FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) was one of nine U.S. companies scrambling Friday to distance themselves from reports that they had handed the keys to their server farms to government spies.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the National Security Agency -- a U.S. intelligence agency so secretive that for many years even its name was a secret -- had been, according to slides promoting its so-called PRISM program, collecting data "directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple."
"We have never heard of PRISM," was Apple's response. "We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order."
For similar denials from the other companies, see here.
By law, the NSA's intelligence gathering is limited to foreign communications, although its authority was reportedly broadened to include domestic surveillance during the second Bush administration.
UPDATE: The post is apparently backing away somewhat from its original report. See here.
Valuation concerns have scuttled negotiations, according to a person familiar with the talks.
FORTUNE -- Negotiations between Lenovo and IBM over a multi-billion dollar deal under which Lenovo would acquire parts of IBM's server business have broken down, according to people familiar with the situation.
While the discussions could resume, they were halted over valuation concerns, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Spokespeople for Lenovo and IBM (IBM) declined to comment.
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Apple's data centers now get 100%. So does its Cupertino headquarters.
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL), which has received more than its share of criticism from environmental activists over the years, released its annual Environmental Progress report Thursday. The chief takeaway from this year's issue: Apple's corporate facilities worldwide now get 75% of their power from renewable sources -- solar, wind, hydro and geothermal -- up from 35% two years ago.
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Meet the mysterious "tactical data center" that just popped up on Apple's server farm
FORTUNE -- The news that Apple (AAPL) was building a smaller, insect-shaped data center next to its big Maiden, N.C., server farm was broken -- of all places -- in the Hickory Daily Record, a 16,000-circulation paper owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
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"Let me describe the world I live in"
Steve Jobs got a lot off his chest in his Q&A session with developers at WWDC 1997 -- the first after he returned to Apple (AAPL) from his years in the desert at NeXT.
We've dipped once before into the 70-minute video (available here) to highlight his remarks about Wall Street and the press. (See The stock will take care of itself.)
But there's lots MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 24, 2011 5:41 AM ET
Dell's earnings and stock price are up. But is its CEO making the bold moves needed to compete with IBM and Apple?
By Katie Benner, writer
FORTUNE -- Dell Inc. isn't the No. 1 PC maker anymore, and to hear Michael Dell, the company's founder and chief executive, tell it, that doesn't much matter. Dell is a diversified technology company, offering everything from servers to systems integration. And, he insists, its future MOREJun 13, 2011 11:15 AM ET
Could a friendly fungus eventually eliminate styrofoam packaging? Don't laugh, it just might.
FORTUNE -- If your job was to ship 250 pounds and $25,000 dollars worth of computer servers, you'd no doubt pack them in a box using only the safest materials. And yet when Dell (DELL) ships four of its PowerEdge R710 servers it will soon offer a new packaging made of...mushrooms.
The idea seems off-the-wall, but it also seems MOREScott Woolley - Apr 5, 2011 3:21 PM ET
Flash memory – the stuff that stores data in consumer gadgets like phones and digital cameras – is also finding its way into more corporate data centers. It turns out that while flash is still far more expensive than trusty old hard drives, it uses less power and serves up information quickly. That makes it well suited for tasks like data mining, business information and any other situation where time MOREJon Fortt - Dec 8, 2009 1:40 AM ET
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