Round-up #184: new Paperwhite under $100, legal news

Round-up #184: new Paperwhite under $100, legal news

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68m

“…80 percent of life is showing up”.
–Woody Allen

What happens, though, if there’s no place for you to go?

Woody Allen is suing Amazon for not releasing the filmmaker’s most recent movie, according to this

Variety article by Gene Maddaus

and other sources.

This is a bit of a tricky one…it looks like Amazon didn’t release it because of allegations against Allen…but this would be a case, to quote the cartoon Super Chicken, where “You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.” 😉

In other words, the allegation was undoubtedly known to Amazon when they entered into the agreement…although one could argue that the climate has changed.

In other legal news…

Okay, I didn’t want to lead with this, and I’m carefully trying to not be political with it.

The lead story in the news tonight has to do with Amazon CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Jeff Bezos who wrote this

post on Medium

Okay, let’s see…basically, it has to do with a publisher threatening to release embarrassing information (including intimate pictures) of Bezos if the Bezos-owned newspaper doesn’t stop investigating the other publication.

If everything is as alleged, it sounds like blackmail.

This is a very important story, and I could write thousands of words about the politics of it, but this isn’t the place.

The key thing is that, if a new crime has been committed, it could invalidate previously established cooperation deals…which could really up-end what’s happening. Ask your friends who are into politics and/or the law.

On the Amazon side…Bezos going public with this is, perhaps, a surprise, since it could compromise the image of the CEO and hypothetically, the company.

I think many people will see the article as a positive and a smart way to go in this situation.

You can comment on this story, but I’m unlikely to reply on anything political.

Amazon financials were great, so the stock…

dropped. 🙂 I kind of get it this time, though. Amazon didn’t make a profit for years…they were investing in the future, basically. Then they started making a profit, which the investors liked. Now, they are suggesting that in the next quarter, they are going to invest a lot, which could affect the profit.

This feels like….being in a relationship with someone with a gambling problem, who manages to give it up, and then says they are just going to get involved in a friendly game again.

The investors may be afraid that they are going to go down that no-profit path again.

Here’s where you can see the specifics:

Here’s a search for news stories on it:

Google news search

New, water-resistant Paperwhite is $30 off for Valentine’s Day


Kindle Paperwhite (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is my all-time favorite Kindle model so far, and is on sale for under $100 right now ($30 off).

Definitely a good deal!

My recovery

Just a quick note on my recovery from hip replacement surgery. Surprisingly, I’m having to spend more time on it now than I did before. That has to do with wound care (for the incision). I don’t have any pain, and I’m more mobile currently than I was before the surgery. Now it makes sense that I’m out of work for about another month. I couldn’t effectively be at work with this routine.

Do you have thoughts/questions on any of these stories? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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All aboard The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog


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