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The Rise of the Local Newspaper – Online

While digital subscriptions to online magazines have soared in the past year – the fall 2012 Survey of the American Consumer, conducted by research group Growth from Knowledge (GfK), reports increases of nearly 50% for online magazine subscriptions – major newspapers such as the New York and Los Angeles times are reporting losses in digital subscription revenues. One survey

In Europe, Apple Concedes; in the U.S., Publishers Pay – Yet Another Argument for Distributing Digital Content Directly

(Reuters) An ongoing antitrust investigation of Apple’s pricing negotiations with European publishers in December 2011 may be coming to a close, though not in Apple’s favor. The four publishers – Simon & Schuster, News Corp (HarperCollins), Hachette Livre and Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck (owner of Macmillan in Germany) – made deals that allowed Apple to

Despite Public Outcry, Dept. of Justice Sticks to Settlement

by Marina Evans Last week, the United States Department of Justice condemned the substantial amount of criticism levied upon its controversial price-fixing settlement with Apple and the “big five” publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillian, Penguin and Simon & Schuster). Some 800 public comments were filed on the settlement, many of them accusing the DoJ of upholding

Net Neutrality vs. Internet Freedom: An Even Playing Field or a Restriction of Property Rights?

by Marina Evans Father and son political team Ron and Rand Paul are shifting gears from battling the Federal Reserve to new terrain: the Internet. The Campaign for Liberty’s latest manifesto, “The Technology Revolution,” takes a firm stance on the principles of Net Neutrality, claiming that government-regulated Internet access impinges both upon an individual’s property rights,