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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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Google gets it from all sides

Mind the Gap This week, App Annie released its findings for the first part of 2015. The results aren’t surprising, but they are important. The revenue gap between iOS and Android is steadily growing, with iOS App Store revenue a full 70% higher than Google Play. These widely diverging figures are problematic for Google. Though …

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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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Free internet, Fire flops, and iWork for all

“The internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression. It is simply too important to allow broadband providers to make the rules.” Yesterday an historic decision was made by the FCC. In a 3-2 vote, it was decided that the Internet will be reclassified as a utility under Title II. If you’re not sure what …

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Samsung’s IoT, Google & Title II, Marriott’s Ploy

Samsung’s IoT Hopes  With the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Enormous, Apple successfully (very successfully, to the tune of 20 million units already sold) entered the large-screen market, and breached the last wall of Samsung’s dominance barriers. Watching its market share rapidly eroded by Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and Micromax, Samsung has gone into …

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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’s tantrum, Apple’s stumble, and Shazam’s BDD

AT&T takes back their tantrum (and let us never speak of it again) One worry in the massively complicated, “if you don’t pick the right side you’re a bad person and should feel bad” Net Neutrality debate is the idea that without any financial incentive (that is, without the ability to charge content creators extra …

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