Apple celebrates exceeding Microsoft’s value by releasing a minor update to iBooks. And if you’ve got the sniffles, watch out: maybe you’ve got a computer virus. Dig into the chicken soup and enjoy the remainders for May 26, 2010.
Apple updates iBooks to 1.0.1 (App Store)
Apple’s frequently terse release notes indicate that this first update to its e-reader software “addresses issues to improve performance” and “changes how new iBooks users are provided their complimentary copy of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne.” After a little digging, we have discovered that Apple senior vice president of iPhone software Scott Forstall will now hand-deliver every new iBooks user a free physical copy of the book, which he will then read aloud to your children. Lock your doors, people.
Apple is now bigger than Microsoft (Google Finance)
As previously predicted, Apple’s market cap—the company’s total value calculated by multiplying share price and the number of outstanding shares—has now passed that of Microsoft. That means Apple is now the second largest U.S. company, after Exxon Mobil. So you can pretty much scrap any hope of seeing that gasoline-fueled Mac Pro update.
AT&T confirms to employees new iPhone launching in June (Boy Genius Report)
Not much in the way of details, but at this point I have to wonder how many AT&T employees greeted this news with blank stares and replies of “Uh. Duh.”
Dr. Mark Gasson, a scientist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, has become the first person infected with a computer virus, after he implanted himself with a computer chip that contained the malicious code. So, you know, don’t freak out just yet. If nothing else, being infected with a computer virus would give you a great excuse for sending all those inane e-mail forwards to all your friends and family.