Norway

  • After oil, Norway looks to startups for economic growth

    After oil, Norway looks to startups for economic growth

    Politicians responding to the oil troubles are heeding calls for a new way forward, centered around startups. And the efforts to foster a new approach are led by an ambitious ex-business exec, the Crown Prince of Norway and a handful of contrarian entrepreneurs. Read More

  • Keep an eye on Norway: Its startup scene is about to go huge

    Keep an eye on Norway: Its startup scene is about to go huge

    When I headed back to Norway to take a deep dive into its startup scene, I have to admit my expectations weren’t that high. Completely unfounded: In just a few short years, it has gone from been a pretty bleak affair to being a real — if nascent — startup ecosystem. It’s full of ambition, ideas, and – yes – some really exciting startups. Read More

  • Only in Norway: Fish food company wins startup pitch competition

    Only in Norway: Fish food company wins startup pitch competition

    Imagine for a moment that you are a tech journalist. You’re traveling to Norway, a country dear to your heart, and you really want to come back reporting positive news about the startup scene there. You are invited, among other things, to the final round of a pitch competition. The winning company, MiniPro, doesn’t have an internet presence. At all. Its product? Baby food for… Read More

  • Norwegian PEN chapter sues its country to ensure Snowden can receive Ossietzky Prize in person

    Norwegian PEN chapter sues its country to ensure Snowden can receive Ossietzky Prize in person

    The Norwegian chapter of writers’ rights organization PEN International is suing its own government in an attempt to make it safe for Edward Snowden to accept the prestigious Ossietzky Prize in person — without fear of extradition to the United States. Read More

  • Tidal, The Hi-Fi Music Service Jay-Z Is Buying, Expands To 22 More Markets, Reports Only 12K Users

    Tidal, The Hi-Fi Music Service Jay-Z Is Buying, Expands To 22 More Markets, Reports Only 12K Users

    Where Neil Young’s Pono may have flopped with critics, another hi-fidelity music service soon to be owned by a music superstar is hoping to fly. Tidal, a new hi-fi streaming service from Norway’s Asipro, today announced that it will be adding 22 more countries to its list of active markets this quarter, but on the back of just 35,000 subscribers for Tidal and sister service WiMP… Read More

  • We Can All Go Home Now. Piracy Is Mostly Dead

    We Can All Go Home Now. Piracy Is Mostly Dead

    According to a report by Norwegian researchers at Ipsos, piracy has fallen alarmingly in that country thanks to viable alternative sources. For example, music piracy has fallen from 1.2 billion songs in 2008 to 210 million last year. About 60 million movies and TV shows were pirated last year, compared to 125 million and 135 million five years ago. In short, access to paid content, whether… Read More

  • DIY "last mile" fiber trenches in Norway

    Is it just me, or has that “can do” American spirit begun to fade of late? We’re all becoming complacent as the MegaCompanies erode our sense of ownership, our sense of industry, and our ability to do things our own way. ISPs charge us an arm and a leg to lock us into restrictive contracts for crappy Internet service over which we have no real control. The install teams show… Read More

  • Norway to Apple: Get rid of the iTunes DRM, or else

    Did you hear the news? “Norway” has a problem with the DRM used in iTunes, officially. The country’s consumer ombudsman, which sounds a government-subsidized version of Ask Asa, said the follow in his latest report: It’s a consumer’s right to transfer and play digital content bought and downloaded from the internet to the music device he himself chooses to use. Read More

  • Apple in legal hot water in Norway because of iTunes DRM

    Apple is facing quite the legal challenge in Norway because you can’t play DRM’d, iTunes-purchased songs on devices other than the iPod. The law in Norway is such that, here, consumers have the right to play music on any device of their choosing. Since Apple’s DRM prevents this from happening, it’s being dragged into court. It has until November 3 to respond to the… Read More

  • The Telemegaphone: No good can come from this

    If there’s one thing that’s missing from Bunker Hill, it’s a giant megaphone that’s hooked into payphones spread throughout the city. I live at the base of Bunker Hill and it would be just grand if I could listen to everything on everyone’s mind, all day and all night long. Such will be the case for the fine citizens in the small town of Dale, Norway from August… Read More

  • Space camera to monitor deforestation in Congo Basin

    The UK and Norwegian governments are getting set to launch a $215 million project designed to “curb climate change by preventing deforestation” in the Congo Basin, according to BBC News. Part of the project involves a satellite-mounted high definition camera capable of capturing a 55 mile-wide area of the forest in one fell swoop. A single pixel can capture about ten square… Read More

  • Norwegian teen wins contest to send MP3s into space

    In order to promote its Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the European Space Agency held a contest last summer. The rules were simple; send in a playlist of ten songs to load onto an MP3 player that the un-manned ATV would fly up to astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Therese Miljeteig, a 14-year-old from Norway, won the competition with this playlist… Read More

  • Norway Responds to Job's Open DRM

    in the form of an open letter. Titled “Thoughts on Music,” Jobs outlined the state of DRM and where he thought the practice could wind up, famously stating that if the major studios would allow the disbanding of DRM, Apple would embrace it heartbeat. It was a bold move even for the iTunes giant Apple. Unsurprisingly, the proclamation is beginning to get responses. Torgeir… Read More