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Publishing Professionals ‘Insulted’ By Amazon Brick-and-Mortar Store

7 W. 34th Street, the rumored location of Amazon's brick-and-mortar store. (Google Maps)

Tech fanatics might be excited about the brick-and-mortar Amazon store opening on Manhattan’s 34th Street, but if the store decides to stock best-selling novels alongside Fire phones and e-readers, we won’t be able to say the same for New York City’s publishing community.

“New York publishing, for better or for worse, is very cordial,” Tin House editor Rob Spillman told Betabeat. “Amazon is more, ‘We’re going to crush all of you.'” Read More

Amazon

Amazon Is Opening a Brick-and-Mortar Store in NYC [UPDATE]

7 W. 34th Street, where Amazon is rumored to be opening a retail store. (Sage Lazzaro/ New York Observer)

UPDATE, 10/10: Betabeat spoke to members of New York City’s publishing community, who feel “insulted” by Amazon’s decision to open a brick-and-mortar store.

UPDATE, 10/09: According to the Wall Street Journal‘s sources, Amazon’s brick-and-mortar store will be located at 7 W. 34th Street, across from the Empire State Building.

Betabeat reached out to Amazon requesting further details about the store. “We have made no announcements about a location in Manhattan,” a spokesperson responded.

So we made the voyage down to 7 W. 34th Street, where we spoke with a doorman inside the lobby. “I don’t know anything,” he said, when we asked if Amazon was opening a retail store in the building. The building currently contains offices, as well as Mango and Express retail stores on street level.

We popped into Mango, where a security guard said he’d noticed construction in the 7 W. 34th Street building. “Nobody knows what that’s about,” he said.

Betabeat also called the building manager of 7 W. 34th Street, but the person who answered the phone said the manager wasn’t available. When we asked if he knew anything about the Amazon store, he hung up on us mid-sentence.

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health alert

These Rare Australian Berries Might Contain Cancer Cure

The drug made from the berries had a 75 percent success rate. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Today in surprising medical news, scientists now believe some rare, unsuspecting berries found in the far northern corner of Australia might hold the key to curing cancer.

After an eight-year study, researchers have discovered that Blushwood berries — found in the rain forests of Far North Queensland — contain a compound that might be able to destroy head and neck tumors, as well as melanoma, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. Read More

Tech Dirty to Me

‘LovePalz’ Social Network Lets You Control Strangers’ Sex Toys from Afar

Your next cybersex partner? (LovePalz)

I’ve written before about teledildonics, the fancy name for computer-controlled sex toys capable of being operated over large geographical distances. It was this past summer, when I tested out OhMiBod’s blueMotion, the bluetooth-enabled vibrator designed with long-distance couples in mind.

“For us, its about keeping a connection or making a connection with somebody who might be not physically standing next to you,” OhMiBod cofounder Suki Dunham said at the time.

But while OhMiBod is gearing their teledildonic products toward couples, another company, LovePalz, wants to help you have long-distance cybersex with total strangers. The Taiwan-based company is currently beta testing a new social network, called LovePalz Club, that’ll let users set up profiles, connect with new friends they find attractive, and then control those new friends’ sex toys. In other words, it’s a combination of Facebook, OkCupid, Tinder… and actual sex. Read More

Space the Final Frontier

NASA May Use 6-Months-Long Deep Sleep to Send Astronauts to Mars

Next stop: Mars. (SpaceWorks)

NASA has long been researching the viability of sending humans to Mars. Besides exploring the terrain with that sassy Mars Rover, the agency has also experimented with what astronauts might eat should they embark on the months-long voyage to the Red Planet (the answer: Spam and Nutella), among other tests.

In the latest Mars mission-related news, NASA-backed researchers with SpaceWorks Enterprises are reportedly experimenting with putting astronauts into a medically-induced deep sleep, called torpor, during the transit time to Mars. Read More

#WAKEUPCALL

See Ya, Ice Bucket Challenge: #WAKEUPCALL Touted As the Internet’s Newest Charity Craze

Nicky Hilton's #WAKEUPCALL selfie. (Instagram)

The furor surrounding the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge might have cooled off, but now there’s a new charity initiative getting ready to clog up your Facebook newsfeed taking social media by storm.

The latest craze, #WAKEUPCALL, has seen celebs sharing photos of themselves waking up in the morning, and then nominating their fellow famous folk to do the same — as well as make a contribution to Unicef UK’s efforts to aid Syrian children. Read More

XXX in Tech

Sexy Search Engine BoodiGo Takes Steps to Prevent Spread of Child Pornography

You won't find child pornography here. (BoodiGo)

BoodiGo, the sexy search engine developed by ex-Googlers, was created so users could anonymously search the Internet for porn. But if there’s one thing the BoodiGo team doesn’t want you searching for, it’s child pornography.

The company announced a partnership last week with the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP), an organization founded in 1996 that seeks to eliminate child pornography from the Internet. Under the partnership, the ASACP will provide BoodiGo with a variety of data — including common child porn search terms — that’ll help BoodiGo block the results of those harmful searches. Read More

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Parody Twitter Account Perfects the Fine Art of Kardashian Memes

Truth. (Twitter)

Remember back in 2012, when everyone was wild about that #whatshouldwecallme tumblr? You know the one I’m talking about — the posts would say something like “WHEN MY BEST FRIEND AND I CHECK OUT THE SCENE AT THE BAR,” and underneath there’d be a GIF of a sassy cartoon peacock saying “Haters to the left.”

It was funny and all, but you know what we always thought would make it better? If it were strictly comprised of Kardashian memes, obviously. Lo and behold, such a thing exists on Twitter in the form of the @KardashianReact account. Read More

XXX in Tech

Sure Why Not: Pornhub Just Launched a Record Label

Coolio debuted a music video on Pornhub earlier this year. (Facebook)

Pornhub may be a prime source for fap material (ugh, sorry), but they’re also capable of so much more. They plant trees! They make clever FIFA World Cup commentary! And now, they also produce records, apparently.

The porn site has officially launched its own record label, Pornhub Records, Billboard reported yesterday. The announcement may seem totally bizarre, but this isn’t Pornhub’s first dabbling in the music industry; artists Coolio, FaltyDL, and Xiu Xiu all used the site to premiere music videos within the past year. Read More