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NYTimes: Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses.
Self-published writers, who owe much of their audience to the retailer?s publishing platform, are unhappy. One problem is too much competition. But a new complaint is about Kindle Unlimited, a new Amazon subscription service that offers access to 700,000 books ? both self-published and traditionally published ? for $9.99 a month.
AT&T: 6 common mistakes to avoid when making technology investments for your small business
An investment in technology that doesn?t fit your business needs or which is underutilized is a costly hit to your bottom line. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when investing in technology.
Yahoo!: Vietnam 'Rat King' helps rice farmers fight costly vermin
In 1998, Thieu had a breakthrough -- he invented a new kind of rat trap, more effective than anything farmers had previously tried, that worked without bait and relied on extremely strong springs. Thieu estimates his traps -- and his unique rat hunting methods -- have since killed millions of rats.
CNN: Why the Cuba deal happened now
"The United States is the only country now that does not have full diplomatic relations with Cuba," Smith told CNN in Havana. "One of the marks in the hemisphere against the United States is its outdated Cuba policy. So we are now moving ... to change our Cuba policy to begin to engage with Cuba. That's exactly the right thing to do."
CBSNews: Obama to start normalizing U.S. relations with Cuba
President Obama announced Wednesday that the United States is taking steps to restore full diplomacy with Cuba, a historic move that will end 50 years of frozen relations with the communist nation.
Forbes: Why Nintendo's Wii U Might Be The Best Console To Unwrap Christmas Morning
Paul Tassi: The Wii U is the only gaming device on the market that directly encourages local multiplayer, and the best games for the system are ones played with friends or family sitting next to you, not playing on their own console across town or across the country.
TIME: Time magazine announces its Person of the Year
Those who fight Ebola are Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2014. The Ebola outbreak has infected more than 17,800 people, most in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, killing 6,346. By the end of November, 622 health care workers had been infected with the Ebola virus and 346 of them died, according to the World Health Organization.
VOA: Challenges Mount to Beijing's South China Sea Claims
Carl Thayer, an Asia security analyst at the Australian Defense Force Academy, said the judges would be looking at a study that the U.S. State Department issued just days ahead of China?s position paper. While the U.S. maintains its neutrality on territorial disputes, the study tries to pin-down what it calls the ambiguous basis for China?s nine-dash line. Laying out three possible interpretations of China's claim, the U.S. paper concludes it has no basis in international law.
International Business Times: Philippines And Vietnam Allies In Position Papers Against China
Vietnam and the Philippines expressed support for each other this week against claims made by China in the hotly disputed South China Sea area. The battle over a cluster of resource-rich islands and strategic maritime territories in Southeast Asia is now being fought before an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
Wall Street Journal: How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic
By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are discovering how charismatic public speakers use their voices to dominate, rouse and influence a large audience.
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