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The cybersecurity circus comes full circle: Lieberman calls for mandatory standards in executive order

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Words cannot contain my mirth. Today in a letter, Senator Lieberman called on the President to include mandatory cybersecurity standards in his potential executive order on the issue. Before we dig too far into exactly what this means, why it is funny, and how in fact we have come full...
The cybersecurity circus comes full circle: Lieberman calls for mandatory standards in executive order

Study: Viewing Cat Videos At Work Can Make You More Productive

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For many, many years, we've pointed out just how silly all those studies are that claim that any time not directly spent working -- such as on "personal surfing" -- was somehow lost productivity. Companies who sold filters to businesses often would put out these exaggerated "studies" that extrapolated the...
Study: Viewing Cat Videos At Work Can Make You More Productive

Study: Paywalls Work Better If You Beg

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Brian LaSorsa points us to the news of a new joint study by Columbia and Indiana University, indicating that online readers will be slightly more accepting of paywalls if you plead the threat of bankruptcy than if you talk about profit and financial sustainability. In the post-paywall survey, participants read...
Study: Paywalls Work Better If You Beg

Apple's Cash Balance Should Continue To Grow Rapidly--Even With The Dividend And Buyback

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One important point about Apple's announcement that it will begin to pay a 2% dividend and spend $10 billion on a share buyback... The company's cash balance should continue to grow rapidly even while it is using this cash. Why? Because Apple is generating a lot more cash each...
Apple's Cash Balance Should Continue To Grow Rapidly--Even With The Dividend And Buyback

Are you chasing your blog audience away?

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I was reading a blog post today and was wanting to comment when the site asked me to register. To register? Create an account? That’s a bit 2000, not 2010. ZDNet’s Tom Forenski will never know what I thought about his piece on corporates and social networking. The registration hurdle...
Are you chasing your blog audience away?

QR Codes: Ugly, Overused and Doomed

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I've never understood the hype about QR codes. They appeared one day, and then suddenly every advertiser made them a priority, plastering them all over everything in print. It has always seemed like undue obsession with something that, ultimately, is not that useful to very many people -- and that's...
QR Codes: Ugly, Overused and Doomed

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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As we learned (though were hardly surprised by) this week, the MPAA doesn't take kindly to the suggestion that it should have to consider fair use when sending DMCA notices. The irony of this was not lost on anyone, and indeed both of our most insightful comments of the...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

MBA Mondays: Revenue Models

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A revenue model is the system design by which a business monetizes its services. That comes from Wikipedia. I like that definition. Short, sweet, and to the point. I am going to spend the next couple months talking about revenue models for online businesses. We've started off this series by...
MBA Mondays: Revenue Models
Biz2Credit Knows what You Had for Lunch

Arabic overtakes English as the most popular language on Facebook in the Middle East

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Last year we reported that Arabic was set to overtake English as the most popular language used on Facebook across the region, and as SpotOn PR reports, the Arabic language has pulled ahead. Analysing Facebook usage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region – specifically Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt,...
Arabic overtakes English as the most popular language on Facebook in the Middle East

Google's Hangouts service will rival iMessage with support for SMS, Google Play listing reveals

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Support for SMS was one of the notable omissions from Google Hangouts, the cross-platform messaging service that launched at the Google I/O event yesterday, but it appears the absence is only temporary according to details within the Google Play store. Included within the list of permissions for Hangouts for Android are requests to...
Google's Hangouts service will rival iMessage with support for SMS, Google Play listing reveals

Workana hopes to introduce Latin America to online freelancing

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Workana is an online marketplace for remote work based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As we reported, the startup participated in the accelerator NXTP Labs, which gave it the opportunity to pitch its project to investors as part of its latest Demo Day. Workana’s approach has a lot in common with Freelancer,...
Workana hopes to introduce Latin America to online freelancing

'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

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The last time Techdirt wrote about "pay for delay" deals, whereby a big pharma company essentially buys off manufacturers of generics so that the former can continue to enjoy monopoly pricing long after its patents have expired, things didn't look too good. Back in 2010, the Second Circuit had...
'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

The hard truth: Newspaper monopolies are gone forever

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As newspaper companies like Advance Publications attempt to wean themselves away from a reliance on print — a transition that almost every mainstream publisher will likely have to emulate at some point — the full implications of this disruption are starting to become obvious. One is that a digital...
The hard truth: Newspaper monopolies are gone forever
Retina MacBook Pro Found To Meet EPEAT Standards Thanks To External Upgradeability Options

Dear Hollywood: The 'Stakeholders' For Copyright Policy Don't Fit In A Room

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Last week, we wrote about Hollywood super agent Ari Emanuel first demanding a magic stop piracy button from Google, followed by his request to sit down and meet with "the government" and representatives of "Silicon Valley" in a room. As we responded, that meeting is going on already, and it's...
Dear Hollywood: The 'Stakeholders' For Copyright Policy Don't Fit In A Room

Bill Gates: education needs much more than just 1 percent of R&D spending

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Investments in education technology are beginning to rival the boom in the late 1990s, causing some to wonder if another bubble is brewing. But, speaking to a packed auditorium of educators and technologists at the SXSWedu education technology conference in Austin, Bill Gates said that given the impact of education...
Bill Gates: education needs much more than just 1 percent of R&D spending

Did CISPA Actually Get Better Before Passing? Not Really

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Yesterday, after I asserted that CISPA had gotten much worse before it was passed in a rushed vote, I heard from several people (even those in the anti-CISPA camp) who took the opposite position. They feel that, while CISPA is still a highly problematic bill, the Quayle amendment which I...
Did CISPA Actually Get Better Before Passing? Not Really

@ Symbol Acquired by Museum of Modern Art

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The @ symbol has been added to the prestigious collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the organization announced today. Unlike some other ephemera, the Museum didn't pay a penny for the symbol, nor will it claim exclusive rights to its use. "It might be the only truly free--albeit...
@ Symbol Acquired by Museum of Modern Art
Airbnb Goes to the Mattresses on Behalf of Busted Host

Which is Worse -- Sharing With Attribution, Or Plagiarism Without?

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At the end of last year we wrote about the case of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former Federal Minister of Defense in Germany, who lost both his post and his doctorate when it turned out that he had plagiarized portions of his doctoral thesis. Now the journal Science is reporting another...
Which is Worse -- Sharing With Attribution, Or Plagiarism Without?

Facebook buys some time but hasn’t solved mobile

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Last November after our paidContent Entertainment conference in Los Angeles, I got to talking with a gentleman in the advertising business who went off on a bit of a wine-fueled rant regarding some mobile advertising executives. “They think they can just slap a QR code on a print ad and...
Facebook buys some time but hasn’t solved mobile
Your Company Has Social Media Nailed. Now What?
Sad To Say, But Andrew Mason Is Probably Not Going To Be Groupon's CEO Much Longer (GRPN)

ZUCKERBERG: Speed And Stability Made A Big Difference In Mobile

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a really important point in his company's fourth-quarter earnings call--one that everyone should listen to, not just Wall Street analysts. Last year, Facebook made big improvements to its iPhone and Android apps. The changes weren't about adding a bunch of new features. Instead, Facebook reengineered...
ZUCKERBERG: Speed And Stability Made A Big Difference In Mobile

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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This week's "most insightful" winner has one of the highest vote counts I can remember. Running away with first place is Mike C.'s comment in response to Hollywood unions calling SOPA opponents hackers and liars and then saying it hopes that any further discussion has a conciliatory tone: Is it...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

So Not Helping: Chinese Government Publication Lauds Twitter’s New Policy

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We’ve debated this a lot at PandoDaily this weekend, but I haven’t been one of those bloggers chasing Twitter with torches and pitchforks over its controversial move to censor Tweets within certain territories when they receive an official take-down notice. I’ve traveled enough to know that other countries don’t always...
So Not Helping: Chinese Government Publication Lauds Twitter’s New Policy

How Much Of The Collapse Of Recorded Music Sales Revenue Was Due To The End Of Illegal Price Fixing?

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Harold Feld has made a very important point that has been totally ignored in the debate over the state of the recorded music business. In Cary Sherman's diatribe about how the evil tech industry is destroying the music industry, not only does he pretend that the recorded music is representative...
How Much Of The Collapse Of Recorded Music Sales Revenue Was Due To The End Of Illegal Price Fixing?

A Perfect Dichotomy

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Holy cats! I stumbled into a storm. At play here: the difference between a business need and a passionate class of worker. Here’s the story: I am starting a new blog project. I asked my friend, John, if they designed logos, as he’s doing my site work. He said, no,...
A Perfect Dichotomy

Go Ahead And Cancel Your Credit Card, The Score Ding Is Minimal

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New answers pried from the secretive FICO corporation that overlords our credit scores kill a longstanding myth. It turns out that cancelling your credit cards won't destroy your credit score. . The most important point made by spokesman Craig Watts is that it's a myth that if you close...
Go Ahead And Cancel Your Credit Card, The Score Ding Is Minimal
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