This day in history

2004, 2014, 2019, 2023.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readMar 29, 2024

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I’m on tour with my new, nationally bestselling novel The Bezzle! Catch me next weekend (Mar 30–31) at Wondercon in Anaheim, then Boston (Apr 11) with Randall “XKCD” Munroe, Providence (Apr 12) and beyond!

#20yrsago Action Comics #1 scanned and posted https://web.archive.org/web/20060708114557/http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG02/yeung/actioncomics/cover.html

#20yrsago Empirical data on file-sharing’s effect on album sales https://web.archive.org/web/20040531052739/https://www.unc.edu/~cigar/papers/FileSharing_March2004.pdf

#20yrsago Judge throws out Pooh charges against Disney https://web.archive.org/web/20040402103730/https://edition.cnn.com/2004/BUSINESS/03/29/pooh.lawsuit.reut/index.html

#10yrsago Microsoft changes policy: won’t read your Hotmail anymore to track down copyright infringement or theft without a court order https://memex.craphound.com/2014/03/29/microsoft-changes-policy-wont-read-your-hotmail-anymore-to-track-down-copyright-infringement-or-theft-without-a-court-order/

#10yrsago Big Data Kafka: US Government Watchlists and the secrecy whose justification is a secret https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/watchlist_briefing_paper_v3.pdf

#5yrsago Alex Jones’s deposition over his role in the harassment of Sandy Hook parents is a total shitshow https://www.huffpost.com/entry/we-got-alex-jones-deposition-video-it-was-a-predictable-disaster_n_5c9d06fae4b03218ee1ca133

#5yrsago Oklahoma Republicans introduce bill forcing doctors to warn abortion patients about the existence of an imaginary “reversible abortion” https://theintercept.com/2019/03/29/oklahoma-bill-abortion-reversal/

#5yrsago The Chinese Communist Party’s newspaper has spun out an incredibly lucrative censorship business https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/29/business/tech/censorship-pays-chinese-communist-party-newspaper-expands-lucrative-online-scrubbing-business/

#5yrsago War criminal and snowflake Erik Prince cancels Beloit College talk after student protests, threatens lawsuit https://web.archive.org/web/20190401223159/https://beloitcollegeroundtable.com/2019/03/28/scheduled-speech-from-erik-prince-shut-down-after-protests/

#5yrsag UPDATE: New York State goes after the Sackler family’s opioid fortune, claims they funneled their Oxy millions through offshore laundries https://memex.craphound.com/2019/03/29/update-new-york-state-goes-after-the-sackler-familys-opioid-fortune-claims-they-funneled-their-oxy-millions-through-offshore-laundries/

#5yrsago After the Parkland shooting, NRA official reached out to Sandy Hook denier to discuss possibility that it was an anti-gun conspiracy https://www.huffpost.com/entry/exclusive-nra-sandy-hook-hoaxer-parkland-shooting_n_5c8aa54de4b03e83bdbe59eb

#1yrago Naomi Novik’s Scholomance trilogy https://pluralistic.net/2023/03/29/hobbeswarts/#the-chosen-one

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