Amazon says Kindle owners can lend Harry Potter e-books

By Alistair Barr | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday owners of its Kindle e-readers and tablets will be able to lend Harry Potter e-books to each other in a move aimed at encouraging more people to use the devices and sign up for its Prime service.

Amazon, the world’s largest Internet retailer, bought an exclusive license from author J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore e-book business to make all seven Harry Potter e-book available to lend through the Kindle platform.

Lending begins June 19 and includes Potter e-books in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
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Box Office Shocker: ‘Avengers’ Opens to Record Shattering $200.3 Million

by Pamela McClintock

The Disney and Marvel Studios tentpole makes history in nabbing the biggest opening of all time in North America; globally “Avengers” has earned a massive $641.8 million in 12 days.

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers has set a new bar in opening to a walloping $200.3 million at the domestic box office, the largest debut ever and kicking of summer 2012 in high style.

The Avengers — marking a major victory for Disney and Marvel Studios — easily dethroned Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened to $169.2 million last summer, then the largest number in history.
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Vogue’s Underage Models: No to Under 16s & Eating Disorders , Says New Policy

The editors of all 19 editions of Vogue around the world have pledged to use only healthy models no younger than 16 on their editorial pages in an attempt to shift the fashion industry’s approach to body image.

Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue’s flagship US edition, and Emmanuelle Alt of Paris Vogue – which caused an uproar in 2010 with a photo spread featuring a 10-year-old girl – are among those who agreed to the pact.

“Vogue believes that good health is beautiful,” said Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Conde Nast International and a scion of the New York publishing family that privately owns the world’s most influential fashion title.
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Triggertrap Mobile iOS app turns iPhone into DSLR trigger

by Chris Smith

Triggertrap Mobile iOS app

New iOS app triggers your DSLR camera shutter through a host of pre-programmed ways. Triggertrap brings creative time-lapse photography, but can be programmed for facial and sound recognition.

A new app for iOS devices allows you to automatically trigger your DSLR camera through a means of innovative shooting modes.
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Disney’s Rich Ross Exit: Speculation Swirls Around Possible Replacements

Several names have emerged as possible successors to the fired studio head.

With Rich Ross forced to resign Friday from his post of chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Disney CEO Bob Iger is now tasked with replacing an executive whose rocky tenure demonstrated an inability to transition his success in television to film.
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Sources say Iger informed studio insiders Friday that he doesn’t have anyone in mind for the job yet and is no rush to fill the position. The studio has dramatically trimmed the number of movies it is making and is in production on only one film, Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger, limiting the destabilizing effect of a studio head exit.

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Canon releases new camera that can capture the beauty of space

Astrophotography enthusiasts can now take great images of the sky without modifying cameras
by Mariella Moon

Many expensive DSLR cameras aren’t optimized to shoot great photos of the heavens, especially of the night sky, right out of the box. Astrophotographers, photographers who mainly take pictures of astronomical objects, usually have to learn how to tweak their camera settings to best capture the wonders of space. Now, Canon has released a new product that makes astrophotography easy even for beginners.

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