This day in history

2004, 2009, 2014, 2019.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readApr 11, 2024

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I’m on tour with my new, nationally bestselling novel The Bezzle! Catch me CHICAGO (Apr 17), Torino (Apr 21) Marin County (Apr 27), Winnipeg (May 2), Calgary (May 3), Vancouver (May 4), and beyond!

#20yrsago Remembering gopher https://www.wired.com/2004/04/gopher-underground-technology/

#20yrsago MSFT pays $440MM to settle DRM patent dispute https://www.theregister.com/2004/04/12/ms_settles_intertrust/

#15yrsago Billboards versus the attention economy: critical essay from 1960 https://web.archive.org/web/20090414052206/http://howtolookatbillboards.com/

#10yrsago RIP, Sue Townsend https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-26982680

#5yrsago Text-mining journalists find that lawmakers introduced 10,000 bills that were copypasted from lobbyists’ “model legislation” https://publicintegrity.org/politics/state-politics/copy-paste-legislate/you-elected-them-to-write-new-laws-theyre-letting-corporations-do-it-instead/

#5yrsago Someone is targeting “critical infrastructure” safety systems in networked attacks https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/04/mysterious-safety-tampering-malware-infects-a-2nd-critical-infrastructure-site/

#5yrsago Courts and cops don’t know what to do with “sovereign citizens,” the delusional far-rightists who claim the law doesn’t apply to them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_y-gLm9Hrw

#5yrsago Amazon stores recordings of Alexa interactions and turns them over to internal staff and outside contractors for review https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio

#5yrsago Teen Vogue explains capitalism https://www.teenvogue.com/story/what-capitalism-is

#5yrsago French officials call Project Gutenberg archive, 15 million ebooks, Grateful Dead recordings and Prelinger Archive “terrorism,” demands removal from Internet Archive https://www.techdirt.com/2019/04/11/eu-tells-internet-archive-that-much-site-is-terrorist-content/

#5yrsago Brexit is cratering London house prices https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/house-prices-in-london-southeast-u-k-forecast-to-keep-falling

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