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This $850 Million Solar Plan Will Help Power Everything Apple Does in California

Apple announces plans to spend nearly $1 billion on the largest solar power investment of its kind.

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It was smart of Apple to acquire the iTunes rights for the Beatles song catalog back in 2010. CEO Tim Cook’s announcement this week that the company will be making an unprecedented investment in solar energy should have everyone singing “Here Comes The Sun.”

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The New iPad May Be a Snooze, But It's Showing the Way to Free-Range Computing

Apple's latest gadget show-and-tell was a bit of a flop, but it's bringing us a new kind of personal computing.



Maybe Apple should host its big press confabs a little less frequently. Fanboys aside, most of us don’t need to know much about the new iPad that Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled yesterday—other than a nicer display, it's not that much different than the last one. Tellingly, the biggest controversy arising from the roadshow wasn’t any of the device’s features but its moniker—it’s just "the new iPad," not the expected iPad HD or iPad3. Stop the presses!

On the other hand, Cook’s attempt to offer up a compelling vision of our electronic future—the kind of magic that his predecessor, the late Steve Jobs, used to produce on occasions like these—is notable. As Cook described it, Apple is poised to dominate our “post-PC future” with a bevvy of devices, like the iPad and the iPhone, that aren’t tethered to any physical location and access applications and data from the cloud.

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