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Apple Computer Set to Mark 30th Birthday

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 24 Mar 2006 23:21:27 -0500

By MAY WONG AP Technology Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Silicon Valley's historic orchards have
virtually disappeared but one notable fruit still stands: Apple.

As the storied company celebrates its 30th birthday in a week, Apple
Computer Inc. will have brushed off its bruises from product failures
and arguably misguided decisions to emerge with a shine that's more
than skin-deep.

Its brand name and products _ from the Mac to the iPod _ resonate as
both hip and innovative. For all of its recent successes, however,
Apple also has its share of challenges ahead as it matures into a
digital media provider.

In the digital music arena, where Apple dominates, French lawmakers
are angling to force the company to change its successful way of
chaining its popular iPod player to its online iTunes Music Store.

Recording labels are also chafing at Apple's insistence that its song
downloads remain 99 cents apiece. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs rebutted by
calling the record industry "greedy."

In the computer space, where Apple is seeing its best sales in years,
information-security firms have discovered a few new vulnerabilities
in its Macintosh operating system.

Though the security breaches have been innocuous, security experts say
they signal that Apple is a higher-profile target now for hackers, who
in the past have focused heavily on Microsoft Corp.'s predominant
Windows system.


[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: If my recollection is correct, Steve
Jobs began Apple Computer (and his first product) in a garage at his
home in the spring of 1976. Something I do not recall however, he had
the Apple 2, the Apple 2+ and the Apple 2E early on in his
career. Those were all prior to the MAC-intosh. Was there ever an Apple
1 or something similar? PAT]

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