Yes, the FCC might ban your operating system

fcc-logo_blackOver the last few weeks a discussion has flourished over the FCC’s Notification of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on modular transmitters and electronic labels for wireless devices. Some folks have felt that the phrasing has been too Chicken-Little-like and that the FCC’s proposal doesn’t affect the ability to install free, libre or open source operating system. The FCC in fact says their proposal has no effect on open source operating systems or open source in general. The FCC is undoubtedly wrong.

I want to make something entirely clear: I believe the FCC has the best of intentions. I believe they want to protect the radio spectrum and implement the E-LABEL Act as required by Congress. I believe they want to protect innovation in the technology industry. I also believe that their proposal harms innovation, endangers the free, libre and open source community and is generally anti-user.

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Vermont: allo studio la blockchain di Stato.


di Luigi Angotzi, giurista e startupper

Attualmente l’applicazione pratica più conosciuta ed usata è il bitcoin, ma la tecnologia sottostante ed in particolare la blockchain può essere utilizzata anche come un registro pubblico di Stato, per realizzare smart contract e tante altre applicazioni.

Lo scorso 3 giugno, Peter Shumlin, Governatore dello Stato del Vermont ha promulgato la Legge N. 51 (una legislazione a favore della promozione dello sviluppo economico) in cui alla sezione A3 si fa cenno allo studio ed alla successiva applicazione della tecnologia blockchain.

Precedentemente anche il Senatore Balint aveva presentato un emendamento a favore dell’uso della tecnologia blockchain, affermando che:

“Blockchain technology shall be a recognized practice for the verification of a fact or record, and those facts or records established through a valid blockchain technology process shall have a presumption of validity for matters to be determined subject to, or in accordance…

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Il Governo Britannico studia usi pratici della tecnologia Blockchain


di Luigi Angotzi, giurista e startupper
Il Governo britannico (come ha già fatto lo Stato del Vermont sta esplorando l’uso della tecnologia blockchain nel tentativo di migliorare la trasparenza e la correttezza della sua tenuta registri.

In un post sul blog del Servizio Digitale Governativo (, il responsabile tecnico del progetto, Paul Downey (, dichiara che i registri online usati in passato potranno essere migliorati grazie all’uso della tecnologia Blockchain.

Egli inoltre afferma: “il registro perfetto dovrebbe essere in grado di dimostrare che i dati non sono stati manomessi e dovrebbe archiviare una cronologia delle modifiche che sono state fatte, oltre a essere aperta a un controllo indipendente“. Il team dell’ufficio da lui diretto ha già realizzato un prototipo di base del funzionamento del servizio.


Un portavoce dell’ UK Digital Currency Association ( ha lodato l’iniziativa del Governo di esplorare nuove prospettive tecnologiche.

Egli dichiara: “non c’è…

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Has a Twitter acquisition become inevitable? This investment banker says yes


Twitter’s share price [fortune-stock symbol=”TWTR”] continues to drift lower — it recently closed below $25, down almost 65% from the peak it hit after its initial offering in 2013 — but the company still doesn’t have a permanent CEO, more than two months after the departure of former chief executive Dick Costolo. That, combined with the slowing growth in its user base, makes it more or less inevitable that Twitter will be acquired, according to mergers and acquisitions specialist Victor Basta.

Basta is managing director of Magister Advisors, a boutique investment firm with offices in London and Silicon Valley. In a research note this week, the firm said that Twitter is a logical acquisition candidate for someone like Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] or Facebook (I argued in an earlier post that Google’s de-emphasizing of its own social network, Google+, makes it even more likely that the company will eventually acquire…

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New media and old media are getting together because they need each other


As a number of news outlets have been predicting, Comcast’s NBCUniversal unit has invested $200 million in Vox Media, the parent company of sites like The Verge, Vox, and SB Nation. The cable provider is also widely expected to announce a similar-sized investment soon in BuzzFeed. In some ways, these deals are a marriage made in media heaven—both sides get something they need, and in the process they both make themselves look much more attractive than they otherwise would.

Take Vox. According to Quantcast, it gets about 75 million unique visitors a month to its various content sites. That’s impressive, but it’s not nearly as large as a site like The Huffington Post, which gets more than 125 million. And while Vox is building a native-advertising business, it’s not currently making money because it is trying to grow so quickly.

What does such a company need most of all, apart…

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Connect with Public Figures Through Live

Facebook Newsroom

By Vadim Lavrusik, Product Manager

We’re excited to introduce a new way for you to connect and interact with your favorite public figures on Facebook — through live video.

Starting today, public figures can share live video from Facebook Mentions, the app that makes it easy for athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers to talk with their fans and each other. You can discover these live videos from public figures you follow in your News Feed.

You can comment on, like or share the video while watching a live broadcast. You can also see when your friends or other public figures start watching.

Live is an immersive and authentic way to connect with the public figures you care about, in real-time. If you don’t catch the live broadcast, you can also watch the video later on the public figure’s Page.

Keep an eye out for live broadcasts from

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Facebook takes on Medium and LinkedIn with new Notes look


Eagle-eyed programmer and blogging pioneer Dave Winer spotted something a little different on Facebook this week: An updated version of the social network’s Notes feature, which allows users to post longer pieces of writing than they might in a regular status update. With room for a large image at the top and a much cleaner design, the new version looks very much like Medium, the open blogging platform that was founded by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams after he left the company.

Users of Facebook [fortune-stock symbol=”FB”] could be forgiven for thinking that Notes is a brand-new feature, because it has been around for so long—and is so little used—that most people have either never heard of it or have forgotten that it exists. It was originally launched in 2006, but has been buried by subsequent enhancements to the service. Facebook confirmed it is experimenting with a new look.

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Special Issue “Business Models for Sustainability” – First Articles Available

Sustainable Business

Organization & Environment has started to publish some of the articles that will be contained in the Special Issue on “Business Models for Sustainability: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Transformation” (Schaltegger, Hansen & Lüdeke-Freund) as online-first versions.

The following articles are already available. A full introduction to the Special Issue will follow, once it is complete; two more articles and an editorial will follow.

  • Abdelkafi, N. & Täuscher, K. (2015): Business Models for Sustainability From a System Dynamics Perspective, Organization & Environment, first published on July 2, 2015,
  • Gauthier, C. & Gilomen, B. (2015): Business Models for Sustainability: Energy Efficiency in Urban Districts, Organization & Environment, first published on July 3, 2015,
  • Randles, S. & Laasch, O. (2015): Theorising the Normative Business Model, Organization & Environment, first published on July 2, 2015,
  • Wells, P. (2015): Economies of Scale Versus Small Is Beautiful: A Business Model Approach Based on Architecture…

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