For the entire retail segment, May sales rose 4.7% and were up 3.4% for the first five months of 2014.

By now the Second Circuit must be getting familiar with the price-fixing case: Apple has already lost two minor appeals related to the case, and late last month, two publishers filed an appeal with the Second Circuit arguing that Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 final order against Apple illegally amended their e-book price-fixing settlements from 2012, and made a timely return to a straight “no-discount” agency model all but impossible.

…and in this instance, Ike, and the national highway system.

Surprisingly, they hate Jews more than Blacks. I always knew we were the Chosen People!

Best Ever: Jordana Best Las Extreme Volumizing Mascara…at $2.99 each at Walgreens, I can toss it monthly and spend less in a year than I used to for two Lancome Definicils (which need to be tossed every few months). One coat is all I need, and it looks like I’m wearing eyeliner. Best of all…no clumping!

Best Ever: Jordana Best Las Extreme Volumizing Mascara…at $2.99 each at Walgreens, I can toss it monthly and spend less in a year than I used to for two Lancome Definicils (which need to be tossed every few months). One coat is all I need, and it looks like I’m wearing eyeliner. Best of all…no clumping!

New at H&H today:
Justify My Love: The 12 Best ’90s Romance Novels

New at H&H today:

Justify My Love: The 12 Best ’90s Romance Novels

HarperCollins has launched a redesigned website that features a direct sales component. The new website, announced Tuesday morning, allows the publisher to sell print books, e-books and physical audiobooks directly to consumers. While HC has sold e-books from its own site in the past, it has never directly sold print books.

(It’s always great to be in a minority!)

Google Inc. (GOOG) , once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows.

Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven’t visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show. Facebook Inc. (FB), the largest social network, also has been absent.

It’s a stark change from eight years ago, when Google ran advertisements that called for treating all Web traffic equally, asked its users to contact senators on the issue and dispatched co-founder Sergey Brin to Washington to lobby lawmakers.

“They’ve definitely faded into the background, and that’s very troubling,” said Paul Sieminski, general counsel of San Francisco-based Automattic Inc., the publisher of the WordPress blogging platform. “A lot of tech companies look to Google.”

An erosion of equality for all Web traffic has the potential to entrench large companies that have staked their turf on the Internet, while making it harder for startups to gain an audience. For a company like Google that started in a suburban California garage in 1998 only to become the world’s largest Internet search provider with $60 billion in revenue last year, there isn’t as much incentive to fight.

“Net neutrality got them where they are,” said Timothy Wu, a Columbia University law professor in New York who supports open-Internet rules. “There’s a danger that they, having climbed the ladder, might pull it up after them.”

"I call them the Beyonce voters. The single ladies. They depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands. They need things like contraception, healthcare, and they love to talk about equal pay." ~ Jesse Waters, Fox News analyst