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Pro athletes use new platform to reach fans—and make news

To announce his retirement, Kobe Bryant published a poem on The Players’ Tribune, a website that is offering professional athletes a new way to communicate with fans—and avoid thorny questions from reporters US basketball superstar Kobe Bryant didn’t turn to a traditional media outlet to announce his retirement. The 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard published a poem on The Players’ ... Read More »

Digital rights group alleges Google invades student privacy

Google is being accused of invading the privacy of students using laptop computers powered by the Internet company’s Chrome operating system. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, depicts Google as a two-faced opportunist in a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission. Google disputes the unflattering portrait and says it isn’t doing anything wrong. The complaint alleges ... Read More »

One Direction leads the way on Twitter’s list of 2015 tweets

In this Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, file photo, Niall Horan, from left, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of One Direction arrive at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball iHeartRadio at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Messages of love and …more Messages of love and gratitude shared by the boy band One Direction topped Twitter’s charts this year, eclipsing President ... Read More »

China Internet czar defends web censorship policies

China censors online content it deems to be politically sensitive, while blocking some Western media websites and the services of Internet giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google China’s Internet chief fiercely defended his country’s strict management of the web Wednesday, saying that censorship of content Beijing deems illegal is necessary to protect online freedoms. The comments come a week before ... Read More »

Germany’s Spiegel to cut 150 jobs, charge for some online content

The Hamburg-based publisher of news weekly Der Spiegel and website Spiegel Online said said it would publish its first fee-based articles on Spiegel Online, to be followed by paid-subscription based daily news digests German news media company Spiegel said Tuesday it would cut 150 jobs and start charging fees for some of its online content. The Hamburg-based publisher of news ... Read More »

Music ‘streaming search engine’ to shut after copyright suit

Aurous, launched by 20-year-old Miami-based coder Andrew Sampson, allows users to search for music across all available online platforms and then click on links to listen Aurous, an upstart music site that described itself as a search engine for the growing field of streaming, agreed Wednesday to shut down after copyright suits from major labels. Aurous, launched in October by ... Read More »

Internet October 21, 2015 YouTube to launch $10-a-month ad-free video, music plan Red

Robert Kyncl, YouTube Chief Business Officer, speaks as YouTube unveils “YouTube Red,” a new subscription service, at YouTube Space LA Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. The service combines ad-free videos, new original series and …more YouTube on Wednesday unveiled a new $10-a-month subscription plan in the U.S. called Red that combines ad-free videos, new original series and movies ... Read More »

Turkish Internet servers reeling under huge cyber attack

Nic.tr, a non-governmental organisation that administers addresses for websites using the “tr” domain in Turkey, says a cyber attack on the country’s servers appears to be from “organised sources” abroad Turkish Internet servers are suffering a powerful cyber attack, slowing banking services and fanning fears that it could be a politically motivated attack from abroad. Nic.tr, a non-governmental organisation that ... Read More »

In 2015, chasing illegal downloaders backfired—Netflix and VPN were the winners

Downloads continue. Credit: GotCredit/flickr, CC BY-NC For Voltage Pictures, producers of the movie Dallas Buyers Club, extracting substantial fines from a large number of Australians who downloaded their movie illegally should have been relatively straightforward. They had used the model in other countries successfully and Australia had politicians and a legal framework that supported the protection of intellectual property. The ... Read More »

Most internet anonymity software leaks users’ details

Credit: Wikipedia Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are legal and increasingly popular for individuals wanting to circumvent censorship, avoid mass surveillance or access geographically limited services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Used by around 20 per cent of European internet users they encrypt users’ internet communications, making it more difficult for people to monitor their activities. The study of fourteen popular ... Read More »