No Billboards in Space

I’m a little late blogging on this, but the FAA has proposed regulations to prohibit billboards in space. Comments are due by July 18. Unfortunately, the news reports didn’t accurately capture the issue. Congress already outlawed “obtrusive space advertising” in…

Gates on Information Overload

Bill Gates says that future releases of Microsoft products will help address information overload. Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale ends !) Available from: Condition: Good ! Order now! Reviewed by on. Rating:

Stanford Online Deliberation Presentation

My notes from my talk entitled “Media Regulation and Deliberative Democracy.” I’m still trying to figure out exactly what “deliberative democracy” is, but the presentation notes recap some of my thinking about the matching problem of marketing. Category: Product #:…

Keeping Vermont Safe from Dangerous Billboards

This one made me laugh. It’s illegal to drive without a seat belt in Vermont. Billboards are also illegal in Vermont. So when the Vermont Highway Safety Program wanted to remind people to buckle up, they bought billboards in Massachusetts…

Dead Tree Version of Click Fraud–Shorewest Realty v. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sued for alleged circulation count fraud. UPDATE: Not surprisingly, the Journal-Sentinel has denied the charge. UPDATE #2: July response by the Journal-Sentinel. Then, on August 26, Shorewest alleges that the Journal-Sentinel “reimbursed carriers to buy extra copies of…

Self-Publishing and the Long Tail

The New York Times runs a lengthy article on self-publishing books. The emergence of self-publishing shops reinforces the Long Tail theory. By reducing the publishing costs, more niche-oriented content can be produced cost-effectively. Thus, self-publishing houses put real pressure on…

“Attention Deficit Trait”

CNET ran an interesting interview a couple of weeks ago with Dr. Edward Hallowell about “attention deficit trait,” described as a type of ADD developed in response to information overload, except that it can be cured by reducing the attention…

2005 Pew Report on Spam

Pew has released its annual survey on recipient attitudes towards spam. The 2005 version shows that recipients are becoming adjusted to the spam influx. As the report says, recipients are “minding it less” and that the “worst case scenario—that spam…

Data Mining and Attention Consumption

My short book chapter, Data Mining and Attention Consumption, has finally hit SSRN (it took almost a month to go through the SSRN review process–not sure why it took so long). The abstract: “This Essay challenges the prevailing hostility towards…

Boalt Spyware Conference Recap

On Friday I attended the Spyware conference at Boalt. This was an outstanding conference—I learned a lot. You should take any opportunity to attend a Berkeley Technology Law Journal annual symposium in the future—their events are typically first-rate. Tutorial on…