“Like a soufflé puffing on hot air, rumors of an Apple tablet continued to rise over the long holiday weekend, buoyed by absolutely no official comment from the company itself over whether it intended to produce such a multi-touch device in 2010,” Nicholas Kolakowski reports for eWeek.
“Apple-centric blogs, notably MacRumors, have sniffed out that Apple may-have-possibly acquired the domain name islate.com. While typing the URL into a browser yields only a ‘Page Load Error,’ MacRumors apparently dug into the domain name registrant history for the site and found that, in late 2007, Apple Inc. was indeed the Registrant of record for the site,” Kolakowski reports. “The name ‘iSlate’ itself, according to TechCrunch, was registered as a trademark three years ago; according to the blog, the company doing the registering, Slate Computing, could possibly be an Apple dummy corporation.”
Kolakowski reports, “Additionally fueling the rumors over the weekend was a report in the Financial Times blog, widely disseminated, which quoted unnamed inside sources as saying that Apple had rented the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, for several days near the end of January. A ‘major product announcement’ would be made on that stage come Jan. 26, the sources suggested.”
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