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Apple struggling to produce enough Mac Pros
MacNN has learned that Apple's in-demand new Mac Pro will not be available to in store customers until as late as March or April. The information was supplied to us by an Apple Australia business sales specialist who also advised that they are being told to direct customers to the online channel as it the only way that customers can currently secure a new Mac Pro -- the advice also applies to those who may have already placed an order on a unit in store. Apple's online store is still showing that Mac Pros ordered now will not ship until sometime in February at the earliest. The only Mac Pro units to have reached some Apple Stores are demonstrator units and this is not expected to change for some months.
New Dell ad points out startups born on Dell computers
In its first ad since the company completed its privatization bid late last year, Dell is positioning itself not as a massive computing powerhouse, but more as a feisty startup. The ad juxtaposes Dell's current state with the starting points of companies like Dropbox, Shazam, and Skype, and it casts Dell as a company that "personifies entrepreneurial spirit" and "celebrates it every day." As the computing giant looks to carve out a niche for itself in the new computing paradigm, the ad is an entreaty to encourage companies to look at Dell products in order to "do more."
Google Play Music All Access users get Glass Access
In the run-up to a wider release of its Google Glass wearable computing device, Google is giving users of its Google Play Music All Access service the chance to join the Glass Explorer Program. The program allows the willing to purchase the head-mounted computer for $1,500, thus joining the other Explorers who have had the device for some time. This is but the latest in a series of widenings of the program, as Google is continually expanding access to the device before it launches perhaps some time later this year.
Hackers acquire millions of Snapchat IDs
A flaw in ephemeral messaging service Snapchat's API has been exploited, and the phone numbers and usernames of some 4.6 million users are now on a site called SnapchatDB.info. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday on the hack, noting that Snapchat users can look up whether their accounts are among the affected by going to this site. The API vulnerability was publicized last week, and Snapchat later stated that it had made the hack "more difficult to do" in response.
Netflix growth turns into big cash for Hastings
Netflix's ongoing growth will result in a considerable financial boon for Reed Hastings, CEO of the video streaming service. Following a year in which the company's shares quadrupled in value, the AP reports that Hastings will see a 50 percent pay bump for 2014. A recent regulatory filing shows Hastings' annual salary will jump from $2 million to $3 million in 2014.
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