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A Healthy Public Domain Generates Millions in Economic Value – Not Bad for ‘Free’

Usefulness and value extends far beyond the century in which they were created. (British Library)
Usefulness and value extends far beyond the century in which they were created. (British Library)

It’s frequently claimed that copyright law should be made more restrictive and copyright terms extended in order to provide an incentive for content creators. But...




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    Germanwings Crash: A Victim of the Deadlock Between Safety and Security Demands

    It seems incredible that a pilot of a passenger airline could be locked out of the cockpit. But analysis from the cockpit voice recorder recovered... Read more

  • Network cables are plugged in a server room on Nov.10, 2014 in New York City. U.S. President Barack Obama called on the Federal. (Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)

    Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in US Broadband Infrastructure

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era... Read more

  • The exterior of Netflix headquarters is shown in Los Gatos, Calif., on April 22, 2011. Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The streaming service, with 53 million subscribers, doesn't pay for the third-party ratings service provided by the Nielsen company. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    Top 5 Apps to Easily Find Movies and TV Series on Netflix

    Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Content is removed from Netflix each and every month, but new content is added as well. The problem is... Read more

  • Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. on July 3, 2014.(Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

    Windows 10 Will Let Developers Adapt Their Apps or Work on Brand New Ones

    The Windows 10 operating system is the Microsoft’s most ambitious project to date, as the company thinks it has figured out how to offer customers... Read more

  • HTC One M9. (BGR)

    Why the Best Thing About HTC One M9 Is Also It’s Worst

    The new and improved HTC flagship phone for the first half of 2015 has finally been weighed and measured by technology bloggers and the press... Read more

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    Awesome Gmail Plugin Lets You Know When an Email Is Being Tracked Before You Open It

    Marketers are getting more and more crafty each day, constantly coming up with new ways to woo clients with tools they claim will increase their... Read more

  • "Heat waves kill, and in terms of climate change, even one degree can make a difference,"says Jianguo "Jack" Liu. (Mariordo59, CC BY-SA)

    Could Electric Cars Make Heat Waves Less Deadly?

    Electric vehicles give off significantly less heat than gas-powered ones—so much that the difference could mitigate the urban heat island effect—the phenomenon that helps turn... Read more

  • The end of IE? Wake up and smell the coffee. (yukop, CC BY-SA)

    Internet Explorer: Reports of Its Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

    There are claims that Microsoft is to retire its Internet Explorer web browser and replace it with an all-new browser called Spartan with the upcoming... Read more

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    When Your Body Becomes Your Password, the End of the Login Is Nigh

    Passwords are a pain. I’ve just had to rummage around for the password required in order to post this article. I seem to have 100... Read more

  • A March 28, 2014 photo illustration shows the Google Play Store download page for an anonymous social networking app in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yik Yak App Peels Away at College Students’ Secret Thoughts

    The mobile app Yik Yak allows users, mostly college students, to send anonymous messages that can be read by anyone with a smartphone within a... Read more

  • FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event demonstrating the new features of Windows 10 at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft reports quarterly financial results on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

    Windows 10 Release Date: RIP Internet Explorer, Says Microsoft

    Windows 10, which will see a release date later this year, will kill off Internet Explorer. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20... Read more

  • WhatsApp Calling has officially been launched this week. It’s an invite-only WhatsApp feature that allows users to make free phone calls.   (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

    WhatsApp Voice Calling Feature on Android: How to Download and Activate App?

    WhatsApp Calling has officially been launched this week. It’s an invite-only WhatsApp feature that allows users to make free phone calls. The feature can be... Read more

  • A Chinese youth plays online game in a net cafe on January 21, 2008 in Chongqing Municipality, China. (China Photos/Getty Images)

    Reuters Websites Shut Down in China

    Web users in China can no longer access news websites of Reuters as of Friday. The international news agency noted that mainland China users started... Read more

  • A woman looks at a webpage while connecting on the internet on March 15, 2013 in Paris.    AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE        (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Developing World Sees Internet as Morally Corrupting

    As of 2015, the vast majority of Americans use the Internet, and even among older Americans, habits such declining to use email are becoming increasingly... Read more

  • Police in riot gear push everyone, including all media, back away from smoke that is arising around a building in Ferguson, Mo., on Nov. 25, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    New Apps for Reporters Help Cover Schools, Courts, and Cops

    To celebrate a week that honors open records, Sunshine Week, a journalism rights and ethics foundation launched three mobile apps to help reporters in their... Read more

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    Big in Asia, Line App Hopes Cute Factor Will Win Worldwide

    SEOUL, South Korea—Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny. Once just digital... Read more


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