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Apple’s CEO Leaves Just as Apple Probed for Monopoly Abuse

--Schestowitz 22:32, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

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At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.



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How long this leave is expected to last is unknown.



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the relevance to Microsoft and Linux was <a href="http://madhatter.ca/2011/01/17/steve-jobs-taking-medical-leave-cheering-heard-from-redmond/" title="Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave. Cheering Heard From Redmond">explained by Wayne Borean</a>

Meanwhile Linus Torvalds is working quietly away. Curiously the operating system kernel that he designed as a college project has now passed Apple in market share on phones, desktops, servers, and will pass Apple on tablets within a year. And the GNU project parts that Richard Stallman inspired are used on top of the Linux kernel to make up a complete operating system have also passed Apple for market share.


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"Again, this piqued my curiosity in the sense that here's a company that has some of the most loyal and vociferous users in the world but yet has it's entire charm, charisma and 'lifeline' vested in one man. The natural question that comes to mind here is, can Apple survive the demise of Jobs someday?

"There's also an interesting contrast here between Apple and arch rival Google in that the persona and charm of the latter is almost entirely represented by those six alphabets, completely omitting founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin."



talk about timing

<a href="http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.9d98f5078c22208156a5fddb2195a4d0.2e1&show_article=1" title="Belgium to probe iPad newspaper subscriptions">


Belgium said Monday it would probe Apple's policy of requiring newspapers and magazines to go through the iTunes store to sell subscriptions for the iPad tablet. Economy Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne asked the country's competition watchdog to review whether Apple abused its dominant position after several Belgian and Dutch editors were notified about the US company's policy. A recent document from Apple "indicates that from now on, iPad subscriptions will only be sold via iTunes," the minister's office said in a statement.

Vincent Van Quickenborne also lobbied for ludicrous laws that help Microsoft, all while citing Microsoft lobbyists from ACT. (LINK)




<a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9205403/Criminal_charges_filed_against_AT_T_iPad_attackers" title="Criminal charges filed against AT&T iPad attackers">

"The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will file criminal charges against the alleged attackers who copied personal information from the AT&T network of approximately 120,000 iPad users, the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey announced Monday."


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