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Mix: Euro iPhone, iFlop, Palm, News Corp.

As next week’s Apple UK special event nears, separate reports have surfaced linking rumored European carriers to the iPhone. Reuters reports that Deutsche Telekom has clinched a deal to offer the iPhone in Germany through its T-Mobile unit, while MarketWatch has a report from Spanish news agency Efe that claims Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica SA acknowledged it is in talks with Apple over the right to sell the device in Spain. Finally, Gizmodo reports that their sources have confirmed the iPhone’s UK introduction for next week’s event, and that the phone will be offered by O2.

Scott Woolley, reporting for Forbes, has posted a scathing piece on the Apple TV titled “The iFlop.” Woolley points to Apple’s unwillingness to share sales data about the device, as well as recent contract disputes between the company and video content providers as partial reasons why he considers the device a failure.

Palm, Inc. shareholders have approved the partial sale of the company to a private equity firm. Along with the sale, Jonathan Rubinstein, former head of Apple’s iPod division, will join the company as executive board chairman, while former Apple CFO Fred Anderson will join Rubinstein on the company’s board.

Following a statement earlier this week that his company has a “perfectly good relationship” with Apple, News Corp. President and COO Peter Chernin told the UK’s Royal Television Society convention that the relationship was “pretty limited” and that he expects upcoming negotiations between the two companies to be “dicey and contentious.”

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Comments

1

Apple TV is a great product.  The only thing really holding it back is HD content.  I would’ve expected Apple to announce something by now.  I’m positive it will get an update for the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store soon.  They need to drop the 40 gigger altogether and drop the price on the 160 gigger to $299.  The 160GB iPod classic does nearly everything the Apple TV does, with a built-in screen to boot.  Sure, it’s only 480p, but that is good enough for most folks.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on September 16, 2007 at 7:36 PM (CDT)

2

What Apple should do, is simply drop the Apple TV and just make the Mac Mini a with more “media centre” software, including a built in DVR that records into iTunes.  And the iTunes Video organization needs to be improved too

Posted by moming on September 17, 2007 at 8:37 AM (CDT)

3

Why does aTV even have a hard drive at all? Make it a purely network-streaming device, and give it exactly the same Front Row interface as more recent Mac computers.

Posted by The Doctor on September 17, 2007 at 10:49 AM (CDT)

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