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**** Here's Why Apple Needs An "All You Can Eat" iTunes <http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=1534>
by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet.com
The bottom line here is that iPod sales are starting to stagnate and Apple needs a deal to stimulate future interest.
/I disagree. The iPod may be stagnate — we shall see this coming Christmas season — but the touch platform is just starting up. Apple can benefit from such a deal if the price is right, but Apple does not need this deal. Steve Jobs can walk away./
**** Logo Can Make You 'Think Different' <http://www.physorg.com/news125073871.html>
Whether you are a Mac person or a PC person, even the briefest exposure to the Apple logo may make you behave more creatively, according to recent research from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the University of Waterloo, Canada.
/Maybe Steve Jobs was right when, initially, he wanted to place the Apple logo right there in the top-centre of our OS X desktop so that we can all be innovative and creative./
**** MacBook Air Remote Disc Security Overview <http://www.isfym.com/Site/Blog/Entries/2008/3/18_MacBook_Air_Remote_Disc_security_overview.html>
**** Neverwinter Nights 2 Comes To OS X <http://www.consumerelectronicsnet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=336169>
by Steve Toyama, Consumer Electronics Net
**** BlackBerry Or iPhone: Which Horse Will You Back? <http://www.cio.com/article/198750/BlackBerry_or_iPhone_Which_Horse_Will_You_Back_>
by Lisa Hoover, CIO.com
BlackBerrys and iPhones are vying for the top spot of business-class users. The competition is a lot fiercer than it may appear, even in enterprises that already support Macs.
**** How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong <http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-04/bz_apple>
by Leander Kahney, Wired
While Apple's tactics may seem like Industrial Revolution relics, they've helped the company position itself ahead of its competitors and at the forefront of the tech industry.
**** Our Bad. /Wired/ Had Some Tips For Apple - We Were Wrong. <http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-04/bz_apple_ourbad>
by Leander Kahney, Wired
Tip 101: "Don't worry. You'll survive. It's Netscape we should really worry abot."
**** On Apple, The SDK, And Backgrounding <http://www.touchpodium.com/2008/03/18/on-apple-the-sdk-and-backgrounding/>
by Eric March, Touch Podium
Apple is playing the helicopter parent to what it perceives to be a bunch if potentially unruly and incautious children who need to be strictly ruled in order to prevent them from getting into any trouble — or getting anyone else into trouble. The degree to which Apple places the restirctiions, going as far as to force certain design choices on developers, and by extension their users, is taking things too far.
**** At Last! A Serious Flaw In Apple's iPhone SDK Launch! <http://idiots.blogspot.com/2008/03/at-last-serious-flaw-in-apples-iphone.html>
by Alan Jones, We're Surrounded By Idiots
Limiting iPhone developers to US residents is seriously nuts, since almost without exception, the best mobile developers, designers, usability and product management people are outside the US.
**** Adobe Begins Work On Flash Player For iPhone <http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/03/18/adobe_begins_work_on_flash_player_for_iphone.html>
Adobe has started develoment of a Flash player suitable for use on Apple Inc.'s iPhone, company chief executive Shantanu Narayen said Tuesday.
Several unanswered questions remain, such as how the Flash player would function within websites given Apple's current iPhone developer guidelines which seem to require that all third-party software be released as a standalone applications rather than as plug-ins.
**** Apple Faces Time Machine Patent Lawsuit <http://www.informationweek.com/industries/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=206904516>
by Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek
The lawsuit claims that Apple's computers, iPods, iPhones, and Mac OS X operating system infringe on Mirror Worlds' alternative to the desktop metaphor: organizing files in a time-based stack or stream.
**** Apple Mulls Unlimited Music Bundle <http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b55a0d64-f523-11dc-a21b-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1>
by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times
Apple is in discussions with the big music companies abot a radical new business model that would give customers free access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices.
Apple would not comment on the plan, but executives familiar with the negotiations said they hinged on a dispute over the price the coputer maker would be willing to pay for access to the labels' libraries.
See Also:<br/>iTunes Unlimited: Does Apple Really Want To Mess With A Good Thing? <http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/03/18/itunes-unlimited-does-apple-really-want-mess-good-thing-0>, by MG Siegler, Industry Standard.<br/>All You Can Eat iTunes? We Wish! <http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/3/all_you_can_eat_itunes_we_wish_aapl_>, by Peter Kafka, Silicon Alley Insider. If the story is accurate, we love it.
**** The Coming Gold Rush <http://inessential.com/?comments=1&postid=3483>
by Brent Smmons, Inessential.com
Stand-alone apps on your iPhone are almost useless. You want things to sync.
**** iTunes: Not Ready For Primetime <http://www.popsci.com/grouse/article/2008-03/itunes-not-ready-primetime>
by Jon Chase, Popular Science
A run-in with Apple's movie rental service leaves The Grouse longing for cable.
**** Loving The MacBook Air <http://www.macworld.com/article/132582/2008/03/macbookair.html>
by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld
Undertanding the intended use of the computer will go a long way to how much you will ultimately enjoy it.
**** Apple Releases Security Update 2008-002 <http://www.macworld.com/article/132586/2008/03/securityupdate.html>
by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld
The update contains over 40 fixes for various components of the operating system.
**** Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software? <http://db.tidbits.com/article/9511>
by Rich Mogull, TidBITS
I don't recommend desktop antivirus for the average Mac user. You only need to deploy it if you engage in risky behavior, need to protect friends on Windwos, or comply with corporate policies. It's quite probable this will change in time, so it makes sense to take some reasonable precautions today and stay aware of the world around you.
/And don't be smug about it. :-)/
**** iPhone Crushes Competition In Smartphone Usage <http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2008/03/18/iphone-crushes-competition-in-smartphone-usage>
by Charles Jade, Ars Technica
/This is the headline Apple will probably want to see this time next year: iPhone crushes competition in smartphone and tablet PC usage./
**** Apple Clarifies iPhone Dev Status, Adds Links <http://ilounge.com/index.php/news/comments/apple-clarifies-iphone-dev-status-adds-links/>
by Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge
Apple today sent out a mass e-mail with helpful development links and a more detailed message regarding their status.
**** Apple To Credit iTunes Season Pass Holders <http://www.macworld.com/article/132588/2008/03/seasonpass.html>
by Jim Dalrymple, Macworld
iTunes users who saw subscriptions to their favorite TV shows cut short because of the three-month-long writers strike will get some compensation from Apple in the form of free episodes and store credit.
The Tomorrow Weblog
**** Why Is Mobile VoIP So Slow To Take Off? <http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3b9be096-f556-11dc-a21b-000077b07658.html>
by Ingrid Lunden, Financial Times
**** A Step Closer To The Integrated Cloud <http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/18/12NF-cloud-zoho_1.html>
by Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld
**** Is Venture Capital's Love Affair With Web 2.0 Over? <http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9896632-7.html>
by Martin LaMonica, CNET News.com
**** Translations From MS-Speak To English Of Selected Portions Of Joel Spolsky's "Martian Headsets" <http://diveintomark.org/archives/2008/03/18/translation-from-ms-speak-to-english-of-selected-portions-of-joel-spolskys-martin-headsets>
by Mark Pilgrim, Dive Into Mark
**** The Last Rendezvous With Arthur C. Clarke <http://www.salon.com/tech/htww/2008/03/18/rendezvous_with_arthur_c_clarke/index.html>
by Andrew Leonard, Salon
I remember as if it was yesterday the anticipatory rush that flooded through me as I began to turn that first page on a new (to me) science fiction novel from a giant like Arthur C. Clarke. I remember the happy expectation that my mind was about to be blown.
**** Sexism <http://www.portfolio.com/executives/features/2008/03/17/Sexism-in-the-Workplace>
by Harriet Rubin, Portfolio.com
Weren't we supposed to be beyond this by now? After years of progress, women's gains at work have come to a baffling halt.
**** Singapore's Languishing Lawyers <http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1109&Itemid=34>
by Jed Yoong, Asia Sentinel
Although many countries, particularly the United States, might look upon it as a blessing, Singapore is facing a growing shortage of lawyers and is trying to find ways to increase their numbers even as they leave the profession in droves, driven out partly by low pay, long hours and, critics say, a legal straitjacket that prevents them from the effective practice of the law.
**** Apology To The MHA <http://mollymeek.livejournal.com/183305.html>
And for peasants, note that a full account is not a truthful account is not a verifiable account. It's just something to be believed and retrieved for purposes of National Education.
**** Electricity Tariffs To Go Up From April As Oil Prices Rise <http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/336034/1/.html>
by May Wong, Channel NewsAsia
**** My Beef With The ST <http://myrialogues.blogspot.com/2008/03/my-beef-with-st.html>
If we are to raise the level of discourse in the country, as well as the political maturity of the people, the national soapbox has to stop inundating the national consciousness with mundaneity.
**** Diploma Or Death? <http://blogs.saschinaonline.org/pudongtok/2008/03/18/diploma-or-death/>
by Theory Of Knowledge
**** Beach Road Pt. 2 - Shaw Tower Revisit <http://timesofmylife.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/beach-road-pt2-shaw-tower-revisit/>
by Times Of My Life
**** A Patriot's Perspective <http://redfist.wordpress.com/2008/03/18/a-patriots-perspective/>
by The Red Grade
It's a soulless country, that's what Singapore has become. There's no real happiness here no matter what people say. Because deep in everyone's hearts, people know that happiness is nothing without freedom.
**** Cooked Deal <http://singaporelifetimes.blogspot.com/2008/03/cooked-deal.html>
by Singapore Life And Times
By being efficient and quick to implement a policy, it leaves all the stakeholders behind.
See Also:<br/>No Taxi Stand No Stop <http://lastsplash.blogspot.com/2008/03/no-taxi-stand-no-stop.html>, by The Lastsplash. Despite their mistake, LTA refused to admit so and attempted to take some kind of credit for their quick dirty solution.
**** Racial Quota For HDB Is For PAP To Stay In Power - And It Is Racially Discriminative <http://wherebearsroamfree.blogspot.com/2008/03/racial-quota-for-hdb-is-for-pap-to-be.html>
by Where Bears Roam Free
**** Chee Siok Chin To Police: Produce Evidence Or Retract Statement, Singapore Democrats, 18 Mar 2008 <http://pseudonymity.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/chee-siok-chin-to-police-produce-evidence-or-retract-statement/>
by Chee Siok Chin, Singapore Democratic Party, Pseudonymity
If the police have evidence that I had attacked or even attempted to attack an officer, then they should produce it. Otherwise they must retract the slanderous and scandalous statement, failing which I shall consider taking action against them.
**** Singapore To Act On Sovereign Wealth Funds <http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article3578054.ece>
by David Robertson, The Times
The Singapore government has indicated that it is willing to adopt a controversial new code of practice that would regulate the investment decisions of sovereign wealth funds if western countries commit to not blocking future acquisitions.
Singapore's two sovereign wealth funds are among the largest in the world with combined assets of more than $500 billion and the country is concerned that protectionist sentiment in Europe and the United States could prevent it investing its vast reserves.
**** It's A Long Night In Causeway Lorry Queue <http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Story/STIStory_218239.html>
by Carolyn Quek and Diana Othman, Straits Times
Lorry drivers have been most affected, and the mood among them when /The Straits Times/ visited Woodlands Road early on Tuesday morning can be described in one word: restless.
See Also:<br/>It's Faster To Walk <http://tnp.sg/news/story/0,4136,159567,00.html?>, by Zubaidah Nazeer, New Paper. Madam Teo Puay Hua said the Causeway jams have scared off customers from the Woodlands Centre area, causing her profits to drop by half.
**** MHA Will Render Full Account <http://www.straitstimes.com/ST%2BForum/Story/STIStory_218260.html>
by Toh Yong Chuan, Press Secretary To Deputy Prime Minister And Minister For Home Affairs, Straits Times
Even though the inquiry is conducted in closed chambers out of necessity, we have stated clearly that we will give a full account of how Mas Selamat Kastari escaped.
/In other words, trust us. We say it's full account, it's full account, even though you have no way of knowing it's the full account yourself./
**** 'Dont Lose Heart, Home Team' <http://www.todayonline.com/articles/243696.asp>
by Christie Loh, Today
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