Category Archives: news&notes

two more launches

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the handsome new portal site for our newly integrated Woodworking community under the Popular Woodworking brand. We came a long way from those early diagrams revised again and again as new groups joined Steve Shanesy and his team at the table. As usual, there are too many helpers to thank by name (because I always hear back from those I forgot!), but personally I’d like to credit Sangeeta Roy for her professionalism and calm.

The second launch (and it’s a soft launch for the next week or so) is the updated PRINT RDA online database, which features over 18,000 images from 12 years of Regional Design Award issues. This year, we are emphasizing the online subscription (with a free 11th Year DVD as a bonus while inventory supplies last). Thanks here go to the Development team (with a shoutout to Ben Thompson) and, as always, to PRINT Editorial for the high-quality content.

failure of open systems

False Steve Jobs Heart Attack Report on CNN’s iReport Is a Failure of Open Systems

as a proponent of open systems, i felt it was only fair to post this opposing view

NPR: Learning from the Virtual You

How you appear in the virtual world could affect your behavior, according to researchers.

Wilton CT high school confronts free speech

Student play on Iraq shut down by principal

downloads as public performance

ASCAP Lawsuit Seeks To Classify Music Downloads As ‘Public Performance’

are newspapers faking their own death?

Some guy named Balding at an organization named WAN ???

Google gets takedown notice

Google Loses Belgian Copyright Suit (AP via San Jose Mercury News)
Google lost a copyright lawsuit to Belgian newspapers that had demanded it remove headlines and links to articles posted on its news site without their permission. The ruling, if it stands on appeal, could set a precedent for how Web search engines link to copyrighted material in the tumultuous arena of online news, according to the Belgian copyright group that launched the case.Google Loses Belgian Copyright Suit (AP via San Jose Mercury News) Google lost a copyright lawsuit to Belgian newspapers that had demanded it remove headlines and links to articles posted on its news site without their permission. The ruling, if it stands on appeal, could set a precedent for how Web search engines link to copyrighted material in the tumultuous arena of online news, according to the Belgian copyright group that launched the case.

new terms of service for SL

interesting copyright details

Levis claims they invented pockets

 Levi’s, the jeans company, has become the leader in litigation, suing other designer jean companies like crazy.

Nickelodeon Launches “Second Life” for Tweens

http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003538925

Mike Shields

JANUARY 29, 2007 –

Nickelodeon has taken a bold step into the burgeoning virtual-worlds arena with the launch of Nicktropolis, a personalizable, avatar-dwelling playground for kids on the Web.

Nicktropolis, which goes live on Nick.com and Nicktropolis.com on Jan. 30, is sort of a Second Life for tweens: Kids can create a virtual identity for themselves – a 3D video game-like character which they create, picking out what color hair it has and what kind of clothes it wears, for example. Then kids can take that avatar to visit various virtual locales within Nicktropolis, such as stores, friends’ rooms, amusement parks and even virtual versions of top Nickelodeon shows, like SpongeBob’s Bikini Bottom...