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The contractual relationship is between an author and a publisher, not an author and Amazon (except for those few who publish directly with Amazon).   According to press reports, Amazon is paying the publishers the regular wholesale price for each downloaded ebook, which means that they have to be losing a lot of money on this program, but I think it's pretty clear that Amazon's purpose is to gain market share and get people in the habit of only ordering ebooks from Amazon...
No, it's your understanding that is poor: For the most recent quarter:Apple's share of the U.S. computer market slipped again during the second quarter of 2014 despite a global trend towards growth in the PC marketplace after tablets like the iPad cannibalized sales.  Source: IDCAccording to IDC's preliminary results for the most recent June quarter, Apple continued to bleed marketshare in the U.S. PC industry, ending the three-month period as the only top-five PC vendor...
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 Consumers don't care whether Samsung (or any other company) makes a profit.   If they can get a device they consider nearly as good for less money, that can affect whether Apple will be successful in this market for as long as Samsung (or others) are willing to lose money selling a line of products.     Having said that, Apple's track record over many years has been that they can demand higher prices for their products than the competition.   But that ability does erode...
 I disagree.   What I think IBM will want to sell here is the storage, databases and supporting web site platforms (like Websphere) as well as Cloud storage and services to companies who want to use iPad based apps that connect to large enterprise-type systems.  If IBM wants this to compete with HP and Accenture, so what? Also, I'm not so sure one can make the claim that Apple "owns" the enterprise mobile market.   While users have forced many companies to accept the use...
 A collectible market?   You can only have a collectible market when supply is heavily limited.   Apple produces mass-market items that sell in the tens of millions of units.   There's no such thing as a collectible market in that case.   What collectible items from Apple are there today (aside possibly from a working Apple ][ )? And how can Apple fumble?    If the product isn't that great and then Samsung or someone else copies it and puts it out at half the...
But Todd Hamilton should be because his design is actually quite impressive and goes a long way to solve the problem of limited screen real-estate on a watch surface.    My bet is that Apple's final design, which if the rumored sizes are correct will be a traditional almost square screen, will be nowhere near as cool or as effective as his.  
 Clunky?  Do you even know what Kronos produces?    Among their many implementations of Touch ID are sophisticated terminals for use in the gaming industry that are used in casinos.   The majority of their revenues are from software and services.  Having said that, I am surprised that the trademark office sees confusion where one use of the term is for devices that are sold for use only in business and the other device is essentially a mass-market consumer device. While...
1.  China does not own a majority of U.S. debt.  As of July 2011, 19% of U.S. debt was held by the Social Security Trust Fund, 11.3% by the U.S. Treasury, 8% by China, 6.6% by U.S. households, 6.4% by Japan, 3.5% by state and local governments and then it goes down from there.   Basically, we owe most of the debt to ourselves.  2.  The way you solve the political problems of using robots is to not call them robots.   When a factory uses machines to assist workers, no one...
One could argue that "distribute shares" implies that the vendors are sharing a royalty, profit, dividend or stock distribution.   That's clearly not the case here.    They're not sharing anything.   They're getting paid based upon a contracted price and it wasn't as if Apple said that they're going to deal with only X number of vendors, which would also imply a share.    So I have to agree with those who think that "doles" was not the best word to use, although I don't...
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