Lead consumer technology reporter for @nytimes / Author of Tech Fix

Apple Music Is Strong on Design, Weak on Social Networking

nytimes.com — When I visited Microsoft many years ago, an employee cheekily compared designing Microsoft Office to "making a pizza that feeds a billion people." At Apple, the company has a different saying: "There are 1,000 noes for every yes." In other words, they vigorously debate a feature before it shows up in a product.

Apple e-book conspiracy ruling upheld

smh.com.au — Apple's iBooks Store was part of a conspiracy to raise e-book prices, as US court has confirmed Photo: Bloomberg A US federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that determined Apple to be the leader of an industrywide conspiracy among book publishers to raise prices of digital books.

Ruling That Apple Led E-Book Pricing Conspiracy Is Upheld

nytimes.com — SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that determined Apple to be the leader of an industrywide conspiracy among book publishers to raise prices of digital books. By a 2-to-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said it agreed with the conclusions of Judge Denise L.

Taylor Swift not the worst of Apple's troubles ahead of Music launch

smh.com.au — When Taylor Swift publicly criticised Apple's royalty payment plans, the company was lightning fast with a turnaround. But not all criticism is so easy to address. Photo: Reuters When the pop star Taylor Swift publicly criticised Apple's royalty payment plans recently, government regulators that had been investigating the company for various other reasons might have thought, "Get in line."

Apple Can Skate by Taylor Swift, but Not Product Missteps

nytimes.com — When the pop music star Taylor Swift publicly criticized Apple 's royalty payment plans recently, government regulators that had been investigating the company for various other reasons might have thought, Get in line. In the past few years, Apple has become the most valuable company in the world as well as one of the most scrutinized.

In Report on Data Collection Practices, WhatsApp and AT&T Fail the Test

bits.blogs.nytimes.com — In the post-Snowden era, tech companies are increasingly being rated not only for the quality of their gadgets and services, but also for how they handle government requests for customer data. In the Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual report on data collection practices, tech companies like Yahoo, Apple and Adobe earned top marks, while WhatsApp and AT&T came in last.

Apple Music and labels investigated in 2 states

cnbc.com — In 2013, a federal judge said Apple violated antitrust law by colluding with book publishers to raise e-book prices above Amazon's standard $9.99 pricing for digital books, after the publishers settled.

Apple Music: states look for antitrust violations in Apple's record label deals

smh.com.au — While Apple was preparing a splashy introduction for a new service that would stream music over the internet for a fee, the attorneys general of New York and Connecticut were quietly investigating the Silicon Valley giant's negotiations with music companies in search of potential antitrust violations.

2 States Look for Collusion Between Apple Music and Major Labels

nytimes.com — While Apple was preparing a splashy introduction for a new service that would stream music over the Internet for a fee, the attorneys general of New York and Connecticut were quietly investigating the Silicon Valley giant's negotiations with music companies in search of potential antitrust violations.

Apple announces upgrades

timesunion.com — For years, Apple's winning strategy for selling iPhones and Macintosh computers has been offering exclusive, high-quality software as a lure to reel people into buying its hardware. To avoid a repeat debacle, Apple at its annual software conference Monday introduced upgrades for the mobile and computer systems with a strong focus on fixing things under the hood, like stability, performance and battery life.
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Jul 01, 2015

I wish Seinfeld were still airing so Jerry could break up with a woman for making guacamole with peas.

Jul 01, 2015

RT @TimHerrera: Guacamole with peas? How about guaca-NO-le with peas lmao

Jul 01, 2015

Apple Music is like a pizza straight out of Microsoft's kitchen, but with better toppings than Spotify nytimes.com/2015/07/02/tec…

Jun 30, 2015

Why does LinkedIn send notifications when we're "getting noticed" i.e. people are looking at our profile? No other social media app does.

Jun 29, 2015

Terminator Genisys actors too clueless to realize that the title was coined by the new SEO-1000 cyborg entertainthis.usatoday.com/2015/06/29/ter…

Jun 28, 2015

Sorry but True Detective season 2 is still boring.

Jun 28, 2015

RT @ianrausten: Forget the Taylor Swift business, the real menace to Apple's dominance may be software bugs and product slips @bxchen nyti.ms/1QXftxL

Jun 26, 2015

FYI for people still having iMessage issues: a full software restore fixed mine. Kind of bizarre.

Jun 25, 2015

@steven_aquino yep, though in my report I forgot to mention Bluetooth. It's what I heard though.

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