Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec
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We know Apple is spending $1 billion to build a 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, North Carolina. What we don't know is why. Recent reports suggest that the center is almost ready to open, but Apple hasn't announced what it's for. Speculation includes an expansion of Apple's MobileMe data syncing and online storage service, possibly including a free limited-functionality version for all Mac owners; or the long-anticipated cloud version of iTunes with music subscription and streaming.