Aggregate this!

Tom Tomorrow has his panties in a bunch over the outrageous behavior of Internet users. He was shocked this week to discover that some people were reading his published web log using special purpose web log browsing software (aka “news aggregators”), rather than the software he wants them to use (a web browser). Worse still, the miscreants were skipping the ads! Quel horreur! It rather reminds me of the CEO of Turner Broadcasting, who declared that skipping TV ads using fast forward was “stealing the programming”.

In case you missed it

According to Asia Business Times, many US corporations are preparing major efforts to shift jobs from the US to countries like India and China. A few of the big names: Microsoft, IBM, AT&T Wireless, Disney, AOL Time Warner, and News International (Fox). You probably haven’t seen many big announcements, though. As the Times explains: …on the threshold of a US presidential election year, job losses are a hot button issue. A company that highlighted a major job transfer could wind up in the campaign debate.

Comcast cable TV lineup for Cambridge Massachusetts

2 <td> Corporation for Public Broadcasting </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 3 </td> <td> Comcast </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 4 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 5 </td> <td> Disney </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 6 </td> <td> Comcast & Hearst Corporation </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 7 </td> <td> General Electric </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 8 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 9 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 10 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 11 </td> <td> Corporation for Public Broadcasting </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 12 </td> <td> AOL Time Warner </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 13 </td> <td> News Corporation </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 14 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 15 </td> <td> General Electric </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 16 </td> <td> Corporation for Public Broadcasting </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 17 </td> <td> Univision Communications </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 18 </td> <td> Independent WNDS </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 19 </td> <td> General Electric </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 20 </td> <td> Independent WMFP </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 21 </td> <td> Univision Communications </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 22 </td> <td> Public Access </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 23 </td> <td> Independent WYDN </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 24 </td> <td> Disney </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 25 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 26 </td> <td> Disney </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 27 </td> <td> Discovery Communications </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 28 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 29 </td> <td> Viacom </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 30 </td> <td> News Corporation </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 31 </td> <td> AOL Time Warner </td> </tr> <tr> <td> 32 </td> <td> E.

How a lie becomes a fact

Step 1: The RIAA issues a press release claiming that the “equivalent” of 421 CD burners were seized in a raid on music pirates. Step 2: The Register follows up, noting that only 156 CD burners were seized. They contact the RIAA, who explain that some of the CD burners were quite fast, so the RIAA statisticians decided to count them as more than one burner. Step 3: CNN blithely reports from the press release, claiming that 421 CD burners were seized.