Why does it come to pass that the more data we collect -- from Google, YouTube and Facebook -- the less likely we are to know what it means?
Social media in China is blurring the lines between facts, lies and rumors, as evidenced by the Bo Xilai case; some homophobic video gamers are in an uproar about characters identifying as homosexual, bisexual or transgender; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has made it back into young voters' good graces. These discoveries and more after the jump.
I know many Americans do not read any books once they’re out of school or college. But some do, and what they read has been shaped not only by changing tastes but by availability. The availability consideration is being revolutionized.I’m a bibliophile of the first water. I have spent what seems half my life in bookstores all over the world.
The U.S. military bans FiveFingers shoes because they "detract from a professional military image"; Rupert Murdoch sells MySpace for a measly $35 million; and Google teams with the Getty Museum to create a smartphone application for art lovers. These discoveries and more after the jump.
I hated Amazon's first Kindle as much as my dad, an avid reader, writer and collector of books, loved it. For him, it was delivery on a very old promise. For me, its monochrome screen, beige plastic body and single-mindedness represented a technological regression.
It looks like Amazon's e-book strategy is paying off. CEO Jeff Bezos revealed Monday that, "even while our hardcover sales continue to grow," his company sold 180 Kindle edition books for every 100 hardcovers last month. That figure has accelerated since Amazon dropped the price of its best-selling product, the Kindle e-book reader, by $70.
Although Kindle sales have seemed strong since its debut nearly two years ago, the future of Amazon's e-reader may not be rosy, according to The Atlantic's Kevin Maney, who sums up the "Kindle problem" thusly: "[I]n aiming to provide both a great experience and supreme convenience, it has achieved neither."
Amazon's Kindle reader might still be a great device in the estimation of some literary aficionados, but the honeymoon is over for Michigan high school student (and potential member of Future Lawyers of America) Justin D. Gawronski, who's getting litigious with the online superseller after his copy of George Orwell's "1984" was yanked from his Kindle in July.