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February 8, 2013
10:17 EDTNWSA, AAPLDOJ settles with Macmillan in Ebooks case
The Department of Justice announced that it has reached a settlement with Holtzbrinck Publishers, which does business as Macmillan, and will continue to litigate against Apple (AAPL) for conspiring with Macmillan and four of the other largest U.S. book publishers to raise e-book prices to consumers. The proposed settlement was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. If approved by the court, the settlement will resolve the department's competitive concerns involving Macmillan. The department's Antitrust Division previously settled its claims against four book publishers-Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster Inc. On April 11, 2012, the department filed a lawsuit against Apple and the five publishers alleging they conspired to eliminate retail price competition, resulting in consumers paying millions of dollars more for their e-books. The settlement with Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster was approved by the court in September 2012. The public comment period on the department's settlement with Penguin will close on March 5. The trial against Apple is scheduled to begin in June. "As a result of today's settlement, Macmillan has agreed to immediately allow retailers to lower the prices consumers pay for Macmillan's e-books," said Jamillia Ferris, Chief of Staff and Counsel at the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. "Just as consumers are already paying lower prices for the e-book versions of many of Hachette's, HarperCollins' and Simon & Schuster's new releases and best sellers, we expect the prices of many of Macmillan's e-books will also decline." According to the complaint, the five publishers and Apple were unhappy that competition among e-book sellers had reduced e-book prices and the retail profit margins of the book sellers to levels they thought were too low. To address these concerns, the department said the companies worked together to raise retail e-book prices and eliminate price competition, substantially increasing prices paid by consumers. Before the companies began their conspiracy, retailers regularly sold e-book versions of new releases and bestsellers for, as described by one of the publisher's CEO, the "wretched $9.99 price point." As a result of the conspiracy, consumers were typically forced to pay $12.99, $14.99 or more for the most sought after e-books, the department said. Under the proposed settlement agreement, Macmillan will immediately lift restrictions it has imposed on discounting and other promotions by e-book retailers and will be prohibited until December 2014 from entering into new agreements with similar restrictions. The proposed settlement agreement also will impose a strong antitrust compliance program on Macmillan, including requirements that it provide advance notification to the department of any e-book ventures it plans to undertake jointly with other publishers and regularly report to the department on any communications it has with other publishers. Also for five years, Macmillan will be forbidden from agreeing to any kind of most favored nation provision that could undermine the effectiveness of the settlement.
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07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
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15:50 EDTAAPLSamsung releases next-gen smart watch details to developers, SamMobile says
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13:06 EDTAAPLVivendi says talking to Spotify about streaming, Bloomberg reports
Vivendi (VIVHY) said on its earnings conference call that is having discussions with Spotify regarding a streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Apple's (AAPL) streaming service may affect music sales and margins, Vivendi noted. Shares of Spotify competitor Pandora (P) are up 36c to $18.53 in afternoon trading.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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07:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO says holding talks about Apple Pay with Alibaba, Reuters reports
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple examines new nano material touch panels, ETNews reports
Apple (AAPL) is planning to example nano new material on touch panels, reports ETNews. The company expects the new technology to raise sense of touch and decrease cost. According to unnamed sources, Apple requested AgnW touch-panel samples that is verified for mass-production from LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display (SSNLF), Japan Display and other suppliers. Reference Link
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14:57 EDTAAPLUSPTO sides with Apple, says certain claims of VirnetX 'unpatentable'
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12:17 EDTAAPLApple mulls expansion of key Irish plant, Independent. ie says
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11:37 EDTAAPLApple expanding renewable energy projects in China
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11:24 EDTAAPLUBS says Apple Watch could become 'must-have' device, but not yet
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09:56 EDTAAPLIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDCís latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows the China smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year with 98.8M units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a QoQ basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at the end of last year. The study said Apple (AAPL) was the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter, with consumers still having a strong appetite for the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi slipped to the second position as it faced strong competition from other vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, while Huawei maintained third position as it saw a good uptake in the mid-range segment. Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) both led the market at least once last year, but rankings have since changed quickly, highlighting the volatility of consumers' brand preference in China. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. Reference Link
05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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