Flash forward over 20 years, and today’s Internet giants and social media companies now benefit from those Section 230 protections when other speakers do not. Yet the federal government has provided virtually no guidance on the ‘good faith’ limitation Congress included in Section 230. I welcome today’s Executive Order and its call for guidance on the scope of the unique and conditional set of legal privileges that Congress conferred on social media companies but no other set of speakers in Section 230. I look forward to receiving the petition that the NTIA files. … [Read more...] about FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr Welcome Debate on Section 230, Internet Free Speech
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Amazon's early success did stem from its pricing advantage, but the source of that advantage is more complicated than Dumaine allows. The company was able to undercut competitors' prices for many years because, unlike other businesses, it didn't have to worry about turning a profit. Stock market investors, dazzled by the Amazon story, supplied the company with cheap capital even as it racked up big losses. Many local mom-and-pop stores, struggling to make loan payments and meet the weekly payroll, never stood a chance. Even large, traditional retailers couldn't afford to match Amazon's prices. They had expensive stores to maintain, and their investors were not so indulgent. … [Read more...] about Book World: Keys to Amazon’s success: Price wars and big data
Although the premium cable channel already offers digital-only service in the form of HBO Now, today they've launched a new extra-premium streaming option called HBO Max. It costs $14.99 a month, making it ... the same price as HBO NOW. And to seduce more viewers into the cult of the Home Box Office, they're offering a seven-day trial. … [Read more...] about HBO Max is here and free for 7 days … but what is it?
The largest services like Netflix and Amazon Prime haven’t done much to court new viewers, but each already offers a 30-day free trial, which will last nearly until the end of the current San Francisco shelter-in-place orders. Others like HBO have unlocked large vaults of content, while niche sites like horror service Shudder, UK-based Acorn TV, and Sundance Now have added 30-day free trials with promo codes. … [Read more...] about These are all the TV streaming services you can try for free right now
I’ve covered the various pros and cons of Kindles before, so I won’t bore you with my pretentious opinions about their literary merits -- instead, I’ll just wow you with this link to the all-new Kindle, which is 33% off right now, at $59.99, and comes with three free months of Kindle Unlimited. That’s enough time to read between one and five books, I reckon, depending on how long the books are and how quickly you read.Amazon’s Kindle trade-in program. When you turn in an old one, you can get 20% off the price of a new Kindle, plus the value of the device you trade in will be credited to your account—which can significantly lower the price of this e-reader. The Amazon site says that non-working devices are eligible, but I imagine the cost will be pretty low. As an example, my perfectly functioning, 8-year-old Kindle was appraised for $25 by Amazon's algorithm. It's still better than nothing—especially for a device that doesn't work. … [Read more...] about The newest Kindle is at its lowest price ever