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New and Noteworthy: Apple CFO Fred Anderson to retire; The Mac predecessor to Windows Media Center; more

New and Noteworthy: Apple CFO Fred Anderson to retire; The Mac predecessor to Windows Media Center; more

Apple CFO Fred Anderson to retire One of the most recognizable figures in the Mac community, and the man partially responsible for Apple's superb fiscal performance over the past few years, is retiring. Apple's Chief Financial Officer, Fred Anderson will retire on June 1 and will be succeeded by Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's senior vice president of finance and corporate controller. "Anderson said in a statement that the company has been grooming Oppenheimer for four years for the CFO position." More.

The Mac predecessor to Windows Media Center The Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg points out that as with so many other products, Microsoft didn't invent the idea of a Media Center computer but is merely refining the work of pioneers. "Years ago Apple Computer sold a sleek, black Macintosh model called the Mac TV, with a built-in TV tuner and an elegant remote control the size of a credit card. And various Windows PC makers have also tried PCs with built-in TVs and remotes. Especially notable in this regard was Packard Bell, once the king of low-priced retail PCs." More.

Pixar scores big Steve Jobs' other company, Pixar Animation Studios has announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2004. For the quarter, Pixar earned $83.9 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, on revenues of $164.8 million. This compares to earnings of $17.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, on revenues of $39.4 million, achieved in the fourth quarter of 2002. As of the year-end, Finding Nemo had generated worldwide box office receipts of $792 million and domestic home video sales of 24.8 million units. More.

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