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Revolution Mosaic launches to create a crowdsourced image for our mobile generation

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We introduced you to the Revolution Mosaic App in March when it was just a concept crowdsourcing its funds from Kickstarter. Since then, its founder Ian Tuason, has gone on to raise the money needed, and launched the iPhone app in the iTunes App Store today. Revolution Mosaic is a...
Revolution Mosaic launches to create a crowdsourced image for our mobile generation

Nokia accuses Apple of “overriding” Siri to remove Lumia 900 endorsement

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Nokia has accused Apple of overriding the settings of Siri, after its virtual personal assistant was found to have stopped endorsing the Nokia Lumia 900 phone. As we reported last week, when asked ‘What is the best smartphone ever’, Siri recommends the new Nokia phone, built on Microsoft’s Windows Phone...
Nokia accuses Apple of “overriding” Siri to remove Lumia 900 endorsement

Iceland's Cheap, Green Cloud: How a Tiny Island Could Drive Big Changes

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Iceland. A fascinating, strange place. And misunderstood. Did you know that the famous Blue Lagoon is actually a man-made pool filled with runoff from the power plant next door? Or that Iceland could become the world's next data center capital? There's something magical about a 2 a.m. stroll down Reykjavík's party...
Iceland's Cheap, Green Cloud: How a Tiny Island Could Drive Big Changes

The Verge’s “Scamworld” Profiles “Internet Marketing” Schemes You Should Avoid

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Two weeks ago, The Verge profiled scams and schemes that pitch “Internet Marketing” as a fast way to make money online. Its Scamworld article is well worth reading by anyone, a warning that many need. I’m sorry that I didn’t focus on this important message initially rather... Please visit Marketing Land for...
The Verge’s “Scamworld” Profiles “Internet Marketing” Schemes You Should Avoid

Tim Berners-Lee In Court To Try To Prevent Patent Troll Eolas From Patenting Key Web Concepts

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Remember Eolas? We've written about this infamous patent troll many times, mostly focusing on its big patent fight with Microsoft over the idea of browser plugins -- a case it eventually settled. In 2009, however, Eolas came back and basically sued the web, claiming that all sorts of very basic...
Tim Berners-Lee In Court To Try To Prevent Patent Troll Eolas From Patenting Key Web Concepts

Pioneer adds two new Elite receivers to its 2012 lineup

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Pioneer's 2012 AV receiver lineup is growing by two with the new VSX-42, priced at $450, and the $650 VSX-60. Both feature six HDMI inputs on the back, Ethernet, video scaling, optional Blutooth ($99) with A2DP, AirPlay, DLNA, Panadora and iOS or Android apps. The VSX-60 sets itself apart...
Pioneer adds two new Elite receivers to its 2012 lineup

Worth Reading: Confessions of a botnet operator

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A self-confessed operator of a Zeus botnet has hosted a Q&A session on his personal motivations, his area of operations and computer security in general...
Worth Reading: Confessions of a botnet operator

SCREENSHOTS: Here's Your First Look At Firefox's Operating System For Smartphones (GOOG, AAPL)

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Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, is launching an open-source mobile operating system for smartphones. Peter Judge over at TechWeekEurope got his hands on a bunch of screenshots of the new Firefox mobile operating system for smartphones. It looks great. The new operating system seems to combine the best bits from both the...
SCREENSHOTS: Here's Your First Look At Firefox's Operating System For Smartphones (GOOG, AAPL)

Boot up: Microsoft 'to buy Yammer', Android 'not ready for multi-core processors', and more

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Plus Propublica's investigation into Microsoft and Yahoo, and Reuters digs into Apple's key problem: delayA quick burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamAnalysis: Apple's big enemy in smartphone wars: delay >> ReutersBig piece, worth reading in full.Microsoft Is Buying Yammer, According To...
Boot up: Microsoft 'to buy Yammer', Android 'not ready for multi-core processors', and more

Iceland's Cheap, Green Cloud: How Datacenters Could Drive Big Changes On A Tiny Island

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Iceland. A fascinating, strange place. And misunderstood. Did you know the famous Blue Lagoon isn't a random miracle of nature -- it's a man-made pool filled with run-off water from the power plant next door? Or that Iceland's entire national population, just north of 300,000, is comparable to U.S. cities...
Iceland's Cheap, Green Cloud: How Datacenters Could Drive Big Changes On A Tiny Island

North Korean Study Confirms It: People Will Share, Whatever The Risks

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how the ever-increasing storage capacity of portable hard drives made it unlikely that the sharing of music could ever be stopped. That was a somewhat theoretical piece based on general trends in technology; but here's some supporting data from a rather unusual...
North Korean Study Confirms It: People Will Share, Whatever The Risks

Dutch Research Reveals Wide Scope For Copyright Flexibilities In EU Laws

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A couple of weeks ago, Techdirt wrote about a surprising initiative by the Netherlands to introduce new flexibilities into its copyright law. Given that leadership from the Dutch government, it's probably no surprise that a few days later, the Dutch Parliament also showed itself in the political vanguard by voting...
Dutch Research Reveals Wide Scope For Copyright Flexibilities In EU Laws

The Cable Fee Fight Takes Another Turn, As Dish Networks Uses iTunes, Netflix and Amazon As Weapons

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The basic contours of the TV programmer vs pay TV provider fight are basic and unchanging: The programmer tries to get more money for their stuff, the pay TV provider says that’s too much, and the two sides chest-bump for a while. Eventually they settle, and you, the pay TV...
The Cable Fee Fight Takes Another Turn, As Dish Networks Uses iTunes, Netflix and Amazon As Weapons

How A Free Movie Made $1 Million In 14 Days

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Sheri Candler points us to a fascinating case study by Peter Broderick, about how the independent documentary film Hungry For Change was able to leverage the use of "free" to make over $1 million in just two weeks. The summary: The release of HUNGRY FOR CHANGE was unprecedented. The film:...
How A Free Movie Made $1 Million In 14 Days

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

Apple designer Jonathan Ive "winced" over some Apple design choices

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Apple's prized product designer Jonathan ("Jony") Ive is a constant source of fascination among the press—doubly so after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Though Ive appears with relative frequency in news articles and documentaries, interest in his design philosophy has never let up. Perhaps that is because Ive has always...
Apple designer Jonathan Ive "winced" over some Apple design choices
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DOJ Argues Forcefully For Your Right To Photograph And Videotape Law Enforcement

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This is a bit surprising, but also nice to see. We've been covering a bunch of cases involving law enforcement -- mainly local police -- harassing and often arresting people who film them in public. Thankfully, we've recently had some very good appeals court rulings -- one in the First...
DOJ Argues Forcefully For Your Right To Photograph And Videotape Law Enforcement

Manpacks, American Apparel, and startup arbitrage

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We love Manpacks here at TNW. The idea, the team, and the execution are all too good to ignore. That we need the service is simply icing on the cake. If you want a full look at the company, and its origins, head here. It’s worth reading. However, today we...
Manpacks, American Apparel, and startup arbitrage

Inexpensive ebooks are nudging parents into reading digitally to their kids

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The following headline doesn’t quite pass the gut-check test, and isn’t precisely true, but is worth reading: “Half of Bedtime Stories Now Read on E-Books.” That is the title to a piece in SmartMoney, which notes a survey by The Reading Agency and Ipsos Mori, stating that just under 50%...
Inexpensive ebooks are nudging parents into reading digitally to their kids

As Romney's Wife Takes To Pinterest, Campaign Cracks Down On Hoax Accounts

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And you thought First Lady Michelle Obama was hip for jumping on Twitter. Wannabe First Lady Ann Romney - as far as we can tell - is the only 2012 Presidential candidate's wife on Pinterest, the rapidly growing social network. But while Ann Romney is busy pinning family photos, "candid"...
As Romney's Wife Takes To Pinterest, Campaign Cracks Down On Hoax Accounts

Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

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I know we've written a few times now about David Lowery's now infamous shaming of an intern because she apparently doesn't give him enough of her money, but that story keeps getting attention. Thankfully, a lot of that attention comes in the form of people from all over the music...
Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models

Why Patent Injunctions Are Even Worse For Open Source

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The damage that software patents cause to innovation in the computer world is a constant theme here on Techdirt. But as a fascinating new paper by James Boyle explains, the threat to open source, particularly from patent injunctions, is even greater because of the special characteristics of that software development...
Why Patent Injunctions Are Even Worse For Open Source

Everything You Need To Know About The Booming Russian Internet In 100 Slides

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Russia is now the biggest internet market in Europe by users, and it's growing extremely fast. Yandex, Russia's Google, is the biggest European internet company by market cap.  This and more means that anyone who cares about the future of technology needs to watch Russia. Luckily faberNovel, a French innovation...
Everything You Need To Know About The Booming Russian Internet In 100 Slides

Patton Oswalt Explains That There Are No More Gatekeepers In Entertainment

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For years, we've argued that the role of middlemen in the entertainment industry has been changing drastically. Most were built up on the basis of being gatekeepers: choosing who would get to go out and perform to the world, and using that gatekeeper status to (1) put themselves (the middlemen)...
Patton Oswalt Explains That There Are No More Gatekeepers In Entertainment

NYTimes OpEd Explains Why Infringement Isn't Theft

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We've argued for years that it's absolutely improper to call infringement "theft." Some, of course, have insisted that since copyright is so obviously "property", it's fine to call infringement theft. However, in a rather brilliant OpEd piece in the NY Times, law professor Stuart Green not only demolishes the "infringement...
NYTimes OpEd Explains Why Infringement Isn't Theft

Counting Crows Distribute Songs And More Via BitTorrent

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Five years ago, we wrote about a fascinating writeup by the keyboard player for the band The Counting Crows, in which he discussed his views on piracy and the music industry. While we didn't fully agree with what he was saying, his viewpoint was definitely worth reading. He was worried...
Counting Crows Distribute Songs And More Via BitTorrent

FORMER GROUPON-LIVING SOCIAL CUSTOMER: Today Is The Happiest Day Of My Life--The Coupons Finally Expired!

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A few months ago, we ran a horror story from a customer of the daily deal companies (specifically, Living Social). The customer, who runs a restaurant, had developed his theory about these companies the hard way--by trying them. What he concluded was that the daily-deal companies did not attract people...
FORMER GROUPON-LIVING SOCIAL CUSTOMER: Today Is The Happiest Day Of My Life--The Coupons Finally Expired!

In lobbying and litigation, Google blurs distinction between standard-essential and other patents

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Since Friday evening there has been a lot of discussion on the Internet about an AllThingsD article entitled "Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great They Ought to Be Shared". The article is worth reading, and so far the two letters (one from Google to the United States Senate...
In lobbying and litigation, Google blurs distinction between standard-essential and other patents

The Peter Thiel Audience Q&A

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Tonight at the PandoMonthly fireside chat with Peter Thiel, Sarah opened up to questions from the audience. We’ve reposted some of the questions that were asked and the answers Thiel gave. Keep in mind that with these answers, Thiel went for brevity over nuance, and as a result some of...
The Peter Thiel Audience Q&A
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