The media companies that are selling Hulu aren't bargaining over price so much as what kind of deals they can get from the new owners.
FORTUNE -- Now that all the bids are in for Hulu, the question is: What will become of the service? And the answer is: Nobody knows for sure, but it's possible that the Hulu as we know it will disappear, or at least be diminished from MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 10, 2013 6:40 AM ET
Our industry-protecting copyright laws, together with the business models of many publishing companies, means that many works simply aren't available, even though they easily could be.
FORTUNE -- On Amazon (AMZN), there are three times more books available from the 1850s than from the 1950s. How is this possible? Our crazy copyright laws.
The finding is highlighted in a new research paper by University of Illinois law professor Paul J. Heald titled MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 9, 2013 12:26 PM ET
The government's e-book antitrust case against Apple makes perfect sense -- so long as you don't ask why Amazon was pricing below cost.
By Roger Parloff, senior editor
FORTUNE -- By the time summations concluded last week in the government's e-book antitrust suit against Apple, Apple had amply vindicated CEO Tim Cook's out-of-court characterization of the case as "bizarre."
Yet it still might not win. On the contrary, if federal judges read MOREJun 25, 2013 2:51 PM ET
Squeezed by Amazon, the No. 2 maker of e-readers is exiting the color tablet business.
FORTUNE -- If Apple (AAPL) manages to win U.S.A. v. Apple, the e-book antitrust suit that closed last week, it will be thanks in large part to the testimony of Theresa Horner, Barnes & Noble's (BKS) vice president of digital content.
It was her story about what the e-book market looked like to Barnes & Noble in late 2009 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 25, 2013 12:43 PM ET
Closing arguments are set for Thursday, and things are looking up for Apple.
FORTUNE -- It may be telling that before the case went to trial the Department of Justice thought it would need 30 hours to prove that Apple (AAPL) had conspired with five book publishers to raise the price of e-books, while Apple's lawyers only wanted 27 hours to defend their client. The two sides settled on 29 hours MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 20, 2013 7:02 AM ET
By one estimate, as many as six million retailers in the U.S. could soon owe sales taxes on goods and services sold in other states. Tax software providers are seeing dollar signs.
By Lynnley Browning
FORTUNE -- At Avalara, a sales tax software company near Seattle, it's time to import more orange toilet paper from France.
The private company, where orange-shirted employees call themselves "Avalarians" and the signature color extends to bathroom stalls, is MOREJun 19, 2013 11:04 AM ET
As a witness, Theresa Horner was everything Apple could hope for.
FORTUNE -- Barnes & Noble (BKS), the last of the nationwide brick-and-morter bookstore chains, plays only a bit part in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple (AAPL). It was one of the "other retailers" that, alongside Amazon (AMZN), was forced to change its business model when Apple joined the cabal of book publishers conspiring to raise the price MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 19, 2013 7:07 AM ET
Can Instacart take on Amazon's grocery business with one-hour delivery and a fleet of personal shoppers? Founder Apoorva Mehta thinks so.
FORTUNE -- There are few dot-com era startups more ignominious than Webvan, the online grocery business that spent over $800 million in three years before collapsing in 2001. It remains a cautionary tale for entrepreneurs like 26-year-old Toronto-raised Apoorva Mehta, whose seven-month-old business Instacart is trying to succeed in a $568 MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 18, 2013 10:51 AM ET
That's when Apple and Macmillan hatched a plot to sandbag Amazon, says the DOJ.
FORTUNE -- In its effort to prove that Apple (AAPL) "knowingly participated in and facilitated a conspiracy to raise prices of e-books" -- to use the judge's own words -- the Department of Justice has spent an inordinate amount of time cross-examining witnesses in the Apple e-book trial about a dinner that took place in Manhattan on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 16, 2013 8:36 AM ET
If the government couldn't nail Eddy Cue -- and it didn't -- how's it going to win?
FORTUNE -- The Department of Justice spent a little over three hours Thursday cross-examining Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue -- the alleged "ringmaster" of an illegal conspiracy to raise the price of e-books -- and when it was over it wasn't clear whether the government had let its last best chance slip through MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2013 7:30 AM ET
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