Morning Media Newsfeed: Apple Found Guilty | Hasselbeck’s Farewell | Newsweek Nears Sale

[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]
Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email.

Apple Colluded on eBook Prices, Judge Finds (Reuters)
In a sweeping rejection of Apple Inc’s strategy for selling electronic books on the Internet, a federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise eBook prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan found “compelling evidence” that Apple violated federal antitrust law by playing a “central role” in a conspiracy with the publishers to eliminate retail price competition and raise eBook prices. GalleyCat “After carefully weighing the evidence, the court agreed with the Justice Department and 33 state attorneys general that executives at the highest levels of Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with five major publishers — Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster — to raise eBook prices,” the DOJ said in a statement. “Through [Wednesday’s] court decision and previous settlements with five major publishers, consumers are again benefitting from retail price competition and paying less for their eBooks.” Fortune Apple has announced that it will appeal Cote’s decision. And if it’s to prevail in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals or — if it comes to that — the Supreme Court, it will be on the strength or weakness of her responses to the six major arguments Apple raised in its defense. NYT The verdict in the Apple case might have been a foregone conclusion, telegraphed by the judge herself, but it emphatically underlined how the traditional players in the book business have been upended. Only Amazon, led by Jeff Bezos, seems to have a plan. He is executing it with a skill that infuriates his competitors and rewards his stockholders. paidContent Judge Cote plans to schedule a separate hearing to determine damages and other consequences for Apple. These could be stayed pending appeal. Because all of the publishers in the case have settled and have entered into new agreements with Apple, it is unclear what kinds of changes Apple could be forced to make. There are a few possible answers, however, in a government pre-trial brief.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Goodbye to Her Colleagues at The View (TVNewser)
Wednesday was Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s last day on The View. Later this year, she will join Fox News as the co-host of Fox & Friends, replacing Gretchen Carlson, who is departing for her own afternoon program. To open Wednesday morning’s program, Hasselbeck walked out arm in arm with host Barbara Walters. “Barbara, I did some math last night, and I think that I have had over 3,000 days working by your side, I think it is fair to say that over the course of the decade, I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting and journalism,” Hasselbeck said. Daily Beast / Sexy Beast While it would be insane not to concede that Hasselbeck’s flippant, obstinate squawking of her personal beliefs and refusal to budge from her staunch platform during an argument was irritating, it would also be insane not to admit that those very things weren’t vital parts of what made the show work. Using Hasselbeck to ignite fiery debates has been critical to the show’s larger purpose. (Not to mention great television.) Vulture With all the drama surrounding The View this week, and with Walters set to exit the show next spring, it got us to thinking that maybe ABC — which has a giant deal with Couric and produces her talk show — already has a backup plan for the former Today superstar. As in, what if Couric is actually in line to replace Walters as the new grand dame on The View?