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Popular Science and the self-destruction of print media

Popular Science and the self-destruction of print media

One of the most surprising gifts I received this Christmas was a subscription to National Geographic. I didn't expect to get signed up for a printed publication, but I did - and I'm really excited to get the magazine in the mail each month. But when I see a story like the one Wil Weaton published today on how his name was sold to junkmail dealers by the likes of Popular Science, I become suspicious of the whole media once again.

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Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

There might be yet another entertainment industry paradigm shift afoot, and Beyoncé is going to be there. Just as Kickstarter paved the way for games and even films to be made sans traditional publishers, Beyoncé has just made something almost impossible, or at least unforeseeable, happen. She has just released a complete album, in digital format first, without the usual pre-release marketing stunts, and, more surprisingly, without anyone even hearing about it until it launched.

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Dogecoin digital currency takes on Bitcoin with a bit of meme flair

Dogecoin digital currency takes on Bitcoin with a bit of meme flair

As far as digital currency goes, Bitcoin is the word on all interested parties' lips, but that could possibly (it pays to be optimistic) change in the coming months with the introduction of Dogecoin, a Bitcoin-esque digital offering that is based on, oddly enough, the Doge meme. There are some fundamental differences between Bitcoin and Dogecoin, not the least of which is that the latter's value mostly depends on how much someone is willing to give you for it.

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Coin digital credit card aims for cross-breed payment simplification

Coin digital credit card aims for cross-breed payment simplification

Today the device known as Coin has come to light, fully prepared to take the place of all of the credit cards, gift cards, membership cards, and whatever other kind of cards you've got in your wallet or purse consist of. What you're working with here is a single (black, for the time being) card with a digital screen that connects to your smartphone and tells the scanner what data you'd like to share. This card can be whatever you need it to be.

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PlayStation 4 digital game sales expand beyond PSN

PlayStation 4 digital game sales expand beyond PSN

It would appear that the folks at Sony responsible for finding the best way to expand sales of their console and the games that are sold for the console therein have decided that keeping digital means of buying to themselves was no longer the best means of playing along with the public. Much like heavy-hitter PC game sales giant Steam, the PlayStation Network will now allow third-party sales of digital games and DLC from here on out. Games will be purchased through retailers of many kinds, then attached to the PlayStation Network for play on whatever device you've got running - PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PlayStation 4 included.

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London School of Economics analysts: Piracy is good for business

London School of Economics analysts: Piracy is good for business

Pirates, you have scholarly advocates in the London School of Economics. The LSE's Media Policy Project has published a report entitled "Copyright & Creation: A Case for Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing", and it argues that copyright infringement is not harming the creative industries nearly as much as is common believed. The authors even go so far as to assert that putative laws aimed at curtailing the "inclusive collaborative digital culture" actually stymies artistic expression and, by extension, the industries' long-term economic prognosis.

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BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

We got a first look at the BitTorrent Bundle back in May when it was introduced as a new file format for content creators. Basically, this Bundle will allow those creators to package several items together for free with additional items being available for those who move forward and unlock it. We recently got a look at a BitTorrent Bundle in action when Madonna offered the secretprojectrevolution Bundle.

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