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10 April 2015
Global Threats to Net Neutrality (New York Times)
The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted strong net neutrality rules that should prevent cable and phone companies from creating fast and slow lanes on the Internet. But policy makers in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe and India, are considering very different kinds of rules that could hurt consumers and start-up Internet businesses.
US teens aren't fleeing Facebook as quickly as we thought (Washington Post)
The technology world moves fast, especially where social media is concerned. Sometimes it can seem like there's a new "Facebook-killer" on tap every week -- especially if you have a tech reporter's inbox. And the rumors of that ten-year-old network's death seem to be even more frequent, with reports saying that teenagers are killing its growth prospects by turning to other options.
A court in Austria will rule in the next few weeks whether it has the jurisdiction to hear a class action lawsuit brought against Facebook.
A new study from the NCC Group claims to have found 87 percent of British and American consumers do not feel very comfortable visiting websites using new gTLDs. Meanwhile another study in Belgium found almost half (46%) of small-to-medium enterprises and those engaged in the "liberal professions" were aware of new gTLDs and over half (54%) found this to be a positive trend.
09 April 2015
The average British household now owns 7.4 internet devices, with four out of 10 households buying a tablet in the last year.
08 April 2015
Google Dodges a Ban in Turkey Over Hostage Photo (New York Times)
Google was spared on Tuesday from a recent wave of Internet bans in Turkey after it reportedly complied with a court order to remove links to images of Mehmet Selim Kiraz, a prosecutor who died after leftist militants took him hostage at an Istanbul courthouse last week.
Dallas Buyers Club: Federal Court ruling unlikely to deter pirates, technology journalist says (ABC News)
Pirates are unlikely to be deterred by a ruling from the Federal Court ordering internet service providers (ISPs) to supply the names of people accused of illegally downloading the 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club, a technology journalist says.
07 April 2015
Tinder, America's fast-growing online-dating juggernaut, last week unveiled its first big branding partnership aimed at its core audience of millennial fling-seekers: a neon-drenched video-ad campaign hyping Bud Light's mega-keg party, "Whatever, USA."
Internet providers including iiNet have lost a federal court battle to keep secret the names of internet users who downloaded a Hollywood blockbuster over file-sharing networks.
In the old days we stored our treasured memories in photo albums and paper diaries.
"Facebook's power is to sort what people see and to screen information. That's basically what Google does, too" (Salon)
"Terms of Service," the first book from the young cultural critic Jacob Silverman, is less an argument than a tour. Its subject is the Internet -- or, more accurately, what Silverman calls "the social web," which could be loosely defined as either a) an Internet experienced tailored to YOU!, or b) a surveillance system that comes equipped with some nice photo-saving and message-sharing tools.
New battery could reduce phone charging to just one minute (Computerworld)
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new battery that can be recharged in about a minute and is safer than the lithium-ion cells used in everything from smartwatches to passenger jets.
Watch John Oliver's Surprise Interview With Edward Snowden on 'Last Week Tonight' (Wall Street Journal)
Whenever "Last Week Tonight" takes a week off, we feel the loss - especially when John Oliver tries to make up for his absence with web exclusives like this one about April Fools' Day. But, as it turns out, Oliver wasn't on vacation last week - he was actually in Moscow tracking down Edward Snowden and conducting a comprehensive interview, which he then surprised viewers with during the second half of his main story segment on government surveillance.
Turkish Internet Users Circumvent Government's Ban on Twitter (Wall Street Journal)
Turkey's government is no match for the country's savvy Internet users, whose expertise in skirting bans was once again on display Monday as authorities blocked Twitter and YouTube, Google Inc.'s video platform.
Social media restrictions are being lifted in Turkey, as sites comply with a court order to stop sharing images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.
06 April 2015
A Turkish court has ordered blocks on Twitter and YouTube for sharing photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege last week.
The New gTLD Program or the More Things Change the More Things Stay the Same by Jack Vidovich (American University)
Abstract: The New gTLD Program purports to increase the amount of domain names available on the Internet. This Article suggests that The Program will not meet its stated goals. The Article demonstrates this shortcoming by analyzing the jurisprudence from the Legal Rights Objection and forecasting how other courts and panels will absorb these principles, and adjudicate gTLD disputes in the near future.
03 April 2015
Google could face a fine of up to $6.6bn (£4.4bn) after the European Commission began to update its evidence against the search engine - signalling that Brussels has decided to launch a full-blown legal challenge into its dominance.
Antitrust and Other Inquiries in Europe Target U.S. Tech Giants (New York Times)
It is not a good week to be a giant American tech company in Europe.
Doctor Who gets official BitTorrent 'box-set' from the BBC (The Guardian)
Doctor Who is on BitTorrent. But this time, it's the BBC that has put it there.
02 April 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.