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Happy Festivus From the Rest of Us at All Things Digital

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The massive newsgathering operation that is All Things Digital is winding down for the holiday, as staffers head off to the comforts of home, family and friends. Here’s hoping all of you are headed in the same direction. News willing, the site will be quiet for Christmas, but back in action on Boxing Day. Until then, enjoy some festive downtime.

And we mean, of course, Festivus, the fantastic holiday created by George Costanza’s father on “Seinfeld,” which actually takes place on December 23 (but we are claiming it anyway).

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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