Tech News Today 477
Recorded: April 11, 2012
Published: April 11, 2012
Tech News Today 477: DoJ Throws The eBooks At Apple
Ebooks about to get cheaper, will Google sell Motorola to Huawei? Google+ gets white, and more.
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- US sues Apple and publishers over ebook pricing
- Everything you need to know about today’s e-book lawsuit in one post
- U.S. Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, Hachette
- DOJ announces three e-book settlements, but not with Apple
- Amazon: 3 publishers’ settlement with DOJ ‘big win for Kindle owners’
- The Apple/Amazon Conspiracy That Never Happened
- Macmillan CEO Sargent: Why we won’t settle against DOJ
- States pile on, claim Apple e-book conspiracy cost consumers $100 million
- 16 states join DoJ in suing Apple, e-book publishers over alleged price fixing
- This morning Bloomberg reported US filed an antitrust suit In New York district court against Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin. ---- Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced that his state and 15 others have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five publishers in Texas.
- come after a year-long investigation into Apple and publishers, after Apple switched to an "agency" model that is said to have resulted in an industry-wide price increase
- The Department of Justice has confirmed a settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. Must give retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble the ability to reduce prices on ebook titles and end their "anticompetitive most-favored-nation agreements with Apple and other ebook retailers. ---- The States are seeking money Jepsen says that two of the publishers — Hachette and Harper Collins — have already capitulated and agreed to pay $52 million in “consumer restitution.”
- Apple and Macmillan deny that they have colluded to raise prices on digital books. Penguin has not settled.
- They will argue that pricing agreements between Apple and publishers enhanced competition in the e-book industry, which was dominated by Amazon.com
- Random House Inc., based in New York, has agreements with Apple and Amazon that lets the book publisher set prices for e- books, the essence of the agency model." agency model lets publishers -- not vendors -- set e-book prices ----- Macmillan CEO John Sargent: "The government's charge is that Macmillan's CEO colluded with other CEO's in changing to the agency model. I am Macmillan's CEO and I made the decision to move Macmillan to the agency model. After days of thought and worry, I made the decision on January 22, 2010 a little after 4 a.m., on an exercise bike in my basement. It remains the loneliest decision I have ever made, and I see no reason to go back on it now.
- Not Shocking: Google Could Already Be Eyeing a Motorola Hardware Sale
- Is Google planning to sell Motorola's handset business to Huawei?
- WSJ reporting Google is sizing up the cable set-top box business for sale. From Asia, rumors have swirled around the handset business, suggesting that Google has already offered it to China's Huawei at a high price.
- Andy Rubin and others keep insisting Google will build a firewall between itself and Motorola
- Google has reportedly tapped Asus for its Nexus tablet
- Nokia issues fix and $100 for bug in Lumia 900
- Nokia issues Q1 profit warning, moves 2 million Lumia units
- "As a gesture of good will, every individual who has already purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 — or who will purchase one between now and April 21st – will receive a $100 credit to their AT&T bill from Nokia," the company wrote on their blog.
- a memory management issue that can cause a drop in data connectivity.
- Software update due on or about Monday
- Nokia said that its first quarter results for its mobile phone and smart device unit will fall short of expectations largely due to weakness in emerging markets.
- The company did say that it sold 2 million Lumia devices.
- Major Google+ redesign puts focus on discovery, lets users customize layout
- Google+ updates its user interface, refines navigation and photos
- Toward a simpler, more beautiful Google (official google post)
- Google's redesigned Google+
- There's an icon-based menu on the left for Home, Profile, Explore. Wise or not, Google calls it a dynamic navigation ribbon. The applications for Hangouts, Circles, Games can be customized by dragging and ropping
- To see posts by your particular circles, there is a top navigation bar for those
- Posts are to the right of that - now posts appear as stylized speech bubbles
- To the right of posts is a ""Trending on Google+ section, People you May Know or things you might like.
- To the far right is a buddy list of folks you can hang out with
- Hangout app changes -- when you launch one: big pictures of online folks.
- Hangouts in the left navigation ribbon: tells you about which Hangouts to Watch or Join
- Explore App: it's the what's hot section,
- Profile pages revamped as well. You can move to a banner image (like the FB cover)
- Spotify's Play Button for Websites Streams Music Free
- Spotify Moves Beyond Facebook With a “Play Button” for the Rest of the Web
- with Spotify’s Play button embed songs, albums & playlists on your website. visitors click on the play button, they can listen to the tracks without leaving the page.
- licensing catch- need Spotify desktop app running in the bg. will launch on play. If you’re not a registered user, you’ll be prompted to dl the app and sign up. free ad-supported version is fine
- right-click in Spotify to get URL, then paste into embed.spotify.com to get embed code
- search integration in Tumblr dash (tracks only), along with Soundcloud. Tumblr has over 50M blogs. Huge conversion potential.
- artists are paid for plays
- users still have to sign up for Spotify via FB
- BlackBerry BBM integrated with Facebook, Twitter and more
- Is RIM’s Hardware Division in the Red?
- BlackBerry BBM service will be integrated with Twitter and Facebook, RIM has announced, allowing users of the encrypted IM system to quickly share tweets or Facebook status updates directly from the app
- The new social networking integration is part of RIM’s enhancement of BBM connected apps set to roll out over the next two weeks, with new versions of BlackBerry Travel, BlackBerry App World and BBM Music all hooking into the service.
- A new version of BlackBerry Messenger itself, v6.2, now gets animated avatars, along with BlackBerry Tag integration.
- The updated Twitter app is available to download now. The other apps – Facebook, Travel, App World and BBM Music, along with BBM version 6.2 – will arrive over the coming ten days.
- RIM’s latest regulatory filing implies that its flagship hardware division
- Apple announced via its Knowledge Base site that it is working on a tool to scan for and remove the Flashback trojan found on over half a million Macs. Apple has already released two patches which should prevent future infections, but hasn't provided a removal tool. Apple also said it is "working with ISPs worldwide to disable this command and control network."
- Digital notebook site Springpad, which at one time was more like Evernote, looks a lot more like Pinterest today. Springpad lets you save portions of sites to a notebook. A redesign of the service shows your saved items in a more graphical grid when in the gallery view. Springpad is pushing searchability in this latest version which is available on iOS, Android and on the web.
- According to 9to5Mac's sources Apple is working on iTunes 11. The current focus is on optimization of the actual software - as in under the hood kinds of changes. iTunes 11 is also expected to support iOS 6 as both are expected to be released at the same time. The site also reports that iTunes 11 will have more iCloud integration built in. Rumors of an iTunes store and App Store revamp are also making the rounds.
- IBM unveiled its PureSystems family today and it aims to make setting up enterprise datacenters easier. Forbes is calling it "enterprise in a box" and it allows for thousands of VMs to run on a single system which reduces software licensing costs. Built into the system are management capabilities, security, and internal networking.
- The ever popular MPAA says that there should be no distinction between hosting and embedding copyrighted materials in a brief filed with the Seventh Circuit. Both Google and Facebook have publicly taken a contrary opinion trying to keep the two actions separate, which makes sense since their sites could be held liable for infringement if someone embedded infringing material on their sites. The Seventh Circuit hasn't made up its mind on whether it will side with the MPAA or not.
- According to a blog on the Better Business Bureau, Bioware did technically false advertise Mass Effect 3's ending. The post written by Marjorie Stephens in the "Consumer News and Opinon" blog says that Bioware's marketing says in absolute terms that "the decisions you make completely shape your experience" and that's not the case. Stephens says "The lesson to be learned here is companies should give careful consideration to how they word their advertisements."
- A new Maryland law makes it illegal for employers to ask for passwords from sites like Facebook as a condition of employment. This is the first law in the U.S. to address this particular privacy concern.
- Got a pile of compact discs sitting around? Amazon is now accepting CDs in its Trade-In program. Give Amazon CDs and it will give you Amazon Gift Cards. TechCrunch has tried to find out what the going rate is for a CD, but Amazon has yet to respond. Trade-ins take 6-10 days to process.
- Megaupload host Carpathia is calling out the U.S. Government for hypocrisy saying that the government has no interest in the servers that hosted Megaupload content and that it is impeding a resolution to what happens to the servers. Megaupload leased over 1100 server and currently, it costs Capathia roughly $9000 a day to keep them in storage.
- Kaz Harai, Sony Chief, will Outline Sony's future at a special corporate strategy meeting tomorrow 4/12
- Verizon to intro $30 upgrade fee on April 22nd. Verizon is currently the only major carrier that does not charge customers a fee when upgrading their devices on a new two-year contract — AT&T and Sprint each charge customers $36 to upgrade to a new device on contract, and T-Mobile charges an $18 upgrade fee.
"Greetings Twit Group,
In episode #475, you had a discussion about smart phones being stolen and your wish for remote wipe. As it turns out, the Windows Phone has the ability to remotely find, ring, lock, and erase the Windows Phone. All you need to do is go to the www.windowsphone.com web site, click the ""My Phone"" link, and select one of the options on the left hand side.
Have a great day!
"You said you wished there was a way to remotely wipe the data on your android phones, you can. You have to download an app called lookout mobile security. It backs up contacts, and is an anti virus and if you pay monthly you can back up pics and remote wipe your device.
"A 13 inch tablet may not be for everyone, but I have been using an 11.3 inch Windows 7 tablet (currently running Windows 8) daily for over a year and would like a larger one. I am a 65 year old man but do not have particularly poor eye sight and would still like a larger tablet, especially if ran windows (millions of applications) and was not limited like the iPad. I paid $699 for my current tablet last year and would pay the same or more for a larger tablet with newer tech.
"Hey Twit team,
Loved the show today, but I have a second perspective on your Central IMEI Database story from today:
Have you considered the possible repercussions that a centralized IMEI database may have on the second-hand phone market? Such a database may have a chilling effect on second-hand buyers of mobile devices. Perhaps there is a secondary motive behind this effort to establish such a database.
Worth a discussion.
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