Crucial's dinner with Woz called off in favor of gift card, donation

The memory-maker says dinner with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is off the table as the grand prize of its contest.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who's company was offered up earlier this month as a prize.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who's company was offered up earlier this month as a prize. James Martin/CNET

Those hoping for a chance to dine with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will have to settle for an Apple gift card instead.

Computer memory maker Crucial today made a significant change to the grand prize in the Mac-centric contest it launched earlier this month. Instead of offering a dinner with Wozniak in San Francisco, the company said that "due to unforeseen circumstances," the new prize has been changed to a $10,000 Apple gift card.

"We apologize to our customers for the change in the grand prize, and hope entrants will understand that we were trying to offer them a truly unique and fun experience with one of the great minds in consumer technology," Fabrice Sabo, Crucial's e-commerce marketing manager, said in a statement.

Sabo added that anyone who already entered the contest expecting to meet Wozniak would be entered in the newer version, which has been extended two weeks from the original to run through June 30.

Crucial says it's giving a matching $10,000 (not in Apple gift cards, of course) to tech-centric non-profit TechSoup Global.

Wozniak -- or "Woz" as he's more commonly known -- co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in 1976. After leaving Apple, he went on to found remote control company CL 9, which was sold in 1988. Woz later joined Fusion-io, a company that specializes in solid-state storage drives, as its chief scientist

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