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22 July 2018

New trans-Pacific data cable launch improves resilience and competition (Beehive)

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran has welcomed the commercial launch of the new trans-Pacific Hawaiki cable that improves and enhances New Zealand’s international connectivity.

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20 July 2018

Facebook says it will start removing posts that may lead to violence (Washington Post)

Facebook will start removing misleading and inflammatory posts that may trigger violent attacks, the social network said Wednesday, as it faces criticism over its response to sectarian conflict in countries such as Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

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What Stays on Facebook and What Goes? The Social Network Cannot Answer (New York Times)

Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation. The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary. It needed only about a decade to go from a dorm-room start-up to the largest and most influential communications platform in the world.

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WhatsApp curbs message forwarding in bid to deter India lynch mobs (Reuters)

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp is rolling out a global test measure to rein in messages forwarded by users, the messaging app said, after the spread of rumours led to several killings in India and sparked calls for action from authorities.

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Project 'Fuchsia': Google Is Quietly Working on a Successor to Android (Bloomberg)

For more than two years, a small and stealthy group of engineers within Google has been working on software that they hope will eventually replace Android, the world’s dominant mobile operating system. As the team grows, it will have to overcome some fierce internal debate about how the software will work.

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What Europe's Google Fine Means for Android Users (New York Times)

You may have heard that the European Union punished Google with a record $5.1 billion fine on Wednesday for abusing its power in the mobile phone market.

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19 July 2018

DDoS Attacks Get Bigger, Smarter and More Diverse (Threat Post)

Distributed denial of service attacks, bent on taking websites offline by overwhelming domains or specific application infrastructure with massive traffic flows, continue to pose a major challenge to businesses of all stripes. Being knocked offline impacts revenue, customer service and basic business functions – and worryingly, the bad actors behind these attacks are honing their approaches to become ever more successful over time.

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The EU fining Google over Android is too little, too late, say experts (Reuters)

The European commission has fined Google £3.8bn for anti-competitive behaviour regarding its Android mobile operating system. It’s looking to force the company to cede some control, but is it too little too late?

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How to Combat China's Rise in Tech: Federal Spending, Not Tariffs (New York Times)

At the heart of the trade war between the United States and China lies a profound and unsettling question: Who should control the key technologies that will rule tomorrow?

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What Android users should know about Google's fight with the E.U. (Washington Post)

The European Union slapped Google with a $5 billion fine Wednesday, alleging that the tech giant has acted in an uncompetitive manner by pre-loading apps and its services, such as Google search and the Chrome browser, onto Android phones. But as the specifics of the complaint are being pored over, it’s not clear how this will affect the more than 2 billion people across the globe who use Google’s Android operating system every month.

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18 July 2018

Europe penalizes Google with a record $5 billion antitrust fine for the way it bundles its apps on Android smartphones and tablets (Washington Post)

European regulators on Wednesday fined Google a record $5 billion and ordered changes that could affect which Google-owned apps appear on smartphones and tablets running its Android mobile operating system.

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17 July 2018

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones (Reuters)

Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step towards opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries.

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Moment of truth for Google as record EU antitrust fine looms (Reuters)

Google is set to face a record-busting EU antitrust fine this week over its Android mobile operating system but rivals hoping that an order to halt unfair business practices will help them may be disappointed.

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Bots of the Internet, Reveal Yourselves! (New York Times)

A bill in the California legislature would regulate bots by making them disclose their automated nature. But how?

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16 July 2018

What's really at stake in Google's Android antitrust case (Politico)

Google is no stranger to regulatory standoffs with Europe. But this time, Brussels is playing for keeps.

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Here's how many followers Trump, Obama and others lost in Twitter's purge of locked accounts (Washington Post)

Several of the most popular Twitter accounts, including Barack Obama and Katy Perry, lost millions of followers starting Thursday as the company began culling suspicious accounts, the latest effort to clean up the social media platform.

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The crucial flaw of self-driving cars? They will always need human involvement (The Observer)

In 1979, Douglas Hofstadter, an American cognitive scientist, formulated a useful general rule that applies to all complex tasks. Hofstadter’s law says that “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s law”. It may not have the epistemological status of Newton’s first law, but it is “good enough for government work”, as the celebrated computer scientist Roger Needham used to say.

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The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones (The Observer)

On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, a heart tissue cancer in rats that is too rare to be explained as random occurrence.

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14 July 2018

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition, saying it's too risky to leave to tech industry alone (Washington Post)

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important and potentially dangerous for tech giants to police themselves.

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11 July 2018

Report: Most American consumers think companies aren't doing enough to protect their data (Marketing Land)

Consumers are still confused about how their privacy is being handled and want companies to do more to protect them, according to new research released Tuesday by digital advertising platform Choozle.Consumers are still confused about how their privacy is being handled and want companies to do more to protect them, according to new research released Tuesday by digital advertising platform Choozle.

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Google may have to make major changes to Android in response to a forthcoming fine in Europe (Washington Post)

Google could face a record penalty this month from European regulators for forcing its search and Web-browsing tools on the makers of Android-equipped smartphones and other devices, potentially resulting in major changes to the world’s most widely deployed mobile operating system.

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08 July 2018

Twitter is sweeping out fake accounts like never before, putting user growth at risk (Washington Post)

Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than 1 million a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform, according to data obtained by The Washington Post.

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YouTube and Facebook escape billions in copyright payouts after EU vote (The Observer)

Google, YouTube and Facebook could escape having to make billions in payouts to press publishers, record labels and artists after EU lawmakers voted to reject proposed changes to copyright rules that aimed to make the tech companies share more of their revenues.

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NBN frustration prompts Australian community to take high-speed internet into their own hands (ABC News)

Residents from the New South Wales community of Wamboin are planning to dig their own trenches to secure faster internet, claiming the National Broadband Network is failing them.

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07 July 2018

Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe (New York Times)

It’s a fight nearly as old as the internet. On one side are news organizations, broadcasters and music companies that want to control how their content spreads across the web, and to be paid more for it. On the other are tech companies such as Facebook and Google, which argue that they funnel viewers and advertising revenue to media outlets, and free-speech advocates, who say that regulating the internet would set a dangerous precedent and limit access to information.

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