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19 May 2017

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health' (The Guardian)

Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organisations.

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E.U. Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Disclosures in WhatsApp Deal (New York Times)

Europe’s love affair with Facebook may be coming to an end. On Thursday, the European Union’s powerful antitrust chief fined the social network 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company’s $19 billion acquisition of the internet messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

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In Europe political attitudes are changing to Facebook (The Guardian)

Facebook’s €110m fine by the European commission for providing misleading information about data-sharing between Facebook and WhatsApp is just one of a growing number of regulatory battles the US social media giant is fighting.

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U.K.'s May Opens Door to Facebook Tax in Push for Safer Web (Bloomberg)

Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. may face a new tax in the U.K. should Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives get re-elected as polls suggest on June 8.

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18 May 2017

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future (New York Times)

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb start-up will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin singing I-told-you-sos. But don’t be fooled by expensive juice. The idea that Silicon Valley no longer funds big things isn’t just wrong, but also obtuse and fairly dangerous. Look at the cars, the rockets, the internet-beaming balloons and gliders, the voice assistants, drones, augmented and virtual reality devices, and every permutation of artificial intelligence you’ve ever encountered in sci-fi. Technology companies aren’t just funding big things — they are funding the biggest, most world-changing things. They are spending on ideas that, years from now, we may come to see as having altered life for much of the planet.

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Google owner Alphabet balloons connect flood-hit Peru (BBC News)

“Tens of thousands” of Peruvians have been getting online using Project Loon, the ambitious connectivity project from Google's parent company, Alphabet.

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17 May 2017

Facebook Gets Slap on the Wrist From 2 European Privacy Regulators (New York Times)

Facebook suffered a setback on Tuesday over how it uses the reams of information it collects about users worldwide, after two European privacy watchdogs said that the social network’s practices broke their countries’ data protection rules.

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16 May 2017

China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack (New York Times)

China is home to the world’s largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination to play by its own set of digital rules.

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WannaCry ransomware has links to North Korea, cybersecurity experts say (The Guardian)

Two top security firms have found evidence linking the WannaCry ransomware to the prolific North Korean cybergang known as Lazarus Group.

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European Commission Opens Consultation on Review of .EU Policies

The European Commission is opening a consultation on the .eu rules to see if the existing regulations on .eu are still fit for purpose, or if they need to be changed or updated.

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15 May 2017

The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week's cyberattack Brad Smith (Microsoft)

Early Friday morning the world experienced the year’s latest cyberattack. Starting first in the United Kingdom and Spain, the malicious “WannaCrypt” software quickly spread globally, blocking customers from their data unless they paid a ransom using Bitcoin. The WannaCrypt exploits used in the attack were drawn from the exploits stolen from the National Security Agency, or NSA, in the United States.

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As Viewers Drift Online, Advertisers Hold Fast to Broadcast TV (New York Times)

TV ratings are collapsing. Media stocks are falling. Cord cutting is accelerating. There has been no shortage of bad headlines for television networks over the last few months, as investors grow concerned over dropping viewership and as people increasingly find new ways to entertain themselves.

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auDA Release New Code of Conduct As Transparency Questions Continue

The .au policy regulator, auDA, released a new code of conduct last week as questions of transparency continue to gnaw away at the organisation with a former long-term director launching a funding initiative to raise money for a Freedom of Information request.

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How the Internet financially kills musicians and other artists (Washington Post)

The Internet revolution has a human cost. A case in point: Levon Helm was a member of the Band, a country-rock group that played with Bob Dylan. He once made a good income from royalties, but then the money dried up. People still liked his music, but now they listened to it on the Internet. After Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer, he struggled to pay his medical bills. When he died in 2012, his friends held a benefit concert so his wife wouldn’t lose their house.

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What is 'WanaCrypt0r 2.0' ransomware and why is it attacking the NHS? (The Guardian)

‘WanaCrypt0r 2.0’ malicious software has hit the NHS, some of Spain’s largest companies including Telefónica, as well as computers across Russia, the Ukraine and Taiwan, leading to PCs and data being locked up and held for ransom.

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14 May 2017

With New Digital Tools, Even Nonexperts Can Wage Cyberattacks (New York Times)

Hackers are discovering that it is far more profitable to hold your data hostage than it is to steal it.

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13 May 2017

Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool (New York Times)

Hackers exploiting malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency executed damaging cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries worldwide, forcing Britain’s public health system to send patients away, freezing computers at Russia’s Interior Ministry and wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers elsewhere.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook now drive the economy (Australian Financial Review)

Asked a few weeks ago what kept him up at night one of Australia's leading investment bankers replied three companies, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

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12 May 2017

YouTube Keeps People From Pirate Sites, Study Shows (TorrentFreak)

In recent months music industry insiders have heavily criticised YouTube, with some claiming that it hurts legal sales. A new research report commissioned by the video streaming platform suggests otherwise. The study shows that YouTube keeps people away from pirate sites, while there is no evidence of significant cannibalization.

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Uber isn't a tech company - it's basically a taxi company, E.U. court adviser says (Washington Post)

When it comes to challenging entrenched taxi companies, few have a bigger reputation than Uber. The ride-hailing company has successfully forced taxi drivers to compete with it in hundreds of markets around the world.

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How Australia Bungled Its $36 Billion High-Speed Internet Rollout (New York Times)

Fed up with Australian internet speeds that trail those in most of the developed world, Morgan Jaffit turned to a more reliable method of data transfer: the postal system.

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11 May 2017

Australians finally start embracing the Internet of Things for connected homes (Australian Financial Review)

Australian consumers have begun adopting so-called Internet of Things devices in earnest, according to a new study by local research firm Telsyte, which estimates the market is expected to boom and be worth $4.7 billion within the next four years.

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European Court of Justice to Review Copyright Infringement Case Involving Google (Reuters)

A court in Berlin on Tuesday referred to the European Court of Justice a dispute in which German publishers want search engine providers such as Google to pay them for displaying parts of their newspaper articles online.

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EU to launch more e-commerce antitrust investigations (Reuters)

The European Union plans to launch more antitrust investigations into e-commerce companies after a two-year inquiry uncovered business practices that restrict competition, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

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Australian Senate inquiry into journalism to shine spotlight on Facebook and Google (Australian Financial Review)

Facebook and Google's stranglehold over the Australian media market will soon come under the Parliamentary microscope.

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