3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple’s eBook Situation Thickens, BlackBerry’s New Devices, and Microsoft Cuts Surface Prices

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): The Department of Justice is pushing for increased oversight of Apple’s App store and iTunes program in the wake of a ruling that found the company to be guilty of price fixing in its eBook division. If the DoJ’s proposals are accepted, then music, television-show, and content owners would have more leverage in negotiations with the company, which has been notably aggressive in opening up traditional media to digital distribution.

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): BlackBerry shares are up nearly 9 percent as a stream of leaks have appeared with images of new phones in BlackBerry’s pipeline. The first talks about the BlackBerry Z30, the successor to the Z10 (and previously labeled that A10). It reportedly sports a 5″ display. The second is the BlackBerry Z15, which features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. CrackBerry says that the Z15 images are “a confirmed concept,” while BlackBerry did obtain a patent for a QWERTY slider phone in April.

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): To ensure that students return to school equipped with Windows, Microsoft has slashed the costs of its Surface Pro tablets by $100, which feature the full version of Windows 8. The 64 GB version will now cost $800 while $900 will buy you 128 GB. PCWorld notes that “the offer does not include the Touch or Type cover for free, and unlike its ARM-based cousin, the Surface RT tablet, the Pro does not come with a free copy of Microsoft Office.”

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