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25 July 2017

For Alphabet, a Record Fine is Both a Footnote and a Warning (New York Times)

Not many companies can turn a $2.7 billion fine into a financial footnote. But that is what Google’s parent company, Alphabet, did with its quarterly earnings. The results, announced on Monday, were a microcosm of the opportunities and the risks in front of the company. On one hand, it was hitting on all cylinders with its core search engine. Its various internet services were as essential as ever with the shift to smartphones. And its YouTube video platform was shaking off a short-lived boycott by big brands.

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auDA Members Revolt Against Management as Chair Faces Ousting

On Monday 31 July, auDA members get to have their say on the current Chair, and whether they have had enough of the ongoing destruction of the organisation’s transparency and accountability and defying of the constitution. There are significant numbers voting to oust the Chair, Stuart Benjamin. Even registrars have had a gutful of the ongoing management debacle insisting they want no part of discussions on the management plans until the vote has taken place. This follows overtures from auDA for registrars to participate in a meeting, purportedly to discuss the organisation’s future. But registrars saw through this charade and told auDA bluntly they want no part of any discussions until after the vote has taken place.

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24 July 2017

The digital future of work: What will automation change? (McKinsey)

Rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are making inroads in the workplace, with machines carrying out physical and cognitive activities. What will this mean for employment?

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The digital future of work: What skills will be needed? (McKinsey)

Robots have long carried out routine physical activities, but increasingly machines can also take on more sophisticated tasks. Experts provide advice on the skills people will need going forward.

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Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030 (New York Times)

If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China.

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23 July 2017

Dark web master thwarted by love of cash and bling (Australian Financial Review)

Users of AlphaBay, the dark net marketplace selling everything from heroin to stolen identities, first started to suspect on the evening of July 4 that there was something awry.

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22 July 2017

Why cyberattacks could be war crimes (World Economic Forum)

Cyberattacks are the new normal, but, when they come from abroad, they can raise panic about an invisible cyberwar. If international conflicts are unavoidable, isn’t a cyberwar better than a physical war with bombs and bullets?

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21 July 2017

Dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa shut down (The Guardian)

AlphaBay and Hansa – two of the largest “dark web” marketplaces for illegal and illicit items such as drugs and guns – have been shut down, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.

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Twitter's internal numbers show it's getting less awful at fighting abuse (Washington Post)

Twitter on Thursday offered some top-line stats in a company blog post about the results of its latest anti-abuse efforts — showing how its approach is working as social media firms struggle with policing content on their networks.

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20 July 2017

Facebook Is Pursuing a Subscription Tool for News Outlets on Its Site (New York Times)

Facebook is working on a new tool that could help drive subscriptions to news organizations that publish articles directly on the online service, an effort to improve the fraught relationship between the social giant and media companies.

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French court refers 'right to be forgotten' dispute to top EU court (Reuters)

EU judges will have to decide whether Alphabet's Google has to remove certain web search results globally to comply with a previous privacy ruling after France's supreme administrative court referred the issue to the top EU court.

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19 July 2017

Mid-year .brands review: 2017 off to a brilliant start by Tony Kirsch, Neustar

If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you’ll know that I’m really passionate about the benefits that .brands can deliver to organizations and their customers. We are now half way through 2017 which provides us with an opportunity to have a good hard look at the data and reflect on the last six months in the .brands space.

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Verisign Report Shows Significant Slowing of Domain Registration Growth

Once upon a time not that many years ago, the growth in domain name registrations each year was like growth in the Chinese economy – well over 10%. These days the growth rate overall is nothing to be sneezed. In the year to the end of March, registrations around the world grew by 3.7% (11.8 million) to 330.6 million across all TLDs according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief. It was only in the preceding year, to the end of March 2016, that registrations had grown 11%.

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The Internet's Future Is More Fragile Than Ever, Says One Of Its Inventors (Fast Company)

Vint Cerf, the co-creator of tech that makes the internet work, worries about hacking, fake news, autonomous software, and perishable digital history.

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Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late (The Guardian)

Tesla and Space X chief executive Elon Musk has pushed again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because “by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late”.

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70% of world's population connected by mobile by 2022 (CIO)

Forrester forecasts global mobile device usage will reach more than 5.5 billion users by 2022.

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Government 'Cyber Troops' Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says (Bloomberg)

Governments around the world are enlisting "cyber troops" who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a new report from the University of Oxford.

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Facebook's WhatsApp Blocked in China Amid Censorship Push (Bloomberg)

Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging service has been partially blocked in China, following a censorship crackdown by the government.

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Major tech firms, internet providers clash over U.S. net neutrality rules (Reuters)

Tech companies clashed with internet service providers on Monday over whether a landmark 2015 net neutrality order barring the blocking or slowing of web content should be scrapped by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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18 July 2017

Anyone, Anywhere Can Now Register a .ASIA Domain Name

The .asia top level domain has commenced its new simplified registration processes that allow for any business or person anywhere to register a .asia domain name.

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17 July 2017

Global cyber attack could spur $53 billion in losses: Lloyd's of London (Reuters)

A major, global cyber attack could trigger an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as U.S. Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Lloyd's of London said in a report on Monday.

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16 July 2017

Come friendly robots and take our dullest jobs (The Observer)

We are currently going through one of those periodic phases of “automation anxiety” when we become convinced that the robots are coming for our jobs. These fears are routinely pooh-poohed by historians and economists. The historians point out that machines have been taking away jobs since the days of Elizabeth I – who refused to grant William Lee a patent on his stocking frame on the grounds that it would take work away from those who knitted by hand. And while the economists concede that machines do indeed destroy some jobs, they point out that the increased productivity that they enable has generally created more new jobs (and industries) than they displaced.

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Why musicians are so angry at the world's most popular music streaming service (Washington Post)

With the money from CDs and digital downloads disappearing, the music industry has pinned its hope for the future on online song streaming, which now accounts for the majority of the $7.7 billion U.S. music market.

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Facebook says it shouldn't have to stay mum when government seeks user data (Washington Post)

Major technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in a closed courtroom battle over secret government access to social media records.

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Australia's planned decryption law would weaken cybersecurity (The Conversation)

The Australian government plans to introduce new legislation forcing companies such as Google and Facebook to de-crypt messages in the name of fighting terrorism and other crimes. But the move will have serious implications for cybersecurity.

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