Kara Swisher

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Merry Christmas From AllThingsD and the Gift of a YouTube Yule Log

One of my favorite memories of Christmas as a kid was watching the annual Yule log broadcast on TV, as I was sitting next to a real fireplace. I will readily admit that this holiday story is warped.

Moving on! In the digital world of today, you can enjoy the tradition via the Internet.

So, here’s an hour of a crackling fire on Google’s YuleTube, oops, YouLog, oops, YouTube:


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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