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+ - O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook By 50% - or More!->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "O'Reilly and Associates just announced that they're offering a 50% discount on every ebook they sell (or 60% for orders of more than $100). Amazon is competing with a massive ebook sale of their own, offering "up to 80% off" on over 2,000 Kindle ebooks, while Barnes and Noble is discounting their Samsung GalaxyTab 4/Nook 7 to just $129. But O'Reilly and Associates notes that their ebooks are DRM-free, and they're also offering discounts on their videos (which includes cloud syncing and a lifetime of free updates...)"
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+ - Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War->

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An anonymous reader writes "Forbes magazine points out that tablet computers are receiving some of the biggest discounts for this year's day-after-Thanksgiving sales. "With slowing growth in the tablet market and an increasing array of choices, some of the strongest bargains will come in that sector," they report, noting that Target is giving away a $140 gift card with purcahses of an iPad Air 2 (and a $100 gift card with the iPad Mini or first-generation iPad Air). But Amazon has already launched a counter-strike, posting big discounts online on Thanksgiving day for their entire line of Kindles, including a black-and-white Kindle for just $49, and their 6-inch color/high-definition HD6 for just $79."
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+ - Zombies Sighted in Bee Colonies-- and on Amazon ->

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An anonymous reader writes ""Biologists are reporting signs of a possible zombie apocalypse," jokes NPR, "at least for the honeybee population." They're reporting that a rare fly lays its eggs inside of a honeybee, causing it to fly in a shambling and disorderly fashion, with "zombie bees" now being sighted on both coasts of America. Meanwhile, on Halloween night one Kindle blogger noted that the number of ebooks about zombies has increased for the fourth straight year, to 11,430 — nearly 15 times as many as are in the entire Library of Congress!"
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+ - Boo! The House Majority PAC is watching you.->

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An anonymous reader writes "I received some interesting mail this week from the House Majority PAC. First, a "voter report card" postcard telling me my voting record was "excellent" (I'm a good citizen!), but also letting me know that they "plan to update this report card after the election to see whether you voted". OK, so one of the Democratic Party's super PACs want me to vote, but it seems to be something of an attempt at intimidation. Today, I received a letter in which they really put the pressure on. Here are some excerpts: "Who you vote for is secret. But whether or not you vote is public record. Our organization monitors turnout in your neighborhood, and we are disappointed that many of your neighbors do not always exercise their right to vote." So why contact me instead of them? Voting is a civic duty, but it isn't illegal to abstain. That's my neighbors' business, not mine. It's one way of expressing dissatisfaction, isn't it? And if there are no candidates you wish to vote for, then why should you vote for someone you don't want? But Big Brother PAC has other ideas: "We will be reviewing the Camden County [NJ] official voting records after the upcoming election to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014. If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not." The letter is signed "Joe Fox Election day Coordinator". So what happens if I don't vote? Well, at least I got a scare this Halloween. Are PACs using similar tactics in other states?"
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+ - Twitter and Amazon Create New Add-to-Wishlist Tweets->

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An anonymous reader writes "Amazon's aggressively updating their wishlist feature to allow customers to add items from other online shopping sites, or even by just uploading a photograph. "Last year, one in three Amazon customers worldwide wished," Amazon explains in a press release, noting that 50 new items are added every second. Now customers can even link their Twitter account to their Amazon wish list to request things with a hashtag, though one blogger suggests someone might then jokingly tweet "#AmazonWishList" about some ridiculous product, only to discover that it's now actually being added to their wishlist."
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Comment: It's the Net Neutrality, Tom (Score 5, Informative) 145

by destinyland (#47827907) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
I wonder if this is just a cynical attempt to appear "tough on monopolies" -- right before Tom Wheeler guts Net Neutrality forever.

Reminder: next Wednesday is a "Day of Action" to publicize the need to maintain Net Neutrality.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9...

Comment: Are we being used, right now? (Score 1) 226

This may be the only question that really needs to be answered. There's very strong feelings about "Big Bang Theory" -- some negative -- and for this to be a real conversation, it probably needs to be addressed in some way.

In fact, I'm curious what made Dr. Saltzberg come to Slashdot. Are the producers aware of a "geek backlash", and are they attempting to address it by sending their show's technical adviser to Slashdot? Are we secretly being monitored for a later article about how real geeks all love "Big Bang Theory" which will just cherry-pick anything vaguely positive that's said in this discussion? Maybe we need some more clarity about how this "Ask David Saltzberg" event come together...

Once we understand what's going on here, maybe then we can segue into examples of Dr. Saltzberg's input on the show -- and how its one true geek interacts with the rest of its production staff

+ - XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller for 5 Months->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Tuesday is the official release date for the newest book from the geeky cartoonist behind XKCD — yet it's already become one of Amazon's best-selling books. Thanks to a hefty pre-order discount, one blogger notes that it's appeared on Amazon's list of hardcover best-sellers since the book was first announced in March, and this weekend it remains in the top 10. Randall Munroe recently announced personal appearances beginning this week throughout the U.S. (including Cambridge, New York, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area) — as well as a Google Hangout on Friday, September 12. Just two weeks ago he was also awarded the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story — and now many of his appearances are already sold out."
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+ - 3-D Printing Comes to Amazon

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An anonymous reader writes "Promising "an appstore for the physical world," Amazon's just unveiled their new online market for products created using a 3-D Printer. "Customization gives customers the power to remix their world," explains the co-founder of Mixee Labs (an Amazon partner), "and we want to change the way people shop online." Amazon's ability to sell you things before they've even been built is currently limited mostly to novelties like iPhone cases, jewelry, and bobbleheads that look like you. But as one web page explains, you're also buying a chance to experience the beginning of mainstream 3D printing."

+ - Arizona Minister Conned by a Photoshopped Fake->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "An Arizona minister mistook a photoshopped parody of a 1965 suntan lotion ad for a real ad promoting birth control — then used it as the basis for a controversial sermon about how "the birth control movement" is destroying the US. The ad featured wholesome Disney star Annette Funicello — who, ironically, was actually pregnant (and married) when she appeared in the original ad. On the one-year anniversary of her death, the minister's mistake resulted in an erroneous summation of his sermon appearing whenever you searched Google News for Annette Funicello — along with the headline "Childless women on birth control have destroyed the U.S.""
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+ - Amazon Offers "All You Can Read" Service for Kindle eBooks->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Amazon's just announced a new "all you can read" service for Kindle ebooks. (It'll be $9.99 a month, but right now they're giving away a free 30-day trial.) It'll also be available on the iPad and iPhone (as well as Android tablets and smartphones) through the Kindle apps, and the service will also include audiobooks — plus a free three-month subscription to Audible. Although one technology site speculates Amazon made the move because too many Kindle owners were getting their ebooks from Amazon's "free" section."
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+ - Paul Graham: Hackers Embody American-Ness->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham once argued that hackers embody "American-ness" more closely than any group, writing that "unruliness" is the essence of both hacking and the American character. Opposing a 2004 crackdown on civil liberties and copyright, he pointed out that in the end " Civil liberties make countries rich," and that hackers "see increasingly aggressive measures to protect 'intellectual property' as a threat to the intellectual freedom they need to do their job." In the online essay (later published in the O'Reilly book Hackers and Painters) Graham remembered how even Richard Feynman was breaking into safes with classified documents while working on the Manhattan Project. And he adds, "When you read what the founding fathers had to say for themselves, they sound more like hackers.""
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+ - Cloud Computing Means Better Applications->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Cloud computing is transforming the way we communicate, argues Forbes magazine, predicting "Storage will find itself more and more removed from the device as thin clients and ubiquitous Internet access give us endless accessibility to our information from anywhere..." But they also predict that applications will become more robust, since the cloud offers much easier ways to update and distribute software. The first widely popular cloud apps were primitive public/private services like Prodigy, AOL, and Hotmail. (One telecom billing solution company even celebrated their 15th year of providing cloud-based services.) But Forbes attributes the breakout popularity of the cloud to Amazon's AWS service and Apple's iCloud."
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+ - Amazon Announces Free Music Streaming Services for Prime Customers!->

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An anonymous reader writes "To compete with Microsoft's Xbox Music (as well as Pandora), Amazon just announced their own streaming music service. It's free to subscribers of Amazon's Prime service, and includes unrestricted listening to over 1 million songs, along with free downloads to your tablet or smartphone. Amazon's also offering their own recommendations through hundreds of playlists, although this blog points out that their library seems to heavily favor Johnny Cash (who has over 40 different albums on the service)."
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