“I’d like to announce that on November 1st, 2012, TextDrive will relaunch anew as a separate hosting company, staffed and funded, run by me. Please consider the recently announced end-of-life for Joyent’s shared hosting customers now revised to be a continuation-of-life, to be carried out in the same friendly, creative, publishing-centered spirit of TextDrive’s early days.”—
“The Zenith Phonevision system became the first pay-per-view system tested in the United States. Developed in 1951, it used telephone lines to take and receive orders as well as to de-scramble a broadcast signal. Phonevision field-tests ran for 90 days in Chicago. The system used IBM punched cards to de-scramble a signal broadcast during the broadcast station’s “off-time”. Both systems showed promise, but the FCC denied them permits.”—Pay-per-view - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“It seems that in order to avoid eternal damnation for the sin of committing suicide, a number of people began committing murder for the express purpose of turning themselves in, confessing their sins to a priest in order to be blessed and forgiven before being executed.”—Loopholes | This American Life
“D.J. was stunned. “Nobody in the entire history of the furniture industry has ever charged for a catalog!” he cried. “You can’t sell a furniture catalog!” “There’s no other answer,” I replied. He sat down and slowly leafed through the dummy, thinking. “Some of the architects are going to have to order it by mail. This is their only contact with the product.” “We aren’t a mail order house,” he said. “I don’t know what kind of house we are,” I replied. “Anyway, all your competitors are going to buy it.” He sat looking at it, and handling it. Finally, “We’ll sell it,” he said. “Go ahead.””—1 | The Legendary George Nelson On Creating A Design-Driven Company | Co.Design: business innovation design
Yesterday, Google announced that it would be tweak its search results to downrank sites that had high numbers of takedown requests, a sign that they could be hosting pirated files. But as Search Engine Land explains, this change isn’t likely to hurt its own YouTube service, which also has a high takedown volume. That’s because YouTube has a different content removal system than the standard content removal form used for Search. So when a video is flagged for removal, it appears to be counted as a takedown in YouTube, but not Seach, and other YouTube results aren’t in danger of getting downranked as a result.
Google has responded, saying that it isn’t giving its own sites special dispensation.