Back in the dark, distant days when newspapers ruled the earth – make that the early 1970s – getting into print often made the difference between getting your issue heard and being invisible.
That’s why a candidate running for office in Florida sued the Miami Herald in 1972, demanding a right to have his opinion carried in the newspaper. The courts would have none of it, holding that the Herald had a right to make its editorial judgments.
Why is this relevant? Because Google is the new power in the land, and there are plenty of people who would like to get a better showing in its results pages. Besides the complaints to regulators and lawsuits, this has touched off a wider debate about “search neutrality” that Google’s Marissa Mayer (pictured) addresses in a comment piece in Thursday’s FT. Read more
Apple’s stock took a beating on Tuesday, after reports that the iPhone 4’s ‘death grip‘ issue is a hardware problem sparked pressure for a product recall:
Unlucky timing then for what was a frankly ecstatic note on the same day from Goldman on the stock market implications of the iPad. Read more
Apple just called to invite the FT to a press conference “about iPhone 4″ to be held at its Cupertino headquarters on Friday morning at 10 a.m.
The company wouldn’t say anything else, but given the events of the past week, it’s hard to imagine that Apple would be having such a rare audience to announce, say, an upgrade to the FaceTime video calling feature.
No, in the present climate, “about the iPhone 4″ means that Apple finally has something more concrete to say about the reception issues that have been frustrating many buyers of Apple’s latest mobile phone. Read more