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+ - Smashwords Now Vows to Fight Paypal Censorship, Start "a Fire" ->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, has negotiated a delay with PayPal regarding their recent pressure on ebook publishers to delete legal erotic content and now intends to fight this decision. Said Coker: "PayPal is asking us to censor legal fiction. Regardless of how one views topics of rape, bestiality and incest, these topics are pervasive in mainstream fiction. We believe this crackdown is really targeting erotica writers. This is unfair, and it marks a slippery slope. We don't want credit card companies or financial institutions telling our authors what they can write and what readers can read. Fiction is fantasy. It's not real. It's legal." Some Smashwords writers are spitefully tagging their own books with the objectionable concepts that PayPal wants deleted. Stephen Fry recently tweeted about the situation, calling it "madness." "Let's start a little fire, shall we?" said Coker."
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+ - Writers Demand YouTube "Literature" Category->

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Miracle Jones (976646) writes "Galleycat, The Rumpus, and The New Yorker are reporting on a new campaign by The Fiction Circus to get a "literature" category added to YouTube, since there are already categories for entertainment, politics, blogs, movies, comedy, sports, music, education, and science. From The Fiction Circus:

“You will note that while Google has made serious, extremely well-organized attempts to purchase and control all out-of-print literature and create a massive online digital library, they have not bothered to create a ‘literature’ category for YouTube, revealing once again that they would be terrible shepherds for the human inheritance of written knowledge. Perhaps it can be argued that literature is ‘entertainment.’ But aligning literature with ‘entertainment’ is disingenuous. Literature is never merely ‘entertainment.'"

Is this a good idea? Why doesn't YouTube have categories for arts and literature?"

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+ - Finally, Computers Can Do It->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes ""I am publishing my new short story collection "Soil" inside a fully-functional USB rubber vagina that holds 4 gigabytes of data storage."

"Soil" is the companion volume to last year's "Seed," which I published inside a miniature USB dildo.

"Until now, it has not been possible for your computer to have sex with a different computer, a portable music device, a smartphone, or a gaming console. I would like to change this.""

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Wikipedia

+ - Crowdsourcing Literary Translation->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "From "The Translation Nexus:"

"During February of 2011, The Fiction Circus held an experimental contest designed to solve a "world problem" that has caused our greatest American authors to be ignored and maligned all over the globe. In order to correct our deep American ignorance, we have created a system — hopefully a standard — that will allow "important literature" to flow back and forth between countries with the same grace as wacky YouTube videos of cats or torture. We want to show that it is possible to apply the same dynamics that make Wikipedia and Bittorrent effective toward the process of translation. We want to show that poets, linguists, and other language artists are just as willing to donate their talents to the internet as encyclopedophiles and pornographers.""

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+ - Literary Mag Switches to Open Source Slush Pile->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "The NYC online literary magazine "The Fiction Circus" is pioneering an open-source, living slush pile, where short story submissions are ranked via a Reddit system and editors comments are tracked along with the comments of writers and the general public. The magazine feels that the new system will increase transparency and fairness, while at the same time building a community and training fiction writers to be better at online social networking."
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+ - Amazon Provokes Big-Time Ebook Rights Fight->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "The biggest NYC agent (Andrew "The Jackal" Wylie) and the biggest NYC publishing house (Germany's Bertelsmann Corporation, also known as "Random House") are no longer doing business together, at odds because of a big-time fight about electronic rights. Last week, Wylie started its own ebook publishing company called Odyssey Editions in order to distribute backlist books exclusively to the Amazon Kindle. Random House, calling Wylie direct competition, has declared they will no longer buy books from the agency. Either way, Amazon wins."
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+ - Apple Reverses "Ulysses" Ban->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "After massive public outcry, Apple has decided to reverse its ban on the "Ulysses" comic book app "Ulysses Seen." But what does that mean for the rest of the "Ulysses" comic, and later chapters where the novel actually does get down and dirty? Will the piecemeal publication of a "Ulysses "comic app force Apple to slowly come to grips with the fact that it cannot control the internet?"
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+ - Apple Censors "Ulysses" App in Time For Bloomsday->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "Apple has censored a "Ulysses" comic book app — just in time for "Bloomsday" — because of a picture of Buck Mulligan's stately, plump cartoon penis. Not since Amazon removed digital copies of "1984" from people's Kindles while they slept has there been such a hilarious episode in the ongoing slapstick farce "Let's See What Happens When Corporations Become Publishers.""
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+ - Dick Head Found in Red Booty->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "The missing head of the Philip K. Dick android has finally been discovered in St. Petersburg, confiscated in an Interpol sting against the Russian software piracy syndicate "Little Bear." "They were using the head basically as a portable hard drive to transport pirated ebooks, movies, games, and data between Russia and South America," said Detective Andrei Supernov. "I think they thought it was funny.""
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+ - Judge Chin Says He Will Cut the Google Book Settle->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "In a move that has shocked the publishing world, Judge Denny Chin has filed a brief saying that he has decided to cut the Google Book Settlement in half, letting Google host the first half of every book the company has scanned, and letting other interested stakeholders fight for the rights to the rest.

"We think this is a hard decision, but a fair one," said John Peter Franks for Google. "We would like to be able to host and control whole books, but at least we get the front half.""

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+ - Pirate Sting Uncovers Missing Head of Philip Dick ->

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Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones writes "The missing head of the Philip K. Dick android has finally been discovered in St. Petersburg, confiscated in an Interpol sting against the Russian software piracy syndicate "Little Bear." "They were using the head basically as a portable hard drive to transport pirated ebooks, movies, games, and data between Russia and South America," said Detective Andrei Supernov. "I think they thought it was funny.""
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