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GameStop Buys Online Games Hub Kongregate

My gut says this was a terrible idea for both companies. GameStop doesn’t know how to run an online community, and Kongregate doesn’t know how to be corporate.

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The Times Loses 90% Of Online Readership After Erecting Registration Wall

Raise your hand if you are surprised. Looks like the only ones with their hands up are the Times management.

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The Evolution of Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Beer Advertising

These brand retrospective-type posts are always worth a look, especially when the company is as old as PBR.

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Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Piracy Technology

From the Do-As-I-Say Department:

Warner Bros. has been sued by a German technology firm which claims the movie and television production company pirated its anti-piracy technology.

I can only assume that anyone at Warner Bros HQ will be no longer allowed to connect to the internet for any purpose, right? That’s what they want to do to alleged pirates, so it’s only fair.

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Pabst Brewing Co. Purchased For $250 Million

By investor C. Dean Metropoulos, famous in food-circles for managing Chef Boyardee, Duncan Hines and Ghirardelli Chocolates.

Here’s to hoping he doesn’t fuck it up.

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Distraction-Oriented Design

Marco:

One of the problems with pageview billing is that it incentivizes publishers to distract you while reading.

Every time they distract you and get you to click on something else, they make money.

But if you’re simply reading their content, they make less.

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The Panic Status Board

Compare The Panic Status Board with Jesse Schnell’s talk at DICE 2010, and see what he meant. Panic’s productivity has gone up due to work being more “game-like.”

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“Made, Is Making, or Will Make?”

David Barnard on the sales fluctuations in the App Store, and how hard is it to gauge future success/sales on same.

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Why DRM Doesn’t Work

22 simple steps to borrowing an audio book from a public library.

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Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents

Engadget has the documentation. I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of people decrying the use of “user interface” patents. This kind of thing can be pretty vile. For example, one of the patents is for:

“Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,”

Which is absurd.

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Extra Future Shirt HAPPENS

Look at this sexy motherfucker, and be sad that you didn’t get an Extra Future Shirt.

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Merlin Mann on Full-Content Feeds

A great rant on The Atlantic’s (apparently it’s a bug) RSS feeds going title-only, but it applies to pretty much anyone selling words for a living.

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CitiBank Blocks Company Bank Account, Without Telling Them, For “Objectionable Content” On Company Blog

Seems like we’re going to find out about some real homophobes at CitiBank. I echo Gruber’s sentiment, and repeat: What the fuck business is it of CitiBank’s what a company blogs about? I found nothing “objectionable” on their blog. If anything, it’s significantly less objectionable than this one.

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YouTube Removes Most Popular Fan-Uploaded Rickroll

30 million views means a whole lot of dead links. Wonder why they waited 3 years?

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AdBrite, Longtime Advertiser on Goatse-Laden Sites Like Boing Boing, Uncomfortable With The Word “Shizz”

Adbrite, the company most known for providing spam pages with endless supplies of 7 Minute Diet and GET RICH NOW banner ads, has apparently decided that those big, bad, grownup words like “shizz” are bad for business. To be honest, it has gotten to be a hassle to deny the 100s of “Weight-loss Secrets of Horny Moms” and “Meet Sexy Singles in the Area We Guess You Live in Based on Our Shoddy IP Geolocation” ads that are the site’s bailiwick, anyway.

Here is the exact message I got from Adbrite, vis-a-vis my ad submission for FRMT.me:

The landing page contains slang terms for profanity, which we can’t allow in AdBrite. Please remove the word Shizz and resubmit the ad.

Needless to say, I won’t be doing that.

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“A conversation I have every month or so”

and me. It really shouldn’t have to be said, here in 2010, but shit. Restaurants: Have your hours, at least, in a plain HTML document. I don’t even need your menu.

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Notes from John Gruber’s MacWorld Talk

Subtitle: “Apple’s 10 Biggest Problems” and featuring Steve Jobs Mortality, which is a great name for a band.

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In Case You Had Any Doubts About Where Microsoft’s Profit Comes From

The Insider’s chart of the day puts your mind at ease. Unless you’re a Microsoft shareholder.

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Microsoft Responds to Dick Brass’ NYT Op-Ed

and it’s hard to imagine how they could’ve done a worse job. As Gruber notes, not only was there no reason to respond, but they don’t even engage the original article in a meaningful way.

Microsoft’s reply is the equivalent of saying “Well, yeah, but… look over there at this other thing.” but with a lot more words.

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John Scalzi on the Amazon / Macmillan Spat

In a post titled “All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend,” he goes into short detail along the very lines you might expect.

Amazon so badly mis-handled this situation that one wonders if the entire company wasn’t under the spell of a wizard, or if a very strong sedative was released into the ventilation system.