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Whispercast for Kindle makes mass ebook/app management easy

Whispercast for Kindle makes mass ebook/app management easy

Amazon has launched Whispercast for Kindle, a new mass-deployment and management system for ebooks - and soon apps - on Kindles and Kindle apps for schools and businesses. Intended to allow Kindle titles to be bought and shared out among students and employees, as well as remotely control device passwords, wireless settings, and what titles can be purchased. Meanwhile, Amazon says Whispercast for Kindle will soon be able to handle distributing and managing Kindle Fire applications.

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Amazon weighing TI mobile chip business grab tip insiders

Amazon weighing TI mobile chip business grab tip insiders

Amazon is reportedly in "advanced negotiations" to acquire Texas Instruments' OMAP chip division, bringing chip design for its Kindle tablets in-house, and helping TI refocus on embedded systems. The deal in discussion, Calcalist reports, follows TI's public distancing from its own phone and tablet chip business in the face of rising competition from Qualcomm, Samsung, and others, though Amazon taking charge of OMAP could leave rivals Barnes & Noble in a tricky situation.

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Amazon to Kindle customers: There’s an antitrust refund incoming

Amazon to Kindle customers: There’s an antitrust refund incoming

Amazon has begun notifying Kindle users that they may have a refund on ebook purchases in the pipeline, in the aftermath of the antitrust settlement around price-fixing by publishers. The message, sent out to users "in most US states and territories" impacted by the decision today, confirms that Kindle shoppers will be among those to gain from a $69m fund set up by Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, with the Attorneys General estimating that the refund will amount to $0.30 to $1.32 apiece on eligible ebooks.

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Amazon confirms zero Kindle hardware profit

Amazon confirms zero Kindle hardware profit

Amazon makes no profit on its Kindle hardware sales, CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed, with the ereaders and Kindle Fire tablets sold "at our cost" so as to promote ebook, video, and music downloads. The online retailer has long been tight-lipped on its pricing strategy around Kindle, with ongoing rumors that the hardware was sold with minimum profit in mind or, even, at a loss. That's not quite the case, Bezos told the BBC.

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Kindle Paperwhite preorders open for October 25 UK, France & Germany release

Kindle Paperwhite preorders open for October 25 UK, France & Germany release

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite has gone up for preorder in the UK, Germany, and France, with both WiFi-only and 3G versions of the illuminated ereader making their debut outside of the US. Shipping from October 25, the new ereader uses E Ink's latest e-paper display complete with a front-lighting system which makes the Kindle's screen visible in low-light conditions without the glare of a traditional LCD or AMOLED tablet.

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Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library gets Euro launch this month

Amazon Kindle Owners’ Lending Library gets Euro launch this month

Amazon has confirmed that the UK, France, and Germany are next in line for the Kindle Owners' Lending Library system, with the ebook loan program set to launch later in October. The scheme, which launched in the US back in November, and offers subscribers to Amazon Prime a range of books they can borrow on their Kindle. Up to one book per month can be borrowed, with no limit on how long it can be kept.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ships today in USA

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ships today in USA

Today you'll be digging your fingernails into your kneecaps with anticipation all the more readily as Amazon ships their Kindle Paperwhite device to stores across the USA. If you've ordered a unit beforehand, expect your device to be getting to your home either today or within the next couple of days without a doubt. If you're thinking about getting an e-reader in the near future and have been thinking about grabbing a Kindle, now is the time - have a peek at our full Kindle Paperwhite review and check the details.

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