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Google, NPR, Pandora join Trojan Horse organization to help artists

Another day, another group of big data and evil corporations trying to influence public policy by lying to you. This new one is called Mic-Coalition. Pronounced "Mike," as in Microphone, as in "give the people a voice." Well, what voice do they want to have, and who exactly are these people? Let's examine. On their website you are greeted with this mission statement:

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Garbage In, Garbage out.

Have you heard about Pat Pope? In addition to being a world-class awesome photographer, he recently gained press and notoriety (and infamy to some) as being The Guy Who Wrote An Open Letter To Garbage.

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EDM Artists: Your turn to get exploited.

Hey EDM artists: Were you ever just sitting around after a successful gig and wondering, man, I just wish there was a way I could have an Ex-Cops McDonald's experience? Well look no further, because the charmingly named Beatgasm is the place for you. It's a place where you can listen to EDM that's been "expertly curated" by mood and genre and location.

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McDonald's asks Ex Cops to play SXSW for free. Ex Cops smack them down.

Ex Cops are a pretty awesome band. McDonald's asked them to play SXSW for free. You know. For the exposure. McDonalds. Who has made bazillions, by selling bazillions of food, and is sponsoring SXSW, doesn't have money to pay the band.

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Adnear maps user location info by flying drones around San Fernando valley.

Adnear, the 'leading local intelligence company' from Singapore that gathers data so that you can geotarget your ad messages, has been experimenting data collecting with drones. Prior to this they collected data via trains, bikes and even just walking, and the data collected includes Wi-Fi and cell tower signals.

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Wikipedia: the perpetual motion native ad machine

Native advertising has been all the rage for some time now, with publications like Buzzfeed touring ad agencies to convince them to hand the creative reigns over to their "viral making" millennials who spend all day poisoning the well with borrowed images & listicles.

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The Syrian Electronic Army invading your news & sites - via the advertising networks

The Syrian Electronic Army should be familiar to you by now, they hacked Forbes last year, as well as Time magazine's twitter account in 2013, and now that they've hacked Skype's tw

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A modest proposal for musicians

Another day, another musician fed up with the royalty statements thanks to Spotify. The above post comes from Paradise, whom you can see, made 3 cents for just a little under 1,000 plays of their songs. But rather than point this problem out again and again, I have decided to instead come up with a solution.

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Flickr will sell your Creative Commons images & you don't get a cut

Have you uploaded images to Flickr? Have you set some of the images to be creative commons licensed images? Flickr has announced plans to start selling the catalogue of 50 million Creative Commons-licensed images, without a penny of the profit going to the photographers that took these images. Much like when Instagram committed social suicide by allowing your images to be used in ads, you should have seen this coming.

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"The disturbance" - privacy rights group hacks consumer tracking device in Västerås

DFRI, the Swedish organisation for digital rights, sent a handful och activists to the city of Västerås, to block the tracking of mobile phones the city is doing. In the photo above Anders Sundman informs a passer-by of the activity, while the device seen on the statue is actively blocking the monitoring of peoples phones.

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