Amazon Isn’t Paying License Fees for “Cloud Drive”

30 March 2011

paidContent: Amazon has launched its new online music locker and streamer without any licenses from the labels whose material it will store and distribute, the labels’ umbrella group IFPI tells paidContent. Not a problem, replies Amazon—licenses aren’t necessary for its new Cloud Drive. The music industry is (and has been) suing MP3Tunes because they’ve offered […]

Word Of The Day: Thespianage

28 March 2011

In response the still ongoing adventures of Anna Chapman, Bruce Sterling said: We need a better word than “espionage” for this all-too-public maneuvering Naturally, the answer is “Thespianage.” I like to think Mr. Peabody would be proud. Let’s make it a thing.

A Letter From Lois Lane

28 March 2011

Joanne Siegel, widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, passed away on February 12th of this year. She’d been working on writing a letter to Time Warner’s CEO, Jeffrey L. Bewkes. Joanne is widely known to be the inspiration for Lois Lane, and even at 93 she fit the part. Time Warner’s action in all of […]

Kids Dungeon Adventure

26 March 2011

My friend Ben Garvey and his daughter Sasha have created a Floortop RPG for pre-school aged kids. The idea is your kid uses his or her favorite toys as the characters and baddies. You can buy printable monster cards and rule sheets on his website.

The Show Replay

21 March 2011

Ze Frank is doing text commentary as he reposts the entirety of The Show on its 5 year anniversary. The Show is a major cultural touchstone between a certain portion of the internet. It’s not a small one, either. If you missed it, now is the best time to start from Show 1.

Nintendo To Hobbyist Developers: No Thanks

21 March 2011

Reggie Fils-Aime: “I would separate out the true independent developer vs. the hobbyist,” says Fils Aime. “We are absolutely reaching out to the independent developer.” “Where we’ve drawn the line is we are not looking to do business today with the garage developer. In our view, that’s not a business we want to pursue.” Small […]

PNGPress

11 March 2011

PNGPress, my simple image optimization app for Mac OS X is now available on the App Store. I hope you like it. PNGPress will accept any number of PNG images dropped onto its dock icon.

‘Financial Martial Law’ In Michigan

11 March 2011

I hope you liked that whole democracy thing while it lasted, Michigan, because it’s gone now. Zero-oversight financial managers appointed by the governor will be able to shut down your entire city, get paid whatever they want, and you can’t do a thing about it.

Zaarly

10 March 2011

I try not to cover too many startups here, lest the blog turn into an even lower-rent Techcrunch, but Zaarly is an interesting idea. They’re building a mobile platform to allow anyone to accept payments for or request assistance for anything. There are many nights I’d have gladly paid someone $10 to go buy me […]

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