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Eddy Cue

iBookstore Has Launched in Japan

Apple has opened the iBookstore in Japan. The store launches with a selection of Japanese language books and titles from Japanese publishers including: Kodansha, KADOKAWA, Bungeishunju, Gakken and Gentosha.

Here is more from the press release: “The iBookstore has a wide selection of emerging and established authors including Shyotaro Ikenami, Jiro Akagawa, Atsuko Asano and Ryu Murakami.” ”We’re excited to launch the iBookstore in Japan with a wide selection of Japanese publishers and authors,” stated Eddy Cue, SVP of Internet Software and Services at Apple. “We think customers are going to love how engaging and interactive the books are to read, and how beautiful they look on iPad.”

Apple is not the first to the Japanese marketplace. Last summer, the Canadian eBook store Kobo opened its eBook store in Japan followed by Amazon who launched Kindle Japan last October.

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One Year After the iPad, The Daily to (Finally) Make Its Debut

On the one-year anniversary of the launch of the iPad, perhaps the most anticipated digital publication for the iPad will make its debut, as News Corp. announced that it will introduce The Daily Feb. 2 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, hosted by CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple vice president of Internet services Eddy Cue.

The Daily was originally slated to debut Jan. 17, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is on a leave of absence for health reasons, was scheduled to join Murdoch in an event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

According to CNET, Cue played prominent roles in Apple’s development of the iTunes Store and App Store, and he is focused on the future of applications on the iPad.

Apple Refutes NBC Content Pricing Claims

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The bickering continues after all: CNET News reports that Apple wasn’t exactly thrilled with NBC’s claims that the media conglomerate was able to change pricing policy at Apple.

The backstory: NBC Universal executives implied they agreed to start selling downloads of TV shows on iTunes only after being allowed more flexibility to set prices. “That’s just not correct,” Eddy Cue, the vice president in charge of Apple’s iTunes Store, said Wednesday evening in the article.

He said that while “most TV shows sell for $1.99 on iTunes,” retailers have always been allowed to sell videos for less, citing Viacom episodes of South Park and MTV’s The Hills as examples. “We’ve never told anyone they can’t lower prices,” Cue said, the subtext being that Apple didn’t want NBC to be able to raise prices.

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