Kentucky Fried Licensing

Um, what? Per Reuters: Apple attorney Ruffin Cordell likened Qualcomm’s policy to a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant that refuses to sell a bucket of chicken to customers. “You first have to go over to this different counter, KFL – Kentucky Fried Licensing,” Cordell said. “You have to go pay that ‘eating license’ fee before they’ll […]

The Cost of Apple News

Ben Thompson (Stratechery): What makes subscriptions work is an alignment between editorial and business model: the former is incentivized by quality and differentiation because the payoff is a customer with a high lifetime value… […] The proposed Apple News model, on the other hand, which pays out according to reader engagement, pushes in the opposite direction — […]