The fight of South Korean record labels against the dozen song-sharing Web services in the country gained momentum in March when a U.S. federal court ordered Napster, a song-swap service based in Redwood City, Calif., to block users from sharing pirated songs.
One person I met [in Boston] was Ted Kaptchuk. One thing Kaptchuk did which was so important was that he gave me a copy of Henry Beecher’s original 1955 paper from the Journal of the American Medical Association, “The Powerful Placebo.” This paper, which established the template for the process by which all new drugs are tested for the pharmaceutical industry and is one of the most influential scientific papers of all time, was not online—but Kaptchuk gave me a Xerox of his Xerox. The paper had such a lasting influence on medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, I really wish some open-access journal, or JAMA itself, would make it available for free online. Kaptchuk also told me a story that haunted me. He’d been working in a chronic pain clinic in Boston, and kept hearing from the older patients that they always felt better after talking to one of the people in the clinic. However, that person was not a doctor; he was just someone responsible for referring people to doctors for care. So Kaptchuk eventually went up to the guy, whose name was Victor, and asked, “What the hell are you doing with these patients?” Victor explained that he was a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he had worked in the infirmary. The Nazis would give him a single aspirin to treat 500 people, and he would dissolve the aspirin in a bucket of water and then give everyone a sip of the water. Then he told Kaptchuk, “That’s how I learned to help people.”
With the FCC likely to release its report on the field-testing process shortly, Page called on the Commission to issue a final order regarding the vacant spectrum by Election Day in early November, says a Google spokesperson.
“The allegations in the posting are not accurate,” Microsoft’s statement on the SCO memo read. “Microsoft has purchased a license to SCO’s intellectual property, to ensure interoperability and legal indemnification for our customers. The details of this agreement have been widely reported and this is the only financial relationship Microsoft has with SCO. In addition, Microsoft has no direct or indirect financial relationship with BayStar.”
Picasa Web Albums, Google’s free and therefore widely-popular photo-sharing tool, added facial recognition technology to online photo albums Tuesday.
The site is free to both catalog publishers and Google users. Users cannot purchase catalog items from the site, but “it’s something we’re definitely considering supporting in the future” Krane said.
Tim Ferriss, Author/Guinea Pig, The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body in conversation with Clive Thompson, WIRED
TrafficGauge does only one thing, and does it well. There’s nothing to fiddle with. The map doesn’t scroll, and the only button on board controls a backlight that illuminates the display – not too well, but well enough to read with a glance or two in the dark.
The University of Southern California is home to one of the world’s best game design programs. This spring, it hopes to push that reputation farther with USC Games Publishing, a label that would bring innovative work by students and faculty to PlayStation and Xbox, PC and mobile. Although the first titles will come from within USC, the goal is to embrace the broader development community and create a system that gives game designers near-total creative control to be innovative, artistic, or just plain weird.
The Landquart protestors were then bundled onto a train heading to Zurich, but they quickly pulled the emergency brake cord, causing the train to halt.
If you didn’t get the alert, the problem likely has to do with the radio protocols used by your cell phone carrier, and how those protocols interacted with your phone’s firmware, according to Simpson. “There are aspects of how the phones pull the radio access nodes in a 4G environment that could result in a different latency for how the alert gets to different end-points,” he says. Something like network congestion wouldn’t come into play, because of how these messages are delivered.
“There’s enough clean energy on our planet to go around. We just have to develop the technologies for tapping it,” the team wrote on its website.
Viacom moved the ball forward for Internet users’ rights. In order to address any similarly erroneous takedown notices in the future, Viacom has agreed to set up a website and email “hotline,” promising a review of any complaint within one business day and a reinstatement if the takedown request was in error. In light of these disclosures and commitments – designed to protect the fair use and free speech rights of Internet users who rely on video sharing sites like YouTube – MoveOn and BNF have dismissed their claims against Viacom.
Savage said San Francisco groups like the Suicide Club and the Cacophony Society have been staging group pranks in the city for decades, while Santa Rampage has been an annual San Francisco tradition for nearly a decade and has spread to more than 15 cities worldwide.
He said that his product was available worldwide, and a French company has the distribution rights for the United States and Europe.
WN: Are we at a stage when little can be co-opted or repurposed with impact, because most are on board with the idea that marketing and advertising are just propaganda?
The issue “is with processing the sheer volume through our banks in Japan, which is causing a delay,” said Mt. Gox’s Thomas Glucksmann-Smith in an email message. “We are currently attempting to improve our services for this. In the meantime USD deposits are unaffected as are other currencies.”
Glue is a social network, but not in the normal sense. Glue has a destination site, GetGlue.com, but a great deal of the social activity happens through a browser toolbar or mobile app. The toolbars analyze the pages you’re looking at as you browse around the web and, when relevant, show you what your friends thought of the things you’re looking at. As you poke around on Amazon or some other web store, you get product recommendations based on your friend’s browsing and purchasing habits.
Ouch. I’d take offense, but I have a saving-throw to make, and the dim light in this basement is making it hard to see the D20.
After stumbling across a site called wikiHow early in the year, however, Viren began publishing his home improvement tips online. In the past several months, he has compiled more than a dozen articles for the site (which collects how-to instructions) on topics ranging from aligning a photo to digging out a basement.
Multiply that experience across Slack’s exploding user base, and you have a recipe for the kind of exponential growth that makes investors drool. When I talked with Butterfield from his Vancouver office, our phone call kept getting interrupted by pneumatic drills working on the floor below, prepping more space for the growing Slack team.
Eleven days after launch, Alexander said that Zopa already had 8,630 members. It will take much longer, however, to determine if Zopa’s unique model captures the imagination and confidence of lenders and borrowers.
“Until ‘Halo’s’ launch, the most successful shooters required a personal computer and the precision offered by a high-quality mouse,” said Strong Associate Curator Shannon Symonds. “‘Halo’ proved a console could be just as effective, if not better, than a PC.”
“That’s a fight that’s not over-with yet,” Buffett, whose firm owns 6.8% of IBM and is its biggest shareholder said, noting that “it’s not easy to figure out the affect [cloud] will have” on the industry as a whole.
SAN FRANCISCO – Super Smash Bros. Brawl designer Masahiro Sakurai took the stage at GDC to discuss the all-star character roster in his game, and how they turned a motley crew of Nintendo characters into a polished, finessed, cohesive experience.
“We’re donating the money to support the organizations that are teaching visual storytelling and helping children develop their voice through photography,” he says. “We’re in this to profit mentally and visually, not monetarily.”
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