US patent office gets testy – company takes the campaign viral

US Patent & Trademark Office won’t allow Norwegian underwear maker to trademark “Comfyballs,” which it deemed too vulgar.


Daily Roundup

I saw Cameron’s Job description advertised on Trademe yesterday.

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Finger of Blame: Corkery's question regarding when will the "Glove Puppets of Cameron Slater... off

Finger of Blame: Corkery’s question regarding when will the “Glove Puppets of Cameron Slater… off

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Hacking victim Sony’s emails expose their concerns about Dotcom

Some emails canvass the movie company’s views of the internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, and concerns about what might happen as a result of legal action against him.

In one email, Auckland lawyer Matt Sumpter, a partner at Chapman Tripp who is counsel to several Hollywood studios, described Mr Dotcom as an aggressive and unpredictable litigant.

The emails raise concerns about Mr Dotcom successfully suing the movie studios for damages, because his assets were frozen following the lawsuit against him and the now defunct Megaupload for copyright infrigement in 2014.

Another email from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s then head of information security Jason Spaltro sent to staff just after the MegaUpload case was filed, warned to be on the lookout for suspicious or malicious activity on its websites.

“Past actions involving MegaUpload have attracted hacktivist attention including distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks,” he wrote.

Yeah. ¬†Nothing to do with Kim Dotcom. ¬†Just like the hacking of Whaleoil had nothing to do with Kim Dotcom. ¬†And the Dirty Politics movement also had nothing to do with Kim Dotcom. ¬† Read more »


John Drinnan was wrong but continues to dance on the head of a pin pretending he was right

John Drinnan is more often wrong than right. He likes to interview his keyboard and claim high ethical standards even when he seeks to hound people out of jobs for nothing more than differing from him in their political outlook.

When he gets things wrong does he apologise?

A source said another option canvassed was the notion of a show in the style of Jono and Ben, or Hard Copy. In this column last week Рbased on a conversation that looked at the review of Campbell Live, I mistakenly attributed this idea to a TV3 document.

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Does anyone else think that Brian Gaynor banging on about transparency is a sick joke?

Brian Gaynor still has column in the NZ Herald, despite his company being under investigation for manipulating markets, and despite the Guardians of the Superfund pulling their warrant, for want of a better term.

The Herald seems to think his columns are just fine, and NZME. thinks his continued pushing of Kiwisaver ads on NewstalkZB is fine to.

Today’s column though is just taking the piss. He is banging on about transparency.

One of the major issues raised by the Ports of Auckland wharf expansion controversy is whether Auckland ratepayers have greater transparency and more influence over the company than they did when it was listed on the NZX.

Similar transparency and influence issues can be raised regarding Air New Zealand, Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy and Mighty River Power, all NZX listed and more than 50 per cent owned by the Crown.

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A reader emails Jim Hubbard


Jim Hubbard penned a disgusting cartoon about me and my travels to Gallipoli to honour my great-grandfather Harry Crozier.

A reader was incensed and emailed him. ¬†¬† Read more »

Mental Health Break

Campbell Live “consultation process” mere window dressing

MediaWorks management cut a key Campbell Live sponsorship deal, smoothing the path for the show’s axing, months before the company told staff it was conducting a formal review of the flagship current affairs programme.

Citing declining ratings and a need to improve financial performance, TV3 owner MediaWorks announced on April 9 Campbell Live‘s future was up in the air.

The news led to an outpouring of public support for the programme, including nearly 75,000 signing an online petition calling for the show to be saved, with the attendant publicity contributing to a 40 per cent spike in ratings this week.

Last night, in an open dig at network bosses who have suggested replacing the show with a soap opera, Campbell Live opened to the theme tune Let Me Entertain You.

The terms of the review initially called for consultation with affected staff, understood to number about 25, to end yesterday with a decision on the show’s future to follow shortly after.

But MediaWorks confirmed yesterday that the consultation process had been extended into next week.

However, a Weekend Herald investigation can reveal that earlier this year MediaWorks, in an unusual move, secretly trimmed the length of the show’s cornerstone sponsorship. Read more »

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Westeros from Game of Thrones compared to UK & Ireland

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