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    Help! I’m Being Forced To Pirate Game Of Thrones Against My Will!

    Today is the first day of spring. Which is weird. Because winter is coming. At least for some big media companies, that is. Here’s my situation: I recently started watching the HBO series “Game of Thrones” (based on the George R.R. Martin “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels). It’s fantastic. I’m addicted. My girlfriend and I watched the entire first season in three…

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    Burstly Quietly Acquires TestFlight and Secretly Builds TestFlight Live

    Towards the end of last year, I reached out to the guys behind TestFlight to see if they were interested in talking about their funding situation. You can’t blame me. It seems that nearly every popular iPhone app out there uses the platform to distribute test builds of their apps before they’re App Store-ready. But the guys politely let me know that they weren’t interested in talking about funding. Weird, I thought, as we usually at least get a…
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    Reset At TechCrunch: Eric Eldon Named Top Editor

    A little over four years ago, Eric Eldon sent me an email that changed my life. As an editor at VentureBeat, he was on the hunt for new talent to better compete with the likes of TechCrunch. It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Today, Eldon is taking the reigns of TechCrunch as its new top editor. He will replace Erick Schonfeld, another colleague of mine…

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    Two-Face: Will Google Become The New Patent Villain?

    Back in August of last year, Google was under attack. Some of their main rivals — namely, Apple and Microsoft — had teamed up to secure the Nortel patents, which Google was also vying for in order to protect Android. Google SVP and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond decided to take the fight public. On Google’s main blog, Drummond wrote a post entitled, “When patents attack Android“. A key line: A smartphone might involve as many as 250,000 (largely…
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    Evil, Greed, And Antitrust Aren’t Google’s Real Problems, Relevancy Is

    It seemed like this week could finally be the week when Google didn’t make headlines for their decision to inject Google+ results right into Search. That hope lasted until Monday. Now the story is back — with a vengeance. Yes, the particular flare up was aided by a clever bookmarklet developed by Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace employees working “off the clock” (but perhaps not “off the reservation”). But the reason why this particular issue keeps coming up — and…
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    The Assclownification Of The MPAA

    SOPA and PIPA are bad. On this, basically the entire web agrees. But not everyone does. Take The Wall Street Journal, for example. And they look like total jackasses as a result. Luckily for them, it’s impossible to look as bad as the Motion Picture Association of America. I mean, did you read the letter they issued yesterday? In it, Chris Dodd, who is Chairman and CEO of the MPAA — and a former United States Senator — manages to…