Friday, March 11, 2005

Poisoned Apple and angry spammers

Apple has won the right to subpoena the editors of the three websites it sued in its terror campaign against employees who divulge new product information before the big shows. The judge cites a 1982 appellate court case and basically makes the point that no one has "a free pass", not even journalists, to protect the identities of their sources when a crime has been committed.

Todays Mercury News has an open letter from to Steve Jobs asking him to lighten up with the lawsuits and preserve the good underdog image the company has built over the years. A pont we made here a few days ago.

Well, it is too late for that, they have pissed off the blogs and the press. I predict that in the future, reviews of new Apple products will not be as kind or lenient as they have been in recent years. We will be reminded their computers are slow, compatible software is overpriced, other brand music players do the same for less, etc. Worse yet, Apple users will probably be subjected to more viruses and crap as people decide to punish the company. It is the relative lack of security problems which attracted flok dekoke and many others to Apple in the first place.

On another topic, we noted in a prevous post the effort to link sites for Online Poker to the Wikipedia definition of the term. The idea being to get top billing on Google to spite the spammers. Soon after the effort was announced, the Wikipedia listing climbed to 5th place on Google and yesterday it was in third place. Today I notice it is not even on the top ten. Have the spammers noticed?

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