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23 July 2016

Microsoft's president explains the company's quiet legal war for user privacy (Washington Post)

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft. It won a major victory last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit sided with the company, ruling that a U.S. warrant could not be used to force Microsoft to turn over email data stored in an Irish data center. The decision, which the Justice Department is considering appealing to the Supreme Court, could have major implications for tech companies who routinely move data around the world so it can be backed up or quickly accessed by users.

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More than half the world is still offline (Computerworld)

While it may seem like half the world is chasing Pokemon right now, the other half is not even on the Internet.

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22 July 2016

America's broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court (The Guardian)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.

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South Korea probes Google for anti-competitive behavior: Yonhap (Reuters)

South Korea's antitrust regulator inspected Google's Seoul headquarters to investigate whether the firm is engaged in anticompetitive behaviour over its Android operating system, Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday.

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IoT Insecurity: Pinpointing the Problems (Threat Post)

It's a coin toss whether or not that Internet of Things device you depend on is secure. Those unacceptable 50/50 odds come from a survey by IOActive where technology professionals were asked about the security of connected devices from thermostats, security cameras to alarm systems.

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21 July 2016

Facebook's Messenger hits 1 billion users, after two years as standalone app (Reuters)

Facebook Inc's Messenger has more than 1 billion users, the social media company said on Wednesday, making it one the world's top three apps just two years after it was split off from Facebook's main app, which is by far and away the most popular.

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Scientists have found a worrying effect that constant light might have on our bodies (Science Alert)

These days we're pretty much constantly surrounded by light, with the artificial glow of indoor lighting, street lights, computer screens, smartphones, and TVs meaning night time is a lot less dark than it once used to be.

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France orders Microsoft to stop collecting excessive user data (The Guardian)

The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent.

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20 July 2016

WhatsApp in Brazil temporarily suspended (BBC News)

WhatsApp was temporarily suspended in Brazil after a judge said the company had failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.

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Google, Trying to Endear Itself to Europe, Spreads $450 Million Around (New York Times)

A yearlong digital training course for Irish high school teachers started in 2014. A fund to help European news outlets adapt to the web popped up in 2015. And in March, a virtual reality exhibition began at a Belgian museum to showcase a Renaissance painter.

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Domains Reach 326 Million With New gTLDs Now 5 Percent Of All Registrations

There were 326.4 million domain names registered across all top level domains around the world at the end of the first quarter 2016, an increase of approximately 12 million domain names, or 3.8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign. Registrations have grown by 32.4 million, or 11 percent, year over year.

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19 July 2016

What is the Internet of Things and how does ARM fit in? (The Guardian)

Britain's best unknown technology company ARM Holdings has been bought by Japan's SoftBank. But what exactly is the Internet of Things?

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18 July 2016

How the internet was invented: In 40 years, the internet has morphed from a military communication network into a vast global cyberspace. And it all started in a California beer garden (The Guardian)

In the kingdom of apps and unicorns, Rossotti's is a rarity. This beer garden in the heart of Silicon Valley has been standing on the same spot since 1852. It isn't disruptive; it doesn't scale. But for more than 150 years, it has done one thing and done it well: it has given Californians a good place to get drunk.

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Cybercrime Overtakes Traditional Crime in UK (Krebs On Security)

In a notable sign of the times, cybercrime has now surpassed all other forms of crime in the United Kingdom, the nation's National Crime Agency (NCA) warned in a new report. It remains unclear how closely the rest of the world tracks the U.K.'s experience, but the report reminds readers that the problem is likely far worse than the numbers suggest, noting that cybercrime is vastly under-reported by victims.

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German police target hate crime in co-ordinated raids (BBC News)

German police have carried out a series of raids, targeting people suspected of posting hate content on social media.

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17 July 2016

Social media may have been blocked during Turkey coup attempt (The Guardian)

Turkey may be blocking or slowing access to social media networks amid an attempted military coup, although there are conflicting reports emerging from the country that's been described as a "bastion of internet censorship" by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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16 July 2016

European commission files third antitrust charge against Google (The Guardian)

The European commission has filed a third antitrust charge against Google, this time against its AdSense advertising business.

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US cannot force Microsoft to hand over emails stored abroad, court rules (The Guardian)

A federal appeals court has ruled Microsoft and other companies cannot be forced to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States, handing a victory to privacy advocates.

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15 July 2016

Postponement Of .WEB Auction Sought But Denied Over Questions Of Applicant Ownership

Two of the seven applicants for the .web new gTLD have written to ICANN asking for a delay in the gTLD's auction, scheduled for 27 July, due to concerns over the ownership of one of the applicants.

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13 July 2016

au: The takeover: how police ended up running a paedophile site (The Guardian)

Exclusive: the inside story of a police operation that secretly took over a child abuse forum in a six-month sting, and the stunning breakthrough that led them to snaring Richard Huckle, 'Britain's worst-ever paedophile'

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Law to allow snooping on social media defies European court ruling (Irish Times)

The Cabinet's new legislation allowing for the interception of social media communications has me marvelling that snooping WhatsApp preoccupies this Government more than changing our overall surveillance and data-retention legislation, effectively thrown out by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over two years ago.

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11 July 2016

The Internet was supposed to foster democracy. China has different ideas. (Washington Post)

Wen Tao has been saying what he thinks on China's booming social-media outlets for the best part of a decade.

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10 July 2016

New NASA tech could provide the entire solar system with internet (Inhabitat)

NASA is celebrating the first deployment of new technology at the International Space Station (ISS) that makes it much easier, faster, and more efficient to transmit data to Earth. Essentially, it's the first step toward internet connectivity in space that is just as reliable as your home Wi-Fi signal. The new system, called Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), provides a smart solution to interrupted connections, and lays the groundwork for Solar System-wide internet connectivity in the not-so-distant future.

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Live Footage of Shootings Forces Facebook to Confront New Role (New York Times)

Late Thursday evening, when sniper fire rang out across downtown Dallas, a bystander, Michael Kevin Bautista, used his smartphone to stream the events in real time on Facebook Live. Within the hour, CNN was rebroadcasting the footage.

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Privacy Shield data pact gets European approval (BBC News)

A revised pact governing EU-US data flows has been approved by European governments.

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