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BUFFETT: Guess How Big A Cube All The Gold In The World Would Be--And Guess How Much It's Worth

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In his excellent investing primer in Fortune (an excerpt of his forthcoming Annual Letter), Warren Buffett devotes a few paragraphs to gold and the fools who worship it. He also explains why gold is generally a crappy investment, even if its price in dollars goes up from time to...
BUFFETT: Guess How Big A Cube All The Gold In The World Would Be--And Guess How Much It's Worth

Did Apple just give every one of its retail employees a $4 raise?

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While we are finding it a little bit hard to believe, BusinessInsider is reporting that a source has informed them all Apple retail employees will be receiving a $4-per-hour raise starting July 20: A source tells us that every Apple retail employee will get a $4-per-hour raise… This is based...
Did Apple just give every one of its retail employees a $4 raise?
Why the Wii U's GamePad controller won't have a multitouch screen, and other tidbits from Reggie Fils-Aime

Biographer Walter Isaacson on the Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

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Walter Isaacson author of the Steve Jobs biography has said in the past he omitted certain details and even referred to the book as a “first or second draft” when discussing plans to expand it with an addendum in a future re-release of the best-selling bio. While we’ve heard...
Biographer Walter Isaacson on the Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

Read an excerpt of Insanely Simple, a great new book about Steve Jobs and Apple by Ken Segall

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Ken Segall served as Apple’s agency creative director under Steve Jobs from the NeXT years on through, including some years under John Sculley’s disastrous reign. Now he’s written a book, called Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success. It looks like a fascinating look at what many consider to...
Read an excerpt of Insanely Simple, a great new book about Steve Jobs and Apple by Ken Segall

Why Video Games Are Good for Your Kids

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Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt of "The Modern Parent's Guide to Kids and Video Games," by Scott Steinberg, which is free to download at www.ParentsGuideBooks.com. In addition to understanding the many real concerns that today's parents have with video games, it's also worth considering the benefits and positive...
Why Video Games Are Good for Your Kids
Hands on Instapaper for Android
Who Knew the Worst Trolls Hang Out on WSJ.com?

Networking startup Plexxi scores $20.1M

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Fiber may not just be for undersea and long-haul networks anymore. Plexxi Systems, a stealthy networking startup that wants to bring fiber into the data center at a cost comparable to existing Ethernet technologies, has scored a $20.1 million third round of financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and Northbridge...
Networking startup Plexxi scores $20.1M

New book: WikiLeaks wanted LulzSec's help to hack Iceland

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Parmy Olson, the Forbes London bureau chief, is out with a new book called We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency. While we're working on a review, one tidbit caught our eyes: the only alleged online meeting between WikiLeak's Julian Assange and...
New book: WikiLeaks wanted LulzSec's help to hack Iceland

TIME cover story asks ‘How long will China allow Apple to profit so handsomely on its shores?’

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As you can see from the image above, TIME magazine’s cover story hitting newsstands tomorrow for both the U.S. and international editions is titled, “Made in China: Why Apple’s future depends on the world’s biggest market”. While noting increasing iPhone sales in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong greatly contributed...
TIME cover story asks ‘How long will China allow Apple to profit so handsomely on its shores?’

The Super Awkward Way Mark Zuckerberg Introduced Sheryl Sandberg To Facebook Employees (FB)

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Facebook employee number 51, Katherine Losse, is publishing a book about her time at the company. In it, she describes the all-employee meeting where Mark Zuckerberg first introduced COO Sheryl Sandberg. It's super awkward. In this passage, from the WSJ's excerpt of the book, we've bolded the most awkard part:...
The Super Awkward Way Mark Zuckerberg Introduced Sheryl Sandberg To Facebook Employees (FB)

The hype around video and why Facebook rules — 5 questions for Jonah Peretti

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Media people don’t like combining hard-nosed political reporting with lots of kitties. Excerpt for Jonah Peretti. Shortly after luring Politico star Ben Smith to help build Buzzfeed’s Washington chops, Peretti launched a new channel devoted to fluffy animals. It’s all in a day’s work for the Huffington Post co-founder whose...
The hype around video and why Facebook rules — 5 questions for Jonah Peretti

The Case For Copyright Reform: Techdirt Book Club

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First off, a reminder that this Friday, at 1pm PT (4pm ET), we'll be hosting a live Q&A concerning the Techdirt Book Club book for May, Reclaiming Fair Use by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi. If you want to see the first excerpt, the second excerpt, the third excerpt and...
The Case For Copyright Reform: Techdirt Book Club

50 Cent Sued Over Infringing Sample; When Will Hip-Hop's Stars Speak Up About Copyright?

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The folks at dajaz1, who know better than anyone how copyright stifles culture and free speech, send in the news that Robert Poindexter of The Persuaders is suing 50 Cent for copyright infringement over a sample on a free album he released in 2009. This is likely to end in...
50 Cent Sued Over Infringing Sample; When Will Hip-Hop's Stars Speak Up About Copyright?

An 8-Inch Apple Tablet? Steve Jobs Wouldn’t Be Happy

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Apple may be going against the wishes of its late co-founder Steve Jobs. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Apple is working with component suppliers in Asia to test a new tablet computer with a screen size of around 8 inches. That’s smaller than the iPad 2′s current 9.7-inch...
An 8-Inch Apple Tablet? Steve Jobs Wouldn’t Be Happy
Mailing List That Allows Only One Post a Year Launches With Screed From Transmedia TV Doyen

500M Windows 8 users in 2013? What Ballmer really said

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in January. (Microsoft photo) Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is back in the news, setting tech news sites abuzz this week with the prediction that 500 million users — half a billion people — will be running Windows 8 by the end of next year. It’s a...
500M Windows 8 users in 2013? What Ballmer really said
Wired and The New Yorker make their Flipboard streams less potent

Mike Daisey Says His Show Is “True” Even If It’s Not True

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The episode and transcript of the This American Life episode retracting Mike Daisey’s piece about Apple and Foxconn are now live. If this is an issue you care about, you should listen to the whole thing. As host Ira Glass announced yesterday, the show found “significant fabrications” in the story,...
Mike Daisey Says His Show Is “True” Even If It’s Not True

Why Groupon Really Turned Down Google's $6 Billion Offer (GOOG, GRPN)

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Google offered Groupon, then  local e-commerce startup, $5.75 billion in the fall of 2010. But the deal fell through for three main reasons, according to writer Frank Sennett, the author of a forthcoming book on the company. Google offered a $800 million breakup fee. That wasn't enough, given the uncertainty over...
Why Groupon Really Turned Down Google's $6 Billion Offer (GOOG, GRPN)

Rumor: Foxconn exec says ‘iTV’ preparations are underway

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A Foxconn executive allegedly claimed that his company is “making preparations” for an Apple television, but development and manufacturing has not begun. English-language daily newspaper China Daily (via How To Arena) quoted, well, summarized Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou on Friday: Gou said Foxconn is making preparations for iTV, Apple Inc’s rumored upcoming high-definition television, although development or manufacturing has yet to begin. iTV reportedly features an aluminum construction, Siri, and FaceTime video calling [...] Foxconn’s recent 50-50 joint venture factory with Sharp in Japan is one of the preparations made for the new device, Gou added. The report refers to the device as “iTV,” which is a...
Rumor: Foxconn exec says ‘iTV’ preparations are underway

Ira Glass: Playwright Mike Daisey lied to me about Apple piece

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Mike Daisey This American Life today retracted a story that it aired in January which included excerpts from the one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” by playwright Mike Daisey. In a blog post titled “RETRACTING “MR. DAISEY AND THE APPLE FACTORY,” the popular radio host wrote that...
Ira Glass: Playwright Mike Daisey lied to me about Apple piece

Oh, Please, Mike Daisey, You Know The Difference Between "Theater" And The Truth

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Ever since Apple basher Mike Daisey was exposed as a liar, he has been justifying his lies as "dramatic license" and a different sort of "truth" and so on. And he has been saying that his "mistake" was allowing the radio show "This American Life" to broadcast an excerpt...
Oh, Please, Mike Daisey, You Know The Difference Between "Theater" And The Truth

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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This week, Skeptical Cynic took the top spot (easily) on the "most insightful" voting with his comment on how governments are moving further from respecting basic human rights: I have always thought that Internet was the best tool for defeating oppression everywhere. For decentralizing power and allowing each person to...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt
Microsoft idea: Analyze Facebook posts to deduce mood, interests, education

New Ruling In Old Righthaven Case Makes Two Important Points: Protecting Fair Use And Secondary Liability

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One of the key cases in the Righthaven saga is the case against the Democratic Underground. While it seemed to take a backseat to the Hoehn case, the Democratic Underground case was one of Righthaven's first big overreaches, and was rather important for revealing that the copyright transfer between Stephens...
New Ruling In Old Righthaven Case Makes Two Important Points: Protecting Fair Use And Secondary Liability

Talking Fair Use! Q&A Chat With Patricia Aufderheide, 1pm PT

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Okay, folks at 1pm PT join us for a Q&A discussion with Patricia Aufderheide, co-author of Reclaiming Fair Use. We published a bunch of excerpts: here's the first excerpt, the second excerpt, the third excerpt and the fourth excerpt, so check them out if you haven't had a chance to...
Talking Fair Use! Q&A Chat With Patricia Aufderheide, 1pm PT

Does the Internet Make Us Smarter or Dumber? Yes.

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Is the internet making us smarter or dumber? The Wall Street Journal put together a couple of provocative essays this weekend looking at that question: one from Nick Carr, whose most recent book The Shallows argues that the internet is making us less attentive and in general less intelligent...
Does the Internet Make Us Smarter or Dumber? Yes.
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