Peter Kafka

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Google Signs Rovi Patent Deal for TV Program Guides

Google has signed a patent deal with Rovi that will let the search giant use Rovi’s electronic TV guides for several years. A Rovi press release says the licenses cover “set-top boxes, as well as online and mobile platforms,” and that they’ll be put to use on the newly announced Google Fiber pay TV service.


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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