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30 May 2016

French finance minister rules out Google tax deal, more firms could be targeted (Reuters)

France will "go all the way" to ensure that multinationals operating on its soil pay their taxes and more cases could follow after Google and McDonald's were targeted by tax raids, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said.

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29 May 2016

Google could face billion-dollar fines in two court cases (The Economist)

This spring may go down as the most expensive season in Google's history. On May 24th French prosecutors raided the firm's Paris office to collect evidence as part of an investigation in pursuit of an estimated €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) in back taxes. (The firm says it is co-operating fully.) The tech giant also faces two other, more costly legal imbroglios.

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Microsoft, Facebook to build transatlantic subsea cable (Reuters)

Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud and online services.

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27 May 2016

How the Internet works: Submarine fiber, brains in jars, and coaxial cables (Ars Technica)

Ah, there you are. That didn't take too long, surely? Just a click or a tap and, if you've some 21st century connectivity, you landed on this page in a trice.

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A 32-Hour Webcast of Norwegians Reading the Fine Print (New York Times)

A Norwegian consumers' group produced a 32-hour webcast of a team of readers going through the fine print of terms and conditions of downloadable apps.

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Twitter abuse - '50% of misogynistic tweets from women' (BBC News)

Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests.

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Microsoft Moves Against Bad Passwords (Threat Post)

With the scourge of digital credential theft on the rise Microsoft is urging IT admin to button-up their networks and get serious about passwords and account security. The IT behemoth posted on Tuesday a best practices cheat sheet for administrators along with updating customers on some of the company's latest security tools for keeping accounts safe.

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The real reason America controls its nukes with ancient floppy disks (Washington Post)

America's nuclear arsenal depends on a surprising relic of the 1970s that few of us may recall: the humble floppy disk.

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Push to expand FBI surveillance authority threatens U.S. email privacy bill (Reuters)

An effort in the U.S. Senate to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's authority to use a secretive surveillance order has delayed a vote on a popular email privacy bill, casting further doubt on whether the legislation will become law this year.

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26 May 2016

US-CERT Warns Of Domain Collision Bug That Could Result In MitM Attacks

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued an alert warning how queries on internal enterprise computers can result in queries being made for publicly available domains.

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ICANN Delegates 1,000th New gTLD

Yesterday (25 May) ICANN delegated the 1,000th new gTLD, meaning there are now nearly 50 times as many gTLDs as there were in 2013 when the first four applications completed the New gTLD Programme, wrote Akram Attallah on the ICANN Blog. "This expansion is contributing to choice, competition and innovation in the domain name industry."

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Reclaim the Internet research reveals huge scale of social media misogyny (The Guardian)

Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians will come together to call for a national campaign to defeat online misogyny as research reveals the scale of abuse aimed at women on social media.

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Women From Venus, Men Still From Mars on Facebook, Study Finds (New York Times)

Women used warmer, gentler words in their status updates on Facebook compared to men, who were more likely to swear, express anger and use argumentative language, a study of 10 million postings released on Wednesday found.

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Survey: World Worried About Data Collection, Sale (Broadcasting and Cable)

The vast majority of the global public is concerned about their online information being collected, bought and sold, but a minority say that concern translates to a change in online behavior.

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EU seeks to make it easier to buy online from other countries (Reuters)

Online retailers would be banned from stopping a customer in one EU country buying from a website based in another, under a proposal issued on Wednesday to make it easier for consumers to shop across the bloc.

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Music Piracy Triggers Significant Losses, EU Study Shows (TorrentFreak)

New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that piracy hurts both digital and physical music sales. In EU countries the total losses are roughly 5% of yearly revenues, which equals €170 million. In addition, piracy also triggers secondary losses for governments and the public sector.

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25 May 2016

Australia Officially Abandons Three Strikes Anti-Piracy Scheme (TorrentFreak)

After indications earlier this year that copyright holders and ISPs were having serious problems reaching agreement on who will pay for the three-strikes anti-piracy regime, the project has now officially been canned. In a letter to the Australian Media and Communications Authority, the Communications Alliance and rightsholders have confirmed its demise.

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Terrorist or pedophile? This start-up says it can out secrets by analyzing faces (Washington Post)

An Israeli start-up says it can take one look at a person's face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye.

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Investigators raid Google Paris HQ in tax evasion inquiry (Reuters)

Dozens of French police raided Google's Paris headquarters on Tuesday, escalating an investigation into the digital giant on suspicion of tax evasion.

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24 May 2016

Chinese Go Big On .VIP As Total New gTLD Registrations Pass 18 Million

The .vip new gTLD entered General Availability on 17 May and has had the biggest launch of any of the new gTLDs, reaching 203,720 registrations five days later.

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China's scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works. (Washington Post)

First there was the Berlin Wall. Now there is the Great Firewall of China, not a physical barrier preventing people from leaving, but a virtual one, preventing information harmful to the Communist Party from entering the country.

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Microsoft Awards First Grants to Help Expand Global Internet Access (New York Times)

Microsoft has largely stood by as other technology giants like Facebook and Google have begun work on grand plans for balloons, satellites, drones, simplified apps and even bicycle hot spots to deliver Internet access to the four billion or so people around the world who are not yet online.

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21 May 2016

Microsoft to crack down on content promoting extremist acts (Reuters)

With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp on Friday outlined new policies to crack down what it called "terrorist content" on some of its consumer services.

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This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives (Washington Post)

It was group discussion time at reSTART, a woodsy rehabilitation center about 30 miles outside Seattle. Four residents sat around the living room and talked about their struggles with addiction, anxiously drumming their fingers on their legs and fidgeting with their shoelaces. One young man described dropping out of college to seek treatment for the crippling problem that brought them all here: compulsive Internet use.

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20 May 2016

Google fights French 'right to be forgotten' order (BBC News)

Google has appealed to France's highest court after the country's data watchdog ordered it to delete some of its search results globally.

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