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Without Steve Jobs, What Kind of Apple Would Carry On?

The company has already proved that it can thrive while the CEO is away. But what's still not clear is whether Apple can remain far more than a tech company once he truly retires. Whose vision can possibly keep Apple the cultural phenomenon that Jobs has made it?

Skype's Founders May Have a Hit Music Service

Rdio was envisioned and launched by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who have had a dry spell since starting Skype. Rdio, however, could be another smash, thanks to a confluence of trends that the duo appears to be picking up on at the right time.

Can Google's Android Undercut iTunes for News?

Google is considering a plan to charge publishers less to sell news to Android users than the 30% fee that Apple typically charges to sell apps on iTunes. Will that be enough to attract news publishers?

At Long Last, the Beatles Arrive on iTunes

After years of wrangling over trademark issues, Apple Inc. and the Beatles' Apple Corps have come to an agreement that will make it possible to purchase Beatles songs and albums on iTunes.

What Apple Should Buy Next: Happy Shareholders

Apple has accumulated tons of cash lately, but how should it spend that money? A smart bet would be to use it to bring in the next Steve Jobs -- but there isn't one. Which leads to this thought: Maybe Apple should buy billions in put options on itself to be exercised the day Jobs retires as CEO.

Hearst CEO: Print Newspapers Will Survive

The rest of the industry may be envisioning an all-digital future, by Frank Bennack Jr., vice chairman and CEO of Hearst Corp. is sanguine about the prospects for dead-tree newspapers. "They'll be around as ink and paper for as long as the eye can see," Bennack said Monday.

Why SI Ignored Apple's iPad Guidelines

Magazine publishers are at great pains these days to please Apple (AAPL), whose fast-selling tablet computer, the iPad, just may be the key to their future survival. But following all the persnickety dictates handed down by Steve Jobs isn't always easy, as Sports Illustrated recently realized.

RIP, CD: Best Buy to Cut Discs Amid Online Music War

Bowing to reality, Best Buy will slash the floor space it devotes to compact discs and DVDs this holiday season. It's a reflection of the record industry's grinding digital transformation. Meanwhile, Google is getting ready to challenge Apple, the digital music king.

Apple's Ping Ain't Got That Swing

The centerpiece of Apple's recent product announcements was its new music social network Ping. The core technology from Ping appears to be have been built by the team from Lala.com, the music streaming startup that Apple acquired in January 2009. But without the streaming music model, Ping is half the service Lala used to be. It's not a bad product, it's just not terribly transformative.

Facebook Puts Apple in a Pinch Over Ping

Facebook is blocking Apple iTunes users from using the new Ping network, which is built on Facebook. Seems Apple is using some of Facebook's freely available programming technology, rather than entering into a contractual relationship with the social network giant.

Apple Unveils Tiny New TV Device

At a much-anticipated event Wednesday, Apple announced an overhaul to its Apple TV device and video rental pricing plan. The size of a hockey puck, the new Apple TV box is designed to allow users to stream TV shows and movies withe greater ease and at a lower price. Steve Jobs also discussed new features for Apple's iPods, and a new social network connected to iTunes. (Video from Sam Gustin.)