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Peter Thiel: “Competition is good for society, not good for business”

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Peter Thiel is the guest at April’s PandoMonthly event, and the serial investor (who famously part of Facebook) and well known Silicon Valley figure provided some unique and insightful comments on the business behind of startups. Talking about increased competition and lack of differentiation in the startup space, the PayPal founder...
Peter Thiel: “Competition is good for society, not good for business”

The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

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Big Monopoly has learned in the past century that when they look like a little spoiled brat having a tantrum, politicians will throw taxpayer money their way to shut them up. Therefore, this is a behavior they emulate as soon they are given a good enough excuse. It’s simply a...
The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

Are Google and Apple really 'monopolies'?

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Recent charges claiming that Google or Apple are monopolies, are monopolistic or wield monopoly power are simply false. And those who use the M word about these companies are misleading you, writes columnist Mike Elgan....
Are Google and Apple really 'monopolies'?

Ericsson sues Samsung over wireless patents after growing frustrated by 2 years of negotiation

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Ericsson is the latest to file a patent suit against Samsung after the Swedish telecoms firm accused the Korean electronics giant of refusing to sign a FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) licensing agreements after two years of negotiations. The company says that the issues centers around one of its patented technologies that...
Ericsson sues Samsung over wireless patents after growing frustrated by 2 years of negotiation

Should Creative Commons Drop Its NonCommercial & NoDerivatives License Options?

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While we're big fans of Creative Commons in general, for many years, we've raised questions about some of the licenses/clauses -- with the NonCommercial one being of particular concern. Almost four years ago, we worried about the very blurry line between what was commercial and what was non-commercial, and how...
Should Creative Commons Drop Its NonCommercial & NoDerivatives License Options?

Mayor Bloomberg Tells Stanford Graduates To Go To NYC For Tech

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“No other University in the world has so profoundly shaped our modern age,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today in his commencement speech at Stanford University. Bloomberg’s speech was relevant to both the tech and Stanford communities, and often self serving, as he touched on entrepreneurship, immigration reform, and marriage...
Mayor Bloomberg Tells Stanford Graduates To Go To NYC For Tech

Should Microsoft, Apple, And Google Adopt European-Style Cloud Choices?

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Next year, IDC estimates 391 million PCs will ship into the market. And on every Windows 8-based computer, SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud service, will come preinstalled. But that's far from Redmond's only advantage in the cloud. To log in to a Windows 8 PC, users will need a Microsoft account, which...
Should Microsoft, Apple, And Google Adopt European-Style Cloud Choices?

The enduring Apple TV Fantasy

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The enduring Apple TV Fantasy: Jean-Louis Gassée: My belief is that Apple TV sales numbers will continue to increase as the device is slowly, patiently improved and the ecosystem is enhanced. In a not-too-distant future we'll see explicit Apple TV apps, similar to those on iPhones and iPads. And someday,...
The enduring Apple TV Fantasy

Non-Apple’s Mistake

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Brilliant, must-read piece by Stanislav Datskovskiy: I argue that Apple now has not one but two monopolies: I) A nearly-total monopoly on computer (and pocket computer) systems designed with good taste. II) A total monopoly on the Microsoft-free, hassle-free personal computer. Mr. Jobs is indeed starting to behave like that...
Non-Apple’s Mistake

Apple Loses Copyright Case In China Over Infringing Copies Of China Encyclopedia

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We've pointed out for years that every time the US (mainly) pushes China to be stronger on IP laws, it backfires. Chinese officials know damn well that government granted monopolies are trade barriers that can be used to bludgeon the competition -- and they almost always use IP laws against...
Apple Loses Copyright Case In China Over Infringing Copies Of China Encyclopedia

Bill of Rights in Cyberspace, amended

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I’ve amended my proposed Bill of Rights in Cyberspace thanks to a suggestion in the comments from Jeff Sonderman: All data are created equal. I made that all bits are created equal, which broadens it somewhat and is quite relevant today in the discussion of net neutrality that will explode...
Bill of Rights in Cyberspace, amended
Why Firefox OS may bring balance back to the smartphone industry

New Research: Extending Copyright Massively Increases Prices, Limits Dissemination Of Knowledge

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Way back 1841, UK politician Thomas Macaulay famously argued against the extension of copyright by saying that such monopolies: We have, then, only one resource left. We must betake ourselves to copyright, be the inconveniences of copyright what they may. Those inconveniences, in truth, are neither few nor small. Copyright...
New Research: Extending Copyright Massively Increases Prices, Limits Dissemination Of Knowledge

Congressman to FTC: Hands Off Google

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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz best tread carefully if he opts to bring antitrust charges against Google. Because one misstep and Congress will get medieval on him. Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, feels that taking legal action against Google for alleged anticompetitive behavior is a lousy idea —...
Congressman to FTC: Hands Off Google

Here We Go Again: Apple's Pinch-To-Zoom Patent Rejected On Re-Exam

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We've talked in the past how the US Patent Office is really bad at getting it right with patents. This is supported by the fact that the vast majority of patents that are presented for a post-grant re-exam have some or all of their claims changed or rejected. That spells...
Here We Go Again: Apple's Pinch-To-Zoom Patent Rejected On Re-Exam

Historic Ruling Against First Modern Drug Patent In India

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As Techdirt has reported over the last year, the Indian government is becoming increasingly keen on using cheaper, generic versions of important drugs to treat diseases, rather than paying Western-level prices its people can ill afford. Intellectual Property Watch reports on another instance of the Indian authorities easing the way...
Historic Ruling Against First Modern Drug Patent In India

The Hypocrisy Of Congress: As Big A Threat To The Internet As The UN They're Condemning

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While it's great to see Congress continue to speak out against the UN's dangerous efforts to tax and track the internet to help out governments and local telco monopolies, it's pretty ridiculous for Congress to pretend that it's declaring "hands off the internet" when it has its own hands all...
The Hypocrisy Of Congress: As Big A Threat To The Internet As The UN They're Condemning

'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

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The last time Techdirt wrote about "pay for delay" deals, whereby a big pharma company essentially buys off manufacturers of generics so that the former can continue to enjoy monopoly pricing long after its patents have expired, things didn't look too good. Back in 2010, the Second Circuit had...
'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals Under Scrutiny In US, EU And UK

The hard truth: Newspaper monopolies are gone forever

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As newspaper companies like Advance Publications attempt to wean themselves away from a reliance on print — a transition that almost every mainstream publisher will likely have to emulate at some point — the full implications of this disruption are starting to become obvious. One is that a digital...
The hard truth: Newspaper monopolies are gone forever

Apple’s legal response to DOJ in eBook price-fixing case

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Ars Technica posted Apple’s legal response (PDF) to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the Cupertino, Calif.-based Company, and six publishers, for allegedly conspiring to fix eBook prices. In the document, Apple condemned the federal government for siding with ”with monopoly, rather than competition,” and then called the Department of Justice’s complaint ”fundamentally...
Apple’s legal response to DOJ in eBook price-fixing case

Famous judge spikes Apple-Google case, calls patent system “dysfunctional”

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A U.S. judge yesterday threw aside a much-anticipated trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents. The decision and a blog comment by the same judge could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that has spiraled out of control. In his remarkable ruling, U.S. Circuit...
Famous judge spikes Apple-Google case, calls patent system “dysfunctional”
Cable companies called 'monopolies that stifle competition and innovation'

Cable Problems Show The Problems With Limited Monopolies

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Cable Problems Show The Problems With Limited Monopolies

Wireless Executives Decry Regulation and Monopolies

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In the keynote session opening the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, chief executives from some of the world's largest telecom operators predicted continued growth for the wireless industry, yet said that regulations need to be changed to capture those opportunities....
Wireless Executives Decry Regulation and Monopolies

Telkomsel's new unlimited messaging plan gives Indonesians an alternative to BBM

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As far as monopolies go, word on the interwebs is BlackBerry holds a pretty major one with its own BBM in Indonesian territory. According to DailySocial, though, that all could be changing soon thanks to Telkomsel's newly introduced all-you-can-message plans. The deal's fairly simple, the Indonesian carrier's bundling applications...
Telkomsel's new unlimited messaging plan gives Indonesians an alternative to BBM

Local newspapers' crisis: is hyperlocal journalism the answer?

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Many apologies for the hiatus in my serialisation of What do we mean by local?* I am pleased to return with an extract from a chapter by David Baines, a lecturer at Newcastle university.Hyperlocal journalism is the rage, with all manner of experiments having been tried both by individuals and...
Local newspapers' crisis: is hyperlocal journalism the answer?

My bid for tech liberty: how have I done so far?

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At the start of the year I made a decision to restore some of the imbalances in today's tech ecosystem. Here's how I got onAt the beginning of 2012 I made a decision: to opt for more liberty in my use of technology. I'd been watching as big companies and...
My bid for tech liberty: how have I done so far?

Internet Defense League’s ‘bat signal’ to warn of threats to the Internet

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Following the online activism that led to the demise of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, some of the same cast of characters are forming a new entity under the name of the Internet Defense League. Members of the group — which purports to protect the Internet from...
Internet Defense League’s ‘bat signal’ to warn of threats to the Internet

Apple Now a Bit Easier to Deal With, and Other Observations From France Telecom's Straight-Talking CEO

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Apple, while still a force to be reckoned with, has become a bit easier to deal with under Tim Cook, at least according to one major European operator. “Apple has (become) more flexible, paying more attention to everyone else, probably a little less arrogant than they used to be,” France...
Apple Now a Bit Easier to Deal With, and Other Observations From France Telecom's Straight-Talking CEO

EU Telcos To UN Regulators: Divert More Money Our Way And No One's Internet Gets Hurt

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Back in June, we wrote about the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO) and its "proposal" to basically tax the internet, which they're hoping the ITU will adopt later this year. The thinking here is not hard to figure out. These are old school (either state run or formerly state...
EU Telcos To UN Regulators: Divert More Money Our Way And No One's Internet Gets Hurt
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