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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.
iPad 2 A5 processor
Meme

The truth about the iPad 2 [Video]

Team COCO have published a short and humorous video [1:04] that takes a satirical look at the iPad 2, and Apple fans' enigmatic loyalty to the brand. Last week the iPad 2 was officially announced by Steve Jobs, although the response so far by many has been muted.
iPad 2 may start shipping in April
Mobile

Apple to debut iPad 2 on March 2

Apple is expected to debut the iPad’s successor, dubbed the iPad 2, next week, Wednesday March 2, at an event in San Francisco according to All Things Digital. Although no official invites have been sent out yet, it’s rumoured that the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will be the likely venue.
Apple iPad 64GB
Mobile

Apple App Store introduces long-awaited subscription service

Apple have today announced the introduction of a long-awaited in-app subscription service available to content-based apps in the App Store. With the new service Apple receives a 30% share of new app subscriptions, but interestingly, when a publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher retains 100% of earnings.
Mozilla Labs Logo
Web

There is a Mozilla App store for that

Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, have released specifications for an open app store standard in the hopes to combat Apple’s domination of the lucrative apps market. Their release follows Opera’s calls on Monday for an open browser addon standard.