* Rights? You have no right to your eBooks (2012-Oct-22) [ComputerWorld UK]
Amazon unwittingly mounts a perfect demonstration why you should not trust Kindle as a place to purchase books.
There are of course important lessons to learn here. The core of Linn’s problem is that the supplier of her eBooks and the service provider for her cloud-linked reading device are one and the same company. While she should be able to carry on reading using a different reading device and/or provider, having legitimately purchased the books, she is prevented from doing so by a problem with the service provider.
Worse, Amazon is very keen to perpetuate this controlling relationship. By placing DRM on the books, by using a proprietary format for them and by locking down the reading device, Amazon does everything it can to prevent Linn from exercising any freedom of choice.
* Outlawed by Amazon DRM (2012-Oct-22) [Martin Bekkelund]
A couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst.
* Turns Out When Random House Said Libraries ‘Own’ Their Ebooks, It Meant, ‘No, They Don’t Own Them’ (2012-Oct-23) [techdirt]
…This raised some questions, such was whether this was true of everyone else who purchased Random House ebooks. Peter Brantley asked a bunch of questions and finally got Dye on the phone for a discussion, where he learned that when Random House says “own,” they mean “not own.” In fact, at best, when they say “own” they mean “if you fit into this limited category, you have the right to move your ebooks from one approved platform to another approved platform.” This is, contrary to Dye’s claim, a license. It is not ownership.
* Encryption app on a mission to raise eyebrows (2012-Oct-19) [SMH]
This week, after more than two years of preparation, the finished product has hit the market. Named Silent Circle, it is in essence a series of applications that can be used on a mobile device to encrypt communications – text messages, plus voice and video calls. Currently, apps for the iPhone and iPad are available, with versions for Windows, Galaxy, Nexus and Android in the works. An email service is also soon scheduled to launch.
* How Armstrong’s Wall of Silence Fell Rider by Rider (2012-Oct-20) [NYT]
* Cycling commentator Phil Liggett says Lance Armstrong made a fool out of him (2012-Oct-21) [news.com.au]
* Hidden History – Flash Fiction Winner (2012-Aug-14) [Dark Fiction Magazine]
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