The Macalope Weekly: Executive summary

This week we look at executives and the pundits who love and hate them! Is Tim Cook overpaid? Depends on what you compare it to. Then, inquiring minds want to know: Did Google’s Andy Rubin get all his ideas from Apple? The Macalope divulges his secret story! Finally, it’s once more into the breach, dear friends, as Forbes gets in a late hit piece on Steve Jobs.

Are you ready for tame?!

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Remains of the Day: It's magic, you know

Sprint may sweeten its iPhone 5 deal, Android’s found itself under attack by corsairs, and Apple brings more magic to its iPad. Abracadabra, alakazam! It’s the remainders for Friday, September 9, 2011.

Sprint Said to Plan Unlimited Data With IPhone (Bloomberg)

Is Sprint getting the iPhone this fall? Bloomberg is firmly on the ‘yes’ side, adding that the carrier will offer unlimited data, as both AT&T and Verizon did at launch. Also, continuing the theme and further differentiating itself from its competitors, Sprint will be installing all-you-can-eat salad bars at its stores.

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Apple releases Security Update to block hacked Web certificates

Apple on Friday released Security Update 2011-005, which addresses fraudulent Web security certificates issued by a recently-hacked Dutch certificate authority DigiNotar.

The update, available for both Snow Leopard and Lion, offers Mac users protection from sites that could falsely claim to be trustworthy. The breach allowed hackers to issue bogus digital certificates, files that your Web browser uses when you make secure (HTTPS) connections.

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Remains of the Day: Another satisfied customer survey

The iPhone has once again proved that consumers can get some satisfaction. Elsewhere, Google has scooped up a Yelp rival that’s decidedly old school, and Apple’s making new inroads into charity. The remainders for Thursday, September 8, 2011 are better to give than to receive.

2011 U.S. Wireless Handset Customer Satisfaction Studies—Vol. 2 (J.D. Power and Associates)

What’s important in designing an exceptional smartphone? “The right blend of design and technology,” according to customer satisfaction rating agency J.D. Power and Associates. That and 11 secret herbs and spices. To the surprise of practically nobody who’s paying attention, Apple is the firm’s top-ranked smartphone purveyor in terms of customer satisfaction for the sixth consecutive time. Don’t expect that to change any time soon, especially when the iPhone 5 arrives with its patented “Satisfaction Dispersal Field.”

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Remains of the Day: Click to agree

One young designer takes on a hefty hunk of Apple legalese and tries to make it friendly. Meanwhile an old school union boss has a beef with Cupertino, but it’s not all bad news, as an Arizona-based company has dropped its dispute with 1 Infinite Loop. And we hope you like dissecting innocuous photos for clues, because we’ve got our fill of that. The remainders for Wednesday, September 7, 2011 are hot on the trail.

Coming to terms (The Daily)

Gregg Bernstein’s master’s thesis at the Savannah College of Art and Design was a simple, if unconventional one: Redesign iTunes’s Terms of Service into a human-readable format. Thanks to a local law professor, the 4137-word document was condensed into just 381 words, then organized with bullet points, indentation, and clear numbering. A little known fact, discovered during the process? Section IV, sub-section 3, paragraph a, sub-paragraph ii gives Apple limited, non-negotiable rights to your immortal soul. Just FYI.

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Remains of the Day: '1' is the loneliest album

The Beatles are on iTune—oh, wait. That was last year. Well, they’re on iTunes again. Also, Apple may be planning yet another social-networking service (because its previous ventures have just been gangbusters), and the authorities admit they did sorta kinda help look for a misplaced iPhone prototype. The remainders for Tuesday, August 6, 2011 would like just the facts, ma’am.

The Beatles’ ‘1’ Album Comes to iTunes for $10 (The New York Times)

To those of you who have dutifully tracked down every song from The Beatles’s oeuvre that hit number one on the charts, bad news: The Fab Four’s album, 1, containing those 27 tracks, is now available for purchase on the iTunes Store. Personally, I’m holding out for the less auspicious followup, 2.

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Weekly Wrap: Apps aplenty, hardware news, and far fewer resignation stories

This may come as a shock, but somehow, it’s already September. As you attempt to come to grips with the fact that time keeps flying by faster than a top-of-the-line Mac Pro encodes video, let us regale you with our best and brightest stories from the past week. Spoiler alert: This week, no one resigned.

Hardware stores

Editorial director Jason Snell concluded that the Roku 2 delivers cheap, easy video streaming—and outperforms the Apple TV. Senior editor Roman Loyola reported that a customized Core i7 Mac mini offers iMac-like performance, so if you want to configure your mini to achieve such speeds, you’ll simply need to do as the Roman does. And staff editor Serenity Caldwell dishes on how you can digitally sketch on paper with Wacom’s Inkling. (Answer: Very carefully.)

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