Top Twos-Day: It’s Settled, NOT!

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Apple reached a settlement, $400 million in a civil lawsuit to civilians. Wait, no, they didn’t…wait, court says they did! But they have an appeal, and they may be sent to a lower court for a lesser fine. Only Bingo needs more marks on the score card! “New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman called the potential settlement a ‘major victory,’ adding that ‘this settlement proves that even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world must play by the same rules as everyone else.’“ Don’t put your markers up just yet. More from NPR…

Did you hear about the controversy over the chosen North Carolina Poet Laureate? ‘Tis over now, she resigned. Just up the road from me, in Raleigh, NC, Governor Patrick McCrory appointed self-pubbed author Valerie Macon, a state worker, to the prestigious position, without consulting literati. “Critics had questioned the resume quoted in the governor’s news release about her appointment. The release said she had won an honor as a distinguished regional poet, when in fact, Macon later said she had only been mentored by such an award-winning poet.” McCrory claimed he didn’t know the selection process, and just asked his staff who they would consider viable candidates. Keyword: STAFF! Southern gaff or sound strategy? You decide, ABC has the story…

Can’t round out the threesy without mentioning the controversy at Kindle (you know there is one), with their competitive monthly reading program: Kindle Unlimited. NY Times states, “News of Kindle Unlimited was reported earlier this week, when Amazon accidentally posted a promotional video for the subscription model. The video was quickly taken down from Amazon’s website, but not before technology bloggers noticed.” Old news right? Publishers partnering with ebook services? What’s new? Absent are the big 5: Macmillan, Hatchette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House (remember the merger? Refresher ). Digital Book World says, “Amazon is testing an all-you-can-read subscription ebook service to compete with firms like Scribd and Oyster, according to multiple blogs, citing Web pages on that have now been removed. The service…has over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month, many from Amazon Publishing and Kindle Direct Publishing, the self-publishing arm of Amazon.” Read more…

Lastly, just announced: Free New Yorker content for YOU and YOU and EVERYONE! “Call it a summer-long free-for-all. Non-subscribers will get a chance to explore The New Yorker fully and freely, just as subscribers always have.” Details on their site: down six paragraphs for the announcement here…

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