Monday, September 12, 2011

Today's Headlines

Amazon Considering Netflix-Like E-Book Service
The Wall Street Journal
Amazon is talking with book publishers about launching a Netflix Inc.-like service for digital books, in which customers would pay an annual fee to access a library of content, according to people familiar with the matter.

Philadelphia Inquirer Tablet Experiment Set to Begin Sept. 13
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Although Philadelphia Media Network Inc.declined to provide details before a news conference Monday, they said last week that they would begin the "soft launch" Tuesday of a new digital product: a deeply discounted Android tablet loaded with discounted subscriptions to replica editions of The Inquirer and Daily News and a new multimedia Inquirer tablet app.

Microsoft Aims to Woo Tablet Software Developers
The Wall Street Journal
Microsoft, at an event in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday, plans to give software developers a detailed sales pitch for Windows 8, a new version of its flagship operating system that is designed with touch-sensing devices such as tablet computers in mind.
Expect Microsoft to set its lawyers loose on Amazon not long after the first tablet's release, because Microsoft has been suing most major makers of Android devices, and the Amazon tablet is expected to be a big seller.

USA Today
The iPad's virtual keyboard isn't great for extended typing sessions.  Fortunately, a market has sprung up to solve this problem: physical keyboards that work with the iPad, either on their own or as part of iPad cases.  AP reporter Rachel Metz tested four of them. 

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