Remains of the Day: Crazy like a Foxconn
Foxconn’s CEO didn’t say what you think he said, the Supremes shut down Psystar, and more states pile on Apple in the ebook price-fixing case. The remainders for Tuesday, May 15, 2012 are so crazy they’re sane.
The other day, when tech pubs reported that Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said the company was tooling up for an Apple TV set? Yeah, uh, not so much. A statement from Foxconn says that Gou simply said the company was ready to meet its customers’ manufacturing needs. But, really, who would have reported on that?
Hasta la vista, Psystar. The clone-maker’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied on Monday, putting to an end the four-year struggle. “We are sad,” the company’s attorney told CNet. Couldn’t have put it better myself.
Forbes’s Adam Hartung rounds up five CEOs who should have been on the chopping block. Number one with a bullet point? Everybody’s favorite: Steve Ballmer. Oh, come on. That’s hardly fair. Just because the stock has plummeted during his tenure? Or because of the disaster that was Windows Vista? Or the company’s too-little too-late smartphone and tablet strategies? Come on.
A passel of states have joined the class action lawsuit against Macmillan, Penguin, and Apple. As part of the expanded case new communications have come to light, including an email from Steve Jobs to one executive, laying out that publishing company’s three options: 1) Join Apple. 2) Stick with Amazon. 3) Death by pirates! The digital kind, we assume—not the high-seas kind.
Is Google Chrome making its way to iOS? That’s what one analyst suggests. And doing so could kick off a new round of browser wars. Did we not learn after seeing all the carnage in Browser War I?!
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