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Doesn't this case hinge on Apple negotiating with all (or several) of the publishers present at the same time? i.e. Apple reps and publisher reps all met together and hashed out the details of the agreement. Or in this modern age, exchanged emails with several parties at once.   If Apple negotiated with each publisher separately, then there is no case. I don't know if Apple could do things like say, "publisher A has agreed to this, will you agree too, publisher B?"...
Doesn't Apple do exactly that? Isn't that one reason Costco stopped carrying Apple products? Apple dictates the retail price. Costco wanted to sell for less. So Costco stopped selling Apple products. I'm pretty sure "lowest advertised price" is a common agreement between manufacturers and resellers. That's why on Amazon and other places you have to add an item to your cart before you can see the price.   - Jasen.
  I apologize for not following this story more closely and knowing more details. Yes, Apple coordinated with publishers what the prices of books would be on the Apple store. But did Apple say those items could not be sold in any other store at a different price? And are we talking about books in Apple's proprietary iBooks format or any format? It seems reasonable (but reasonable != legal) for Apple to specify that if publishers make content available in Apple's...
No. The free version of Unity now includes the "Lite" versions of iOS and Android. Before, even the "Lite" version was a paid add-on. The Pro version adds a bunch of features, and comes with "Lite" iOS and Android deployment. I believe the Pro version of the iOS and Android deployment is still a paid add-on.   Yeah, it's a bit confusing.
Regardless of the founder's fashion choice, Unity is amazing software and a great tool. Their business model of giving away a basic version - that is completely usable for commercial purposes - is refreshing. SketchUp used to have a similar license (the free version could be used for commercial work) but that has changed in the latest version. Imagine if Adobe only required companies over a certain size to pay for CS.   I think Unity has a good license model for...
I'm all for smaller less wasteful government - and a smaller federal government with truly limited powers. But the statement above goes too far. The government (federal, state, and local) provides services these companies - and all citizens - rely on. Roads, bridges, fire departments, port inspections, treaty negotiation, standards development & enforcement, defense, and on and on. All those things get paid for with taxes.   "Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized...
He always appears like that. European. I think that's a good enough excuse.
"Apple is exploiting an absurdity, one that we have not seen other corporations use," the senator said. "And the absurdity need not continue."   Apple's response should be: "When the absurdity is ended, we will stop exploiting it. Until then, we have a fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders (many of whom are US citizens, pension plans, and retirement funds) to maximize the return on our capital. Have a nice day."   If you find a loophole and it works and is...
(This is a pretty shameful thread full of off-topic attacks on Apple in general, Tim Cook in particular, and personal sniping. The article is about Google's new music service. Anyone care to actually comment on THAT?)   I use Spotify and Pandora regularly.   Spotify is great when I know what I want to listen to: I feel like Rush today. Bam. There's a whole bunch of albums. Maybe some Robert Plant. Ta-da. But I don't find its radio stations very compelling. If I...
I think this is a good idea and I'm surprised there isn't lots of prior art.   Making the touchpad an LCD is bad because 1) your hands cover it. 2) your focus is off the screen and onto the touchpad. Putting a virtual touchpad on the screen works because our brains can easily do the mapping between the physical device and the screen - like we do with a mouse.   The difficulty with the proposed approach is how much of the screen is covered by the virtual...
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