Apple Computer, Inc.
- Homepage: http://www.apple.com/
February 2008: "Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone."http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/02/05iphoneipodtouch.html
August 2002: "Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators, creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings." http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=aapl&script=11906&layout=7&item_id='index.htm'
February 2011: "SUZHOU, China — Last week, when Apple released its annual review of labor conditions at its global suppliers, one startling revelation stood out: 137 workers at a factory here had been seriously injured by a toxic chemical used in making the signature slick glass screens of the iPhone."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/technology/23apple.html
November 2009: "But the love that consumers send Apple’s way could flag if the company puts into place new advertising technology it has developed. In an application filed last year and made public last month by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is seeking a patent for technology that displays advertising on almost anything that has a screen of some kind: computers, phones, televisions, media players, game devices and other consumer electronics."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/business/15digi.html
July 2009: 'The Federal Communications Commission is examining a recent decision by Apple to reject an iPhone application developed by Google. On Friday, the commission sent letters to executives at Apple, Google and AT&T, which is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the United States, saying it was “interested in a more complete understanding of this situation.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/01/technology/companies/01google.html
July 2009: 'But contrary to Apple’s claim that the new iPhone 3GS is more enterprise friendly, the new iPhone 3GS’ encryption feature is “broken” when it comes to protecting sensitive information such as credit card numbers and social-security digits, Zdziarski said.'http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/iphone-encryption/
July 2009: 'Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission have been investigating whether Google and Apple are violating antitrust laws by sharing two board members: Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive of Google, and Arthur D. Levinson, chief executive of Genentech. Under Section 8 of the Clayton Antitrust Act, companies with “interlocking directorates” face limits on sharing information through common board members.'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/technology/companies/09apple.html
July 2009: "A new investigation into Chinese labor law disputes reveals that Apple still isn't immune to associations with manufacturing partners that aren't in compliance with laws designed to improve labor conditions for Chinese workers. Despite instigating a comprehensive auditing process after it was revealed that Foxconn—assembler of iPods—had serious problems with worker conditions, Apple's own investigations reveal that over half of the factories it audited last year didn't pay overtime, and a quarter paid less than mandated minimum wages. The widespread problems affect other companies as well, but also threaten to sully Apple's otherwise squeaky clean corporate image."http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/07/labor-issues-in-china-continue-to-plague-apple-and-others.ars
April 2009: "TAIPEI — The Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics has sued Apple, alleging infringement of two of its touch screen patents, an Elan spokesman said Wednesday."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/technology/companies/09apple.html
April 2009: 'Laws that vary by state would no doubt be a headache for companies that sell products online across the country. In the coming days, Minnesota's House of Representatives is due to consider a bill introduced by Representative Jim Davnie that would levy a sales tax on digital downloads of e-books, music, movies, and even ringtones. The tax would affect a wide range of tech companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL). "There's clear opposition from the IT industry," Davnie says. "Apple, Microsoft have been in my office." Microsoft declined to comment for this story. Apple couldn't immediately be contacted. Amazon.com Wants Tax Uniformity'http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2009/tc20090426_510375.htm
June 2009: 'The timing of the transplant news, so close to the release of data on sales for the latest iPhone, suggests to Coffee that Apple—or people very close to it—were behind the information leak. Apple may have paired potentially negative news with positive developments to blunt the stock-market impact of the transplant information, Coffee speculates.'http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2009/tc20090622_877379.htm
June 2009: "SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley was abuzz Wednesday with news that the Justice Department had begun an antitrust investigation into the hiring practices of some of the best-known companies in the technology and biotech industries, including Google, Apple, Yahoo and Genentech."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/technology/companies/04trust.html
January 2009: 'Jobs's long-standing reluctance to discuss details of his ailment and prognosis has infuriated some investors, and, as expected, Apple's share price plunged yesterday. In the announcement, Jobs, 53, said he would be taking medical leave until the end of June. But, he said, "as CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/14/AR2009011402790.html
September 2008: "The rejections aren't the actual problem here, just as the iPhone's reception problems weren't the actual problem when they popped up in July. The problem is Apple's lack of communication with developers or the press when things go wrong. People want true explanations and clear guidelines. Needless to say, Apple didn't comment for this story; in fact, its representatives refuse to talk to me at all."http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2330580,00.asp
March 2008: "Microsoft may not be the only software company that uses secret techniques to make its own applications work better with its operating system - a Mozilla Firefox developer has discovered similar practices at Apple."http://techworld.com/applications/news/index.cfm?newsID=11588
February 2008: "Apple has had a FileVault disk encryption feature as an option in its OS X operating system since 2003. Microsoft added file encryption last year with BitLocker features in its Windows Vista operating system. The programs both use the federal government’s certified Advanced Encryption System algorithm to scramble data as it is read from and written to a computer hard disk. But both programs leave the keys in computer memory in an unencrypted form."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/22/technology/22chip.html
September 2007: Apple has today stated that unlocking the iPhone is an official warranty violation. Further, they have stated that future iPhone firmware updates may damage unlocked iPhones. However, Apple may have violated an important federal warranty law in doing so. Click read more for full analysis.http://www.phonenews.com/content/view/2386/9/
September 2007: Software and legal experts said the European ruling might signal problems for companies like Apple, Intel and Qualcomm, whose market dominance in online music downloads, computer chips and mobile phone technology is also being scrutinized by the European Commission.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/technology/18soft.html
September 2007: Record labels would also like to see some flexible pricing, Card said, but they have been unable to convince industry leader Apple, which stands by its price of 99 cents per track and has even broken off partnerships with companies rather than compromise on pricing.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/14/AR2007091402282.html
May 2006: 1. 'It's good to be king — but my reign may be coming to an end.' Since launching the iPod in 2001, Apple has been the undisputed leader in digital music players, owning 90 percent of the market. What has set the iPod apart is not only its hip, user-friendly design, but also its companion iTunes music store, the first online audio megamart, offering an ever-expanding catalog of songs for purchase at the click of a mouse. This two-pronged approach has given Apple a huge lead over competitors; so far the company has sold over 40 million iPods and more than a billion songs on iTunes. But the iPod's days at the top may be numbered.http://www.smartmoney.com/10things/index.cfm?story=june2006
January 2007: This drama begins in 2004, when Mac fan sites AppleInsider and PowerPage reported the technological details about a product codenamed 'Asteroid.' Apple sought the identity of the sources who leaked the information by filing suit against the bloggers, and subpoenaed their email records from email service provider Nfox.com. The company claimed that the reports violated California's trade secret laws.http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/01/30/apple-ordered-to-pay-legal-fees-for-bloggers
January 2007: There's absolutely nothing in the GAAP requirements that says Apple must charge its customers for that software upgrade. The only requirement imposed by GAAP is that Apple must account for the separate value of the 802.11n capability, said MIT's LaFond. It can do this by creating a value at the time of purchase or it can wait until it delivers that capability to record all the revenue associated with the product. Now on News.com:http://cnn-cnet.com.com/Apples+802.11n+accounting+conundrum/2100-1044_3-6151790.html
January 2007: Apple has essentially blamed former chief financial officer Fred Anderson and former general counsel and board secretary Nancy Heinen, both of whom are no longer with the company. But Apple makes clear that Jobs was directly involved in some instances of backdating. The investigation 'found that CEO Steve Jobs was aware or recommended the selection of some favorable grant dates.' The committee hastens to add that Jobs 'did not receive or financially benefit from these grants or appreciate the accounting implications.' In other words, he didn't recommend backdating his own option grants. Still, given that (a) backdating helps make earnings look better than they are; and (b) Jobs is a huge shareholder of Apple (10.12 million shares, as of last April), how could he not benefit from this behavior?http://www.slate.com/id/2157160
December 2006: Apple Computer disclosed yesterday that it had falsified approval of 7.5 million stock options for its chief executive and innovative co-founder, Steve Jobs, raising new questions about the role he may have played in a scandal that has swirled around the dynamic technology company for months.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/29/AR2006122900253.html
October 2006: Jobs was aware 'in a few instances' that unnamed company executives had gone back in time to cherry-pick dates when stock prices were low to increase the likelihood that employees would turn greater profits. But Jobs did not 'receive or otherwise benefit from these grants,' the Cupertino, Calif., company said in a statement after the markets closed.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/04/AR2006100401376.html
January 2005: Apple Computer's lawsuit against a Web site that published details of forthcoming Mac products raises troubling First Amendment questions, media experts say.http://news.com.com/2100-1047_3-5519311.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Status/Name Change to Apple Organization Mar 4, 2008 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Object Technology Licensing Corporation Organization Mar 3, 2010 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Taligent Organization Mar 3, 2010 Organization Executive (past or present) Tim Cook Person Jan 21, 2009 Research/Analysis Subject Philip Elmer-DeWitt Person Mar 19, 2012 Research/Analysis Subject Adam C. Engst Person Jan 21, 2009 Opponent (past or present) Mark Fiore Person Apr 16, 2010 Organization Executive (past or present) Richard Gingras Person Feb 6, 2006 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Founded/Co-Founded by Steven "Steve" P. Jobs Person Dec 30, 2006 Organization Executive (past or present) Dr. Alan Kay Ph.D. Person Aug 10, 2011 Organization Executive (past or present) Thomas McInerney Person Sep 27, 2006 Opponent (past or present) Jason D. O'Grady Person May 30, 2006 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Steve Perlman Person Jan 13, 2008 Advised by (past or present) Lawrence Sonsini Esq. Person Jul 27, 2006 Founded/Co-Founded by Steve Wozniak Person Dec 9, 2005
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 31, 2012 Should Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Facebook? The discussion goes beyond that initial repulsive reaction
QUOTE: Many states have laws on the books that put an outright ban on registered sex offenders using social networks. Sometimes these laws extend to things like instant messaging services and the like....there’s a wave of challenges to state laws banning sex offenders’ use of social media, and the American Civil Liberties Union is stepping in to spearhead many of them.
WebProNews Feb 22, 2011 Workers Sickened at Apple Supplier in China
QUOTE: 137 workers at a factory here had been seriously injured by a toxic chemical used in making the signature slick glass screens of the iPhone... But in interviews last weekend, nearly a dozen employees who say they were harmed by the chemical said they had never heard from anyone at Apple.
New York Times Dec 01, 2010 F.T.C. Backs Plan to Honor Privacy of Online Users
QUOTE: Saying that online companies have failed to protect the privacy of Internet users, the Federal Trade Commission recommended a broad framework for commercial use of Web consumer data, including a simple and universal “do not track” mechanism that would essentially give consumers the type of control they gained over marketers with the national “do not call” registry.
New York Times Nov 14, 2009 Apple Wouldn’t Risk Its Cool Over a Gimmick, Would It? (Digital Domain)
QUOTE: ...Apple is seeking a patent for technology that displays advertising on almost anything that has a screen of some kind: computers, phones, televisions, media players, game devices and other consumer electronics.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 Why AT&T Killed Google Voice: Telecom operators are yesterday's business. It's time for a national data policy that encourages innovation.
QUOTE: AT&T is dragging down the rest of us by overcharging us for voice calls and stifling innovation in a mobile data market critical to the U.S. economy.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Aug 14, 2009 Major Carriers Shun Broadband Stimulus: Funds Would Come With Tighter Rules
QUOTE: The Obama administration made a national priority of spreading high-speed Internet access to every American home and offered stimulus money to help companies pay for it, but the biggest network operators are staying away from the program.
Washington Post Aug 05, 2009 Apple's new low: censoring a dictionary
QUOTE: In essence, the program [Ninjawords], a simple and fast reference tool -- a straight-up dictionary -- has omitted a handful of common words seen as objectionable by the Star Chamber of application reviewers at Apple HQ.
Engadget Jul 31, 2009 F.C.C. Looking Into Rejection of Google App for iPhone
QUOTE: In its letter to Apple, the F.C.C. asked the company to explain why it rejected the application and removed the related applications from its App Store. A spokesman for Apple declined to comment, saying the company does not typically discuss regulatory issues.
New York Times Jul 31, 2009 Probing The iPhone's Secrets: FCC investigates Apple ban on Google Voice.
QUOTE: Some of the great iPhone mysteries--including the secret terms of any deal between AT&T and Apple to limit what tricks iPhones can perform--could soon be made public, thanks to a series of pointed letters from the Federal Communications Commission.
Forbes Jul 28, 2009 How To Hijack 'Every iPhone In The World (Security)
QUOTE: Using a flaw they've found in the iPhone's handling of text messages, the researchers [Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner] say they'll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone's functions.
Forbes Jul 23, 2009 Hacker Says iPhone 3GS Encryption Is ‘Useless’ for Businesses (Gadget Lab: Hardware that Rocks Your World)
QUOTE: Apple claims that hundreds of thousands of iPhones are being used by corporations and government agencies. What it won’t tell you is that the supposedly enterprise-friendly encryption included with the iPhone 3GS is so weak it can be cracked in two minutes with a few pieces of readily available freeware.
Wired Jul 15, 2009 Labor issues in China continue to plague Apple and others
QUOTE: A new investigation into Chinese labor law disputes reveals that Apple still isn't immune to associations with manufacturing partners that aren't in compliance with laws designed to improve labor conditions for Chinese workers.
Ars Technica Jul 08, 2009 Google Operating System Raises Apple Antitrust Issues
QUOTE: Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission have been investigating whether Google and Apple are violating antitrust laws by sharing two board members...
New York Times Jun 24, 2009 Steve Jobs's health: A personal or public matter?
QUOTE: Many investors see the innovative Apple CEO as fundamental to the company's success. If he's unwell, they think they should be told.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 23, 2009 Experts: Apple Disclosure 'Falls Short'
QUOTE: Legal obligations aside, Apple nevertheless has a responsibility to be more forthcoming with shareholders, says Steve Davis..."As long as Steve Jobs remains the CEO of Apple, he cannot necessarily claim the same degree of privacy as an ordinary citizen,"
BusinessWeek Jun 18, 2009 Exclusive Wireless Contracts Examined: Critics Say Deals Stifle Competition
QUOTE: growing debate on whether the practice of locking in cellphones to exclusive contracts with only one carrier has led to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers and stifled competition...
Washington Post Jun 18, 2009 Hurry Up and Type: Why your laptop runs out of juice so fast.
QUOTE: battery-life numbers are based on a benchmark test called MobileMark 2007 (MM07). AMD [computer chip] says PC makers know full well that the new tests produce misleading [battery life] numbers, but they are touting them anyway.
Newsweek Jun 03, 2009 Unwritten Code Rules Silicon Valley Hiring
QUOTE: the Justice Department had begun an antitrust investigation into the hiring practices of some of the best-known companies in the technology and biotech industries....people with knowledge of it said Justice Department lawyers were focusing on whether companies had agreements not to go after each other’s employees. That could restrict movement in the job market and prevent wages from rising.
New York Times Apr 26, 2009 The Surge to Impose Online Sales Taxes
QUOTE: The growing impetus for taxes on online goods has touched off a flurry of lobbying activity and lawsuits from online retailers hoping to defeat legislation that would take away some of the price advantage they enjoy over brick-and-mortar retailers....States and local governments hope sales taxes would help them recoup part of the revenue lost amid a recession that has diminished property values and crimped demand for items sold in stores.
BusinessWeek Apr 08, 2009 Apple Sued Over Touch-Screen Rights
QUOTE: The lawsuit alleges that Apple products — including its MacBook computer, iPhone and iPod Touch — use technology that infringes on two of Elan’s patents, Elan said.
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