CNet reports that a Millward Brown study shows that Amazon ranks as the most trusted and recommended brand in the United States. It’s not terribly surprising; When you have a company that operates smoothly enough that most people not directly affected by them are willing to overlook those times when it accidentally or intentionally delists books or removes them from user devices, it has to be doing something right.
TechFlash reports that Microsoft and Amazon have signed a cross-patent-licensing agreement, where each company gains the rights to use the other’s patent portfolio. The deal indemnifies Amazon against a lawsuit by Microsoft over its use of Linux and other open-source technology in its Kindle and the Kindle servers. Open source advocates may not be too happy that it appears Amazon is endorsing Microsoft’s claims that Linux violates its patents, however.
TechFlash also has a story about Princeton University’s review of the Kindle DX, which they and other universities had been evaluating as a possible replacement for paper textbooks. Princeton likes the form factor, but has some issues with the user interface and internal storage structure. (Paul Biba will have more detailed coverage on this story coming up in an hour or so.)
Whether any universities will adopt Kindles for this purpose is unclear; last month the Justice Department reached an agreement with three universities that they would not do so until and unless the Kindle better supported use by the visually-impaired.
Engadget has video of display company Liquavista’s new dev kit, which combines its color screen with a qwerty keyboard and a Texas Instruments processor to create an interesting, albeit somewhat unfinished-looking device. The video provides a decent look at how the screen changes and refreshes. There’s also video of the LiquavistaBright Freescale e-book reader.