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A new fix for stock media

I see the current stock media situation as a dried-up well. It has some great work and a lot of junk being sold, abused, stolen, and recycled, roundup after roundup. » Read more

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Poll: How do you get your movies?

If you have ideas on articles about movies that you'd be interested in, let us know in the comments. We'll do our best to act on a blog post.

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Spreading the word - A social publishing strategy

This post is based on "Spreading the Word : Copyright, Dissemination and Independent Publishing," a workshop organized by Alternative Law Forum and Independent Publishers' Distribution Alternatives. It first appeared in the blog for Pratham Books, a non-profit trust that publishes high quality books for children at affordable prices and in multiple Indian languages. < » Read more

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WoW. There went your anonymity.

Edit: As of July 9, Blizzard has said that at least for now, real names will not be required on the forums.

I've talked here about privacy on Facebook. And that's one thing--a place where in general, the people you friend are likely to already know your real name. But how would you feel about everyone who so much as passes by your favorite message board knowing you as Merle Schwarz instead of clawfoot78? » Read more

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Would you share with your neighbors?

We should have all learned that sharing is a good thing at a very early age. I teach my 4-year old son to share. But what about sharing with your friends and neighbors? That's part of being a community, right?

Would you share a » Read more

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Linux as a catalyst for a smarter planet

In this morning's Red Hat Summit sessions, Jean Staten Healy and Bob Sutor of IBM presented on the solutions that communities around the world are implementing using Linux as a catalyst for a smarter planet.

The IT industry exists to solve problems. And you can solve them at a micro level, or you can look problems that are so huge, they affect countries, or the entire world. The range is huge, and complexity varies tremendously. Smarter Planet is about a macro approach. It's meant for those really significant problems and to answer how IT can help solve those problems.
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Seriously, why do you still have an iPhone?

All right, I get it. The iPhone is certainly a leader in both terms of sales and product ingenuity. I have often been known to blast Apple for being late to a party, then claiming they are introducing some incredible new feature (see Spaces vs Virtual Desktops). I won't hide the fact that I am not a fan of Apple. Even so, the iPhone is truly something innovative. » Read more

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How do you explain the open source way?

This open thread is an opportunity for you to tell us how you explain what the open source way is, but without mentioning software or technology. » Read more

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Poll: How do you get your music?

If you have ideas on articles about music that you'd be interested in, let us know in the comments. We'll do our best to tune-up a blog post.

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Open source scores in the World Cup

I haven't watched any of the World Cup except for a few highlights on ESPN. I have, however, heard (no pun intended) about the vuvuzela horn. The World Cup is a big deal to football (soccer) fans around the world, but the vuvuzela horn is making quite the buzz.

Some folks seem to be annoyed by the sound and want to watch the game free of the vuvuzela horn noise. Create Digital Music has a solution for you: » Read more

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