Digg Reader, which many bloggers would like to kiss on the mouth, is now available as an iPhone app. [TechCrunch]
Three key figures in the technology world were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame yesterday: storied venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, the late hacktivist Aaron Swartz and open source deity (and foot thing eater) Richard Stallman. [Business Insider]
A young Icelandic man who served as a long-time Wikileaks volunteer was actually a double agent, passing information about Wikileaks onto the FBI in exchange for $5,000. Cheap date. [Wired]
In case you didn’t already transfer your X-rated material over to Tumblr, Google doesn’t want you to make money off of your porny Blogger account. [The Verge]
PayPal has launched an initiative (read: viral marketing scheme) to help tackle payments in space. Makes sense, given how much its cofounder Elon Musk is invested in making it to Mars. [PayPal blog]
New York-based network TV streaming service Aereo is launching in Chicago in September. [Deadline]
Put Down The Blog
UPDATE 12/12/2011: As reporters at Forbes and The New York Times point out, there seems to have been a wide ranging campaign run by Ms. Cox against Obsidian Finance Group, a project that relied as much on sensational SEO as factual information. There is also an email from Ms. Cox which asks for money in exchange “online reputation protection”.
Crystal Cox, an Oregon based blogger, may have taken this whole DIY thing a smidge too far. It’s pretty common for bloggers to run their own mini publishing empires these days and break big news that sets the national agenda. Representing yourself in court, on the other hand, is still a little dicey.
Ms. Cox runs www.industrywhistleblower.com, http://www.judicialhellhole.com, and http://www.obsidianfinancesucks.com, blogs from which she assailed the investment firm Obsidian Finance Group. The firm sued her in January for defamation and in court, Ms. Cox argued that her blog, like so many others, was a mix of fact and opinion.
The judge seemed to buy that, throwing out the suits against all but one of the blog posts. As the Seattle Weekly reports however, “The judge ruled that this single post was indeed defamatory because it was presented, essentially, as more factual in tone than her other posts, and therefore a reasonable person could conclude it was factual.”
Based on that, the court awarded Obsidian $2.5 million in damages.