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+ - Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries->

Submitted by stasike
stasike (1063564) writes "Nate at the-digital-reader.com reports that Adobe is spying on any computer that runs Digital Editions 4, the newest version of Adobe’s Epub app. They are not only sending info about what you are reading, they also search your computer for e-book files and send this info too, and all this in clear text.
This is just another example of DRM going south."

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+ - Amazon drops "wireles delivery" surcharge ->

Submitted by stasike
stasike (1063564) writes "Amazon has been charging "wireles delivery" surcharge for it's Kindle books for regions outside USA. The surcharge was $2 and was charged even if you purchased the e-book on WiFi-only Kindle or even on Kindle app for your PC or PDA. So 0.99 book cost $2.99 in Eurpope and elsewhere.
It looks like they dropped the surcharge. Is this the beginning of price-war with Apple?"

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+ - CAD software on Vista up to 50 times slover

Submitted by stasike
stasike (1063564) writes "The upFront.eZine reports that according to the article on Tom's Hardware many popular 3D CAD and modelling programs run 10 to 50 times slower on Vista than on XP. An average modelling program, like 3ds max, runs "only" 10 times slower. UGS NX, on the other hand runs more than 50 times slower. This is a direct result of killing an OpenGL and implementing god-only-knows-what protective features into the Vista for our own good."

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.

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