Pixar co-founder takes leave of absence following misconduct allegations

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Steve Jobs surrounded by Pixar founders Edwin Catmull (left) and Peter Lasseter (right).
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Pixar co-founder John Lasseter has become the latest high profile person to be accused of inappropriate behavior toward women. In a statement released today, Lasseter apologized for his alleged pattern of showering female employees with hugs and that he’s taking a six-month leave of absence.

As Chief Creative Officer of both Disney and Pixar, Lasseter is one of the most prominent persons in the animated film industry. Steve Jobs and Lasseter had a close relationship for years after the Apple CEO purchased Pixar from Lucasfilm.

Disney won’t let Apple sell its 4K movies on iTunes

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Weirdly, Disney is the studio with the closest links to Apple.
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One of the best low-key announcements at yesterday’s iPhone X event was that Apple will soon offer 4K movies on iTunes for the same price as 1080p copies. In an incredibly neat gesture, existing 1080p purchases are automatically upgraded to 4K for no added cost.

Almost all the big Hollywood studios have agreed to the deal. The only one that hasn’t? Weirdly enough, it’s Disney — a.k.a. the movie studio that Apple’s theoretically the closest to.

Star Wars characters storm Apple Stores via AR

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Head to your local Apple Store to find AR Star Wars characters.

Popular Star Wars characters will pop up in Apple stores and other retail outlets around the world next week in a promotional event powered by augmented reality. Apple and Disney teamed up for the Star Wars promo, which coincides with the release of new toys for the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Apple Music partners with Fender for rocking playlists

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Brands are partnering with Apple Music to curate playlists.
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Electric guitar fans can listen to Apple Music playlists from Fender, maker of some of the world’s most iconic axes.

Five new playlists emerged from the new Fender/Apple Music partnership. While rock ‘n’ roll might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Fender, the company is also highlighting how its instruments have been used in R&B, hip-hop, jazz and other genres.

Steve Jobs’ widow cuts Disney stake in half

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Laurene Powell Jobs is now the fourth-largest Disney shareholder.
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While he was alive, Steve Jobs was Walt Disney’s single largest shareholder, courtesy of his role running Pixar, the company which transformed him into a billionaire. (No, it wasn’t Apple!)

However, it seems that Jobs’ family aren’t holding onto their largest stakeholder position, as Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs has since cut her stake in Walt Disney in two.

Hulu’s live TV stream will deliver ESPN, Disney and Fox

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The new Hulu will launch next year.

Hulu scored two new partnerships for its upcoming streaming TV service that it plans to use to help cable subscribers finally cut the cord.

Both Disney and 21st Century Fox have agreed to be part of Hulu’s skinny bundle that will allow customers to stream live TV from at least two of the top networks in the US for a monthly fee.

Apple approached Time Warner about possible acquisition

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Buying Time Warner would be great for Apple TV.
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AT&T isn’t the only company interested in acquiring HBO’s parent company Time Warner Inc.

Apple executives approached the company about a potential merger a few months ago, according to a new report that claims the iPhone-maker is keeping a close eye on Time Warner’s advanced acquisition talks with AT&T.

Apple’s hardline negotiating tactics stalled TV expansion

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An Apple TV streaming service will probably never come.
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The tough negotiating tactics made famous by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs are starting to hurt the company in the era of Tim Cook, according to a new report that reveals the company’s planned TV service failed to launch as a result.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services, supposedly angered TV industry execs more than any other Apple employee during the negotiations with companies such as Disney and Time Warner.