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December 26, 2007 11:21 AM

AAPL touches $200; FSJ shutdown drama

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

I know a guy who bought Apple stock about 18 months ago, back when it was still trading in the double-digits. Happy Boxing Day to him. Meanwhile, Daniel Lyons is one guy in need of some eggnog therapy this holiday.

Coverage of Apple's milestone $200 share price -- reached today during a slow post-holiday session marred by less-than-stellar holiday spending reports -- pins investor confidence on strong iPod sales and declining component costs.

On a sort of related note, before the Christmas break, I was monitoring the apparent attempts by Apple to shut down another influential blogger. This would be none other than the Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, penned by Forbes' Daniel Lyons.

Through Monday, Lyons (aka Fake Steve Jobs) had chronicled his contacts over the weekend with Apple lawyers, including some scary not-so-veiled threats and the settlement offers he received. All the posts related to the "FSJ shutdown drama" are gathered here.

I suppose there is still the chance that this, too, is fake -- perhaps Lyons is looking for a way to bring his Fake CEO blogging days to a tidy close. But as someone who has read FSJ for most of its existence, I detect something different about the tone of these latest entries that suggests this is real. In any case, it's worth reading as a reminder of the power and resources large corporations can bring against independent bloggers, or even those who are working for major publishers.

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