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Top Stories: November 21-25, 2011

The danger of SOPA, lessons from a Starbucks social experiment, and why the real world is writable.

Here’s a look at the top stories published across O’Reilly sites this week.

Congress considers anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries
With the SOPA and PROTECT IP acts, members of the U.S. Congress have advanced legislation that could undermine Internet industries and harm freedom of expression online.

Jonathan’s Card: Lessons from a social experiment
Jonathan Stark raised eyebrows last summer when he made his Starbucks card available for anyone to use. Here, Stark looks back on the “Jonathan’s Card” experiment and examines its lessons.

Exposing content via APIs
In this TOC podcast, Fluidinfo CEO Terry Jones says the real world is “writable” and he describes how APIs can offer powerful publishing solutions.

EPUB 3: Building a standard on unstable ground
“What is EPUB 3?” author Matt Garrish explains how EPUB 3 is shaped by web standards and how it addresses accessibility. He also shares his thoughts on Amazon’s KF8 and why EPUB will stay one step ahead of the competition.


Tools of Change for Publishing, being held February 13-15 in New York, is where the publishing and tech industries converge. Register to attend TOC 2012.

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