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Submission + - Web campaign makes Amazon bestseller for one day (machineofdeath.net)

kingturkey writes: Inspired by a Dinosaur Comic several years ago about a machine that could tell you how you were going to die, a collection of webcomics people created an anthology of short stories based on the concept. The stories were taken from hundreds submitted from around the world, but include "the likes of Randall Munroe and Yahtzee Croshaw and tons more great writers and also [Ryan North], with illustrations by people like Kate Beaton and KC Green and so many more."
They wrote on the book's blog, "what we’ve learned is that it only takes a few hundred sales on a single day to become an Amazon.com bestseller. We want Machine of Death to become a Number One bestseller for exactly one day — October 26."
And they did it! It reached #1 in the Bestsellers in Books list (and is still there at the time of writing), and achieved a 685,800% increase according to Amazon's Movers & Shakers list.


FBI Says Dark Market Sting Netted 56 Arrests 130

narramissic writes "A two-year undercover FBI sting operation targeting online 'carder' forums hosted on the DarkMarket.ws Web site has netted 56 arrests and prevented about $70 million in fraud losses, the FBI said Thursday. DarkMarket.ws was widely used by online scammers to buy and sell stolen credit card numbers, other financial information, and even the devices used to make fake banking cards. Before it was shut down earlier this month, the Web site had registered more than 2,500 members. Although Dark Market was thought to have been administered by a criminal going by the name Master Splyntr, German Public Radio reported on Monday that the FBI had been running a sting operation on the site since late 2006, and that Master Splyntr was actually an FBI agent named J. Keith Mularski." Of course, they say it in German; non-German speakers may want to consult the Babelfish.

Submission + - Music industry wants credit card nums in ID3 tags (michaelrobertson.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In an obituary for AnywhereCD which closes in one week, MP3.com founder Michael Robertson chronicles how at least one record label wanted him to put credit card numbers of buyers into songs. Fascinating story about how at least some of the labels still don't get it and why AnywhereCD is about to buried.

Submission + - Lawsuit wants full control of Facebook

ScaredOfTheMan writes: "The lawsuit, filed by brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accuses Zuckerberg, Facebook's 23-year-old C.E.O, of stealing the source code, design, and business plan for Facebook in 2003 when he briefly worked in the Harvard dorms as a programmer for their own fledgling social-networking site, now known as ConnectU. The plaintiffs have demanded that Facebook be shut down and that full control of the site — and its profits — be turned over to them." I just wonder why they waited so long to sue? If he really stole their idea in 2003, why wait 4 years?

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