Remainders — What We Didn't Post

Marge Simpson To Pose for Playboy...Kindle Books To Cost More Abroad...Twitter Recommended for Nobel Peace Prize...Windows Mobile 7: So Close and Yet So Far

Marge Simpson is going to be on the cover of Playboy on October 16, and I don't know whether to laugh, puke, subscribe or shake my head in utter dismay. What I do know is that this is proof the magazine industry as a whole, and the formerly dignified adult magazine industry in particular, has lost it. And I think it means The Simpsons has finally officially jumped the shark, too. (Confession: I have the first eight or nine seasons committed to memory, but I haven't watched it in years.) [SF Gate]

Kindle revelation of the day: While there may not be any extra service charges for the international edition (which costs just $US20 more), the books themselves will cost more. This makes sense for roamers, certainly, since that effectively is the extra service charge, but it doesn't make as much sense for people who live in other countries. In its defense (or should I say defence?) Amazon cites higher EU taxes on eBooks as a reason. [Guardian UK]

TechCrunch caught this great Fox News blip where some guy (former Bush Deputy National Security Adviser Mark Pfeifle) said that the founders of Twitter should be up for the Nobel Peace Prize next time around. And we all had a good guffaw. And then we realised, whoa, wait a minute, why shouldn't this be taken seriously? It's not always about Michael Jackson, folks. [TechCrunch]

Engadget reported that a leaked slide from a Microsoft Office presentation mentioned the eagerly awaited Windows Mobile 7 would be released to manufacturing as early as "Spring 2010". Never mind that the Office team is in a completely different division of Microsoft than Windows Mobile, and that the company is not known for strong internal communication. If this is accurate at all, what it does (as Engadget also notes) is affirm what we basically already knew, that Windows Mobile 6.5 is a stop-gap and that WinMo 7 would come out as soon as developmentally possible, sometime in mid to late 2010. I don't care when it gets here as long as it's not a total piece of crap. [Engadget]

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