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Friday News: Smartphone adoption increasing; sexist problems in games bigger than boobs; and friendship

Friday News: Smartphone adoption increasing; sexist problems in games bigger than...

I love buying things on my smartphone but I think that’s primarily because I never forget my phone whereas I’ve forgotten my wallet more than once. I don’t really know how that happens. BGR

Therein lies the crux of the problem. The Cracked staff put together a list of 6 sexist video game problems that go beyond the hypersexualized bodies of women appearing in video games. They include glorifying rape culture, making the women into submissive characters, allowing previously capable women to be reduced to girls who need saving (via the dad ex machina which is awesome) and so forth.

And the comments are filled with hate for Anita Sarkeesian, whom male gamers believe is the root of all evil, and mansplaining about why none of the examples are really that bad. It’s games after all! And if they can’t glorify rape culture or save competent women then what else do they have to live for? Cracked.com

Thursday News: Kindle iOS App Brings COLLECTIONS aka folders; Lance Armstrong’s ruling; 60 largest book publishers

Thursday News: Kindle iOS App Brings COLLECTIONS aka folders; Lance Armstrong’s...

Kindle iOS COllections

I might have released an audible squeal upon learning that the updated Kindle App for iOS7 has folders. You can easily create as many folders you like and then inside the folder, you add and delete at will.  Plus, your collections are synced with your account so the collections on your Kindle paperwhite appear on your Kindle iPad on your Kindle iPhone. I suspect that the Kindle Fire and the desktop apps are yet to come.  I’ve got some work to do.

“Under Bolger, speech can be characterized as commercial when it’s admittedly advertising, references a specific product, and is spoken with an economic motive. Commercial speech inextricably intertwined with otherwise fully protected speech becomes fully protected.”

None of the statements Armstrong made about his non use of rugs proposed a commercial transaction nor did the publicity efforts surrounding the book. And that even if they were, the commercial and noncommercial speech were inextricably entwined. Rebecca Tushnet’s 43(B)log