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2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

This is the recording of our weekly news show.  In this episode we discuss some Celtic music news, Android news, Chrome OS app news, net neutrality, Minecraft, Microsoft, writing on maps from the era of Columbus, and more.

 We opened with two from  Ceil Moss

  • As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
  • Lies a Lurrighan

You can find this band at:

Germany Denies Seizure of MegaUpload Assets

Disclaimer – This Post is Mostly Editorial

While I do not endorse, encourage or in any shape or form endorse piracy, I extend that “unendorsement” to include any illegal activity.  I also consider illegal search and seizure and a lack of due process equally illegal.  I also believe one is innocent until proven guilty.

You are free to form your own opinion about Kim Dotcom and this entire MegaUpload issue.  I am pretty sure that some illegal activity did occur at MegaUpload.  However, I do not believe that all of the activity was illegal, nor do I have any information as to whether most of the activity was illegal.  Nonetheless, by shutting down and entire server, I am certain people who used the site completely legitimately were harmed as well.

Google Don’t Link to Us… Wait… Why Did You Take the Links Down?

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Google Link War

Google's homepage in 1998

Image via Wikipedia

I had an ex-girlfriend who always used to say “be careful what you ask for because you may get just that”. That phrase seems to perfectly describe what this article at Techdirt is reporting.

A lawsuit going all the way back to 2006 filed by a group of Belgium newspapers complained that Google should be paying them when they link to their sites. After all it is intellectual copyrighted property. While that claim alone should raise an eyebrow, the courts actually ruled against Google. The court ordered Google to pay up and remove the links. Google did as the court ordered.

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