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Use Bitcoin, Boycott Pierre Omidyar’s PayPal

Posted in Finance at 5:03 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Pierre Omidyar and Richard Branson
Pierre Omidyar and Richard Branson, photo by Pierre Omidyar

Summary: Why we need to divert support (e.g. monetary means) towards those who challenge the status quo, where the gap between rich and poor is wide and rapidly widening

RECENTLY, the FSF’s President [1] and OSI’s President [2] both made it into the press in relation to Bitcoin. which some associate with FOSS [3]. “BitHub Pays Open-Source Developers in Bitcoin,” says one recent headline [4]. Bitcoin generally helps us bypass the international banking cartel, which may seemingly be working in a state of competition but is actually a self-sustaining monster which is very political. It censors, it incriminates, and it also buys (almost literally) our politicians.

“Public figures we now have about unemployment are quite bogus and very deceiving at best.”Over the past month we’ve accumulated many examples of economic injustices that are reinforced by banks. We hope to show that a better world is possible once the Big Banks are off their high horse.

Here in the UK, poverty is becoming a real issue, as confirmed by a new report [5]. Great Britain is better known for its billionaires, not for those whom the media ignores. The UK is making it harder for the unemployed to even get housing [6]. Philanthropy is for the most part a publicity stunt [7] and unlike in France, where a ‘millionaire’s tax’ has been passed [8], here in Britain we’re forced to compete with the millionaires and billionaires (who evade tax) using alternative paradigms and business models [9], It’s not looking too good [10] because hatred/xenophobia [11] (e.g. blaming immigrants baselessly [12]) and general fear [13] become new tools of distraction (fearing the poor and other races/nationalities, ignoring the real issue which the UK’s immigration minister speaks of [14]). People are dying because of these policies [15-18] and the delusion of dependence on oligarchs continues to distract everyone from the real villains [19-20]. Our fundamental services in the economy (e.g. post office and healthcare, like the rail system) are being privatised to create more new oligarchs, essentially stealing what is public. The situation seems to be worse in the UK than in the rest of the EU, where money is at least trickling down from the government to people, at least sometimes [21]; this is one thing that oligarchs would not do. Banks in Europe don’t get the levels of bailout they get in the UK [22], so it’s clear that the City of London (financial centre) still dominates British politics (British MPs just got a serious pay rise [23]). Greece is another sad story [24] and it helps show why austerity would be a horrible deal for the UK [25].

In the US, like in the UK, many people are on zero-hours contracts [26], so even those who are considered “employed” are not really properly employed (that’s 10% of so of the British population). Public figures we now have about unemployment are quite bogus and very deceiving at best.

“…people who act as intellectuals are deprived and marginalised unless they play ball for the plutocrats.”Looking at the United States, which by some criteria is the only Western country to have a wider economic disparity than the UK, there is another round of war on the poor [27-28], to the point where simple illnesses kill the poor [29] (eliminating them). There are signs of hope in New York [30] and Seattle [31] because of new elected officials, but overall the picture is grim because of homelessness and corruption [32-33] (Wall Street in particular plays a role, creating a “crisis” [34-35] to justify cuts). There are far better ways for dealing with the situation [36-37], but since these would not serve the oligarchs, nothing is going to change for the better. Oligarchs don’t like democracy [38-40]; it’s a threat to them. Oligarchs are doing incredibly well for themselves [41-43] (sometimes at the expense of taxpayers [44-48]), whereas others risk going hungry [49] or even dead [50-52]. Many workers are treated like cattle [53-55] and it is making more people furious, leading some to action [56-58] like marches [59].

The problem can be seen in other English-speaking countries. In Australia, for example, the headline “Childcare workers asked to hand back wage rise” [60] recently received a lot of attention. It sure seems like the oligarchs at the top just keep hoarding more and more, giving back nothing at all to those below them, even when their business is doing well [61-62] (owing to the actual work of those at the bottom). In universities it is exceedingly easy to see economic injustice [63-65]; people who act as intellectuals are deprived and marginalised unless they play ball for the plutocrats.

“In prior years Assange helped expose tax evaders (with help from Elmer) and he continues to possess copies of documents that can destroy corrupt banks”At the end of the day there’s room for hope. And why? Because activism on the Internet is proving to be effective. WikiLeaks recently exposed plans to suppress anti-Keystone activists [66-67]. making it clear why plutocrats (especially in the UK these days [68-69]) want Julian Assange killed [70]. He created a tool of effective resistance and he is its main maintainer and public faces. In prior years Assange helped expose tax evaders (with help from Elmer) and he continues to possess copies of documents that can destroy corrupt banks. Sarah Harrison, the British girlfriend [71] of Assange (who is Australian), recently explained why Pierre Omidyar is part of the banking cartel [72-73] and therefore must not be trusted, especially with his media ventures [74]. He used economic embargo against Wikileaks before he started spinning the story [75] (Wikileaks is already being maligned by the same institutions [76]).

We need to use Bitcoin, not PayPal. And we need to remember what the likes of Omidyar think of people like Edward Snowden, who are made enemies of the state because oligarchs (like Omidyar), make it so [77-78].

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Software activist calls for ‘truly anonymous’ Bitcoins to ‘protect democracy’

    Free software advocate Richard Stallman has warned Bitcoin owners who believe they are untraceable that it is, in fact, easy for governments to track users, and called for a for “truly anonymous” crypto-currency to “make democracy safe”

  2. Bitcoin: Open source money whose time has come

    The recent bubble — and reports of criminal activity — may have scared off onlookers, but there’s little question bitcoin has arrived

  3. Contribute to open source and you could make some (Bit)coin

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  4. BitHub Pays Open-Source Developers in Bitcoin

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  5. Report reveals the new face of UK poverty

    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2013 report offers the latest figures on poverty across the UK, revealing a growing social crisis.

  6. Buy-to-let property supremo shuts door on housing benefit tenants
  7. The Front Man: Bono (In the Name of Power) by Harry Browne
  8. France passes 75% ‘millionaire’s tax’
  9. The food co-op where shoppers are happy to work

    All members of the Park Slope Co-op are required to work 2.75 hours every four weeks. Jobs vary from working on the check-out to unloading deliveries to working in the office upstairs.

  10. Which will be the big economies in 15 years? It’s not a done deal

    Will China, Russia and Mexico, governed by extractive elites, really do so well? Is Europe such a write-off? And what about Britain?

  11. Britons ready to welcome migrants from Bulgaria and Romania, poll finds
  12. Government delays EU immigration report because it is too positive

    A review into the impact of EU migration on Britain has been delayed because the Government feared it was too positive.

    The latest part of Whitehall’s Balance of Competences study, which looked specifically at freedom of movement, had been due to be released yesterday. But, according to reports, it has now been shelved until next year because Theresa May, the Home Secretary, takes issues with its findings.

  13. The fear Economy
  14. Pay better wages, minister tells Domino’s Pizza boss

    The boss of Domino’s Pizza should “probably pay his staff a little more” if he wants to recruit extra workers, the UK’s immigration minister has said.

  15. Ministers scrap £20m scheme to keep elderly warm
  16. Make no mistake: Iain Duncan Smith wants the end of social security

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  17. Suppressed report: welfare reform link to homelessness and food bank use

    The number of people using food banks in the county has “increased sharply”. The total number of users of the four operational Trussell trust food banks in Kent in 2012-13 was 1,618. The total for the same four food banks, for the first six months of 2012-13 alone had almost doubled to 3,195. These figures are likely to understate the true extent of food poverty in the county, the report notes, as they do not take account of the myriad other sources of local food aid, such as soup kitchens.

  18. Food poverty in UK has reached level of ‘public health emergency’, warn experts

    Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.

    In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.

    A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,” they write.

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    Last week, Tory MP Esther McVey, Iain Duncan Smith’s deputy, insisted it was “right” that half a million Britons be dependent on food banks in “tough times”. Around the same time, the motor racing heiress Tamara Ecclestone totted up a champagne bill of £30,000 in one evening. A rich teenager in Texas has just got away with probation for drunkenly running over and killing four people because his lawyers argued successfully that he suffered from “affluenza”, which rendered him unable to handle a car responsibly. What we’ve been realising for some time now is that, for all the team sport rhetoric, only two sides are really at play in Britain and beyond: Team Super-Rich and Team Everyone Else.

  20. The One Percent Solution: Oligarchs to the Rescue!

    Here our earnest authors come up against a very 21st-century conundrum: the ever-widening notion that the fate of our liberties should be taken out of the hands of governments and given to … corporations and oligarchs. This is the logic behind the move by Glenn Greenwald and other dissident superstars to “partner” with hi-tech oligarch Pierre Omidyar, “leveraging” Greenwald’s control of Edward Snowden’s NSA documents to create a profitable new media venture. This would be the same Omidyar whose PayPal cut Wikileaks off at the financial knees in its hour of greatest peril, whose “microfinancing initiatives” have led to mass suicides among the debt-ridden poor in India and who now appears driven to monetize dissent in the same way he’s monetized poverty relief. It’s unlikely that hard-hitting exposes of hi-tech corporate chicanery will feature overmuch at Pierre’s new plaything.

  21. Horizon 2020: Investing in our future

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  22. Europeans trying to complete deal on bad banks

    European finance ministers are taking another crack at an issue that’s bedeviled them: how to handle failing banks at an EU level.

  23. MPs set to receive 11% pay rise

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  24. Greece’s million unpaid workers

    “The public sector is exporting its problems to the private sector,” he says. “When the state is squeezed – as it has been frequently – the easiest thing is to postpone payment to suppliers. Hence a liquidity problem in the private sector.”

  25. Autumn Statement: Osborne to give upbeat forecast

    But he will say there must be no let up in austerity if he is to finish the job of paying off Britain’s debts.

    Millions will have to wait longer for a state pension, he will confirm.

    And there will be an extra £1bn of cuts from the budgets of government departments for each of the next three years.

  26. Zero-hours contracts: 5.5m Britons ‘are on deals offering little guaranteed work’

    As many as 5.5 million Britons could be signed up to work contracts that promise them less than three hours of work a week, five times more than existing estimates, new figures suggest.

    A survey of 5,000 members of Unite, Britain’s biggest union representing more than 1 million people, found that 22% of workers employed by private businesses had deals that offered little or no guarantee of work and pay.

  27. US economy losing ‘up to a $1bn a week’ after jobless benefits cut

    The US economy is losing up to a billion dollars a week because of the “fiscally irresponsible” decision to end long-term unemployment benefits, a Harvard economist said on Friday.

  28. North Carolina Shows How to Crush the Unemployed

    The U.S. is about to cut the maximum duration of public support for the unemployed. The federal extension of unemployment insurance expires on Jan. 1. To see the consequences, look at North Carolina.

  29. Guy Gets Sick, Spends Few Hours in Hospital Then This Happens….
  30. Mayor Bill de Blasio challenges New York’s millionaires with higher taxes

    Seven inches of snow dumped over New York on his second day in office is not the only blizzard Bill de Blasio, the newly instated mayor, is having to negotiate. He is also heading into a political blizzard over his plans to tackle inequality by raising taxes on the very rich.

    The 109th mayor used his inaugural speech on 1 January to issue a liberal clarion call of the type not heard in New York – or arguably anywhere else in the US – for at least 20 years. As the first Democratic mayor to take office in the city since 1994, he vowed to take on what he has dubbed “the Tale of Two Cities” – the vast income gap that sets a sparkling and buoyant Manhattan apart from the grinding poverty found in the outer boroughs.

  31. It Begins: Seattle Mayor Will Issue Executive Order to Raise City Workers’ Mininum Wage to $15/hr.

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  32. As 2014 begins, New York City’s homeless population continues to grow

    According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) presented to Congress by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in November, nearly 64,000 people, including 22,000 children, are homeless in New York City.

  33. Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward
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  39. Capitalism and Democracy: Year-End Lessons

    Yet the country’s biggest banks are using “their” money and laws (that they often wrote) to block municipalities’ use of eminent domain. “Their” money includes the massive bailouts Washington provided to them since 2007. Big bank directors and major shareholders – a tiny minority – fund the politicians, parties and think-tanks that oppose municipalities’ use of eminent domain. In these ways, capitalism systematically undermines democratic decision-making about economic affairs.

  40. A Q&A with Richard Wolff
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    The term neoliberal is a bit misleading. The doctrines are neither new, nor liberal. As you say, big business and the rich rely extensively on what economist Dean Baker calls “the conservative nanny state” that they nourish. That is dramatically true of financial institutions. A recent IMF study attributes the profits of the big banks almost entirely to the implicit government insurance policy (“too big to fail”), not just the widely publicized bailouts, but access to cheap credit, favorable ratings because of the state guarantee and much else. The same is true of the productive economy. The IT revolution, now its driving force, relied very heavily on state-based R&D, procurement and other devices. That pattern goes back to early English industrialization.

  42. The Richest World Leaders Are Even Richer Than You Thought
  43. HP gives CEO a $1.5m pay rise amid worldwide layoffs

    SELLER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP’s CEO Meg Whitman has been given a pay rise of $1.5m, despite ongoing job cuts and protests at the firm, as the giant enterprise IT company starts to show signs of recovery under her leadership.

  44. Meet Nicholas Moore, America’s Highest Paid Road Worker

    Macquarie Group Limited is a publicly traded banking, financial, advisory, investment, and fund management services headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In the United States, it has pushed for the privatization of public infrastructure and assets and operates major toll roads including Chicago’s Skyway, Indiana’s Toll Road, and the Dulles Greenway in Virginia, where area residents complain that higher tolls are pushing traffic into residential areas. The firm also owns a stake in Acquarion, a private, for-profit water service provider in New England, and is a major investor in K12 Inc., a for-profit provider of poorly performing “cyberschools.” K12 Inc. receives 86% of its revenue from taxpayers.

    U.S. taxpayers and toll payers contribute to making Moore “America’s Highest Paid Road Worker.” Moore made $8.8 million in compensation in fiscal year 2013, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek . Macquarie’s top executives are also well compensated making an estimated $53 million in combined compensation in fiscal year 2013. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, Macquarie reported $6.7 billion in revenue (this amount converted from Australian to U.S. dollars).

    “Why are we sending taxpayer revenue to executives and shareholders abroad when we need to be investing in America, rebuilding our roads, bridges and other infrastructure?” said Lisa Graves, Executive Director for the Center for Media and Democracy.

  45. The U.S. Government Is Paying Through the Nose For Private Contractors

    The budget debate now consuming Washington often seems to come down to guns versus butter, or at least its contemporary manifestation, Reaper Drones versus food stamps.

    What gets lost in the increasingly caustic rhetoric is just how inefficient the U.S. government is when it spends, especially when it is outsourcing tasks to hugely profitable private companies.

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  54. Ayn Rand-loving CEO destroys his empire

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  55. Sen. Warren and 6 others introduce bill barring employers from rejecting job seekers for bad credit

    It is, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says in an email, a small issue. But the Equal Employment for All Act would make a big difference for job-seeking Americans with poor credit ratings. The bill would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to stop employers from requiring or suggesting that applicants disclose their credit history and from procuring a consumer or investigative report. It also bars employers from disqualifying job seekers based on a poor credit rating or other
    information on their creditworthiness.

    Warren was joined in sponsoring the legislation by Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

  56. Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World

    While it is true that you don’t typically have to bribe your postman to deliver the mail in the US, in many key ways America’s political and financial practices make it in absolute terms far more corrupt than the usual global South suspects. After all, the US economy is worth over $16 trillion a year, so in our corruption a lot more money changes hands.

  57. The Pathology of the Rich – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
  58. David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’

    The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered a coruscating speech about the divide between rich and poor in America, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact.

  59. So the march is on. Fifteen years after Granny D started her…

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  60. Childcare workers asked to hand back wage rise
  61. CEOs with Platinum Plated Pensions Want to Raise Social Security Eligibility to 70

    According to a new report, CEOs at the forefront of the drive to “fix the debt” by slashing Social Security and Medicare, possess personal retirement funds worth an average of $14.5 million, and three have retirement nest eggs worth more than $100 million. The average Social Security check is $1,308 per month.

  62. Washington Post: The Problem With Populism

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  63. Elderly Adjunct College Professor Dies in Poverty

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  64. At Some Other Berkeley

    At UC Berkeley, the California public university system’s flagship campus, on November 20, 2009, in the early morning hours, dozens of students occupied and barricaded themselves inside Wheeler Hall, a beautiful neoclassical building at the center of campus that hosts more classes than any other campus building. Throughout the day, thousands of students, faculty, and campus workers massed outside Wheeler to support the students holed up inside.


    While the student movement at Berkeley, with some notable exceptions, struggled to build on the 2009 mobilization the following year after administration repression, the resonance of anti-tuition hike struggles in California in 2011 with the national Occupy movement led to an explosion of protest activities throughout the state university system that fall. Berkeley was no exception. What began as a decently-attended protest on November 9 ballooned into a major standoff with off-campus police called in to respond to the erection of tents on the grassy knoll adjacent to the “Mario Savio Steps” on historic Sproul Plaza. Hundreds of students linked arms to nonviolently prevent the tents from being taken down by external riot police and withstood police brutality in return.

    In one widely-circulated video, a female student and faculty member are seen being grabbed by their hair and thrown to the ground while nearby students scream in pain as they are jabbed in the abdomen with batons. Berkeley Professor and former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass and his wife and fellow faculty member Professor Brenda Hillman also suffered police violence as they stood with students. Graduate student organizers sustained broken ribs, sprained wrists, and badly bruised torsos; some have reported longer-lasting psychological trauma.

  65. Protest over free education for all Quebec children ends peacefully

    On International Human Rights Day, protesters occupied the offices of Quebec’s Education Minister for several hours on Tuesday in order to raise awareness of the plight of non-status children in Quebec.

  66. WikiLeaks Reveals One Company’s Silly Strategy to Silence Anti-Keystone Activists

    A corporate presentation made public by WikiLeaks reveals exactly how the energy industry sees pesky climate activists: as a bunch of “radicals,” “realists,” “idealists, and “opportunists.” Also, as a real threat, judging from evidence that Canadian energy giant Suncor hired the consulting firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, to help it nip populist opposition to development Alberta, Canada’s vast oil reserves—which depends on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline—in the bud. (Suncor told InsideClimate News that it never hired Stratfor, but its name comes up 11 times in this 35-page presentation, embedded below.)

  67. Wikileaks reveals failed plans to suppress anti-Keystone activists

    The presentation was prepared by Stratfor, a global intelligence firm based in Texas, for what appears to be Suncor Energy, Canada’s largest oil sands producer. (While Suncor denies ever having commissioned or seen the presentation, the company’s name is mentioned a total of 11 times throughout.) It breaks down nearly two dozen environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation,World Wildlife Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, into four basic categories: radicals, idealists , realists and opportunities and then sets out potential strategies for dealing with each, such as intentionally delaying negotiations or, as is proposed in this slide, ignoring them…

  68. Ecuador president Rafael Correa: ‘Britain is violating Julian Assange’s human rights’
  69. No charges ever pressed: Assange marks three years of UK detention
  70. The Drone That Takes Out Julian Assange

    While it might be a stretch to imagine that Julian Assange is on Barack Obama’s infamous kill list- there is a overt trend to brand journalists as terrorists. If the objective behind this trend is successful, it might grant Michael Grunwald his sadistic wish after all. For example, this week it was revealed that British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.

  71. A very middle class enemy of the State: How DID an ex-pupil of £30k-a-year Sevenoaks School in Kent end up in exile in Berlin… clutching a laptop of UK state secrets… via a ‘romance’ with Julian Assange?
  72. WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison: ‘How can you take Pierre Omidyar seriously?’

    WikiLeaks staffer who accompanied Edward Snowden to Russia, attacks the eBay founder for not helping the ‘PayPal 14′

  73. Pierre Omidyar in 2009: “Anybody who publishes stolen info should help catch the thief”
  74. Pierre Omidyar’s Leaky Struggle to Become a Press Freedom Fighter
  75. WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age

    The story started in December, 2010, when PayPal suspended its relationship with WikiLeaks and the foundation accepting donations on their behalf for a period of several months. Today, PayPal can be found as one of several payment options available to support WikiLeaks’ work.

  76. Wikileaks movie ‘The Fifth Estate’ named 2013′s biggest box office flop by Forbes
  77. Government whistle-blowers to Edward Snowden: Don’t come home
  78. Voice of Russia radio interview about spies, oversight, whistleblowers, and Snowden.
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  20. The Patent Microcosm Hopes That the Originators of Software Patents Will Undermine the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

    Now that the actions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which have been consistently upheld by the CAFC in precedential decisions, are suddenly being questioned the patent microcosm gets all giddy and tries to undermine PTAB (again)

  21. That Time When the Administrative Council Helped Battistelli Crush Oversight (Audit Committee) and What ILO Said About It a Month Ago

    Things are becoming ever more troublesome at the EPO as the Administrative Council enjoys inaction from the International Labour Organization (ILO), in spite of its role in destroying much-needed oversight at the behest of Battistelli

  22. The EPO's Administrative Council Keeps Postponing Debate About Grounds for Firing the President

    A recollection of events prior to the latest Administrative Council meeting, where Benoît Battistelli's failings and accountability for failing to correct them never even came up

  23. A Surge of Staff Complaints About the European Patent Office Drowns the System, Disservice to Justice Noted

    Self-explanatory graphs about the state of the justice [sic] system which is prejudiced towards/against EPO workers, based on internal reports

  24. Links 16/8/2016: White House Urged by EFF on FOSS, Go 1.7 Released

    Links for the day

  25. Links 15/8/2016: Linux 4.8 RC2, Glimpses at OpenMandriva Lx 3.0

    Links for the day

  26. Clawing Back the Staff Benefits at the European Patent Office (EPO)

    Staff of the EPO is leaving (or retiring) in droves as abusive management continues to be the norm and staff benefits are being taken away or gradually revoked

  27. The Patent Microcosm is Panicking and Spinning Alice/§ 101 Because US Software Patents Are Still Dying

    A look at recent developments in the software patents scene in the United States, with increased focus on (or fear of) the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

  28. 21,000 Posts in Techrights in Less Than a Decade

    This post is the 21,000th post and the next one will make it more than twenty-one thousand posts in total. We are turning 10 in November.

  29. Patent Microcosm Shuts Out the Poor: Unified Patent Court (UPC) Promotion by Practising Law Institute (PLI) Only for the Wealthy

    The people who are profiting from patent feuds, disputes, lawsuits etc. are still trying to muscle their will into European law and they keep the general public out of it by locking down (or pricing out of reach) their meetings where they influence/lobby decision-making officials

  30. The United States Has a Growing Patent Trolls Epidemic as Very High Proportion of Lawsuits Filed by Them

    A look at the high proportion of patent lawsuits that are filed by entities that make nothing at all and thus serve no role whatsoever in innovation


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