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Appeals court judges ask probing questions in Apple e-book anti-trial case
December 16, 2014 | 7:56 pm

Yesterday, the appeals court heard testimony from Apple and the Department of Justice relating to the e-book anti-trust trial appeal. To my surprise, two of the three judges seemed amenable toward Apple’s point of view. They expressed concern over why the publisher collusion was such a bad thing when it was for the sake of stopping monopolist Amazon, and hinted that Judge Cote might have erred when she ruled that Apple’s behavior constituted a pro se anti-trust violation—a violation so obvious that it doesn’t need the “rule of reason” test applied to it. Apple attorney Theodore Boutros asked for...

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness
December 14, 2014 | 11:07 am

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of competitors’ music DRM with iPods. (The engineer basically rehashed the same arguments Apple’s made all along: Apple had to lock out competitors because the music labels demanded it.) This was the case’s last witness; it will go to jury deliberations next week. As I’ve said before, this case could potentially have profound...

Apple iPod DRM case heats up, but might still fizzle
December 7, 2014 | 12:37 pm

The wheels of justice grind slowly, and sometimes a bit of grit gets stuck in the gears. This seems to be the case with the ten-year-old lawsuit against Apple over the DRM policies it used to enforce on iTunes Music Store music and iPods. Over the last couple of weeks, it’s started moving again, and the testimony and depositions have been interesting to follow. But now it looks as though, just as it’s getting started again, it may come to a complete halt. Locking Out Competitors At heart, the case has to do with the way Apple continually...

Morning Links: A comic book to teach copyright. Libraries reinventing in the digital age.
December 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightLawyers Say iPods Deleted Songs Not Purchased from Apple (GigaOM) Songs on iPods not purchased through Apple mysteriously disappeared on some devices, say consumer advocate lawyers in the current suit against the company. *** This Comic Book Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Copyright (Lifehacker) Reading up on copyright and fair use laws isn't most people's idea of fun. This comic book from Duke University, however, translates law basics into an interesting, visual story. *** Libraries Reinvent Themselves in the Digital Age (GoodeReader) A recent report by the Library Journal has stated that 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection. That’s up...

IDC shows smartphone shipments, revenue growth slowing as markets mature
December 3, 2014 | 2:28 pm

IDC_logoThe latest global mobile phone market forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC,) the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, headlined "Worldwide Smartphone Growth Forecast to Slow from a Boil to a Simmer as Prices Drop and Markets Mature," points to worldwide smartphone shipments reaching "a total of nearly 1.3 billion units in 2014, representing an increase of 26.3% over 2013." That impressive growth rate, however, is due to halve during 2015, with IDC predicting "1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015 for a 12.2% year-over-year growth rate. Slower annual growth continues throughout the forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion units...

Advent of ultra-cheap Windows machines a game changer?
November 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Arguably one of the big drivers for iPad and Android tablet adoption, besides the new form factor, has been price. Just like netbooks back in the day, tablets offered Internet and digital media access for a price far below that of traditional laptops and desktop PCs, and the home computer market has suffered accordingly. But what if Microsoft was able to drive down the prices, as well as multiply the form factors, of Windows machines, to compete head to head in the tablet/small portable device space? What is that going to do for the balance of OS uptake in the...

Morning Links: Readers who borrow don’t buy? HarperCollins partners with JetBlue
November 25, 2014 | 9:00 am

harpercollinseBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print in 2018 (TechCrunch) PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. *** Readers Who Borrow eBooks From the Library Don't Buy More Books (GoodeReader) The essence of the pilot is to carry out real-time, real-world research into the impact of eBook lending in public libraries on authors, publishers and on the library service so that a suitable and sustainable model can be found. *** One Reason Apple's Cloud Stinks: It's an Organizational Orphan (GigaOM) It is striking that Apple, for all the rave reviews it gets for its devices and OS...

Jolla gets moolah with $1.2 million and counting for alternative tablet
November 24, 2014 | 2:22 pm

Finnish startup Jolla apparently tapped into a source of serious demand when it launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its Jolla Tablet, a 7.85" display device running the Linux-based Sailfish OS 2.0. The crowdfunding campaign blew past its $380,000 target within a couple of days of its November 19th launch, and as of the time of writing, has secured over $1.2 million in pledges, or 318 percent of the target, with 16 days still to go. What could be the secret of Jolla's success? It might be the Sailfish OS, "mobile-optimized with the flexibility, ubiquity and stability of the Linux core and...

Latest comScore rankings show Android has U.S. smartphone market in its pocket
November 7, 2014 | 2:30 pm

comScore_IncThe latest U.S. smartphone market rankings report from mobile comms metrics outfit comScore, Inc., covering September 2014, shows Android in the lead as the dominant smartphone platform "with 52.1 percent platform market share." Apple, meanwhile, remained "the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.7 percent OEM market share." This is off a base of 174 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, or 72 percent total mobile market penetration, over the July-September 2014 period. Android's market share has if anything very slightly increased since comScore's last set of numbers, from June 2014, rising 0.2 percent from 51.9 percent. it. Apple's OEM market share meanwhile, is...

Morning Links: Apple introduces new iPads. Are publisher advances critical?
October 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

ipad mini vs ipad airApple Introduces New iPads, Macs (USA Today) Apple offered few surprises but plenty of new hardware and software on Thursday. *** iOS or OS X? It Doesn't Matter... (GigaOM) Apple signaled this change a few years ago and now you can see the fruits of its labor: It matters less if you use a low-cost phone, mid-priced tablet or expensive computer to get things done thanks to hardware, software and the cloud. *** Are Publisher Advances Truly Critical? (The Digital Reader) The argument against Amazon seems to rest on the proposition that if trad-pubs aren’t awarded excess returns, over and above the actual free-market value of their...

Morning Links: Kindle Scout launches. Apple’s “Complete my Bundle”
October 15, 2014 | 8:53 am

kindle scoutKindle Scout, Amazon’s “Reader-Powered” Publishing Program, Launches (Digital Book World) In a letter today to authors, Amazon named and officially rolled out “Kindle Scout,” the “reader-powered” publishing program that was rumored in the past few weeks to be in the works. *** How Apple's 'Complete my Bundle' Works (Lifehacker) Apple recently introduced App Bundles that allow you to snag a group of apps at a discounted price. That makes perfect sense, but they also have a "Complete My Bundle" option that's a bit confusing at a glance. *** BuzzFeed’s Choice of Publisher says a Lot About How the Site Looks at Media (GigaOM) BuzzFeed’s new publisher...

iOS 8 initial impressions
October 10, 2014 | 10:28 am

ios 8I've been using iOS 8 for several weeks now, long enough to get an impression. My overall reaction is that it's a perfectly good operating system, but it's not revolutionary. Also, many of the more interesting features (responding to messages from the lock screen) are more useful on the iPhone. So keep in mind that I'm only using it on an iPad. If you remember the upgrade to iOS 7, it was a huge change. Everything looked different. Not so with iOS 8. Upgrading looks virtually the same until you start to dig in and start to turn things on. I...