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Kindle Paperwhite 2 makes brief appearance on Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite 2 makes brief appearance on Amazon

Amidst the launch of its new home automation store and the announcement of MatchBook, a discounted ebook program for customers who bought physical copies of certain books, Amazon seems to have another unveiling in the works, one that made its public appearance a bit early. For a brief spat of time, a next-generation Kindle Paperwhite ereader was listed on the company's website, only to be pulled a short while later.

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Kindle MatchBook introduced with discounted digital copies for hardback book buyers

Kindle MatchBook introduced with discounted digital copies for hardback book buyers

Amazon has announced a new service for certain customers who purchase the physical version of a book called Amazon MatchBook. Under the program, those buyers will be able to grab the digital copy of the same book for a steeply discounted rate, a sort of subsidized legal format shifting endeavor that gives readers the option of having an extra-portable version on their Kindle slate.

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Amazon to alter price policy banning third parties from selling cheaper elsewhere

Amazon to alter price policy banning third parties from selling cheaper elsewhere

Amazon is undoubtedly keeping an eye on the legal drama surrounding Apple and price-fixing when it comes to digital books. Amazon has reportedly altered its pricing policy for third-party traders amid investigations being conducted in the UK and Germany. Amazon will be dropping a clause that prevents traders that are registered for its Marketplace platform from offering their goods at cheaper prices elsewhere.

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Amazon is down, it’s not just you [UPDATE: Resolved]

Amazon is down, it’s not just you [UPDATE: Resolved]

This afternoon the team at Amazon's homepage have reported a temporary outage in service as they "make some improvements" to their service. This down time is not yet recorded officially in Amazon's server status listing save a small blip in the North Virginia Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. There it's reported that "increased API error rates and latencies for tagging related API calls in the US-EAST-1 region" are being investigated a this time.

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Tesco supermarket prepping tablet launch

Tesco supermarket prepping tablet launch

British supermarket giant, Tesco, is looking to enter the competitive tablet market with their own brand of device. Likely to run Android, the tablet will be similar to the iPad and be available for the public around the holiday season, says The Sunday Times, and go on sale alongside the Kindle Fire, iPad mini, and a selection of low-cost Android-based models already stocked by the retailer.

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Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

Apple request to suspend e-book antitrust ruling denied: verdict stands

This afternoon Apple has been denied the right to suspend the verdict handed down in its defense against charges of conspiring with book publishers to raise the prices of e-books. At the moment this means that Apple is sentenced to terminate current agency agreements with publishers and hold off any multimedia agreements that could in any way increase overall market prices on e-books for the next five years.

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Chromecast ship date confusion heightens pressure for second wave

Chromecast ship date confusion heightens pressure for second wave

This month Google's newest (and tiniest) device to hit the market is seeing some confusion in shipping times through 3rd party sources after the first wave has sold out. This HDMI-friendly dongle was introduced on July 24th as a sort of reboot for the ill-fated Nexus Q which had its production cut short just weeks after its initial introduction. With a $35 price tag attached, Chromecast was set for success, it would seem, as the device sold out in less than a day.

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