Storefront e-commerce

Cady’s Alley, a picturesque stretch of historic brick buildings along the old C&O Canal in tony Georgetown, has become a “pop-up bazaar” for a group of online retailers looking for a physical presence during the holidays.

Could crowdsourcing be a better way to make legislation?

In an attempt to come up with better laws on copyright, Reddit is crowdsourcing the creation of a Free Internet Act, while Public Knowledge is trying to introduce its own alternatives. But will crowdsourcing work, or will it just add to the chaos and confusion?

Gaiman: SOPA and PIPA are on the wrong side of history

Author Neil Gaiman said in an interview this week that the media industry is trying to “put genies back in bottles” with laws like SOPA and PIPA, and the Internet has fundamentally changed the landscape, just as Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press did.

Tim O’Reilly: Why I’m fighting SOPA

The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has drawn the ire of many tech industry leaders for its potential to squash innovation. GigaOM talked to O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly about why SOPA is wrong and what the tech industry can do to stop it.

Is adding Google+ to search a red flag for regulators?

Google is promoting its new “personalized search” features as an enhancement for users, but Twitter and others say the integration of Google+ results uses the company’s dominance in search to promote its own service, an argument that could turn up the antitrust heat in Washington.

Hate SOPA? 6 things you can do to stop it

Many of y’all are against the Stop Online Piracy Act, but it’s time for a bit of a reality check on working with Washington. While boycotting GoDaddy might feel good, here are six actions that will be more effective at changing politicians’ minds.