Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children—and indeed publishers and authors, too—and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.
Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.
Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.
You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.
It looks like it's time to start the iWatch Death Knell Counter. I'm kidding, mostly, but a headline caught my attention today that specifically stated that the "Apple's Smartwatch Will Probably Fail." Bryan Chaffin says it's nonsense.
Jony Ive let us know that we should expect "new materials" in "future stuff." In an interview, Sir Jony said that he's been working with some new materials for several years, though he didn't offer any specifics.
There were a few themes that were clear in Monday's keynote from Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, but something that may have been overlooked were clues that Apple wants to cut into Google's search business.
Amazon issued a statement on Tuesday explaining the tactics the company is using to get better ebook terms from publisher Hachette Group, and defending those tactics as normal business practices. Amazon also said that customers who need Hachette titles on a timely basis should order from one of its competitors. Bryan Chaffin explains.
The initial reaction to a report that Apple will unveil a home automation platform during WWDC has been to characterize it as reaction to Google buying Nest Labls. Bryan Chaffin argues that the reality is that Google buying Nest was the defensive move.
Amazon has doubled down on its campaign of intimidation with book publisher Hachette, actively pulling high profile Hachette books from preorder. J.K. Rowling's The Silkworm is now listed as "Currently Unavailable," rather than preorder, and the same is true for the paperback version of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, a biography by Brad Stone. Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.
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