Archive for 2011/04/28
To start litigation against portal NederlandFM as the operator of that site refuses to pay
Dutch language news article:
One obvious difference between music and movies is that people don’t typically watch a film more than once or twice, but they listen to favorite songs maybe hundreds of times. But Kaplan argues that people value the media differently. He wrote there’s less value in music because movies require more of the viewer’s attention than music does for the listener.
Yahoo Mail, which boasts more than 250 million users worldwide, hasn’t been working for many of them todayPosted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness, Network Security
The Massive Treasure Trove Of Historic Jazz Recordings That Almost No One Has Heard… Thanks To CopyrightPosted: 2011/04/28 in Copyright, Education / Awareness
It’s not in Google’s bottom line (though, that’s part of it), but in the massive consumer surplus created by tools like Google that allow people to do things they simply couldn’t do before and do other things much more efficientlyPosted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models
Google is, without a doubt, becoming the biggest threat to worldwide network security, and the privacy of every concerned internet userPosted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness, Google, Privacy / Data Protection
They have created a barrage of “services” (most of them “free”) that definitely have a lot of positive potential, yet have demonstrated over and over again how psychopathic they are with our personal information. Google repeately claims to have no evil intentions, yet they’re never very clear with what info they’re gathering, what need there would be for it, and often deny they’re even gathering it at all. They never directly offer you a way to control or consent to any of this from your end.
Google has no interest in what anyone but Google wants. When confronted with privacy concerns, they claim to be a ”do no evil” company, and that “your privacy is very important” to them, everything worded in true Corporate Speak. Google arbitrarily decides what we supposedly should be okay with, and arbitrarily shuns any other arguments as “inapplicable” or “misinformed”, or simply “nonsense”. Those qualities are true psychopathic qualities.
Google has often been referred to as an “octopus” on steroids. Its tentacles seem to reach every crevice of the World Wide Web in its quest to stay locked on to everyone’s online activities. Despite thousands of major requests from individuals, groups, and companies to respect private networks (and street properties alike), they continue to plant cookies that keep reporting back directly from the subject computers, and logging the whole thing.
The royal wedding won’t be blanketed in a smog of radio-jamming despite reports to the contrary; such a measure is unnecessary and unworkable, not to mention illegalPosted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness
A gamer is suing Sony over the data breach in which the personal details of more than 70 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity users were stolenPosted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
Sony has released a firmware update for its Bravia televisions that adds Skype functionality as well as the ability to use smartphones and notebooks as remote control devicesPosted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
SafenSoft’s TPSecure ATM software is designed to preserve system integrity on unattended devices through a mixture of white-listing, behavioural analysis and privilege control techniquesPosted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness, Tech Evolution
More than a decade after they began, Microsoft will now be able to put its US antitrust woes behind it. The oversight of the company, agreed to as part of its 2002 settlement with the Department of Justice, will end on May 12Posted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Facebook has removed the Ars Technica Facebook page for alleged infringement, but gave us no warning, no explanation, and no clear way to resolve the issue. Why is Facebook playing judge, jury, and executioner all in one fell swoop?Posted: 2011/04/28 in Education / Awareness
According to the new rules, “internet intermediaries”, a term used to cover a wide range of actors such as social media and other platforms used to post information and media, need to remove the inappropriate content within 36 hours. There is no procedure for appeal.
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Maxime Verhagen: there is no censorship when mobile operators decide which service consumers can use, because using the internet on a mobile device is fundamentally different from using the internet at homePosted: 2011/04/28 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Public Policy
Does want to make sure that providers do not block services entirely, but simply charge a bit more instead
Dutch language news article: http://www.nu.nl/internet/2502335/verhagen-begrijpt-heffing-internetdiensten.html