This Just Is/Isn’t Apple’s Day! Thanks to Google, Palm, Foxconn and AT&T

Seems like this is Apple’s week for news (since when is it not) – but not all of the news is good.

Palm Fires Back and ReEnables iTunes Syncing:

Palm’s just released webOS 1.1.0. Quite a bit of changes here, but most importantly, the patch notes say that it “resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (8.2.1)” — that issue, of course, being a blockade put in place by Apple just one week ago. [via

Google enables latitude on iPhones only as a web app – because Apple thought it would confuse users:

We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users. After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles.

Hmm. We all know that Apple and Google are pretty buddy-buddy, after all, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is on Apple board (though it’s not clear for how long). But something about this sounds a bit odd. Apple dictating product decisions to Google, and Google listening. [via]

Foxxcon worker commits suicide after prototype iPhone vanishes:

Sun Danyong, 25, was tasked with sending 16 fourth-generation iPhone prototypes to Apple this month, but Apple only received 15 when the package arrived, according to Chinese media. Sun reportedly leaped from his apartment window last week, though police are investigating whether he may have been murdered, the Shanghai Daily said.

Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that has manufactured Apple iPods and iPhones for years, allegedly pressured Sun to hand over the missing phone, the Chinese-language Southern Metropolis Daily said, and he was reportedly roughed up by a company security official. [via

…and how AT&T is now starting to talk about the iPhone exclusivity, I sense some tension in the air:

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s admission at the Fortune Brainstorm: Tech Conference so stark. According to CNET, he stated that, “There will be a day when you are not exclusive with the iPhone.” While it’s true that nothing lasts forever, it’s not a positive message coming from AT&T’s perspective (though it is one for iPhone owners). [via]