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Despite Amazon being a mega-marketplace for just about anything, it's the company's reading-centric initiatives that are largely defining it these days. And now, Amazon Publishing is introducing yet another product in that category with Kindle Worlds. It's a new publishing model for independent authors, and it's described as the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar; Pretty... Read more...
The next time you are taking money out at the ATM, be wary of anyone lurking nearby with an antenna sticking out of their pants. They might be stealing your PIN wirelessly. A pair of Ph.D. students at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) of Switzerland's Ecole publique Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), recently demonstrated a number of techniques for listening in on the electromagnetic emanations coming from wired keyboards and interpreting that information into the actual keystrokes pressed. The two researchers, Martin Vuagnoux and Sylvain Pasini, tested four different versions of this technique on 11 different wired keyboards with PS/2 and USB connections, as well as with... Read more...
HotHardware told you yesterday about the Associated Press' hardline approach to linking to their news service stories and excerpting their copy. AP seems a little sketchy about the way in which the doctrine of Fair Use is generally understood on the Internet. As if in an attempt to double down on what is fast becoming a public relations debacle for the news service, AP has a web form for bloggers to use when referring to AP news stories, and it's comedy gold. AP wants to charge you $12.50 to excerpt five words from their articles. The New York Times, an AP member organization, refers to this as an “attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web... Read more...
Some have suggested that the terms and conditions in the EULA for Google Docs & Spreadsheets imply that Google actually "owns" the words "held" within those documents.  Looking at the clause in question carefully, it looks like the sentence simply needs rewording for clarity.The controversy centers on Google's use of the word "public" in its terms and conditions for Google Docs. One clause states, "By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through Google services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant Google a worldwide, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, adapt, modify, publish and distribute such content on Google services... Read more...
Tonight, X-Bit labs takes a sober look at the recent Nvidia/AEG scandal. With rumors flying around everywhere, it's time to take a look at some of the facts(or lack thereof) surrounding the issue. "In the beginning of week - on the best day for starting a scandal - Nvidia Corp. was accused in seeding shills into forums and communities to promote its products. The fans reportedly received free hardware and officially acted to "educate" users in the forums. We try to attempt to summarize all the information to find out whether advertising methods of hardware companies have reached the point of pretty unfaithful practices"... Read more...