Dan Moren’s on vacation, and though you’d never know it, these remainders don’t write themselves. I’m stepping in to his shoes just in time to learn about a boy millionaire apparently inspired by Steve Jobs, rumored legal trouble from a rumored product name change, and the latest musings of a billionaire media titan. It’s the remains of the day for Friday the 13th, August 2010.
How a 16-year-old Kid Made His First Million Dollars Following His Hero, Steve Jobs
Apparently, British teen Christian Owens has made money hand over scone, and it’s all thanks to Apple’s CEO. Somehow. Owens made his million by bundling Mac apps together and selling them at a 90 percent discount on a site called Mac Bundle Box. Frankly, though, I can’t imagine that Steve Jobs considers anyone offering such steep discounts a true protégé.
Apple could be headed for courtroom clash with ITV over ‘iTV’
(The Daily Mirror)
Keeping the British theme going for a moment, the UK’s cross between the New York Post and The National Enquirer reports on rumors that Britain’s ITV network is ready to sue the virtual pants off Apple Inc., if the latter goes ahead with
its rumored plan to re-rechristen the Apple TV as iTV. Whether rumors of a lawsuit over rumors of a name change constitute news is a decision I leave up to you, the reader. Of course, if this rumored case ever want to trial, I hope that Apple will echo Vanilla Ice’s “it’s a tiny bit different!” defense, courtesy of that distinguishing lowercase “I.” (Oh, and in case you were worried: iLounge says Elgato won’t be renaming its EyeTV product should Apple’s rumored Apple TV name change came to fruition.)
News Corp. plans national newspaper for tablet computers and cellphones
(Los Angeles Times)
Rupert Murdoch—”Uncle Rupey” to his friends, if my media titan-related fantasies ever become reality—wants to launch a brand spankin’ new newspaper, “distributed exclusively as paid content for tablet computers such as Apple Inc’s iPad.” The new publication at this time is as vaporware as most of those non-iPad tablets that the LA Times seems to reference, so hopefully cooler heads will prevail and release that it should instead be labelled a “newsscreen.” Or something.
Playboy censors iPad app to pass Apple’s morality test
Playboy Magazine, on the other hand, is just about ready for your iPad already. The new Playboy HD app is just like the print magazine, and costs the same $5 per issue—with just one tiny difference. If no nudes is good news, well, then you’ll be delighted. Centerfolds will—seriously—be replaced by simple headshots of Playmates instead. We’ll keep you abreast of any big developments to this story.