My ongoing campaign to prop up the airline industry led me to Denver this weekend, where I moderated one panel and attended others at Free Press’s National Conference for Media Reform, wrote one of the pieces listed below, escaped the conference for a few hours Friday to see the Rockies’ home opener, and caught up with the old friends I stayed with.
4/2/2013: ReDigi Ruling Shows The Widening Atoms-Vs.-Bits Fracture In Copyright Politics, Disruptive Competition Project
I don’t agree with a judge’s ruling that you can’t re-sell digital music you own, but I can see how he reached that ruling. Not everybody thinks I’m correct–witness the debate I had with a reader on my Facebook page afterwards.
4/5/2013: Stick A Fork In That Browser-Breakup Story, It’s Done, Disruptive Competition Project
I wrote this in part to push back against the blood-feud school of tech journalism, in which every action by Google (or Apple, Facebook, Microsoft or Samsung) must be viewed as a stab at one or all of its rivals. I think Google forking the Apple-driven WebKit browser-engine code shouldn’t be that bad for Apple, may be good for Chrome users–and is certainly helpful for reducing the threat of a Web monoculture.
4/6/2013: Liberating Cable’s Captive Audience: Can Consumers Cut the Cord?, National Conference for Media Reform
I led a discussion about the factors that lead people to drop cable or satellite TV service–and make it hard for competing video providers to enter the market–with lawyer and lobbyist Gene Kimmelman, author and activist Susan Crawford, Netflix public-policy director Corie Wright and Free Press research director Derek Turner.
If video surfaces of our chat, I’ll add a link here. 4/25/2013: The organizers added an audio recording of the panel to the session page linked above.
4/7/2013: Q&A: What is two-step verification?, USA Today
I screwed up this post by not mentioning Facebook’s good implementation of the security measure I’d lauded last week. The social network had added two-step verification back in May of 2011, but I’d missed the news that day–the start of a long weekend on vacation and mostly offline–and ever since. After two readers set me straight on my Facebook page, I e-mailed corrected sentences to my (capable and forgiving) editor while waiting to board my flight home from Denver, and she had the piece updated before they’d shut the cabin door.
On Sulia, I revisited my first take on the iPad, three years after that tablet’s debut; noted the announcement of Facebook’s Home app for Android; recounted a few earlier, unsuccessful attempts at weaving social media into the home screens of phones and browsers; and confessed how a couple of audience questions at Free Press’s generally lefty conference made me feel a bit like a right-winger.