Appeals court strikes down FCC’s Net neutrality rules – In this long-awaited — and some say disastrous — ruling on a case filed by Verizon against the FCC, the federal appeals court has ruled that the FCC does not have authority under the so-called Open Internet rules rules to tell broadband providers how to regulate traffic on their networks. Although the court did concede that the FCC has some authority to regulate broadband access, they held that the FCC had gone too far by trying to ensure that all broadband providers offer the same speed to their customers (e.g. they cannot throttle or increase speed for different customers). This is, in part, because the FCC has not classified broadband providers as common carriers, and yet imposed rules as if they were.
“Another fear among Net neutrality supporters is that broadband providers could create tiers of service that would require Internet companies trying to reach their customers over this infrastructure to pay a fee for a certain quality of service. For example, Amazon may pay Verizon to prioritize its traffic to ensure that its streaming services get a better quality of service or so that its Web pages load more quickly. Net neutrality supporters say such a system would relegate smaller Internet companies, which cannot afford to pay for priority service, to a slower and less reliable Internet. These Net neutrality advocates say this will stifle innovation.”CNET News
James Frey scores with book-movie deal; Google mysteriously involved – There’s something almost perverse about the fact that James Frey is now making money off the young adult market, and it’s going to be interesting to see if his latest project survives without a serious legal challenge from, well, anyone with any intellectual rights to the Hunger Games books and films. HarperCollins has acquired Frey’s new book, Endgame, and 20th Century Fox has secured film rights. And then there’s some bait being thrown out about some mysterious Google angle that’s yet to be revealed.
“Paul Constant, books editor at Seattle’s the Stranger, tweeted, ‘James Frey is still terrible, and he’s still being rewarded for it. His Hunger Games ripoff sold for $2 million.’ Writer Sarah Weinman followed by tweeting, ‘Suzanne Collins’ people should be looking at this with a very, very fine-toothed comb.’”Los Angeles Times
Amazing “Pride and Prejudice”-Themed Proposal – Given the feedback the wedding jumpsuit got the other day, you may enjoy this pictorial narrative of a P&P proposal in contemporary Tacoma, Washington. The boyfriend (now fiancé) arranged the entire thing, surprising his girlfriend (now fiancee) with an elaborate dramatization of their own engagement, through the words of Jane Austen. It’s pretty cute (although too bad they didn’t release a video).Yahoo Shine
BBC The Beauty of Maps (part 1 of 4 Medieval Maps Mapping the Medieval Mind) – Whenever we talk about authenticity in Historical Romance, we must address questions of cultural context, which includes the collective mindset of a particular time and place. Thinking evolves over time, and while there are similarities across historical moments, there are also significant differences. This BBC series on maps is a great illustration (har har) of that. The original BBC site is here, but depending on where you are, it may be easier to watch on YouTube.YouTube
I Read You Loud and Clear – Novelist Kevin Baker decided to attend a book club meeting at a New York Barnes & Noble, thinking that he would be listening to people talk flatteringly about his own book, Dreamland. Instead, Baker sat amongst a group of people whose honest opinions about his work pretty much killed his fantasy. It seems to be an honestly written, amusingly humbled piece.
“The night the club was to meet, I showed up early, thinking I’d introduce myself at the start and ask if they wanted me there or not. But it was an informal setting, and it just felt too pompous to pop up and exclaim, “Hello, I’m the author!” I decided to wait until we were all supposed to introduce ourselves. I’d identify myself then, quietly reveling in the murmurs of surprise and delight that were sure to follow when they discovered the great man himself was among them.”New York TImes
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