Apple is in court this month answering Department of Justice questions about its involvement in e-book price fixing. The government last year accused Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble along with Macmillan and Penguin Group of artificially raising prices on digital books which can be downloaded to tablets, smartphones and PCs.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, on Thursday testified in district court in lower Manhattan that he had to convince Jobs to let him pursue an e-bookstore.
Even before the iPad launched, Cue was certain Apple should have a bookstore for its iPhone and Macs, but Jobs believed those products weren't [...]
The contractor in question is CACI International, an IT provider based in Arlington, Virginia which says that it tweaked the iPads by modifying the hardware, rather than adding any security software.
“It’s a neutered iPad,” said CACI’s chief executive officer Dan Allen in an interview with Bloomberg. “We’re working on how we effectively brand it.”
The CACI CEO declined the opportunity to elaborate on how the firm secures these iPads, but did say that the tablet’s wireless connectivity and camera are the main causes for concern when the tablets are used in a high-risk environment.
The money for the project apparently [...]
The latest is an initiative called Blue Sky that lets select employees work on projects for a few weeks that are outside their normal responsibilities.
News of the program comes from Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin in a video report.
Blue Sky sounds a bit like the 20% Time program Google has offered far more broadly to its employees for years. At Google, employees are able to work on side projects about twenty percent of the time with their manager’s approval.
According to a report back in 2010, half of Google’s products originated from 20% Time projects.
After Steve Jobs promoted Cook to CEO over a year ago, he started to implement [...]