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Rupert’s pathetic pay wall

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I mince no words in a post I wrote for the Guardian on Murdoch’s announcement that the pay wall is finally going up around the Times and Sunday Times of London. The discussion at the Guardian is already lively; please go there to join in. * * * Rupert Murdoch...
Rupert’s pathetic pay wall

Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves

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Entrepreneurs have often used technology to bring us services we didn't even know we needed. Who would have thought a billion people would be willing to share their lives on Facebook and hundreds of millions more would change the news industry by microblogging on Twitter? But oftentimes entrepreneurs get it...
Pay-As-You-Read E-Bookselling Won't Make It Off The Shelves

From Suffolk book plant to British readers but will novel generate UK tax?

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Journey of new novel shows how book printed and published in Britain - and bought on Amazon - is taxed in LuxembourgJust ahead of its March 2013 publication date, a modest hardback print run of a new novel, Traps, under the Weidenfeld & Nicholson imprint, spilled off the production line...
From Suffolk book plant to British readers but will novel generate UK tax?

Summly, Pocket point the way to publishing's revival -- or its complete destruction

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Sign up for our weekly newsletters, and you’ll get the latest insights from our Dylan's Desk and DeanBeat columns before they’re published on VentureBeat. In the eternal tug of war between publishers and readers, the readers have an enormous advantage right now. But publishers are starting to pull the rope back a...
Summly, Pocket point the way to publishing's revival -- or its complete destruction

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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It's another week with one big winner, this time coming in on our popular post about the DJ who was suspended for pulling the classic "dihydrogen monoxide" prank on his listeners. Gareth soared past the competition in both the insightful and funny categories, because our readers don't seem to...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Hollywood Up And Comers Recognizing That The Big Gatekeepers May Be More Of A Threat Than Silicon Valley

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Despite the MPAA's insistence that it wants to "talk" to Silicon Valley, it still seems to think that just means getting together with Google's lobbyists in Washington DC. Thankfully, the MPAA doesn't really represent the full movie industry, and plenty of young filmmakers realize that the tech industry isn't the...
Hollywood Up And Comers Recognizing That The Big Gatekeepers May Be More Of A Threat Than Silicon Valley

If The Government Needs To Step In To Help Your Business Model, You Shouldn't Be In Business

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We recently wrote about a bunch of super successful UK musicians complaining that the UK government needed to force ISPs and startups to make their old business model viable again. We, quite naturally, thought that was a pretty crazy suggestion. In reaction to this post on Twitter, reader botaday rephrased...
If The Government Needs To Step In To Help Your Business Model, You Shouldn't Be In Business

Netflix Says It's 'Killing' BitTorrent Traffic

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With nearly 30 million streaming subscribers in the U.S. alone, Netflix is one the major providers of online video entertainment. That’s quite an achievement, especially when taking into consideration that streaming Hollywood blockbusters was virtually impossible half a decade ago. Furthermore, with the rise of these legal options people have...
Netflix Says It's 'Killing' BitTorrent Traffic
Groupon buys FeeFighters to support merchant community

Is The Tide Turning On Bad Copyright Laws?

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The Economist has an interesting article suggesting that perhaps the tide is finally turning on bad copyright laws, and we're beginning to see real efforts at reforming copyright in the right direction: Canada passed a law in June that sets a new standard of permissiveness. It caps statutory damages if...
Is The Tide Turning On Bad Copyright Laws?

Battle in the cloud: Oracle taking on Amazon.com and everyone else

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Larry Ellison Oracle CEO Larry Ellison once dubbed cloud computing nothing more than “water vapor,” noting three years ago that “all it is is a computer attached to a network.” But now Oracle is making a big bet on the cloud, announcing a series of new products at the company’s...
Battle in the cloud: Oracle taking on Amazon.com and everyone else

On the Road with Facebook Friends

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Many people dream of dropping everything and setting out on the open road, but few actually make this dream a reality. Looking for a fresh start, Lindol French of Menlo Park, Calif., left his job and apartment before setting off on what would become a 36-state, 22,000-mile, 138-day road trip...
On the Road with Facebook Friends

REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga (MSFT)

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Lenovo is a company that is traditionally associated with plain old business PCs. While the company hasn't forgotten its business roots, the recent launch of Windows 8 gives Lenovo an opportunity to aggressively target a consumer audience.  So I was really happy with Lenovo's new IdeaPad Yoga, a Windows 8...
REVIEW: Lenovo's Bendy Windows 8 Laptop/Tablet, The IdeaPad Yoga (MSFT)

Pinterest analytics site receives 36,000 sign ups in one week [Review and Invites]

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With businesses working hard to make the most out of Pinterest’s explosive growth and traffic rates, there are lots of tips and tricks on how to make the social network work for them. Now there’s a site, Pinerly, that will help you figure out if what you’re doing is actually working....
Pinterest analytics site receives 36,000 sign ups in one week [Review and Invites]

After hanging up on Sony, Ericsson’s Vestberg focused on networking

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You don’t make the decision to wind down a 130-year-old business without a little bit of angst, said Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, reflecting on his company’s decision to end a joint partnership with Sony last year. But at a certain point, logic has to trump emotion. “The whole handset...
After hanging up on Sony, Ericsson’s Vestberg focused on networking
Why are journalists hostile to Forbes' Lewis DVorkin? He wants them to get real

Kickstarter Keeps Funding Bigger And Bigger Projects

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One of the things that we always hear about new business models from critics is that they can't possibly "replace" some of the old business models. Often the talk is about how they're only good for "small" things, and how they simply can't scale. Of course, this seems to underestimate...
Kickstarter Keeps Funding Bigger And Bigger Projects
LinkedIn's newest feature revamp is also a standalone iPhone app: Contacts
Forget Sexy, Startups Today Look To Disrupt The Mundane

How To Score $800 Million In Fresh Capital For Your Startup Without Going Public -- Find Out At IGNITION Mobile

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About a year ago, Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey (and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg), decided that he wanted to raise some capital for his 13-year-old business ... without going public. Recently, he announced the details of a plan that would do just that. Attend IGNITION Mobile on March 21...
How To Score $800 Million In Fresh Capital For Your Startup Without Going Public -- Find Out At IGNITION Mobile
Realtime gets $100M to create a real-time overlay for the web

Why Microsoft Is Going To Have To Build Its Own Tablet (MSFT, AAPL)

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Microsoft is reportedly going to introduce its own tablet today. Why would Microsoft change course and start making its own computers? Because its old business model isn't going to work against Apple and Google. <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" id="ooyalaPlayer_559wy_h3lxat0z" width="616" height="347" codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/swflash.cab"><param name="movie" value="http://player.ooyala.com/player.swf?embedCode=h5Mng0NToSPPZOUqLNrik2b2LhAQdn1d&version=2" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen"...
Why Microsoft Is Going To Have To Build Its Own Tablet (MSFT, AAPL)
Andy Rubin's Kick-Butt Business Card From When He Worked At Apple (GOOG)

Artists Want The Ability To Buy Back Their Copyrights If Universal Is Allowed To Buy EMI

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As Universal Music Group (UMG) continues dealing with antitrust questions as it tries to close its purchase of EMI, there's a lot of focus on "divestment," or which parts of the combined entity that would have to be sold off. There's even talk of having to sell off the famed...
Artists Want The Ability To Buy Back Their Copyrights If Universal Is Allowed To Buy EMI

Oracle has a cloud computing secret

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There’s a reason Larry Ellison called cloud computing “nonsense” in 2009 and why he still won’t permit Amazon-style metered pricing for Oracle’s  mainstream database and middleware. A traditional 11g database license that today costs $2.8 million up front would cost less than $9 per hour using Oracle’s mySQL on Amazon....
Oracle has a cloud computing secret

Four short links: 19 April 2010

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Sketchflow Demo (Vimeo) -- wow, impressive tool for whipping up wireframes and workflows for web apps. I've dreamed of being able to build real apps in this fashion. (via davetenhave on Twitter) Content is a Public Good -- fascinating guest post on Charlie Stross's blog, making yet again the...
Four short links: 19 April 2010

Nintendo Experiments With Free-to-Play Game

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Nintendo is working on its first ever free-to-play game, in a sign that the Japanese videogame giant may be willing to experiment with its decades-old business model after all....
Nintendo Experiments With Free-to-Play Game

Why you ought to change your business model

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Time to shred that old business plan? Photo via Yoppy No matter how prepared you are for the future, how satisfied you are with your customers or how well you are positioned in the market, you may not always be on target with your business strategy, especially if the business landscape changes,...
Why you ought to change your business model

Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2bn

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Acquisition steps up software giant's battle with Google for the future of technology in the workplaceMicrosoft has bought the four-year-old business social network Yammer for $1.2bn (£770m) as the software giant steps up its battle with Google for the future of technology in the workplace.The purchase of Yammer, dubbed "Facebook...
Microsoft buys Yammer for $1.2bn
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