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  1. World’s First Test-Tube Baby Penguin Is a Breakthrough in Adorable Animal Science

    Adorable animal science is the most important science.

    This is the world's first penguin born through artificial insemination, because it is extremely important that we have perfected methods of creating adorable, fuzzy creatures. The female baby Magellanic penguin is currently only known by the number "184," probably because the scientists didn't want to name her "Awwww" and couldn't manage to say anything else at the time.

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  2. Department of Justice Takes a Bite Out of Apple With Guilty Verdict in eBook Price Fixing Case

    Is price-fixing covered under AppleCare?

    Just a reminder: It's illegal for companies to work together to artificially control the price of goods -- even when one of those companies is Apple. The Department of Justice's (DOJ) price fixing case against Apple has come to a guilty verdict. Now I bet they wish they had settled like all the other defendants in the case.

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  3. Random Penguin, Penguin House, Random Penguin House, Enter the Igloo: Guys, You Could’ve Done Better

    Does anyone else think their new logo makes the penguin look like a terrifying giant, one evil eye fixed on humanity?

    We here at Geekosystem may have spent most of yesterday arguing about what the newly-formed Penguin Random House publishing company should have made their logo (top idea: a penguin rising out of a house like the sun?), but the merger of two of the Big Six publishing companies does have implications beyond what could have been a much cooler new name.

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  4. U.S. Files Antitrust Suit Against Apple Regarding eBook Prices

    A month ago, Apple and five other publishers were warned that the U.S. Department of Justice was seeking a case for collusion and price fixing regarding eBook prices. Now, it would seem those warnings weren't full of hot air, as the Department of Justice has officially filed a lawsuit against Apple, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin, claiming that these publishers colluded to fix eBook prices. Word on the people familiar with the matter street says Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and HarperCollins already settled their suits, but Apple and Macmillan have refused to engage in talks, and deny that they have participated in an collusion to fix eBook prices.

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  5. PenguinCam is Livestreaming Socially Awkward Penguins [Livestream]

    In order to celebrate Frozen Planet, a joint effort by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, the Discovery Channel and SeaWorld San Diego have teamed to stream SeaWorld's exhibit of socially awkward penguins: "Penguin Encounter". Well, it's technically an exhibit of "regular" penguins. But still, there's bound to be some awkwardness. The stream is going on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until April 30th, so there's a lot of penguin to be watched. Several penguins have already attempted to hatch the camera, which looks a bit like a big black egg, so there are doubtlessly more hijinks in store. Be sure to check it out and check back every now and then, who knows what you might see.

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  6. Adorable Cartoon Penguin Collides With John Carpenter’s The Thing [Video]

    Some of our readers may be familiar with the classic children's claymation series Pingu, about a young penguin and his friends and family living in the arctic. Some of our readers may also be familiar with John Carpenter's The Thing, a delightfully gory re-make of the classic sci-fi film. Today, those two groups will overlap thanks to Lee Hardcastle in something that is both wonderful and horrible. Be warned, if Play-Doh gore upsets you, then you should probably not watch this video.

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  7. Amazon Deals With Reluctant Publishers By Signing Authors Directly

    As you are doubtless aware, Amazon has been making a big push into the digital distribution of books. They've got several varieties of Kindles designed for the purpose and a terrific platform from which to do so, the main problem so far has really been reluctant publishers. It seems that Amazon has found a potential way around that, however; hire the authors yourself. Traditional publishers have been scared of eBooks pretty much from the start since their easy distribution undermines the problem publishing houses were made to solve. With Amazon's push to allow for Netflix-style book rental, most big publishers backed off even further, prompting Amazon to try and lure, coerce, or force them into cooperation. That hasn't worked so well, so Amazon is throwing down the gauntlet and publishing 122 books this fall, in physical and eBook form.

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  8. Lawsuit Accuses Apple and Publishers of Price Fixing to Stunt Kindle's Growth

    Apple, along with book publishers HarperCollins, Hachette, Mcmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster are now involved in a class-action lawsuit that accuses them of colluding to fix prices in order to hurt Amazon's Kindle success. The lawsuit, being brought by a Seattle law firm, suggests that all the parties involved had reason to be afraid of Amazon's pro-consumer pricing scheme for both its hardware and for eBooks. The logic of the case goes something like this: Publishers were concerned about lost profits from the sale of Amazon's eBooks, Apple was concerned that the Kindle could seriously damage the iPad's viability as an eBook reader, and therefore, the two teamed up to fix prices to try and thwart Amazon's eBook endeavors.

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