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The Seasteading Institute is a group of libertarian separatists who dreamed of building an autonomous, contract-governed mini-state on a set of floating platforms in the south Tahiti lagoon of Atimaono; only one problem: they didn’t renew their contract with French Polynesia to build their platforms. The Seasteaders had…

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Last November, evil Trump-supporting billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down Gothamist (and its sister sites) to punish its staff for forming a union. Now the sites have been acquired by a consortium of public radio stations including WNYC (NYC), WAMU (DC) and KPCC (LA), thanks to a deal brokered…

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Redbox buys DVDs and then rents them through automated kiosks, including DVDs from Disney that come with download codes to watch the videos through a DRM player. Redbox rents these codes separately, repackaged in their own boxes. Disney sought an injunction, arguing that the terms of service for…

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At a followup visit a year after Elizabeth Moreno had a disk removed to successfully treat her crippling pain, her doctor asked her to leave a urine sample; a few months later, Sunset Labs LLC of Houston sent her a bill for $17,800. Moreno’s doctor had seemingly ordered…

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Cambodian dictator Hun Sen has ruled since 1998, and when an opposition leader used Facebook to challenge his election in 2013, Hun Sen teamed up with a fake news outlet called Fresh News to deploy a Facebook-based strategy to consolidate his control and neutralize democratic opposition. Hun…

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By Cory Doctorow Tim O’Reilly has his finger on the pulse of technology and the people who make it in a way that is unmatched by anyone in the world; the publisher of the world’s best-loved computer books, the host of technology’s best-loved conferences, the convenor of the most important…

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That’s according to this month’s shareholder filings; the company estimates the total bill at $166 million more, plus class action damages. Equifax’s nation-destroying data-breach was subsequently revealed to be just the latest in a series of unbelievably careless IT blunders, and it eventually cost the company CEO his…

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The board of directors thanked Richard Smith “for his 12 years of leadership” as Smith showed himself the door while he reminded the 140,000,000 Americans whose lives he’d destroyed through insanely lax security and months of shambolic inaction that “I have been completely dedicated to making this right.” …

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