Crackdown on Leaks (9/21/97)

Can we expect our favorite rumors sites to start drying up? Mac the Knife reports that Ironfisted Jobs has commanded tighter control over the company's secrets, prompted by the leaking of his own email messages outside the Cupertino walls. AtAT highly doubts that such leaks are really hurting Apple, but we wonder about what such strongarm tactics will do to Jobs' already-tarnished image.

You'd think that a guy who's already alienated half of the Mac-using world by killing the clone market would be a little more careful about heaping even more negative karma on his public image, but maybe he's shooting for that Stalinesque vibe, "lead by strength," etc. Or more likely, he's doing what he thinks he needs to do, and doesn't care at all about what people think. Whatever.

AtAT's official stance on Jobs? He's a smart, smart man, charismatic as hell, and we think he's got an ace up his sleeve. Either that, or he's totally insane... but we'll stick with the former for now.

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  • 6: New (Chiat-)Day Rising (9/21/97)   Well, we've all been screaming for years for Apple to start advertising in a real way, and while there's been moderate progress in the past few months (for instance, the Mac OS 8 radio and print ads, and the New Mac Road Show), the same question we've been asking for years still applies: Where are the TV commercials?...

  • 7: The Cuts Continue (9/21/97)   By now you've probably already heard about the next round of Apple layoffs. Last time, under the sweeping hand of then-CEO Gil Amelio, we effectively lost OpenDoc and Game Sprockets, as well as some other technologies...

  • 8: NC's on the Front Burner (9/21/97)   "It's Steve's baby," according to a MacWeek source. Which baby is that? Why, it's the Apple Network Computer, rumored to be on track for a January Expo unveiling. These puppies will reportedly run a PPC 750 chip at 266MHZ and will run Mac OS 8...

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