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J.K. Rowling's Pottermore
Business

J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore brings App Store economics to ‘niche’ markets

With the launch of the Pottermore website Rowling has brought app store economics to ‘niche’, that is to say single subject, markets. This is not only a dramatic change for book publishers but will certainly change online economics for other established franchises. Film, video games, and music retailers will be paying close attention to Rowling’s Harry Potter App Store as they attempt to replicate her economic model for themselves.
Android in Space
Technology

Google sends Android Nexus S phones into space

Google’s PR department showed some genuine blue sky thinking this week when they sent an few Android Nexus S phones into space. Using a weather balloon, a parachute and a polystyrien box Google floated Android dolls into the lower atmosphere this week, and recorded the entire 30Km (100,000 ft) trek using Samsung Nexus S phones attached to each box.