Archive for October, 2013
It’s almost midnight but I just had to share this with you. It’s a demo of a new whiz bang innovation called ‘Booktrack’.
The idea is to provide a soundtrack, or sound effects, that will be synced to the ebook you read.
I’m not sure whether the sound in the demo would enthrall me, or annoy the hell out of me, but suddenly the wild idea I had about including my Two Steps From Hell writing music with my story doesn’t seem so wild any more. In five years time this technology may well be common place. Yay, technology!
Sadly I’ll never be able to afford the music I’d like so… -sigh-
Good night world!
PS: Click picture to see extra info or some other info related to same subject!
“ We will not be silent! We are your bad conscience! ”
– Sophie Scholl, die Weiße Rose *
* German students Hitler and policy of Nazis opposing resistance organization in Munchen, Nazi-Germany during the World War II.
“…Since the conquest of Poland three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way … The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals … Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But hecannot be exonerated; he is GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!”
– From the second leaflet of die Weiße Rose
AbeBooks held a major (although not majority) stake in a site called LibraryThing, where the literati can list their favorite books and discuss them. Coincidentally, Amazon has put a reported $1 million into Shelfari, one of LibraryThing’s direct competitors (which also include GoodReads, BookJetty and many others). So it might not be surprising to see Amazon try to join the forces of these two modestly sized startups.
But if the history between LibraryThing and Shelfari is any indication, we’re more likely to see Amazon either place its bets on one and divest its shares in the other, or simply maintain a minority investment in both.
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Shelfari, a social network for bibliophiles, has been acquired by Amazon for an undisclosed amount. Amazon has been a longtime supporter of the Seattle based startup, having invested $1 million in the site in February 2007.
The move comes less than a month after Amazon’s acquisition of AbeBooks, a vendor of rare and used books from independent publishers. As part of that acquisition Amazon also got a stake in Shelfari’s competitor LibraryThing, which AbeBooks had previously purchased a 40% stake in.
This resulted in an awkward scenario – while Shelfari and LibraryThing are similar and could conceivably be merged by Amazon pending a dual aquision, there is bad blood between them. LibraryThing’s founder has openly criticized Shelfari for spamming users and astroturfing blogs, and generally behaving as a “bad actor”.
In light of the tension between the companies (and their locations on opposite sides of the country)…
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The National Security Agency has been secretly “harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans,” reports the Washington Post from documents obtained by whistleblower on the lam, Edward Snowden.
PowerPoint slides reveal that, “During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers.”
Moreover, it collects contact lists from more than 500,000 chat-based contact, or buddy, lists. Apparently, the practice is illegal in the United States, so the NSA collects them for foreign access points “all over the world,” according to an anonymous official. Because they’re collected overseas, there is an assumption that the person is not a U.S. citizen (we’re not making this up).
Google, Facebook and Microsoft all offered statements…
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