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Apple‘s Response to DROPOUTJEEP Report ➝

Apple’s statement, published by AllThingsD, in response to the recent report by Der Spiegel regarding a program called “DROPOUTJEEP:”

Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.

‘Grotesquely’ Low Inventory ➝

Ina Fried reporting for All Things D:

A source at a second carrier also complained of extremely disappointing shipments from Apple, but said that demand for the high-end iPhone may also be slightly less than initially thought, too. Apparently it is the colors of the iPhone 5c that seem to have captured more customer’s eye.

I saw Apple’s decision to allow preorders on the iPhone 5c but not the 5s as a sign that the 5c will be in much greater demand than the 5s is. Poor availability could also be to blame. But Ina Fried’s sources come from the carriers, not Apple, and I think Apple will have the lion’s share of the inventory on launch day.

On Bob Mansfield’s Move ➝

John Gruber on Apple’s statement regarding Bob Mansfield’s removal from Apple’s executive team:

After asking around, word on the Cupertino street is that there’s nothing to read between the lines regarding Bob Mansfield no longer being on Apple’s executive team. Apple’s statement means exactly what it says — Mansfield is well-liked at all levels within the company and truly is working on special projects (read: new products).

I’m happy to hear there isn’t any backstage politics to worry about. Bob Mansfield is still at Apple and, seemingly, isn’t leaving any time soon.

Apple Ends TV Rentals ➝

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr, speaking with All Things D:

iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows.

I preferred purchasing TV shows to renting as well, but only because the majority of television shows that I wanted to watch weren’t even available to rent. It’s hard to succeed with a TV show rental service when you only have content from two media companies.

All Things D: ‘New MacBook Airs Coming Next Week’ ➝

John Paczkowski:

Several sources indicate that the company plans to uncrate the eagerly anticipated updates to its MacBook Air line late next week. “The rumor sites are off by a week,” one source said.

Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, backlit keyboard, and the base model including 128GB SSD.

Ping ➝

Kara Swisher on Ping’s lack of Facebook integration:

And Facebook is nowhere on Ping, either. Currently, there is no linking, sharing or participation of any kind with Facebook–or Twitter or MySpace–on Ping, which will work only on the iTunes software on computers, iPhones and iPods.

When I asked Jobs about that, he said Apple had indeed held talks with Facebook about a variety of unspecified partnerships related to Ping, but the discussions went nowhere.

The reason, according to Jobs: Facebook wanted “onerous terms that we could not agree to.”

I like Ping a lot. And the lack of Facebook integration is one of the reasons for it. I don’t have a Facebook account and haven’t in about a year. I think their attitude towards privacy is, as Jobs put it, onerous. What it comes down to is their willingness to, on a moments notice, change their privacy policy in a way that negatively effects its users until those users opt-out of whatever crazy new feature Facebook has decided to implement.

Ping on the other hand is much more straightforward with their privacy, more like Twitter. You either have everything open, everything closed, or have everything open to the people you give permission to. I think this simple set of privacy settings is one of the reasons that Twitter is so popular and one of the reasons that I see Ping becoming incredibly popular.

Ping still has quite a way to go in terms of user base. But since it is integrated right into iTunes, I don’t think it’ll take too long. I’m really excited about the idea of seeing what other people with similar music interests like. Music discovery is the one aspect of this move to digital downloads that hasn’t gotten any better. Pandora and Apple’s Genius recommendation system made it better, but Ping’s going to take it to a whole different level.