Microsoft Opens Online Flagship Store On Tmall, The 'Amazon Of China'
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Amazon Publishing promises authors faster royalty payments

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Amazon Publishing said in a letter to literary agents Monday that it will start paying its authors royalties on a monthly basis, up from every three months. “In this digital age, we don’t see why authors should have to wait six months to be paid,” Amazon’s VP of publishing Jeff...
Amazon Publishing promises authors faster royalty payments

The Battle for the Living Room Is Over -- The War for the Consumer Is On

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The ultimate goal for consumer electronics companies 10 years ago? Control the consumer living room experience. That way, they could control consumer identities, consumer experiences, consumer credit cards and commerce — business model nirvana as consumers in markets such as the United States were upgrading from clunky cathode-ray televisions to...
The Battle for the Living Room Is Over -- The War for the Consumer Is On

Microsoft updates Windows Azure with support for Hadoop, Dropbox, PhoneGap, Mercurial, and more

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Microsoft’s Azure Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service cloud computing tool today turned on support for Hadoop. Or, in Microsoft-speak, HDInsight is now a go, enabling “you to easily deploy and manage Hadoop Clusters.” That warming sensation you are feeling is natural. As ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley noted in...
Microsoft updates Windows Azure with support for Hadoop, Dropbox, PhoneGap, Mercurial, and more

AD OF THE DAY: Microsoft Endorses Gay Marriage (MSFT)

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Microsoft's new commercial for its Outlook app features a lesbian marriage. But unlike Amazon's recent pro-gay Kindle spot, the Microsoft ad doesn't hinge on the political statement. The lesbian marriage sequence, which comprises only nine seconds of the 30-second video, is sandwiched between an effects-laden car crash and a flashy...
AD OF THE DAY: Microsoft Endorses Gay Marriage (MSFT)
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DRM Strikes Again: Digital Comics Distributor JManga Closing Down... And Deleting Everyone's Purchases

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DRM is rearing its malformed head again and biting the hands that feed it. Rather than simply making an otherwise useful product useless unless requirements x, y and z are met, this time DRM is issuing a clawback on purchased rented digital goods. Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader...
DRM Strikes Again: Digital Comics Distributor JManga Closing Down... And Deleting Everyone's Purchases

Amazon merchants fed up with fee hikes; Google, Ebay could benefit

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Higher shipping costs and extra fees could cause Amazon third-party merchants to move away from the Seattle online giant to competitors like Google, Ebay and Wal-Mart. That’s the report from Reuters today, noting several people on Amazon’s online seller forum who complained of the high fees, many which have gone into...
Amazon merchants fed up with fee hikes; Google, Ebay could benefit

Is Samsung Selling Windows Phones So It Can Kill Windows Phone? (MSFT)

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Jeff Johnston, of small research firm Detwiler Fenton, has an interesting theory about the Samsung-Microsoft mobile relationship. Johnston thinks Samsung is selling a Windows Phone only to drain Microsoft resources while it builds its own competitive operating system. It seems like an overly complicated notion, but since reading about it...
Is Samsung Selling Windows Phones So It Can Kill Windows Phone? (MSFT)

Sony ends 20p price promotion in its UK Reader Store

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Sony is at least temporarily ending the 20p price promotion in the U.K. Reader Store, The Bookseller reported Monday. The 20p promotion, which had been running since July 2012, sold selected ebooks for 20 pence (USD $0.30). Amazon U.K. matched all of Sony’s prices, leading to a deeply discounted market for...
Sony ends 20p price promotion in its UK Reader Store
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