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An appeals court has imposed limitations on an antitrust monitor imposed on Apple by Judge Denise, but in doing so the three judge panel rejected Apple's claim to delay the monitor's work while the company appeals its conviction as an antitrust violator.
BBC World Service has posted a radio program online called My War, My Playlist that explores the role that Apple's iPod has played in the day to day lives of soldiers at war, or more specifically, British soldiers at war. The piece starts with Steve Jobs's introduction of the iPod in September of 2001, just two weeks after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and a few weeks before the U.S. and UK invaded Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. They also look at the role of wartime playlists after war. Thanks to geoduck for the heads up—he told me, "My favorite part was when the one solder was talking about being on patrol in Afghanistan when suddenly they were in a really nasty firefight. In the middle of this, his iPod started playing Dolly Parton singing '9 to 5.' It was a bit of surrealism worthy of Apocalypse Now.
If you've had your TV, the radio, and all the Internets turned off for the last several days, you might have missed that this has been the 50th anniversary of The Beatles historic first performance on The Sullivan Show in the U.S. If you're under the age of, say, 25, you would even be excused for not understanding the cultural significance of that event, or maybe it would be more appropriate to say the impact that event had on culture, not only in the U.S., but around the world. Fear not, because Apple is streaming the performance on The Beatles' page on the iTunes Store. As someone who obsesses over context, I love watching this performance. You can see the screaming girls and adult women, the befuddled older people surrounded by the screaming girls and adult women, the reaction of the Fab Four to their reception, the text overlay saying, "John Lennon: Sorry girls, he's married," and Ed Sullivan's own reaction to the group. Check it out.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has slapped Samsung's wrist, warning the South Korean company not to use standards-essential patents (SEPs) to try and get import bans on competitors' products. The warning caps an investigation into Samsung patent abuse by the DOJ, but it didn't include any penalties for the company.
We've gathered 14 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, then eleven, but this update adds three more and updates the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.
Remember that big sapphire manufacturing deal in Arizona that Apple was working on? According to some excellent sleuthing from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Apple is working with sapphire producer GT Advanced to make enough sapphire for 200 million iPhone displays, and if so, Apple will leave the competition flat-footed once again.
Walmart is using the iPad as a loss leader again—the retailing behemoth is selling the iPad 2 for US$299, a discount of $100 off Apple's retail price. Walmart is also offering a minimum of $100 trade-in for your old iPad, meaning you could pick up that iPad 2 for $199.
Contrary to a report from German-language site Bluewin, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told MacRumors on Thursday that athletes are free to use iPhones and other devices without covering the logo. While current Olympic rules require athletes not to mention products that compete with sponsors' products, an exemption covers using products with logos that cover less than 10 percent of its surface.
Apple has pulled another yet Bitcoin app from the App Store: Blockchain, the online wallet app from Blockchain.info. With this latest action, Apple has systematically removed the ability to conduct Bitcoin transactions from the App Store, and it's unclear why.
Microsoft has handed its corporate reigns to a new CEO, Satya Nadella, and Jeff and Bryan take a look at his first interview and Microsoft's future. They also mull over Apple's growing stable of health and fitness experts, including the company's new sleep expert, and discuss what it might mean. For added grins, they poke a stick at Samsung, Verizon's Net Neutrality shenanigans, and Facebook's curious Paper app.