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This can be somewhat troubling, depending on how the wording can be interpreted.
Jason Odell originally shared:
 
iBooks Author and Legalese

As an independent content producer (e-Publisher), I've been quite limited in choosing a format for my eBooks. Because my books are technical in nature and content creation in ePub format (the most commonly accepted digital publishing format) is nearly impossible. Unlike text content (novels), my eBooks require layout, illustrations, etc. Hence, I've stuck with PDF for my content.

As you can imagine, Apple's announcement of iBooks Author for textbook creation is quite appealing to me. At first glance, it appears that I'd finally have at least one avenue to easily distribute my works on the iBook Store.

However, reading the license agreement, I came across this (emphasis mine):

B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in
compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:
(i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;
(ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution.

Does this mean I can't sell a separately produced PDF version of my content if I use iBooks Author?

Now, before everyone goes out and gets all in a tizzy, I figure there are two ways to interpret the above statement:

1) Content produced using iBooks Author can only be distributed by Apple (iBooks)

2) Content can be distributed however you like, but the iBooks version can only be distributed by Apple.
Anyone? Bueller?
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Pro-SOPA TV news networks don't mention SOPA during prime-time.

A Media Matters study shows that the TV news companies, which support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), have been self-censoring the issue from their prime-time broadcasts.

While CNN devoted one show to SOPA, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS, and NBC have clearly instituted a de facto blackout on the subject.

There are many reasons for this, according to Media Matters, but the biggest is that TV news networks are nothing but corrupt shills and propagandists for the biggest corporations and two major political parties.

(Too much?) ; )

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120108/00533117331/study-confirms-news-networks-owned-sopa-supporters-are-ignoring-sopapipa.shtml?
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John Pozadzides originally shared:
 
I wonder how many people are alive right now who have no idea what this is...
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My preschool Sunday school class. We have a toy rotary phone and they all know what to do with it... but I'm guessing they have NO idea what a record player is...
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Signing off for the next couple of days, here is an unexpected one:

I already love sheep herding dogs, but what they do with LEDs equipped sheep is just super.

Pong 2012.
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Google's animated banner celebrates Stanislaw Lem. There's a series of puzzles that need to be solved before the animation moves on. Well done. :-)
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Mike Elgan originally shared:
 
Pro-SOPA TV news networks don't mention SOPA during prime-time.

A Media Matters study shows that the TV news companies, which support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), have been self-censoring the issue from their prime-time broadcasts.

While CNN devoted one show to SOPA, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS, and NBC have clearly instituted a de facto blackout on the subject.

There are many reasons for this, according to Media Matters, but the biggest is that TV news networks are nothing but corrupt shills and propagandists for the biggest corporations and two major political parties.

(Too much?) ; )

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120108/00533117331/study-confirms-news-networks-owned-sopa-supporters-are-ignoring-sopapipa.shtml?
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John Pozadzides originally shared:
 
Ok, I've got one extra Amazon Kindle FIRE left, and its too late to return it. So I'm giving it away!

How to win the brand new, unopened Amazon Kindle FIRE in only two steps:
Step 1) Do you have me in one of your circles? Great. Check that one off the list...
Step 2) Publicly SHARE this post.

That's it! You're entered to win, and I'll ship it to you ANYWHERE.

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- One extra entry if you leave a comment telling me WHY you want it.
- One extra entry if you Subscribe to our Livid Lobster newsletter!

You'll find the newsletter subscription form here: http://lividlobster.com/

I'll announce the winner on Geek Beat LIVE on Friday Jan 6 (basically in a week), and then here on Google+. Good luck to all!

PS - Damn, I love to give stuff away. Wait till you see what I'm planning in the new year... ;-)
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Hey, is that Jesus' underwear?
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John Pozadzides originally shared:
 
Here is a brilliant solution. Take two long standing truths - and combine them.
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