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Apple clashes with Amazon in e-book case

gadgets Updated: Jun 07, 2013 21:41 IST

Apple attorneys in the US antitrust case on e-books went on the offensive on Thursday, attacking the credibility of government witnesses and seeking to debunk key elements of the government's case.

Apple attorneys grilled a trio of witnesses from Apple rival Amazon.

Apple attorney Howard Heiss peppered Amazon executives during a series of contentious exchanges with skeptical questions on Amazon statements about its business profile and pointed out inconsistencies between Amazon testimony and documentary evidence.

Amazon is very "metrics-focused," Heiss said to Amazon's vice president for Kindle Russell Grandinetti. He had previously testified that he did not know Amazon's market share of the e-books market.

Heiss then presented a news article quoting another Amazon executive estimating the company's market share at 70-80%.

Amazon is a key witness in the government's case, which maintains that Apple conspired with publishers to orchestrate a transformation of the e-book market in early 2010 that cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.