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People who don't want to know what's going on in the world, for whatever reasons, don't need sports to distract them.   They can use anything else to distract them, whether it's movies, TV, books, music, cooking, religion, clubbing, dancing, fashion, Facebook, using Twitter, video games, coding, whatever.   If one wants to know about the world, one will, regardless of other interests that they may have.   The implication of your statement is that if we didn't have sports,...
 Amazon's gross margins are quite high as the wholesale price on consumer trade books is about 40-45% of list (55-60% discount).   Their net margins are low because of their tremendous overhead costs.   But traditionally, mass market consumer retailers have always had low net margins.   They make it up by having tremendous cash flow.    But if you think Amazon makes squat, what do you think the publishers make when they're the ones who have to create and manufacture the...
2.   No, obviously collusion would be illegal.     3.   When Amazon sells eBooks below cost, that in itself doesn't really hurt the publishers directly, because they still get the same wholesale price. But the problem is that it lowers the perception of what books are worth, which in turn would impact what publishers can charge for hardcover and paperback books.   And in turn, it would (and apparently has) led to demands from Amazon for lower wholesale prices.     We can...
 The problem is that consumers and the press perceive it as boring and "no big deal" unless there are major technology leaps.   So if Apple releases another iPhone with a slightly bigger screen and few other improvements, it will most definitely be perceived as boring.    New versions of OS X or iOS with some incremental changes?   Boring (or criticized, if they continue to make changes which are perceived by many as steps backwards, like the flat icons and almost-missing...
 1.  There's nothing inherently illegal about the agency model. 2.  The Supreme Court ruled a number of years ago that manufacturers could indeed set minimum selling prices.   Prior to that ruling, manufacturers could set only minimum advertised prices.    And companies such as Sony and Nikon are now enforcing minimum selling prices on their high-end products.    (Apple also does this, but indirectly, by making its wholesale price so high, there's no room for discounting.)...
Apple needs to get better at spreading false rumors that will sting Samsung.    Like they're going to make screens out of a cheese composite.   Or that the next case design will have polka dots.   Or will have a trapezoid shape.    Or that they're changing the default font to Cracked.  Etc.
How would they know how many stolen iPhones have been unlocked that way?
As far as I know, Apple was not occupying any of those buildings on the former HP campus.   If I'm correct, then you're incorrect.   Do you have any specific knowledge that Apple had workers in those buildings?   And even if there were, where are those workers right now, since the HP campus is completely under construction and no Apple workers can be there.  They would have already had to of been placed. My question is whether this new space in Sunnyvale is temporary until...
Not necessarily.   Future "smart" refrigerators (of which I want no part) will read the barcodes of the products within, then remind you when you've depleted that product.  It could even send you a text like, "You're out of orange juice".   That could tie into Google and either automatically display an e-commerce food site or a bunch of ads or coupons for those and similar products.     I don't see any of this as convenience; I see it as bother and a further privacy...
While optional, one more intrusion into our privacy. And I find it hard to believe that they won't save this data and create a rating service out of it, since Facebook's sample sizes will be far larger than anything Nielson does. So one more way for Facebook to make money out of privacy intrusion. But most people who use Facebook probably won't care. People are frequently post every trivial aspect of their lives and don't mind tell us where they are at any given...
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