When the pastor of a small congregation in Florida tweeted plans to burn a Quran on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the Islamist attack on America, it set off a firestorm of rioting by extremist Muslims around the world.
President Obama, along with top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Vatican, denounced the act and appealed to Pastor Terry Jones to “stand down,” lest the burnings worsen an already enraged international Muslim community.
Jones had posted notice of the Quran burning at his Twitter and Facebook pages on July 11, and the notice quickly went viral on the Internet. A day before the scheduled torching however, Jones abandoned the idea.
In the continuing saga of bloggers who might inadvertently reprint copyrighted material, the CEO of Righthaven, a law firm that tracks Internet traffic for copyright violations, defended his company during a recent telephone roundtable discussion sponsored by an international law firm.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Sun, American legal and media insiders reportedly agreed that the unauthorized online re-posting of newspaper content is a problematic issue. But does it do financial damage to a newspaper’s revenue, and if so, how much?
Among those grappling with the question were Barbara Wall, vice president and senior associate general counsel at Gannett Co., the nation’s largest newspaper company; Eric Goldman, copyright scholar and associate professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law; and Steven Gibson, CEO at Las Vegas copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC.
TechDirt’s Mike Masnick asks why, “In covering all of the Righthaven lawsuits, we’ve noted that the company sues everyone for $75,000 and, bizarrely, that it also demands they hand over their domain name.”
If you’re using Google’s search engine, you’ve noticed that as soon as you type in a couple of letters, a drop down window appears with suggested phrases. For example, type in “sur” and ten choices appear, from surfline to surfboards. Beneath that is an additional list revealing your last ten search words. Similar to the functionality of text message key words, Google’s search bar tries to anticipate what you’re going to ask.
As Facebook approaches a billion users by 2012, it could provide a number of services: savings, lending, credit cards. Even more interesting is the idea of peer-to-peer lending, borrowing from other Facebook users and getting a better return on your money at lower risk. With a billion people doing it, this new business model could put the banking industry out of business.
I have spotty cell phone reception inside my house, but hallelujah! Now there’s a mini cell tower I can purchase to use inside my home that will boost my reception.
Walt Mossberg reports: “These devices, technically called femtocells, work like small versions of a cell tower. You plug them into your home broadband network, through which they acquire a signal from the carrier’s network. Then, they wirelessly redistribute that signal inside the home. Your cell phone treats this signal as if it came from a real outside tower and latches onto it. But the signal supposedly is stronger and better, because it’s much closer and more focused.”
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Last week I wrote about the launch of RightNetwork, a multi-platform television network offering programming described as “a right-minded perspective that includes an entire spectrum of opinion from thoughtful and reserved to bold and brash.”
Founder Kelsey Grammer, the actor best known for his portrayal of “Frasier Crane” in the long-running TV series, recently explained RightNetwork to Fox Business News’ Neil Cavuto. Watch the video here.
If your cable or satellite provider hasn’t yet signed up Rightnetwork to bring it onto your TV screen, here’s a list of phone numbers you can call to (borrowing a phrase from Cavuto) “Demand it!”
Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers Lloyd Phillips of Adamstown, Md.; Robert Ingram, Tinker AFB; F. Pultro, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Dale Talley, Elk Grove, Calif., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Sean Connery in his portrayal of William Forrester in the 2000 movie Finding Forrester.
Directed by Gus Van Sant, Finding Forrester won four awards and tells the story of a teen writing prodigy who finds a mentor in a reclusive author.
The quote was: “No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is … to write, not to think!”
This week’s movie trivia quote: “Well you got to, Joe. You tell the American people what these men did here. You tell them how my troopers died.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!