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Apple Announces New Division: One week after its chief financial officer said he would resign, Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer Inc. said it has formed a new North America division, leading some observers to expect more management changes ahead. The unit, which combines the Apple USA and Apple Canada subsidiaries, will be headed by James Buckley, senior vice president of Apple Computer and former president of Apple USA. Apple Canada President Peter Jones will report to Buckley. "I'm sure this isn't the last of it," said Todd Bakar, a computer industry analyst at Hambrecht & Quist. "There's definitely a lot of divisiveness in the ranks." On Oct. 4, Apple Chief Financial Officer Joseph Graziano said he would step down by year's end.

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