Peter Kafka

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Waiting for the $80 Kindle? Hang On Till 2013

Since Amazon refuses to say how many Kindles it sells, observers keep making educated guesses: Barclays now thinks the e-commerce giant moved 7.1 million e-readers last year. That’s a bit less than the 8 million estimate that Bloomberg reported in December, but no matter what the number is, it’s a lot of Kindles. Barclays think Amazon will keep selling more, despite (and perhaps because of) competition from Apple, while dropping prices of the devices. By 2013, it predicts the average price of the e-reader will drop to $79.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik