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Bloggers beware: Lawyers are after you

Posted By Andrea Shea King On 08/23/2010 @ 7:32 pm In Diversions | Comments Disabled

Bloggers, beware of posting stories from Stephens Media news outlets, the publishers of over 70 newspapers in nine states.

Military blogger Blackfive took action when he learned of lawsuits being brought by the legal wrangler Righthaven against bloggers using Stephens Media copyrighted content.

Instapundit thoughtfully provided a link to a Firefox plug-in to ensure that you don’t accidentally use content contained in Stephens Media.

There’s a good piece at Wired about Righthaven and comparisons to the Recording Industry Association of America lawsuits, which targeted roughly 20,000 music and movie file sharers over five years.

Can you spell “N-E-T N-E-U-T-R-A-L-I-T-Y” ?

The public is learning the truth about net neutrality, according to Seton Motley, editor of StopNetRegulation.org. And the more we’re finding out about FCC’s Internet reclassification Network Neutrality, the less we like.

“On August 11,” Motley writes, “more than 150 organizations (including 35 tea party groups), state legislators and bloggers signed onto a pair of letters urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to give up on their unilateral Internet power grab – the reclassification of the Web under the oppressive 1930s land-line telephone regulatory regime, and the implementation of Network Neutrality.”

Motley s-p-e-l-l-s it out for you.

Meanwhile, several top carriers and technology companies are talking among themselves about Net Neutrality in the wake of broken talks with the FCC.

Facebook is not excited about the Net Neutrality alternative deal Google and Verizon are trying to put together.

Fifteen easy to understand facts about Net Neutrality

Here’s a simple to understand graphic interpretation of the topic that has many of us scratching our heads.

Net Neutrality: What is it, and why are people so worked up about it? What Net Neutrality on the Internet really means, in colorful graphics.

These editors take a fascinating look at what they think the Internet will look like 10 years from now. And Matt Patterson examines the tyranny of Google.

Tweet your posts automatically

Twitter has introduced an easy-to-install and lightweight Tweet Button that shortens links automatically as it allows publishers to make it easy for users to share a link to their content on Twitter.

And if you go to a site that doesn’t have a Tweet Button? Twitter’s taken care of that as well with a Tweet Button Bookmarklet that allows you to tweet a link with your own commentary from anywhere on the web. You just need to drag and drop the Bookmarklet into your browser’s bookmark bar.

Go international!

Add a free Flag Counter to your webpage and collect flags from all over the world. Every time someone from a new country visits you, a flag will be added to your counter. Clicking on your Flag Counter will reveal amazing information and charts!

Places and Faces: Where it’s at

Competition between Google and Facebook heated up last week for ad dollars when Facebook rolled out a location service that could eventually rake in local business dollars. Advertisers are hungry to target mobile-device users as they navigate the world.

Similar to Google Places, the new Facebook Places allows users to share their whereabouts with friends. The plus? Businesses can create a Place page to advertise their products to Facebook users.

Google Places, which launched last September, offers Web pages for businesses to give locations, images and reviews.

And Twitter, the microblogging service, launched Twitter Places, a feature that also allows users broadcast their location to followers.

Now Google at the movies?

Regular Surfin’ Safari readers already know that a movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will soon be hitting the silver screen at our Princess Theater, but did you know that Google founders may soon get their own Hollywood film?

“It’s about these two young guys who created a company that changed the world, and how the world in turn changed them,” moviemaker Michael London told Deadline New York. “The heart of the movie is their wonderful edict, ‘Don’t be evil.’ At a certain point in the evolution of a company so big and powerful, there are a million challenges to that mandate. Can you stay true to principles like that as you become as rich and powerful as that company has become? The intention is to be sympathetic to Sergey and Larry, and hopefully the film will be as interesting as the company they created.”

Hopefully.

First you say you do. And then you don’t.

Comcast sent an email to a user telling him they had boosted the speeds on his broadband connection, only to email him again a couple days later to admit they didn’t really mean that.

What happened? Who knows. Perhaps a sign of things to come for Comcast customers? Comcast, by the way, is trying to rebrand itself as “Xfinity”. Or maybe not? As the old song goes, “First you say you do … and then you say you will, and then you won’t.”

Things you didn’t know about YouTube

Every week YouTubers produce enough material for 60,000 full-length films. For more fun facts about YouTube, click here.

And while I’m thinking of it, have you checked out GodTube?

A look back in time

1944 – Paris is liberated as Germans surrender

1959 – U.S. to “stand by” West Germans

1979 – Irish Republican Army bomb kills Lord Mountbatten

1989 – Voyager spacecraft reaches Neptune

1990 – Outrage at Iraqi TV hostage show

1991 – Gorbachev punishes coup plotters

1993 – Michael Jackson accused of child abuse

Now Playing at the Princess in Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers Jon Goodwin of Dallas, Texas; Bob Ingram of Tinker AFB, Okla.; and R. Dobbyn of Gulfport, Miss.; who were among the first to correctly guess actor William H. Macy in his portrayal of Bill Porter in the 2002 movie “Door to Door”. The film was nominated for two Golden Globes and garnered another 12 wins and 11 nominations.

The movie also featured Kyra Sedgewick and Helen Mirren in the story of a man with cerebral palsy who is determined to become a salesman. Macy portrays Bill, impaired in body but not in spirit as he makes his door-to-door salesman rounds – and impacts the lives of customers during a nearly 50-year career that often finds him atop his firm’s sales charts. View the trailer.

The quote was: “God created us all, Shelly. He doesn’t make mistakes.”

This week’s movie trivia quote: “Love is buried under fear, and partnership is right there under competition, and there’s compassion underneath the greed. Nate, you gotta take your eraser and do the work. It’s hard work and nobody can do it for you. There’s no drug. That’s the sum of it.”

Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the e-mail address below. Good luck!


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