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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies 113

Posted by Soulskill
from the does-not-play-nice-with-others dept.
Nate the greatest writes: Amazon is in a bitter contract fight with Hachette in the U.S. and Bonnier in Germany, and now it seems the retail giant is also in conflict with publishers in Japan. Amazon has launched a new rating system in Japan which gives preference to publishers with larger ebook catalogs (and publishers that pay higher fees), leading to complaints that Amazon is using its market power to blackmail publishers. Where have we heard that complaint before?

The retailer is also being boycotted by a handful of Japanese publishers who disagree with Amazon offering a rewards program to students. The retailer gives students 10% of a book's price as points, which can be used to buy more books. This skirts Japanese fixed-price book laws, so several smaller publishers pulled their books from Amazon in protest. Businesses are out to make money and not friends, but Amazon sure is a lightning rod for conflicts, isn't it?
Electronic Frontier Foundation

+ - A Piece of Internet History Lost: IO.com Sold->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The former Illuminati Online domain, IO.com, has been sold, and all existing customers will lose all services associated with the domain. A 1990 Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games, then owner of the Illuminati Online BBS and later the IO.com domain led to the creation of the EFF and was an important milestone in the fight for online rights. While the domain has been sold in the past, the services offered to customers always remained unchanged. However, this most recent sale, to an unnamed party, will result in all services being dropped on July 1, and people will lose email addresses, web pages, and shell accounts that many have had for 15+ years."
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Comment: The smart phone got him off? (Score 5, Insightful) 254

by BrowserCapsGuy (#35320558) Attached to: Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket

Guy gets a ticket, goes to court dressed respectfully, treats the judge with deference, geeks out to a clueless judge about his nifty new GPS toy, asks the cop something he heard a previous defendant's lawyer ask about lack of evidence that worked, and is found not guilty. The judge goes out of his way to note the GPS evidence played no part in the decision. How is this a story about a smart phone getting someone out of a ticket?

User Journal

Journal: Who shot Cowboy Neal?

Journal by jappleng

Call it nostalgia, but I miss Cowboy Neal. It's been ages since he's showed up in a poll and I feel like there is a lack of options beyond the usual lack of options. Because of this I have deducted that Cowboy Neal was shot and is now being held cryogenically frozen somewhere in Illinois, perhaps next to The Duke. IF he was shot, I presume it must have been someone who wanted revenge, and perhaps this was a bully back when Cowboy Neal was known as Little Neal. Perhaps this bully saw just how

Comment: Re:Dear Mozilla (Score 1) 284

by BrowserCapsGuy (#34962322) Attached to: Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch On Skype Toolbar

If so, please type in 'yes, I'd like to be inundated with ads and malware please' in the box bellow."

It wouldn't make any difference. My sister would still just as blindly type YES as she does click OK. I love her dearly, but I've stopped trying to change her habits because this way I wind up with a fairly new free laptop about once a year.

Comment: Re:Waste of time? (Score 2, Interesting) 265

by BrowserCapsGuy (#26861067) Attached to: Rabbit Ears To Stage a Comeback Thanks To DTV

if you need an outdoor antenna,

Is need the keyword there? I don't need an outdoor antenna because I am required to pay for cable as part of my monthly maintenance. My association refuses to let any of us install an outdoor antenna or even a satellite dish because we already get cable.

Comment: Re:I wonder how long this will last. (Score 1) 265

by BrowserCapsGuy (#26861033) Attached to: Rabbit Ears To Stage a Comeback Thanks To DTV

Around here the broadcast stations don't seem all that concerned. They recently started charging the cable company to carry them. At least that's what the cable company claims.

I wouldn't bother with cable if I had to pay for it myself, but I'm forced to get it since it's mandated by my condo association and my bill is included in my monthly maintenance fee.

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