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03 May 2016

WhatsApp Brazil: Judge blocks access to messaging service (BBC News)

A judge in Brazil has blocked access to messaging service WhatsApp for 72 hours, the latest suspension to hit the hugely popular application.

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Internet Australia backs calls to end geoblocking as video-on-demand use increases (The Guardian)

The peak body for internet users has thrown its weight behind calls to end geoblocking, as increasing use of legal video-on-demand services is revealed by new figures.

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02 May 2016

Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism (The Guardian)

Microsoft and Google, two of the world's greatest monopolies, have been bitter rivals for nearly 20 years. But suddenly, in late April, they announced a startling accord. The companies have withdrawn all regulatory complaints against one another, globally. Rather than fighting their battles in public courts and commissions, they have agreed to privately negotiate.

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How You’re Making Facebook a Money Machine (New York Times)

What you do when waiting for the bus or avoiding work goes a long way to explaining a tectonic shift in business and media.

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30 April 2016

Mobile phone roaming charges cut within EU (BBC News)

UK consumers using their mobile phones in Europe will see reductions in their bills from Saturday. Further caps are coming into effect on roaming - or connection - charges within all 28 countries of the European Union.

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Google faces first EU fine in 2016 with no deal on cards (Reuters)

Google is likely to face its first European Union antitrust sanction this year, with little prospect of it settling a test case with the bloc's regulator over its shopping service, people familiar with the matter said.

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29 April 2016

Geoblocking: Australian consumers not breaching copyright by circumventing with VPN, says Govt agency (ABC News)

Australian consumers should be able to legally circumvent geoblocking restrictions that prevent them from using foreign online streaming services like US Netflix, according to the Productivity Commission.

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Facebook says government requests for data continue to rise (Reuters)

Facebook Inc said on Thursday that government requests for account data increased by 13 percent in the second half of 2015, with the United States and India topping the list.

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28 April 2016

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf: We need to make room on the Net for all the machines (Yahoo!)

The Internet is unlike many other major human inventions in one way: Most of the people who helped create it are still around. So if you have a chance to hear one of them talk, you should take it.

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Getty Images files antitrust complaint against Google (The Guardian)

Photo agency Getty Images has filed a formal complaint with the European commission against Google over its alleged abuse of the company's search dominance.

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27 April 2016

All Indian mobile phones 'must have panic button' (BBC News)

India's telecommunications ministry has said all mobile phones sold in the country from 2017 must include a panic button.

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Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse (The Guardian)

Six years ago, Rebekah Wells Googled her name to see what turned up. The results horrified her: nude photos of herself taken by her ex-boyfriend, along with her name and address, on commercial porn sites such as ImageFlea, ImageEarn and PinkMeth.

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Islamic State group now targetted by cyber attacks from US military (ABC News)

The US military is now conducting cyber attacks on the Islamic State group, a general has confirmed, as the Pentagon looks to accelerate the fight against the jihadists.

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26 April 2016

nic.at Announces Launch Timetable For Short .AT Domains

The Austrian registry, nic.at, is set to launch around 5,000 one and two character domains commencing with a Sunrise period from 29 August.

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US Government plans unhackable alternative to WhatsApp (Daily Telegraph)

The US Government is planning to build an alternative to WhatsApp and iMessage that is practically unhackable.

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25 April 2016

Tinder chief: we test new features in Australia because it's so far away (The Guardian)

Tinder's chief executive has revealed the dating app tests new features in in Australia because users there don't "cross-pollinate" with the rest of the world very much.

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Europe's Web Privacy Rules: Bad for Google, Bad for Everyone (New York Times)

It's been a rough few months for Google in Europe. Not only has the European Union hit the company with a second antitrust investigation, but -- in a move that has received less press, but could have wider consequences -- French regulators have pushed it to restrict search results all over the world to comply with their "right to be forgotten" privacy laws.

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24 April 2016

Tech titans are busy privatising our data by Evgeny Morozov (The Observer)

Are we facing another tech bubble? Or, to put it in Silicon Valley speak, are most unicorn startups born zombies?

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23 April 2016

Microsoft and Google Agree to Drop Mutual Complaints (New York Times)

Microsoft and Google agreed on Friday to withdraw complaints against each other with regulators around the world, as the two American tech giants continued recent efforts to settle the once-bitter conflicts between them.

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22 April 2016

IWF Finds Child Abuse On 2,000 Domains Including Over 400 New gTLDs In 2015

The UK's Internet Watch Foundation found 68,092 URLs containing child sexual abuse imagery and hosted on 1,991 domains worldwide according to their latest annual report published Thursday.

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The cyber security strategy: Australia can attack as well as defend (Australian Financial Review)

A hospital worker, expecting delivery of an online purchase, opens an email purporting to contain details of a parcel delivery. Instead it delivers a virus, sitting dormant and undetected for months or even years until its creator decides to unleash hell.

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From Uber to Eric Schmidt, tech is closer to the US government than you'd think (The Guardian)

What's worse for a Silicon Valley executive: ties to the Chinese military or friends in the US Defense Department?

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E-stonia: the country using tech to rebrand itself as the anti-Russia (The Guardian)

It's not often that a European head of state uses the "radical postmodernist philosophy" of Jacques Derrida and Jean Baudrillard to bash a hostile superpower. But then Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonia's defiantly erudite president of nearly 10 years, is no ordinary head of state.

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Counterfeiting and piracy - Stamping it out: As China grew richer and more innovative, people assumed it would counterfeit less. Think again (The Economist)

If you have bought Ferragamo shoes recently, fancy footwear was not all that came in the box. Inserted in the left shoe's sole is a passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag. A transmitter-receiver known as an interrogator can send a signal to the tag and read its response. Only genuine Ferragamo shoes send back the correct one. The RFIDs are the Italian shoemaker's latest weapon in its campaign to protect its brand from fakes. Last year alone, the company says, it took down tens of thousands of ads for fakes bearing its label from online auction sites, and recovered or revoked 140 domain names and websites which, it argued, infringed its copyright, most of them belonging to Chinese people or firms.

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21 April 2016

Criminals hide child abuse images behind legal porn sites (The Guardian)

People viewing or searching for adult pornography online face the risk of being arrested for accessing child abuse images because paedophiles are increasingly hiding criminal content on legal commercial websites, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned.

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