Adrian Perica, Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk almost a year ago at the iPhone and iPad maker's Cupertino offices, raising speculation that the electric car maker was a buyout target. While the notion of the a cool and innovative computer company buying a cool and innovative car designer sounds pretty sexy, it probably wasn't going to happen -- and probably wasn't even the purpose of the meeting.
Many Bitcoin users have been reporting mysterious 1 satoshi (0.00000001BTC) transactions being sent to their wallets. The transactions are being sent from vanity Bitcoin addresses beginning with "1Enjoy" and "1Sochi," and theories behind the transactions range from it being a new kind of spam, to an attempt to bloat the blockchain, to an effort to attack Bitcoin addresses to people, to it merely being a test.
Apple released its first 2014 update to its Supplier Responsibility Report Thursday, the company's effort to be transparent about worker safety and conditions, and environmental issues within its supply chain. In that report, Apple said that it launched a water recycling program in 2013, that it increased the number of supply chain audits, and that it trained some 1.5 million workers on their rights.
What do you do if you have an extra US$45.2 billion sitting around? If you're Comcast, you buy Time Warner Cable. Comcast announced on Thursday that it's doing just that and plans to complete the deal before the end of the year. That could turn into a content licensing deal opening Apple TV to potentially 30 million customers.
Apple TV rumors have been relatively quiescent in the last six months, but a report from Bloomberg promises to kick that topic back into gear. Citing unnamed sources, the news service said that Apple is planning a new Apple TV settop box it could introduce as early as April, but that could ship as late as the December quarter. Better yet, information about the interface revives the story of Steve Jobs "cracking the code."
I don't know what to say about this image, other than lolwut? It's a monkey with an iPhone in a hot spring. In Japan. Well, of course it's in Japan. Where else would a monkey have an iPhone in a hot spring, but look!
There is objective truth in the form of human body chemistry. Then, there is the lure of advertised food. Apple's apparent move into personal health and fitness could put the two on a collision course.
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.
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.
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.
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