Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today.
Apple Shuns New York Times following Foxconn Reports: Looks like Apple doesn’t like it when you start telling people it isn’t a shiny, happy company based on technological wonder. A Thursday report in The Washington Post said that Apple played favorites in allowing reporters access to information about its new Mountain Lion operating system this week. While The Wall Street Journal‘s Jessica Vascellaro landed an exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook to discuss the new platform, the one-time biggest Apple news source, The New York Times (NYSE:NYT) was left out in the cold. The likely cause? The Times‘ recent reporting on poor labor conditions at Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn‘s (PINK:FXCNY) facilities. A source within the Times said, “[Apple] are playing access journalism… I’ve head it from people inside Apple. They said, ‘Look, you guys are going to get less access based on the iEconomy series.’”
Google Dodges Privacy Settings, Tracks User Information on iPhone/iPad: Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and a number of advertising companies deployed a workaround to the privacy settings on the Safari Web browser on Apple’s iPhone and iPad, according to a Friday report in The Wall Street Journal. Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer spotted code embedded in a number of advertisements hosted by Google that, once clicked on by a user, tracked that user’s movement across multiple websites regardless of the browser’s privacy settings. The same code was used by advertisements hosted by the Gannett-owned (NYSE:GCI) PointRoll, Vibrant Media, and WPP PLC‘s (NASDAQ:WPPGY) Media Innovation Group. Google reportedly removed the code after being contacted for comment by the WSJ.
Best Buy Removes Apple TV From Web Inventory, Suggesting Refresh: With all the rumors about Apple’s new HDTV, it has been easy to forget the company’s original television project, the Apple TV set-top box. The little device, which lets people watch iTunes shows on their TV as well as stream content from their iPad to a television, hasn’t been updated by Apple since September 2010. It appears that Apple may be preparing to either release a new model or discontinue the product. A Friday report by Apple Insider noted that electronics retailer Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), one of the first major retailers to back Apple TV, has removed the device from its website. When contacted about Apple TV’s absence, a Best Buy spokesperson responded that, “It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting [the Apple TV] back.” Best Buy’s website sold the set-top box as recently as December.
As of this writing, Anthony John Agnello did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. Follow him on Twitter at @ajohnagnello and become a fan of InvestorPlace on Facebook. For more from the company, check out our previous Apple Rumors stories.