Exclusive Audio-Book Deal Between Apple and Amazon Has Ended

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The deal was signed before 2008 when Amazon bought audio book supplier Audible, which had the Apple iBooks contract. The terms of the agreement meant Audible could not offer audio books to any other company and Apple had to take audio books only from Audible according to the BBC  “With the deletion of the exclusivity […]

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Audiobooks: The Fastest-Growing Format in Publishing

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Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks. Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators. The digital revolution that flummoxed the music, movie and publishing industries has given rise to a surprising winner: the audiobook. Audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in the book business today. Sales in the U.S. […]

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Obama Authorizes U.S. To Send Up To 1,500 Troops To Iraq

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President Barack Obama authorized on Friday a broad expansion of the U.S. military mission in Iraq that could boost the total number of American troops there to 3,100 and spread advisory teams and trainers across the country, including into Anbar province where fighting with Islamic State militants has been fierce. The president’s decision to escalate […]

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Strippers sue to prevent identity disclosure

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Government open-records requests can be boring. Government open-records requests made by a man who wants to obtain information about 70 licensed strippers in his town so he can “pray for them”, on the other hand… The godly citizen in question is David Allen Van Vleet of Tacoma, Washington. In September he filed court papers to […]

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Family doesn’t understand why cops shot sword-wielding man on second-story porch

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Relatives don’t understand why police shot a Kansas man on the front porch of his second-story apartment. Kansas City police said 51-year-old Carlos Davenport charged officers with a sword after they were called Saturday night to an “armed disturbance.” Officers said they found Davenport clutching the weapon on the porch when they arrived about 10 […]

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OBAMA: ‘I’m Never Going To Say Never’ To More Troops In Iraq

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President Barack Obama isn’t ruling out sending additional troops to fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) jihadists in Iraq. “You know, as commander-in-chief I’m never going to say never,” Obama said in a Sunday interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” according to a transcript. Obama was responding to suggestions that the […]

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West Virginia homeless man loses only photos of dead wife when cop throws backpack in river

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A West Virginia police officer reportedly was planning to resign after throwing a homeless man’s backpack into the Elk River in August. According to a criminal complaint obtained by the The Charleston Gazette, Charleston Patrolman Brian Lightner confronted 26-year-old Andrew Joel Hunt on the Spring Street bridge on Aug. 18 over an argument that several […]

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Morgan Spurlock’s Next Documentary Is About NYC’s Rat Infestation

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Dakota Group, Ltd. & Submarine are partnering with Morgan Spurlock and his doc label Warrior Poets to produce the feature length doc Rats NYC, based on The New York Times best-selling book by author Robert Sullivan Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants. Doc will go before the cameras in January. In the book, […]

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Obama Urges FCC To Set ‘Strongest Possible Rules’ To Protect Net Neutrality

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On Monday, President Barack Obama came out in favor of the “strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality,” endorsing a popular proposal that would empower the Federal Communications Commission to require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally and not charge content providers for better access. “We cannot allow Internet service providers to […]

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The U.S. Postal Service Has Been Hacked

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The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised. The FBI and other federal agencies are investigating, the agency said in a statement. Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said personal information that may have been obtained in […]

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