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+ - Amazon auto-rip->

Submitted by larry bagina
larry bagina (561269) writes "Amazon let one rip. But you'll probably enjoy the smell! (unless you're still observing that amazon boycott...). Anyhow, you wouldn't know it from slashdot, but the biggest news of the day (perhaps even the week given what a waste CES is): Amazon Cloud player now includes MP3s of CDs you bought going back to 1998. Wow. (Not all CDs and tracks are available, yet). And since many CDs are cheaper than digital downloads, you can buy the CD+MP3s for less than just the MP3s. Wrap your head around that one."
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The Almighty Buck

+ - Amazon profit drops->

Submitted by larry bagina
larry bagina (561269) writes "The Kindle Fire was supposed to be an iPad killer. Turns out, all it killed was Amazon's bottom line. Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter, Amazon sold ... well, they won't say how many they sold, but it's up 177% over some other number that they won't disclose. Estimates are 6 million Kindle Fires at a $10-$20 loss per tablet, though those numbers alone wouldn't account for the $239 million drop in profit from last year — and that's ignoring the 35% in sales."
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Electronic Frontier Foundation

+ - Supreme Court allows public domain foreign works t->

Submitted by larry bagina
larry bagina (561269) writes "“Nothing in the historical record, congressional practice, or our own jurisprudence warrants exceptional First Amendment solicitude for copyrighted works that were once in the public domain.” That's the Supreme Court's reasoning for allowing public domain works to be locked up under copyright again."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft to pay $10-$15 bribe per Windows phone s->

Submitted by larry bagina
larry bagina (561269) writes "Unofficial Microsoft PR mouthpiece Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft/Nokia are planning to spend $200 million (or more) to push Windows Mobile. "Included in the plan are sales incentives for retail workers, aimed at getting them to finally start recommending Windows Phone as an alternative to Android and iPhone. The amount of payments are $10 to $15 per handset sold, depending on the number sold, for some handset models."

The mac blogger cabal shit a brick over his revelation that he saw internal Microsoft documents and didn't immediately report on them."

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Chrome

+ - Google now paying Mozilla $300 million/year->

Submitted by larry bagina
larry bagina (561269) writes "No need to wait for the annual reports to find out how much the new Google/Mozilla deal was worth — sources reveal it was in the neighborhood of $1 billion for three years. You'll probably remember from previous slashdot speculation that Microsoft might make a bid (they did, as did yahoo ) or that Google would get a better price (ha!) as Chrome became more popular than FireFox."
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