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Mix: Journalists, Apple TV, Fake Steve, Creative Technology

The San Jose Business Journal reports: “Apple has been ordered to pay the legal fees of online journalists after an unsuccessful attempt by the company to make them reveal sources of information used in stories. Apple will have to pay more than $750,000 to lawyers who defended the journalists.”

According to a survey by ChangeWave Alliance on trends for the digital living room, the Apple TV has the best chance of mass market acceptance among media centers. “Apple has shown the ability both to innovate and simplify its designs to consumers,” said one respondent. “iPod is opening channels to Apple in a big way.” Another said, “They understand the biggest impediment to adoption is that people hate complexity, they just want to plug in and play.”

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a humorous blog written by “Apple CEO Steve Jobs,” appears to be shutting down. “Well my friggin lawyers are advising me that I will have to shut down this scandalous old blog,” writes Fake Steve. “Details not worth going into here. Someday I’ll be able to explain. Maybe I’ll write a book or something.”

Creative Technology this week reported second-quarter net income of $92.2 million, largely due to a licensing payment from Apple. “The big jump in net income during the second quarter came largely from a US$100 million licensing payment received from Apple. That payment contributed $82 million in net income, Creative said. Excluding the Apple payment and investment gains, Creative’s net income for the second quarter was $9.9 million.”

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Comments

1

It’s pretty bad that 90% of Creative’s net profit last quarter was straight from Apple.

Posted by CrRider075 on January 31, 2007 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

2

“It’s pretty bad that 90% of Creative’s net profit last quarter was straight from Apple.”

True enough, but it’s remarkable that they actually had net income at all even not counting Apple’s significant contribution. They’ve lost a lot of money the past few years, if they’re actually running in the black at this point they’re doing something right other than winning settlements.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on February 1, 2007 at 7:30 AM (PDT)

3

Some content please Apple for your European customers before we all rush out to buy our apple tv units, without content its a bit of an expensive box!

Posted by mvn on February 2, 2007 at 12:29 PM (PDT)

4

They’ve lost a lot of money the past few years, if they’re actually running in the black at this point they’re doing something right other than winning settlements.

Well, they DID finally address most of the shortcomings of the Audigy sound cards with the X-Fi line, I’ll give them that. And they’ve also entered into the Made For iPod market, which probably helps a bit to offset all that market share their DAPs continue to lose to Sandisk and now Microsoft. But I wouldn’t underplay how much of their non-Apple profit actually came from licensing settlements. Apple’s not the only one who uses a hierarchial menu system on their DAPs.

Posted by flatline response on February 3, 2007 at 3:33 AM (PDT)

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