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We had a very lively and healthy debate here at AVC a while back about gun safety. I am very much in the camp that we need to put a lot more restrictions on what guns should be on the market and how. But regardless of where you are on...
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IT HAS COME TO THIS: Talks Aborted, Yahoo Will Sue Facebook Over Patents (YHOO)

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Besides massive layoffs, it looks like new Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson's first big move is going to be a lawsuit. Yahoo will seek "formal action" against Facebook over alleged patent infringements, a source briefed on aborted talks between the companies tells us. The most likely "formal action" Yahoo will take...
IT HAS COME TO THIS: Talks Aborted, Yahoo Will Sue Facebook Over Patents (YHOO)

Media companies want congress to legalize spyware, malware, & other insane acts

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The misleadingly named Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (aka a group of legal types from the U.S entertainment industry) has released a new, lengthy 84-page report that urges congress to take drastic measures that enables media companies to curb piracy. Also, those measures are mostly insane....
Media companies want congress to legalize spyware, malware, & other insane acts

Google CEO Larry Page: Facebook Is Holding Users 'Hostage' And It Doesn't Make Sense (FB, GOOG)

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Google CEO Larry Page was asked about Facebook entering search on Charlie Rose's show last night. (VentureBeat grabbed a clip, which is embedded below.) Page didn't really talk about a Facebook search engine, but he did take the chance to reiterate his frustrations with Facebook locking up people's data. He...
Google CEO Larry Page: Facebook Is Holding Users 'Hostage' And It Doesn't Make Sense (FB, GOOG)

The spectrum crunch: All talk, no action, and consumers are the victims

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The gridlock between Capitol Hill and the FCC is holding the American consumer and economy hostage. [Read more]...
The spectrum crunch: All talk, no action, and consumers are the victims

Larry Page: Facebook holding users hostage

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Google's CEO tells Charlie Rose it's "unfortunate" that Facebook has been pretty closed with the data at its disposal: "I think we would certainly -- you know, we're in the business of searching data." [Read more]...
Larry Page: Facebook holding users hostage

When You Sign Away Your Copyright To A Publisher, What If They Hold You Hostage Over It?

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We're always amused to hear people talking about how copyright "protects the creator," when we mostly see cases where the original creators have effectively sold off their copyrights to giant gatekeepers: record labels, movie studios, book publishers, etc. That can lead to some unfortunate situations for the actual creators, such...
When You Sign Away Your Copyright To A Publisher, What If They Hold You Hostage Over It?

McAfee Finds Security Threats Increased In Mobile Devices By 440%

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The number of new ransomware samples (the types of attacks that hold a victim's computer hostage) have slightly declined but are still at a high level. The number of threats on the internet are growing at an alarming rate, a report from McAfee Labs released today found. According to...
McAfee Finds Security Threats Increased In Mobile Devices By 440%

Europol Dismantles A Cyber Crime Ring That Extorted From Millions

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Cyber-criminals sent a virus that infected computers and held them hostage with a fake police warning in exchange for a "fine" Score one for cybersecurity. Europol, the European police agency, announced Wednesday that it has dismantled a major Russian-led cybercrime ring that affected computer users in 30 countries, the...
Europol Dismantles A Cyber Crime Ring That Extorted From Millions

The Far Center PAC

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The NY Times has a good post up today about Mike Bloomberg and his new Independence USA PAC. Frequent readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of Mike Bloomberg and his politics. I do not think there is a major issue before this country that I...
The Far Center PAC

Facebook still a haven for criminals

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Facebook posting can lead to big trouble with the law. And despite all the publicity surrounding the issue, there are real-world examples every day. On Friday, a Pittsburgh businessman was held hostage by a guy with a knife who made posts on Facebook during the five-hour ordeal. While you'd...
Facebook still a haven for criminals

Blue Jeans: 1 Year Old, 250K Users and Another $25M in the Bank

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Video conferencing has been an overlooked environment, left to by the wayside to run in closed environments over proprietary software. But there’s a need for an intuitive platform to host video conferences irrespective of the branded programs a user is running. Blue Jeans has gotten the model right – and...
Blue Jeans: 1 Year Old, 250K Users and Another $25M in the Bank
The Opposite of a Retina Screen, GIRL SCOUT COOKIES, and Timelapse for Dunces

Sink Or Ship Holds Your Wallet Hostage To Ensure Your Projects Ship On Time

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Procrastinators of the world, unite! There are projects that need finishing, now! Or, well, eventually. Maybe not today — I mean, come on, Supertroopers is on TNT tonight. Plus, you’ve spent this long working on it — what’s one more weekend spent figuring out how to make it SoLoMo...
Sink Or Ship Holds Your Wallet Hostage To Ensure Your Projects Ship On Time

The (continuing) institutional revolution | Jeff Jarvis

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Douglas W Allen's latest book outlines how history can instruct today's institutions on adapting to new, disruptive technologiesI just read a fascinating book by Douglas W Allen, The Institutional Revolution, which attempts to explain England's transition from its apparently illogical early-modern institutions – aristocracy, purchased army commissions, lighthouses, private roads,...
The (continuing) institutional revolution | Jeff Jarvis

ICE Reluctantly Releases A Small Number Of Heavily Redacted Domain Seizure Docs, Holds The Rest Hostage

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Back in December of 2010, Aaron Swartz filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts to seize, without any notification or adversarial hearings, domain names which ICE claimed were facilitating copyright and/or trademark infringement. After nearly two years of back and forth (including...
ICE Reluctantly Releases A Small Number Of Heavily Redacted Domain Seizure Docs, Holds The Rest Hostage

NYC-Based Startup Limited Run Calls Facebook 'Scumbags,' Accuses Them of Holding Page Name Hostage

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Mr. Mango (Photo: Practical eCommerce) A Long Island-based startup called Limited Run (formerly Limited Pressing) has raised concerns about Facebook ad rates and accused the company of asking for ad revenue in exchange for a page name swap. Juicy! On its Facebook page today, Limited Run published an extensive status...
NYC-Based Startup Limited Run Calls Facebook 'Scumbags,' Accuses Them of Holding Page Name Hostage

Google “still waiting” for Facebook to open its user data: Larry Page

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Google chief executive Larry Page has revealed that the search giant is still waiting for Facebook to get in touch to allow users to share data between the two companies’ services. Google and Facebook have long had a frosty relationship, which was particularly spiked when an adjustment of Google’s terms of...
Google “still waiting” for Facebook to open its user data: Larry Page
NBCOlympics' Opening Ceremony Tape Delay: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

DailyDirt: More Trendy Photos

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The news of several portrait studios shutting down marks an end of an era. Families used to get all dressed up to go to a special corner of Sears where a professional photographer would stage a nice portrait, and fuzzy warm photos would be sold in a respectably-sized frame. Sure,...
DailyDirt: More Trendy Photos

Computer Attacks Are Skyrocketing And Criminals Are Targeting Macs

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Viruses, trojans, and other aggravating malware that once attacked only PCs are now making their way to Macs, CNN Money is reporting. Intel subsidiary McAfee has released its quarterly "Threats Report" and come out with bad news not only for Apple but also for Google and, well, the entire computer...
Computer Attacks Are Skyrocketing And Criminals Are Targeting Macs

Google CEO Larry Page: Facebook is holding user data ‘hostage’

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Google’s CEO Larry Page went on the “Charlie Rose” last night to discusse an array of topics, but he also made sure to scold newly-public Facebook in regards to users’ data. According to Venture Beat, Page well-wished Facebook on its IPO, and then he jumped to, “I think it’s...
Google CEO Larry Page: Facebook is holding user data ‘hostage’

France Telecom Accused Of Holding YouTube Videos Hostage Unless It Gets More Money

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An interesting post from broadband news reporter Dave Burstein argues that anti-trust regulators in France may have basically enabled France Telecom to hold YouTube videos hostage unless Google backbone partner, Cogent, pays more money: Millions of French netizens discover their YouTube streams sputter and die or never begin in the...
France Telecom Accused Of Holding YouTube Videos Hostage Unless It Gets More Money
Why The iPhone's Ongoing Usage Advantage Over Android Is So Important

From countering radicalization to disrupting illicit networks: What’s next for Google Ideas

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What do a former violent jihadist from Indonesia, an ex-neo-Nazi from Sweden and a Canadian who was held hostage for 15 months in Somalia have in common? In addition to their past experiences with radicalization, they are all also members of Against Violent Extremism (AVE), a new online network that...
From countering radicalization to disrupting illicit networks: What’s next for Google Ideas

Madsen Must Help Inmate Escape Bank On 'Alcatraz'

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The villain on Monday night's "Alcatraz" (Mon., 9 p.m. EST On Fox) was of the bank-robbing variety. He seemed completely competent and confident in how to successfully rob a modern-day bank, though his exit strategy and ability to go off-script proved lacking by the close of the hour.The real meat...
Madsen Must Help Inmate Escape Bank On 'Alcatraz'

Confessions Of A Conference Crasher

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Jerry Jao of Retention Science reveals how he pulled off the ultimate bootstrapping heist: sneaking into a major business conference to pitch his startup. One day last summer, Jerry Jao stood uncomfortably outside a major e-commerce conference held annually in the Midwest. Behind those doors lay opportunity. Jao was...
Confessions Of A Conference Crasher

An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email

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Exchanging business cards is like breaking up with a significant other: you both smile, say you’ll keep in touch, and never speak again. Ditch the inefficiency and cost of paper with a very simple alternative: have your new contact send you an email before you part ways. I’ve been experimenting...
An Easy Alternative to Business Cards: Instant Email
Face Craze! iOS App: Fun with Gender Bending and Unibrows

We live or die on our database

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Jeff Pulver, co-founder of the Vonage Internet phone company and creator of the VON and 140 conferences, has an expression that you absolutely must take to heart: “We live or die on our database.” In the age of social networking and social media, it’s easy to get lost in the...
We live or die on our database
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