Wall Street Journal

Amazon leaks tease engineer layoffs, potential new products

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article (paywalled; Google the headline to bypass it) on changes taking place at Amazon’s top secret product lab, Lab 126, which has been responsible for many of Amazon’s innovative products including the Kindle e-reader itself. The Journal reports [ on]

Pocket-sized screens are in again: The rise of smartphone e-reading

By Chris Meadows
August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Everything old is new again. Jennifer Maloney at the Wall Street Journal has just noticed that more and more people seem to like reading on little tiny pocket-sized devices. Of course, those devices are now smartphones rather than Palm Pilots or iPod Touches, but the principle remains the same. A [ on]

New York Times new-reader strategy focuses on free

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has a piece looking at recent efforts by the New York Times to make more content available for free. The Times has a tricky tightrope to walk, as it’s long been one of the big boosters of subscriptions and paywalls—but evidence is mounting that kids these days get most [ on]

WSJ rumor mill highlights what people want, expect from Apple

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 24, 2014 // 2 Comments

A recent and widely quoted report from the Wall Street Journal makes a couple of interesting calls about Apple iPhone developments supposedly in the works, quoting the customary “people familiar with the situation.” (Those people sure get familiar with a lot of situations.) And [ on]

FBI Can Activate Android Microphones, Record Secretly

By Stanley Goodner
August 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s no big secret that the U.S. government can use some extreme methods in order to maintain justice and security for the nation by gathering information on suspects. Even before Snowden leaked all the NSA data, most of us had a pretty decent idea that the U.S. government has always been keeping [ on]

Stephen King's latest book will not go digital — for now

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 20, 2013 // 7 Comments

Whenever Stephen King releases a novel, readers line up to grab his latest book. But those looking to download the digital version of Joyland might never get the option. King will not release Joyland as an e-book when it comes out on June 4, according to the Wall Street Journal. King, an e-book [ on]

How To Understand the DoJ's E-Book Pricing Settlement

By Dan Eldridge
September 11, 2012 // 5 Comments

It’s been my experience that avid readers tend to be the sorts of people who take great pride in their intelligence. And intelligent people, for reasons that are obvious enough, aren’t always forthcoming when they encounter complicated subjects they don’t entirely understand. I [ on]

Department of Justice may sue Apple tomorrow, anonymous sources say

By Chris Meadows
April 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

The anonymous sources have been awfully talkative about the Justice Department vs. publishers affair, haven’t they? The latest word, by way of Reuters, is that the Department of Justice might settle with some publishers and file suit against Apple as early as…tomorrow (Wednesday). The Justice [ on]

How important is linking to scoop breakers?

By Chris Meadows
February 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

You might have noticed that many of the stories I write link to blog posts elsewhere, and some even have a “Found via [source]” link at the bottom. This is because it’s a core value of news blogging that if you find a story somewhere else, you link back and so share some of your readers with [ on]

Wall Street Journal covers Amazon Android tablet plans

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has covered Amazon’s much-rumored plans for a tablet, with a long and thoughtful article considering how such a device might affect the sales of Amazon’s Kindle, and what Amazon’s competitors in the e-book and digital media marketplaces are doing. The piece has some [ on]

In defense of young adult literature

By Chris Meadows
June 8, 2011 // 5 Comments

I haven’t been posting a lot, lately—partly because it takes so much longer to write an article by speech than it does by typing it, and partly because I seem to be sleeping a lot more lately. This broken arm is sapping a lot of my energy. I will be having an operation next Tuesday to put a [ on]

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