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Apple to open flagship store in London

"Apple Computer is planning to open a giant flagship store on London’s Regent Street after striking a deal with the Crown Estate, the holding company for the Queen’s property assets," according to the The Times Online .

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Apple "forcefully objecting" to Sony-BMG merger

"Apple, the US computer company behind the iTunes music service, has become the latest group to oppose the proposed deal between Sony Music and BMG, the recorded music arm of Germany's Bertelsmann media group", according to the Financial Time.

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IBM ready to deliver volume 970FX chips for new Power Macs

Development of the next revision to Apple's Power Mac G5 product-line, rumored to go by the code-name q38, was completed early last month, sources previously reported to AppleInsider. But the company has been awaiting shipments of the new 90-nanometer PowerPC 970FX before announcing the revised models to consumers.

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Apple Japan CEO to take over McDonalds

"McDonald's Holdings Co (Japan) is set to name Apple Japan Inc. President Eiko Harada chief executive officer (CEO)," according to JapanToday

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Fred Anderson to Retire as Apple CFO

Apple today announced that Fred D. Anderson, Apple’s executive vice president and CFO, will retire on June 1, 2004 and Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s senior vice president of Finance and corporate controller, will succeed Anderson as CFO at that time. The company intends to appoint Anderson to its Board of Directors upon his retirement.

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Apple Retail makeover and Marriott hotels

A number of Apple retail locations may soon shed their use of traditional paper imagery in favor of dynamic video-display screens to promote products around the store. According to at least two accounts, select Apple locations have begun to receive shipments of pre-constructed wall-displays. One of these furnishings was said to measure approximately 12-feet by 4-feet and include two side-by-side 30-inch plasma screens. It's unlikely that these plasma displays have any relevance to the rumored Apple 30-inch HD Cinema display, which has yet to surface.

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Apple planning entrance into home-appliance market?

Rumors that Apple plans to enter the home-appliance market are some of the most recent whispers to come out of Cupertino, California, sources recently told AppleInsider.

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Apple negotiating Austin-based corporate relocation

Representatives of Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple are in serious talks to occupy space in Riata Crossing that's being vacated by Plano-based technology outsourcing company Electronic Data Systems Corp (EDS), according to the Austin Business Journal.

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Mac OS X 10.3.3: sources add details

New details on Mac OS X 10.3.3 "Panther" are emerging following the first seed of the system update, which began making its way to developers earlier this morning.

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Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.3.3 to developers

Apple continued the further development of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther this week with the first seedings of Mac OS X 10.3.3 build 7F24 and Safari 1.2 build 125.

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Exclusive: View the iTunes Super Bowl Ad

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Apple previews Pepsi iTunes Super Bowl ad

Following last week's USA Today story detailing Pepsi's 'I Fought the Law' iTunes Super Bowl ad, Apple has decided to provide its own preview of the highly anticipated spot.

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Napster lunges at Apple, Feds interested in VT Xserve cluster

According to the Mail and Guardian Online, after Apple's applications and internet service vice-president Eddy Cue made an upbeat pitch about sales on his company's $0,99-per-track iTunes store, online competitor Napster warned music delegates to "stay-off the Apple platform".

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iTunes Music Store Europe could see new delays

The European digital music market continues to remain unconquered as recent comments from Apple executives imply that an overseas launch of the company's iTunes Music Store could be met with further delays.

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USA Today details Pepsi iTunes Super Bowl ad

According to USA Today, Pepsi's iTunes Super Bowl ad spot will feature some 20 teens who were sued by the Recording Industry Association of America, which accuses them of unauthorized downloads.

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Momentum product brief references Power PC 970FX

A product brief for Momentum's 'Maple' evaluation system appears to be one of the first documents to reference IBM's new 90-nanometer Power PC chip as the Power PC 970FX. Momentum is a technology-driven firm specializing in quick-turnaround design & delivery of standard and custom Single Board Computers.

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Notes on Aspyr Mac games, Apple retail developments

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Notes from the Apple financial conference call

Below are a series of notes gathered from this evenings conference call with Apple CEO, Fred Anderson.

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Apple posts profit of $63 million

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2004 first quarter ended December 27, 2003. For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $63 million, or $.17 per diluted share. These results compare to a net loss of $8 million, or $.02 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter reached a four-year high of $2.006 billion, up 36 percent from the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 26.7 percent, down from 27.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 44 percent of the quarter's revenue.

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