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Why DC And Silicon Valley Don't Mix Well

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Larry Downes has a good piece over at Forbes discussing how it's often best for innovation if regulators stay the hell away from innovative industries. He notes the very different paces (innovation quick, regulation slow) and how that leads to bad outcomes: The wildly different clock speeds of Moore's Law...
Why DC And Silicon Valley Don't Mix Well

ACTA Is DEAD After European Parliament Vote

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This is a day of celebration. This is the day when citizens of Europe and the world won over unelected bureaucrats who were being wooed and lobbied by the richest corporations of the planet. The battleground wasn’t some administrative office, but the representatives of the people – the European Parliament...
ACTA Is DEAD After European Parliament Vote
Ron Paul group launches campaign against Internet regulation

Darell Issa Puts Old Leaked TPP IP Text Up For Discussion

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We've written a few times now about Rep. Darrell Issa, and the Madison platform his office has set up to allow for crowdsourcing opinion on legislation and other government documents. He originally used it for his OPEN Act, but then later posted the text of ACTA as well. His latest...
Darell Issa Puts Old Leaked TPP IP Text Up For Discussion

It's Time To Let Politicians Know That Using Secretive Trade Agreements To Meddle With The Internet Is Unacceptable

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Last week, we noted how the anti-SOPA protest had woken up people around the globe to one of the legacy content industry's favorite tricks: sneaking dreadful IP expansionist policies through international trade agreements. In particular, it woke people up to ACTA, an agreement that was basically a done deal, and...
It's Time To Let Politicians Know That Using Secretive Trade Agreements To Meddle With The Internet Is Unacceptable
Bootstrapping Your Startup: 7 Hard-Earned Tips From Real Entrepreneurs

Human Rights Lawyer Explains Why He's Working For Kim Dotcom: Exposing American Corruption

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We recently wrote about how Kim Dotcom has retained famed human rights lawyer Robert Amsterdam to explore whether or not there's a human rights angle to his case, specifically alleging "contract prosecution" by the entertainment industry. I'm still somewhat skeptical that such an argument could go anywhere, but Amsterdam himself...
Human Rights Lawyer Explains Why He's Working For Kim Dotcom: Exposing American Corruption

SOPA Supporters Urge White House To Use Secretive TPP Process To Insert Draconian New IP Laws

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We've been warning for a while about the TPP negotiations, and how the big interests who pushed SOPA were making a concerted effort to use the (very questionable and extremely secretive) nature of international trade negotiations to sneak through many of the things they wanted in SOPA, without any scrutiny....
SOPA Supporters Urge White House To Use Secretive TPP Process To Insert Draconian New IP Laws
Google Asks People To Speak Out Against ITU's Attempt To Takeover Internet Governance
Petition With 90,000 Signatures Of People Worried About TPP Hand Delivered To USTR Negotiators

Some More Inconvenient Truths: Al Gore Talks About "The Future" at SXSW

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Former Vice President Al Gore took to the stage at the SXSW interactive festival today to tell a packed auditorium at the Austin Convention Center about the future. No, really, “The Future,” which is the name of his new book, with the heavy-duty subhed of “Six Drivers of Global...
Some More Inconvenient Truths: Al Gore Talks About "The Future" at SXSW

US Invites Mexico, Canada To Join TPP Negotiations But With Less Power

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We've been talking about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) that's being negotiated among a bunch of countries around the Pacific rim. Of course, we've been mostly focused on the intellectual property section, though it covers a lot more than that. Through leaks, we've already seen that the agreement really...
US Invites Mexico, Canada To Join TPP Negotiations But With Less Power

This Seems Wrong: Samsung Just Hired A Judge Who Ruled In Its Favor Against Apple (AAPL, SSNLF)

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This seems odd, and perhaps wrong. So you know how Samsung and Apple are in the middle of a drawn-out, very expensive legal battle over patents? Well, back in November, a UK judge named Robin Jacobs came out with a ruling against Apple and in favor of Samsung. And now?...
This Seems Wrong: Samsung Just Hired A Judge Who Ruled In Its Favor Against Apple (AAPL, SSNLF)

USTR Gives MPAA Full Online Access To TPP Text, But Still Won't Share With Senate Staffers

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US Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk continues to insult the intelligence of the Senate. During a recent hearing Senate hearing at which Kirk appeared, Senator Ron Wyden once again quizzed Kirk about the lack of transparency the USTR has (video link, key point starts around 89 minutes and 30 seconds)...
USTR Gives MPAA Full Online Access To TPP Text, But Still Won't Share With Senate Staffers
Poutsch: Re-hacking Democracy, one question at a time

Can 'The Internet Vote' Be The Next Important Voting Bloc?

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I recently talked about how the cynicism of the "internet generation" is only helping to keep broken systems in place. I recognize that many people feel that their vote is useless, and think that voting for "the lesser of two evils" is not worth it. I also have sympathy for...
Can 'The Internet Vote' Be The Next Important Voting Bloc?

Darrell Issa Puts Old Leaked TPP IP Text Up For Discussion

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We've written a few times now about Rep. Darrell Issa, and the Madison platform his office has set up to allow for crowdsourcing opinion on legislation and other government documents. He originally used it for his OPEN Act, but then later posted the text of ACTA as well. His latest...
Darrell Issa Puts Old Leaked TPP IP Text Up For Discussion

Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

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We've talked plenty about the shameful position of the USTR on transparency when it comes to negotiating agreements like ACTA and TPP. While USTR Ron Kirk keeps insisting that the feds are being more transparent with TPP than any previous trade agreement, that just shows a complete misunderstanding of what...
Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

How Not To Build A 21st Century Trade Agreement: In Secret

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The USTR continues to pitch the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as a "21st Century" trade agreement. However, as the folks at EFF point out, the defining aspect of the 21st century is the fact that the internet has enabled unrivaled transparency. A trade agreement created in secret -- though...
How Not To Build A 21st Century Trade Agreement: In Secret

Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

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We've talked plenty about the shameful position of the USTR on transparency when it comes to negotiating agreements like ACTA and TPP. While USTR Ron Kirk keeps insisting that the feds are being more transparent with TPP than any previous trade agreement, that just shows a complete misunderstanding of what...
Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

Uber CEO urges Washington DC to backtrack on 'Minimum Fare' plans so it doesn't stifle competition

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The battle between Uber and Washington DC City Council is reaching a head, as yesterday we reported the driver-for-hire startup was taking umbrage at plans to pass an amendment to the taxi modernization bill that would make it illegal for Uber to lower its prices or to offer a low...
Uber CEO urges Washington DC to backtrack on 'Minimum Fare' plans so it doesn't stifle competition

How Does Yfrog Make Money?

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Yfrog is the the second-most popular way for Twitter users to upload and photos after TwitPic. (It's ahead of TweetPhoto.) We estimate the company has annual revenues hovering around $10 million. How? Don't brand advertisers usually avoid random-seeming user-generated content? They do, but Yfrog gets around this problem because it...
How Does Yfrog Make Money?

Newly Revealed Negotiating Documents Show How US Companies Had Excessive Input On ACTA

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The folks at EDRI and Access were able to get their hands on four "meeting notes" from the European Commission ACTA negotiators, concerning what happened at various meetings. This is especially important as the EU gets closer to an actual vote on ACTA. There are a number of issues raised...
Newly Revealed Negotiating Documents Show How US Companies Had Excessive Input On ACTA

The White House Wants To Hear From You Concerning Its Strategy For Intellectual Property Enforcement

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Victoria Espinel, the White House's Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, has announced the opening of a public comment period for people to give their thoughts to the administration on what it should be doing about "intellectual property enforcement." As always happens with "public comment" periods, expect large filings from big special...
The White House Wants To Hear From You Concerning Its Strategy For Intellectual Property Enforcement

Newly Revealed Negotiating Documents Show How US Companies Had Excessive Input On ACTA

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The folks at EDRI and Access were able to get their hands on four "meeting notes" from the European Commission ACTA negotiators, concerning what happened at various meetings. This is especially important as the EU gets closer to an actual vote on ACTA. There are a number of issues raised...
Newly Revealed Negotiating Documents Show How US Companies Had Excessive Input On ACTA

Add Mexico To The List Of Places Where ACTA Is Now Likely Dead

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The rejection of ACTA by the EU Parliament was a big deal that effectively killed off ACTA. We've seen US officials try to put on a happy face about all of this, claiming that ACTA still does important things for those who have agreed to it, but that's increasingly difficult...
Add Mexico To The List Of Places Where ACTA Is Now Likely Dead

Proposed Copyright Small Claims Court May Have A Bigger Impact Than The DMCA

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It's not surprising that a year-old proceeding launched by the U.S. Copyright Office, toying with the idea of creating a copyright-focused small claims court, has gone largely unnoticed. Private meetings in Dubai about the future of the internet, and copyright proposals in Germany that could change the way search engines...
Proposed Copyright Small Claims Court May Have A Bigger Impact Than The DMCA

Hornet Takes Aim at Grindr with $500K Raised and Massive Growth

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The latest and fastest growing gay networking app is Hornet, the mobile app taking aim at Grindr since the latter shifted focus to the straight dating market with Blendr. Hornet only launched in January (with its Android launch in April), yet it’s already raised $500,000 through AngelList, hit 150,000...
Hornet Takes Aim at Grindr with $500K Raised and Massive Growth
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