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Thousands of spam pseudobooks are reportedly clogging Amazon’s Kindle store, as spammers have begun buying digital content on the cheap and repackaging it into e-book form. Book buyers have to click through volumes of spam to find the real books they want, according to a report by Reuters.
The fake books are easy to produce and publish using Amazon’s intentionally author-friendly self-publishing framework. Some are selling for 99 cents in the Kindle store.
What makes us happy? There's no simple answer (sorry), though this 70-year-long longitudinal study on well-being offers some fascinating insight. Humility helps, so do our reactions to life's woes, and "the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people."
Also in today's links: customer-unfriendly shopping innovations, it pays to be tall, and more.
What's in a name? A lot more than etymology. When it comes to junk mail, it turns out some names fare better than others in e-mail addresses depending on what letter they start with, according to a study conducted at the University of Cambridge. In an attempt to explain why certain people get more spam, computer security researcher Dr. Richard Clayton reviewed more than 550 million e-mails sent to customers through one of the U.K's. biggest internet service providers between February and March this year.