This is a very funny spoof of the Apple commercials along with all kinds of great uses of mobile/computer related terms like docking, sharing, wireless. I’ll take a tall glass please.
Georgia Court Censorship Order Threatens Message Boards Everywhere – A Georgia trial court judge signed a restraining order against a message board forum owner who operated a site that criticized “copyright trolls”. Copyright trolls are those people who engage in sending out infringement notices and threats of lawsuits that are followed up by an offer of settlement. In this case, Linda Ellis offers to settle for $7500. The owner of the message board was accused of not removing posts directed at Ellis which she said were cyberbullying and abusive. The boards have since been removed so what was said on the posts were unclear. The case is being appealed to a higher Georgia court. Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jane Goodall’s Troubling, Error-Filled New Book, ‘Seeds of Hope’ – Jane Goodall is a famous person, famous for her groundbreaking work with primates. However, her last book has been pulled from the publication schedule since it was found that the book contains numerous plagiarized passages from Wikipedia and other source. The Daily Beast takes a look at the soft handed coverage given to Goodall’s plagiarism. The Washington Post calls it mere “borrowing”.
WashPo’s non fiction editor claims that she’s not appropriating another author’s materials and trying to pass it off as her own. In fact, she appears to have lifted passages from interviews on the internet and claimed that she conducted those interviews. She is clearly passing off someone else’s work as her own. Or her ghost writer is. So why the white glove treatment? Is plagiarism simply so commonplace now that we don’t care? The Daily Beast
Penguin Lifts Library Ebook Purchase Embargo – I guess this is progress. Penguin is now allowing libraries to purchase and lend digital titles the same day that hardcover editions are released. Earlier Penguin had imposed a six month window. The Digital Shift
And because I hate ending with really depressing stuff, I direct you to this Buzzfeed link. But before you go, please put down any liquids or food items. Also close the door to your office. If you have no door, you may want to go take a smoke break even if you don’t smoke.