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From Business 2.0’s Dumbest Moments in Business 2005: The Legal List

Today’s Business 2.0 has its list of the follies of last year, in which I’m delighted to say that the legal fraternity have maintained their places of honour. And Google made the list twice. You can find the full list here, but to whet your appetite:

2. Investment bank error in your favor. Collect an additional $1.43 billion.
The judge in billionaire Ronald Perelman’s lawsuit against Morgan Stanley, exasperated by the latter’s delays in handing over documents, instructs jurors to assume that the firm committed fraud. The bank insists it isn’t stonewalling, just running into technology glitches. The jury . . . [more]

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That’ll Put You in Your Places Little Bloggers

Hadn’t realized just how passionate the anti-blogger movement had become until I read this morning’s Guardian Which some of us old’uns remember as the Manchester Guardian , and read about the distinguished German executive, Jean-Remy von Matt, the head of the leading German advertising agency Jung von Matt.

Herr Matt in one of those felicitous little epithets that male advertising executives are prone toWho could forget Neil French’s outburst at an ad industry event in Toronto when the WPP Group boss said there aren’t more female creative directors “because they’re crap” and they eventually “wimp out” and “go off . . . [more]

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GBS — Google, Baidu and Slaw, That Is

A comment in Boing Boing from a correspondent in China claimed that the Chinese don’t use Google but rather Baidu when they search. Whether or not that’s accurate — and whether it says anything about the importance of Google’s decision to conform to the Chinese government’s restraints and prior censorship — it made me go for a look. Chinese is, of course, within an ace of being the major language on the internet, and I’d never even taken their search engine for a spin.

I tested it with Slaw and slaw.ca, plus a couple of other variables, and came up . . . [more]

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Google and Libraries

Two days ago, a colleague and I chatted briefly about this:

“Today…the library is relinquishing its place as the top source of
inquiry. The reason that the library is losing its supremacy in carrying
out this fundamental role is due, of course, to the impact of digital
technology. As digital technology has pervaded every aspect of our
civilization, it has set forth a revolution not only in how we store and
transmit recorded knowledge, historical records, and a host of other
kinds of communication but also in how we seek and gain access to these
materials.” –Jerry D. Campbell, “Changing . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

Connie’s talk of podcasting got me moving finally, so I’m testing that here on Slaw. If it works, you’ll be free to broadcast your mellifluous tones throughout the whole Slaw world. Essentially a podcast is nothing more than a link to an mp3 file (that can then be downloaded to your iPod if you wish — hence the pod part). Here is that link.

I’m going to be using a new (to me) part of the Slaw posting apparatus, to see if I can ensure the file info gets included with the RSS feed. Members who are interested in . . . [more]

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Google Cache & Copyright – I Don’t Get It

I’m wondering everyone’s opinion on this:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004344.php

I don’t get it. Google cache is an almost complete reproduction of a webpage, and goes way beyond legitimate copying in my mind. This decision seems to open the door for every scraping program on the web today. They add a couple highlighted terms, and that’s ‘transformative’? What’s next, ads next to the cached page?

And why is it incumbent on webmasters to add a ‘no-cache’ tag to their robots.txt file? It’s not like the old days where you submit your site to a search engine, Google now indexes without asking. Truth be . . . [more]

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House of Butter

House of Butter is the original blawg publishing the scuttlebutt on law publishers from around the globe, most notably Butterworths (thus, presumably, the name…). This blog has been around what seems like forever. The site is hosted by PracticeSource.

That is about all I can tell you about it. Originally I thought it was written out of the U.K., but more recently I believe it to be from Australia. I have no idea who created it or who writes it. The editor recently identified himself as “Sean”. I’m not even sure how one goes about submitting comments, although there . . . [more]

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Gadgets Galore

I was getting caught up on some ‘offline’ reading; wading through a stack of magazines when I came across a cover story in Information Week (Jan 9, 2006). The headline reads:

EMBRACE YOUR INNER GEEK. With consumer tech driving innovation, staying gadget-savvy is a business imperative, not just a indulgence. (You can find the full text of this article here).

In this article, the authors make the observation (from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) that the lines between consumer and business tech are vanishing. Think about how most people react when they see an IT manager sitting . . . [more]

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Blogger Blogs Beleaguered

Blog provider Blogger and its related blog host Blogspot have been experiencing severe server problems for at least a week (probably longer). They have tried taking the system down a few times for service but today it has been up and down frequently. Tonight it has given up the ghost.

So, if you are attempting to log onto blogs hosted by Blogger (mine, Steve Matthews’ and Patrick Cormier’s, to name just a few), you may need to check back later if you can’t get on.

I’m not even going to link to all those sites, ’cause you will just be . . . [more]

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Legal Commonweal

I’m in a post-election frame of mind and so naturally my thoughts turn (with anticipatory wistfulness, if there is such a thing) to socialism. This should not surprise anyone. I’ve lived most of my life in a university, after all, one of the few remaining communal enterprises not driven by profit, so I’m bound to suffer from professional deformation. Working with Slaw, too, has got me speculating on the business, so to speak, of sharing the wealth, which starts as information and knowledge in this context. All of which leads me to wonder how lawyers might improve the state of . . . [more]

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