The US Government has classified some of the largest websites on the Internet as examples of sites which sustain global piracy. The list released by the United States Trade Representative draws exclusively on input from rightsholders.
To highlight the chilling effect this legislation could have on free speech on te Internet, today document-sharing site Scribd is protesting SOPA by making every document disappear word-by-word when you vist the site. All in all, there are a billion pages of documents on the Scribd.
In a branding equivalent of quietly dumping a corpse off a pier in the middle of the night, Nokia is retiring the Symbian moniker for good. Except it's not dead—now it's just called Nokia Belle. Belle! Ha! Ha.
Citizen journalists everywhere should be checking the fine print of media shield laws, after a US District Court judge in Oregon ruled that self-styled investigative blogger Crystal Cox was not a journalist.
In a few years, you could be listening to an album of new songs featuring a duet between Elvis and Kurt Cobain. No, the two never cut a record together, but engineers and computer programmers are getting closer to being able to 'resurrect' any singer’s voice for use in synthesized songs.
The U.S. Congress is considering the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). MythBuster Adam Savage says that if these sweeping pieces of legislation pass, the U.S. will join the likes of China and Iran in censoring the Internet.
Oracle is finally learning that the hardware business is not the software business. Revenue for the company's Sun Microsystems-rooted servers fell 14 percent in the second quarter compared to the year-ago period.
Game on, microbeads. This micron-sized game of Tetris, developed by students from VU University Amsterdam, is being played using a light-trapping device called optical tweezers rigged up to a computer game. The microscopic glass spheres are in the clutches of a highly- focused laser beam that keeps the beads in position while moving new Tetris pieces.
Dans la région de Shanghai, les riverains de deux usines travaillant pour le géant américain souffrent de la pollution de l’eau et de l’air. Malgré les avertissements, la firme assure que les règles sont respectées.
Social media sites like Facebook have been criticized as catering to users' own deluded senses of self-importance, but a current lawsuit against Facebook might prove social media users are important. Within their circles of friends, in fact, users might well be considered celebrities – and that could have big legal implications.
PR Manager Paul Rayment is mapping the history of famous rappers on Foursquare, adding note-worthy locations in the buildup to their careers. He has mapped Tupac's roots and plans to chronicle Jay-Z next.
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