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Big Switch turns bearish on OpenDaylight Project as SDN standards advance

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Just as some people had foreseen, the participants in the OpenDaylight Project for standardizing software-defined networking (SDN) are having trouble getting along. Big Switch Networks, an SDN player that jumped in deep with the vendor-led consortium as a top-of-the-line platinum member, implying financial and developer contributions to the project, is...
Big Switch turns bearish on OpenDaylight Project as SDN standards advance
The German Pirate Party's rise from DRM opponent to legitimate political force

Act on Acta now if you care about democracy and free speech | David Meyer

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The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement could criminalise internet users globally. But it hasn't been ratified yet …Acta is the latest copyright enforcement scheme to cause alarm among digital activists. Given its reach, this is understandable.The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement is, despite its name, effectively an international treaty that forces signatories to criminalise...
Act on Acta now if you care about democracy and free speech | David Meyer

UK 'Snooper's Charter' Seeks To Eliminate Pesky Private Communications

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As expected, the UK government has published its Draft Communications Bill (pdf) -- better known as the "snooper's charter," since it requires ISPs to record key information about every email sent and Web site visited by UK citizens, and mobile phone companies to log all their calls (landline information is...
UK 'Snooper's Charter' Seeks To Eliminate Pesky Private Communications

Bitcoins burning a hole in your pocket? Try ordering some takeout

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You can already spend Bitcoins on hand-crafted goods on Etsy, and you can keep romance alive on OKCupid using the crypto-currency. Now, thanks to Foodler, you can order food with Bitcoin from more than 17,000 restaurants nationwide. Paying for food online with Bitcoins isn’t new. Pizzaforcoins has famously set up...
Bitcoins burning a hole in your pocket? Try ordering some takeout

VCs hope Europe's cloud will produce a $1 billion exit

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Everyone’s getting high on cloud technology. But who are the successful data center startups, what are VCs looking for are what kind of deal flow is Europe seeing? GigaOM senior writer David Meyer discussed the issue with Index Ventures general partner Bernard Dallé, DFJ Esprit partner Richard Marsh and T-Venture Holding CEO Georg Schwegler during a...
VCs hope Europe's cloud will produce a $1 billion exit

Some Wonder If This Is The Next Big Smartphone Platform (GOOG, NOK, MSFT, AAPL)

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Early this morning, Jolla, a company founded by former Nokia employees, showed off early previews of a new mobile operating system under development. It's called Sailfish OS and it's based on MeeGo, which Nokia open-sourced after it adopted Microsoft's mobile OS for its own phones. GigaOm's David Meyer, who covered the announcement from...
Some Wonder If This Is The Next Big Smartphone Platform (GOOG, NOK, MSFT, AAPL)

NSA Spying Revelations Start To Cause Outrage In Europe; China Next?

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News that the NSA has unfettered access to most of the leading Internet services inevitably has an international dimension. After all, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google and the rest of the Naughty Nine all operate around the world, so spying on their users means spying on people everywhere. Indeed, as Mike...
NSA Spying Revelations Start To Cause Outrage In Europe; China Next?

Podcast: Bitcoins bite the dust? Uh-oh, Aereo and Austin's fiber

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Whether you think they are a Ponzi scheme or the future of money, Bitcoins were all over the news this week as the value of the digital currency crashed. Hard. We get to the bottom of what Bitcoins are and what this grand financial experiment is all about. Speaking of...
Podcast: Bitcoins bite the dust? Uh-oh, Aereo and Austin's fiber

Google may be winning battles with publishers, but it is losing the war

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Google is clearly trying hard to portray a new German law involving the republishing of news as a victory, and some observers seem to agree, saying the company “defeated” publishers who wanted it to pay for the right to publish excerpts. But if you look more closely, this is not...
Google may be winning battles with publishers, but it is losing the war

UK Report Blames The Internet For Terrorism, Says ISPs Should Take Down Content

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It appears that technologically clueless, reactionary politicians blaming the internet for terrorism and demanding ways to censor content are not just limited to US Senators named Lieberman. Nope, it appears that some elected officials over in the UK have similarly allergic reactions to the internet. The Home Affairs Committee in...
UK Report Blames The Internet For Terrorism, Says ISPs Should Take Down Content

UK 'Snooper's Charter' Seeks To Eliminate Pesky Private Communications

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As expected, the UK government has published its Draft Communications Bill (pdf) -- better known as the "snooper's charter," since it requires ISPs to record key information about every email sent and Web site visited by UK citizens, and mobile phone companies to log all their calls (landline information is...
UK 'Snooper's Charter' Seeks To Eliminate Pesky Private Communications

Another Music Service Shuts Down, Blames Ridiculous Licensing Fees

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We've seen it for years: the legacy recording industry insists that it needs stronger and stronger "enforcement" and laws in order to stop infringement. Yet, every time it gets its wish, it doesn't have any long term impact on infringement, and absolutely no impact on sales. In other words, more...
Another Music Service Shuts Down, Blames Ridiculous Licensing Fees

Everyone's Up In Arms Over Instagram's Terms Of Service They Didn't Read In The First Place

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It never fails. No one actually reads the various terms of service for the different online services you use, but when someone finally does -- out of boredom or (more likely) because the terms are changing (yet again!) -- it's not uncommon to see sudden mass outrage. It seems to...
Everyone's Up In Arms Over Instagram's Terms Of Service They Didn't Read In The First Place

The French Pigeons Are Revolting -- And That's Good

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One of the reasons the copyright lobby has been able to get so far with Net-hostile legislation like SOPA/PIPA and treaties like ACTA and TPP is that the companies affected adversely -- both big Internet players and smaller startups -- have failed to make their voice heard effectively. That's finally...
The French Pigeons Are Revolting -- And That's Good

Welcome to GigaOM Europe

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Well, hello. The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a little addition to the GigaOM navigation bar: Europe. That’s because from today we’re adding a new channel to the network that brings our coverage of European companies and issues into one place. The idea is to give Europe’s exciting companies...
Welcome to GigaOM Europe

How London's Tech City help will solve youth unemployment

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In case you didn’t know, the Eurozone’s in trouble. The blame for this conundrum seems to shift daily. Beyond the usual suspects of Greece, Portugal et al., The Economist has taken a hit at French leader Francois Hollande’s proposed economic reforms or lack thereof, much to Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg’s chagrin. Germany’s...
How London's Tech City help will solve youth unemployment

Here's Why Your Future Car Will Be Full Of Apps

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Apps are already making their way into cars. Ford has embraced the connected car movement with its Sync platform, which integrates apps like Amazon Cloud Player, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Live into the car dashboard. And the Tesla Model S touchscreen connects to the Internet for access to things...
Here's Why Your Future Car Will Be Full Of Apps

Deutsche Telekom, Bertelsmann invest in a German content factory

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As my colleague David Meyer recently wrote, carriers like T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom need to invest in non-core areas to avoid becoming merely pipes. Now DT’s T-Venture arm is amongst those backing Content Fleet, a data-driven startup that identifies content web users want – then writes it for them. Aiming...
Deutsche Telekom, Bertelsmann invest in a German content factory
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Can Berlin be a real startup hub without a real airport?

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Late last night I landed in Berlin. It’s been a few months since my last visit, and this time I’ve come along to speak at The Zeitgeist Project, a fringe event taking place on the eve of IFA — one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics shows. I’m taking the...
Can Berlin be a real startup hub without a real airport?

Twitter’s expanded tweets are a double-edged sword

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As we reported on Wednesday, Twitter is in the process of rolling out what it calls “expanded tweets,” a new feature on both the web and mobile version that shows additional content for certain publishers and services, such as the New York Times and ABC News. In some ways,...
Twitter’s expanded tweets are a double-edged sword
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