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  • Mystery maintenance bug causes Swedish websites to fail

    Mystery maintenance bug causes Swedish websites to fail

    Monday night was a dark time for Internet users in Sweden. For about an hour the Swedish Internet failed, meaning it was impossible to access any websites with a domain name ending in .SE (that’s about 900,000 domains folks). No one seems to know how the problem occurred, except that it happened during routine maintenance work. It makes you wonder how easy it would be to shut down the whole… Read More

  • Swedish startup RunAlong wants to make you sweat. With your friends. In the dark.

    Swedish startup RunAlong wants to make you sweat. With your friends. In the dark.

    FOWA’s known for being a launching platform for startups. The joy of being surrounded by 600-odd web people though is that there are bound to be a few other startups in the house apart from the ones that make it to the stage. One that caught my eye yesterday is RunAlong.se, which as the domain suggests is a Swedish venture, founded by former user interaction designer Heidi Harman. Currently… Read More

  • Sweden's anti-piracy law sure seems to be working

    Sweden's anti-piracy law sure seems to be working

    Sweden's anti-piracy law, IPRED, seems to be working, insofar as various Internet traffic monitors have seen a significant downturn in piracy. The day after the law went into effect, Web traffic fell by some 30 percent, and now, several months later (the law went into effect on April 1), an ISP there says piracy-related traffic is still “free-falling.” Read More

  • Video: This is what Sweden's Pirate Party is all about

    Probably the name needs to change, but Sweden's Pirate Party has its heart in the right place. It doesn't aim to give everyone the right to download the latest Modest Mouse album from privatetorrents.com all willy nilly (as the Huffington Post implies), but rather to reform copyright laws so that they accurately reflect the 21st century. And as you may already know, the party had its first… Read More

  • Flint, MI will hopefully soon get its own biogas facility

    Flint, MI will hopefully soon get its own biogas facility

    There isn't a spot in the country that has been harder hit by the financial meltdown than Flint, MI. Forbes recently labeled Flint as the city that has the longest road to recovery too. It's bad in the birthplace of General Motors and the financial climate is bad there right now - really bad. I know this first hand. That's where I live. But the city might soon lead the nation with the country's… Read More

  • Sweden's Pirate Party on track for 2 seats in European Parliament

    Sweden's Pirate Party on track for 2 seats in European Parliament

    Those of you in Euroland are probably sick of hearing about the <european elections, especially because, as I learned in college, something like two dozen people in the whole of Europe even bother to vote. (Democracy deficit!) No matter, because it looks like some people in Sweden voted for the Pirate Party, whose raison d'être is to reform copyright law, patents, etc. In fact, enough people… Read More

  • Protesters take to the streets post-Pirate Bay verdict

    Protesters take to the streets post-Pirate Bay verdict

    Whatever. Last week's guilty verdict (that will be appealed till we're all bored of the topic) in the Pirate Bay trial caused all sorta of comfortable outrage online. Now people are taking to the streets. I can't imagine what they're chanting at these gatherings: “We demand the right to download music and movies without having to pay for them!” Have these people lost their mind? Read More

  • Guilty: The Pirate Bay found guilty of copyright infringement

    Guilty: The Pirate Bay found guilty of copyright infringement

    We'll probably do more with this as the day goes on, but quickly: The Pirate Bay guys were found guilty in their trial in Sweden, and will spend the next year in prison. They will also have to pay $4.5 million in damages, which one of the guys said he'd rather “burn everything [he] owned” than pay. Read More

  • Pirate Bay server heads to Swedish museum

    Pirate Bay server heads to Swedish museum

    Hey, have you guys heard of The Pirate Bay? It's this cool Web site that has all these things called BitTorrents. You just double click 'em and this program opens and then you can download movies and music and stuff. It's gonna get real popular, you wait and see! In fact, a museum in Sweden will display one of the site's servers as part of an exhibit. Read More

  • Internet traffic drops by 33 percent in Sweden after anti-piracy law passes

    Internet traffic drops by 33 percent in Sweden after anti-piracy law passes

    That Swedish anti-piracy law just went into effect, and guess what happened. Overall Internet traffic dropped by a whopping 33 percent. And while authorities there don't expect traffic to remain so long, they are confident that it'll help change people's habits. Read More