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01 February 2018

Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back: The social network is getting aggressive with people who don't log in often, working to keep up its engagement numbers. (Bloomberg)

It’s been about a year since Rishi Gorantala deleted the Facebook app from his phone, and the company has only gotten more aggressive in its emails to win him back. The social network started out by alerting him every few days about friends that had posted photos or made comments—each time inviting him to click a link and view the activity on Facebook. He rarely did.

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31 January 2018

Data Privacy Concerns Cause Costly Sales Delays (Security Intelligence)

Recent research suggested that organizations around the world are struggling to keep up with their sales goals due to data privacy concerns.

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Facebook braces for new E.U. privacy law (Washington Post)

Facebook announced a new push over the weekend to better explain its efforts to protect user data by sharing its privacy principles for the first time ahead of the European Union's new data protection law that will take effect in May.

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Facebook bans all cryptocurrency ads (BBC News)

Facebook has said it will block any advertising promoting cryptocurrency products and services.

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Child development experts urge Facebook to pull Messenger Kids app (The Guardian)

More than 110 child-health advocates have called on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to pull the firm’s Messenger Kids app aimed at under 13s, warning of the dangers of social media for children.

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Facebook reveals privacy principles for first time, helps users control access (The Guardian)

Facebook has published its privacy principles for the first time and will roll out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information.

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Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content (BBC News)

Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for "high quality" content.

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Google aims to get 'diverse perspectives' into search results (Reuters)

Alphabet Inc’s Google will put more of a premium on “diverse perspectives” in its search results, saying in a blog post on Tuesday that answers highlighted at the top of result pages would soon display multiple viewpoints on topics for the first time ever.

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U.S. Govt's NTIA Has Preservation of WHOIS As Priority With Concerns It May Go Dark

Preserving WHOIS has become of the 2 main priorities internationally for the U.S. government’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration with fears the service may go “dark and become a relic of the Internet's history.”

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Businesses in the Netherlands Love Their .NL, While Registrar Rewards Result in Big Rise in IPv6

Almost three-quarters (73%) of all businesses registering domain names in the Netherlands chose a .nl domain, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the .nl registry SIDN. This was more than 4 times the next most popular choice, .com, with 17% of all registrations while .eu was third (2%) and .org fourth (1%).

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29 January 2018

Tech Giants Brace for Europe's New Data Privacy Rules (New York Times)

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and Google Docs.

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Why Cloudflare Let an Extremist Stronghold Burn (Wired)

In the fall of 2016, Keegan Hankes, an analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, paid a visit to the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer. This was not unusual; part of Hankes’ job at the civil rights organization was to track white supremacists online, which meant reading their sites. But as Hankes loaded the page on his computer at SPLC’s headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama, something caught his eye: a pop-up window that announced “Checking your browser before accessing … Please allow up to 5 seconds.” In fine print, there was the cryptic phrase “DDoS protection by Cloudflare.” Hankes, who had worked at SPLC for three years, had no idea what Cloudflare was. But soon he noticed the pop-up appearing on other hate sites and started to poke around.

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Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients (Quartz)

Some of Google’s top AI researchers are trying to predict your medical outcome as soon as you’re admitted to the hospital.

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The Follower Factory (New York Times)

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

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28 January 2018

UN Broadband Commission sets global broadband targets to bring online the world's 3.8 billion not connected to the Internet (International Telecommunication Union)

Fifty per cent of the world's population is expected to be connected to the Internet by the end of 2019. This leaves the other half – an estimated 3.8 billion people – unconnected and unable to benefit from key social and economic resources in our expanding digital world. In response, the United Nations' Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has set seven ambitious yet achievable 2025 targets in support of "Connecting the Other Half" of the world's population.

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Austria's Internet Celebrating 4 Anniversaries in 2018

30 years ago Austria’s ccTLD was delegated. In 1998, the Austrian Registry nic.at was founded along with the reporting hotline for illegal content, Stopline. And then 10 years later CERT.at (Austria’s Computer Emergency Response Team) was founded.

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26 January 2018

George Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society (The Guardian)

Facebook and Google have become “obstacles to innovation” and are a “menace” to society whose “days are numbered”, said billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.

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25 January 2018

Donuts Releases Free Domain Name Search Tool Across Wide Range of TLDs

Donuts has released for public use a search tool to enable potential domain name registrants to search across a wide range of top level domains, not just those managed by Donuts. The tool, Relevant Name Search (RNS), is available for registrars and resellers to incorporate into their websites or to use for free from Donuts.

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Securing the Digital Transition by Carl Bildt (Project Syndicate)

Within a few decades, the Internet has transformed the global economy and rendered the old Westphalian order increasingly obsolete. But without a new governance framework to manage cyber threats and abuses, what has been a boon to globalization could become its undoing.

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Defying the FCC, New York's governor has signed an executive order on net neutrality (Washington Post)

The state of New York became the second state to put itself on a collision course with federal officials as its governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an executive order Wednesday designed to flout the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to repeal its net neutrality rules.

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24 January 2018

Donuts Sells HOME.LOANS In Biggest New gTLD Domain Sale Yet

Donuts announced Tuesday it sold the home.loans for $500,000 in what is believed to be the largest sale of any domain name for a new gTLD to date in a sale they brokered themselves.

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What if a Healthier Facebook Is Just ... Instagram? (New York Times)

For the past several years, Facebook has been conducting what amounts to an A/B test on human society, using two different social media apps.

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Facebook admits social media sometimes harms democracy (Washington Post)

Facebook said Monday that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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Facebook to roll out new tools in response to EU privacy laws (The Guardian)

Facebook will roll out a new set of tools aimed at making it easier for users to make informed choices about their privacy in response to sweeping new European privacy laws, according to the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

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Facebook thought it was more powerful than a nation-state. Then that became a liability (Washington Post)

Mark Zuckerberg’s crusade to fix Facebook this year is beginning with a startling retreat. The social network, its chief executive said, would step back from its role in choosing the news that 2 billion users see on its site every month.

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