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K-NFB Reading Merges With eMusic Forms Media Arc

Ray Kurzweil’s digital book distribution platform K-NFB Reading has merged with the digital music streaming service eMusic to form the company Media Arc Inc., according to reports.

The new company will offer consumers the ability to access more than 17 million songs, 40,000 audiobooks and 600,000 eBooks.

Here is more about the new company from a statement posted by The Wall Street Journal:

As a new company, eMusic and K-NFB will leverage their combined technologies and expertise to create a consumer-centric interface that makes discovering, interacting with, and purchasing all kinds of media content more accessible and seamless for consumers. The goal is to be able to sell more content for our partners by providing electronics manufacturers, retailers, MVPD/wireless companies, and others with a multimedia content solution to better compete in today’s market.

(Via Billboard).

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Thousands Share Alleged Conn. School Shooter’s Facebook Profile — but it May Not be Him (AllFacebook)
Not long after the name of the shooter who killed nearly 30 people — including 20 children — was released following a tragedy Friday morning at a Connecticut elementary school, many people rushed to Facebook to find the social media profile of Ryan Lanza. The Facebook profile of a Ryan Lanza from Newtown, Conn., was posted all over the Internet, with roughly 9,000 people sharing his profile photo. However, reports have shown that it does not appear to be the same person.

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The Blio eReading Platform Has Arrived

Ray Kurzweil’s Blio eReading software has arrived. The application was developed by the inventor Ray Kurzweil and K-NFB Reading Technology through its partnership with distributor Baker & Taylor.

The software was developed to enhance the visual experience of eReading. Lifehacker has more: “You can read in a variety of styles including page at a time, side by side, with intelligent zooming, or even a 3D book view. Voice to text support allows Blio to read aloud to you while highlighting the text. Blio also supports direct insertion of notes, highlighting, links, and images to heavily annotate the text for future study.”

You can download the free software here. It is currently available for PCs and Toshiba laptops. Users can shop for books, as well as access a library of public domain titles through the Blio bookstore.

Toshiba’s Libretto W105 comes with the app already installed. In the coming months, Blio will be rolled out worldwide through device manufacturers, retailers, mobile carriers and educational institutions.

Ray Kurzweil’s Blio Launches September 28th

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Blio, a new eReader application developed by inventor Ray Kurzweil and K-NFB Reading Technology will be available September 28 through its partnership with distributor Baker & Taylor.

The software was developed to enhance the visual experience of eReading, which from the press release sounds like a move away from eInk screens and a move to more rich media content.

Blio will be available for all Windows-based devices with applications for iOS. Software for Android operating systems will roll out shortly after. In the coming months, Blio will be rolled out worldwide through device manufacturers, retailers, mobile carriers and educational institutions.

Via @mikecane.

Ray Kurzeil’s Blio eReading Software May Launch Next Month

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Ray Kurzweil’s much talked about eBook software platform Blio may be launching this month.

On August 30th, the @blioreader Twitter page tweeted, “there are plans for webOS, but it won’t be ready for next month’s launch,” suggesting that the service may be ready to launch as early as September.

Inventor Ray Kurzweil — known for his development in scanning technology, text-to-speech systems for the blind, keyboards and his ideas on how to live forever– designed Blio to help with the visual experience of eReading. But we have yet to see what that means in action. According to the website, “Blio can preserve your book’s printed format, including layout, fonts, and images true to the book’s original form, and in color. Now, fully enjoy the subtlety of design originally intended by the publisher.” In June, Kurzweil told The New York Times that it may be available through Wal-Mart.

Earlier this summer, Toshiba announced plans for its own digital bookstore powered by Blio. According to Toshiba site back in June, the Toshiba Book Place was supposed to open “in the next couple of weeks.” Today the site says “Coming Soon.” Perhaps the delay in Blio has led to a delay from Toshiba.

Via @mikecane.