Summary: Apple kicks Linux-powered phones out of iTunes — again
APPLE has already gone past the third anti-Linux strike and it was out — it was reported in a formal complaint to the Feds. Apparently, Apple feels confident enough to do yet again.
Apple gives Palm the boot – again
Cupertino’s latest update of its music management and online-sales app, iTunes 9, disables the Pre’s ability to sync its music player with Apple’s app.
How often does Apple even mention the words “standard” and “interoperability”? Apple supported OOXML, amongst other things that it supported as a favour to Microsoft. They signed a deal similar to that of Novell [1, 2].
What does Microsoft give Apple in return?
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CE-Oh no he didn’t! Part LXII: Steve Ballmer publicly ridicules Microsoft employee with iPhone, threatens to smash it
Not every man was born with common sense. And anyone who’s ever seen Steve Ballmer take a stage knows that you don’t want to get in the way of the emotionally-charged big man when the curtain opens. So we’re not terribly surprised to learn that Steve grabbed an iPhone he saw during his big entrance to a private Microsoft company meeting held at Seattle’s Safeco Field. Apparently, the hapless employee (allegedly from the Windows group) was trying to snap a photo of his boss when Ballmer grabbed the device and made some “funny comments” met by boos and jeers from Microsoft’s employees. Steve then set it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it before walking away — later teasing the employee during his presentation by noting that he hadn’t forgotten him.
Well, that’s Ballmer. That’s the person who leads Microsoft. It figures. █
“My children – in many dimensions they’re as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use Google, and you don’t use an iPod.”
–Steve Ballmer (on CNN)