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Steve Jobs Action Figure Yanked

jobsactionfigurePerhaps as you’ve been meandering about the Internets over the past few days, you have caught a glimpse of, believe it or not, a Steve Jobs action figure.  Well, about as soon as the figure made its appearance, it now seems to have made its disappearance.  M.I.C. gadget, the seller of the figurine, reportedly received a cease and desist letter from Apple.

In case you hadn’t seen it yet, the figure was an uncanny resemblance of the Apple CEO complete with black turtleneck, blue jeans, and an iPhone.  The iPhone even had the Apple logo on the back of it. 

The figure came complete with speech bubbles that you could fill out on your own, maybe with phrases like “one more thing” or “magical and revolutionary?” 

The company had sold out of its first round of figurines and was about to release another shipment.

But Apple has kindly asked M.I.C. gadget to cease the marketing and sale of the figure since Apple never gave out any type of permission for use of Apple’s copyrights and trademarks.

So unfortunately if you were hoping for a new bit of inspiration to add to your cubicle desktop, you’ll have to shelve those hopes for now.  But as TUAW points out, hopefully maybe once Apple sees the demand for this, maybe, just maybe, they’ll create a version of their own.

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An Interesting Look Into Steve Jobs Through Photography

While we anxiously await just what’s Apple’s sleeve tomorrow, there’s that old saying, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.”  With that, Steve Jobs is certainly no exception.  We were able to come across a photo shoot of Steve from awhile back, that offers a candid glimpse of the human side of the man whose eyes clearly show he’s already thinking of the next “one more thing…”

Below is are a couple of the images Ms. Walker was able to capture.  For more images be sure to head here.

CDBaby Exec Recalls Getting “Dissed” by Steve Jobs in 2003

If there’s one thing that Apple fans love almost as much as their beloved Macs and iOS products, it’s hearing tales of CEO Steve Jobs from years past. The founder of music service took to his blog to relate one such tale from 2003 which sheds some light on how iTunes embraced independent music. founder Derek Sivers has an interesting tale about his own encounter with Apple CEO Steve Jobs back in 2003, shortly after Cupertino unleashed the iTunes Music Store upon the world — which later became simply the iTunes Store, once the company added movies, apps and more into the mix.

The tale begins with an invitation from Apple to come to their Cupertino headquarters in May, 2003 to discuss getting CDBaby’s catalog into the iTunes Music Store, which had just made its debut two weeks earlier, its virtual shelves stocked primarily with tracks from major label artists.

Enter CEO Steve Jobs, who announces, “We want the iTunes Music Store to have every piece of music ever recorded. Even if it’s discontinued or not selling much, we want it all.” Sivers recalls this being huge news in 2003, because at the time “independent musicians were always denied access to the big outlets.”

The downside of the tale was that Apple insisted that indie music companies use their own proprietary software to create the tracks required to get onto the iTunes Music Store — quite a feat for a small company like CDBaby who had more than 100,000 albums in their catalog.

As a result, Sivers decided that they’d have to charge indie artists a modest fee for the service, which included “bandwidth and payroll costs of pulling each CD out of the warehouse, entering all the info, digitizing, uploading and putting it back in the warehouse.” That fee was , and CDBaby had 5,000 eager musicians who signed up for the service — not to mention iTunes competitors Rhapsody, Yahoo Music, Napster and eMusic who also came knocking at CDBaby’s door for the same thing.

While CDBaby was hard at work preparing these files, Apple was dragging their feet returning the signed agreement — and then Steve Jobs himself unleashed the bombshell that October in a keynote speech about iTunes, which was widely being criticized for carrying only 300,000 songs versus Rhapsody and Napster with more than two million (more than 500,000 of which came from CDBaby).

“This number could have easily been much higher, if we wanted to let in every song,” Jobs announced. “But we realize record companies do a great service. They edit! Did you know that if you and I record a song, for we can pay a few of the services to get it on their site, through some intermediaries? We can be on Rhapsody and all these other guys for ? Well, we don’t want to let that stuff on our site! So we’ve had to edit it. And these are 400,000 quality songs.”

Of course, CDBaby was the only one charging the fee at that time, meaning that Jobs was clearly dissing the company and their service, despite the fact that so many musicians were knocking down their door to get into iTunes.

Sensing that Apple was backpedaling on their commitment to indie music, Sivers did the right thing and refunded everyone’s money — all 0,000 of it!

You can probably guess what happened next — the mail arrived the following day with a signed agreement from Apple along with instructions to start uploading the CDBaby catalog. Sivers considers it a lesson learned.

“I quietly added iTunes back to the list of companies on our site,” Sivers concludes. “But I never again promised a customer that I could do something beyond my full control.”

You can watch a video of the music event in question embedded below — jump ahead to about four minutes in to hear the “diss.”

HP Responds to Jobs' Touchscreen Stance

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If you follow Apple news, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the eloquent off-the-cuff zingers that Steve Jobs routinely levels at his company’s competitors. Whether he’s riffing on Flash or whittling down fingers, the Apple CEO always has an opinion. Sometimes, Apple’s competitors respond to his quips by pouting or spewing forth propaganda in order to offset the damage a verbal barrage from Jobs can render on a company’s fortunes. After listening to Jobs talk smack about how terrible touchscreen PCs were at a recent Apple Event, Hewlett Packard has come back with a few points of their own, taking aim at Apple’s implementation of a touch interface.

During Apple’s Back to the Mac Event a few weeks ago, Jobs declared that “…touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical. It gives great demo but after a short period of time, you start to fatigue and after an extended period of time, your arm wants to fall off. it doesn’t work; it’s ergonomically terrible.” This comment was an affront to HP, who ships large numbers of their popular TouchSmart line of desktop and portable computers. In response to Jobs’ attack on on of their breadwinners, HP’s product marketing manager for PCs Ken Bosley, told DVICE came back with some well thought out points for the Apple CEO to consider:

“I would say that would be a very good observation for a device that only had touchscreen input, but that’s not the devices that we make. Our devices have keyboard, mouse, touchscreen and voice . And they’re all good for certain interactions. You will not sit there and work on an Excel spreadsheet for two hours with touch.”

Bosley continued by admitting that as Jobs pointed out at the Back to the Mac Event, a touchscreen interface on a laptop isn’t an ideal situation:

“Part of the issue is the touchscreen is very expensive, so there’s a very significant cost adder for that form factor. The other thing is… when you touch the screen, the screen [shouldn’t] wobble or move, because if that happens the touch doesn’t work at all. The screen’s got to be rock-solid. That’s very, very difficult to do in a laptop, where the screen just sort of fundamentally folds. It’s a tough problem, and no one’s come up with a great solution yet.”

We have to say that it’s a breath of fresh air to see this level of professionalism coming from a corporate rep, especially seeing his company take a few painful body blows from the verbally adept Jobs. Well played, HP. Well played.


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Steve Jobs Speaks Out on Java’s Fate in Future Mac OS X Versions

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Developers were up in arms on Thursday when Apple posted documentation indicating that Java won’t have a place in future versions of Mac OS X. One such developer pinged CEO Steve Jobs for a response on the matter.

MacRumors is reporting that the future for Java on the Mac OS X platform looks shaky indeed, following developer documentation released by Apple on Thursday that appears to spell doom for future development of Java for the Mac.

“As of the release of Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3, the version of Java that is ported by Apple and that ships with Mac OS X, is deprecated,” the Apple documentation reads. “This means that the Apple-produced runtime will not be maintained at the same level, and may be removed from future versions of Mac OS X. The Java runtime shipping in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, will continue to be supported and maintained through the standard support cycles of those products.”

Note that the wording is somewhat cautious — Apple says that their Java runtime “may” be removed, not that it absolutely will be. In any event, it appears that Cupertino feels that Java’s time has come and gone and they’ll be phasing it out over time.

A Java developer from Portico Systems took his concerns about the matter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself, inquiring further about the company’s future plans and posted the reply to his Flickr account.

“Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms,” Jobs replied. “They have their own release schedules, which are almost always different than ours, so the Java we ship is always a version behind. This may not be the best way to do it.”

Jobs’ own reply would seem to indicate that Apple may be counting on Oracle to step up and fill the void left by Cupertino, but there’s no public word yet that such a move is in the Java maker’s plans.

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President Obama and Steve Jobs Meet To Talk Education and Energy


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Sometimes Apple and politics seem to go hand in hand.  With Apple continuing record profits despite a soured economy, and Steve Jobs becoming practically a household name, leaders are starting to take notice, which includes one in particular.  The Commander in Chief.

Earlier today, President Barack Obama and Apple Chief Steve Jobs met and conversed about education, energy policy and ways to go about creating jobs, said the White House.  The President had been in California for a political event, and met with Jobs at a San Francisco hotel.

“They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the President’s Race to the Top initiative,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in a statement.  “They then talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation.”

Gibbs had told reporters that the President’s meeting with Jobs was “a meeting the President was interested in having.”  President Obama was “eager to talk to him about the economy, innovation and technology, education,” said Gibbs.

Prior to today, President Obama and Jobs had last met during the 2008 campaign, said Gibbs.

In the past, Jobs has thrown support behind Democratic candidates and organizations.  He had donated ,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and ,700 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, according to the records of the Federal Election Commission.  Jobs also donated ,000 to Rahm Emanuel when he was running for the U.S. House in 2004.

via Bloomberg

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Rescued Miners in Chile Receive Free iPods from Steve Jobs

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The world watched in awe this week as 33 courageous miners in Chile were finally rescued after 68 days of being trapped underground. Now praised as heroes, they’re being lavished with gifts — including iPods.

Reuters is reporting that the 33 rescued miners who spent 68 days trapped underground in Chile are getting a taste of newfound celebrity. In addition to each man receiving ,000 from a local singer turned businessman, Apple boss Steve Jobs has sent them all free iPods, which appear to be personal gifts from the CEO himself.

“Jobs joins a list of benefactors impressed at the stoicism and courage of the 33 miners who survived 68 days of being literally buried alive,” notes 9to5Mac. That list also includes a Greek mining firm’s offer to send each Chilean miner to Greece for a free one-week vacation, as well as a trip to South Korea offered by Chile’s football league.

“No word on what make or model, but we’d anticipate a top-of-the-range iPod touch,” 9to5Mac surmises. No doubt the men will make good use of them, as the latest word is they plan to jointly publish a book on their ordeal — and to avoid a return to mining. We can’t say we blame them.

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Steve Jobs to Build Himself a Spankin' New iHouse

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Steve Jobs now has the approval needed to tear down his 17,000 square-foot historic mansion, which once belonged to copper baron Daniel Jackling. In its place, he will build a new house–dare we call it, iHouse–that is somewhat modest for a billionaire technology CEO. Costing .45 million dollars, the 4,910 square-foot house will feature five bedrooms and plenty of windows and decks.

Gizmodo was able to retrieve the drawings for the house, which shows the overall design and location of each room, deck and garage space. The house will be built on the same six acre area as the soon-to-be demolished Jackling estate, and will feature lighted stone walkways, a private vegetable garden, and a three car garage.

The drawings show that Apple’s CEO has clearly thought through exactly what he wanted in a house, and has designed it accordingly.

Gizmodo consulted an environmental psychologist to find out what she thought about the design choices of Steve Jobs. “Based on these [drawings]… I would say Steve Jobs and his family are quite comfortable in their own skins and not out to prove anything to anyone,” said Sally Augustin. “They have assessed what they need in a home, and will have it built.”

You can read the full details about Steve’s new home as well as see more drawings on Gizmodo.


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Think the iTunes 10 Icon Sucks? Steve Jobs Disagrees

Ah, another day, another-to-the-point, one-line email response from the desk of Steve Jobs. This time around, Apple’s founder and CEO has rallied the full fury of his typing skills to speak out against the evil-doers that would dare to protest the hotness of the new iTunes 10 icon–you know, the one that just about everyone seems to hate.

According to the omniscient folks at Wired, Joshua Kopac of advertising firm Valueleads, dropped El Jobso a line shortly after the conclusion of this week’s music event:

Enjoyed the presentation today. But…this new iTunes logo really sucks. You’re taking 10+ years of instant product recognition and replacing it with an unknown. Let’s both cross our fingers on this…”

Jobs’ response?

“We disagree.”

BOOM! An epic bolt from the blue dispatched via iPhone! Take that advertising expert whose insight in this case is right on the money! For those of you who agree with Kopac’s critique of the new iTunes icon, or alternatively, are having trouble locating the program on their Mac’s dock after close to a decade of reliance on said icon, MacLife’s Roberto Baldwin got his geek on after-hours last night to show you how to reclaim that sweet, sweet old school iTunes icon we all have come to know and love.


Google Responds To Jobs' Assertion On Activations


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Earlier today at Apple’s event, Steve Jobs and Co. may have taken a slight shot at Google in regard to their activation counts.  Well, Google was quick to respond to said assumption.

What was the response?

The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services.

That’s right, they went there.

via 9to5 Mac

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