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WSJ rumor mill highlights what people want, expect from Apple
January 24, 2014 | 2:46 pm

A recent and widely quoted report from the Wall Street Journal makes a couple of interesting calls about Apple iPhone developments supposedly in the works, quoting the customary "people familiar with the situation." (Those people sure get familiar with a lot of situations.) And according to the report, "facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens, Apple Inc. ... is planning larger displays on a pair of iPhones due for release this year." WSJ doesn't spare much effort in ramming home the message. " Apple is losing market share to rivals who offer bigger screens," it insists, and wheels out...

Apple calls shenanigans on anti-trust monitor; Bob Kohn gets his day in court
December 7, 2013 | 11:45 pm

The Apple trial over the last few days has taken an interesting turn. Essentially, Apple complained to the court that the special anti-trust monitor Judge Cote assigned, Michael Bromwich, has been getting too big for his britches, seeing to investigate all sorts of things outside of his usual purview, and charging Apple a whopping $1,100 an hour for it. (Bear in mind, Apple’s own lawyers get as much as $1,800 an hour.) Apple was also upset that the judge recently amended Bromwich’s brief to include making reports to her without any Apple representatives present. (The Wall Street Journal, owned...

FBI Can Activate Android Microphones, Record Secretly
August 3, 2013 | 12:34 pm

FBIIt’s no big secret that the U.S. government can use some extreme methods in order to maintain justice and security for the nation by gathering information on suspects. Even before Snowden leaked all the NSA data, most of us had a pretty decent idea that the U.S. government has always been keeping a watchful eye over everyone. The shock from the leaks likely came from the scope and depth of all the information-gathering and spying. If you think the government couldn’t possibly dig even deeper, guess again. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI uses custom-designed hacker tools to spy...

Stephen King’s latest book will not go digital — for now
May 20, 2013 | 1:11 pm

Whenever Stephen King releases a novel, readers line up to grab his latest book. But those looking to download the digital version of Joyland might never get the option. King will not release Joyland as an e-book when it comes out on June 4, according to the Wall Street Journal. King, an e-book pioneer, held on to the novel’s digital rights in hopes of spurring his fans to buy the print edition in bookstores. He said it is unclear when he will make the coming-of-age tale available digitally. “I have no plans for a digital version,” Mr. King said. “Maybe at some point,...

It Ain’ Necessarily So: Predicting the end of print, and e-ink, and B&N, has become the new national pastime.
January 21, 2013 | 10:00 am

By Michael Weinstein The returns are in on sales for Amazon and Barnes & Noble from the holiday sales period. Remember that "surge" I mentioned in my last blog post? Like the song says, “It ain’t necessarily so.” On the one hand, Amazon had its biggest holiday season ever, with the Kindle Fire being it’s number one product—specifically the "#1 best-selling, most gifted and most wished for product." Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble sales were down almost across the board—in stores, on-line and sales of Nook. Revenues were down 12.6 percent from the previous year. The good news is that sales of digital content were up...

Acer Plans to Launch $99 Tablet
December 26, 2012 | 5:08 pm

  Acer is planning to launch an Android tablet priced around US$99 early next year,  a person with direct knowledge of the project said. The world's fourth-largest PC maker by shipments hopes to be the first big-brand company to launch a tablet priced to jostle with Chinese white-box tablet makers for consumers in developing countries. At seven inches with a 1024 x 600 resolution screen and 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the so-called Iconia B1 tablet will have somewhat similar specs to Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Color.  But Acer plans to undercut those best-selling tablets’ US$139 price tag by offering the Iconia B1...

Here Comes Apple’s Smaller iPad
October 8, 2012 | 12:19 am

iPad mini  Apple's Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet smaller than the current iPad — the so-called “iPad Mini” — that’s destined to compete with Google's and Amazon’s new tablets, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. It’s smaller than the current 9.7-inch iPad and will have a lower-resolution display — meaning the screen will look less “sharp” — compared with Apple’s existing tablet, according to that article. The tablet’s screen will be about 7.85 inches long diagonally, the report says. Although the late Steve Jobs had dismissed the notion of a 7-inch tablet, internal emails...

How To Understand the DoJ’s E-Book Pricing Settlement
September 11, 2012 | 12:43 am

It's been my experience that avid readers tend to be the sorts of people who take great pride in their intelligence. And intelligent people, for reasons that are obvious enough, aren't always forthcoming when they encounter complicated subjects they don't entirely understand. I mention this because I suspect that a decent portion of the e-reading community is having a hard time wrapping its collective head around the now-approved e-book pricing settlement situation. And that's a shame, because this particular case offers anyone who's interested a fantastic opportunity to observe the process of free-market capitalism in all its exquisite absurdity. I'll be the first to admit that all the...

Department of Justice may sue Apple tomorrow, anonymous sources say
April 10, 2012 | 11:16 pm

The anonymous sources have been awfully talkative about the Justice Department vs. publishers affair, haven’t they? The latest word, by way of Reuters, is that the Department of Justice might settle with some publishers and file suit against Apple as early as…tomorrow (Wednesday). The Justice Department, publishers, and Apple either could not be reached or declined comment. So who exactly are these anonymous blabbermouths, anyway? PaidContent speculates that they might be someone in the Justice Department, whose departing antitrust chief made some very gung-ho comments about certain unnamed businesses to the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks back....

Court rules Wall Street Journal can change terms of digital subscription
March 24, 2012 | 7:30 pm

wall_street_jouA district court has thrown out a class action suit against Dow Jones (owner of the Wall Street Journal) for changing the subscription terms for its on-line Wall Street Journal service, PaidContent reports. Originally, one single WSJ online subscription price covered access to digital versions of both the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s Online. However, Dow Jones decided to spin Barron’s off into a separate digital publication with a separate pro-rated fee of up to $20 for continued access to it. The court ruled based on a term in the WSJ user agreement that allowed Dow to amend the...

How important is linking to scoop breakers?
February 26, 2012 | 2:25 pm

hyperlinkYou might have noticed that many of the stories I write link to blog posts elsewhere, and some even have a “Found via [source]” link at the bottom. This is because it’s a core value of news blogging that if you find a story somewhere else, you link back and so share some of your readers with them—at least in part because if you do, they’re likely to reciprocate and share their readers with you next time. But it seems that the “professional” press continues to have trouble with this idea. On GigaOM, Mathew Ingram looks at a kerfuffle...

Wall Street Journal to carry e-book bestseller lists powered by Nielsen BookScan
October 28, 2011 | 5:15 pm

PaidContent reports that the Wall Street Journal is going to begin running e-book bestseller lists. The lists will cover combined e-book and physical sales and e-book sales only for both fiction and non-fiction books. This will include self-published titles. The most interesting thing about this move is that the lists will be based on data from Nielsen BookScan, which has tracked paper book sales but has not publicly tracked e-book sales before now. The New York Times runs a similar set of print plus e- and e- only bestseller lists, but they use data from a different...