U2’s frontman puts in a good word for Steve Jobs, Apple lets a hard drive of confidential information slip through its fingers, and details on what exactly the crazy folks at Starz turned down. The remainders for Friday, September 2, 2011 are taking advantage of their last opportunity to wear white before this weekend.
Bono Praises Steve Jobs as Generous and ‘Poetic’ (New York Times)
In a letter to the editor of The New York Times, shade-wearing rocker Bono spoke out about his friend Steve Jobs, describing him as “a poetic fellow, an artist and a businessman.” The letter was in response to a Times article noting Jobs’s lack of public charitable donations. The U2 frontman also pointed out that Apple has played a major part in the (Product)Red campaign, and, in perhaps its most charitable act, discontinued the U2 iPod.
Apple Is Scouting London’s Financial District (ifoAppleStore.com)
Apple’s apparently looking to place yet another store in London, this time in the capital’s financial district. However, neighbors have expressed a concern that the new building (of which Apple’s store would reputedly occupy the ground floor) will block its access to sunlight. Easy fix: a heliostat on the roof in the shape of an Apple logo. Plus, when the neighbors get blinded by the reflected light, the afterimage will remind them where to shop.
This Guy Walked Away From The Genius Bar With A Drive Full Of Apple’s Retail Secrets (Cult of Mac)
That’s right, walked, not ran. Because Apple employees accidentally gave him the hard drive when he came in to pick up his repaired Time Machine. Like any good person, he quickly went back to the store to return the misapproriated propert—ha ha ha ha ha ha. No, no, no, no, this is America, son. Of course, he tried to sell it to Cult of Mac. The current whereabouts of the drive are unknown, but we’re sure Apple’s turtlenecked special forces team is getting a bead on it even as we speak.
Dreamworks animated films now available on iTunes (TUAW)
Several animated feature films from Dreamworks are now available on the iTunes Store, including Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Bee Movie. Notably absent, my favorite: Spielberg, Katzenberg, and Geffen Make a Pile of Cash.
Netflix offered $300 million-plus, but Starz wanted higher consumer prices (Los Angeles Times)
So, we found out earlier this week that Starz and Netflix called it quits. It seems that the cable network turned down a lucrative $300 million offer from the streaming service because it didn’t include any provisions for tiered pricing—i.e., Netflix subscribers who wanted Starz content would have to pay a higher monthly fee. I’ve got a proposition for you, Netflix: For just 1 percent of what you offered Starz, I will single-handedly act out all of the network’s shows on demand.
Pocket Legends 1.7.3 – Spacetime Studios has updated its iOS-based MMO, Pocket Legends, to include a new location—Nuri’s Hallows—as well as an increased level cap of 61. Also in the update are new items, dungeons, and bosses. Free.