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Apple’s Response to Location-Tracking Controversy, Cont’d

Following yesterday’s crisis FAQ response to the controversy over Apple’s data-collecting “bug,” CEO Steve Jobs came out with a response of his own.

“We haven’t been tracking anybody. Never have. Never will,” he said in an interview, quoted by the New York Times.

He went on to say that “rather than run to the P.R. department,” the company conducted an investigation into what happened. Jobs said he and two other Apple execs, Philip Schiller, SVP of global product marketing, and Scott Forstall, the SVP of iPhone software, crafted the response. The two execs also did the interview with Jobs. Forstall admitted mistakes, but the response has gotten praise.

That may not be enough. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Ed Markey wrote a letter to Jobs and then Sen. Franken announced a May 10 hearing about mobile devices and privacy. The Daily Beast also reports that the Illinois AG and South Korea and Europe are taking legal action. So there could be more trouble in the offing.

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Does Apple Need to Share More About Its Succession Plans?

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Apple just reported outstanding earnings but there’s still the news that Steve Jobs will be taking another medical leave, with COO Timothy Cook taking charge in his absence. Cook was in charge when Jobs took a medical leave in 2009. (He had a liver transplant that year.) Jobs has not specified when he’ll be back this time.

The question of succession is now on everyone’s minds. The company is notorious for getting information about Jobs’ health out after the fact, so this time it is being a little more forthcoming.

Still, in a short video posted after the jump, Wall Street Journal news editor Joanne Lublin says that, “From the board’s perspective, as long as they tell shareholders they have a succession plan, they don’t have to tell you what it is.” SEC rules are on their side.

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