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Copyright trolls, the NSA, and a Failing Zynga

Copyright troll smackdown, part II Hated “copyright troll” firm Prenda Law got its just comeuppance this week, when the 9th Circuit tore it a proverbial new one while hearing oral arguments against the ruinous sanctions imposed two years ago by Judge Otis Wright. Continuing their masochistic tour of US courts, Prenda’s principals unsuccessfully argued that …

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Android Privacy, Facebook’s App Store, and the FCC

I’m in Ur Apps Privacy-minded Android users got a shock this week when Carnegie Mellon announced the results of a recent app privacy study. It turns out that dozens of popular apps track their users’ locations to within a 50-meter radius, approximately every three minutes. Yep, your apps know more about your whereabouts than your …

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Facebook, Twitter, Uber…all got kinda gross

If I’m not free to embarrass myself on Facebook, what is the world coming to? You’d think that after the fallout over their emotional manipulation experiment, Facebook would become the very model of discretion and privacy, and knock it off with the machiavellian shenanigans already. Just because they have access to staggering amounts of personal …

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AT&T (again), CAPTCHA’s fall, Microsoft’s latest fails

Big business v. small town We’re starting to think that AT&T is a firm believer in the “all PR is good PR” theory, since this is the second time in a single week they’ve made headlines for pretty sketchy behavior. After Wednesday’s interesting admission that they’re moving ahead with expansion plans regardless of the outcome …

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The Fall of TV, Apple Pay, 6% Whales, and Facebook’s (latest) Fail

“More revolution will come from smartphones than from any previous computing product in history. It’s because of this that we will see a future with one billion more people online, a future only made possible because of mobile.” –@BenBajarin TV: The King has Fallen Last week we talked about the incredible growth mobile internet has …

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Dependent on Digital Whales – stratechery by Ben Thompson

Dependent on Digital Whales – stratechery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson looks at Facebook and their announcement from the F8 conference held recently. Facebook is getting very good at targeting ads for apps and finding the right people to make them profitable for developers. The downside is that this is overwhelmingly working for free-to-play games, …

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