Monday News: Netflix objects to AT&T deal, relocating stories, Amazon publishing’s growth, and Yahoo sues ex-employee over book
AT&T already has a demonstrated ability to harm OVDs by leveraging its control over interconnection to degrade its own customers’ access to Netflix’s service. AT&T also has shown an interest in using data caps and usage-based pricing methods, which it can apply discriminatorily to advantage its own services. If AT&T is able to slow the development of the OVD industry, either by foreclosing access to broadband customers or imposing discriminatory data caps, AT&T would be able to preserve its market advantage by slowing or even reversing the shift toward competitive online video offering and away from bundled video/broadband offerings. –The Motley Fool
A Brazilian ad agency has created a limited production ereader which uses GPS to track its current location and automatically change the location and landmarks in a story to wherever the reader is located. . . .
The Trip Book was developed by FCB Brazil for a Brazilian loyalty program called Smiles. It features a story by Brazilian author Marcelo Rubens Paiva which was written in a sufficiently generic style that key locations and landmarks can be replaced with whatever locations are near the reader. –Ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
One area where Amazon Publishing has established a strong position is in publishing translated books through AmazonCrossing. According to statistics compiled by Chad Post’s Three Percent blog, in 2014, AmazonCrossing released 44 English translations of titles that were originally published overseas—more than any other U.S. house. Amazon plans to increase that number to 70 this year, while also releasing more than 200 German-language titles through its Munich office. Amazon launched its German-language publishing program in March 2014, and developing a worldwide publishing program remains a priority. “Investing globally means acquiring authors locally, as well as expanding the audience for all of our authors through translations into multiple languages,” Belle said. In addition to Munich, Amazon Publishing has overseas offices in London and Luxembourg.–Publishers Weekly
“That unauthorized book has caused unnecessary distraction within Yahoo’s workforce, damaged the integrity of the FYI and Q&A processes, and undermined the conduct of every other Yahoo employee who honors his or her promise to safeguard confidential information that the company shares with its employees,” the lawsuit said. “Lal’s breach of trust and confidentiality also destabilized the trust on which Yahoo relies in providing its employees with the greatest level of information Yahoo has ever shared with its workforce.” –San Jose Mercury News