Apple's fortune is rising, AT&T's inflating a new pool, and if you work at an Apple Store, John Browett would like to shake your hand. The remainders for Tuesday, May 8, 2012 were born silver spoon in hand.

Fortune 500 (Fortune)

Last year, Apple stood at 35 on the Fortune 500 list--this year, though, the company's jumped to 17. Interestingly enough, it's still being beat out by both Verizon and AT&T--though imagine what would happen if you suddenly took the iPhone away from those guys.

AT&T Mobility CEO: Family data plan coming soon (CNet)

Speaking of AT&T, wireless division CEO Ralph de la Vega said on Monday that the company is getting ready to offer a family data plan this year. So if you can't afford an in-ground or above-ground pool, maybe you can still afford a data pool.

1944 (Mickeleh's Take)

You probably remember that vintage Steve-Jobs-as-FDR clip from last week--frankly, you're probably trying hard to forget it. The behind-the-scenes story, from one of the project's creative directors, adds some interesting details. Most impressive was Steve Jobs's commitment to the part--not only did he opt to do FDR's voice himself, but he also insisted on actually sending troops to France.

John Browett's outreach to Apple Store team (Twitter)

Apple's new senior vice president of retail operations, John Browett, has written his first missive to the staff of the company's stores, saying that he is looking forward to meeting everyone. Everyone. You know who you are.

Google's Self-Driving Car Licensed to Hit Nevada Streets (PCWorld)

Maybe "hit" wasn't the best choice of words.