Official BlackBerry Twitter App Finally Leaves Beta, E-Reader Prices Keep Dropping
Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines....
- The absence of a legitimate RIM Twitter app has allowed services like Uber Twitter, Tweetcaster and Open Beak to enjoy great success among BlackBerry owners. After three months of waiting, RIM's official BlackBerry Twitter offering finally seems ready to exit the Beta stage, as an official version just appeared in BlackBerry's App World. [From: Engadget]
- Time magazine has been incrementally shifting toward an online paid subscription model for over a year. It appears the site is now officially implementing that system, but only for material specifically published in its print edition. Online readers frequently demonstrate their disdain for firewalls, registration processes and fees, but Time could circumvent that trend by keeping its strictly online material free to the public. [From: All Things Digital]
- The highly competitive e-reader war continues to escalate, and consumers keep reaping the benefits. Borders will soon provide an assortment of highly affordable models, and the company is also launching its own eBook store today, reportedly with 1.5 million titles. PC and Mac apps are both currently available, and Android and BlackBerry versions should arrive soon. [From: Engadget]
- Sony has responded to the expanding catalogs and dwindling prices of competing e-readers by dropping the costs of its own various tablet devices. The price cuts range from $20 (for the now $149 Pocket Edition Reader) to $80 (for the $169 Touch Edition Reader). [From: Reuters]
- Woot's assertion that the AP needs to adhere to its own supposed standards by paying for recently referenced material has seriously rankled the Columbia Journalism Review. The CJR lambasted Woot, and particularly Tech Crunch, for perpetuating a "zombie lie," and then condescendingly dropped patronizing terms and phrases likes "dumb," "cheap," "embarrassing," "BS," and "let me put this as clearly as I can." Wow, the view must be pretty sweet from that virginal, ivory tower of elitist nerddom. [From: The Columbia Journalism Review]
- A month ago, the U.S. military detained soldier Bradley Manning for his alleged role in leaking classified material to Wikileaks. Authorities have now charged Manning with a variety of crimes, including violations of both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Espionage Act. According to CNET, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims his site "will defend" Manning, who has also inspired a website in his defense. [From: CNET]