Wednesday , February 26 2020

Culture and Society

Without a Mate

Everyone from sci-fi writers to Ren and Stimpy have pondered the existential fate of the single sock. They universally come in pairs: where does the missing sock go? What can be done? Is all lost? If we can reunite socks with their long lost mates, perhaps France and America can …

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Your Phone is Blogging

New software lets you blog via cell phone: While most of the world will continue to post their weblog entries from a desktop PC, a new outfit based in Dublin, Ireland, called NewBay Software has designed a service called FoneBlog that could eventually let wireless customers create a blog using …

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Salon Almost Gone … Again?

I am saddened by the reports that Salon.com will not survive beyond the next couple of weeks: In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Salon said it has been unable to pay most of its bills since December, including its rent. If it cannot increase revenues …

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Triangulation

In a move that would appear to be an effort to bolster its legal position, 321 Studios is offering a reward for information about illegal DVD-copying with its products: The major studios sued 321 last December, saying the company promotes copyright infringement by offering products that allow people to copy …

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Reasoned Discourse

So you haven’t made your mind up yet about Iraq, or your conviction has faltered? Steamroll through the illogic and excessive emotion of both sides with the Cross-Blog Iraq Debate. Questions and answers pro-war here, and anti-war here. Now is the time for reason.

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Your TV is Ringing

TV streaming for cell phone coming in Korea: Local press in Korea has confirmed that Korea Telecom will beam 9 TV channels to 3G phone users this month. The channels are believed to include a music channel and a news channel. The phone inset is the Samsung V3000 which is …

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Google Buys Blogger

Google has agreed to acquire Pyra Labs, developer of Blogger software and Blogspot, home to a million bloggers: Word of the deal spread after Pyra Labs Chief Executive Evan Williams confirmed on his personal Weblog that his team of six developers would join Google. In typical blog fashion, the news …

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Sampling

This short web film, S-11 Redux, an entrant in the Sundance Online Film Festival, is worth looking at on several levels. From a copyright theory standpoint, it shows the importance of making products of mass culture available for all to “sample” toward the creation of new art. On a content …

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Life Is Unfair

Our own Kevin Marks has a complex and fascinating look – with charts, graphs and other pretty pictures – at Power laws and blogs. Being really bad at higher math and averse to long strings of numbers connected by symbols, this is what I gather from the data: the best-known …

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National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace

US government released the report Friday. The president says this about that: My Fellow Americans: The way business is transacted, government operates, and national defense is conducted have changed. These activities now rely on an interdependent network of information technology infrastructures called cyberspace. The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace provides …

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