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Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well

11 days ago   |   By TechCrunch

Cory Doctorow doesn't like censorship. He especially doesn't like his own work being censored.
Anyone who knows Doctorow knows his popular tech and culture blog Boing Boing , and anyone who reads Boing Boing knows Doctorow and his cohort of bloggers. The part-blogger, part special advisor at the online rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, has written for years on topics of technology, hacking, security research, online digital rights, and censorship and its intersection with free speech and expression.
Yet, this week it looked like his own free speech and expression could have been...
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Bird tries to forcibly remove Boing Boing's story detailing how to hack and keep its scooters

Bird tries to forcibly remove Boing Boing's story detailing how to hack and keep its scooters

11 days ago   |   By The Verge

Electric scooter company Bird has demanded that the publication Boing Boing take down a story that discusses a $30 way to hack Bird scooters, citing copyright infringement. The argument doesn't seem to hold up at first glance, but Bird has been known to act quickly and face legal consequences later.
The article, published last month , describes a large number of Bird scooters dumped on city streets and follows that by saying “maybe now is a good time to invest in a $30 scooter ‘conversion kit.'” The kits, which ship from China, are essentially a plug-and-play way to disable the Bird...
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