Don't worry about diving into the madness that is your RSS feed: We've got you covered. Here are some of the more prominent Apple stories making the rounds this Thursday.

Caltech and NYU economists call for Apple ebooks trial verdict to be overturnedU.S. District Judge Denise Cote may have ruled against Apple's ebook machinations, but two economists from Caltech and NYU are arguing that the ruling was a mistake. The pair filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in support of Apple's ebook practices, arguing that the company's agreements promoted competition, rather than eliminating it. The court has no obligation to accept this brief, but if it does, the paper could potentially be helpful in Apple's upcoming appeal.

A Look At The iBeacon Store Of The Future With Retail Startup Thirdshelf TechCrunch took a look at Montreal app company Thirdshelf at the Dx3 digital retail conference this week; Thirdshelf used iBeacon technology and partnered with several other mobile app companies to create a prototype retail store on the Dx3 show floor.

Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads Across the Atlantic, the Stephen Perse Foundation school in the United Kingdom hasn't quite abandoned the physical textbook--but the venerable hardcovers might not be long for this world. Its teachers have instead been building custom online textbooks for classes using Apple's iBooks Author and iTunes U service, allowing students to have perfectly customized material for their courses.

Jean MacDonald departs Smile to pursue App Camp for Girls Jean MacDonald, Smile software's marketing and PR partner, is bidding adieu to the indie developer after 10 years of service (and the engineering of many epic Macworld Expo and WWDC parties). MacDonald plans to focus all her efforts on App Camp for Girls, her initiative to introduce primary- and secondary-school girls to the joys of software development.

How Ireland got Apple's $9bn profit If it's quasi-legal legal tax evasion that gets you going in the morning, be sure to take a gander at this piece by Financial Review, which examines how Apple moved $8.9 billion dollars of its Australian cashflow to a tax haven in Ireland.