In today’s stories, the FCC is asking questions about journalists paying for WiFi and the presidential debate. Also, cities in California are trying to pass “Netflix taxes” of their own, there’s a huge setback in getting rid of cable boxes, a interesting piece on a vending machine versus a library branch and more. In deals, a refurbed Dyson fan and savings on camera lenses by Rokinon.
Daily Links for Friday, September 29, 2016:
The FCC Wants To Know Why Journalists Had To Pay $200 For WiFi At Presidential Debate (Tech Dirt) Seriously? And they are saying it kept crashing too….
46 California Cities Join Rush To Impose ‘Netflix Tax’ (Tech Dirt) Chicago started it and now other cities want to add an “amusement tax” on streaming services.
FCC Postpones Vote on Set-Top Box Reform in a Blow to Chairman Wheeler (Motherboard) Thanks to massive lobbying, that cable box isn’t gone just yet.
Orange County Library Station offers vending machine for books and movies (Daily Tar Heel) Your next library branch may be a vending machine.
You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC (ZD Net) It is sunset for new Windows 7 and 8.1 purchases. After November 1st, no new OEM installs from the big PC manufacturers.
Deals of the Day:
The Echo is now available in white. There is also an All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.
Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.
Also, select romance titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until October 2nd.
There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until
September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)
iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux.
Google Books has a selection of Red-Hot Romance Sale with books starting at 99 cents.
(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.
Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)
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