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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

An ISP based in Texas has complained to a judge that the music industry to trying to turn internet providers into the "copyright police." "This case is an attempt by the US recording industry to make Internet service providers its de facto copyright enforcement agents," reads the latest filing [PDF] in an ongoing court case …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018
sabotage

Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

Technology companies are fighting a behind-the-scenes battle in California to undermine new privacy legislation before it comes into effect. The California Consumer Privacy Act was approved back in June following an extraordinary game of chicken between grassroots campaigners and lawmakers. It will give new rights to the state …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018
wall punch

Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

The organization that oversees the internet's naming and numbering systems is continuing its embarrassing European legal campaign, insisting for a third time that the German courts have got it wrong. On Friday, ICANN appealed [PDF] the latest court decision against it, this time insisting that the Appellate Court of Cologne, …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018
Judge

Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit

Mozilla has filed its legal brief against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing the telecoms regulator of abdicating its role, ignoring public comments and failing to understand how the internet actually works. The lawsuit is one of several ranged against the FCC for its controversial decision to tear up …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Aug 2018
ball

The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

Remember when Pokemon Go suddenly became a thing and idiots ran off cliffs, into trees, through hospitals, and across lanes of traffic, causing plenty of accidents? At the time it was hailed as the future of augmented reality – people seeing and catching imaginary creatures while out in the real world thanks to smartphone …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Aug 2018
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Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

Google has responded to an outcry over how it continues to keep a record on people's whereabouts – even when they specifically opt-out – by changing the word of its misleading help page. Earlier this week, researchers revealed that even if you went to Google's "location history" setting and turned it off, its most common iOS, …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Aug 2018
Ajit Pai

Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

Net neutrality advocates were left furious on Thursday that there wasn't more fury directed at the chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at Congressional hearing despite, the fact he killed off net neutrality several months ago. "Democrats Ripped for Totally Failing to Grill FCC Chair Ajit Pai Over Net …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2018
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Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why

Is Twitter broken? That's what many are asking today as their favorite apps for the social media service suddenly appeared to stop working. At roughly 0900 California time, people's lists of liked items, responses to specific search terms, mentions – in fact pretty much everything came to a sudden and unexpected halt. …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2018
cookie

Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

A key member of the Google Chrome security team has proposed the death of cookies to be replaced with secure HTTP tokens. This week Mike West posted his "not-fully-baked" idea on GitHub and asked for comments. "This isn't a proposal that's well thought out, and stamped solidly with the Google Seal of Approval," he warns. "It's …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Aug 2018
theft

Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

A bitcoin investor is suing AT&T for $240m after it allegedly ported his phone number to a hacker, allowing the criminal to steal $24m in cryptocurrency. Michael Terpin is suing the phone giant [PDF] for the value of the three million electronic coins plus $216m in punitive damages after he claims an AT&T employee at a store …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Aug 2018

Democrats go on the offensive over fake FCC net neut'y cyberattack

Analysis The debacle surrounding a false cyberattack on US federal regulator the FCC is heading to Congress, with politicians accusing its chairman of a "dereliction of duty." Four Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter [PDF] to Ajit Pai in advance of a hearing this Thursday demanding to know what he knew …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Aug 2018
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Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices

DEF CON Hackers have managed to hack Amazon's Echo digital assistant and effectively turn it into a listening device, albeit through a complex and hard-to-reproduce approach. Talking at the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas, two Chinese security researchers working for Tencent, outlined how they had used a specially modified …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Aug 2018
cry

It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

An overhaul of a critical internet security protocol has been completed, with TLS 1.3 becoming an official standard late last week. Describing it as "a major revision designed for the modern Internet," the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) noted that the update contains "major improvements in the areas of security, …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2018
alice wonderland

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

Google has admitted that its option to "pause" the gathering of your location data doesn’t apply to its Maps and Search apps – which will continue to track you even when you specifically choose to halt such monitoring. Researchers at Princeton University in the US this week confirmed on both Android handhelds and iPhones that …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2018
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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

Britain's booze hooligans are back – and more obnoxious than possibly imagined. Yes, we're talking about wasps, which have been behind a wave of complaints in the UK by turning up uninvited at beer gardens, drinking leftovers from people's pint, getting drunk, and then picking a fight with the locals. The weather is to blame …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2018
Oh my god!

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

You almost have to admire the US cable industry's absolute disregard for its own paying subscribers. For the past 15 years, it has received the lowest marks in customer satisfaction across the entire American economy, and it's not planning to change that rock-bottom appreciation any time soon. Consumer Reports this week …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Aug 2018

America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

Analysis America's largest manufacturer of body cameras – and the biggest supplier to police forces across the United States – says today's facial recognition technology is not safe for making serious decisions. Speaking during its second-quarter earnings call with investors this week, the CEO of Axon, Rick Smith, answered a question …
pearly gates

Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

Analysis Apple may have finally concluded that its attempt to force people to use only its technology to control their smart-home automation equipment is doomed to failure. This week, the computing giant popped up as a member of the Google-led Thread Group, sparking speculation over whether Apple's HomeKit will support the low-power …
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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

Analysis If Americans want fast internet access, they need to tighten the screws on Big Cable, not give it yet more power. That is the conclusion – yet again – of another study into the the United States' broadband market, this time one lodged in opposition to a push by Big Cable lobbying group US Telecom to kill off a federal rule …
Magic Leap

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

The day has finally arrived! After years of delays and endless over-hyping, Magic Leap has launched its augmented-reality goggles. And it costs a cool $2,295. Plus $60 for a hub to connect it to a PC. Plus $30 for a shoulder strap. Plus $40 for foam inserts. Plus $500 a year if you want its "priority service plan." Which …
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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

The European Court of Justice has determined that a website must get permission from the copyright owner of an image before it can use the picture itself – even if that photo or illustration is readily available elsewhere. That may seem like an obvious conclusion, however, the official advice delivered to the Euro court by its …
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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

Analysis Facebook has denied it is seeking to suck up netizens' bank account details, claiming it just wants to connect bank customers to their bank's chat accounts and give useful financial updates. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the social media giant had approached several large American banks – including JPMorgan …
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Internet overseer ICANN loses a THIRD time in Whois GDPR legal war

The internet's domain names overlord has failed in a third attempt to keep to the wheels from falling off its Whois service in Europe, raising questions over its competence. US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was slammed by the Appellate Court of Cologne, Germany, for not having "sufficiently …

Battle lines drawn over US mass surveillance as senators probe NSA's bonfire of phone records

Analysis A fight has begun over another of the US government's mass surveillance systems – with two Senators raising questions about an unusual data deletion by the National Security Agency (NSA). Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have sent a letter [PDF] to the NSA's inspector general asking him to look into the agency's …
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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

They may have mown down their own students with real tanks but what really scares the Chinese government is a stuffed, furry bear with a red tank top. A movie starring Ewan McGregor came out in cinemas on Friday, and covers the frankly rather boring honey-coated story of a series of improbable animal friends doing very little …

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