The 404 1,460: Where it’s still so early (podcast)

On today’s 404 episode we’ll tell you how Microsoft is breeding the next generation of young exterminators, why you’ll never see the words “massive,” “epic,” and “amazeballs” on Gawker sites ever again, and how seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can play a big part in crowdsourced local business reviews.

    



The 404 1,454: Where you’re not invited (podcast)

Oh, you thought weddings were expensive? You probably didn’t hire a “social media concierge” for $3,000. Yes, it’s a thing. That story plus the world’s first cybernetics-assisted Olympics, called the Cybathlon; an app that sends someone to the post office for you; and checking in with the Million Dollar Homepage nine years after the fact.

    



Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

First time accepted submitter tor528 (896250) writes “Patent troll Personal Audio has sued top podcasters including Adam Carolla and HowStuffWorks, claiming that they own the patent for delivery of episodic content over the Internet. Adam Carolla is fighting back and has started a Fund Anything campaign to cover legal fees. From the Fund Anything campaign page: ‘If Adam Carolla loses this battle, then every other Podcast will be quickly shut down. Why? Because Patent Trolls like Personal Audio would use a victory over Carolla as leverage to extort money from every other Podcast.. As you probably know, Podcasts are inherently small, owner-operated businesses that do not have the financial resources to fight off this type of an assault. Therefore, Podcasts as we know them today would cease to exist.’ James Logan of Personal Audio answered Slashdotters’ questions in June 2013. Links to the patent in question can be found on Personal Audio’s website. The EFF filed a challenge against Personal Audio’s podcasting patent in October 2013.”

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