links for 2008-09-05

  • China uses new anti-trust law against Microsoft; IBM & Sony next
    The technology market in China gets more an more interesting by the day. They have long been tuning western trade practices (patents related to national standards as a barrier to foreign domination, for example), are in the middle of understanding open source better than most western nations and now are adopting anti-trust law.
  • Skype ignores PayPal siphoning hijack scheme
    I have heard so many stories of this sort that I treat anything owned by eBay as toxic and avoid connecting it to my life by anything other than temporary connections. I simply can't understand why eBay doesn't protect their reputation and brand in any detectable way.
  • Xbox points
    Alice explains that it's Microsoft's own behaviour that leds to their customers' credit cards being suspended and then Microsoft declining transactions as a result on XBox. Fail.
  • There are no faceless corporations
    "I hate to break it to you, but corporations are just groups of people. Corporate policies are written by and enforced by people. Stockholders are people. Employees are people. Customers are people. Corporations are giant networks of individuals. True, they exist in a very complex arrangement, but they are individuals." -- Yes. Yes. YES. At the root of every problem there is always a decision-maker (or the lack of one).
  • Movie Plot Threats (from "The Guardian")
    Schneier is getting better and better at articulating this message. This variant is excellent and well worth keeping handy for when a friend asserts that all the airport security is a nuisance but keeps us safe.
  • Hal Varian: 14 Free business models
    Really excellent list with broad application for many of these models. The word "free" here does not refer to liberty however, since several of the models would be unacceptable to advocates of digital liberty.
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