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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->

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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->

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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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+ - Google Algorithm Change Forces Layoffs and Site Closings->

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An anonymous reader writes "After 15 years of operation, Metafilter now faces the prospect of "defaulting on bills and hitting bankruptcy by mid-summer," due primarily to a change in Google's algorithm. (David Auerbach writes on Slate that AdSense revenue has declined by 50% at Metafilter.) Helium.com also announced last week that they'll be closing due to lower Google traffic, and in December their 1 million user-submitted articles will vanish from the web. Slate asks: could dropping search engine traffic just be the result of a bug at Google?"
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+ - Helium.com Closes, Deleting 1 Million Articles->

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An anonymous reader writes ""After eight years and well over one million articles, we regret to announce that Helium Publishing will be closing," announced an e-mail last week. The online writer's community shared its ad revenue with contributors, sometimes offering them upfront payments of up to $3.50 per article — though "changing market conditions" have finally rendered that model unprofitable. (One Helium writer bragged about earning $900 from the site by submitting 300 bad movie reviews, and then another $1750 by reviewing 500 children's picture books.) But this technology blog notes that Helium's founder still earned over $57 million — by selling Helium in 2011 to the big print publisher, R. R. Donnelly."
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+ - 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 Is Paying Its Employees to Quit->

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destinyland (578448) writes "Amazon's started a "Pay to Quit" program where full-time employees are offered up to $5,000 to leave the company (to ensure the remaining workforce is truly motivated). Jeff Bezos revealed the perk in a letter to shareholders, while also announcing that Amazon is welcoming tourists into its fulfillment centers in 6 different U.S. states. But one Seattle blog describes the move as "obviously an attempt to counter all the bad press that Amazon's warehouses have gotten over the past year," linking to an undercover BBC investigation and stories about Amazon's arrival in a former coal-mining town. And this week Gawker began soliciting new horror stories from Amazon employees. ("You literally must re-interview for your position...constantly. It comes up at least every three months...")"
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+ - Amazon's Opening Its Warehouses to Tourists-> 1

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destinyland (578448) writes ""See what happens after you click buy," teases a new web page at Amazon, announcing that tourists are now welcome in their fulfillment centers across the United States. In six different states, Amazon's opening their doors on the first and third Tuesday of the month (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), as part of what one technology site calls "a strong push by Amazon to win the hearts of America’s consumers". Amazon reminds visitors that they hired more than 20,000 full-time employees last year, though this article notes that they're also "conquering the supply chains" for consumer products and displacing stores in your local community — "Not just retail stores, but also grocery stores, and even pet food stores, movie theaters, and of course, bookstores.""
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+ - Neil Gaiman Confirms Movie Talks for Sandman, American Gods->

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An anonymous reader writes "Neil Gaiman has confirmed that things are finally coming together for a Sandman movie adaptation. Fresh on the release of a new issue of Sandman, the popular graphic novel that he first started back in 1988, Gaiman told CNN that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed to produce the Sandman movie, and that both his knowledge and commitment "impressed the hell out of me." ("I had a fantastic day spent with Joe talking...") And Gaiman also confirmed new progress on adapting "American Gods" into a TV series. "People are being talked to, exciting things are going on," Gaiman tells CNN, teasing that its current status is still "wait and see.""
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+ - IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "When Microsoft terminated official support for Windows XP on April 8th, most organizations had taken the six years of warnings to heart and migrated to another solution. But not the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Only 52,000 of their 110,000 Windows-powered computers have been upgraded to Windows 7. They'll now be forced to pay Microsoft for Custom Support. How much? Using Microsoft's standard rate of $200 per PC, it'll be $11.6 million for one year. That leaves $18.4 million of their $30 million budget to finish the upgrades themselves, which works out to $317 per computer."
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