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DOJ files antitrust suit against Apple’s e-book pricing ‘conspiracy’

The US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit naming Apple and five publishing houses alleging a “conspiracy to limit” e-book price competition, court documents showed. The suit filed in US District Court in New York said the conspiracy involved “schemes to limit Amazon’s ability to discount e-books,” hurting consumers. The…

Engines from Apollo 11 moon flight found in the Atlantic

Salvage operation led by Amazon boss aims to recover engines that powered the first moon landing Nearly 43 years after they thrust the Apollo 11 astronauts moonwards through a blue Florida sky, the mighty engines that helped deliver man to the Sea of Tranquillity have been found in the depths…

Protesting natives shut down Ecuador capital

QUITO — Protesting natives supported by opponents of President Rafael Correa brought Ecuador’s capital to a standstill Thursday, demanding an end to policies they say will open the Amazon rainforest to vast mining projects and ravage the environment. Protests were prompted partly by a recent agreement between Ecuador and China…

Barnes & Noble unveils $199 Nook Tablet

NEW YORK — US bookseller Barnes & Noble unveiled a new version of its Nook tablet computer Tuesday, a device with the same $199 price tag as Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The seven-inch (17.78-centimeter) Nook Tablet also has eight gigabytes of memory like the tablet released by online retail giant Amazon…

iPad owners tend to be older, have money

US owners of iPads tend to be older and richer than people who buy rival tablet computers, according to a study released on Friday by NPD Group. The industry trackers Tablet Adoption and Insights Report showed that more than 40 percent of iPad owners had household incomes of $100,000 or…

Amazon tests e-commerce waters in India

US online retail giant Amazon has made its first foray into Indiawith launch of a shopping website, Junglee.com, as it tests the waters for a possible full entry into the nation’s e-commerce market. India’s e-commerce business is set to boom as incomes and consumer demand climb in a country of 1.2 billion people…

Leave isolated Amazon natives alone, Peru says

Peruvian officials on Tuesday urged outsiders to stay away from isolated Amazon basin rainforest natives after pictures of “uncontacted” tribe members were published online. Mariela Huacchillo with the Peru’s office for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) told AFP that even indirect contact with the indigenous people could spread deadly viruses that…

Ecologists fume as Brazil Senate OKs forestry reform

BRASILIA — The Brazilian Senate has passed a forestry reform bill which is backed by the country’s powerful agribusiness sector but opposed by environmentalists who see it as a threat to preservation of the Amazon. The legislation, which received 59 votes in favor and seven against in an overnight vote,…

Dell abandons Android tablet in U.S.

Dell said it would halt sales of its Android tablet computer in the US market, as rival Amazon’s new Kindle Fire has heated up in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad. A message on the Texas-based computer’s website said that the seven-inch (17.8-centimeter) Streak tablet powered by Google’s mobile operating…

Brazil says Amazon deforestation down to lowest level

BRASILIA — Brazil said Monday that the pace of deforestation in its Amazon region fell to its lowest level since authorities began monitoring the world’s largest tropical rainforest. The head of the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), Gilberto Camara, said deforestation dropped to 6,238 square kilometers (2,408 square miles),…

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