Apple Loses Two Key Decisions in E-book Case – Apple continues to suffer at the pen of Judge Cote, who has made it even more likely that Apple will be paying out HUGE in damages. First Cote granted class action status (aka certified the class) in the state and consumer actions, which means that they can all sue together in one action. Then she rejected two of Apple’s expert witnesses and refused to disqualify the testimony of Roger Noll, which basically amounts to accepting the plaintiff’s estimate of damages over the defendant’s (Apple). Which, of course, is significant, because plaintiffs’ analysis sets damages at a much higher level — possibly as high as $840 million (minus the $166 million in settlement funds, of course). Pretty much everyone expects Apple to appeal both decisions.
As part of her granting class certification, Cote also denied Apple’s motion to strike the testimony of the plaintiff’s expert witness, Roger Noll, setting the stage for Noll’s model to be used in determining a final damage award. In her opinion, Cote called Noll’s analysis “straightforward,” and rejected attempts by Apple’s expert witnesses—economists Joseph Kalt and Jonathan Orszag—to discredit Noll’s model. –Publishers Weekly
NBCUniversal-Owned DailyCandy and Television Without Pity Will Be Shut Dow – In a hugely sad move, NBC-Universal is shutting down both DailyCandy and Television without Pity, which means the displacement of 67 employees total (64 at DailyCandy and 3 (!) at TWoP). The reason offered for the move is the predictable not enough traffic and, therefore, not enough money (however that is measured). I have to say that I’m kind of surprised by this move, although I’m not familiar enough with all of the market competition to these two sites. Still, both have been around for more than 6 years, and have compiled pretty substantial archives. TWoP’s forums have also been a pretty good source of entertainment.
So what happens to the huge amount of content in the archives of both DailyCandy and TWoP? It will all be saved in the digital ether, but not be available to the public. One small caveat that should please no one regardless: TWoP’s popular user forums will be kept open until May 31. –Re/code
Mammy Revealed, and Not Just Her Red Petticoat – Gone With the Wind has been in the ether quite a bit lately. In just a few months, an official (aka authorized by the Mitchell Estate) prequel is being published, written by Donald McCraig, who also wrote one of the authorized sequels, Rhett Butler’s People. The prequel, Ruth’s Journey, focuses on the personal history of “Mammy,” and, according to the publisher’s editorial director, Peter Borland, it will answer one of the major criticisms of the original GWTW:
“What’s really remarkable about what Donald has done is that it’s a book that respects and honors its source material, but it also provides a necessary correction to what is one of the more troubling aspects of the book, which is how the black characters are portrayed,” Mr. Borland said.
In an email, Mr. McCaig, 73, who lives on a farm in Virginia, said that he was drawn to write about Ruth because there are “three major characters in ‘Gone With the Wind,’ but we only think about two of them.” –The New York Times
Ten of the world’s most beautiful bookshops – A little eye candy for the book lover. Happy Monday! –BBC Culture