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There's a fascinating debate now going on concerning J K Rowling's launch of Pottermore.com where she has announced that her works will appear without DRM wrappers but will contain a watermark specifying user identities. — By ThePotatoRobot at 6:11 AM Thu

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Alasdair Thompson declares in several interviews that women in New Zealand do not enjoy pay parity with men because "once a month they have sick problems. Not all women, but some do they have children they have to take time off"... — By kiwidebz at 4:20 AM Thu

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An attempt to activate a CableCARD using Comcast's online chat feature results in a FAIL. Reviewing the transcript, it's not even clear I was chatting with a real-live human being (though I would feel better knowing it was a bot and not a person sitting in a room, typing on a keyboard.) — By SchnauzerLogic at 4:29 PM Tue

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Someone with a HongKong IP address copied user data from Mt. Gox's database, accessed an account cont. 7.7% of all Bitcoins, sold them, bought them back, tried to change them to US$, crashed the Bitcoin exchange rate from $17.50 to $0.01 within minutes. Mt. Gox is undoing 3500+ transactions that occurred since then, resetting the rate to $17.50. BC is trading ~$14.50 now. The user data (4MB text file) are being circulated, sold. Bitcoin's anon. transactions also easier to track than people thought. — By Amelia_G at 11:17 AM Mon

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"A KFC franchise in Utah is asking customers to help fight diabetes -- by purchasing an 800-calorie Mega Jug of sugary soda to wash down their meals." — By Mitch Wagner at 10:56 AM Sat

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An organic chemist/inventor and his product designer son have come up with a new kind of tea bag that brews tea in cold water in 10-15 seconds. Pop it in bottled water, shake it up, and go. They have a Kickstarter project to get it funded. Brilliant! — By hyperbolic_pants_explosion at 3:46 PM Thu

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Economy: The trouble with bubbles (http://articles.latimes.)

An LA Times article from last year on why 'Tumor' is a better word than 'Bubble' when describing the economic phenom. — By Matt at 11:20 AM Thu

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Giving Credits where Credits Are Due? (http://wigpen.blogspot.c)

Massachusetts' Film Tax Incentive Program Reconsidered — By Wig & Pen at 11:12 AM Thu

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LA Times defends a patent troll (http://www.latimes.com/b)

The LA Times defends patent troll Larry Lockwood as he tries to extort money from anyone selling products via the internet. — By Cruftbox at 3:19 PM Wed

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San Francisco - In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC. The judge ruled that Righthaven did not have the legal authorization to bring a copyright lawsuit against the political forum Democratic Underground, because it had never owned the copyright in the first place. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Fenwick & West LLP, and Las Vegas attorney Chad Bowers are defending Democratic Undergr — By hughelectronic at 5:03 PM Tue

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