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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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At this point, Twitter should change its name to Troller.

If you ask pro-Gamergaters what gamergate is about, they'll tell you "ethics in journalism". In fact that phrase became a meme, it was repeated so often. If you ask most journalists what gamergate is about, they'll tell you it's slut-shaming Zoe Quinn and harassing Brianna Wu, and Anita Sarkeesian, and a major movement to exclude all women from gaming.

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Robots could be spitting in your food any day. Or not.

So this might be a pet issue, but since I have the soapbox, why not use it, right? There’s a lot of talk lately about how a $15 minimum wage will have us all eating robotically served fast food, and how that’s a prelude to the larger trend of robots everywhere, doing everything.

This might sound trite, but the minimum wage isn’t the larger issue here.

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Taylor Swift joins growing army of musicians leaving Spotify

Hey did you hear the news? Taylor Swift has pulled her music from Spotify. First let's read Spotify's sugary sweet blog post lamenting the fact.

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No Future For You.

The past few days have seen an interesting spate of articles appear in global media calling bullshit on Big Tech, with at least one unlikely figure at the helm.

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Thom Yorke attempts to legitimize BitTorrent

A couple of days ago, Radiohead front man Thom Yorke tweeted the above photo as well as posted to his tumblr site. Then made the announcement that his new album will be made available for pay, via BitTorrent. BitTorrent, the site known for their sharing-is-caring philosophy is now trying to go legit. Thom Yorke will of course be helping in this process, thanks to all the publicity he'll be giving to it.

Here's the official release from him and Nigel Godrich

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Kurt Sutter Tells Google "Actually, you are evil."

When it comes to fighting for content creators' rights, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, whom we've written about before is with very, very few exceptions, the content creator with the biggest cojones.

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Project Sunblock: Protects brands from being seen with porn & piracy

Project Sunblock, an online ad measuring tool founded by experienced ad execs has helped the city of London tackle cyber crime in an operation called "operation creative".

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Facebook Messenger's Mobile App Terms of Service says it can record your conversations

Do you ever sign a lengthy contract without reading it? Of course not, you say, and I'll call you a liar. Every time you click "accept" on those terms of services without reading it, you just agreed to a contract. So what did you just agree to let that Facebook Messenger App, downloaded over a billion times already, can do on your phone?

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