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Former Apple exec Ron Johnson is in the spotlight, Apple brings the curtain down on any idea of a “Kindle threat,” and iTunes Match now allows for encore performances of some movies. The show remainders for Friday, March 9, 2012 must go on.

Ron Johnson: Retail’s new radical (Fortune)

I don’t know about you guys, but I sure miss Apple’s old retail chief, Ron Johnson. He’s off heading J.C. Penney’s now, of course, and Fortune has a nice profile of his attempt to reinvent the department store’s image. Well, at least now that he works outside of technology he’s unlikely to run into the same constant hyperbolic media attitude that surrounded Apple. So, what have you got, Fortune?

“Since childhood he has had a near-messianic ability to lead people…”

Never mind.

Apple Downplays Role Of ‘Kindle Threat’ In Alleged ebook Conspiracy (PaidContent)

As you may have heard, the Department of Justice is planning to sue Apple for colluding with publishers to set the prices of ebooks. In a recent filing, Apple downplayed the theory that it felt threatened by Amazon’s Kindle platform, leading to its unprecedented legal defense: “Your honor: Exhibit A—the iPad. Exhibit B—the Kindle Fire. The defense rests.”

Apple to build $304M campus, hire 3,600 in Austin (Austin Business Journal)

Apple is considering building a $304 million campus near Austin, in the process creating 3600 new jobs. Specifically, the office will handle customer support, sales, and accounting for the area. And, of course, messing with Texas.

200,000 pre-orders later, China Telecom’s 130 million CDMA customers get access to the iPhone 4S today (9to5Mac)

Customers of China Telecom can now officially pick up an iPhone 4S, which went on sale from the carrier on Friday. In addition, Apple has negotiated a change for the time-honored expression, so now you won’t trade in a particularly precious belonging “for all the iPhones in China.”

iTunes Match recognizes some digital copies of movies (Mac OS X Hints)

Our own Mac OS X Hints notes that the digital copies of movies that studios offer on some Blu-ray and DVD discs are apparently compatible with iTunes Match. That means that once you load them into your iTunes library, they’re available for streaming no matter where you go. It’s a strangely permissive move for an industry that once produced a media format that intentionally disintegrated.

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