Firefox For Mac Downloads Top 170K in 2 Days; "Polished" Version in March

3:00 PM, Nov. 11th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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The open-source Web browser Firefox 1.0 for Mac was downloaded over 170,000 times in the first two days, The Mozilla Foundation told The Mac Observer Thursday, making it one of the most successful launches of a shareware product in recent memory. An improved version will be released in March.

Google Clarifies CEO Comment on Mac Desktop Search; Reuters’ Errors

3:00 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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A Google spokesman has told TMO that Chief Executive Eric Schmidt never said last Friday the company would definitely release a Mac version of its Google Desktop indexing program, contradicting a report by the Reuters news service.

Sept. iPod Share Slips 5% on Strong Flash Sales; HP Second

3:00 PM, Nov. 2nd, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Apple's U.S. market share of hard drive-based portable media players fell 5% in September to 87.3% as more consumers bought flash-based players and Hewlett-Packard's branded iPod took share from Apple, according to numbers from the NPD Group research firm.

Apple VP Johnson Cashes In On $9.6M Stock Profit

3:00 PM, Nov. 1st, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Two days after Apple Computer announced its iPod Photo and U2 iPod, company Senior Vice President Ron Johnson reaped a $9.6 million dollar profit on stock options, as Apple's stock flirted with a new yearly high.

Apple Q3 Global Market Share Falls to 1.8% as Competitors Post Strong Gains

5:00 PM, Oct. 28th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Apple Computer's worldwide market share fell to 1.8% in the third quarter of this year from 2.1%, and dropped to 3.2% from 3.6% in the U.S., according to figures from research company Gartner and obtained first by TMO. The numbers also showed dramatic declines in the quarter-to-quarter growth rate of Macs sold while Apple's Windows-based competitors saw double digit increases in the U.S and an almost 10% rise worldwide.

XM Unveils Handheld Satellite Radio Receiver; iPod-like Customers a Target

5:00 PM, Oct. 26th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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As Apple fans focused Tuesday on the announcement of two new iPod models, XM Satellite Radio quietly introduced a portable, handheld satellite radio receiver with TiVo-like recording capabilities the company hopes will lure consumers away from portable MP3 music devices.

Merrill Lynch Raises Apple’s Q1 Earnings Estimate

5:00 PM, Oct. 26th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich raised his estimates on Apple Computer stock Wednesday after the company unveiled the iPod Photo and a special edition U2 iPod on Tuesday.

Apple Introduces iPod Socks (W/Photo)

5:00 PM, Oct. 25th, 2004 · · TMO Scoop

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Apple announced Apple's first iPod accessory, the iPod Sock. Packaged like everyday socks, this product will protect and keep your iPod warm. We have photos in the full story

HP Adds Sears, Sam’s Club to iPod Retailers List

5:00 PM, Oct. 25th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Hewlett-Packard has added Sears and Sam's Club to its growing list of national retailers that will sell its version of the Apple iPod, TMO has learned.

Merrill Analyst: Color, Flash-Based iPods Coming Early ‘05; Apple Doesn’t Deny

5:00 PM, Oct. 24th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Apple will likely introduce a flash-based iPod in early 2005 and a color iPod in the first half of next year, Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich predicted Monday in a 10-page report to clients obtained by The Mac Observer. After visiting with Apple execs, Milunovich gave some interesting insight into Apple's thinking of future iPod products that is worth reading.