links for 2008-10-06

Martin Belam  by Martin Belam, 6 October 2008
  • So the question you need to be thinking about is how much is a radical change like this affecting booksellers like Amazon. Then the thing that should scare the living daylights out of you is what happens when Google decides to move into market?
  • "A poll by data security firm GB Group last night found that only the gambling industry was trusted less by the general public than the Government to look after private records". Great stuff in the comments too - "Although I have just signed up to join the Express community I will be limiting my use of the internet, telephone etc until I have devised an unbreakable code".
  • "But the internet is a great leveller and pr0n now finds itself in a similar situation to the music and newspaper industries, which are both struggling to adapt to the online world. The profusion of free content online has shaken established business models in those industries and relentlessly eroded their profitability". [via smutty article spotter Adrian Monck ;-)]
    (tags: pr0n ft)
  • "When I read the Chicago Tribune's coverage of why teens have eschewed dates for school dances, I wanted to scream. This shift has nothing to do with 'the way young people view personal relationships in the age of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter'. Even in the context of the article, the supposed experts and teens are voicing very different explanations for what's going on."
  • "All I can think is that Gordon is ringing up cartoonists (and Rory Bremner) and saying 'OK, I give up. Let's just have a laugh from now on. So, who is the most ridiculous, caricaturable, mockable person you can think of (doesn't even have to be an MP anymore) who I can bring into the Cabinet..?'"
  • "He says that the RIAA has no need to visit Elon, they can just jump on the net and track people down, and that the university ‘must comply’ with the RIAA. Again, this is not even close to the truth. The RIAA is a lobby group, not a government or law enforcement agency, and there is no requirement to comply with them. On the contrary, RIAA’s 'tracking company' MediaSentry is not listed as holding a private investigators license by the state, nor are investigators from their home state of Maryland allowed to practice in North Carolina".
  • The proposed roadmap for strengthening the European IA/UX network

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