A price war of sorts is apparently full on in the increasingly competitive e-book readers’ arena - with price reductions being announced by market leaders Amazon and Barnes and Noble (B&N), and a new cheaper B&N’s Nook version being released!
In a Wednesday announcement, eBay revealed that it is acquiring the technology behind RedLaser – the iPhone application that allows people to scan barcodes on products they intend purchasing and make online price comparisons instantly.
Thus far, RedLaser has been downloaded over two million times.
DC Comics, one of the comic-industry bigwigs, has recently marked its foray into the digital comics industry with its own iPad app. In April, DC’s competitor Marvel Comics launched a slick comics’ reader for the iPhone and iPad. The new DC Comics app has been built by the New York startup ComiXology, which had also developed the Marvel Comics app.
Apple has further strengthened its smartphone market position with the new iPhone 4 - a sleek, satisfying, and compelling device that is not only Apple’s most notable upgrade since its iPhone 3G, but also the showcase handset for the company’s new iOS 4 operating system.
The Bing Entertainment page lists all the new features that Microsoft has recently added to its Bing search engine, in an attempt to entice more Internet users to the site.
The new features, most of which are now going live, will give the Bing users the added advantage of streaming music, watching videos, and playing games - all within the site's domain. These features are a clear indication that Microsoft is putting its plans in place to make Bing a leading entertainment site.
A Wednesday decision by US District Judge Louis L. Stanton granted Google the request for summary judgment - thereby siding with Google's YouTube in the $1-billion copyright infringement lawsuit that Viacom filed against the online video-sharing site in 2007.
The Google-Viacom legal scuffle has been part of the ongoing debate pertaining to the terms under which content can be distributed over the Internet, and who is responsible for policing piracy.