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March 31, 2005

Carl on Love Darts

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

Carl Zimmer: "Spring is finally slinking into the northeast, and the backyard wildlife here is shaking off the winter torpor. Our oldest daughter, Charlotte, is now old enough to be curious about this biological exuberence. She likes to tell stories about little subterranean families of earthworm mommies and grub daddies, cram grapes in her cheeks in imitation of the chipmunks, and ask again and again about where the birds spend Christmas. This is, of course, hog heaven for a geeky science-writer father like myself, but there is one subject that I hope she doesn't ask me about: how the garden snails have babies. Because then I would have to explain about the love darts..."

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March 29, 2005

Supreme Court + Grokster

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

For the latest updates on the Supreme Court's hearing of the Grokster case, be sure to tune into Copyfight where Donne Wentworth and colleagues are tracking ongoing developments and pointing to related reportage.

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March 28, 2005

New blog: Between Lawyers

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

Today we launch another new blog: Between Lawyers. Authored by some of the blogosphere's best known law bloggers (sometimes known as blawgers) - Denise Howell, Dennis M. Kennedy, Tom Mighell, Marty Schwimmer and Ernest Svenson, Between Lawyers will take a long look at the issues raised when technology, culture and the law intersect.

Says the crew: "We take you behind the firewalls and conference room doors to show you how experienced lawyers deal with these issues and help you prepare for the new challenges we all face."

Of note as the site launches: several posts of on corporate blogging policies. Check out Between Lawyers and stay tuned - this is a talented group of observers of the legal profession and they'll be exploring a host of issues of interest to the blogosphere and the general technology sector.

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March 25, 2005

Back in the saddle

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

John Hiler, who "penned" a bunch of much read and highly trafficked pieces a few years back about that chapter in the rise of blogs for Microcontent News, is back!

His first post follows up on observations made by John Battelle that compare Google and Yahoo's respective approach to media. Says John (Hiler): "The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that what really separates Google from its peers is Journalism..."

Check out Microcontent News if you've never seen it before - you'll find dozens of articles, many of which are still very much relevant. And stay tuned - John's psyched to be back in the saddle and to pick up where he left off - analyzing the forces at work in the rise of blogging, social media, journalism and more.

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March 21, 2005

The Future of Music - Interview

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

The fourth in our Orb-sponsored series on the future of digital media features Gerd Leonhard and Dave Kusek, authors of the just-published book "The Future of Music."

The Future of MusicKusek and Leonhard, astute observers of changes afoot in the music industry, say the "record industry as we know it is dying, but the music industry is exploding," and envision a future in which a good portion of digital music is provided via a utility-type arrangement - like water or electricity -, for a flat monthly payment, rather than sold ‘by the unit’ (i.e. as single downloads).

Says Leonhard: "In this newly developing ecosystem there are hundreds of viable micro-channels and thousands of outlets that will give rise to an economic model that finally allows mid-level artists to survive, even thrive. Mass markets shrink and niche markets explode..."

And Kusek: "Artists have always had to work hard and that is not going to change. However, they can also work a lot smarter, and have a lot more control of their own careers and time and direct relationships with the fans..."

For much more see the interview. And if you missed previous interviews with Jeff Jarvis, Tim Wu and Hank Barry be sure to catch them as well.

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March 18, 2005

DRM-Free Interface to iTunes

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

We highlighted it yesterday after Donna Wentworth first posted about Jon Johansen's PyMusique, the "fair" interface to the iTunes Music Store he's developing. A day later and the item's attracted some 70 comments and counting.

Says Johansen: "PyMusique is an interface to the iTunes Music Store that lets you preview songs, sign up for an account and buy songs. It is somewhat interesting from a DMCA/EUCD perspective. The iTunes Music Store actually sells songs without DRM. While iTunes adds DRM to your purchases, PyMusique does not..." Find out more and be sure not to miss the comments.

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March 16, 2005

Neurotech VC Up 225%

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Corante contributor Zack Lynch shares some of the data gathered by his company NeuroInsights. A soon-to-be-released report from NeuroInsights claims that VC investment in companies developing treatments for neurological and psychiatric illnesses climbed 225% over the past five years to total $5.987 billion. For commentary and more info, check out Brain Waves, Zack's industry insider on the neurotech market.

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March 14, 2005

NYC: Affordable and universally accessible broadband

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

Dominic Basulto interviews two of the major players - City Council Member Gail Brewer and Mark Levine of One Economy - involved in New York City's adoption of Resolution No. 669, an initiative that aims to provide provide low- or no-cost broadband Internet access to affordable housing residents throughout the city.

Says Levine: "If fully implemented, in New York City alone, policy changes influenced by Res. No. 669 could impact at least 30,000 low-income households over the next three fiscal years."

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Brain Awareness Week

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Zack Lynch notes some of the events and resources being highlighted this week as part of the Dana Foundation's Brain Awareness Week.

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March 4, 2005

Wi-Fi on New York commuter trains

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

Dominic Basulto interviews Craig Plunkett about the potential (or not) of rolling out Wi-Fi on the commuter rails serving New York City. Plunkett: "I don't know if its a lack of will or concern, or the reservation of the MTA as a private hunting ground for firms represented by well-connected lobbyists, but in the three years I've been trying, I haven't met a single person that was even willing to champion the idea..." Go to the interview...

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March 2, 2005

Carl Zimmer on evolution

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Posted by Hylton Jolliffe

Carl Zimmer, whose blog The Loom beat out the New York Times and others in the online category of last year's Science Journalism Awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, offers up a fascinating series on evolution.

The first of the series examines the evolution of the eye in various animals, exploring how some may have borrowed or even 'stolen' the genes that later allowed them to see, as well as why some animals have adapted to their environments by effectively 'losing' their eyesight.

And the second looks at the evolution of language through the ideas of leading language experts such as Steven Pinker, Ray Jackendoff, Noam Chomsky, Tecumseh Fitch, Ray Jackendoff, and Marc Hauser: Building Gab - Part I; Part II.

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