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The background is this: Balsillie has been Jonesing for an NHL team for the past several years. He looked close to getting a deal done for the financially strapped Pittsburgh Penguins. When that didn't work out, he started to focus on the Nashville Predators.
Look, I don't want to play the role of Apple defender, because heaven only knows message boards and Apple shorts think I support this company too much already.
This is the guy who is running arguably the most effective, most innovative company in arguably one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors in tech. And he just doesn't tend to sit down for TV interviews.
Apple owned the spotlight yesterday with its iPod event in San Francisco, but today and tomorrow it will all be about Research in Motion, with CEO Jim Balsillie preparing to keynote the big CTIA Wireless expo Thursday, which comes a week before the company issues its quarterly earnings.
Steve Jobs is healthy, was taken by surprise by all the speculation about his health swirling around him after his last public appearance in June, and says while he could "stand to gain 10 or 15 pounds," he's doing just fine.
This is the live blog of the Apple "Let's Rock" event. The first post is at the bottom of the page, with the last enry at top.
As you might imagine, the reactions to the my earlier post today about Apple fatigue plaguing investors seems to have struck a nerve. Here are some more of your responses:
I just knew that when I wrote that last post about some on the Street growing tired of Apple, that it would lead to a few responses from some of you. Well, I was right.
Yet this time around, it seems to me that Apple is laboring to manufacture the magic. Investor expectations have been ratcheting up at fever pitch for four straight years. It's simply getting more difficult to wow them every time.
A few weeks ago, I detailed in a blog Microsoft's decision to use comedian Jerry Seinfeld as its new pitchman. I wrote then of the unusual choice of a professional complainer who hasn't done anything meaningful since his show Seinfeld went off the air a decade ago.
Palm and Research In Motion may have been heading in different directions recently, but they're both trying to keep pace with a new breed of competitors in the rapidly evolving smartphone market. If their new devices and products in development are any measure, both companies seem determined to protect their turf.
Attention will turn from Jobs himself to those new products and what Apple will do for iPod. This is still clearly the little music player that could, and can. Investors have been waiting for iPod sales to slow precipitously, and while they are slowing, it's not nearly as bad as investors feared.
Never mind that chrome is typically the stuff that gets dented on older car bumpers, Google thinks Chrome will be the answer to Microsoft's browser dominance on the net.
The news business can be an ugly business sometimes. Just ask Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs—the subject of an erroneous obituary report Thursday. We in the news business sensationalize, we rationalize, we sanitize, we get things wrong, and sometimes we stick with stories far too long. But the ugly little truth is that the news business can actually (mis-)manage the news itself...
Intel CFO Stacy Smith joined the "Squawk Box" crew live on set Monday morning for the first time, and it was a good visit. In many ways.
Here's an intriguing tidbit, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal: Google and Verizon are on the verge of a deal, whereby Google would be the default search engine for the carrier, and the two would split ad revenue. While the deal isn't done yet, it offers up interesting scenarios -- and would represent another loss for Microsoft.
Apple's "Mac vs. PC" ads are advertising legend now, and in 30 seconds can do more to spotlight the differences between Apple and Microsoft than just about anything else. So effective, they even annoyed Bill Gates. Microsoft's counter-attack? Jerry Seinfeld (!)
There has been so much written about Apple and the iPhone recently: the 3G issues, the MobileMe mess, the so-called Apps Kill Switch controversy, the iPod and its battery/BBQ issues, the company's $20 billion in cash, and a stock that continues to try to claw its way back from the doldrums. What investors ought to be focusing on, instead, is the back-to-school shopping season.
The Palm Treo Pro is one of the most anticipated product releases in the company's history. Riding the wave of the Centro smartphone, Palm was in a position to capitalize nicely on its marketplace momentum with Treo Pro's release Wednesday. But there's a hitch...
Investors could take advantage of the prolonged battering of the financial sector by considering three European banks, Victoria Hoskins, regional investment director at Gerrard Barclays Wealth, told "Power Lunch Europe" Wednesday.