December, 2013

News of the Week; December 25, 2013

1. Investor sues EA over Battlefield 4 bugs

2. Zynga founder asks President to pardon Snowden

3. Chinese Wow Hackers Get Prison Time, Fines

4. Texas Judge Rules LoL Player’s ‘Terrorist Threat’ Case Will Move Forward

5. Think your game is exempt from COPPA? Think again.

6. Flights of fancy: Inside the intense world of virtual pilots

7. Resurgent Game Console Market Keeps Supplies Sparse

8. A YouTube Powerhouse Looks Beyond Its Gamer Base

9. Turn Off the Data Vacuum NY Times Editorial

10. GCHQ, NSA Spied On Known Terrorist Haven… UNICEF

11. Smooth operators: why phone companies don’t fight the NSA

12. What Surveillance Valley knows about you

13. Daniel Clowes Pursuing His Legal Options Regarding Shia LaBeouf’s Plagiarism

14. Bitcoin, Magical Thinking, and Political Ideology

15. Inside the Web’s $156 Billion Invisible Industry

16. Government Requests to Remove Online Material Increase at Google

17. Top Dozen Tech Events of 2013

And in the isn’t this a huge liability issue department:

18. Report: NSA paid RSA to make flawed crypto algorithm the default


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News of the Week; December 18, 2013

1. YouTube goes nuts flagging game-related content as violating copyright

2. Another Reason Why YouTube’s Video Game Copyright Crackdown Doesn’t Make Sense

3. YouTube copyright fiasco sparks INDmusic and TuneCore music claims

4. NSA’s virtual waste of time? Spying in ‘World of Warcraft’ is harder than you think

5. Playing video games could lead to life-threatening blood clots: Study

6. Smithsonian calls video games art, adds two to permanent collection

7. Big Huge Games Assets Sell for $320K

8. Microsoft launching original programming on Xbox in first half of 2014

9. 20 Contract Questions: how should I negotiate a contract? Gamer|Law

10. Defining 2013 in Games

11. Federal judge finds NSA phone spying likely unconstitutional

12. Judge Rules Against Collection of Phone Data by N.S.A.

13. NSA ruling fallout hits White House

14. NSA goes on 60 Minutes: the definitive facts behind CBS’s flawed report

15. Why Did 60 Minutes Let the Head of the NSA Fool Its Audience?

16. Surprise: White House’s Intelligence Review Task Force Suggestions Much More Than Just Cosmetic

17. President’s Review Board Says: Protect Thy Neighbor’s Privacy

18. Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental

19. Google Inc facing heat from Competition Bureau over alleged anti-competitive behaviour

20. Korean Court Rejects Samsung Lawsuit Against Apple

21. ‘Everything Is A Remix’ Takes On The iPhone [Video]

22. Microsoft and Apple group use ancient Nortel patents to sue Time Warner Cable, Cisco

23. For Bitcoin, Square Peg Meets Round Hole Under the Law

24. The Bitcoin Ideology

25. The ethics of crowdfunding

26. Watch your mark – navigating the prohibitions on immoral, scandalous and disparaging trademarks


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News of the Week: December 11, 2013

1. Snowden papers allege NSA/GCHQ embedded in WoW, XBL

2. The best quotes from the NSA World of Warcraft surveillance papers

3. Spies’ Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls

4. The Daily Show Is Really Worried About NSA Spying In World of Warcraft

5. Daily Report: Tech Giants Call for Curbs on Government Surveillance

6. NSA reportedly ‘piggybacking’ on Google advertising cookies to home in on surveillance targets

7. US Court Secretly Lets Government Share Megaupload Evidence With Copyright Industry

8. The NSA Is Recruiting Teens

9. AT&T shoots down shareholder demands for transparency on law enforcement requests

10. Battlefield 4 Problems Have Shareholder Law Firm Thinking Lawsuit

11. Judge criticized over work-hours Web posts on fantasy game message boards says he will scale back

12.Game Companies Push Back Against New YouTube Copyright Enforcement System

13. Court Approves Atari’s Bankruptcy Exit Plan

14. More Arguing About Women In Video Games. But This Time the Women Can Beat You Up.

15. EA scores 100 per cent for workplace equality

16. Another Questionable Study By Brad Bushman Claims Violent Video Games Are Bad For Children

17. Report: Chinese Government To Loosen Grip On Online Games

18. Kabam to pay $18m for stadium naming rights

19. Ouya now accepts Bitcoin

20. For Bitcoin, Square Peg Meets Round Hole Under the Law

21. Online Retailer Threatens Legal Action Against Customers for a Mistake it Made

22. SOCAN announces new arrangement for YouTube revenues

23. World’s leading authors: state surveillance of personal data is theft

24. 2013 Brought Major Fair Use Wins For Tech, Entertainment

25. Judge Bars Movie Studios From Calling Websites ‘Pirates’


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News of the Week; December 4, 2013

1. The Player-Authors Project by Greg Lastowka

2. Arrest Made in San Francisco PS4 Killing

3. Why Gamers Can’t Stop Playing First-Person Shooters

4. Are Computer Games “Addictive?”

5. No Girls Allowed: Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys

6. New Barbie Game Is The Stuff Of Nightmares

7. Game Developers Pirate Own Game, Offer it as a Free Torrent

8. Koch Media Acquires Fishlabs

9. Videogame installation combines physical and digital play

10. A Game So Bad It Was Canceled After Release

11. ACTA about to be quietly written into Canadian law

12. German Court Tells Wikimedia Foundation That It’s Liable For Things Users Write

13. Amazon’s petition against collecting New York sales tax rejected by US Supreme Court

14. FTC workshop panelists rethink privacy and security norms for the “Internet of Things”


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