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24 April 2014

'Mobile reading revolution' takes off in developing world (The Guardian)

Unesco is pointing to a "mobile reading revolution" in developing countries after a year-long study found that adults and children are increasingly reading multiple books and stories on their phones.

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Big Labels Take Aim at Pandora on Royalties (New York Times)

The music industry has opened a new front in its war against Pandora Media: royalties for songs made before 1972.

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Brazil's Rousseff praises U.S. for relaxing grip on Internet (Reuters)

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal.

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The FCC is planning new net neutrality rules. And they could enshrine pay-for-play. (Washington Post)

The Federal Communications Commission said it will propose rules on Thursday that could give high-speed Internet providers more power on what content moves the fastest on the Web based on which firms pay the most.

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Internet access, affordability falling behind, broadband investment needed: Australian Industry Group (ABC News)

The nation is falling behind its international competitors on internet access and affordability and more investment in communications infrastructure, like broadband, is needed, economists are warning.

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Brazil's senate passes Internet legislation ahead of NETmundial conference (Computerworld)

Brazil's Federal Senate has passed a proposed Internet law that aims to guarantee freedom of expression and privacy to the country's Internet users, and also requires foreign Internet service providers to fall in line with the country's rules.

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Viewing Pirated Material Is Not Direct Copyright Infringement, Judge Tells Tarantino (TorrentFreak)

Gawker has booked an early victory in its copyright battle with Quentin Tarantino over a leaked movie script. In a ruling handed down yesterday, a federal judge said that in the absence of evidence showing direct copyright infringement by others, claims that Gawker was guilty of contributory copyright infringement could not progress.

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23 April 2014

WhatsApp grows to half a billion users (CNET)

Messaging app WhatsApp now reaches 500 million people each month and is growing fastest in Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, the company said Tuesday. Collectively, the application's users are sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos on a daily basis.

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Which countries are the world's spammiest nations? (CBR)

US continues to top the list of the ten most spam spreading countries, with Spain breaking into the league for the first time this quarter and taking the second position in the chart.

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You've got spam mail: Slew of AOL email accounts fall prey to spoofing attack (PC World)

The undead are rising from their graves -- or at least a legion of long-forgotten AOL email addresses are.

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Focus Turns to Samsung's Patents at Trial (New York Times)

Before Monday, the focus of the latest Apple and Samsung patent trial was whether Samsung copied Apple. But on Monday, Samsung said Apple has done some copying of its own -- including a method for transmitting video over wireless devices.

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22 April 2014

The Sports Torrent Network closes after UK police warning (BBC News)

A leading sports file-sharing site has shut down after a UK police force threatened its operators with jail.

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Erdogan challenges social media in top Turkish court (Reuters)

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, a senior official in his office told Reuters.

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China steps up purge of online porn amid wider censorship push (Reuters)

China has shut down more than 100 websites carrying pornography and closed thousands of accounts on social media sites in an re-newed effort to clean up the internet, state media reported.

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Pirate Bay Hits Historic 10 Million Torrent Milestone (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay hit a new milestone today when the site processed its 10 millionth torrent upload. The landmark came as a surprise, and caused some trouble behind the scenes, where some of the code had to be changed to accommodate the extra digit.

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Washington on back foot in web negotiations (Financial Times)

A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet.

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U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet. Some Nations Push for New Supervisory Body (Wall Street Journal)

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet. This week, Washington will find out if its actions have eased global tensions over its cyberspying activities.

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21 April 2014

New gTLD Registrations Soar Past Half Million As .GURU Passes 50,000

The total number of domain names registered across all new gTLDs roared past 500,000 on 15 April, jumping 46,349 registrations in one day according nTLDstats.com. The number of domains registered across all of the new gTLDs stood at 558,051 as of 21 April.

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U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying (New York Times)

This Mediterranean fishing town, with its low, whitewashed buildings and sleepy port, is an unlikely spot for an experiment in rewiring the global Internet. But residents here have a surprising level of digital savvy and sharp memories of how the Internet can be misused.

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Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online (New York Times)

Whoever said, "Money can't buy you friends," clearly hasn't been on the Internet recently. This past week, I bought 4,000 new followers on Twitter for the price of a cup of coffee. I picked up 4,000 friends on Facebook for the same $5 and, for a few dollars more, had half of them like a photo I shared on the site.

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Google Asked to Censor Two Million Pirate Bay URLs (TorrentFreak)

The Pirate Bay reached a dubious milestone today, as copyright holders have now asked Google to remove two million of the site's URLs from its search results. According to Google this means that between one and five percent of all Pirate Bay links are no longer discoverable in its search engine.

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The Internet's destructive gender gap: Why the Web can't abandon its misogyny (Salon)

... Powerful and exceedingly familiar hierarchies have come to define the digital realm, whether you're considering its economics or the social world it reflects and represents. Not surprisingly, then, well-off white men are wildly overrepresented both in the tech industry and online.

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Your cellphone is killing you: What people don't want you to know about electromagnetic fields (Salon)

You may not realize it, but you are participating in an unauthorized experiment -- "the largest biological experiment ever," in the words of Swedish neuro-oncologist Leif Salford. For the first time, many of us are holding high-powered microwave transmitters -- in the form of cell phones -- directly against our heads on a daily basis.

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Is Apple trying to torpedo the market for affordable smartphones? (Salon)

In 2007, when Apple unveiled the iPhone, this recent college graduate was thrilled: The future had arrived and I was going to be a part of it. Unfortunately, once I saw the price, $702, the thrill of the future turned to the agony of my economic reality. While more affordable smartphones are available today, a costly new trial between Apple and Samsung may lead to an equally financially burdensome situation for many consumers stuck in the middle.

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Free trade on steroids: The threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by US Democrats George Miller, Rosa DeLauro and Louise Slaughter (Los Angeles Times)

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agriculture and automobiles, the wisdom goes, this huge deal -- in effect, a North American Free Trade Agreement on steroids -- can at last be concluded.

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