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29 July 2016
ICANN announced Thursday that the .web new gTLD sold for a whopping, and record, $135 million through an auction. The .webs new gTLD was also up on the auction block, but sold to Vistaprint for a rather paltry, in comparison, $1 million. There were eight applicants bidding for .web.
28 July 2016
Facebook began as a social network - and then became a media delivery service, a mobile advertising giant and a massive messaging platform. But as its second-quarter financial results reveal, it is also a money-making machine.
Streaming Sites Dominate Movie and TV-Show Piracy (TorrentFreak)
For many years torrent sites were the go-to destination for most movie and TV-show pirates. However, new data shows that this is no longer the case. The vast majority of unauthorized videos are now consumed through pirate streaming sites, good for more than 57 billion visits during last year alone.
27 July 2016
Technology Is Monitoring the Urban Landscape (New York Times)
Big City is watching you. It will do it with camera-equipped drones that inspect municipal power lines and robotic cars that know where people go. Sensor-laden streetlights will change brightness based on danger levels. Technologists and urban planners are working on a major transformation of urban landscapes over the next few decades.
26 July 2016
KickassTorrents Community Resurrects, Without Torrents (TorrentFreak)
KickassTorrents may be down, but the KAT 'family' is still very much alive. A group of site admins and moderators have started a new community, bringing back many users of the site under the same roof. The new home doesn't offer any torrents, however, and it's still doubtful if the site will ever be restored to its full glory.
Can the internet reboot Africa? With smartphone use and web penetration soaring, Africa is set for a tech revolution – but only if its infrastructure can support it (The Guardian)
You can buy sunlight with your phone, conduct an eye test on someone 100 miles away and attend a church service on your iPad. There are apps for investing in cows, for sending parcels and for mapping unrest. And soon you'll be able to deliver blood and medicines by drone.
23 July 2016
Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft. It won a major victory last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit sided with the company, ruling that a U.S. warrant could not be used to force Microsoft to turn over email data stored in an Irish data center. The decision, which the Justice Department is considering appealing to the Supreme Court, could have major implications for tech companies who routinely move data around the world so it can be backed up or quickly accessed by users.
More than half the world is still offline (Computerworld)
While it may seem like half the world is chasing Pokemon right now, the other half is not even on the Internet.
22 July 2016
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.
South Korea's antitrust regulator inspected Google's Seoul headquarters to investigate whether the firm is engaged in anticompetitive behaviour over its Android operating system, Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday.
IoT Insecurity: Pinpointing the Problems (Threat Post)
It's a coin toss whether or not that Internet of Things device you depend on is secure. Those unacceptable 50/50 odds come from a survey by IOActive where technology professionals were asked about the security of connected devices from thermostats, security cameras to alarm systems.
21 July 2016
Facebook Inc's Messenger has more than 1 billion users, the social media company said on Wednesday, making it one the world's top three apps just two years after it was split off from Facebook's main app, which is by far and away the most popular.
Scientists have found a worrying effect that constant light might have on our bodies (Science Alert)
These days we're pretty much constantly surrounded by light, with the artificial glow of indoor lighting, street lights, computer screens, smartphones, and TVs meaning night time is a lot less dark than it once used to be.
The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent.
20 July 2016
WhatsApp in Brazil temporarily suspended (BBC News)
WhatsApp was temporarily suspended in Brazil after a judge said the company had failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.
A yearlong digital training course for Irish high school teachers started in 2014. A fund to help European news outlets adapt to the web popped up in 2015. And in March, a virtual reality exhibition began at a Belgian museum to showcase a Renaissance painter.
There were 326.4 million domain names registered across all top level domains around the world at the end of the first quarter 2016, an increase of approximately 12 million domain names, or 3.8 percent over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by Verisign. Registrations have grown by 32.4 million, or 11 percent, year over year.
19 July 2016
What is the Internet of Things and how does ARM fit in? (The Guardian)
Britain's best unknown technology company ARM Holdings has been bought by Japan's SoftBank. But what exactly is the Internet of Things?
18 July 2016
How the internet was invented: In 40 years, the internet has morphed from a military communication network into a vast global cyberspace. And it all started in a California beer garden (The Guardian)
In the kingdom of apps and unicorns, Rossotti's is a rarity. This beer garden in the heart of Silicon Valley has been standing on the same spot since 1852. It isn't disruptive; it doesn't scale. But for more than 150 years, it has done one thing and done it well: it has given Californians a good place to get drunk.
Cybercrime Overtakes Traditional Crime in UK (Krebs On Security)
In a notable sign of the times, cybercrime has now surpassed all other forms of crime in the United Kingdom, the nation's National Crime Agency (NCA) warned in a new report. It remains unclear how closely the rest of the world tracks the U.K.'s experience, but the report reminds readers that the problem is likely far worse than the numbers suggest, noting that cybercrime is vastly under-reported by victims.
German police have carried out a series of raids, targeting people suspected of posting hate content on social media.
17 July 2016
Turkey may be blocking or slowing access to social media networks amid an attempted military coup, although there are conflicting reports emerging from the country that's been described as a "bastion of internet censorship" by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
16 July 2016
The European commission has filed a third antitrust charge against Google, this time against its AdSense advertising business.
A federal appeals court has ruled Microsoft and other companies cannot be forced to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States, handing a victory to privacy advocates.
15 July 2016
Two of the seven applicants for the .web new gTLD have written to ICANN asking for a delay in the gTLD's auction, scheduled for 27 July, due to concerns over the ownership of one of the applicants.