Tech Giants Send Trump a Roadmap on Copyright, Encryption, Net Neutrality 

A trade group that represents Facebook, Google and Amazon sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Monday that included a roadmap of key policy priorities covering topics like immigration and net neutrality, as well as copyright and patent reform.

The Internet Association, whose members also include Netflix and Uber and other tech companies, congratulated Trump on his victory and said the industry “looks forward to engaging in an open and productive dialogue” about key issues.

Source: Tech Giants Send Trump a Roadmap on Copyright, Encryption, Net Neutrality | Billboard

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YouTube, beware: Facebook is ready to do some global music licensing 

Facebook looks set to make a major splash in music in the coming months… if a revealing new job ad is anything to go by. The social media giant, which boasts more than 1.7bn monthly active users, is currently recruiting for a Director Of Global Music Licensing.

The details of the position sound like positive news for music rights-holders; especially those feeling a little beaten up by that other major online media brand with a billion-plus users, YouTube.

Source: YouTube, beware: Facebook is ready to do some global music licensing – Music Business Worldwide

Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, eBay: How Blockchain Can Break Data Monopolists

Blockchains can be extended beyond the database paradigm towards a general application platform. These platforms work very differently. For example, they have shared virtualized databases, micropayments and consensus mechanisms, from common on-premise or on-cloud platforms that they have the potential to re-implement the named examples while not allowing one party to monopolize the platform.

The main Blockchains like Bitcoin are an example for a distributed autonomous organization. These are organizations centered around code as their ‘constitution’ and have as its main players users, developers, miners (those that render the infrastructure) and evangelists.

Source: Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, eBay: How Blockchain Can Break Data Monopolists