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OPLIN 4cast #66

Posted in Google, Google Reader, iPhones, Library vs. Internet, Playlist.io, spam, and wireless

This week’s 4cast:

1. You’ve Been Listening to Books Again, Haven’t You?

The New York Times recently ran an article about audiobooks, and how some bibliophiles think listening to the audio version of a book is not as good as actually reading it. Even so, interest in audiobooks is seemingly on the rise.

2. Open, Meet Limited

Last week’s 4cast (item 2) mentioned that the FCC was about to set rules for next year’s auction of the 700-MHz broadcast spectrum. Google had been pushing hard for a nationwide, completely open wireless network, but the FCC’s decision was seen by many analysts as only a limited endorsement of Google’s proposal.

3. Massive Conspiracy to Freely Distribute Copywritten Material Uncovered!

Every now and again, a reporter wanders into a public library for the very first time.

4. How’s Your Spam?

Spam, viruses, phishing, malware, and botnets? Still thriving.