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Pop idols and professional athletes are going public with strong views about Gaza, putting their relations with fans on the line while stirring up a social media frenzy. More often than not, celebrity sympathies have been leaning in favor of Palestinians as the Israeli assault on Hamas rolls into its fourth week and the death toll keeps rising. Zayn Malik of the British boy band One Direction was the latest boldface name to voice his concern when he posted "#FreePalestine" on his Twitter account Sunday. "People who don't live in Israel don't have any right to say their opinion out loud," tweeted one young woman, Shaked Erez, who added the hashtag #freeisrael for good measure.
Amazon on Tuesday suggested its battle with publishing giant Hachette is about making sure book lovers' on a budget pay less for digital titles. Factors for holding down prices of e-books include the absence of costs associated with printing, over-printing, returns, lost sales, warehousing and shipping, Amazon reasoned. "Books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more," Amazon said. Because of lesser costs associated with e-books, lower prices sought by Amazon actually result in higher margins of revenue, the book seller argued.