expire for years. Apparently the company felt that the original deal with Disney was too one-sided and was never going to renew it.
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The Apple Core: Jobs gets out of the Happy Meal business

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, 08:00
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pixar-happy-meal.jpgApparently Steve Jobs doesn’t care too much for the food at McDonald’s or at minimum he wants to stop using it to promote Disney/Pixar films to kids.
According to a story in the L.A. Times Disney is not renewing a 10-year agreement with McDonald’s to include plastic toys in its Happy Meals.
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The Apple Core: Next generation Intel processors coming to the Mac

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
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intel-core-2-duo.pngAccording to DailyTech, Intel has provided names and dates for their next generation of core processors. The new chips may ship under the Apple logo in as soon as a few months.
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The Apple Core: MacBook Temperature Monitor

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Date: Thursday, May 4th, 2006, 08:00
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speedit.jpgThere is now a way to read the internal temperature of the MacBook Pro, something no other software has been able to do to date. A creative developer has figured out a way to get data from the internal monitors via a kernel extension (kext).
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The Apple Core: Apple’s lawyers at it again

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Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2006, 11:21
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Apple’s lawyers are apparently at it again as iPod enthusiast site iPod Garage has announced that it will “voluntarily” change its name to iProng next week. Publisher and founder Bill Palmer maintains that iPod Garage wasn’t his first choice and that he settled on it “at the last minute while I was in the shower “after a squatter took his first choice, “iPodLand.”
I asked him if the change to iProng was prompted by a request from Apple legal…
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The Apple Core: Apple’s Earth Day Announcements

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2006, 08:00
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mac-recycling.jpgApple made two announcements in the spirit of this weekend’s Earth Day.
The first is an expansion of its computer recycling program, offering free computer take-back and recycling with the purchase of a new Macintosh beginning in June. If you purchase a new Mac in the U.S. from the Apple Store or Apple’s retail stores you’ll be eligible to receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of your old computer. According to Apple, equipment received by the program in the U.S. is recycled domestically and no hazardous material is shipped overseas.
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The Apple Core: EFF Stands Up for Online Journalists’ Rights in Apple v. Does

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 08:48
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a San Jose, California appeals court Thursday that denying protections for confidential sources would deliver a dangerous blow to online journalism and independent media.
Apple Computer is suing several unnamed individuals, called “Does,” who allegedly leaked information about an upcoming product to online news sites PowerPage and AppleInsider. As part of its investigation, Apple subpoenaed Nfox — my email service provider — for communications and unpublished materials obtained by me. A trial court upheld the subpoena.
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The Apple Core: Apple Q2 2006 financial results

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2006, 01:46
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apple-q2-2006-results.jpgApple yesterday Webcasted their Q2 2006 financial results conference call.
Second-quarter profit rose 41 percent even after iPod and Mac shipments fell from a record holiday season. Net income rose to US$410 million, or 47 cents a share, from US$290 million, or 34 cents, a year earlier. Sales increased 34 percent to US$4.36 billion, compared with growth that averaged 65 percent in the prior five periods.
Shipments of iPods fell to 8.5 million units from 14 million in the previous (holiday) quarter marking the first time in more than three years that iPod shipments haven’t increased over the previous quarter. Mac shipments also fell to 1.1 million from 1.25 million over the holidays as Apple switched to Intel processors.
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The Apple Core: Where did my hard drive go?

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Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2006, 11:34
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disk-inventory-x.jpgI’ve said before that mobile hard drive capacity seems to be the only thing that doesn’t keep up with Moore’s Law, but this is getting ridiculous.
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The Apple Core: MacBook coming April 19th?

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Date: Monday, April 17th, 2006, 08:00
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I received a note from a reader a couple weeks ago about Apple’s upcoming Intel-based iBook replacement – the “MacBook.” In it he says that when he asked the Apple store for an iBook replacement a store employee suggested that he “hold off” buying a MacBook Pro. Hmmm…
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