From the monthly archives:

November 2006

(cross-posted from my Globe and Mail blog) Given the kind of publicity that Bram Cohen and BitTorrent have recently gotten by announcing deals with Warner Brothers and other movie studios and content owners, it's worth noting that a Toronto-based company got there long before BitTorrent -- at least in terms of the technology, if not…

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Is Arianna going to huff and puff and blow the traditional media down? According to the New York Times (reg. required), the Huffington Post blog network is getting into the journalism business in a big way. The site only started 18 months ago but has become a serious online player, with 2.3 million unique visitors…

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My friend Rob sent me a link to a recent blog post by Web designer Andy Rutledge because (I suspect) he knew that it would drive me up a wall, and he was right. It's entitled "Anti-Social Media," and it is a treatise on why social media is bad, why Web 2.0 is bad and…

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Like most press releases, the one about the deal between the Hollywood movie studios and BitTorrent is full of bombast and hype about this historic arrangement and how it will stop piracy, etc. etc. Hosannas and high-fives all round. Like the earlier announcement about BitTorrent's deal with Warner Brothers, however, there is a lot left…

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I know that Forrest Gump said "Stupid is as stupid does," but there's really no other word for what Verizon is doing with its much-heralded launch of YouTube video on cellphones. I mean, really. How much stupider could this get? The answer, to paraphrase Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap, is none -- none stupider. Fred…

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