News of the Week; August 20, 2014


1. Nintendo Goes Copyright On Woman Making Pokemon-Inspired Planters

2. Arbiter Orders Bungie to Return Stock to Marty O’Donnell

3. Sony: PS4 success is “important for the shape of the whole industry”

4. Call of Duty’s three-year cycle gives devs “freedom to fail” – Hirshberg

5. Robin Williams and His Longtime Love of Videogames

Robin Williams to be Immortalized in World of Warcraft

6. Pro Gaming Faces a Surprising Challenge: Doping

7. MineORama Organizers Disappear

8. DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers to Beta Test Tomorrow’s Military Software

9. Creating Controversy: No, An Upcoming EA Game About Militarized Police Doesn’t Need To React To Ferguson, MO

10. Couple jailed for keeping two girls locked inside filthy trailer home for three years — while they played World of Warcraft:  The jobless California pair, 42, pleaded guilty to child abuse and false imprisonment for their actions against the two girls, 5 and 10.

11. Why clubs are using Football Manager as a real-life scouting tool: Sports data company Prozone is using stats from the computer game Football Manager to help real clubs recruit players

12. Devs want to work for Valve more than themselves – Survey

13. The Insidious Influence of Blockbuster Cinema on Videogames


14. What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson (by Zeynep Tufekci)

Free Speech, Filters, Algorithms & Net Neutrality: How Big Company Nudging Can Influence Your World View

SWAT Team Shows Up In Ferguson, Detains Reporters Live Tweeting Their Actions

In wake of Ferguson shooting, calls escalate for cops to wear body cams: Cameras serve as a “check against the abuse of power by police officers,” says ACLU.

#Ferguson Exposes the Fault Lines Between Facebook and Twitter

15. These six lawsuits shaped the internet

16. The Internet’s Original Sin: It’s not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web (by Ethan Zuckerman)

17. A Magna Carta for the web (Tim Berners-Lee)

18. Everyone Knows Privacy Is About Power. Now What?(by Ryan Calo)

19. Brazil court to Apple, Google: Wipe anonymous sharing app off users’ phones: New app called Secret is forbidden by the Brazilian constitution, judge says

20. Delaware Passes Law to Give Heirs Rights to Digital Property

21. Data Analysis Of FCC Comments Reveals Almost No Anti-Net Neutrality Comments

Can We Kill This Ridiculous Shill-Spread Myth That CDNs Violate Net Neutrality? They Don’t

Comcast, TWC pull $132,000 donation from event honoring FCC commissioner: Controversial donations will be redirected toward group promoting diversity.

22. Apple investor sues execs over illegal poaching deals, cites Jobs as “walking antitrust violation”

23. Canada Completes Ratification of International Treaties on Copyright

24. U.S. Court Grants Order To Wipe Pirate Sites From The Internet

Who Needs SOPA? US Court Wipes Sites From The Internet For ‘Infringement’ Without Even Alerting Sites In Question

25. OnePlus Cancels Its Dumb Contest Following Uproars Of Sexism

26. Twitter Pollutes The Timeline

27. Ask’s CEO: “We won’t run a bullying site. If we can’t fix, we’ll shut it down”

28. Mark Zuckerberg Dumps Ice On Himself For ALS Awareness, Passes The Challenge Onto Bill Gates

29. 49ers’ ubiquitous stadium Wi-Fi network delivers to full house in NFL debut


30. Warner Bros. Wins Appeal Over Fictional Technology in ‘Dark Knight Rises’

31. 10 years of podcasting: Code, comedy, and patent lawsuits: “Thank you very much for taking the time to download this MP3 file.”

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Adam Carolla’s Settlement with the Podcasting Troll

32. Arrest over Twitter parody of mayor wasn’t “unreasonable,” Peoria says: “We took every step in accordance with the law,” city’s attorney says.

33. Licensing Boards Think Studying For A Test Is Copyright Infringement, Forbid Memorization Of Material

34. Huge Tournament Celebrates End of Oakland’s Bizarre 80-Year Pinball Ban