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Danish Consumer Agency finds iBook Design Flaw

From Macworld
The Danish Consumer Complaints Board has published evidence of a manufacturing defect resulting in power failures in some of Apple’s iBook G4 notebook computers. The board has already ordered the company to refund one Danish customer, and expects its findings to influence cases elsewhere, a spokesman said on Friday.

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Apple Users Twice as Active on Web

From Ars Technica
Apple Mac users are twice as likely to be active participants on the Web -- publishing blogs, uploading videos, commenting in forums -- than Dell users, according to a new Forrester Research report.

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Apple Separates ProCare Service and Training

From Macworld

Apple has revealed its revamped ProCare service plan. The priority support plan now separates technical support and service at the Apple Store from training, which was previously bundled together with the service. ProCare costs $99 per year; the new personal training program is called One to One, and it also costs $99 per year.

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Apple OS X Chief Sells Shares

From Macworld UK

Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet sold some of his shares last week. He sold the shares for $101.58 each, but conducted the transaction in a manner which meant he had to set the sale up in advance, in order to avoid any conflict of interest with his position as a company insider.

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Crunch Video Converter for Apple TV, iPod, iPhone

From iLounge

Roxio this week will announce Crunch, a new Mac application that converts videos for playback on the Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone. Crunch includes support for both native QuickTime file formats including DV, AVI, MOV, and non-QuickTime file formats including DivX, MPEG-2 and DVD-Video. Roxio said the software will also convert DVDs and VIDEO_TS folders, and offers multiple optimized MPEG-4 and H.264 settings.

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A Greener Apple - Steve Jobs

From Apple
Apple has been criticized by some environmental organizations for not being a leader in removing toxic chemicals from its new products, and for not aggressively or properly recycling its old products. Upon investigating Apple’s current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas. Whatever other improvements we need to make, it is certainly clear that we have failed to communicate the things that we are doing well.

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Apple Releases Trio of Software Updates

From MacMinute
Apple has released several updates, including QuickTime 7.1.6, Security Update 2007-004 v1.1, and AirPort Extreme Update 2007-003. Of these releases, Apple says: QuickTime 7.1.6 delivers numerous bug fixes, addresses a critical security issue with QuickTime for Java and includes support for: Final Cut Studio 2 and Timecode and closed captioning display in QuickTime Player.

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Canada Branded a "Haven for Pirates"

From The Inquirer
Microsoft and Apple have asked the US Government to put Canada on its priority blacklist of intellectual property crooks, saying the country isn't doing enough to prevent their products being ripped off.

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Survey Tallies iPhone Interest, finds only 6% to Buy

From iLounge
According to a recent survey taken by Markitecture, 77% of the 1300 people that responded knew about the iPhone, although only 6% said they were likely to purchase the phone in the next year. Cost was cited as the top reason for not purchasing the device, with carrier issues and/or contracts coming in a close second.

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Reid Calls for Summit to Fight iPod Crime

From Computing UK

Home Secretary John Reid is planning a summit of gadget manufacturers, including Apple and Sony, to try and build better security into their products. "If I had one piece of advice it would be to ask the manufacturers to design in features which reduce crimes," he told the BBC.

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Steve Jobs to Kick Off Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2007

From Apple

Apple announced that Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, will kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2007 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At WWDC, Apple plans to show developers a feature complete version of Mac OS® X Leopard and give them a beta copy to take home for final testing. Leopard is scheduled to ship in October.

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'Take Control of Your iPod: Beyond the Music' Released

From MacMinute

TidBITS Electronic Publishing has announced the release of "Take Control of Your iPod: Beyond the Music," by gadget-wizard Steve Sande.

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Analyst: Mac to Gain more Market Share

From MacObserver

The release of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system may have impacted Mac sales, but Apple's still gained some market share and will likely continue to grow, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The release of new Macs, Mac OS X 10.5, and other products will help drive that growth.

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Sling Media Releases SlingPlayer for Mac

From The Placeshift

Sling Media today announced the availability of SlingPlayer for Mac, a software client for Slingbox customers who want to view their home TV or even Apple TV on their Apple Macintosh desktop or laptop computer. SlingPlayer for Mac, Version 1.0, includes photo-realistic remote controls as well as the ability to program favorite channels with a full range of viewing modes all leveraging the iconic Mac OS look and feel. Available in the US and Canada, the SlingPlayer for Mac supports all Slingbox hardware and can be downloaded free of charge directly from Sling Media.

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Apple Confirms iTunes Films for Europe this Year

From Macworld UK

Apple plans to offer films for sale through iTunes before the end of the year, a senior Apple executive has claimed. Apple's vice president for Europe, Pascal Cagni, revealed the plans during an intervew with French language business daily Les Echos this week.

Cagni also confirmed that Apple will launch its iPhone in Europe in the fourth quarter of this year, and confirmed plans to open an Apple retail store in Paris, France at some point.

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Apple Seeks more DRM Free Music for iTunes Store

From iLounge

Apple has reportedly begun pursuing higher quality and DRM-free music from labels and artists, which may be available alongside the much-publicized EMI offerings. According to a report, Apple notified iTunes partners yesterday, informing them that the store will soon offer higher quality music without copy protection restrictions.

“Many of you have reached out to iTunes to find out how you can make your songs available higher quality and DRM-free,” Apple said in the email. “Starting next month, iTunes will begin offering higher-quality, DRM-free music and DRM-free music videos to all customers.”

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Apple Beefing Up Meatpacking Retail

From The New York Post
Apple has found the beef in the Meatpacking District, with the hip electronics retailer leasing more than 32,000 feet for a whopper of a store at 401 W. 14th St. - its third in the Big Apple.

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Jobs says Apple Customers not into Renting Music

From Reuters
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs indicated on Wednesday he is unlikely to give in to calls from the music industry to add a subscription-based model to Apple's wildly popular iTunes online music store.

"Never say never, but customers don't seem to be interested in it," Jobs told Reuters in an interview after Apple reported blow-out quarterly results. "The subscription model has failed so far."

(Shawn's Comment: Yes - the *subscription only* model has failed. But if Apple *added* subscriptions to the iTunes Store...)

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Apple Reports $770 million Profit

From Macworld
Apple has reported a $770 million profit for the fiscal 2007 second quarter on $5.26 billion in revenue. The profit worked out to $.87 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.36 billion and net quarterly profit of $410 million, or $.47 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

The company shipped 1,517,000 Macs and 10,549,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 36 percent growth in Macs and 24 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 43 percent of the quarter’s revenue, according to Apple.

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Apple's Future Looks Bright

From The Street
With its iPhone scheduled for release toward the end of June and the Leopard operating system pushed out until October, Apple's fiscal second-quarter earnings report on Wednesday could be relatively quiet.

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Mac Users get Choice for Geotagging Photos

From ITWire

While a few upmarket cameras use GPS to tag photos with the location of the spot where they were taken, most people have to add the tags later. Mac OS X users now have a choice of applications to ease the chore of editing location information.

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SEC won't File Stock Options Case against Apple

From Reuters
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it would not file an enforcement action against Apple Inc. in connection with the agency's stock-options dating investigation, citing the company's "extraordinary" cooperation.

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Rogue Amoeba Offers Major Update to Fission

From MacMinute

Rogue Amoeba Software announced the release of Fission1.5, a major update to its audio editor for Mac OS X. Fission provides lossless editing of MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, and AIFF audio files. With Fission, users can trim, split, and fade audio files, then save the result with no quality loss.

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Picturesque Readies Images for the Web

From Macworld

Acqualia has released Picturesque, a utility to help Web content creators get images ready to post on the Web. It costs $19.50, and a free demo is available for download.

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Apple Releases 99 Cent iQuiz

From iLounge
Following a brief glimpse last week, Apple has now released the iQuiz game for fifth-generation iPods. According to the game’s description, iQuiz includes four built-in games, including entertainment trivia and a quiz game based on a user’s music library. Unlike other iPod games, which sell for $4.99 each, iQuiz is priced at only 99 cents.

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Apple Estimated to make $0.10 on every iTunes Song

From TGDaily
Apple has long maintained that iTunes is a “break-even” operation, but according to research done by PacificCrest's Andy Hargreaves Apple has at least a 10% margin on every song sold on iTunes.

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SEC to File Suit against Ex-Apple Lawyer

From Yahoo!
Securities regulators plan to file civil fraud charges this week against Apple Inc.'s former general counsel and have worked out a settlement with its former chief financial officer over their alleged roles in the company's stock options scandal, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

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Jobs likely to Avoid Criminal Charges in Options Probe

From the San Jose Mercury News

Months into a federal investigation of stock options backdating at Apple, prospects for a criminal case against powerhouse CEO Steve Jobs appear dim.
A Mercury News examination of a massive 2001 stock-options grant to Jobs that was backdated through bogus documentation - the central focus of the federal probe - shows there is scant evidence, if any, to support criminal charges against the Silicon Valley icon.

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Hacker Breaks into Mac at Security Conference

From IDG News Service
A hacker managed to break into a Mac and win a $10,000 prize as part of a contest started at the CanSecWest security conference here.

Initially, contestants were invited to try to access one of two Macs through a wireless access point while the Macs had no programs running. No attackers managed to do so, and so conference organizers allowed participants to try to get in through the browser by sending URLs via e-mail.

(Shawn's Comment: So when nobody could do what was originally asked, they made the "contest" easier)

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