A rather weak rumor based on a very fuzzy photograph has it that Amazon may be planning to unveil a Kindle DX with a black bezel. It's hard to imagine that the photograph shows this but the configuration is somewhat similar except that the bottom keyboard area looks raised.
The Kindle has become a generic word so that I've seen people talking about buying a "Sony type of Kindle."
In a forum thread this week, several Kindle owners reported being asked if the Kindle each had been reading was an iPad. All these strange devices can look alike for people new to the portable e-reader market. The device, whatever it is, was being photographed with a very costly camera, at a coffee shop in Seattle. Yes, that's not a strong indicator. But the CrunchGear writer, Devin Coldewey, wrote in the comments area that the tipster was told that Amazon was shooting video. Another commenter felt it was thicker looking. I agree, although that could be from shadows.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE EXAMINES APPLE'S TACTICS
The New York Times Brad Stone reports on the anti-trust inquiry by the DOJ into Apple's "allegations that Apple used its dominant market position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to be released. "
' Billboard magazine reported that representatives of Apple’s iTunes music service were asking the labels not to participate in Amazon’s promotion, adding that Apple punished those that did by withdrawing marketing support for those songs on iTunes.More details at The NY Times.
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“Certainly if the Justice Department is getting involved, it raises the possibility of potential serious problems down the road for Apple,” said Daniel L. Brown, an antitrust lawyer at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton.
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The Federal Trade Commission is moving ahead with a separate investigation of Apple’s rules for developers who create applications for the iPhone operating system, according to a person familiar with that discussion.
That inquiry, initiated by complaint from Adobe Systems, the maker of the Flash format for Internet video, is said to be in its early stages as well. '
I'd wondered if Adobe would be starting action, seeing that Steve Jobs has gone out of his way to publicly badmouth Adobe's Flash, which I imagine he should be free to do, but he's also trying to get the big websites to stop using it in favor of HTML5, which would take some time. And now he's prohibited developers from using Flash to develop their apps for iPad even as a first step that is then converted and not run as Flash. Before the iPad they were able to do that.
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