Today in Apple history: Rumors fly that Canon might buy Apple

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Apple was up for sale in the 1990s.
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April 21 April 21, 1995: Rumors swirl that Canon (yes, the Japanese camera company!) might take over Apple in either a partial or complete acquisition.

Speculation grows about a possible deal after Apple reveals its latest earnings, which show big improvement but still fall far short of Wall Street’s expectations.

Today in Apple history: Apple outwits clonemakers with Mac OS 8

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Do you remember Mac OS 8?
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March8March 8, 1997: Apple renames the forthcoming Mac OS 7.7 update, calling it “Mac OS 8.” It’s more than just a name change, though: It’s a sneaky sucker punch that ultimately knocks out Mac clones.

Unfortunately for Mac users, the updated operating system would not deliver the total top-to-bottom rewrite promised as Apple’s Project Copland. However, the renaming decision turns out to be a brilliant (if underhanded) way of getting Apple out of terrible licensing deals.

Apple to build 200-megawatt solar farm in Nevada

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One of Apple's many solar farms.
One of Apple's many solar farms.
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Apple is taking another big step to make sure it can utilize 100 percent renewable energy for its operations by expanding the solar farm it uses in Nevada.

The company revealed today that it has reached an agreement with NV Energy to add infrastructure that will generate 200 megawatts of additional solar energy by 2019. Energy created by the project will go to power Apple’s Reno data center, but some of the power will also be available to residents.

Today in Apple history: Apple begins retail venture inside CompUSA

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Apple wanted more control over how it sold its computers.
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Nov4November 4, 1997: Apple announces a new deal to give it a mini “store within a store” in CompUSA outlets around the United States.

In a step toward the official Apple stores that would launch four years later, Cupertino staffs these mini-stores with Apple-trained employees. The move gives Apple a bit more control over the way its products get displayed and demoed to consumers.

Apple Music is coming soon to Sonos’ awesome speakers

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Sonos will bring sweet Apple Music to its line of speakers soon.
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Sonos, maker of some the best wireless speaker systems in the world, revealed today that it will add support for Apple Music by the end of the year.

The says a public beta for Apple Music on Sonos will be made available December 15. Sonos’ integration with Apple Music will allow subscribers to access the For You, My Music, New and Radio features of the service. A general availability to all users is scheduled for an early 2016 launch.

Apple may launch five additional Beats radio stations

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Even Taylor Swift loves Apple Music.
Even Taylor Swift loves Apple Music.
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Apple’s creation of the Beats 1 radio station has been one of the best parts about the company’s new Apple Music streaming service, but it might not be Apple’s only station for much longer.

As part of the deal Apple signed with major labels ahead of launch, Apple Music has the option to expand its lineup of Beats radio stations nearly at will, according to a new report citing sources with knowledge of the situation.