“While he has great political connections, Mr. Bromwich has no experience in antitrust law. The greenhorn is billing Apple at an $1,100 hourly rate and he was forced to hire the law firm Fried Frank to make up for his lack of expertise, at $1,025 a hour. He racked up $138,432.40 in charges for his first two weeks. A spokesman for Mr. Bromwich’s firm, the Bromwich Group, declined to comment on matters currently before the court.”
I don’t know enough to say if this editorial is on the mark or not, but that’s got to be a great gig - no experience in antitrust law and billing $1100/hr.
“Journalism is, at its core, a line of communication between those who do not know some important bit of information and those who do.”
Not sure what I think of this piece, yet, but this line seemed worthy to jot down.
“The Lightning adapter epitomizes what makes Apple Apple. To the company’s fans, it provides elegance and convenience — it’s just so much nicer than micro-USB. To the company’s detractors, it exists to sell $29 proprietary adapters and to further enable Apple’s fetish for device thinness. Neither side is wrong.”
Exactly right. This is why most comment section flame wars are ultimately “un-winnable” - there’s a subjective decision here, and it really isn’t the same choice for everyone.
via Daring Fireball
“We’re not pretending anymore. We’re not pretending that justice means anything. That Due Process means anything. That we care not only that the right people are convicted, but the manner in which that conviction is obtained. The facade of “the greatest system in the world” has fallen and revealed itself to be the fraud that everyone long suspected it was.”
As I commented on the post itself, the “ends justifies the means” attitude is the common problem in our civil society, infecting our politics and everything else. The debt ceiling & CR/government shutdown battle is a case in point.
“Look, I had the chairman of the Energy and Commerce committee, Fred Upton, tell me that he got into an argument with one of these young guys on his committee about the defunding of Affordable Care Act. Well the argument was ‘look, Energy and Commerce had 50 hearings on that bill. Like it or not, it passed. The president signed it. The Supreme Court upheld it. So you don’t get to pick a bill you don’t like and link it to the entire financial well being of the United States.; Well the response is, ‘I didn’t come here to govern.’ Well what did you come here for? What did you come here for? To burn it to the ground?”
We’re f’d. Seriously.
From ‘Shame on us’: How businesses brought the debt limit mess onto themselves (which isn’t what I thought it would be based on the title - worth reading)
“There’s more graphics horsepower under the hood of the iPhone 5s than there is in the iPad 4.”
Wow. The whole review is fascinating. Apple seems to have really done some amazing work on the A7 at all levels. I am SUPER excited now for what the iPad 5 will bring to the table.
“In the torrent of the billions of words already written about Touch ID very, very few people have really understood just how revolutionary this really is. Apple not only has developed one of the most accurate mass produced biometric security devices, they have also solved critical problems with how the data from this device will be encrypted, stored and secured. Apple Calls this the Secure Enclave and it is a relatively new concept.”
This is the thing I’m fascinated by in the new iPhone. The M7 is the other.
“M7 knows when you’re walking, running, or even driving. For example, Maps switches from driving to walking turn-by-turn navigation if, say, you park and continue on foot. Since M7 can tell when you’re in a moving vehicle, iPhone 5s won’t ask you to join Wi-Fi networks you pass by. And if your phone hasn’t moved for a while, like when you’re asleep, M7 reduces network pinging to spare your battery.”
Haven’t watched the keynote yet, but I hadn’t read this in the coverage yesterday. Some neat functionality.
“A combination of must-have Android apps and Samsung chic would be problematic.”
Some of the best analysis of yesterday’s iPhone 5C pricing I’ve read so far. As an Apple shareholder, I’m worried. As a mobile developer, fluent in iOS and only decent at Android, I’m thinking I need to step up my Android game. Crazy times ahead.
“MoPub solves this riddle; Twitter can serve up highly targeted ads everywhere but Twitter proper. It’s a great acquisition.”
This should come as no surprise. The common criticism during Twitter’s API changes was that timeline ads wouldn’t work well given Twitter’s basic functionality.
So, the big question is whether this will allow them to reverse their API restrictions. More API clients == more usage == more signal, right?