Monday Signal: Holiday Link Love, With a Side of SOPA

(image) Happy Monday, folks. This will be the last Signal for some time (and yes, it’s been a few days since the last one, sorry about that). Till the New Year, in fact. I know, you’ll miss me. But it’s time to take a break for a bit. When next we link, it will be the year 2012. And most likely, Congress will have passed a really crappy law that messes up the Internet. So we’ll have our work cut out for us. To the links….

Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works (Motherboard) I know, you are all sick of me talking about SOPA. But folks, if you don’t act, don’t say I didn’t try to make you pay attention.

If you hate Big Government, fight SOPA (Doc) Even if you’re a Tea Party-er, you really need to act.

Vint Cerf: SOPA means ‘unprecedented censorship’, will undermine security (Cnet) Really, it’s not good.

Untangling the web: attention (Guardian) It doesn’t really untangle anything, but you learn something anyway.

10 Tech Gifts for Everyone in the Family (LifeScoop) If you are like me, you start shopping this week.

Some Thoughts On The Louis CK “Experiment” (AVC) A very important move in terms of getting talent to realize going direct, and around the industry that brought us SOPA, is a good thing. Smart.

The Future of Digital Advertising: Math + Magic (AdAge) Yep. Sounds like FM to me.

The Pirates of Youtube (Cory) Eye opening – the same folks behind SOPA are actually claiming IP owned by taxpayers – IE the goverment – is their own.

Amazon Big Brother patent knows where you’ll go (CBS) Amazon is in it to win it. Is the company ready for its Facebook/Google moment of scrutiny?

Top Economists Reveal Their Graphs Of 2011 (BBC) Visual porn about a tumultuous year in finance.

Announcing Federated Media Publishing’s 2012 Conference Lineup (FM) You don’t want to miss ‘em.

The ubiquity imperative: Why content needs to be everywhere (GO) I’ve said this for years. Make great content, let it flow…

As Facebook Aims at Millions of Users, Some Are Content to Sit Out (NYT) I predicted in January that Facebook buzz would die down…

Enough with the apps already (Winer) I also predicted the “Web reborn.” This is part of that.

Like This, Follow That: It’s the 10 Best Social-Media Campaigns of the Year (AdAge) More year end lists.

Zeitgeist 2011: How the world searched (Google) and more.

A Manifesto For Sustainable Capitalism (WSJ) Will anyone listen?

Is iAd Doomed? (DD) A question one might have asked a year ago.


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