A listing for a bloody mannequin has disappeared from Amazon after feminists complained it was promoting violence against women. The activist group UltraViolet collected 63,000 signatures on a petition to get rid of the shooting target designed by Zombie Industries that bled when shot and was chillingly called “The Ex.” The first 10,000 signatures appeared within the first 30 minutes of the campaign, the organizers said.
The daily deals service LivingSocial has been hacked and will begin sending notifications out to users this afternoon. Fifty million of the company’s 70 million users were affected.
App analytics upstart App Annie put together a good-looking infographic that conveys that Amazon’s app store has a lot of catching up to do relative to the Google and Apple stores, but plenty of ropes to grab to help it get there.
Seattle start-up Blab launched a public beta today for a social analytics tool that it claims can predict the future of social conversations.
On today’s edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog announced Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Press, which will go head-to-head with Amazon’s publishing tools for self-published authors.
The publisher of a bilingual children’s book written in English and Cornish prevailed upon Amazon to issue the book an an e-book after a petition and a social-media campaign, according to the UK Guardian. But Amazon continues to support a very narrow range of languages for e-readers.
Music, TV shows, and movies have all gone digital, and there are a number of streaming services to choose from. But if you’re going to pay for them, you’re going to want to read the fine print. Should you switch from Netflix to Hulu Plus? Is Spotify better than Grooveshark? This infographic breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of different streaming services and provides statistics on how quickly other consumers are adopting new technology.
On today’s social media edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog talked about the group of nearly 2,000 people who have signed a petition on Change.Org asking Amazon to change its policy about returning eBooks.
Amazon to Acquire Book Lovers’ Network Goodreads (SocialTimes)
Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a community for book lovers. Founded in 2007, the San Francisco-based company has a member base of 16 million avid readers who have collectively formed more than 30,000 book clubs.
Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a community for book lovers. Amazon’s selection of eBooks for Kindle, as well as its emerging publishing division, will benefit from the recommendation power of the social network, where members have written more than 23 million book reviews.