Eminem Rips, Mixes, and Burns Apple -- Rap superstar Eminem has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit against Apple Computer, also naming Viacom subsidiary MTV and advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day as plaintiffs. The suit alleges Apple used Eminem's Oscar-winning hit "Lose Yourself" in an iPod advertisement without permission; the spot was shown on MTV networks in 2003 and was available via Apple's Web site. Eminem has scrupulously avoided national endorsement deals, and claims that a fee possibly in excess of $10 million would be required if he were to pursue such an arrangement. Although the lawsuit does not specify damage claims, it notes that Eminem (whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III and who is suing via his publishing company Eight Mile Style) would be entitled to "exemplary damages" because of the high status the song has achieved in popular culture. [GD]
Opening a Folder from the Dock
Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.
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