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29 October 2017

Google Searches Now Focus on Your Actual Location, Not the ccTLD in Your Search

Last week Google made another update to the way their search engine works with searches no longer indicated by the domain but rather search results will be served the country service that corresponds to your location. Typing the preferred ccTLD into a search will no longer bring you to the various country services. It’s a change that could make ccTLD domain names less relevant for marketers and businesses.

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Virtual reality headsets could put children's health at risk (The Guardian)

Researchers have warned that virtual reality headsets could pose risks to users, particularly children. The scientists, based at Leeds University, believe continued use of VR sets could trigger eyesight and balance problems in young people unless changes are made to devices.

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27 October 2017

WhatsApp faces EU taskforce over sharing user data with Facebook (The Guardian)

The European Union’s data regulator group is again focusing its attention on WhatsApp for the messaging app’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, launching a taskforce to implement “a clear, comprehensive resolution” to comply with EU law.

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Criminals try message apps to evade dark web crackdown: report (Reuters)

A police crackdown on dark web markets such as AlphaBay and Hansa is driving cyber criminals to use mobile messaging apps to locate anonymous new hideouts from which to operate, a report by security researchers published on Wednesday showed.

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Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content (New York Times)

Reddit, the online internet forum, has started to implement a new policy to ban content that glorifies and incites violence, and among the first to go were forums for Nazi, racist and white supremacist groups.

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Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content (New York Times)

Reddit, the online internet forum, has started to implement a new policy to ban content that glorifies and incites violence, and among the first to go were forums for Nazi, racist and white supremacist groups.

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Digital generation gap remains wide open as older generations fail to embrace new technology (Nominet)

Fewer than half of adults in the UK are classed as “digitally savvy” according to new research by Nominet – the company best known for the smooth running of the .UK internet.

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Verisign Report Third Quarter Results With Renewal Rates Trending Up

Verisign reported their results for the third quarter of 2017, and they show that .com and .net are performing strongly, combined, with renewal rates highest in the 6 years for which figures are available. In their financial results Verisign don’t break down .com and .net.

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26 October 2017

Will Facebook Kill All Future Facebooks? (Wired)

In 2010, Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai believed that his company, and several other social-media upstarts—Twitter, Tumblr, Path—could carve out successful niches against Facebook.

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EU privacy regulators increase pressure on WhatsApp over data sharing (Reuters)

European Union privacy regulators rapped WhatsApp on the knuckles for not resolving their concerns over the messaging service’s sharing of user data with parent company Facebook, (FB.O) a year after they first issued a warning.

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Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don't Bet on It (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.

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Can Washington Stop Big Tech Companies? Don't Bet on It (New York Times)

The tech giants are too big. They’re getting bigger. We can stop them. But in all likelihood, we won’t.

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25 October 2017

Twitter promises more ad transparency (BBC News)

Twitter has pledged to make advertising more transparent as it attempts to fend off proposed new regulations.

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5G will be a convenient but expensive alternative to Australia's NBN (The Conversation)

Will Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) face damaging competition from the upcoming 5G network? NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow thinks so.

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Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules (Reuters)

Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information.

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Microsoft to drop lawsuit after U.S. government revises data request rules (Reuters)

Microsoft Corp said it will drop a lawsuit against the U.S. government after the Department of Justice (DOJ) changed data request rules on alerting internet users about agencies accessing their information.

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Facebook Risks EU-Wide Privacy Fights After Setback at Top Court (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc. could be in the firing line of data privacy regulators across the European Union if the bloc’s top court follows the opinion of an adviser who said the social media giant may be policed by authorities in the country where users are based.

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24 October 2017

How the Appetite for Emojis Complicates the Effort to Standardize the World's Alphabets (New York Times)

Anshuman Pandey was intrigued. A graduate student in history at the University of Michigan, he was searching online for forgotten alphabets of South Asia when an image of a mysterious writing system popped up. In eight years of digging through British colonial archives both real and digital, he has found almost 200 alphabets across Asia that were previously undescribed in the West, but this one, which he came across in early 2011, stumped him. Its sinuous letters, connected to one another in cursive fashion and sometimes bearing dots and slashes above or below, resembled those of Arabic.

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Battery drain: You're charging your smartphone wrong (New Zealand Herald)

Many of us are left frustrated at the sight of our smartphones about to die.

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Meet the People Who Will Defend Google, Facebook and Twitter Before Lawmakers (New York Times)

Facebook, Google and Twitter have a lot at stake when they show up in Washington on Nov. 1 to testify at congressional hearings about the role their technologies played in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

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Amazon, Facebook and Google beef up lobbying spending (Washington Post)

Facebook, Google and Amazon bolstered their lobbying spending in the past three months as Washington has taken a closer look at the market power of some of America's biggest tech companies.

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23 October 2017

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent (New York Times)

Silicon Valley’s start-ups have always had a recruiting advantage over the industry’s giants: Take a chance on us and we’ll give you an ownership stake that could make you rich if the company is successful.

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How Social Media Endangers Knowledge (The Guardian)

Wikipedia, one of the last remaining pillars of the open and decentralized web, is in existential crisis.

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How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media (New York Times)

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney’s Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying. There were multiple shooters in the hotel, not just one. The sheriff was covering for casino owners to preserve their business.

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Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms (New York Times)

A showdown is looming in Washington between Congress and the powerful social media companies that have helped define the current unsettled age in western democracies.

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