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19 September 2014

Israel's N.S.A. Scandal (New York Times)

In Moscow this summer, while reporting a story for Wired magazine, I had the rare opportunity to hang out for three days with Edward J. Snowden. It gave me a chance to get a deeper understanding of who he is and why, as a National Security Agency contractor, he took the momentous step of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

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Tim Cook didn't address Apple's real privacy problem (CNN)

Tim Cook is deflecting the conversation with his new statement about privacy.

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Credit Card Companies Enable Piracy, Study Claims (Variety)

A new report takes aim at the role that credit card companies are playing in enabling cyberlockers to collect tens of millions of dollars for pirated content.

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US Study: Cities with super fast Internet speeds are more productive (Washington Post)

It's become an article of faith among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet -- and access to it -- is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

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Why a company you've never heard of is about to take over the world (Salon)

The Chinese company Alibaba is going public at 9:30 AM ET on Friday. It is poised to be the largest IPO in history, expected to raise $21 billion. According to Fortune, the offering price will be in the range of $60 to $68 per share.

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18 September 2014

News Corp. and Google in a War of Words (New York Times)

A war of words has broken out between News Corporation and Google.

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Free speech goes to court in Singapore (Al Jazeera)

Roy Ngerng is set for a court battle over a defamation suit filed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a case that has catapulted the blogger into the limelight in the fight for freedom of expression in this city-state.

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Warning over Isis cyber threat (Financial Times)

The Islamist militants who have seized almost a third of Iraq and Syria pose the next great cyber threat as terrorist organisations hoard cyber weaponry from underground markets, the chief executive of FireEye has warned.

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Website numbers explode past 1 billion mark, and counting (ABC News)

The number of websites has burst above one billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time by online tracker Internet Live Stats.

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Germany to toughen penalties against child porn (Reuters)

Germany is seeking to widen its definition of child pornography and jail people for up to three years for owning or trading photographs of naked children that are considered pornographic, according to a new draft law.

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John Key says Edward Snowden 'may well be right' about NSA spying on NZ (The Guardian)

The claim by Edward Snowden that New Zealanders' internet traffic is accessible through a NSA intelligence database "may well be right", the country's prime minister, John Key, has acknowledged.

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17 September 2014

Former New Zealand spy chief denies capacity for mass surveillance following Edward Snowden claims (ABC News)

The former head of the New Zealand spy agency at the centre of allegations of mass surveillance of residents says the organisation does not have the capacity for such a task.

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Google's privacy ethics tour of Europe: a complex balancing act (The Guardian)

Google's advisory council held its first two public consultations on 9 and 10 September in Madrid and Rome, inviting regulators, publishers and academics to discuss the outcome of the recent "right to be forgotten ruling" made by the European court of justice. One of 10 people on the council, Luciano Floridi is documenting the trip.

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Multinational companies' aggressive tax wheezes tackled (The Guardian)

"The only people who really have choices are politicians who set the tax rates," said Matt Brittin, a Google executive, during one of those entertaining but frustrating sessions of the public accounts committee last year.

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16 September 2014

ICANN CEO: US Not Giving Up Control Of Open Internet. Because It Doesn't Have Control. (ICANN)

"No single person, organisation or government has control of the global, decentralised internet," writes ICANN CEO and President Fadi Chehadé on the ICANN blog. "The United States is not giving up control of the open internet. How can I be sure?" Chehadé asks. "Because the U.S. does not have control of the Internet."

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Google: US government demands for user data have risen 250% since 2009 (The Guardian)

Government demands for information on Google's users have risen 150% since the tech giant first started publishing their numbers, the company said on Monday. In the US the number of requests leapt 250%.

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System failures cause most large outages of electronic communications services according to a new ENISA report (ENISA)

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) publishes today the third annual report about large-scale outages in the electronic communication sector. The Annual Incidents report 2013 provides an aggregated analysis of the security incidents in 2013 which caused severe outages. Most incidents reported to regulators and ENISA involved mobile internet and mobile telephony connections. The most frequent causes are system failures affecting mainly base stations and switches.

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European court to investigate laws allowing GCHQ to snoop on journalists (The Guardian)

The European court of human rights (ECHR) is to investigate British laws that allow GCHQ and police to secretly snoop on journalists.

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Dropbox reveals government requests for user information (The Guardian)

Dropbox received 268 requests for user information from law enforcement agencies in the first half of 2014, the company has revealed in its updated transparency report.

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Turkey: Strike Down Abusive Internet Measures - Powers to Block Websites, Collect Online Data Violate Rights (Human Rights Watch)

New legal amendments giving the Turkish authorities broad powers to block websites and to amass users' internet activity data should be overturned, Human Rights Watch said today.

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F.C.C. Revisits Net Neutrality Exemption for Mobile Broadband (New York Times)

High-speed cellular Internet access has been largely exempt from regulations aimed at preventing Internet providers from slowing down or blocking websites and applications. But wireless broadband's special status is quickly losing support.

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No one group should govern Internet, says Australian Communications Minister (Computerworld)

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged world leaders to maintain a multi-stakeholder model for governance of the Internet as the United States releases its stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

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Email: Warner Bros Conspired with New Zealand Over Kim Dotcom Extradition (TorrentFreak)

Kim Dotcom rolled out Julian Assange and Edward Snowden at his Moment of Truth event today, but despite promises to reveal "concrete evidence" in respect of his own case, a big reveal simply did not take place. An email reportedly set to be unveiled was dismissed as a fake by Warner Bros.

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Microsoft Says It Will Pay $2.5b for Company That Created Minecraft (New York Times)

Microsoft agreed on Monday to buy the company behind Minecraft, the world-building computer game, for $2.5 billion in a cash deal meant to add the immensely popular title to its stock of content.

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Microsoft Implements URL Keyword Stuffing Spam Filtering For Bing (Bing Blog)

Microsoft have announced they implemented a specific spam filtering mechanism for their Bing search engine a few months ago that targets a common spam technique known as URL keyword stuffing (KWS.)

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