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Amazon sells Kindle Fire below cost: research firm

At $199, Amazon is selling the Kindle Fire slightly below the cost it takes to manufacture the tablet computer, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. In a “teardown” estimate published Friday, IHS iSuppli said it costs $201.70 to manufacture the Kindle Fire, which Amazon began shipping to customers this week. “The Kindle Fire, at…

Friday Genius Ten “Keep On Living (And Dancing)” Edition

I was extremely happy to see that the first full-length album by MEN has come out. I got their EP for a couple of bucks at a show that probably was a couple of years ago now, and have been eager for more. The lead of the band is JD…

Amazon weathers attack by pro-WikiLeaks hackers

After taking down the websites of Visa, Mastercard and others with cyber attacks, supporters of WikiLeaks tried but failed on Thursday to knock online retail giant Amazon.com offline. The loose-knit group of hackers known as “Anonymous” announced an assault on the Amazon website for 11:00 am (1600 GMT) as part…

Amazon Fail: A Follow-Up

Well, the hopes that Amazon was just an innocent victim of a bantown event or right wing complaint campaign have been shot to hell. The company released an official statement about deranking nearly 58,000 titles that had feminist, LGBT, or sex-positive* titles, and unfortunately, it’s not satisfactory and indicates that…

Amazon FAIL

Another update: I’m increasingly convinced that this was just a mistake. I’m extremely convinced that this wasn’t an internal decision of Amazon’s, because frankly, they probably make more money off queer people and feminists than they do off wingnuts. Update: This theory seems plausible to me. If you haven’t seen…

Yes! We are all individuals!

Atlas Shrugged is #1 on Amazon for United States Literature at the moment. Thanks to the wonder of editions, it’s also #7 and #8. The Fountainhead is #13. The Cliff’s Notes to Atlas Shrugged are #23. If everyone in the country goes Galt at the same time, will anyone even…

Classic commercial break: Easy Bake Oven

Kate was surfing around on Amazon looking for an Easy Bake Oven for our niece in Alabama. I’m 45, so obviously I had one of the first iterations of the cooking-with-a-light-bulb contraption. Harvest Gold, baby. Goodness knows it was so easy to burn yourself that it would never make it…

Richard Cohen Is Afraid Of R2D2

The Interwebs will steal his books’ soooooooooouls!!! My favorite part: I asked a bookseller in New York to recommend a brilliant but unheralded book, and he went through his shelves and picked out several, none of which I had ever heard of. “Her Privates We” was one of them. The…

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