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  • May 25, 2013
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This is just a brief note to acknowledge that my website has been largely inaccessible for the past 12 hours or so. I have identified and fixed the problem (I think). Edit: Nope. The CPU is still being used too much. 1And1, my webhost, is having server issues and they are refusing to fix them….

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  • May 22, 2013
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E-ink has a number of new products on display at SID Display Week this year and one of the more unusual ones is their new Aurora shelf label. This is going to be the first shelf label that can be deployed into a supermarket’s freezer case (or so E-ink says*). ePaper shelf labels are a…

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  • May 20, 2013
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Do you wish your Facebook posts had a wider reach? PostRocket shared a long list of practical Facebook tips in an infographic, looking at how you can optimize your stories, images and posts for Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm. EdgeRank decides how many people see your posts, so you should follow all these useful tips. Click here…

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  • May 17, 2013
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There’s a new report out today from the EIBF, the European and International Booksellers Federation, which says that they could not find any technical reason to justify proprietary ebook formats. I read about this in The Bookseller: The EIBF unveiled the study, commissioned from academics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, at its annual conference in…

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  • May 11, 2013
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At the Digital Hollywood conference in Los Angeles last week, the nonprofit Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)  held a panel discussion about “Copyright, Content & Congress.” Amelia Wang, the chief of staff for U.S. Representative Judy Chu, talked about the Creative Rights Caucus initiative that Congresswoman Chu helped create. CCC’s Chris Kenneally asked how the caucus would help creators, and received an…

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  • May 10, 2013
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 A new digital magazine publishing service debuted today with the release of the first issue of The Loop magazine. TypeEngine promises to make it easier to publish digital magazines for the iPad and iPhone. The service was founded by Jamie Smyth, the CEO of The Smyth Group, along with designer Daniel Genser. For a low…

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  • May 3, 2013
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It’s been just over a month since ReDigi lost an important copyright infringement lawsuit, but you can’t tell that from the status of their website. This 2-year-old start up is still running a marketplace where you can resell your digital music, and in the not too distant future they plan to open a similar marketplace…

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  • May 2, 2013
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At the Digital Hollywood conference in Los Angeles this week, 24-year-old Smiley filmmaker Michael Gallagher explained how he built a career from YouTube to making a feature film. He had this simple mantra for creators to memorize: “I am open to anything.” We’ve posted the trailer for Smiley below, a horror movie and Gallagher’s first…

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  • April 24, 2013
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Ask any doomsayer decrying the rise of video games and they’ll tell you that reading is dead. Ask any publisher bemoaning the rise of piracy and they’ll tell you that the book market is dead. And as Steve Jobs is well-known for proclaiming, no one reads any more. That’s why I was surprised to learn…

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  • April 22, 2013
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Bertelsmann announced late last week that the merger between Penguin and Random House had passed muster in Canada. According to the press release both the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Competition Bureau have signed off on the deal. Authorities in the US, EU, UK, NZ, and Australia have already okayed the merger, leaving…