Daily Links and Deals: Spotify Starts Selling Your Fan Data Out Their Back Door

daily_links_1Today, news that Spotify is selling the identifiable information of its freemium members. Also, Google Play Family Library allows sharing, Reddit will start allowing brands to sponsor posts and more. In deals, savings on Lenovo Flex laptops.

Daily Links for Wednesday, July 27, 2016:

Reddit will let brands sponsor posts from regular users (The Verge) I have a feeling that this will not go over well.

Google Play Family Library allows content sharing between six accounts (ZD Net) You can now create a Family library with up to six people. This allow you to share purchase of books, music, games and videos.

How to Get Extra Space on Any USB Drive (Gizmodo) A tweak to get more out of your storage drives.

Spotify Starts Selling Your Fan Data Out Their Back Door (Hypebot) Huh? They are selling user identifiable information from freemium level customers to advertisers?

Deals of the Day: 

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Haunted Destiny (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham and The Rook:  (The Rook Files Book 1) by Daniel O’Malley.

In Today’s Deals, savings on select Lenovo Flex Laptops. Also, M*A*S*H: The Complete Series + Movie complete bundle on

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan. The Romance Daily Find is Calling It by Jen Doyle.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Rook (The Rook Files, Book 1) by Daniel O’Malley. The Extra Daily Deal is The Color of Heaven Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Julianne MacLean.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The New Indian Slow Cooker by Neela Paniz.

Google Books has a selection of Exciting E-Originals: Digital-only reads for under $3 each.

(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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The non-story about Amazon’s price drop guarantee

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There is a story from yesterday from Recode that’s gotten some traction in the news that says that Amazon has stopped refunding for price drops withing 7 days of your purchase. The information is based on a Reddit thread of what seemed like mostly unhappy customers.

The truth is, this is sort of a non-story. Amazon has experimented for years with dynamic pricing  (where different customers may see different prices for the same item). Prime Membership status has also been a factor. (You used to be able to see a different price if you logged in in as a Prime member and a lower one if you browsed under a non-Prime account.)

Amazon officially dropped the price adjustment on most items back in 2008.  Originally, the price guarantee extended to 30 days. The policy was then dropped, although some customers continued to be able to get refunds within seven days of a purchase. You can read a thread about it here on the Amazon customer forums. The thread has been resurrected several times over the last six months when customers started reporting that Amazon was no longer honoring refund requests.

According to the Recode article,

Amazon spokeswoman Julie Law told Recode the policy was always limited to televisions and that any customer who has received refunds on other products was granted an “exception.” But it’s clear that those exceptions were previously given out freely, and now they are not.

The Recode piece suggests that price-tracking companies like Earny and Paribus have played a role in Amazon’s change in their unofficial refund policy. While price tracking may be a factor, it is apparent that Amazon has  paying more attention to its bottom line. A few months back, we were seeing stories about serial returners getting their accounts banned for excessive returns.  One of the Reddit posters said they had asked for price drop refunds over 50 times in the last 3 years. That seems like a very high number – I’ve been an Amazon member for almost 20 years and have only asked for a price drop refund once. Given the cost of providing customer service, maybe Amazon is deciding that price drop refunds are just too expensive in the long run.

Does it matter to you whether Amazon does refunds when prices drop? Or, do you do like I do and watch prices before you buy?

Daily links and deals: Geo-blocking madness highlighted by hidden camera stunt

daily_links_1Interesting stories today: How geo-blocking would play out in the physical world, reddit apps and a reminder that your Netflix subscription price is going up next month. In deals, we have Dragon Naturally speaking and savings on Fire tablets and Kindles. And that 16 GB fire everyone is talking about is only $54.99 today!

Daily Links for day, April 6, 2016:

À La Carte Streaming Is Here, and It’s Just As Expensive As Cable  (Lifehacker) So much for cord cutting saving money….

Geo-blocking madness highlighted by hidden camera stunt (Torrent Freak) This includes a must-see video. Are we living in a global economy or not?

Reddit’s official Android app now launched w/ three months of free Reddit Gold (9 to 5 Google) Reddit on the go?

How Big Telecom Gets Away With Rewriting America’s Laws (Motherboard) This opinion piece makes some important points about the telecom – municipal broadband divide.

Reminder: 17 Million Netflix Users Will Get Price Hikes Next Month (Gizmodo) They told us this was coming, but it has been so long…. Still a good deal, IMHO.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death (The Grantchester Mysteries Book 1) by James Runcie fir $1.99. This is the Masterpiece TV series tie-in edition.

In Today’s Deals, you can  save up to 84% on Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software. I use this and LOVE IT! There is also a deal on an LG TV and an interesting set of Bluetooth headphones: the Bluedio T2 Plus Turbine Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Mic/Micro SD Card Slot/FM Radio. I’m curious about the micro SD  card use on the headphones.

There are still Kindle and Fire deals as well: Savings on the Fire HD 6, pre-owned Fire tablets,  15% off Fire TV models, and the great  Kindle Deals for customers with Amazon Prime.

Everyone is talking about Amazon’s 16 GB version on the 7″ Fire. Today you can get it for just $54.99!

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is 11 books by (thrillers) R. J. Ellory for just $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Dancing with a Rogue by Patricia Potter for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life: The Wit and Wisdom of a Legend by Joseph Papa for 99 cents.

Kobo is running several promotions. Through April 11, get 3 ebooks for the price of 2 (terms and conditions apply). You can get free shipping on any Kobo e-reader through April 13, 2016. And, until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett for $2.99.

Google Books is running several promotions: There is a selection of Limited-Time Deals on sale. There are also deals on hot romance reads for under $3 each.  And, finally, a Stand-Alone Mysteries Sale, with prices starting at $1.99.

(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.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.