Appellate Judge Questions Government’s Case against Apple for iBooks

8:58 PM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · · Analysis

Monopoly

A Judge hearing Apple's appeal in its iBooks price fixing conviction in the ebook market questioned that conviction and the very premise of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) case against the company. During a hearing on Monday, Judge Dennis Jacobs took an openly critical stance in his questioning of DOJ attorneys—one of the other two judges also appeared doubtful of the case, while the third apparently seemed to take a stance more in line with the District Court judge who convicted Apple.

Apple Ebook Antitrust Appeal is About Amazon’s Market Control

11:44 AM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple's appeal in Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it engaged in a conspiracy to artificially raise ebook prices goes to court today. For Apple, it's a chance to clear its name, but for the book industry the outcome represents a chance to end what amounts to Amazon's government sanctioned monopoly on the book market.

Is the U.S. Ready for Cuddle Finder Apps in the App Store?

5:45 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · · Analysis

Ready to take your social interaction from your iPhone screen and into the real world? There's an app for that. Or, a few, actually. The latest focus on cuddling instead of dating or casual sexual hookups, and their success depends on whether or not users see them as legit tools for connecting with other people, or as just another thinly veiled dating service.

Why Ashton Kutcher May be the Only Steve Jobs We Get

10:34 AM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.

When Apple Pay Requires a Signature and When it Doesn’t

4:30 PM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · Analysis

When Apple Pay might require a signature

Apple Pay shouldn't normally require an additional electronic signature. However, some users have reported that they've also been asked to provide a signature from time to time. John Martellaro reports his preliminary findings on when you may or may not have to electronically sign with Apple Pay.

Google Works on Making CAPTCHA Less Painful for People

7:38 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Analysis

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Google is a major force in the world of CAPTCHA, providing a CAPTCHA API used in websites all over, including online commerce sites, feedback forms, Bitcoin faucets (oy ve, but these have made me a CAPTCHA expert), and others. The company announced a new API Wednesday called "CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" that is intended to make the process of proving you're human less painful. (Check out the video below the fold.)

LA Schools New Headache: FBI Seizes Documents in iPad Deal

10:14 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Analysis

The FBI paid an unscheduled visit to the Los Angeles Unified School District this week to sieze documents related to an iPad deal that went south. Agents left with 20 boxes filled with documents linked to the contract bidding process, Apple, and Pearson.

Eddy Cue on Apple Ebook Price Fixing Verdict: It’s Not Right

7:31 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · Analysis

With US$450 million on the line, Apple is ready for a court battle where it hopes to overturn Federal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it participated in an ebook price fixing scheme. For Apple, the fight isn't about the money, but instead is about clearing the company's name and correcting a ruling senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says just isn't right.