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31 August 2016
Tax Experts Check Out Arguments From Apple Over Ruling (New York Times)
Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, issued a defiant letter to his European customers on Tuesday after the region's antitrust enforcer ordered Ireland to collect 13 billion euros, or about $14.5 billion, in back taxes from the company.
EU's net neutrality guidelines get published (BBC News)
The EU is taking a tough line on net neutrality. The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications - which represents all the EU's communications regulators - has finally published guidelines clarifying how telecom companies should treat the data they handle, months after a law concerning the matter was published.
30 August 2016
Ireland should recover up to €13bn (£11bn) from Apple in back taxes, the European Commission has ruled.
The phone in your pocket gives you powers that were hard to imagine even five years ago. It can talk to you, listen, and give sensible answers to questions. It knows your fingerprint and recognises your face and those of all your friends. It can buy almost anything, sell almost anything, bring you all the news you want, as well as almost all the books, films and music you might want to look at. What's more, it will even allow you to talk to your friends and to communicate with almost anyone.
The European Commission will rule against Ireland's tax dealings with Apple on Tuesday, two source familiar with the decision told Reuters, one of whom said Dublin would be told to recoup over €1 billion in back taxes.
29 August 2016
The Pokemon craze has resulted in a surge of .com and .net domain name registrations according to the latest Verisign list of top trending keywords for the two generic Top Level Domains in July.
26 August 2016
WhatsApp users to receive adverts (BBC News)
WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should hire more people to monitor hate speech and material inciting violence as well as putting staff in police operation centres to remove offending posts faster, British lawmakers said.
Websites such as Google's YouTube, DailyMotion and Pinterest could be required to seek licences or revenue-sharing deals with artists for content that is uploaded by their users as part of the European Union's planned copyright overhaul.
News publishers would have stronger rights to demand payment from digital giants such as Google and Facebook in exchange for using their content, under proposed European rules that are designed to shore up the collapsing revenues of traditional media companies.
The US has warned the European commission that it will consider retaliating if Brussels goes ahead with plans to demand billions of dollars in unpaid taxes from Apple and other US multinational companies.
25 August 2016
How Google Fights Piracy report details how war on piracy will reach unprecedented heights (News.com.au)
Your days of downloading the latest Game of Thrones episodes might be short lived if Google has anything to do with it.
Many Asian organisations are badly defended against cyber-attacks, a year-long investigation by US security company Mandiant indicates.
24 August 2016
Nominet, the registry best known for .uk and now also .wales and .cymru, has published an interesting map of new generic Top Level Domains showing the top 250 new gTLDs that are publicly available, and selected others such as brands that aren't.
Europol uncover major online child abuse network (Al Jazeera)
A major operation against distributors of child sexual abuse images online has resulted in the arrests of 75 suspects across 28 European countries.
Singapore to cut off public servants from the internet (The Guardian)
Singapore is planning to cut off web access for public servants as a defence against potential cyber attack - a move closely watched by critics who say it marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state that has trademarked the term "smart nation".
21 August 2016
Angola passes laws to crack down on press and social media (The Observer)
Angola's government has approved a set of laws which hand control and regulation of all media to a new body run by the ruling party.
20 August 2016
98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you (Washington Post)
Say you're scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed and you encounter an ad so eerily well-suited, it seems someone has possibly read your brain.
19 August 2016
Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts for violating its policies on the promotion of terrorism, the social network has said in a blog.
Online voting could be really convenient. But it’s still probably a terrible idea. (Washington Post)
Election Day can sometimes feel like more of a headache than a patriotic celebration. Long lines and scheduling conflicts may leave voters wondering why there isn't an easier way to cast their ballots.
16 August 2016
Social media dominates as destination of choice as Millennials shape Australian's future media habits: Deloitte Media Consumer Survey 2016 (Deloitte)
Social media is the dominant force across our media consumption behaviours, according to the fifth edition of Deloitte's annual Media Consumer Survey. It is not only impacting our entertainment preferences and how we consume news, but for the first time social reviews and recommendations have outstripped TV advertising in terms of their influence on buying decisions.
French blogger turns tables on cyber-scammer (BBC News)
A French security researcher says he managed to turn the tables on a cyber-scammer by sending him malware.
WhatsApp, Skype and other online messaging services face an EU crackdown aimed at safeguarding users' privacy, in a move that highlights the gulf between Europe and the US in regulating the internet.
Peter Thiel: The Online Privacy Debate Won't End With Gawker (New York Times)
Last month, I spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland because I believe our country is on the wrong track, and we need to solve real problems instead of fighting fake culture wars. I'm glad that an arena full of Republicans stood up to applaud when I said I was proud to be gay, because gay pride shouldn't be a partisan issue. All people deserve respect, and nobody's sexuality should be made a public fixation.
15 August 2016
Brussels to tighten grip on web services in telecoms shake-up (Financial Times)
Brussels will tighten its regulatory grip over online services such as WhatsApp and Skype in a radical overhaul of the EU's rules on telecoms due out in September.