Peter Kafka

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Before Google Deal Closes, Motorola Buys Video Guide Start-Up SetJam

Motorola Mobility, which is supposed be acquired by Google, has made bought a company in the meantime: The mobile handset maker has picked up SetJam, a small New York-based company that provides online video listings and data. SetJam originally positioned itself as a consumer-facing Web site, but appears to have pivoted to a B2B service; former SetJam CEO Ryan Janssen announced the deal via email.


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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