Ares writes: Its official. Apple is wealthier than the United States Government. CNN suggests that the US should start selling iPads. And why not? If it works for Apple, giving it a $76.2 billion cash balance sheet, surely, it could improve the US Treasury's $73.8 billion balance sheet. From the article: "This symbolic feat — the world's most highly valued tech company surpassing the fiscal strength of the world's most powerful nation — is just the latest pinnacle for Apple, which has been on an unprecedented roll."
Followed by: "'We don't let the cash burn a hole in the pocket or make stupid acquisitions,' CEO Jobs said last fall. 'We'd like to continue to keep our powder dry because we think there are one or more strategic opportunities in the future.'"
"Offering Uncle Sam a short-term loan is probably not one of them."
Ares writes: It appears that the game of Cat and Mouse between Palm and Apple is back on. It should come as no surprise to Slashdot readers that with a newly pushed-out software update to the Pre, Palm has crept back into the world of iTunes. Naturally, the next news we'll hear will be that iTunes 8.2.2 breaks this particular hack.
Ares writes: 'Stung by criticism, Apple has put a muzzle on applicants to the App Store by including the rejection letters it sends under a non-disclosure agreement. In addition, it has closed a loophole which was allowing rejected developers to find other avenues to serve their applications to users.'
So reports Technologizer in an article posted today. Not only that, they appear to have shut down the "Ad Hoc" mode for app deployment, because it had been used as a workaround to a rejected iPhone app. The article goes on to compare Apple's current anti-competitive stance with the iPhone to those of our favorite monopolistic whipping post. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out on the part of Apple... and how long it takes someone to figure out a crack for this that doesn't involve jailbreaking the phone.
Ares writes: The federal judge who presided over the trial of Jammie Thomas of Brainerd, MN said he may have given mistaken instructions to the jury that tried the case, according to WCCO TV in Minneapolis. Evidently, in 1993, the 8th Circuit which covers Minnesota ruled that infringement requires an actual dissemination of material, while the judge instructed the jurors that making the music available constituted infringement. Judge Davis is set to hear arguments on July 1 regarding the matter. If this goes through, it would certainly raise the bar for the recording industry when it comes to prosecuting these cases for large settlements.
Ares writes: In a follow-up to Blogger Subpoenaed for Criticizing Trial Lawyers, Katherine Seidel's blog indicates that not only has she successfully quashed her subpoena, but the lawyer issuing said subpoena is now under orders to appear and explain why the courts shouldn't sanction him for it. This should be interesting, because in addition to Ms. Seidel's subpoena in New Hampshire, the lawyer issued a similar subpoena to a doctor and Harvard professor under similar circumstances.