It is Official: an E-book is a Book

Back in 2012 a study “E-Lending Public Libraries”, carried out on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of OCW (Education, Culture and Science), concluded that the existing lending right regime of the Dutch copyright act did not apply to e-books. Moreover the study also concluded that the current European law and regulation framework does not offer […] Read more »

Twitter’s Catch-22

Jack Dorsey’s first tweet was “just setting up my twttr”. We are talking March 21st 2006 and everybody is about to get their 140 characters of fame. Ten years later Twitter shows some impressive stats. There are some 310 million active users out of a total of 1.3 billion accounts sending 500 million tweets per […] Read more »

Charting the Dutch Digital Economy Part X: Internet Economy Revisited

The Dutch Statistical Agency (CBS) recently published an interesting study into the Dutch internet economy. Interesting because of the used methodology and the fact that they have tried to put a number on online services. CBS partnered with Dataprovider and Google. The first step in the research  was to select Dutch websites from Dataprovider’s website […] Read more »

Rise of the Machines Part 5: The Final Frontier

In discussing the advance of robotics we tend to concentrate on machines that carry out a seemingly for ever increasing variety of manual tasks: think of flipping burgers, mowing the lawn, vacuum cleaning, dispensing food, medicines or manufacturing cars, boats, things etc. It is just the beginning. Industrial robots were the first to arrive and […] Read more »

Citrix Shapeshifting to Cloud and IoT

Last week The METISfiles attended the Citrix analyst briefing in Santa Clara to hear about the plans and progress of Citrix after Kirill Tatarinov taking over as CEO from Mark Templeton earlier this year. Tatarinov has taken his time to go public with his business assessment of Citrix and his plans to get Citrix revenue […] Read more »

Facebook vs Ad Block: Better the Devil You Know?

In a previous post  we alluded to an impending ad block block war. Last week can be regarded as the starting point of an open war between adblockers and publishers. Facebook, claiming 1.7 billion users currently, decided that enough was enough;  Facebook ad-blocking software had to be stopped. In 2015 Facebook’s revenue peaked at $ […] Read more »