QUAKES IN CUPERTINO

THE CEO IS OUT, AND A TURNAROUND ARTIST IS IN. DOES THIS MEAN THAT APPLE IS AGAIN TRYING TO SURVIVE SOLO?

THE TREMORS THAT HAVE BEEN SHAKing troubled Apple Computer for more than a month turned into quakes last week--but the upheaval left many observers confused. All last Friday the company kept silent amid a blizzard of news reports that its board had ousted chief executive officer Michael Spindler and chairman Mike Markkula. Their replacement was said to be Gilbert Amelio, an Apple director and chairman and CEO of chipmaker National Semiconductor. The speculation became a continuous buzz when it was learned that Amelio had abruptly quit National Semiconductor. But it was hours before Apple released a brief statement confirming Amelio's arrival...

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