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Monday’s a rich newsday for Amazon! On to the stories!
- Mashable reports that Amazon executive William Stasior will be moving to Apple to take control of the Siri app. Siri’s been in a bit of trouble since its iPhone4 launch last year.
- Looks like there are rumors of a possible new smartphones from Kindle, if Amazon purchases the TI smartphone chip processor currently used in the Kindle Fire, as reported in Venturebeat.com. How is this beneficial to Amazon? According to Gigaom.com, owning the smartphone chip could make customization easier for Amazon and facilitate significant improvements in its products. Some say Amazon is gearing up for a challenge to Apple for a chunk of its business.
- Is Amazon opening in Brazil? The Digital Reader reports on a Veja Magazine article that next month is the target date for opening a digital-only store in Brazil. It appears this opening will be similar to the Kindle store opening in India several months ago. There should be a physical plant in the making sometime in 2013.
- Unglue.it, a crowdfunding platform that was shut down two months ago by Amazon, has found a new payment processor and to celebrate has “unglued” five books as reported in Digitalbookworld.com. Unglue.it’s mission is to make available under Creative Commons certain commercial books of value.
- BookShout, a Texas-based social e-reader platform is working on a technology to allow you to read any ebook on any device by importing it into their app. Because of the requirement to login to the user’s B&N or Amazon account all your personal information is exposed to the application. This raises big security concerns for many users.
What do you think about allowing an app access to your personal Amazon account with all its stored information? It doesn’t appear that you can limit its access to just your ebook purchases.