Apple Computer can advertise where and when it wants. This is private enterprise.
More than 200 companies have joined a boycott of Beck’s program, making it difficult for Fox to sell ads. The time has instead been sold to smaller firms offering such products as Kaopectate, Carbonite, 1-800-PetMeds and Goldline International. A handful of advertisers, such as Apple, have abandoned Fox altogether. Network executives say they believe they could charge higher rates if the host were more widely acceptable to advertisers.
However, Fox News and Glenn Beck in particular have a following and should a competitor arrive to rival Apple’s products (particularly thinking the new i-Pad) that competitor may very well pick up this business. It is not politics or political ideology – it is business.
The Day by Day Archive
After six months of hype, thousands of people Friday will get their hands on the iPhone, the new cell phone that Apple Inc. is banking on to become its third core business next to its moneymaking iPod players and Macintosh computers.
Customers were camped out at Apple and AT&T stores across the nation. The gadget, which combines the functions of a cell phone, iPod media player and wireless Web browser, will go on sale in the United States at 6 p.m. in each time zone.
The iphone will revolutionize the cell phone as the ipod did portable music and audio information.
Will Flap get one?
But, not today……
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National Journal: Apple Pays Legal Fees Of Bloggers
Apple Inc.’s unsuccessful lawsuit against two bloggers it accused of helping expose trade secrets has cost the company $700,000 as a reimbursement for the bloggers’ legal fees.
The bloggers argued that California’s “shield law,” which lets journalists protect anoymous sources, applied to them as they concealed their sources of information about forthcoming Apple products. A state court sided with bloggers last spring, and Apple dropped the case in the summer after a stream of bad press over the suit.
Hugh Hewitt: Bloggers are Journalists (at least in California).
For your convenience, a long excerpt from the opinion from Californiaâ€™s Sixth Appellate Court in Oâ€™Grady v. The Superior Court of Santa Clara County, holding that bloggers and their blogs are covered by Californiaâ€™s Reporterâ€™s Shield Law:
Thanks to Hugh for bringing this to the forefront again.
But, thanks to the efforts of the Bear Flag League on May 26th California Bloggers officially became journalists.
Flap reprints his post of this day: Apple v. Does Confidential Sources in the Blogopshere Watch: Bloggers WIN
The Southern California Law Blog: Bloggers Win, Apple Loses in California Decision Over First Amendment Rights
Today, the California Court of Appeal issued its opinion overturning the trial courtâ€™s discovery orders obtained by Apple
against a blogger. The EFF described the lawsuit by Apple as follows:
In December 2004, Apple filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara county against unnamed individuals who allegedly leaked information about new Apple products to several online news sites, including AppleInsider and PowerPage. The articles at issue concerned a FireWire audio interface for GarageBand, codenamed â€œAsteroidâ€ or â€œQ7.â€ In addition, Apple filed a separate trade secret suit against Think Secret on January 4, 2004.
Apple is seeking information from these news sites regarding the identities of the sitesâ€™ sources, and has subpoenaed Nfox.com, the email service provider for PowerPage, for email messages that may identify the confidential source.
The Bear Flag League in 2005 filed an amicus brief in support of Jackson Oâ€™Grady.
Congratulations to Justene Adamec and Jeff Lewis, attorneys extraordinaire, who represented the Bear Flag League and the Blogosphere so well.
Well, under the law BLOGGERS ARE JOURNALISTS.
However, Flap finds resistance from organizations to grant press credentials and the access that the MSM already and readily enjoys.
Perhaps Flap should reprint this post and send it to them.
Listening California GOP?
According to ipodNN, a California court earlier this month ordered the company to pay the legal fees that the bloggers incurred in their defense. More than half of the $700,000 — a total of $425,000 — went to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represented the bloggers. The rest went to co-counsels in the case.
“Bloggers break the news, just like journalists do,” EFF staff attorney Kurt Opsahl said. “They must be able to promise confidentiality in order to maintain the free flow of information. Without legal protection, informants will refuse to talk to reporters, diminishing the power of the open press that is the cornerstone of a free society.”
And Apple Computer – good call on dropping the lawsuit, which you shouldn’t have pursued in the FIRST PLACE.