Peter Kafka

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No, That's Not Really Someone Giving Birth on Google Street View

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and it could easily be a slow news day (unless you’re interested in armed conflict between North and South Korea). So: Yes, that photo of someone giving birth on a German street, supposedly captured by Google’s roving Street View camera, isn’t real. Just ask Google.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work