Kindle Books Overtake Paperback Books To Become Amazon’s Most Popular Format (TechCrunch)
...Now that lead also holds for paperbacks as well with 115 Kindle books being sold for every hundred paperbacks
Say Goodbye to All Those Passwords (Bloomberg Businessweek)
...The U.S. Commerce Dept. is spearheading a new online security system that experts say will eliminate the password maze and perhaps boost e-commerce. The plan calls for a single sign-in each time a computer or phone is turned on, using a device such as a digital token, a smartcard, or a fingerprint reader.
Krafty Kiosk Knows What You Want to Eat (Discovery News)
...The kiosk uses anonymous video analytics (AVA) that determines when a face is looking at it, then categorizes the customer into gender and demographic groups in order to make suggestion. For example, a hungry twenty-year-old boy might be suggested Mac ‘N Cheese while the kiosk might tell a weary mother with kids in tow to get a family pasta dinner.
New Toshiba Hard Drives Could Boost iPod Classic to 220 GB (MacRumors.com)
...Toshiba's new MKxx39GSL series (PDF) comes in 160 GB, 200 GB, and 220 GB capacities, all in a single-platter form factor matching the 5 mm drive thickness used in the current iPod classic.
Internet, Alt Google begins censoring autocomplete results for BitTorrent, RapidShare and other Big Media profanity (engadget)
Tried searching for "BitTorrent," "RapidShare," "uTorrent," "MegaUpload" or even "Ubuntu torrent" lately? Good luck finding a Google domain that'll autocomplete those results for you.
Pomplamoose On Making A Career While Making Music They Like (techdirt)
...It's difficult to think of a better, more succinct summary of what's so great about what technology allows in the music industry today. The old gatekeepers are no longer gatekeepers, and the real opportunity is in the platforms that enable others to avoid the gatekeepers, who would have kept them out in the past.
Polar bear's epic nine day swim in search of sea ice (BBC)
..."This bear swam continuously for 232 hours and 687 km and through waters that were 2-6 degrees C," says research zoologist George M. Durner.
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