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Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped smartphone market. Inflexionpoint, an information technology supply company co-founded by Sculley, will start selling the smartphones next month in India under the new Obi Mobiles brand, the Singapore-based firm said in a statement emailed to AFP Saturday.

Manitoba government questioned on number of jobs created by tax hike

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government faced questions Wednesday about job-creation numbers it says were based on a report it commissioned from the Conference Board of Canada. The government has repeatedly said its new five-year infrastructure program will create 58,900 jobs. But one of the people behind the report said that isn't quite accurate. "On average, over the five-year period that we looked at this kind of spending, you're in essence looking at 11,000 or so jobs on average," said Pedro Antunes, project manager for the conference board analysis.

Apple, U.S. clash in court over e-books antitrust monitor

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc urged a federal appeals court on Tuesday to put a court-appointed antitrust monitor on hold, arguing that his efforts were harming the company's business. The iPhone maker asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to halt monitor Michael Bromwich's work while the court considers Apple's bid to remove him altogether, a process that could last several months.

Federal appeals court judges suggest they may let Apple monitor work but restrict his duties

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Federal appeals judges suggested Tuesday they may let a court monitor get back to reviewing Apple's antitrust procedures but only after limiting his duties. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday on Apple Inc.'s request that the monitor be shut down until the appeals judges decide whether his appointment is appropriate. The monitor's work was temporarily suspended two weeks ago so the appeals panel could consider the issue.

Geeks the stars as Apple 'Mac' turns 30

Geeks who brought the Macintosh computer to life became Silicon Valley rock stars on Saturday, with people asking for autographs or photos while celebrating the Apple desktop machine's 30th birthday. Members of the original "Mac" team got the star treatment for passionately building a home computer "for the rest of us" at a time when IBM machines dominated in workplaces.

U.S. urges court to let Apple antitrust monitor get back to work

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday urged a federal appeals court to reject Apple Inc's effort to oust a court-appointed monitor for its antitrust compliance, saying the company "cannot be trusted" to do the job on its own. Apple has been seeking the removal of Michael Bromwich, who was appointed in October by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan, three months after she found Apple liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

Billionaire Icahn invests another $500 million in Apple, arguing the stock remains a bargain

SAN FRANCISCO - Outspoken billionaire Carl Icahn has tossed another bushel of Apple stock into his investment portfolio and suggested some new products as he tries to persuade the iPhone maker to do more to lift its market value. In an attempt to give his arguments more credence, Icahn disclosed that he invested another $500 million in Apple Inc. in a series of purchases made Thursday.

'Mac' turns 30 in changing computer world

Decades before changing the world with iPhones and iPads, Apple transformed home computing with the Macintosh. The friendly desktop machine referred to as the "Mac" and, importantly, the ability to control it by clicking on icons with a "mouse," opened computing to non-geeks in much the way that touchscreens later allowed almost anyone get instantly comfortable with smartphones or tablets. The Macintosh computer, introduced 30 years ago Friday, was at the core of a legendary rivalry between late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft mastermind Bill Gates.

Apple gets temporary reprieve from e-books monitor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday gave Apple Inc a temporary reprieve from being subjected to an external monitor appointed to ensure it complied with antitrust laws, after the company was found liable last year for conspiring with five publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York granted Apple an "administrative stay" of the court order appointing the monitor, Michael Bromwich, while the company seeks permission for a longer stay during its appeal.

NY judge says Apple's opposition to e-books monitor proves the wisdom of his appointment

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A judge on Thursday urged Apple to reboot its relationship with a monitor appointed to analyze its antitrust prevention practices, saying disqualifying him was no solution. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said in a written opinion that the deterioration of the relationship between Apple Inc. and the monitor was "unfortunate and disappointing."
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