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No, an internet tax won't save journalism -- or newspapers

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As the traditional media business continues to flounder, a number of people seem to think that Guardian investigative editor David Leigh has come up with a smart new idea for saving journalism and newspapers in particular — namely, a tax on internet service providers that would be used to finance...
No, an internet tax won't save journalism -- or newspapers

Boston Globe knocks down paywall to jumpstart subscriptions

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For the next 12 days, readers can get free access to BostonGlobe.com by entering their email address. “The impetus for the free trial is getting the word out on new features, including the Boston Globe e-paper,” said Peter Doucette, Executive Director, Circulation Sales & Marketing. The e-paper is what is known...
Boston Globe knocks down paywall to jumpstart subscriptions

What the DOJ settlement means for ebook prices now

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On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved a proposed settlement put forth by the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that three publishers had colluded with Apple to fix ebook prices. Here’s what will happen next. Now that the settlement is approved, when will we see changes? According to...
What the DOJ settlement means for ebook prices now

US carbon experts see significant impetus for federal #capandtrade (Risk.net) #climate http://bit.ly/9OeN0E

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US carbon experts see significant impetus for federal #capandtrade (Risk.net) #climate http://bit.ly/9OeN0E

Mobile phone contracts: Which? calls for ban on price hikes mid-term

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Complaint to watchdog as Three joins Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile in raising cost of contracts for existing customersMobile phone network Three has joined Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile in raising the cost of monthly contracts for existing customers, adding impetus to a call to get such price hikes banned.Consumer organisation Which?...
Mobile phone contracts: Which? calls for ban on price hikes mid-term

One Kings Lane: From The LAX Arrivals Terminal To $200M In Revenue

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As Susan Feldman waited outside the Southwest Airlines arrivals terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in October 2008, she had a nervous feeling in her stomach, which she compares to blind date jitters. Except this wasn’t your traditional blind date. Feldman was meeting Ali Pincus, her soon-to-be co-founder, for the...
One Kings Lane: From The LAX Arrivals Terminal To $200M In Revenue

Alibaba VP In Response To Google Smackdown: 'Will Someone Please Ask Google To Define Android?'

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While Marissa Mayer is busy trying to figure out what to do with Yahoo’s new $4.5 billion in cash — recently gained from selling 20 percent of its holdings in Alibaba back to, well, Alibaba — the Chinese web and eCommerce giant has recently been in a heated exchange with...
Alibaba VP In Response To Google Smackdown: 'Will Someone Please Ask Google To Define Android?'

After being banned in Australia, Huawei plans increased 4G investment in India

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Chinese telecom firm Huawei is to increase its presence in India’s growing market and focus on 4G, after the company was barred from competing for a contract relating to Australia’s national broadband network on national security grounds. Now, according to a Business Line report, the company has set its sight on India,...
After being banned in Australia, Huawei plans increased 4G investment in India

CryptoParty Like It's 1993

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As Techdirt stories regularly report, governments around the world, including those in the West, are greatly increasing their surveillance of the Internet. Alongside a loss of the private sphere, this also represents a clear danger to basic civil liberties. The good news is that we already have the solution: encrypting...
CryptoParty Like It's 1993

Razer Blade review

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Typically, when a company wants to meet, you expect more of the same -- not a change in strategy, nor a decision to enter an entirely new product category. So when Razer wanted to meet us one bright, oddly cold San Franciscan morning last August, we certainly weren't expecting...
Razer Blade review
NPD: U.S. Windows Device Sales Down 21% On Last Year; Windows 8 Tablet Sales "Almost Non-Existent"

Is PRISM Precipitating A Bitcoin Sell-Off?

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Bitcoin has experienced a fairly massive drop in value over the weekend and into this week, moving from a peak of $118 on June 7 to a low of $89 on June 9. While precipitous drops and dizzying highs aren’t unusual for the cryptocurrency, BTC watchers are pointing to the...
Is PRISM Precipitating A Bitcoin Sell-Off?

SmartThings, a Kickstarter Hit, Raises $3M More From VCs and Angels

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SmartThings, a company that’s trying to wirelessly connect everyday devices and objects to the Internet, has raised $3 million led by First Round Capital. That’s on top of $1.2 million committed by backers on Kickstarter, where SmartThings more than quadrupled its funding goal on September, plus a €100,000 prize for...
SmartThings, a Kickstarter Hit, Raises $3M More From VCs and Angels

Online Game Developer Shanda Gets $2.3 Billion Buy-Out

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Shareholders in big Chinese online game developer Shanda Interactive Entertainment (NSDQ: SNDA) have voted in favour of a proposal by which its CEO and his family will take over the company. Tianqiao Chen’s offer of $41.35 per ADS share values the company at about $2.3 billion and will remove...
Online Game Developer Shanda Gets $2.3 Billion Buy-Out

Report: Apple, Google CEOs talk possible patent truce

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Could Apple and Google be ready to put their mobile patent unpleasantness behind them? A Reuters report on Thursday says that the two companies are in discussions about the various mobile patent issues that keep the two competitors at odds with each other. Those talks have extended as high up...
Report: Apple, Google CEOs talk possible patent truce

Why Microsoft Was Forced To Make A Tablet (MSFT)

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This is a news note from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research service focused on the mobile industry. Sign up for a free trial here. Yesterday, Microsoft announced plans to enter the PC market by designing and manufacturing at least two models of a new product called Surface. Make no...
Why Microsoft Was Forced To Make A Tablet (MSFT)

The Groupon deflation laid bare, and what it means for all tech IPOs

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Tonight, before the next financial week begins, I want to take a moment to stare at Groupon, and its marked recent decline. It’s important, as the tech IPO well could be quite poisoned if Groupon is about to suffer even greater losses. Facebook, for example, could experience public-market discomfort when it...
The Groupon deflation laid bare, and what it means for all tech IPOs
Harry returns in Pitfall! for iOS

Yahoo Dings "Do Not Track" Default (and Search Partner Microsoft)

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In a post today on its policy blog, Yahoo took aim at Microsoft’s controversial “Do Not Track” default in its Internet Explorer 10. Said Yahoo in a post titled “In Support of Personal Experience”: “Recently, Microsoft unilaterally decided to turn on DNT in Internet Explorer 10 by default, rather than...
Yahoo Dings "Do Not Track" Default (and Search Partner Microsoft)

The 'startup visa': Why Canada made it a priority & why the U.S. should too

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This is a guest post by Boris Wertz On Thursday, March 28, Canada announced that a new startup visa program would begin accepting applications. Governments can be notorious for slow change, especially in the eyes of entrepreneurs who move at an incredibly fast-pace. But Canada’s federal government moved impressively...
The 'startup visa': Why Canada made it a priority & why the U.S. should too
Affordable brainwave sensors could make typed passwords obsolete
FINALLY SOME SENSE: A 3D Printing Heavyweight Decides It's Not Necessary To Make Guns At Home

CDNify launches, based on OnApp's federated CDN

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A month after OnApp launched its CDN-in-a-box package for resellers, here comes an exemplary result: a new, startup-oriented content delivery network (CDN) called CDNify. CDNs using OnApp’s federation (OnApp also has its own effort here, CDN.net) can tap into the spare capacity of service providers around the world, with more...
CDNify launches, based on OnApp's federated CDN

On Android's Upgrade Path

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Many Android users complained that Google products like the mobile version of Google Buzz or Google Earth require Android 2.0 or Android 2.1, even if most people can't upgrade to the latest Android version without buying a new phone.Robin, a Google employee that answers questions in the Google Mobile Forum,...
On Android's Upgrade Path

Slideshark heads to iPhone, after owning Powerpoint presentations on iPad

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As much as you may hate Powerpoint presentations, sometimes you can’t avoid them — especially if they’re crucial to your business. Now Brainshark is bringing its popular Slideshark app to the iPhone, which will further the company’s mission to take the pain out of presentations. Just like on the...
Slideshark heads to iPhone, after owning Powerpoint presentations on iPad

Kevin Rose Interviews Elon Musk

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Digg founder and Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose recently sat down with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk for the twentieth episode of Foundation, a video series on Revision3 in which he interviews influential business leaders in the tech community. Their wide-ranging talk touched on Musk’s affinity for comic books, his...
Kevin Rose Interviews Elon Musk
Checking In With the Foursquare Founder Parting: More "Tense" (Of Course)

Sharp president reportedly heads to Taiwan to close key deal with Hon Hai

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Sharp is on the rocks right now, there’s little doubt in that, and its biggest hope for a revival lies in the hands on Hon Hai — the parent company of Apple partner Foxconn — and it looks like this week is d-time for a mooted deal between the companies....
Sharp president reportedly heads to Taiwan to close key deal with Hon Hai

GEMA Hikes Venue Performance Royalties 500%, Threatens Germany's Underground Club Scene

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GEMA is killing the music industry. Despite needing artists to survive, GEMA seems particularly hellbent on destroying any venue these artists might use to make money in its quest to secure even more money. It takes a certain level of diabolical shortsightedness and greed to "elevate" yourself above the rest...
GEMA Hikes Venue Performance Royalties 500%, Threatens Germany's Underground Club Scene

Micah Richards quits Twitter after three months of sustained racist abuse

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Manchester City player ditches his social networking account over vicious slurs but does not wish to involve policeThe Manchester City defender Micah Richards has left Twitter after receiving sustained racist abuse over the past three months. A spokesman for Richards told the Observer that the England full-back had reluctantly decided...
Micah Richards quits Twitter after three months of sustained racist abuse
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