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Apple’s App Store will stay empty of streaming games services for now.
New rules don’t seem intended to bring the Google Stadia cloud gaming service to iPad any time soon.
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Today in Apple history: Steve Ballmer freaks out and stomps an iPhone

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Turns out using an iPhone at a Microsoft event is a bad idea.
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September 11: Today in Apple history: Steve Ballmer freaks out and stomps an iPhone September 11, 2009: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly snatches an iPhone from a Microsoft employee during a meeting and pretends to destroy it.

This isn’t the first time Ballmer behaves in a wacky way and incurs negative publicity as a result. However, it’s an embarrassing moment for a man who ranks among the world’s most powerful people.

Microsoft’s folding, dual-screen Surface Duo now available, priced $1,399 [Updated]

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Available for pre-order today.
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Update: The Surface Duo is available to buy. Reviews haven’t been wholly positive, although most seem to agree there is plenty of promise for the future.

Microsoft’s folding, dual-screen Surface Duo is finally available for preorder. The Android device, which boasts two 5.6-inch displays, starts at $1,399. Orders will begin shipping on September 10.

Today in Apple history: Apple fan Jerry Seinfeld joins the dark side

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"What's the deal with bad advertising?"
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August 21: Today in Apple history: Jerry Seinfeld appears in failed Microsoft ads August 21, 2008: Microsoft recruits comedian Jerry Seinfeld for a series of ads. It’s a naked attempt to shake the company’s reputation as a stodgy oldster (as opposed to Apple’s trendsetting hipster image).

Microsoft pays Seinfeld a reported $10 million for the ads. However, thanks to the Mac’s appearance in virtually every episode of Seinfeld over the years, the comedian remains the world’s most famous Apple fanboy.

Today in Apple history: Apple steals a financial record from Microsoft

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Yet another financial milestone.
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Aug 20: Today in Apple history: Apple passes Microsoft as most valuable publicly traded stock ever August 20, 2012: Apple passes a financial milestone as it becomes the most valuable publicly traded stock ever.

The company it bests to attain this record? Longtime rival Microsoft, which peaked on December 30, 1999. Apple’s surge to the top spot serves as a reminder of just how radically the fortunes of both companies changed over the years.

Today in Apple history: Tide turns against Apple in war with Microsoft

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A judge's decision proves very damaging to Apple.
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August 14: Today in Apple history: Tide turns against Apple in war with Microsoft August 14, 1991: As Apple and Microsoft head to court to battle each other, the tide begins to turn against Cupertino and its claims that Windows unlawfully copies the look and feel of Mac OS.

The case concerns whether key elements of Apple’s operating system are original enough for copyright protection. The decision turns out to be a major blow against Apple — and the start of the company’s 1990s decline.

App Store approvals mean major headaches for cloud gaming services

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Despite a beta test, the Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming service isn’t headed for iPhone.
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Google Stadia and Microsoft Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming services aren’t debuting on iPhone or iPad anytime soon. And the holdup isn’t for technical reasons. It’s about Apple’s App Store policy.

These services could bring desktop-level games to Apple mobile devices. But Microsoft’s offering definitely won’t debut in the App Store this autumn, and Google’s isn’t available, either.