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10 April 2017
Google is to start displaying fact-checking labels in its search results to highlight news and information that has been vetted and show whether it is considered to be true or false, as part of its efforts to help combat the spread of misinformation and fake news.
How Apple and Microsoft are keeping the desktop off its deathbed (Washington Post)
Apple this week announced some minor upgrades to its Mac Pro desktop computer, which it says will be followed by a major overhaul of its high-end Mac. It's been four years since Apple announced any sort of update for the computer, leading some to worry that the company — which famously worked to usher in a “post-PC” era — was letting mobile overshadow the humble desktop.
Last month, the federal government issued a summons ordering Twitter to hand over information about an anonymous account that had posted messages critical of the Trump administration. Now, the government has blinked.
07 April 2017
Tech firms trying to avoid using “conflict minerals” will need to work harder to keep them out of smartphones and tablets.
How Google and Facebook's trillion-dollar duopoly strangles the internet (Australian Financial Review)
They are two of the most astonishing success stories in the history of capitalism. In the space of a few years, Google and Facebook have amassed a collective market value of nearly $US1 trillion (A$1.3 trillion), and created a global duopoly in digital advertising that looks unassailable.
Facebook is launching an educational tool as part of measures it is taking to counter fake news.
Australian competition watchdog takes Apple to court over 'error 53' claims; Apple faulty phone policy under NZ scrutiny (Computerworld)
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Apple Australia and its U.S.-based parent company, Apple, for allegedly making “false, misleading, or deceptive representations” about consumers’ rights under the Australian Consumer Law.
Europe's aviation regulator voiced concern on Wednesday over the risk of battery fires in the cargo holds of passenger planes after U.S. and British authorities banned certain electronics from passenger cabins despite U.S. assurances that its agency had been thoroughly briefed on the proper handling of electronics.
Twitter sued the federal government on Thursday to block the unmasking of an anonymous account that has posted messages critical of the Trump administration and has claimed to have ties to a government agency.
06 April 2017
How do you stop fake news? In Germany, with a law. (Washington Post)
Germany officially unveiled a landmark social-media bill Wednesday that could quickly turn this nation into a test case in the effort to combat the spread of fake news and hate speech in the West.
Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms.
German ministers have approved plans to fine social media firms up to €50m if they fail to remove hate speech and fake news quickly.
05 April 2017
The web's creator has attacked any UK plans to weaken encryption and promised to battle any moves by the Trump administration to weaken net neutrality.
The Trump administration’s decision to allow ISPs to sign away their customers’ privacy and sell the browsing habits of their customers is “disgusting” and “appalling”, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web.
Demand from Chinese investors in new gTLDs remains strong and is largely responsible for the recent 200,000 new registrations in .vip, valued at $1.3 million, the registry MMX has reported.
The upcoming Domaining Europe conference is set to see some big domain names up for auction, including whiskey.com and gastronomy.com.
04 April 2017
Teenagers think Google is cool, study by Google finds (The Guardian)
Today’s teenagers think Google and Google brands are cool, research funded by Google has found.
Germany wants to use its presidency of the Group of 20 major economies to promote fast internet for all, agree common technical standards and promote lifelong digital learning, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said.
Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era (New York Times)
President Trump on Monday signed a congressional resolution to complete the overturning of internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission during the Obama administration.
03 April 2017
Google Training Ad Placement Computers to Be Offended (New York Times)
Over the years, Google trained computer systems to keep copyrighted content and pornography off its YouTube service. But after seeing ads from Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart appear next to racist, anti-Semitic or terrorist videos, its engineers realized their computer models had a blind spot: They did not understand context.
Five top level domains accounted for 80% of all webpages identified as containing child sexual abuse images and videos, according to the 2016 annual report from the UK’s online reporting hotline for child sexual abuse, the Internet Watch Foundation, released today, with 57,335 URLs containing child sexual abuse imagery and these were hosted on 2,416 domains worldwide.
Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results. (New York Times)
As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month. It is the sort of eye-popping number that has become the norm these days for big companies that use automated tools to reach consumers online.
31 March 2017
Porn websites beef up privacy protections days after Congress voted to let ISPs share your Web history (Washington Post)
As you may have heard, Congress recently voted to repeal Internet privacy protections that otherwise would have gone into effect later this year. The move effectively permits Internet providers such as Verizon and AT&T to mine and sell your browsing history, location information, and in some cases even the content of your communications, similar to what Google and Facebook do now.
30 March 2017
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, will tell tech bosses they must do more to tackle terrorism during a private meeting on Thursday.
Publishers Retreat From the Risks of Google-YouTube Advertising (New York Times)
When The Guardian was made aware this month that some of its advertisements were appearing on YouTube videos from extremists, it quickly pulled its marketing across Google. That move, prompted by reporting in The Times of London, began a broader advertiser exodus that has now extended to the United States, amid concern that the technology giant is not doing enough to prevent brands from showing up next to offensive content.