In late 2009, Apple acquired LalaÂ for a deal valued at $160 million ($80 million for the company, another $80 million in stock options and bonuses). Late last year Apple acquired Color. What do they both have in common? Founder BillÂ Nguyen. What’s even more interesting is how Apple eventually got seasoned former-Lala engineers for a lot less than they would have beforeâ€”because they later acquired them as part of the $7 million purchase of Color.
Weâ€™ve covered many of Don Meltonâ€™s posts about the birth of Safari (Iâ€™m really tempted to switch back from Chromeâ€¦just because), from how it got its name toÂ how engineers hid it in plain sight during its development. Today Don talks about the day Steve Jobs took the wraps off Appleâ€™s own browser.
HP has been in a lot of trouble lately, with its revenues dwindling as growth in the printer and PC industry slows down. In 2010, HPâ€™s board forced the then CEO Mark HurdÂ to resign amidst allegations of sexual harassment. Sadly it was also HurdÂ who helped HP stock rise 130% during his tenure.
Steve JobsÂ tried to lend a hand to Hurd, even offering to speak to the board on his behalf, in hopes of keeping a solid leader at HP’s helm.
Previously we reported that jOBS, the movie staring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, would premiere at Sundance this year, now we know that the movie will be in the proverbial theater near you in April.
Last weâ€™d heard about Steve Jobsâ€™ yacht Venus was when it was spotted in Netherlands being officially unveiled in the presence of Jobsâ€™ family members. Today, Dutch media outlets report that the yacht has been impounded in Amsterdam after designerÂ Philippe Starck obtained a court order over claims of unpaid fees from the Steve Jobs family.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed alreadyâ€”Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA SoonÂ andÂ Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”â€”the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
This evening we have our first officialÂ look at Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in jOBSÂ (yes, lower case “j”, upper case “O”, “B” and “S”) which will premiere at Sundance in January, plus rumor is that Apple is scooping up laid off TI engineers in Israel for it’s Haifa research facility, and Pocket has made a deal with Matter for content and revenue.