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February 8, 2013
10:17 EDTAAPL, NWSADOJ 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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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTNWSA, AAPLAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
08:08 EDTAAPLCost to Apple, Google, Intel, of 'no-poaching' deal may be high, DealBook says
Some of the of the biggest names in tech, including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC)and Adobe (ADBE), are at the center of a class-action suit that seeks $9B as compensation for employees who contend the tech giants colluded to prevent their employees from being hired at rivals, reported The New York Times' DealBook. Reference Link
08:04 EDTAAPLiAnywhere could boost Apple earnings by over 10%, says JPMorgan
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple may develop baseband chpis for iPhones inhouse, DigiTimes says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple may release iWatch in Q3, DigiTimes reports
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06:07 EDTAAPLMicrosoft investing in 'invisible user interface' technology, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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14:06 EDTAAPLApple slips to lows of the day, levels to watch
Shares were last at $522.56, just off the session low. At current price, next support is at $517.35. Resistance is at $527.67.
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08:45 EDTAAPLInvenSense price target raised to $27 from $20 at Pacific Crest
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07:51 EDTAAPLApple sent iTV panel samples from Korean display maker, Korea Herald says
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07:37 EDTAAPLApple considered dumping long-time ad agency, WSJ reports
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07:16 EDTAAPLRetailers muscle into competitive mobile payment market, Reuters says
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06:36 EDTAAPLApple's sales force worried about iPhone outlook, Re/code reports
Apple's (AAPL) sales force has been worried about weakness in the iPhone's market share, amid strong competition from Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, a document presented in a court case showed, Re/code reported on Friday. According to the internal Apple document, the only portions of the smartphone market showing growth were large devices costing more than $300 or devices that cost less than $300, the website stated. Reference Link
April 6, 2014
17:48 EDTAAPLGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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April 4, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 4, 2014
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter results likely to miss expectations, says BMO Capital
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple acquires Novauris, terms not disclosed, Re/code reports
Apple has confirmed that it has acquired Novauris Technologies, a speech technology company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
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