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21 October 2014

Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, UK high court rules (The Guardian)

In what is thought to be the first ruling of its kind, the High Court in the UK has determined that ISPs must try to block sites selling counterfeit goods

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Google says latest search changes will 'visibly affect' piracy site rankings (The Guardian)

Google is preparing a new tweak to its search engine to ensure that some of the most 'notorious' piracy sites are less likely to appear when people search for music, films and other copyrighted content.

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The Stream Finally Cracks the Dam of Cable TV (New York Times)

The last time I wrote about the traditional cable bundle -- which has been so lucrative to networks like CBS and HBO -- I warned that change comes very slowly, but then happens all at once.

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20 October 2014

Kim Dotcom must reveal his wealth to Hollywood studios (The Guardian)

Kim Dotcom will have to reveal how much money he has after losing a bid to keep his assets a secret from five Hollywood film studios.

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Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, UK justice secretary pledges (The Guardian)

Internet trolls who spread "venom" on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.

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19 October 2014

The state wants to spy on us - but is it up to the job? (The Observer)

Many moons ago, shortly after Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA first appeared, I wrote a column which began, "Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story". I was infuriated by the way the mainstream media was focusing not on the import of what he had revealed, but on the trivia: Snowden's personality, facial hair (or absence thereof), whereabouts, family background, girlfriend, etc. The usual crap, in other words. It was like having a chap tell us that the government was poisoning the water supply and concentrating instead on whom he had friended on Facebook.

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18 October 2014

UK High Court Orders ISPs to Block Counterfeiting Websites (TorrentFreak)

In a landmark ruling handed down this morning the High Court has ordered several of the UK's leading ISPs to block websites dealing in counterfeit products. The decision follows legal action by Richemont, the owner of several luxury brands including Cartier and Montblanc.

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Google Will Punish "Pirate" Sites Harder in Search Results (TorrentFreak)

Google announced today that it will roll out a new search update to "visibly" lower the search rankings of the most notorious pirate sites. The announcement is part of Google's improved anti-piracy efforts which are detailed in a new report.

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17 October 2014

Analysts Ask What's Next for Google (New York Times)

Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks 'anonymous' users (The Guardian)

The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

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Australian data retention taken to dangerous lengths, warn privacy advocates (The Guardian)

Australia's national security laws permitting hacking by intelligence agencies and retention of personal web and phone data are breaking new ground around the world and raise significant privacy concerns, privacy groups have warned.

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16 October 2014

HBO is launching a stand-alone streaming service in 2015 (Washington Post)

HBO will launch a streaming video service in 2015 that doesn't require consumers to have a cable or satellite subscription, the company said Wednesday, in a move that could roil the television industry and pave the way for vastly more choices for consumers.

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15 October 2014

Who Killed the Nokia Phone? (Project Syndicate)

It seems to be a law in the technology industry that leading companies eventually lose their positions - often quickly and brutally. Mobile-phone champion Nokia, one of Europe's biggest technology success stories, was no exception, losing its market share in the space of just a few years. Can the industry's new champions, Apple and Google - not to mention titans in other tech sectors - avoid Nokia's fate?

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Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device (The Guardian)

Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass.

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Clinton Laments Tech-Induced 'Limited Attention Spans' (Wall Street Journal)

Hillary Clinton has been working hard to court Silicon Valley, but like many people, she's troubled by our harried, hyper-connected world.

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Can you really enjoy watching a pirated film when you're helping destroy the industry that made it? by Mike Weatherley MP, former Intellectual Property Adviser to the UK Prime Minister (The Independent)

Throughout my time as Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister I always sought to raise awareness of how damaging online piracy is to the creative community and to the UK.

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Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims (The Guardian)

Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is "corrosive of online privacy" and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.

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HEAVENLY.COFFEE Donuts One Millionth New gTLD Domain Registered

Donuts Inc., the world's largest registry for new gTLDs, announced the one millionth domain name for all its new gTLDs combined was registered Monday.

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14 October 2014

Google: Amazon is biggest search rival (BBC News)

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said the firm's biggest rival in online search is e-commerce giant Amazon.

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Iggy Pop criticises U2's free album ploy (The Guardian)

Iggy Pop has criticised U2 over their controversial tie-up with Apple in the course of a broadside against the record industry that also saw him lambast music executives and people who download songs for free.

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Small group of Russian 'kingpin' hackers responsible for majority of cyber attacks, Europol says (ABC News)

The global campaign to catch cyber criminals has narrowed its focus to a small number of highly skilled programmers mostly operating in Russia.

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Germany Registry DENIC Attains ISO 27001 Certification

DENIC, the .de registry operator has had its information and security management system (ISMS) certified in accordance with the provisions of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard under a full-scope audit by the German certification body TÜV Nord.

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ISNIC Suspends .IS Domain Linked To Islamic State Website

The .is (Iceland) registry ISNIC has suspended a domain name due to being linked with the terrorist organisation Islamic State.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Pledges to Protect a Free and Open Internet

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, addressing attendees at the opening ceremony of ICANN's 51st public meeting in Los Angeles, declared unwavering support for the United States government's decision to transfer stewardship of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community and not to any one single organization.

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13 October 2014

Over 1,000 Europeans a day ask Google to scrub Web (Washington Post)

Google is being swamped with demands from Europeans trying to erase humiliating links to their past from the world's dominant Internet search engine.

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