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Monday, April 19, 2010
FRESH events
Birchwood Cafe is a sponsor of the FRESH film and Tracy Singleton (Birchwood owner) will be moderating the post panel discussions on Wed & Thursday.

FRESH returns to Minneapolis just in time for EARTH DAY!  FRESH is celebrating their theatrical release with showings this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night @ 7pm at the Riverview Theater. 

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Advance tickets can also be purchased through the link above, at the Birchwood Counter and at the Riverview the night of each show.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
bad news / good news when court says FCC can't require net neutrality

Court Says F.C.C. Cannot Require ‘Net Neutrality’By EDWARD WYATTPublished: April 6, 2010WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a sharp blow to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to set the rules of the road for the Internet, ruling that the agency lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

via NY Times

The bad news is that according to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the FCC has little clout in regulating net neutrality.

The good news is:

  1. Congress may want to look even more closely at the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal. If we don't have a neutral net, Comcast can slow access to competitors' content and favor NBC and...
  2. Our legislative branch may finally decide to put a Net Neutrality law on the books.

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Is Yelp filtering reviews for a fee?

Yelp's Legal Troubles Mount

A San Francisco furniture store this week added its name (and court papers) to the list of small businesses accusing Yelp of extortion.

By Courtney Rubin |  Mar 18, 2010
Story at inc.com

Via @s4xton I just heard about the lawsuits (now numbering threee) alleging Yelp blocks positive site reviews unless a business pays for advertising or will filter out negative reviews if you do buy. Yelp is denying it and says that the complainants don't understand how Yelp's filtering works in protecting users from fake or "shill" reviews. My own guess is that there are some aggressive (and possibly rogue) Yelp salespersons who are writing their own scripts.

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Friday, April 02, 2010
Success: Seward Profile is sourced!
Following up on the last two posts, the Profile blog is sourced at Kathie Jenkins' Pioneer Press Restaurant column. Well, sort of. Seems somone forgot the opening "<" of the <a> element resulting in a missing link but a visible URL.

I did send along a note to Ms. Jenkins informing her of the issue.

Ms. Jenkins apologized and explained that it was a last minute item written under deadline and she simply forgot. Thank you, Kathie.

Accidents will happen. For me, I still have this lingering doubt that not sourcing the Star Tribune or New York Times would have triggered an alarm along the way. Somebody must look over the content besides the writer. Of course if I'm a copy editor and I see "neighborhood blog" I have no idea what blog she is talking about. It would seem a good starting point to refer to the name of the blog in full (in this case Seward Profile). Then if you forget the link, someone would have a clue as to where to look. I'm realizing I should have asked for naming the blog in my email. Darn. A name without a link is arguably better than a link without a name.

Erica at fresh.mn was kind enough to retweet and link here. I'll close with her (re)tweet as I think she makes a good point.

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"Borrowing" content from Seward Profile

I've contacted the Pioneer Press via email about republishing the Birchwood story from the Seward Profile (see last post). I sent the email to Kathie Jenkins and Life editor Heidi Raschke.

In the email, I pointed out the Creative Commons license I publish under prohibits commercial use of the content and it requires attribution. Given "fair use" under copyright, I don't really have a problem with summarizing and quoting a portion of the content even in a commercial venue. But not attributing and linking to the source is not OK and it's not something I expect to see in the twenty-first century from a major daily.

I've asked for the link and suggested an apology might be in order. I'll keep you posted.

We are all vying for attention on the web. Still we need to play by some basic rules and I don't think the size of your operation should make it OK to steal content from any of the many excellent local blogs that are providing relevant content to neighborhoods. I doubt if the Pioneer Press would appreciate my republishing its content and attributing it to "a local newspaper."

from my email to Pioneer Press

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Pioneer Press writer Kathie Jenkins forgets to link to Seward Profile

Kathie Jenkins at Pioneer Press read the Seward Profile story on the Birchwood Cafe expansion and then wrote about it in her Restaurant News column ("A Tree Grows in Seward"). She sourced a "neighborhood blog" and didn't provide a link.

Profile is one of my projects and Kathie, I'm happy to provide you with easy-to-serve copy-and-paste material but how about at least linking back to the source? Hey this is the web! You can still fix it! Just send folks to: http://sewardprofile.posterous.com/birchwood-expansion-plans-update-from-tracy. Thanks.

All will be forgiven.

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