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Tuesday News: Cellphone unlocking now legal, the wonders of 3-D printing,...

The passing of S.517 is great news for consumers in the United States, but it’s just a small reminder of a much larger problem. The only way for the phone lock issue to be resolved permanently is for Congress to make changes to the DMCA, which is much easier said than done because of the influence of special interest groups and lobbyists. There’s a glimmer of hope, however: The Washington Post reported yesterday that lawmakers plan to take a closer look at those aspects of copyright law that made phone unlocking an issue from the beginning. That’s supposed to happen sometime this fall, but given how long it’s taken for the government to get to this point, this is likely just the beginning of a lengthy fight. –Engadget

According to Rozi Miko?ajczak, a spokesperson for the Poznan-based firm, this is the first time in Europe (and only the second time in the world) that a bird’s beak has been reconstructed using 3-D technology. Unsure which material would be best for the penguin, they created three for the zoo to find a match. Modeling the beaks was time consuming: it took two weeks to complete them. As luck would have it, the penguin’s beak started to grow back so there was no need for the manufactured one, but this inspirational exercise illustrates how 3-D printing is crossing frontiers all the time, opening up new possibilities. –Wall Street Journal

“We found this book amongst my late brother-in-law’s things. Funny thing is the book didn’t support his efforts with his first (and only) marriage… it failed! No wonder he hid the book! So sorry!!,” read the note, signed, “A shocked in-law.”  –ABC News

The fine print is hardly daunting. Have an SPL library card. Be 18 or older. Publish your eBook (for free) with Smashwords on its website. Enter the contest.

Oh. And write the eBook.

At least it can be any genre (even a short-story collection or poetry) and any length. But it must be original and unpublished. –Geek Wire

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4 Comments

  1. hapax
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 08:12:51

    I can’t find the article now, but one of the other projects Smashwords has initiated is to team up with a review board of librarians to “hand curate” a selection of self-published ebooks to be made available for lending.

    *If* this gets off the ground, it holds tremendous implications for self-publishing AND libraries — not only with the ever thorny issue of discoverability, but also perhaps freeing libraries (and their users) from the onerous tethers of third party ebook vendors like Overdrive and 3M.

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  2. SAO
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 09:42:08

    Locked cellphones are a classic case of bundling and, in general, bundled services are more expensive than unbundled. I never get locked phones.

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  3. Ros
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 12:22:52

    A friend of mine is involved in a project which 3D prints prosthetic hands for children. It’s pretty amazing. The hands are cheap and easy to upgrade as the child grows, unlike conventional prosthetics. Plus they come in cool colours, including glow in the dark.

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  4. Glittergirl
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 21:30:04

    I wonder if 3D printing will ever be used for human organs…Like a fully functioning pancreas for Diabetes or new hearts, eyes…

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