Category Archives: Market Invading Market

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Best Buy Optimization Is A Big Stupid Annoying Waste Of Money -- Meg Marco, The Consumerist

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Geek Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Corporation — kdawson, Slashdot

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What Can We Infer from $900 Gold? — Paul Hoffmeister, RealClearMarkets

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Google Video robs customers of the videos they “own”
— Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

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Companies Claim Right to Interfere with eBay Auctions for Charging Too Little — Greg Beck,
Consumer Law & Policy Blog

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Property Owners Win One
John Stossel, RealClearPolitics

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Usury for Beginners: How a Web site helped me become a loan shark. — Jonathan V. Last, OpinionJournal

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Best Buy Confirms It Has Secret Website
George Gombossy, Hartford Courant

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Is Intuit pulling a bait-and-switch with Quicken?
Mark Frauenfelder, Boingboing

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South Korea: hostage to Microsoft — Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

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Just Cancel the @#%$* Account! — Tom Spring, PCWorld

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A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection
Peter Gutmann, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Executive Summary Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called “premium content”, typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not [...]

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[Windows] Vista license improves, but still broken
Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing

Even as Microsoft announces that it has reconsidered the crippling restrictions on reinstalling its new operating system Vista (the original terms stated that you could only reinstall once before it locked up and died), SecurityFocus’s Scott Granneman details more damning restrictions in the Vista license. When you unwrap your copy of Vista, you “agree” not [...]

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YouTube sued over copyright infringement
Greg Sandoval, CNET News

YouTube has risen pretty far pretty fast, but this is not without its problems. Here’s more links: Is YouTube a flash in the pan? – Greg Sandoval, CNET News on MSN YouTube’s new policy says: we own your content – Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing More on YouTube’s controversial new terms and conditions – Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing

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WIPO meets to screw up podcasting, Barcelona, June 21
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

See also: Constitutional circumvention – James Boyle, Financial Times (HT: Barcepundit)

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Crusade To Dump Social Security Numbers Picks Up Steam
E-mail Battles

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Typed too fast? Google profits from your typo – Leslie Walker & Brian Krebs, WaPo in the Seattle Times

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McAfee update causes havoc among PC users – Roland Waite,


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Don’t Privatize the Internet.

[Continuing series called "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"] Winterspeak at Assymetrical Information (a.k.a. pipes up about the telphone and cable companies would like to get to government to make them the ultimate middle men of cyberspace. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen. Keep the network neutral!

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Russia pulls the plug.

Russia is up to its old tricks again. Pejman Yousefzadeh at RedState thinks that kicking Russia out the G-8 would be a good start for their recent rash of misbehaviour