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The war of words between Amazon and Hachette continued over the weekend. We told you Friday about some 900 or so book authors who published an open letter in the New York Times Sunday slamming Amazon for their negotiating tactics with publishing giant Hachette. Amazon had withheld or delayed some books to pressure Hachette into agreeing to its terms for eBook prices. That letter gave out Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s person email address and called on the public to spam Bezos with public pressure. But Saturday, Amazon pre-emptively slammed back by calling on Kindle authors to spam Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch [peach], and argue Amazon’s case. And finally, Pietsch hit back by replying to all those emails with Hachette’s side of the story. In related news, Amazon is applying the same tactics to negotiations with Walt Disney company. Amazon is no longer accepting pre-orders for Disney DVD and Blu-ray titles like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Maleficent."http://gigaom.com/2014/08/10/hachette-ceo-more-than-80-of-the-ebooks-we-publish-are-priced-at-9-99-or-lower/http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/11/us-amazon-com-walt-disney-idUSKBN0GB09Z20140811

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A: Amazon has halted preorders of some Hachette books, and delayed shipment or pared discounts on others as its talks with the publisher have moved into their fourth month.
A: Hachette said Amazon's preferred price for e-books of $9.99 doesn't reflect the costs of producing titles, including marketing, royalties and other expenses
A: more than 80% of Hachette's e-books are already $9.99
A: Hachette: Amazon's "punitive actions are not necessary, nor what we would expect from a trusted business partner,
A: Sucharita Mulpuru, a Forrester Research: “Most retailers just aren't willing to hurt themselves by cutting off sales"

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In 2013, the Manhattan district attorney's office obtained warrents to search 381 Facebook accounts for links to suspected fraud. Facebook fought the warrents and lost, but now is receiving support from an amicus brief filed Friday by the New York Civil Liberties Union. The brief is also supported by the ACLU, Google, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yelp, Foursquare, Kickstarter, Meetup and Tumblr -- all attempting to provent these types of broad searches in the future. Here to discuss his reporting on this story is Reed Albergotti, reporter at the Wall Street Journal.http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/08/civil-liberties-groups-tech-firms-back-facebook-against-manhattan-da/

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Q: Can you tell us the gist of this brief -- what's the purpose of an amicus brief, and why now?
Q: What is Facebook worried about? What is the downside of these types of search warrents?
Q: Do these kinds of briefs really work? How might this document prevent similar searches or court decisions in the future?
Q: How could the original warrents have been more limited?
Reed Albergotti
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal @ReedAlbergotti

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A: Facebook is appealing to prevent similarly broad probes in the future and to ensure the information is ultimately returned to unindicted suspects or destroyed
A: Facebook attempted to block the searches, but the judge sided with law enforcement and slapped Facebook with a gag order, preventing the company from notifying its users about the warrants. The gag order was lifted in June, and Facebook’s deputy general counsel issued a statement.
A: Facebook doesn't want its service treated like a single, broad source of information.

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Reed Albergotti * wsj.com * @ReedAlbergotti

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Finland's F-Secure last week verified an accusation made by some users of some Xiaomi smartphones -- that the phone was “phoning home” like ET and secretly sending data back to servers in China. Now the company has explained itself and has issued a patch. https://plus.google.com/+HugoBarra/posts/bkJTXzyXXmj

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/10/xiaomi-privacy-issue-cloud-messaging/

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Here to tell us all about it is Richard Lai Editor-in-chief for the Chinese version of Engadget.
Q: What data were these phones sending back and why?
Q: Which phones were affected and how do users get the patch?
Richard Lai
Editor-in-chief, Engadget Chinese @richardlai

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A: beamed its carrier name, phone number, IMEI (the device identifier) plus numbers from the address book and text messages back to Beijing.
A: Xiaomi VP and ex-Googler Hugo Barra told all on Google+
A: data link is part of MIUI's cloud messaging service
A: Xiaomi had this is turned on by default and there's no prompt about this for the user

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Richard Lai * engadget.com * @richardlai

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According to The Guardian, 5.2 Chromebooks have been sold this year, and a large chunk of those are being used in the US education market, creating big challenges for Apple's iPad and more traditional Windows PCs, which have both enjoyed success in classrooms. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/11/google-chromebooks-education-market-gartner

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Q: Hi, Charles. Tell us a little more about what's happening here. Is this really a tidal shift in the technology that American classrooms are using?
Q: Why are school districts so interested in using Chromebooks? What's the advantage?
Q: Do you think that this shift is a long-term one, or is this just one more technology that will spend a few years in classrooms before being replaced?
Q: Do Chromebooks help learning -- is there something that they do better than other technologies to help education -- or are they simply cheaper and easier?
Charles Arthur
Technology Editor, The Guardian @charlesarthur

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A: Last year, in 2013, 82%, or 2.4m Chromebooks were sold in north America, and the education sector took 85% overall.
A: Chromebooks are popular in classrooms because they're simple, inexpensive, easy to administer remotely, and because they have physical keyboards.
A: Gartner’s principal PC analyst suggests that Chromebooks fill the niche that netbooks did, and that they give PC manufacturers another way to tackle the sub-$300 PC market.

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Charles Arthur * theguardian.com * @charlesarthur

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