Youth Soldiers in a Rap War

Depending on how you look at it, Chicago rapper Chief Keef, age 17, recently signed to a $6 million deal with Interscope Records (UMG) is a folk hero, another dumb kid, an opportunist, or a willing victim. He is a youth soldier in a rap war that rewards very few with immense profits, and leave most everyone else to deal with the collateral damage.

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Harvesting From the Network

As autumn approaches minds turn to harvests, turkey and reasons to give thanks, so I’ve asked my assistant, Tanaz Irani to gather us a bunch of ideas…! On how to monetize social networks Social Networking & the Power of Millions…

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Liquid Audio, Liquid World

Moses Avalon has written a short but well-reasoned defence of copyright entitled “Da Vinci On a Necktie.” Speaking about the “RIAA/ISP war” over music and how it should be delivered and consumed, Avalon sees copyright in terms of preventing the…

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