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March 11, 2009

[image error]Time, the New York Times and others with their back against the economic wall are now reconsidering that whole free thing.

Ann Moore, the CEO of Time Inc, told a British newspaper:

“Who started this rumour that all information should be free and why didn't we challenge this when it first came out? I say this in college classrooms and they start to throw their shoes at me.”

And so on…

My take: I actually don’t think it matters what Time or Newsweek does on the web: they both seem to be

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Published on March 11, 2009 23:37 • 35 views

nerdcore I have been dissed in a nerdcore rap song about SWSX, at which I am speaking.

…..

Fuck the panels, there ain't one girl ta talk to
I didn't fly here to see some Wired dude

You want The Long Tail? Well that's the wrong tail
Imma take these geek girls back to ma hotel

…..

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Published on March 11, 2009 17:43 • 57 views

February 26, 2009

Mike Masnick beats me to it:

“As regular readers of this site know, I'm pretty passionate about how businesses need to understand the economics of "free" in figuring out how to create business models that work. So, I'm excited to announce that I'll be hosting and emceeing the newly announced Free! Summit, to be held in Silicon Valley on May 11th.
Chris Anderson (whose book on "Free" will be coming out in just a few months) will be keynoting, and we're pulling together the rest of the p

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Published on February 26, 2009 14:31 • 38 views

February 24, 2009

Felix Salmon has a terrific cover story in this month’s Wired on the all-too-seductive Gaussian Copula function, which made it easy to calculate risk on Wall Street. Take a big basket of financial instruments, each with their own risks, through them into the Copula function, and presto: you get the net risk. It was so beautiful and apparently bulletproof that investors began treating it like a black box. Then it all went wrong.

This story profiles David X. Li, the inventor of the formula (now l

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Published on February 24, 2009 11:19 • 37 views

February 12, 2009

Matterbox - see what's inside...

Britain’s Royal Mail is trying something new with direct mail: sending people a box of free stuff. Called “Matter”, the first one went out in mid-December to 30,000 people who had signed up to receive it. The box contained books, DVDs, CDs, shower products, a candybar, a pre-paid SIM card and a few other goodies.

The idea is that you try them, maybe give some to your friends, tell people about the one you like and otherwise interact with products in a way that’s more interesting than traditi

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Published on February 12, 2009 21:56 • 42 views

January 30, 2009

About two years ago, my then-9-year-old and I worked on a cool project to program Lego Mindstorms to fly a RC plane, which we cheekily called a Lego UAV. (And were then, even more cheekily, accused of "weaponizing Lego"--UAVs are export controlled as weapons!) It worked, amazingly, and was a lot of fun.

Then, as sometimes happens, I got obsessed, while he moved on to other things. In the past two years, I've made cellphone UAVs, Basic Stamp UAVs, autonomous blimps, and a true gyros+acelleromete

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Published on January 30, 2009 13:21 • 38 views

January 15, 2009

[From my inbox this morn, data contradicting the Will Page analysis]

“eMUSIC SALES DATA SUPPORTS "LONG TAIL² CONCEPT
Approximately 75% of Tracks Sold In 2008
Catalogue Crosses Five Million
NEW YORK and LONDON, Jan. 15, 2009 eMusic, the world's largest retailer of
independent music and the first to sell DRM-free MP3s in Europe, today
announced that approximately 75% of eMusic tracks sold at least once during
2008 based on a recent analysis of worldwide sales data.  This finding

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Published on January 15, 2009 07:43 • 32 views

January 10, 2009

blimpduino2The price of a typical gadget reflects two factors: the cost of making it and the price its inventor is charging for the intellectual property in it. Often the second can be many times the first (as in the case of an Intel processor chip, for example, which costs just a few dollars to make but can sell for hundreds of dollars).

But if you don’t charge for intellectual property, gadgets can get a lot cheaper, and potentially reach a much larger market. That’s the philosophy behind “open source

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Published on January 10, 2009 22:48 • 32 views

January 8, 2009

From the issue of Wired that will be coming out in a week or so, this is one of those “Statgeist” funny infographics in the Start section. Think about it. It actually works incredibly well on all levels (the insult to the editor-in-chief notwithstanding):

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Published on January 08, 2009 17:27 • 24 views

January 5, 2009

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Cool news: The best-selling MP3 album at Amazon in 2008 was Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I-IV, which was released free under a Creative Commons license.

The album made more than  $1.6 million in revenue for NIN in its first week, and hitting #1 on Billboard’s Electronic charts, Last.fm has the album ranked as the 4th-most-listened to album of the year, with over 5,222,525 scrobbles.

The Creative Commons blog notes:

NIN fans could have gone to any file sharing network to download the entire C

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Published on January 05, 2009 17:25 • 33 views