Peter Kafka

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Yahoo Folds Up Livestand, Its Would-Be Flipboard Killer

Yahoo has pulled the plug on Livestand, its iPad/tablet news app. Yahoo rolled out the app last fall, and positioned it as competitor to apps like Flipboard and Zite. But the app never got any traction, and has been on the chopping block for much of 2012.

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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