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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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Mr. Lowery goes to Washington.

73 years ago, Congress and the Department Of Justice issued a temporary consent decree to force songwriters to let big companies use their songs without negotiation.

73 years later, that temporary decree is not only still in place, but major broadcasters and webcasters met today to try to uh, influence Congress and the Department Of Justice to keep that consent in place. This decree, by the way, allows a federal judge to randomly decide what a reasonable rate is for a song. It wouldn't surprise me if the rate hasn’t changed in 73 years either.

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Facebook experiments with "emotion contagion" in social media. Which emotion triggers buying?

In this paper, facebook scientists reveal some of what they've learned while experimenting with "emotion contagion", a well known phenomena where positive or negative emotions are transferred to people that come in contact with the positive, or negative, person. At Facebook they tested this in the realm of social media, by messing with peoples feeds.

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Virgin pats Tesla on the back for...what, exactly?

In a recent post on Virgin's blog, Celebrated CEO Richard Branson celebrates Tesla head Elon Musk for freezing "their patent portfolio to help accelerate sustainable transport."

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Google wants to advertise on your fridge, toaster and thermostat.

From this SEC filing we find that the worlds largest advertising company, Google, is thinking deep about ads on your fridge. Your toaster. Any one of your smart devices. They're also figuring out how to track you between all of these things to deliver the right ad at the right time.

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Rap Genius cofounder apologizes for sick annotations of a killer's manifesto.

UPDATE: According to a post from Tom Lehman, Co-founder and CEO, Rap Genius co-founder Moghadam has resigned.

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