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So everyone is familiar with the recent United Airlines incident - with a 69 year old doctor being forcibly and violently removed from his seat. And while I am well versed with airport tannoy announcements about overbooking and the offer of incentives to give up your seat for compensation - ideal for more casual travellers. I was totally not aware that near enough all airlines have written policies allowing them to do this - i.e. throw you off their plane for absolutely any reason - and your ...

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UK Culture Secretary is somewhat misguided in his condemnation of Ad Blockers

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A recent article in the Guardian quotes UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale calling out adblocking companies as a ’modern-day protection racket’. By this he is having a go at their ’whitelisting’ services where many of the ad blocking services take payment for whitelisting particular providers - these though can still be screened out by end-users. He cites that ad blockers are putting news delivery services, as well as the music industry in mortal peril and must be ...

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EU vs Google

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Those dastardly Eurocrats are now threatening to break up Google, not that they really have any jurisdiction over the make-up of an American Company - but German MEP Andreas Schwab is sponsoring a draft motion for the European Parliament to consider ways to unbundle Google’s principal parts.

 

For me, this follows hotly on from the ’unbundling’ of Lloyds Bank - another great EU initiative, which bundled me into a bank where I had no say in the process - I was ...

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Staggered releases deliver ever diminishing returns

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Staggered releasing is back in the news again following Taylor Swift’s decision to withhold the second promo track from her new ’1989’ album from UK fans only. The single ’Out of the Woods’ was made available for individual download on iTunes, unless of course you happened to live in the UK. As a UK citizen, the only way to get hold of said track was then to pre-order the whole new album.

 

Taylor Swift then added insult to injury by claiming that this was ...

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