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31 August 2015

Woman who claimed she was 'allergic to Wi-Fi' gets disability allowance from French court (Daily Telegraph)

Marine Richard has managed to score £500 a month in disability allowance from French courts after claiming that she was 'allergic to Wi-Fi'.

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#Blessed: The Internet actually makes us happier, science says (Washington Post)

According to a strain of trend piece popular in certain circles these days, the Web is some kind of social parasite, eating our decency and confidence and good humor away. It's filled us with FOMO; it's made us fake; it's torpedoed love and intimacy.

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30 August 2015

Marketing in the digital age: As people spend more time on social media, advertisers are following them (The Economist)

Earlier this year BMW advertised on WeChat, a popular messaging app in China with around 550m monthly users. But its ads were shown only to those whose profiles suggested they were potential buyers of expensive cars. Others were shown ads for more affordable stuff, such as smartphones. The campaign bruised a few egos. Some of those not shown the BMW ad complained, referring to themselves as diao, or (putting it politely) losers.

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29 August 2015

European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google (New York Times)

In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate Europe's digital economy. The discussions have covered a broad range of contentious issues, according to public disclosures and several people who attended or were briefed on the meetings. Central to almost all of them has been limiting the reach of a single American company: Google.

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Facebook must obey German law even if free speech curtailed: minister (Reuters)

Facebook will have to abide by German laws banning racist sentiment even if it might be allowed in the United States under freedom of speech, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview with Reuters.

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Warning: Huge surge in spam emails since Ashley Madison hack (New Zealand Herald)

Spammers are taking advantage of the Ashley Madison hack, IT security company Symantec says.

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28 August 2015

Facebook has a billion users in a single day, says Mark Zuckerberg (BBC News)

For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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German justice minister takes aim at Facebook over racist posts (Reuters)

Germany's justice minister has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist posts and hate comments on the social media platform and has proposed a meeting next month in Berlin with top officials from the company in Europe.

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Google attacks Brussels antitrust case in 100-page response (The Guardian)

Google has described the European commission's antitrust case against its search engine business as "wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics" in a lengthy counter submitted to the regulator.

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Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief (The Guardian)

The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.

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27 August 2015

'Dark net' paedophilia: Prosecutors fear more children falling prey to secret abuse networks (ABC News)

As revealed by the ABC, scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police detectives who adopted the online persona of paedophile Shannon McCoole, the administrator of a secret online abuse network with 45,000 members.

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Aussie Piracy Notices Delayed But Lawsuits Are Coming; Austria's T-Mobile Refuses to Block Pirate Bay (TorrentFreak)

As ISPs and rightsholders continue to fight over who will pay for Australia's "three strikes" anti-piracy regime, there is still no sign of when the program will begin. Nevertheless, Village Roadshow co-founder Graham Burke is already looking ahead - to the day when his company starts suing Aussie downloaders.

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26 August 2015

Secret 'dark net' operation saves scores of children from abuse; ringleader Shannon McCoole behind bars after police take over child porn site (ABC News)

Scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police led to the identification and arrest of key members of a global online sex abuse network.

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Vint Cerf: 'Sometimes I'm terrified' by the IoT (Computerworld)

Vint Cerf is known as a "father of the Internet," and like any good parent, he worries about his offspring -- most recently, the IoT.

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Russian Internet watchdog orders ISPs to block Wikipedia (CNET)

The Russian government has aimed its cyber crosshairs at Wikipedia, ordering the country's Internet service providers to block the widely read online encyclopaedia.

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25 August 2015

Is this really the beginning of the end for web ads? (The Guardian)

As you've probably heard, the "infidelity" website Ashley Madison (motto: "Life is short. Have an affair") has been hacked and the personal details of its 33 million users have been dumped on the internet, with predictable results. Reckoning that it's the kind of story that is made for tabloid news outlets, I logged on to Mail Online, and sure enough, they did it proud.

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Australian regulator must wake up to big data (Australian Financial Review)

It is starting to become apparent that an important potential impact of the growing use of big data technology, is the ability to influence competition, and the ACCC needs to take notice.

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24 August 2015

AuDA Panel Recommends 2LD .AU Registrations

Allowing registrations of .au domain names at the second level, such as, is the most significant of the draft recommendations from the Names Policy Panel that is currently examining changes to registration policies.

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23 August 2015

.DE Registrations Pass 16 Million Today

Checking the DENIC website today (Sunday) I noticed that registrations of .de domain names passed the 16 million mark today (or possibly Saturday depending on how regularly the site is updated). [Monday update] With deletes, renewals and new registrations, the number of .de domains under management has, temporarily, slipped below the magical 16 million mark.

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22 August 2015

How Google's Alphabet restructuring helps protect the Web as we know it (Washington Post)

When Google announced it was restructuring itself as Alphabet, a few things happened. One, Google got a little more focused as all of its non-core businesses, like Google X, got spun off into their own firms. Two, Alphabet became the big parent company overseeing them all.

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21 August 2015

.NET Turns 30 And Verisign Wants You To Know!

In 1985 .net was one of nine top level domains that went live. The other eight were .com, .gov, .mil, .org, .edu, .us, .uk and .il. To commemorate .net's 30th birthday, registry operator Verisign has put out an infographic with some of its highlights.

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Ashley Madison: More data leaks onto dark net (BBC News)

A fresh set of files that appear to be leaked Ashley Madison data has been uploaded to a part of the internet known by some as the "dark web".

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Google ordered to remove links to 'right to be forgotten' (The Guardian)

Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner's office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the 'right to be forgotten' ruling.

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Facebook's growth just ain't what it used to be (Washington Post)

Americans' addiction to social media is deepening, according to a new report that found that while Facebook devotion has plateaued, other social networking platforms are gaining in popularity.

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20 August 2015

Ashley Madison database suggests paid-delete option left identifiable data intact (The Guardian)

The hacked infidelity site Ashley Madison apparently retained enough personal data about users to identify them to spouses - as the site's hackers have claimed - despite offering a paid-for "full delete" service, which charged users £15 or $20 to remove all their information.

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