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A Bunch Of Uptight, Insane iPhone Owners Are Mad That Instagram Is On Android

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This is why people hate Apple fanboys. Buzzfeed has a round up of people on Twitter that were complaining that Android got Instagram. It's not just random people on Twitter, either. The leading Apple pundits -- John Gruber and MG Siegler -- are both sending digs at Android users....
A Bunch Of Uptight, Insane iPhone Owners Are Mad That Instagram Is On Android
11 Arduino projects that require major hacking skills--or a bit of insanity

Too Much Copyright: This Generation's Prohibition

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The folks over at ReasonTV have put together a great episode about the state of copyright law today. Hosted by Zach Weissmueller, the video includes three guests. Professor Tom Bell, who is well known for his useful depiction of the insanity of copyright extension via the Mickey Mouse curve, Cheezburger...
Too Much Copyright: This Generation's Prohibition

Two Copywrongs Don't Make A Right, But We Still Need A Way To Combat False Takedown Notices

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We've noted plenty of examples of completely bogus takedowns due to copyright claims -- including some pretty serious ones. Over at TorrentFreak, they're asking if such bogus takedowns should be punished in some manner, and they suggest a three strikes system, in which after the third strike, parties are not...
Two Copywrongs Don't Make A Right, But We Still Need A Way To Combat False Takedown Notices

What Quilting's Legal Battles Can Teach Us About Copyright

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Last year Techdirt wrote about Leah Day, who was trying to introduce a free model to quilting -- apparently a bold thing to do. Sadly, it seems that the ownership mentality is nonetheless spreading in her field, as she reports in this really excellent new blog post entitled "Copyright Terrorism":...
What Quilting's Legal Battles Can Teach Us About Copyright

Insanity: Apple Rejects Podcatching App Because It Has Flattr Integration

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One purpose for which micropayment solution Flattr (which we use here on Techdirt) has certainly caught on is providing a way for people to support podcasts. Apparently, simple integration allowing people to designate some money for podcasters has just "felt right" for lots of users who do exactly that. And...
Insanity: Apple Rejects Podcatching App Because It Has Flattr Integration

VBWeekly: The Instagram Insanity edition

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Happy Saturday, fellow nerds. Here’s our weekly roundup of news, presented with all the fresh candor and zazz the editoral team could muster. We covered quite a bit of top-shelf news for ya this week. Here are the stories that made the cut for our weekly video: Facebook bought...
VBWeekly: The Instagram Insanity edition

Just Because A Banana Can Be Used To Rob A Bank, It Doesn't Mean We Ban Bananas

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We recently wrote about the RIAA's new war against software that can be used to record or download YouTube videos. As we noted, such software has substantial non-infringing uses, but the RIAA wants to ban it anyway. Michael Weinberg has a great response, in pointing out that just because something...
Just Because A Banana Can Be Used To Rob A Bank, It Doesn't Mean We Ban Bananas

Editor's Letter: CES ahoy

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In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. It's very nearly time, dear readers. CES is just a few days away. By the time you read this I'll be boots on the ground in Las Vegas, with nearly the entire Engadget...
Editor's Letter: CES ahoy
Insanity: Romney's Ad Featuring Obama Singing Al Green Shut Down Via Copyright Claim
28 Glimpses Into North Korea's Technological... Prowess?
Steve Ballmer makes surprise appearance at CES 2013, the show he abandoned
The Difference Between "Entrepreneur Friendly" and Straight Up Coddling

Would We Prefer HTC To Be Making Cool New Products? Or Just Getting More Patents

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HTC has, quite rightly, decried the insanity of the patent thicket in the smartphone arena. In fact, some clueless analyst had written a note suggesting that HTC was at risk because it didn't have enough patents. The idea that quantity of patents matters is a really scary thought, but with...
Would We Prefer HTC To Be Making Cool New Products? Or Just Getting More Patents

Apple sues Motorola over Qualcomm license, makes us dream of a world without lawyers

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There are literally no words (at least no family-friendly ones) to describe the insanity that is the ongoing legal war between Apple and, well, just about everyone else. Not to lay blame entirely at Cupertino's stoop -- Motorola, HTC and Samsung all deserve plenty of our ire as well....
Apple sues Motorola over Qualcomm license, makes us dream of a world without lawyers

Xbox One: Hardware and software specs detailed and analyzed

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Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One. Putting aside the insanity of the console's name (Xbox 1 -> Xbox 360 -> Xbox One), we now have a fairly good idea of the software and hardware inside the Xbox One. In true console-maker style, Microsoft hasn't told us everything, and is certainly...
Xbox One: Hardware and software specs detailed and analyzed

Appeals Court Doubles Down: Genes Still Patentable

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Well this is unfortunate, but not too surprising. After the Supreme Court rejected medical diagnostic patents in the Mayo case, it vacated the ruling by the Federal Circuit appeals court (CAFC) on gene patents in the Myriad Genetics case, where CAFC had said genes are patentable, and asked it to...
Appeals Court Doubles Down: Genes Still Patentable

BRuTAL VIDEO: Tiger Woods on South Park http://bit.ly/tigerpark

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South Park is brutal… but is how we, as a society, deal with societies most brutal hypocrisy, insanity and irony. http://www.mahalo.com/tiger-woods-south-park...
BRuTAL VIDEO: Tiger Woods on South Park http://bit.ly/tigerpark

Movie About Jimi Hendrix... Won't Use Any Jimi Hendrix Music Due To Licensing Issues

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Ah, the insanity of music licensing. There's apparently a biopic of Jimi Hendrix being made, starring Andre Benjamin (better known as Andre 3000 from Outkast) in the leading role. Of course, with a Hendrix biography, you'd think that the real star would be the music -- but in this case,...
Movie About Jimi Hendrix... Won't Use Any Jimi Hendrix Music Due To Licensing Issues

Yes, An Independent Invention Defense For Patents Is Completely Feasible

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Mike has been advocating an independent invention defense against patent infringement for quite some time now -- that is, in the absence of actual copying, a patent holder should not be able to sue a subsequent innovator. There are plenty of posts going over the rationale for such a defense,...
Yes, An Independent Invention Defense For Patents Is Completely Feasible

Oops: After Seizing & Censoring Rojadirecta For 18 Months, Feds Give Up & Drop Case

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Looks like we've got something of a repeat of the Dajaz1 insanity, in which the US government seizes and censors a website for over a year before giving up and handing the domain back -- though this time it's with Rojadirecta. You may recall the Rojadirecta case, where two domains...
Oops: After Seizing & Censoring Rojadirecta For 18 Months, Feds Give Up & Drop Case

The delusions that companies have about the cloud

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In the years that I led the Google Apps team, I heard every imaginable objection to cloud computing. Back in 2007, perhaps, those arguments may have had more merit, given the immaturity of most services and limited track record of the providers. But over time, it became clear to me...
The delusions that companies have about the cloud

Olympics Shuts Down Non-Commercial Online Service That Helped People Get Tickets

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Another day, another story of Olympics insanity. Apparently the website for the London Olympics has a really awful interface that highlights tickets that are available. So, some enterprising coders quickly hacked together a better system, called 2012TicketAlert that would help alert people when new tickets were available. It was just...
Olympics Shuts Down Non-Commercial Online Service That Helped People Get Tickets
Pay up, patent trolls: New legislation would force failed plaintiffs to pay defendants' legal bills

More Details Emerge On Questionable UK Seizure Of Music Blog

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Yesterday we wrote about the bizarre seizure of a music blog, RnBXclusive.com, by UK law enforcement officials. Many people doubted that it was real, given the insanity of the splash page that SOCA -- the UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency -- had put up on the site. However, SOCA has...
More Details Emerge On Questionable UK Seizure Of Music Blog

Week in science, with unusual amounts of insanity

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It was a crazy week for science. Normally, when we say that, we mean there was a lot of important news going on; this week, some of the actual stories involved a fair degree of nuttiness. These included an overt attempt to inject religion into science classes and a...
Week in science, with unusual amounts of insanity

Insanity: Google Sends New Link Warnings, Then Says You Can Ignore Them

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Google’s war on bad links officially became insane today. For months, Google’s seen sending out warnings about bad links and telling publishers they should act on those, lest they get penalized. Today, Google said the latest round of warnings sent out this week can be safely ignored.... Please visit Search...
Insanity: Google Sends New Link Warnings, Then Says You Can Ignore Them

Why Isn't ICANN Speaking Out Against ICE/DOJ Domain Seizures?

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Following the feds seizing bodog.com, Mark Jeftovic from EasyDNS wrote a really interesting post pointing out just how insane these domain seizures are. He focused on the fact that Bodog was run outside of the US, hosted outside the US, and the domain registrar was even outside the US. Thus,...
Why Isn't ICANN Speaking Out Against ICE/DOJ Domain Seizures?

Kazooka? Kaossilator? At the same time? What manner of insanity is this? http://post.ly/cO9B #insanity #kaossilator #kazoo #kazooka #music

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Kazooka? Kaossilator? At the same time? What manner of insanity is this? http://post.ly/cO9B #insanity #kaossilator #kazoo #kazooka #music
Genius or insanity? Exec did all his work on Galaxy Note for a year
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