Apple Store“Apple Inc. said on Tuesday said it was dropping copy protection from songs sold on the Internet and debuted its slimmest 17-inch laptop yet, but with no dramatic products or master pitchman Steve Jobs, the company’s final Macworld performance disappointed Wall Street,” Gabriel Madway and David Lawsky report for Reuters.

MacDailyNews Take: Well, then, they’ll have to come up with new ways to try to sink the unsinkable or, failing that, spread rumors about “concern” over Steve Jobs’ health via “news” fronts set up by and run for the benefit of stock manipulators. This is precisely why Apple pulled out of Macworld Expo, by the way. Besides awful timing on the calendar (new products a week after Christmas?), the expectations have become simply totally unrealistic.

Madway and Lawsky continue, “Apple shares slid 0.7 percent.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, that’s a HUGE disappointment, Madway and Lawsky, you hacks. Why not try reporting the news instead of making it up for a change? Are there any real journalists left?

Madway and Lawsky continue, “‘There were some innovative products, but no true blockbusters,’ said Robert Francello, head of equity trading for Apex Capital hedge fund in San Francisco. ‘People were bullish going into it, and now they’re kind of taking money off off the table.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, a hedge fund talking down Apple. Imagine that.

Madway and Lawsky continue, “Tuesday’s event produced few surprises. Apple announced a $2,799 17-inch laptop that is the company’s lightest and slimmest ever, as well as tweaks to software for home movies and photographs.”

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