Summary: Apple’s proximity to the copyright cartel and its fear of freedom as illustrated by this week’s news
- Fans of Apple Disappointed by iPad; Hype is Paid for by Apple
- Apple Sent iPads to ‘Important’ Writers Weeks Before Launch
- GNU/Linux Yawns at Apple’s Large iPhone (Without the Phone Functionality)
We found it worthwhile to inform readers that Apple attacks sharing of books — something that people were always able to do with phyical books.
Does Apple’s iBooks ambition mean a new DRM regime for existing e-book app makers? Less than a week after the new iBooks store was announced alongside the iPad, the Amazon-owned Stanza iPhone e-books app has released an upgrade, the version notes for which read: “Removed ability to share books via USB as required by Apple.”
Yes. “Removed ability to share books via USB as required by Apple.” Another new report from Valleywag says that Jobs is getting chummy with Microsoft’s buddy, Rupert Murdoch [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13], as well as the New York Times, which we wrote about yesterday. It’s all very discreet.
Steve Jobs visited the Wall Street Journal and New York Times in recent days, say sources at the papers. Also, New York reports the Apple CEO showed up for a secret media dinner.
We’re reliably informed that Jobs showed up for an iPad show and tell at the Times building, with newsroom staff present.
Apple is a big proponent of DRM (no matter what it tells to the cameras). Jobs himself is very close to Hollywood, as we showed in a recent diagram.
Apple is very much like Microsoft when it comes to standards and their eternal fear of GNU/Linux (and lack of support for the platform) can also be seen in this report from yesterday:
iPhone App Store bars mention of Google Android
Apple has told a tiny mobile software developer that its application cannot be included in the iPhone App Store if it mentions Google Android.
Apple is pro choice, as long as that choice is Apple. █
“Apple is fighting against powerful and fundamental economic forces. In the short term, Apple’s technological and industrial design prowess can help to prop up dying business models.”