The Disney-Apple Connection by Mark Veverka
Highlighted companies: Walt Disney Company (DIS), Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL)
Summary: Notwithstanding earlier rumors of a Disney/Apple merger, a recently published patent application filed by Walt Disney Company (DIS) is, "a small but tangible bit of evidence that a new era of cooperation" between the media giant and Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL) may be underway. The filing pertains to streaming-video technology for a Disney handset (flip phone?), and reads, "the systems and methods of the present disclosure may be applied to other mobile electronic devices...such as e.g. the iPod digital music player available from Apple Computer," suggesting that Apple and Disney are going to be cooperating in media ventures. Apple is expected to enter the mobile-phone market next year with its iPhone, and Disney still seems to want to pursue becoming a wireless provider through its Disney Mobile unit, leading Veverka to speculate, "Wouldn't those connected kids like to receive their High School Musical videos on a sleek new Apple iPhone?"
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