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Monday News: Apple speculation builds, Kate Mosse and genre fiction, Jane the Virgin comes to US TV, and Neil Patrick Harris’s “Choose Your Own Autobiography”

Monday News: Apple speculation builds, Kate Mosse and genre fiction, Jane...

Apple is holding a media event September 9th, so I’m going to engage in a full little hypothetical question: Based on current rumors for Apple products (an iWatch, a 12.9? screen iPad, and a larger iPhone), how likely am I to buy these devices? For the sake of discussion, I’ll pretend they would all come out this year, even though it’s more likely they’d come out over the next calendar year. –Gigaom

As a genre writer, says Mosse, “I’ve come out. It’s Mill on the Floss meets Psycho.” She also pays homage to other classics in the gothic tradition – The Castle of Otranto, Frankenstein and The Monk – but insists that Connie is “not a victim”, like most gothic heroines, but a “modern Ms”.

So, following the rebranding of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Mosse has gone on to give a three-part masterclass in How to Survive as a Writer in the 21st century. –The Guardian

There’s an extended trailer and a very interesting comment thread here, in which at least one male commenter suggested that the premise was “rapey,” and he was shot down by a couple of women. Now, I hope this is all going to be subversive, but I can’t help but link this to some of the points that were made last week about the investment the American medical system has in keeping women ignorant (and therefore not advocates and skeptics of their own care). I did like some of the comments Gina Rodriguez has made, though:

Too often, Rodriguez says, Latinos are only seen as “maid, landscaper, pregnant teen. Mind you I am playing pregnant, but I’m not a teen.”

She’s also not, she points out, a size two — and she doesn’t want to be. She hopes that Jane can not only give viewers a different view of Latino culture, but also give young girls a different view of beauty and body image. –USA Today

CHOOSE correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. –Neil Patrick Harris and Random House

Monday News: How people use their tablets, the trouble with Indiegogo, NPR’s tricks its readers, and amusing YA quiz

Monday News: How people use their tablets, the trouble with Indiegogo,...

Data Point: People Really Like to Read on Their Kindle Fires – A very interesting graphic comparing the iPad, the Galaxy, and the Fire. The statistic for e-reading on the Kindle Fire is a clear stand-out, but I’m not really sure what — if anything — that means. My first response was thinking that I hardly ever read on my Kindle Fire. However, there’s no category for “watching media,” which is what I do most on my Fire. And, if that was the only Kindle I had, I might read more on it — and reading might also be an indicator of general visual media consumption on the device. But it’s still interesting that e-reading on the Fire registered at double the rates for the iPad and the Galaxy (67% to 33% and 33%). –The Wall Street Journal

How Does Indiegogo Deal with Fraudulent Campaigns? – I don’t know if you’ve been following the Healbe crowdsourced funding scandal at Indiegogo, but Pando has, and they’ve found some extremely disturbing evidence that the diet watch device the company is claiming to manufacture (and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars toward), is not what it seems. And now, where crowdsource platform Indiegogo used to have a very strong fraud guarantee in its support/terms of service language, it only has a vague reference to fraud-checking. Needless to say, that does not instill confidence in either Healbe or Indiegogo — or it shouldn’t, at least.

In my last update — where Healbe’s founders explained that their innovation method was inspired by Russian science fiction, and released a ludicrous “demo” video — I wrote that the Healbe story had gone from scam to farce. Today Indiegogo has made clear that they’d rather be complicit in that farce, and in a million dollar scam, than be forced to take responsibility for what happens on their platform. –Pando Daily

Masterful NPR Prank Asks Why People Comment Without Reading – Although I think NPR is far from perfect (although no online venue meets that bar for me), what they pulled off with this slightly early April Fools’ Facebook joke is nothing short of brilliant. They posted a story titled “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?,” and instead of clicking on the link — which would have exposed the gag — people went ahead and commented anyway, descrying the fact that people aren’t reading before they comment.

The lesson here? It’s either that NPR is wasting your tax dollars on denigrating the American character, or that this is exactly why we need services like NPR in the first place. But you were probably already thinking that anyway long before you read this story. –Mediaite

Quiz: Can You Tell These YA Stories Apart? – Many of you have probably seen this already (sorry – I’ve got a backlog of stories that aren’t time-sensitive), but if you haven’t it’s a pretty amusing little quiz on five of the most popular YA series (Divergent, Hunger Games, Twilight, The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter). Definitely seems to add weight to the argument that from a distance all genre stories can look alike (aka it’s not the story, but how it’s executed that counts). –The Vulture