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When Prince was alive, he was a fierce opponent of having his music distributed online. “The internet was over for anyone who wants to get paid, and I was right about that,” Prince told The Guardian in 2010. “Tell me a musician who’s got rich off digital sales. Apple’s doing pretty good though, right?” In fact, Prince banned his work from appearing on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, YouTube, Deezer, and even bankrupted platforms like Rdio. Which, inevitably, has led to an explosion of pirated copies of his songs appearing on sites like TorrentFreak. Within 24 hours of Prince’s death being announced, the… This story continues at The Next Web

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A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Perth was delayed from taking off over the weekend thanks to a prankster who’d name their Wi-Fi hotspot ‘Mobile Detonation Device.’ The hotspot name was flagged by a worried passenger after it was seen in the in-flight entertainment hub and the pilot then asked for the owner to come forward, but nobody owned up. Eventually it was assumed to be a prank, potentially from a device inside the terminal, and the flight was cleared for take off. But about 40 people decided not to chance it and had their luggage taken off, according to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Monday morning’s cold clutches are grabbing at your ankle, trying to pull you kicking and screaming into a whole new week. Rather than fight it and dread the gap between now and next weekend, take a little time to catch up on the tech headlines you missed. We’ve put together the best tech news, features, reviews, distractions, deals and more. All you need to do is make yourself a coffee and start reading your way through. You wouldn’t want to seem uninformed, would you? News from The Next Web Tor and VPN users will be target of government hacks under… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the run up to the highly-anticipated fifteenth Call of Duty, the game’s maker Infinity Ward has released a virtual mission via a rather stern Facebook Messenger bot called Lt. Reyes. He explains that he’s working on behalf of a NATO-style body called SATO and the enemy has scrambled the code needed to access to the defense grid and start fighting back. More chat reveals a few additional details designed to help you solve the puzzle, with spoilers now on the Web pointing you to an event that will finally confirm details of the new CoD title later today, scheduled for 10.30AM PT on… This story continues at The Next Web

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Thom Yorke and his band of happy-go-lucky forty somethings – also known as Radiohead – have been actively trying to scrub their digital footprint from the Web. People on Reddit first noticed the disappearing act. Indeed, a quick glance on the band’s Twitter profile reveals a big, white nothing’ness. Adding more intrigue to the mystery is Thom Yorke’s profile – it appears to have a bug, or it’s something far more arty. Despite Yorke’s feed explaining Thom has never Tweeted, there are seven Tweets under his account. Annoyingly, there’s no way of finding out what those Tweets were. But in a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last week, the US patent office issued 6,782 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the six most interesting ones. US Navy to raise an army of ocean drones Patent number: US 9,321,529 This patent from US navy gives a peek into the future of oceanic warfare. Given the vast oceanic space, an army of drones would be deployed to operate collectively go achieve a mission. The drones would include energy conversion means to tap into natural sources of energy like solar and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every startup has a story to tell. From the conception of an idea, to the first lines of code, early hires, and preliminary funding rounds – every company has a unique narrative. But there are always shared experiences. Processes, tactics, and habits that shape the experience of the fledgling startup. In this series, Tales from the Trenches of Tech, we talk to founders to hear their perspectives on what the key element was to their successful strategies. We talked with Mia Grosen of Comundu, based in Copenhagen, a service that connects hostels with their guests to update them on activities… This story continues at The Next Web

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On Sunday, while many of you were relaxing and generally fretting about Monday, the CIA and its Twitter account decided it wanted to commemorate the death of Osama Bin Laden, on Twitter. Yep. It did that. To mark the 5th anniversary of the Usama Bin Ladin operation in Abbottabad we will tweet the raid as if it were happening today.#UBLRaid — CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016 For anyone who finds that a bit strange, the CIA, as the Tweet above indicates, were attempting to mark the fifth anniversary of an event some legal professionals call a war crime. Lasting more… This story continues at The Next Web

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The search for the creator of the digital currency Bitcoin has pointed the finger at a number of individuals, but none have taken credit for creating the (largely) anonymous financial transaction system and the true originator hasn’t been found. Today, however, Australian Craig Wright claimed that he is behind Bitcoin, and reportedly provided proof to the BBC, The Economist and GQ. This verification took the form of specific bitcoin blocks that were known to have been originally mined by Nakamoto, and Whit demonstrated that they were the same blocks that had been used to send bitcoin to Hal Finney, an… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nearly everyone has heard of the term “bionics” in movies, books or TV shows (i.e., the Six Million Dollar Man and Darth Vader). However, few people really stop to think about where the energy to power these amazing devices comes from. Hollywood seems to have come up with their own secret solution, because, face it, Luke Skywalker stopping to change the battery in his bionic arm isn’t exactly sexy. Or imagine Darth Vader making a pit stop to plug in and recharge his bionic appendages before engaging another Jedi Knight.  That would kill the action deader than Greedo in the cantina. However, Hollywood… This story continues at The Next Web

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An update to the innocuous-sounding Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure could soon grant powers to judges across the US to issue search warrants for law enforcement to remotely access devices that are using privacy tools. The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure sets the rules for criminal prosecutions and this change would see a sweeping expansion of law enforcement’s ability to engage in remote surveillance to gather evidence, with zero public debate on the new powers. The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) says that Tor and VPN users, as well as people who reject location tracking by apps on their smartphone, could all be… This story continues at The Next Web

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Someone sent me a message a couple of days ago saying they’d just watched the news and it had made them really angry. I asked him what had happened and he said it was news from the ongoing war in Syria. “I literally have no idea what we should be doing about it,” he said. Me neither, I thought. We’ve never been able to see more up close images of war and yet it feels like we’re truly paralyzed. Now #AleppoIsBurning is gathering pace on Twitter with people in the Middle East and beyond trying to #MakeFacebookRed, or even planning to boycott the platform, to draw… This story continues at The Next Web

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From gorgeous protective Macbook sleeves to cases and touchscreen gloves, Mujjo provides style, simplicity and elegance in its exquisitely-crafted products. Check out three great Mujjo offers below, on discount for a limited time from TNW Deals Mujjo Macbook Pro 13″ Sleeve: $49.49 Your Macbook Pro deserves a beautiful protective cover, and the classic style of Mujjo’s tailored sleeve combines cool minimalism with noteworthy elegant accents. Crafted by hand with high-quality materials this sleeve is made especially to fit the Apple Macbook Pro 13” with easy-to-clean felt and a vegetable-tanned leather flap. The storage compartment fits documents, earplugs, USB drives and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Weddings are an on the ground affair so most of the focus is on the physical elements of the day from the attire, the decoration, the ceremony and the venue. However, technology can very much form part of the planning and execution of the wedding as well. As a tech writer and newlywed, I incorporated a lot of technology into my wedding day. Here are some ideas on how to effectively incorporate technology into yours. Wedding website A wedding website is a very efficient and inexpensive way of disseminating a lot of information to your guests. Even if you’re sending… This story continues at The Next Web

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The reasonably rare but terrifying news that a small kid has gone missing is enough to make any parent want to lock the front door and never open it – but smartwatches for kids are increasingly on hand to help you keep that watchful eye remotely. Xiaomi’s Mi Bunny has launched in China at the very-low-end of the wearables market – costing 299 yuan or just over $45 – for a SIM-powered smartwatch that can make and receive calls, send SOS signals and lets you set up geofences. It also pairs with a parent app that lets you customize settings like alarms, do not disturb times and… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today is my final day writing for The Next Web before I embark on something new. Late May will mark seven years since my first ever article was published. It was about the launch of Google Wave, and thankfully my career here outlived that once hotly-anticipated piece of technology. I’ve learned a lot in my time here so here are eight lessons I’ll take with me into the future. 1. Tech PR is a mess When I started writing for The Next Web, I was looking forward to working with PR companies. When I previously wrote a personal blog, I’d get emails about… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chutzpah, pluck, or just blind faith in your creative idea – whatever you call it, self-confidence is essential if you’re going to put your writing out there. But confidence alone won’t mean your idea will see the light of day – you need it in just the right amounts. In the early 1900s the industrialist Sakichi Toyoda developed the concept of the Five Whys – an iterative process of asking a series of ‘why’ questions with the objective of finding the root cause of a problem. It was a process car giant Toyota successfully used to weed out faults and problems… This story continues at The Next Web

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Professionals of virtually any field can significantly sharpen their resumés and expand employment opportunities with acquired mastery of SQL, the database communication language which enables businesses of all sizes to efficiently manage and deliver information throughout their network and beyond. The nine-course curriculum in the Ultimate SQL Bootcamp will guide you through every step of SQL instruction and set you on track for data mastery success, with transferrable skills in any industry – and it’s now available at just $49 from TNW Deals. Throughout the courses in the Ultimate SQL Bootcamp, you’ll learn to master effective database design overall. Conquer… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you take pride in your photography or you’d like to learn how to master the tools and techniques of the pros, TNW Deals has an incredible offer to put you on the fast track to professional-grade photography. For a limited time, you can take a full 98 percent off the price of the Adobe Digital Photography Training Bundle, featuring four comprehensive courses to guide you through top level techniques in photography and the photo-editing programs required to make your photos frame-worthy every time. Courses include: Diploma in Photography – $395 Value Industry leading professional photographers while earning a Certificate… This story continues at The Next Web

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You know those old clothes, DVDs or books you’ve been meaning to give away to charity? I bet you haven’t done it, because it’s such a hassle when you’ve got other priorities in life. An app called Gone for Good means that if you’re in the UK, you no longer have an excuse – it’s basically ‘Uber for charity.’ The iOS and Android app allows you to take pictures of items you want to give away and select the charity you want to donate them to. That charity then comes and picks it up from you to sell it a local… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every year, The Next Web holds hundreds of interviews with young startups in order to shortlist the cream of the crop and invite them to Boost, our early-stage growth program at TNW Conference. The applications for Boost are now closed, and we’re proud to have 200 of the world’s hottest starts startups ready to show 9,400 tech influencers, investors and journalists the next game-changers. Missed your chance to apply? Startups can still attend TNW Conference by buying tickets here. This week, we’re bringing you six emerging startups ready to disrupt the way we navigate through life. Whether you’re looking for the easiest… This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m often asked what apps, services, and tools I use to lead my location-independent life. I’d like to emphasize one thing – it’s not about the tools, it’s about your results, personal preference, and efficiency. If you work best with a pen and paper, there’s no need to try and adopt a digital tool that doesn’t feel right for you. Just because your peers or someone you admire uses one or the other tool, you shouldn’t force it on yourself. That being said, here are some of the tools and services I use to learn, plan, track habits, manage time, travel, write, read,… This story continues at The Next Web

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As far as looks are concerned, the MIN7, by Minfort, is one of the most beautiful speakers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Each model is handmade using recycled hardwood from old furniture. The solid wood panels and natural tone is the perfect accompaniment to my home office and it carries with it significant bulk (it weighs 26 pounds) that makes it just feel as if it were sculpted by the hands of fine wood-workers. The case features multiple inputs and a really nice pair of gold-plated RCA cables which give you multiple configuration options. In addition to wireless connectivity through Wi-Fi… This story continues at The Next Web

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‘Super Mario Bros.’ still isn’t available for our smartphones, but at least now we can get a tiny bit closer to stomping goombas and sliding down pipes as America’s favorite plumber duo, Mario and Luigi. An app for the Pebble smart watch, ‘Steps With Mario,’ allows you to track your real world movement inside the Mushroom Kingdom from the first Super Mario Bros. game, all the way back in 1985. Mental Floss once calculated that small Mario would have to travel an estimated 3.4 miles to save the princess. While the distance gave many of us fits in the 80s, you could… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Glass was cool not for being a great product, but providing an on-demand tool that could snap images or video without the need for grabbing a secondary device. Sony’s new patent application shows a desire to join Google and Samsung in a race to make this happen without the stupid headset. According to the patent, Sony wants to develop a contact lens that — on paper — stands to be the best of the three designs. It’ll feature a built-in camera with storage, a transmission unit, autofocus, zoom, aperture control and even image stabilization. The camera’s shutter would be controlled… This story continues at The Next Web

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