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Friday, April 11, 2003


Apple Trades At Near Five-Year Low
by MacMinute

Apple 'Interested' In Music Giant
by BBC News
According to press reports last year, Vivendi turned down an offer from Mr Davis in November. The price tags currently under discussion may well be too small for Vivendi's expectations: Universal Music alone enjoys $6bn in annual revenues.

Davis May Drop Vivendi Bid On Apple Deal
by Reuters
Billionaire oilman Marvin Davis would drop his bid to acquire the entertainment assets of Franco-American conglomerate Vivendi Universal if Vivendi sells Universal Music to Apple Computer Inc., a source familiar with the situation said Friday.

MacHack Early Registration Ends April 15
by MacMinute

Apple Boosts Bluetooth - Bluetooth Boosts Apple
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Sometimes support for an emergent technology is just as important, and here Apple is surfing the crest of a wave. Microsoft's support for Bluetooth in Windows has been erratic, and now trails Apple significantly.

Apple Reportedly In Talks To Buy Universal Music
by Chuck Philips, Los Angeles Times
Such a seemingly unlikely combination would instantly make technology guru Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and chief executive, the most powerful player in the record industry.

MySQL Boasts Might Against Big Players
by Lisa M. Bowman, CNET
MySQL kicked off its first-ever users conference by releasing the source code of its upcoming MySQL 5.0 product and touting its reputation as the little database company that could.

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets Ships
by Tuncer Deniz, Inside Mac Games

Apple Posts WWDC Promo Video
by MacMinute


Apple Wants Vivendi To Dance
by Arik Hesseldahl and Peter Kafka, Forbes
Apple could be wading into the market for downloadable music at just the right moment.

Apple Hears The Music?
by Jeff Fischer, Motley Fool
Since the late 1990s, the halls of Apple HQ have echoed with the notion that computer makers must become media owners if they're going to differentiate themselves. Plus, Apple is far more than a computer maker.

Apple In Talks To Buy Universal Music Group - Report
by Tony Smith, The Register
Owning Universal would give Apple the clout to offer the kind of online music service it wants to without having to endure limitations placed upon it by the big labels.

Count Apple Out Of The Low Cost Desktop Market
by Adam Robert Guha, Low End Mac
We all know it, and I've said it a million times: Macs are not cheap computers.


Why The Power Macintosh G4 MDD (With Noise Reduction Kit) Is Louder After Waking From Sleep
by MacFixIt
"When the computer goes into sleep mode, there is a heat buildup inside the computer due to the fact that the fan stops."


Friday, April 11, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMOR DU JOUR : Is Apple aiming to be Sony?

Defying conventional wisdom, Jobs apparently is betting that music is finally on the verge of becoming a profitable presence on the Internet.

What next? NBC?

Question: If Apple does buy Universal Music, does it still own big money to Apple Records?

Maybe the purchase will "offer Apple a guarentee of relevancy," asks James Duncan8181. "It would mean that any DRM system that is worked out for music will have to consider the interests of Apple/Universal. This effectively avoid a Microsoft lockout on music."

AND APPLE ASSERTS ITS INFLUENCE AGAIN : Is this how Visa's Titanium credit card got its name?

Head of marketing: OK, does anyone here know anything about science? What's better than plantinum?
Dsigner: My computer is made of titanium. It's pretty solid. And the screen is huge. Have you seen that commercial with Mini Me and...


Microsoft Files Suit Against Lucent
by Jeffrey Burt, eWeek
Microsoft this week filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to determine whether patents held by Lucent Technologies-óand which are the subjects of suits Lucent has filed against two OEMsó-are valid.

Microsoft Cuts Xbox Price In Europe
by Dow Jones
Microsoft said Thursday that it will cut the price of its Xbox video game system by up to 20% in Europe - its third price reduction in 13 months.

Is Small Biz Microsoft's Next Big Thing?
by Jay Greene, BusinessWeek
With new software and an army of resellers, Gates & Co., are launching a massive offensive to target 45 million businesses worldwide.

Windows CE Open-Source Plan Under Fire
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
As part of its effort to deal with the threat of open-source software, Microsoft plans to let device makers modify more of the source code of its specialized Windows CE operating system. But some say the company's licensing terms could kill interest in the plan.

Dell Ships Out Pentium M Notebooks
by John G. Spooner, CNET
The new notebook models are part of an effort by Dell to overhaul its entire notebook product line. The company has now replaced or refreshed all of its notebook models, except for the Latitude X200 and Precision M50 mobile workstation.

Itanium Gets Supercomputing Software
by Stephen Shankland, CNET
Researchers at the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure have built full Itanium support into software that can be used to assemble supercomputers out of clusters of Linux computers.

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