The Apple Core: Disney Board Approves $7B Pixar Acquisition

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Date: Tuesday, January 24th, 2006, 20:12
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Its official. The Walt Disney Company today announced the acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios, the blockbuster animation studio majority owned by Apple’s Steve Jobs, for $7.4 billion.
Jobs will take a seat on the Disney board and Pixar President Ed Catmull will serve as president of the new Pixar and Disney animation studios. Pixar’s creative genius, John Lasseter will serve as chief creative officer of the animation studios, and will report directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger.
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The Apple Core: Steve Jobs in mouse ears?

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Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2006, 07:00
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There’s a ton of speculation swirling that Disney is set to announce a buyout of Pixar Animation Studios for somewhere in the range of US$7 Billion. The acquisition would make Steve Jobs the largest individual shareholder of Disney according to a story on AppleXNet.
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The Apple Core: TGIF: Apple Rumor Roundup

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 10:45
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hipod.jpgIn the wake of Macworld Expo come a veritable plethora of Apple rumors. Some interesting fodder for a Friday.
- Disney buys Pixar
- 2G Video iPod
- Wireless iPod
- Bluetooth iPod
- iPod phone
- iPod boombox
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The Apple Core: Design a Steve Jobs Movie Poster

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 23:12
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ipodfather-250.jpgMike Davidson has started a really good contest on his blog. It’s quite simple and self-explanatory: Design a Steve Jobs Movie Poster.
Get the link on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: PC Card = Obsolete

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 00:24
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expresscard-logo.jpgWith Apple’s announcement of the MacBook Pro they also obsoleted a popular notebook technology – the PC Card slot (formerly PCMCIA).
ExpressCard/34 is a blazing fast replacement for the venerable PC Card slot found on many notebooks, including several generations of PowerBook. ExpressCard is a serial interface delivering between 480 Mbytes/sec and 2.5 Gbit/sec/direction of bi-directional throughput, depending on the interface (USB 2.0 or PCI Express) while a CardBus PC Card is a parallel interface capable of only 33-132 Mbytes/sec.
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The Apple Core: iTunes Phones Home

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 08:00
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little-snitch.jpgApple used the Macworld Expo in San Francisco last week to announce a new version of iTunes, version 6.0.2, that “includes stability and performance improvements over iTunes 6.0.1.” One of the “improvements” is the iTunes MiniStore which an interesting little piece of code that looks at what you’re listening to and suggests artists and songs that you might like. The main issue with the iTunes MiniStore is that it arrives turned on by default. Didn’t Apple pay attention to the whole Sony BMG Music rootkit fiasco?
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The Apple Core: More on the MacBook Pro SuperDrive

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 09:08
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One of the most surprising things about the announcement of the the new MacBook Pro at Macworld Expo this week was Apple’s dropping the 8x burning double-layer SuperDrive in favor of an inferior 4x single-layer mechanism.
I was puzzled during his keynote address when Steve Jobs listed the specs of the new MacBook Pro with only a 4x SuperDrive, it was surely an error I thought. Why would Apple ship a 4x SuperDrive in a machine touted as so much faster than current PowerBooks? (The current PowerBook G4 ships with 8x SuperDrives.)
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro, What's in a name?

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 09:00
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Back in July 2005 I suggested that it was time for Apple to retire the name PowerBook in favor something that would depart from its “Power”PC heritage (even though the original PowerBook predates the PowerPC) and move into the 21st century and reflect Apple’s commitment to use silicon from Intel.
Yesterday’s announcement of the MacBook Pro notebook was a surprise to most and it’s interesting to see that Apple finally dropped the name PowerBook from the product line.
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The Apple Core: It was the night before Expo…

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2006, 01:34
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… and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for Steve’s mouse.
“Quick, change that keynote slide, he’s got it all posted.”
“And you’d better do it quick, before you’re ass is toasted!”
The night before Expo is kind of a weird time, there’s a kind-of quiet before the storm type of feeling but it’s hard to take advantage of because the ether is buzzing with everyone’s predictions and conjecture about what his Steveness is going to announce.
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The Apple Core: Top 10 things Apple could announce at Macworld Expo

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006, 09:00
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crystal_ball.jpgIt’s that time of year again, time to dust off the crystal ball and prognosticate about what Apple has in store for us at the big January love-in at Moscone. Macworld Expo opens in San Francisco in less than two weeks and predicting Expo announcements has become nothing short of a sport. So before you lay your money down for that shiny new computer, here are Jason the Greek’s vegas odds on Steve Jobs announcements for The Big Dance.
Click through to my ZDNet Blog for 10 juicy predictions: The Apple Core – and chime in with your comments!

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