05 July 2014

Biggest Threats to the Internet

So long to net neutrality and internet freedom?

Paul Saffo, managing director at Discern Analytics, said: "The pressures to balkanize the global Internet will continue and create new uncertainties. Government will become more skilled at blocking access to unwelcome sites." (source infra)

Researchers asked 1,400 experts to describe the biggest threats to the Web. Here’s what they said. - The Washington Post: "..."It is very possible we will see the principle of net neutrality undermined," said P.J. Rey, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Maryland. "In a political paradigm where money equals political speech so much hinges on how much ISPs and content providers are willing and able to spend on defending their competing interests. Unfortunately, the interests of everyday users count for very little.""

Microsoft slates critical IE, Windows patches for Tuesday
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft today said it will ship six security updates to customers next week, patching all versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and nearly ...

Facebook experiment becomes a debate over power and consent
Los Angeles Times
When Facebook performed an experiment to see if it could secretly affect users' emotions, were you really surprised? Academics were galled ...

Google reverses decision to delete British newspaper links
Chicago Tribune
(Reuters) - Google Inc on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in ... It was unclear who asked Google to remove the stories.

Facebook may not have obtained 'informed consent,' scientific journal says
San Jose Mercury News
Facebook confronted more criticism Thursday as the editor of a scientific journal issued a statement suggesting the company failed to obtain "informed ...

Apple poaches another luxury executive as iWatch nears
Chicago Tribune
It is in a race against Samsung Electronics and Google to turn computers into wearable fashion and must-have items as smartphones, increasingly ...

Microsoft Taxes Said to Face Scrutiny as EU Quizzes Luxembourg
Businessweek
Amazon.com Inc.'s tax affairs there are also being looked at, the Financial ... The EU's investigations of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat Finance focus on ...

Microsoft fitness band rumour: Another way to sell services to Android users?
ZDNet
According to a report by Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, this autumn the company will ... It's not surprising that Microsoft is looking at the wearables market — Google has certainly been ... And, of course, Apple is still yet to release anything you can wear on your wrist (well, not since .... Facebook Activity ...

Facebook To Improve Video Ads Through LiveRail Acquisition
Forbes
Facebook has announced that it has acquired San Francisco, California-based online video advertising company LiveRail. LiveRail offers premium ...

Google's embattled Webspam Chief Matt Cutts is taking a 'few months' off
ZDNet
After 15 years as head of the webspam team at Google, Matt Cutts says he is taking a long break, to spend more time with his wife and family.

Apple is looking for an 'iCup Technician' to keep its workforce caffeinated
San Jose Mercury News
One of the benefits of working at Apple, it appears, is easy access to a strong cup of joe from its in-house brew team. But what sort of perks do those ...


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