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06 May 2015

What is the internet of things? (The Guardian)

Among its many other cultural and economic assets, Google is accumulating a rather comprehensive record of what is troubling us, from asking the search engine to diagnose our disease symptoms to whether we will ever find true love. It seems only natural, then, to turn to Google to decrypt the latest piece of technical jargon, "the internet of things".

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With Boxing Match, Video Piracy Battle Enters Latest Round: Mobile Apps (New York Times)

The method used by thousands of people to watch unauthorized broadcasts of Saturday night's big boxing match might have been new, but to longtime media executives, who have led one battle against piracy after another, it was the same old story.

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Fairfax v. Telstra: Metadata Ruling Adds Confusion to Australia's Privacy Laws (ClickZ)

An Australian journalist has won the right to obtain his metadata from telco provider Telstra, creating an increasingly murky definition of what constitutes private information.

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Germany, Too, Is Accused of Spying on Friends (New York Times)

About 18 months ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel was the wronged American ally whose cellphone number was among data sucked up by American intelligence as it kept watch on Europeans.

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European court says Skype's name is too similar to Sky's (BBC News)

Video chat software Skype's name is so similar to the broadcaster Sky's that the public is likely to be confused between the two, an EU court has ruled.

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Google Pushes Advertisers to Smaller Screens (New York Times)

Google has spent the last few years tweaking its search engine for mobile screens. Now it is trying to get advertisers to join in.

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France passes new surveillance law in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack (The Guardian)

The French parliament has overwhelmingly approved sweeping new surveillance powers in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in January that killed 17 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris.

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05 May 2015

Carly Fiorina Commits Blunder Not Nominating Key .ORG Domain

For someone in the tech industry you could have expected better. But as former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced that she's running for the Republican nomination to become US President, it became apparent she'd forgotten to register the domain

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Berlin Still Number One For .DE, While Osnabruck Leads On Per Capita Basis

Berlin is the city with easily the most .de domain names registered in Germany. As of 31 December 2014 there were 955,484 registered out of a total of 14.6 million. And a further one million domains are registered outside Germany.

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Australia lagging behind in digital maturity due to slow internet speeds; lack of infrastructure, report finds (ABC News)

Australia lags behind other countries in digital maturity and is at significant risk of falling further behind without government commitment and investment to develop Australia into a truly digital economy, a new report released today has found.

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Mayor De Blasio Makes A $70M Commitment Toward Universal Broadband In New York City (TechCrunch)

In what is one of the most prominent financial commitments that an American city government has made toward universal broadband, the De Blasio administration is committing $70 million to bring affordable high-speed Internet to city residents.

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04 May 2015

Britain may be forced to ration the internet, expert warns, as web use could consume 100% of nation's power supply by 2035 (The Independent)

Britain could be forced to introduce internet rationing, after an expert warned it could consume the country's entire power supply within 20 years.

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Keeping the lid on Australia's NBN discontent by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been working assiduously to keep a lid on the simmering disquiet about the National Broadband Network (NBN). No news is good news, as far as Turnbull is concerned, but it would be too early for him to claim that he has completely nullified all opposition to the Coalition's multi-technology mix (MTM) NBN.

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Legal movie downloads on the rise as Netflix eyes Spain launch (El Pais)

In 2009, Adam Sandler comedy Funny People made more money than the entire European streaming market put together. While that one movie grossed €65 million, 17 European nations' online movie services made just €59 million that year, according to the most recent report from the European Audiovisual Observatory. By 2013, however, things had changed radically, with earnings up almost ten-fold to €588 million, the report said.

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MPAA Funds Pro-Copyright Scholars to Influence Politics (TorrentFreak)

While entertainment companies and authorities believe they are necessary to stem the tide of online infringement, many current anti-piracy strategies are putting Internet users at risk. Domain suspensions, seizures, plus search engine down-rankings are all playing a part in creating a less-safe online environment.

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03 May 2015

Counterfeit goods produced in the EU on the rise (Europol)

Today sees the release of the first extensive and in-depth situation report on counterfeit goods in the EU, which is the result of a joint project by EU agencies Europol and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

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New EFF '404' Report Shows How Draconian Copyright Policies Stifle Online Speech Worldwide (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Overly broad intellectual property (IP) laws in Russia, Colombia, and Pakistan -- which U.S. trade regulators say aren't tough enough -- stifle access to innovation and threaten artists, students, and creators around the globe with prison, censorship, and state prosecution, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a new report released today.

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02 May 2015

Facebook will give you control over the data you're sharing with apps and websites (PC World)

Users are getting greater choice over what information is shared with websites and apps when they log in using their Facebook ID.

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01 May 2015

ICANN Admits New gTLD Application Privacy Breaches

A number of new gTLD applicants used a security bug in the application system to access the details of other applicants and applications an audit conducted on behalf of ICANN has found. Whether the data accessed had any impact on competitive applications has not yet been determined.

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Hollywood: piracy sites must shut within 24 hours (The Guardian)

Hollywood's chief lobbying body has reportedly ordered piracy sites across the globe to shut down immediately or face legal action.

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Russia beefs up anti-piracy laws (BBC News)

Russia is beefing up the law it uses to tackle online piracy.

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News Corp, Foxtel want Google to block piracy websites (WA Today)

Rights holders are pushing to broaden the scope of the federal government's proposed website-blocking regime to include more websites and to also allow them to ask search engines such as Google and Yahoo, in addition to internet service providers (ISPs), to block them.

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30 April 2015

GCHQ conducted illegal surveillance, investigatory powers tribunal rules (The Guardian)

GCHQ, Britain's national security surveillance agency, has been ordered to destroy legally privileged communications it unlawfully collected from a Libyan rendition victim.

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Facebook Is Eating the Internet (The Atlantic)

Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media. It drives a quarter of all web traffic. In turn, Facebook sucks up a huge portion of ad revenue -- the money that keeps news organizations running -- and holds an enormous captive audience.

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As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear; Microsoft Patent for Emotion Detecting Eyeglasses (Reuters)

Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.

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