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Here’s Apple’s Closing Slide Deck in E-Book Case, and the DOJ’s, Too

Summation_Apple_ebooksAfter three weeks of arguments in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the U.S. Department of Justice’s e-books price-fixing case against Apple concluded today with final summations. As part of its presentation, Apple showed off a 136-slide deck laying out its argument that it did not conspire with publishers to illegally fix e-book prices. The DOJ — which contends Apple was the “ringmaster” of a plan that raised mainstream e-book pricing well above the $9.99 price point Amazon had established by shifting the industry from a wholesale model, where retailers set prices, to an agency model where publishers set prices — provided a slide deck laying out that argument as well. Both are embedded below.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik