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Apropos

It is a universal law that when you buy a red (or white, or black, or any color) car, for example, all of sudden the streets seem to teem with red (or white, or black, or any color) cars of the same make and model as yours. So once I published my copyright math post, I suddenly saw quite a number of articles/post/tweets on the subject of copyright. Here are three that stood out for...

©opyright Math

Welcome to the era of copyright overreach. I am sure you remember such milestones as the DMCA, ACTA, SOPA, and the PROTECT IP act? Related are the outlandish monetary claims in RIAA lawsuits over illegal music downloads, such as the $150,000 per download per song in the now infamous LimeWire suit. For a long time, it was not clear how the industry arrived at these “absurd” (Judge...

Continuing Illiteracy Trend

The new figures are out, and they confirm what I wrote last December 13: I’m shocked at the speed with which Web surfers seem to have become Internet-illiterate. It will be interesting to see the numbers at the end of this year. Experian Hitwise has published its 2011 hit parade (no pun intended) of Internet search terms. The term “facebook” is leading the pack, just as in...

Is RSS Dying?

This item has been sitting in my draft folder for a long time. In December of 2010, Experian Hitwise published statistical data on the most popular search terms. According to their data, “facebook login” was the second most frequent term U.S. Internet users searched for in 2010. In fact, four searches that included the word “facebook” made it into the top ten. Up there as well...