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TidBITS#1018/15-Mar-2010

We have plenty of variety for you this week, starting with Glenn Fleishman reporting on Apple COO Tim Cook’s $22 million bonus and Verizon’s sneaky plan to woo Wi-Fi-only iPad buyers with their neat MiFi 3G portable hotspot. Glenn also contributes a look at T-Mobile, including an explanation of why the iPhone and iPad won’t work well on T-Mobile’s network in the United States; Matt Neuburg reviews C-Command’s EagleFiler snippet keeper; and Adam explores how the Internet has changed the playing field for businesses like newspapers and record labels that sell arbitrary bundles of content. Finally, if you run a client-based business, check out our DealBITS drawing this week for ProfitTrain. Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 3.1 Beta, Things 1.3, MainStage 2.1.1, LogMeIn Pro2, Safari 4.0.5, and TextExpander 3.0.

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The Fall and Rise of Bundle-Based Businesses

Newspapers are on the ropes, the recording industry is seeing declining profits, and the Internet is to blame, right? Yes, but perhaps not in the way you think. Adam explores the extremely important concept of the bundle, how it fed our pre-Internet content industries, and why those industries need to evolve their bundle thinking to today's Internet-enabled reality.

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ExtraBITS for 15 March 2010

Our extracurricular reading this week was all about Apple, with the New York Times examining the Apple/Google rift, the EFF taking a close read on Apple's iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, and usability guru Jakob Nielsen criticizing how iTunes handles app updates.