From the monthly archives:

December 2008

I came across a post in my news feeds on Friday, and didn't think much of it at first. It was a post by a guy who writes about education at a blog called Square Peg, and it was about Facebook. I was in a hurry, so I moved on and figured I would go…

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The Recording Industry Association of America, which has spent the past five years suing tens of thousands of individual file-sharers for copyright infringement, has apparently decided to change tactics, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal (hopefully this one is a little more reliable than the recent story about Google's views on net…

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The TTC does the right thing

by Mathew on December 17, 2008 · 11 comments

When I first heard about the YouTube rap video "I Get On The TTC," which a couple of Toronto rappers recorded recently about the venerable -- and much criticized -- Toronto Transit Commission, I was really hoping that the TTC wouldn't blow it by either ignoring or somehow trying to de-legitimize the video. I thought…

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Traditional media outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have begun to use some of the tools of social media -- blogs, Facebook pages, even Twitter accounts. But they seem a lot less eager to adopt some of social media's core principles, including a commitment to the two-way nature of the…

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As a number of people have already noted, Microsoft's release of Seadragon for the iPhone -- an image-viewing app based on the deep-zoom technology behind the software giant's Photosynth project -- doesn't just seem like an admission that the iPhone is better than any other mobile out there: Microsoft product manager Alex Daley comes right…

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