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"Apple created Android, or at least it created the conditions necessary to create Android. People decided they could not play in the Apple way, and they had to do something else. Then Google stepped in there and created Android… and others jumped on the Android train." -- Nokia CEO Stephen Elop (mocoNews)
* Apple revised its in-app subscription rules that previously required that content sold outside of an app be "also offered in the app using In-App Purchase at the same price or less than it is offered outside the app." Now, thanks to an eagle-eyed writer over at MacRumors, we know that's no longer the case. According to the blog, there are no guidelines referring to price at all anymore, and Apple also dropped the requirement that external subscriptions also be offered as an in-app purchase. So not only are content providers now not required to offer an in-app subscription simply because they sell a subscription outside the App Store, they can also price their In-App subscriptions at any price point the want. (MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac)
* How the film industry must risk its present to find its future. (Tribeca Film)
* Next Thursday, AOL is having its analyst day, and according to Quasar Capital's Robert Peck, it'll likely be a "defining event" for the company. Here's Peck's Top 10 list of things he feels CEO Tim Armstrong must address during the event. (Business Insider)
* Why Microsoft needs to buy Netflix. (Fortune)
* Coupons.com raised $200 million at a $1 billion valuation from a group of institutional investors. The company is expected to make $100 million in sales this year, double what it raked in last year. (TechCrunch)
* How third-party videogame publishers are backing Nintendo's new Wii U console. (Reuters)
* Why Rovio must think about life after -- yes, after! -- Angry Birds. (GigaOm)
* The 10 fastest cars in America. (Fortune)
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Perhaps Apple's magazine subscription rules weren't as one-sided as publishers feared
If you were subscribing to the online edition of, say, Wired, Vanity Fair or the New Yorker on the iTunes store, and you were faced with the pop-up window at right, would you opt-in and click "Allow"?
Most major magazine publishers, when shown this screen by Apple (AAPL) representatives, blanched. Each of them knew full well the kind of gravy they MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 12, 2011 6:49 AM ET
Google's model of making a few bucks per article may make the most sense in the long run.
Focus Online, the third largest German publisher, is Beta-testing Google's (GOOG) publishing system, according to the Guardian. The One Pass system is a web-based tool for publishers who want to charge micro-payments for content rather than use a subscription service. Each piece of content is paid for through Google's Checkout system and for the trouble, MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 22, 2011 12:40 PM ET
As Apple deals with a publisher backlash from its subscription plan offering, Google swooped in today to offer publishers a less expensive alternative that will work on more devices.
Originally leaked last June as 'NewsPass' by an Italian newspaper, Google (GOOG) released details on its new One Pass publishing tool today. The timing is no coincidence as Apple (AAPL) is currently dealing with a publisher backlash over its newly-enforced 30% cut of publisher revenues in MORESeth Weintraub - Feb 16, 2011 11:10 AM ET
The subscription model Apple announced today is unlikely to please anyone
There was a rumor in the Time Life building last week that Apple (AAPL) -- which had been in a stand-off with the publishing industry for nearly a year -- had "blinked" and was about to cut a deal favorable to the publishers.
It was not to be. When Apple announced its new App Store subscription service Tuesday morning, it was MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 15, 2011 10:28 AM ET
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