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Google: 'Um, we're not sure why that company who keeps trying to screw us can't use our maps'

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Google didn’t even wait for the ink to dry on this week’s FTC decision  for it to start messing with its nemesis, Microsoft.  Windows Phone 8 users, all 8 of them, reported that they weren’t able to access Google Maps via the built-in IE browser this week.  Initially Google said...
Google: 'Um, we're not sure why that company who keeps trying to screw us can't use our maps'
The importance of grit, rules, and discipline

Samsung's GT-i9300 is probably not the Galaxy S III, as revealed by its low-res screen

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Straight from the Dana Scully school of debunking, Android Community has poured cold water on the notion that the GT-i9300 is the quasi-mythical Galaxy S III. Having happened upon the user agent profile of the device bearing that codename, the stats reveal a lackluster 1024 x 600 resolution display...
Samsung's GT-i9300 is probably not the Galaxy S III, as revealed by its low-res screen
BBM Challenge Council wants to 'debunk' anti-BlackBerry rumors with comedy webisodes
HTC's Flagship M7 Smartphone May Just Be Called The HTC One

Marketplace takes a look at how the iPad is made and who, exactly, builds it

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The unique privilege of jumpsuiting up and prowling the Foxconn factory floor may be reserved for the likes of Tim Cook and Nightline's Bill Weir, but thanks to American Public Media's Marketplace, we can all take a peek at the iPad production line. The above video is part of...
Marketplace takes a look at how the iPad is made and who, exactly, builds it

About That Terrifying Bagram Crash Video

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By now you've seen the tragic footage of a Boeing 747 cargo plane crashing soon after takeoff from Bagram airport in Afghanistan. What does this look like, from an aviation perspective? To get the caveats out of the way:  - I don't know first-hand that this is an authentic video, although...
About That Terrifying Bagram Crash Video

Video Game Developers Continue To Ignorantly Attack Used Game Sales

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Every few months or so we see yet another story of a video game developer or publisher hating on the used games market, claiming that it's totally killing video games. Of course, the actual video game market is thriving, but facts aren't that important. Furthermore, as we've been pointing out...
Video Game Developers Continue To Ignorantly Attack Used Game Sales

Dear Hollywood: Hire Better Shills

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The Wall Street Journal recently ran a puff piece showing just how much work it is for NBC Universal to keep fighting all those darn pirates. It's basically a propaganda piece starring Rick "Save the Corn Farmers!" Cotton, NBC's general counsel who fights piracy the way that Captain Ahab chases...
Dear Hollywood: Hire Better Shills

No, Facebook Still Owns Your Posts, You Dummies

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Zuck still owns you (Photo: Tech Globex) Any Internet user knows that his or her personal information always belongs to someone else, so when an opportunity to claim back your identity comes about, you have to grab it. A Facebook status promising copyright privileges to users who reposted that status went viral this weekend. But if...
No, Facebook Still Owns Your Posts, You Dummies

House Republicans: Copyright Law Destroys Markets; It's Time For Real Reform

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Right after the Presidential election last week, Chris Sprigman and Kal Raustiala penned an opinion piece suggesting that one way the Republicans could "reset", and actually attract the youth vote, would be to become the party of copyright reform. We had actually wondered if that was going to happen back...
House Republicans: Copyright Law Destroys Markets; It's Time For Real Reform

Microsoft: Don’t expect a new console anytime soon, 2012 is “all about Xbox 360″

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Despite rumours suggesting that Microsoft will ditch the disc drive in its next-generation Xbox console, the company wants to draw a line under reports that it will debut its new gaming platform at this years E3 gaming expo by telling Bloomberg that “2012 is all about the Xbox 360.” With...
Microsoft: Don’t expect a new console anytime soon, 2012 is “all about Xbox 360″

When Entertainment Industry Numbers Are More Suited To Comedy Than Analysis

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We've often criticized the entertainment industry for their use of utterly bogus math to claim massive, completely unrealistic losses from piracy. As Mike once noted, "it would actually be kind of funny... if policy makers and the press didn't actually believe those numbers and pass bad legislation based on them."...
When Entertainment Industry Numbers Are More Suited To Comedy Than Analysis

Does Setting Up A Paywall Suddenly Make Your Readers Erudite & Intellectual vs. Crass & Tacky?

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We've seen all sorts of bizarre defenses of paywalls for newspapers, but I think this latest one might be the strangest. Melanie Coulson, a senior editor at the Ottawa Citizen, which recently added a paywall, makes the argument that paywalls are needed to get newspapers to stop competing for pageviews...
Does Setting Up A Paywall Suddenly Make Your Readers Erudite & Intellectual vs. Crass & Tacky?

Harper's Publisher Presents The Platonic Ideal Specimen Of The 'I'm An Old Fogey Elitist Anti-Internet Luddite' Columns

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Every few months or so we see some elitist from the "old way" in the media business pop up with some neo-luddite screed about how wonderful things were the way they used to be, and whining about these darn new media things that are happening. These are often fun in...
Harper's Publisher Presents The Platonic Ideal Specimen Of The 'I'm An Old Fogey Elitist Anti-Internet Luddite' Columns

Making "temporary" content online harder than it looks for Snapchat, Facebook

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Buzzfeed posted an excellent story Thursday night debunking yet again the popularly-held assumption that content sent on Snapchat, and to a lesser degree, Facebook’s Poke, always disappears once it’s sent from user to user. The news might come as no surprise to more tech-savvy people, but for the many teenagers using the apps, it’s...
Making "temporary" content online harder than it looks for Snapchat, Facebook

Samsung's GT-i9300 is probably 'not the Galaxy S III, it's a very naughty smartphone'

www.engadget.com
Straight from the Dana Scully school of debunking, Android Community has poured cold water on the notion that the GT-i9300 is the quasi-mythical Galaxy S III. Having happened upon the user agent profile of the device bearing that codename, the stats reveal a lackluster 1024 x 600 resolution display...
Samsung's GT-i9300 is probably 'not the Galaxy S III, it's a very naughty smartphone'

The CIA's 'Hollywood Myth' Debunking Doesn't Stand Up To Even The Slightest Scrutiny

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The CIA must still be smarting from its portrayal as torture-happy thugs in the critically acclaimed/declaimed "Zero Dark Thirty." Not only did acting CIA director Michael Morell take the time to claim that *shock* a Hollywood film took "significant artistic license," but the agency's website has published a supposedly myth-busting...
The CIA's 'Hollywood Myth' Debunking Doesn't Stand Up To Even The Slightest Scrutiny

RIAA: There's Been No Innovation Stifling Here!

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I already wrote about my response to Michael Carrier's paper on the "Untold Story" of copyright and innovation, in which he talked to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and music industry insiders to explore how new technologies and services were stifled in the wake of the RIAA's successful legal campaign in the...
RIAA: There's Been No Innovation Stifling Here!

An Inside Look at How iPads Are Assembled and Tested

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Rob Schmitz of public radio show Marketplace played a key role in debunking a number of Mike Daisey's claims about his trip to China to see working conditions at Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn. As part of his investigation, Schmitz tracked down Daisey's translator and learned that a number of the...
An Inside Look at How iPads Are Assembled and Tested

Authors Guild Shuts Itself Off From Public Criticism, As People Realize It Represents Publishers, Not Authors

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We've written numerous times about Scott Turow during his time as head of the Author's Guild, and the amazing thing to me is that despite the fact he's been getting blistering criticism from a variety of people -- including tons of authors -- he never, ever seems to even acknowledge...
Authors Guild Shuts Itself Off From Public Criticism, As People Realize It Represents Publishers, Not Authors
RIAA's Bogus Math Strikes Again: Claimed 41% Decline In Musicians... Not Even Close To True

Today's Scuttlebot: Cyber Monday Deals and Samsung's Chinese Suppliers

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The technology reporters and editors of The New York Times scour the Web for important and peculiar items. Monday's selection includes a debunking of a viral post about Facebook and copyright, a false report of an acquisition by Google and a company that benefited from the problems with Apple Maps....
Today's Scuttlebot: Cyber Monday Deals and Samsung's Chinese Suppliers

Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers

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Whenever newspaper executives get together to bemoan the fate of their industry, someone inevitably brings up the so-called “original sin” of the online news business — namely, a failure to charge for content when the web was new. One of the latest manifestations of this idea appears in an...
Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers

Debunking the Debunkers: NORAD and NORTHCOM proudly display their token

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Debunking the Debunkers: NORAD and NORTHCOM proudly display their token

Xbox Live outage caused by network configuration problem

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The widespread outage of the Xbox Live system this weekend was not the result of anyone hacking the service, Microsoft said this morning, debunking early reports that the group Anonymous was to blame for the problems. Microsoft sent this statement in response to our inquiry this morning: “The Xbox LIVE service...
Xbox Live outage caused by network configuration problem

The Creepiest iPhone App Ever Is Even Creepier Than We Originally Thought

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The super creepy iPhone app Girls Around Me uses Foursquare check-ins to identify girls who are near you so you can essentially stalk your neighborhood ladies. After a public outcry against the app last week, Girls Around Me was quickly pulled from the App Store.  Now, the app developer...
The Creepiest iPhone App Ever Is Even Creepier Than We Originally Thought

Kim Dotcom Tackles Mega Security Concerns, Points To Password Changes In The Pipeline

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Though it launched to considerable fanfare, Kim Dotcom’s Mega encrypted storage service has recently drawn fire from the press thanks to supposedly questionable security practices. Well, Mr. Dotcom is none too pleased with the conclusions that some news outlets have come to, and has taken to the official Mega blog...
Kim Dotcom Tackles Mega Security Concerns, Points To Password Changes In The Pipeline

France calms fears over Facebook Timeline scare

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After French newspapers set off a 24 hour privacy panic over Facebook messages, the country’s privacy regulator has moved quickly to tamp down the affair. After interviewing Facebook executives for three hours on Tuesday, France’s Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés is now debunking rumors of a privacy bug in Timeline,...
France calms fears over Facebook Timeline scare

Weekly Wrapup: November 30, 2012: Told through GIFs, images, and Tweets

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Welcome to the Weekly Wrapup! Every Friday we look back at the week that was through GIFs, images, Tweets and more. [Image via Sarabbit on Flickr] FAKE PR RELEASE LEADS TO TECH JOURNALIST FLAME WAR What’s wrong with republishing press releases? Well, for one, they’re press releases, designed to portray...
Weekly Wrapup: November 30, 2012: Told through GIFs, images, and Tweets
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