This weeks links (2014-03-17)

In brief:

* Veronica Mars’ most devoted fans upset at their Kickstarter movie ‘reward’ (2014-Mar-17) [The Age]
… Fans were in for a rude shock however, when they found out that in order to watch the film, they had to register for both social film website Flixster and cloud-based streaming service UltraViolet. Following this, users were forced to watch the movie inside an app, rather than actually have a downloaded copy of the film which could be watched anywhere, or transferred to a different device. …
Chalk up another fail for studios and their abhorrent DRM solutions.

* US cedes control of ICANN (2014-Mar-17) [The Australian]
The decision begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. That’s a not-for-profit agency launched in 1998 by the Commerce Department to govern the system that assigns website addresses and directs internet traffic.

* Tony Abbott questioned by Newtown High Students

Cycling:

* 2014 Tirreno Adriatico – Stages 4 & 5

Some reading/listening:

* Humble eBook Bundle 3
Get this bundle of literary greatness for an awesome deal – all while supporting charity! Pay what you want for Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, Jumper, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, and Zombies Versus Unicorns – An Anthology. Pay more than the average and you’ll also get Uglies and Mogworld. Pay $15 or more to receive an exclusive audiobook, Homeland, by Cory Doctorow and narrated by Wil Wheaton.

Something from Bandcamp:


World of Wonders by Brandon Fiechter

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