Make: Humble Bundle: name your price for books for makers

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The latest Humble Ebook Bundle features Make: books from "Planes, Gliders, and Paper Rockets" to "Bicycle Projects" to the "Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments" -- 17 titles in all, with more to come. Name your price and get $200+ worth of ebooks, with charitable donations to the Maker Ed projects. Read the rest

The Economist's anti-ad-blocking tool was hacked and infected readers' computers

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Pagefair is an ad-blocking circumvention tool that publishers can use to track readers who've taken technological countermeasures to protect their privacy. The company has sold its service to many publishers -- including the Economist -- by deploying moral arguments about the evils of ad-blocking. Read the rest

Spy at will! FCC won't force companies to honor Do Not Track

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The FCC has rejected Consumer Watchdog's petition to force Internet companies like "Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn") to honor the "Do Not Track" flag that browsers can send to web-servers, informing them that users do not want their Internet activity to be tracked and shared with third parties. Read the rest

Mothership Zeta: a new science fiction zine from the creators of the Escape Pod podcast

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Mur Lafferty writes, "Mothership Zeta is the first ezine project to come out of Escape Artists (publisher of podcast magazines Escape Pod, Pseudopod, and Podcastle). We are an ebook-only zine that focuses on new fiction with a fun theme, along with nonfiction from experts in science fiction, science, and more!"

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Shortly after Murdoch buys National Geographic, he fires its award-winning journalists

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When the climate-change denier/evil billionaire bought National Geographic, National Geographic Society CEO Greg Knell promised that "there won’t be an [editorial] turn in a direction that is different form the National Geographic heritage." This week, the company fired some of its most senior, decorated staff. Read the rest

Good grief, the Humble Peanuts Bundle has $171 worth of DRM-free Charlie Brown books

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The latest Humble Books Bundle features more than 11 Peanuts collections and storybooks, including "Waiting for the Great Pumpkin," "Snoopy vs the Red Baron," "Snoopy's Thanksgiving," "The Complete Peanuts 1950-52 v1" and volumes 1-6 of the Peanuts collections. Name your price, support two great charities (The Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) and get $171 worth of DRM-free comics to treasure on any device you own, now and forever! Read the rest

Kickstarting an exciting feminist steampunk bicycle-racing novel

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You may remember Elly Blue from Pedal Zombies, a kickstarted collection of feminist science fiction about zombies and bicycles. Now she's back with a new crowdfunding drive for a feminist steampunk cycling novel called The Velocipede Races. Read the rest

Beautiful, free/open 3D printed book of lost Louis H. Sullivan architectural ornaments

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Tom Burtonwood creates 3D printed books of dimensional, public domain architectural elements: in 2013, he made Orihon and in 2014 he made Folium, which featured work from Ancient Egypt to Louis Sullivan department store decorations. Now he's released a new work: "Twenty Something Sullivan." Read the rest

Awkward Robots Orange Volume: science fiction anthology to benefit the Clarion SF writers' workshop

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Lara writes, "Time traveling gamers, levee-breaking mermaids, and frayed sanity on the first manned mission to Europa. It's all packed between the pages of The Orange Volume. The cohesive Clarion class of 2012 is at it again. Last year they released The Red Volume and raised $1,500 for the Clarion Foundation. This year--just in time for Halloween--they're following up with The Orange Volume." Read the rest

Titanic victory for fair use: appeals court says Google's book-scanning is legal

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just dropped a bombshell, ruling against the Authors Guild in its bid to force Google to stop scanning books and making them searchable.

Playboy (circulation 800k, down from 5.6m) drops nude images

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Playboy will no longer publish nude images of women. None of Playboy's efforts to adjust to the way that the net changed the availability of porn were successful, though it fared better than Penthouse, which tried to out-hardcore the Internet and failed. Read the rest

Botwars vs ad-tech: the origin story of universal surveillance on the Internet

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Maciej Cegłowski's posted another of his barn-burning speeches about the Internet's problems, their origins and their solutions (previously), a talk from the Fremtidens Internet conference in Copenhagen called "What Happens Next Will Amaze You." Read the rest

Think we don't need Banned Books Week anymore? Think again.

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Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship writes, "Some say book banning isn't even a problem anymore, so we should ditch Banned Books Week altogether. That's a terrible idea." Read the rest

New $50 Kindle Fire won't recognize sideloaded ebooks on SD cards

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The Kindle Fire comes with a SDXC card slot that outclasses every other tablet in its price range, accommodating storage cards that can hold as much as 128GB of media -- but it won't read ebooks from the slot. Read the rest

The other ad-blocking ecosystem: blame-ducking

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Anil Dash is on fire in his editorial on all the ways that publishers, advertisers, brokers, readers, OS vendors, browser vendors, and users pass the buck when it comes to intrusive ads, ad-blocking, and sustaining ad-supported media. Read the rest

Dooce quits mommyblogging amid toxic pressure from advertisers

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As the supply of publishers went up, advertisers gained leverage they could use to insist on more invasive ads and more unethical editorial practices. Read the rest

Just look at this photo of Last Gasp comix founder Ron Turner holding a banana.

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Just look at it.

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