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30 June 2015

Study Suggests That Google Has Its Thumb on Scale in Search (New York Times)

Google entices people to search by promising links to the best that the web has to offer. But research released Monday, led by top academics but paid for by one of Google's rivals, suggests that Google sometimes alters results to play up its own content despite people's preferences.

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Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study? (The Atlantic)

Facebook, you may have noticed, turned into a rainbow-drenched spectacle following the Supreme Court's decision Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right.

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How the internet still fails disabled people (The Guardian)

Elaine suffers from depression and anxiety. A psychiatric nurse suggested that she learn how to use a computer to keep in contact with her family so that she didn't feel so isolated. So Elaine decided to attend one-to-one tutorials at Cambridge Online. "I'm in my 50s. We didn't have computers when I was at school, so it was quite a job to teach me. I didn't even know how to use a keyboard and was afraid if I hit a wrong button, I would break it."

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29 June 2015

How Television Won the Internet by Michael Wolff (New York Times)

Rupert Murdoch recently appointed his son James chief executive of 21st Century Fox, prompting the obvious question: How can a guy whose main credential is a silver spoon compete with Silicon Valley's meritocratic coders and entrepreneurs?

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Why we are resigned to giving our data to corporate spies (The Guardian)

'The business model of the internet," writes the security expert Bruce Schneier in his excellent new book Data and Goliath, "is surveillance." States engage in it for their own inscrutable purposes and - as we know from Edward Snowden - they do it on a colossal scale. But the giant internet companies do it too, on an equally large scale. The only difference is that they claim that they do it with our consent, whereas the state doesn't really bother with that.

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Have the copyright bullies in Australia pushed too hard? by Mark Gregory (Business Spectator)

The owners of the film Dallas Buyers Club and the multinationals supporting the world wide fight against illegal downloading have adopted tactics that go too far. While the media companies deserve a modicum of protection from blatant copyright infringement the Coalition's heavy-handed legislation is likely to cause the average consumer far more headaches than discomfit online pirates.

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6 reasons why we're underhyping the Internet of Things (Washington Post)

Just when you thought the Internet of Things couldn't possibly live up to its hype, along comes a blockbuster, 142-page report from McKinsey Global Institute ("The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value Beyond the Hype") that says, if anything, we're underestimating the potential economic impact of the Internet of Things. By 2025, says McKinsey, the potential economic impact of having "sensors and actuators connected by networks to computing systems" (McKinsey's definition of the Internet of Things) could be more than $11 trillion annually.

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When a Company Is Put Up for Sale, in Many Cases, Your Personal Data Is, Too (New York Times)

The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about nine million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company "respects your privacy."

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28 June 2015

The Pope, Lonely on the Internet (The Atlantic)

Of all the media's favorite blood sports, media criticism has to rank near the top. No one can fret about digital technology like the journalists who seem surgically attached to their smartphones. But the ranks of self-gazing critics should doff their hats to a new, sharper-tongued peer: the headline-grabbing, Twitter-loving bishop of Rome.

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27 June 2015

BBC forgotten list 'sets precedent' (BBC News)

The BBC has "set a precedent" for other media organisations by publishing a list of links removed from Google searches, the corporation's policy boss has said.

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24 June 2015

US Congress Urges ICANN To Resolve .AMAZON As Crucial Demonstration Before IANA Transition

The US Congress has written to ICANN urging the organisation to approve the online retailer's application for the .amazon gTLD.

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Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission (The Guardian)

Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

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Eight EU nations urge caution on Internet regulation (Reuters)

Eight European Union nations including Britain, Ireland and Poland on Tuesday urged caution with regulating the Internet, as Brussels prepares a sweeping review of the behavior of web giants that could see them subjected to new rules.

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Getty Images takes Google grievance to EU antitrust regulators (Reuters)

Getty Images has become the latest company to take its grievances with Google to EU antitrust regulators as it accused the world's most popular Internet search engine of favouring its own images service at the expense of rivals.

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23 June 2015

ICANN: Indian Government Declares Support for Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance at ICANN53

Indian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad announced today India's support for the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, during the opening ceremony of ICANN's 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires.

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Adult eBooks can only be sold after 10pm, Germany rules (The Independent)

Germans will only be able to buy adult eBooks between 10pm and 6am, after a new law.

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Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US (The Guardian)

Major internet providers, including AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon, are slowing data from popular websites to thousands of US businesses and residential customers in dozens of cities across the country, according to a study released on Monday.

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The Internet That Was (and Still Could Be): As corporations like Facebook gain control over more and more online activities, the web's core values are at stake. (The Atlantic)

It is not enough for the Internet to succeed. It must succeed inevitably.

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EU Privacy Probes Could Hurt Facebook's Bottom Line (Wall Street Journal)

The mounting probes of Facebook's privacy policies could soon be more than a regulatory and reputation issue. It may soon hit the social networks bottom line, according to one assessment.

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With a Tap of Taylor Swift's Fingers, Apple Retreated (New York Times)

In an age of depressed record sales, her albums sell by the millions. Her tours fill arenas around the world. And a complimentary tweet to her nearly 60 million followers can help kick-start another singer's career.

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Europol to Hunt Islamic State's Social Media Recruiters (Wall Street Journal)

Europe is counting on the help of social media companies in the battle against the Islamic State's success in attracting Western recruits.

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Internet piracy: Australian Government's legislation to block websites passes Senate (ABC News)

Piracy websites like the Pirate Bay are a step closer to being blocked in Australia after the Senate passed website-blocking legislation with support from both the Government and the Opposition.

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22 June 2015

Islamic State web accounts to be blocked by new police team (BBC News)

A Europe-wide police team is being formed to track and block social media accounts linked to Islamic State.

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Cuba Offers Its Citizens Better Access to Internet (New York Times)

Cuba, one of the Western Hemisphere's least-wired countries, is poised to expand access to the Internet by introducing about three dozen Wi-Fi hot spots around the island and reducing the steep fees that Cubans pay to spend time online.

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Internet usage boom tipped for NZ (New Zealand Herald)

By 2019, there will be at least 35 million devices connected to the internet in New Zealand - more than seven per person, and this is predicted to boost internet use significantly according to new research by IT company Cisco.

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