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09 March 2014
Thousands of the world's security professionals, most of them middle-aged white males, gathered in San Francisco last week for the annual RSA Conference.
08 March 2014
Vine will no longer allow pornographic, sexually explicit content (Los Angeles Times)
Vine announced that it has changed its rules and terms of service to no longer allow users to post sexually explicit videos.
The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Facebook and YouTube could be banned following local elections in March after leaked tapes of an alleged phone call between him and his son went viral, prompting calls for his resignation.
07 March 2014
60% of adults use at least 2 devices every day, while 40% have changed device through an activity, Facebook and GfK find (The Drum)
Over a fifth of the UK public uses three devices a day - smartphone, computer and tablet - research from Facebook and GfK has discovered, with 73 per cent of these switching between device mid-activity, such as browsing on a phone and completing the purchase on a laptop.
06 March 2014
Apple pays $193m tax in Australia on $27b revenue as Federal Government vows to capture lost taxes (ABC News)
An Australian investigation into the technology company Apple has revealed details on just how many billions of dollars the global giant has shifted in profits around the world to minimize its tax.
Facebook tightens rules on gun posts (BBC News)
Facebook has tightened its rules on posts relating to guns. The site said it will remove posts from users who "indicate a willingness" to break the law - like requiring no background check - to sell firearms.
Crashing websites and overwhelming data centres, a new generation of cyber attacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet.
For Bitcoin, a Secure Future Might Require Traditional Trappings (New York Times)
Nearly half a billion dollars has gone missing, and nobody knows how. Some say there was outright theft. Others suspect fraud. Many blame lax controls, poor oversight and, above all, a reckless, globe-spanning, Wild West culture -- a culture that everyone agrees is ripe for wholesale reform.
05 March 2014
Pirate Bay block lifted by KPN after anti-piracy group deal (TorrentFreak)
Dutch telco KPN is no longer obliged to block access to torrent website The Pirate Bay.
Chinese cybercriminals are increasingly targeting mobile users via a vast underground network of tools and services, according to a new report.
Australians are "almost certainly" among owners of 360 million account/password combinations that are available for sale to cyber criminals, security experts warn.
Ukraine's telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine's SBU security service said on Tuesday.
04 March 2014
Edward Snowden's revelations made it clear: security oversight must be fit for the internet age by Nick Clegg (The Guardian)
Until this week, the revelations published by the Guardian about the nature and extent of internet surveillance had provoked little reaction from British politicians. The quality of the debate in the US provides an unflattering contrast to the muted debate this side of the Atlantic.
Web-Enabled Toothbrushes Join the Internet of Things: Devices Link to Smartphones to Record Brushing Habits (Wall Street Journal)
What the world needs now is a Web-enabled toothbrush. That part is clear to several oral-hygiene companies. What they can't agree on is who was first to put teeth into the smartphone.
Bitcoin being used to trade child abuse material, IWF warns (The Guardian)
Child abuse material is being stored, shared and sold by criminals hacking innocent sites on the open web, who are then using the cryptocurrency bitcoin to sell the material.
Despite rising anxiety over the possibility of a cyberattack on the power grid, the industry and government are not set up well to counter the threat, according to a report produced by leading energy security experts. Companies are reluctant to share information with one other, a critical step in reducing vulnerability, because they are afraid of being accused of failing to comply with cybersecurity rules, committing antitrust violations or giving away proprietary information, the report found.
Labour will on Monday propose substantial changes to the oversight of the British intelligence agencies, including the legal framework under which they operate, in response to the revelations emerging from files leaked by Edward Snowden.
Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information Is Used (New York Times)
With the success of its free open online course system, called MITx, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds itself sitting on a wealth of student data that researchers might use to compare the efficacy of virtual teaching methods, and perhaps advance the field of Web-based instruction.
Russia blocks web pages linked to Ukrainian protest (Computerworld)
Russia has moved to block citizens from accessing online information about the Ukrainian political movement that ousted the country's pro-Russian president last week.
03 March 2014
Could A Small Town in Romania bring Australia to its Cyber-knees? Not if They Accede to the EU Convention on Cybercrime by Angela Adrian (Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology)
Abstract: On 30 April 2010, Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, announced Australia's intention to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime. (Media Release, 2010) The Convention is the only binding international treaty on cybercrime. It serves as both a guide for nations developing comprehensive national legislation on cybercrime and as a framework for international co-operation between signatory countries. Cybercrime poses a significant challenge for our law enforcement and criminal justice system.
Google Inc on Friday lost its bid to keep an anti-Islamic film on its YouTube video sharing website while it appealed a federal appeals court order that the company said would have "devastating effects" if allowed to stand.
02 March 2014
As more people choose to send messages through free apps instead of paying to use their smartphones' standard texting services, valuations of companies that make the apps are soaring. Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp came just five days after Rakuten, the largest e-commerce company in Japan, snapped up messaging service Viber for $900 million. SoftBank is seeking to buy a stake in Japan's top mobile messenger, Line. Even BlackBerry could cash in. With 85 million users, its BBM messaging service suddenly looks ripe for a spinoff.
South Korea's internet giant: Now or Naver (The Economist)
At home, South Korea's biggest web portal has thrashed Yahoo and kept Google at bay. Now its owner plans to conquer the world with its messaging service
Lawrence Lessig Settles Fair Use Lawsuit Over Phoenix Music Snippets (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Prof. Lawrence Lessig has settled his lawsuit against an Australian record label over the use of clips of a popular song by the band Phoenix in a lecture that was later posted online. Liberation Music, which represents Phoenix in New Zealand, claimed the clips infringed copyright, demanded YouTube take down the lecture, and then threatened to sue Lessig. Represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Jones Day, Lessig fought back, asserting his fair use rights in court.
The internet is fucked (The Verge)
Here's a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world's computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development, from government and university labs to kitchen tables and city streets. We are all travelers now, desperate souls searching for a signal to connect us all. It is awesome.