10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including which city is doing more for tech than Silicon Valley, and Samsung's biggest ally.


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  • 8. Nobody is quite sure why tech stocks have recently tumbled

    After weeks of sluggish activity in public tech stocks, like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, and Netflix — ahead of Weibo's initial public offering, Recode this week suggested that the reason was… well, that nobody actually knew. In reality, many companies are doing better year-over-year than during the past month, which has seen some stocks down by double-digits percentage points.

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  • 9. The U.S. created "mesh" networks to help citizens avoid domestic spying

    The U.S. State Dept. funneled $2.8 million to a team of American hackers to help create a "mesh" network in one of the most troubled countries in the Middle East and Africa today, Tunisia, two years after the country saw its own revolution and its government overthrown. The aim of the project was to stop the Tunisian government from accessing citizen data. "It is in my mind one of the great, unreported ironies of the first Obama administration," one former State Dept. official told The New York Times. 

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  • 10. Viewing pirated material may not be direct copyright infringement

    Movie director Quentin Tarantino has been told that viewing pirated material does not directly infringe copyright, according to the judge who rejected his case against an online magazine. Tarantino's script was leaked earlier this year, but unlike others, Gawker linked directly to the leak that was floating around the Internet, but did not publish the script. His lawyers needed to show that Gawker readers actively used the link to view the script, something he may not be able to prove. Even then, the judge said: "Simply viewing a copy of allegedly infringing work on one’s own computer does not constitute the direct infringement necessary to support Plaintiff’s contributory infringement claim." 

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Topics: Security, Networking, Storage

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