Boycott Amazon?

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  • Read Later CEO Jeff Bezos is indisputably the man of the moment around the offices of TIME magazine what with him being our Man of the Year and all but it's important for us to remind ourselves that not everybody is quite so enamored of him. Take Richard Stallman, for example. Stallman, a top-flight computer programmer and a prominent spokesman for the open source movement, is calling for a boycott of

Why? It all started with a patent. In 1997 Amazon introduced a feature on its web site called 1-Click shopping. The idea was that the site would remember your address and billing information from prior purchases so that you wouldn't have to re-enter them every time you bought something. It was a pretty good idea, good enough that Amazon applied for, and received, a patent on it. MORE >>