Remains of the Day: We happy few

Yahoo and Apple may be the latest superhero team-up to hit Silicon Valley, while Apple could be considering plans to space-ify its retail stores. And Steve Jobs’s life is translated into yet another genre. If it be a sin to covet honor, the remainders for Wednesday, April 10, 2013 are the most offending souls alive.

Yahoo, Apple Discuss Deeper iPhone Partnership (Wall Street Journal, subscription required)

While Apple’s long used data from Yahoo for its Weather and Stock apps (as well as, more recently, Siri’s sports scores), the partnership between the two companies may expand under new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. A sticking point, however, is said to be Yahoo’s excessive use of exclamation points.

Apple hires Norman Foster’s architecture firm to revamp its retail stores (Marketing)

For those keeping track, that’s the same architect that’s working on Apple’s really expensive spaceship campus. Ooh, ooh, I know! All the retail stores are escape pods!

Apple excludes Samsung from chip development project (Korea Times)

We’ve heard many a rumor about Apple dumping Samsung as its processor manufacturer in favor of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC); this latest report from the Korea Times reiterates that, and suggests that if Samsung doesn’t end up making the A7, that could put a dent in the Korean company’s chip-manufacturing business. Which will surely sadden Apple to no end.

Apple’s Ouster of AppGratis Is Just the Start of an App Store Crackdown (AllThingsD)

On Tuesday, we mentioned the summary removal of AppGratis from the App Store; AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski says that it just marks the beginning of Apple pulling all similar deal apps from the store: “As one source described it to me, some of these discovery apps create a scenario that’s similar to walking into Nordstrom and seeing a Walmart inside.” It’s bigger on the inside!

OS X 10.8.4 code confirms new Macs incoming with super-fast 802.11ac Gigabit wireless support (9to5Mac)

Folks poking around in code for the next version of Mountain Lion claim to have found evidence Apple’s next Macs will support the newer, faster 802.11ac wireless. You can tell it’s faster than 802.11a, b, g, and n because it’s got two letters after its name.

Microsoft’s Office for iOS, Android: Not until fall 2014? (ZDNet)

Too little, too late? I mean, I’m pretty sure our computers are going to be able to read our thoughts by then.

Here Comes Steve Jobs: The Shakespearean Opera (Cult of Mac)

You’ve heard of the biography of Steve Jobs; the many, warring films of his life; and even the Japanese comic book. Now, the Lyon Opera is putting on a production that combines Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography and William Shakespeare’s Henry V. “Once more into the OS kernel, dear friends! Cry ‘God for Tim, Cupertino, and Saint Steve!’”

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