A family-owned adult DVD store claims Amazon is trying to shut it down.
Oh, the injustice! The owners of AdultWoot.com, a small, family-owned online store that sells adult themed DVDs (read: pornography) for under $5 a pop, claims Amazon is the one playing dirty by trying to shut the site down using underhanded tactics. Why would Amazon go out of its way to shutter an online porn shop? Simply put, Amazon owns Woot.com, an online deal site it acquired last year, and it doesn't want customers thinking the two sites are in any way related.
Quick question: what's the one thing you should absolutely, positively do any time you trade in or return a piece of used tech? Answer: wipe the hard drive. If you already knew that, you might want to spread the word to your friends and neighbors, because Motorola forgot to wipe the info off of a bunch of used Xoom tablets it recently sold to enthusiastic Woot.com buyers. Oops!
Oh, Woot. You really can't deny the genius of their daily product descriptions. Today the popular daily deal site has used the product description to call out the Associate Press on a bit of hypocrisy. You see, Woot's acquisition by Amazon was big news the other day, and the AP covered it. In doing so, they quoted a few words from founder Matt Rutledge’s blog post. Not a big deal for most publications, but the AP has a sordid history regarding quotations.
The AP has made a stink about bloggers quoting from their content, even if the source is cited. They think blogger ought to pay as much as $12.50 for five of the AP's precious words. Woot figures that since the AP quoted them, they should pay Woot $17.50. It's only fair, right?
Woot isn't all hard edged about it though. They are offering the AP the opportunity to have the debt called off so long as the collective entity known as "The AP" buys today's Woot, a lovely 2-pack of Sennheiser MX400 earphones. They're only going for $6.99, so we think the AP should take them up on it.
Online retail giant Amazon has today announced that they have acquired the Woot family of sites. No specifics on how much Amazon paid for the site were released. Statements from the Woot staff indicate that the site will continue to operate much as it always has and will be an autonomous subsidiary of Amazon.
The arrangement is likely to be similar to that of Audible or Zappos which have changed little since being acquired by Amazon. Woot CEO Matt Rutledge said of the deal, " From a practical point of view, it will be as if we are simply adding one person to the organizational hierarchy, except that one person will just happen to be a billion-dollar company that could buy and sell each and every one of you like you were office furniture." Did we mention we love Woot's sense of humor?
Jeff Bezos is building himself quite the little empire. But rest assured fellow geeks, we have every reason to think you will still be able to try (and fail) to snag a Bag of Crap in the next Woot-Off.
The guys and gals at Woot have added another portal to their stable of daily deal sites. The deals.woot site is a bit of a departure for Woot. All their preexisting sites feature a product chosen by Woot employees, but deals.woot is a user driven site akin to a Digg for bargain shopping.
Woot has made waves in the tech/geek community by offering a daily deal, which is sometimes an insanely good value. More recently, Woot has expanded to various specialized portals like shirt.woot, wine.woot, and sellout.woot. The new site uses an algorithm to bring the users’ favorite deals to the surface for all to see. The top of the landing page, however, isn’t user driven. It is populated by sponsored deals.
Woot explained the sponsored links saying, “OK, yes, companies pay a little something to be Sponsored Deals. But we don’t allow just any old crap in this section… If we find the deal compelling enough that our members will appreciate us bringing it to their attention, we’ll feature it here.” If you’re the type that enjoys a good tech bargain (and who doesn’t?) check it out at deals.woot.com.
"At one point during the webinar, 'W00ts!' were heard emanating from the conference room as Harry, a renowned Team Fortress 2 fanboy, demonstrated how to properly tea-bag an opponent."
Most English teachers would have a field day with the above sentence, but with the exception of 'tea-bag,' the rest of the terms are now officially recognized. Perhaps Merriam-Webster is undergoing a mid-life crisis, or maybe as geeks we've leveled up our ability to affect the English language. Either way, a bevy of new terms are being added to the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, and many of them could be pulled straight out of any computer forum. Among the new terms are:
Not all the new words are technology terms, but many of them do reflect societal trends. "As soon as we see the word used without explanation or translation or gloss, we consider it a naturalized citizen of the English language," explained Peter Sokolowoski, an editor-at-large for Merriam Webster.
Find how how you can further influence Merriam-Webster after the jump.