"Steve Jobs,' the biography of the late tech visionary that went on sale Monday, has already produced plenty of headlines: How Jobs met his birth father without knowing who he was, how he swore bitter revenge on Google for developing its competing Android system, and how he waited too long after his cancer diagnosis to get surgery that might have saved him.
Apple fans -- including co-founder Steve Wozniak -- lined up on Friday morning for a chance to buy the iPhone 4S, the latest in the company's line of "Jesus Phones," which includes many under-the-hood improvements.
Steve Jobs, the visionary who led a mobile computer revolution with the creation of wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, was mourned Thursday by admirers and competitors as much of the world awoke to news of his death.
Ron Wayne is usually just another gambler at the Nugget Hotel & Casino in Nevada. He comes here a couple of days a week to try his luck on the video poker machine. But on this trip, he drew some curious onlookers, as he was escorted by a CNN camera crew. A gift-shop worker asked him if he's famous.
Normally investors make decisions based on close evaluation of the fundamentals underlying a company. In a SPAC, or special-purpose acquisition corporation, popular Wall Street vehicles whose organizers raise money to spend on yet-to-be-determined targets, investors buy solely into the pedigree of the founders.
Microsoft's $500 million marketing campaign, which targets IBM, is already drawing skeptical reviews. Tech author Nicholas Carr says that Microsoft's "people-ready" campaign reminds him of Apple's "1984" ads, when Apple launched the Macintosh as a liberating, humanistic response to IBM's overbearingly corporate PC. Carr points out that neither Apple nor IBM won that fight -- the winner, two decades ago, was Microsoft. In this new Microsoft-IBM fight might leave the field open to another surprise victor. Google, anyone?
Everybody wants a piece of the Apple magic. Investors have clamored for the stock, which has doubled in less than a year. Entrepreneurs have hopped aboard the iPod gravy train by building add-ons whose sales mushroom as the popular music player prospers. Now even Apple alumni who have nothing whatsoever to do with the company's current success want in on the action.