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.
Apple wants to buy Beats mainly to bring CEO Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre on board, according to online reports. Apple is also cognizant of its role pumping money into the music industry through the iTunes Store, and plans to operate Beats Music as a standalone service-on-the-side in order to provide a smooth transition from music downloads to music streaming. Bryan Chaffin explores these ideas.
Guess what? We have a new entry into the Apple Death Knell Counter, #65. One John Benjamin believes that "Apple is rotting from the inside," and he offers nothing to support the idea. Bryan Chaffin takes you on a tour.
Amazon has been accused of bullying Hachette, the smallest of the so-called "Big Five" publishers. There has been lots of mainstream coverage of the issue, but what this situation really highlights is the stupidity of Eric Holder's Department of Justice and its campaign against Apple's iBooks Store.
Apple's hiring binge in the biotechnology field is already rattling the industry. According to Reuters, Apple scooping up chief medical officers, engineers, and others in field has some executives complaining, a sure sign they're worried. And, they should be. Apple is coming.
Imagine a future where Apple disrupts the search market. Avram Miller, retired Intel vice president of business development, has done just that, painting that future in a (maybe, maybe not) fictional look back at how Apple developed that service, which he said would be called "Found." Bryan Chaffin love it.
For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?
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