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Thursday Apple Rumors: Australia Mulls iBooks Legal Action

Aussie retailers asked to voice pricing concerns after U.S. action


daily apple rumors AAPLHere are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:

Australia Mulls Legal Action Over Ebooks: Following the lawsuit filed against Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and several publishers by the U.S. Justice Department yesterday, the Financial Review reports that Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission is considering possible action against Apple. The ACCC has asked Australian retailers to formally voice their concerns over book pricing in the iBooks store. The ACCC declined any public comment how it will proceed. The U.S. Justice Department sued Apple, Penguin Group, Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, claiming that the companies had colluded on uniform e-book prices. The Financial Review also pointed out that the U.S. action was a big win for Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), a major seller of ebooks.

Marketplace Publishes Real Foxconn Employee Stories: Trying to put aside the scandal over its Mike Daisey’s performance-as-journalism Foxconn reports, American Public Media’s Marketplace is now posting interviews of Foxconn workers by Rob Schmitz, whose reporting from China helped expose Daisey’s fabrications. In the first article, posted yesterday, Schmitz spoke with Chen Xiaomin and Zhang Yilin. Xiaomin hails from rural China and called her job at Foxconn “useless and repetitive” but said Foxconn’s was “one of the best factories to work at in Shenzhen” because it paid on time. Yilin, a trained engineer, manages an iPad assembly line. He told Schmidt that working at the Foxconn factory wasn’t so bad, compared to other jobs in available in China.

Adobe, Woz to Join Digital Keynote Talk at NAB Show: Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) announced that it will demonstrate Creative Suite 6, the latest version of its popular digital video production software for Macs and PCs at the annual National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas from April 16-19. Joining Adobe After Effects product manager Steve Forde at a keynote talk on Sunday, April 15, will be Apple co-founder and Fusion-io (NYSE:FIO) chief scientist Steve Wozniak. Rob Legato, two-time Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor will round out the participants in the discussion of digital technology and storytelling.

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