John Paczkowski

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'All of Your MP3 Are Belong to Rusks'

Faced with the prospect of losing its long-sought entry into the World Trade Organization, the Russian government has finally dropped the hammer on, a digital music storefront that peddles songs for pennies thanks to a loophole in Russian law. “ violated copyright law in Russia and internationally by ripping off artists and creators, taking music that it had no right to reproduce and selling it worldwide,” said John Kennedy, head of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. “If this is the end of, this is good news.”

Bad news then–this isn’t really the end of Because while MediaServices, the company that ran the site, does seem to have scuppered it, it’s begun offering services identical to those of at

And so the whack-a-mole game begins, this time with hammer and sickle.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work