Mac News and Rumors for December 18th


For Apple-centric news, there’s more information regarding the company’s lawsuit against Psystar as well as great news on iPhone market share.  For poker buffs, there’s a hot rumor about two major networks talking merger, and of course, we have coverage of the new Aria Hotel and Casino opening in Las Vegas.

iPhones Surpass Windows Mobile Phones

According to FierceDeveloper, who is reporting from research firm comScore, the number of Apple iPhones has surpassed the number of Windows Mobile phones in the United States smartphone marketplace.  According to the comScore data, approximately 36 million Americans are smartphone owners and 40% of those have a BlackBerry.  The iPhone now owns 25% of that market, with Windows phones shrinking to 20%.

Apple Finally Wins Permanent Injunction Against Psystar

This past Tuesday, Apple won a permanent injunction against Psystar following summary judgment in favor of Apple’s claims of copyright infringement and violation of the DMCA.  This prevents Psystar from ever offering to sell copyrighted Mac OS X software without authorization, intentionally assisting others in installing OS X, circumventing any technological measure, manufacturing technology designed to circumvent copyrights of Mac OS X, and other activities.  Psystar came into headlines in April by offering to create “hackintosh” computers, otherwise described as unauthorized Mac clones with Mac OS X loaded as the operating system.

Bwin and Party Gaming Set to Merge?

As reported by Poker News Daily, Party Gaming and Austria-based gambling group Bwin are rumored to be involved in potential merger talks.  The move could create a £2 billion online poker, casino, and sports betting organization.  After news of the rumors broke, shares of Party Gaming and Bwin jumped 2.5% and 4.1%, respectively.  Party Gaming has stated before that it is determined to hunt for a bigger target to become a leading online sports book operator.

Aria Las Vegas Grand Opening

Aria, a 61-story, 4,004-room hotel, is the newest component of the Las Vegas CityCenter and the only one to have a casino, which weighs in at a staggering 150,000 square feet, comparable to the Bellagio.  Aria features 11 restaurants with many celebrity chefs and high-end menus, an 80,000 square foot spa, 300,000 square feet of convention space, and a 1,800 seat theater that will house the new Viva Elvis show by Cirque du Soleil.

Although the poker room doesn’t look especially large from the front, it has excellent décor and lighting and what appears to be a back room.  The poker room is expected to have fewer than 25 tables in total and it’s not currently known what stakes games will be spread.  A few poker celebrities were found at the inaugural $100 tournament held during the first week of the casino’s opening, among them Antonio Esfandiari.  By all reports from the few that have posted on the TwoPlusTwo forums, the room is nice, but won’t be prying people away from Caesars or the Bellagio anytime soon.

Team Pro Tuesdays at PokerStars

PokerStars has stated in a recent press release, “Scores of our pro players will be logging on and playing at the tables” and will participate in cash games and tournaments across all buy-in levels.  Team Pro Tuesdays will also include two “Outlast the Pro” tournaments running each Tuesday from December 9th through the 29th.  Each has a buy-in of just $11 with $1,000 added to the prize pool.


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