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15 December 2017

A goal realized: Network lobbyists' sweeping capture of their regulator by Tom Wheeler (Brookings)

When the Federal Communications Commission voted December 14 to repeal the rules protecting a fast, fair, and open internet, the lobbyists for the internet service providers realized their long-envisioned strategy to gut the authority of the agency that since 1934 has been charged with overseeing the activities of the nation’s essential networks.

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14 December 2017

Microsoft Wants to Take on Google by Making its Search Engine Smarter (The Guardian)

Google may be the household name when it comes to search, but Microsoft is hoping it can make its Bing search engine the smartest. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has announced a handful of new features that it says are powered by artificial intelligence. The updates will start rolling out on Wednesday and will continue over the coming week.

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Billions of video site visitors unwittingly mine cryptocurrency as they watch (The Guardian)

Each month almost one billion visitors to four popular video sites are being unwittingly forced to mine cryptocurrency, according to a report on the practice of so called cryptojacking.

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Make Facebook liable for content, says report on UK election intimidation (The Guardian)

Theresa May should consider the introduction of two new laws to deter the intimidation of MPs during elections and force social media firms to monitor illegal content, an influential committee has said.

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The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017 (New York Times)

Let’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you.

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Google, Looking to Tiptoe Back Into China, Announces A.I. Center (New York Times)

Google pulled some of its core businesses out of China seven years ago, after concluding that government controls and surveillance ran counter to its commitment to a free and open internet.

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Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet (New York Times)

Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday, with numerous online companies posting calls on their sites for action to stop a vote later this week.

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Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Domains Dominate .COM and .NET November Keywords

With the skyrocketing interest in, and prices of, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise there’s an increased interest in related keywords for those registering .com and .net keywords.

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CIRA Adds .SX to its List of TLDs It Provides Registry Services For

Canada’s ccTLD registry, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA), has now added .sx (Sint Maarten) to its Fury Registry Platform. CIRA has been on a bit of a “acquisition” role recently with this week’s adding to a number of similar recent announcements.

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13 December 2017

Threat of Phishing Attacks Increases With Bitcoin Price Hike (Security Intelligence)

A surge in the value of bitcoin has been accompanied by a rise in the risk of phishing attacks against the infrastructure that supports the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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Google: Southeast Asia's internet economy is growing faster than expected (Tech Crunch)

Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google.

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Facebook hits back at former executive Chamath Palihapitiya (BBC News)

Facebook has responded to a former executive who said the social network, and other services like it, was "ripping society apart".

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IIA Report: Average American Gig Economy Worker Sees Triple Return on Investment in Home & Mobile Broadband Connectivity (Internet Innovation Alliance)

The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) finds that the average American household can now save more than $12,000 per year on household spending through use of high-speed internet services, according to its latest Cost Campaign analysis. IIA’s new supplemental whitepaper, “The Multiplier Effect of Broadband and the Income of American Households,” also examines how broadband helps generate income for Americans, particularly via the sharing economy.

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12 December 2017

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society (The Verge)

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

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Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan (The Guardian)

More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as “based on a flawed and factually inaccurate” understanding of how the internet works.

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Net Neutrality's Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S. (New York Times)

Last spring, Swedes got a tantalizing offer: If they subscribed to Sweden’s biggest telecom provider, Telia Company AB, they could have unlimited access on their mobile phones to Facebook, Spotify, Instagram and other blockbuster apps.

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The 'Alt-Right' Created a Parallel Internet. It's an Unholy Mess. (New York Times)

If you’ve lost sleep worrying about the growing power of the alt-right — that shadowy coalition that includes white nationalists, anti-feminists, far-right reactionaries and meme-sharing trolls — I may have found a cure for your anxiety.

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08 December 2017

Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft, Mozilla tumble as analytics vendor exterminates bot traffic (Computerworld)

Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge browsers tumbled last month in user share as the once-universal programs ran on just one in every six personal computers worldwide.

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How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy (Computerworld)

Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy.

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EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case (Reuters)

The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.

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EU warns tech firms: remove extremist content faster or be regulated (The Guardian)

The European Commission has warned Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter and other internet technology companies that they must do more to stem the spread of extremist content or face legislation.

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Inside the Opposition to a Net Neutrality Repeal (New York Times)

Hundreds of protests were staged across the country on Thursday in the latest uproar over a repeal of rules ensuring an open internet. The drumbeat of action can in good part be traced back to a yellow Victorian house in this leafy New England city.

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Why Has Bitcoin's Price Gone Up So Fast? (New York Times)

Bitcoin has been in a bull market like few the world has ever seen.

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07 December 2017

French Railways Say OUI.SNCF

The French railway operator SNCF launched their new home online this week with their home page now oui.sncf. SNCF is one of the most prominent brands to make the switch to a new gTLD, particularly in Europe. The previous home of SNCF online, voyages-sncf.com, now redirects to the new domain name.

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Google wants more humans to help solve the problem of child exploitation on YouTube (Washington Post)

In announcing plans to hire many more human moderators to flag disturbing and extremist content this week, YouTube has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to acknowledge that software alone won’t solve many of the problems plaguing the industry.

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