Technorati Update

I clicked on a link this morning that took me to “Technorati(Technorati)”:http://www.technorati.com/. I was really impressed with some of the features on the page and wondered why I hadn’t noticed them before. It turns out there was “an excellent reason(Technorati turns 3, rolls out a major update)”:http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000435.html for that.

PlaysforSure @ Your Library 2.0

I thought I would take a moment this morning to give an update on a story from last year.
bq.Do I think playsforsure is cool? No, I do not. Would I rather get the books DRM-free? Absolutely. Do I think libraries like Fairfax and mine are making a mistake getting something that won’t work on an iPod?

Feeling Down

I just came out to my computer and what do I find… “Second Life( Second Life Grid Down!)”:http://secondlifelibrary.blogspot.com/2006/07/second-life-grid-down_19.html is non-functional. No problem, I think, I wanted to see something about the last photoset I put together. And then I see… “Flickr(Temporary Storage Glitch)”:http://blog.flickr.com/flickrblog/2006/07/temporary_stora.html is out of order.

Net Neutrality

Which of these opinions is not like the other?
bq.The replacement of historic policies of nondiscrimination with the imposition of bottleneck taxes by broadband network owners endangers economic growth, innovation, job creation, and First Amendment freedom of expression on such networks.

The Return of Oswald

Remember Oswald?
bq.Oswald starred in a series of 26 silent cartoons made by Walt Disney between 1927 and 1928 for Charles Mintz, who contracted with Universal for the distribution. When Walt lost the rights to Oswald, he came up with the character of Mickey Mouse.

Why Music Doesn’t Sell

The membership of the riaa would have you believe that falling music sales can be attributed to music piracy. But could there possibly be another explanation?
bq.Many fans also say they just don’t like what they’re hearing. It may not be surprising to hear older fans say music just isn’t what it used to be when they were growing up.

Yahoo! gets delicious

Or, to punctuate things correctly, “del.icio.us(y.ah.oo!)”:http://blog.del.icio.us/blog/2005/12/yahoo.html. When you consider that Yahoo! has also added “flickr(Yahoo.icio.us? – Yahoo Acquires Del.icio.us)”:http://www.techcrunch.com/2005/12/09/yahoo-acquires-delicious/ and “konfabulator(Puzzled by Yahoo’s Konfabulator Purchase? Don’t Be)”:http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050810-113954 this year and their new parnership with a personal favorite of mine, “TiVo( Exclusive TiVo Beta Photos)”:http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2005-11/exclusive-tivo-beta-photos/ (I was just trying out the new features last night), this has been a really big year for them.

The Death of Sony

bq.Big companies like Sony are taking a hit and so are musicians. – “David Callahan(The Cheating Culture)”:http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0151010188/ref=sib_vae_pg_185/002-3632981-9752831?%5Fencoding=UTF8&keywords=sony&p=S05M&twc=1&checkSum=av%2BWNREaAue5KrGlSI%2FptmFmlLprMdJJqI8qCFBplHM%3D#reader-page, The Cheating Culture, p. 185
bq.Today, all the pieces are finally falling into place to make that world a reality, as even the slow-footed Big Three TV networks are finding ways to offer shows on a variety of devices and technologies.

Defeating Napster

bq.We made one last effort to convince the labels that they should do a deal with us. A little-known underground product called Gnutella had just surfaced. It was a P2P file-sharing program that required no central server and no company to operate it.

Norway, Microsoft and DRM

Cory Doctorow is not happy with the decision by Norwegian Public Television to distribute their content via DRM.
bq.Instead, by choosing Microsoft, they’ve put the Norwegian owners of the broadcaster — i.e. the taxpayers — in the position of having to pay again for Windows to play back the video that they already paid for once, with their taxes.