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Judge rules Happy Birthday song is public domain

September 24th, 2015 at 5:51 pm » Comments Off

The LA Times reports “a stunning reversal of decades of copyright claims,” as a federal judge in Los Angeles declares Warner/Chappell Music does not hold a valid copyright claim to the “Happy Birthday To You” song. The royalties they demanded were not theirs to demand.

White House declares broadband internet a necessity: Report

September 24th, 2015 at 4:19 pm » Comments Off

Percentage of Households with Access to Download Speeds of 25 Megabits per Second or Greater, 2013. The message of a new report that was commissioned by the White House says that Broadband internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity.

North Dakota police can now weaponize their drones

September 9th, 2015 at 7:55 pm » Comments Off

A bill in North Dakota is aimed at making sure that police didn’t put weapons on drones has turned into a bill that accomplished exactly the opposite. North Dakota police can now put Tasers, pepper spray, and all types of non-lethal weapons on their drones.

Police in China arrest 15,000 people for Internet crimes

September 3rd, 2015 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

The Chinese government has begun to tighten controls on the internet as the police announced in August the arrests of about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardized Internet security.”

MIA federal rules stall Colorado’s ready-to-fly dronemakers

August 24th, 2015 at 5:46 pm » Comments Off

In Colorado, 15 of the first 500 FAA exemptions were granted to permit commercial drones to fly. But enabling those and other waiting businesses to spur an estimated $232 million in economic impact — and create more than 1,190 jobs — in Colorado by 2017 hinges on long-delayed rules based on a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court […]

Nine popular websites that are still blocked in China

August 3rd, 2015 at 7:58 pm » Comments Off

There’s a good chance the Great Firewall of China will shut you down if you don’t comply with the Chinese government’s regulations in censoring politically sensitive information.

Finland’s new government commits to Basic Income experiment

June 16th, 2015 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

The new government in Finland has committed to a Basic Income experiment as part of its program for government which was published in May. The commitment consists of one line: ‘Implement a Basic Income experiment’, in the ‘Health and Welfare’ section of the program.  

What if we didn’t all have to work to get paid?

May 29th, 2015 at 4:31 pm » Comments Off

Scott Santens has been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life.”  But what Santens really wants to know is, “If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?”  

Fossil fuels subsidies cost the world $10 million a minute

May 26th, 2015 at 6:35 pm » Comments Off

According to new estimates from the International Monetary Fund, which puts the cost of subsidizing fossil fuels at an enormous $5.3 trillion a year, or around $10 million a minute every day, global energy subsidies are quite a lot larger than most of us thought.  

Greenwald: iPhone encryption ‘petrified’ NSA

March 24th, 2015 at 2:25 pm » Comments Off

Glenn Greenwald, the writer who first reported on Edward Snowden’s stolen files, says that stronger encryption in Apple’s iPhones and on websites like Facebook has “petrified” the U.S. government because it has made it harder to spy on communications.  

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