On the Internet, the only thing harder to fight than frivolous copyright infringement accusations is comment trolls. Nevertheless, we're all going to give it our best shots. In other news, Woz hacks its Prius, the Internet comes up with wishful-thinking rumors to turn the iPad into the thing we all wanted it to be, and we just cannot get excited about the Nexus One on AT&T. Or the JooJoo tablet. --Molly
Ep. 1157: Fighting trolls is like fighting ghosts
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Wozniak cites ’scary’ Prius acceleration problem
Rumour mill: New
iPad with full OSX and camera on Verizon
Google shows off Chrome OS
And now time for Google tablet rumors. Wonderful
AT&T getting its own
Nexus One soon
Microsoft investigating Windows 7 batteryissue
JooJoo tablet may come as early as this month
Grandma endures wrongful ISP piracysuspension
New reality show coming to PlayStation Network
Engadget turns comments off
Kickers and Science
Twitter reduces our grasp on spelling and grammar
Max from Fresno on contact lenses for 3D
Anonymous on price fixing
Hi JaMoTo (glad that I can use that abbreviation again):
I ran across this story on paidContent.org that suggests that Amazon might be the winner in their battle with Macmillan. Basically, the article suggests that because Amazon was losing money on Kindle books, they’ll now stop losing money on Macmillan books (and on books from any other publisher that adopts the agency model). In the end, the prices will naturally go down, but Amazon will no longer be taking a loss on Kindle books. If this is true, then Amazon just lured all of the publishers into a trap.
Still, I don’t buy every argument made in the article. (The author suggests that if e-book prices go up, piracy won’t increase. I disagree with that statement). I seriously think that $9.99 is the sweet spot for new e-books. At prices higher than that, customers will buy the physical copy instead. Only at under $10 does is it appealing to me, at least, to give up my right to loan or sell the book when I’m done with it.
The article presents an interesting theory, and I can’t wait to see how this all turns out.
Joe AKA dOgBOi
Hey Buzz Crew
I’m a big fan of Stanza, I love the ability to share any document no matter what format onto my iPhone, which is perfect for my job. However it looks like Apple has made the devs take away features from the app. An update hit yesterday and all it does is remove the ability to share books from your pc to the iPhone app via USB. This is pretty darn suspicious as Apple just announcement their own iBook platform for the iPad. On the Stanza forums the devs explained that if they don’t remove the feature they risk being booted from the App Store !
Love the show.
From London, England