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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With iTunes 10, Apple added social networking. The Ping service lets users create their own profiles to share their musical tastes and also follow their favorite artists (the ones that are on Ping, anyway). Ping is integrated into the iTunes store in an awkward way, and it's not clear how many people feel the need for yet another social network. But it's probably the first result of Apple's purchase of the music streaming and sharing service Lala, and it's easy to imagine Ping eventually giving people the ability to actually share songs, which might get them more interested.