Technology: The Case of the Missing Machine

What in the world is Steve Jobs doing, and when will he do it?

The news raced through Silicon Valley like a burst of electrons. Steven Jobs, 33, co-founder of Apple Computer and one of the world's most famous entrepreneurs, was set to unveil the machine he had been laboring on since he stormed out of Apple nearly three years ago. The computer press, having first trumpeted the device's imminent debut last October, then again in February, then March, then May, was crackling anew with anticipation. This time it was certain. On June 15, or at the latest June 16, the world would finally see the computer that Jobs has billed as the technological successor...

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