Originally Posted by gweminence
Good god. Conspiracy theory much?
... there is no built-in secret speaker that they can turn on remotely, connected to the radio, so they can spy on your real-life conversations life. They are not reporting your reading habits to the FBI.
To be technically correct:
1. It does have speaker. Speaker is that thing that makes sound when you listen to mp3, or switch on Text To Speech ;-)
2. There is also a MICROPHONE built in the Kindle 3. Not used at the moment [tinfoil hat] or so they claim [/tinfoil hat]
IF somebody wanted to listen really, *really* desperately, they have all the tools, hardware. They have software in place that enables them to connect remotely to your Kindle and push any update they wish.
Please notice, I am not saying that they do it now, or that they are likely to do it in the future. I am just saying that it is technically possible.
As previous poster stated Amazon is a business. They have duty to the shareholders to maximise profits. So if they seem, at the moment, to be very customer friendly, it is only because this happens to be, at this moment, a good way to maximise profits. Look at Microsoft. A few years ago they needed cash really bad. So they started to push "Windows Genuine Advantage" to PC-s. They pissed of huge number of customers, but hey, they DID get that cash from scared (and pissed) users buying licences. Look at Apple and their 30% "Money For Nothing" they want for subscriptions that are purchased elsewhere and consumed in iPad app.
Also consider that if a system is in place that can be abused, it will get abused eventually. Just have a look at the anti-terrorist laws in Great Britain. When banks in Iceland crashed those anti-terrorist laws were used to seize private property of peaceful Icelandic citizens. FBI, at one moment, was investigating people as potential terrorists, because they purchased typical Arabic groceries (felafel) on their Credit Cards. I can envision a future when TSA would be pressuring Amazon to let them have a peek if you do not have "Anarchists Cookbook", or a text in Arabic on your Kindle.