Happy Friday, er, again! For those of you participating in Consumermas, remember: you only have a week and a few days left to shop. But check out these links while you continue to put off buying your mom some new tupperware:
Walt Disney World's "Spaceship Earth" ride in Epcot is a fond memory of many of our childhoods. Epcot recently added a tribute to Apple's beginnings to the ride with Steve, but now we're not so sure… well, which Steve it is. Originally thought to be Steve Jobs, Gizmodo calls that theory into question, saying that perhaps the Steve represented in plastic form is Woz instead.Apple has applied for a patent on a way to detect free-fall in electronics, which can be particularly helpful when protecting data stored on devices with moving parts (such as hard drives). This could eventually lead to better accident protection on devices like iPods (classic, of course) and laptops.If any of you were still stuck using Virtual PC, which is now owned by Microsoft, then you should give up any hope of using it in Leopard. The Mac BU confirmed to The Mac Observer this week that Virtual PC would not be coming to Apple's new OS—the last remaining version is Tiger-only.Speaking of Microsoft, Office 2008 is done and ready to go. For realz this time. The final build has been released to manufacturing (RTM) this week, putting it right on track to launch on January 15 at Macworld.Apple was named in a defamation suit against cable TV network BET this week. BET had aired a photo of Chicago gang leader Larry Hoover along with Houston residents James Prince and Thomas Randle while implying that the three were murderers. The piece eventually made its way to the iTunes Store, and
history a lawsuit was made.During last week's opening of the 14th Street Apple Store in New York, senior VP of retail Ron Johnson said that the company planned to open 40 more stores in 2008.
Now off to your endless string of holiday parties. Have some extra-spiked egg nog for us.