Xeni made some great points about appropriation artist Richard Prince's Instagram screenshot art tonight on All In. Prince's biggest (and perhaps only real) crime, said Xeni, is that his latest show is terribly boring. “[It’s] like watching your dad try to rap”
Man oh man, Mr. Mann. I didn't know if it was possible to adore the unfathomably prolific Jonathan "Song a Day
" Mann any more, but yes, yes it is. Song a Day #1728, "Destroy all Patent Trolls
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You can't patent the building blocks of life, but you can patent a type of synthetic DNA that contains all the same information. Maggie Koerth-Baker
explains how the Justices misunderstood the science and the effect that their verdict could have on future research. Read the rest
on the legendary science and science fiction magazine's murky proprietorship.Read the rest
Bloomberg reports that Foxconn is working with Amazon on a "wider range of low-priced hardware devices
"; even more tellingly, it's just hired Intellectual Ventures' former senior director of acquisitions.
Writer and comics creator Brian Michael Bendis (Twitter) is in Tokyo, and tweeted a series of infringment-spotting snapshots today. The Stormtrooper/Star Wars shirt he found and photographed, above, makes me weep with desire.