Tim Cook shares and cares at the annual Apple shareholders meeting, Samsung nicks Apple’s wallet, and Sergey Brin’s smartphone is mocking him. The remainders for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 have had their fair share.
Live Blog: Apple Shareholder Meeting (CNBC)
CNBC’s Jon Fortt covered Apple’s shareholder meeting live this afternoon. Among the tidbits garnered from CEO Tim Cook were that Apple will likely move into its new spaceship campus in 2016, that he still thinks Greenlight Capital’s lawsuit is “silly,” and that the company’s focused on the long term for its share price. He also fielded a question about restrooms—or the lack thereof—in the company’s Santa Monica store. Ah, shareholder meetings.
Dozens of big U.S. companies to back gay marriage (Fortune)
Apple is among those companies that have filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional—hardly surprising, given the company’s financial support for fighting California’s Proposition 8 in 2008.
Samsung takes a page from Apple’s Passbook with new Wallet app (The Verge)
Samsung unveiled a new feature during its developer conference: a smartphone app where you can store all your tickets, coupons, and rewards cards. It’s called, uh, Shmassbook.
Judge upholds FaceTime patent verdict against Apple, orders royalties to boot (Ars Technica)
A suit against Apple by VirnetX, which sued Cupertino over FaceTime and won, has been upheld by a Texas judge. Among other things, Apple will likely have to pay VirnetX royalties to use their patents. But I hear company treasurer Gary Wipfler plans to write really snarky comments in the checks’ memo fields.
iTunes in the Cloud for Movies Goes Live in 11 New European Countries, Also for TV Shows in France (MacRumors)
Apple’s expanding its iTunes in the Cloud service to a bunch of new European countries. Fortunately, it is not expanding an actual cloud over all those countries, or that would be a heck of a cloud.
Sergey Brin: Smartphones are ‘emasculating’ (CNet)
Looking like Locutus of Borg, though? Totally reasonable.