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Have Tweets, Will Travel

Twitter has become a hot commodity. In fact, Twitter grew 1,383% in the past year from 475,000 users to 7 million users, according to Nielsen. Tweeting is so hot that web entrepreneur Jeff Pulver is planning a conference in its honor. The 140 Character Conference will span 2 days (June 16-17) at New World Stages in New York City. The conference will focus on the effects of Twitter on media, advertising, and celebrities. In his blog, Pulver wrote that he is designating a special section of the show just for Twitter apps and a Best of Show Award for killer apps.

Licensing by the Book

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recently settled its copyright infringement suit against the Iowa-based Creative Edge Master Shop and its affiliate Flex Kits, LLC. According to the suit, Creative Edge was installing and using multiple copies of software without proper licenses, including titles by Adobe Systems, Inc.; AutoDesk, Inc.; Apple, Inc.; and others. As part of the settlement, Creative Edge agreed to the following: making a six-figure payment, bringing its licenses up-to-date, using only licensed software in the future, and adopting internal compliance measures to prevent any future infringements. The case is part of SIIA's corporate anti-piracy initiative to help the industry find businesses and organizations using illegal software.

"Every business has an obligation to ensure that its software is legal and licensed," according to a statement released by Keith Kupferschmid, SIIA senior vice president of intellectual property policy and enforcement. "Companies must have valid licenses for the software installed in their offices, or face significant legal repercussions and payouts that far outweigh the price of purchasing legitimate software."

Not Just for the Birds

Here's a tale that takes an entirely new spin on user-generated content, mashups, and good oldfashioned collaboration. …

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