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Monday, January 5, 2004

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Ads For iPods Offer Big Music Gift In Small Package
by Theresa Howard, USA Today
The first holiday season for iTunes helped drive sales even more for popular iPods.


MWSF Keynote To Be Broadcast At Apple Stores
by MacMinute
Several Apple retail stores will be presenting a live satellite feed of Steve Jobs' keynote from this year's Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

FileMaker Showcases Real-World Database Solutions
by MacMinute
Apple database software subsidiary FileMaker will kick off Macworld Expo by demonstrating a variety of real-world database solutions, all running on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, for small business and education.

Apple Climbs More Than 5 Percent
by MacMinute
Shares of Apple are up to $22.37 in trading currently.

iTunes DRM Cracked Wide Open For GNU/Linux. Seriously.
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Norwegian programmer Jon Lech Johansen, who broke the DVD encryption scheme, has opened iTunes locked music a tad further, by allowing people to play songs they've purchased on iTunes Music Store on their GNU/Linux computers.

Governor Presents First Laptops To Students
by Associated Press
The white Apple iBooks — handed out by Gov. Craig Benson in Armand R. Dupont School gymnasium — were even preferable to a snow day, some students said.

Roxio Unveils Toast With Jam 6
by MacMinute
Roxio on Monday unveiled Toast with Jam 6, a new version of its popular CD and DVD burning software, enhanced with studio quality audio tools.

Freeverse Offers Free Backgammon Deluxe 1.0
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Hankering to play other Backgammon enthusiasts on the Internet? Freeverse Software is offering its new game Backgammon Deluxe v1.0 as a free download.

Twenty Years Of The Mac
by Ian Betteridge, PC Pro
As long as there are creative people, there will be a Mac to be productive with.

Will Apple's Innovations And Influence Ever Translate Into Market Share?
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
Market share is one thing, mindshare quite another.

General Mills Exec Joins Apple's Board Of Directors
by MacMinute

Microsoft Has Plans To Take On... Apple?
by Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Microsoft would like to chip away at [Apple's] lead on both fronts — as the market leader in music downloads and portable music players.

Macromedia Updates Multimedia Tools
by David Becker, CNET
The new Director MX 2004 adds support for the JavaScript language, intended to make the applications more accessible to developers unfamiliar with Macromedia's Lingo format.

InDesign Adopts Orphaned PageMaker Users
by David Becker, CNET
Adobe Systems is set to unveil a conversion strategy Monday for customers still using its orphaned PageMaker page design and layout application.


Reporter's Notebook: MWSF Musings And Predictions
by Dennis Sellers, MacMinute
The level of excitement is, as always when the reality distortion field begins to coalesce, very high.


Die Hard
by John Gruber
A list of changes [in Mac OS X] that have resulted in hard-to-break habits for long-time users.


Monday, January 5, 2004
by Heng-Cheong Leong

TRADEMARKS WATCH : A glimpse at the trademarks registered by Apple might help in your Expo predictions.

EXCUSE ME... : But are you a grown-up?


Microsoft Plans Office 2003 Service Pack For May
by Barbara Darrow, CRN
This release is critical because many corporate accounts hold off on upgrading to new software versions until the first service pack is available.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Beta First Look
by Kurt Hutchinson, Ars Technica
At first thought, one might think "big deal — Service Packs from Microsoft are generally bug squashers." Things are different this time.

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