This day in history

2004, 2009, 2014, 2019.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readFeb 19, 2024

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I’m on tour with my new novel The Bezzle! Catch me next in SALT LAKE CITY (Feb 21, Weller Book Works) and SAN DIEGO (Feb 22, Mysterious Galaxy). After that, it’s LA, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and more!

#20yrsago How to get free iTunes from Pepsi with every bottle https://web.archive.org/web/20040319061658/http://www.macmerc.com/news/archives/1270

#20yrsago Woman sued for file-sharing brings RICO countersuit against RIAA https://forums.musicplayer.com/topic/44111-ironic-twist-riaa-sued-by-mom/

#20yrsago FCC Chairman’s astounding statement of Internet Rights https://web.archive.org/web/20041022115925/hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-243556A1.pdf

#20yrsago Free WiFi influences 40% of Schlotskys’s customers https://web.archive.org/web/20040404003117/http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040218005460&newsLang=en

#20yrsago Bnetd brief: a legal doc that *sings* https://web.archive.org/web/20040716143522/https://www.eff.org/IP/Emulation/Blizzard_v_bnetd/20040217_bnetd_Reply.pdf

#20yrsago Jim Macdonald explains writing https://web.archive.org/web/20040317104013/http://pub43.ezboard.com/fabsolutewritefrm3.showMessageRange?topicID=257.topic&start=1&stop=20

#20yrsago Story of the TiVo remote https://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/19/technology/now-preening-on-the-coffee-table.html

#15yrsago Geeks go to New Zealand Parliament to protest new copyright law https://www.flickr.com/photos/taniwha/sets/72157614045293527/

#15yrsago NYPD’s enforcement of non-existent subway photo-ban costing taxpayers a fortune in lawsuits https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/nyregion/18about.html?_r=1

#10yrsago American overseas volunteerism: what really works https://medium.com/thsppl/the-problem-with-little-white-girls-and-boys-b84d4011d17e

#10yrsago Hungry man defeats TSA’s war on peanut butter by spreading it on crackers https://takingsenseaway.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/letter-from-a-passenger-i-made-a-bagful-of-peanut-butter-crackers-and-was-no-longer-considered-a-terrorist-threat/

#10yrsago American citizen and EFF sue Ethiopian government for installing British spyware on laptop https://www.eff.org/press/releases/american-sues-ethiopian-government-spyware-infection

#10yrsago Dante for fun: kids books that retell the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso https://memex.craphound.com/2014/02/18/dante-for-fun-kids-books-that-retell-the-inferno-purgatorio-and-paradiso/

#10yrsago Tessellated Escher cookies https://www.flickr.com/photos/fdecomite/12598506655/in/pool-41894168726@N01

#5yrsago 童絵解万国噺: a wonderfully bizarre 19th century Japanese fanfic history of America https://twitter.com/nick_kapur/status/1062823813338091520

#5yrsago Public records requests reveal the elaborate shell-company secrecy that Google uses when seeking subsidies for data-centers https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/google-reaped-millions-of-tax-breaks-as-it-secretly-expanded-its-real-estate-footprint-across-the-us/2019/02/15/7912e10e-3136-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html

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