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By José Rafael Fariñas | Noticias sobre propiedad intelectual  y otros temas referidos a Internet, leídos diariamente por  @rafaelfarinas (www.ipclick.com.ve)

El declive de la propiedad individual

Un interesantísimo artículo del economista norteamericano Tyler Cowen en Bloomberg, <i>“Americans own less stuff, and that’s reason to be nervous“</i>, …

Desu

Doors Slam Shut for China Deals Around the World

Some social problems are blatantly obvious in daily life, while others are longer-term, more corrosive and perhaps mostly invisible. Lately I’ve been worrying about a problem of the latter kind: the erosion of personal ownership and what that will mean for our loyalties to traditional American …

Ridesharing

ProBeat: Of course Google is tracking you

Google tracks your every move. But you already knew that — even if you’ve never explicitly thought about it. The notion is completely understandable and explainable, for it is in Google’s interest to do so, and Google users frankly don’t care.<p>On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Google …

AdWords

How to edit a human

For decades scientists aspired to modify the code of life. Tom Whipple meets Jennifer Doudna, who succeeded<p>This story begins nearly four billion …

Genetics

We need to stop glorifying innovation. Here's why.

There are dangers to prioritizing innovation above all else, and it’s important to point them out.<p>We’ve trained multiple generations of people to believe that their best bet for a career is to invent something new, to create an idea, or to start their own business. Yet this can be destructive, …

Innovation

Yuval Noah Harari on what the year 2050 has in store for humankind

Forget programming - the best skill to teach children is reinvention. In this exclusive extract from his new book, the author of <i>Sapiens</i> reveals what …

Singularity

Exclusive: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Apple, Facebook, Netflix–and the future

An intimate look inside the mind of the CEO bending the music industry into his vision for it.<p>Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek, who calls himself an introvert and rarely talks to the media, spent more than six hours in interviews with former <i>Fast Company</i> editor and founder of The Flux Group Robert …

Leadership

Platforms Are Not Publishers

The essential value of the internet is conversation, not content—and journalists need to embrace it.<p><i>This post was updated on Friday, August 10 at 7:53 p.m. to reflect the author’s role as the founder of a Facebook-funded project.</i><p>Google, Facebook, Twitter, and the internet are not media. They are …

Journalism

Twitter is wrong: facts are not enough to combat Alex Jones

Jack Dorsey thinks unfettered speech will save the world, but all the evidence says it won’t<p>In the early 18th century, satirist Jonathan Swift observed, “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath …

Internet

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

Creative Writing

Este altavoz flexible se pega a la piel para llevar la música contigo

El concepto de música portátil ha dado un paso más con este curioso invento. Se trata de <b>un altavoz flexible que se pega a la piel y es capaz de</b> …

Apple's CEO Says Spotify Is 'Draining the Humanity Out of Music'

Is Spotify’s over-emphasis on algorithm playlists ultimately de-humanizing artists’ work? Apple CEO Tim Cook recently revealed the company’s …

Apple Music

Spotify’s $30 billion playlist for global domination

How CEO Daniel Ek plans to beat Apple, Amazon, and Google at the music game.<p>For 70 days at the beginning of this year, Daniel Ek and a group of friends competed to see who could cut their body-fat percentage the most. Ek, the 35-year-old cofounder and CEO of the streaming service Spotify, went on a …

Spotify

What Streaming Music Services Really Pay — According to David Crosby

Again — as real artists have shown — don’t expect to make much on streaming music services. Least of all on YouTube. Here at Digital Music News, …

Google Play Music

The Internet Trolls Have Won. Sorry, There’s Not Much You Can Do.

This column is going to be a bit unusual. Typically, I write about a broad tech problem and offer some solutions. But this week, I’ve stumbled into a topic that many agree has no easy fix: online comments.<p>Over the last decade, commenting has expanded beyond a box under web articles and videos and …

Internet

12% of music industry revenues go to musicians

There are more people who want to make art than the market would support, and the arts are a highly concentrated industry: combine those two facts …

Music Industry

Musicians only received 12% of the music industry’s $43 billion revenue in 2017

As in the film industry, streaming platforms have become the norm in the music business. Subscription streaming services have already eclipsed CDs in …

Music Industry

Are Facebook and YouTube quasi-governmental actors?

ONE of the internet’s most odious conspiracy theorists has had his videos and podcasts removed from Apple, YouTube, Spotify and Facebook. Alex Jones …

Internet

Google, you auto-complete me

At what point will Google’s predictive technology grow so powerful that we begin thinking of its personalized recommendations as our own?<p>I don’t like to say “hi.” I’m a “hey” person. But more and more, I find myself greeting friends and colleagues with a “hi” on email. Why? Because Google suggests …

Indiana University

Disney’s Streaming Service Starts to Come Into Focus

LOS ANGELES — Very little is known about Disneyflix, as some people in Hollywood are calling the Netflix-style streaming service that Disney plans to introduce late next year.<p>How much will subscriptions cost? Disney has given hints but no specifics. The name, rollout strategy, precise menu of …

TV shows

Apple’s response to Congressional privacy inquiry is mercifully free of horrifying revelations

It’s not infrequent these days if you’re a big tech company to receive a brusquely worded letter from a group of Senators or Representatives asking you to explain yourself on some topic or another. One recent such letter sent to Apple and Alphabet asks specifically about practices meant to track …

Privacy

Apple tells U.S. lawmakers iPhones are not spying on you

<i>(Reuters)</i> — Apple told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that its iPhones do not listen to users without their consent and do not allow third-party apps to do so either, after lawmakers asked the company if its devices were invading users’ privacy.<p>Representatives Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Gregg Harper …

App Store

CJEU rules that unauthorized re-posting of protected content may be an infringement

<i>The Cordoba photo at issue in</i> RenckhoffToday the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its last copyright judgment <b>[but also -</b> …

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can

Robotic hands could only do what vast teams of engineers programmed them to do. Now they can learn more complex tasks on their own.

Robotics

This app makes it super easy to write smart contracts for Ethereum

Writing smart contracts for Ethereum ETH is no longer the preserve of coders and programmers: there is now software that can automatically do that for you – or so the claims go.<p>Enter Fondu. The app provides a tool that helps non-coders get into the Ethereum smart contract game and launch their ICO …

Blockchain

Spotify’s AI assistant should be social

I recently sat down at my computer to get some work done and in the adjacent Spotify app saw a friend from college playing “Brown Sugar” by D’Angelo. On impulse I moved my mouse over to like it — but I couldn’t because the Spotify app on Mac has no way to send a thumbs up, heart emoji, poop emoji, …

Google Assistant

Simple Steps to Protect Yourself on Public Wi-Fi

Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's …

Wi-Fi

More than 6m workers fear being replaced by machines – report

More than six million workers are worried their jobs could be replaced by machines over the next decade, according to a report urging trade unions and the government to provide more support for those at risk.<p>The findings come as Yvette Cooper, the Labour chair of the Commons home affairs select …

Unions

Phone and internet use: Number of mobile calls drops for first time

<b>The number of voice calls made on mobile phones in the UK fell for the first time ever in 2017 - despite the fact we seem hooked on our devices.</b><p>That is according to the latest report from telecoms regulator Ofcom, which charts what it describes as a decade of digital dependence.<p>A total of 78% of …

OFCOM