Cronyism at its finest

When it came time for Spain to try to appease its misguided and angry publishers, the government sought to avoid the tactics that Google had done in the past and thus made it mandatory to pay, saying that sites themselves couldn’t even opt-out of getting payments, even if they didn’t want them. In response to this, Google broke out the somewhat surprising “nuclear option” and shut down Google News in Spain entirely. It seemed quite obvious that this move would create huge problems for media properties that wanted to be open and wanted people to link to them.

After the law went into effect, the Spanish Association of Publishers of Periodical Publications (AEEPP) commissioned an economic study about the impact of the new Spanish ancillary copyright law — and found (not surprisingly) that the legal change (and the shuttering of Google News and other aggregators) was absolutely harmful to the Spanish news media and innovation in general. It also found strong evidence that, contrary to what those fighting against Google News have claimed, aggregators expand the market for the original sources, rather than shrink it by acting as a substitute. The latter is based on a “study of studies” basically, looking at all of the academic literature in terms of the impact of aggregators — all of which shows that it increases the overall size of the market, rather than shrinks it.

Source: Study Of Spain’s ‘Google Tax’ On News Shows How Much Damage It Has Done | Techdirt

An Aurorae Spotted On Star 18.5 Years Away

Magnetospherically driven optical and radio aurorae at the end of the stellar main sequence : Nature
Aurorae are detected from all the magnetized planets in our Solar
System, including Earth. They are powered by magnetospheric
current systems that lead to the precipitation of energetic electrons
into the high-latitude regions of the upper atmosphere. In the case
of the gas-giant planets, these aurorae include highly polarized
radio emission at kilohertz and megahertz frequencies produced
by the precipitating electrons, as well as continuum and line emis-
sion in the infrared, optical, ultraviolet and X-ray parts of the
spectrum, associated with the collisional excitation and heating
of the hydrogen-dominated atmosphere. Here we report sim-
ultaneous radio and optical spectroscopic observations of an object
at the end of the stellar main sequence, located right at the bound-
ary between stars and brown dwarfs, from which we have detected
radio and optical auroral emissions both powered by magneto-
spheric currents.

Source: Magnetospherically driven optical and radio aurorae at the end of the stellar main sequence : Nature

The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain – The Daily Beast

Among the approximately 2,000 emails that the State Department has released from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

Source: The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain – The Daily Beast