eBay has announced that it will be laying off 10% of their workforce and that while they do expect to hit their third quarter forecast it will be at the low end.
The cutbacks means about 1,000 employees and several hundred temporary workers will be out of a job.
Someone on CNN’s iReport.com, a site where users post unfiltered news as “citizen journalists”, posted a story that Apple chief Steve Jobs had suffered a massive heart attack and had been hospitalized.
Right after the post hit Apple’s stock price fell nearly 10%, forcing Apple to respond saying that it was not true and Jobs has not been hospitalized.
The story has since been pulled from iReport and Apple shares are back to almost the same level as before the “news” hit.
After a slip-up at Bloomberg a partial obituary for Apple CEO Steve Jobs hit the wire yesterday afternoon before it was pulled.
The obituary must have a bit shocking for some who saw it considering the rumors of Jobs being ill again after his appearance at WWDC. As you might recall, Jobs battled pancreatic cancer several years ago and while it is (as far as we know) in remission the obituary seemed plausible all things considered.
Looks like he’s still alive and kicking [employees].
Gawker still has a copy of the obituary which you can see here if you’re your interested.
[Via CNET News]
Wall Street Journal reporter Nick Wingfield had a chance to talk with Steve Jobs a bit about the success of the App Store, Apple’s iTunes-based store for iPhone and iPod Touch applications.
Everyone knows that the App Store is a success but just how much of a success is a bit mind boggling.
In the first month it was open for business, 60 million applications were download. Sure, many are free, but quite a few others cost from 99-cents to a few dollars. Roughly $1 million worth of paid apps have been downloaded so far, meaning the App Store has raked in around $30 million in just one month.
If the the pace of $1 million per day continues, that means $360 million each year of additional revenue.
It’s important to point out that the majority of this revenue won’t be staying with Apple, and will instead be going back to the developers who write the applications.
For example, of the $30 million from the first month of sales, $21 of that will be going back to the developers.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career for software,” said Jobs.
“Phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that…we think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software.”
Not revenue related but still worth noting, if an application is found to pose privacy and security issues Apple does have the ability to remotely disable it just in case.
Says Jobs, “hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull.”
For the full story check out WSJ here.
In an internal email sent to Apple employees by Steve Jobs obtained by Ars Technica he admits that MobileMe was launched too early and that it was “not up to Apple’s standards.”
Jobs believes that the service needed more time and testing and should have been rolled out slowly in phases instead of all of the new features being launched at once.
On a roll admitting to problems, Jobs also admits that “it was a mistake to launch MobileMe at the same time as iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store…We all had more than enough to do, and MobileMe could have been delayed without consequence.”
No arguments there.
“The MobileMe launch clearly demonstrates that we have more to learn about Internet services…And learn we will. The vision of MobileMe is both exciting and ambitious, and we will press on to make it a service we are all proud of by the end of this year.”
Jobs also mentioned that Eddy Cue, vice president for iTunes, will now also be in charge of the App Store and MobileMe groups.
With people already mocking the service by calling it names like “Mobile Fail” and “Fail Me”, no where to go but up, I suppose. It really does have some great potential. I couldn’t imagine not having wireless contacts and calendar syncing now that I’m been spoiled.
UPDATE: After initially being reluctant to publish it, Ars Technica has gone ahead and released the full content of Jobs’ email. To save you a click, here it is:
The launch of MobileMe was not our finest hour. There are several things we could have done better:
– MobileMe was simply not up to Apple’s standards – it clearly needed more time and testing.
– Rather than launch MobileMe as a monolithic service, we could have launched over-the-air syncing with iPhone to begin with, followed by the web applications one by one – Mail first, followed 30 days later (if things went well with Mail) by Calendar, then 30 days later by Contacts.
– It was a mistake to launch MobileMe at the same time as iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store. We all had more than enough to do, and MobileMe could have been delayed without consequence.
We are taking many steps to learn from this experience so that we can grow MobileMe into a service that our customers will love. One step that I can share with you today is that the MobileMe team will now report to Eddy Cue, who will lead all of our internet services – iTunes, the App Store and, starting today, MobileMe. Eddy’s new title will be Vice President, Internet Services and he will now report directly to me.
The MobileMe launch clearly demonstrates that we have more to learn about Internet services. And learn we will. The vision of MobileMe is both exciting and ambitious, and we will press on to make it a service we are all proud of by the end of this year.
[Via Ars Technica]
As Apple tries to regain their composure after the MobileMe launch debacle they’ve setup a special chat support service to help the 1% of MobileMe users who had email trouble (maybe more than 1% but that’s all Apple is admitting to).
Sounds good, right? It is…if it’s done correctly.
At least one user to attempted to get in touch with Apple support via this new chat service and was given this response almost immediately:
I’m sorry, according to our records, you were not one of the members affected by the email outage that began on July 18th. MobileMe Mail 24-hour chat support is a temporary measure designed specifically for users whose accounts were affected by that outage. For help, please visit http://www.apple.com/support/mobileme/ww for access to all of our support resources. I apologize for any inconvenience.
So according to Apple this user wasn’t affected, but they actually were, but since Apple doesn’t believe that they were they were bounced from the chat session.
If Apple’s records are wrong, that’s just one more thing that’s gone wrong for Apple lately. Sure, they’re increasing their market share and turned a huge profit so financially they’re doing very well, but combine this bad record keeping, the terrible MobileMe launch, the iTunes crash on iPhone 3G launch day, and the NDA that’s still in place for the iPhone SDK (for not good reason anyone can come up with) and you can’t help but wonder just what’s going on in Cupertino.
Steve’s been the one to run the show, calling all of the shots, and maybe his recent illness is forcing parts of the company to think for themselves, something they’re maybe not so used to?
Time will tell, I suppose.
No known for being very open, with all the rumors floating around about Steve Jobs’ health after his WWDC 08 keynote, Jobs called New York Times reporter Joe Nocera to set the record straight.
While Jobs did say before he started talking that the details of their conversation needed to be kept “off the record”, Nocera does confirm that Jobs’ cancer has NOT returned and while Jobs did have more than just a
“common bug” during his keynote it is not something that is life-threatening.
[Via Mac Rumors]
This morning Apple announced that since the iPhone 3G went on sale last Friday in 21 countries they have already sold 1 million of the devices and 10 million applications and games from the App Store.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs points out that the first version of the iPhone took 74 days to hit the same 1 million sold mark. But, for some perspective, that launch was US-only initially so comparing the two is a bit of a marketing spin, but 1 million sold is still 1 million sold and there’s no arguing that it’s an impressive number.
Even yesterday there were still 30-60 mine lines at many Apple stores for those still waiting to buy their own iPhone 3G.
By next weekend I wonder what the number sold will be. 1.5 million? 2 million?
[Via Ars Technica]
Are you kicking yourself for missing the keynote that kicked off Apple’s WWDC this morning?
Do you want more than anything to see his Steve-ness in full keynote uniform walking the stage preaching peace, love and iPhone development?
The one or two of you that answered yes to both of those are in luck–Apple has posted a video of the entire keynote which you can check out for yourself here.
If you’ve been thinking about attending Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference next month and haven’t gotten tickets, you can stop worrying about it–the event is sold out.
Videos of sessions will be available in iTunes after the conference wraps, but you won’t be able to get in anymore in person.
Be sure to check back to this blog for info on whatever Steve Jobs announces in his keynote on June 9th.