Archive for the ‘New Business Models’ Category
If someone has their cell phone turned on, their location data does not deserve protection under the Fourth AmendmentPosted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Jurisprudence, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Former Google Executive Feels It’s Time For The Company To NOT Be Evil. Blows The Whistle. Others To Follow?Posted: 2013/05/19 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports
A FORMER Google executive has blown the whistle on a massive and “immoral” tax avoidance scheme that has “cheated” British taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of pounds over the past decade.
Barney Jones, 34, who worked for the internet search giant between 2002 and 2006, has lifted the lid on an elaborate structure which diverts British profits through Ireland to the Bermuda tax haven.
Although Google’s London sales staff would negotiate and sign contracts with British customers, and cash was paid into a UK bank account, deals were technically booked through its Dublin office to minimise its liabilities here. Jones, a devout Christian and father of four, is ready to hand over a cache of more than 100,000 emails and documents to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), detailing the “concocted scheme.”
IP Infringement Index assesses and scores websites by reference to their relative degree of IP infringementPosted: 2013/05/18 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
- GATHERS a broad range of website infrastructure and infringement information, including legal, technical, operational, revenue, commercial data
- ANALYSES data by reference to an objective and consistent methodology
- CLASSIFIES websites to create the IP Infringement Index
Audio watermark blocks playback of pirated movies and sends viewers to digital retailers to access titles legallyPosted: 2013/05/18 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Anti-Piracy Technology Links Consumers With Legitimate Services
Rapidshare, once one of the world’s premier file hosting and sharing websites has just laid off 45 of the company’s 60 employees according to the Swiss news portal 20min. The company, once the epitome of file hosting on the Web is facing hard times after it changed its business model dramatically in the past year.
“Unfortunately, we have to part with a number of employees,” Sidler told the paper, adding: “But RapidShare will continue to operate, and we have concrete plans for our future.”
That future likely won’t look at all like RapidShare’s past: The company used to run the world’s most popular one-click file hoster, and was frequented by millions of file sharers looking for safer alternatives when music labels and others started to go after P2P users. However, Rapidshare quickly found itself in court, and fought long legal battles with rights holders in Germany and elsewhere.
Rapidshare Boss And Internet Millionaire Christian Alexander Schmid Buys Himself A New Lair, Possibly With Use Of Middle Man
And There You Have It. When An Ecosystem Equals An Oppressive Regime. Apple Censors Book Of Dutch Author Heleen Van Royen. No Court Order NeededPosted: 2013/05/17 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports
The book will not be accepted in Apple’s App Store. Reasons?
- De book contains (two) links to adult websites;
- Apple wants the author to remove a section of text from page 282;
The author is furious and has contacted a law firm.
Dutch language news articles:
Britain’s biggest businesses are draughting up cyber-security apprenticeships to train the online samurais of the futurePosted: 2013/05/16 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Network Security, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports
Murdoch, ultimately in control of what happens at Harper Collins, was approached by Steve Jobs to undermine Amazon’s $9.99 e-book pricing model, reports All Things D. Jobs explains in the email that he thinks Haper Collins should “throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.”
That said, the rest of the email softens the overall message: those prices are really suggested as caps, and Jobs admits that the idea might not work out. But it is clear that the plan was to organize a market which charged more than Amazon.
Google sent Microsoft a cease-and-desist demand ordering the company to stop distributing YouTube appPosted: 2013/05/16 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Google, New Business Models, Online advertising, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Nintendo has started claiming ad revenue on user-created Youtube videos featuring its games, according to reports from Youtube users.
Nintendo does not want to block videos containing content that it owns from appearing on Youtube (as many film and music publishers have), but it wants to place ads at the beginning and the end of videos featuring Nintendo games, such as Let’s Plays, with that revenue going to Nintendo as opposed to the creator of the video.
Prolific Youtube channel owner Zack Scott has posted on Facebook about the demands. “I think filing claims against LPers is backwards,” he writes. “Video games aren’t like movies or TV. Each play-through is a unique audiovisual experience. When I see a film that someone else is also watching, I don’t need to see it again. When I see a game that someone else is playing, I want to play that game for myself! Sure, there may be some people who watch games rather than play them, but are those people even gamers?”
Nintendo has issued the following statement to GameFront on the matter: “As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a Youtube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the Youtube database. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on Youtube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.”
YouTube has a special deal with Universal which sees content taken down at the record label’s request and DMCA counter notices blocked with no chance of appeal
TV bosses in Switzerland have found themselves in hot water after adding some fake crowd noise to one of their broadcastsPosted: 2013/05/15 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports
A large number of British businesses are clueless about many of the main provisions detailed in the European Union’s proposed data protection reformsPosted: 2013/05/15 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Peter Sunde has announced he will run in the European Parliament elections next year. Sunde, the former spokesman for The Pirate Bay, will participate for the Finnish branch of the Pirate Party. Sunde has yet to sit out a prison sentence for his previous involvement with the infamous BitTorrent site but hopes to emulate the Swedish Pirate Party’s previous successes when they claimed seats for two MEPs.
“Here’s what Zuckerberg and his buddies really want, they want an easy out, they want instant gratification”Posted: 2013/05/15 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Instead of fighting what has already proven to be a long and difficult battle, one he’s not really guaranteed to win, and instead of investing in the future of America and our children, the easiest way for Zuckerberg to get the “better, brighter” associates he wants for his company is to just go out and buy them. And in this case that means buying the votes that would help push through his immigration reforms.
But Zuckerberg is finding out that it’s a whole new ballgame in Washington and he’s just a small, inexperienced fish in a very large pool filled with sharks. In Washington, you can’t just jump into the game and start playing. You have to put on your big-boy pants first, and then you need to learn the rules.
Facebook kills social suicide app Social Roulette. No Freedom Of Information Or Freedom Of InnovationPosted: 2013/05/15 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Mimicking the real-life game Russian roulette, the app gave Facebook users a one-in-six chance of deleting their own account before the social network deleted the app.