Heinen v. Howell in SEC Apple stock options litigation – Business – Macworld UK:
“Apple’s former general counsel Nancy Heinen is embroiled in a pre-trial dispute in which evidence being assembled to aid her defence against accusations of involvement in the company’s stock options scandal is said to violate federal privacy laws.
Heinen’s defence team is trying to get hold of private financial records belonging to former employee Wendy Howell in defence of charges raised against the former chief lawyer by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
A Bloomberg report explains Heinen seeks financial records to show Howell faced financial pressure ‘to do anything’ to keep her job at Apple and to discredit her as a witness in the SEC’s case, according to court documents filed by Howell in federal court in San Jose, California.”
I suspect that there may be more little unpleasantnesses as the case goes on, and that Apple’s senior executives may not escape without some dirt sticking.
O2 boss speaks on iPhone deal – iPod/iTunes – Macworld UK:
“But the blue lights in the white sofas in the O2 Arena’s VIP lounge were also catalysts to the deal’s success.
When Apple’s executives visited the venue for another iPhone meeting, it was the blue lightbulbs in the white sofas of the VIP lounge that most impressed them, according to the report.
‘We were in the bar talking about how many iterations of this blue bulb we went through to get the colour just right for our brand,’ laughs Key. ‘And they said later that they realised then just how passionate we are, like them, about our brand in terms of obsessive attention to detail.’”
Apple, iPhone, Mobile phones, O2
O2 opens dictionary, looks up definition of “unlimited” iPhone data:
“Either way, O2 had been planning to advertise its iPhone data plan as unlimited, yet still enforce a monthly data cap at 200MB. While we can understand that the term ‘unlimited’ sounds a bit sexier than ‘you’re getting cut off at 200MB’ when it comes to marketing, outright lying to customers like this is just plain wrong. The company gets this now and has decided to eliminate the cap to truly give unlimited data to iPhone customers.”
A 200MB cap would also have been suicidal. T-Mobile offers a cheap deal which gives you 1GB, and would have happily advertised against the iPhone on this point.
Apple, iPhone, O2
Security Researcher Gadi Evron Jizzes His Pants Over Mac Trojan:
“It’s unfortunate, because this Trojan is an actual attempt by Ukrainian criminals to hijack Macs, but it’s not exploiting any sort of security hole in any version of Mac OS X. To get hit by it, you must (a) be the sort of moron who downloads ‘video codecs’ from porno sites; (b) mount the disk image and launch the installer; and (c) grant the installer administrator privileges to install whatever it wants, wherever it wants on your system. No system can prevent that.”
(Via Daring Fireball.)
John is, of course, completely correct. However, everything that he says above is also applicable to the majority of Windows malware, including all of the main ones which will infect you at the moment. Social engineering is easier and more effective than trying to rely on the existence of an unpatched security hole, because the existence of a stupid user in front of the keyboard can be more reliably predicted than the existence of a security hole behind it.
Mac OS X, Malware, John Gruber, Daring Fireball
Link: Google enlists help for Google Phone – USATODAY.com.
"The Google Phone, powered by the new G-system, could blow open this model by providing easy access to the Internet at PC-type speeds. One caveat: You’ll have to use Google for navigation. Still, Gillis says the Google Phone could push cellphone carriers to improve their game considerably. ‘This is likely to accelerate the demise of the walled garden, and consumers everywhere will be the big winners.’"
In what way is a phone operating system which makes you use Google for navigation not a form of walled garden? You’re still just free to roam only where the provider – in this case Google – lets you.