Apple's Top 10 biggest news stories in 2009

When Apple's employees and its customers look back on 2009, will they see it as the best year ever, or one of the most controversial?

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No. 8 Apple Defeats clonemaker Psystar

In November 2009, Apple emerged victorious in its legal battle to prevent Psystar from selling non-Apple hardware running OS X, and was awarded damages of nearly $2.7 million. While Apple's legal position was strong, Psystar and its attorneys presented a number of intriguing, though ultimately flawed, legal theories that could have spelled disaster for Apple whose business is based on complete control of its hardware and the software that runs on it. But the battle isn't finished. Psystar sells the Rebel EFI software which lets users install OS X by themselves on non-Apple hardware. Psystar argues that the California ruling only prevents it from selling pre-configured hardware. The Florida courts will decide. When did Apple originally sue Pystar?

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