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 Apple's NC datacenter uses Bloom Boxes, but they are a secondary, and independent energy source from solar. For solar, I bet it's similar to home solar. Their solar farm feeds electricity back into the grid. Apple and the local energy company then horse trades. So, there is no energy storage. If Apple's solar energy is a lot, the local energy company can reduce the power on their power plant. For energy storage at such scale, I'm sure you'd be hearing some about it as it...
On the subject of Amazon's ebook profitability or loss leading, I think you guys are a little sideways on it. Amazon sold the ebooks yes, but they also sold the Kindle hardware. They really can't be separated as it's quite likely the $10 per Kindle ebook was used as a loss leader to sell Kindle hardware. I've been pondering what is the razor and what is the blade in Amazon's Kindle reader and Kindle book relationship. Was the ereader the blade or the ebook the blade? (With...
 Obviously. The DOJ should have never brought the case. Cote made the wrong decision. I talked about the emusic stores for a reason. Amazon's MP3 store and Apple's iTunes stores are the dominant emusic stores. Probably 90%. They both have song prices at 1.29, 0.99, 0.69. I haven't seen a different price for about what, 6 years? Prior to that, songs were generally 0.99, now all the new releases and popular songs are 1.29, consumers are shafted just as much as ebook buyers...
 My argument would be that the DOJ has no business bringing up this case. The interpretation of the laws by which they prosecuted this case doesn't apply and shouldn't apply. Ie, a retailer selling a physical good is not the same thing as a retailer selling a digital good, a paper book is not the same thing as an ebook.  In other words, yes, prices did rise. But it's all part of the markets going through transition and the gov't should not mess around with it. The iPad was...
 Who the heck was talking about being punished for selling the iPad? My comment was regarding the pro-competitive effects of the iPad on the ebook market. The pro-competitive arguments that Judge Cote ignored or didn't believe. The iPad and its form factor clones increased the size of the ebook market ~10x over what Amazon, Kobo, or BN did with their readers. With a larger market, more competitors, more boutiques & niches can arise. The agreement between Apple and the...
I think the primary problem with the ebooks lawsuit is that the DOJ and Judge Cote was thinking of them like they were physical books. Apple and the publishers were also prosecuted for quite narrow price fixing (new best selling books) to boot as the average selling price across all books declined. I'd be more apt to back the DOJ if it was over physical books sold in retail shops.   Obviously they are not physical books. They are a digital good, not only that, they are...
 How can Apple continue? They will have to bend over and take it, or find directors and managers that will. The fines will go up rather rapidly if they continue to stonewall. But yes, American politics at this scale is cyclical and changes with who's in the gov't. Maybe the next DOJ after Obama's will have different priorities. After all, this is the DOJ who reasoned that the companies and banks involved in the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008 - you know the crisis that...
For Apple, this isn't going to end until they are offered a reasonable resolution by the courts and DOJ. If they don't, it's going to the SCOTUS, and if they lose there, I doubt it's going to end there. Apple's current management will likely have to be replace before they consent. Ie, the gov't will have to destroy Apple as it currently stands today.   Just read this article from by Roger...
Amazon can remove all doubt by reporting ebook and kindle revenue and profit numbers. As it stands, all we are doing are guessing.DOJ saying that they are profitable is no better than you saying they are profitable. Show us the numbers.
The question of why Amazon isn't sued for predatory pricing and practices is interesting.   In the Apple v DOJ eBooks trial, the DOJ said they evaluated Amazon's eBooks business and said that Amazon operated it at a profit. When asked to reveal this this information, Judge Denise Cote refused to let these findings out and said to go to the DOJ, the DOJ refused to let these findings out, and both said Amazon is not on trial. On the other hand, Judge Cote believed that...
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