Crime and Punishment
Former Apple CEO John Sculley is reportedly mulling a bid for BlackBerry. [Globe and Mail]
YouTube is planning to a service that’s described as “Spotify with video” later this year. [Billboard]
Amazon’s entry into the set-top box game might miss its scheduled holiday deadline as it scrambles with development delays. [The Verge]
Suck it Silicon Prairie: London is the new leader in patting itself on the back for nurturing tech startups. [New York Times]
ICANN is approving several new top-level domains in the next few weeks including شبكة, 游戏 and онлайн. [BBC]
I Want My Free TV
Apparently hell hath no fury like eager teens looking to get their hands on Grand Theft Auto V.
A 23-year-old man was brutally attacked by three teenagers in north London yesterday, after they spotted him carrying a copy of the highly anticipated game less than two hours after he purchased it.
Watch out, impatient U.K. Game of Thrones fans: The City of London is launching a new police unit dedicated to IP crimes. The squad will be responsible for both online piracy and IRL offenses like counterfeit goods., and the national government is contributing £2.5 million to the cause.
This comes on the heels of a crackdown on torrent site operators, TorrentFreak reports.
When the heavens open and spew forth little HRH Prince Rupert or Princess Hermione via the loins of Kate Middleton, how will the royals announce the birth? Not through social media — at least not right away.
Buckingham Palace insists the birth will be announced through a proclamation signed by doctors and rushed to the palace grounds, according to The Daily Mail. The notice will be plopped on a golden easel (we shit you not) just within the gates of the palace.
First World Problems
How is Julian Assange whiling away the hours while he’s sequestered inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London?
Probably training monkeys to do his bidding and flambé-ing his way through the entire Julia Child cookbook. Possibly sunbathing.
We’re all going to enter therapy for our addiction to technology eventually. Might as well start them young. That’s what they’re doing over in the United Kingdom to a four-year-old girl who, after using her iPad for more than four hours a day, became “distressed and inconsolable” when it was taken away.
Her mother entered her into a rehab after she showed “increased agitation” when the iPad was removed. Enter hero Dr. Richard Graham, the creator of Britain’s first-ever technology addiction program, who claims cases like hers are growing and creating “dangerous” long-term effects. He told The Telegraph that the electronic form of amusement was preventing kids from forming IRL social relationships and leaving kids very exhausted from the constant swiping.
You know how some people (like, hypothetically) eat their way through vacation? A little pasta in Rome, some cheese in Paris, barbecue in the South. A new pop-up hotel that recently opened in London is taking that concept quite literally, creating hotel rooms made entirely out of edible goods.
You might want to leave your Nike Fuelband at home for this one.
Famously elusive street artist Banksy has not been arrested. His real identity has not been revealed. His name is not Paul William Horner.
But you’d be forgiven for thinking so. Earlier today, outlets like Jezebel, Complex and Death and Taxes published stories saying that Banksy had been arrested by British police. These outlets sourced their reports to a press release that purported to be from the BBC, posted on the press release hub PRLog. (The release has since been removed.)
Eye of the Tiger
Twitter has not had a great 48 hours. After spending years developing a reputation as an especially open and free-speech-friendly platform, suddenly the company looks an enthusiastic handmaiden to corporate interests. And so it’s none too surprising to see a lengthy exegesis of corporate policy, complete with apology, appear on the official blog.
Of course, the company had little choice after NBC ratted out them out to the Telegraph, revealing that Twitter had contacted NBC and suggested they file a complaint regarding the gadfly journalist Guy Adams, who’d been lambasting the network’s Olympics coverage, including posting the email address of an NBC Sports exec. That complaint, of course, resulted in Mr. Adams’ suspension from Twitter, thereby quieting his nonstop complaints but unleashing a torrent of Internet fury.
Twitter’s tardy response, authored by general counsel Alex McGillivray, explains that, “The Trust and Safety team does not actively monitor users’ content,” adding:
The first “Twitter Olympics” start Friday. And how is that going, so far? Let’s just say the games are off to a rocky start, and we’re popping popcorn in anticipation.
As we’ve mentioned before, the International Olympic Committe rolled into town with a long list of social media rules for athletes, volunteers and anyone with a press pass. The document concluded with a warning: “The IOC will continue to monitor Olympic on-line content to ensure that the integrity of rights-holding broadcasters and sponsor rights as well as the Olympic Charter is maintained.”
So how’s that going? Well, it’s not even day one and already an Olympian has been booted from the games for offensive tweets, athletes’ complaints are going viral, and organizers are begging participants not to tweet about and therefore spoil the opening ceremony.