2013年6月29日 星期六

Apple Still Wrangling Over E-Books/ Difficult to Divorce Samsung

Why Is Apple Still Wrangling Over E-Books?

A question hangs over Apple Inc.'s AAPL +0.70% e-books trial: Why is Apple fighting the U.S. Department of Justice when the book publishers the agency also sued chose to settle?
The answer lies in part in what's at stake. Apple says it is fighting the high-profile case, now in the hands of a federal judge, on the principle it did nothing wrong. But the company is defending a lot more than its tiny digital-books business. A win would help Apple maintain negotiating clout with media companies, which are searching for new ways to make money in markets shifting online. A loss could hamper its ability to compete with rivals like Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +0.05% to land increasingly important media deals on favorable terms.
The government in April charged Apple and five publishers with conspiring to drive up the price of e-books for a new offering on the iPad. The publishers all settled, while Apple, whom the government has frequently painted as the "ringmaster" of the operation, fought on.
While the government is only suing Apple over e-books, Apple uses a similar approach of trying to land partners by letting them set prices in other areas, like its app store. An ability to negotiate favorable terms is critical to its ability to compete with Amazon.com, which tries to offer lower digital prices.
"Apple is smart enough to realize what is potentially at risk for digital commerce generally," said David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission. "They want to preserve their market power to disadvantage rivals and dictate the terms of competition."
An Apple spokeswoman reiterated the company's previous comment that the government's accusation was "not true."
Fighting the case is a gamble. It could expose Apple to restrictive government monitoring and private lawsuits.
The government is pushing for an "antitrust compliance program" and an "independent monitoring trustee," programs that could allow the government to watch Apple routinely.
"Any time there is a monitor, there is someone sticking their nose in your future business and you aren't comfortable," said Jeffrey Jacobovitz, co-chair of the antitrust practice at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. He added that Apple could face more class-action lawsuits.
Tech giants have for years been trying to one-up each other on content deals, to be able to offer full libraries of content to boost the appeal of their hardware or sell ads against.
Practically speaking, a government victory isn't likely to affect iTunes' existing business much. Publishers have already placated the government by reworking their deals. The government alleged that the initial model allowed Apple to conspire to raise prices.
The Justice Department also wants Apple to be prohibited from using retail-price "most-favored nation" clauses, which gave Apple the right to match any lower price a publisher offered another e-book distributor. Apple uses most-favored-nation clauses in other iTunes deals that the government hasn't deemed illegal, say people familiar with them.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has said that the company is fighting the case because it hasn't done anything wrong. "We're not going to sign something that says we did something we didn't do and so we are going to fight it," Mr. Cook said at the D: All Things Digital conference in May. The Wall Street Journal and All Things Digital are both owned by News Corp NWSA -0.34% .
Apple settled an antitrust case with the European Commission over e-book pricing last year. The EU pact isn't believed to open the company to private lawsuits, while a judgment against the company in the U.S. could.
A lawyer for Apple argued during the trial that a ruling against the company would "send shudders through the business community" by imposing a chilling effect on how companies negotiate.
A ruling is expected in the coming weeks.

Apple Finds It Difficult to Divorce Samsung

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Apple AAPL +0.70% is finding that breaking up with Samsung 005930.SE +0.22% is hard to do.
For evidence, look no further than Apple Inc.'s effort to find a company other than ferocious rival Samsung Electronics Co. to make the sophisticated chip brains used in Apple's iPads and iPhones. This month, after years of technical delays, Apple finally signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. 2330.TW +6.22% to make some of the chips starting in 2014, according to a TSMC executive. The process had been beset by glitches preventing the chips from meeting Apple's speed and power standards, TSMC officials said.
Apple's iPhone 5. The company no longer buys iPhone screens from Samsung and has reduced iPad-screen purchases, suppliers say.
Despite the deal, Samsung will remain the primary supplier through next year, one of these executives said.
Apple is one of Samsung's biggest customers for processors and memory chips. But the two firms compete directly in the mobile-phone market and have spent the better part of the past two years suing and countersuing over the look, feel and features of their gadgets. Both companies declined to comment.
They were ideal partners a decade ago, when the two didn't really compete. Then Samsung started rolling out smartphones that today eclipse the iPhone in units shipped. In the past year, Apple executives have expressed concern that their dependence on Samsung limits Apple's ability to control its destiny by constricting Apple's negotiating power and ability to use different technologies, according to people who have been told so by Apple executives.
Apple, Cupertino, Calif.,has cut back on some purchases. It no longer buys iPhone screens from Samsung and has reduced iPad-screen purchases, suppliers say. And Apple has been buying more flash-memory chips—an essential component for storing data—from other makers, say former Apple executives and officials at another chip supplier.
But Apple remains critically dependent on Samsung. The microprocessor brains that control iPods, iPhones and iPads are Samsung-built. And some new iPads still use Samsung screens, according to examinations of the devices by industry analysts.
Apple's conundrum: Samsung is the world's biggest maker of some of the most sophisticated parts that Apple craves, such as processors, memory and high-resolution screens. Apple also has more than a half-decade invested in working with Samsung to build custom chips. Replicating that elsewhere is daunting, former Apple executives say.
The component choices for Apple "aren't good, which is why they keep buying from Samsung," says Michael Marks, who teaches a course on supply chains at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and is chairman of SanDisk Corp., SNDK +1.04% which sells memory chips to Apple. Plus, the maturing tech business has left fewer big players to partner with. "That's forced more of these strange bedfellows, because the choices are limited."
Apple's deal this month to start buying chips from TSMC is a milestone. Apple long wanted to build its own processors, and it bought a chip company in 2008 to begin designing the chips itself. But it continued to rely on Samsung to make them.
As early as 2010, Apple and TSMC started discussing working together to build the chips, say the TSMC executives. In 2011, TSMC senior executive Chiang Shang-yi met Apple officials to discuss collaborating on the complex process.
Apple asked to invest in TSMC, or to have TSMC set aside factory space dedicated to Apple chips, the executives say. TSMC Chairman Morris Chang rejected both requests because the company wanted to maintain its independence and manufacturing flexibility, the executives say.
TSMC plans to start mass-producing the chips early next year using advanced "20-nanometer" technology, which makes the chips potentially smaller and more energy-efficient.
Regarding the relationship with Samsung, Apple isn't the first to watch a happy tech matchup turn into a marriageó of inconvenience when competition flares. In the 1980s, early in the PC revolution, chip maker Intel Corp. INTC +0.75% agreed to share technology with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. AMD 0.00% Later, AMD became a major rival, and Intel spent years trying to undo the agreement.
Samsung has reason to keep the Apple relationship alive. Apple is still Samsung's biggest customer for components, and a complete retreat by Apple from Samsung would hurt Samsung's earnings, analysts say.
Apple's component orders from Samsung were set to hit around $10 billion last year, says Mark Newman, an analyst at Sanford Bernstein in Hong Kong. That represents a significant chunk of the 67.89 trillion won ($59.13 billion) Samsung posted in sales from its component business, which includes chips and displays. The Apple processor, where Samsung is currently the sole supplier, accounted for $5 billion of purchases in 2012, he estimates.
"If Samsung loses Apple as a client, it will have an impact because Apple represents a large portion" of Samsung's sales of non-memory chips, he says.
Apple's serious relationship with Samsung goes back to early iPod music players in the 2000s. For the first few years, iPods used tiny hard drives to store tunes. But Apple wanted to use flash-memory chips, which are more reliable and use less power.
The problem: flash memory was pricier, and prices can swing wildly. As iPod demand soared, Apple executives signed a deal with Samsung to lock in supply, according to people familiar with the strategy. Apple's first iPod Shuffle with flash memory hit shelves in 2005.
Around that time, Apple executives were looking for a new processor for the iPod. Apple grew concerned that its existing partner, PortalPlayer Inc., wasn't listening to some of its terms, the former executives say. A spokesman for Nvidia Corp., NVDA +0.21% which bought PortalPlayer, declined to comment.
Samsung won some of the business. When Apple's iPhone hit the market in 2007, its brains were Samsung-made, too.
Apple executives weren't blind to Samsung's ambitions to compete with it, the former executives say. Samsung told Apple it structured its business to keep the two sides of its business apart and promised to keep its executives from swapping information, the former officials and others familiar with the matter say.
Some Apple executives didn't like enriching Samsung in one side of its business while the other side was attacking Apple. And sharing information with Samsung about Apple business forecasts was harder to stomach, the former executives say.
In 2008, Apple set out to shift more of its flash-memory purchases away from Samsung, say the former executives and other people familiar with the strategy. The company announced in 2009 a $500 million prepayment to Toshiba Corp. 6502.TO +1.92% for future supply of flash memory. At the time, Apple relied heavily on Samsung for a type of flash memory called NAND, because it was one of few big companies that could deliver large quantities of the latest technologies.
The move paid off. More than five years ago, Samsung supplied the majority of Apple's NAND flash memory and a large portion of another chip type, the "DRAM" in mobile devices. Now, each of those portions has fallen to below 10%, Mr. Newman estimates.
Apple also broke up with Samsung on screens. Screen quality had become an increasingly important way that Apple tried to differentiate its gadgets. When Apple launched the iPhone 4 in 2010, it dubbed the screen a "retina display" to draw attention to its high resolution.
Apple executives felt screens were particularly important to take out of Samsung's hands, people familiar with Apple's strategy say. A screen is a phone's "face," says DisplaySearch analyst Hiroshi Hayase. "If you buy screens from your competitor, you will be sharing some key information on your next product," he says.
Apple stopped using Samsung smartphone screens in the iPhone 4, which was released in 2010. Apple helped other screen suppliers Sharp Corp. 6753.TO +8.11% and Toshiba Corp. expand their factories, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
A representative for Japan Display Inc., formed from the mobile-display businesses of Toshiba, Sony Corp. 6758.TO +2.11% and Hitachi Ltd., 6501.TO +2.58% declined to comment.
But other efforts to ditch Samsung have faltered. In 2011, when Apple was designing its third-generation iPad, the company asked Sharp, which was already supplying iPhone screens, to produce the new iPad's high-resolution displays, says a person close to the supplier. But when Apple launched the third-generation iPad in March 2012, it came mainly with Samsung displays. Sharp had missed the launch deadline as it struggled to mass-produce displays using a new technology, says another person close to the supplier.
In March, Samsung agreed to buy a 3% stake in Sharp and to buy more LCD panels from it. The deal would make Samsung not only Sharp's fifth-largest shareholder but its key client, potentially preventing Apple from gaining more bargaining power with Sharp.
—Yun-Hee Kim contributed to this article.

2013年6月28日 星期五

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Google Now comes closer to Chrome, shares TV show info
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2013年6月26日 星期三

The Google Edition Galaxy S4 and the HTC One

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Google Puts Its Own Spin on the Galaxy S4 and HTC One

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Two of the most popular Android phones -- the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One -- are now available in Google's own image. While the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One on shelves today run Google's Android software, today Google will begin selling versions of the phones with clean versions of its Android software.
Rather than have HTC's news and social media Blinkfeed software on your HTC One's homescreen or Samsung's widgets pre-loaded on the Galaxy S4, the Google Play Editions of the phones have Google's original Android 4.2 software. Similar to Google's Nexus 4 and other Nexus devices, the software is just as Google intended it with Google apps and features front and center.
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The phones, however, are more expensive than the $199 versions you get at AT&T, Verizon and the other carriers. The HTC One will cost $599 and the Galaxy S4 $649. They aren't tied to a carrier, though, so you don't need to commit to two years of service. Instead, you can plug in a SIM card from AT&T or T-Mobile. The units will not be offered for Verizon or Sprint.

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But why would anyone want these over the version already available on store shelves? First, Google promises that these versions of the phones will get timely Android updates. While it takes carriers and phone makers longer to bring Google's updates to phones, the company ensures that owners of the Google Edition versions will get new software features right after they are announced. Google is expected to release a new version of its Android software called Key Lime Pie before the end of the year.

Additionally, the company is hoping to appeal to users who prefer a cleaner and faster version of Android. "The versions of those handsets that are distributed through carriers today reflect what is being aimed at mainstream consumer," Ross Rubin, principal analyst of Reticle Research, says. "With those, handset vendors want to put their imprint on it, the carriers want to put their imprint on it. These versions offered by Google appeal to purists and enthusiasts and to people who are willing to give up some functionality of the hardware in order to get something that is uncluttered."

Google has worked with Samsung and HTC to offer the new phones. Motorola, which was purchased by Google last year, is expected to release a new made-in America smartphone this summer called the Moto X.

The Google Edition Galaxy S4 and the HTC One can be purchased today through Google's Play Store and will ship July 9.

Google Puts Its Own Spin on the Galaxy S4 and HTC One
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Google not obliged to delete data, rules EU lawyer ( BBC)

Google not obliged to delete data, rules EU lawyer

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Google cannot be obliged to delete sensitive information from its search index, a key adviser to the European Court of Justice has said.
It follows a Spanish case which challenged Google to remove outdated financial details about an individual.
The opinion of advocate general Niilo Jaaskinen could influence a wider EU debate over whether people have "the right to be forgotten".
Privacy campaigners believe individuals should have greater control over data.
No controller The specific case Mr Jaaskinen was considering goes back to November 2009 when a Spanish man complained about links on Google to an e-newspaper report detailing how debts had led to his house being repossessed.
He argued that, as the report was 10 years old, the links were no longer relevant and should be removed. He failed to get the original article removed because it was deemed to be in the public interest.
He lodged a complaint with the Spanish Data Protection Agency who upheld it.
The case later moved the European Court of Justice.
In his written opinion on the case, Mr Jaaskinen took the view that Google was "not generally to be considered as a controller of the personal data appearing on web pages it processes".
"Therefore, a national data protection authority cannot require an internet search engine provider to withdraw information from its index," he wrote.
He added that this meant users would not be able to invoke "a general right to be forgotten... against search engine service providers".
The court is not bound by Mr Jaaskinen's opinion although generally such recommendations are followed.
A final judgement on the case is expected before the end of the year.
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It's important that citizens have better rights when it comes to stopping companies collecting data without proper consent or holding on to information for an unjustifiable length of time, even when people have ceased to use a service”
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The case will be seen as a test of "the right to be forgotten" strand of the Data Protection Regulation, which is currently being debated by the European Parliament.
The EU is planning updates for the Data Protection directive, which was originally adopted in 1995 when the internet was in its infancy.
The right to be forgotten clause, which has the support of EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, was developed in response to complaints about the way search engines and social media firms handle information.
Increasingly users are concerned about a range of issues - from difficulties erasing social media accounts, to lack of control of photographs published by others.
Google welcomed the views of Mr Jaaskinen.
Bill Echikson, head of free expression at Google, said: "This is a good opinion for free expression. We're glad to see it supports our long-held view that requiring search engines to suppress 'legitimate and legal information' would amount to censorship."
But Big Brother Watch said that that making a connection between this particular case and the rights of citizens to delete data was "absurd".
"The right to be forgotten was never intended to be a way for people to rewrite history," said director Nick Pickles.
"The whole point was to allow people to tackle information at source and Google was not the source of this information - a Spanish newspaper was.
"A better example of why it is needed would be when someone wants to close a Facebook account. Facebook shouldn't be able to hold on to our information just in case you want to re-join," he added.
"It's important that citizens have better rights when it comes to stopping companies collecting data without proper consent or holding on to information for an unjustifiable length of time, even when people have ceased to use a service."

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2013年6月25日 星期二

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Hope for Chromebook and Ultrabook/ Google’s proposals to settle an antitrust case

Hope for Chromebooks and Ultrabooks
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A group of technology and media companies are concerned that Google’s proposals to settle an antitrust case would enhance, rather than diminish, the company’s reach in Europe.
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Graham Spencer (left), a general partner in Google Ventures, and Bill Maris Annie Tritt/New York Times Graham Spencer (left), a general partner in Google Ventures, and Bill Maris, managing partner. By Claire Cain Miller / New York Times / June 23, 2013 ...
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