Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Expo on Google News
SYS-CON.TV

2008 West
DIAMOND SPONSOR:
Data Direct
SOA, WOA and Cloud Computing: The New Frontier for Data Services
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Red Hat
The Opening of Virtualization
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
User Environment Management – The Third Layer of the Desktop
Cordys
Cloud Computing for Business Agility
EMC
CMIS: A Multi-Vendor Proposal for a Service-Based Content Management Interoperability Standard
Freedom OSS
Practical SOA” Max Yankelevich
Intel
Architecting an Enterprise Service Router (ESR) – A Cost-Effective Way to Scale SOA Across the Enterprise
Sensedia
Return on Assests: Bringing Visibility to your SOA Strategy
Symantec
Managing Hybrid Endpoint Environments
VMWare
Game-Changing Technology for Enterprise Clouds and Applications
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts

2008 West
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Appcelerator
Get ‘Rich’ Quick: Rapid Prototyping for RIA with ZERO Server Code
Keynote Systems
Designing for and Managing Performance in the New Frontier of Rich Internet Applications
GOLD SPONSORS:
ICEsoft
How Can AJAX Improve Homeland Security?
Isomorphic
Beyond Widgets: What a RIA Platform Should Offer
Oracle
REAs: Rich Enterprise Applications
Click For 2008 Event Webcasts
[Update] DOJ Sues Apple, Five Publishers for Antitrust
Those charged include Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins

The Justice Department sued Apple and five prominent book publishers Wednesday morning for colluding to fix the price of iPad-borne e-books. The suit was filed in federal court in Manhattan. Sixteen states have filed separate civil suits so far looking for money.

Those charged include Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins.

Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins immediately agreed to settle and terminate their arrangements with Apple, clear any joint e-book ventures with the government and report any communications with other publishers to the DOJ for the next five years.

Hachette and HarperCollins have agreed to pay a total of about $51 million in restitution to e-book customers to settle the states' suit. Simon & Schuster is still negotiating.

Bloomberg said they might fold to avoid the heavy cost of antitrust litigation.

Apple and Macmillan reportedly won't settle - or even talk anymore about settlement. Penguin also remains defiant.

They deny colluding to jack up the price of e-books and are expected to argue that Apple's two-year-old agreements with publishers were good for competition. Apple's anti-Amazon deals let publishers, not vendors, set the price.

That's called the agency model and restricts discounting by retailers.

Claiming the agency model is anticompetitive, Washington wants Amazon and other retailers to decide what to charge and void the "most-favored nation" clauses in Apple's contracts that require booksellers to sell it e-books at their lowest prices with Apple getting a 30% commission.

Two years ago when the iPad came out Amazon was buying at a discount and selling the cream of the publishers' titles for an artificially low $9.99, often below cost to gain market share. That's why the publishers liked the Apple arrangement so much.

The government alleges that the Apple deal resulted in consumers paying tens of millions of dollars more than they had to. It says, "As a result of the conspiracy, consumers are now typically forced to pay $12.99, $14.99 or more for the most sought-after e-books."

The DOJ alleges the conspiracy (called Project Z) began in the summer of 2009. For color, it says that CEOs of the publishing companies met about once a quarter in the private dining rooms of upscale Manhattan restaurants or in London and had 56 phone calls - not to mention e-mails - where they discussed confidential business and competitive matters including Amazon's loathed e-book pricing, which was then aggravated by Amazon cutting direct deals with authors that bypassed publishers altogether.

According to the government's complaint, one of the CEOs said, "Our goal is to force Amazon to return to acceptable sales prices through the establishment of agency contracts in the USA....To succeed our colleagues must know that we entered the fray and follow us."

According to estimates by the Association of American Publishers e-book sales were up 117% last year to $969.9 million, returning a higher margin than paper books.

The Consumer Federation of America says consumers will pay about $200 million extra for e-books this year.

The DOJ essentially destroyed Microsoft at the height of its powers a generation ago with its antitrust suit. Ironically Apple hit an all-time high Tuesday and for one brief shining moment had a market cap worth $600 billion.

People didn't have this kind of problem when we went from the scroll to the codex.

There's a copy of the 49-page federal suit on Scribd thanks to Forbes. See www.scribd.com/doc/88888979/United-States-v-Apple-Inc-et-al.

About Maureen O'Gara
Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

In order to post a comment you need to be registered and logged in.

Register | Sign-in

Reader Feedback: Page 1 of 1

Latest AJAXWorld RIA Stories
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 12-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI and Machine Le...
Your job is mostly boring. Many of the IT operations tasks you perform on a day-to-day basis are repetitive and dull. Utilizing automation can improve your work life, automating away the drudgery and embracing the passion for technology that got you started in the first place. In...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and l...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product beg...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks w...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021


SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE