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Jennifer Egan

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Facebook Camera App Launches for iOS (TechCrunch)
Facebook began rolling out a standalone photos app Thursday with which users can shoot, filter and share single or sets of photos and scroll through a feed of photos uploaded to Facebook by your friends. Facebook Camera for iOS lets users rapidly pick one or more photos, apply filters, tag friends and locations, add a description and post. Gizmodo iOS users are used to pulling down at the top of apps to refresh a stream, but this action reveals your iPhone’s photo album, instead. This takes getting used to, as does the process of selecting multiple photos to upload or changing your mind and removing one. Wired The product highlights the company’s commitment to its mobile business. But considering Facebook’s recent purchase of the photo-sharing app Instagram, it’s hard not to compare the two. Silicon Valley Mercury News Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram on April 9 for cash and stock then valued at $1 billion, but the value of the stock has widely varied after the Menlo Park, Calif.-headquartered social network went public last week and has experienced volatility on Wall Street. The deal has not closed, and Facebook recently changed wording in its Securities and Exchange Commission filings that indicated it did not expect the acquisition to be complete in the current quarter. Reuters Less than a week after its IPO, Facebook is already facing multiple lawsuits by disgruntled shareholders who claim that the company and its underwriters told only select institutional investors about the social media company’s weakened growth forecast. This is not the first time investors in a hot tech company’s initial public offering have alleged that underwriters favored their regular clients at the expense of the little guys. Read more

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Most Of Time Magazine’s Top Books Of 2010 Available As eBooks

Time Magazine released its Top 10 book lists for 2010 and the good news for eBook fans is that ninety percent of the titles have an eBook edition.

The only picks that didn’t have an eBook edition were fiction titles Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon published by McPherson and Wilson by Daniel Clowes which is published by Drawn and Quarterly. Hopefully these rankings and Gordon’s success at The National Book Awards will encourage the publishers to make digital copies available. Read more

Authors Go On “Wordstrike” Against Arizona Immigration Law

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The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is boycotting the controversial new immigration law in Arizona through an initiative called Wordstrike. The effort calls authors to boycott the state of Arizona until it revokes the SB1070 immigration law, which went into effect yesterday.

Salman Rushdie, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Jennifer Egan are among the writers and artists who signed the letter. Here is an excerpt from the letter: “We call on the administration to vigorously pursue its lawsuit against Arizona and to use all its powers to block SB 1070. And we call upon all writers — no matter their citizenship, no matter their ethnicity — to join us in repudiating this virulent, repugnant law.”

Since the letter was originally published on July 13th, more than a hundred authors have signed it. You can sign the petition here.

On Wednesday Federal Judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction against some of the more controversial parts of the law. But Wordstrike is pushing for the law to be revoked entirely.