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Music industry wants even more control

This article was originally published on Salon on August 25, 2010. Not satisfied with our current Draconian rules, the copyright cartel aims for absolute power In the surely-you’re-joking category, here comes the music industry to say it needs even tougher

Posted in Law, Media Business

Roll your own apps

This article was originally published on Salon on July 12, 2010. Google’s Android “App Inventor” tries to bring mobile programming to the masses UPDATED Back in the 1980s, Apple Computer (as it was known then) released a product called Hypercard. It

Posted in Media Business, Tools

Google retreats in China

This article was originally published on Salon on June 29, 2010. Search giant gives Beijing half a loaf, but will regime be satisfied? Clever dodge or capitulation? Google’s latest move in its ongoing battles with China looks like a bit of

Posted in Freedom to Read, Law, Media Business

FIFA to World Cup attendees: No replays for you

This article was originally published on Salon on June 28, 2010. Soccer czars’ ban of in-stadium video replays only postpones reality The czars of football (or soccer, as we call it in the U.S.), stung repeatedly by poor officiating in

Posted in Freedom to Read, Media Business

That’s entertainment?

This article was originally published on Salon on June 21, 2010. CNN’s headlines reveal … something I’m not sure whether CNN.com’s  “Entertainment” headlines, shown here from earlier today on the site’s homepage, tell you more about the entertainment business or

Posted in Media Business

Journalism monopoly was also a market failure

This article was originally published on Salon on June 15, 2010. Eroding newspaper business models represent markets that are working, not just failing More than one speaker at today’s Federal Trade Commission workshop on the future of journalism has used the

Posted in Business Models, Media Business

Let’s subsidize open broadband, not journalists

This article was originally published on Salon on June 14, 2010. With an open, robust data infrastructure, entrepreneurs will take care of the rest In 1791, James Madison penned a short essay that foretold a long, and ongoing, financial involvement by

Posted in Business Models, Media Business

Microchanneling: One Big Implication of Google TV

UPDATED As expected, Google TV was announced at this morning’s I/O keynote (here’s the video site). There’s so much to think about in this initiative. One strikes me as especially intriguing: This is a big boost for micro-niche video. Clearly,

Posted in Business Models, Media Business, Tools

Entertainment Cartel Moving Toward Outer Limits of Control

UPDATED The FCC has decided that Hollywood’s copyright cartel will soon be able to control your television — and ultimately much more — remotely. This is not a joke. The FCC order “‘will allow the big firms for the first

Posted in Freedom to Read, Media Business

NYT Columnist Sees Some Poisoned Apples, But is He Missing Nearby Ones?

David Carr, media columnist for the New York Times, took critical note this week of arrogant behavior at Apple. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the myopia that pervades his organization about its own dealings with Apple, he missed a crucial part of

Posted in Media Business, Principles

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