If you wouldn’t mind using another publication to advertise your infringement tool, we’d appreciate it.The New York Times senior counsel Richard Samson • Offering a harsh-as-heck response to the creator of Scrollkit, a startup which allows you to visually lay out web content. Cody Brown, the creator of the app, used it to show how one can create an equivalent design to the NYT’s iconic “Snow Fall” layout quickly, leading the newspaper’s lawyers to strike back with full brunt force, ordering Brown to take down a claim that the app can recreate the story within an hour — something Brown actually did and posted video of — from Scrollkit’s website. FWIW: We’ve used Scrollkit before, and it existed long before this current issue. It’s not simply an infringement tool and to call it as such is not fair to Brown.
richardselby asks: don't you think there's gonna be a great deal of contention between companies with er... unscrupulous labor practices using Tumblr as an ad platform and the large and vocal social justice community on the site?
» SFB says: Newspapers cover the social justice community too, and sometimes they run ads from companies whose interests don’t match their own. That doesn’t mean it affects the content being created. It’s what folks in the newspaper business call a “church and state” thing. I’d recommend everyone take a wait-and-see approach. If it turns out we get an ad like this Atlantic ad, then we should probably complain. — Ernie @ SFB
In the encounter in the apartment, something went wrong.Former FBI assistant director and CBS News senior correspondent John Miller • Discussing the violent confrontation between the agency and Ibragim Todashev, a Florida man who was friends with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and got into a violent confrontation with the FBI early this morning. Todashev, who was being questioned by the agency over his ties to Tsarnaev, was killed. An FBI agent was injured in the encounter. “He had been interviewed along with a number of other people in the apartment complex, but the interest in him was higher because of a couple of factors: He was in contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, he had been to Boston to visit him, and he was planning a trip to Chechnya,” Miller explained.
The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations. They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.Steve Wilhite, the creator of the GIF, chiming in on the pronunciation of the word. (As everyone knows, choosy memes choose “jif.”) Wilhite, a former CompuServe employee, created the format in 1987 and is to receive an award for his creation tonight.