APPLE TURNOVER?

THE COMPANY IS PLAGUED BY MARKET WOES, BAD PLANNING AND LAPTOPS THAT BURST INTO FLAMES

Michael Spindler, chief executive officer of Apple Computer, must be hoping bad things don't occur in fours. First, the company issued a recall on its new high-end laptop after two of them burst into flames at Apple offices. Then Apple reported that its quarterly earnings would be significantly below expectations, largely because the company could not produce computers fast enough. The third blow was Wall Street's swift reaction, which sent Apple shares plummeting by 15% of their value in two days. The fourth thing?

Apple's regular board of directors meeting is scheduled for next week, and the board will certainly be...

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