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28 February 2015

White House Proposes Broad Consumer Data Privacy Bill (New York Times)

The Obama administration on Friday proposed a wide-ranging bill intended to provide Americans with more control over the personal information that companies collect about them and how that data can be used, fulfilling a promise the president had talked about for years.

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Google backtracks on porn ban in Blogger (The Guardian)

Google has backtracked on plans to ban sexually explicit images from its blogging platform Blogger, in the face of widespread opposition from users.

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Australian senators and MPs back data retention scheme but want more safeguards (The Guardian)

A bipartisan committee has broadly backed the Abbott government's proposed data retention scheme, but demanded more certainty about the customer details that would be stored and the agencies that would gain access.

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27 February 2015

F.C.C. Approves Net Neutrality Rules, Classifying Broadband Internet Service as a Utility (New York Times)

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility, a milestone in regulating high-speed Internet service into American homes.

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Dutch Offer Preview of Net Neutrality (New York Times)

When Bruno Leenders takes the 50-minute train ride to Amsterdam, he likes to stream blues and funk music through his smartphone. At home, Mr. Leenders, a Dutch technology consultant, watches Steven Seagal action movies on Netflix. Between meetings, he dashes off a few emails.

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Google restructures European operations amid growing pressure (The Guardian)

Google is changing the the structure of its European business as it anticipates further regulatory scrutiny across the continent.

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Domain Pulse 2015: New gTLDs Are Like Babies

The development of new gTLDs could be equated with the growth of a baby, Thomas Rickert representing the German internet association eco told the Domain Pulse conference in Berlin on Thursday with the greatest development takes place within the first 12 months.

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U.S. and British Agencies May Have Tried to Get SIM Encryption Codes, Gemalto Says (New York Times)

Gemalto, a French-Dutch digital security company, said on Wednesday that it believed that American and British intelligence agencies had most likely hacked into the company's networks in an attempt to gain access to worldwide mobile phone communications. But it said that the intrusions had only limited effect.

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The Push for Net Neutrality Arose From Lack of Choice (New York Times)

The case for strong government rules to protect an open Internet rests in large part on a perceived market failure -- the lack of competition for high-speed Internet service into American homes.

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26 February 2015

Will Social Media And Apps Lead To The Demise of Domain Names? (ClickZ)

Currently one wouldn't post to Facebook, Twitter and other social media without hashtags to highlight keywords, at least not if you want the post to be found through searching. From the mundane activity to brand promotion and celebrities.

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Verisign Unhappy With Operator of .XYZ, Sues For Misrepresentation (Domain Incite)

Verisign is suing the operator of the .xyz gTLD and its CEO Daniel Negari, the largest of any of the new gTLDs, for "for disparaging .com and allegedly misrepresenting how well .xyz is doing," according to Domain Incite.

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5G researchers manage record connection speed (BBC News)

Record-breaking speeds have been achieved during tests of 5G data connections, scientists have said.

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Only 40 percent of the global population has ever connected to the internet: report (ZDNet)

Internet.org, the Facebook-led initiative to foster global internet connectivity, published a report this week that shines light on the expansive gaps in connectivity around developing parts of the world.

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Europol shuts down Ramnit botnet that infected 3.2m computers (The Guardian)

A cybercrime ring that used millions of hacked computers in Britain to steal banking information has been shut down by European police and technology companies.

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Sim card firm links GCHQ and NSA to hack attacks (BBC News)

The Dutch Sim card maker at the centre of NSA-GCHQ hacking claims has said it believes that the US and UK cyberspy agencies did indeed launch attacks on its computer systems.

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PNG tops porn searches on Google, experts divided over link between pornography and violence (ABC News)

Australia's deeply Christian northern neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is the most pornography-obsessed country in the world, according to Google Trends.

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Facebook privacy policy slated by Belgian data watchdog (BBC News)

Facebook has been accused of breaking European data-protection laws, in a report written for Belgium's privacy watchdog.

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Google warns Blogger users over porn (BBC News)

Google has warned users of its Blogger platform that blogs containing sexually explicit images and videos will be made private on 23 March.

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Tech and Trans Pacific Partnership - Flying in the dark (Business Spectator)

... For the tech industry - and for consumers of content - the TPP concerns relate to the possibility of a dramatic re-write of intellectual property laws being forced under the agreement. Certainly this is the concern that Labor's trade spokesman Penny Wong has been flagging.

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Google and Apple Fight for the Car Dashboard (New York Times)

When Google hosted a boot camp here this month for its Android operating system, there were some new faces in the room: auto manufacturers.

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24 February 2015

Australian internet pirates won't be pursued under data retention scheme, says AFP (The Guardian)

Authorities are not interested in using the Abbott government's proposed data retention scheme to go after internet pirates and would be prevented from doing so by the commonwealth ombudsman, the assistant commissioner of the Australian federal police, Tim Morris, has said.

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Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain (The Guardian)

My son is 18 months old, and I've been reading books with him since he was born. I say "reading", but I really mean "looking at" - not to mention grasping, dropping, throwing, cuddling, chewing, and everything else a tiny human being likes to do. Over the last six months, though, he has begun not simply to look but also to recognise a few letters and numbers. He calls a capital Y a "yak" after a picture on the door of his room; a capital H is "hedgehog"; a capital K, "kangaroo"; and so on.

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Facebook's privacy policy breaches European law, report finds (The Guardian)

A report commissioned by the Belgian privacy commission has found that Facebook is acting in violation of European law, despite updating its privacy policy.

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Ad-blocking software is 'worse than Superfish' (BBC News)

Researchers have identified a fresh threat to the way consumers interact with websites, this time from software designed to block advertisements.

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Document Reveals Growth of Cyberwarfare Between the U.S. and Iran (New York Times)

A newly disclosed National Security Agency document illustrates the striking acceleration of the use of cyberweapons by the United States and Iran against each other, both for spying and sabotage, even as Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart met in Geneva to try to break a stalemate in the talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program.

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