By Hannah Johnson
BlackBerry Torch Announced (But the UAE Doesn’t Get Any)
Research In Motion unveiled its newest device, the BlackBerry Torch. It has a touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. In addition to all the usual smartphone features (fancy camera, LED flash, GPS chip, and 32G of storage), the Torch also uses an updated text reflow function in the Web browser so that text automatically reflows when a user zooms in.
But sadly, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Middle East launch party for the Torch has been postponed because of the “ongoing dispute” between Research In Motion and the government of the United Arab Emirates over control of data flow to and from BlackBerry devices.
Connecticut Attorney General Suspicious of Agency Model
The Attorney General of Connecticut Richard Blumenthal wants to investigate the “agency model” agreements that some of the larger publishers in the United States made with Apple and Amazon for violations of antitrust laws. In a statement, Mr. Blumenthal said, “These agreements among publishers, Amazon and Apple appear to have already resulted in uniform prices for many of the most popular e-books—potentially depriving consumers of competitive prices.” Read more from the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post.