Jim’s WebLetter for 2/18/12

Hi-ya JWL readers!

Got a fresh file full of Web material for you to click and discover for yourself.

The Justice Department says it doesn’t believe that Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility will affect competition, so they’ve given their blessing to the acquisition. I hope someday we will all get to see the Justice’s mind so we can understand how they work. I mean, how is it they can say no to AT&T purchasing T-mobile who was happy to be purchased, but yes to Google’s deal? http://cnet.co/ye7vCo

Something else this week … in the “Kick ’em when they’re down” department, Apple has asked the bankruptcy court for permission to sue Kodak for copyright infringement. Really? Kodak has already made the announcement it’s getting out of the digital business, so what good does it do to sue them? Way to go, Apple.

Yapta – a way to get a get a refund (or credit) from the airlines on a purchased ticket in case its price drops. This site helps users find low airfares and hotel rates and continues to track prices after you’ve already purchased your ticket. If the fares in any part of your itinerary drop sufficiently after booking to offset any change or cancellation fees, Yapta.com will notify you so you can obtain refunds or credits on the difference. Yapta.com isn’t a booking site, and it can’t help you get a refund or credit on seats purchased through other booking sites — you have to book directly through the airline to be eligible. http://www.yapta.com/

Letters of Note is a stylish site with scans of letters, telegrams, faxes and memos. I just read a letter from Groucho Marx to a new investment he had made. In the database, you’ll find such things as Einstein encouraging Roosevelt to pursue atomic research and the Museum of Modern Art turning down a gift from Andy Warhol in 1956. This really is, as they say, “correspondence deserving of a wider audience”. http://www.lettersofnote.com/

Issuu (pronounced “issue”) offers an online newsstand with loads of shelf space, hundreds of interesting “micro-publishing” projects and a great online reader. Collect, share and publish your own issue in a format designed to make your documents look their very best. Check out the site, watch the video and get started. http://issuu.com/

A shoplifter was caught red-handed trying to steal a watch from an exclusive jewelry store. “Listen,” said the shoplifter, “I know you don’t want any trouble either. What do you say I just buy the watch, and we forget about this?”
The manager agreed and wrote up the sales slip. The crook looked at the slip and said, “This is a little more than I intended to spend. Can you show me something less expensive?”
(thanks, Max)
Scene: Patient laying on a gurney with the doctor standing next to him holding up an x-ray.
Doctor: Do you want the good news or the bad news first?.
Patient: Give me the bad news I guess.
Doctor: The bad news is your x-ray shows that you have three broken ribs. The good news is we fixed it with Photoshop.
(thanks, James)
That’s what I found this week while on the Web. Check out the sites. If you come across something of interest, share it. If I use it, you get the credit. Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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