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02 April 2015

Smartphone use rises in US - but many owners struggle with cost, says study (The Guardian)

In the last three years the number of Americans owning a smartphone has jumped from 35% to almost two-thirds but affordability has meant many have had difficulties paying for them, according to the latest Pew study.

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Little Change in American's Online Behavior Following Snowden Revelations (Threat Post)

Some 30 percent of American adults say they have altered their digital behavior in the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA spying revelations in order to hide information from the government.

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Australian government's copyright kowtow a step backwards by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

The Abbott government has caved in to sustained pressure from the US media industry and introduced copyright laws into parliament that appear to have the sole purpose of stamping out the rebellion against delayed access to content and rip-off prices.

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Spanish 'Pirate Bay Alternatives' Articles Anger Movie Companies (TorrentFreak)

After a Spanish court ordered local ISPs to implement a nationwide ban against The Pirate Bay last Friday, several local media outlets published articles listing alternatives to the infamous site. As a result they're now under fire from entertainment industry companies including Paramount Pictures, with some even suggesting an advertising boycott.

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A New Kind of Internet Pirate (The Atlantic)

What's stopping people from using apps like Periscope and Meerkat to livestream video they don't own? Not much.

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3D printing will have a bigger economic impact than the internet, technology specialist says (ABC News)

Manufacturing industries need to embrace 3D printing, which will have an even bigger impact on economies and society than the internet, an Australian technology specialist says.

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01 April 2015

Facebook 'tracks all visitors, breaching EU law' (The Guardian)

Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU, extensive research commissioned by the Belgian data protection agency has revealed.

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U.S. to establish sanctions program to combat cyberattacks, cyberspying (Washington Post)

President Obama on Wednesday will sign an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage in cyberspace.

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31 March 2015

1.1 million Aussies have never accessed the internet (Computerworld)

An estimated 1.1 million Australians -- most aged over 65 -- have never been online according to a new report released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought (Forbes)

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents as Class 2B Carcinogens - possibly carcinogenic to humans. Another entry on that same list is radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF). The main sources of RF/EMF are radios, televisions, microwave ovens, cell phones, and Wi-Fi devices.

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Cyber-attacks hit British Airways, GitHub and Slack (BBC News)

British Airways' air-miles accounts, the coding site GitHub and the work chat service Slack have all been hit in the latest wave of cyber-attacks.

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30 March 2015

Donuts New gTLD Renewals Continue Around 70 Percent But With Variations

Donuts new gTLDs have been continuing to have renewal rates of around the 70 percent mark after six days from when renewals started commencing.

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When apps are driven by the market, there's only one winner. It's not you... by Evgeny Morozov (The Observer)

They govern more and more of our lives and the information they accumulate is supposed to empower us. But it's the market that is the ultimate beneficiary

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How to tell if you've been hacked - Worried that you might get compromised by hackers? The bad news is that the rest of the internet might know before you do (The Observer)

According to the UK Government's 2014 cybersecurity survey, 81% of large businesses have suffered malicious data breaches. That suggests almost one in five didn't. But how can those companies be sure?

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Europol chief warns on computer encryption (BBC News)

A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism.

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Missing the Australian Wi-Fi boat by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

The spectre of a national Wi-Fi infrastructure rollout has been on the cards for many years and Telstra's national Wi-Fi network will provide Australians with consistent reliable nationwide access to Wi-Fi, something that many other countries already take for granted.

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29 March 2015

Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools (Washington Post)

An unknown party hijacked widely used tools developed by Baidu, the largest search engine in China, this week in an apparent attempt to target online software used to get around Chinese censorship.

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UN sets up privacy rapporteur role in wake of Snowden leaks (The Guardian)

The United Nations human rights council is to establish the role of a rapporteur to cover privacy issues in a landmark decision that helps establish the idea that freedom from excessive surveillance is a fundamental right.

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27 March 2015

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU (The Guardian)

The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen's data.

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New data world order: government can read every Australian like an open book (The Guardian)

The story of your life in metadata is an open book. It paints a picture of where you went, who you spoke with, how long you were there for. What were you doing talking on the phone to the sexually transmitted infections clinic? What were you doing on the street corner where the man was murdered last night?

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26 March 2015

F.T.C. Addresses Its Choice Not to Sue Google (New York Times)

Several members of the Federal Trade Commission defended on Wednesday the actions taken by the agency in its antitrust investigation of Google, nearly a week after an internal document came to light, raising questions about the process.

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Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook (New York Times)

In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter's thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone, indicative of the social networking company's lofty ambitions.

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ICANN Auctions Two gTLD Strings For $1.9m

ICANN auction off two more new gTLD strings yesterday for a combined total of $1,901,000.

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Europe Wants to Bring Its Industry Online Before Google, Apple Make It Obsolete (Wall Street Journal)

Europe's plan to compete with the U.S. and Asia in the new digital economy is simple: bring its traditional hardware industry online before the likes of Google and Apple build their own automated cars and connect the world's objects to the Internet with their proprietary software.

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25 March 2015

Facebook data row reaches top Euro court (BBC News)

The future of how Europeans' data is shared with US companies such as Facebook and Google is set to be considered by the EU's highest court.

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