Kingdom Come Developers Turn the Tables on Pirates With Copyright Counter-Attack

The great ideological battles over internet piracy feel like they’re long behind us, but the developers of the action RPG video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance have come up with a tactic to combat their pirate foes that has us reminiscing about the old days. Rather than throwing a fit, the developers are monetising a pirate group’s IP to create a new income stream. Read More >>

How Long Should Content Be in 2020?

As one decade ends and another stretches out before us, it’s time to put old debates behind us and start anew. Today, we settle the debate on how long content should be. Read More >>

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Ghostbusters Theme Played on Floppy Drives Is the Perfect Trick-or-Treat Soundtrack for Nerds

For a while now, Paweł Zadrożniak has been treating us to some classic tunes played on his Floppotron— a musical instrument built from 64 floppy disk drives Frankenstein-ed together. His latest work nails the Ghostbuster theme song just in time to update your trick-or-treat playlist. Read More >>

US Department of Justice Sues for All of Edward Snowden’s Book Profits

Just when he thinks he’s out, they pull him back in. On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced new legal action against exiled National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. The DOJ hopes to recover any profits he makes from the sale of his new book. Read More >>

Bizarre Streaming Service Quibi Already Has a Better Lineup Than Apple TV+

Apple had its most important event of the year earlier this week and judging by its lacklustre presentation for Apple TV+ one could be forgiven for thinking that it isn’t putting too much importance in its fledgling streaming service. Meanwhile, the mysterious millennial-focused streaming startup Quibi has a forthcoming show that, at least on paper, puts Apple’s entire lineup to shame. Read More >>

Apple Can Feel Its Reputation for Bulletproof Security Slipping Through Its Fingers

With its flagship iPhone event just a few days away, it appears that Apple is getting a little nervous about recent reports regarding the state of its lauded security features. On Friday, it took the unusual step of publishing a blog post to refute some recent claims about its operating system made by Google researchers and to clarify the impact its failures have had on users around the globe. Read More >>

Why Doesn’t Trump Tell Us About the Aliens?

It may be the most important and least talked about question of our era. Read More >>

The Online Icons That Didn’t Survive the Web’s First 30 Years

As March draws to close, so does our celebration of the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday, making it as good a time as ever to take a look back at some the features and formats that bit the dust along the way. Read More >>

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A ‘Dark Day’: Copyright Law That Threatens the Internet as We Know It Passes Final EU Vote

Amid widespread protests, online and off, the European Union approved a controversial new copyright directive on Tuesday. Two years in the making, the legislation is intended to give copyright holders more control over their work, but critics say it could hand more power to tech giants, stifle the free flow of information, and kill our beloved memes. Read More >>

Pentagon Brass Bafflingly Accuses Google of Providing ‘Direct Benefit’ to China’s Military

There are many reasons to be critical of Google. But on Thursday, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped just short of accusing the tech giant of treason. Read More >>

Apple’s Spat With Spotify Is a Fight for Its Future – and It’s Failing to Make Its Case

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been more than clear that services like the iOS App Store are an essential part of the company’s future as consumers hang onto devices for longer and longer periods between upgrades. When Spotify filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple this week, it fired a direct shot at the tech giant’s strategy. Now, Apple has issued its rebuttal to Spotify’s accusations. Read More >>

As Massive Outage Plagues Facebook, Telegram Welcomes Millions of New Users

Slowly but surely, it appears that Facebook is getting its “family of apps” back online. The consequences of the longest outage in the company’s history, however, remain to be seen. On Thursday, one of Facebook’s underrecognised competitors, Telegram, said that it added three million new users in the last 24 hours. When it comes to Facebook’s long-term plans, that’s bad news. Read More >>

New Report Gives Us Clearest Picture Yet of Whistleblower Allegations Against Tesla

This week, a third whistleblower came forward with damning allegations against Tesla. A former member of the Tesla security team, he is now corroborating claims by previous whistleblowers that Tesla hid information about the theft of raw materials from shareholders and conducted unauthorised surveillance on employees that included hacking at least one person’s phone. Read More >>

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Elon Musk: You Can’t Make Me Never Tweet

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk filed his response to a request from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that an American federal court hold him in contempt for violating a settlement agreement. In the filing, Musk argues that restrictions on his tweeting amount to an “unconstitutional power grab” by the SEC and that he didn’t even violate the agreement anyway. Read More >>

Targeted TV Ads Should Be Illegal

Has the past decade of advertising innovation taught us nothing? Do we really need more devices tracking us and parsing us into ever-smaller quadrants of magnetisable products? If you ask Vizio, the answer is abso-fucking-lutely. The American TV manufacturing giant announced on Tuesday that it’s joined forces with some of the biggest media companies in the world to bring targeted ads to US television sets at the beginning of next year. Read More >>