California's internet tax battle reveals a clash of retail titans Amazon.com and Wal-Mart, making pawns out of American booksellers and consumers.
Violet Blue unapologetically covers the intersection of tech trends and media stories about corruption, hypocrisy and redemption from tech's fault line, San Francisco.
Violet Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. She contributes to ZDNet, CNET, CBS News, and SF Appeal.
Porn industry leaders held an expert/legal summit with .XXX's rep as the new TLD readies for launch. The Q&A to form adult's business plans for .XXX did not go well.
Open source software package Pantyshot sparked censorship and gender upheaval in the FOSS community: more that its original author is a woman resigning FOSS, and its current author is remorseless.
California joined other states in passing its own e-commerce affiliate tax law; Amazon.com responded by dropping all CA affiliates. Scrambling for tax money, states are trying to redefine 'physical presence' - and Amazon thinks it's unconstitutional.
Leading adult Android app creators and distributors MiKandi released the first app to combine game mechanics and explicit content. Violet Blue was happy to find out that the Femjoy Android App also happens to be tasteful and smart.
Adafruit Industries has released their first in a line of original, open-source jewelry: iCufflinks.
WWDC 2011 lacked innovation and exemplified a monoculture that casts the closing of Apple's Jobs-era legacy in a light of exclusivity, hostility, and heartfelt angst among those who felt that Apple's core strength was in its embrace of outsiders.
With the announcement at Apple's WWDC 2011 regarding iCloud music service (for a fee), those who get to play with Google's Music (Beta) - and general music lovers - are distinctly unimpressed.
A 58-year-old grandmother is sentenced to three years' probation and must attend cognitive behavioral therapy sessions as part of her criminal file-sharing sentence. Violet Blue asks psychologist Dr. Keely Kolmes, PsyD, if file-sharing is now considered a disorder.
First proposed as a free social media dating simulator, Cloud Girlfriend offers a faux “girlfriend experience” while Violet Blue wonders why they didn't take their dating sim lessons from Japan.