Remains of the Day: Delicate negotiations

Figuring out who will head up Apple’s retail operations feels a bit like a reality show. Elsewhere, Microsoft would like to report a theft and Eric Schmidt is—dear god—on a humanitarian mission. The first remainders of the year once were lost, and now are found.

Apple Can’t Afford Buyer’s Remorse With Next Retail Hire (AllThingsD)

John Paczkowski has assembled a list of 8 people who could be positioned to fill the shoes of Apple’s recently departed retail head, John Browett, including several internal candidates. I hear that kid from the Genius ads is looking for a gig.

Microsoft’s iPads stolen (Google+)

Someone broke into a Microsoft campus in Mountain View and stole five of its iPads and nothing else. Oh, wait, it appears they also stole your self respect.

Is Eric Schmidt in North Korea to negotiate a hostage release? (The Verge)

I think he’s the last person I’d want negotiating a hostage release. Okay, maybe the second to last.

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