As usual, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was at the centre of a wide range of news stories this week. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stocks ended the week at 351.54 (as of 3/25/2011).
Weekly News Roundup: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Monday 21 March
It has been reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch MobileMe Free version soon.
According to reports from a trusted source, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is getting ready to launch a free version of its cloud based service. A revamped version of the paid one is also on the horizon.
It was also reported that the upcoming version of MobileMe will entirely be different from the current version.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans are waiting for an official statement from the company, because as usual, they are keeping their upcoming release very close to their chest.
Tuesday 22 March
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has sued Amazon over its App Store name.
The Mac Maker has sued Amazon for using its patented ‘App Store’ name on Amazon’s app store, claiming that Amazon has no rights to use ‘App Store.’
It was reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has filed suit against Amazon in the US District Court in California.
Earlier, Microsoft Corporation had petitioned the court to allow broader usage of ‘App Store’ as a generic term and not a brand.
Wednesday 23 March
The US Senators have asked Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to pull Police-evasion applications.
The Mac Maker has apps geared for everything and everyone, and some of them are not so well-received.
Recently, four U.S. senators have asked Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to remove an app from its App Store that could be used by drunk drivers to find and avoid police checkpoints set to catch drunk drivers.
The senators wrote that, “With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety. We know that your company shares our desire to end the scourge of drunk driving and we therefore would ask you to remove these applications from your store.”
Thursday 24 March
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced the departure of one of its top software engineers.
The Mac Maker said in an official statement made yesterday that Bertrand Serlet, a senior software engineer who had been a part of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) since 1997, is stepping down from the company.
Serlet said in a statement that, “I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science.”
Friday 25 March
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been granted a number of new patents.
The latest patents granted to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) include the rights to an extended antenna that is expected to be used in the notebooks or iPads of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
The Mac Maker has been stockpiling the rights for many next generation products or devices that are nonexistent at the moment, and has been battling with various rivals over existing patent issues.