Monthly Archives: May 2017

Man Fined $4,000 For ‘Liking’ Defamatory Posts on Facebook

In what appears to be a first, a court in Switzerland has fined a man the equivalent of over $4,000 just for clicking the “like” button on what a judge said were defamatory Facebook comments. From a report: The court

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Silk Road Founder Loses Appeal and Will Serve Life

OutOnARock quotes a report from Yahoo: Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the darknet marketplace known as Silk Road, has lost his appeal of a 2015 conviction that has him serving a life sentence on drug trafficking and money laundering charges,

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Apple Is Manufacturing a Siri Speaker To Compete Against Google Home, Amazon Echo

According to Bloomberg, Apple is manufacturing a Siri-controlled smart speaker that could debut as soon as its annual developer conference in June. “The device will differ from Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Google Home speakers by offering virtual surround sound technology

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Parents Have No Right To Dead Child’s Facebook Account, German Court Rules

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A German court rejected a mother’s demand on Wednesday that Facebook grant her access to her deceased daughter’s account. In the ruling, which overturned a lower court’s decision, the Berlin appeals court

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Netflix CEO Says Net Neutrality Is ‘Not Our Primary Battle’

Speaking with Recode’s Peter Kafka at the Code Conference today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explained his position on the current net neutrality debate that’s happening at the FCC. Or, more to the point, he addressed the fact that he’s been

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Elon Musk Joins CEOs Calling For US To Stay in Paris Climate Deal

Billionaire Elon Musk said on Wednesday he would leave President Trump’s Business Advisory Council if the White House withdraws from an international agreement aimed at curbing climate change. From a report: The appeals from chief executives such as Tesla’s Musk,

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Bill Simmons Says ESPN Blew It By Not Embracing Tech

An anonymous reader shares an article: ESPN’s problem isn’t competition over content: They didn’t position themselves for a future where cord cutting was a reality, according to former ESPN personality Bill Simmons. “They didn’t see a lot of this coming,”

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Ethiopia Turns Off Internet Nationwide as Students Sit Exams

Ethiopia shut down the internet yesterday ahead of a scheduled national examination that is underway in the country today. Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday — reportedly to prevent exam

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Top Defense Contractor Left Sensitive Pentagon Files on Amazon Server With No Password

Sensitive files linked to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — which works with the nation’s intelligence agencies to analyze aerial data — were apparently left on a public Amazon server by an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the nation’s

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Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker delivered her annual rapid-fire internet trends report at Code Conference. Here’s the summary: 1. Global smartphone growth is slowing: Smartphone shipments grew 3 percent year over year last year, versus 10 percent

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