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"[Amazon's] alleged violation of antitrust laws is not an excuse..."

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has found that Apple conspired with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks. Publishers Weekly describes Apple's defeat as "a major blow". Writing before the ruling, Roger Parloff at Fortune Tech delved into Apple's "agency model" for ebook sales and noted that Amazon's business model is "the missing piece... of this jigsaw puzzle". Philip Elmer-Dewitt reviews Judge Cote's findings. (Review the decision and other trial information yourself here.) Michael Clarke at Scholarly Kitchen explains why he considers this a loss for the public.
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 11, 2013 - 49 comments

 

DIY Drones, or rather, Autonomous Aerial Vehicles

Pretty stunning cockpit perspective footage of unmanned aerial vehicles interacting in close quarters, flying with a range of flyers (Echelon FPV). [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Jan 25, 2013 - 20 comments

How do you like your penguin?

'The Southern Ocean Beach Club' is the photo-blog of a chef working at a research station in the Antarctic. The photos are rather beautiful.
posted by secretdark on Jan 16, 2013 - 5 comments

End of holiday productivity tool

According to a study done at the university of Hiroshima, watching pictures of cute animals makes you more productive. Considering the state many Americans might be in on Monday following a long weekend of turkey and pumkin pie, perhaps watching a few cute videos might be a good idea to get America's productivity up to par. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 25, 2012 - 26 comments

With great powers comes great responsibility

Undecided on election day? Sat through all the debates and still not sure who's right and who's wrong? What you're really looking for is an endorsment by people you can trust completely, you can look up to, true heroes? Well, J. Caleb Mozzocco has taken the trouble to interview a representative cross section of superheroes and is starting to see a pattern. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 6, 2012 - 35 comments

A Penguin a Week

Karyn Reeves collects Penguin paperbacks. She reads and reviews a Penguin a week. She also blogs about Penguins (such as the elusive green Penguins) and showcases classic Penguin book covers. Nonfiction fans may want to check out her list of Pelicans - or visit the Pelican Project at Things Magazine (previously).
posted by kristi on Oct 30, 2012 - 18 comments

Apple and the Big Five

The U.S. has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the largest publishers, alleging a conspiracy to rig the pricing of e-books. Simon & Schuster, Hachette and HarperCollins have agreed to settle, though Macmillan, Penguin and Apple continue to contest the charges. Some background from WIRED: Bigger Than Agency, Bigger Than E-Books: The Case Against Apple and Publishers
posted by Artw on Apr 11, 2012 - 192 comments

San Diego Penguin Cam

Featuring nearly 300 penguins, San Diego's PenguinCam provides hours of entertainment during March and April.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 6, 2012 - 80 comments

Witnessing the Badger

Theramin Badger Doesn't Give A Ooo-Eeee-Ooooo
from gadgetmaker/musician David Cranmer, aka Nervous Squirrel whose other projects include Brian the Penguin and the Programmable Musical Pig, seen in performance with the band Nine Owls in a Baguette. Because... well, why the owl not?
posted by oneswellfoop on Feb 25, 2012 - 13 comments

10 Alternative Book Covers/Film Posters

10 Alternative Book Covers/Film Posters to celebrate the launch of the Penguin Design Award 2012.
posted by Pilly on Jan 17, 2012 - 10 comments

What's black and white and red all over(drive)?

Why Might A Publisher Pull Its eBooks From Libraries? PaidContent takes a look at Penguin's recent move to pull all of its titles from Overdrive's public library ebook program, a program that even some librarians are upset about.
posted by Toekneesan on Nov 22, 2011 - 33 comments

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot the first

Criminal penguin behaviour [SLYT from BBC's Frozen Planet]
posted by wilful on Oct 24, 2011 - 37 comments

The jumpers are all one size and pattern, but the penguins will have a choice of colors.

Skeinz is a yarn store. Their current newsletter is sending out a request for penguin sweaters due to the oil spill off New Zealand. Surprisingly, knitted wear for penguins is not a new thing.
posted by curious nu on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 comments

The plane the plane

This month Penguin launches a redesigned series of six classic titles, called Penguin Ink. But the ‘ink’ is not printers ink, but that of a more visceral kind.
posted by infini on Aug 27, 2011 - 54 comments

I wonder how a book about the Sims would start...

Olly Moss makes nerdy designs. [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani on Jun 22, 2011 - 15 comments

tickling animal roundup of cuteness

Attention Internet: This is a penguin being tickled. [more inside]
posted by flex on Apr 16, 2011 - 70 comments

Tennis, with a net.

What would some famous (and infamous) comicbook classics look like as Penguins or Pelicans? [more inside]
posted by kipmanley on Mar 20, 2011 - 12 comments

Heavy Metal Penguin

Today is a day for a Heavy Metal Penguin
posted by The Devil Tesla on Jan 5, 2011 - 35 comments

Penguin Canada sex scandal

The president of Penguin Canada has been fired and is facing a sexual harrassment suit. Oh, and a second woman has alleged harrassment as well. There's some criticism of Penguin also for trying to cover up the facts at first. And there's a portrait of the "artist" as a young man. Sounds like it would make a good book ...
posted by anothermug on Jun 20, 2010 - 12 comments

What did they ever do to you?

No Kicking Penguins - How a 7-year-old autistic boy created an internet meme that found its way to Antarctica.
posted by Brodiggitty on Jan 25, 2010 - 49 comments

Suck my exhaust, "Happy Feet"!

Saturday Flash Hangover: Help a penguin Learn to Fly and scratch "flighless bird" from that stupid wikipedia article. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Jun 20, 2009 - 11 comments

Sometimes the present is just like the future was supposed to be

Robot penguins of the water and air are manufactured by German robotics manufacturer Festo, as well as aquatic and airborn rays (as in the fish). Here's another aquapenguin video from Festo's YouTube channel. These videos are so futuristic they don't seem real. [via, fittingly enough, William Gibson's Twitterfeed]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 10, 2009 - 34 comments

unknown pleasures

Classic record sleeves - re-designed as Pelican book covers (Flickr set).
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar on May 11, 2009 - 35 comments

Classic Covers of Penguin Science Fiction Books

The Art of Penguin Science Fiction is a historical guide to the design of book jackets in the Penguin SF line by James Pardey. But before reading the essay I recommend looking at some of the wonderful cover designs, for example We, Deathworld, Rork!, The Drowned World, Star Maker, The Evolution Man, Fifth Planet and Alternating Currents. They certainly don't make SF book jackets like they used to. All hundred plus covers can also be browsed alphabetically by author. [via The Guardian Books Blog]
posted by Kattullus on May 7, 2009 - 25 comments

A gay penguin couple, after trying to steal eggs from other penguins, have become the best parents in the zoo to their newly adopted babies.

Parenting for the birds. Also here and here.
posted by easy_being_green on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 comments

No Mudslinging.

Batman vs. The Penguin. SLYT
posted by gman on Oct 16, 2008 - 44 comments

Sir King Penguin

Nils Olav has been a member of the Norway's King's Guard since 1972. Today, in a grand ceremony, he was knighted, becoming Sir Nils Olav. [more inside]
posted by Alex404 on Aug 15, 2008 - 34 comments

Penguins and more penguins.

Like penguins? Hey, who doesn't, right? So, head over to PenguinScience for all your penguin needs. Recommended: their "Webisode" documentary on Blondie, the rare "blonde" penguin, which also features footage of another thoroughly adorable genetic mutation: an all black penguin. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 16, 2008 - 21 comments

Now, thanks to the internet, we know this is not true

A Million Penguins, the wiki novel mentioned previously on MeFi, is complete, and a research paper about it has been released. [more inside]
posted by whir on May 5, 2008 - 15 comments

Storytelling with Google Maps

The 21 Steps is a spy thriller short story that is told using Google Maps. [via mefi projects]
posted by brain_drain on Mar 20, 2008 - 20 comments

They send you a book, you review it.

Blog a Penguin Classic.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 21, 2007 - 58 comments

Wikinovel

After an abysmal, embarrasing attempt at collaborative fiction by Penguin Books, a new site takes a stab at the Wikinovel, this time, it appears, with a little better organization and planning. Though, still no users.
posted by nospecialfx on May 30, 2007 - 31 comments

Wanna be a writer?

"A Million Penguins is an experiment in creative writing and community. Anyone can join in. Anyone can write. Anyone can edit. Let’s see if the crowds are not only wise, but creative. Or will too many cooks spoil the broth?"
posted by goo on Feb 1, 2007 - 39 comments

La Marche de l'empereur

Brief advertisement for France's Canal Plus: 00:01:07 secs.
posted by econous on Jan 16, 2007 - 36 comments

Penguin Book Cover Design

Penguin Books is an all too brief Flickr Photoset of Penguin Book cover designs from decades past. For those interested, this book is highly recommended.
posted by jonson on Oct 24, 2006 - 9 comments

K-O!

Ever Wonder? "[H]oping to push existing boundaries, this paper will put the accumulated knowledge of two animals to the ultimate test, in an attempt to answer the age-old question of who would win in a fight between a penguin and a lemur. Courtesy of MeFi's own Milkman Dan.
posted by rossination on Jul 28, 2006 - 17 comments

Under the covers

Germano Facetti - who died recently - was art director at Penguin Books during the 1960s. He was responsible for some of the most striking book cover designs of the period. More here.
posted by greycap on Apr 19, 2006 - 37 comments

Where is Toga?

Zoo Burglars Steal Baby Penguin
Toga, a baby Jackass penguin, was "birdnapped" this week from Amazon World on the Isle of Wight. Zookeepers surmise that Toga was stolen as a result of someone wanting to give him as a gift this Christmas -- following the popularity of the hit documentary 'March of the Penguins.' A reward of £5,000 is being offered for his return.
posted by ericb on Dec 21, 2005 - 29 comments

Flash Penguin Friday

Spaced Penguin Friday Fun (shockwave) repeat from 4 years ago today...wow.
posted by adamvasco on Sep 23, 2005 - 17 comments

They March Right To Your Home!

Buy your own penguin! Have a pool? Want to recreate March of the Penguins in your backyard? No problem!
posted by amandaudoff on Sep 4, 2005 - 15 comments

It's a queer world after all

It's a queer world after all. A series of animated documentary shorts about homosexuality in the animal kingdom.
posted by gottabefunky on Aug 31, 2005 - 11 comments

Save $5,324.75 when you buy 1,082 books.

The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection. "From Edwin A. Abbott to Emile Zola, the 1,082 titles in the Penguin Classics Complete Library total nearly half a million pages." The weight of the books is approximately 700 pounds. Amazon is offering free shipping! I wonder how big the box would be waiting at my door. (via)
posted by clgregor on Jun 28, 2005 - 32 comments

The history of the Linux's Penguin logo.

The history of the Linux's penguin logo. Linus: So when you think "penguin", you should be imagining a slighly overweight penguin, sitting down after having gorged itself, and having just burped. It's sitting there with a beatific smile - the world is a good place to be when you have just eaten a few gallons of raw fish and you can feel another "burp" coming. Tux gallery here.
posted by skallas on Feb 8, 2004 - 5 comments

Hey, Rocky!

Penguin Magic is a magicians' supply vendor with a nice bonus: almost all the tricks/props/gimmicks have videos of professional (well, competent, at the very least) magicians performing the tricks/props/gimmicks in question. (This is quite well done.) Everything is categorized--street tricks, close-up tricks, levitation, et cetera--and apprently this magic thing is serious business. The feats are slick, the instructions are largely on DVD, and the community does not expose any secrets . . . but that's what keeps you looking, right?
posted by littlegreenlights on Feb 8, 2004 - 7 comments

Can you beat my record of 296.1?

Hit the penguin!
posted by Orange Goblin on Jan 21, 2004 - 48 comments

Penguin Warehouse

Penguin Warehouse.
posted by hama7 on Dec 30, 2003 - 15 comments

Penguins!!!

Penguins. Evil ones. Mr. Flibble. Feathers McGraw. The Linux penguin. They're coming to get you. They will do bad things. Review the evidence for yourself and then get protection. Dun dun duuuuuuuun! It's the Penguin Conspiracy.
posted by VelvetHellvis on Jun 4, 2003 - 15 comments

I missed the discussion about drugs

I missed the discussion about drugs but this comic probably has something to do with them. View the archives... try and calc out this guy's psychiatry bills... WOW.
posted by Bane on Jun 14, 2000 - 5 comments

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