Thursday, January 19, 2012

Short takes: And the winner is...; Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; Apple's education publishing event today

The big reason politicians spend so much time in Iowa trying to win the caucuses there is not to win delegates but to get momentum for future primaries such as in New Hampshire and South Carolina. A win in Iowa, the thinking goes, can propel you on to future wins, maybe.

The press declared Mitt Romney the victor in Iowa, with Rick Santorum coming in second by only eight votes – or that was what was reported.

This morning the official votes are in and now Rick Santorum is in first by 34 votes. I'm sure the Santorum campaign would have liked those results announced on election night instead of two weeks later.

According to the Des Moines Register, Rick Santorum ended up with 29,839, 168 less than first announced. But Mitt Romney ended up with 29,805 votes, 210 less than first announced. Eight precincts are missing and will never be recovered and certified, the Republican Party of Iowa officials told the newspaper. There were more discrepancies, as well, that make ones wonder about the level of professionalism of those who counted the votes in the first place.

But as the Register story points out:
Romney has already soaked up the benefits of his declared win. With the Iowa caucuses, the prize is the immediate media attention and the credibility bestowed on the winner. But history now has an asterisk: It’s not clear whether Romney is the first Republican since 1976 to win in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Eastman Kodak Co. has filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company has been trying to find a way to survive by selling its patents, filing several patent suits, but in the end these moves simply could not delay the inevitable.

"After considering the advantages of Chapter 11 at this time, the board of directors and the entire senior management team unanimously believe that this is a necessary step and the right thing to do for the future of Kodak," CEO Antonio M. Perez said in a statement.

While many blame the move to digital as a reason for the failures of many media products, there is no doubt that Kodak's inability to adjust to the growth of digital photography doomed the company.

Founded in 1880 by George Eastman, the company was the giant of the industry for over 100 years, until Fuji entered the U.S,. market with lower priced products.

All eyes, at least in the tech and book publishing world, will be on the event at the Guggenheim scheduled for 10 am EST today. There, Apple will unveil its plans for book publishing in the education field.

Several websites will be live blogging the event as there will be no live stream by Apple. CNet and All Things D, among others.

The latest speculation from ZDNet's Jason D. O'Grady is that the event will used to introduce a new iWorks that will have a new version of Pages with ePub 3 support, as well as a new version iBooks that will also work on Macs.

We'll see, but this would be good news for Mac owners. Whether book publishers will be pleased is another question.

TNM will be reporting on what Apple has to say following the conclusion of the NYC event.