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    Ferguson is our “libertarian moment,” but not in the way some libertarians want you to believe

    “Make the users (i.e., the criminals) pay the costs, wherever possible.” —Robert Poole, Reason Ferguson is starting to heat up again, with more violence, more police crackdowns. And yet we never quite figured out how to make sense of the shocking scenes from last month, which left us little to hold onto beyond lingering outrage. Besides the general sense of horror, the question that still hasn’t really been answered is: Whose fault is Ferguson? Ferguson happened to explode just as…
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    India investigating Amazon for violating ecommerce laws

    Just over a month after Amazon announced a whopping $2 billion investment into expanding its India ecommerce operations, India’s press is reporting that an arm of the Finance Ministry is investigating the company, along with Silicon Valley favorite Flipkart and other foreign-invested ecommerce outfits, for violating the country’s laws banning foreign direct investment in retail ecommerce. In late July, Flipkart announced it had raised $1 billion from global venture capital firms, the second largest investment round in 2014…
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    BREAKING: New wage-theft lawsuit filed against Hollywood giants as Techtopus scandal grows

    The Silicon Valley wage fixing story is expanding into Hollywood’s visual effects (VFX) industry. A new class action lawsuit on behalf of VFX workers just been filed in the Northern California District Court against the biggest names in the industry, including Walt Disney Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Sony Pictures, as well as the two original “Techtopus” conspirators — LucasFilm and Pixar. In all, the complaint names VFX nine defendants, including San Rafael’s Imagemovers Digital. The lawsuit is being lead by…
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    Now it’s time for Silicon Valley to profit from the new Indian ecommerce laws it helped shape

    Late last month, the tech industry cheered two huge back-to-back investments into India’s fledgling e-commerce sector: India e-tailer Flipkart.com raised $1 billion from global venture capital firms, the largest venture investment ever into an Indian Internet company, and 2014’s second largest investment round after Uber. Less than 24 hours later, Jeff Bezos one-upped Flipkart by announcing that Amazon would invest $2 billion into building up Amazon.in’s operations, the largest investment to date by an e-commerce company in India. The…
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    Despite media reports, “rebel” plaintiff tells Pando he “never left” the Techtopus wage-fixing suit

    Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal ran a story purporting to be the latest development in the Techtopus wage-theft lawsuit. Recall that last Friday, Pando broke the news about Judge Lucy Koh’s surprising ruling tossing out the $324 million settlement agreed upon between most of the class plaintiffs and the remaining defendants who conspired to suppress their workers’ wages: Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel. One of the plaintiffs, former Adobe employee Michael Devine, had broken away from the…
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    BREAKING: Judge strikes down Techtopus wage theft settlement

    The judge overseeing the landmark Silicon Valley wage theft antitrust lawsuit has struck down the $324 million settlement reached between most of the class action plaintiffs and the defendants — Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe. In her 32-page order striking down the settlement terms, issued just moments ago, US District Judge Lucy Koch writes: “This Court has lived with this case for nearly three years, and during that time, the Court has reviewed a significant number of documents in…
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    As Reason’s editor defends its racist history, here’s a copy of its holocaust denial “special issue”

    “The German concentration camps weren’t health centers, but they appear to have been far smaller and much less lethal than the Russian ones.” —Reason magazine, January 1976 Last weekend, I wrote about how Reason magazine — and their backers, the Koch brothers — was supporting a major push to further sell Silicon Valley on the “virtues” of libertarianism. After I exposed Reason’s history as a publisher of racist, pro-apartheid South Africa articles during the 1970s, the current…
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    Homophobia, racism and the Kochs: San Francisco’s tech-libertarian “Reboot” conference is a cesspool

    Starting today, San Francisco plays host to the Reboot 2014 conference. According to the event’s blurb: Reboot 2014 will bring together technical talent and policy advocates to turn ideas into deliverables for liberty. The word “liberty” is the giveaway, of course. With “Reboot,” libertarianism is making its Big Pitch to Silicon Valley. The event features the movement’s superstar scion, Rand Paul, as keynote speaker; alongside Nick Gillespie, the leather-jacketed editor of Reason.com, the online edition of Reason magazine, the…
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    Five things to consider about the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in Ukraine

    I’m too busy now on another story to get deep into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing some 300 passengers… but here are a few things to keep in mind as today’s news develops: 1. This was a passenger plane flying over rebel territory despite the fact it was well known that pro-Russian rebels had fairly advanced anti-aircraft weaponry, and were using them with increasing success. Alec Luhn, one of the…
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    Cisco and Juniper lose $170 million in sales due to US sanctions

    The Russian daily Kommersant reported today that White House sanctions against Russia cost Cisco and Juniper Networks $170 million in lost business since spring. The sanctions bar sales of “dual-use” technologies to Russian state agencies. In March, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it had begun denying licenses to export certain hi-technology products to Russia, and that it would revoke any current export licenses for any technology products that could wind up helping Russia’s military structures or its…

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