Bad news for Apple -- as well as publishers and authors. A verdict has finally come down after last month's antitrust trial, in which Apple defended itself against accusations that it conspired with publishers to raise ebook prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled on July 10, 2013 that Apple was in fact guilty of conspiring with publishers, which opens the company up to a damages trial.
While the verdict is in, it's not necessarily widely accepted to be entirely fair. For instance, Forbes thinks this may be a problem of applying old laws to new technology. For it's part, Apple is planning to appeal the ruling and likely has a decent case, as Judge Cote made it clear before testimony even got under way that she suspected Apple to be guilty in the case.