World Trademark Review: Social media buy-and-sell groups to be targeted in anti-counterfeiting initiative backed by UK government . “A new initiative has been developed in the UK to create greater awareness amongst the administrators of social media groups about their legal responsibility to prevent the promotion and sale of counterfeit goods. Talking to WTR, one of the organisers claims that the programme – which is backed by the UK government – could be rolled out internationally.”
CNET: China has an actual court dedicated to the internet. “Those disputes typically involve online shopping, service contracts, lending, copyrights and domains. Xinhua cited An Fengde, vice president of the Beijing Higher People’s Court, as saying the number of internet-related cases are rising rapidly in China. In the first eight months of this year, Beijing’s courts were reportedly stuffed with 37,631 online-related disputes, up 24.4 percent compared with the same period last year.”
Fortune: Ever Wondered How Much Water Your Shower Uses? This New Google Tool Will Help You Find Out. “Ever wondered how much water your shower uses? Or the impact of throwing away your food Google launched a new tool on Friday with the California Academy of Sciences, called Your Plan, Your Planet, which hopes to help you answer precisely those questions.”
Tree Hugger: Where to find free campsites in Canada and the U.S.. “Camping is the best way to see the world for the least amount of money, particularly if you’re sleeping in a tent and have no need for electrical and water hookups. But, as any camper will tell you, the costs still accumulate…. A frugal alternative is to seek out free (or greatly reduced) campgrounds. These exist throughout the United States and Canada, and they tend to be off the beaten track, which is appealing to travellers who may find conventional campgrounds to be overcrowded. The Internet makes it fairly easy to locate these spots, and by doing a bit of research in advance, you’ll be able to save a chunk of money, while exploring new parts of the country. Check out the following resources if you’re interested in free camping.” This looks weird in RB, but the article is kind of a compendium of databases/collections of info about free camping spots.
Chicago Tribune: New website offers comparative shopping data for prospective Illinois college students. “The state is rolling out an ambitious new centralized data portal for prospective Illinois college students that compiles information on graduation rates, costs, student debt and, for the first time, potential career earnings of graduates of the state’s two- and four-year institutions.”
The Atlantic: The Online Gig Economy’s ‘Race to the Bottom’. “You can buy almost any thing you want online—toothpaste, books, plastic devices that allow you to lick your cat. On digital work platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com, you can also buy nearly any service—often from someone halfway around the world, sometimes for just a few bucks. On Fiverr, one of the most popular of these platforms, you’ll find offers for someone who will write an e-book ‘on any topic’; a person who will perform ‘a Voiceover as Bernie Sanders’; someone who will write your Tinder profile for you, and someone who will design a logo for your real-estate company. The people selling this labor live in Nigeria, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Bangladesh, respectively. Each of them charge $5 for these tasks.”
Business Insider: We compared Google Flights and Kayak to find out which one is better for booking travel, and there’s an obvious winner. “Before booking any kind of travel, I always start in the exact same place: Kayak. The travel site has been my go-to for years, helping me book everything from business trips to vacations to quick weekend getaways. But as time goes on, I’ve started wondering: Am I finding the best flights? Is there an easier-to-use site out there?”