FORTUNE — During her five and a half years at the Wall Street Journal Yukari Iwatani Kane published so many Apple (AAPL) scoops — like the 2009 story about Steve Jobs secret liver transplant — that NPR’s On the Media suggested she might be a conduit for friendly leaks from inside the company.
Friendly is the last word Kane would use to describe her relationship with Apple. Her scoops, she insists, were the result of good shoe-leather reporting, working her way to the center of the company from sources on the periphery.
She left the Journal in September 2011 to write a book about Apple’s prospects without Jobs at the helm. When she started, she thought that if any company had a chance to survive the death of its powerful co-founder, Apple did. She doesn’t think that anymore, as her piece in the current
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