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Samsung Smartphone Sales Q2 2013: Samsung now crushing Apple’s iPhone Apple reported selling 31.2 million smartphones yesterday and Samsung reported selling 71 million smartphones. Combined with Apple’s falling tablet sales, Apple has to be concerned with the declining figures. Apple’s reduction in sales is about 30%. Worldwide, Apple is really suffering due to the lack of both the cheaper smartphone and the larger screen. Samsung has a much larger product line.
Author Ann Rule sues, claims Seattle Weekly defamed her – “An article published in Seattle Weekly claimed Ann Rule was guilty of “sloppy storytelling.” The article can be read here. The author of the article, Rick Swart was engaged to the woman who was the basis of Ann Rule’s 2003 book. The following passage is of particular concern:
But for all her anger at her former attorney and the man who tried to put her away for life, Liysa, now 49, is still most upset at Rule: “[She] deliberately chose to profit from doing the one thing the court said would cause harm to my children—deny there was abuse. In my opinion, that makes her evil.”"Papako” is now 19 and a recent graduate with honors from Punahou School, the same prestigious college-prep school that President Barack Obama attended while growing up in Hawaii. “Papako” considers Rule’s book “straight-out slander.”
Rule claims she is also offended at being called a sloppy storyteller. I’m guessing Rule loses on this.
Victory for Fair Use and Consumer Choice: Ninth Circuit Rejects Networks’ Appeal in Fox v. Dish – Dish created the Hopper technology which engendered an immense amount of hate from the media companies. If you recall, Dish was originally awarded CES best of show but after pressure from the parent corporation, CBS, the award was taken away. Fox sued DISH for the Hopper technology and the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the lower court ruling allowing DISH’s technology.
According to the Fox, the Hopper automatically records eight days’ worth of prime time programming on the four major networks that subscribers can play back on request. Beginning a few hours after the broadcast, viewers can choose to watch a program without ads…In November 2012, the district refused to enjoin Dish’s operation. The court found that (1) Dish can’t be held directly liable for the conduct of its customers (according to the volitional conduct doctrine, the person who causes the copy to be made is the direct infringer, not the service that merely facilitates it); and (2) Dish can’t be held indirectly either because time-shifting is a protected fair use and the networks can’t challenge commercial skipping because they don’t have a copyright interest in the commercials. EFF
Digital fiction to overtake paperbacks in 2014, says Nielsen – This is a UK report but given that the UK runs slightly behind the US in ebook adoption, it is instructive. The major data collecting agency for books claims that fiction ebook sales will overtake sales of fiction paperbacks in 2014. Currently, some bestsellers in the US have at least or over 50% sales in digital. Because of the lower price of ebooks, however, ebook sales represent a lower revenue stream. I think B&N and others are banking on digital book sales plateauing at 30%
According to its “Understanding the E-Book Consumer” July report, Nielsen estimates that for next year e-book sales of fiction will amount to 47m units, some 300,000 ahead of the paperback figure and 48% of total fiction sales. However, because the average selling price of an e-book is less than £3, compared to £5.50 for a paperback, the value of e-book sales in 2014 will be only 32% of the fiction total. According to Nielsen, lower revenues from e-books are not the only worry for publishers. Print revenues are declining too. “We predict the value of the overall fiction market will fall 16% this year, and by a further 4% in 2014. Sales of hardback and paperback novels are falling faster than sales of fiction e-books are rising,” Nielsen said.” The Bookseller