Monthly Archives: June 2010

File-sharing has weakened copyright—and helped society

“Data on the supply of new works are consistent with our argument that file sharing did not discourage authors and publishers,” they write in their paper, “File-sharing and Copyright” PDF. “The publication of new books rose by 66 percent over the 2002-2007 period. Since 2000, the annual release of new music albums has more than […]

Orszag’s Behavioralists Sway Obama Policy on Health, Finance – BusinessWeek

Generations of college economics students have been taught that consumers are rational creatures who make financial decisions by weighing price against usefulness. The alternative view, seeping into the Obama Administration, argues it’s not just about money. Social pressure and the way choices are presented can be just as important. It’s a new role for government: […]

Predictably Irrational: subjecting the “rational consumer” hypothesis to scientific scrutiny – Boing Boing

Predictably Irrational: subjecting the “rational consumer” hypothesis to scientific scrutiny – Boing Boing.

The L3C: A More Creative Capitalism |

The L3C: A More Creative Capitalism |. (an excerpt) The goal of the L3C form is to bring together a mix of investment money from a variety of sources. This process starts with investments from Foundations known as Program Related Investments (PRIs). Foundations are required to spend at least five percent of their assets in […]

The New York Times in Chicago: Under the Influence?

Curtis Black: The New York Times in Chicago: Under the Influence?. Discusses possible conflicts of interest between the Chicago News Cooperative, its funder, MacArthur Foundation, and its relationship with the New York Times. As journalists become entrepreneurs, conflicts of interests can creep into the news.

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Patent_Absurdity_HQ_768kbit.ogv. Patent absurdity explained in a video Related articles by Zemanta Mailing Out Patent Absurdity (feld.com) Venture Capitalists Lobby Against Software Patents (yro.slashdot.org) FDL Movie Night: Patent Absurdity – How Software Patents Broke the System (firedoglake.com)

The Atlantic :: Magazine :: How to Save the News

The Atlantic :: Magazine :: How to Save the News.

The Content Graph and the Future of Brands – Publishing 2.0

In the Content Graph, a content brand is defined by its distribution relationships with other content brands.The Content Graph is about leveraging the brand equity and consumer trust that is the greatest asset of every traditional media company. It’s about building a content brand’s reputation through distribution.The news industry’s business model broke after it lost […]

Chinese pirates are tech’s new innovators

Think of it as an open-source movement for building better devices. The Chinese firms tend to swap information about what they make and often credit each other with improvements. “They are doing to hardware what the web did for rip/mix/burn or mashup compilations,” according to Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, a hardware engineer who famously was first […]