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28 November 2014
Spam, as every user of mobile phones in China is aware to their intense annoyance, is a roaring business in China. Its delivery-men drive through residential neighbourhoods in "text-messaging cars", with illegal but easy-to-buy gadgetry they use to hijack links between mobile-phone users and nearby communications masts. They then target the numbers they harvest, blasting them with spam text messages before driving away. Mobile-phone users usually see only the wearisome results: another sprinkling of spam messages offering deals on flats, investment advice and dodgy receipts for tax purposes.
E.U. Parliament Passes Measure to Break Up Google in Symbolic Vote (New York Times)
Europe's resentment of the American technology giant Google reached a new noise level on Thursday as the European Parliament passed a nonbinding vote to break up the company.
27 November 2014
As Music Streaming Grows, Spotify Reports Rising Revenue and a Loss (New York Times)
Spotify, the company that has come to symbolize the growth of streaming music around the world, had more than $1 billion in revenue in 2013. But it has yet to turn a profit.
'Right to Be Forgotten' Should Apply Worldwide, E.U. Panel Says (New York Times)
Europe is taking aim at Google, again. Privacy watchdogs in the European Union issued guidelines on Wednesday calling on the company to apply the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling to Google's entire search empire.
Google told to expand right to be forgotten (BBC News)
Google is under fresh pressure to expand the "right to be forgotten" to its international .com search tool.
Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke".
26 November 2014
U.N. Urges Protection of Privacy in Digital Era (New York Times)
The United Nations adopted a resolution on Tuesday urging all countries to protect the right to privacy in digital communications and to offer their citizens a way to seek "remedy" if their privacy is violated.
Europe Takes Another Look at Net Neutrality (New York Times)
Just as the United States takes steps to secure people's unfettered access to the Internet, Europe may soon backtrack on its own proposals.
The claim by parliament's intelligence and security committee that an unnamed internet company should entirely shoulder the blame for failing to prevent the terrorist murder of soldier Lee Rigby is as outrageous as it is wrong-headed. It really is a case of shooting the messenger.
25 November 2014
Cheap access to the Internet should be a human right: survey (Computerworld)
Affordable Internet access around the world should be a basic human right as it is essential for freedom of expression and economic opportunity, according to the results of a global survey released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Blocking piracy websites is bad for Australia's digital future by Dan Hunter, Dean, Swinburne Law School at Swinburne University of Technology (The Conversation)
Rumours are flying that the government will introduce legislation before Christmas aimed at blocking certain websites, such as The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents, as part of a range of efforts to reduce copyright infringement in Australia.
Google Inc said on Monday it had reached a settlement with a British businessman over defamatory postings in its search results describing him as a pedophile, a murderer and a money-launderer.
Forget typing in passwords, Intel wants you to use your body to log into email and online bank accounts.
Regin is the latest malicious software to be uncovered by security researchers, though its purpose is unknown, as are its operators. But experts have told the Guardian it was likely spawned in the labs of a western intelligence agency.
Americans Relatively Sanguine About Online Privacy, Study Says (New York Times)
A survey released on Monday suggests that revelations about government online snooping provided by Edward Snowden did not raise concerns about online privacy to the same degree in the United States as in other countries. But it also indicates that a majority of Americans are worried about the security of personal information.
Liberal Democrats and civil liberties campaigners have welcomed new measures requiring internet service providers to keep data that identifies online users, but said it must not be seen as a way of reviving the "snooper's charter".
The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed.
3 Billion People Now Online, Denmark ranks in first place in global ICT Development Index: ITU (International Telecommunication Union)
Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU's flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report.
24 November 2014
The case of a UK businessman who wants Google to stop malicious web postings about him appearing in its search results is set to begin.
U.K. Looks to Keep Records on Internet Users (Wall Street Journal)
The U.K. government could soon require Internet service companies to keep records to identify people using a particular phone or computer and hand them over to the police upon request.
Google Experimenting With Removing Ads for a Fee (New York Times)
An oft-heard saying in Silicon Valley is that "information wants to be free." Google is running a test to see if users feel the same way.
NATO launched its largest ever multinational cyber defence exercise, "Cyber Coalition 2014" on Tuesday (18 November). The three-day training event will test the Alliance's ability to defend its networks from the various challenges that exist when operating in the contested cyber domain.
U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a meeting on Friday.
23 November 2014
Tech Firms Could Be Quiet Winners in Obama's Immigration Overhaul (Foreign Policy)
After years of tension over mass data collection and NSA surveillance, President Barack Obama's immigration reform announcement Thursday evening may improve the White House's tattered relationship with Silicon Valley.
A few days before the anniversary of China's crackdown in Tiananmen Square this June, Patrick Poon posted a video commemoration on his LinkedIn Web page. The Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International soon got a message saying the post was prohibited in China so it had been blocked from the site -- and by extension from users worldwide.