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September 19, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. said Tuesday that it would sell the iPhone in Britain with mobile-service provider O2, the first step by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs to capture a share of the wireless-phone market outside the U.S. The 8-gigabyte handset will go on sale in Britain on Nov. 9 for 269 pounds ($536), Jobs said in London. O2 is owned by Madrid-based Telefonica, Europe's second-largest telephone company. Jobs slashed the iPhone's price in the U.S.
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August 31, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is expected to announce a souped-up iPod and a deal to let iPhone users buy ring tones through the iTunes store at an event next week, music industry sources said. Following its custom, Apple recently sent invitations to analysts and reporters for a Sept. 5 event but didn't say what it was about.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Acknowledging that its proprietary audio technology is a marketplace flop, Sony Corp. is shuttering its Connect digital music store and opening its portable media players to other formats. The moves were announced Thursday at a Berlin consumer electronics trade fair as the Japanese electronics pioneer unveiled a pair of digital Walkmans that can play the Windows Media Audio, MP3 and AAC audio formats. Like rivals' players, including Apple Inc.'
BUSINESS
August 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Nokia Corp. unveiled new services and cellphones Wednesday that customers could use to download music and play games, a bid by the world's largest mobile phone maker to challenge Apple Inc.'s higher-end iPhone, as well as iTunes and the iPod. The move by Nokia, whose basic handsets give it a strong position in emerging markets, is the latest recognition that high-end markets require handsets with photo, music and video capabilities and quick access to the Internet.
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August 29, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Apple Inc. sent out invitations Monday to a Sept. 5 event called "The Beat Goes On," fueling speculation that it will release new models of the iPod media player to spur holiday sales. The e-mailed invitation for the San Francisco event shows a silhouetted dancer carrying an iPod, an image from Apple ads. Chief Executive Steve Jobs usually unveils new iPods before the holiday season. In June, Apple introduced the iPhone, combining the music player with a mobile phone.
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August 1, 2007 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Some of the shine rubbed off Apple Inc.'s stock Tuesday after unconfirmed rumors circulated on Wall Street that the company might cut production of either its iPhone or iPod devices. Apple shares dropped $9.67, nearly 7%, to $131.76, the biggest one-day drop in more than two years. Analysts said excitement around the iPhone, which went on sale June 29, had made Apple's stock especially volatile. Its shares are up nearly 60% since the iPhone was announced in January.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
In a first peek behind the iPhone launch, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that it had activated 146,000 of the handsets in the first two days of sales, which coincided with the last two days of its second quarter. Analysts had estimated that 200,000 to 500,000 of the highly anticipated Apple products would be sold in the first three days. The nation's largest phone company, the exclusive carrier for the iPhone, released quarterly results, but would not reveal how many of the devices were sold.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2007 | Alex Pham and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Video gamers now can watch Disney movies through their Xbox 360 game systems, thanks to a deal that Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday. The agreement gives the Burbank studio access to the 7 million tech-savvy gamers and voracious media consumers who use Microsoft's online service, Xbox Live, to download television shows, watch high-definition movies and purchase games.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2007 | Michelle Quinn and Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writers
When it comes to landing an iPhone, Apple Inc.'s other famous Steve plans to stand in line. Steve Wozniak helped Steve Jobs launch Apple more than 30 years ago, sparking a computing revolution. But the man known to many as Woz, who left the company in 1987, planned to queue up outside a San Jose Apple store at 4 a.m. today in hopes of getting his hands on one. "I love to see the future early," he said.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The eagerly awaited iPhone will be able to play YouTube videos when it ships next week, Apple Inc. announced. About 10,000 YouTube videos will be available for the iPhone's launch, according to Apple's news release. YouTube, a subsidiary of Google Inc., will be recoding the rest of its videos into the H.264 format used by the iPhone by fall. The iPhone will be the first cellphone to use H.264, Apple said.
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