Apple has a launched a new service that will allow publishers to sell subscription based media through the App Store. While the service is supposed to help Apple expand its reach into the media market, many companies are having disputes over the store’s terms. In other news, the concern for securing people’s rights to an open Internet found the spotlight in wake of the recent Middle Eastern protests. The U.S. State Department is currently working to teach citizens of other countries how to set up secure email accounts and avoid being monitored online. And finally, according to a recent report, consumers are being taxed more than ever for wireless phone service. While the average tax on goods is 7.4%, consumers are paying over a 16% tax for wireless service. The high cost is attributed to duplicated surcharges and a massive increase in Federal taxes for the Universal Service Fund.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – February 16, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).