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02 July 2015

China passes new national security law extending control over internet (The Guardian)

China has passed a wide-ranging national security law expanding its legal reach over the internet and even outer space as concerns grow about ever-tighter limits on rights.

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YouTube not liable on copyright, but needs to do more - German court (Reuters)

A German court reaffirmed on Wednesday that YouTube was only responsible for blocking copyright-infringing videos which had been brought to its attention, but the judicial panel said the Google video unit could do more to stop breaches.

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Facebook Wins a Round in Austrian Court Case (New York Times)

A court in Vienna has rejected a class-action suit against Facebook that centered on how the social network collected and used data on its 1.4 billion users.

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01 July 2015

Global Domain Registrations Climb Six Million To 294 Million In First Quarter 2015: Verisign

The total number of domain names registered across all top level domains around the world grew by six million in the first quarter of 2015, to a total of 294 million domains as of 31 March, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign released Tuesday.

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Privacy Advocates Aghast As Entertainment Industry Pushes For Commercial Registrants To Reveal WHOIS

Privacy advocates are aghast at ICANN's proposed changes to current rules around privacy and proxy services for domain name registrants. The changes, that many see as being lobbied for by the US entertainment industry, would see "commercial" registrants forced to reveal their identity and contact details.

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U.S. Surveillance Court Rules That N.S.A. Can Resume Bulk Data Collection (New York Times)

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency may temporarily resume its once-secret program that systematically collects records of Americans' domestic phone calls in bulk.

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Europe agrees to scrap roaming charges while paving way for 'internet fast lane' (The Guardian)

Holidaymakers travelling within the EU will pay the same price to use their mobile phone as they would at home from June 2017, after a deal was reached by European authorities.

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When it comes to online shopping, we're browsing more and buying less (Washington Post)

It's only getting harder for retailers to close the deal with online shoppers.

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VPNs may not protect your information as well as you think (Endgadget)

VPNs (virtual private networks) are a popular choice for sidestepping censorship and geographic restrictions on services like Netflix with more than 20 percent of Europeans using them. However, researchers at the Queen Mary, University of London recently examined 14 of the region's most popular VPN providers and found nearly all of them leaked information about their users to some degree. These leaks ranged from minor, ie what site you visited, to major infractions including the actual content of your communications.

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US Ruling That Apple Led E-Book Pricing Conspiracy Is Upheld (New York Times)

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that determined Apple to be the leader of an industrywide conspiracy among book publishers to raise prices of digital books.

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Data roaming charges to end in EU within two years (BBC News)

Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced.

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30 June 2015

Study Suggests That Google Has Its Thumb on Scale in Search (New York Times)

Google entices people to search by promising links to the best that the web has to offer. But research released Monday, led by top academics but paid for by one of Google's rivals, suggests that Google sometimes alters results to play up its own content despite people's preferences.

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Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study? (The Atlantic)

Facebook, you may have noticed, turned into a rainbow-drenched spectacle following the Supreme Court's decision Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right.

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How the internet still fails disabled people (The Guardian)

Elaine suffers from depression and anxiety. A psychiatric nurse suggested that she learn how to use a computer to keep in contact with her family so that she didn't feel so isolated. So Elaine decided to attend one-to-one tutorials at Cambridge Online. "I'm in my 50s. We didn't have computers when I was at school, so it was quite a job to teach me. I didn't even know how to use a keyboard and was afraid if I hit a wrong button, I would break it."

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29 June 2015

How Television Won the Internet by Michael Wolff (New York Times)

Rupert Murdoch recently appointed his son James chief executive of 21st Century Fox, prompting the obvious question: How can a guy whose main credential is a silver spoon compete with Silicon Valley's meritocratic coders and entrepreneurs?

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Why we are resigned to giving our data to corporate spies (The Guardian)

'The business model of the internet," writes the security expert Bruce Schneier in his excellent new book Data and Goliath, "is surveillance." States engage in it for their own inscrutable purposes and - as we know from Edward Snowden - they do it on a colossal scale. But the giant internet companies do it too, on an equally large scale. The only difference is that they claim that they do it with our consent, whereas the state doesn't really bother with that.

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Have the copyright bullies in Australia pushed too hard? by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club and the multinationals supporting the world wide fight against illegal downloading have adopted tactics that go too far. While the media companies deserve a modicum of protection from blatant copyright infringement the Coalition's heavy-handed legislation is likely to cause the average consumer far more headaches than discomfit online pirates.

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6 reasons why we're underhyping the Internet of Things (Washington Post)

Just when you thought the Internet of Things couldn't possibly live up to its hype, along comes a blockbuster, 142-page report from McKinsey Global Institute ("The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype") that says, if anything, we're underestimating the potential economic impact of the Internet of Things. By 2025, says McKinsey, the potential economic impact of having "sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems" (McKinsey's definition of the Internet of Things) could be more than $11 trillion annually.

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When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too (New York Times)

The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about nine million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company "respects your privacy."

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28 June 2015

The Pope, Lonely on the Internet (The Atlantic)

Of all the media's favorite blood sports, media criticism has to rank near the top. No one can fret about digital technology like the journalists who seem surgically attached to their smartphones. But the ranks of self-gazing critics should doff their hats to a new, sharper-tongued peer: the headline-grabbing, Twitter-loving bishop of Rome.

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27 June 2015

BBC forgotten list 'sets precedent' (BBC News)

The BBC has "set a precedent" for other media organisations by publishing a list of links removed from Google searches, the corporation's policy boss has said.

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24 June 2015

US Congress Urges ICANN To Resolve .AMAZON As Crucial Demonstration Before IANA Transition

The US Congress has written to ICANN urging the organisation to approve the online retailer's application for the .amazon gTLD.

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Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission (The Guardian)

Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

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Eight EU nations urge caution on Internet regulation (Reuters)

Eight European Union nations including Britain, Ireland and Poland on Tuesday urged caution with regulating the Internet, as Brussels prepares a sweeping review of the behavior of web giants that could see them subjected to new rules.

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Getty Images takes Google grievance to EU antitrust regulators (Reuters)

Getty Images has become the latest company to take its grievances with Google to EU antitrust regulators as it accused the world's most popular Internet search engine of favouring its own images service at the expense of rivals.

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