The Netherlands Must Outlaw Downloading, EU Court Rules

This will probably cost the copyright owners millions, because the current system won’t work any more. Considering studies keep showing that freely shared content sells better than DRM content, copyright will shoot itself further in the foot. Well done on furthering shortsighted, US business interests, EU. The Netherlands Must Outlaw Downloading, EU Court Rules (Update) Read more about The Netherlands Must Outlaw Downloading, EU Court Rules[…]

Bitcoin bloodbath as China shutters all trading sites

China’s central bank has ruled that all banks and payment service providers in the country must cease dealing in Bitcoin. The ruling, effective from April 15th, basically shutters all Bitcoin trading sites in the Middle Kingdom and means cash purchases will soon be the only way to buy into the virtual currency. via Bitcoin bloodbath Read more about Bitcoin bloodbath as China shutters all trading sites[…]

OKCoin Raises $10 Million to Become China’s ‘Largest Exchange’

OKCoin has grown rapidly over the past few weeks and is now the biggest Chinese exchange, according to its CEO Star Xu. He claims the exchange’s current daily trade volume is approximately 50,000 bitcoins per day. Interestingly, on top of that, the exchange allegedly trades 5 million litecoins per day. The company claims that at its Read more about OKCoin Raises $10 Million to Become China’s ‘Largest Exchange’[…]

NL High court rules that musicians should get money for every media sold that could copy music onto it

After having lost court case after court case, NORMA has won in the highest courts, saying that it should get money for each form of media – hard disk, ipod, SD Card, basically anything that allows digital content copied to it – in order to ‘pay the artists’ that could, potentially have their music copied Read more about NL High court rules that musicians should get money for every media sold that could copy music onto it[…]

Review of the EU copyright rules – Put your word in at the EU now!

All stakeholders are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from consumers, users, authors, performers, publishers, producers, broadcasters, intermediaries, distributors and other service providers, Collective Management Organisations, public authorities and Member States. The objective of this consultation is to gather input from all stakeholders on the review of the EU copyright rules. Read more about Review of the EU copyright rules – Put your word in at the EU now![…]

TSA screening works only ‘a little better than chance,’ according to government report

Summarizing 400 studies over the past 60 years, the report concludes that humans perform only “the same as or slightly better than chance.” Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that’s a pretty poor record. http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5100702/tsa-screening-works-only-a-little-better-than-chance-according-to This includes extensive studies of the TSA SPOT programme over 2011 & 2012

I Bought an Apartment Just to Rent It Out on Airbnb

In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I learned as well as some revenue numbers http://gizmodo.com/i-bought-an-apartment-just-to-rent-it-out-on-airbnb-1458666661/@whitsongordon?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29

Biggest patent trolls worried about EU also becoming patent troll heaven

What is the world coming to when the largest patent trolls, namely Apple, MS, and Samsung as well as BlackBerry, Cisco, HP, Intel, Yahoo, Google are trying to reign in new EU laws that would make patent trolling easy? Could it be that even they recognise that the patent system is outmoded and harms innovation Read more about Biggest patent trolls worried about EU also becoming patent troll heaven[…]

IRENA – Global Atlas for Solar & Wind

The Global Atlas is the comprehensive information platform on the potential of renewable energy. It provides resource maps from leading technical institutes worldwide and tools for evaluating the technical potential of renewable energies. It can function as a catalyst for policy development and energy planning, and can support investors in entering renewable energy markets. via Read more about IRENA – Global Atlas for Solar & Wind[…]