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Amazon to Buy Social network in Favor of Book Fans

amazonAmazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational electronic commerce company which serves as the world’s largest online retailer. It started as an online bookstore but it was soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, jewelry and a lot more.

The online retailer said this Thursday that it is planning to have a social networking site for all its book fans. They are planning to acquire the book recommendation website, Goodreads. In buying Goodreads, Amazon gets a community of bibliophiles primed to buy and recommend books and they say that it is one of its key areas of business.

“Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world,” Amazon vice president Russ Grandinetti said in a release.

Goodreads is based in San Francisco and it serves as a social networking site that allows bookworms catalog and review books. This is co-founded by Otis Chandler whose family once published the Los Angeles Times. It already has more than 16million members, who have generated more than 23 million reviews.

”We’re looking forward to inspiring greater literary discussion and helping more readers to find great books, whether they read in print or digitally,” Chandler said, who also serves as CEO of Goodreads. The terms of deal were not yet disclosed but it is already expected to close in the second quarter.

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Tiger Woods Back on Top in Golf

tiger-woodsTiger Woods is definitely back on the top in golf as he sweeps well during every game. That moment was vintage Tiger Woods, and so was his reaction.

He was never really intimidated on anyone, not even Rickie Fowler who after seconds of making a 40-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole to pull within two shots of the lead. After that great performance made by Fowler, Woods posed over his 25-foot birdie putt until he swept the putter upward in his left hand and marched toward the cup as it dropped for a birdie.

That was actually expected from Woods since he is considered as one of the best golf players of the world, and for him to still be on top is not that surprising anymore but it’s very overwhelming for him. With that, Fowler, who was standing on the edge of the green that time, just turned to him with a slight smile as if to say, “What else can I do?”

On Monday, Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and returned to No. 1 in the world for the first time since October 2010, the longest spell of his career. After all that time, after so much turmoil with his personal life and his health, Woods looks as good as ever. “It’s a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments,” he said. We will be seeing more of his performance in the upcoming weeks.

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ITC Judge Says Microsoft Did Not Violate Google Patent

MicrosoftIn a preliminary decision issued by an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission last Friday, he reiterated that Microsoft corporation did not violate a patent owned by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility when it made its popular Xbox. This issue was raised months ago and the decision was finally made clear by the ITC judge.

However, the final ITC decision in the case is still due in July. If you can still remember, the fight over the Xbox video game console is related to the larger smartphone patent war between Apple, Microsoft and the mobile phone makers who use Google’s Android software, including its subsidiary Motorola Mobility.

If you can still remember a few months ago, Motorola accused Microsoft of infringing five patents when it filed its complaint in 2010. However, four have been dropped on the case. But according to the ITC docket for the case, one patent remains untouched and that patent allows devices to communicate wirelessly over short distances.

“We are pleased with the administrative law judge’s finding that Microsoft did not violate Motorola’s patent and are confident that this determination will be affirmed by the commission,” said David Howard, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Microsoft, in an emailed statement. Google said it was disappointed.

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Kobe Bryant Learns How to Pass the Ball

Kobe Bryant learns to pass ballIn the previous games of the L.A. Lakers, you have probably seen how Kobe Bryant holds the ball most of the time, but during their latest game, it seems like the NBA superstar is now learning to pass the ball to his teammates.

Antawn Jamison says that Kobe Bryant now asked his teammates to yell at him when he sees “nothing but the basket”. Even though they were surprised on what Kobe just said, they were happy that he finally realized that they are many of them in the team.

Last Wednesday, in a short interview with ESPN’s Max and Marcellus Show, Lakers forward Antawn Jamison managed to cram about a lifetime’s worth of insight into the mind of one Kobe Bryant when it comes to locking in on the rim, and ignoring the nine other players that happen to share the court with the future Hall of Famer.

Jamison, who has played a major part in Los Angeles’ recent 19-8 run toward respectability, pulled no punches in both praising Kobe’s abilities as a team leader, and instincts as one of the more fearsome gunners in NBA history.

“Kobe will tell you,” he said. “He’s like, ‘Look, you guys as my teammates, yell at me. Let me know that you’re open because I’m so programmed’ and this guy has told me this, ‘I see nothing but the basket. You could be open, there could be three guys on me, but the only thing I see is that basket so you have to tell me, Look I was open. Or yell at me mid-play. That doesn’t affect me at all and I respect that.’”

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Congress Continues Review to Proposed Government Access to Private Emails

Government access to private emailsIssues about allowing the government to have an access to private emails have spread out a few months ago since a lot of people really reacted and objected on this. Just this Tuesday, as a House panel quizzed the Department of Justice and Google experts, a law which regulates authorities’ access t email really drew some good deal of attention in Congress and because of this also, the Senate began to take on a bill that updates the rules.

As a citizen of this country, are you in favour of the idea of allowing the government to see all the private messages being sent to you by other people? I bet most of you disagree on this but once the law is already implemented, then I guess we already have nothing to do with this.

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act or commonly known as ECPA, passed in pre-Web 1986, does not require the government investigators to have a search warrant when requesting access to old emails and messages stored online, providing less protection for them than, say, letters stored in a desk drawer or even messages saved on a computer’s hard drive.

Through this law, the investigators will then be allowed to access the technical information about emails with a subpoena, which has a lower legal threshold than a warrant because it does not involve a judge, thus making it easier to obtain. The subpoena can also give access to emails that are more than 180 days old and sometimes newer emails if they are opened.

“There is no principled basis to treat email less than 180 days old differently than email more than 180 days old,” Elana Tyrangiel, the action assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, told the a House judiciary panel on Tuesday.”These 180-days, opened-unopened distinctions haven’t kept pace with the way the technology is used today,” she added.

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LA Lakers Wins Over Sacramento Kings Without Kobe, 113-102

Lakers Wins Without Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is one of the highly commended players every time Los Angeles Lakers wins a game on NBA. But during their latest game with the Sacramento Kings, LA Lakers proved that they can still manage to win even without Kobe Bryant.

Because of his sprained ankle and add it to his apparent case of the flu, Kobe Bryant wasn’t able to show up from the locker room of his team. However, during that night, the Lakers didn’t seem to miss him much while they rolled to another win in what’s turning into an awfully interesting second half of this season’s NBA Playoffs. Antawn Jamison scored 27 points for their team and Metta World also added 22 points, leading for Lakers to beat the Sacramento Kings with scores 113-102 last Sunday night. Their Sunday’s winnings made make up their sixth victory in seven games.

Because Kobe was missing in action, the Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni used just seven of his players, and Jamison and fellow reserve Steve Blake took charge during the second half of the game as the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter, keeping their one-game lead over Utah for eighth place in the Western Conference and mowing within a half-game of Houston for seventh.

”We’re just not making any excuses,” Jamison said. ”We just looked ourselves in the mirror and said, ‘It’s up to us to turn this thing around.’ And I think we’ve been doing that since the All-Star break. We’re finally playing the way we’re capable of playing.” Let’s see if they can still go far with Kobe not around.

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