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Ian Lamont
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Founder. Early adopter. Serial blogger. Closeted rocker. And other things that don't rhyme. In 30 Minutes™ author and publisher.
Founder. Early adopter. Serial blogger. Closeted rocker. And other things that don't rhyme. In 30 Minutes™ author and publisher.

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What do Amazon Music family subscriptions and cat trees have in common?
Hi Jeff, Check
out the message I got from Amazon over the weekend! My mom purchased a
cat tree using my "shared payment method" for my Amazon Music Unlimited family plan . What does
a cat tree have to with Amazon music? Absolutely nothing. But somehow,
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A late review of Blade Runner 2049
Friends have asked me about Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the ground-breaking 1982 film by Director Ridley Scott and a very talented cast, crew, and composer. I was 13 when the first film came out and it made a huge impact -- it was a dystopian future, t...
A late review of Blade Runner 2049
A late review of Blade Runner 2049
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The New York Times published an article this week titled China is trying to police what people are saying about it around the world . I've written about China and its paranoid information-control efforts for years , but the activities to tamp down voices of...
The Digital Media Machine
The Digital Media Machine
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Facebook's failed march to video
Facebook has a lot of problems on its plate right now , but one of the worst trends has been the poorly thought out march to video. It came from Zuckerberg and was repeated by various senior Facebook  executives, and then became a mantra for publishers. Man...
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Facebook, fake news, and the impact on our children: A hard lesson learned
Many years ago, I laughed when The Onion parodied a TV talk show discussing Facebook as if it were a CIA-devised surveillance and pacification tool . No one is laughing anymore. In the past several years, and especially after the 2016 U.S. election, people ...
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When lawyers are in charge of removing scraped content
Something I wrote was illegally republished on a website. This happens quite frequently with the books I publish, but usually on low-grade torrents or foreign scrapers. I can't do much about those, except to notify Google with a DMCA request to delist the c...
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Amazon cracking down on newsletter recommendation services?
A lot of self-published authors have recently noticed a problem with some of the promotions they've been using to boost sales and ranking of Kindle ebooks on Amazon. Once-safe promotional newsletters like Bookbub have apparently resulted in "rank stripping"...
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Google kills my ad for "Revisionist Concepts" and "Anti Content"
Google appears to be getting ready for re-entry into the People's Republic of China or Soviet Russia, judging by the "Revisionist Concepts: Unacceptable Anti Content" notification I received from the Adwords team for one of my ads for Lean Media . The messa...
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A startup called "Bodega"
You may have heard the news about " Bodega ," a hot Silicon Valley startup that wants to shake up the vending machine space with machine learning and clever placement. They've got two young ex-Google employees as founders, and have attracted lots of funding...
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How to place a freeze on your credit reports
Sharing a PSA that may help some American readers. In the wake of the massive Equifax security breach exposing the personal information and social security numbers of most American adult s, consider ordering the three main credit agencies to place a credit ...
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