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July 16th, 2014 at 7:49 am

Helsinki’s ambitious ride-share project wants to end the need for car ownership

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The government of Helsinki, Finland will pilot an ambitious project to end the need for car ownership through a combination of taxis, ride-sharing apps, carpooling, and traditional public transit.

 

 

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July 15th, 2014 at 9:02 am

Online storage isn’t protected by the Fourth Amendment

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Content stored online simply do not have the same Fourth Amendment protections as physical data.

A judge in New York, a couple months ago, ruled that US search warrants applied to digital information even if they were stored overseas. The decision came about as part of an effort to dig up a Microsoft user’s account information stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland.

 

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June 28th, 2014 at 8:49 am

Disrupting Government – Why Countries Will Soon Have to Compete for their Citizens

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Futurist Thomas Frey: In 2002, Roger Ver was honing his entrepreneurial skills by selling products on eBay. It was in the aftermath of the Twin Towers disaster when one of his products called “Pest Control Report 2000” hit the radar of Homeland Security and he was charged and convicted of selling 14 pounds of explosives without a license.

 

 

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May 18th, 2014 at 8:46 am

Swiss government to pay every adult basic income of $2,800 a month

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The 2,500 francs would work out to be an income of 30,000 Swiss francs per year.

Every Swiss adult may start getting a salary of over $2,800 (2,500 francs) per month whether they work or not. Switzerland has based this on the idea that their citizens will have more time to devote to things they are intrinsically interested in, instead of spending the majority of their time worrying about how they are going to survive, as many individuals with entry level positions find it hard to meet their needs.  The income initiative promises every Swiss citizen a living wage , so they can always survive without basic financial worry.

 

 

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May 14th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Vietnam mobs burn factories in anti-China protest

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Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories.

This is an interesting turn. The one thing that the Chinese government cares about is their image, the China brand. They are super sensitive to criticism and push back, but how can you push back against spontaneous riots in other countries? And this outbreak had a double blow. The rioters attacked Taiwanese factories by mistake. This will tip the Taiwanese against unification with China, which China craves. In the past, the Chinese have rioted against Japanese products, and the Chinese government has used it to their political advantage. Now the situation is reversed. Will the riots spread to more cities and Asian countries? Will China back down to save it’s commercial reputation and foreign investments and markets?

 

 

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May 7th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Creative Commons founder launches crowdfunding project to end America’s political corruption

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Larry Lessig, Creative Commons co-founder, believes the Internet masses can overcome political corruption in America. Lessig is crowdfunding political races in five congressional districts to elect representatives who will make campaign finance reform their political priority. His idea has already raked in $447,546 in 4 days.

 

 

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May 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 am

U.S. weighs clemency for thousands of inmates jailed for 10 years

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Deputy Attorney General James Cole

Thousands of nonviolent federal prisoners are expected to take up an offer by the Obama administration to apply for early release. It’s an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

 

 

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April 29th, 2014 at 10:56 am

Waiting for patent reform is costing the U.S. billions of dollars

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The U.S. economy has lost $1.1 billion  due to inaction on the issue during the Senate’s two week recess.

After almost three weeks of heated debate the Senate Judiciary Committee left for April Recess on the doorstep of an historic deal to curb the scurrilous practices of patent trolls.

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March 25th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Code Academies Caught in the Government Sausage Factory

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Code academies have proliferated the higher education and vocational landscape over the past few years. They are posing big questions on the value of a formal four-year college computer science degree and answering consumer demand with a savvy proposition: come to us for an indispensable skill and we will line you up for a high paying job, without making you incur $100,000 in student loan debt.

 

 

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March 24th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Turkey’s Twitter ban backfires

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After banning Twitter last week, the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have failed spectacularly. Immediately following Turkey’s ban, Twitter issued an SMS workaround. Then,  “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey” became a globally trending topic on Twitter.

 

 

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