“Hachette wants to continue to price new-release eBooks above $9.99 so it can continue to make what it considers an acceptable amount of profit on new releases and then lower the price point as the new release matures, capturing other audiences as it goes. Amazon wants to nail the price at $9.99 because it’s in the business of selling everything to everyone, and price control is a fine way of locking the consumer into its business ecosystem.”—Amazon Gets Increasingly Nervous | Whatever
“Readers might see a benefit in not having Amazon being the only distributor of books in the world — if, for example, they like having physical bookstores in their home towns, employing local people and contributing to the local economy, and keeping money in the area rather than shipped to Seattle, or if, simply as a matter of practicality, they remember that companies trying to drive the market toward monopoly rarely are on the side of the consumer in the long run. Or for any other number of reasons.”—Amazon Gets Increasingly Nervous | Whatever
“Historians inspect the record for factuality. Journalists almost never do. They instead interview the players, who often contradict one another and have agendas, leaving the journalist the job of guessing what might have been the truth. The written record, if inspected, can actually decide these issues in many cases.”—Four Steve Jobs Myths about Pixar
““So, the mantra became, preserve the growth rates; to hell with the actual numbers. Even the growth rates are fiction. The fudge is in the “others” category, which is used as a plug to make the numbers work out. In fairness, we did do survey work, calling around, and attending white box conferences and venues to try to get a feel for that market, but in the end, the process was political. I used to tell customers which parts of the data they could trust, essentially the major vendors by form factor and region. The rest was garbage. “The industry itself was aware of these issues, but agreed to maintain the fiction because it was convenient. Most vendors kept their own numbers, but referred to IDC for public purposes. Thing is, real executives got real compensation based on our numbers. There were other games played, but that’s for another time.”—PC sales estimates: How the sausage gets made
“Alla mossa provocatoria di Apple (che ha alzato i prezzi dei suoi device con la scusa della copia privata) gli autori italiani hanno risposto con una conferenza stampa, […] ribadendo le loro giuste ragioni e regalando i preziosi cellulari (acquistati in Francia e pagati meno che in Italia) […]”—La Siae coglie la prima mela e regala iPhone [SIAENews]
“[…] Steve veniva sempre più spesso contattato da legali e agenti relativi alla produzione del film che gli chiedevano delucidazioni su alcuni dei suoi personaggi come Atalanta, figura mitologica esistente, che credevano fossero stati da lui inventati di sana pianta oppure gli chiedevano se le Guerre di Tracia fossero frutto della sua invenzione. Inoltre il personaggio di Hylas, ragazzo amato da Hercules, non avrebbe fatto la sua comparsa nel film per ovvi motivi.”—Alan Moore chiede di boicottare il film Hercules con The Rock
“In April 2010, Hewlett-Packard purchased Palm for $1 billion. While HP bought a product with a great user interface, the lead designer of that interface, a man by the name of Matias Duarte, did not join HP. In May 2010, just before HP took control of Palm, Duarte jumped ship to Google. HP bought the bread, but Google hired the baker.”—The history of Android | Ars Technica
“Despite all the changes made in Gingerbread, Android was still the ugly duckling of the mobile world. Compared to the iPhone, its level of polish and design just didn’t hold up.”—The history of Android | Ars Technica
“il tutto nella peggiore tradizione del link baiting (anzi, like baiting), ovvero dello scrivere di cose assurde per recuperare link e like, e fare qualche visita in più.
E per pompare gli accessi, non ci si concentra sullo scrivere buoni titoli (cosa sacrosanta), bensì su tecniche di click baiting dozzinali: titoli che suggeriscono contenuti incredibili, straordinari, da non perdere, quando dall’altra parte c’è in realtà una mezza sòla.
Ma più tipicamente troviamo notizie non verificate (che poi si rivelano false), o altre addirittura già “nate false”.”—Il giornalismo è morto: dai contenuti per far traffico, a quelli completamente falsi
“[Kan] testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last June, advising the recording industry that “the toothpaste is already out of the tube,” and it would be best to adjust their businesses to the new reality of file sharing, as opposed to trying to ban it.”—Quiet, Sad Death of Net Pioneer