RobertinXinyang writes "The Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com reports that Amazon has released a new, bigger, kindle http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124162110396691937.html
However, even the WSJ has concerns about the price.
Amazon.com Inc. introduced a larger--and more expensive--Kindle electronic reader, and announced deals with major textbook and newspaper publishers as well as universities to expand the market for the device.
The new Kindle DX, which Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos unveiled Wednesday at an event in New York, will cost $489 and begin shipping this summer.
At the $489 price point, it's unclear how much college students and other consumers will embrace the new Kindle. Amazon doesn't release Kindle sales figures, but Citigroup has estimated the current Kindle, which costs $359, will sell roughly one million units this year."
RobertinXinyang writes "The Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com reported that the Kindle would soon be used to distribute text books http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124146996831184563.html
Beginning this fall, some students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will be given large-screen Kindles with textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar already installed, said Lev Gonick, the school's chief information officer. The university plans to compare the experiences of students who get the Kindles and those who use traditional textbooks, he said.
However, the last line in the article makes it clear that this may not be best for students
But digitizing academic books could also hurt the thriving market for used textbooks on college campuses."
RobertinXinyang writes "While the initial story is dated October 30th, it has just hit the student newspapers.
A protester interrupted a speech by Intel CEO Paul Otellini at Peking University yesterday, accusing the chip giant of covering up for Taiwan PC maker Asus in consumer rights litigation.
Otellini's speech was disrupted before security guards removed the protester from the conference hall. An Intel spokeperson said the firm respects "everyone's rights to express opinions".
Zhou's friend, Huang Jing, bought a flawed Asus laptop in February, 2006. After sending it to an Asus repair center, she found the CPU was replaced with an "engineering sample" from Intel, which should not sold on the open market, according to the chip giant's policy... Huang and Zhou then demanded $5 million compensation from Asus but were detained later for alleged blackmailing after they threatened to reveal the scandal to the media. (the student news paper, 21st century, adds that the demand for this this high amount of compensation was made at the recommendation of her lawyer. It is unclear if this amount is in USD or RMB).
In 2007, Haidian district procurators dropped the charges against Huang who had been jailed for 10 months, saying "the evidence was insufficient."
Zhou and Huang later informed Intel about the faulty CPU, but got no response. However, in 2006, an Intel public relations manager testified as a witness to support Asus' accusation."Link to Original Source