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Wednesday News: Apple announces new products, Barnes & Noble loses less money this quarter, Man Booker Prize is now multinational,  and victim blaming Janay Rice

Wednesday News: Apple announces new products, Barnes & Noble loses less...

F is for Fanboy/Fangirl. You know who you are. You buy a new Apple device every single year. You line up outside Apple Stores waiting for it to appear. You pick fights with Phandroids (aka Google Android fans) about what phone had which feature first. You are in hog heaven right about now.

… and also for Fitness. A new app designed to give you a comprehensive view of your daily activity, via the watch’s motion-tracking sensors.

… and also for Four Point Seven and Five Point Five. Those are the screen sizes of the two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. They’re substantially larger than the iPhone 5s but are more in line with the size of competing Android phones. –Yahoo Tech

Analysts are projecting a loss of 22 cents per share for the fiscal year. After being $1.33 billion a year ago, analysts project revenue to drop 5% year-over-year to $1.26 billion for the quarter. For the year, revenue is projected to roll in at $6.10 billion –Forbes

In other award news, though:

Louise Erdrich has been named winner of the 2014 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

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Ursula K. Le Guin has been named winner of the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She will receive this honor at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony in New York on Nov. 19. –Washington Post

The Root has a piece detailing some of the “worst responses” to the video if you want to witness the awfulness.

And if you haven’t seen the video yet, be warned: it’s incredibly disturbing.

That we feel entitled (and excited) to access gut-wrenching images of a woman being abused – to be entranced by the looks of domestic violence – speaks volumes not only about the man who battered her, but also about we who gaze in parasitic rapture. We click and consume, comment and carry on. What are we saying about ourselves when we place (black) women’s pain under a microscope only to better consume the full kaleidoscope of their suffering?
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Black women are often systematically excluded from both the category of “woman” and that of “victim”. Our pain, these days as ever, can never be pure enough. –The Guardian

Thursday News: Will Apple introduce the iWatch in September, OverDrive’s new and enhanced app, NYPL book recs, and Sanrio’s “cruel trick”

Thursday News: Will Apple introduce the iWatch in September, OverDrive’s new...

There are two ways to look at this new tidbit: First of all, the iPhone is the most profitable consumer product in the world and is more than deserving of its very own dog-and-pony show. On the other hand, if Apple is going to break into a new product category, what better time than when the world’s rapt attention is focused on the latest iPhone? –Gigaom & Re/Code

This update features the long-awaited elimination of the Adobe Authorization step from the app installation process — one of your most frequently requested enhancements! To continue to fulfill the requirement for copyrighted materials, users will register for an OverDrive account instead. We expect this change will significantly reduce library support questions and provide excellent benefits to users like syncing reading progress across multiple devices and saving libraries and common searches. –Library Journal infoDOCKET

“Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.” –laist