Julian Assange appeared at a press conference in London today to talk about WikiLeaks’ legal challenge to Visa and Mastercard, which have been blocking payments to the whistleblowing service for months in what its founder describes as an “economic blockade”.
He contrasted the payment firms’ stance on WikiLeaks – which he claims comes after political pressure from the US – with the phone hacking case at Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspapers. Read more
Sean Parker, co-founder of the original Napster, the pioneering file-sharing service, says the launch of Spotify in the US “represents the realisation of a dream”. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
Amazon plans to release its own tablet computer by October, according to the Wall Street Journal. The online retailer hopes customers will use the tablet to rent and buy the company’s content, the WSJ believes. Read more
Nuance, as its name suggests, is a voice recognition company that is getting ever better at learning and processing the nuances of everyday speech.
I was impressed with the accuracy of its popular and free Dragon Dictation app in turning to text my spoken words, but its new app Dragon Go, launched on Thursday, goes a step further in understanding our search intentions. Read more