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08 July 2014

Google's founders on the future of health, transport – and robots (The Guardian)

When Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, sat down for a rare frank and open chat with the veteran technology venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, they admitted, among other things, that Google is interested in healthcare but scared of its intense regulation.

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07 July 2014

UK Ministers push for new legislation to track phone usage (The Guardian)

Ministers are poised to pass emergency laws to require phone companies to log records of phone calls, texts and internet usage, but Labour and Liberal Democrats are warning that they will not allow any new law to become a backdoor route to reinstating a wider "snooper's charter".

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Principles Are No Match for Europe's Love of U.S. Web Titans (New York Times)

On weekends, Guillaume Rosquin browses the shelves of local bookstores in Lyon, France. He enjoys peppering the staff with questions about what he should be reading next. But his visits, he says, are also a protest against the growing power of Amazon. He is bothered by the way the American online retailer treats its warehouse employees.

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Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet (Salon)

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day

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06 July 2014

Denmark Blocks Major Movie Sites, Norway Prepares Pirate Bay Blockade (TorrentFreak)

Legal action in Denmark has added several major movie download sites to the country's blocklist. Anti-piracy group Rights Alliance, which acts on behalf of local and United States-based copyright holders, successfully applied to have four sites including Movie4K and PrimeWire blocked at the ISP level. With ten unlicensed domains now inaccessible in Denmark on copyright grounds, rightsholders in Norway are now speaking with ISPs about a Pirate Bay blockade.

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In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are (Washington Post)

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

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Do teenagers listen to the radio? (BBC Radio Times)

Why listen to someone else's playlist when you can create you own, take it with you and never have to listen to another track you don't like ever again? asks Radio Editor Jane Anderson

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An Online Shift in China Muffles an Open Forum (New York Times)

For the past few years, social media in China has been dominated by the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, a microblogging service that created an online sphere of freewheeling public debate, incubating social change and at times even holding politicians accountable in a country where traditional media outlets are severely constrained.

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Don't hide your dark side from Google. Much better to tell (The Observer)

It has been a distressing and troubling period for those of us who struggle to maintain a meaningful relationship with social media and internet technology. The revelation that Facebook had undertaken a grotesque experiment in mind-bending and emotional manipulation by altering the news feeds of around 700,000 of its users in 2012 has been greeted with some outrage.

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05 July 2014

Microsoft Taxes Said to Face Scrutiny as EU Quizzes Luxembourg (Bloomberg)

Microsoft Corp. is among companies embroiled in a European Union inquiry into Luxembourg's tax treatment of multinational firms, according to three people familiar with the EU's review.

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Russian MPs back law on internet data storage (BBC News)

Russia's lower house of parliament has passed a law requiring internet companies to store Russian citizens' personal data inside the country.

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04 July 2014

Researchers asked 1,400 experts to describe the biggest threats to the Web. Here's what they said. (Washington Post)

What are the biggest threats to the Internet in the next 20 years? According to experts canvassed by Pew, the biggest threats aren't a rise in hacking attacks or new waves of Internet crime. They're government and big online corporations.

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UK news organisations criticise Google over implementation of new law (The Guardian)

Google has come under fire for its "clumsy" approach to obeying Europe's new "right to be forgotten" law, after it began blocking some name-based searches to articles on the websites of UK news organisations.

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US Privacy Group Complains to F.T.C. About Facebook Emotion Study (New York Times)

A leading privacy group filed a formal complaint on Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2012 study in which Facebook manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users of the social network to see what effect the changes would have on their emotions.

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Journal that published Facebook mood study expresses 'concern' at its ethics (The Guardian)

The scientific journal that published a study by Facebook and two US universities examining people's online mood swings regrets how the social experiment was handled.

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Second Level .UK Registrations Top Six Figures In Under 4 Weeks

The launch of second level .uk registrations has been a success with over 100,000 registrations since their launch on 10 June, but there were almost 225,000 registrations across all .uk domains meaning registrations of, and domains were greater than .uk.

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03 July 2014

Europe starting to see the flaws in the 'right to be forgotten' ruling (Los Angeles Times)

One week after Google started implementing a high court's order providing a "right to be forgotten," Europeans are starting to discover what mischief the court has invited.

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Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits: Data Science Lab Conducted Tests on Users With Little Oversight (Wall Street Journal)

Thousands of Facebook Inc. users received an unsettling message two years ago: They were being locked out of the social network because Facebook believed they were robots or using fake names. To get back in, the users had to prove they were real.

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Facebook apologises for psychological experiments on users (The Guardian)

Facebook's second most powerful executive, Sheryl Sandberg, has apologised for the conduct of secret psychological tests on nearly 700,000 users in 2012, which prompted outrage from users and experts alike.

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Scams: Trickling into the mobile phones, email accounts and personal lives of Australians (ABC News)

They once appeared in letterboxes in colourful envelopes promising millions, but scams are becoming increasingly difficult to spot as they trickle into the mobile phones, email accounts and personal lives of Australians.

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Why a US government watchdog says your phone calls are private, but your e-mails are not (Washington Post)

Last night, an independent oversight panel defended the NSA's practice of collecting e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans and foreigners. In a 191-page report, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said that although the controversial PRISM program (among others) could be unconstitutional, it was mostly fine.

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EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google (The Guardian)

When you Google someone from within the EU, you no longer see what the search giant thinks is the most important and relevant information about an individual. You see the most important information the target of your search is not trying to hide.

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Telstra's NBN Co fibre deal is more than just a trial by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

You know something is afoot when Malcolm Turnbull turns to social media and a gaggle of politicians to announce an agreement between NBN Co and Telstra to commence the National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) rollout with a new contract that will see 1000 nodes deployed and 206,000 premises connected to the NBN.

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02 July 2014

Independent panel: NSA surveillance program targeting foreigners is lawful (Washington Post)

An independent executive-branch board has concluded that a major National Security Agency surveillance program targeting foreigners overseas is lawful and effective but that certain elements push "close to the line" of being unconstitutional.

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Canadian Antispam Law Whips Up a Storm of Last-Minute Messages (New York Times)

The email has all the markings of malicious spam: an overwrought subject line screaming "Urgent Action Required," a message directing the recipient to click a mysterious link.

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