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Tuesday News: Dragon Con’s convicted co-founder, Chinese delivery drones, Owls, Fan Fiction, and JD Salinger goes online too early

Tuesday News: Dragon Con’s convicted co-founder, Chinese delivery drones, Owls, Fan...

“Kramer entered guilty pleas to three of six counts of child molestation on the original indictment — one for each alleged victim — with the state offering not to prosecute the other three,” reports The Gwinnett Daily Post. “Under the nine-condition agreement, District Attorney Danny Porter recommended a sentence of 20 years to serve five for each count, to run concurrently. Because of 26 months previously served in the Gwinnett County jail and while incarcerated in Connecticut, Kramer will actually serve 34 months.” The Mary Sue

“SF Express is testing a drone it has built for delivering packages to remote areas, according to Chinese media reports. The drone can hit an maximum altitude of 100 meters (328 feet) and deliver parcels within two meters of its target. It’s not clear what sort of weight these puppies can handle, but Beijing journalists calculated that it probably can’t carry more than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).” Quartz

“Who needs the original when you’ve got lyrics like ‘I know that they are siblings but I think there’s something more’? “ The Daily Dot

“Kenneth Slawenski, a Salinger scholar and biographer, who has read the stories in the university libraries, told the website BuzzFeed that the text appeared accurate. ‘While I do quibble with the ethics or lack of ethics in posting the Salinger stories, they look to be true transcripts of the originals and match my own copies.’” The Guardian

Tuesday Midday Links Roundup: Microsoft unveils a beautiful new tablet with no ship date or price

Tuesday Midday Links Roundup: Microsoft unveils a beautiful new tablet with...

Microsoft

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft held a press event wherein they announced their new tablet called Microsoft Surface. It’s a beautiful, lust worthy device. The only problem? No price or ship date. Nonetheless, here are some specs. The basic design includes an integrated kickstand, two covers with integrated keyboards, and a touchscreen that recognizes and differentiates between finger input and pen input. There are two basic models:

Windows RT

  • Weight: 676 g
  • Thickness: 9.3 mm
  • Screen: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
  • microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • VaporMg Case & Stand
  • 32 GB, 64 GB
Windows 8 Pro

  • Weight: 903 g
  • Thickness: 13.5 mm
  • Screen: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display 42 W-h
  • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • VaporMg Case & Stand
  • 64 GB, 128 GB

There was no mention of Barnes & Noble although I suspect that there will be a nook app that comes preloaded on the device but I also don’t have any question that Kindle and Kobo and Sony will be close behind. It’s Windows OS after all.

News

More info on the Waterstone’s / Amazon deal. This looks to be a mess. Can our UK readers chime in on this?

Clearly Sargeant’s moves for Macmillan in the price fixing case was with the approval of his superiors.

Sounds like she reversed engineered Robert Lang’s origami creations. He wants credit. She refuses to give it. Perhaps he wants money too but the article doesn’t say. This is fascinating. Is the origami pattern of Robert Lang’s copyrightable and if so, is Sarah Morris’ work transformative enough? These two fair use questions are fascinating.

Deals

Amazon is having June The Big Deal sale which is 400 books between $3.99 and $.99

Kobo coupons:

  • Kobodollaroff ($1 off)
  • c4auto40 (40% off)
  • c4auto45 (45% off)
  • RggiCA5091 (50% off)
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