Radiohead front man and BitTorrent: “Major labels have given up on selling music”

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Discussion: Matt Mason is the chief content officer at BitTorrent, and the driving force behind the company’s “Bundles” initiative, which gets musicians, filmmakers, authors and other creators to release their work packaged up as torrent files, with fans unlocking the full contents usually by entering their email address. Kaskade, DJ Shadow, Moby, De La Soul,… Read more »

How much does your iPhone really cost?

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The iPhone 6 costs you $649 retail but only $227 to make. This video breaks down the actual costs of all the key parts of the iPhone. Source: CNN Money Date: September 26th, 2014 Link: Discussion Questions 1) Is the $400 mark up by Apple purely based on brand and brand loyalty, or is… Read more »

Alibaba is coming

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Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba is vying to raise up to $24 billion in what could be the largest IPO in history. often described as a mix of eBay and Amazon it has around 280 million annual users and delivered 6.1 billion packages in the 12 months that ended June 30th. That accounts for roughly half… Read more »

Who’s monitoring the dark web?

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The Dark Web is a hidden part of the internet that is thought to be 500 times bigger than the one you experience through your Google and Bing browsers but contains much darker and more dangerous material than the traditional web. Source:  CNN Money Date: September 18, 2014 Link: Discussion questions 1) If the dark web… Read more »

‘Apple Pay’ may be safer than plastic

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Security measures on mobile wallets may make them a safer option than plastic credit cards. An antenna in the phone sends a short range burst of encrypted radio waves to the “card” reader so that it can read your payment data. Source: CNN Money Date: September 12th, 2014 Link: Questions for discussion: 1) Would this… Read more »

Smart cities: How easy is it to hack our urban environment?

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Source: BBC Date: September 12, 2014 Link: Questions for discussion: 1) Are there any “good” uses for technology that allows a person to hack into the electricity grid, or disable a wifi network? 2) Should there be regulation on the sale and purchase of hacking technologies that allow a person to access the electricity… Read more »

What does “The Cloud” look like?

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  Discussion: The cloud, simply, refers to software and services that run on the Internet instead of your computer. Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Netflix, Amazon Cloud Drive, Flickr, Google Drive, Microsoft Office 365, Yahoo Mail — those are all cloud services. So where does it all live? Instead of housing information on your hard drive or… Read more »