Woz wades into murky cryptocurrency waters

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a growing fascination with cryptocurrency.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a growing fascination with cryptocurrency.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has lived the risk-to-riches story. He built computers in a garage with a good partner and we all know how that turned out.

But red flags are waving as the Woz takes an interest in cryptocurrency. He’s reportedly hitching his wagon to partners with a dubious track record.

Steve Jobs stars in awesome ’80s computer archive from BBC

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BBC's archive is a glimpse into the personal computer revolution as it took off.
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Are you a computer history nerd? Want to hear 32-year-old Steve Jobs ruminating after the future of computing, or Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talk phone phreaking and the birth of the Apple II?

If so, you’ll almost certainly be happy to hear about an amazing new archive of classic computer industry footage which just emerged online. Created in the 1980s by the U.K.’s BBC public broadcasting company, the footage comes from something called The Computer Literacy Project, aimed at inspiring a generation of people to code.

Today in Apple history: The App Store gold rush begins

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Apple started accepting App Store submissions on this day in 2008.
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Today in Apple history: Apple II gets its first disk drive

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The Disk II floppy drive was anything but a flop for Apple.
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June 1: Today in Apple history: Apple II gets a disk drive, the Disk II floppy drive June 1, 1978: Apple launches the Disk II floppy drive, one of the company’s most important peripherals ever.

The best floppy drive available at the time, Disk II solves the Apple II’s most glaring weakness — a lack of storage. It also helps establish Apple’s flair for handsome profit margins.

Today in Apple history: Apple co-founder quits and cashes in his stake for $800

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Ron Wayne: today, and when he co-founded Apple in 1976
Ron Wayne today and when he co-founded Apple in 1976.
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April 12: Today in Apple history: Apple co-founder Ron Wayne quits and cashes in his stake for $800 April 12, 1976: Apple’s third co-founder, a former Atari colleague of Steve Wozniak’s named Ron Wayne, cashes in his Apple shares for just $800.

Wayne, who owns a 10 percent stake in the company, throws in the towel after worrying that he doesn’t have the time or energy to properly invest in Apple. He later receives an extra $1,500 check to seal the deal. When he cashes it, he loses out on an investment worth billions.

Today in Apple history: Apple-1 starts a revolution

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The Apple-1 in all its glory!
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April 11: Today in Apple history: First Apple computer, Apple-1 launches April 11, 1976: Apple releases its first computer, the Apple-1.

Designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, the computers are sold wholesale by “Steven” Jobs. To finance their manufacturing, Wozniak sells his HP-65 calculator for $500, while Jobs sells his VW van. Years later, in 2014, a working Apple-1 will sell at auction for $905,000.

Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook over data concerns

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Steve Wozniak is no fan of Facebook.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that he is leaving Facebook over the continuing concern about its abuse of user data.

“Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this,” Woz told USA Today. “The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.”

Today in Apple history: Apple is founded by Steve Jobs, Woz and Ron Wayne

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The original Apple logo, designed by Ron Wayne.
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April 1: Today in Apple history: Apple founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne April 1, 1976: The Apple Computer Company gets its start as founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne set out to sell the $666 Apple-1 computer.

Apple will not officially become a corporation until January 3 the following year, by which time Wayne is no longer a part of the business.