Daily Links and Deals: Amazon is cracking down on biased customer reviews

daily_links_1Today, Amazon is nixing reviews for free products except through its Vine program. In other stories, Hulu drops its subscription price, an adorable robotic dog, an extension to turn off those auto-playing videos and more. In deals, savings on Halloween costumes, a sewing machine, Angry Birds: The Movie and more.

Daily Links for Tuesday, October 4,  2016:

Amazon is cracking down on biased customer reviews (The Verge) No more reviews in exchange for free stuff. This rule does not apply to books.

Hulu drops subscription price to $6 per month… sort of (Lilputing) This is a good deal if you don’t mind the commercials. But I have to tell you, I use the commercial free option and think it is worth every penny.

Hasbro expands robotic pet line with darling golden retriever (Digital Journal) What a great idea! A lot of seniors want a pet but can’t care for them.

This Chrome extension mutes all tabs unless you whitelist them (PC World) I don’t know about you, but I loathe auto-playing videos….

Yahoo reportedly gave US government access to all users’ emails (Engadget) As if the massive data breach was not enough, let’s create a tool so the government can browse private emails at its leisure.

Meerkat Reawakens as ‘Houseparty’, a Multi-Participant Live-Stream App (Social Media Today) Just yesterday, Meerkat was over. Now, it’s reborn with a new name.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson.

In Today’s Deals, 50% off Halloween costumes, a SINGER Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine, Angry Birds: The Movie, and Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X9 software.

The Echo inow 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.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Insistence of Vision: Stories by David Brin (science fiction). The Romance Daily Find is Seeing Stars (The Celebrity Series, #1) by J. Sterling.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Until Friday Night (Field Party Book 1) by Abbi Glines. The Extra Daily Deal is How To Be a Good Wife
A Novel by Emma Chapman.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

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 October 14, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Green Earth by Kim Stanley Robinson. (This is the climate change themed trilogy updated and abridged into a single novel.)

Google Books has a selection of Hot Deals.

(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.

Daily Links and Deals: The Yahoo Data Breach (Roundup)

daily_links_1Today, a roundup of some of the coverage on the Yahoo data breach. In deals, athletic shoes, sock deals and Dyson vacuum.

Daily Links for Thursday, September 23,  2016:

How not to verify a data breach (and why some really want you to get ‘pwned’) (ZD Net) This goes a long way towards explaining why it can take so long for these breeches to come to light.

If you’ve ever created a Yahoo account, take these steps immediately to protect your data (Recode) It’s not just your Yahoo account that’s vulnerable. Now, if they will just explain to me how to change my mother’s maiden name….

UK broadband customers also affected by Yahoo hack (Engadget) Some BT and Sky email accounts are also affected by the Yahoo account breach.

Yahoo finally acknowledges massive hack of user data, only informed Verizon two days ago (Talking New Media) Verizon is buying Yahoo. Does this hack effect the deal?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

In Today’s Deals, Shoes, socks and a refurbished Dyson DC65 Multi Floor – Purple.

Amazon has now released the Echo a second color. You can pre-order the Echo now to get it in white. It will be available on September 28, 2016. 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.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica. The Romance Daily Find is Lone Star Nights by Delores Fossen.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Book of the Dead (Agent Pendergast series) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child. The Extra Daily Deal is In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks.

Also, select non-fiction titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until September 26th.

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.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Wedding Series by Patricia McLinn.

Google Books has a selection of Start a New Series titles priced from 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.)


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.

Daily Links: We Talked to a Witch Who Casts Viruses Out of Computers With Magic

daily_links_1Daily Links for Wednesday, January 13, 2016:

We Talked to a Witch Who Casts Viruses Out of Computers With Magic (Motherboard) – Anybody out there tried this? Asking for a friend…

The first alpha release of Remix OS puts Android onto your PC (Android Central) – This is a fascinating evolution. I frequently find myself wanting some of the apps on my phone on my computer.

Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices (Techcrunch) – Skype is finally bringing this feature to mobile.

Yahoo settles e-mail privacy class-action: $4M for lawyers, $0 for users (Ars Technica) – What’s wrong with this picture? And the problem their sued over is still going on.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes an interesting selection of  biographies, histories and non-fiction works.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson for 99 cents. Books two and three three in the series, The Nervous System and  The Immune System are also 99 cents each. This is a near-future crime thriller about a man trying to restore order to the New York Public Library system after it has been decimated by terror attacks. What’s not to love? 🙂

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The New Basics Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and  Julee Rosso for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking for $3.99.

(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 and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.