'Not paying for any of that music was probably a mistake. Buh bye!'
Plus: 'Apple Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected'
Top quotes were as follows:
Music streaming site Grooveshark was forced to close at the behest of record labels who were understandably upset that Grooveshark never paid for anything. This choice remark comes from the company's goodbye letter to users:
Despite the best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licences from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.
Ross Ulbricht didn't have a very good week, either. The Silk Road boss had his appeal for a new trial shot down in flames by a US court. Judge Katherine Forrest did not mince her words in tossing out the appeal:
There is no reasonable probability of a different outcome here: the circumstances of defendant's arrest, and the evidence found in his own possession at the time of the arrest, are in and of themselves overwhelming evidence of his guilt.
Go ahead and make yourself comfortable, Ross. It seems you won't be leaving that prison cell any time soon.
Rand Paul, Kentucky senator and son of an internet meme, wants to be president. He also wants to chuck out the FCC's net neutrality rules. His reasoning was as follows:
The internet has successfully flourished without the heavy hand of government interference. Stated simply, I do not want to see the government regulating the internet.
So, we're clearly not counting all those years the US government ran ICANN, then?
Apple doesn't like it when you mess with its precious little creations. Cupertino made everyone remember that this week when it said nobody was allowed to run watch apps on the Apple Watch. We're not kidding, either. These were the iThing maker's exact words:
Watch Apps whose primary function is telling time will be rejected.
Up in Canada, a budding sociopath named Valérie Gignac was cuffed for hacking webcams. Just what did the 27-year-old Québécois do with her hacking tools that got the mounties so upset?
The investigation shows that the suspect used various methods to harass her victims, including by eavesdropping on private conversations and by communicating with victims through the speakers of their infected computers. She also frightened her victims by taking over control of their computers and by logging on to extreme pornography websites.
The sort of lass you'd want to take home to meet the parents, no?
Finally, we leave you with a refreshing bit of honesty from David Byttow, founder of ill-fated startup Secret.
With the news of the company's shutdown, Byttow said he would be returning VC cash to investors rather than string along the startup by spending other peoples' money. He explained:
[Secret] still has a significant amount of invested capital, but our investors funded the team and the product, and I believe the right thing to do is to return the money rather than attempt to pivot.
Well said, David. ®