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Department of Justice submits new punishment proposal for Apple, still as ludicrous as the old one

The Department of Justice today submitted a reworked punishment for Apple in the recent ebook lawsuit. Their previous proposal among other things, would have changed Apple's App Store policies about linking to outside stores within apps. The revised proposal, while similar to the previous one, focuses more on Apple's in-app purchase policies.

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We get it! We get it! Tim Cook wasn't cloned from Steve Jobs!

A new profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook includes a few interesting bits on how he manages Apple. While he is known as a calm, methodical leader, one who operates perhaps less on gut and more on numbers, he also has a decisive streak. For instance, the reorganization of Apple's leadership last fall was a decisive move by Cook. Disney CEO and Apple board member Bob Iger told Reuters:

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iMessage, some iCloud services down for small number of users

Apple is currently experiencing a number of service outages that it says affects "less than 1% of users." The affected services are iMessage, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Backup and iPhoto Journals.

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Apple retail hires Levi Strauss VP as west coast retail director

Not a replacement for Ron Johnson (let's let John Browett become an unperson), but it looks like Apple's hired away Enrique Atienza from Levi Strauss. Levi confirms that Atienza has left, but won't say where he's gone to, according to 9to5 Mac.

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Vector 6: Ben Bajarin on Amazon vs. Apple vs. Google vs. Samsung

Ben Bajarin of Tech.pinions talks to Rene about Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung, their differences and similarities not only in business models but in philosophies, and their relative positions both in North America and internationally.

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Apple plans developer center downtime on Saturday at 6PM PT

Apple has notified registered developers that it will briefly take down its developer center for scheduled maintenance on Saturday, August 17th.

We want to let you know that the site will be undergoing a brief scheduled maintenance on Saturday, August 17th at 6pm PDT. During this time the developer website and developer program services will be offline.

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Apple acquires Matcha.tv, a video search and recommendation service

Apple has been no stranger to acquiring smaller companies with desirable technologies, and the latest reports suggest Cupertino has now snapped up Matcha.tv. Once an iOS and web app, Matcha.tv offered its users a search and recommendation service for video that covered multiple providers including iTunes, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but mysteriously shut up shop back in May. Now, according to VentureBeat, we know why:

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Does Apple have a branding problem? In search of the iTouch

I work at a local Apple Specialist on the weekends - an independent reseller authorized by Apple to sell and service Macs and iOS devices. If the customers who come through our doors are any indication, Apple has a weird problem on its hands - customers aren't remembering the names of its products very well. Is it time to rethink how Apple brands its products?

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ITC once again slapped down on Apple ruling, this time by Federal Appeals Court

Back in 2012 the ITC (America's International Trade Council) dismissed Apple's claims that Motorola infringed on a couple of iPhone multi-touch patents, and the Federal Court of Appeals has not only overturned that decision, but pretty much pantsed the ITC for the error. Here's what the court had to say, along with Philip Elmer-DeWitt's plain language summation, from Fortune:

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Apple, Amazon and how they're more alike than apart

Following up on the thesis that Amazon manages profit the way Apple manages supply chain, here's a look at where both companies are more similar than they are different. From Horace Dediu at Asymco:

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