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Wednesday News: Amazon’s Fire phone sales, small raises in publishing, school...

When comparing that against recent data from comScore, which put total U.S. smartphone penetration at 173 million people in June, Fire sales would not have exceeded 35,000 in its first three weeks. –Market Watch

The salary increase in 2013 was held down to some degree by the number of employees who received no raise in 2013—19% said their pay was flat in the year. One-quarter of employees said they received a raise of between 2.0% and 2.9% in 2013, while another 20% reported a raise of between 3.0% and 3.9%. Overall, 74% of employees received a raise under 4% in 2013. –Publishers Weekly

We’re Josephine Sinclair and Sarai Williams.  We’re 2nd graders at Willow Creek Academy. Last year, due to changes in our district, we lost our library. When we started school there were no books on the shelves and we had no librarian to help us fill them!  It was sad. Our parents have tried fundraising, but frankly they aren’t very good at it. So, we thought we’d reach out to you for help. –Indiegogo

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  1. DS
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 06:36:53

    Right before the Fire Phone came out I bought a Samsung to replace my iPhone. If the Amazon phone had been available I would probably have bought it instead. Now, barring phone mishaps, it will be at least of couple of years before I’m looking for a replacement. I do like my Note 3 though.

  2. Diana
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 09:34:53

    @DS: Same here. Are you me, lol? I bought a Note 3 in February to replace my iPhone. Though, I was pretty intrigued when the Fire phone came out. If the phone had come out earlier, or I had held onto to my iPhone longer, I might have been tempted by the Fire phone. But I do love the Note 3; it’s pretty awesome.

  3. CK
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 11:01:38

    As an Amazon fangirl, I held off replacing my old Razr for months and months and months. In the meantime, husband and son both got Samsungs (via Amazon). Oooo, shiney! I still held off. Then, lo and behold, Amazon comes out with Fire phone and yippee!…err….sfizzle. I got a Galaxy 5. Ooo, precioussss. The Fire phone should have been a given for me and I totally passed on it.

  4. Darlynne
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 11:35:21

    The idea of kids, who want to read, not having books or a librarian just slays me. According to their indiegogo page, they’ll receive all money raised, even if the goal isn’t met. Here’s hoping it’s met and exceeded.

  5. Ani Gonzalez
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 14:36:36

    I love the comments on that Piolin vid. “All I saw was a big rainbow-colored dick doing tricks…” pretty much says it all.

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