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Starting today, Apple's iBooks 2 became available in the iTunes App Store. Though Apple is known for disrupting industries, as they have done with the mp3 player, the phone, the tablet and music purchases, John Paul Titlow thinks the disruption of the textbook industry may take a bit longer, much like their attempt to disrupt television.
From our readers:
@rww Real market for iBooks is p2p study material e.g. tutor creates book for her students, kid creates book for friends out of class notes— Raj Bandyopadhyay (@plusbzz) January 19, 2012
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Fast Company is reporting that Instagram is working with Microsoft to develop a version of the popular photography app for Windows Phone.
Critics love Windows Phone, but it still has a relatively low market share, which left most people to assume Instagram would next aim to conquer Android. The photography application was named the iPhone's app of the year by Apple and now has more than 15 million users. (more)
Having already done their part to shake up several industries, Apple officially unveiled what the company hopes is the next phase in textbooks. Starting today, iBooks 2 will be available in the iTunes App Store. The update will provide access to Apple's new breed of interactive textbooks, which are aimed at high school students and will cost $14.99 each. To help populate the store, the company is also launching a suite of digital publishing tools for authors. Phil Schiller, Apple's VP of Worldwide Marketing, revealed the company's plans this morning. (more)
So what just happened? Well, several of the world's most prominent Web destinations interrupted their regular programming to remind their readers of the dangers of a world where certain content may be arbitrarily made to disappear. For most Americans, this was probably the first they'd seen of any efforts by Congress to change the Internet, for whatever reason they'd want to do so. (more)
Twitter has acquired Summify, a service that digests the links in one's Twitter feed and produces a daily email of the most relevant stories. The developers will join Twitter's Growth team, and their work will still "explore ways to help people connect and engage with relevant, timely news." As Twitter nears 500 million users, it needs new ways to teach them how the service works. (more)
Last year I wrote this post reviewing 40 years of using email. I am old enough to recall many of those events and while I wasn't exactly present at the dawn of email, I know people who were. But it seems as if email, at least corporate email, has come and is in the process of going all in my own lifetime. A number of factors are making turning off, or at least reducing your email dependency, more viable these days. (more)
Terry Gou, chairman of Taipei-based Hon Hai, Foxconn's parent company, called his employees animals at a recent company party, according to Want China Times. Foxconn makes many of the devices Western consumers use, such as the iPhone and the Kindle.
"Hon Hai has a workforce of over one million worldwide," he said, "and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache." (more)
The Socially Aware blog has put together a nice infographic that highlights several key decisions in social media case law, starting with the Sony v. Universal Supreme Court Betamax recording decision of 1984 and continuing to the more recent past. In light of the SOPA and PIPA protests and discussions of this week, I found the review enlightening and interesting to see how far we have gone in terms of legislating copyright violations and other digital misdeeds. Remember Facebook suing and ultimately crushing Power.com? How about Courtney Love's Tweet that supposedly defamed a fashion designer? (more)
Since the Kenyan army has gone into Somalia in October (during my trip to Kenya), the main Islamist group Al-Shabaab has used Twitter in its propaganda war against the Kenyan government.
It's latest tweets, posted yesterday on @hsmpress, include photos and descriptions of two Kenyan government officials they've kidnapped, Fredrick Irungu Wainaina and Mule Edward. (more)
Imagine making credit card-based payment with your smartphone. Visions of dongles are go dancing through your head. This is a function of conditioning that companies like Square and Intuit have taught users to expect. But, what if you could make a payment just by scanning the card with your smartphone's camera? Ditch the dongle. That is the goal of payments startup card.io. (more)