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It happens to be my birthday weekend and between eating some great food, playing Guitar Hero with my wife and hanging with the family, these are the things that happened around the web this week – maybe you already read about them, maybe you need to again – there were some REALLY great discussions going on. Come join the party on twitter (follow me here and you’ll join the conversation live.)
I also realized that many of you might have no idea what you’re seeing below. Sorry. These are “tweets”, 140 maximum character messages sent via Twitter. Within the Twitterverse individual users follow others and have followers (think of it like overlapping Venn diagram circles). To read a tweet, you have to wade through a bit of jargon used to make the most of the 140 character limitation. “RT” for example, is shorthand for “Re-tweet” and the @____ is the username of some other individual on Twitter. Combined together, then, “RT @_____” means that someone else wrote a tweet that I found important and I now want to forward along to my followers. The URL’s are then also shortened by shortening services like bit.ly to make the most of the character limitation, too. Lastly, you might see “hash” identifiers “#______” which are ways to tag tweets of a particular flavor for easy searching later and “<” which means that I am commenting on what came before it.
- RT @rwang0 @dealarchitect: Don’t cry for me Germany. SAP had plenty of warnings. http://tinyurl.com/mclvbm < I can’t wait to see who’s next
- RT @richards1000: Tuunanen et al. on Automated Software License Analysis http://bit.ly/svjQR < Cool but irrelevant. FOSS license are nonneg.
- RT @rwang0: reading the new twitter terms of service. like the fact that you and only you own your content. < At least for now. 🙂
- RT @jimcalloway @ernieattorney Important safety tip for ‘would-be lawyer bloggers’: if you lack common sense don’t blog http://bit.ly/2fFcBH
- New blog post: Content, Value and Commoditization http://bit.ly/27HVx
- RT @btannebaum: Lawyers, do you care about transparency on twitter? http://mylawlicense.blogspo…
- Contract negotiation according to the Marx Brothers: http://bit.ly/12U7pY
- US Registrar of Copyrights opposes Google book deal: http://bit.ly/KhP83 … so do I. Unwarranted monopoly.
- … and then there was a whole discussion on what constitutes being an expert at something, sparked by one lawyer’s assertion that it takes 6 months’ of research and then a good SEO strategy to get yourself to the top of the Google rankings. I, and others, disagreed. (RT @nikiblack @Adrianos: “How To Become An “Expert” In Your Niche In 6 Months” http://bit.ly/pIj2Q < I really do NOT like this!)
- New blog post: On Acceptance Testing… http://bit.ly/s0zsV
- @JasonAnderman The author misses part of the value of the lawyer – understanding that a form isn’t 1sizefitsall. Available /= viable.
- @ferrusi @PeterKretzman When discussing vendors, not having them in the room usually leads to more openness. It can also reveal biases.
- @PeterKretzman @mckenziesa: RE: Find a way to get the salesmen out of our vendor discussions! < Um, Ask them to leave?
- RT @glambert: Blogging Lawyer Charged with Confidentiality Violations – http://bit.ly/mLcTj (Public Defender tells a little too much)
- RT @rwang0 Cloud computing model – IDC numbers show s that its … 1/2 the cost < How does that translate to customer fees?
- RT @PeterKretzman @testobsessed Source code, like invty, is a liability, not an asset. (PK: indeed. It’s why I laugh at source code escrow)
- RT @vpynchon @tamerabennett: Disney, Pixar Sued by Luxo Lamp Co: http://bit.ly/MO4X7 < Shouldn’t matter. Pixar’s not selling lamps.
- RT @fscavo: @negot8or thinks #saas providers should set up living trusts (my word) for their customers. Read comments: http://is.gd/34L65
- Kate Gonzalez’s Tom Ten Force Majeure Imposters (via @superbuyer): http://bit.ly/Ol4Wy
- Confessions of a Car Salesman: meeting, greeting and dealing: http://bit.ly/3nihk (via edmunds.com)
- Antitrust lawyer slams Google book pact: http://bit.ly/83Hqp (via All Things Digital)
- RT @LeighMonette: RT @PrivacyLaw: “’Anonymized’ data really isn’t—and here’s why not” http://tinyurl.com/ksxz8t
- RT @fscavo: Just blogged: SaaS contingency plans need more than software escrow http://bit.ly/r2cJn < Escrow is wasted money IMHO.
- RT @jimcalloway: Blogged about lawyers taking their laptops across the U.S. borders. http://tinyurl.com/n4bfms
- RT @BrettTrout “World Patent” good for M$, bad for most everyone else. http://bit.ly/o0rbZ
- Jeremy Telman, contracts prof @ my almamater, on why execution before performance is a good idea: http://bit.ly/1iJjY7
- RT @vpynchon: http://twurl.nl/tiuvp7 the negotiation analysis of the lessons of the Cove (which halted the killing of dolphins for one day)
- RT @bobambrogi: LawSites blog: Plaxo’s New Terms of Service http://bit.ly/1BNRy
- RT @bobambrogi @paulzink: You and your attorney colleagues (esp. those in copyright law) may get a chuckle from this: http://bit.ly/jJd6G
- … and then we had a long discussion on the tweeting of the play-by-play via twitter of a NFL game (the NFL likes to exert some extreme control over their content). Some folks thought that twitter was a game-changing technology. I argued that it was control-changing…. that they should tweet every game in their own words: @FlashFusion @julito77 @gtiadvisors It’s only a copyright issue if you tweet the actual broadcast wording/play-by-play. Make up your own. 🙂
- RT @doctorow: Another reason you can’t outsource your kids’ online safety to spyware companies: http://tinyurl.com/n934fh < Read the EULAs!!
- RT @gtiadvisors @GregBufithis @BrettTrout Proposed U.S. patent law reforms would stifle innovation and injure entrep’s http://is.gd/2ZXza
- RT @OmarHaRedeye: Blawg Review #228 is live http://bit.ly/11D50J/ < Thanks for the inclusion!
- Sometimes is pays to see how the software sausage is made: http://bit.ly/S3b5p
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