Rewards For Those Who Wait? BestBuy iPad Bundle

Over at 9-to-5 Mac, Mark Gurman reports that BestBuy is bundling the iPad with mobile hotspot hardware. The catch? A two-year contract with either Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. Clear and Virgin not part of the deal for obvious reasons when you look at their non-promo service plans. According to ThinkMobile, the MiFi is not locked to the iPad (reportedly it is with Verizon) in this short-lived promo (ends January 2, 2011). The base model iPad (16GB, wifi) is $499; to bump up to 3G service, add $130. That's basically the retail cost of the MiFi unit. Who's really subsidizing this bundle? …continue reading →

Who Is “Multi-Format Inc”?

Apple Sued for the Sale of Video Programming on iTunes (Jack Purcher / Patently Apple) 20 minutes ago via Techmeme
That's the tweet from TechMeme that alerted me to the "news."
The lawsuit appears to be concerning the sale and enabling of downloaded video content like movies and HDTV programming on iTunes to all of Apple's hardware including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Multi-Format Inc., is seeking a "reasonable royalty" from Apple and has further asked the court to consider tripling the damages accessed if the damages are not found by a jury – according to the inclusion of sub-section 284 of the U.S. legal Code found in their complaint.
I read the piece, which is straight reporting of the event: it gives details about the contents of the filing. Then I went to the three articles TechMeme listed under "discussion": …continue reading →