Google is set to enter the ebooks market. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google Editions, the new ebook store is set to open by the end of 2010 for the U.S. and in the first quarter of 2011 for international editions. The venture was supposed to launch this past summer, but there were technical and legal issues that led to the delay. The new venture could shake up the ebook market. Google will sell ebooks on a new open, “read anywhere” model. Consumers can buy the books many places, including at independent book stores and on many websites. The WSJ reports:
This is the second provocation on the theme of digital labor from me and Ramesh Srinivasan. To warm up, check out Saskia Sassen at last year’s Internet as Playground and Factory as she warns us about how financial logicians uses networked technologies to manipulate human ingenuity:
from Mashable! by Jolie O’Dell
from Mashable! by Lauren Indvi
from Global Voices Online by Gregory Asmolov
from Mashable! by Brenna Ehrlich
from Mashable! by Christina Warren
While Cyber Monday is a big day for online retailers, it appears as though Facebook isn’t yet the primary source for finding out about cyber monday deals.
Location, Location, Location: Three Recent Court Controversies on Cell Phone & GPS Tracking (and a Congressional Hearing, Too)
Welcome to the 21st century, where we all carry tracking devices in our pockets and where one morning you might find an FBI-installed GPS tracking device on your car. In this age of location-based-everything, the legal question of whether or not the government has to get a search warrant based on probable cause before secretly tracking you becomes all the more important. Three recent court developments from across the country — and a Congressional hearing — put a fine point on this key privacy controversy for the mobile era.
from All Facebook by Jackie Cohen
This morning, the Federal Trade Commission released its long-anticipated privacy report. The report is the final result of a series of FTC privacy roundtables held earlier this year that solicited comments from leading scholars, industry figures and nonprofits including EFF about the consumer privacy challenges posed by new technologies.
This week’s news that the feds seized 82 websites based on allegations of copyright infringement demonstrated that government website seizures can silence innocent speech. But let’s take a broader view for a moment. The domain seizure debacle, the COICA Internet censorship bill, ACTA, and many other short-sighted efforts to eliminate copyright infringement all depend on (a) the traditional entertainment industry’s yowling wail that “piracy” on the the Internet is injuring the livelihoods of artists and (b) the US government’s chronically uncritical acceptance of those complaints.