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Apple Inc. (AAPL) News: E-Book Tryout, Copyrights Battle, Agreement with Time Warner Inc. (TWX) & More

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P)

Apple (AAPL) Faces Trial On E-Book Price-Fixing Conspiracy (PentagonPost)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) heads down to court on Monday to face trials over charges by state and federal authorities that the tech firm were in cahoots with online publishers to increase the price of their electronic books. The trial will pit the manufacturer of the globally in-demand iPhone and iPad versus the United States Justice Department in a case that will measure how online retail firms deal with content providers. According to FTC former policy chief David Balto, “this case will effectively establish the policies for Online commerce.” The case has been formally filed by the department of justice versus Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as well as 5 of the 6 biggest book publishing firms in the US in 2012.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Microsoft said to cut Windows for tablet prices amid slump (LiveMint)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is cutting the price of its Windows software for small tablets, seeking to shore up foundering efforts to combat Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the mobile-computing market, people with knowledge of the matter said. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is using the changes to try and get more manufacturers to adopt Windows RT, a version of its flagship software for tablets, said the people, who asked not to be identified because pricing is confidential. The price cuts affect Windows RT for small-sized tablets. A year after unveiling the first Windows RT machines aimed at eroding Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s lead in the $64 billion tablet market, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is struggling.

Apple Inc Currently a Strong or Weak Stock? (PRCarbon)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is greatly working for the satisfaction of its customers through its product, and this thing is highly depicted by the Apple’s management team statements and their products. In last few years, CEO Tim Cook has masterfully put out Apple through a hard time following the death of Steve Jobs. But now, what the current state of the company says about it. The biggest challenge Apple is now facing, is the launching and shipment of its new products. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has shipped 37.4 million iPhones in total, in its current quarter. While the last new iPhone was began shipping on 21 September, 2012. And the smartphone giant has decreased its sale to 17.3% from 23% last year.

US trade panel delays decision in Apple-Samsung patent fight (NDTV)
The U.S. International Trade Commission, which hears many patent fights, on Friday extended its deadline for ruling on whether Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) infringes patents owned by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in making the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The ITC had said it would make a decision on Friday but delayed it until Tuesday, June 4. It gave no reason for the extension. An administrative law judge at the ITC had said in a preliminary ruling in September that Apple was innocent of violating the patents. The next step is for the full commission to weigh in. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has waged an international patent war since 2010 as it battles Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android mobile-device operating system. The fight has embroiled Samsung, HTC Corp and others that use Android.

Apple Secures Warner Music Streaming Rights (WSJ)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) -0.41% is inching closer to a new streaming music service for iTunes, according to people familiar with the matter. On Sunday, Apple inked a licensing deal with Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) Music Group for the rights to its recorded music and music publishing, agreeing to terms on the publishing side that other major music publishers have been seeking, according to people familiar with the matter. Under the deal, Apple will give Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) Music Group’s publishing arm 10% of ad revenue—more than twice what Internet radio giant Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P) -2.41% —pays major music publishers. Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX)’s terms with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could pave the way for other major publishing deals to follow.

Maybe It’s Time For Apple To Go Back Behind The Curtain (TechCrunch)
Like most people, I was following Tim Cook’s talk at the D11 conference with great interest. And while it generated a lot of headlines, it became apparent quickly that not much was actually being said. Just to make sure, I went back and watched the entire interview. One thing stuck out above all others: It was boring. It’s not just that Cook wouldn’t answer any of the questions about new products and/or services — of course he’s not going to do that — it was that nearly everything that was said had been said before. And that made me wonder, what was the point of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) even agreeing to do this interview? My guess is that Apple and/or Cook himself wanted to take on some of the questions surrounding Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lately head-on.

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