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Xbox One, PS4 launch day pre-orders sold out on Amazon

Xbox One, PS4 launch day pre-orders sold out on Amazon

As expected, Amazon has announced that they have run out of their "initial allocations" for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. This means that launch day pre-orders for both consoles have sold out, including the Xbox One Day One Edition. Amazon says they still have standard editions of both consoles available for pre-order, but they can't guarantee that they'll arrive on launch day.

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Apple: We’ll appeal ebook price fix ruling

Apple: We’ll appeal ebook price fix ruling

Apple will fight the ebook price fixing ruling, the company has said today, promising to appeal the court's decision and accusing Amazon of having a "monopolistic grip on the publishing industry." The official statement follows a New York federal court ruling this morning that Apple colluded with five major publishers to force the ebook industry to the so-called "agency model" and, in the process, drive up prices - and margins - on ebook downloads for the iBookstore.

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Apple guilty in ebook price-fix trial

Apple guilty in ebook price-fix trial

Apple has been found guilty of ebook price fixing, with a New York federal judge ruling today that the Cupertino firm conspired with publishers to drive up the cost in its iBookstore. The ruling will now be followed by a trial for damages, Reuters reports, which will decide how much Apple must pay the US government and several states.

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Amazon Jet City Comics debuts with George R.R. Martin on board

Amazon Jet City Comics debuts with George R.R. Martin on board

In an effort to dive deep into the comic and graphic novel market, Amazon Publishing has announced that it will be launching a new imprint called Jet City Comics, which will feature works from popular authors such as George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and Neal Stephenson. Amazon plans to release a number of comics throughout the year, starting with the release of "Symposium #1" today.

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Amazon cuts Kindle Fire HD to ramp B&N NOOK HD pressure

Amazon cuts Kindle Fire HD to ramp B&N NOOK HD pressure

Amazon has apparently dropped the price of its Kindle Fire HD ereader-tablet in what appears to be a response to Barnes & Noble's NOOK HD cuts, dropping the 7-inch Android-based slate by as much as 15-percent in the US and UK. The price adjustment sees the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD come down to £139 in the UK (saving £20) for the 16GB model, and to $169 (saving $30) in the US, compared to the latest 7-inch NOOK HD at £129/$149 for the 16GB model.

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Amazon AutoRip UK arrives: Free digital versions of your CD buys

Amazon AutoRip UK arrives: Free digital versions of your CD buys

Amazon has brought its AutoRip service to the UK, offering CD and vinyl buyers - whether new or based on historic purchases - a free MP3 copy on over 350,000 albums. Launched in the US back in January, Amazon AutoRip tries to address the balance between the immediacy of digital and the physical reassurance of a CD or vinyl record, with purchases dating back to 1999 (and even including cassettes) qualifying for a digital version. Whether you'll want to be reminded of your musical tastes in the late 90s is your own problem.

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Amazon LOVEFiLM gets Star Trek, Dexter, more with CBS deal

Amazon LOVEFiLM gets Star Trek, Dexter, more with CBS deal

The digital content land-grab continues, with Amazon signing up shows including Dexter, Star Trek, and Nurse Jackie for its LOVEFiLM Instant streaming services in the UK and Germany. The agreement, with CBS Studios International, will include content from both CBS and Showtime, and comes alongside a new streaming app for Sony's range of TVs, Blu-ray decks, and AV kit.

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Apple: Expect a “chilling effect” on digital if we’re found guilty over ebooks

Apple: Expect a “chilling effect” on digital if we’re found guilty over ebooks

Apple has prophesied an "chilling effect" on digital media negotiations should it be castigated over iBooks pricing allegations, though the DoJ has dismissed the claims as egotistical. Speaking during closing statements at the New York trial in which Apple is accused of conspiring with publishers to force up the prices of ebooks, Apple lead attorney Orin Snyder argued that the Department of Justice was demanding a "hermetically sealed" negotiating environment that would be detrimental to US business, CNET reports.

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