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Mix: Mickey iPod, Apple TV, BusinessWeek 50, Pixar probe

A company in Japan is selling a limited edition Mickey Mouse iPod nano. Only 500 available, the laser-etched 2GB nano (33.600 YEN) comes with a Mickey-embossed leather case and packaging.

“The humble Apple TV has ceded the limelight to iPhone and has been overshadowed by the buzz preceding the launch of Leopard,” ThinkEquity analyst Jonathan Hoopes said today. “Yet, we believe the potential is huge for this small device. AppleTV is an ideal conduit for multiple services including DVR, paid-for content (e.g., VOD), gaming, or advertising. We identify and value these business opportunities at $5.3-$11.4 billion, with substantial upside potential.”

Apple is ranked No. 34 in the annual “BusinessWeek 50” list. “Somewhere along the line, Apple went from being Microsoft’s whipping boy to becoming, in some ways, the new Microsoft,” says the magazine. “Apple sets the standard in digital music, with more than 70% of the music player market and nearly 90% of the song download business. While it still has just 5% of the PC market, Mac sales are on the rise, and the company is attacking vast new markets that have long been coveted by Microsoft.”

A Disney investigation found that Pixar had backdated some employee stock options before it was acquired, but that no one currently associated with the company had engaged in deliberate misconduct. Reuters notes that this statement appears to clear Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

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Comments

1

Ironically, Apple has always set the standard, MS has just been better at causing trouble for Apple. Gates has always acknoledged Apple as being their biggest threat, and after years of screwing Apple on every front, payback is coming.
The rebellion will crumble the Empire, which is so big, they have overlooked thier achilles heal. Two torpedoes down the ventilation shaft Luke…
There is so much hurt between the two companies, their will be the inevitable final struggle.

Posted by miketcool on March 19, 2007 at 8:29 AM (PDT)

2

Before I got my iPod the only experience I had with apple was in elementary school where they had macs.

I never knew how far those little computers had evolved over the years and now I madly want a MacBook thanks to my experience with the iPod.

I guess you can say the Halo effect really does work.

Posted by mr.mann on March 19, 2007 at 10:01 AM (PDT)

3

Mike, I think you might have had a few too many Scooby Snacks, mate. grin
I do agree about Apple setting the standard though.

Posted by lostkiwi on March 19, 2007 at 11:19 AM (PDT)

4

“A Disney investigation found that Pixar had backdated some employee stock options “

... Again! Just seems a little odd that both companies Jobs was running has the same stock issues.
.. but alas he was cleared… again

Posted by 3rdEye on March 19, 2007 at 11:57 AM (PDT)

5

Just curious - since when is a lack of intent an excuse?
I thought “ignorance is no defence under the law”??

Posted by WhoCares on March 20, 2007 at 10:24 AM (PDT)

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