U.S. Labels Switzerland an Internet Piracy Haven

U.S. Labels Switzerland an Internet Piracy Haven

Every year the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes its Special 301 Report highlighting countries that aren’t doing enough to protect U.S. intellectual property rights. In 2016 the report sticks to a tried and tested format, with countries such as China, Russia, India and Ukraine all making the Priority List once again. However, just as the USTR wasn’t afraid to place Canada on the Watch List several years ago, this year it has added another ally.

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The Cable Industry Threatens To Sue If FCC Tries To Bring Competition To Cable Set Top Boxes

The Cable Industry Threatens To Sue If FCC Tries To Bring Competition To Cable Set Top Boxes

Back in February the FCC voted on a new plan to open up the traditional cable box to competition. According to a fact sheet being circulated by the agency (pdf), under the FCC's plan you'd still pay your cable company for the exact same content, cable operators would simply have to design systems — using standards and copy protection of their choice — that delivered this content to third-party hardware. The FCC's goal is cheaper, better hardware and a shift away…

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Mark Zuckerberg Gets to Control Facebook a While Longer

Mark Zuckerberg Gets to Control Facebook a While Longer

Yesterday Facebook announced earnings, which were good. They were so good, in fact, that Facebook also announced a little present for Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive officer who got it to this happy place. Facebook said that it will create a new class of common stock, Facebook's third, to ensure that Zuckerberg can control Facebook as long as he wants to. Right now, Facebook has Class A stock, the normal publicly traded stock, with one vote…

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Confession of a longtime publisher: I now use an ad blocker and I like it

Confession of a longtime publisher: I now use an ad blocker and I like it

Dear Internet, I have a confession to make. I’ve installed an ad blocker and not only do I like it, I intend to keep on using it. It may sound strange that one guy needs to confess his use of an ad blocker given there are some 200 million people (possibly more) using them today, but for me, it was a giant step. I’ve been a publisher on and off for many years, as well as being the founder and co-founder of two media startups, one of which took venture capital funding…

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Comcast’s NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation in $3.8-billion deal

Comcast's NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation in $3.8-billion deal

NBCUniversal on Thursday said it has reached an agreement to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at $3.8 billion. Under terms of the agreement, NBCUniversal's parent company, Comcast Corp., pledged to pay DreamWorks Animation shareholders $41 in cash for each share of their DreamWorks stock. The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to an antitrust review by government regulators.

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