Monthly Archives: July 2009

John Gapper

If you are not certain of whether you are entitled to a piece of software or digital content, beware of storing it in the cloud.

That is one lesson from the intriguing case of Sergey Aleynikov, a former computer programmer at Goldman Sachs who has been accused of stealing software used in Goldman’s automated trading programme by uploading it to a server in Germany. Read more >>

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Fred Wilson corrects the reference in my review of Chris Anderson’s Free to him dubbing the business model that Chris advocates prefers as “freemium”. He attributes it to Jarid Lukin.

Fred, whose early stage investing group Union Square Ventures, is an investor in Twitter, goes on to make some interesting points about free and paid-for services on the internet: Read more >>

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Here is Chris Anderson’s final contribution to our debate about his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. See my earlier post An interactive review of Free by Chris Anderson for details. Please put comments on the entire debate at the foot of this post – I have switched off comments on the other posts.

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Here is my latest reply to Chris Anderson in our debate about his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. See my earlier post An interactive review of Free by Chris Anderson for details.

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Here is Chris Anderson’s latest contribution to our debate about his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. See my earlier post An interactive review of Free by Chris Anderson for details.

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Here is my response to Chris Anderson’s post below about my review of his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. See my earlier post An interactive review of Free by Chris Anderson for details of the review and this exchange of ideas.

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Here is Chris’s first salvo to my review of his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. See my earlier post An interactive review of Free by Chris Anderson for details of the review and this exchange of ideas.

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We are about to try something a bit different on this blog. I have reviewed the book Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson for Thursday’s FT and you can read the start of the review below. But, instead of leaving it at that, we are using the review as the stepping-off point for a debate.

Chris has agreed to respond to my review, and his first salvo will be published tomorrow morning here, at the same time as readers of the paper in Europe get a chance to read my review. I don’t know of any other cases (although there may be some) where an author has responded to a review simultaneously. Read more >>

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My column this week in the FT is on the New York fraudster: Read more >>

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We now have a new Hollywood villain to blame for the financial crisis – not a financial arbitrageur with slicked back hair, as in the original Wall Street film, but a hedge fund manager who has the effrontery to short stocks. To add to his crimes, he does it globally!

According to Nikki Finke’s blog Deadline Hollywood Daily, Javier Bardem is being enticed to play this repulsive character in Wall Street 2, Oliver Stone’s reprise of his 1987 film about the infamies of the Street. What could be more egregious than a short-selling hedgie with a Spanish accent? Read more >>