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CURIOSITY: Apple, the Blogs and the Bloggers
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 07.08.05 - 16:24:35 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 11693x
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ThinkSecret, an independent Apple news site, recently got some inside information about Apple's Retail Store Policy where - not surprisingly - Apple retail employees are ordered not to comment on rumors to customers under any circumstances. Furthermore, while Apple employees are granted permission by Apple to create their own personal Web pages and blogs, they are not allowed to comment on anything related to Apple on such pages. Furthermore, they are prohibited from posting in any capacity on any Mac-related (does it includes iPod related or not? ;-)) Websites or forums, whether they identify themselves as working for Apple or not.

In this context, it doesn't surprise how Apple defines bloggers (no, it's not really Apple but Apple took the definition from the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition) as Scott Beale from Laughing Squid found out (screenshot taken from Tiger's Dictionary app):

Hmmm... I'm neither an American nor I'm in the twentieth nor I have an "unhealthy interest in computers" (while my girlfriend might say something different ;-)) nor is the::unwired a blog but as a German I like the word "bläg" (even if I have never heard it before, wonder where New Oxford American Dictionary got it from, at least the German version - the Duden - hasn't have it listed).

But hey, no wonder Apple prohibits its employees to run Mac-related blogs. Which CEO wants to say "this cool new product was developed by a bunch of 'twenty-something Americans with at least an unhealthy interest in computers'". ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by jimbo on 07.08.05 - 16:31:23

"this cool new product was developer by a bunch of 'twenty-something Americans with at least an unhealthy interest in computers'"

LOL lol lol lol

Posted by Cult on 07.08.05 - 18:58:56

priceless arne! i love your thoughts and views!
just found your site some weeks ago and while i'm neither a windows mobile user nor a microsoft fan, i come here regularly to get the latest and greatest information about the mobile and wireless world, mostly interested in your thoughts!

ever thought about a regular column? well done, keep up the good work!

Posted by daniel mores on 24.08.05 - 11:56:55

lmao !!!

it's either an easter egg, or someone was feeling really funky while he was entering text into the dictionary.

great find.

now if only theunwired.net were safari-friendly ...

wink

Posted by Arne Hess on 24.08.05 - 12:22:46

now if only theunwired.net were safari-friendly ...

I hope it is but it sounds it isn't! sad
Can you send me a couple of screenshots (arne DOT hess AT theunwired DOT net) I can forward to my developer? I don't have access to Macs.

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