Hello Techdirt! I'm Dennis Yang. I was one of the original folks that helped Mike get Techdirt started way back when. Now, I'm working on something a little bit different called Bureau of Trade
, which, despite its official-sounding name, has actually nothing to do with anything remotely governmental. That said, it's been a long, long while since I've posted anything on Techdirt, so when Mike asked me to do a Favorites
post, I leapt at the opportunity.
- This week started off with nicely with Tim Cushing's post about Time/CNN's oft-tweeted poll about Americans being less willing to sacrifice civil liberties to combat terrorism. In light of recent events, it's nice to see that more Americans are not willing to trade their civil liberties for the appearance of security.
- Google Glass has clearly reached the public consciousness, with SNL doing a parody of it this week. So, as to be expected with any new (scary) technology, fears of its misuse start to surface, as evidenced by Mike's post about the White House petition to ban Google Glass. The petition's supporters are asking for Google Glass to be banned until "clear limitations are placed to prevent indecent public surveillance." Thankfully, the petition has only garnered 34 signatures thus far.
- I was quite concerned about this week's news about the senate's approval of an online shopping sales tax. That said, having it approved by the senate was a great reason to re-read Mike's earlier post about the concerns of the "Marketplace Fairness Act."
- I certainly laughed quietly to myself when Timothy Geigner found Disney specifically wanted to trademark the term Dia De Los Muertos for use on fruit snacks. Disney has long kept their lawyers quite busy with IP cases, and this was no exception.
- In the post about EA no longer officially licensing guns in its games came my favorite Techdirt oneliner of the week: "EA may find gun makers willing to test the legal waters and attempt to pry EA's unlicensed guns from its cold, injunctioned fingers."
- And finally, I was very happy to see that Mike posted about Zach Braff's Kickstarter project. There have been numerous posts deriding Braff's use of the platform to raise money for his film, and as a proud supporter of the project, I appreciated this post greatly. Sure, if people don't like Braff's project, then they don't have to support it. But to call it a misuse or exploitation of his fame/talent/whatever is ridiculous. I will happily be attending the special screening of the movie (just for supporters) when it comes out.
And, that's it for this week -- thanks to the Techdirt team for writing a great flight of posts this week.