Bookmarks for February 19th through February 23rd

  • Techcrunch are full of shit

    On Friday night a technology blog called Techcrunch posted a vicious and completely false rumour about us: that handed data to the RIAA so they could track who’s been listening to the “leaked” U2 album.

    I denied it vehemently on the Techcrunch article, as did several other staffers. We denied it in the forums, on twitter, via email – basically we denied it to anyone that would listen, and now we’re denying it on our blog.

    According to Ars Technica, even the RIAA don’t know where the rumour came from.

  • CBS, deny passing user data to RIAA

    The news cycle spins fast and flimsy these days. Late Friday night, TechCrunch posted an unsourced rumour that CBS-owned handed a “giant dump” of user data to the RIAA. The music org was said to have requested the data, which could be used to find users who are listening to as-yet-unreleased tracks, after U2’s upcoming album was leaked two weeks before release.

    But came out fighting. After its New York-based CBS (NYSE: CBS) spokesperson told TechCrunch “To our knowledge, no data has been made available to RIAA”, Richard Jones (pictured), one of the three remaining co-founders in London, wrote in the site’s comments after midnight: “I’m rather pissed off this article was published, except to say that this is utter nonsense and totally untrue. As far as I can tell, the author of this article got a ‘tip’ from one person and decided to make a story out of it. TechCrunch is full of shit, film at 11.”

  • Whitbread winner Nolan dies at 43

    Award-winning Irish author Christopher Nolan, who was almost completely paralysed by cerebral palsy, has died at the age of 43.

    A family spokesman said he had ingested food into his airway, and died in Dublin’s Beaumont hospital on Friday.

    The writer was physically disabled at birth. He wrote by tapping a keyboard with a device strapped to his head.

  • Easy login plans gather pace

    Plans for a system that would allow people to use one username and password across the internet have moved closer with a number of popular sites agreeing to the scheme in recent weeks.

    Earlier this month Facebook became the most recent site to sign up to OpenID, joining the board of the scheme that provides users with a single digital identity which can then be used across many websites.

    How long has Open ID been about? Let’s see if it starts to catch on

  • WATCHMEN is fucking awesome.

    I got to see a special advance screening of Watchmen yesterday, at a taping of MTV Spoilers. They showed us the whole movie, and then ran some clips from the new Harry Potter, the Land of the Lost, and the new Star Trek movie, followed by a Q&A with Zack Snyder.

    I know a lot of people want to know about Watchmen, so I’ll just cut to the chase right away: It’s the best movie inspired by a graphic novel that I’ve ever seen. It could have gone wrong in a thousand different places, and it didn’t. I’ve wanted to see this movie for twenty years, and it was entirely worth the wait. Hear me now, my fellow geeks: you have nothing to worry about. Watchmen is fucking awesome.

  • So, does Twitter give you cancer?

    Can Twitter give you cancer? That was the question racing (usually accompanied by the tag “rubbish”) over social networks today, based on a new article in the journal Biologist, and then covered by some organisations (sample headline: “How using Facebook could raise your risk of cancer”).

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