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Archives: August 2010

Hanwang May Have New 8-Inch eReader For Chinese Readers

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eReaders are growing in popularity in China and a company called Hanwang/Hanvon Technology has a new 8-inch eInk screen eReader called the E800 that runs on Windows CE OS, rumored to launch soon.

Shanzai.com
has more: “The Hanvon E800 has some great add-ons like handwritten touch function, speech function, voice recording, audio player, electronic dictionary and more…It boasts of a superb resolution of 1024×768 plus it comes with a built-in Wi-Fi module, a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual channel speakers and a mini USB port. The storage is impressive as well, with a 4GB microSD card that can be expanded up to 32GB. There is still no news about its price or launch date.”

Forbes
pointed out that, “China’s eReader market will be the world’s largest by 2015, according to research firm Display Research. Hanwang had a 66% market share in the first quarter of 2010.”

Top 10 Reading List for Tech Startups

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Here’s a list of useful titles on tech startups covering everything from design, marketing and lifestyle to history from the Guilded Age to the 21st Century. It’s a new era of working less and working from home. But if history repeats itself we can at least look forward to some government reform, right after we start paneling the walls of our summer cottages with platinum like Cornelius Vanderbilt.

22Squared Takes a First Look at Facebook Places

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Two of the hottest topics in social media are geolocation and location-based applications, with the long anticipated and recently released Facebook Places at the nexus of the conversation. We recently posted perspectives from Whrrl’s Jeff Holden and face2face’s Hameed Kahn.

22Squared, an independent agency based in Atlanta and Tampa, provided Social Times with a first look at its primer on Facebook Places, describing the product and exploring its implications for users and brands. Read more

MTV, foursquare Take On STDs with GYT Badge

GYTBadge.jpgMTV and foursquare are teaming up to urge young people to check in at medical facilities and get tested for sexually transmitted diseases as part of the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign, a joint initiative between the cable network, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Young people who get tested, check in at the facility, and include “GYT” as part of their check-in will receive the MTV GYT badge on the location-based mobile service, which will make them eligible to win a trip for two to New York and backstage passes to MTV’s 10 on Top.

MTV general manager Stephen Friedman said:

MTV is proud to join forces with foursquare on their first-ever cause-related badge, giving our audience the tools to take activism to a whole new level. Through the power of foursquare, our initiative can take a single personal action and amplify it into a rallying cry that can break down stigmas surrounding STD testing.

And foursquare director of business development Jonathan Crowley added:

We’ve been continually impressed by MTV’s innovative uses of the foursquare platform. We’re excited to see them integrating foursquare in their campaign to raise awareness of such an important cause and drive people to action.

Arcade Fire’s New Interactive Music Video Takes Over Your Chrome Browser

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The Wilderness DowntownArcade Fire’s ‘The Wilderness Downtown’ is more than just a music video – it is an interactive experience that takes music and integrates elements from your personal life, interactivity and a choreographed HTML5 wow-fest. When you arrive at The Wilderness Downtown website (only from Google Chrome), you are asked to enter the address of the home you grew up in, and then the fun begins.
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Elizabeth Gilbert: Most Popular Passages

committed.jpgAs Eat Pray Love hit theaters around the country, Elizabeth Gilbert‘s follow-up memoir Committed has held a high spot on the NY Times‘ nonfiction hardcover bestseller list. Gilbert’s book is also the 32nd most highlighted book on Kindle–so we searched for readers’ favorite passages.

Using Amazon’s Most Highlighted Books feature, we can actually track which passages these eBook readers enjoyed. For our new Popular Passages feature, we will track the most underlined passages from bestselling books.

An impressive 645 Kindle users highlighted this passage: “Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone.”

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Where's Social Gaming's Big Wikipedia Entry?

WikipediaSocial gaming has some 250 million+ players on Facebook alone, its top companies have valuations in the billions, it attracts heavy investment from major corporations like EA, Disney, and Google, but here’s something social gaming doesn’t really have: Its own Wikipedia entry. As of this writing, Wikipedia’s Social Games entry is a placeholder, while the “Social casual games” entry is less than 100 words long, and even more shocking, comes with an editor’s note, “This article may not meet [Wikipedia's] general notability guideline.” Seriously! By contrast, even though they’re niche genres relative to social gaming, Wikipedia’s MMORPG entry is almost 4000 words, while the entry on first-person shooters is over 3000. So what’s the deal? I put the question to Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, for his take:
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The Red Badge Of Courage Is Free eBook Of The Day

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As students head back to school this week, we are featuring free eBook classics as part of our Free eBook of the Day feature. Today’s Free eBook of the Day is The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.

This 1895 war novel depicts the hardships of the American Civil War. Here is an excerpt: “Once a certain tall soldier developed virtues and went resolutely to wash a shirt. He came flying back from a brook waving his garment bannerlike. He was swelled with a tale he had heard from a reliable friend, who had heard it from a truthful cavalryman, who had heard it from his trustworthy brother, one of the orderlies at division headquarters. He adopted the important air of a herald in red and gold.”

Project Gutenberg has the free download.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day archive.

Mommy, I Want A Blog Too…

TweensWe reported earlier on the rise in social networking sites targeted to kids as young as two. Now, give them one more year and they’ll become bloggers.

A recent article in The Independent reports that children as young as three are turning to blogging as a creative and lucrative outlet. New research by Ofcom in the United Kingdom shows that one in five 8-to 11-year olds would like to set up a blog and 15 percent of 12-to 15-year olds are already blogging.

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Angry Robot Releases Nine eBooks

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Independent press Angry Robot is getting into the eBook business with nine new digital releases.

From the Angry Robot blog: “We’re big fans of eBooks, here at Angry Robot. Well, we’re big fans of books, and eBooks are just one of the formats that we love. We’ve been working furiously behind the scenes to get you eBook versions of our titles, and today we launch the first 9.”

The eBook title releases include: Moxyland by Lauren Beukes; Slights by Kaaron Warren; Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero by Dan Abnett; Winter Song by Colin Harvey; The Crown of the Blood by Gav Thorpe; Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon; The Road to Bedlam by Mike Shevdon; Zoo City by Lauren Beukes; and Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic.

The eBooks will be sold from various retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple’s iBookstore, as well as Amazon UK and Waterstones. Blogger Mike Cane points out that the publisher is selling DRM-free titles, except through Amazon. From his blog: “The Kindle Editions, however, have DRM on them. This is because they wound up at Amazon via a distributor, instead of direct from the publisher.”