The Great Content Lockdown of 2010

I had an invigorating and thought-provoking chat with my good friend Oliver Roup today. We agreed that the Apple iPad is going to be an unbelievable success. I’ve thought from day one that it would be huge, but I think it will be bigger than huge. Before the end of the summer, millions of people will own one. Content producers, looking for a way to make money, will flock to it. A virtuous circle will be created. More users. More content. More users. More content. And so, while killing Flash with one hand, Apple may put a dent in the … Continue reading The Great Content Lockdown of 2010

a prediction regarding the Apple “Tablet”

Why a prediction? Eh, cause it’s fun and cause I think the Apple Tablet will have a large impact on consumer computing. I think Apple will launch a tablet computer in January that will be aimed at saving TV and print journalism. On-demand video and on-demand print magazines and newspapers will be at the forefront. And because those industries want Digital Rights Management, the Tablet will run the iPhone OS so that only approved apps can be installed. It will be great, and the “App Store” concept will continue to rock the house. In the meantime, Zittrain’s Future of the … Continue reading a prediction regarding the Apple “Tablet”

The erosion of our expectation of autonomy, and the Kindle Pledge

As much as DRM bothers me, I’ve tolerated some implementations of it, specifically Apple iTunes, Apple’s iPhone App Store, and the Amazon Kindle, because I’ve gotten more value than pain out of them. And, usually, the DRM didn’t get in the way. But the slippery slope of DRM has reached a dangerous point with the made-for-blog-headlines Amazon story of the last few days. This weekend, Amazon surreptitiously deleted all copies of Orwell’s “1984” from every Kindle, because of … well it doesn’t really matter, does it? Users legitimately bought a book in a store operated by Amazon, and a few … Continue reading The erosion of our expectation of autonomy, and the Kindle Pledge

Quis custodiet Hawk-Eye?

This past Sunday, I watched the awesome Wimbledon Finals, and I couldn’t help but notice the number of times that Hawk-Eye, the computerized “line-calling” system, overruled the human judges, even the Umpire regarding one particularly important point. The sports commentators repeatedly alluded to “trouble” with the Hawk-Eye system, so today I looked it up. Sure enough, according to some reports: Tennis players are split on the technology, Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has described Hawk-Eye as “nonsense” […] Now researchers at Cardiff University’s School of Social Science have challenged whether the Hawk-Eye can always be right. In a paper entitled “You … Continue reading Quis custodiet Hawk-Eye?