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Betas To Come?

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Firefox 3.6 is coming shortly, beta 2 just released.

Kindle and PCs. Not a good start.

Glenn Beck and the First Amendment, which he likes when it suits him.

Skype might have some serious competition, from Google.

DistroWatch Weekly makes interesting reading.

Nice, short guide to dealing with M$ malware.

Flawed fox ?

Bing’s security problems.

PCs for us oldies.

Microsoft hates those chippers, might turn out to be a PR disaster, eventually.

Murdoch’s mistake, I think he hasn’t quite understood the web or modern technology, as he thinks he can charge for content from his papers, more likely is that most people will stop sourcing their material from News International titles.

Twitter the wisdom of the ages?

Rather funny.

Who’d own an Iphone?

Home Secretary’s misplaced photo-op with McKinnon’s mum.

Intel Reader, good idea, stupid price.

More on Iphone’s own goals at Facebook.

Kindle DX rejected.

Devils in the detail? The Vatican uses Linux!

Epiphany moves to Webkit.

James Bond’s Phone MK II.

Written by modernityblog

13/11/2009 at 11:53

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  1. What the hell, mod. Does belief in the First Amendment preclude a person from taking action when he believes he is being libelled?

    mesquito

    14/11/2009 at 02:26

  2. It was covered as protected speech.

    “An arbitrator has rejected controversial talk show host Glenn Beck’s contention that the domain name glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com infringes his trademark. World Intellectual Property Organization arbitration panelist Frederick Abbott ruled Friday that the less-than-flattering domain name was protected by fair use principles because the URL, when combined with the site’s content, constitutes protected speech.

    Abbott wrote that the site’s creator, Isaac Eiland-Hall, “can be said to be making a political statement,” which is a “legitimate non-commercial use” of Beck’s name.

    ***Eiland-Hall had argued that the site parodied Beck by using the same rhetorical techniques that Beck uses on the air. ***

    In legal papers filed on his behalf by First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza, he referenced a YouTube clip of Beck interviewing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a Muslim, during which Beck asked Ellison to prove that he was “not working with our enemies.”

    Eiland-Hall also argued that the site doesn’t infringe on Beck’s trademark because there’s no likelihood that Web users wrongly think he’s affiliated with it. “Only an abject imbecile could believe that the domain name would have any connection to the complainant,” Randazza wrote.”

    modernityblog

    14/11/2009 at 02:45

  3. I admit it was probably probably protected speech, mod. But it does approach a line. And for Beck to fight back is no hypocracy, as you imply.

    mesquito

    14/11/2009 at 11:43

  4. I disagree (and I have listened to Beck long before the current controversy came to light), Beck likes to dish it out but can’t take it when his own tactic are turned around and used on him.

    modernityblog

    14/11/2009 at 13:15


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