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Amazon and Netflix


July 14, 2009 08:32 PM PST

Netflix's stock is up following rumors that Amazon was in talks to acquire them.

As long as I can still stream unlimited amounts of crap movies from the 80's and 90's to my Xbox, I don't care.

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Upgrade Your Books?


February 20, 2008 10:01 PM PST

I just discovered what Amazon calls a 'Book Upgrade'. When purchasing a book (some selections anyway), Amazon will offer you an 'upgrade' to add an online version for an additional fee. This fee seems to be around $4 - $5, at least for the quick few books I checked. They are marketing this with the following features: 1. Start reading now, no need to wait until the book arrives in the mail. 2. Leave your books at home, and access them from any internet browser.

To be honest I'm not sure how I feel about this. Charging $5 on top of your physical book purchase is sure a way to control their business model. You cannot purchase the online version without buying the book first. Also I'm not a huge fan of online only books. I use ebooks a lot as filler when I'm traveling and don't have internet access. I guess this approach also protects their Kindle ebook model since they currently are not offering any other way to purchase / read those Ebooks. The online books of course are tied to your Amazon account and non-transferable etc.

What do you think about this?

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When In Rome...


May 7, 2007 04:13 AM PST


I've found a new TV addiction until BSG is back on the air: Rome. You can get the first season on Netflix, and the current (second) season is playing on HBO.

It's quite a detailed show that seems to capture the grittiness of the time with an abundance of sex, violence, treason, plotting, politics and action.

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