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 In addition, it seems like a lot of folks here are genuinely confused about who was on trial here, Apple or Amazon. Maybe Amazon was doing something illegal prior to Apple entering the market. I doubt it, but even if they were, that has no relevance to the case against Apple. Agency models and MFN clauses are just tools. How you use them it what matters, and like you said that's what the judge stated as well. Apple is a great company, but they can make mistakes. But a lot...
 As I stated in a previous post, the issue with MS and IE was that MS used their monopoly position in one industry (operating systems) to force their way into another (web browsers). This prevented others from being able to compete with IE, not because IE was good, and not even because it was free. They couldn't compete because MS used their OS position to force PC vendors to include IE (and later IE was integrated into the OS) and to forbid them from including other web...
 The analysis also doesn't seem to take into account that the 2010 agreement might have been updated/ameneded, possibily several times, since it was first entred into. It's not like Verizon would let something like that sneak up on them without acting (ie, pushing more iPhones, discount pricing, renegotiate the contract, etc) and it's in the interest of both companies to maintain a good working relationship.
 How?It might be great evidence in a trial where Amazon was the defendent; but how, exactly, does it have any bearing on the trial against Apple?
 Assuming that you somehow have deep insight into Amazon's long-term business plan for ebooks (but I'm betting you don't), is this really all that different than when Apple created the first succesful music download business? Apple "forced" the music labels to, in almost all cases, sell individual songs rather than full albums. The labels screamed that this devalued their product (sound familiar?), but they agreed to the terms. And it made it very difficult for anyone...
 Open and shut only if you consider best sellers as markets onto themselves. Otherwise a bit murkier I think. Or are you suggesting that it's also illegal for my local grocery store to sell a few items at below cost to get people to shop there? Because guess what, that happens, too.Yes, perhaps Amazon should be investigated, but I'd hardly call it open and shut. Looking at recent history, MS wasn't just takent to court just because they were successful in making IE the...
 Everybody likes to point to MFN clauses as some holy grail that justifies, even enables, cerrtain business practicies. But MFN is a bit like monopolies in that they can be totally benign or they can be tools for anticompetitive practices. Monopolies are not automatically illegal. It's what you do with them that gets you into trouble.Also, it appears from my limited reading that historically MFN clauses are used to dictate the prices the supplier (publishers) charges the...
 Here, let's make your analogy relevant to this case, because what you wrote is complete irrelevant.... Now let's say that tourist trap selling water at higher prices than elsewhere worked with all of the bottled water suppliers and convinced them to change their relationship with the other stores and force them to sell water at the same higher price as the tourist trap shop.I'm not saying that's what Apple did. I'm saying that's what Apple is accused of doing. I don't...
  I think the only difference between the "for Mac" drives and the rest of WDs lineup is that the for Mac drives come formatted for HFS+. I think the software bundles include both Windows and Mac software no matter which drive you get. It kinda makes sense. There's a risk that a Mac user might buy a Windows formatted disk and never realize it and then wonder why their disk is slower than expected.
 I have several older WD Studio drives, including some used for Time Machine, and more current internal drives. But I stopped buying the Studio drives when WD's software and firmware became too intrusive. My basic philosophy...I shouldn't need to install any software to use an external hard drive. Especially what was sometimes flaky software just get get eye candy indictor lights on the enclosure to work. When WD started including hidden partitions and messing with the...
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