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02 July 2014

ISPs take GCHQ to court in UK over mass surveillance (The Guardian)

Internet service providers from around the world are lodging formal complaints against the government's monitoring service, GCHQ, alleging that it uses "malicious software" to break into their networks.

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Facebook faces UK probe over emotion study (BBC News)

A UK regulator is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it conducted a psychological study on users without their consent.

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UK Justice Secretary indicates 'revenge pornography' could soon be outlawed (The Guardian)

Publishing sexually explicit pictures of former partners - known as "revenge pornography" - could soon become a crime, the justice secretary has said.

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Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US (Der Spiegel)

Jean-Claude Juncker, the next head of the European Commission, plans to implement a new digital strategy for the Continent. Europe, he believes, needs to become better equipped to defend itself from the US and Asia.

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Samsung finds labour violations at dozens of its Chinese suppliers (The Guardian)

Samsung says that an external audit found labour violations at dozens of its suppliers in China, including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours, but that none involved child workers.

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Lack of affordable broadband creating 'digital divide' in Australia (ABC News)

As we become ever more reliant on the digital world for communications, information and commerce, a new divide is opening up between the haves and have nots.

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01 July 2014

.LONDON Set To Enter General Availability With 50,000 Registrations

It's now just over one month until .london commences its General Availability and all indications are there will be more than 50,000 applications (there is likely to be more than one application for many domains) by the time Phase One, the London Priority Period for registered trademark holders and Londoners, ends on 31 July.

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British Government Continues Appalling Treatment Of Chagos Islands, Taking .IO Profits

The .io ccTLD has become popular among start-ups, but little do registrants know that the British government, who has forcibly removed the archipelago's inhabitants from 1967 to 1973 to make way for the US military's air strip at Diego Garcia, takes a cut of the profits from registrations.

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How does Facebook decide what to show in my news feed? (The Guardian)

Not so secretly, actually. There is controversy this week over the social network's research project manipulating nearly 700,000 users' news feeds to understand whether it could affect their emotions.

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Europe cuts roaming charges, plans to eliminate them by end of next year (Network World)

More European mobile operators should offer free international roaming, following the example set by U.S. operator T-Mobile, a European Commission vice president said Monday.

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Microsoft Darkens 4MM Sites in Malware Fight (Krebs On Security)

Millions of Web sites were shuttered Monday morning after Microsoft executed a legal sneak attack against a malware network thought to be responsible for more than 7.4 million infections of Windows PCs worldwide.

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Google to be sued over 'snooping' in US (BBC News)

The US Supreme Court has rejected Google's appeal to dismiss legal action accusing it of breaking privacy laws.

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Senators question US surveillance transparency report (Computerworld)

A recent report from the U.S. intelligence director that provides the number of surveillance targets in 2013 is not specific enough to provide the transparency the nation's residents need, two senators said Monday.

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Government can exploit loopholes for warrantless surveillance on Americans (Network World)

Bright minds from Harvard University and Boston University collaborated on a new research paper that looks at how the government can exploit legal loopholes as well as "technical realities of Internet communications" to get around Americans' Fourth Amendment rights and hoover up their electronic communications.

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EU's Almunia says could probe Google's YouTube dominance (Reuters)

Europe's antitrust chief said on Monday he could investigate Google's YouTube if he saw any attempt by the company to abuse its dominant position in online video searching.

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"The Internet has an unlimited future": Vint Cerf (Deutsche Welle)

Addressing the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, U.S. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf foresees that "the network has only invented one or two percent of all the possible applications that it could support."

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Swiss Won't Ban Downloading But Will Block Sites (TorrentFreak)

A draft bill for the modernization of Swiss copyright law will be presented for public consultation in the coming months. While downloading for personal use will remain legal, uploading infringing content via BitTorrent will not. In addition to infringement warnings for Internet subscribers, the blocking of "obviously illegal" sites is also on the table.

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30 June 2014

Facebook Tinkers With Users' Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry (New York Times)

Facebook routinely adjusts its users' news feeds -- testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear -- often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creating a more alluring and useful product.

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The File-Sharing Wars Are Anything But Over (TorrentFreak)

The past year, the copyright industry appears to have calmed down a bit, thinking it won the file-sharing wars. At the same time, people sharing culture and knowledge have done the same thing. This conflict is far from over.

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Search to unearth Google Australia directors returns '0' (Sydney Morning Herald)

... For the past three weeks, via a dozen phone calls and emails, Google's spokespeople have sworn black and blue that the company ''paid $7.1 million tax'' last year. This had been triple-checked with internal and external parties, and with Ernst & Young, the auditor, too, we were told.

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E-voting experiments end in Norway amid security fears (BBC News)

Norway is ending trials of e-voting systems used in national and local elections.

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France passes "anti-Amazon" bill aimed at helping small bookstores (Salon)

French lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday with the goal of helping small bookstores.

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29 June 2014

New gTLDs Pass One And A Third Million Registrations

The number of new gTLD registrations passed one and a third million registrations on 25 June as numbers continue to grow, reaching 1,360,646 at the end of 29 June according nTLDstats.com, largely on the back of differing promotions for leading gTLDs .xyz and .berlin.

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Europe Leads With IPv6 Adoption, While DDoS Attacks Decline: Akamai

Europe continues to lead in IPV6 adoption with eight of the top ten countries, the latest Akamai State of the Internet report finds while DDoS attacks decrease by 20 percent quarter-over-quarter, but rise 27 percent year-over-year.

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Google pays $227,074 of tax in New Zealand (National Business Review)

Google Inc is paying more tax in New Zealand than previously but its $227,074 tax bill in 2013 isn't likely to stress a company with US$15.42 billion of revenue globally in the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

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