15 Aug '13, 6am

Boot up: Bill Gates and the patent trolls, the eBay of hard drugs and Gruber on the iPhone 5C

Boot up: Bill Gates and the patent trolls, the eBay of hard drugs and Gruber on the iPhone 5C

A quick burst of 12 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Meet the Dread Pirate Roberts, the man behind 'the eBay of hard drugs', The Silk Road >> Forbes Tor made it possible but Bitcoin made it pay - behind The Silk Road. Roberts also has a political agenda: He sees himself not just as an enabler of street-corner pushers but also as a radical libertarian revolutionary carving out an anarchic digital space beyond the reach of the taxation and regulatory powers of the state-Julian Assange with a hypodermic needle. Judge halves $30.2m infringement award against Nintendo >> Reuters A US judge on Wednesday ruled that inventor Seijiro Tomita can take half the $30.2 million in damages awarded him after a jury found Nintendo infringed one of his patents, or risk getting nothing. Bill Gates still helping known patent trolls obtain more patents >> Ars Technic...

Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2013/aug/15/bi...

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