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“Internet Minute” snapshots show how the Web has grown in a year

“Internet Minute” snapshots show how the Web has grown in a year

The Internet grows in leaps and bounds, something various statistics have shown in a variety of ways. Percentages are one way to show this, as very large numbers can be hard to digest, but something being called an "Internet Minute" has provided an interesting perspective on the growth, comparing numbers taken from a single minute last year from six big Internet companies with numbers taken from the same companies this year.

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Amazon counters undercover BBC report showing harsh working conditions

Amazon counters undercover BBC report showing harsh working conditions

Amazon has been the target of an undercover report that looked into working conditions for employees at its warehouse near Swansea, something that will air this evening on the BBC's Panorama. The undercover report shows unfavorable conditions that could prove unhealthy to workers, but Amazon has spoken out against such claims, saying that it has taken steps to make sure its work shifts "comply with all relevant legal requirements."

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader to see 3rd generation by Q2 2014

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader to see 3rd generation by Q2 2014

If you thought the second Paperwhite came out fast, don't blink. The third generation of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is due for release sometime in the second quarter of next year, TechCrunch reported today. This will be mere months after the release of its second generation, which in turn showed up only a year after the original. But although Amazon may seem a little quick on the draw, the specs and feature improvements may well justify the fast turnover.

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Amazon LOVEFiLM hits iPhone and iPod touch with Airplay in tow

Amazon LOVEFiLM hits iPhone and iPod touch with Airplay in tow

It’s time to move into the LOVEFiLM universe for the likes of the iPhone and iPod touch this week as the Amazon app spreads beyond the iPad in the UK. This allows the iPhone and iPod touch to take part in the LOVEFiLM experience where users before were only able to work with the iPad, and now streamed to the Apple TV easier than ever. This push allows users to see television shows galore with a collection of series that’ve been up on the service for quite some time as well as a new collection added more recently just in time for the addition of Airplay.

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Amazon readies custom Kindle covers for the masses

Amazon readies custom Kindle covers for the masses

This week the teams responsible for pushing as many Kindles as possible this holiday season have hit upon a rather lucrative business: custom-made covers. What Amazon intends on doing here is offering up a service that would normally be done by a variety of 3rd-party accessory makers, doing the work themselves to make the whole business feel much more like a single package. In other words, prospective owners of a Kindle - or those looking to buy one as a gift - will see the competition as a bit less unique now that a Kindle can come with a cover with a photo of their child on it.

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Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Here near the end of 2013 the comic adventure universe of Calvin & Hobbes has reached the digital realm at last, being presented as a set of ebooks for several platforms. While it's not entirely clear whether this is the doing of Bill Watterson himself or those that he'd battled for years over the rights to his own artwork, the results are in: three of the most over-produced treasury books of this century are now digital.

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PlayStation 4 digital game sales expand beyond PSN

PlayStation 4 digital game sales expand beyond PSN

It would appear that the folks at Sony responsible for finding the best way to expand sales of their console and the games that are sold for the console therein have decided that keeping digital means of buying to themselves was no longer the best means of playing along with the public. Much like heavy-hitter PC game sales giant Steam, the PlayStation Network will now allow third-party sales of digital games and DLC from here on out. Games will be purchased through retailers of many kinds, then attached to the PlayStation Network for play on whatever device you've got running - PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PlayStation 4 included.

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