This week, Icona Pop’s “I Love It” went double platinum in the U.S., a heartwarming, “organic” global success when you remember the track premiered on Sweden’s PSL last May. Today, they’ve released a new, very radio-ready single, “All Night,” on iTunes and announced that their debut album, This Is… Icona Pop, will come out September 24th via Record Company Ten/Big Beat Records. [story by: Duncan Cooper | The Fader]
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Emelie Olsson is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she’s often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living.
Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.
Finland, Norway, Ireland and France have seen spikes in narcolepsy cases, too, and people familiar with the results of a soon-to-be-published study in Britain have told Reuters it will show a similar pattern in children there.
Founded in Sweden in 2003 by Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm, The Pirate Bay is now the world’s largest filesharing network. This documentary follows the lives of the three founders during their four-year trial for facilitating illegal downloading of copyrighted material, resulting in a year in prison and a $3.5 million fine. The film will be released for free online. [via: Devour]
It’s almost two weeks since Gottfrid Svartholm was arrested in Cambodia but despite dozens of news headlines and stories published around the world, not one has been able to explain exactly what is happening to him and what his ultimate fate might be. A Flattr programmer and close friend of Gottfrid’s from Cambodia tried to find out by visiting the country’s counter terrorist department and holding face to face meetings with Swedish ambassador Anne Höglund. Here is his story.
This is a guest post by researcher, hacker and political activist Niklas Femerstrand. He is involved in projects that include software development for micropayment service Flattr, cryptography and general human rights and freedom. He is also a personal friend of Pirate Bay co-founder Gottrid Svartholm.