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U.S. State Department cancels Kindle order

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Aug 2012 11:21 User comments (21)

U.S. State Department cancels Kindle order The U.S. State Department has withdrawn their order to buy $16.5 million worth of Kindle Touch devices and Amazon services.
Agency reps say they intend to "conduct additional market research" in order to re-examine the requirements of the program.

There is still a chance the agency will purchase again, after the extra research is done.

Original article:

The State Department has signed a large $16.5 million deal to purchase Kindle Fire tablets and extra content from Amazon.

As part of the 5-year contract, the agency will also get access to an English-language teaching program.

2500 Kindle Fires are the initial order, and it is unclear what the final amount shipped will be.

The tablets will be used completely for educational purposes and will be placed in libraries, educational centers, reading rooms and other locations. Additionally, the devices will "also be used as a tool in the Department of State's English Access Microscholarship Program," reads the GeekWire report.

Finally, Amazon will provide content, customer support, international shipping, protective covers "and the appropriate country-specific power adapter" for each device.

Why Amazon got the deal was because the State Department required text-to-speech, a long-lasting battery and free Wi-Fi.

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21 user comments

117.8.2012 12:12

Uuuhm... Call me silly, but I was under the assumption that once the tit-for-tat dance of all the vendors had been done, all the bidding wars completed & the contract had been signed, the government was pretty much obligated to fulfill their side the deal.

I mean that was the whole reason for doing the long drawn out bureaucracy in the first place. It's why nothing ever gets done in a timely fashion 1st place as it is. So have I missed something here?

Corporate America has now bled over into government spending habits too? "Sure we'll buy from you! Where do we sign? Now piss off!"

Sounds/feels like Romney/Bain Capital took office years ago.


217.8.2012 12:27

canadian federal & provincial governments do the same thing & cost taxpayers millions in claims by the companies againt the governments.

317.8.2012 12:52

Who knows, maybe Barnes & Noble (Nook) pitched a bitch about it.

417.8.2012 16:36

Geek guy in the front office showed them a Nexus 7 and now they want those!

;)


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

518.8.2012 15:06

Probabny a new boss with an apple fetish.

619.8.2012 4:20

Quote:
There is still a chance the agency will purchase again, after the extra research is done.
i hope if the agency even trys to purchase again they get locked into a contract they cant get out off.

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719.8.2012 7:17

It has to be Apple, and I hope they pay amazon for breach of contract.............


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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819.8.2012 8:05

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Uuuhm... Call me silly...
Sounds/feels like Romney/Bain Capital took office years ago.

May I please request links to evidence that justify your accusation.
Thank you.

919.8.2012 14:05

Originally posted by Blessedon:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
Uuuhm... Call me silly...
Sounds/feels like Romney/Bain Capital took office years ago.

May I please request links to evidence that justify your accusation.
Thank you.

It's called a rhetorical statement... One based on humor & news stories throughout the last 18 months of ball chaffing Republican/Democratic rhetoric. A statement, like that of personal medication - it can be taken with alcohol or a tall refreshing iced glass of STFU.

For more information 1-800-Humor-GET1

Help is standing by...

1019.8.2012 21:16

Originally posted by LordRuss:
...or a tall refreshing iced glass of STFU.
How eloquent; thank you. I finally understand how you have become the standard of civility in the liberal sphere.


1119.8.2012 23:40

no politics on this site!!!!

1220.8.2012 21:42

i know why

so body in the military with some stars on his shoulder thought it was stupid idea to buy them when the "Ipad is better" for no reason. other then he assumes it is.
trust me that is how the military works

1321.8.2012 9:18

Originally posted by Blessedon:
Originally posted by LordRuss:
...or a tall refreshing iced glass of STFU.
How eloquent; thank you. I finally understand how you have become the standard of civility in the liberal sphere.



That's interesting... To borrow your quote from earlier, "May I please request links to evidence that justify your accusation." Who actually led you to believe I was even remotely civil - Much less the standard?

At least I have set a bar by which to be measured. You, sir succulent plebe, have done nothing of the sort.

My apologies to DDP.
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1421.8.2012 10:05

Originally posted by ddp:
no politics on this site!!!!
Its hard not to talk about it when its about the government :P

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1521.8.2012 18:47

doesn't matter, forum rules.

1621.8.2012 19:08

Originally posted by ddp:
doesn't matter, forum rules.
Just a question, was there ever a reason given to why?

Can't it at the very least be discussed but imbecilic stupidity, and no respecting each form memeber in the forum is not tolerated.

Hell even I would would even get off my ass and troll the board as a mod for morns(if that's one of the issues.).

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1721.8.2012 19:30

was getting out of hand with fighting about politics that site admin said no more politics.

1821.8.2012 19:33

Originally posted by ddp:
was getting out of hand with fighting about politics that site admin said no more politics.
More than the console/brand wars? 0_o

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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1921.8.2012 19:54

at times yes.

2021.8.2012 21:41

Originally posted by LordRuss:
You, sir succulent plebe...
@DDP, No one has ever considered me to be succulent until now...
Does Afterdawn permit cannibalism?
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2121.8.2012 22:17

as long as we don't know then yes.

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