Steve Jobs may not be a knight of the British Empire, but don’t worry, you can still call him “sir.” Plus, we’ve got crime, legal drama, and high adventure in the skies. So don’t go anywhere: the remainders for Tuesday, March 1, 2011 are comin’ right atcha.
Gordon Brown ‘blocked knighthood’ for Steve Jobs (The Telegraph)
According to British paper The Telegraph (and why wouldn’t you trust a publication named after the greatest technological development of the early 19th century), Prime Minister Gordon Brown blocked an honorary knighthood for Steve Jobs after the Apple CEO declined to speak at a political conference; Brown’s office, however, denies the allegation. No biggie: everybody knows Steve’s holding out for a barony, anyway.
Former Apple Manager Pleads Guilty In Kickback Scheme (Cult of Mac)
Paul Devine, the Apple manager who took kickbacks from the company’s suppliers, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering, and engaging in transactions with criminally-derived proceeds. Devine will pay restitution and has already agreed to forfeit money and property worth around $2.28 million. The break in the case came last year when Apple found evidence on Devine’s work laptop. Kids, a tip: next time you plan to defraud your company of millions of dollars, don’t do it on a device they have full access to. Oh, and while you’re at it, don’t defraud your company of millions of dollars.
The FAA is allowing pilots at charter company Executive Jet Management to use iPads instead of paper flight charts. No word on how the FAA reached the decision, which may eventually impact other airlines, but rumor has it they were swayed by how well the device works in air traffic control.
The fight over the term “App Store” continues apace, with Apple firing back at Microsoft’s claims that the words are generic. Cupertino argues that “App Store” is commonly understood to mean Apple’s own software marketplace—but the company also brought out the big guns, accusing Microsoft of “missing the forest for the trees.” Somewhere, a Microsoft exec in a boardroom opened up Apple’s response and all the color drained from his face as he whispered, “Oh snap. We got served.”