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Apple Announces iTunes Festival 2014

Apple today announced its annual iTunes Festival, showing off a star-studded lineup that includes music heavyweights Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and David Guetta.

From the historic stage of the Roundhouse to audiences around the globe, iTunes Festival brings together the biggest names in music for 30 nights of exhilarating performances. Wherever you are, you can experience the festival for free on iTunes or with Apple TV.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

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Bloomberg: Jay Carney In The Running for Apple PR Chief

Last week, a Re/Code report claimed that former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was in the running for the position of Apple’s new PR chief, only to have the well-connected Jim Dalrymple shoot down its claim subsequently.

Despite Dalrymple’s denial that Carney had ever met Apple CEO Tim Cook, a new Bloomberg report today surprisingly claims otherwise, stating that the former Obama spokesman has, in fact, spoken to Apple about the job.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) has talked with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about a public relations job, a friend of his said. Carney hasn’t made up his mind, according to the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private and no agreement has been reached.

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Latest Aerial Photo Shows ‘Underground Tunnels’ at Apple’s Campus 2 Construction Site

Construction of Apple’s Campus 2 appears to be making good progress, according to a new aerial photo of the site posted online this week.

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Image via @Sky1Ron on Twitter

As seen from the photo, which was taken by KCBS traffic reporter Ron Cervi, perimeter walls have begun to take shape around the ‘spaceship’ complex, along with two massive troughs in the centre of the structure.

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Apple Appoints Blackrock’s Susan Wagner to Board of Directors

Apple issued a press release on Thursday announcing that Blackrock co-founder Susan Wagner would be joining its Board of Directors, replacing outgoing member Bill Campbell.

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Source: Time

Wagner, who will continue to serve on Blackrock’s board, is a veteran of the financial industry and had previously been recognised as one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

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Apple ID Two-Step Verification System Now Available in 59 Countries, Including Singapore

Apple has expanded its two-step verification system for Apple IDs to 59 countries, including Singapore. The feature was first announced in March last year, and had been available in a limited list of countries until this week.

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The system provides users with an additional layer of security for Apple ID logins by requiring users to enter a four-digit code sent to a verified  iOS device.

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Samsung May Replace TSMC as Main Supplier of A-Series Chips in 2015

Apple may be looking to Samsung for production of its next-generation A-series chips in 2015, consequently reducing orders from current chip supplier TSMC, according to a new Reuters report on Wednesday.

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TSMC will be supplanted by Samsung in the production of 14-nanometre smartphone chips for Apple and Qualcomm beginning in the second half of 2015, KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu said in a note to clients issued late on Wednesday after a TSMC investor conference.

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Apple Agrees to Conditional US$450 Million Settlement in E-Books Price Fixing Lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay US$450 million to settle a long-running class-action lawsuit centred around the pricing of e-books, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.

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Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday.

The settlement had been announced in court documents filed in June but did not have its terms disclosed then. However, its outcome is still subject to the approval of U.S. District Judge Denise Cote.

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Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Being Considered for Position of Apple PR Chief [Updated]

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is reportedly being considered for the position of Apple’s PR chief, according to a report by Re/Code today.

The Re/Code piece actually documents transportation networking start-up Uber’s search for a new communications chief, but casually mentions Carney’s name as one of those being bandied around for a similar position at Apple.

Kalanick is still looking, having talked to other political players such as former Obama White House press secretary Jay Carney (whose name is also being bandied about for the other big job opening in tech PR, at Apple). In addition, said sources, Uber is looking at big corporate names.

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Apple Reportedly Ditching Longtime Ad Agency TBWA Soon

Apple could be ditching longtime ad agency TBWA soon, according to a new report from The New York Post.

Madison Avenue is betting that Apple’s advertising business is headed for a shake-up — and knows just the man to do it. Ad executives salivating over the juicy prospect point to signs that the tech giant is tiring of longtime creative agency TBWA Media Labs after 30 years and is ready to put its entire account up for grabs.

The news comes amid recent speculation of creative differences between the two companies, driven by reports of Apple setting up its own in-house ad team in a bid to reduce reliance on TBWA.

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Apple SVP Eddy Cue Lists Charity Auction for Lunch Date and MacBook Air

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is following CEO Tim Cook’s lead, listing an auction for a lunch date and a MacBook Air on charity auction site CharityBuzz.

Have lunch with Apple, Inc., Senior Vice-President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California, and bring home a 13-inch MacBook Air!

According to the auction details, the lunch appointment with Cue is valid for 2 people and will last for approximately 1 hour. The cost of the meal will be included but winners will have to fork out their own travel and accommodation expenses.

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