Breakfast Briefing: Apple’s value, UK DDoS attacks

This morning in the world of tech, Apple’s market worth continues to soar, Anonymous targets UK websites and an epic game of Football Manager.

Breakfast Briefing: Apple's value, UK DDoS attacks

Apple value reached new record high

Apple’s market value pushed past $623 billion, making it the most valuable company ever on the American stock exchange, surpassing the record set by Microsoft during the 1999 technology bubble – but not if inflation is taken into account, which would leave IBM’s 1967 share price the top ranked.

Not surprisingly, the iPhone maker’s shares are climbing in anticipation of new products, but as this blog points out, it’s now worth five times more than Intel, or more than 15 HPs.

Hacktivists target UK over Assange case

Hackers under the Anonymous banner have taken down UK government websites in response to its stance over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The whistle-blowing website founder faces extradition to Sweden, angering hacktivists who launched a series of DDoS attacks against a range of websites.

On its Twitter feed, Anonymous claimed to have down the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office sites, with at least one breach confirmed. “The Ministry of Justice website has been experiencing some disruption – this is a public information website and no sensitive data is held on it,” a spokesperson told told Sky News. “Measures put in place to keep the website running mean that some visitors may be unable to access the site intermittently.”

Did Samsung copy Apple? Who cares

Who cares if Samsung copied Apple? Of course, the obvious answer is: Apple’s lawyers. And Samsung’s lawyers.

The Harvard Business Review looks for a more serious answer to that question, saying copying hasn’t stopped innovation in technology – and pointing out that Apple accused Microsoft of copying its “look and feel” back in the mid 1990s, but seems to have done okay since then.

iFixit: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 easy to repair

The folks at iFixit have picked apart a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, revealing the tablet is surprisingly easy to repair. The takedown site was happy to find unscrewable EMI shields – they’re normally glued in – which also act as heat sinks. The tablet is 23% battery, but it still isn’t enough to match the iPad’s battery life.

The world’s longest game of Football Manager?

We at PC Pro are used to sacrificing nights out, family occasions and (ahem) Dennis Publishing Strategy Days to worship at the altar of Football Manager, but even collectively, we’d struggle to amass a game spanning 70 seasons. Yet, that’s exactly what fully employed, father-of-two Johannes B Jensson spent four years doing, before charting the results on this extraordinary website.

In a severe blow to Football Manager’s famed realism, he managed to steer Arsenal to the Premier League title for six successive seasons. Liverpool and Man City are now marooned in the Championship, and Aston Villa are non-league. He doesn’t state if Sir Alex Ferguson has retired yet.

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