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JooJoo reviewed by people in line for iPad

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The JooJoo tablet, which recently began shipping to customers who had ordered online December, doesn’t have anywhere near the buzz of Apple’s iPad. But it’s an interesting alternative that points out some of the iPad’s shortcomings — particularly to technologists who like to hack their gadgets. Last night I stopped...
JooJoo reviewed by people in line for iPad

Hugh McLeod: from business cards in bars to monsters for Microsoft

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He’s the ultimate overnight success. But like most, his success wasn’t overnight at all. Fifteen years ago, a born-in-America Englishman named Hugh McLeod started drawing ironic little sketches on the backs of business cards. Today he’s a confidant of marketing mavens like Seth Godin, friends with geek bigwigs such as...
Hugh McLeod: from business cards in bars to monsters for Microsoft

Cory Doctorow: With A Little Help

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Cory Doctorow: With A Little Help

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Massive Protest Against UK Anti-Piracy Bill

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The UK Government continues to push forward the Digital Economy Bill (DEB) that aims to protect copyright holders from online pirates. On 15th March the House of Lords approved the bill and handed it over to the House of Commons. To the absolute dismay of most outside the music and...
Massive Protest Against UK Anti-Piracy Bill

Andrew Bridges Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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The last week has had a great range of posts, and it's hard to pick only a few as "top" posts of the week. My bias favors longer pieces with more perspective, but some short rants are also guilty pleasures. There are a lot of important issues in the air...
Andrew Bridges Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

The online future is personal, and that requires big data

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History shows that the most successful products and services — from the VHS video recorder to the Apple iPad — are the ones that are the most user-centric, and in order to construct those kinds of experiences companies need to use all the data that is at their disposal, WiBiData...
The online future is personal, and that requires big data

Barnes & Noble Decides That Purchased Ebooks Are Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires

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DRM rears its ugly, malformed, malignant, cross-eyed head again. Despite the fact that, as Cory Doctorow so aptly put it, no one has ever purchased anything because it came with DRM, an ever-slimming number of content providers insist on punishing paying customers with idiotic "anti-piracy" schemes. Combine this "malware" with...
Barnes & Noble Decides That Purchased Ebooks Are Only Yours Until Your Credit Card Expires

David Byrne: One Of My Albums Sat On The Shelf For A Year Because Label Wanted DRM And I Didn't

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David Byrne, who has definitely been one of the more enlightened musicians for quite some time (using Creative Commons all the way back in 2004? Yup) when it comes to understanding both technology and new business models, recently sat down for an interview with Cory Doctorow about how the music...
David Byrne: One Of My Albums Sat On The Shelf For A Year Because Label Wanted DRM And I Didn't

JibJab sues White Castle over social media campaign

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Humor site JibJab doesn’t think White Castle’s latest ad campaign is very funny, and has filed a lawsuit to stop the fast food chain from using its name to promote “chicken rings” on Facebook. JibJab, which gained global fame for a presidential parody in 2004, makes satire videos and online...
JibJab sues White Castle over social media campaign

Not that Homeland: Fox sends bogus takedowns for copyright reformer's book

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Homeland is a television show produced by Fox that debuted in 2011. It's also the title of an unrelated novel written by author and copyright reform activist Cory Doctorow. And evidently, the system Fox uses to send takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can't tell the difference...
Not that Homeland: Fox sends bogus takedowns for copyright reformer's book
Fox's lawyers want 'Homeland' novel off Google despite no relation to TV show

Cory Doctorow, You Are a Consumer, Too [Opinion]

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I saw a—the—Rally Fighter, an open source car in Austin. This is what the "finished" interior looked like, more or less. That's what Cory Doctorow wants you to drive. More »...
Cory Doctorow, You Are a Consumer, Too [Opinion]

The War On Computing: What Happens When Authorities Don't Understand Technology

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We've obviously been covering a lot about Aaron Swartz lately, but his case is really just one of many similar cases involving people in positions of authority who simply don't understand basic technology, but feel that something must be illegal because they try to overlay an analog view on a...
The War On Computing: What Happens When Authorities Don't Understand Technology

We Need An FDA for Computers

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It won't be long before not only our phones but also our TVs, cars, refrigerators, pacemakers, and most other essential equipment are just networked computers in different shapes. When that happens, using those devices responsibly become more complicated than just turning on an iPad and letting Apple handle the rest. We...
We Need An FDA for Computers

Next Techdirt Book Club Book: Cory Doctorow's Pirate Cinema

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It's time to announce the latest Techdirt Book Club book: Cory Doctorow's excellent new book Pirate Cinema. Many of you may have picked it up in the recent Humble Ebook Bundle that it was a part of. If not, you can, as always download it from Cory's site. Of course,...
Next Techdirt Book Club Book: Cory Doctorow's Pirate Cinema

Harvard Business Review Press Goes DRM-Free And Platform Independent

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Despite the growing evidence that consumers absolutely hate DRM, many publishers still hold harbor fantasies that locking down digital goods prevents unauthorized copies from spreading across the internet. Most DRM ends up serving one purpose: to make authorized copies less functional than unauthorized versions. This practice is particularly prevalent in...
Harvard Business Review Press Goes DRM-Free And Platform Independent

Death of internet activist Aaron Swartz prompts flood of Twitter tributes

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Tim Berners-Lee and Cory Doctorow among thousands to pay tribute to 26-year-old campaigner for freedom of informationThe death of Aaron Swartz, the Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist who is reported to have killed himself in New York on Friday, prompted a flood of tributes on Twitter.Given Swartz's status as...
Death of internet activist Aaron Swartz prompts flood of Twitter tributes

Disappointing: Tim Berners-Lee Defends DRM In HTML 5

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We recently wrote about the truly stupid idea of building DRM into HTML5. At SXSW this week, web inventor Tim Berners-Lee was asked about this, and he surprisingly defended the decision, claiming that it was necessary to get companies to use HTML5: During a post-talk Q&A, he defended proposals to...
Disappointing: Tim Berners-Lee Defends DRM In HTML 5

Cory Doctorow, You Are a Consumer, Too

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Cory Doctorow, You Are a Consumer, Too

Game-Changers Are Usually Imperfect

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The iPad reviews continue to roll in, and while most are extremely favorable–here are Engadget and Macworld–there are certainly voices of dissent out there. Dave Winer agrees with Cory Doctorow that it’s a toy. And Paul Thurrott, disappointed by the non-widescreen design, lack of cameras, and weight of the thing,...
Game-Changers Are Usually Imperfect

Attention 'artisan authors': digital self-publishing is harder than it looks

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Showcasing your work on blogs, podcasts or social media is fine, just don't see it as a shortcut to finding an audience"Piracy is yesterday's worry for today's 'artisan authors'", wrote Damien G Walter in his piece about file sharing and piracy, in which he covered interesting ground, sparked plenty of...
Attention 'artisan authors': digital self-publishing is harder than it looks

Waging Guerrilla War Against Online Distractions

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For many people, turning of their Internet connection can ramp up productivity. But if you rely on the web, you need a more precise offensive.A few years ago Cory Doctorow wrote a nice little essay on "Writing in the Age of Distraction" that contains this memorable line: "The biggest impediment...
Waging Guerrilla War Against Online Distractions

Damaging The Internet Is Not Acceptable Collateral Damage In The Copyright Wars

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Cory Doctorow has a fantastic opinion piece over in the Guardian in which he talks about how unfortunate it is that people seem to think that it's okay to damage the internet in any and all attempts to stop copyright infringement. The whole thing is absolutely worth reading, so here...
Damaging The Internet Is Not Acceptable Collateral Damage In The Copyright Wars

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Digital Activist Aaron Swartz Dead At 26

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Digital activist and early employee at Reddit, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide in New York on January 11. He was 26. Swartz was an fiery proponent of Internet freedom and the founder of DemandProgress.org. He was a co-creator of the RSS 1.0 standard and was a co-founder at Reddit. He writes...
Digital Activist Aaron Swartz Dead At 26

David Byrne: One Of My Albums Sat On The Shelf For A Year Because Label Wanted DRM And I Didn't

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David Byrne, who has definitely been one of the more enlightened musicians for quite some time (using Creative Commons all the way back in 2004? Yup) when it comes to understanding both technology and new business models, recently sat down for an interview with Cory Doctorow about how the music...
David Byrne: One Of My Albums Sat On The Shelf For A Year Because Label Wanted DRM And I Didn't

Aaron Swartz, internet activist and co-founder of Reddit, dies at 26

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Advocate of freedom of information who faced trial over hacking allegations reported to have killed himself in New YorkAaron Swartz, a celebrated computer activist and co-founder of the popular internet community website Reddit, has died. It is believed that the 26-year-old killed himself in New York City on Friday.A committed...
Aaron Swartz, internet activist and co-founder of Reddit, dies at 26
RiP: A Remix Manifesto... Taken Offline Due To Copyright Claim?

Margaret Atwood Gets “Sucked Into the Twittersphere”

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Plenty of authors take to Twitter as part of a marketing strategy for their books, and some even stick around, among them Chuck “Fight Club” Pahlaniuk and Brazilian magic realism author Paulo Coelho, and science fiction author and Boing Boing founder Cory Doctorow. But few of the published authors...
Margaret Atwood Gets “Sucked Into the Twittersphere”
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