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Say you’re the guy who runs the largest retail website in the United States… which also happens to make and sell a line of eReaders and tablets. And say you also happened to buy a major newspaper a little while ago? Maybe you’d find some synergies in an effort to help make the newspaper profitable (something that’s increasingly difficult to do these days)?
OK, let’s skip the hypotheticals. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did buy the Washington Post about a year ago for $250 million. Now he’s reportedly planning to install a Washington Post app on the new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 that will begin shipping to customers soon.
It’ll be free to use on that tablet, but you’ll need a subscription to use a similar app once it’s released for other Kindle, Android, and Apple tablets in the future.
- Report: Amazon CEO (and Wash Post owner) Jeff Bezos to load a Post app on the new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet
Among other things, this move could help the Washington Post regain its reputation as a national news source. [Bloomberg Businesswek]
- Looks like HTC has a new version of the HTC One (M8) to unveil this week
HTC is holding an event this week where the company is expected to unveil an action camera and a new selfie-centric phone with a 13MP front-facing camera. Now it looks like there may be a new version of HTC’s flagship phone as well. [HTC]
- First-generation Moto G LTE is coming to AT&T
Good news, Motorola’s well-reviewed, affordable smartphone will be available from AT&T for $180 with no contract starting October 10th. Less good news: it’s the 1st-generation Moto G, not the new model with a bigger screen and better camera. [AT&T]
- Redbox Instant online video streaming service is shutting down October 7th
In related news, Redbox had an online video service. [GigaOm]
- Report: Sprint (and Clear) will shut down down WiMAX network Nov 6th, 2015
WiMAX is running on borrowed time. Now’s not a good time to buy a Clear or FreedomPop hotspot that only runs on WiMAX. [Android Central]
- XBMC/Kodi media center now officially supports devices with Freescale i.MX6 processors
There’s been experimental support for the chipset for a while, but now it’s been merged into the main branch of the popular open source media center application. [Stephan Rafin]
- If you’re using the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft may be monitoring your activity very closely