News of the Week

News of the Week; October 3, 2018

GAMES

  1. Game devs call for better working conditions via #AsAGamesWorker
  2. Telltale Games and the lure of the cliff edge: Disastrous studio collapses are a fixture of the industry – and that won’t change until we stop celebrating the brinksmanship of executives
  3. 2018 will go down as the Year of the Bad Employer: Telltale just the latest in a parade of game dev horror stories likely leading to unionization
  4. Telltale reportedly searching for partner to finish Walking Dead by hiring its former devs: Third episode is supposedly almost finished, would be completed with the fourth by Telltale vets as contract employees
  5. More than 1,000 jobs lost to studio closures over the past year
  6. “It’s not enough to point at Bayonetta or FemShep and say ‘job done'”: NFTS student Daisy Fernandez discusses female representation in games and the barriers for women seeking a career in development
  7. Time is limited, and devs are struggling now that games demand more of it
  8. Epic Games Says Fortnite’s New Breast Physics Were ‘Unintended, Embarrassing, Careless’
  9. Epic will remove “embarrassing” breast physics from Fortnite: The inclusion of breast physics in the latest update was “unintended” says Epic
  10. Video: A retrospective look at ‘girl games’ of the ’90s
  11. Tencent using facial recognition to check users’ ages in Honour of Kings: Limited trial introduced over the weekend as part of public health campaign
  12. Tencent testing facial recognition to enforce playtime restrictions in China
  13. The Witcher author wants $16 million in royalties from CD Projekt Red
  14. CD Project Red rejects Witcher author’s request for $16.1m in additional royalties: “Mr Andrzej Sapkowski expects payment beyond what had been contractually agreed”
  15. FIFA 19 discloses loot box odds in-game
  16. Valve kicks 179 rule-breaking games off Steam
  17. Steam’s downfall would be a blow to ‘the creative freedom of devs,’ argues Larian CEO
  18. Blog: Why do publishers leave Steam?
  19. Even a decade in, GOG doesn’t want to try and be the Steam-slayer
  20. PUBG has banned 13 million cheating players to date
  21. 13 million PUBG accounts banned to-date: A Reddit user has crunched the numbers
  22. Patent authority rules against Nintendo, lets go-kart firm keep MariCar trademark
  23. Nintendo awarded $88,000 in lawsuit against Mario Kart-themed go-kart business
  24. Nintendo wins lawsuit against unlicensed Mario Kart-themed tourist attraction: MariCar ordered to pay $89,000 in damages
  25. Another Tourist Crashes Real-Life (And Totally Unofficial) Mario Kart In Tokyo
  26. I’m Finally Convinced: The Nintendo Switch Really Is the Console For Everyone
  27. Report: A new Nintendo Switch model will arrive in 2019
  28. Nintendo president: “I compete for time,” not against Xbox, PlayStation
  29. Sony Caves: The PS4 Will Soon Begin Supporting Cross-Console Play
  30. Industry reacts to Sony’s cross-play U-turn: Microsoft keen to connect Minecraft players, Bethesda says no plans for Fallout 76, but hope remains for Rocket League and Hearthstone
  31. Friends reunited: Sony admits enabling cross-play took too long
  32. Sony is shuttering PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’s online servers
  33. Canucks players banned from playing video games on road trips
  34. Canucks players put in video game ban on the road
  35. Canucks ban video games, ‘Fortnite’ from NHL road trips
  36. Housemarque goes battle royale: “We’ve had pushback, and we’re expecting more”
  37. ESA president Michael Gallagher steps down
  38. Fullscreen Study Finds Avid Gamers Have Twice As Much Discretionary Income As Non-Gamers
  39. World of Warcraft community rallies for the creator of a beloved mod: World of Warcraft’s most essential mod is maintained by one man
  40. DBM author gets a surprise support package from MSI and Blizzard
  41. Carbine Studios will shut down WildStar on November 28
  42. ‘First on Discord’ initiative launching with seven (timed) PC exclusives
  43. Oculus Quest will “end up competing with the Nintendo Switch as a device”
  44. Nintendo reveals it invented “Bowsette” before the Internet did
  45. Dragalia Lost has lowest-grossing launch of Nintendo’s mobile line-up: Publisher’s latest mobile offering generates $3 million in Japan and US over five days
  46. Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution is getting a movie adaptation
  47. Chinese console and TV-based game market projected to reach $736m in 2018: Grey market software to account for nearly two-thirds of market value
  48. World Rally Championship dev Kylotonn acquired by Bigben 
  49. Bigben spending spree continues with Kylotonn acquisition: The Paris-based racing studio joins the family
  50. Carmack compares Oculus Quest hardware power to last-gen game consoles
  51. Devs will need to code creatively to get the most out of the Oculus Quest
  52. Nate Nanzer: “The train has left the station” on esports opportunities – Overwatch League commissioner reflects on its inaugural year, the relationship between esports and traditional sports, and the League’s role in diversity leadership
  53. Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR
  54. 562 adapts to VR growing at a Snailiens’ pace
  55. ‘Astro Bot Rescue Mission’ Review – This VR Platformer Earns Our First 10 Out of 10
  56. John Carmack’s advice for mobile VR devs: Iterate, iterate, iterate
  57. Stupid Patent of the Month: Trolling Virtual Reality
  58. My confusing, 10-day journey to getting a UWP game to work on Windows 10
  59. Block party: Minecraft has over 90 million monthly active players
  60. Minecraft exceeds 90m monthly active users: Despite dominating the headlines, Fortnite still lags behind as Minecraft gains nearly 20 million monthly users in 2018 alone
  61. Newzoo: Catering to families with Xbox Game Pass could be key to closing gap on Sony
  62. Forza Horizon 4 is the best open-world driving game you can buy
  63. How Serious Sam set itself apart in the era of Duke Nukemand Quake
  64. Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience
  65. How The Universim’s ‘god game’ twist charmed Early Access players
  66. Ubisoft Joins Blockchain Game Alliance as Publishers Anticipate Death of the Video Game Console
  67. Google and Ubisoft to test game-streaming service with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Limited number of users in the US will be able to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free through their Chrome browser
  68. Google is testing an in-Chrome game streaming service with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  69. Google announces “Project Stream”—a “test” of game streaming in Chrome
  70. Vivendi will sell all Ubisoft shares by March 2019
  71. Vivendi lays plan to relinquish the last of its Ubisoft stock by 2019
  72. Ubisoft chief: The games industry needs to find its soul
  73. “Gaming is not about entertainment, it’s about learning”: Ubisoft chief creative officer Serge Hascoet says the games industry is missing a soul, doesn’t do enough to benefit players in their lives away from the game
  74. Liquid Media acquires rights to 65 classic video game titles
  75. Warner Bros distributing Cyberpunk 2077 in North America: Partnership with developer CD Projekt Red continues after publisher distributed past Witcher games in the region
  76. Tencent investing $316 million in Bilibili: Chinese gaming giant to purchase approximately 12.3% in shares of video sharing company that owns Overwatch League Hangzhou team
  77. Tencent restructures with an eye on corporate clients as games business stutters
  78. Chinese console and TV-based game market projected to reach $736m in 2018: Grey market software to account for nearly two-thirds of market value
  79. Disney shuts down Club Penguin Island, lays off developers
  80. Club Penguin Island shuts down, “dozens” of developers reportedly laid off
  81. Ex-Irrational and Slipgate veteran shares the secret to game dev survival: Apathy will kill your game, so work on something you believe in, says indie developer Gwen Frey
  82. Blog: Indie marketing – It’s never too soon
  83. It’s time we stopped encouraging indies: The Fall director John Warner rethinks the ethics of guiding aspiring developers without acknowledging some harsh realities
  84. Three pain points in the production and design of Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  85. Don’t Miss: How reference data was captured for Forza Motorsport 5
  86. Video: Sid Meier explores ‘interesting decisions’ in gameplay
  87. The Walking Dead Producer Says Video Games Resurrected The Zombie Genre
  88. How EVE Online has evolved in the era of F2P
  89. Leaked Video Seems To Show Open-World Harry Potter Game
  90. Twitch Viewers Band Together To Fund A Streamer’s Life-Saving Trip To The ER
  91. Seattle police try new opt-in registry system to combat SWATting
  92. Police to Seattle’s techies, streamers: Sign up for our anti-swatting service [Updated]
  93. EA has killed, pledges to kill again – 10 Years Ago This Month: EA CEO John Riccitiello gets into the spooky spirit of the season by promising the publisher would be an unstoppable game-cancelling machine

DIGITAL

  1. From Copyright Term to Super Bowl Commercials: Breaking Down the Digital NAFTA Deal (Michael Geist)
  2. Canadian Music Group Calls For Copyright Tax on Broadband Data Use (Michael Geist) 
  3. Court Agrees That Suppressing Reviews Unfair
  4. Another Social Media “Material Support to Terrorists” Lawsuit Fails–Cain v. Twitter (Eric Goldman) 
  5. Another 512(f) Case Fails–Handshoe v. Perrett (Eric Goldman)
  6. Section 230 Helps Malware Vendor Avoid Liability for Blocking Decision–PC Drivers v. Malwarebytes (Eric Goldman)
  7. Chinese ‘Rage Comic’ Site First Victim Of Government’s History-Rewriting ‘Heroes And Martyrs’ Law 
  8. The UK Government Is Planning to Regulate Hate Speech Online
  9. The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads: BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication.
  10. 50 Million Facebook Accounts Affected in Massive Security Breach
  11. 50 million Facebook accounts hit by account hijacking security exploit
  12. 50 million Facebook accounts breached by access-token-harvesting attack
  13. Study Shows Facebook’s Still Miles Away From Taking Privacy, Transparency Seriously
  14. Breaking: Hackers Accessed 50 Million Facebook Accounts 
  15. Okay, Facebook, You Win. I’m Done.
  16. Facebook Resets Access to 90 Million Accounts Following Security Breach
  17. After Massive Breach, Facebook Says Hackers Didn’t Use Your Login to Access Third-Party Apps
  18. Facebook Tells Cops Its ‘Real Name’ Policy Applies To Law Enforcement Too
  19. Facebook and Employers Are Subject to Gender Bias Employment Complaint 
  20. Facebook Real Estate Binge Shows No Signs of Slowing
  21. Facebook Rolls Out ‘Premieres’, Which Let Creators Debut On-Demand Videos As Live Events
  22. Even If You Hate Zuckerberg Now, You’ll Love Him Later: Just ask Bill Gates how it works.
  23. Exclusive: WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind
  24. Facebook takes on YouTube with more video advertising options
  25. Conspiracy Vlogger Is Arrested For Threatening To Kill YouTube Employees
  26. This Nifty Tool Estimates How Much Money YouTubers Can Make From AdSense Vs. Selling Merch
  27. YouTube Collabs With Dior To Give 7 Creators Backstage Access During Paris Fashion Week
  28. Google is trying to earn more money from YouTube by capitalizing on people using it for searches
  29. YouTube Launches New Ads That Let Users Make Third-Party Purchases Without Leaving The Site
  30. Fans’ Dedicated Effort Makes Late Actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson A YouTube Millionaire
  31. YouTuber Daniel ‘PeeWeeToms’ Thomas, Who Vlogged His Battle With Lung Cancer, Has Passed Away
  32. 1 Year After Launching Native Player, Reddit Is Driving 1 Billion Monthly Video Views
  33. Reddit Surpasses 1 Billion Video Views, Closes in on 1 Million Uploads per Month
  34. Vigilante engineer stops Waymo from patenting key lidar technology: Eric Swildens had no dog in the fight other than intellectual curiosity.
  35. Google Is Killing Inbox—Here Are Some Alternatives
  36. Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions
  37. BroadbandTV Unveils Distribution & Label Services for Music Artists
  38. BroadbandTV Launches Distribution and Label Services for Musicians
  39. BBTV To Help Digital Musicians Secure Distribution On Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, More
  40. Report says use of AI could be violating human rights
  41. California Enacts Nation’s First Anti-Bot Law
  42. An AI Took A Road Trip And Wrote A Terrible Novel About It
  43. Why Technology Favors Tyranny: Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.
  44. The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads: BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication. 
  45. Artificial Intelligence & Human Rights: Opportunities & Risks (Filippo A. Raso, Hannah Hilligoss, Vivek Krishnamurthy, Christopher Bavitz, and Levin Kim)
  46. It’s Time To Talk About Robot Gender Stereotypes
  47. Researchers find the most plausible cause of wellbeing decline in youth is increased screen time
  48. Are Canadian Employees Concerned about the Right to Disconnect?
  49. Another 512(f) Case Fails–Handshoe v. Perrett
  50. The Icing on the Cake: an unfair investigation into a joke gone viral 
  51. Spotify Founders to Sell Another $100 Million in Shares
  52. Pandora Will Sell Ads for SoundCloud in the U.S. Under Exclusive Pact: Audio-streaming platforms reach more than 100 million unduplicated listeners in U.S.
  53. MoviePass Is Now Re-Enrolling Former Customers in an ‘Unlimited’ Plan Unless They ‘Opt Out’
  54. Fine Brothers Entertainment Developing Slate Of 4 TV Shows With JASH, Fly On The Wall, More
  55. CBS Bullies Fan Star Trek Project To Shut Down Despite Creators’ Pleas For Instructions On Being Legit
  56. Netflix Plans To Try Out “Interactive” Shows
  57. Netflix is planning a choose-your-own-adventure episode of ‘Black Mirror’
  58. Report: Netflix to offer “choose-your-own-adventure” TV series
  59. Report: Netflix’s Black Mirror is getting the choose-your-own-adventure treatment
  60. Netflix’s ‘House Of Cards’ Kills Off Kevin Spacey In Trailer For Final Season (Watch)
  61. Netflix To Launch Third European HQ In Paris, Unveils 7 French Series And Films
  62. Netflix And Amazon Are Doubling Original Programming Slates To Compete In Crowded Space (Study)
  63. Amazon institutes $15 minimum wage for all US employees, including temps
  64. Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 After Criticism About Workers on Food Stamps [Updated]
  65. Amazon’s $15-Per-Hour About-Face Is Creating Confusion for Whole Foods Workers
  66. EBay accuses Amazon of ‘unlawful’ merchant poaching
  67. Some Apple Employees Think Company’s New TV Service Will Be Dull As Nails
  68. Apple Imposes Privacy Policy Requirement for All Apps Operating on its Platform 
  69. FDA Hearts Apple’s New Watch
  70. iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices
  71. Major Complaints About the iPhone XS Are Stacking Up 
  72. Twitter Now Lets Its Publishing Partners Rake In Global In-Stream Video Ad Revenues
  73. James Woods Is Correct That Twitter Shouldn’t Have Blocked His Account, But Still Hypocritical On Free Speech
  74. Brazil’s Government Wants Twitter To Turn Over Data On Users Who Mocked Victim Of Assassination Attempt
  75. Did France Just Make It Effectively Impossible To Use Twitter? 
  76. Elon Musk, Twitter and Disclosure Controls and Procedures 
  77. Elon Musk sued by SEC over ‘funding secured’ tweet
  78. SEC lawsuit seeks to force Musk out as Tesla CEO and board member
  79. Tesla is outgrowing Elon Musk
  80. Musk settles—out as Tesla chairman, owes $20 million in penalties
  81. Elon Musk to Resign as Tesla Chairman, Pay $20 Million Fine in SEC Settlement Over Catastrophic ‘420’ Tweet
  82. Elon Musk to Step Down as Tesla Chairman as Part of SEC Settlement
  83. SEC settlement sends Tesla stock soaring
  84. Cop Pulls Tesla Model 3 Driver Over For ‘Computer’ Mounted On Dashboard
  85. What is a Devil’s Triangle? Kavanaugh’s testimony inspires real-time Wikipedia edits
  86. Brett Kavanaugh And The Information Terrorists Trying To Reshape America: The network architecture built in Gamergate helped propel Trump to the presidency and fuel conspiracies like Pizzagate and QAnon. Now it’s backing Brett Kavanaugh.
  87. With his internet cut off, Julian Assange steps down as editor of WikiLeaks 
  88. African Countries Shooting Themselves In The Digital Foot By Imposing Taxes And Levies On Internet Use 
  89. FOSTA Provides Another Tool For Silencing People You Dislike
  90. Six Months Later, People Are Finally Realizing That FOSTA Actually Is Putting Lives At Risk
  91. Thanks To Streaming Fragmentation, Bittorrent Traffic Is Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share
  92. Insights: Streaming Giants Are Remaking Awards Season, Just Like Everything Else in Hollywood
  93. My Grudge Against Iomega and the Click of Death
  94. Remember How Bad Android Was?
  95. Confused Swedish Ad Board Says ‘Distracted Boyfriend Meme’ Is Sexist

CREATIVITY

  1. British Columbia Court of Appeal orders Vancouver transit authority to reconsider selling ad space to anti-abortion group
  2. A need-to-know guide on IP in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
  3. NAFTA/USMCA is Even Worse Than You Thought on Intellectual Property: CETA Victory is Now Forfeited & Long Live Life + 70 etc. (Howard Knopf)
  4. The Cost of Canadian IP Capitulation in NAFTA. (Howard Knopf)
  5. The USMCA and Copyright Reform: Who is Writing Canada’s Copyright Law Anyway? (Michael Geist)
  6. A Mix Of Good And Bad Ideas In NAFTA Replacement
  7. Good News! USMCA (a/k/a NAFTA 2.0) Embraces Section 230-Like Internet Immunity (Eric Goldman)
  8. The Copyright Directive
  9. How to Obtain a Global Injunction in a Copyright Infringement Case (Eric Goldman)
  10. Another Zombie Bad Idea That Just Won’t Die: Copyright Small Claims Court Would Be A Free Speech Disaster
  11. Court Shoots Down Record Label’s Attempt To Expand The Definition Of ‘Vicarious’ Infringement
  12. Music Group Cheers On Its Own Fake Antipiracy Victories
  13. Giving Cops The Finger Is Protected Speech, Says Another Federal Court
  14. Fashion Designer Balenciaga Opposes Parody Pet-Wear Maker’s Trademark Application For ‘Pawlenciaga’
  15. Matt Damon opens SNL’s season as a belligerent, beer-bashing Brett Kavanaugh
  16. Kenan Thompson tells Seth Meyers about skipping out on Kanye West’s SNL “circus”

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  Application Denied: CRTC Rejects Bell Coalition Website Blocking Proposal (Michael Geist)
  2. Canadian Music Group Calls For Copyright Tax on Broadband Data Use (Michael Geist) 
  3. California Net Neutrality Bill Signed Into Law
  4. Calif. enacts net neutrality law—US gov’t immediately sues to block it [Updated]
  5. The DOJ’s New Net Neutrality Lawsuit Is A Giant Middle Finger To State Rights, Consumers, Competition & The Democratic Process
  6. Trump admin claims Calif. net neutrality law causes “irreparable harm” to US
  7. Entire broadband industry sues California to stop net neutrality law
  8. Cities will sue FCC to stop $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers
  9. Cities, Counties Say FCC 5G Plan A Massive Handout To Wireless Carriers
  10. ESPN Has Finally Realized This Whole Streaming Thing Has Legs
  11. Ninth Circuit Adopts Expansive Definition of Auto-Dialer in TCPA Case
  12. TCPA on the Front Line: The Battle for the Future of American Free Speech is Quietly Taking Shape in an Appeal Over “Robocalls” 
  13. Report Finds U.S. Wireless Video Streaming Utterly Mediocre Thanks To Arbitrary Carrier Throttling

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. California Enacts the Nation’s First Internet of Things Security Law
  2. California Enacts New Requirements for Internet of Things Manufacturers 
  3. The Entire Broadband Industry Just Sued California For Daring To Protect Net Neutrality
  4. Analyst Who Accidentally Leaked NSA Software Given Five More Years In Prison Than General Who Handed Classified Info To His Mistress
  5. Everything Wrong In One Story: Data Silos, Privacy, And Algorithmic Blocking
  6. How Face ID could be a game-changer for aggressive US border agents 
  7. FBI Makes Child Porn Suspect Unlock iPhone X Using His Face 
  8. Cops told suspect he had to open iPhone X with his face, so he did 
  9. The FBI Forced A Suspect To Unlock His iPhone With His Face: But should investigators have the right to do that?
  10. Feds Finally Get Around To Using Someone’s Face To Unlock Their Cellphone
  11. FBI: We can’t listen to Facebook Messenger voice calls. Judge: Tough luck
  12. FBI vs. Facebook Messenger: What’s at stake?
  13. Don’t want New Zealand officials to get into your phone? Pay up to NZ$5,000
  14. How Oakland sets the new standard for meaningful police tech oversight
  15. DOJ Loses Another Attempt To Obtain Encryption-Breaking Precedent In Federal Court
  16. Four Companies Settle FTC Allegations Regarding False EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certifications 
  17. In a Shift, Apple and Amazon Say They Are in Favor of Federal Privacy Regulation
  18. Facebook Reportedly Defeats Government Demand to Wiretap Messenger Calls
  19. New Mexico AG Charges App Maker With COPPA Violations
  20. First UEFI malware discovered in wild is laptop security software hijacked by Russians
  21. CEO who sold phones with “totally unbreakable encryption” takes plea deal

Jon

News of the Week; September 26, 2018

GAMES

  1. ArenaNet pulls plug on in-game transactions for Guild Wars 2 players in Belgium: MMO developer joins growing list of games companies forced to take action in Belgium over recent loot box ruling
  2. Report: Guild Wars 2 in-game currency no longer available in Belgium
  3. Activision hits Spyro fan game with cease and desist order
  4. Blog: Examining the debate behind loot boxes
  5. Devil May Cry 5’s microtransactions designed as an ‘option…to save time’
  6. Guitar Hero TV’s planned shutdown spurs false advertising lawsuit
  7. Drawn to Death is closing down its online servers
  8. Blizzard cracks down on third-party data-tracking apps inOverwatch
  9. Blizzard cracks down on third-party Overwatch apps: Players using programs which “impede on the competitive integrity” of the game could face permanent bans
  10. Jagex fires RuneScape moderator for stealing player gold
  11. 2K launches ‘Foundations’ program to support underprivileged communities
  12. 2K Foundations to provide basketball and STEM education facilities in US cities: New initiative will target “underserved” communities in 12 cities in its first year
  13. NBA 2K League reflecting on its rookie season: Brendan Donohue talks Twitch, Olympics, and player diversity as the esports effort enters its sophomore campaign
  14. Overwatch League gets its first female coach: Kyoung Ey Molly Kim has joined the coaching staff at OWL’s new Washington DC team
  15. Capcom launching Street Fighter esports league in Japan
  16. Tencent and PUBG Corp hosting $600,000 mobile tournament
  17. Fans delay football game with esports protest: Young Boys-FC Basel supporters united in opposition of competitive gaming, interrupt match by throwing tennis balls, controllers onto the field
  18. ReadyUp closes $2 million seed funding round: Esports team management and connection platform enters closed beta as round closes
  19. EnVision Esports staff will be paid outstanding salaries if Dot Esports pulls two articles, says former CEO: Artur Minacov says invoices have been sent to pay players allegedly owed thousands of dollars
  20. Ukie study shows potential of esports as a route to games careers
  21. “Companies really need to ask themselves if they’re serious about diversity”: Code Liberation Foundation founder Phoenix Perry says more must be done to help women in the industry – far from being solved, the issue is “getting worse”
  22. Valve will start helping developers moderate their Steam communities 
  23. Valve will start moderating Steam comments next week: Devs can opt out, but reported comments will now be reviewed by an internal moderation team
  24. Valve offers full support on Steam to all new controllers: Platform holder looks to address 22 million controllers still relying on user-created input configurations
  25. Valve reveals just how many PC gamers plug in gamepads—and which kinds
  26. Valve calls out surprising popularity of PS4, Switch Pro controllers on Steam
  27. Video: Game design lessons worth learning from collectible card games
  28. Pokemon GO total revenue reaches over $2 billion: Game achieves milestone 811 days after launch, with Japan leading spending by country
  29. Don’t Miss: Pokemon’s secret ingredient
  30. Marvel’s Spider-Man sold over 3.3 million units in first three days
  31. Spider-Man sells 3.3 million in three days
  32. Free-to-play Warface grabs 1.3M registered players in one week on PS4
  33. Looks Like Twitch Is Now Blocked in China
  34. Twitch abruptly blocked in China & delisted from local iOS App Store
  35. Twitch has been blocked in China: After rise in use due to the Asian Games, website is now inaccessible in much of the country and app is gone
  36. China Has Blocked Twitch Following Mass App Downloads During Asian Games
  37. Blog: Understanding China’s temporary game approval freeze
  38. Nintendo tries out streaming on Switch in Japan: As Switch rapidly catches up to PlayStation 4’s installed base in Japan, Nintendo takes aim at major cross-platform titles with cloud streaming releases – a possible taste of the future to come?
  39. Nintendo Online App allows voice chat with strangers for select games: Service update includes support for lobbies in Mario Kart 8, Mario Tennis Aces, and Arms; Splatoon 2 still friends-only
  40. 25% of Nintendo Switch owners have downloaded the Online app: Launch week for the service drove a 76% increase in installs globally
  41. Nintendo allays Switch cloud save fears with 180-day recovery period: Platform holder assures that data does not disappear when online subscription expires
  42. Nintendo Switch cloud saves disappear 6 months after subscription ends [Updated]
  43. Switch cloud saves are actually stored for 6 months, clarifies Nintendo
  44. You Don’t Need Nintendo Switch Online
  45. Sony (finally) agrees to PlayStation 4 cross-platform play
  46. Sony adding download option to some PlayStation Now games: Streaming subscription service will soon let PS4 users download PS4 and PS2 games for offline play as well
  47. PlayStation Now begins offering downloadable PS2 & PS4 games
  48. Sony officially ending Vita production in Japan in 2019
  49. Sony to end production of PS Vita in Japan next year: No plans for a successor, says SVP Hiroyuki Oda
  50. Sony Decides That It Too Can Compete With Free With Its Own Retro Console
  51. Sony finally allows Fortnite cross-platform play: In a “major policy change,” PS4 users will be able to play with others on Xbox One, Switch for “select third-party content”
  52. Sony Is Finally Allowing Cross-Play On The PS4 [Update]
  53. Sony’s walled garden cracks open: Cross-console play comes to PS4
  54. Fortnite Won
  55. Record 78.3 million people played Fortnite in August
  56. Fortnite had a record 78.3 million players in August: Epic’s blockbuster keeps growing in popularity
  57. World of Warcraft up, League of Legends down: Superdata’s August digital report says Blizzard’s MMORPG enjoying highest Western subscriber base since 2014 while Riot Games’ cornerstone on pace for worst full year performance in just as long
  58. XBox Adaptive Controller Gives Disabled Gamers A Power-Up
  59. Blizzard’s Diablo series tapped for possible Netflix show
  60. Disruptor Beam, Tilting Point partner for $29m user acquisition and publishing deal: Tilting Point to help expand audience of Star Trek Timelines and publish upcoming unannounced Disruptor Beam RPG
  61. “Be careful what you wish for” when after a publisher, says Team17 CEO
  62. Political extremism and gunplay meet in The Church in the Darkness
  63. Filling the gap in UK games funding: A GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit panel highlighted a gap in public games funding that leaves too many developers out in the cold
  64. Why the BBC is investing in video games (again)
  65. Earthbound Games raises £750k to self-publish Axiom Soccer
  66. Ex-Telltale dev files class action suit over sudden mass layoffs
  67. Former Telltale employees sue studio for labor law violations in mass layoff: Class action lawsuit alleges company violated WARN Act in not providing advance notice of termination
  68. Report: Telltale was in funding talks one day before majority shutdown
  69. Telltale Games Begins ‘Majority Studio Closure’
  70. Telltale Games initiates ‘majority studio closure’
  71. Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game
  72. Telltale Games was scuppered by failed finance round: Sources suggest Lionsgate abandoning ‘super show’ project caused mass layoffs
  73. Telltale is pulling The Walking Dead: The Final Season from digital stores
  74. Telltale pulls season passes for The Walking Dead: The Final Season
  75. Telltale Games begins wave of layoffs, cancels Stranger Things game [Updated]
  76. Telltale plans to finish The Walking Dead despite mass layoffs
  77. Telltale looking to work with ‘potential partners’ to finishThe Walking Dead
  78. Footage and concept art from Telltale’s canceled Stranger Things project has surfaced
  79. Big Fish Games laying off 15% of staff to focus on ‘social casino’ and ‘casual’ games
  80. Big Fish Games cuts 15 per cent of its workforce: Layoffs include many executive roles, as the company restructures around casino and casual games
  81. Haptic Suit Company Hardlight VR Closes Due to Lack of Funding
  82. Hands-on: StarVR One is the Most Complete Ultra-wide VR Headset to Date
  83. Bow To Blood developer needs to sell 40,000 copies to break even: Studio behind PSVR exclusive discusses the economics of success in virtual reality
  84. Oculus’ Santa Cruz is now Oculus Quest, priced at $399 
  85. Oculus’ $399 Quest To Take VR Mainstream
  86. Oculus Announces Quest, The High-end Standalone Headset Starting at $400
  87. Oculus Quest’s Insight system promises VR tracking beyond the box 
  88. Oculus mobile app now works with the Rift headset
  89. Smartphone and TV casting coming to Oculus Go
  90. How Odyssey is changing the face of Assassin’s Creed:
  91. French publisher Bigben scoops up Eko Software for nearly $10 million
  92. Bigben acquires Eko Software for €8.5 million: World Rally Championship publisher continues development expansion by picking up French studio working on Warhammer Chaosbane
  93. Building a business in the niche: Green Man Gaming’s David Clark explains how the company is bringing out games like Stormworks Build and Rescue using its status as a publisher/retailer to its advantage
  94. Retrotainment’s cartridge revival: Co-owners Tim Hartman and Greg Caldwell are making new NES games that run on old NES hardware in 2018, and they say the audience is growing
  95. Monster Hunter: World grabs top prize at Japan Game Awards 2018
  96. GLAAD Media Awards adds award for outstanding LGBTQ-inclusive games
  97. GLAAD adds Outstanding Video Game category to its Media Awards
  98. Inside the Awesomenauts matchmaking algorithm
  99. “There are an awful lot of blockchain startups, and most of them are going to fail”: Fig’s Alex Amsel urged  reserving judgement on blockchain – in time, the technology will deliver the new Minecraft
  100. GamesAid donates £213,120 to nine charities: Winning charities revealed at EGX in Birmingham.
  101. Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person
  102. Video: Psychosis and the making of Hellblade
  103. Archiving Will Wright’s early design notes for The Sims
  104. “Video Games” Was On Jeopardy Tonight, And It Did Not Go Well

DIGITAL

  1. Québec Appeals Superior Court Ruling that Bill 74 is Unconstitutional
  2. Protecting Your Social Media Profile: How One New Zealand Technology Company Allegedly Violated Canadian Privacy Law 
  3. Departing Employee Required to Transfer Social Media Accounts–Hyperheal Hyperbarics v. Shapiro 
  4. District Court Misses The Forest For The Trees In Dismissing Constitutional Challenge To FOSTA 
  5. What’s next for the proposed Copyright Directive? (Andres Guadamuz) 
  6. Years Later, FTC Wins Case Against Roca Labs For Its Bogus Non-Disparagement Clause 
  7. Armed with cameras and computers, China’s latest crackdown begins: China has invented a version of social media that makes the rest seem both marginal and harmless. It sets out to shape 1.3 billion people into a predictable, reliable and obedient mass 
  8. The Real Story Behind That Viral Video of President Trump Hissing Like a Snake
  9. White House Admits Exec Order To Regulate Social Media Is ‘Real,’ But No Idea Who Wrote It, And Won’t Use It 
  10. In Which A Bunch Of Us Try To Explain The 1st Amendment To Jeff Sessions Concerning ‘Social Media Bias’
  11. Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow
  12. Instagram’s IGTV Is Reportedly Recommending Suggestive Videos Containing Underage Girls
  13. Instagram’s co-founders just quit. That could be bad news for Facebook: Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.
  14. Instagram Co-Founders Depart Facebook Amid Reported Rift With Mark Zuckerberg
  15. Mark Zuckerberg Blamed for Instagram Founders’ Departure
  16. Ex-Facebook moderator sues Facebook over exposure to disturbing images
  17. Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
  18. Facebook is dominating the stories format
  19. Socially-Conscious Facebook Video Giant ‘ATTN:’ Raises $15 Million, Led By Evolution Media 
  20. Amazon’s Aggressive Anti-Union Tactics Revealed in Leaked 45-Minute Video
  21. In Defense Of Amazon’s Alexa Microwave
  22. Amazon And Snapchat Form A Powerful Partnership 
  23. Soon You’ll Be Able To Use Your Snapchat Camera To Shop For Goods On Amazon
  24. Snapchat is letting users register to vote from its app 
  25. PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying he “promoted hate”
  26. Post-Cody Wilson’s arrest, few know what’s up with his company or legal efforts
  27. Taiwanese authorities arrest Cody Wilson, intend to deport him
  28. Cody Wilson arrives back in the States, enters US Marshals custody
  29. Defense Distributed’s new era—Cody Wilson resigns, former arts professional steps in
  30. Facebook Now Reportedly ‘Reviewing’ Its Distinction Between White Nationalism and White Supremacy
  31. Facebook Says It Will Stop Sending Employees to Help Political Campaigns In-Person
  32. Facebook Makes Dating Service “Facebook Official”
  33. Facebook Is Testing Its Dating Service. Here’s How It’s Different From Tinder
  34. Protecting Users of Facebook and Other Social Media (Margaret Ryznar)
  35. Tinder Lies (Irina Manta)
  36. Social Media Games Your Psychology. Ethical Design Could Change That.
  37. Crowdfunding raises millions for quack cancer remedies, like coffee enemas
  38. If VCs Aren’t Socially Responsible, The Robots Will Win 
  39. Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring
  40. Legal Aspects of Artificial Intelligence (v2.0)
  41. AI learns to decipher images based on spoken words—almost like a toddler
  42. Playing with AI Fairness: Google’s new machine learning diagnostic tool lets users try on five different types of fairness
  43. When Will We Have Artificial Intelligence As Smart as a Human? Here’s What Experts Think
  44. Computer says “no”: High Court refuses permission to serve Google out of the jurisdiction in copyright infringement proceedings
  45. Google Chrome Is Now Quietly Forcing You to Log In—Here’s What to Do About It  
  46. The World of the Future Will Have Two Separate Internets, Former Google CEO Predicts 
  47. Louisiana’s Attorney General Wants To Break Up Google Over ‘Bias’
  48. Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work 
  49. Website Blocking orders: the final chapter
  50. Section 230’s Success in Under-the-Radar Cases (Eric Goldman) 
  51. Departing Employee Required to Transfer Social Media Accounts – Hyperheal Hyperbarics v. Shapiro (Eric Goldman)
  52. BuzzFeed News Eliminates In-House Podcast Team To Double Down On Video Efforts 
  53. Viacom Digital Names Existing Awesomeness Execs Co-Heads Of Network Following Acquisition
  54. Viacom Names Awesomeness Co-Chiefs: Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman 
  55. Trudeau appoints BroadbandTV CEO to G20 Business Women Leaders task force 
  56. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Taps BBTV Founder Shahrzad Rafati For Women’s Economic Initiative
  57. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Appoints Shahrzad Rafati to Represent Canada on G20 Business Women Leaders Task Force
  58. Health Issues Force YouTuber And Author Joey Graceffa To Cancel Upcoming ‘Eden’ Tour
  59. YouTube Revamps ‘Trending’ Tab With 5 New Content Categories
  60. YouTube Demonetizes Tween Channels — But Leaves Videos Standing — After Network Owner Is Arrested For Molesting A Minor 
  61. 2018 Streamy Awards Nominations Unveiled, YouTube Signs as Sponsor
  62. YouTube Channel Yes Theory Got Will Smith To Bungee Jump Over The Grand Canyon, And Millions Are Watching
  63. YouTube Has Partnered With Facebook-Owned Oculus On YouTube VR App For The Oculus Go
  64. YouTuber Tyler Oakley Feted For LGBTQ Advocacy Work On Cover Of The Advocate
  65. Laura Lee Returns To YouTube With Apology For Apology Video, Vows To Help Mend Beauty Community
  66. Creators for Good: Shannon Beveridge Seizes the Awkward Moments To Talk About Mental Health
  67. Spotify Is Beta-Testing A Feature That Allows Indie Creators To Upload Their Own Music 
  68. Spotify to Enable Artists to Upload Music Themselves 
  69. Spotify Will Make a Playlist Based on Your DNA
  70. Cult classic TV show Veronica Mars is Hulu’s latest resurrection
  71. Disney Says ESPN+ Streaming Service Notches More Than 1 Million Subscribers
  72. Amazon announces 11 new and refreshed Echo-branded gadgets—like a wall clock
  73. Sex, violence, drugs get the axe in Apple’s upcoming original content 
  74. Apple’s Upcoming Streaming Service Is Reportedly So Bland Staff Are Calling It ‘Expensive NBC’
  75. Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble
  76. Apple stole Qualcomm chip secrets and gave them to Intel, Qualcomm claims
  77. Apple Closes Shazam Acquisition, Starts Phasing Out Ads
  78. Insights: With Bigger Phones And Way Faster Networks, Are Creators And Companies Ready?
  79. Decision confronts challenges in valuing Bitcoin 

CREATIVITY

  1. Cuts Like a Knife: Bryan Adams Calls for Stronger Protections Against One-Sided Record Label Contracts (Michael Geist)
  2. To fix Canadian copyright, let creators claim their rights back after 25 years
  3. Congress may actually fix music royalties: The Music Modernization Act
  4. Artist Inspired By Andy Warhol, Creates Truly Astounding Work… Ends Up Giving It Away Over ‘Copyright Infringement’
  5. Monster Energy Loses Again, This Time To The NBA
  6. Pennsylvania Legislator Thinks He Can Ban Teachers From Talking About Politics In The Classroom
  7. Use of Affiliate Links Does Not Necessarily Transform Editorial Content into Advertising Says NAD
  8. The future of UK Intellectual Property Rights in a ‘no deal’ Brexit
  9. Elon Musk May Have Talked His Way Into A Pretty Serious Defamation Lawsuit
  10. Judge Says Student Can Sue School For Suspending Her After She Called A Fictional Cop A ‘Pig’
  11. Spinelli v. NFL: Second Circuit reinstates professional photographers’ copyright infringement claim alleging that NFL and AP exploited thousands of NFL event photographs without authorization or payment.
  12. Famous Protest Art Group In Bulgaria Paint Their Feelings About New EU Copyright Law On Gutenberg Statue
  13. Twelve Rules For Not Being A Total Free Speech Hypocrite

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repeal: FCC broke law by hiding net neutrality comment records, lawsuit alleges. 
  2. New York Times Sues FCC With Eye On Bogus Russian Net Neutrality Comments
  3. Court Orders FCC To Hand Over Data On Bogus Net Neutrality Comments
  4. FCC angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers
  5. Ajit Pai slams cities and towns as FCC erases $2 billion in local fees
  6. The Internet is not an ATM: My Appearance at the Senate Transport and Communications Committee on Broadcast and Telecom Reform (Michael Geist)
  7. SiriusXM to pay $3.5 billion for Pandora
  8. Sirius Plunges Most Since 2011 After $3.5 Billion Pandora Deal
  9. Comcast stock tanks after company strikes $40 billion deal to buy Sky
  10. Even Wall Street Is Nervous About Comcast’s Latest Bid To Grow Bigger For Bigger’s Sake
  11. FCC angers cities and towns with $2 billion giveaway to wireless carriers
  12. FCC Decision Illustrates Details of the Application of FCC Foreign Ownership Approval Requirements 
  13. GAO Again Points Out That Terrible U.S. Broadband Maps Drive (Intentionally) Terrible Broadband Policy 
  14. No, Next-Gen Wireless (5G) Won’t Magically Fix The Broken U.S. Broadband Market

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. State Attorneys General Really Want To Go After Big Internet Companies; But Claim It’s About Privacy, Not Bias
  2. NSA employee who brought hacking tools home sentenced to 66 months in prison
  3. Researchers find Russian “VPNfilter” malware was a Swiss Army hacking knife
  4. The DOJ’s Rules For Spying On Journalists Get A Bit Flimsy When It Reaches The FISA Court
  5. Leaked NSA Exploits Shifting From Ransomware To Cryptocurrency Mining
  6. Unintended Consequences: How The GDPR Can Undermine Privacy
  7. GDPR Being Used To Try To Disappear Public US Court Docket
  8. California Police Officers Used Self-Destructing Messaging App For Years
  9. Cliff-edge moment for privacy rights and criminal investigations
  10. The Necessity of Geoblocking in the Age of (Almost) Unavoidable Geolocation 

Jon

News of the Week; September 19, 2017

GAMES

  1. Valve and Ubisoft fined for breaching consumer laws in France
  2. Valve and Ubisoft fined for breach of French consumer law: Steam and Uplay latest storefronts caught up in European consumer rights violations
  3. Washington State and 15 countries team up over video game gambling concerns  
  4. 15 European gambling regulators unite to tackle loot box threat: Along with Washington State. 
  5. 15 European regulators have come together to help tackle loot boxes
  6. 15 countries and one US state team up to fight gambling in video games
  7. International gambling regulators unite on skins gambling, loot boxes: Agencies from Spain, UK, France, Washington State, and a dozen more concerns about “blurring of lines between gambling and gaming”
  8. Loot boxes in Belgium: Reports on criminal prosecution – but what does this mean?
  9. Australian study warns of link between loot boxes and problem gambling
  10. Australian investigation finds loot boxes are “psychologically akin to gambling”: Report suggests restricting sale of games containing loot boxes to players of legal gambling age
  11. Loot boxes are “psychologically akin to gambling”, according to Australian study: Games with loot boxes should only be available to players of legal gambling age.
  12. 343 FPS chief says no ‘real-money loot boxes’ in Halo Infinite
  13. All Bets are On! Gambling and Video Games
  14. Video Game Addiction Is Real And Professionals Aren’t Prepared To Help
  15. Mobile marketplaces accused of publishing apps violating kids’ privacy laws
  16. How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data: A lawsuit by New Mexico’s attorney general accuses a popular app maker, as well as
    online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter, of violating children’s privacy law.
  17. Tiny Lab, Google, ad companies accused of violating Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act: New Mexico lawsuit alleges companies illegally collected and tracked children’s personal information
  18. Capcom shuts down Dead Rising developer Capcom Vancouver
  19. Capcom closing Vancouver studio: Publisher confirms plans to consolidate major development in Japan after announcing $40 million expense on cancelled projects
  20. Mobile game dev Outfit7 opens new Barcelona studio
  21. Analysts doubt China will take six months to begin reapproving games
  22. China may not need six months to start approving games again – analysts: Games are now able to go to market for one month
  23. Take-Two CEO: U.S. gov’t needs to take a stand on China’s game trade
  24. Barriers to China will come down – Zelnick: Take-Two CEO believes government will eventually allow Western game publishers unfettered access to the market, criticizes US government for unequal trade restrictions
  25. China’s console market might be small, but it’s starting to take shape
  26. Game streaming’s latency problems will be over in a few years, CEO says
  27. Streaming, subscriptions won’t be game changers – Take-Two: CEO Strauss Zelnick believes tech will accelerate adoption of cross-platform play, but won’t fundamentally alter the Grand Theft Auto publisher’s business
  28. Rockstar is bringing an open-world online mode to Red Dead Redemption 2
  29. A Benchmark Of Sorts: Steam’s First Fully Uncensored Adult Novel-Game To Be Released In Coming Weeks
  30. Steam’s uncensored adult game Negligee isn’t available in every country
  31. First uncensored adult game on Steam pulled from sale in 28 countries: “The fact is, these restrictions are the downside of being the poster child for the first fully uncensored adult game on Steam,” says developer Dharker Studios
  32. Disney shuts down Star Wars: Rivals following soft launch
  33. Boss Key’s multiplayer shooter LawBreakers has officially shut down
  34. Tattoos, Video Games & Copyright Law: Beauty May Only Be Skin Deep … But Does Copyright go to the Bone?
  35. Ninja Becomes First Gamer To Cover ‘ESPN Magazine’, Says He’s Making Seven Figures Monthly
  36. eSports Milestone: Pro Gamer Ninja To Be The First Pro Gamer Featured On ESPN Magazine Cover
  37. The need for visible women in esports: Hearthstone pro Cordelia Chui and League of Legends team manager Amy Snowdon talk about the problems with trying to fit in
  38. Twitch appoints first-ever head of diversity and inclusion
  39. Twitch hires new head of diversity and inclusion: Streaming giant also adds CFO and Chief Human Resources Officer
  40. TwitchCon Bulks Up Security Measures Following August Shooting At ‘Madden’ Tournament
  41. Twitch Hires Former Vimeo Exec Katrina Jones As First Head Of Diversity And Inclusion
  42. NPD: Madden NFL 19 scores while Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 returns – Nintendo Switch sales remain strong, though still must work to catch PS4’s year-to-date lead
  43. You can now share your Switch game downloads across consoles
  44. Nintendo will erase cloud saves once Switch Online subscription ends
  45. Assassin’s Creed for Switch adopts pay-as-you-play pricing in Japan
  46. Switch owners in Japan are getting a “cloud version” of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Ubisoft follows the streaming model adopted by Capcom for Resi 7, selling daily and full-game passes for its upcoming blockbuster
  47. Nintendo Switch cloud save data disappears if you cancel subscription
  48. Nintendo details 2019 line-up for Switch – but why so early?: Latest Nintendo Direct showcases loads of games, answers loads of criticisms about Switch lineup
  49. Nintendo tries bundling Switch with a F2P game: Fortnite
  50. Switch’s replica NES controllers only work with emulated NES games
  51. Stormy Daniels Says Donald Trump Has “A ____ Like The Mushroom Character From Mario Kart”
  52. New NES controllers headline announcement-filled Nintendo Switch presentation
  53. Nintendo Switch NES controllers will be Online Service-exclusive: Joy-Cons designed to look like classic controllers are dedicated to NES games that come with the service
  54. Nintendo requires online subscription to purchase Switch NES controller
  55. Nintendo introduces Fortnite Switch bundle with V-bucks included: Console bundle is the same price as system alone, includes in-game currency and exclusive cosmetics
  56. Pokemon Go and the potential of seasonality: Major changes to Niantic’s mobile AR game helped its popularity to surge over the summer, suggesting a new model developers could consider adopting
  57. Niantic rolls out suggestion system for new Pokémon Golocations
  58. Check out the pitch documents for the original Pokemongames
  59. Ubisoft details its blockchain-powered game HashCraft
  60. Ubisoft reveals HashCraft, a secret new blockchain game
  61. Riot Games Says It Wants To Clean Up Its Mess, But The People Who Made It Are Still There
  62. Ex-Riot devs net $2.5M to help launch new LA studio Singularity 6
  63. Singularity 6 hopes to dominate a lack of competition:
  64. PlayStation is the third most-recognized brand in the UK:Nintendo and Xbox at 11 and 17, respectively; Apple takes top spot
  65. Sony making mini-console debut with PlayStation Classic
  66. Sony Just Announced The $100 PlayStation Classic Console
  67. Sony Is Making A Playstation Classic, And You Can Already Order It
  68. Sony to launch PlayStation Classic on December 3: Mini version of the classic console will be pre-loaded with Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, 16 other games
  69. Sony joins the classic-console fray with $99 PlayStation Classic on Dec. 3
  70. Sega pushes Mega Drive Mini to 2019: Japanese publisher is rethinking the retro console’s design ahead of simultaneous global launch
  71. Interplay co-founder Brian Fargo wants to buy back the studio
  72. Brian Fargo wants to buy back Interplay: Fargo will attempt to acquire the company he co-founded in 1983 if Bard’s Tale IV hits sales target
  73. Treyarch bosses explain decision to drop single-player campaign from Black Ops 4
  74. Skillz doubles revenue run-rate once more to $400 million: 5,000 new developer partners fuel growth over five-month period
  75. Making a retro indie game stand out from the crowd
  76. Deep Rock Galactic and the advantages of open development
  77. How do you evaluate a mobile game’s profit potential?
  78. Video: UX expert helps explain why Fortnite is such a success
  79. ‘Fortnite’ Is Not YouTube’s Most Popular Game
  80. The standalone YouTube Gaming app is essentially being absorbed into YouTube
  81. YouTube To Shutter Gaming App In 2019, Unveils Revamped Gaming Hub On Flagship Site
  82. YouTube will close YouTube Gaming, move it all to the main site
  83. YouTube Gaming migrates to main YouTube hub: Separate website, app to shut down by March 2019; features implemented on YouTube main
  84. Apple, Kabam veterans form new indie publisher Rogue: Label will publish mobile games with a focus on highly detailed, optimized experiences
  85. Keywords marks a strong six months with two new acquisitions: Trailer Farm and SoundLab join the rapidly growing firm as H1 revenue and profit rise 70 per cent
  86. Wargaming opens new UK studio to develop free-to-play MMO game
  87. Wargaming opens UK studio for new MMO: Studio to lead the development of a new free-to-play IP
  88. Telecoms giant Sky forms new mobile studio with The Walking Dead producer
  89. Sky partners with The Walking Dead producer for joint mobile venture: Skybound Stories to develop narrative-driven experiences out of new and existing IP
  90. Remedy Entertainment is adapting Alan Wake into a television series: Material from unfinished sequel will serve as inspiration for the show, says game creator Sam Lake
  91. Why some devs partner with investment funds over publishers
  92. Aaryn Flynn joins Improbable: Former BioWare GM talks about getting his head in the clouds and building a new studio from scratch in downtown Edmonton
  93. The Comic Book History Behind the New Spider-Man Game’s Unlockable Suits
  94. Blog: The story of Turkey’s video game pioneers
  95. Blog: Understanding the design of the ‘magic circle’
  96. Why do gamers still buy physical games?: We teamed up with GameTrack to ask them
  97. UKIE: Only 19% of parents set and enforce screen time limits for their children – Digital School House report finds just 44 per cent of parents talk to their children about online safety`
  98. Writing the video games of the future: ArenaNet narrative designers Aaron Linde and Alex Kain discuss VR, and what they see as the future of interactive storytelling
  99. Sony applied for a patent on a simulation sickness-detecting VR headset
  100. Rovio has an AR Angry Birds game coming to Magic Leap One
  101. Blog: Why I love physics-based games
  102. Blog: Bloom’s taxonomy of game reviews
  103. Video: A how-to guide for Muslim representation in video games
  104. Blog: How does video game localization work in 2018?
  105. Warren Spector shares how to find personal success in the game industry

DIGITAL

  1. SCC rules for ISPs in ‘test case’ for copyright infringement litigation costs
  2. Rogers Wins in Supreme Court of Canada (Howard Knopf) 
  3. Rogers v. Voltage – My comments today September 14, 2018 on CTV (Howard Knopf)
  4. Supreme Court of Canada on Copyright Notices: Identification of IP Address “Not Conclusive of Guilt” (Michael Geist)
  5. Notice the Difference?: Supreme Court Rules ISPs Can Be Compensated for Copyright Costs (Michael Geist)
  6. Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Obligations of ISPs Under Notice and Notice Regime – Copyright Owners Have to Pay (Something) to Play
  7. In Cyberwar, There Are No Rules: Why the world desperately needs digital Geneva Conventions.
  8. EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’: Those in favor say they’re fighting for content creators, but critics say the new laws will be ‘catastrophic’
  9. EU Continues To Kill The Open Web: Massive Fines For Sites That Don’t Censor Within An Hour 
  10. EU Approves Controversial Copyright Reform, Could Force YouTube And Other Platforms To Remove All Copyrighted Content
  11. European Parliament adopted its position on the controversial Copyright Directive
  12. Guy In Charge Of EU Copyright Directive Claims He Didn’t Know What He Voted On, Needs To Fix Things
  13. Thanks To ISP Bahnhof, We Know Just How Crazy Copyright Trolling In Sweden Is Getting 
  14. Google, Facebook Dealt Blow by EU Lawmakers on Copyright
  15. Google Fights In EU Court Against Ability Of One Country To Censor The Global Internet
  16. Google’s Chinese Search Engine Will Censor Results, Provide Gov’t-Approved Pollution Data
  17. Google, Facebook, Twitter face EU fines over extremist posts
  18. British cave explorer sues Elon Musk for defamation over “pedo guy” tweets
  19. Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump’s election, analysis shows
  20. Donald Trump Jr. Posts Fake Letter to Instagram Mocking Woman Allegedly Assaulted by Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh 
  21. 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody Wilson Charged With Sexual Assault of a Child [Updated]
  22. Judge orders Cody Wilson’s arrest, but he skipped his return flight from Taiwan 
  23. Lawmakers: Deepfakes Could “Undermine Public Trust” in “Objective Depictions of Reality” 
  24. Is content validation the next growth industry?
  25. Memetic Tribes and Culture War 2.0
  26. Leaked 2016 video will fuel conservative worries about Google bias
  27. Let’s Be Very Clear About What Breitbart’s Leaked Google Video Shows
  28. Where in the World Is Larry Page?: While Alphabet faces existential challenges, its co-founder is exercising his right to be forgotten.
  29. The case against a right to be forgotten 
  30. How Regulating Platforms’ Content Moderation Means Regulating Speech – Even Yours.
  31. UK MP Thinks Secret Online Groups Are The Root Of All Evil Online, Promises To Regulate ‘Large Online Groups’
  32. White House Potentially Exploring Executive Order On ‘Social Media Bias’
  33. Actual Research On Political Bias In Search Results Would Be Useful, But So Far It Doesn’t Show Anything
  34. Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification, and Responsible Journalism
  35. Can Trusted Brands Beat ‘Fake News’?
  36. Media Planners Battle The Bots 
  37. It’s hard to sue a robot: product liability considerations and AI in Canada
  38. Roca Labs’ Anti-Review Clause Violates FTC Act–FTC v. Roca Labs (Eric Goldman)
  39. Mumford & Sons beware! An AI can now write indie music
  40. No proof blind plaintiffs aware of arbitration clause, so discrimination class action proceeds in court 
  41. Amazon on Track to Be No. 3 in U.S. Digital Ad Revenue but Still Way Behind Google, Facebook
  42. Amazon looking into claims that employees delete bad reviews for cash
  43. Amazon is testing a shopping site called Scout that recommends furniture and women’s shoes based on your likes
  44. Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea: With a single scholarly article, Lina Khan, 29, has reframed decades of monopoly law.
  45. Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox (Lina Khan)
  46. Why Roku isn’t afraid of competition from Apple, Google and Amazon
  47. ACLU, Labor Union, Allege Facebook’s Ad Targeting Discriminates By Gender
  48. Facebook is letting job advertisers target only men
  49. Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
  50. Facebook Watch Unveils Trailers, Launch Dates For Shows Starring Kim Kardashian, Catherine Zeta-Jones
  51. Facebook Watch Debuts Odell Beckham Jr. Docuseries ‘I Am More’
  52. Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of being a jerk, takes time off to learn empathy
  53. Sorry, Sony Music, you don’t own the rights to Bach’s music on Facebook
  54. YouTube Kids now comes with stronger parental controls
  55. YouTube Kids App Unveils New Feature Aimed At Preteens
  56. With 70% Of Viewership On Mobile, YouTube Is Finally Rolling Out Vertical Video Ads
  57. YouTube Greenlights Doc About LGBTQ+ Pride, Starring Raymond Braun
  58. The 9th Most-Viewed YouTube Channel On Earth, ‘Little Baby Bum’, Has Been Acquired
  59. Videos Of ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ Game Will Be Restored After Content ID Mix-Up Caused Takedowns, YouTube Says 
  60. Should YouTube Change Its Algorithm To Promote Library Content And Avoid Creator Burnout?
  61. H3h3productions Returns To YouTube After Three-Month Absence With Frank Chat About Burnout
  62. YouTube Premium Launches French Originals
  63. YouTube May Soon Give Its Premium Content A Temporary Trip Outside The Paywall 
  64. YouTube Premium Continues International Push With New French Originals 
  65. YouTube Viewership On TV Sets Has Nearly Doubled Year-Over-Year Across Europe
  66. Rapper Wiz Khalifa Launches YouTube Channel For 5-Year-Old Son Sebastian 
  67. YouTube Opens $5 ‘Channel Memberships’ Feature To Creators With More Than 50,000 Subscribers
  68. Following Go90 Shutdown, Former Content Partners Seek Distribution On YouTube, Netflix
  69. Inside Netflix’s high-stakes quest to win Best Picture 
  70. Creator Couple Lauren Riihimaki and Alex Wassabi Are Taking Time Apart 
  71. Snapchat To Let 20 Publisher Partners Repurpose — And Monetize — User-Generated Snaps
  72. Hulu Reaches For The Stars With New Ad Strategy To Complement Original Space Show ‘The First’ 
  73. UK’s CMA Launches Investigation into Social Media Influencers – UK, US and Canadian Perspectives
  74. Insights: How Influencers And Brands Can Avoid Follower Fraud 
  75. Barstool Sports’ new pizza app gets 175,000 downloads in a month
  76. Snapchat Will Let Media Partners Aggregate, Monetize User Posts: Initial partners include CNN, NBC News, NowThis, Hearst, Viacom, Overtime, Refinery29, Jukin Media
  77. Snap’s users are leaving in waves and may be causing their friends to follow
  78. In Emmys First, Netflix Ties With HBO For Most Wins, Lifting Streamer’s Stock This Morning
  79. Netflix finally tied with HBO for total wins at the 2018 Emmys: Spending money on content works
  80. ‘Insatiable’ Is Back For More — Netflix Is Giving The Massively Polarizing Series A Second Season 
  81. IMAX In Talks With Netflix, Amazon To Distribute Original Films, CEO Says
  82. How Disney’s Netflix Rival Will Actually Work
  83. Fan-Favorite Villain Loki, Avenger Scarlet Witch To Get Their Own Live-Action Series On Disney’s Streaming Platform
  84. General Motors activates OnStar Crisis Assist for Hurricane Florence
  85. California Eyes Questionable Legislation In Bid To Fix The Internet Of Broken Things
  86. Authors’ viral Twitter thread is now a horror film starring Alyson Hannigan 
  87. Twitter Announces 50 New Video Content Deals To Complement Local TV Programming
  88. Periscope Adds Audio-Only Option So Creators Can Stream Off-Camera
  89. Conan O’Brien’s complete late-night TV archive will be posted online in January [Updated]
  90. Fake-cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme lands creator in prison
  91. John Deere Just Swindled Farmers Out Of Their Right To Repair
  92. The Competition Bureau weighs in on restrictions faced by online eyewear retailers
  93. Review: Mega-hit boardgame Scythe goes digital on Steam
  94. Social Media and Its Effect on Your Case – Is Private Really Private?
  95. Apple repays €14B in “illegal aid” to Ireland, so EU drops court case
  96. The iPhone Franchise
  97. Apple Magically Makes the Notch Disappear
  98. iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster!
  99. Yes, You Can Own the Movies You Buy from Apple, Kinda
  100. Apple Didn’t Delete That Guys iTunes Movies, But What Happened Still Shows The Insanity Of Copyright
  101. An Oral History Of Apple’s Infinite Loop
  102. How Streaming Is Erasing The History Of Mixtape Rap Producers Like DJ Drama: We Talk To Mixtape Heroes About Being Left Behind By Spotify
  103. What on Earth Makes a $1,200 Graphics Card Worth It? 
  104. Text Messages and Binding Contracts
  105. Congressional Research Service Reports Now Officially Publicly Available
  106. New bill would finally tear down federal judiciary’s ridiculous paywall 
  107. Surprise: Bill Introduced To Finally Make PACER Free To All

CREATIVITY

  1. Compromising on Culture?: Why a Blanket Culture Exception in NAFTA is Unnecessary (Michael Geist)
  2. CBS CEO Moonves’ ouster is a too rare case
  3. Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Trademark Bullies Kevin Smith’s Podcast Over Hollywood Sign
  4. Senate passes copyright bill to end 140-year protection for old songs
  5. Music Modernization Act Passes in Senate With Unanimous Support
  6. Senate passes Music Modernization Act: The House must approve the bill once again before it’s signed into law by President Trump
  7. Compromise Music Modernization Act Will Bring Old Sound Recordings into The Public Domain, Tiptoe Towards Orphan Works Solution
  8. How intellectual property rights can protect fashion products in the UK: now and post-Brexit
  9. The Outline and the curse of media venture capital
  10. Advertising for E-Cigs – Concerns about Targeting Children 
  11. Court: Trump’s ‘Get ‘Em Out’ Order Directed At Campaign Rally Protesters Is Protected Speech
  12. Blog: Using austerity as a creative tool
  13. The Power Of Live: Global Live Music Fan Study
  14. How the Grateful Dead Changed Live Music Forever
  15. Hollywood’s New Golden Age: The cast and crew at this LA retirement home are in their twilight years, but the show must go on.
  16. People Are Zapping Their Brains to Boost Creativity. Experts Have Concerns.
  17. Why Curiosity Matters: New Research Shows That Curiosity Is Vital To An Organization’s Performance – As Are The Particular Wa In Which People Are Curious And The Experiences They Are Exposed To.
  18. Startups are giving writers and filmmakers more ways to make it in Hollywood

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Court Rules FCC Must Release Records That Could Explain Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments
  2. Judge: FCC can’t hide records that may explain net neutrality comment fraud
  3. Ajit Pai calls California’s net neutrality rules “illegal”
  4. Ajit Pai Whines About California’s Net Neutrality Effort, Calls It ‘Radical,’ ‘Illegal’
  5. Scott Wiener Paints Ajit Pai as Telecom Shill as California Net Neutrality Fight Escalates
  6. Charter negotiating with NY to avoid being kicked out of the state
  7. The Nation’s Second Biggest Cable Company Probably Won’t Get Kicked Out Of New York State After All
  8. Despite data caps and throttling, industry says mobile can replace home Internet
  9. Google Fiber’s ‘Failure’ Succeeded In Shining A Light On Pathetic Broadband Competition
  10. AT&T and Verizon want to manage your identity across websites and apps
  11. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile & Sprint Want Even Broader Access To Your Personal Data
  12. For Wireless Giant Verizon, The Media Business Is A Distraction At Best
  13. AT&T Boss Writes Script for HBO: More Data, More Money – Randall Stephenson wants to use customer data to help WarnerMedia pick projects, challenge internet giants 

 SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Russians tried to hack Swiss lab testing samples from Skripal attack
  2. WikiLeaks founder sought Russian visa in 2010, per AP report
  3. Russian man pleads guilty, admits he ran notorious Kelihos botnet
  4. Mirai botnet creators praised for helping FBI, won’t serve prison time
  5. European Court Of Human Rights: UK Surveillance Revealed By Snowden Violates Human Rights
  6. Another Batch Of FISA Court Docs Confirms The NSA Frequently Abuses Its Collection Powers 
  7. Federal Court Says NSA PRISM Surveillance Good And Legal Because The Gov’t Said It Was Good And Legal
  8. State Cops Accidentally Out Their Surveillance Of Anti-Police Groups With Browser Screenshot
  9. Bay Area transit system approves new surveillance-oversight policy
  10. Congress Fails To Include A Single Consumer Advocate In Upcoming Privacy Hearing
  11. NewEgg cracked in breach, hosted card-stealing code within its own checkout
  12. Privacy Laws North of the Border: a Primer

Jon

 

News of the Week; September 12, 2018

GAMES

  1. EA defies Belgian loot box decision, setting up potential “gambling” lawsuit
  2. Report: EA risking prosecution after refusing to comply with Belgian loot box laws
  3. EA may go to court over loot boxes in Belgium: FIFA publisher has kept loot boxes in its games despite Belgian Gaming Commission warning
  4. Tencent to verify Chinese Honor of Kings players against public security records: New measures required to ensure minors keep within play-time restrictions
  5. Chinese hold on new video game licenses may last another 4-6 months: Industry slowdown in the country could continue as China centralizes its approval process for new titles
  6. China’s video game licensing freeze could last another six months
  7. Blog: Assessing the impact of China’s changing game regulations
  8. Honour of Kings to require players use real names to comply with new Chinese policies
  9. German org calls on Sony to fix ‘customer-hostile’ terms & conditions
  10. German consumer association warns Sony over “customer-hostile” PSN terms and conditions: Sony could face legal action if it fails to heed complaints
  11. The first “100% uncensored” adult game has been approved for Steam release
  12. Valve’s new Steam content filters have finally arrived
  13. Valve approves uncensored adult game for release on Steam
  14. Steam adds “Adults Only” filter for games with “explicit sexual content”: New filter among a host of changes to make it easier for users to avoid certain kinds of content
  15. Brianna Wu’s Congress bid fails, vows to run again in 2020: “America needs better leadership more than we need another video game. So, I am here for good.”
  16. Two Riot employees depart after defending controversial PAX panel
  17. Two Riot employees exit following PAX session controversy: One confirmed fired after criticizing those upset by PAX West panel focused on uplifting women and non-binary individuals
  18. Riot brings on former Uber culture fixer to fix up culture
  19. The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast
  20. Is the Olympics relevant for esports?: IOC president Thomas Bach dismissed games as “contradictory to Olympic values” – but his approval is less important than what esports is building elsewhere
  21. Overwatch League adds six more teams: Activision Blizzard raises team roster to 20, with new teams in China, Canada, France and the US
  22. The Overwatch League Signs Six More Teams: New franchises include Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.All six teams will join the Overwatch League for the start of the 2019 season
  23. New LA Times owner makes big esports investment into Daybreak Games
  24. Overwolf and Intel launch $7 million mod fund: Money is available to developers of apps and services for existing games, to be distributed on Overwolf’s app store
  25. Blog: Understanding my approach to modding in Reset Hard
  26. Xbox: “I can’t think of a holiday that has more AAA games in such a tight time period” – Microsoft on a blockbuster Christmas for console games, and retailer views on Game Pass
  27. NPD survey: 34% of players exclusively play mobile games
  28. Games expected to account for 76% of global mobile revenue in 2018: Number of smartphone users to reach three billion by end of year as consumer spending exceeds $92 billion
  29. Analyst: ‘Whale’ spenders aren’t as crucial to F2P mobile games as they once were
  30. DeltaDNA: Increase in casual spenders for F2P games resulting in more balanced revenue sources – Strategy and casino games lead player spending, while action game spending is down overall in spite of Fortnite
  31. Blog: How free-to-play design runs out of steam
  32. Fortnite beta invite to download conversion rate on Android similar to iOS: In the 21 days since launch, 23m players signed up for beta, 15m installed the game
  33. Fortnite on Android reaches 15 million downloads sans Google Play 
  34. Fortnite reaches 15 million Android downloads without Google Play
  35. PUBG logs 1 million peak concurrent players for 365 days in a row, a Steam first
  36. PUBG becomes first Steam game to have one million concurrent players 365 days running: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta breaks record-breaking streak for PUBG
  37. Pearl Abyss acquires EVE Online creator CCP Games for $425 million
  38. Insights: Resetting The Game Biz—Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung and Fortnite Show Where We’re Going
  39. Single-player not going anywhere – Igarashi: Bloodstained producer discusses AAA emphasis on multiplayer, the rising Japanese indie scene, and the future of ArtPlay
  40. What makes a “troll game”? Valve tries for a Steam-wide definition
  41. Valve Clears Up Nothing With Its Latest Explanation Of What Games It Will Ban As ‘Troll Games’
  42. IO Interactive focusing on serving players, not games-as-a-service: Hitman 2 studio hopes departure from episodic format will be a new starting point to build its universe
  43. Eve Online studio CCP acquired by Pearl Abyss: South Korean developer behind Black Desert Online spends $425 million on Icelandic games firm
  44. THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to Kingdoms of Amalur
  45. Devs recount the making of Golden Axe: Beast Rider, a crunch-ridden $15M flop 
  46. Unity CEO claims VR hardware hasn’t seen true consumer launch
  47. Unity boss says VR hardware still not right for consumers: “They’re not cheap enough, they don’t work well enough… there’s not a lot of content,” says John Riccitiello
  48. The Void partners with Marvel and Disney to create VR experiences
  49. Niantic touts 35 percent growth in active players forPokemon Go
  50. Google partners with Unity for open-source matchmaking tool Open Match
  51. Unity and Google Cloud unveil Open Match
  52. Hollow Knight tops EU Nintendo Switch eshop charts for August: In addition, No. 2 Dead Cells sees global success, selling four copies on Switch for every one PS4 copy
  53. Nintendo’s promised cloud saves on Switch won’t work for every game [Updated]
  54. Nintendo: Restrictions on cloud saves for certain Switch games are to curb cheaters
  55. Some Nintendo games won’t support cloud saves: Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud save feature skips games like Splatoon 2 as a move to prevent cheating
  56. No more free rides: Paid Switch Online service launches on Sept. 18
  57. Nintendo Switch Online finally has a concrete launch date
  58. Fire Emblem Heroes summer revenue up 34 per cent over 2017: Sensor Tower data shows Nintendo’s hit mobile game earning $63 million in July and August
  59. Delayed Nintendo Direct Leads To Some Oddly Delivered Switch Announcements
  60. Roblox raises $150 million and sets sights on China
  61. GameStop sales slip as retailer continues exploring a sale: Collectibles and console hardware are bright points as company posts $24.9 million loss in a second quarter where revenues dipped 2.4%
  62. Jagex profit and revenue spike in another record year: Upcoming mobile RuneScape games expected to deliver more growth
  63. Dundee’s games industry boosted by £9m InGAME R&D centre: Game developers and universities both involved in new project designed to encourage growth and innovation
  64. “Homeworld” Sideswiped by a Story – Why I Love: Snowcastle Games’ Thomas French reflects on how Relic’s deep space RTS provided a strong narrative through mechanics
  65. NCSoft shuts down WildStar dev Carbine Studios
  66. Lowering the language barrier for aspiring Arab developers: Fawzi Mesmar never had access to Arabic books on game design, so he wrote one
  67. Wedding Proposal Hidden In Spider-Man Unravels, May Be Patched Out
  68. UK charts: Spider-Man is fastest-selling game of the year – Most successful week one for a Marvel game
  69. In the name of accessibility, Spider-Man offers toggleable puzzles and QTEs
  70. Remedy’s Alan Wake is being adapted for TV
  71. ‘To stay relevant’, U.S. adds select PC games to national software registry
  72. How a CEO fiddled while beloved board game Glory to Romecrashed and burned
  73. Developing Spore: An oral (‘Sporal’?) history 10 years on
  74. Blog: The importance of games that make us think

DIGITAL

  1. An EU copyright bill could force YouTube-style filtering across the Web
  2. What’s in the sweeping copyright bill just passed by the European Parliament
  3. Creators Supporting Link Taxes And Mandatory Filters Are Handing The Internet Over To The Companies They Hate
  4. The dangers hidden in the proposed Copyright Directive (Andres Guadamuz)
  5. The Intellectual Dishonesty Of Those Supporting The Existing Text Of The EU Copyright Directive
  6. EU Gives Up On The Open Web Experiment, Decides It Will Be The Licensed Web Going Forward
  7. DOJ And State Attorneys General Threatening Social Media Companies Over Moderation Practices Is A First Amendment Issue
  8. Facebook, Twitter, and the Senate Hearings: It’s The Business Model, Period.
  9. Twitter’s latest (and final) punishment for Alex Jones: A permanent ban
  10. Alex Jones Permanently Suspended From Twitter
  11. Apple’s iPhone event will be live streamed on Twitter for the first time
  12. Twitter Announces 50 New Video Content Deals To Complement Local TV Programming
  13. Progressive Web Apps moving mainstream as Twitter makes its mobile site the main one
  14. Microsoft Wants Confirmation That Helping Politicians Not Get Hacked Isn’t An Illegal Campaign Contribution
  15. Reddit Ignored A Year’s Worth Of User Warnings About Iranian Propaganda
  16. Hollywood Studios, Big Fans Of Automated DMCAs, Also Very Busy DMCAing IMDB For Some Reason
  17. No News Is Good News: Campbell Brown vs. the publishers
  18. Amazon Takes Down Nine Books Self-Published on Kindle by Virulent Sexist ‘Roosh’
  19. Facebook Is Not The Internet: Philippines Propaganda Highlights Perils Of Company’s ‘Free Basics’ Walled Garden
  20. Facebook Responds To Blackberry’s Silly 117 Page Patent Lawsuit With Its Own Silly 118 Page Lawsuit
  21. Facebook punishes liberal news site after fact check by right-wing site
  22. The cure for Facebook’s fake news infection? It might be these women: At Facebook, where men outnumber women almost two to one, the future of news is female.
  23. German Court Tells Facebook It Can’t Delete Comments, Even Though German Law Says It Must Delete Comments
  24. Court Denies Politician’s Attempt To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Banning Critics From His Facebook Page
  25. Social media makes us angry and unfocused. Is email the answer?: Subtack CEO Chris Best makes the case for electronic mail
  26. After many opsec fails, Russia seeks to ban soldier social media spoilers
  27. An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy: For the longest time, we thought that as speech became more democratized, democracy itself would flourish. But in 2018, it is increasingly clear that more speech can in fact threaten democracy.
  28. YouTube Removed Russian Ads In Compliance With Election Law, Google Says
  29. Google Moderation Team Decides My Piece About The Impossible Nature Of Content Moderation Is ‘Dangerous Or Derogatory’
  30. Google kills Google Inbox
  31. You Can Now Pause Your YouTube TV Subscription — And Keep All Stored Programming — For Up To 6 Months
  32. United Airlines Made Its App Stop Working On My Phone, And What This Says About How Broken The Mobile Tech Space Is
  33. New App Popbase Will Let YouTube Creators Make Virtual Avatars To Host Game Shows For Fans
  34. Paul McCartney Will Play a Free Concert on YouTube Friday
  35. Hank Green Has Been Making YouTube Videos For 12 Years — Here’s Why He’s Never Experienced Burnout
  36. ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ Subscriber Count Soars After Lit Musk Interview
  37. Late Vlogger Claire Wineland To Be Subject Of Documentary By Oscar-Winning Director
  38. Nascent Digital Sports Network ‘Overtime’ Inks Content Deal With Basketball Creator Rachel DeMita
  39. Influencer marketing, endorsements, testimonials: food for thought in light of the most recent initiatives by the Italian authorities
  40. WorldStarHipHop Launches Snapchat Channel With Studio71
  41. Viral Aggregator ‘WorldStarHipHop’ Links Up With Studio71 For Snapchat Channel
  42. Meet SelfieCircus and 8 more in Snapchat’s new startup accelerator
  43. Former MTV Chief Sean Atkins Named CEO Of StyleHaul, Will Oversee New MCN Group At RTL
  44. Ex-MTV President Sean Atkins Named StyleHaul CEO
  45. China’s Biggest Streaming Service Eliminates View Counts To Combat Rampant Click Farms
  46. This Video Uses the Power of Deepfakes to Re-Capture This Character’s Cameo Appearance in Rogue One
  47. Here’s How Brands Can Be Proactive Against Influencer Fraud, Per Fullscreen And CreatorIQ Study
  48. Op-Ed: We Gave Corporations Our Data. Now They’re Deciding How AI Will Affect Our Future.
  49. If Artificial Intelligence Only Benefits a Select Few, Everyone Loses
  50. Artificial intelligence in the Gambling Industry
  51. Rise of the Robots: How AI Is Changing the Music World
  52. Doctors said the coma patients would never wake. AI said they would – and they did: Artificial intelligence system developed in Beijing ‘will never replace doctors’ but it can trace brain activity invisible to the human eye
  53. Left Unchecked, Artificial Intelligence Can Become Prejudiced All On Its Own
  54. Countdown to The Singularity
  55. Sim ethics: Say you could make a thousand digital replicas of yourself – should you? What happens when you want to get rid of them?
  56. Drone Racing: The Next Battleground For AI to Try to Dominate Human
  57. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon win numerous creative Emmy awards
  58. Analysis: Netflix Trails Hulu, Amazon, and Several Cable Networks in Quality of Original Shows
  59. EU Officially OKs Apple’s Shazam Acquisition
  60. Big Data? No antitrust problem for Apple/Shazam
  61. You Don’t Own What You’ve Bought: Apple Disappears Purchased Movies
  62. Your new $1,000+ iPhone won’t come with a headphone dongle in the box
  63. Hands-on with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR
  64. Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Sparking envy in current Apple Watch owners
  65. Hello eSIM: Apple moves the iPhone away from physical SIMs
  66. The former Apple engineer who designed the iPhone keyboard reveals what it was like to work under Steve Jobs’ strict requirements for secrecy
  67. Crypto-pocalypse Soon-ish? Judge Rules ICOs Are a Security
  68. Cryptocurrency taxation: what business leaders need to know

CREATIVITY

  1. Saudi Government Outlaws Satire; Violators To Face Five-Year Prison Sentences
  2. Judge Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen For Ruining His Immaculate Reputation
  3. US indicts North Korean agent for WannaCry, Sony attacks [Updated]
  4. Bonkers Attorney’s Fees Ruling Results In SDCC Getting $4 Million Out Of SLCC AFter $20k Jury Award
  5. More Comic Conventions Change Their Names After Crazy SDCC Attorney’s Fees And Injunction Ruling
  6. Success! Roanoke ‘Harry Potter Festival’ Changes Name To ‘Generic Magic Festival’ Due To WB’s Bullying
  7. Are Black Movies Being Shut Out by Global Theaters?
  8. McQueen Family Crashes Ferrari’s Limited-Edition Car
  9. Pop’s Biggest Stars Can Control Their Own Narratives Like Never Before. Is That a Good Thing?
  10. Who hates Star Wars for its newfound diversity? Here are the numbers.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Ajit Pai does ISPs’ bidding, pushes for tighter rules on Google and Facebook
  2. Ajit Pai Again (Falsely) Claims States Are Powerless To Protect Broadband Consumers
  3. Ajit Pai helped Charter kill consumer-protection rules in Minnesota
  4. Verizon throttling firefighters may have violated FCC rule, Democrats say
  5. Verizon’s Pivot From Stodgy Old Telco To Sexy Millennial Ad Brand Isn’t Going So Well
  6. Verizon Says It’s Not Backing Down From Digital Ad Push
  7. ISPs Push Employees To Urge Governor Brown Veto New California Net Neutrality Bill 
  8. With The Death Of Net Neutrality & NBC Merger Conditions, Comcast Is Free To Misbehave
  9. Net neutrality gives “free” Internet to Netflix and Google, ISP claims
  10. FCC data exaggerates broadband access on tribal lands
  11. Fullscreen Founder George Strompolos Steps Down As CEO Following AT&T’s Acquisition Of Otter Media
  12. After Nabbing Billions In Tax Breaks, AT&T’s Promised Job Growth Magically Evaporates
  13. Special Report – Everything we know about 5G

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. DOJ Charges North Korean Spy Over Sony Hack and WannaCry Ransomware [Updated]
  2. Court Shuts Down Feds’ Attempt To Expand The ‘Border Search’ Exception To Cover Inland GPS Monitoring
  3. Florida Appeals Court Tells Law Enforcement It Needs Warrants To Deploy Stingrays 
  4. Documents Show IBM Pitched The NYPD Facial Recognition Software With Built-In Racial Profiling Options
  5. Vizio, sued for making creepy smart TVs, will notify customers via the TVs
  6. Apple takes down Trend Micro Mac apps that collected, stored user data
  7. Dozens of iOS apps surreptitiously share user location data with tracking firms
  8. The Super-Private Tor Browser Gets a Huge Update, But Should You Switch From Chrome?
  9. NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued

Jon

News of the Week; September 5, 2018

GAMES

  1. Jacksonville Shooting Victim Sues EA And Venue
  2. Madden NFL 19 shooting victim sues EA, claiming negligence
  3. Jacksonville shooting survivor files lawsuit against EA and others for negligence
  4. Jacksonville shooting victim suing EA for negligence: Also seeking damages from seven other defendants, including tournament venue Chicago Pizza and Jacksonville Landing mall
  5. EA donates $1 million to newly established Jacksonville Tribute fund
  6. EA donates $1m to victims of Jacksonville shooting: Publisher sets up Jacksonville Tribute fund in support of those affected
  7. Electronic Arts Delays Popular Video Game, Sinking Stock
  8. EA Bioware commits to free story DLC for Anthem: “We want people to be able to experience the same stories so none of that is going to be locked”
  9. Battlefield V pushed back from Call of Duty and Red Dead Redemption release window: EA stock drops as DICE delays until November to make “final adjustments to the core gameplay”
  10. FIFA 18 sells over 24 million copies: FIFA franchise overall totals 260 million copies sold; FIFA Mobile reaches 193 million installs
  11. Battlefield 5 Dev Says It’s A “Shame” Battlefield 1 Didn’t Initially Include Women: “I don’t think it’s a bandwagon thing…it’s about gamers wanting to express themselves in different ways.”
  12. NBA 2K producer: Microtransactions are ‘unfortunate reality’ of modern games
  13. Microtransactions “an unfortunate reality in modern gaming” – NBA 2K19 dev: Every game tries to get additional revenue from players in some way, says senior producer Rob Jones in wake of NBA 2K18 criticism
  14. And Now Comes The Pushback As One ROMs Site Is Challenging Nintendo’s Takedown Of ROM Sites
  15. Switch sales nearing 5 million units in Japan
  16. Nintendo Switch nears 5m sales in Japan: Only 2m behind lifetime sales of PlayStation 4
  17. Nintendo’s big mobile earner Fire Emblem Heroes had a bumper summer
  18. Diablo 3, Untitled Goose Game lead PAX West’s Nintendo Switch lineup
  19. Gallery: Exploring Nintendo’s flagship New York City store
  20. Let’s Sing 2019 heading to PS4, Xbox One, and… the Nintendo Wii?
  21. “Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon
  22. Congressional Candidate Fights Boston Globe’s Use of Gamer Photo
  23. Tencent suspends community manager following sexual harassment accusations
  24. Tencent suspends global community manager after multiple sexual harassment claims: Full investigation pending as Arena of Valor CM accused of sending inappropriate messages to women
  25. Tencent’s value drops by $20 billion following new Chinese regulations: Company has lost more than $160 billion in value this year, falling behind rival Alibaba Group
  26. China to crack down on children’s video gaming time amid fears over addiction
  27. China increasing video game restrictions to combat myopia in children
  28. Chinese Ministry of Education recommends fewer game approvals to combat myopia: Also encourages regulations for screen time and introduction of age ratings for video games in China
  29. Riot’s struggle with toxicity turns inwards: After years of focusing on toxicity in its player base, Riot Games faces up to unpleasant revelations about its own work culture – and the industry at large should take note
  30. Riot responds to controversy over women and non-binary PAX workshops: “No matter how heated a discussion, we expect Rioters to act with respect”
  31. YouTube Orders Pilot For Comedy Series ‘It’s A Man’s World’ About Sexism In Gaming
  32. PewDiePie On Track To Be Overtaken As YouTube’s Most-Subscribed Channel In October
  33. CCP Games: ‘We’re not interested in [harassers] being part of our community’
  34. How Mulaka reflects a culturally respectful development process
  35. European ratings board adding in-game purchase label to boxed games
  36. PEGI adds in-game purchase warning to boxed games: Descriptor will be added to physical releases by the end of the year
  37. Social gaming and gambling advertising, how to deal with them?
  38. No esports in Olympics because ‘killer games’ promote violence: “They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted”
  39. F1 2018 dominates EMEA charts: But Rainbow Six tops the digital rankings
  40. UK Charts: PES launch sales drop 42% year-on-year – F1 2018 retains pole position
  41. Nazi tattoos scrubbed from Scum days after Early Access debut
  42. Devolver removes neo-Nazi tattoos from Scum: Imagery was included to emphasise ‘prison culture’, review being conducted to check for other potentially offensive content
  43. Video Game Industry Plays for FTC Approval of COPPA Program
  44. BioWare: “Anthem is not a departure, it’s the continued evolution of our craft” – Game director Jon Warner discusses the terror and excitement of leading BioWare’s new flagship IP
  45. How Nicki Minaj and a Drag Race superstar inspiredMonument Valley
  46. Sony scrapping PS2 aftercare service in Japan
  47. Sony Japan Is Finally Saying Goodbye To The PS2
  48. Sony CEO says limited cross-platform play provides the ‘best user experience’
  49. No Fortnite PS4 cross-play because ‘PlayStation is the best place to play’: It’s all about the user experience, says Sony CEO
  50. CEO: PS4 blocks cross-console play to provide “best user experience”
  51. Ten surprising things battle royale can teach us: Will Luton reflects on the lessons developers and publishers can learn from the rise of Fortnite, PUBG and their rivals
  52. Rocket League takes a page from Fortnite with new limited-time Rocket Pass
  53. Markiplier And Pokimane Will Battle It Out In Twitch ‘Fortnite’ Stream To Benefit ‘Stand Up 2 Cancer’
  54. Rainbow Six Siege takes after Fortnite by offering in-game reward for using 2FA
  55. Anthem isn’t charging for story DLC in an effort to keep its audience undivided
  56. More competition means players won’t always stay for DLC, warns Anthem dev
  57. YouTube Taps Gamers To Use New ‘YouTube Giving’ Tools In Fundraising Partnership With St. Jude
  58. How Paradox combines business strategy and game dev
  59. Square Enix and Tencent want to make triple-A games together
  60. Square Enix to create AAA original IP with Tencent: ‘Strategic alliance’ between two firms will also see the creation of a new joint-venture company
  61. Valve is making Counter-Strike: Global Offensive free to play, sort of
  62. Valve: Creating Artifact is not a “zero-sum game” – How the company is keeping its focus narrow for the upcoming online trading card game
  63. Final Fantasy XIV surpasses 14 million lifetime registered players
  64. Green Man Gaming’s £100m IPO: “We’ve grown between 25 to 30% every year”
  65. Skipping Steam: Why Jason Rohrer independently distributes One Hour, One Life 
  66. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end – 10 Years Ago This Month: Microsoft announces Ensemble’s closing time months before it wraps development on Halo Wars
  67. ‘Minecraft’ Competitor ‘Roblox’ Raises $150 Million At $2.5 Billion Valuation
  68. Roblox closes on $150 million Series F funding round: Company’s largest funding round to date will go toward continued international expansion
  69. QC Games: “We may make terrible calls, but at least they’re ours” – Why the Breach developers left BioWare and EA for life as a AAA independent
  70. The video game creator turning his grief into art: Indie developer Dan Hett talks us through the therapeutic power of games development after the loss of his brother in the Manchester Arena bombing
  71. Blog: Why academics can no longer compete in game AI competitions
  72. Marvel’s Spider-Man Understands the Amazing Fantasy of Becoming Peter Parker 
  73. Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some
  74. Games intelligence firm SuperData acquired by analytics company Nielsen
  75. SuperData acquired by Nielsen Holdings: Major industry market intelligence company joins analytics group to bolster digital gaming, esports data
  76. Book Excerpt: Understanding video games as culture
  77. Check out Rolling Stone’s 1972 coverage of Spacewar!

DIGITAL

  1. DOJ: We will examine social media firms that “may be hurting competition”
  2. We Shouldn’t Want Internet Giants Deciding Who To Silence; But They Should Let Users Decide Who To Hear
  3. Netflix and Other Streaming Services May Soon Be Legally Required to Make Content for Europe
  4. Netflix and Amazon will have to make more European content by law: A quota on local shows and movies will likely become official in December.
  5. Amazon’s valuation briefly surpassed $1 trillion
  6. Amazon achieved a market value of $1,000,000,000,000
  7. Amazon hits $1 trillion market cap one month after Apple: Online giant becomes second ever company to reach the milestone
  8. Amazon’s ad-supported video service faces many hurdles, but the upside is huge
  9. IP Address Subscriber Isn’t Liable for Copyright Infringement by Users Sharing That IP Address–Cobbler v. Gonzales (Eric Goldman)
  10. Copyright in Data Compilations Is Thin
  11. Wikimedia Warns: EU Copyright Directive Could Drastically Change The Internet We Know And Love
  12. YouTube’s Robert Kyncl Urges Creators To Speak Out Against Proposed EU Copyright Law
  13. California Lawmakers Want a Study of Fake News (If Someone Else Pays for It) (Eric Goldman)
  14. There’s A Reason That Misleading Claims Of Bias In Search And Social Media Enjoy Such Traction
  15. A Federal Anti-SLAPP Law Would Make CDA 230 More Effective
  16. Louisiana Police Appear To Be Using A Hoax Antifa List Created By 8Chan To Open Criminal Investigations
  17. Jack Dorsey Woos Irate Republicans by Calmly Explaining Twitter Is Indeed Messed Up
  18. How a Twitter account convinced 4,000 companies to stop advertising on Breitbart: Sleeping Giants founder tells Recode that he wants to be “the source of some kind of conscience” for social media.
  19. Facebook and Twitter’s Biggest Problems Follow Them to Congress
  20. How Trump Could Trigger Armageddon With a Tweet
  21. The President v. Tech
  22. How Trump’s Pressure on Google Threatens Government Manipulation of Search Results
  23. Censorship and Collateral Damage: Analyzing the Telegram Ban in Iran
  24. Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world – The biggest moments, product launches, and acquisitions throughout Google’s two-decade history
  25. ­­­­­­­
  26. Google Reportedly Bought Your Banking Data in Secret, and That’s Not Even the Bad News
  27. Google: Sorry professor, old Beethoven recordings on YouTube are copyrighted
  28. Why I Can’t Quit Chrome
  29. 6 Ways Google Chrome Changed the Way We Web
  30. Senator to FTC: You guys really should look at Google one more time
  31. Google celebrates a decade of Google Chrome, launches major redesign
  32. Google wants to get rid of URLs but doesn’t know what to use instead
  33. And Here Come The Completely Ridiculous Lawsuits Over Internet Company ‘Bias’
  34. How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War
  35. Facebook is building a ‘war room’ for the midterm elections: The company is taking a ‘laser-focused’ approach to ‘the bad actors.’
  36. Instagram is coming after Amazon with plans to launch a standalone shopping app
  37. The state of advertising on Instagram Stories in five charts
  38. YouTube banned Alex Jones, but it’s letting white supremacist content thrive: Creators are profiting off hateful content
  39. YouTube is fighting for a slice of the premium-video market
  40. YouTube Exec Says Using All Caps Titles Causes Videos To Perform Worse
  41. You Can Now Watch The KSI And Logan Paul Fight For Free On YouTube
  42. Nerd City Video Raises Question: Does Jake Paul Hawking Merch To Kids Cross Legal Lines?
  43. Here’s Exactly How Much Money One YouTuber Made Off His First Million Views
  44. Popular YouTuber ‘The Fitness Marshall’ Breaks Down His Four-Year Ad Earnings
  45. How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets
  46. Hello Kitty Is The Latest Beloved Fictional Character To Become A YouTube Vlogger
  47. Philanthropic YouTube Star Lilly Singh To Headline Mashable’s 9th Annual ‘Social Good Summit’
  48. Claire Wineland, Who Chronicled Her Cystic Fibrosis Battle On YouTube, Has Passed Away At 21
  49. ‘Live With Kelly And Ryan’ To Welcome Digital Stars All Week As Part Of ‘LIVEtember’ Initiative
  50. YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Roll Out To 4 More Countries, Bringing Tally To 21
  51. 21st Century Fox Tenders $100 Million Investment In Buzzy Livestreaming Platform Caffeine
  52. 21st Century Fox sinks $100M into social streaming platform Caffeine
  53. 21st Century Fox invests $100m into streaming startup Caffeine: Newly-formed Caffeine Studios’ will use Fox Sports’ experience to create esports and games programmes for new broadcasting platform
  54. Lawyer in trouble with LSO for tweets
  55. $400,000 Raised for Homeless Man on GoFundMe Is Completely Gone, Lawyer Says
  56. The Mystery Of Columbia Pictures DMCAing Its Own Leaked Promotional Posters For Its ‘Holmes And Watson’ Movie
  57. Disney Fixes Its Sketchy DVD Rental License, Wins Injunction Against Redbox Over Digital Downloads
  58. Disney Enterprises Inc. v. Redbox Automated Retail LLC
  59. Researchers show Alexa “skill squatting” could hijack voice commands
  60. Microsoft is finally going to make the Skype UI good for the things people use
  61. “How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype
  62. The Scunthorpe Problem, And Why AI Is Not A Silver Bullet For Moderating Platform Content At Scale
  63. New Artificial Intelligence Does Something Extraordinary – It Remembers
  64. Engineering tour de force births programmable optical quantum computer
  65. Special Report: In Venezuela, new cryptocurrency is nowhere to be found
  66. Crunch Time in the NAFTA Negotiations: What’s at Play for Canada on Digital Policy (Michael Geist)
  67. The Rise of the Cyber-Mercenaries: What happens when private firms have cyberweapons as powerful as those owned by governments?
  68. Illusion of control: Why the world is full of buttons that don’t work
  69. I Invented the iPhone’s Autocorrect. Sorry About That, and You’re Welcome
  70. Between Cintiq and streaming, animation is thriving—ask Titmouse’s Chris Prynoski 

CREATIVITY

  1. Ontario Court of Appeal decision answers ‘big legal questions’ on SLAPP suits
  2. More On Mass Copyright Litigation in Canada – Part II (Howard Knopf)
  3. Tanksley v. Daniels
  4. Ninth Circuit Stops Monkeying Around And Denies En Banc Review Of The Monkey Selfie Case
  5. LEGO built a drivable Bugatti Chiron out of a million pieces of Technic: It’s the first-ever life-size drivable car made from technic bricks.
  6. How Not To Freak Out When Someone Copies Your Product
  7. Are campaigns running on infringement?
  8. Listen: ‘The Business of Television’ Author Reveals How Peak TV Shook Up Studio Dealmaking
  9. Reading the Star Wars: Episode IX Script Has Made Domhnall Gleeson Paranoid
  10. How ‘Fake News’ Was Born at the 1968 DNC: The madness of the 1968 Democratic National Convention pushed conservatives’ distrust of ‘the establishment’ into overdrive.
  11. Pottery Barn Is Going to Bankrupt Harry Potter Fans Wanting to Redecorate Like Hogwarts

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  Court Rules It’s Fine If FCC Wants To Deem Just One Available ISP As ‘Competition’
  2. Millions could lose cheap phone service under FCC’s overhaul of Lifeline
  3. FCC Criticized for Surrendering Power to Punish Verizon After Firefighters Got Throttled During Wildfire
  4. Verizon’s Oath Will Still Scan Your E-mail For Advertising Purposes Because Hey, It’s Verizon
  5. Ajit Pai Coddles Big Telecom, Demonizes Silicon Valley
  6. Ajit Pai Is Suddenly Very Concerned About Whether Tech Companies Are Censoring Conservatives
  7. Man who threatened to kill Ajit Pai’s children pleads guilty, faces prison
  8. T-Mobile/Sprint merger will bring higher prices, small carriers tell FCC
  9. California Is Now Inches Away From Restoring Net Neutrality
  10. California Shakes Off ISP Lobbyists, Embraces Real Net Neutrality
  11. “Gold standard” state net neutrality bill approved by California Assembly
  12. Calif. Senate approves net neutrality rules, sends bill to governor
  13. Comcast Is Trying To Ban States From Protecting Broadband & TV Consumers
  14. That Time Telco Lobbyists Sent Me All Their Talking Points About Trying To Shift The Blame To Internet Companies
  15. RTL CEO Bert Habets on Record Results, ‘American Idol’ Reboot and Taking on Netflix in Europe
  16. AT&T’s Top Anti-Net Neutrality Lobbyist In California Doesn’t Register As A Lobbyist
  17. AT&T and Verizon Are Making Very Different Bets on What 5G Will Mean for Consumers and Content: Next generation of wireless tech promises to make carriers more competitive with traditional TV providers
  18. Telecoms privacy and data security provisions in the USA

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canada’s privacy deficit
  2. Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge
  3. Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy as of October 3
  4. Five Eyes Surveillance Agencies Say Encryption Is Good, Except When It Keeps Them From Looking At Stuff
  5. DHS Continues Facial Recognition Deployment With An Eye On Expanding Program To All Domestic Travelers
  6. How Location Tracking Actually Works on Your Smartphone
  7. The Physical Security Key That Keeps Google Employees From Getting Phished Is Now Available
  8. Indian Police Adding Pre-Crime Software To Their Long List Of Snooping Tools
  9. Australian Gov’t Likes Intrusive Border Device Searches Just As Much As The US Does
  10. Unpatched routers being used to build vast proxy army, spy on networks

Jon

News of the Week; August 29, 2018

GAMES

  1. Shooter opens fire at Jacksonville Madden tournament
  2. Mass Shooting At Madden Tournament In Florida
  3. Competitive Gamers Eli Clayton And Taylor Robertson Killed In Jacksonville Shooting
  4. Victims of Jacksonville shooting were members of competitive Madden community: Elijah ‘TrueBoy’ Clayton and Taylor ‘SpotMePlzz’ Robertson were killed at a Madden Championship Series tournament last weekend
  5. EA cancels remaining Madden qualifiers in wake of shooting
  6. EA cancels Madden competitions after shooting: CEO Andrew Wilson honors slain players, cancels three remaining qualifiers for Madden Classic competitions
  7. Flordia AG Somehow Pivots To The Danger Of Video Games After The Latest Florida Shooting
  8. PAX organizers issue official statement after shooting at Madden Championship Series event: “We have in place extensive proactive measures” to ensure safety at PAX West, future events
  9. Riot Games outlines plan for culture change in wake of workplace sexism allegations: Company promises action steps such as third-party evaluations, anonymous hotline, reevaluation of recruiting practices, and new HR hires
  10. Battle Chef Brigade dev warns against putting work first
  11. Weather Factory launches Coven Club to help connect women in games
  12. Nintendo files takedown notice against Pokemon fan game creation tool
  13. Nintendo shuts down tool used to build Pokémon fan games
  14. Nintendo orders takedown of fan game maker Pokémon Essentials: Decade-old asset kit for RPG Maker pulled, along with wiki on how to develop with it
  15. Ever wanted to see “beyond” the NES game screen? With WideNES, you can
  16. Artists Heading to Dungeons & Dragons Session Say ICE Detained Them, Would Not Allow Them Entry to U.S.
  17. 2K Games alters NBA 2K MyTeam mode to comply with Belgian loot box laws: Publisher also removes premium currency card packs from Dutch version, “disagrees with this position” in both nations
  18. Blizzard removes paid loot boxes and loot chests for players in Belgium
  19. Blizzard locks sale of real money loot boxes in Belgium: Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm join growing list of games forced to halt sale of loot boxes by Belgian authorities
  20. Denuvo Announces Plan To Fail To Combat Online Game Cheaters After Failing To Stop Piracy With Its DRM
  21. Denuvo: “There is no uncrackable game. What we do is protect the initial sales” – Anti-tamper tech is far from iron-clad, but pirates are only willing to wait so long for a cracked game
  22. Denuvo rolling out anti-cheat software: DRM firm plans to prevent players unbalancing multiplayer games and bypassing microtransactions
  23. GameStop shares plummet as buyout deal fails to materialise: With no sign of retailer’s troubles abating, shares fall 9.9 per cent
  24. Post Valve’s ‘Hands Off’ Games Curation Announcement, Everything Is A Mess
  25. Report: Analyzing player preferences from the US games market
  26. Superdata: No Man’s Sky flies once more as Fortnite begins to flag – July digital games market report shows Epic’s battle royale nonetheless continues to drive growth
  27. Fortnite dev Epic offers in-game reward for players that turn on 2FA
  28. Google spots security vulnerability in Epic-hosted FortniteAndroid installer
  29. Google discloses vulnerability in Fortnite launcher that allowed possible malware installation: Epic Games has since fixed the exploit, but CEO Tim Sweeney calls Google disclosure “irresponsible”
  30. Fortnite’s Android vulnerability leads to Google/Epic Games spat
  31. Daybreak Games closing down Just Survive servers in October
  32. Publisher 505 Games takes over support of Roll7’s Laser League
  33. NPD: $19.5bn spent on video games in US during first half of 2018 – Hardware spending reaches seven-year high, with Xbox One and SNES Classic cited as highlights
  34. NPD: Fortnite, PUBG help push U.S. game spending up 40%
  35. UK Charts: F1 2018, Shenmue depose Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – Activision Blizzard’s nostalgic platformer finally drops to No.3 after eight weeks in the top spot
  36. Tomb Raider overshadows EMEAA game charts: Upcoming release bolsters Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider into top ten
  37. NPD: Octopath Traveler leads continued Switch success in July – Nintendo published half of July’s top 10 best selling software titles
  38. Examining why Switch games cost more than their PC counterparts
  39. Switch checks off its indie-game wishlist with Into the Breach, Towerfall
  40. Nintendo rolls out indie-focused Switch news channel
  41. The 10 secrets to indie game success (and why they do not exist)
  42. Game Marketing 101: How to make games and stay afloat
  43. Microsoft reportedly bundling console, Gold and Game Pass into Xbox All Access service
  44. Microsoft is about to announce Xbox All Access subscription
  45. Report: New Microsoft subscription service will include an Xbox One, Xbox Live, and Game Pass
  46. Report: “Xbox All Access” to offer free hardware with two-year agreement
  47. “Xbox All Access” offers free hardware up front with two-year subscription 
  48. Xbox All Access bundles a console, Live, and Game Pass for 24 monthly payments
  49. Microsoft announces Xbox All Access: 24-month payment program gets users an Xbox One, Xbox Live, and Game Pass sans up-front payment
  50. “We don’t see a future where subscriptions are dominant” –  Microsoft: Xbox Game Pass heads say player feedback shows they prefer a service with a smaller number of quality titles to one with thousands of games
  51. Why Xbox bought Ninja Theory: Microsoft explains why mid-sized studios are important to its Game Pass subscription service
  52. Playstation Vue expands its lineup with 200 more local channels
  53. Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets cleaned up for PS4
  54. Blog: Where’s my money, dude? What Steam is silent about
  55. Dota 2 International 2019 moves to Shanghai: First time the championship has been held outside of North America since the 2011 debut
  56. Pro Gamers Fend Off Elon Musk-Backed AI Bots – For Now
  57. Twitter Sets Pact With Overwatch League for Highlights, Weekly Show: Deal for esports content runs through end of 2019
  58. Riot Games details steps forward after workplace toxicity allegations
  59. Riot Games ‘a long way’ from breaking even in esports 
  60. Riot Games “a long way from breaking even” on esports investment: Head of global esports events explains company’s decision to cut costs, focus investments over next three years
  61. Newzoo: Mobile esports seeing windows of opportunity open – Better hardware, Eastern popularity are driving slow but steady growth of large-scale, competitive play
  62. It’s Time for an ‘Overwatch’ Battle Pass
  63. Miyamoto: Game devs must avoid becoming reliant on free-to-play
  64. iFixit dissects the $2,299 Magic Leap One so you don’t have to: Glue barriers, fragile components drop mixed-reality set’s “repairability score.”
  65. Twitch Embraces Nostalgia Again With Pokemon TV And Movie Marathons
  66. Creators Going Pro: How Logdotzip Turned A Passion For Gaming At 14 Into A 10-Person Business A Decade Later
  67. GoldenEye 007 gets quite the 21st-birthday present: An oral history
  68. Riot using League of Legends to drive blood donations in the Netherlands
  69. Riot Games partners with blood bank to promote donation in the Netherlands: League of Legends players who donate blood through Sanquin will receive an in-game skin
  70. Why From Software chose Activision to publish Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – “When From Software knocks on your door and says ‘hey, we wanna make a game,’ you have only one answer right?”
  71. How World of Warcraft helped Epidemiologists create better disease models
  72. Battle for Azeroth is the fastest-selling World of Warcraft expansion: Day-one global sales surpass 3.4 million
  73. Battle for Azeroth beats out past World of Warcraftexpansions in day-one sales
  74. World of Warcraft devs explore the history of the long-running MMO
  75. Reinventing God of War was a battle against doubt
  76. Assassin’s Creed’s gap year could start a trend
  77. Whoa, There’s Gonna Be A Streets Of Rage 4
  78. Taking on Madden as an option instead of a Hail Mary: Solo developer David Winter is building a business with simulation football games catering to audiences unserved by EA’s juggernaut
  79. Why Velocity Supernova needs a publisher – but is struggling to find one: FuturLab’s James Marsden delves deeper into the difficulties getting a Velocity 2X sequel signed, despite an audience of millions
  80. Oculus Founder Serves up Scathing Review of Magic Leap One, Calling It A “Tragic Heap”
  81. Hands-on: Upcoming VR Shooter ‘Telefrag’ Boasts Impossible, Escher-style Arenas
  82. Orpheus to bring suite of “self-care entertainment” games to VR: New publishing venture focused on games with positive impact on player well-being
  83. Gamescom sets another record for attendance: But with 370,000 visitors, venue management admit to congestion issues
  84. Gamescom 18 boasts 15,000 jump in attendees at record 370,000
  85. Portal was a classic from out of nowhere – Why I Love: YoYo Games’ Russell Kay remembers how The Orange Box toss-in stole the whole Half-Life show

DIGITAL

  1. Blueprints For 3D Printed Guns Will Stay (Sort Of) Offline, Judge Rules
  2. Judge allows temporary ban on 3D-printed gun files to continue
  3. After court order, 3D-printed gun pioneer now sells pay-what-you-want CAD files
  4. Supreme Court rules ISPs entitled to recover costs of blocking websites selling counterfeit goods
  5. Important Appeals Court Ruling States Clearly That Merely Having An IP Address Is Insufficient For Infringement Claims
  6. Conservatives: Stop Crying Wolf On Tech Bias Or No One Will Ever Take You Seriously
  7. President Trump Accuses Google of Rigging Search Results Against Him, Calls It ‘Very Dangerous’
  8. Trump says he will “address” Google’s “suppressing” of conservative news [Updated]
  9. Google Shuts Down 39 YouTube Accounts Linked To Iranian “Influence Operation”
  10. Google Removes YouTube Channels and Web Accounts Tied to Iran
  11. Comments on Trump’s Empty Tweetstorm Threatening Social Media Providers (Eric Goldman)
  12. California Lawmakers Want a Study of Fake News (If Someone Else Pays for It) (Eric Goldman)
  13. How YouTube deals with inappropriate videos
  14. Significant Concerns About The New NAFTA Agreement’s Impact On Innovation And The Internet
  15. Five Years Later, Google Express Is No Closer to Beating Amazon
  16. What Amazon’s Latest Hire Says About Its Sports Broadcasting Ambitions
  17. Amazon may make a free, ad-supported streaming service for Fire TVs
  18. Amazon Pays Employees To Chirp Happily On Twitter About Wonderful Working Conditions
  19. Snapchat surges in popularity as people turn their backs on Facebook in the UK: Snapchat to overtake Facebook among young adults in UK by end of 2018 amid global trend for 20-somethings shunning Zuckerberg’s social network
  20. Facebook, Instagram to charge GST on ads by mid-2019
  21. Dubious Studies And Easy Headlines: No, A New Report Does Not Clearly Show Facebook Leads To Hate Crimes
  22. Facebook’s War on B.S. Is Not Going Well -We Talked to the Fact Checkers on the Front Lines
  23. Continuing charm offensive, Facebook creates tool to boost news publishers’ reach on the platform
  24. Facebook Bans Myanmar Leaders, Admits It Was ‘Too Slow’ to Stop Posts Promoting Genocide
  25. Facebook violates Apple’s data-gathering rules, pulls VPN from App Store
  26. Facebook Watch Rolls Out Internationally
  27. Alleged Facebook scammer arrested in Ecuador, will resist extradition
  28. Fugitive Fraudster Who Demanded Half Of Facebook Arrested After Three Years On The Run
  29. Facebook Watch Now Available Globally, Offering Expanded Creator Tools To More Countries
  30. A look inside Facebook’s efforts to expand Wi-Fi in developing countries
  31. Potential(ly) Reach(ing): Facebook Sued Over Inflated Audience Numbers
  32. Facebook’s ‘Privacy Protecting’ VPN Booted From Apple Store For Snooping Too Much
  33. Fake GNUs: Keep politics out of open source software licences (Andres Guadamuz)
  34. Danish ISPs Get Win That Could End Copyright Trolling In Denmark
  35. Maximum Mudslinging: How Powerful Lobby Groups Are Working to Sideline Civil Society Voices on Digital Policy (Michael Geist)
  36. How The EU May Be About To Kill The Public Domain: Copyright Filters Takedown Beethoven
  37. Honest Government Ads Takes On EU Parliament’s Plan To Censor The Internet With Article 13
  38. A Link Tax Won’t Bring Back Journalists; It Will Do Even More Harm To Them
  39. Apple confirms TV series order of Asimov’s Foundation
  40. Apple and Amazon Have the Most Annoying Ongoing Feud in Tech
  41. Insights: Amazon’s Brand Ambassadors Swear Everything’s A-OK
  42. Microsoft will soon automatically transcribe video files in OneDrive for Office 365 subscribers
  43. Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point: Software piracy remains an important part of preserving our digital heritage.
  44. Microsoft obliquely acknowledges Windows 0-day bug published on Twitter
  45. Mobile Devices and Driving in Ontario and Quebec
  46. Internet Content Moderation Isn’t Politically Biased, It’s Just Impossible To Do Well At Scale
  47. Forget About Social Media Content Moderation; Get Ready For Internet Infrastructure Content Moderation
  48. Can social media posts be tortious or criminal?
  49. Brand Partners Sever Ties With Laura Lee Following Racist Tweet Scandal
  50. The Scandal Enmeshing YouTube’s Beauty Community Has Hit Manny MUA With Loss Of 250,000 Subscribers
  51. Popular YouTuber Kills Self, Two Others In Fiery Crash
  52. KSI v Logan Paul: YouTube boxing fight ends in a draw
  53. KSI vs. Logan Paul “YouTube World Championship” Boxing Match Ends In A Draw As 784K Watch On YouTube (And A Million More Illegally)
  54. KSI vs Logan Paul: Who’s Got The Edge Going Into What Will Be One Of The Biggest YouTube Events Of All Time
  55. KSI Wants To Push Logan Paul Rematch From February To May, Envisions Setting Outside U.S.
  56. YouTube Stars Go Head-to-Head in Pay-Per-View Boxing Match: Two of YouTube’s biggest names opt for ticket sales over ads; Celebrities on platform are seeking new ways to make money
  57. Jake Paul Defeats Deji In YouTube Boxing Event, Launches Merch Line RNBO To 800,000+ Live Viewers
  58. No one should be surprised that pirates hijacked the Logan Paul/KSI boxing match on Twitch
  59. How Much Did Logan Paul And KSI Make From Their ‘YouTube World Boxing Championship’? A Lot.
  60. As Popularity Of Avatar YouTubers Grows In Japan, One Prefecture Gets Its Own Official ‘VTuber’
  61. YouTube Rolls Out New Dashboard To Tell Users Exactly How Much Time They Spend Watching Content
  62. Shots Studios Unveils YouTube Channel Solely Dedicated To Vertical Videos
  63. YouTube Rolling Out Non-Skippable Ads To All Creators Within Its Partner Program
  64. YouTube Starts Telling You How Much Time You’re Wasting on YouTube
  65. BTS Surpasses Taylor Swift To Nab Biggest 24-Hour YouTube Video Debut Of All Time
  66. YouTube Beauty Mogul Jeffree Star Breezes Past 10 Million Subscribers In Roughly 3 Years
  67. Legal concerns emerging from influencer marketing – #Sponsored
  68. Here’s 23,000 Ways That Branded Content Is a S**t Show
  69. Family Vloggers Cole And Savannah LaBrant Accused Of Staging Wildfire Evacuation For Views
  70. Beer Company BrewDog Debuts Streaming-Video Service in Latest Niche SVOD Move
  71. The Young Turks Network Lays Off Staff, Retires Entertainment Shows
  72. BuzzFeed News Is Asking Readers For Donations — But Has No Immediate Paywall Plans
  73. BuzzFeed Zeroes in on Television With Premiere of Netflix Series and Launch of Twitter-Based TV-Review Show
  74. Once powerful, portals fade as video-syndication revenue sources
  75. Netflix’s Latest Price Hike May Have Scared Away Low-Income Consumers
  76. Netflix Is Testing A New Payment Method That Will Cut Apple Out Of The Process
  77. Netflix has a great opportunity in India, says SunTrust
  78. Technology Is Transforming TV – 3 Things Your Business Can Learn From Netflix
  79. Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. VidAngel, Inc.
  80. Get Your MoviePass Refund Now Before the Company’s Out of Money
  81. Andy Signore Is Suing Defy Media For Firing Him, Says Company Fostered “Culture Of Profanity And Obscenity”
  82. A Harm-Reduction Framework for Algorithmic Fairness (Micah Altman, Alexandra Wood, & Effy Vayena)
  83. Today In Useless Surveys: Some People Want Internet Companies To Stop Filtering News And Some Don’t.
  84. SEC Denies Nine More Bitcoin ETF Applications
  85. 4 Key Takeaways from FinCEN Director’s Speech on Cryptocurrency
  86. Venezuela’s Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency Is Giving Blockchain A Bad Name
  87. China Is Serious About Cracking Down on Cryptocurrency
  88. $224 million sought in lawsuit against AT&T over cryptocurrency theft
  89. Copyright and the blockchain
  90. Should Evil AI Research Be Published? Five Experts Weigh In.
  91. Advanced Artificial Intelligence Could Run The World Better Than Humans Ever Could
  92. If We Ever Want Artificial General Intelligence, Governments Need To Invest In It
  93. Industry 4.0 and the regulation of artificial intelligence
  94. It’s Really Easy for Hackers to Take Control of Robots
  95. Self-driving cars will destroy a lot of jobs—they’ll also create a lot
  96. Elon Musk Claims a Tesla Semi Prototype Drove “Across the Country Alone”
  97. Analysis: Why Elon Musk abandoned his plan to take Tesla private
  98. Milan court issues dynamic blocking injunction against Italian ISPs
  99. The World’s First Digital Teacher Just Debuted in New Zealand 

CREATIVITY

  1. Billionaire Steve Wynn, Who Once Tried To Kill Nevada’s Anti-SLAPP Law, Loses Defamation Case Under That Law
  2. More On Mass Copyright Litigation in Canada – Part I (Howard Knopf)
  3. Advantages Making the Federal Court of Canada an Increasingly Desirable Forum for Intellectual Property Disputes
  4. Top Five Reasons Why IT Companies are Coming to Canada
  5. Court of Appeals Finds That Digital Remasters of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings Likely Do Not Result in New Copyrighted Work That Would Bring These Songs under Federal Law – Reversing District Court Decision
  6. US Trade Rep Appears To Misreport Its Own Trade Agreement To Include Copyright Extension
  7. Gray v. Perry
  8. Can You Enhance That?: Copyright in Facts and Retouched Images
  9. Recognizing It Had No Chance, Cox Settles BMG Copyright Trolling Case
  10. Copyright or copyleft?
  11. Who should bear the cost of blocking orders for IP infringement?
  12. Trump’s Anti-press Rhetoric Is Dangerous, But His Actions Are Worse
  13. FBI refutes Trump claim that Clinton’s private email server was hacked by China
  14. The Oft-Forgotten Architecture of Pop Culture Franchises 
  15. Look Before You Leap  – “Weinstein Reps” in Corporate Transactions
  16. Nickelodeon Is Opposing A 12 Year Old New Zealand Girl’s ‘Slime’ Trademark For Some Reason
  17. Supreme Court Asked To Correct Appeals Court (Again) And Explain That Patentable Ideas Need To Be New
  18. The Story of the American Inventor Denied a Patent Because He Was a Slave
  19. Is the U.S. Fair Use Doctrine Compatible with Berne and TRIPS Obligations? (Pamela Samuelson & Kathryn Hashimoto)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. FCC Approves Another Radio Station Acquisition by a Company that is 100% Foreign-Owned 
  2. FCC can define markets with only one ISP as “competitive,” court rules
  3. Standard of Review: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
  4. Net Neutrality Advocates, State Governments Argue Against Internet Freedom Order in D.C. Circuit Briefs
  5. California’s strict net neutrality bill is close to final passage
  6. Robocalls tell seniors net neutrality raises phone bills by $30: Robocalls spread misinformation to seniors as California votes on net neutrality.
  7. Big Telecom Resorts To Lying To Senior Citizens To Scuttle Net Neutrality In California
  8. Just Because The Internet Didn’t Implode The Day After Repeal Doesn’t Mean Killing Net Neutrality Was A Good Idea
  9. Comcast/Charter lobby asks FTC to preempt state broadband regulations
  10. Charter Spectrum Security Flaw Exposes Private Data Of Millions Of Subscribers
  11. FTC Hits Road Block in DIRECTV Advertising Case Seeking $3.95 Billion Remedy
  12. Verizon stops throttling more firefighters, plans unlimited data “with no caps”
  13. Verizon tries to douse criticism, touts “priority access” for first responders
  14. Verizon throttling could trigger FTC investigation of deceptive practices
  15. Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For The FCC, FTC To Punish Verizon For Screwing Firefighters
  16. Another Prison Phone Service Caught Recording Privileged Conversations And Passing Them On To Law Enforcement 
  17. T-Mobile Begs Small Wireless Carriers To Support Its Awful Merger. The Problem: They Hate It Too 
  18. RTL Group Sees Record Revenue for First Half of 2018: Results Fuelled by Strong Q2 Performance of FremantleMedia 
  19. A New Book Details the Damage Done by the Right-Wing Media in 2016 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1.  Snoops on a Plane: Looking for Privacy in all the Wrong (Public) Places
  2. NSA leaker who mailed doc outlining Russian hacking gets 5 years in prison
  3. Reality Winner Will Spend Five Years In Jail For Leaking Info Government Officials Released Publicly
  4. Chinese Surveillance State Is Basically The US Surveillance Apparatus Minus The Constitutional Rights
  5. Woman: My iPhone was seized at border, then imaged—feds must now delete data
  6. American Muslim Challenges Warrantless Border Device Search From An Unexpected Legal Angle
  7. Indiana Appeals Court Says Forcing Someone To Unlock Their Phone Violates The 5th Amendment
  8. Prosecutor: Suspect must give up his phone’s passcode in fatal hazing case
  9. UK cops used facial recognition at show, found someone with outstanding warrant: During May 2018 event, South Wales Police false-positive rate went from 92% to 0.02%.
  10. Appeals Court: City-Owned Utility Pulling Electric Use Info Every 15 Minutes Is A Search
  11. Privacy shield team issues guidance
  12. Corporate Cybersecurity Is Becoming Geopolitical. Are U.S. Tech Companies Ready?
  13. Researchers find way to spy on remote screens—through the webcam mic
  14. Ron Wyden Wants The DOJ To Provide Answers On Stingray Devices’ Disruption Of Emergency Call Service
  15. A Tech Company Wants to Implant GPS Trackers in Dementia Patients
  16. Warning Kids About Digital Privacy Doesn’t Work. Here’s What Does.
  17. Bridging The Gap Between Computer Science and Legal Approaches To Privacy (Kobbi Nissim, Aaron Bembenek, Alexandra Wood, Mark Bun, Marco Gaboardi, Urs Gasser, David R. O’Brien, Thomas Steinke, & Salil Vadhan)

Jon

News of the Week; August 22, 2018

GAMES

  1. Liftoff: Women make in-app purchases at a 79% higher rate than men – iOS user acquisition more expensive, but also more lucrative than Android
  2. Analyst: More players are making in-app purchases (with less nudging)
  3. 2K tweaks loot boxes in NBA 2K to comply with new Belgian gambling laws
  4. Loot Box Regulation: The State of Play
  5. China’s censors may target business models, not content: With no games approved in four months, China’s censorship regime is in flux; could game monetisation be in the sights of the new authorities?
  6. Games of Skill v. Games of Chance – The Legal Analysis
  7. Indictment: Congressman spent campaign funds on $1,500 in Steam games [Updated]
  8. U.S. judge blocks sale of GTA Online cheat programs
  9. US judge blocks man from selling Grand Theft Auto Online cheat programs: Take-Two claims software by David Zipperer has cost the firm more than $500,000
  10. Judge Stanton grants preliminary injunction against creator of “grand theft Auto V” cheat software
  11. Game dev suffers broken teeth, skull fracture after trying to film arrest
  12. Veteran game designer arrested after altercation with police: Industry crowdfunds legal and medical fees for former Disney and Turbine developer Patricia A. Pizer after alleged assault
  13. Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against ‘League of Legends’ Developer Riot Games
  14. Riot Games exec Greg Street promises change to sexist culture
  15. Video: How Riot partners with players to positively impact the world
  16. How Not Tonight went from workplace sim to twisted Brexit vision
  17. Video: How to foster diversity in games 
  18. Developers of adult games on Steam should “assume months” before game approval
  19. Valve makes Windows games playable on Linux with Steam Play update
  20. Steam Play update makes Windows-only games playable on Linux: Valve rolls out new open source compatibility tool Proton, complete with Vulkan support
  21. “No school shooters”: Robot Cache promises more curation than Steam – CEO says every game submitted will be reviewed for content on blockchain-based marketplace
  22. THQ Nordic team-up brings select Microsoft Studios games to Steam
  23. Judge Orders Alleged EA Games Hacker to Pay $750,000 Bail in Cryptocurrency
  24. ROM sites are falling, but a legal loophole could save game emulation
  25. FTC Approves Changes to Video Game Industry’s Safe Harbor Program Under COPPA
  26. Clash of Clans, Fortnite lead top mobile games for session time: Users spent 3.83 billion hours playing Clash of Clans in May through July of this year
  27. Please Don’t Download Fortnite for Android From Sketchy Places
  28. Impostor Fortnite Android Apps Are Already Spreading Malware
  29. Pokémon Go file check opens new front in war on rooted Android phones
  30. Fortnite’s five-month iOS revenue on par with Clash Royale: Epic’s blockbuster reaches $200 million revenue on the App Store, according to Sensor Tower estimates
  31. PUBG Mobile surpasses 100 million downloads since launch 
  32. PUBG Mobile hits 100 million downloads: Battle royale’s mobile version also reaches 14 million daily active users
  33. Capcom has shipped 10M copies of Monster Hunter: World
  34. Assassin’s Creed to skip major release in 2019: Ubisoft avoids spin-off titles as well, focusing on support of Odyssey
  35. Minigame integrated into EVE Online helps scientists understand cells
  36. EVE Online players further scientific research using pattern-matching minigame
  37. Blog: Making the first game containing Nazi symbols in Germany
  38. How Six Ages builds a game around the power of myth
  39. Steam’s content-driven freeze on game approvals expected to last for months
  40. Valve accidentally unveils Steam.tv broadcasting platform
  41. Valve launches streaming platform Steam TV: Quiet launch of new broadcasting arm gives Twitch and YouTube gaming a new competitor
  42. Some Twitch Users’ Private Messages Were Exposed To Other Users. Here’s How To Check If You’re One Of Them.
  43. Twitch Prime Will Rescind Ad-Free Viewing Beginning Next Month
  44. Pay now or kiss Twitch Prime’s no-advertising perk goodbye starting Sept 14
  45. Mad Machines to debut as a “First on Discord” game: Rocket League-like robot spike hockey game will be exclusive to Discord at launch
  46. Blog: Honest reflections on Patreon from a game media creator
  47. Sony Finally Gets A Little Weird With Its New DualShock 4 Colors
  48. Citing ‘Sony’s plans to discontinue the Vita,’ Bloodstaineddev cancels port
  49. Bloodstained Vita release canceled due to “Sony’s plans to discontinue” handheld: Kickstarter update delays game to 2019, offers refunds to Vita backers
  50. PlayStation VR Passes 3 Million Units Sold
  51. Worldwide PlayStation VR sales have topped 3 million
  52. PlayStation VR hits 3 million sold: Sony says PSVR software sales approaching 22 million; Skyrim tops the list of most-played PSVR games
  53. VR’s slow growth ideal for indies – Moss dev
  54. EA Respawn’s Unannounced Oculus Exclusive Characterized as a “AAA VR Shooter”
  55. EA, Unity, Epic, and others unite to promote best practices for HDR
  56. Inside Two Bit Circus, LA’s new VR and arcade amusement park
  57. Zynga to develop a Star Wars mobile game following Disney partnership
  58. Zynga’s NaturalMotion studio partners with Disney for new Star Wars game: Publisher will also take over mobile tower defense game Star Wars Commander
  59. Microsoft’s Moon Studios, Activision Blizzard stand out in Gamescom Awards: Koch Media, Nintendo also take home multiple honors
  60. Microsoft prepares to kill the Windows 8 store: No new apps from November
  61. Microsoft, Sony, other major publishers form HDR Gaming Interest Group: Group aims to specify and share public guidelines to improve HDR gaming
  62. Minecraft: Education Edition is coming to iPad
  63. Keywords Studios acquires Studio Gobo for £26m: Technical services provider continues spending spree with eighth acquisition this year
  64. Profits tumble 57.5% at Rovio, despite rising games revenue: Angry Birds 2 pulls in €29.7 million but developer admits it “did not see the growth we wanted” from other games
  65. Realm Royale loses 97% of its players in two months: Steam user reviews suggest balancing issues lie at the heart of Hi-Rez Studios’ battle royale decline
  66. Despite millions of downloads, publishers won’t sign the sequel to Velocity 2X
  67. FuturLab: No publisher will sign Velocity 2X sequel, despite millions of downloads – UK studio shares turbulent journey behind Velocity Supernova, the secretly-developed sequel it might never release
  68. Gameseek founder returns with toy and video games retailer: Just three months since the website entered administration leaving customers out of pocket
  69. OK Fine, Maybe Nintendo’s on to Something With the Labo Vehicle Kit
  70. InkyPen brings comics, graphic novels to Nintendo Switch: Comic subscription service’s debut marks first worldwide media app of its kind on the console
  71. Nintendo’s Switch has been hiding a buried “VrMode” for over a year
  72. Shuhei Yoshida’s first play of God of War – “He was horrified”: At Devcom 2018, creative director Cory Barlog laid out the difficult user responses to the in-development God of War, from both playtesters and SIE’s top brass
  73. Cliff Bleszinksi to address Boss Key failure in new book: Industry veteran’s memoir “closes the chapter” on studio that shut down less than a year after its debut title Lawbreakers launched
  74. Scammers are still trying to snag free games from indie devs 
  75. The Division 2 “is like a second marriage”: Massive’s David Polfeldt talks us through his team’s ‘endgame first’ mentality and why the first Division could last longer than we expect
  76. In Octopath Traveler, jobs define more than just gameplay mechanics
  77. Playne: Encouraging mindfulness through video games – Developer Krish Shrikumar on using video games to break down stigma against meditation and mindfulness
  78. The creators of the Nintendo 64 GoldenEye have officially ruled: Oddjob is cheating
  79. Developing GoldenEye 007 when the technology didn’t exist 
  80. F1 2018: More than a great game, it’s an interactive history lesson
  81. Don’t Miss: Devs reflect on the impact and legacy ofBurnout Paradise
  82. Shenmue I & II impressions: A gaming history lesson, but it feels like school
  83. Ubisoft’s once-yearly Assassin’s Creed series is skipping a 2019 release
  84. Don’t Miss: The physics of trains in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
  85. Dontnod’s Vampyr picked up for TV adaptation by Fox21
  86. Fox21 adapting Dontnod’s Vampyr for TV: Series based on video game will be produced by same company behind upcoming Life Is Strange TV show
  87. Ustwo Games’ Monument Valley picked up for film adaptation
  88. Lakers, Timberwolves, Nets, and Hawks Join NBA 2K League’s Second Season
  89. Valve’s nearly $25M The International prize pool sets esports-wide record
  90. The International brings record-breaking prize pool: Dota 2 tournament’s $24.8 million pool once again largest in esports history
  91. Esports official medal in 2022 Asian Games up in the air again: OCA backtracks, citing lack of overarching governing body as key hurdle in recognition as a medaling event
  92. NASCAR Team Properties extends gaming license through 2029, expands Esports initiatives.
  93. As Esports Race to Turn Pro, Madden NFL Stays Open to All Gamers
  94. This Is The Longest Madden Glitch I’ve Ever Seen And It Keeps Getting Stranger
  95. Facebook removes its revenue share from Instant Games on Android
  96. Facebook drops its revenue share for Instant Games on Android: Social network will no longer take a cut of in-app purchases on Google devices, applies new rates retroactively
  97. Amazon removes its 20 percent preorder discount on games
  98. Amazon Prime eliminates 20% discount on game pre-orders
  99. GAME’s full-year revenues expected to suffer slight decline
  100. NVIDIA Demo Shows Off Real-time Ray Tracing Capabilities of RTX Cards
  101. ‘Battlefield V’ Shows What NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing Means for the Future of Gaming
  102. What Will Quantum Computer Games Be Like?  
  103. Rules of the game (part 1): Copyright protection of video games in Canada
  104. Raytracing explained: Nvidia, Microsoft lead the way in revolutionizing gaming graphics

DIGITAL

  1. Will the Canadian Voltage Reverse Class Action Now Fizzle?
  2. Twitter Gets Powerful Win in “Must-Carry” Lawsuit–Taylor v. Twitter
  3. Appeals Court Says Of Course Twitter Can Kick Racists Off Its Platform
  4. As Press Freedom Dies In Turkey, Twitter Is There To Help Dig Its Grave
  5. Dutch Government Prosecuting Dutch Citizen For Insulting Turkish President Recep Erdogan
  6. EU Commission Moving Forward With Legislation Demanding One Hour Removal Of ‘Terrorist Content’
  7. Section 230 Survives to Fight Another Day Following California Supreme Court Decision
  8. Automated ‘Content Protection’ System Sends Wave Of Bogus DMCA Notice Targeting Legitimate URLs
  9. Automated Filter Removed Parliament Member’s Article Warning About Censorship By Automated Filters
  10. 3D-printed gun activists set to face numerous US states in court
  11. Microsoft shuts down phishing sites, accuses Russia of new election meddling
  12. Man sues over Google’s “Location History” fiasco, case could affect millions
  13. Google reportedly plans flagship retail store (again), this time in Chicago
  14. After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China
  15. Apple complies with China’s rules again, pulls gambling apps from App Store
  16. Apple Store Shoppers Tackle Suspects in $18,000 MacBook Grab-and-Dash Heist
  17. Huawei was caught using a pro camera to fake smartphone photos (again)
  18. UK Consumer Watchdog Is Monitoring Social Influencers Who May Be Failing To Disclose Paid Promotions
  19. Couple behind “prolific” dark net fentanyl sales busted by DOJ
  20. The Internet is making us stupid (Andres Guadamuz)
  21. Facebook: Iran has been posting hundreds of fake pages since 2011
  22. Facebook removed hundreds of pages from Iran and Russia as part of ongoing investigation into platform abuse
  23. Facebook begins rating users on how trustworthy they are at flagging fake news
  24. Facebook Helps Landlords Discriminate Against Minorities, Says U.S. Government
  25. DOJ Asking Court To Force Facebook To Break Encryption On Messenger Voice Calls
  26. ‘Facebook What?’ Half of Users Have Never Heard of Facebook’s Watch Video Service
  27. The Media Tried To Game The Machines and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next (Facebook Won)
  28. Elon Musk Explains Why He Quit Instagram: ‘I Didn’t Like It’ [Updated]
  29. Brands Are Reaching Out To Young Teens On Instagram To Negotiate Cheap Product Endorsement
  30. Laura Lee Apologizes For Racist Tweets Amid Loss Of 240,000 Subscribers In Roughly 1 Week
  31. Once Again, Court Rejects Silly Claims That YouTube Provided Material Support For Terrorists
  32. Rutgers University Study Warns Against Glut Of Misleading Plastic Surgery Videos On YouTube
  33. “Re-Inspired” Kandee Johnson Returns To YouTube After Months-Long Absence
  34. YouTube Millionaires: MacDoesIt Says YouTube Has “Made A Home” For Him And Other Marginalized Creators
  35. Philip DeFranco Testing New Show Format To Avoid “Suppressed” YouTube Videos
  36. YouTuber True Geordie, The Commentator For KSI And Logan Paul’s Match, Launches Mobile Boxing Game
  37. YouTube Premium Is Readying 50 Originals For 2019. Here’s The Kind Of Content It’s Looking For.
  38. YouTube Outlines Originals Strategy in Europe, Middle East, Africa
  39. YouTube Music Signs American Music Awards Two-Year Title Sponsorship Deal
  40. YouTube Music Inks Two-Year Sponsorship Deal With The American Music Awards
  41. Ariana Grande Using Snapchat to Launch ‘Sweetener’ Merchandise via a Shoppable Selfie Lens
  42. Viacom Lays Off A Number Of AwesomenessTV Employees
  43. Walmart’s Streaming Video Service Plans Coming Into Focus, Will Launch Late 2018
  44. Relax, binge watchers. Netflix is not adding commercials
  45. Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series
  46. Netflix Is Testing Personalized “Surfacing Recommendations” — AKA Ads — Between Episodes
  47. 35% Of Millennials and 42% Of Gen Z Share Their Streaming Service Passwords (Study)
  48. Study Finds Streaming Service Usernames And Passwords For Sale On Dark Web
  49. Check’s in the Mail: Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in ‘Spotify Windfall’: The “completely voluntary” payment will not count against unrecouped earnings.
  50. Vice Media signs long-term content deal with Bell: Move comes after Rogers walked away from previous $100M pact
  51. Amazon Apparently Wants to Destroy TiVo Now
  52. Amazon Is Planning Live TV Recorder, Challenging TiVo: Box would record live TV and stream that video to smartphones; Device competes with offerings from TiVo, Dish’s Slingbox
  53. Giphy Adds Curated Stories to Desktop, Mobile Web
  54. AT&T Sued After SIM Hijacker Steals $24 Million in Customer’s Cryptocurrency
  55. Ouch, These Stories From the Crypto Crash Are Hard to Stomach
  56. The blockchain bonanza is over for graphics card makers
  57. NVIDIA cryptocurrency revenues fall 82% below $100m estimate for last quarter: Revenues up but OEM segment declines 54 per cent with crypto shortfall
  58. Saving Lives With Tech Amid Syria’s Endless Civil War: The Bashar al-Assad regime’s indiscriminate air strikes have terrorized civilians for years. Now a small band of activist-entrepreneurs is building a sensor network that listens for warplanes
  59. To Build Trust In Artificial Intelligence, IBM Wants Developers To Prove Their Algorithms Are Fair
  60. To Lead in AI, House of Lords Urges UK to stay nimble, focus on ethics, and look to Canada
  61. AI-Generated Art Will Go On Sale Alongside Human-Made Works This Fall
  62. A realistic look at AI in science fiction
  63. The Viral Robot Video That’s Freaking Everyone Out Is Totally Fake
  64. A Robot Will Become A Real-Life Movie Star
  65. Baseball Players Are Sick of Fallible Umpires. Robots Should Make Calls Instead.
  66. The gig economy and the law
  67. Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses
  68. Prenda Scam Boss, Paul Hansmeier, Pleads Guilty
  69. Paul Hansmeier finally cops to being a porn troll, after a years-long saga
  70. Bitmovin Takes A Scorched Earth Approach To Patent Troll, Who Limps Away Quickly
  71. Before You Talk About How Easy Content Moderation Is, You Should Listen To This
  72. The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong: 21st-century digital evangelists had a lot in common with early Christians and Russian revolutionaries.
  73. Bill Gates Says We Need New Economic Models That Take Tech Into Account
  74. These 3,800-Year-Old Peruvian Carvings Look Like Modern Emoji 

CREATIVITY

  1. Only 12% Of Music Revenue Goes To Actual Artists
  2. Stan Lee Has Been Granted a 3-Year Restraining Order Against His Former Manager and Guardian
  3. Kevin Spacey’s new movie might make less than $500 this weekend
  4. Kelly Marie Tran Speaks Out Against Racist Star Wars Fans With Some Powerful Words
  5. Movie Company Sues Post-Production Studio For $5 Million For Leaking ‘Kickboxer’ Film That Grossed $5k Domestically
  6. Museum Visitor Falls Into Giant Hole That Looks Like a Cartoonish Painting on the Floor
  7. Judge In Broward County Documents Case Decides The First Amendment Doesn’t Cover These Public Records
  8. Elected Official Files Business, Trademark Registrations Using Name Of Website That Frequently Criticized Her
  9. In-N-Out Sends Punny Cease And Desist Over Fairly Clear Trademark Infringement
  10. Heaven Hill Distillery Knocks On Bob Dylan’s Door Over His Heaven’s Door Whiskey For Trademark Infringement
  11. As Academic Publishers Fight And Subvert Open Access, Preprints Offer An Alternative Approach For Sharing Knowledge Widely

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Telus class action case heads to the SCC
  2. This Really Isn’t Our Fight and It Will Cost Us”: Behind the Scenes of CBC Support for Bell’s Website Blocking Plan (Michael Geist)
  3. Email Marketing In Canada (CASL)
  4. Maximum Mudslinging: How Powerful Lobby Groups Are Working to Sideline Civil Society Voices on Digital Policy (Michael Geist)
  5. ‘Oversight’ Hearing Fails Utterly To Hold FCC Accountable For Lying To Congress About Fake DDOS Attack
  6. Ajit Pai Knew FCC Cyberattack Was Fake for Seven Months but Kept Quiet
  7. Ajit Pai knew DDoS claim was false in January, says he couldn’t tell Congress
  8. Ajit Pai Opposes Effort To Update The Definition Of Broadband
  9. A Senator Says U.S. Broadband Maps ‘Stink.’ Here’s Why Nobody Wants To Fix Them.
  10. ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless gov’t gives them more money
  11. 23 Attorneys General Urge Appeals Court To Restore Net Neutrality
  12. Verizon Throttled The ‘Unlimited’ Data Plan Of A Fire Dept. Battling Wildfires
  13. Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire
  14. Verizon Throttled Fire Department’s ‘Unlimited’ Plan While They Were Fighting Mendocino Complex Fire
  15. Verizon Is Wrong. Throttling Emergency Responders’ Data Is Definitely About Net Neutrality.
  16. Fire dept. rejects Verizon’s “customer support mistake” excuse for throttling
  17. AT&T/TIME Warner DOJ Smack Down: You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows
  18. A Victory for Introductory Offer and Subscription Advertisers: FTC Fails to Prove Deception Against DIRECTV
  19. DirecTV beats $4B lawsuit that alleged it tricked customers into paying more 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canadian Privacy Commissioner says public profiles are private
  2. FBI Tried To Get Google To Turn Over Identifying Info On Hundreds Of Phone Owners
  3. FBI Warning: Data Security Issues Posed by the Internet of Things
  4. Just say no: Wi-Fi-enabled appliance botnet could bring power grid to its knees
  5. The limits of intelligence collection 
  6. Toward defining privacy expectations in an age of oversharing: Our digital data deserves protection, writes Margot Kaminski, a law professor 
  7. Voting Machine Vendors, Election Officials Continue To Look Ridiculous, As Kids Hack Voting Machines In Minutes
  8. Researcher Says Police Body Cameras Are An Insecure Mess
  9. Let’s Retire the Phrase ‘Privacy Policy’: People assume it means their information will be kept private. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  10. Teen Hangout Site Shuttered for COPPA Violations
  11. Recent Developments Regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act

Jon

News of the Week; August 15, 2018

GAMES

  1. Bethesda defends legal action against man selling pre-owned copy of Evil Within 2: Publisher says sale of sealed and unopened games still constitutes unauthorised reselling if listed as new
  2. Bethesda hits Amazon seller with legal threat over reselling pre-owned game as ‘new’
  3. Bethesda reluctant to bring Elder Scrolls: Legends to systems that don’t offer cross-play
  4. Bethesda pressures Sony with “non-negotiable” cross-platform demand [Updated]
  5. Lawsuit threat shuts down ROM downloads on major emulation site
  6. Devs corroborate claims of sexist culture as Riot looks for way forward
  7. Ex-Naughty Dog dev explores the perks of a studio devoid of ‘dedicated management’
  8. Former IGN Reviewer Responds To Plagiarism Allegations: ‘Not At All Intentional’
  9. IGN Pulls Ex-Editor’s Posts After Dozens More Plagiarism Accusations Surface
  10. IGN pulls all of writer’s work after plagiarism scandal: Further evidence of former employee’s wrong-doing prompts gaming site to scrub him from the archives
  11. Germany relaxes regulations on Nazi imagery in video games
  12. Germany relaxes stance on Nazi symbols in video games: Like films, games featuring “unconstitutional” symbols can now be submitted for age-rating in Germany
  13. “Flooding the market with Nazi symbols is not something we want”: Game MD Felix Falk on the long struggle to allow games tackling Nazism and its imagery to be rated in Germany, and the responsibility of being part of “the social discourse”
  14. Germany says games with Nazi symbols can get “artistic” exception to ban
  15. Video Games In Germany Can Now Maybe Kinda Sometimes Have Swastikas
  16. “Games need to take more responsibility”: Nick Button-Brown talks about making kids games when 11-year-olds are playing Grand Theft Auto, and how the industry needs to embrace its social responsibility
  17. Ready at Dawn shuts down Deformers servers
  18. Growth of Chinese market slows to a crawl amid halt on government-issued licences: Market growth down to five per cent for first half of 2018, compared to nearly 30 per cent the year prior
  19. New initiative aiming to boost diversity among games industry speakers
  20. Over a year later, South Korean devs still aren’t allowed to publish games in China
  21. Korean devs have been unable to publish in China since March 2017: Meanwhile, Chinese developers continue to push aggressively into Korea
  22. China has quietly stopped approving new games for release 
  23. Monster Hunter: World pulled from sale in China – WeGame cites “large number of complaints” though FT report suggests “bureaucratic infighting”
  24. Tencent has pulled Monster Hunter: World from sale in China
  25. Monster Hunter World PC release pulls in record number of concurrent Steam users
  26. Monster Hunter: World debuts on PC, becomes Steam’s biggest new launch of 2018
  27. Mobile-focused Tencent is reportedly on the outs with Riot
  28. Tencent reports decrease in PC and mobile revenue despite rising DAUs
  29. Discord turns retailer with beta launch of game storefront
  30. Publishing platforms need policies around not-for-profit game devs
  31. Games4EU launches, highlights Brexit’s negative impact on UK games industry
  32. Anti-Brexit group Games4EU launches campaign: Grassroots movements aims to demonstrate the damage leaving the European Union will do to the UK games industry
  33. Culture clash: Why Arena of Valor is struggling in America – Mintegral’s Jeff Sue sees the Western version of Tencent’s Honor of Kings as a game “lost in translation”
  34. Tencent’s mobile games revenues drop, but daily users are on the rise
  35. Fortnite Didn’t Do Anything New. That’s Why It Will Shape The Future Of Gaming.
  36. Fortnite devs working to segregate keyboard/mouse players
  37. Proposed Fortnite changes aim to group mouse-and-keyboard players together
  38. Google Play warns searchers that Fortnite “is not available”
  39. Google Play searches now warn that Fortnite isn’t hosted in the store
  40. Fortnite on Android gets off to a bumpy, Samsung-only start, lags behind PUBG
  41. Jagex launches publishing arm: “We’ve already seen 100 games”: Jagex Partners will focus on ‘a handful’ of live games to begin with
  42. RuneScape dev forms Jagex Partners to take on publishing live games
  43. EA’s chief design officer Patrick Soderlund is stepping down
  44. Patrick Söderlund leaves Electronic Arts after 12 years: Publisher reshuffling teams as long-serving exec makes surprise departure
  45. Madden NFL franchise reaches 130m lifetime sales: EA reports “strong opening weekend” for Madden 19
  46. Pete Hines says cross-platform play a necessity for The Elder Scrolls: Legends: Bethesda VP calls feature “essentially non-negotiable” in bringing the game to new platforms
  47. ZeniMax-owned Escalation Studios is now Bethesda Game Studios Dallas
  48. Fallout 76 avoiding Steam so Bethesda can form ‘direct relationships’ with players
  49. Jam City’s Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery clears $50 million in revenue
  50. Sensor Tower: Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery revenue surpasses $55m – First-time downloads continue to rise noticeably through July
  51. Phoenix Point crowdfunding breaks $2 million – here’s how it was done: Snapshot Games explains how $250,000 on advertising drove almost $1.2 million in revenue
  52. DLC: Can games change people’s minds? – Developers behind Wolfenstein The New Colossus, Night in the Woods, and Katamary Damacy share whether their message-laden games impacted the audience
  53. PlayStation consoles surpass 500 million sold worldwide: And Sony is celebrating with a fancy PS4
  54. Ubisoft quietly ends development on planned Steep Switch release
  55. Steep canceled on Nintendo Switch: Ubisoft to focus on “new live content and challenges” for current platforms
  56. Diablo III’s Switch version leaked ahead of official unveil, coming “2018” [Updated]
  57. Nintendo narrows down Switch Online launch to the ‘second half of September’
  58. Nintendo Switch Online coming in “the second half” of September: The Switch’s delayed online service gets its most specific launch window to date
  59. Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ Reportedly Uncovered by Modders
  60. Nintendo has sold over 700 million total hardware units: Switch sales inch closer to 20 million, 3DS nears 73 million units
  61. Nintendo Using Copyright To Erase Video Game History
  62. GameMaker Studio 2 now offers Switch support in open beta
  63. One month in, Pokemon Quest has brought in over $8 million on mobile
  64. Cuphead sells over 3M copies nearly a year after launch
  65. Paradox Interactive’s record Q2 revenues marred by declining profits: Royalty payments to third-party devs and two cancelled projects dragged on the Swedish publisher’s bottom line
  66. Midnight Hub shuts down: Swedish studio calls it quits after Lake Ridden sees sluggish sales despite “the best launch imaginable”
  67. Sekai Project hit by significant layoffs: CEO confirms “many” of its staff have been let go, employee reports suggest entire LA office has been closed
  68. Sumo: “Constraining Eve Valkyrie devs to VR would be the wrong thing to do”
  69. Magic Leap One Hands-on Suggests a Headset That’s a Lot Like HoloLens
  70. Valve seems to be working on tools to get Windows games running on Linux
  71. Valve tells Dota 2 teams not to take on gambling sponsors: Professional teams competing in The International 2018 advised to end existing long-term contracts
  72. Inaugural Overwatch League final pulls in nearly 11m viewers: OWL final sets precedent as first live esports event to be aired on prime time ESPN
  73. Overwatch League reportedly adding Toronto team for $35 million: Splyce to partner with OverActive Media, Pittsburgh Penguins investor
  74. The Strong museum’s eGameRevolution exhibit now features a Wargaming collection
  75. Twitch Unveils “Several Big Discovery Changes,” Nixes Playlist-Like ‘Communities’ Feature
  76. Twitch Is Approaching Top YouTube Stars With Exclusive Livestreaming Deals Potentially Worth Millions (Report)
  77. How IGN is using Fortnite and Marvel to grow on Snapchat Discover
  78. GOG: Streaming is another layer of DRM – Head of global communication Lukasz Kukawski says streaming won’t take over game distribution, talks about storefront’s approach to discoverability and audience expansion
  79. Whole new worlds: Improbable’s tech lets smaller studios think big – With Mavericks and Seed, Automaton and Klang Games are using SpatialOS to redefine what it means to be massively multiplayer
  80. This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator
  81. After 14 years, the biggest obstacle for World of Warcraft is time, not technology: Blizzard technical director Patrick Dawson on overcoming the challenges of continued development on an ageing MMO
  82. Rockstar reveals first Red Dead Redemption 2 gameplay details
  83. Publisher Tilting Point sets up Barcelona studio to support live mobile games 
  84. Tilting Point opens new Barcelona studio: Mobile firm’s new outfit will focus on publishing, art and user acquisition
  85. Crystal Dynamics opening Washington studio: Bellevue-based Crystal Northwest formed with Wargaming Seattle veterans, set to work on tech development for upcoming Avengers game
  86. Epic Games launches new learning platform providing free video tutorials 
  87. Unreal Engine Online Learning becomes new, free hub for learning Unreal: Epic Games launches platform to help train developers of all skill levels in its engine
  88. Slow online checkouts drive over a quarter of gamers to abandon their orders: Developers may be willing to sacrifice sales revenue for the reliability of subscription services, says SuperData
  89. How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers

DIGITAL

  1. Unenforceability in the U.S. a Non-Starter When Google Returns to the BC Supreme Court
  2. Google’s servers housed by a third-party ISP qualify as a regular and established place of business to establish proper venue in the Eastern District of Texas
  3. How 3-D Printing Exposes the Fallacy of Federal Gun Laws
  4. Twitter says InfoWars hasn’t ‘violated our rules.’ It looks like that’s not the case
  5. Twitter finally deletes some of Alex Jones, Infowars videos and tweets: Glad to have you on board, Twitter – signed, every other tech company.
  6. Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep “battle rifles” ready [Update]
  7. Alex Jones claims he’s being silenced as bans push him to alternative platforms: Removals from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple haven’t slowed his posting, but the Infowars founder is appealing to the president
  8. InfoWars app will stay in the iOS App Store—here’s Apple’s reason why
  9. Alex Jones’ ‘Free Speech’ Shouldn’t Be Your Primary Concern
  10. Online activists hit hatemongers like Alex Jones where it hurts the most – in the wallet
  11. Vimeo Bans Alex Jones After Conspiracy Hawker Ramps Up Output There
  12. Platforms, Speech And Truth: Policy, Policing And Impossible Choices
  13. Platforms Are Not Publishers: The essential value of the internet is conversation, not content – and journalists need to embrace it.
  14. How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump: To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves. (Zeynep Tufekci)
  15. How Turkey silences journalists online, one removal request at a time
  16. Should platforms be regulated? A new survey says yes.
  17. How WeChat Filters Images for One Billion Users
  18. New law bans US gov’t from buying tech from Chinese giants ZTE and Huawei
  19. Sneaky Website User Bound by Online Terms of Use Provision Despite Renewing Subscription in Spouse’s Name 
  20. Now returning: NFL games, player protests, and presidential tweets
  21. Adidas will livestream high school football games on Twitter: A new series will broadcast eight weekly games from across the country through the season.
  22. Is A Twitter Account An Employer’s Trade Secret? Yes, Says Media Company 
  23. Twitter Promptly Suspends Tesla Whistleblower Following Tweets About His Former Employer
  24. Ruby Rose Quits Twitter Following ‘Batwoman’ Backlash
  25. Microsoft Threatens to Stop Hosting Gab, the Worst Social Network, Over Anti-Semitic Threats of Violence
  26. Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar: Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts and images attacking the Rohingya on Facebook. A secretive operation by the social media giant is failing to end the problem.
  27. The Vigilantes on Facebook Who Stream To Catch a Predator-Style Ambushes of Alleged Pedophiles
  28. Facebook will make accounts with a ‘large audience’ verify their location
  29. Facebook Bans ‘Promotion’ Of Kodi Boxes, Even If They’re Perfectly Legal
  30. The Story Behind The Story That Created A Political Nightmare For Facebook: In 2016, Gizmodo reported that Facebook workers “suppressed” conservative news. An editor has second thoughts.
  31. Facebook is hiring the team behind an interactive video company that dragged its feet in complying with data rules
  32. Facebook Beats Sony to Spanish Soccer Rights in India
  33. Accused Pirate Tries For Attorney’s Fees After Copyright Troll Attempts To Run Away From Discovery
  34. Topple Track Attacks EFF and Others With Outrageous DMCA Notices
  35. Drake Becomes First Musician To Hit 50 Billion Global Streams Across All Platforms
  36. Spotify Is Testing A Free Version Of Its Service Where Users Can Skip Ads
  37. Logan Paul Says He Wants To Challenge A UFC Fighter After His Much-Hyped Boxing Match With KSI
  38. KSI Releases Documentary ‘Can’t Lose’ Ahead Of Logan Paul Boxing Match-Up
  39. YouTube Paying Stars Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Promote New Features (Report)
  40. PBS Taps BroadbandTV to Manage User-Uploaded YouTube Videos
  41. BroadbandTV Announces New Partnership with PBS
  42. BroadbandTV Pacts With PBS To Help It Monetize User-Generated YouTube Uploads
  43. YouTube TV Adds 100th Service Location
  44. YouTube Star Jimmy Wong Cast In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Adaptation, Set For 2020
  45. YouTube Beauty Stars Alissa Ashley And Cloe Feldman Sign With Abrams Artists Agency
  46. YouTube Yanks Horror Film Ad For Violating Its ‘Shocking Content’ Policy
  47. It’s Still Shockingly Easy To Buy (And Sell) Fake YouTube Views
  48. The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views: Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos’ popularity and making the social media giant vulnerable to manipulation.
  49. Susan Sarandon-Starrer ‘Viper Club’ Is YouTube’s First Film To Get A Theatrical Release
  50. SAG-AFTRA National Director Wants To Protect Online Creators, Says Industry Is “Very Unfair And Unbalanced”
  51. Posting on Social Media? What #paid influencers need to know
  52. Ad Standards: Influencer Marketing Steering Committee Disclosure Guidelines
  53. #Infringement – How social media dealt a blow to Nike’s latest marketing campaign
  54. Lele Pons Signs With Universal Music Group’s 10:22 pm Label
  55. PopSugar Earns the Ire of Two New Fashionistas
  56. NBCUniversal To Release Streaming Service ‘Watch Back,’ Which Rewards Viewers For Engaging
  57. ‘Star Wars’ Series For Disney’s Upcoming Streaming Platform To Cost A Reported $100 Million
  58. The Roku Channel is now available on the Web without a Roku device
  59. Ninja Says He Won’t Stream With Other Women In Order To Preserve His Marriage
  60. Lele Pons Inks Record Deal With Universal Music Group Imprint ‘10:22 pm’
  61. What Am I Worth to Advertisers? My Obsessive Quest to Put a Price on My Attention
  62. Honey Badger Don’t Care, but the Lanham Act Might
  63. Interacting With This Therapy Bot Can Help Children With Autism Perfect Their Social Skills
  64. Watch A Sporty AI Teach Itself To Dribble Better Than You
  65. AI Can Make Sure Cancer Patients Get Just Enough (but Not Too Much) Treatment
  66. AI Is Shining a Spotlight on Women Scientists That Were Previously Overlooked
  67. Helping Global Policymakers Navigate AI’s Challenges and Opportunities
  68. Sophia the Robot – her charm and her challenges
  69. Alexa and Cortana integration starts rolling out today
  70. I Tried Apple’s Screen Time Tool. The Results Were Not Heartening.
  71. Maybe MoviePass Shouldn’t Compare Itself To Uber
  72. It’s Time to Let MoviePass Die
  73. Scientists Knew Blue Light From Screens Contributed to Blindness. Now They Know Why.
  74. The Uncertain Future of Screens and Humans
  75. The California Consumer Privacy Act Should Be Condemned, Not Celebrated
  76. An Update on the Constitutional Court Challenge to FOSTA–Woodhull Freedom v. US
  77. Prisons Switch Device Providers; Render $11.3 Million Of Inmate-Purchased Music Worthless
  78. General Magic—how tech superfriends assembled, dreamt up smartphones, and failed

CREATIVITY

  1. One-Sided Story: Lobbyist Data Shows Music, Movie and Publisher Groups Account For 80 Per cent of Registered Copyright Meetings in Canada Since 2015 Election
  2. Disney Takes Stand Against “Overzealous Copyright Holders”
  3. Irony Alert: Disney (Yes, DISNEY!) Whines About ‘Overzealous Copyright Holders’
  4. Disney Gets Early Loss In Trademark, Copyright Suit Against Unlicensed Birthday Party Characters
  5. Two skyline photo cases, two different results 
  6. Ferrari Crashes Head-On Into Infringement Suit
  7. Aloha Poke Co. Rewarded For Trademark Bullying With Protests Outside Its Headquarters In Chicago
  8. Bruce Lee’s Estate Gets Stiff Roundhouse Kick After Trying To Block Theater Company’s Trademark
  9. The free speech panic: how the right concocted a crisis: Snowflake students have become the target of a new rightwing crusade. But exaggerated claims of censorship reveal a deeper anxiety at the core of modern conservatism
  10. Blame Rupert Murdoch for Trump Calling Journalists ‘Enemies of the People’: Fox News made the president, and there is no doubt about the man who made Fox News what it is.
  11. Dinesh D’Souza and the Decline of Conservatism
  12. Ivanka Trump apparently really hated that SNL “Complicit” ad
  13. School Board Demands Journalists Be Punished For Reporting On The School Board’s Redaction Failure
  14. Broward County School Board Gets Hit With Anti-SLAPP Suit After Trying To Punish Paper For Exposing Its Redaction Failure
  15. Copyright in Cream Cheese
  16. Hall v. Author Solutions LLC
  17. Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Characters for Hire, LLC

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. When Did Ajit Pai Know?
  2. On Thursday, Ajit Pai Has To Explain Why His FCC Made Up A DDOS Attack And Lied To Congress
  3. Ajit Pai grilled by lawmakers on why FCC spread “myth” of DDoS attack
  4. Ajit Pai Does Something Right, Will Reform Stupid Utility Pole Rules To Speed Up Fiber Deployment
  5. Ajit Pai loses in court—FCC can’t kill broadband subsidy in Tribal areas
  6. Court Rejects Ajit Pai’s Bid To Reduce Broadband Subsidies For Tribal Areas
  7. Oh Look, Yet More Efforts To Strangle Broadband Competition 
  8. The Sinclair/Tribune Merger Is Dead
  9. Tribune calls off merger, blasts Sinclair for circumventing FCC rules
  10. Tribune Kills Merger, Sues Sinclair For Its ‘Unnecessarily Aggressive’ Merger Sales Pitch
  11. FCC says court made error in approval of AT&T/Time Warner merger
  12. Third Comcast Website Flaw Exposes User Data In As Many Months 
  13. Telus vs. Telus: Who Do You Believe on Wireless Competition in Canada?
  14. Speedier broadband standards? Pai’s FCC says 25Mbps is fast enough
  15. A Community-Run ISP Is the Highest Rated Broadband Company in America: A Consumer Reports survey of 176,000 Americans finds that small, locally owned ISPs are routinely ranked higher than big telecom companies.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. We’re Bad At Regulating Privacy, Because We Don’t Understand Privacy
  2. Brief To FISA Court Says The Presumption Of Openness Should Apply There, Too
  3. Judge Bypasses The First Amendment, Conjures Up A Right To Be Forgotten For The Complainant
  4. AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not
  5. Google May Still Be Tracking You, Even If You Opted Out
  6. In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders
  7. Australian gov’t wants to force tech firms to weaken crypto
  8. Australian law could force tech firms to hand over customer data: Companies like Facebook, Apple and Google could face a $7.3 million fine if they don’t.
  9. Australian Gov’t Floats New Batch Of Compelled Access Legislation With An Eye On Encryption
  10. Malware has no trouble hiding and bypassing macOS user warnings 
  11. A New Pacemaker Hack Puts Malware Directly On The Device
  12. Hack causes pacemakers to deliver life-threatening shocks
  13. In-the-wild router exploit sends unwitting users to fake banking site
  14. Hackers Find Earth’s Satellite Communication Systems Aren’t All That Secure
  15. Hackers Reportedly Breach PGA Servers, Demand Bitcoin Ransom
  16. Bitcoin and ether are both down more than two-thirds from their peaks 
  17. Hacking A Brand New Mac Remotely, Right Out Of The Box 
  18. Pre-Teen Hackers Prove It: The U.S. Election System Simply Isn’t Secure Enough
  19. Facial Recognition Tool That Tracks People Across Social Media Now Available to Hackers
  20. Windows 10 to get disposable sandboxes for dodgy apps
  21. Caesars Palace not-so-Praetorian guards intimidate DEF CON goers with searches [Updated]

Jon

News of the Week; August 8, 2018

GAMES

  1. Tired of legal threats, emulation hub EmuParadise drops its ROM library
  2. Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games
  3. Current and former Riot employees discuss the toxic feedback culture of the studio
  4. Riot Games responds to sexist work culture exposé: “We haven’t lived up to our own values,” says League of Legends developer as criticism mounts in wake of damning report
  5. Minecraft boss says US work culture needs more “off-ramps” for employees: Employees should be able “immerse themselves in their life experiences” without damaging their careers, says Helen Chiang
  6. SNK artist discusses discrimination in the Japanese games industry 
  7. EA issues apology after removing Kaepernick’s name from song in Madden 19 [Updated]
  8. EA says mistake led to censorship of Colin Kaepernick’s name in Madden 19’s soundtrack
  9. EA made “unfortunate mistake” removing Colin Kaepernick’s name from Madden 19 song: Company issues official statement on omission after it was discovered in early copies
  10. GameFly to axe video game streaming service in August
  11. BioWare is still exploring new projects outside of Anthem
  12. “Netflix of games” a threat to developers: If subscription streaming services take off, creators likely to lose leverage in dealing with platform holders
  13. IGN Pulls Review After Plagiarism Accusations 
  14. IGN drops Dead Cells reviewer after plagiarism investigation
  15. Fallout 76 won’t be launching on Steam
  16. War changes: Fallout 76 is series’ first in a decade to skip Steam
  17. Fallout Shelter surpasses $90M in lifetime mobile revenue
  18. ZX Spectrum and Sinclair trademark holder to pull branding rights from Vega+
  19. EmuParadise removes ROMs: Users won’t be able to download games from long-running site any more; “It’s not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences”
  20. Facebook introduces AR games to group chats
  21. Fake apps find a way to Google Play!
  22. Confirmed: Fortnite on Android will drive its bus past Google’s 30% cut [Updated]
  23. “30% store tax is a high cost,” says Sweeney as Fortnite skips Google Play: Epic Games CEO explains studio’s decision to aim for direct downloads, praises openness of Google’s platform
  24. Epic Games is bypassing the Google Play Store forFortnite’s Android release
  25. Google not at fault for clones and unsanctioned apps on Google Play, says Epic CEO
  26. Analyst: Fortnite streams have racked up over 600M hours viewed in 2018
  27. The battle royale boom helped Turtle Beach achieve a record quarter
  28. Gamefly ends video game streaming service
  29. Faeria: The CCG that abandoned free-to-play and went premium
  30. New Unity report suggests 67% of indies plan to self-publish
  31. Unity survey shows over half of indie studios working in mobile, 40% in VR or AR: Top-ranking studios by revenue and DAU showed a preference for mobile and freemium models
  32. Unity partners with Google to introduce AdMob integration for mobile games
  33. Minecraft’s studio head says devs and studios benefit from generous time off policies
  34. Netmarble’s Lineage 2: Revolution has seen $1.3 billion in player spending – Sensor Tower data indicates the importance of the mobile RPG to Netmarble’s business
  35. Crackdown and confidentiality: Sumo Digital’s approach to AAA development – The UK studio discusses handling coveted IP and why it’s not afraid of missing out on the limelight
  36. Nexon withholds shareholder dividends to “review and execute effective investments”: Korean games firm sees simultaneous two per cent revenue increase and profit decline
  37. Sony and Nintendo’s strategies converge: Bumper results for both platform holders point to a similar key to success – seeing themselves as game creators first and foremost
  38. WarioWare Gold: A fine example of Nintendo’s weird “end of life” history
  39. How do you pronounce “NES”? Nintendo throws a wrench in the debate
  40. You Can’t Compete With Free Meets Its Ultimate Counterexample In The NES Classic
  41. With $400M+ revenue, Fire Emblem Heroes reigns as Nintendo’s big mobile earner
  42. Octopath Traveler has shipped 1M copies worldwide
  43. Elon Musk adding Atari classics to Tesla software, wants original games for car display: Billionaire reveals Tempest, Missile Command and Pole Position coming in next four week – with the latter controlled by steering wheel
  44. Mobile revenue failed to meet Square Enix’s expectations this quarter
  45. Square Enix sees revenue and profit tumble in quiet Q1 for games
  46. Bandai Namco sees flat first quarter with little help from game sales
  47. Game sales and revenue down at Bandai Namco
  48. Game revenue down at Sega despite increase in physical sales
  49. Sega Sammy net sales down 35.8% in latest financial report: Entertainment contents arm suffers least with only 10.5% decline
  50. Capcom: “We’d prefer a game that got a 9 and sold less, than a 6 but sold more.” – Publisher on its fear over Resident Evil 2’s E3 reveal, the Monster Hunter gamble and new IP
  51. Harmonix signs multiplatform publishing deal with NCSoft
  52. Take-Two expects GTA Online sales to ‘moderate’ as it beats estimates again: Publisher anticipates international growth for NBA2K, too
  53. Digital sales drive Take-Two’s rising profits ahead of Red Dead Redemption 2
  54. NBA 2K18 reaches ten million units sold: Lifetime franchise sales exceed 80 million
  55. Activision Blizzard exceeds Q2 revenue goals thanks to in-game spending
  56. Activision Blizzard exceeds second quarter outlook despite headwinds: Call of Duty season, record Hearthstone pre-purchases drove $1.64 billion in net revenue
  57. Activision Blizzard: Tech issues will halt wide adoption of streaming in the near term
  58. Blizzard confirms “multiple Diablo projects” in production, news by end of 2018
  59. Spyro Reignited Trilogy only has one game on the disc: Activision warns that second and third instalments will need to be downloaded after purchase
  60. Tencent and Activision bringing Call of Duty to mobile in China
  61. Fire Emblem Heroes earns $400 million globally: Mobile game nearly ten time more profitable than Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
  62. Fallout Shelter surpasses $90m lifetime revenue
  63. China’s “enormous opportunity” for Eve Online
  64. CCP partners with NetEase to grow Eve Online in China: Major local publisher takes over Serenity server following collaboration on mobile spin-off Eve Project Galaxy
  65. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins Becomes First Creator In Twitch History To Amass 10 Million Followers
  66. Fortnite powers Ninja to become first Twitch streamer with 10m followers
  67. No Man Sky scores biggest Twitch numbers since launch
  68. With NEXT update, No Man’s Sky finally brings it all together
  69. After two years, is No Man’s Sky everything Hello Games originally promised?: Hello Games’ procedurally generated creation is better than ever after two years of persistent updates
  70. Opinion: Battle for Azeroth and the death of nuance
  71. Frostkeep Studios is serious about making “the game that players want” with Rend
  72. PUBG developers launch “Fix PUBG” campaign
  73. PUBG dev launches ‘Fix PUBG’ website to address longstanding bug complaints
  74. Elon Musk-funded Dota 2 bots spank top-tier humans, and they know how to trash talk
  75. Newzoo: Esports viewership will continue to bear greater resemblance to traditional sports
  76. Overwatch League adds new teams in Guangzhou and Atlanta
  77. Kakao Games sinks $16.8M into esports studio Neptune
  78. Esports Business Projected to Reach $1.5 Billion in Revenue by 2020
  79. EA: Diversity and engagement key to growing FIFA eWorld Cup – FIFA competitive gaming commissioner shares how the game’s accessibility will lead to success across a wider swath of media
  80. Inside Magic Leap’s Quest To Remake Itself As An Ordinary Company (With A Real Product)
  81. After years of hype, Magic Leap starts selling $2,300 AR headset
  82. Inside Magic Leap: How it works and what it means for game devs
  83. Oculus Removes Handful of Fake Game Reviews, Says They’re Uncommon
  84. Facebook introduces AR games to Messenger
  85. Augmented Reality Recreates A New York City Not Seen for Centuries
  86. Innovation Report: 1 in 3 AR/VR/MR devs are making a platform exclusive
  87. Metaari: Game-based learning market will reach $17 billion by 2023 – Improved VR, AR, and AI technology will drive further investment, development opportunity
  88. Halo TV series confirmed for a 2020 release
  89. Digital collectable card games will generate $1.5 billion revenue in 2018: SuperData report forecasts global rise to $2 billion by 2020
  90. Blog: What men and women consider hardcore gaming are not the same
  91. Tips and best practices for localizing licensed IPs
  92. Book Excerpt: Tips on negotiating key legal agreements in games
  93. Real Estate Developer Found Using Video Game Footage In Marketing Material… Which Is Pretty Cool!

DIGITAL

  1. How bots amplify hoaxes and propaganda on social media: Zignal Labs CEO Josh Ginsberg says consumers and companies need to know what’s bot-generated and what’s not so they can make informed decisions about things like elections.
  2. ‘It’s our time to serve the Motherland’ How Russia’s war in Georgia sparked Moscow’s modern-day recruitment of criminal hackers
  3. As ‘DNC Hacked Itself’ Conspiracy Theory Collapses, Key Backer Of Claim Exposed As UK Troll
  4. Bill Says US Tech Companies Must Let The Feds Know When Foreign Companies Poke Around In Their Source Code
  5. Court Says Comey And Other DOJ Officials Must Answer BuzzFeed’s Questions About The Steele Dossier
  6. The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley: They have weaponized social media, and we are all paying the price.
  7. Alex Jones’ Infowars Channels Scrubbed From YouTube, Facebook, Apple, And Spotify
  8. YouTube bans Alex Jones, following Facebook and Apple’s lead
  9. YouTube Bans InfoWars Following Removals From Apple, Facebook, and Spotify
  10. Alex Jones hit with bans from Facebook and Apple
  11. Alex Jones podcast episodes yanked from Spotify over “hate content”
  12. Alex Jones Is Shirtlessly Screaming Into the Void on Popular Social Network Google+
  13. Filling the void Alex Jones left behind: YouTube’s attempt to burst the (far-)right bubble is a chance for Fox News
  14. Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Explains Why Twitter Isn’t Banning Alex Jones
  15. Op-ed: Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea [Updated]
  16. How journalists should not cover an online conspiracy theory: The QAnon narrative shows the need for better practices in reporting on baseless claims and hoaxes. Here’s how the media can take action
  17. Online Hate Is Rampant. Here’s How To Keep It From Spreading
  18. Report: Feds investigating whether Musk’s buyout tweet broke the law
  19. In Germany, a news site is pairing up liberals and conservatives and actually getting them to (gasp) have a civil conversation
  20. Saudi State Media Posted a Photo That Sure Looks Like a Threat to Attack Toronto 
  21. Senators Demand Answers on Google’s Reported Plans for Censored Search Engine in China
  22. BBC Migrates Everything To HTTPS, Immediately Finds Itself Blocked By The Chinese Government
  23. Apple becomes first US public company worth $1 trillion: Q3 earnings report bolsters stock to record amount, maintained to market close
  24. That’s trillion with a T—Apple hits market value of $1 trillion
  25. Apple Kills App Affiliate Program In Pointless Move
  26. Apple shuts App Store affiliate program, imperiling recommendation sites
  27. Sensing Blood In The Water, All Major Labels Sue Cox For ‘Ignoring’ Their DMCA Notices
  28. Indian Court Grants PepsiCo’s Takedown Request Targeting Thousands Of ‘Disparaging’ Social Media Posts
  29. Yet Another Study Shows You Beat Piracy Through Innovation, Rather Than Enforcement
  30. SESTA, FOSTA, And How To Make Sense Of The Acronym Soup
  31. Evidence Mounts: UK Study Shows Better Legal Alternatives Pushing Pirates To Become Customers
  32. The War On Fan-Subtitles Comes To Australia in The Form Of Site-Blocking
  33. Microsoft adding support for Movies Anywhere, giving away free X-Men movie
  34. Amazon’s Head Of Unscripted TV Out After Investigation Into Inappropriate Comments (Report)
  35. Wells Fargo Admits ‘Computer Glitch’ May Have Contributed to 400 Foreclosures
  36. Only a small percentage of users buys stuff through Alexa, report claims
  37. Report: Almost Nobody Is Using Amazon’s Alexa to Actually Buy Stuff
  38. Amazon launches grocery pickup at Whole Foods for Prime members
  39. Facebook Faces Another Consequence of Its Privacy Problems: Shareholder Lawsuits
  40. Facebook Wanted Us to Kill This Investigative Tool
  41. Facebook Is Asking Banks to Share Data on Customers’ Spending Habits
  42. Facebook: We’re not asking for financial data, we’re just partnering with banks
  43. This Facebook Feature Shouldn’t Exist
  44. Facebook Asked To Change Terms Of Service To Protect Journalists
  45. ‘People You May Know:’ A Controversial Facebook Feature’s 10-Year History
  46. YouTube Set To Overtake Facebook As Second Largest Website In America
  47. YouTube is about to pass Facebook as the second biggest website in US, according to new study: Facebook’s web traffic has declined by nearly half in the last two years, while YouTube is climbing.
  48. YouTube Premium Announces First Spanish-Language Slate With Gael García Bernal, Maluma, Sofia Niño de Rivera
  49. Go90 or bust: How AwesomenessTV’s fate was tied to Verizon
  50. Easier streaming services put dent in illegal downloading
  51. Fight Over Virginia Tech Sportswriter’s Twitter Account: Who Owns Employees’ Social Media Accounts?
  52. Warner Music Group Acquires UPROXX: The 10-year-old online hub and video production house aimed at youth boasts a reach of 40 million people.
  53. Warner Music Group Sells Its Entire Stake in Spotify
  54. Spotify’s $30 billion playlist for global domination
  55. Bytedance Nixes Musical.ly Brand As Short-Form Video Site Merges Into Sister Platform ‘TikTok’
  56. Music Streaming Service Deezer Raises $185 Million
  57. Crowd-Sauce: How Memes Are Helping Rappers Reach Number One
  58. Why Fitness Is The New Hot Marketing Platform And Revenue Stream For Music
  59. Snapchat Made $262 Million During Q2 But Lost 3 Million Daily Active Users
  60. Roku Exceeds Q2 Earnings Expectations, Brings Free Streaming Service To Web
  61. Why Did Anyone Think MoviePass Could Have Worked?: The company had deep-pocketed backers and a plan. It just overlooked a few important details.
  62. Katzenberg’s WndrCo Confirms $1 Billion Raise For Shortform Subscription Service, Doesn’t Plan To Compete With Netflix, Hulu
  63. Warner Bros. And DC Comics’ ‘DC Universe’ Streaming Service Launching In Beta This Month
  64. Disney Will Shuttle Marvel Cinematic Universe To Its Own Streaming Service Starting With ‘Captain Marvel’ In 2019
  65. Peloton Raises $550 Million As It Builds “A Media Company Akin To Netflix,” Says CEO
  66. Researchers Inadvertently Discover Crypto Scam Involving 15,000 Twitter Bots
  67. Some Traders Are Talking Up Cryptocurrencies, Then Dumping Them, Costing Others Millions
  68. America Needs a Blockchain Strategy ASAP
  69. 3D-printed (and CNC-milled) guns: Nine questions you were too afraid to ask
  70. New in School: AI-Driven Gun Detection Systems
  71. The Algorithm That Could Save Vulnerable New Yorkers From Being Forced Out of Their Homes
  72. Uber driver who struck, killed young girl is convicted of vehicular manslaughter
  73. Patreon Creators See Dip In Earnings Due To Payments Being Mistakenly Marked As Fraudulent, Company Says
  74. Silicon Valley Writes A Playbook To Help Avert Ethical Disasters
  75. The Free-Market Fraud: Tech Innovation and Alternatives
  76. New open source effort: Legal code to make reporting security bugs safer
  77. Is there such a thing as Internet politics? (Andres Guadamuz)

CREATIVITY

  1. Some Notes About Recent Developments at the Copyright Board of Canada (Howard Knopf)
  2. When Copying Isn’t Infringement
  3. Court Awards $12,500 For ‘Emotional Harm’ From Bogus Copyright Lawsuit
  4. Alvin Toffler Investigated by FBI for Communist Activities According to Newly Released Files
  5. Moneyballing the Movies: How the Box Office Became a Sport – Every weekend, new releases are graded on their box office returns. How did covering the movie business become a haven for statheads?
  6. Warner Bros. Is Finally Realizing Supergirl Should Be the Center of the DC Universe
  7. Is This the End of the TV Writers’ Room as We Know It?
  8. ‘Anything For A Hit’ Exclusive Book Excerpt: Atlantic Records in the ’80s Was Like Plunging Into ‘A Circus Mixed with an Orgy’
  9. MPAA: To Save Free Speech, We Must Broadly Censor Free Speech

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. FCC lied to Congress about made-up DDoS attack, investigation found 
  2. Here’s the Internal Report Proving the FCC Made Up a Cyberattack
  3. That Hack of the FCC’s Comment Section Last Year? It Never Actually Happened, Agency Admits
  4. Ajit Pai Throws His Employees Under The Bus After Investigation Proves FCC Made Up DDOS Attack
  5. Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration
  6. Trump admin asks Supreme Court to re-kill already-dead net neutrality rules
  7. Trump Admin Hopes Kavanaugh Supreme Court Delivers The Killing Blow To Net Neutrality
  8. Report Highlights How U.S. Telcos Abandoned Rural American Broadband
  9. ISPs’ listed speeds drop up to 41% after UK requires accurate advertising
  10. FCC sides with Google Fiber over Comcast with new pro-competition rule
  11. Verizon lied about 4G coverage—and it could hurt rural America, group says
  12. FCC Tackles “Slamming and Cramming” 
  13. Charter CEO Apparently Unaware He Runs One Of The Most Despised Companies In America
  14. Will The “Real Journalists” At Fox News Please Stand Up?: It’s time for the Shep Smiths of Fox News to speak out against the pro-Trump propagandists like Hannity, Carlson, and Pirro.
  15. AT&T Acquires The Chernin Group’s Stake In Otter Media In Reported $1 Billion Deal
  16. $50 a month for 1Mbps: How AT&T and Verizon rip off DSL customers
  17. Behind Ryerson’s Support for Site Blocking: Bell Reviewed Draft Submission, Was Warned It Did Not Represent Faculty View 
  18. “One of Our Key Hiring Companies”: The Missing Link in the George Brown College Support for Bell’s Site Blocking Plan 
  19. Aiding by Omission in CASL? Good Enough, CRTC Says

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Does the Canada Border Services Agency Have the Authority to Search Your Electronic Devices?
  2. The Pentagon Tells Soldiers To Stop Sharing Their Locations With Apps
  3. Pentagon tells troops: Turn off fitness tracker GPS when you head to warzones
  4. Facebook Granted ‘Unprecedented’ Leave To Appeal Over Referral Of Privacy Shield Case To Top EU Court
  5. FTC Asks Whether to Expand Enforcement Power over Corporate Privacy Practices 
  6. ICANN Loses Yet Again In Its Quixotic Quest To Obtain A Special Exemption From The EU’s GDPR
  7. China’s influence on digital privacy could be global
  8. Cramming Software With Thousands of Fake Bugs Could Make It More Secure
  9. Unixiz Agrees to Settle Charges Under COPPA and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act 
  10. The Legal Paradox of Commoditizing Athlete Data Trade Secrets
  11. How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning

Jon

News of the Week; August 1, 2018

GAMES

  1. Detroit dev Quantic Dream loses in court case brought by ex-employee
  2. Former Quantic Dream employee wins court case against developer: Court rules in favour of employee who quit due to circulation of offensive photoshopped images
  3. SimCity 2000 remake removed by EA for using copyrighted assets
  4. EA shuts down open source SimCity 2000 over lifted assets: “The current audio visual output of the repository creates content that infringes on Electronic Arts copyright,” says publisher
  5. EA financials show quiet Q1 reflective of few releases: Net revenue of $1.137 billion nonetheless above estimates ahead of packed Q2
  6. FIFA Mobile’s debut in China brings EA its highest grossing day for a mobile game
  7. EA open to cross-platform playability for Battlefield, other key franchises: Publisher also eyeing Fortnite’s success as a model for future free-to-play mobile releases
  8. Area 35 ends legal dispute over Kickstarter embezzlement claims in settlement
  9. Area 35, ex-employee settle defamation suit: Tariq Lacy retracts embezzlement accusations against studio CEO Hiroaki Yura
  10. Abstractism removed from Steam store for ‘cryptojacking’: Game disguised as indie platformer installed programs to mine cryptocurrency using players’ computers
  11. Valve removes Steam game after allegations of hidden cryptocurrency miner [Updated]
  12. Valve adds safeguards to Steam to address concerns over fake item scams
  13. Steam sees surprising, significant usage dip in 2018
  14. Prominent Denuvo hacker arrested for breaching anti-piracy tech
  15. Denuvo investigation reportedly leads to arrest for games pirate Voksi: However, Bulgarian cracker claims he voluntarily went to police, reached out to DRM firm for “peaceful solution”
  16. An overlooked line of code led to slow performance forWarhammer Online
  17. Daily Mirror paid interview subject of Fortnite hit piece: “Fortnite made me a suicidal drug addict” author offered £300 for case study
  18. Fortnite mobile earned average of $3.47 per install 90 days after launch – SensorTower: Battle royale ranked #6 most-downloaded app in the US for Q2 despite iOS exclusivity
  19. Analyst estimates put Fortnite at more than 100M downloads on iOS
  20. Fortnite mobile breaks 100m downloads and $160m IAP revenue: PUBG not expected to reach 100 million milestone for another 206 days
  21. Fortnite cosmetics possibly taking revenue from top console games
  22. Dutch Dota 2 players can now see the contents of their next loot box: Valve’s attempts to comply with loot box regulations continue apace
  23. Forza Motorsport 7 will not feature loot boxes
  24. Forza Motorsport 7 removes prize crates, avoids paid tokens: Microtransaction system from prior Forza games will not appear in Forza Horizon 4, either
  25. Gran Turismo Sport gets microtransactions in July update: Polyphony Digital adds ability to purchase in-game cars for real money
  26. Gran Turismo Sport, revisited: More tracks, more cars, more everything
  27. Spectrum ISP kicked out of NY for allegedly throttling online games and streams
  28. New York shows Spectrum ISP the door, in part for throttling League of Legends: State public service commission revokes approval of Charter, Time Warner merger due to “various instances of misconduct”
  29. One Week Later, Blizzard Still Doesn’t Know WhyWorld Of Warcraft’s Leveling System Is Borked
  30. Nintendo barely improves conflict minerals sourcing over two years: One-fourth of company’s smelters and refiners aren’t following protocols to prevent human rights abuses
  31. NPD: NES Classic was the highest unit-selling platform for June – Retro consoles help lead 52% YOY hardware sales growth
  32. Nintendo has sold nearly 20M Switch systems and 87M Switch games
  33. Switch sales lead Nintendo’s first quarter while 3DS and mobile income stagnate
  34. Increased profits and $1.5bn sales kick off Nintendo’s financial year: Platform holder maintains forecast as Switch lifetime sales reach 19.7 million consoles, 86.93 million games
  35. Nintendo stock increase trips up hedge fund’s $400 million bet: Melvin Capital’s months-long short position in Switch maker suffers setback, may still prove profitable
  36. Nintendo’s next Labo kit coming in Sept, looks like next-gen Pilotwings
  37. The Sinclair ZX Vega+ is finally being shipped to Indiegogo backers
  38. Sales up at Sony as PS4 software exceeds expectations
  39. Worldwide PlayStation 4 shipments have topped 80 million
  40. PlayStation drives $17.9 billion Q1 for Sony: Higher-than-expected software sales and 43% digital ratio among financial highlights
  41. The business case for a streaming Xbox
  42. Zynga Q2 sees bookings jump 12%: Social publisher beats guidance with $233.9 million in non-GAAP sales, net losses of just over $900,000
  43. Glu Mobile narrows losses with record Q2 bookings
  44. Zynga’s mobile ‘forever franchises’ contribute to Q2 growth 
  45. Sega capitalizing on foreign exchange with Yakuza, Total War: Sega Europe exec John Clark says audiences in Asia and the West are increasingly interested in games from the other region’s developers, but for different reasons
  46. Sea of Thieves has attracted over 5 million players
  47. Sea of Thieves reaches five million players as Cursed Sails expansion launches: Plus, 40 million hours broadcast on Twitch but it’s still unclear how player count translates to sales due to Game Pass inclusion
  48. Live Streams Of A Chinese Robot-Fighting Tournament Are Getting Millions Of Views On Twitch
  49. No Man’s Sky Next reaches over 50,000 concurrent players: Hello Games’ space exploration game sees resurgence after a 200k+ concurrent user peak at launch
  50. No Man’s Sky hit almost 100,000 concurrent players on Steam this past weekend
  51. Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle revenue tops $1B after two years
  52. Dragon Ball Z mobile title reaches estimated $1 billion revenue: Sensor Tower data indicates Bandai Namco’s Dokkan Battle has hit major milestone after two years
  53. MapleStory M achieves three million downloads in first week: Mobile version of hugely popular Korean MMO tops highest grossing charts in key Asian markets
  54. Monster Hunter: World helps Capcom to record-breaking first quarter
  55. Monster Hunter: World passes 8m sold in strong Q1 for Capcom – Game revenue increased 79 per cent year-on-year on the strength of Monster Hunter and Street Fighter
  56. $2.65m Binding of Isaac card game Kickstarter smashes target by over 5,000%: Almost 40,000 backers successfully funded tabletop spin-off of popular indie roguelike
  57. From failed Kickstarter to career-defining success: The story of Pony Island: Daniel Mullins discusses how he bounced back from failure to create “the smartest game of 2016”
  58. The art of failing: What 11 bit Studios learnt from Beat Cop – Marketing director Patryk Grzeszczuk – “We were too far away from the times and the culture that were depicted in the game”
  59. Mail.ru took a $27m impairment charge on Armored Warfare development in Q2: The charge was related to the game’s recent poor performance, in a quarter that saw revenues rise but profits halve
  60. Paradox Interactive chooses development over stagnation with CEO switch
  61. Paradox: “We’ve released crappy games in the past… I don’t want to do that anymore”
  62. Dead Cells dev hopes to challenge exploitation with equal pay model
  63. Dead Cells dev Motion Twin touts equal pay system: All 11 employees at French studio have identical salary, same say in project direction
  64. Empires & Puzzles: Disrupting the biggest market with the smallest team – CEO Timo Soininen discusses the importance of mid-development marketing and defying the “so-called industry experts”
  65. Steam user count has decreased 17 percent since January 
  66. Steam active users on unusual decline throughout 2018: Steep decrease after January surge may reflect popularity of PUBG, then Fortnite
  67. Steam game accused of covertly mining for cryptocurrency
  68. Lessons learned and questions raised in bringing a game from console to Steam
  69. Worldwide digital spending up 15% in June – Superdata: PUBG bolstered by Steam sale with second-best month of all time by unit sales
  70. PUBG Mobile’s revenue reaches $30 million: Users globally spending about $650k daily over the last month, nearly triple the amount for the previous month
  71. Valve adds pop-ups to Community Market warning of potential scams: Dialogue boxes warn users if they attempt to purchase items for a game they don’t own, or a new release
  72. Valve’s first new game in 5 years, Artifact, coming in November, starting at $20
  73. How League of Legends Went From Idea to Esport
  74. Why Competitive Gaming Is Starting To Look A Lot Like Professional Sports: Can an FPS compete with the NFL?
  75. How mobile can unlock esports for a casual audience: nWay CEO Taehoon Kim on the success of Power Rangers Legacy Wars and how it’s helping grow mobile esports
  76. Overwatch League franchise spots for next season could be worth up to $60m: London Spitfires crowned Season 1 champions as Activision Blizzard prepares to open up six new spots globally
  77. Making the piracy problem worse – 10 Years Ago This Month: Some publishers look at the recording industry’s disastrous reaction to file-sharing and basically copy it
  78. Pokémon Go brushes off competition from Jurassic World and The Walking Dead: Apptopia co-founder and COO Jonathan Kay explains why Pokémon Go thrives as its competitors flounder
  79. HTC Pushes Back On Reports of Declining Headset Sales
  80. HTC defends lack of data when disputing VR “tailspin”: Headset manufacturer claims its leading position shows health of market – despite failing to demonstrate with sales figures
  81. HTC, amidst a major revenue decline, brags about its VR revenue
  82. PlayStation VR co-creator Richard Marks has swapped Sony for Google
  83. Samsung Odyssey Drops to $400 and HP to $200 as Steep Discounts Continue for Windows VR Headsets
  84. New XRDC Innovation Report reveals Vive still devs’ top target as AR rises
  85. The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Artificial intelligence, with Chet Faliszek
  86. Elon Musk to video game devs: Help me put “super fun games” on Tesla screens
  87. Why did licensed games get better?
  88. Defy Media Sells Off Another Property — Its ‘Escapist Magazine’ Gaming News Site
  89. The Escapist relaunches with “no politics” pledge
  90. FoxNext to join Disney after $71.3 billion Fox deal approved by shareholders: 21st Century Fox games division one of the “key assets” acquired by Disney
  91. Disney’s purchase of Fox moves FoxNext into the House of Mouse
  92. iOS game collection aims to spotlight pre-mobile handheld games
  93. Blog: Meet The mobile puzzlers from a century ago 

DIGITAL

  1. Facebook Loses $120 Billion in Market Value, as Stock Slides on Fears Growth Is Hitting a Wall
  2. YouTube comes down on Alex Jones for hate speech, child endangerment content
  3. Alex Jones hit with 30-day Facebook suspension for bullying and hate speech: Only Jones’ personal profile is affected, not his official channels, including InfoWars
  4. Facebook, Following YouTube’s Lead, Takes Action Against InfoWars And Alex Jones
  5. Alex Jones slammed with 30-day ban from Facebook for hateful videos [Update]
  6. Ted Cruz Bravely Defends Alex Jones Against Facebook’s Temporary Internet Jail
  7. Twitter Responds to Claims of ‘Shadow Banning’
  8. Insights: Twitter, Facebook Investors Find No Upside In Doing The Right Thing
  9. Facebook Just Shut Down Dozens of Fake Pages
  10. Facebook’s latest meddling disclosure: “We expected the organization to evolve”
  11. ‘We Are Not Bots’: Facebook Censors U.S. Activists After Falsely Claiming They ‘Unwittingly’ Planned Protest
  12. MPs slam Facebooks serious failings in report identifying the misuse of personal data as threatening our democracy.
  13. Facebook Settles with the Washington Attorney General Over Ad Targeting Practices
  14. Facebook’s “downvote” system begins rolling out wider in US—here’s how it works
  15. Facebook Starts Showing You How Much Time You Waste on Facebook
  16. Facebook And Instagram Add Tools To Help Users Not Get Addicted To Facebook And Instagram
  17. Cops Lose Qualified Immunity After Arresting Man For A Snarky Facebook Comment
  18. A Cautionary Tale of Sarcasm in Social Media–Ross v. City of Jackson
  19. Ignorant Hysteria Over 3D Printed Guns Leads To Courts Ignoring The First Amendment
  20. Universal Right Back At It Issuing A DMCA For A Reporter’s Video Of Prince Fans Singing ‘Purple Rain’
  21. Universal Retracts DMCA On Journalist Video Of Prince Fans Singing Purple Rain
  22. Website User Held to Arbitration Provision Despite Renewing Subscription in Wife’s Name 
  23. Embedding preview images is not copyright infringement, says German court
  24. 3D-printed gun website yanks CAD files after federal judicial order
  25. You Can’t Legally 3D Print Guns Quite Yet
  26. The Battle Over 3D-Printed Guns Is Getting Serious
  27. 8 states take aim at 3D gun company, sue to get files off the Internet
  28. Is Code Free Speech?
  29. Inside the Unabomber’s angsty, odd and furious online revival: A TV drama has rekindled interest in anti-technology terrorist Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber. Ironically enough, his followers now congregate online
  30. How they did it (and will likely try again): GRU hackers vs. US elections: Latest Mueller indictment offers excruciating details to confirm known election pwnage.
  31. On Conspiracy Theories and Election Hacking 
  32. Why We’re Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets
  33. My short life as (the face of) a Russian disinformation troll
  34. Daily Beast: Russian hackers targeted Democrat facing tough 2018 election
  35. Russian Government Decides To Stamp Out ‘Fake News’ At Home, Presumably Leaving Export Operations Unaffected
  36. DOJ announces arrest of 3 men allegedly behind notorious FIN7 hacking group
  37. Report: Julian Assange’s Thin Ice at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London Could Be About to Break
  38. The age of cyberwar is here. We can’t keep citizens out of the debate
  39. Senator Mark Warner Lays Out Ideas For Regulating Internet Platforms
  40. Microsoft invests $500,000 in coding and tech training for students of colour: Firm’s support will open Seattle chapter for Black Girls Code and boost Technology Access Foundation’s STEM program
  41. Windows 10 will try not to reboot when you’re just grabbing a cup of coffee
  42. Twitter’s One Step Closer to Figuring Out Why It Sucks
  43. Twitter is funding college professors to audit its platform for toxicity
  44. On Amazon Prime Day warehouse workers around the world took action against the company. We hear about some of the organizing going on in fulfillment centers from Germany to New Jersey.
  45. Amazon’s Rekognition messes up, matches 28 lawmakers to mugshots
  46. Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots
  47. Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress to Mugshots
  48. Amazon wrongly IDed 28 members of Congress, and they’re not happy about it
  49. Congress Members Want Answers After Amazon’s Facial Recognition Software Says 28 Of Them Are Criminals
  50. Congress Members Demand Answers From, Investigation Of Federal Facial Rec Tech Users
  51. Amazon: Cops should set confidence level on facial recognition to 99%
  52. The Value Of Public Shaming
  53. The future role of AI in fact checking
  54. Data’s day of reckoning: We can build a future we want to live in, or we can build a nightmare. The choice is up to us.
  55. Why Westerners Fear Robots And The Japanese Do Not
  56. The “Biometric Mirror” Judges You The Way We’ve Taught It To: With Bias
  57. Contractual considerations in Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence outsourcing
  58. AI Coaches Are Here To Unleash Your Inner LeBron
  59. Canadian Developments in AI and Technology: Ethical Considerations for Innovators
  60. Neural network implemented with light instead of electrons
  61. Regulation-bot: the rise of AI legislation
  62. The Rise of the Last-Mile Exchange: Keeping up with the growing volume of e-commerce will require delivery companies to disrupt their long-standing business model.
  63. Report: Google is preparing to cave to Chinese search censorship
  64. Google’s Censored Chinese Search Engine Shows It’s No Longer Afraid of U.S. Backlash
  65. Google Developing Censored Search Engine For China: Report
  66. Disappointing: Google Makes Plan To Return To China With Censored Search Engine
  67. Google Glass Is Back, And May Have Finally Found A Place It Belongs
  68. YouTube Will Bring Original Programming To Germany, Japan, Mexico, France, And India
  69. YouTube In Hot Water Again After Search Results For Tom Hanks Lead To Conspiracy Theories
  70. YouTube’s Second Demi Lovato Documentary Is In Production But On Hold After Apparent Overdose
  71. YouTube Premium’s Fall Slate To Feature Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Kirsten Dunst
  72. YouTube Music Is Seriously Bulking Up Its Senior Leadership On A Global Scale
  73. Indian PM Narendra Modi Surpasses One Million Subscribers, Will Soon Be Top World Leader On YouTube
  74. Jimmy Kimmel Enlists Goddaughter To Teach Him About YouTube Beauty Tutorials
  75. Casey Neistat Is “Just Getting Started” After Surpassing 10 Million Subscribers
  76. Casey Neistat Challenges Logan Paul In Testy Interview: “All That Really Matters Is What Transpired”
  77. Will Smith To Casey Neistat: “Let’s Get To Creatin’”
  78. Alisha Marie Returns From Two-Month Hiatus, Looks To Normalize Breaks For YouTube Stars
  79. Huda Kattan, Lele Pons Are Instagram’s Top-Paid Digital Influencers At $33,000 Per Post (Report)
  80. “Kidtech” Company Superawesome Launches Video Player For Family-Friendly Publishers
  81. CBS Announces Plans For 24/7 Streaming Local News Services, Launching First In New York
  82. Viacom confirms Awesomeness TV acquisition
  83. Viacom To Acquire Digital Media Company AwesomenessTV For Rumored Price “Below $300 Million”
  84. Viacom announces it’s buying Awesomeness: Viacom announced it’s buying Awesomeness for a price well under $300 million – Awesomeness was owned by NBCUniversal, Verizon, and Hearst.
  85. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo Raises Additional $200 Million, For $1 Billion In Total Funding (Report)
  86. Spotify Hits 83 Million Premium Subs in Q2 as Net Loss Doubles: CEO Daniel Ek says direct-licensing deals with artists don’t make Spotify a record label
  87. Spotify is now streaming Archie motion comics
  88. Spotify Debuts ‘Archie’ Motion Comic Amid Pivot To Audio-Visual Content
  89. Penske Media Makes Strategic Investment in BuzzAngle Music: Key PMC brands, including Rolling Stone and Variety, will utilize the platform’s data, analysis and consumption charts.
  90. Snapchat To Act As Matchmaker For Creators And Advertisers Via ‘Storytellers’ Initiative
  91. NFL Renews Snapchat Deal for Two Years, Will Flood the Zone for Sunday Games 
  92. Snapchat launches new Lenses that respond to your voice
  93. Snapchat’s Latest Lenses Are Speech-Activated With Words Like “Love” And “Wow”
  94. MoviePass Is Jacking Up Its Prices as It Tries to Survive
  95. MoviePass, AMC, and the Era of Cinema Subscriptions
  96. Mission: Impossible’s Box Office ‘Failure’ Shows Why We Need MoviePass
  97. The strange story of how MoviePass’ owner was created by an Indian company accused of massive fraud
  98. WhatsApp Rightly Refuses Indian Government’s Silly Demand To Break Encryption
  99. Loyalty vs. Freedom of Expression: Who Wins the Battle in the Social Media Ring
  100. OSC Cryptocurrency Survey Reveals Public’s Uncertainty About Blockchain Issues
  101. Cryptomining Malware Is Infecting Corporate Networks Worldwide
  102. Hackers find creative way to steal $7.7 million without being detected
  103. The Rise Of An “Assassination Marketplace” Shows The Dark Side of Decentralized Networks
  104. NFLPA Bets on Blockchain-Backed Social Streaming Platform SportsCastr
  105. California Federal Court Denies Preliminary Injunction In “Blockchain” Dispute 
  106. Up to Two-Thirds of Bitcoin Transactions Have No Economic Value
  107. Inside Ecobee’s plans to outsmart Nest: The smart-thermostat maker wants to remodel our houses for the digital age — if Google’s Nest doesn’t squash it first.
  108. How Software Ate the Point of Sale: Or, why paying for stuff is so complicated now
  109. Services drove Apple’s best third quarter ever, but iPhone sales aren’t growing
  110. Growing Up Jobs: Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan were 23 when their daughter was born. Lisa Brennan-Jobs remembers the pride and pain of a childhood spent navigating the vastness between her struggling single mom and Apple’s mercurial founder.
  111. Happy Birthday To Us! Wired Turns 25 

CREATIVITY

  1. Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT & Disability from 2007 to 2017 (Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, Dr. Katherine Pieper, Ariana Case, & Angel Choi)
  2. In the era of #MeToo, is it still OK to laugh at ‘Animal House’?
  3. Stephen Colbert swallows hard and addresses boss Les Moonves’ #MeToo mess
  4. Assaults in dressing rooms. Groping during lessons. Classical musicians reveal a profession rife with harassment.
  5. Down for what?: Every rapper wants a woman who will do anything, except be her own person.
  6. The Sex-Trafficking Case Testing the Limits of the First Amendment: How a couple of crusading journalists made a fortune selling adult escort ads and in the process became unlikely and widely reviled First Amendment advocates.
  7. Why Are We Still So Worried About Wat­­ching Porn?: Decades of fearmongering almost got porn addiction added to the International Classification of Diseases. Thankfully, the World Health Organization got it right.
  8. Staircases in Space: Why Are Places in Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?
  9. “Known but not discussed”: Low-income people aren’t getting quality news and information. What can the industry do about it?
  10. How music has responded to a decade of economic inequality: Popular music has always delivered social critique. But it’s struggled to grapple with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
  11. The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+
  12. Sony Finds Itself In Court After Bullying Film Studio Over Supposed ‘Slender Man’ Copyright Infringement
  13. Better by design: significant changes coming to Canada’s industrial design legislation
  14. Are headline and title writers getting too cocky about their IP rights?
  15. Fox Shareholders Have Agreed to the Disney Deal, and the X-Men Are Coming Back to Marvel

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. CRTC Truthiness: New Docs Reveal New Story About Bell Meetings with the Commission on Website Blocking 
  2. Trump Throws His FCC Under The Bus For Pointing Out Sinclair May Have Lied During Its Merger Sales Pitch
  3. Ajit Pai Lies (Again) To Congress With Claim Net Neutrality Killed Broadband Investment
  4. FCC Chairman Will Not Recuse Himself From Investigation Into Former Client Securus Technologies
  5. Cord Cutting Accelerates Faster Than Expected, As Cable Still Refuses To Compete On Price
  6. The Fairfax and Nine merger is the disruption of digital media arriving to Australia in a big way
  7. NY threatens to kick Charter out of the state after broadband failures
  8. New York State Votes To Kick Charter Out Of The State For Poor Service, Failing To Meet Merger Conditions
  9. NY orders Charter out of state, says it must sell Time Warner Cable system
  10. Comcast installed Wi-Fi gear without approval—and this city is not happy
  11. Comcast, Charter dominate US; telcos “abandoned rural America,” report says 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. GDPR Compliance for Canadian Organizations
  2. How GDPR is affecting the kidtech biz: The EU’s new data protection and privacy regulations went into effect in May, but experts say the kids industry is not prepared for the potential fines.
  3. UK Tribunal Says GCHQ Engaged In Illegal Telco Collection Program For More Than A Decade
  4. Inspector General Says NSA Still Hasn’t Implemented Its Post-Snowden Internal Security Measures
  5. Court Rejects Evidence From Warrantless Search Of Phone Six Years After The Gov’t Seized It
  6. Cops Slowly Wise Up To The SIM Hijacking Trend Carriers Don’t Want To Seriously Address
  7. EU And Japan Agree To Free Data Flows, Just As Tottering Privacy Shield Framework Threatens Transatlantic Transfers
  8. Sir Cliff Richard v The BBC: Blurring the lines between libel and privacy law
  9. Freedom of expression: On a Cliff edge?
  10. Hold on to Your Coins! Understanding Sextortion Scam Emails and What You Should Do
  11. Click on this iOS phishing scam and you’ll be connected to “Apple Care”
  12. Password breach teaches Reddit that, yes, phone-based 2FA is that bad
  13. New Spectre attack enables secrets to be leaked over a network
  14. Shipping company’s networks in the Americas crippled by ransomware attack
  15. Bringing the Fourth Amendment into the Digital Age: Implications of Carpenter v. United States
  16. New Report Says The Feds’ Focus On Device Encryption Is Holding Local Law Enforcement Back
  17. Burglar wakes up couple to ask to use their Wi-Fi network

Jon

News of the Week; July 25, 2018

GAMES

  1. Two Researchers Challenged a Scientific Study About Violent Video Games – and Took a Hit for Being Right: How two researchers paid a price for challenging a retracted study about violent video games.
  2. Nintendo files lawsuit against two popular ROM websites
  3. Nintendo to ROM sites: Forget cease-and-desist, now we’re suing
  4. Nintendo files copyright infringement lawsuit against two console ROM websites: LoveROMs and LoveRETRO are “among the most open and notorious online hubs for pirated video games” says platform holder
  5. Roblox: “Our work on safety is never-ending” – Developer behind popular kids game responds to recent gang rape incident, reiterates that hacker behind it has been banned
  6. Roblox on track to pay in-game devs $70M in 2018, more than double 2017’s payout
  7. Blind Mind Studios releases source code for Star Ruler 2
  8. PUBG Corp apologizes, removes offensive Japanese mask from game
  9. PUBG developer apologies after controversial World War II references found in game: Purchasable mask and AI bot caused offence across Korea and China with allusions to Imperial Japan
  10. Video chat with PUBG creator: “We could put battle royale in everything”
  11. PUBG Mobile reaches $30M in revenue 4 months after launch
  12. How Landfall accidentally struck a vein with a joke battle royale game
  13. Valve bans over 90,000 Steam accounts in one week
  14. 90,000 Steam accounts banned in Valve’s biggest anti-cheat purge to date: Just under 30,000 cheaters dealt with on Wednesday, followed by a record-breaking 60,000 yesterday
  15. Psyonix shares Rocket League loot box drop rates ahead of progression overhaul
  16. Dota 2 loot boxes now reveal contents ahead of purchase for Dutch players
  17. Niantic introduces three-strike policy for cheaters inPokémon Go
  18. Niantic outlines Pokemon Go cheating policy: Developer offers clarity on three-strike disciplinary system as ban waves ramp up
  19. Guiding children towards healthy gaming: “We have amazing materials for parents, we need to shout about them much more,” says Andy Robertson
  20. For the record: Report on Saudi Arabia ban of 47 games inaccurate
  21. Rebuilding MidBoss – Interim CEO and creative director discuss trying to save the 2064: Read Only Memories studio after sexual harassment and employee mistreatment scandal
  22. Gaming’s toxic men, explained: Experts tackle the phenomenon of angry men, trolls, racists and misogynists who hover around the video game industry
  23. The GamesIndustry.biz Careers Survey 2018: Lower pay but less crunch
  24. Studio Pixel Punk: Getting diversity right means going beyond “good intentions”
  25. 2K’s light slate belies bigger ambitions: President David Ismailer discusses publisher’s plans to grow, how it evaluates development partners, and thoughts on esports betting
  26. International Olympic Committee hosts forum to discuss esports: Riots Games CEO hopes forum might lead to esports “being more legitimised the world over”
  27. Esports Could Enter The Olympics Fray By The 2024 Summer Games In Paris (Report)
  28. James Ohlen: Anthem failure won’t mean the end of BioWare – Long-serving designer also disputes “conspiracy theories” that EA is driving studio away from story-driven RPGs
  29. Bandai Namco: “We want 50% of our games to be new IP” – Digital and marketing VP Hervé Hoerdt details how the Japanese publisher plans to create new brands that yield movies, toys and more
  30. Bandai Namco Amusement Lab Inc. established for VR arcade development
  31. Bandai Namco establishes new development team for VR, AR, MR: Bandai Namco Amusement Lab Inc. will focus on XR experiences primarily for arcades
  32. This VR Horror Game Is Exactly as Scary as Your Body Can Handle
  33. The Magic Hustle: Magic Leap not so Magical – Silicon Valley Global News SVGN.io
  34. Unity: “Games wouldn’t see the light of day” without asset stores – Asset Store boss Peter O’Reilly on the misconception around “asset flips”, and why Unity won’t match the Unreal Marketplace’s 88/12 revenue split
  35. Minecraft most downloaded Switch game in Japan so far this year: Retail version beats out all other packaged software for 2018 after less than one month on store shelves
  36. Blog: Breath of the Wild and the Montessori method
  37. Octopath Traveler impresses in European charts
  38. Square Enix bets on game streaming with Blacknut partnership
  39. Square Enix partners with Blacknut for cloud gaming: Partnership will bring Lara Croft Go, Hitman Go, more to Blacknut-supported devices
  40. UK Charts: Crash Bandicoot holds No.1 as Xbox exclusives dominate Top Ten
  41. Microsoft’s streaming Xbox will split up games to keep latency low
  42. Forward-box: Xbox Adaptive Controller’s packaging is a good Microsoft move
  43. Designing accessible packaging for the Xbox One Adaptive Controller
  44. Candy Crush Saga revenue spikes 18% in Q2 to over $200m: King’s six-year-old game ranked No. 7 for global app spending and No. 6 for games
  45. Next Games looks to The Walking Dead for growth after €7m H1 loss
  46. Layoffs at OnRush developer after racer fails to gain traction
  47. Onrush struggles lead to Evolution layoffs: Driveclub director Paul Pustchynsky among those who have been made redundant as Codemasters “decapitates” studio
  48. Raiders of the Broken Planet going free-to-play less than a year after launch: MercurySteam’s online shooter also rebranding as Spacelords as of August 23rd, director says episodic model “didn’t work as planned”
  49. Apple promotes iPhone gaming performance with new ad
  50. Analyst: Fortnite now rakes in $2 million per day on iOS alone
  51. Fortnite daily mobile revenue reaches $2m: Launch of Season 5 sets new record of $3 million revenue in a single day
  52. Why the world loves “Fortnite” and I don’t
  53. Epic releases postmortem for Fortnite’s playground mode
  54. How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds: The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.
  55. Video: The unconventional launch of Fortnite 
  56. Report: Epic’s net worth could rise to $8B thanks toFortnite
  57. Breaking down Azeroth’s gates: Nostalgia is a powerful force for millions of former WoW players; but to convince them that they can re-engage without facing a time-sink, Blizzard needs to innovate once more
  58. In A New Game Available On YouTube, Video URLs Are Hidden Inside Puzzles
  59. YouTube Stars Kristopher London, Jesser Play ‘NBA 2k19’ With The Lakers, Get Scanned Into The Game
  60. Matthew Patrick Announces The Passing Of Game Theorists Editor Ronnie “Oni” Edwards
  61. Halo devs not working on battle royale mode for Infinite
  62. Rockfish: Live Steam broadcasting will change the game for indie marketing – Valve’s store page streaming beta helped Everspace to its highest ever single-day revenue, says CEO Michael Schade
  63. Blog: Being a solo indie in a post-Steam Greenlight world
  64. Oculus Go supporting otherwise faltering VR headset market: Q2 shipments show waning interest in VR as Pokemon Go continues to popularize AR
  65. No Man’s Sky Next update attracts over 40,000 players on Steam
  66. Bethesda unlikely to use external developers in future
  67. Bethesda’s growth makes it ‘less likely’ it’ll let external devs tackle its IP
  68. Google Play continues to widen global download gap with iOS: Android storefront saw over 20 billion app downloads in Q2, iOS downloads around 8 billion
  69. Microsoft ends fiscal year with $10 billion in games revenue, more Xbox Live users
  70. Microsoft annual gaming revenue tops $10 billion: Xbox maker’s full-year results show year-over-year growth in sales, Xbox Live active users
  71. Jurassic World Evolution hits one million sales
  72. Jurassic World Evolution has sold over 1 million copies
  73. Defiance 2050 developer Trion Worlds lays off 15 staff
  74. Trion Worlds eliminates 15 positions post-Defiance 2050 launch: MMO studio says round of layoffs necessary to enable continued development on upcoming projects
  75. UK tax breaks have helped finance 480 video games: In fact, more games have benefitted from tax relief than TV productions
  76. How piracy led to GOG encouraging DRM-free releases
  77. Muriel Tramis becomes second-ever game designer awarded the Legion of Honour
  78. Understanding the human cost of creating No Man’s Sky
  79. Writers discuss the evolving role narrative has in game development
  80. Former BioWare dev James Ohlen discusses creative freedom and burnout
  81. A quick word on which versions of Mega Man X Legacy Collection to get—or avoid
  82. The Game Outcomes Project: How teamwork, leadership and culture drive results

DIGITAL

  1. Microsoft exec: We stopped Russia from hacking 3 congressional campaigns
  2. Yes, Russians Hacked U.S. Electric Companies, Homeland Security Confirms
  3. Breaking With 30 Years Of Traditional Opacity, DOJ Releases FISA Warrant Applications For Surveillance Of Carter Page
  4. Wikileaks Refused To Publish Manafort Family Texts, So Someone Else Did
  5. Digital age reinforces the need for judiciary to act as a bulwark against tyranny
  6. The ‘Guerrilla’ Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories
  7. How Silicon Valley Turned Evil: What Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Elon Musk can learn from their predecessors – before they destroy the world.
  8. Is Any Press Really Good Press? California Supreme Court Rules on Fate of Defamatory Yelp Reviews
  9. Facebook stock dives nearly 20% on warning of slow revenue growth
  10. Facebook Just Learned The True Cost Of Fixing Its Problems
  11. Facebook Sets Up China Subsidiary to Build Local Innovation Hub
  12. After a single day, Facebook is pushed out of China again
  13. Facebook follows SpaceX and OneWeb into high-speed satellite broadband
  14. Senators Wyden & Rubio Ask Google And Amazon To Bring Back Domain Fronting
  15. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter partner for ambitious new data project: An open-source collaboration for ‘the future of portability’
  16. Study: Analysis of top Facebook pages covering American political news – Study of 463 leading Facebook pages shows that partisan pages have roughly equal engagement, but right-wing pages drastically outnumber left-wing pages
  17. Facebook bows to WA state pressure to remove “discriminatory” ad filters
  18. Facebook’s Fight Against Fake News Keeps Raising Questions
  19. Departing Facebook Security Officer’s Memo: “We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides”: In a brutally honest note about his departure, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos calls on his colleagues “to intentionally not collect data where possible”
  20. Listen To Stephen Fry Perfectly Analogize The Moral Panics Around Facebook To The Ones Over The Printing Press
  21. Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages?
  22. Appeals Court Won’t Yet Review Awful District Court Decision That Says Embedding Could Be Infringement
  23. Does the Public Have a First Amendment Right to Post Comments on a Public Official’s Twitter Feed? First Amendment Challenges to Social Media Access in the 21st Century
  24. Twitter courted comedians, then the opposition: How jokes became ammo during the social media platform’s shift from distraction to political warzone
  25. Was It Ethical For Dropbox To Share Customer Data With Scientists?
  26. The Internet Apologizes …:Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong – from the architects who built it.
  27. Cyberbullying
  28. Leaders Who Pledged Not To Build Autonomous Killing Machines Are Ignoring The Real Problem
  29. U.S. Department of Defense Established A Center To Better Integrate AI
  30. ‘The discourse is unhinged’: how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong
  31. We Need Transparency in Algorithms, But Too Much Can Backfire
  32. Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary
  33. Advertiser’s Suit Against Google Loses for Third (and Final) Time–Abid v. Google
  34. Google Wants You to Use Physical Security Keys So Bad It’s Willing to Sell You One
  35. Google launches “Shielded VMs” to protect cloud servers from rootkits, data theft
  36. Big News: Big Internet Platforms Making It Easy To Move Your Data Somewhere Else
  37. Science Fiction Is Not Social Reality: The tech industry is inspired to create our world from linear, scripted science fiction stories.
  38. Delete your account: It’s a “great shame,” says Silicon Valley insider Jaron Lanier, that so much of big tech’s AI has been aimed at manipulating you.­­
  39. Brainwashing your wife to want sex? Here is adtech at its worst
  40. Resale Price Maintenance, Pricing Algorithms and Monitoring Software: a Recipe for Disaster 
  41. DARPA Is Funding Research Into AI That Can Explain What It’s “Thinking”
  42. Robots And Racism (Bartneck, C., Yogeeswaran, K., Ser, Q. M., Woodward, G., Sparrow, R., Wang, S., & Eyssel, F.)
  43. Influence and responsibility: New Canadian influencer marketing guidelines emerge
  44. The Database: A Look At The Growing World Of Streaming And Over-The-Top Video
  45. Mozilla Exec Says YouTube Runs Five Times Slower Than Chrome On Firefox, Offers Solution
  46. YouTube Streams Over 180 Million Hours to TV Screens Every Day
  47. YouTube Deletes Videos Posted by Infowars, Suspends Alt-Right Channel From Live-Streaming
  48. YouTube Issues Another Strike Against InfoWars For Hate Speech, Child Endangerment
  49. Documentary Series ‘Best Shot,’ Co-Produced By Lebron James, Tips Off On NBA YouTube Channel
  50. YouTube Will Distribute Grants To Education-Focused Channels Via ‘YouTube Learning’ Fund
  51. YouTube shuts down FamilyOFive channel over ‘child endangerment’ concerns
  52. YouTube Finally Terminates Channels Belonging To Notorious ‘DaddyOFive’ Parents
  53. YouTube Blocks ‘FamilyOFive’ Account of Parents Convicted of Child Neglect
  54. Carrie Hope Fletcher Urges Boycott Of Fellow YouTuber Alex Day’s Upcoming Book
  55. Ahead Of Boxing Match, Deji Olatunji Says He’s Being Sued For Greg Paul Press Conference Assault
  56. Logan Paul And KSI Have Launched A Pay-Per-View YouTube Channel Dedicated To Their Upcoming Boxing Match
  57. YouTube Is Reportedly Combatting Instagram’s IGTV By Cutting Six-Figure Checks To Creators
  58. YouTube Experimenting With ‘Explore’ Tab To Expose Viewers To Broader Video Variety
  59. What would you do if your teenager became an overnight Instagram sensation?
  60. Mac ’n Cheese bubbles over in Instagram copyright dispute
  61. GoDaddy & Instagram Avoid Liability for Users’ Photos of Knockoff Goods–Franklin v. X Gear 101
  62. Insights: As Subscriptions Drain Wallets, Ad-Supported Online Services Find New Fans
  63. Netflix Launches Its First European Production Hub in Madrid
  64. Shonda Rhimes’ Eight-Show Netflix Slate Has A Some Romance, Some History, Some Intrigue
  65. Petition To Halt Release Of Netflix Series ‘Insatiable’ Garners 123,000 Signatures
  66. Netflix Will Enable Subscribers To Use Its Popular Characters As Their Profile Icons
  67. Sony Looking To Sell Stake In Crackle And Onboard Strategic Partner (Report)
  68. Musical.ly Reportedly Shut Down Live.ly Because Its Owner Didn’t Want A LiveMe Competitor
  69. How radio found new life on the internet and changed music discovery forever
  70. Twitch Launches Creator Camp Channel To Help Its Users Become Better Streamers
  71. Snapchat Opens A Private Marketplace For Brands To Buy Ads In Discover Shows
  72. Snapchat and Nielsen Partner to Integrate Offline Data For Audience Targeting
  73. Snapchat is shutting down Snapcash
  74. Snapchat starts to syndicate video shows on Discover
  75. Snapchat Is Launching A Show Where Parents Look At Their Kids’ Dating App Profiles
  76. Sony’s Monstrous New Smartphone Camera Sensor Could Make Us Care About Megapixels Again
  77. Research Confirms The Anecdotal Evidence: Internet Content Filters Are A Waste Of Money
  78. ‘Piracy Audiences Are Untapped Pools of Wealth’
  79. Chinese Citizens Are Using Blockchain to Warn Each Other of Unsafe Vaccines
  80. CSA reinforces position that securities laws apply to cryptocurrency offerings, confirms regulatory scrutiny for industry participants
  81. Hacker Exposes Security Vulnerability in Popular Cryptocurrency Site Etherscan
  82. The Role of IP in the Crypto Bubble
  83. Declining cryptocurrency prices are making graphics cards affordable again
  84. Behold This Disastrously Bad Op-Ed Calling for Amazon to Replace Libraries
  85. Amazon Studios’ Top Film Executive Is Departing Amid Strategic Shift
  86. Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon: The big-box retailer doesn’t just want to sell you electronics. It wants its in-home consultants to be “personal chief technology officers.”
  87. Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots
  88. Can We Make Non-Racist Face Recognition?
  89. For One Last Night, Make It a Blockbuster Night: Everything is 10 years behind in Alaska—including the way people see movies.But now, the late fees are finally coming due, and the end of the Blockbuster era is upon us.
  90. Click-wraps the way of the future ‒ but make sure they’re legal
  91. A new digital divide: Young people who can’t use keyboards

CREATIVITY

  1. The value of a copyrighted photograph is not necessarily in the eye of the beholder
  2. When Does “All” Mean All?
  3. Tesla clears the air with “farting unicorn” artist after copyright stink
  4. Au Revoir, Droit de Suite—9th Circuit Narrows California Resale Royalty Act to a Single Year’s Sales
  5. South Africa’s Proposed Fair Use Right In Copyright Bill Is Surprisingly Good — At The Moment
  6. False Advertising in a Movie Trailer?
  7. Who owns the Roger Federer RF monogram trade mark? 
  8. Ecuador Will Imminently Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange and Hand Him Over to the UK. What Comes Next?
  9. The View From Somewhere: The Press Needs To Be Anti-Partisan, Not Bi-Partisan
  10. Cambodian Government Latest To Stifle Press With ‘Fake News’ Legislation
  11. The Daily News Was Superman’s Paper – Tronc Fed It Kryptonite: The owners fired half the paper’s staff Monday in a savage move that not only guts the newspaper, but also drastically diminishes the reporting of New York City.
  12. Tronc Is Incompetent, but Gutting Newsrooms Is Just Normal Capitalism
  13. If You’re A Journalist Hiring Lawyers To Intimidate Publishers Into Killing Stories About Your Misdeeds, You’re A Hypocrite
  14. Disney confirms Guardians director fired over years-old tweets
  15. James Gunn Will No Longer Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the Wake of Appalling Tweets 
  16. Hollywood’s Zero-Tolerance on Racism, Sexism Is the New Normal
  17. The US Army Gets Armistice With NHL Team Over ‘Golden Knights’ Trademark
  18. Four ways President Trump is changing prime time TV
  19. The Propaganda Films That Saved Walt Disney’s Cartoon Empire
  20. Marvel Offers Grief Counseling at Comic-Con for Fans Traumatized by the End of Infinity War 
  21. Art technicians: The industry’s dirty secret, or all part of the process?
  22. The Standard Consent Agreement That Protects Sacha Baron Cohen
  23. The death of Don Draper: Advertising, once a creative industry, is now a data-driven business reliant on algorithms. The implications are deeply sinister – not only for the consumer but for democracy itself.
  24. How The Global Music Copyright Business Grew By $1.5bn In 2016 (And Why That’s Amazing News Today)
  25. Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Infringement: Ninth Circuit Holds “Blurred Lines” Infringes Copyright
  26. You Don’t Need to Be a Musician to Get a Record Deal in 2018: Streaming has upturned music’s status quo – and labels are looking farther afield for truly fresh talent
  27. Trying to protect – and expand – Cuba’s undiscovered musical legacy

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Court Rules Quebec Plan for Mandated ISP Blocking of Online Gambling Sites is Unconstitutional
  2. A $250,000 Reminder that “CASL” is Not Just an AntiSpam Law
  3. CRTC Issues Penalties to Middle Men Under CASL to Combat Malware Installation
  4. Audio Bulletin – CRTC Issues Penalties to Middle Men Under CASL to Combat Malware Installation
  5. How far will the FCC pursue Sinclair Broadcasting’s “misrepresentations” now that Trump has intervened?
  6. FCC votes against Sinclair/Tribune merger, likely dooming deal
  7. FCC Confirms Sinclair Misled Agency To Try And Get Its Megamerger Approved
  8. Trump tweets anger at FCC after Pai blocks Sinclair/Tribune merger
  9. Comcast Drops Its Bid to Buy Fox, Meaning There’s Nothing Stopping the Disney Deal Now
  10. Comcast admits defeat in bidding war for Fox, clearing path for Disney
  11. Ajit Pai gets message from his hometown ISP: Don’t hurt us small ISPs
  12. Viacom in Talks to Buy AwesomenessTV
  13. Viacom In Advanced Talks To Acquire AwesomenessTV (Report)
  14. Verizon Took A $658 Million Hit “Mainly Related To The Discontinuation” Of Go90
  15. FCC will now take your comments on whether to allow T-Mobile/Sprint merger
  16. Wireless Carriers Have A SIM Hijacking Problem They Don’t Want To Talk About
  17. Massachusetts Just The Latest State To Embrace Net Neutrality
  18. India Embraces Full Net Neutrality As The U.S. Runs The Opposite Direction
  19. NYC Will Stop Gouging Incarcerated New Yorkers For Calling Home
  20. Personal liability for directors over nuisance calls
  21. Sen. Ron Wyden On Breaking Up Facebook, Net Neutrality, And The Law That Built The Internet
  22. Survey: 5.4 Million Americans Will Cut The Cable TV Cord In 2018

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canadian Court Affirms Citizens Still Have An Expectation Of Privacy In Devices Being Repaired By Third Parties
  2. Toronto Approves Gunshot-Detecting Surveillance Tech Days After Mass Shooting: Rattled by a string of gun violence this year, Toronto just approved ShotSpotter, a US-based audio surveillance system that purports to detect the sound of gunshots.
  3. Public Facebook Profiles Not Equivalent to Public Information Under PIPEDA
  4. Texas Judges Continue To Turn Expungement Orders Into ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests
  5. Snoopware installed by 11 million+ iOS, Android, Chrome, and Firefox users
  6. Decade-old Bluetooth flaw lets hackers steal data passing between devices
  7. Today’s the day that Chrome brands plain old HTTP “not secure”
  8. In the Internet of Things, Opportunities Abound for Class Action Litigation
  9. UK Court Rules a Suspect in a Criminal Investigation has Reasonable Expectation it will be Kept Private
  10. UK Judge Says Accurate Journalism Is An Invasion Of Privacy In Cliff Richard Case
  11. Congratulations and Celebrations to Sir Cliff Richards in High Court Privacy Success
  12. Sir Cliff Richard wins landmark privacy battle against the BBC
  13. Privacy Cliff’s courageous battle with the BBC brings the right outcome
  14. Federal Judge Blasts FBI, Agent For Breaking The Law When Seeking Stingray Warrants
  15. 24 people have now been sentenced in India-based phone-scam case
  16. This school scans classrooms every 30 seconds through facial recognition technology
  17. Uber, Lyft driver booted after newspaper reveals he was livestreaming passengers
  18. Venmo’s terrible idea
  19. British Airways asked customers to post personal information on Twitter ‘to comply with GDPR’
  20. Irish Lawmakers Realizing The GDPR’s Consent Requirements Seem A Bit Onerous, Want To ‘Infer’ Consent
  21. Demonstrating Compliance with both GDPR and CCPA
  22. Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection Alert: California Consumer Privacy Act
  23. Once Again…California Sets the Tone for U.S. Data Privacy 
  24. California Passes Groundbreaking Data Privacy Law with an Expansion of Consumers’ Privacy Rights
  25. A First (But Very Incomplete) Crack at Inventorying the California Consumer Privacy Act’s Problems
  26. The World Economy Runs on GPS. It Needs a Backup Plan: The small satellite network, which keeps global computer systems from freaking out, is shockingly vulnerable to all kinds of interference.
  27. Ars on your lunch break: The consequences of a government genetic database

Jon

News of the Week; July 18, 2018

GAMES

  1. Tencent awarded $2.9M in case against dev of allegedLeague of Legends clone
  2. Tencent awarded $2.89 million in lawsuit against Mobile Legends CEO: Riot Games parent company wins non-compete suit in China
  3. Capcom Wins Judgement to Uphold Patent in Lawsuit to Rescind Decision for its Patent #3295771
  4. Star Citizen backer loses court case for $4,500 refund: Arbitration clause in end-user license agreement protects developer RSI from refund claims in court
  5. Court denies Star Citizen backer’s $4,500 refund lawsuit
  6. EPIC Bravely Defeats 14 Year Old’s Mom In Court To Continue Lawsuit Against Her Son For Cheating In Fortnite
  7. Saudi Arabia appears to ban 47 video games after deaths of children
  8. Credit card thieves reportedly using Clash of Clans to launder money
  9. Coming soon? German courts ban vague release dates on pre-orders
  10. Germany bans vague pre-order release dates: Retailers no longer to pre-sell games that are “coming soon”, courts have ruled
  11. NetEase moves to dismiss PUBG Corp lawsuit: Knives Out developer calls complaint a “shameless attempt” to monopolize a genre
  12. As PUBG-like contenders emerge, Islands of Nyne might already have them beat: While we wait for Battlefield, Call of Duty, awesome sci-fi twist is already here.
  13. Nintendo lawsuit against Colopl won’t block developer’s Switch release: Platform holder says ongoing patent dispute and defendant’s games business are “completely separate matters”
  14. Tempest 4000 finally lives after delays, legal threats—but what’s up on PC?
  15. Social features have cut down on toxic behavior inOverwatch
  16. Toxicity in Overwatch down by over a quarter following new measures from Blizzard: Game director promises further improvement along with exploration and implementation of new systems
  17. Ubisoft is now insta-banning toxic Rainbow Six Siegeplayers
  18. Rainbow Six Siege instantly bans players for using slurs: Bans last nearly half an hour for the first offense, with possible permanent bans after the third
  19. Amazon may have allowed sales of pirated games: Retailer says “We strictly prohibit the sale of counterfeit products, and these games have been removed”
  20. Amazon claims to be spiking listings for pirated games
  21. The ArenaNet Catastrophe Has The Whole Game Industry Rethinking Harassment Policies
  22. Opinion: It’s past time to get serious about social media policies
  23. Over half of UK parents let kids play 18+ rated games
  24. How Bossa relied on players to help build its skyfaring MMO Worlds Adrift
  25. Jade Raymond on applying lessons from Assassin’s Creed to her new project at EA: The original game was designed as a “sandbox for creatives” with the intention to “hand off the keys to other professionals”
  26. Madden lead Carlos Guerrero dismissed from EA: Senior producer departs after only two months due to company policy violation
  27. Valve brings trading back to CS:GO in the Netherlands, though loot boxes remain blocked
  28. Valve locks Counter-Strike loot boxes for Dutch and Belgian players: Steam item trading returns, but CS:GO’s containers are now locked
  29. Valve is temporarily withholding adult games from Steam 
  30. Valve temporarily halting new adult game releases on Steam: Company isn’t approving updates or new games until planned filter is in place
  31. Valve updates “Upcoming” tab on Steam to focus on user interests: Suggestions based on past purchases and pre-release interest will replace chronological listing
  32. Blog: The three ages of Steam distribution
  33. Actor Nathan Fillion Just Created A YouTube Fan Film Of Video Game ‘Uncharted’
  34. Uncharted fan film, starring Nathan Fillion, beats Sony to live-action punch
  35. Nathan Fillion Is Finally Playing Nathan Drake in This Uncharted Fan Film
  36. Nathan Fillion Made An Uncharted Fan-Film, And It’s Excellent
  37. Fallout 76 and the thrill of ‘stranger danger’: Bethesda’s Pete Hines discusses how the publisher’s previous RPGs have been cheating players – and how its next title resolves this
  38. Blizzard does away with World of Warcraft Battle Chest pricing
  39. Blizzard makes WoW base game and expansions free to subscribers: New subs now only have to pay an extra fee for the latest expansion, Battle For Azeroth
  40. Colonial Marines modder finds big AI fix by changing one letter of code
  41. A years-old, one-letter typo led to Aliens: Colonial Marines’ weird AI
  42. A One-Letter Typo is (in Part) the Reason Aliens: Colonial Marines Sucked
  43. Nintendo showcases DIY games made with Labo’s Toy-Con Garage
  44. Hands-on with Nintendo’s weirdest, and maybe rarest, classic console yet
  45. The Makers Of Nintendo’s Latest Hidden Gem Worry People Missed It
  46. Nintendo hid a load-your-own NES emulator inside a GameCube classic
  47. What’s behind Nintendo’s falling stock price?: Nintendo has lost almost a quarter of its valuation in recent months – but its strategy and line-up remains sound despite investor jitters
  48. Milan court applies Nintendo v Big Ben in fast fashion lawsuit against ZARA
  49. Modders revamp Super Mario Odyssey on hacked Switch hardware
  50. Japan is taking steps to legalize paid esports tournaments
  51. The Most Important Video Game on the Planet: How Fortnite became the Instagram of gaming.
  52. Fortnite has collected $1 billion from in-game purchases
  53. Fortnite has earned $1 billion from in-game purchases alone: Revenue has only continued to rise month by month since game’s battle royale debut
  54. ‘Fortnite’ Streamer Ninja Helped Florida’s GuardianCon Raise $2.7 Million For St. Jude
  55. Dan Bull’s Epic Collaboration Brings Together 100 Creators For ‘Fortnite’ Rap Battle
  56. Encouraging collaboration among players in Sea of Thieves
  57. Despite Its Best Efforts, NBA 2K League Can’t Beat The Real Thing
  58. App Store and Google Play spending hits $34.4B during first half of 2018
  59. Mobile game spending up 19 per cent in H1 2018 – Sensor Tower: Tencent’s Honor of Kings led mobile spending on Google Play and the App Store, PUBG Mobile led downloads
  60. Marvel Strike Force brings in over $25 million since launch: Turn-based mobile RPG accumulates 10 million installs over four months
  61. NetEase’s Identity V downloaded over 100 million times: Asymmetrical multiplayer horror game’s downloads doubled upon global release
  62. The Crew 2 activity “in line” with The Crew 1: Ubisoft sees open-world racing sequel following in the tracks of its predecessor, hoping continued support leads to continuous sales over coming years
  63. Back catalog games continue to drive growth for Ubisoft as Q1 sales hit $466M
  64. Ubisoft net bookings ahead of projections in Q1: Company reports $466 million in sales for the quarter, remains on track for full-year estimates
  65. Ubisoft Berlin granted $1.84M in subsidies from city senate for expansion
  66. Ubisoft Berlin approved for $1.85m subsidy from city government: Studio plans to use money to expand, creating around 150 new jobs
  67. Epic increases revenue split for Unreal Engine Marketplace sellers
  68. Epic Games adjusts Unreal Engine Marketplace share in favor of creators: Developer/store split changed to 88/12% from 70%/30%, applied retroactively
  69. Epic ups Unreal Marketplace creators’ pay well above industry standard
  70. Vampyr sells 450,000 copies in first month
  71. Hangar 13: Diversifying your team protects you from blind spots – The Mafia III developer on “walking a tightrope” with the game’s narrative and how the risks it took shaped the new Brighton studio
  72. Tropico publisher Kalypso acquires rights to Commandos series
  73. Tropico publisher acquires Commandos franchise among others – Kalypso Media: “We see it as our responsibility to want to revive and further develop these beloved games for the fans around the world”
  74. Pokemon Go developer Niantic acquires Seismic Games
  75. Niantic acquires VR and mobile developer Seismic Games
  76. VR rivals come together to develop a single-cable spec for VR headsets
  77. Facebook spends $88M on Oculus permits in Seattle to expand VR headquarters
  78. Facebook invested $88.3 million to expand its Redmond Oculus HQ this year: Company spent $106 million on construction and permits over the last three years
  79. Octi raises $7.5 million in seed funding: AR startup’s app can discern human movement in videos, outline people and add effects
  80. AppLovin’ takes $400 million investment: KKR & Co investment is based on a $2 billion valuation of the mobile marketing firm
  81. Video game Kickstarters have raised almost $10m so far in 2018: Total money pledged reaches three-year high, but number of campaigns drops to six-year low and success rate remains steady
  82. Blog: Crowdfunding and video games in 2018 – A mid-year update
  83. Earn while you play start-up Blast secures $12m seed funding: “If you can attach a positive outcome to something that people already do and love, like gaming, you can change lives”
  84. Klang Games raises $8.75m for AI-driven space colonization MMO: Spotify-backer firm Northzone leads Series A funding round
  85. “There will be more IPOs”: Rebuilding trust in the UK games industry
  86. “Real innovation is coming from emerging markets in many spaces – game development is one of them”
  87. Ovosonico: Games will be “like the Netflix button on your remote – that easy” – CEO Massimo Guarini on preparing for the horizontal expansion of the industry, and the Italian studio’s pivot into indie AAA
  88. Taking stock after five years of ID@Xbox: Chris Charla talks about the program’s biggest successes, pain points, and the conventional wisdom on when to announce and release independent games
  89. The Washington Post Is Now Streaming The News On Twitch
  90. The Twitch Streamers Who Spend Years Broadcasting To No One
  91. Top YouTube Gamer Jacksepticeye, Citing Mental Health, Is On A Break
  92. Don’t Miss: Fight or flight – Exploring the neuroscience of survival horror
  93. Video: How devs can apply the 5 domains of play to develop empathy
  94. Ninja Theory dominates the Develop Awards
  95. French game designer Muriel Tramis awarded Legion of Honor
  96. Challenging videogame music tropes: “Music doesn’t exist for a passive viewer… it’s the player’s emotional reality,” says composer James Hannigan
  97. The 20 JRPGs You Must Play
  98. Video Game Deep Cuts: Octopath’s DOS Demake
  99. Watch a Guy Build a Brand New, Completely Obsolete Gaming PC With 20-Year-Old Parts

DIGITAL

  1. 3D-printed gun lawsuit ends after 3+ years—in gun publisher’s favor
  2. “Content is fire, Social Media is gasoline” – Court of Appeal considers the challenges for interim injunctions in the digital age 
  3. EU: Google illegally used Android to dominate search, must pay $5B fine
  4. EU Fines Google $5 Billion for Stifling Android’s Competition 
  5. Here’s Why Google Just Got Hit With a Record $5 Billion Fine 
  6. How Google’s Safe Browsing Helped Build A More Secure Web
  7. Some Thoughts On The EU’s Latest $5 Billion Google Antitrust Fine
  8. Businesses Cannot Contractually Ban “Abusive” Consumer Reviews
  9. Trolling the Internet for Photos Creates Copyright Headaches for Ad Agency (and the Advertiser)–Laspata v. Rimowa
  10. Executives From YouTube, Facebook, Twitter To Testify Before Congress Regarding Political Bias
  11. Shadow Politics: Meet The Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News – Buried in media scholar Jonathan Albright’s research was proof of a massive political misinformation campaign. Now he’s taking on the the world’s biggest platforms before it’s too late.
  12. 12 Russian intel officers indicted for hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign
  13. Russia Indictment 2.0: What to Make of Mueller’s Hacking Indictment
  14. Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller’s Biggest Move Yet
  15. Bitcoin, malware and ‘spearphishing’ helped Russian agents hack Democratic Party computers in 2016 election
  16. Cryptocurrency’s Criminal Revolution: The Unsavory Cast Of Bitcoin’s Biggest Beneficiaries
  17. Suspect behind bitcoin exchange that “catered to criminals” ordered to France
  18. The SIM Hijackers: Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims’ weakness? Phone numbers.
  19. Apple Updates Crypto Currency Aspects of App Store Review Guidelines 
  20. AI & Blockchain: An Introduction
  21. Coty gets green light for online platform ban
  22. Instagram Model Attacked By Shark While Attempting To Snap The Perfect Shot
  23. Study: Instagram leads as influencer marketing platform 
  24. California Supreme Court Ruling Immunizes Yelp from Defamatory Content Removal
  25. ‘Smart’ TVs Remain The Poster Child For Dismal Privacy, Transparency & Security Standards
  26. States prevail over e-commerce companies in Battle for sales taxes
  27. Magic Leap Finally Demoed Its Headset And It Is… Disappointing
  28. Magic Leap’s Disappointing Demo Could Be A Death Knell For AR 
  29. Much of the excitement and cool factor around Magic Leap is now gone
  30. The best augmented reality I saw this year was live theater funded by a liquor company: Whiskey-sponsored immersive theater. Snickers escape rooms. Immersive branding is just getting started.
  31. ‘Rick & Morty VR’, ‘Coco VR’, ‘Blade Runner 2049 VR’ & More Nominated for Emmys
  32. DOJ Tells Ron Wyden About The Times It Has Collected Journalists’ Communications; Leaves Some Facts Out
  33. Why the Craig behind Craigslist gave big bucks to a journalism program: His philanthropy funds veterans, women, voter protection and trustworthy journalism.
  34. Copyright As Censorship: FIFA’s Overaggressive Copyright Takedowns Target Fans Celebrating And Pussy Riot Protesting
  35. Trump revealed as Facebook’s biggest political advertiser
  36. Media – both on the left and right – are pressing Facebook to define what journalism is
  37. Notification: Facebook – you have a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office
  38. Why is InfoWars allowed on Facebook? Zuckerberg: Because it doesn’t cause “harm”
  39. Here’s What It Takes to Get Kicked off Facebook (Hint: It’s A Lot)
  40. Facebook says it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence
  41. How We Can ‘Free’ Our Facebook Friends
  42. Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google’s AI battle over your social lives: From stamping out trolls to removing fake bot accounts, here’s how social networks are waging war using AI weapons.
  43. UK: ICO announces intention to fine Facebook £500,000 and publishes data analytics investigation update 
  44. A FOSTA Of One’s Own: UK Parliament Members Looking To Punish Websites, Push Traffickers Underground
  45. Digital Ads Are Starting To Feel Psychic: Targeted advertising has become so uncanny, it feels like we’re being surveilled. Two artists want to hear these stories.
  46. How publishers and advertisers can balance privacy and monetization
  47. DeepMind Created a Test to Measure an AI’s Ability to Reason
  48. New Quantum Computer Milestone Would Make Richard Feynman Very Happy
  49. D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum system
  50. The quantified heart: Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be
  51. A new hope: AI for news media
  52. Artificial Intelligence Is Automating Hollywood. Now, Art Can Thrive.
  53. Top AI Experts Vow They Won’t Help Create Lethal Autonomous Weapons
  54. Netflix Scores 112 Emmy Nominations, Beating Out HBO’s 108
  55. Netflix to Launch Comedy Radio Channel on SiriusXM
  56. For First Time In Two Years, Netflix Falls Short Of Quarterly Growth Expectations
  57. Investors are worried that Netflix is getting as big as it can get
  58. Netflix Can Either Become the Dominant Media Monopoly of the 21st Century or Go Bust
  59. Netflix Is King No More as Disney Retakes Media-Company Crown 
  60. Netflix CEO Proclaims The Death Of Net Neutrality Is No Big Deal
  61. Will Smith Collects $20,000 In Two Days By Selling Merch On YouTube’s New Teespring Shelf
  62. Shawn Mendes To Kick Off Year-Long Partnership Between YouTube Music, Rolling Stone
  63. Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” Becomes Oldest Music Video To Reach One Billion YouTube Views 
  64. Female Science-Focused YouTubers Face Inordinate Amount Of Criticism, Study Finds
  65. YouTube TV Gifts Subscribers Week Of Free Service To Apologize For World Cup Outage
  66. Progress Isn’t Linear: YouTube TV’s World Cup Flub Threatens Public’s Trust For Sports Streaming
  67. Tickets For The First-Ever VidCon London Are On Sale Now
  68. Talent Firm ‘Addition’ Signs Lifestyle Creators Aaryn Williams, Ally Chen, And Jennifer Zhang
  69. Racial Discrimination Complaint Against The Young Turks Leads To A Lawsuit
  70. Insights: Purging – It’s Not Just For Twitter Anymore (Or At Least It Shouldn’t Be)
  71. A Serial Twitter Follow/Unfollower Explains Himself: “I’m just trying to get eyes on me. It’s a big attention game online… the end goal for me is just be on as many screens as I can.”
  72. Unfollowing Everybody (Anil Dash)
  73. The 10 Most Difficult-To-Defend Online Fandoms
  74. Creators Are Making As Much As $50,000 With Music Video App Triller’s New Monetization Feature
  75. Kid-Friendly Network Pocket.watch Raises $15 Million Series B Round Led By Viacom
  76. Original Shows From DeStorm, Lil Tay Lead The Way As New SVOD Service Zeus Launches
  77. Do Subscription Models Work with Apps?: Thoughts on Setapp  –  subscription-based collection for Mac apps
  78. Reddit Reinvents The Chat Room With Community Chat
  79. Don’t Feed The Trolls, And Other Hideous Lies: The mantra about the best way to respond to online abuse has only made it worse
  80. The “Intellectual Dark Web” Is Nothing New
  81. PC market appears to have grown for the first time since 2012
  82. Microsoft finally gives Teams what it needs to take on Slack: A free version
  83. Early Amazon Prime Day Sales Were Up Over 50% Despite Website Crashes and Worker Strikes
  84. Uber faces new probe over alleged gender discrimination in hiring practices
  85. Elon Musk could face lawsuit for calling cave rescuer a “pedo guy”
  86. Antarctic Exploration Vessel Which Should Be Named Boaty McBoatface But Tragically Isn’t Launches

CREATIVITY

  1. All’s Fair in Whoville: Dr. Seuss Parody is Fair Use
  2. DeLorean Estate Alleges ‘Back to the Future’ Royalties Were Improperly Distributed
  3. Green v. Harbach
  4. The first rule of copyright reform: Don’t mess with free speech and net neutrality (Michael Geist)
  5. Guy In Charge Of Pushing Draconian EU Copyright Directive, Evasive About His Own Use Of Copyright Protected Images
  6. Did The Ninth Circuit’s “Blurred Lines” Ruling Just Quietly Move To Kill Off The So-Called Inverse Ratio Rule?
  7. Court Won’t Rehear Blurred Lines Case, Bad News For Music Creativity
  8. Is the press regulator subject to judicial review? – Coulter v Independent Press Standards Organisation CIC (IPSO)
  9. The MAGA Trolls Have Met Their Match In Sacha Baron Cohen And “Who Is America?” 
  10. Congressman Introduces Legislation To Criminalize Protesting In A Mask
  11. When Black Performers Use Their ‘White Voice’
  12. Court to Kanye Plaintiff: Imma Let You Finish
  13. Kanye’s Tweet Could Be False Advertising, New York Court Rules
  14. Pussy Riot has a wake up call for America’s youth in the Trump era
  15. State Appeals Court Tosses Defamation Suit Against Lawyer Who Wrote About Teen Driver Who Injured His Client
  16. How A US Burger Chain Brought ‘Ruby Tuesday’ Full Circle Through Trademark Bullying
  17. Eighth Grade’s R rating deters actual 8th-graders from seeing it. What a shame.: The MPAA ratings system and its very specific hang-ups are keeping teens away from the movies they need most.
  18. Disruption, Consolidation, Uncertainty: Welcome to Hollywood’s Age of Anxiety
  19. Why Did American Music Festivals Almost Disappear in the 1970s and ’80s?
  20. There Is Now Just One Blockbuster Left in the US
  21. Alaska’s last two Blockbusters are shutting down, leaving one in US
  22. The Simpsons Wouldn’t Exist Without Yellow Submarine: How the Beatles classic changed the future of animation.
  23. Q2 2018 Quick Links, Part 5 (Potpourri) (Eric Goldman)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Canada: A $250,000 Reminder that “CASL” is Not Just an Anti-Spam Law
  2. AG’s False Advertising Suit Challenging Broadband Claims Not Preempted
  3. Bill to save net neutrality gets first Republican vote in US House
  4. The Cable TV & Broadband Sector Has A Nasty Billing Fraud Problem
  5. The FCC’s Sneaky Plan To Make It Easier To Ignore ISP Complaints
  6. Ajit Pai Pretends To Care About Identity Fraud That Plagued Net Neutrality Repeal
  7. Ajit Pai’s Cure For The ‘Digital Divide’ Looks Suspiciously Like A Giant Middle Finger
  8. Ajit Pai finalizes vote to limit FCC reviews of customer complaints
  9. Ajit Pai deals major setback to Sinclair/Tribune merger
  10. The FCC Mysteriously Retreats From Sinclair Cronyism, Potentially Dooming Controversial Merger
  11. FCC Seeks “Large Step” Toward Advancing Broadband Infrastructure Goals With Draft One-Touch Make-Ready Order 
  12. Trump administration appeals court loss in AT&T/Time Warner case
  13. After AT&T Jacks Up Prices Post Merger, DOJ Decides To Appeal Court Loss
  14. Charter Spectrum’s New ‘Unlimited’ Wireless Service Bans HD Video Entirely

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Supreme Court of Canada affirms privacy protections in tobacco health-data case
  2. B.C. wins SCC appeal on production of health-care databases in Big Tobacco case
  3. PIPEDA at 20: Time for PIPEDA 2.0 (Michael Geist)
  4. US v. Microsoft Litigation Update: Supreme Court Dismisses Case as Moot After Congress Amends Stored Communications Act
  5. Shocker: DOJ’s Computer Crimes And Intellectual Property Section Supports Security Researchers DMCA Exemptions
  6. Judge slams FBI for improper cellphone search, stingray use
  7. Oregon Supreme Court Sets Up New Limits For Digital Device Searches
  8. Florida Man Jailed for Failing to Unlock His Phone
  9. Guy Gets Tossed In Jail For Contempt Charges Because Cops Say They Need To Unlock His Phones To Get Evidence Of Drug Possession 
  10. State Appeals Court Says Exigency Beats A Warrant Requirement If A Phone Has A Passcode
  11. Walmart Patents Tech for Eavesdropping on Workers
  12. Our Data, Ourselves: How to stop tech firms from monopolizing our personal information. 
  13. Microsoft President Calls For Government Rules For Facial Recognition Technology
  14. How Facial Recognition Could Tear Us Apart: Will the new tech create a safer society – or a dystopian panopticon?
  15. Smart TVs are invading privacy and should be investigated, senators say 
  16. ‘Smart’ TVs Remain The Poster Child For Dismal Privacy, Transparency & Security Standards
  17. Should we have any expectation of privacy in public spaces? (Andres Guadamuz)
  18. Obtained Documents Show The DEA Sold Compromised Phones To Suspected Drug Dealers
  19. Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You – And It Could Raise Your Rates
  20. The most ambitious browser mitigation yet for Spectre attacks comes to Chrome
  21. California’s Data Privacy Law: What It Is and How to Comply (A Step-By-Step Guide)
  22. Can the Privacy Shield survive? What’s next for exports of personal data to the US?
  23. European Parliament Turns Up The Pressure On US-EU Privacy Shield Data Transfer Deal A Little More

Jon

News of the Week; July 11, 2018

GAMES

  1. Nintendo, Valve, Sony, and EA reported in Norway for breaching European consumer law – UPDATE: NCC reports Nintendo to German authorities after dropping other complaints
  2. We need parents on board if we want to protect their children: Following news of a sexual assault in Roblox and ‘addiction’ to Fortnite, parents want to cut kids off from these games – but that will only make the problem worse
  3. Video Game Deep Cuts: Livestreaming Your Fortnite Addiction
  4. The Truth About ‘Video Game Addiction’
  5. French gambling regulator concerned by loot boxes, but won’t take legal action
  6. How Journey eliminated online toxicity with a simple ping
  7. Fighting a toxic Steam community – and winning: Creative Assembly’s Grace Carroll said the “visible presence of moderation” was enough to turn around a toxic Steam forum in just a week
  8. Valve quickly shuts down developer method for estimating Steam sales: Steam API suddenly altered after The End Is Nigh co-dev uses achievements data as SteamSpy alternative
  9. Valve swiftly removes new method for estimating Steam sales
  10. Valve highlights the best selling and most played Steam games of 2018
  11. Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers
  12. Team Fortress 2 leads as biggest player counts on Steam revealed
  13. Steam Spy and the need for numbers: For indie developers in need of metrics Steam Spy is imperfect, “but the other option is absolutely nothing”
  14. Launching a successful indie game in 2018: TheMoonlighter story
  15. Guild Wars 2 writers dismissed after Twitter spat with streamer
  16. ArenaNet cuts ties with Guild Wars 2 writers after Twitter spat: “Their attacks on the community were unacceptable,” says ArenaNet president
  17. ArenaNet sends all the wrong messages: Guild Wars 2 studio terminating employees after backlash discourages fan interaction, encourages player outrage
  18. ArenaNet “promised me that I wouldn’t have to check my identity at the door”: Fired writer says Guild Wars studio has damaged its reputation, but ArenaNet maintains that Jessica Price “attacked” community over a “perceived slight”
  19. ArenaNet firings inspire IGDA to remind devs: Ask about harassment protection
  20. IGDA asks studios to “clarify the guidelines and expectations around social media use”: ArenaNet firings show how “interacting with people as a game developer can jeopardize someone’s job and career”
  21. ArenaNet president: Fired devs ‘could have chosen not to engage’ on social media
  22. Women in Games launches strategy on improving gender diversity in esports: Encouraging women to participate in the industry is critical for the commercial success of the industry, says advocacy group
  23. Blizzard’s Pink Mercy event raised over $12 million for a breast cancer charity
  24. ESPN, Disney XD, and Blizzard pen deal to bring Overwatchmatches to primetime TV
  25. Blizzard and Disney partner to bring Overwatch League to ESPN, other networks: ESPN, Disney XD, ABC, related networks will broadcast the competition’s inaugural season
  26. Todd Howard: Games as a service ‘doesn’t mark the future’
  27. ESA president: Crunch “hasn’t been a significant issue” for ten years: Industry body’s leader Mike Gallagher also believes call for unions is “in its infancy”
  28. ESA: Strong wages and opportunities keep unionization from being a ‘significant issue’
  29. Disney’s ‘Moana’ production assets now available for the public
  30. RuneScape generates $800M in lifetime revenue during its 17 years online
  31. RuneScape has brought in over $800 million in lifetime revenue: After 17 years and three iterations, Jagex’s MMO has over 250 million player accounts and continues to grow
  32. Xbox: Accessible games can “mean the difference between existing and living” for disabled people – But platform holder’s Tara Voelker urges developers to add more accessibility options to their titles
  33. Monster Hunter World concerns trigger 13% drop for Capcom shares: US analyst predicts “significant risk of sales decline” as console version slows ahead of PC launch
  34. Supercell becomes first publisher to operate two multi-billion-dollar mobile games: Clash Royale breaks $2 billion lifetime revenue
  35. Durham College embraces eSports with construction of gaming arena
  36. ‘The Unspoken’ VR League eSports Final is Cancelled & Not Coming to Oculus Connect 5 After All
  37. Valve: Monthly Active VR Users on Steam Are Up 160% Year-over-year
  38. “There is no magic formula” for getting noticed on Steam
  39. Jurassic World already one of Steam’s 2018 top sellers: Frontier’s dino park management sim rubbing elbows with Grand Theft Auto 5, Far Cry 5 after less than a month on sale
  40. The Sims Mobile has amassed $15M in revenue in four months
  41. The Sims Mobile brings in over $15 million in four months: Popular life sim game was only EA’s eighth highest earning mobile game in June
  42. The Sims Mobile brings in over $15 million in four months: Popular life sim game was only EA’s eighth highest earning mobile game in June
  43. EA acquires Industrial Toys: Midnight Star development studio brings mobile expertise to EA Worldwide Studios
  44. id Software: Avoiding cannibalization in the post-apocalypse – Tim Willits on the role of Fallout 76 in Rage 2’s pre-E3 reveal, and why id no longer uses its tech to sell its games
  45. Nexon and EA cancel Asia-exclusive Titanfall Online
  46. Asia-focused Titanfall Online canceled: Nexon, EA, Respawn collaboration abandoned after over three years of development
  47. Electronic Arts snaps up Alex Seropian’s studio Industrial Toys
  48. THQ Nordic acquires German developer and publisher HandyGames
  49. Coming out from under Grand Theft Auto’s shadow: For years, Take-Two’s other games have lingered in the shadow of Rockstar’s series, but GTA V’s monumental status means it’s pointless to compare it to the upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2
  50. Todd Howard: Service-based Fallout 76 doesn’t mark the future direction of Bethesda – “Anyone who has ever said ‘this is the future and this part of gaming is dead’ has been proven wrong every single time”
  51. “Millions of people” are still playing Skyrim every month – Todd Howard on the many Skyrim ports: “If you want us to stop releasing it, stop buying it.”
  52. How do companies like Nintendo and CD Projekt Red approach crunch?
  53. ‘Gatcha’ is a good fit for Fire Emblem, but it isn’t Nintendo’s standard for mobile
  54. Many more indie games will be coming to Switch if Nintendo has its way
  55. Nintendo aiming for 20 to 30 Switch indie releases per week
  56. NPD: Nintendo Switch on track to be the best-selling console of Q4, and all of 2018 – Industry analyst predicts all three current generation consoles will sell at least 4m units total this year in the US
  57. Nintendo reportedly rolls out hardware patch following Switch exploit
  58. Nintendo reportedly rolling out new, more hack-resistant Switch hardware
  59. Ideally, Nintendo wants 20 to 30 new indies to hit the Switch per week
  60. GameStop says Nintendo Switch sales doubled following E3 
  61. Pokemon Quest nabs 7.5M downloads across Switch and mobile
  62. Analyst: Two years in, Pokemon Go crosses $1.8B lifetime revenue
  63. Pokemon GO has brought in $1.8 billion since launch: Pokemon’s foray into augmented reality sees players spending $2 million per day
  64. Pokémon Quest downloads pass 7.5 million: Free-to-play mobile and Switch game gets off to a strong start
  65. Niantic’s Ingress to get Netflix animated series later this year: Series based on Pokémon Go forebear will be used to introduce upcoming sequel Ingress Prime
  66. The Binding of Isaac card game raises $1 million in a week on Kickstarter
  67. Games account for 94% of Google Play revenue in South Korea: Messaging and communication apps only bring in 2.2%, even less from social media and dating apps
  68. Newzoo: Taiwanese gamers expected to spend $1.3 billion in 2018 – With 14.5 million players, Taiwan is the world’s 15th largest gaming market
  69. Warner Bros. acquires mobile platform Plexchat to improve social features in its games
  70. Tencent to publish Game of Thrones mobile game in China: Yoozoo is developing Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming through a partnership with Warner Bros
  71. Tencent going global with WeGame digital marketplace as Steam targets China
  72. The negativity of Keita Takahashi: The developer behind Wattam and Katamari Damacy has spent his career trying to show the potential of games, but doesn’t think he’s been successful
  73. The European TV channel making documentaries with video games: Arte project manager Adrien Larouzée tells us why games are the perfect storytelling media to spread culture from the continent
  74. The video games of Ecuadorean fishing village Santa Marianita: We take another look at how people find ways to play games everywhere
  75. Shuhei Yoshida reflects on the PS2 launch: “We were awfully unprepared”: President of SIE Worldwide Studios discusses what went wrong and what went right for PlayStation over the years
  76. Levine on BioShock: ‘I don’t think I was conscious of how Jewish it was until afterwards’
  77. Meet the dev making his first DOS game — in 2018
  78. Time bandits: Check out the ’80s and ’90s titles still going strong
  79. The 80s and 90s PC games still unbelievably being updated today
  80. Blog: Retro games as a revivalist movement

DIGITAL

  1. NZ court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US on copyright charges
  2. Kim Dotcom Loses Latest Round In Extradition Fight, Will Try To Appeal Again
  3. Technoleviathan: China, Silicon Valley, and the rise of the global surveillance state.
  4. Spy For Us – Or Never Speak To Your Family Again: China is using its huge digital surveillance system, and the threat of sending family members to reeducation camps, to pressure minorities to spy on their fellow exiles.
  5. China producing x86 chips nearly identical to AMD server processors
  6. iPhone crashing bug likely caused by code added to appease Chinese gov’t
  7. Uganda Bans VPNs To Prevent Users From Dodging Its Absurd New Social Media Tax
  8. A Numerical Exploration Of How The EU’s Article 13 Will Lead To Massive Censorship
  9. EU sends controversial internet copyright reforms back to the drawing board: It’s a strong rejection of the legislation in its current form, but not the end of the battle
  10. European Parliament rejects discussions on controversial copyright law
  11. EU Parliament Votes To Step Back From The Abyss On Copyright For Now
  12. EU copyright law sent back for a rethink
  13. Don’t Believe Those Who Wish To Diminish Digital Rights By Falsely Implying It’s All Big Tech Lobbying
  14. What can the Copyright Directive vote tell us about the state of digital rights? (Andres Guadamuz)
  15. Movie Industry Denies Lawsuit Strategy Despite Proliferation of Legal Actions and Settlement Demands Against Thousands of Canadians (Michael Geist)
  16. Lawyer loses appeal, fails to expand internet privileges
  17. Trump’s Supreme Court pick: ISPs have 1st Amendment right to block websites
  18. Online Review Website Cannot Be Forced To Remove Defamatory Posts
  19. Section 230 Immunity Protects Yelp from Injunction Order to Remove Defamatory Posts
  20. Section 230 Helps Facebook Defeat Pro Se Defamation Suit–Jefferson v. Facebook
  21. Amazon Again Avoids Liability for Defective Marketplace Item–Fox v. Amazon
  22. Over The Top Sports Streaming Comes To Europe With Amazon’s Deal With The Premier League
  23. Court Rejects Evidentiary and CFAA Vagueness Challenges to Conviction for Botnet Hacking Scheme
  24. Sales tax in the digital era : major impacts for retailers in the United States
  25. How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos And Confusion In Myanmar: The social network exploded in Myanmar, allowing fake news and violence to consume a country emerging from military rule.
  26. Facebook Says It’s Sorry for Removing a Part of the Declaration of Independence That Includes a Racial Slur
  27. Facebook Runs Full-Page Ads in Indian Newspapers to Fight Fake News
  28. Blaming The Messenger (App): WhatsApp Takes The Blame In India Over Violence
  29. Fake News Is A Meaningless Term, And Our Obsession Over It Continues To Harm Actual News 
  30. Fining Facebook: ICO issues £500,000 fine following data breach 
  31. Facebook could face legal claims totalling ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’
  32. When a Facebook Like Lands You in Jail: NYPD’s Social Media Monitoring Raises Civil Liberties Issues
  33. Sex, Beer, And Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days – When the young Mark Zuckerberg moved to Palo Alto in 2004, he and his buddies built a corporate proto-culture that continues to influence the company today.
  34. Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags
  35. Regulation coming for Facebook
  36. Facebook Watch May Pay Upwards Of $10 Million For Cristiano Ronaldo Reality Series
  37. Facebook will broadcast live Premier League games in Asia: The £200 million deal helps Facebook’s push into the world of sports.
  38. Facebook To Launch News Programming On July 16, Will Organize ‘Watch’ With New Categories
  39. Reddit CEO tells user, “we are not the thought police,” then suspends that user
  40. More Than Half of ICO-Funded Startups Fail Within 4 Months, Study Says
  41. Are the UK’s intellectual property laws ready for AI?
  42. Google Applies More Machine Learning To Increase The Reach Of Ads Across Its Properties
  43. “Google Was Not A Normal Place”: Brin, Page, And Mayer On The Accidental Birth Of The Company That Changed Everything
  44. Inside X, The Moonshot Factory Racing To Build The Next Google: Seven years after its secretive launch, X is starting to spawn mind-blowing companies – and show us what an ever expanding Google means for the world.
  45. Despite Chrome’s pending “mark of shame,” 3 major news sites aren’t HTTPS
  46. What Soda Taxes And Lead Paint Have To Do With Internet Regulation
  47. Malaysian Government Decides To Dump Its Terrible Anti-Fake News Law
  48. YouTube, Whose Users Promoted Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Bitconnect, Is Added As Defendant In Lawsuit
  49. After Losing NCAA Scholarship Due To YouTube Channel, Donald De La Haye Gets A Win In Court
  50. YouTube to fight fake news with links to real news and context
  51. YouTube Tweaks Site Design, Dedicates $25 Million to Combat “Fake News”
  52. YouTube Pledges $25 Million To News Organizations As It Continues Fight Against Fake News
  53. YouTube Launches Initiative to Fight Fake News, Pledges $25 Million to Support News Orgs
  54. YouTuber in row over copyright infringement of his own song
  55. YouTube Guitarist Claims He Got A Copyright Strike For Infringing Upon His Own Song
  56. YouTube Rolling Out ‘Copyright Match’ Tool To Creators With More Than 100,000 Subs
  57. YouTube to Launch Tool to Detect Re-Uploaded Videos Automatically: New Copyright Match tool initially will roll out to channels with more than 100,000 subscribers
  58. YouTube TV Outages Draw Ire From World Cup Viewers
  59. Two Co-Creators Of Travel YouTube Channel High On Life Die After Waterfall Accident
  60. Constitutional Challenge Against FOSTA Filed–Woodhull v. US
  61. More Police Admitting That FOSTA/SESTA Has Made It Much More Difficult To Catch Pimps And Traffickers 
  62. Preparing for the Next Phase of Influencer Marketing – The CGI Influencer 
  63. Jake Paul’s Team 10 Involved In Yet Another Lawsuit For Trashing Rental Property
  64. Logan Paul Is Filming A Documentary About “What Actually Happened” During Suicide Video Scandal 
  65. Hank Green Apologizes To Tana Mongeau For VidCon Slight, But Calls TanaCon “Inexcusable And Terrifying”
  66. Twitter is Suspending More Than One Million Accounts Per Day in Latest Purge
  67. Twitter Users To Lose Tens Of Millions Of Followers After Company Excludes ‘Locked’ Accounts
  68. Twitter Sheds $3.1 Billion After Suspending Millions of Questionable Accounts
  69. These are the ‘invisible’ challenges that make it harder for Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter to grow
  70. Snap and Amazon Are Reportedly Working on a Visual Search Feature for Snapchat
  71. Tinder Users Can Now Upload Two-Second Looping Videos On Their Profiles
  72. Are You Ready for Even More Expensive Netflix Options?
  73. Netflix To Create A Digital Comedy Festival By Releasing 47 Specials At Once
  74. Netflix Is Shutting Down User Reviews This Summer
  75. Netflix is killing off user reviews
  76. European Networks Are Joining Forces to Take On Netflix and Amazon
  77. HBO must ‘change direction’ to flourish, says its new boss: User engagement must be increased to make HBO into a perennial product.
  78. AT&T Is Very Excited To Try And Ruin HBO 
  79. Here are all of the future TV shows that Apple has signed deals for
  80. Feds arrest Apple employee for stealing self-driving project secrets
  81. Woman who once bought bitcoins for $300,000 cash in paper bags sent to prison
  82. ‘It’s not just video games’: Concordia partners with Ubisoft on VR: The initiative will focus on a set of technologies called extended reality, or XR.
  83. Ubisoft Opens XR:MTL An Innovation Factory Focused On XR Technologies At Concordia University – The Factory’s focus will be on developing applications that have market potential. 
  84. 10 Projects That Have Us Excited About the Next Generation of VR & AR
  85. VR Treatment, Even Without a Therapist, Helps People Overcome Fear of Heights
  86. Driving Without a Smartphone: A new law in Georgia discourages drivers from even touching a screen. Whether or not it improves safety, it could help break people’s phone habits.
  87. How Music Fans Built The Internet
  88. What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home
  89. Strategies for the Shadows: Protecting your Company’s IP Rights on the Dark Web
  90. A Field Guide to “Social Engineering” Cyber Scams
  91. How will 3D-printing challenge IP rights?
  92. A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box For DIY Guns: Cody Wilson makes digital files that let anyone 3-D print untraceable guns. The government tried to stop him. He sued—and won.
  93. Wait—the RateMyProfessors.com “hotness” chili was about attractiveness? 
  94. Hulu Hit ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Bafflingly Launches Wine Line
  95. How Wattpad Is Rewriting the Rules of Hollywood
  96. What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media
  97. The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race 
  98. Understanding Media and Information Quality in an Age of Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Algorithms and Machine Learning (Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts & Nikki Bourassa)
  99. Algorithms and Justice (Christopher Bavitz & Kira Hessekiel)
  100. Global Governance and Inclusion: Reframing the Global Debate Around AI (Ryan Budish, Urs Gasser & Amar Ashar)
  101. Designing frameworks that allow for Intentions, Commitments and Exuberance in AI (Bobi Rakaova)
  102. The Industrial Era Ended, and So Will the Digital Era
  103. Q2 2018 Quick Links, Part 4 (Social Media, Section 230, Defamation) (Eric Goldman)
  104. Q2 2018 Quick Links, Part 3 (Privacy, Advertising, E-Commerce) (Eric Goldman)

CREATIVITY

  1. Unpacking Canada’s IP Strategy: Countering IP Abuse, Addressing IP Administration and Removing IP Barriers to Innovation (Michael Geist)
  2. No, you can’t patent the ability to pause a lesson recording, EFF says
  3. Lombardo v. Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P.
  4. Selling Items with Political Messages? What about “Impeach 45”?
  5. President Trump Sends North Korean Dictator a CD of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ Because Our World is Just One Big Joke
  6. Girl Arrested in Iran for Posting Videos of Herself Dancing on Instagram
  7. How Warner Brothers Resisted a Hollywood Ban on Anti-Nazi Films in the 1930s and Warned Americans of the Dangers of Fascism
  8. Free Speech Doesn’t Protect Nazis. It Protects Us From Nazis
  9. Ninth Circuit Recently Slams PETA Over Monkey Selfie Lawsuit
  10. Post Office owes $3.5M for using wrong Statue of Liberty on a stamp
  11. Police Union Upset Not All Books Paint Cops As Heroes, Calls For Removal Of Titles From School’s Reading List 
  12. You Can Only Listen To Jaden Smith’s New Album On Instagram
  13. Hobbyists Lose Fight to Escape the FAA’s Toy Drone Rules
  14. Why local US newspapers are sounding the alarm
  15. 54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation: “Our angle on the current state of journalism is this: The crisis of journalism and legacy news media is structural.” 
  16. Cortés-Ramos v. Martin-Morales
  17. What You Need to Know About Toronto’s New Arts and Culture Property Tax Subclass 
  18. Keep on moving: the bizarre dance epidemic of summer 1518 – Five centuries ago, the world’s longest rave took place in Strasbourg – a ‘plague’ of dancing that was fatal for some. What caused it? Art, poetry and music of the time can provide some clues
  19. Creative types all go through hot streaks of superior production  

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Government Memo Suggests Netflix Outspends Canadian Private Broadcasters on Canadian English Scripted Programming (Michael Geist)
  2. The State of Canadian Wireless in One Chart: No One Has Carriers That Generate More Revenue With Less Usage (Michael Geist)
  3. Ajit Pai’s FCC Doesn’t Want to Hear Your Complaints Unless You Pay Them $225
  4. “This is bonkers”: FCC wants to stop reviewing most complaints about ISPs
  5. FCC stands by decision to raise broadband prices on American Indians
  6. FCC Refuses to Back Down From Plan to Strip Phone and Internet Subsidies for American Indians
  7. Ajit Pai finally gets around to fighting fraud in FCC comment system 
  8. Second Circuit Follows D.C. Circuit’s Reasoning in Vacating FCC’s Interpretation of an Autodialer
  9. SCOTUS Nominee Kavanaugh Bought Verizon’s Silly Argument That Breaking Net Neutrality Is A 1st Amendment Right 
  10. CRTC Issues $250,000 in Penalties for Malware Distribution
  11. CASL Enforcement Action – $250,000 in Penalties for Aiding the Distribution of Malvertising
  12. Net neutrality makes comeback in California; lawmakers agree to strict rules 
  13. Yes, Privacy Is Important, But California’s New Privacy Bill Is An Unmitigated Disaster In The Making
  14. Ten Reasons Why California’s New Data Protection Law is Unworkable, Burdensome, and Possibly Unconstitutional 
  15. DOJ’s Challenge to Vertical AT&T/Time Warner Merger Experiences Failure to Launch
  16. Magic Leap grabs investment from AT&T as it sets up US distribution deal
  17. Echoing Apple’s iPhone Launch, Magic Leap Taps AT&T for Exclusive US Distribution
  18. AT&T wants to overhaul HBO, says it isn’t profitable enough 
  19. After Backlash To AT&T Chicanery, California Salvages Tough Net Neutrality Law 
  20. Streaming Video Sees Wave Of Price Hikes In Apparent Bid To Mimic Cable & Embolden Piracy
  21. Two years after buying, Univision wants to sell its Gawker, Onion portfolios
  22. Charter launches mobile service, throttles all video to 480p
  23. US forces smartphone giant ZTE to fire its CEO and leadership team
  24. Comcast’s Wireless Service Will Charge You More To Stream HD Video 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Court Compares Car Crash Data To CSLI, Cellphone Contents; Tells Cops Best Bet Is To Always Get A Warrant
  2. “Stylish” extension with 2M downloads banned for tracking every site visit
  3. Stolen certificates from D-Link used to sign password-stealing malware
  4. German Court Issues First GDPR Ruling 
  5. CARU Protects Privacy for Child Karaoke Stars
  6. California Passes Consumer Privacy Act With “GDPR-Like” Provisions
  7. European Parliament Votes to Suspend EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
  8. Don’t Misrepresent Your U.S. – E.U. Privacy Shield Status: FTC Brings An Enforcement Action 
  9. California Corporation Settles FTC Complaint Regarding U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Compliance Claim
  10. Police Chief Tries To Blame Newspaper Shooting On The Loss Of Social Media Monitoring Tool, But It Doesn’t Add Up
  11. For $80 Million, Yahoo! Settles Shareholder Class Action Claiming Stock Price Losses from Data Breaches 
  12. What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education – sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy
  13. DOD seeks classification “Clippy” to help classify data, control access
  14. Year-old router bug exploited to steal sensitive DOD drone, tank documents
  15. Tech-support scammers know EVERYTHING about my computer, Dell customer says

Jon

News of the Week; July 4, 2018

GAMES

  1. Bethesda Suing Warner Bros. For ‘Blatant Rip-Off’ Of Fallout Shelter
  2. Warner Bros. calls Bethesda lawsuit against Westworld game ‘baseless’
  3. Warner Bros is READY TO FIGHT over “Baseless Accusations”
  4. Warner Bros surprised by Bethesda’s “baseless accusation” in Westworld lawsuit: Publisher claims developer Behaviour Interactive has confirmed allegations are untrue
  5. Blog: The Westworld fallout – A discussion on work-for-hire
  6. In Contrast To PUBG’s Silliness, Bethesda’s Copyright Suit Against Warner Bros. Is All About Copyrightable Source Code
  7. We Hardly Knew Ye: PUBG Drops Lawsuit Against Epic Over Fortnite Similarities
  8. Ex-hatemonger confirms white supremacists recruit in Minecraft, Fortnite
  9. After initial refusal, We Happy Few granted R 18+ rating in Australia
  10. We Happy Few wins appeal for reclassification in Australia: After initial denial, game will see Australian release with a rating of R18+
  11. Roblox bans players who ‘gang raped’ a seven-year-old’s avatar: Developer stresses it has a “zero tolerance” policy for this behaviour as US mother complains about in-game assault
  12. Judge halves ZeniMax’s $500M Oculus payout, declines to block Rift sales
  13. Penalty in ZeniMax v. Oculus Reduced to $250M, Motion to Halt Headset Sales Rejected
  14. US Judge halves ZeniMax’s $500m win in Facebook Oculus legal battle: Also denies Bethesda parent’s request for sales ban on Rift headsets
  15. Bethesda implies Sony is preventing cross-play in Fallout 76
  16. Bethesda: “Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like” on cross-play – There will be no cross-play in Fallout 76, Todd Howard says – and Microsoft is not the problem
  17. EA Sports VP Daryl Holt on loot boxes: “Our model is sustainable” – Publisher’s sports division reacts to loot box controversy with disclosure of pack odds in FIFA Ultimate Team
  18. Amy Hennig, who was hired to make an EA Star Wars game, has left EA: Timeline of Hennig’s departure, full Star Wars game pivot is fleshed out in interview.
  19. French gambling regulator criticizes loot boxes, stops short of regulation: ARJEL refrains from fully defining loot boxes as gambling but will continue to investigate effect on consumers
  20. Leaks, riots, and monocles: How a $60 in-game item almost destroyed EVE Online
  21. International Olympic Committee to host esports forum: Representatives from the worlds of esports, gaming, and the Olympic movement will meet to discuss future collaboration
  22. Kotaku Compete shuts down: Esports coverage hub closes due to Univision budget cuts
  23. OpenAI teaching neural networks to compete with Dota 2 professionals: Team of five neural networks has already beaten multiple amateur human teams
  24. AI achieves “human-level performance” in Quake III Arena: Google’s DeepMind teaches AI to play competitively both with and against human players
  25. OpenAI to level up Dota 2 neural networks with live Twitch demo
  26. Twitch Prime’s “free game every day” for half of July adds up to a ton
  27. Forza Horizon 4’s stream-to-earn function is Microsoft’s latest attempt to push Mixer: Players will earn in-game currency purely by streaming their gameplay session to platform holder’s Twitch rival
  28. Microsoft is working on AI-driven, platform-level Xbox Live cheat detection
  29. Google reportedly planning streaming platform, gaming hardware: Rumored gaming initiatives could include developer partnerships or outright acquisitions
  30. Report: Google courting developers for coming game-streaming service – “Project Yeti” would also include game-focused hardware component.
  31. Blog: Changes to the Google Play Store are putting thousands of indie devs at risk
  32. Vlambeer’s Ismail sees promise in the hybrid of triple-A and indie dev
  33. Failbetter Games spearheads ‘Love Indies Week’ for elevating devs and communities
  34. 15 indie games highlighted in Smithsonian SAAM Arcade event
  35. Blog: 10 lessons from making 100 games in five years
  36. French startup Oh BiBi nets $21M to build out mobile shooter
  37. Fortnite mobile has half the downloads of PUBG, but five times the revenue: PUBG gains ground but can’t compete with Fortnite’s $92 million gross lifetime revenue
  38. Rash of Fortnite cheaters infected by malware that breaks HTTPS encryption
  39. Streaming platform devs take down Fortnite adware, chide Epic for not doing it itself
  40. Clash of Clans iOS players have spent over $4 billion: Popular mobile strategy game is the highest grossing iOS title over last nine years
  41. Our Uncertain Streaming Future: The idea of streaming games from the cloud was a hot topic again at E3 – but no matter how close to that ideal the tech is coming, the business case remains a mess
  42. 2K Games banks on Carnival Games to recreate Wii success on Switch: Multi-million selling mini-game franchise returns as efforts to attract a mainstream audience to Nintendo’s new console continue
  43. Super Mario Run surpasses $60m revenue after two years: Remains the lowest-earning Nintendo mobile game by a considerable margin
  44. Hollow Knight has sold over 250,000 copies on Switch
  45. Hollow Knight sold 250,000 in two weeks on Nintendo Switch: Lifetime sales of Team Cherry’s game now far exceed 750,000
  46. Switch version of Fox N Forests outsells PlayStation 4 by 4:1 – Director Rupert Ochsner – “[The] Switch is our best platform to date”
  47. Nintendo says the Switch is played as much docked as it is portably 
  48. Nintendo: Docked and undocked play time for Switch is “about even” – Online telemetry data varies heavily by individual game and player, though.
  49. Switch pirates don’t want you to pirate their piracy-enabling firmware: But anti-piracy hackers are hacking the piracy hack for themselves.
  50. Reggie Fils-Aime: ‘Vibrant’ 3DS remains a key part of Nintendo armory
  51. Reggie Fils-Aimé: The 3DS “continues to be a vibrant system” – Handheld console “absolutely” remains a focus of Nintendo, serving as a “gateway” to the Switch
  52. Shuntaro Furukawa has been officially appointed Nintendo president
  53. New Intellivision console will have all new games, all exclusives, disc controller: Company president Tommy Tallarico says console will cost “way under $200,” but release date is still far off
  54. Take-Two: “We don’t believe in Red Dead Redemption 2 success until we deliver it” – CEO Strauss Zelnick discusses expectations for Rockstar’s next epic and the publisher’s muted E3 presence
  55. NeverEnding Story: Ubisoft keen to move away from ‘finite’ experiences
  56. Ubisoft VP says company moving away from “finite experiences”: For games like Assassin’s Creed, line between content updates and sequels grows “fuzzier and fuzzier”
  57. Frontier: “We want to become a third-party publisher” –  CEO David Braben and CCO Jonny Watts on publishing, Tencent and the return of the British games industry
  58. Incoming Paradox CEO wants more acquisitions and mobile expansion
  59. Paradox turns its eye to M&A and mobile development: Incoming chief executive Ebba Ljungerud wants ten per cent of game sales to come form mobile by 2020
  60. Valve is working on its own ‘more accurate and more useful’ Steam Spy-like tools
  61. Valve working on “more accurate” replacement for Steam Spy’s sales data
  62. Steam Direct sees 180 game releases per week, over twice as many as Greenlight did
  63. Blog: The surprising effect of Steam Sales on non-discounted games
  64. Blog: Using achievement stats to estimate sales on Steam
  65. Amy Hennig: Atomised development, not crunch, will lead to games industry unions – The outspoken critic of crunch culture says it’s driven by passion, and it’s up the management to protect developers
  66. The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Fighting Ageism, with Kate Edwards – Ex-IGDA director discusses how the industry is neglecting experienced professionals and ignoring new perspectives
  67. Pokemon Quest nets $3M in revenue during first week on mobile
  68. Pokémon Quest generates $3m in first week on mobile: Becomes No. 1 most downloaded free game on Japanese App Store
  69. Niantic acquires machine learning company Matrix Mill
  70. Niantic acquires Matrix Mill: Pokemon Go creator picks up computer vision start-up building neural networks to infer 3D models of surroundings from cameras
  71. Niantic previews AR tech designed to create ‘meaningful’ interactions
  72. Niantic Offers Tantalizing Peek at Upcoming AR Tech, Announces New Platform for Third-party Devs
  73. ISS Astronaut Uses Oculus Rift in Experiment to Understand How Space Effects Hand-eye Coordination
  74. Snapchat Is Reportedly Planning to Follow WeChat by Launching an In-App Gaming Platform
  75. Snapchat reportedly launching a gaming platform: Photo messaging app may already have one game publisher on board
  76. Second Life creator’s VR platform High Fidelity secures $35M investment
  77. High Fidelity Raises $35M Series D Financing to Further Develop Social Platform & Blockchain Tech
  78. Jonathan Blow: “C++ is a weird mess” – The Witness developer on his new programming language that could increase productivity by 50 to 80 per cent
  79. Will Wright’s Proxi Art Challenge Winners
  80. Breadcrumbs Interactive embraced Slavic folklore to find Yaga’s unique voice: The Romanian studio drew from the country’s culture for its debut, and won the Nordic Discovery Contest in the process
  81. Summer Games Done Quick raises record-breaking $2.1M for charity
  82. For The First Time, The Video Game Speedrunners Of Summer Games Done Quick Raise Over $2 Million
  83. Summer Games Done Quick raises $2.1m for Doctors Without Borders: Week-long charity speedrunning marathon brings organisation’s cumulative fundraising to over $16 million
  84. Making the most of voice talent: Voice actors talk about the challenges of working in games and share tips for getting the best possible performances out of them
  85. E3 2018 has GameStop “looking forward to an incredible Q4”: Leading retailer shares pre-order reactions to the biggest announcements, and how publishers will benefit from a wider spread of releases
  86. Resident Evil 2 Remake wins Best of Show at the E3 2018 Game Critic Awards: BioWare and Insomniac receive two awards apiece for Anthem and Spider-Man
  87. Remake of Resident Evil 2 wins ‘Best of E3’ from Game Critics Awards 
  88. Life is Strange: Before The Storm wins big at Games for Change Awards
  89. The best, craziest speedruns from this year’s Summer Games Done Quick
  90. Blog: A brief history of murder in Ultima Online
  91. 343 and Showtime team up to produce 10-episode Halo TV series
  92. Halo TV show going into production in early 2019: There were plans to make a Halo TV show as long ago as 2013.
  93. Halo TV series gets green light at Showtime: Cable network orders 10 episodes for series; Mind Games creator Kyle Killen named showrunner
  94. Immersion cited as top motivator for playing games

DIGITAL

  1. “Dancing Baby” lawsuit finally settles, baby is now a middle-school student: Universal says it now has a “fair and tempered process for… potential takedowns.”
  2. The Monkey Selfie Case Continues, But The Dancing Baby One Does Not
  3. California Court Not Yet Ready To Undermine The Entire Internet; Rules Yelp Can’t Be Forced To Delete A Review
  4. EFF Launches Lawsuit To Stop FOSTA/SESTA
  5. EFF sues to kill FOSTA, calling it “unconstitutional Internet censorship law”
  6. The “CREEPER Act” Would Be Yet Another Unconstitutional Law from Congress
  7. Facebook reveals it gave 61 companies access to widely blocked user data: Company tells Congress it provided Nike, Spotify, a dating app and other services with special rights to information
  8. Facebook Stock Drops on Report of Wider U.S. Probe of Cambridge Analytica Scandal
  9. How Facebook Punked and then Gut Punched the News Biz
  10. Facebook patent would turn your mic on to analyze how you watch ads: Application hints to proximity to a “broadcasting device” before your mic turns on.
  11. You Can Now See All The Ads Facebook Is Running Globally
  12. Facebook Creates a Process of Review for Previously-Banned Cryptocurrency Ads
  13. Facebook Will Once Again Allow Ads Promoting Cryptocurrencies
  14. Fig: Digital currency won’t be what makes blockchain go mainstream – Crowdfunding site’s head of blockchain strategy discusses the pitfalls and potential of decentralisation
  15. Digital token ruled a security under the Howey Test, for now
  16. Really dumb malware targets cryptocurrency fans using Macs
  17. The California Supreme Court Didn’t Ruin Section 230 (Today)–Hassell v. Bird (Eric Goldman)
  18. First Amendment Doesn’t Prevent Probationer Condition Restricting the Display of Illegal Activity on Social Media–In re Jawan S. (Eric Goldman)
  19. The Digest: Uganda Is Now Forcing Citizens to Pay a Tax to Use Social Media
  20. Copyright Industries Reveal Their Ultimate Goal: An Internet Where Everything Online Requires A License From Them
  21. Snapchat Partners With Kylie Jenner To Launch Ecommerce Capabilities For Influencers
  22. Snapchat Launches Augmented Reality Experiences in Disneyland, Universal Studios
  23. The Rise of CGI Influencers
  24. Instagram Stories Hits 400 Million Daily Users — More Than Twice As Many As Snapchat
  25. Instagram is reportedly testing a ‘questions’ feature for Stories
  26. Netflix Is No. 1 Choice for TV Viewing, Beating Broadcast, Cable and YouTube (Study)
  27. Sony tries to upload movie trailer to YouTube, posts entire movie instead
  28. Goofballs at Sony Accidentally Upload Entire Film to YouTube Instead of the Trailer
  29. Creators are making longer videos to cater to the YouTube algorithm
  30. Studio71 Brings YouTube Creators Into Podcasting World
  31. Michelle Phan’s Latest Startup Helps Creators Find Free Music For Their YouTube Videos
  32. YouTube Is Conducting ‘A Small Experiment’ With Auto-Generated Thumbnails, And Creators Aren’t Happy
  33. YouTube thumbnail experiment may impact millions of users, frustrating creators
  34. You Can Watch The Last 2018 World Cup Games On YouTube, Hulu, DirecTV
  35. YouTube Apologizes To LGBTQ+ Creators On Last Day Of Pride Month
  36. Google Is Investing in the Not-Quite-So-Smart Smartphone Market
  37. Defamation Update: Google under fire again
  38. Google researchers created an amazing scene-rendering AI: A neural network from Google’s DeepMind has impressive spatial reasoning skills.
  39. Google reveals how DeepMind AI learned to play Quake III Arena like a pro
  40. StyleHaul CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski Exits RTL-Owned Company: CFO Jeremiah Bates also leaving the fashion, beauty and lifestyle digital media company
  41. StyleHaul’s CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski And CFO Jeremiah Bates Have Left The Company
  42. Dwayne Johnson Teams With Fine Brothers Entertainment To Show Off His Action Movie Knowledge
  43. Social media follies: watch your step 
  44. Philo, A Skinny Bundle For Non-Sports Viewers, Raises $40 Million From AMC, Discovery, Viacom
  45. A Twitter Leak Scuttled An NBA Draft Day Trade This Year
  46. Twitter gets a re-org and new product head
  47. Twitter Will Show Who Pays for Ads and How Much They Spend
  48. Amazon Needs More Delivery Companies and Wants You to Start Them
  49. Amazon Makes $1 Billion Splash in Health Care, Buying PillPack
  50. Amazon buying online pharmacy with nationwide reach; drug store stocks dive
  51. IPG Confirms $2.3 Billion Deal to Acquire Data Marketing Company Acxiom
  52. The New DC Universe Streaming Service Will Bundle Superhero Comics and TV Shows All in One Place
  53. Why Adult Content Creators Are Mad at Patreon
  54. How The Startup Mentality Failed Kids In San Francisco: Huge contributions from tech titans, a STEM-packed curriculum, gadgets everywhere: Willie Brown Middle School was supposed to set the bar. Then it opened.
  55. The Delicate Art Of Creating New Emoji
  56. Hey New York Times, Welcome to Writing About Pop Culture on the Internet
  57. It Just Wasn’t Meant to Be, Batman
  58. New York Times Writer Regrets Spoiling Batman’s Wedding in Headline
  59. A Vows Feature Spoiled a Comic Book Ending, and You Weren’t Happy
  60. Mandatory Internet filtering and The War on Memes (Andres Guadamuz)
  61. EU Copyright Proposal That Would Destroy Internet Memes Being Protested With Internet Memes
  62. EU Parliament’s Legislative Affairs Committee Is Now Misleading Members Of Parliament In Effort To Fundamentally Alter The Internet
  63. Would you pay $700, plus a monthly fee, for a digital license plate?
  64. “Inventor of email” appeals ruling that tossed his libel suit against Techdirt
  65. 1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today? 

CREATIVITY

  1. USPS Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million After Putting Artist’s Weird ‘Sexier’ Lady Liberty on Stamps
  2. Appeals Court Says You Can Copyright A Collection Of Facts… If You Leave Out A Few
  3. Owner of “Let’s Get It On” Copyright Sues Ed Sheeran for $100 Million
  4. DJ Khaled Files Suit to Protect Son’s Name
  5. Judge Dismisses Plagiarism Lawsuit Against The Girls Author Emma Cline
  6. Music Industry’s Nonsense ‘Myth Busting’ About EU’s Censorship Machines Is Basically Saying ‘Nuh-uh’ Repeatedly
  7. Latest Text Of EU Copyright Directive Shows It’s Even Worse Than Expected: Must Be Stopped
  8. NY Times, Winner Of A Key 1st Amendment Case, Suddenly Seems Upset That 1st Amendment Protects Conservatives Too
  9. Modernizing Canada’s Industrial Design Regime: Top 10 Changes
  10. Q2 2018 Quick Links, Part 1: Trademarks and Other IP (Eric Goldman)
  11. Q2 2018 Quick Links, Part 2: Copyright (Eric Goldman) 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Comments about Indigenous Women Breached Broadcast Codes, Says Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
  2. Talk Show’s Sexual Discussions Not Too Explicit, Says Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
  3. The Consequences of High Wireless Costs: OECD Data Confirms Canadians Lag Behind in Data Usage (Michael Geist)
  4. Effort To Save Net Neutrality Via Congressional Review Act Appears Stuck In Neutral
  5. Verizon Finally Puts Its Sad, Unloved Streaming TV Service to Rest
  6. Verizon To Shut Down Mobile-Friendly Video Platform Go90
  7. Verizon is shutting down its original video app Go90: Go90 died so Oath can live
  8. How Verizon Could Fix Its Streaming Video Strategy After Shutting Down Go90
  9. Comcast starts throttling mobile video, will charge extra for HD streams
  10. Fresh Off Its Merger, AT&T Jacks Up Price Of Streaming Video Service
  11. AT&T Begins Testing Its Power In The Wake Of Merger Mania & The Death Of Net Neutrality
  12. AT&T’s low-cost TV streaming service WatchTV goes live
  13. AT&T promised lower prices after Time Warner merger—it’s raising them instead 
  14. Internet TV packages are getting pricier — including AT&T’s
  15. How AT&T could use Time Warner shows and movies to compete with Disney and Netflix
  16. AT&T removed HBO from an unlimited data plan after buying Time Warner: AT&T alters unlimited plans and makes the cheapest one $5 more expensive. 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Facebook patents ’emotion detecting’ selfie filters
  2. Facial recognition found Capital Gazette suspect among 10M photos
  3. Facial Recognition Company Says It Won’t Sell To Law Enforcement, Knowing It’ll Be Abused
  4. Judge slams Tacoma for not releasing stingray records
  5. NSA Extends Its Streak Of Surveillance Violations To Fourteen Years With Its Latest Announcement
  6. NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete
  7. California approves privacy rules opposed by ISPs and tech companies: Law will give people some control over collection and sale of private data.
  8. California Enacts Sweeping Consumer Privacy Law
  9. California Enacts Sweeping Privacy Law; Will Other States Follow?
  10. The Digest: California Cracks Down on the Companies Harvesting Your Data
  11. California Consumer Privacy Act Of 2018 –  GDPR Lite?
  12. Over 60 Organizations Want Sanctions For EU Nations’ Failure To Repeal ‘Invalid’ Data Retention Laws 
  13. A Bug in Samsung’s Default Texting App Is Sending Random Pics to Other People
  14. LTE wireless connections used by billions aren’t as secure as we thought

Jon

News of the Week; June 27, 2018

GAMES

  1. PUBG Corp. drops lawsuit against Fortnite creator Epic Games
  2. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds dev drops lawsuit against Fortnite: No word on whether a settlement has been reached, but PUBG Crop has withdrawn from the legal battle
  3. Epic is suing former employee for leaking Fortnite spoilers 
  4. Epic Games sues former QA contractor over Fortnite leak: Thomas Hannah admits breaching NDA but files defence against lawsuit as he claims leak was out of his control
  5. 69% of Fortnite players have bought in-game purchases, average spend is $85: But one in five spenders unaware that paying for items does not given them an advantage
  6. Players paying up to $450 for disc-based copies of Fortnite
  7. ‘Free’ Game Making $300 Million Per Month? But I Thought You Can’t Make Money On Free…
  8. Westworld bug outs stolen Fallout Shelter code, alleges Bethesda lawsuit
  9. Bethesda sues over Westworld mobile game: Publisher alleges that Fallout Shelter developer Behaviour Interactive re-used copyrighted code when it created “blatant rip-off” for Warner Bros.
  10. Star Control creators raising $2M to defend against Stardock lawsuit
  11. Star Control II developers crowdfund legal fight for IP control: Paul Reiche III, Fredrick Ford estimate $2m in legal costs in escalating disagreement with Stardock
  12. Donut County dev speaks out about F2P clone on App Store
  13. PayPal blocks school shooting simulator dev from making sales online: “We work to ensure that our services are not used to accept payments for activities that promote violence,” says payment platform
  14. Omega Labyrinth Z will no longer release in the West
  15. Australian classification board to reconsider We Happy Few ban: Appeal made for Compulsion Games’ upcoming title after incentivised drug use denied it a rating
  16. Which game companies could be using slave labor?: Conflict mineral disclosures show Sony is lax about where/how it gets its materials, while Apple sets the standard for maintaining an ethical supply chain
  17. Studios Remove ‘Spyware’ From Several Games As Gaming Public Revolts
  18. For EA and loot boxes, “Fair is the number one thing”: Chief design officer Patrick Söderlund discusses EA’s current thinking around monetization and its future ambitions for streaming
  19. “People make the mistake of saying, ‘This is what you really want'”: EA chief design officer Patrick Söderlund talks about bringing back Command & Conquer as a mobile game and what the publisher really gets out of EA Originals
  20. EA Sports creates 24 jobs with new division in Madrid
  21. WHO expert defends gaming disorder listing: “This moral panic lives its own life” – GamesIndustry.biz speaks with the World Health Organisation and its critics on the subject of gaming disorder
  22. Prickly denial is the wrong response to WHO’s “gaming disorder”: The proposed definition is careful and cautious; more research is needed and the industry should be cooperating, not stonewalling
  23. It’s time to stop running from gaming addiction: Talk to the hand.
  24. Overwatch hacker facing possible jail time for selling illegal programs
  25. Overwatch hacker jailed by South Korean court: 28-year-old man made $180,000 from illegal programme
  26. Blizzard applied for a patent on Overwatch’s Play of the Game highlight system
  27. Blizzard adds a positivity-driven ‘endorsements’ system to Overwatch
  28. Blizzard adds “endorsements” to encourage positive behavior in Overwatch: Reception of the new system so far is mixed; meanwhile, another Overwatch system may be patented
  29. Donut County developer speaks out on frustration of app store clones: Ben Esposito says learning of a F2P clone just before his game’s release “stings”
  30. Valve’s updated Knuckles VR controller brings pinpoint finger-tracking
  31. Microsoft scraps plans for VR support on Xbox 
  32. Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles
  33. Microsoft And Nintendo Team Up To Troll Playstation In Ads For Not Giving Gamers What They Want
  34. Sony now looking at cross-platform play possibilities
  35. Xbox and Nintendo gang up on PlayStation in cross-platform row: Could console momentum switch because of an issue most gamers don’t really care about?
  36. Microsoft teases the first-ever “stream-to-win” option built into Xbox
  37. Microsoft switches to blockchain tech for publisher royalty calculation: Xbox publishers will now receive royalty statements faster and with less process effort from Microsoft
  38. Nintendo and Microsoft partner to bring cross-play of Minecraft on Switch
  39. Nintendo and Microsoft unite against Sony with Minecraft cross-platform play: “Better together” say newfound allies in the face on Sony’s cross-platform reluctance
  40. Sony exec “confident” PS4 cross-console play “solution” is coming
  41. Sony changes tone on PS4 cross-play with Xbox One, Switch: Shawn Layden says company is hearing the backlash, looking at possibilities and “confident we’ll get to a solution” to make everyone happy
  42. Game of Thrones: Conquest players find bot exploiting user data
  43. Report: Snap looking to launch a game platform for Snapchat
  44. Blog: Weird and not-so-weird concepts that could take the fighting genre forward
  45. ‘Emergent gameplay’: RPG devs mull what the future holds for big RPGs
  46. Streaming-only RPG looks to build on Twitch Plays Pokemon model
  47. Nintendo’s Fils-Aime commits to improving Switch storefront curation
  48. New security measure from Nintendo ‘perfectly prevents’ digital piracy on the Switch: Platform holder permanently bans consoles with pirated games following reveal of unpatchable hardware exploit
  49. Switch-hacking trolls reportedly loading pornographic profile pictures
  50. Pokémon Go hits largest playerbase since launch
  51. Pokemon Quest hits 2.5M Switch downloads ahead of mobile launch
  52. The Legend of Nintendo: With the Switch, the 130-year-old gaming giant has once again turned reports of its demise into Nintendo Mania.
  53. Nintendo stole the show during E3, at least as far as Twitter is concerned
  54. Nintendo attracts most attention on Twitter during E3: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the most discussed game on the platform that week
  55. Mario Tennis Aces claims top spot in the UK retail chart: Switch exclusive is one of eight games in the top 40 on Nintendo’s platform
  56. Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game
  57. Nintendo brings Labo support to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with more games to come
  58. You can now play Mario Kart 8 with Labo’s cardboard motorbike controller
  59. Nintendo adds Mario Kart functionality to boost Labo sales: Platform holder also seeks ‘greatest Labo creations’ as part of summer campaign
  60. Lumines Remastered turns the Nintendo Switch into a full-body vibration party
  61. FIFA 18 remains No. 1 in Europe for third week running: World Cup fever keeps FIFA 18 on top both digitally and at retail
  62. Ubisoft CEO: Our goal is to provoke thought, not to make political statements
  63. Guillemot explains Ubisoft’s apolitical political games: CEO of publisher behind Far Cry 5 and The Division 2 says the games are impartial “to make people think”
  64. Metal Gear Rising no longer playable on Mac due to DRM 
  65. How Hitman Sniper prepared Square Enix Montreal for the switch to freemium: Why one of the biggest success stories in premium mobile is dropping its entry fee – and “making the long-term commitment to not be evil”
  66. Newzoo: Mobile most popular platform, least popular to spend money on – 95% of surveyed gamers play on mobile, but the platform has a lower player-to-payer ratio than console or PC
  67. Madmind Studio cancels Agony Unrated: Developer “struggling with financial problems” reneges on promise of unrated re-release
  68. Trion Worlds acquires assets of defunct Marvel Heroes dev Gazillion
  69. Trion Worlds acquires Gazillion Entertainment assets: Rift developer hopes to expand MMO portfolio through acquisition, third-party relationships
  70. Google launches Indie Games Accelerator in Asia
  71. Four-month program builds on Launchpad: Accelerator, dozens of expert mentors already on board
  72. Sony stops launch of explicit anime dungeon crawler: Omega Labyrinth Z won’t launch on PS4 or Vita in the West
  73. Blog: An E3 2018 media coverage analysis 
  74. Fortnite, Fallout 76, Cyberpunk 2077 lead E3 media coverage: Sony narrowly retakes leadership from Microsoft, EA dominates publishers
  75. Fortnite growth slows in May as Pokemon Go makes comeback: Superdata’s monthly digital games market report finds worldwide spending up 25% year-over-year to $9.1 billion thanks largely to mobile growth
  76. Fancensus: Fallout 76 most viewed game on YouTube of E3 2018 – Elder Scrolls VI enjoys Twitter attention; Kingdom Hearts III most often mentioned across media coverage
  77. NPD: Software sales slump in May offset by hardware and accessory spending – Accessory and game card spending at record high, growing 30 per cent year-on-year
  78. What Apptopia learned from four years of top grossing mobile games: Only six games have maintained an unbroken streak in the US App Store top 50 since 2014
  79. Avalanche Studios finds the line between AAA and independence: Following its acquisition by Nordisk Film and a fine showing at E3, the 15 year-old Swedish studio has an even brighter future ahead
  80. Dungeon Fighter Online gross lifetime revenue exceeds $10bn
  81. Friday the 13th developer scraps all future content plans 
  82. Bluehole to acquire mobile dev Delusion Studio 
  83. Bluehole to acquire Delusion Studio: PUBG owner picks up Korean developer behind Guardian Stone, Castle Burn
  84. Immortals acquire previously defunct Brazilian esports brand MIBR: Signs non-endemic sponsors Tinder and Betway as part of the deal
  85. UTA Launches Esports Division With 90 Creators Following Acquisitions Of Press X, Everyday Influencers
  86. Tencent: Chinese esports market expected to grow to $1.5 billion in 2020 – Country’s esports userbase projected to grow to 350 million, accounting for 59% of global esports users
  87. Worldwide esports to hit $2.17 billion by 2023 – Report: Research and Markets projects competitive gaming revenues to grow at 18% CAGR over next five years
  88. Twitch Beat Its All-Time Concurrent Viewer Record At E3 This Year
  89. E3 2018 audience breaks Twitch all-time concurrent viewer record: 2.9 million concurrent viewers watched Twitch on June 10, the day of Microsoft and Bethesda’s press events
  90. Inside Atari’s rise and fall
  91. Sensible Object: “Voice control will bring people closer together” – CEO Alex Fleetwood discusses how smart speakers will create entirely new types of games ahead of his “Develop Brighton” talk

DIGITAL

  1. Get ready for more sales taxes on online purchases
  2. The Supreme Court Makes A Federal Case Out Of South Dakota’s Inability To Collect Taxes From Its Residents And Thus A Big Mess
  3. Internet Retailers Subject to State, Local Sales/Use Taxes in Historic Supreme Court Decision
  4. Supreme Court’s Online Tax Decision Will Impact Cloud Computing and Software Industries 
  5. Supreme Court Overturns Quill: Remote Sellers Will have to Collect More Taxes
  6. Supreme Court Overturns Quill, Holds States Can Tax Online Retailers Without Physical Presence
  7. Microsoft’s facial recognition service now less bad for nonwhites
  8. Judge deals blow to women suing Microsoft over gender discrimination
  9. People Set To Spend More Time Online Than Watching TV In 2019
  10. Internet Freedom Without Imperialism
  11. American media keeps falling for Russian trolls
  12. TrumpHotels.org Purchased by Pranksters to Promote America’s Concentration Camps
  13. Report: Trump officials planning escalation of US-China tech trade war
  14. China Censors John Oliver Because President Xi Looks A Bit Like Winnie The Pooh
  15. Watch the John Oliver segment that got Oliver’s name banned in China
  16. Apple just launched a ‘fact-based’ election feature in Apple News with coverage from Fox News and The Washington Post
  17. Apple launches service program to address MacBook keyboard woes
  18. Apple’s AirPower charging mat delayed until fall due to “technical hurdles”
  19. Samsung and Apple have had enough of the court battles, finally settle
  20. Amazon Needs to Stop Providing Facial Recognition Tech for the Government: The benefits do not outweigh its privacy risks and dangers
  21. Amazon Workers Demand Jeff Bezos Cancel Face Recognition Contracts With Law Enforcement
  22. Amazon staff to Bezos: Stop selling tech to law enforcement, Palantir
  23. Amazon Unveils Plans to Provide Blockchain-as-a-Service 
  24. Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, ‘book stuffing,’ and the darker side of being a digital content consumer
  25. I’m Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime
  26. Tech Employees Revolting Over Government Contracts Reminds Us That Government Needs Tech More than Tech Needs Government 
  27. Artificial Consciousness: How To Give A Robot A Soul
  28. Morality in the Machines: Researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society are collaborating with MIT scholars to study driverless cars, social media feeds, and criminal justice algorithms
  29. Silos, Centralization And Censorship: Losing The Promise Of The Internet
  30. Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse
  31. Domestic Abusers Are Increasingly Weaponizing Smart Home Tech
  32. Why the Future will Require Mesh Governance
  33. Why gesture-based interfaces haven’t lived up to the hype
  34. Google Gives Its Human-Like Phone Chatbot A Demo Redo
  35. Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary
  36. Yes, Google’s Phone-Calling AI Is Cool. But Why Does It Exist?
  37. Google Killing Off DoubleClick, AdWords Names in Rebranding of Ad Products
  38. YouTube Debuts Premieres To Let Creators Launch New Videos Within Live Streams
  39. YouTube launches paid subscription membership, merch shelves: More ways to get paid.
  40. YouTube introduces new monetization methods for its creators
  41. Top Influencers Post The Most, Get Watched Less Often On YouTube
  42. YouTube challenges Twitch by expanding $5 channel memberships: Platform rolls out service to wider group, adds built-in merchandising tools 
  43. IFPI Nuking Twitch Streamers Accounts For Playing Background Music
  44. YouTube now lets you pay $4.99 per month to support your favorite creators
  45. ASMR Creators Rustle Up Some Revenue On YouTube And Beyond 
  46. India Beyond Bollywood: How YouTube & Other Streaming Services Are Rewiring the Local Music Industry
  47. The UK’s Singles Chart Will Incorporate YouTube Streams For The First Time
  48. YouTube’s VidCon Keynote Is All About How It Can Help Creators Make (A Lot) More Money
  49. YouTube Orders George Clooney-Produced Dark Comedy Series Starring Kirsten Dunst 
  50. VidCon Will Distribute $2,000 Grants To Emerging Creators Every Week For The Next Year 
  51. After Thousands Of Unticketed Guests Show Up, Tana Mongeau’s TanaCon Is Cancelled
  52. Rapper Juice WRLD Apologizes to Twitch Streamers Banned for Playing His Music on Stream 
  53. Mobcrush’s Mobcam Tool Lets Users Stream To Multiple Live Video Platforms At Once
  54. Activism & Doxing: Stephen Miller, ICE And How Internet Platforms Have No Good Options
  55. Twitter punishes users for doxing White House advisor Stephen Miller
  56. Australian Parliament Sends Ethics Committee After A Citizen For Mocking Gov’t Official On Twitter
  57. Twitter’s Creator Ads Are Working, Study Finds Users’ Purchase Intent Rises By 88%
  58. How Twitter Made The Tech World’s Most Unlikely Comeback
  59. Court Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Kanye’s Tweet 
  60. Instagram Exec Says Monetization Will Arrive On Just-Launched IGTV Platform By Year’s End
  61. Instagram Rolls Out Video Chat, New Camera Effects And Topic Channels
  62. L.A. Mural Requires At Least 20,000 Followers To Take An Instagram Photo
  63. Instagram Users Spent 53 Minutes Per Day In The Android App This Month (Study) 
  64. Instagram Is 100 Times More Valuable Than It Was When Facebook Bought It
  65. Facebook mistakenly leaked developer analytics reports to testers
  66. Facebook Updates Policy on Marketing Weapon Accessories
  67. Facebook Expanding Fact-Checking Project to Combat Fake News
  68. The Great Facebook Crash: The social giant is retreating from the news business. It’s been a painful transition for publications that had come to depend on it—including Slate.
  69. Facebook’s quest for fleet of solar-powered Internet drones grounded forever
  70. Wikipedia Makes The Case For Google & Facebook To Give Back To The Commons, Rather Than Just Take 
  71. Snapchat To Place Renewed Emphasis On Creator Community, Unveils Second Series With Patrick Starrr
  72. Sony Shuts Down Crackle in Canada
  73. Sony’s Crackle Will Cease Service In Canada On June 28
  74. Insights: The Big Schmear – Soon Every Social Media Platform Will Look Like Every Other One
  75. Digital Media Company Whistle Sports Announces $28 Million Funding Round
  76. Here’s The Conspiracy Tearing Bitcoin Crypto Communities Apart
  77. Bit by Bitcoin mining
  78. Are Digital Asset Transactions Always Securities Offerings?
  79. A Summary of the SEC’s Speech on Cryptocurrencies 
  80. How Pixar’s Open Sexism Ruined My Dream Job
  81. Disney Partners With Cisco for Its StudioLAB
  82. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Quits After Investigation Into Total Boner Move
  83. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over workplace relationship
  84. Intel CEO resigns over breach of “non-fraternisation” policy: Brian Krzanich steps down after five years with tech giant
  85. Uber wins back its right to operate in London
  86. Police: Uber driver was streaming Hulu just before fatal self-driving car crash
  87. Hulu CEO Says Streaming Service Likely To Make “20 Or 25” Original Shows Next Year
  88. Is the “Netflix of podcasts” moment finally here?
  89. Academics Gathered To Share Emoji Research, And It Was…
  90. FTC Publishes Guidance on Online Giving Portals
  91. Slack Is Down and I’ve Never Felt Less Alive 
  92. How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?

CREATIVITY

  1. Judge won’t dismiss defamation case on anti-SLAPP grounds, citing hate speech: Hate speech ‘raises no subject matter that is related to the public interest,’ judge says
  2. Supposed ‘Free Speech’ Warrior Jordan Peterson Sues University Because Silly Professor Said Some Mean Things About Him
  3. Education Fair Dealing Update: All Eyes on York as Copibec and Université Laval Reach Tentative Settlement
  4. How One Man Is Using Hip-Hop to Diversify Architecture: Armed with a master’s degree in architecture, decades of hip-hop fandom and rapper teachers, Mike Ford is quickly getting kids into building
  5. Site Blocking, The Sequel: After Telling Courts They Can Issue De-Indexing or Blocking Orders, Movie Industry Calls for More in Copyright Act (Michael Geist)
  6. One step closer to approval of new controversial EU copyright law
  7. Copyright in the United States
  8. The marvellous world of superhero licensing 
  9. Distilling the Essence of the Fair Use Defense 
  10. Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today
  11. 2018 World Cup: FIFA’s determined to keep ambush marketing on the bench
  12. Inclusion riders: Can they work in the Canadian music industry?
  13. The Fred Rogers We Know: With his unconventional take on children’s television, Mr. Rogers helped redefine the male role model.
  14. Lawsuit Argues Honking Your Car Horn Is Protected By The First Amendment

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Net Neutrality and NAFTA: Canadian Government Says It Will Address U.S. Policy Should Harms Arise (Michael Geist)
  2. AT&T Successfully Derails California’s Tough New Net Neutrality Law
  3. California net neutrality bill gutted as lawmakers cave to AT&T lobbyists
  4. California’s Quest For Tough Net Neutrality Not Dead Yet
  5. Bill to save net neutrality is 46 votes short in US House
  6. AT&T buying company that delivers targeted ads based on your Web browsing
  7. New Report Details AT&T’s Role in NSA Spying Initiatives
  8. Meet the 8 spooky AT&T buildings that almost certainly also serve the NSA
  9. Investigation Shows AT&T Really Likes Being In The Surveillance Business
  10. AT&T Will Launch Skinny OTT TV Bundle, WatchTV, Next Week
  11. AT&T Employees Reportedly Encouraged to Use Unethical Sales Tactics to Drive Up DirecTV Now Subscriptions
  12. Judge In AT&T Merger Ruling Had Zero Understanding Of The Markets AT&T Now Dominates
  13. Charter’s gigabit cable with no data caps is ready for 27 million homes
  14. Considerations for media and telco vertical mergers in the rise of the digital media age 
  15. Disney gets DOJ approval to buy Fox but must divest sports networks
  16. 21st Century Fox Accepts Amended Disney Offer
  17. Fox desperately trying to avoid selling to Comcast
  18. Two Titans’ Rocky Relationship Stands Between Comcast and Fox: Tensions between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and 21st Century Fox’s Rupert Murdoch have complicated Comcast’s pursuit of the biggest media deal in years
  19. Ajit Pai Rushes To Weaken Media Ownership Cap To Aid Sinclair… While Under Investigation For Being Too Cozy With Sinclair
  20. Why Network Effects Matter Less Than They Used To
  21. Broadcasters Hope To Counter Ad Skipping By Replacing Ads With Short ‘Inspirational Videos’

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canada’s Access to Information Open Data Fail: Departments Months Behind Posting Summaries of Completed Requests (Michael Geist)
  2. Revealed: Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders
  3. The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities
  4. Supreme Court Says Warrants Are Needed For Cell Site Location Info
  5. Supreme Court rules: Yes, gov’t needs warrant to get cellphone location data
  6. U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Historical Cell Site Location Data Is Subject to a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy
  7. Supreme Court surveillance opinion nudges us to think nationally, act locally
  8. Senator to FCC: How much do police stingrays drain a cell phone battery?
  9. Anthony Kennedy’s Retirement May Have Huge Consequences For Privacy
  10. Court Dismisses Privacy Claims Against Email Subscription Management Tool–Cooper v. UnrollMe
  11. Illinois Prosecutor Brings Felony Eavesdropping Charges Against 13-Year-Old Who Recorded His Conversation With School Administrators
  12. A Privacy Bomb Is About to Be Dropped on the California Economy and the Global Internet (Eric Goldman)
  13. In A Surprising Decision, European Court Of Human Rights Says Sweden’s Mass Surveillance Is Fine
  14. Social sharing and the US Video Privacy Protection Act: Perilous for online video content providers
  15. After subpoenaing Apple in trade secrets case, Tesla goes after Facebook
  16. Voluntary Compliance: The Business Case for Adopting the GDPR in the US
  17. Why personal agency matters more than personal data

Jon

News of the Week; June 20, 2018

GAMES

  1. A Claim of Epic Proportions: Epic Games Hits Back in Suit Against 14-Year-Old 
  2. ‘Gaming Disorder’ officially listed in World Health Organization diagnostic doc
  3. WHO makes ‘gaming disorder’ diagnosis official: Final version of World Health Organization’s 11th International Compendium of Diseases includes gaming addiction for the first time
  4. Games industry trade bodies concerned by ‘gaming disorder’ classification 
  5. Industry trade bodies from around the globe unite to condemn ‘gaming disorder’ decision: WHO classification will create moral panic, says international trade body coalition
  6. Ukie: WHO gaming disorder diagnosis is based on “highly contested evidence”
  7. Former Telltale CEO and co-founder Kevin Bruner is suing the studio
  8. Former Telltale CEO sues developer over alleged breach of contract: Kevin Bruner claims Telltale failed to fulfil its obligations to him after he stepped down in 2017
  9. HitRecord “has to draw a line somewhere” on payment for Beyond Good & Evil assets: Only work used in the game will be compensated, says founder Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  10. Reverse-engineered Diablo source code released on GitHub
  11. Blog: How much protection does Fair Use really offer?
  12. Nintendo boss says loot boxes have ‘gotten a bit of a bad rap’
  13. Nintendo: Loot boxes “have gotten a bit of a bad rap” – Reggie Fils-Aime says loot boxes “can be interesting” as long as players have other options
  14. Citing Dutch law, Valve drops trading CS:GO and Dota 2items in the Netherlands
  15. Valve disables CS:GO and DOTA 2 item trading in Netherlands after legal warning – “We still don’t understand or agree with the [Dutch Gaming Authority’s] legal conclusion,” says Valve
  16. Valve continues its fight against “fake games” on Steam: Games that haven’t reached Steam’s “confidence metric” will be restricted from user achievements and game counts
  17. Valve introduces limits for new games to prevent ‘fake’ ones from gaming Steam
  18. Review manipulators aren’t as sneaky as they think they are, warns Valve
  19. Following App Store rejection, Valve cuts game purchasing from iOS Steam Link app
  20. Valve continues work on rejected iOS Steam Link app: After initial rejection by Apple, TestFlight version of Steam companion app updates to curb ability to purchase new games
  21. Following GDPR, Steam now discloses a ton of collected account data to users
  22. Studios commit to removing Red Shell due to player complaints: Dead by Daylight, Elder Scrolls Online and other Steam games will remove alleged spyware that tracked advertisement efficacy
  23. The GamesIndustry.biz E3 Award Winners
  24. Editor roundtable: What did E3 2018 mean for game developers?
  25. E3 2018: Starting next-gen hype early is bad for business – Casual references toward next-gen consoles and games risks overshadowing the huge releases coming in 2018
  26. Analyst: 66% of console players still prefer physical games over digital
  27. E3 2018: Microsoft finally comes out of its “self-imposed damage control position” – Industry analysts on Sony’s muted E3 briefing, and why it’s too soon to know if Microsoft’s studio acquisitions will be proved “smart or dumb”
  28. E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077 astounds, but so do the crowds – Dispatches from the show floor, where E3 continues to struggle with delivering a satisfying show for the public
  29. E3 attendance reaches highest point since 2005: 2018 event was “an enormous success” says organiser as nearly 70,000 people descend on LA Convention Centre
  30. The top ten games from E3 2018
  31. Stick or Twitch? How streaming is hurting single-player games
  32. Is single-player dead? Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick ‘doesn’t buy it’
  33. Netflix and Telltale partner on Minecraft TV show, Stranger Things game: Minecraft Story Mode will be an interactive five-episode series, but Netflix doesn’t have “any plans to get into gaming”
  34. Microsoft is making changes to its Xbox app to better reflect PC users
  35. Streaming could be key to Xbox reclaiming the lead from PlayStation
  36. PlayStation 4 sale transforms EMEA games charts: Vampyr debuts at No.2 as FIFA 18 holds top spot
  37. Sony revives greatest hits program for PS4 games as PlayStation Hits
  38. PlayStation briefing a response to “shallow” E3 press conferences: Sony Worldwide Studios’ Michael Denny addresses disappointment over this week’s more focused showcase
  39. Sony is locking Fortnite accounts to PS4, and players are mad
  40. Sony issues evasive response to Fortnite cross-platform controversy
  41. PlayStation 4 owners can’t access Fortnite accounts on Switch: Sony issues response, side-steps complaints around lack of cross-play and inability to access saved progress
  42. Fortnite racks up two million downloads on Switch in a single day: Despite releasing late last year, Fortnite has been featured prominently throughout E3 2018
  43. Fortnite revenue tops $100M on iOS after 90 days
  44. Rare official arcade versions of Donkey Kong, Sky Skipper headed to Switch
  45. Nintendo and Disney join forces for a Switch-themed game show
  46. Is Nintendo Switch in trouble?: After a slight E3 showcase, investors and analysts are concerned over Switch sales. But are they right?
  47. After a strong start, Nintendo wants Labo to reach a broader demographic 
  48. Inside Nintendo’s “perfect” method for detecting online Switch piracy
  49. Following hardware exploit, Nintendo bans Switch consoles with pirated games
  50. Xbox and Nintendo speak out against Fortnite PS4 stalemate: Phil Spencer and Reggie Fils-Aime both want their customers to play with and across other consoles
  51. Dev taps blockchain tech to make Pokemon playable on Twitch — for a price
  52. Fortnite breaks record for concurrent Twitch viewers – Battle Royale smash hit outperforms previous record holder Counter-Strike: GO
  53. Fortnite hits $100m revenue in its first 90 days on iOS: Meanwhile, PUBG on iOS has grossed just $5.2 million in 60 days
  54. How useful errors and evolving player skills shape Fortnite’s UX
  55. PUBG dev says store-bought assets help teams ‘work smart’
  56. PUBG Corp. defends the use of asset stores as the only way to “work smart”: PUBG is no “asset flip”, says PUBG Corp., but store-bought assets are necessary when building maps
  57. Ubisoft won’t whitewash Ancient Greece with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: “We really felt like it was a nice opportunity for us to have a deep dive into the culture of Greece,” says audio director Lydia Andre
  58. In Defense Of Ubisoft: Crowdsourcing Game Content Creation Is Actually Fun And Non-Exploitive
  59. Editor Roundtable: How does Ubisoft’s HitRecord partnership impact devs? 
  60. THQ Nordic raises $168 million for future acquisitions 
  61. THQ Nordic completes share issue worth $168m: Major acquisition plans afoot with flash sale of 7.7 million shares
  62. Keemstar, ItsAlexClark, Bart Baker Among YouTube Stars Featured In New Mobile Game
  63. BBTV Interactive Launches Squad Rivals
  64. HitRECord founder responds to backlash over crowdsourcing assets for Beyond Good and Evil 2
  65. Avalanche EP: livestreaming ‘can’t not’ influence game development now
  66. Naughty Dog’s Last Of Us games have sold over 17M copies in 5 years
  67. Unity moving entire infrastructure to Google Cloud for ‘connected games’
  68. Unity unveils new augmented reality extension MARS
  69. Sales from Fallout 76 ‘Country Roads’ cover will be donated to charity
  70. Critical Force nets $6.3m investment to scale esports operation: Business Finland backs mobile developer as flagship title hits 40 million downloads
  71. Blog: Are battle royale titles the next big esport?
  72. FIFA is a Better Esport Than Other Sports Simulation Games
  73. Sea of Thieves hit three month target in a single day
  74. Naughty Dog marks The Last of Us’ fifth birthday with 17m copies sold: Combined sales of The Last of Us and the Uncharted series are now pushing 60 million units
  75. Phones within phones: Simulating real apps to explore real issues: Lost Phone and Bury Me, My Love developers discuss the intimate impact of games that behave like mobile interfaces
  76. After Rumors Swirl, Nintendo Says Talks To Bring Video Services To Switch Are “Ongoing”
  77. Why Unravel Two is not on Nintendo Switch: Coldwood Interactive tells us how the console’s simpler hardware would have delayed the surprise launch by six months
  78. Does cyber insurance make us more (or less) secure?: Underwriting cyber risk remains more art than science, but in the absence of regulation, cyber insurance might still be the best hope for improving cybersecurity practices across the board – at least fo
  79. Unity and Google Cloud announce partnership to create multiplayer development suite: Alliance aims to create server hosting, matchmaking tools to ease multiplayer game development in Unity
  80. GameStop in buyout talks, reports Reuters
  81. Celebrating experience and tackling ageism: 50 Over 50 industry list revealed – List conceived to “counter the trend of glossing over ageism,” says Game Advocacy
  82. Educational app TinyTap raises $5M toward accessible learning 
  83. How ARKit 2 works, and why Apple is so focused on AR

DIGITAL

  1. Where does the internet happen? The Supreme Court of Canada tackles the thorny issue of which law applies to defamation claims
  2. Libel Tourism and Forum Shopping: The Supreme Court of Canada Applies the Van Breda Test to an Internet Defamation Claim
  3. Biohacker Who Implanted Transit Chip in Hand Evades Fine
  4. Lessons From Making Internet Companies Liable For User’s Speech: You Get Less Speech, Less Security And Less Innovation
  5. Dear EU Parliament: Why Are You About To Allow US Internet Companies To Decide What EU Citizens Can Say Online?
  6. EU Parliamentary Committee Votes To Put American Internet Giants In Charge Of What Speech Is Allowed Online
  7. Jury awards Apple $533 million in damages
  8. Apple snags Oprah Winfrey in original content deal
  9. Oprah Winfrey, Apple Ink Multi-Year Development Deal
  10. Huge Apple Maps outage prevents all users from searching, getting directions 
  11. Apple Pulls Plug On Phone-Cracking Tech Vendors, Will Prevent Data Transfer From Locked Phones 
  12. A New Tech Manifesto: Six demands, from a citizen to Big Tech
  13. Microsoft Employees Up in Arms Over Cloud Contract With ICE
  14. Microsoft staff call on company to end ICE contract
  15. Microsoft condemns separation of families at US border
  16. Microsoft’s new diverse avatar editor represents more body types, disabilities
  17. It Turns out All Kinds of Tech Companies Are Working With ICE
  18. FBI recovers WhatsApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry
  19. The Making of an Online Moral Crisis: How the many-chambered heart of the internet turned the Trump administration’s family-separation policy into a different kind of scandal.
  20. Trump Stokes Outrage In Silicon Valley—But It’s Selective
  21. Senate rejects Trump’s plan to lift ZTE export ban
  22. Welcome To Blaine, The Town Amazon Prime Built
  23. How Alt-Right Twitter Tricks The Media Into Panicking: @thebradfordfile has been cited as evidence of the rise of the alt-right, but its popularity is faked through power-engagement groups and networks of sockpuppets.
  24. From billboards to Twitter, why the aesthetics of protest matters more today
  25. When Do the Perils of Programmatic Advertising Undermine Its Value? 
  26. Data Nationalization in the Shadow of Social Credit Systems (Frank Pasquale)
  27. Inside The Crypto World’s Biggest Scandal: Arthur and Kathleen Breitman thought they held the secret to building a new decentralized utopia. On the way, they plunged into a new kind of hell. A crypto-tragedy in three acts.
  28. US ethics body tells government employees to declare crypto holdings
  29. What does a Bitcoin taste like?
  30. Europe advances copyright law that could filter the Internet
  31. Europe on the verge of voting nefarious digital publishing right (Andres Guadamuz) 
  32. Norwegian Court Orders Website Of Public Domain Court Decisions Shut Down With No Due Process
  33. Critical Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights
  34. DOJ Lets Cops Know SESTA/FOSTA Is For Shutting Down Websites, Not Busting Sex Traffickers 
  35. Catching Up on FOSTA Since Its Enactment (A Linkwrap) (Eric Goldman)
  36. Section 230 Can’t Save Snapchat From Lawsuit Involving Its ‘Speed Filter’
  37. The End of All That’s Good and Pure About the Internet
  38. Tanzania Forces ‘Unregistered Bloggers’ To Disappear Themselves
  39. Andy Serkis Thinks Performance Capture Will Just Be How All Actors Work in 100 Years
  40. The enabled landscape is the future of augmented reality
  41. Europe’s GDPR Is Killing Email Marketing, to the Disappointment of No One
  42. Think The GDPR Only Regulates Big Internet Companies? The EU Says It Regulates You Too.
  43. Google Maps removes Uber integration 
  44. Google’s New Podcast App Could Turbocharge The Industry 
  45. Boston Globe Posts Hilarious Fact-Challenged Interview About Regulating Google, Without Any Acknowledgement Of Errors
  46. Users Watch Over 180 Million Hours Of YouTube Content On TV Screens Daily
  47. French Political Party Voting For Mandatory Copyright Filters Is Furious That Its YouTube Channel Deleted By Filter
  48. YouTube Announces Creative Suite For Brands, Lets Them Live Experiment With Ads
  49. Head Of YouTube Music Has “Largest Marketing Plan In YouTube’s History” For The Service
  50. ‘Cobra Kai’ Producers Reveal How They Helped YouTube Create Its Very Own ‘House Of Cards’
  51. YouTube Announces Creative Suite For Brands, Lets Them Live Experiment With Ads 
  52. YouTube Premium And YouTube Music Roll Out To 12 More Countries Including U.K., Canada
  53. Struggling Fitbit now has 5 ex-employees who face criminal charges
  54. With IGTV, Instagram Takes Aim At YouTube
  55. Instagram Launches Long-Form Video Service Called IGTV
  56. Instagram Announces IGTV, An Entertainment Hub With Hour-Long Videos And Content From Social Stars
  57. Facebook used less for news as youngsters turn to WhatsApp: Reuters Institute
  58. The “Facebook Nevers”
  59. What Facebook can learn from academia about protecting privacy
  60. Facebook Communications Head Elliot Schrage Is Leaving
  61. Facebook Expands Monetization With Branded Content Marketplace, More Ad Breaks 
  62. Facebook Adds New Ways To Gamify Video, Will Incorporate Non-Episodic Clips Into ‘Watch’ Hub
  63. Facebook will air live PGA Tour coverage on its Watch tab
  64. Florida frat bros sued over Facebook revenge porn
  65. In nearly 500 pages of answers, Facebook stonewalls some senators’ questions
  66. Data Propria, run by Cambridge Analytica alumni, working on Trump 2020 campaign
  67. Man who allegedly gave Vault 7 cache to WikiLeaks busted by poor opsec
  68. As Market Cheers Spotify’s Direct Deals With Artists and Managers, Labels Mull Their Options
  69. Streaming Threatens to Dethrone Traditional TV for World Cup
  70. Streaming Services Jump Into the Unscripted Series Game
  71. Fullscreen Has Quietly Offered 360-Degree Talent Management For 2 Years — And Its Client Roster Is Growing Fast
  72. Jon Cozart, Marla Catherine, CJ Perry Sign With Management Firm Expand Entertainment
  73. Whistle Sports Signs Deal With NBA Comedian ‘Famous Los’ For Original Content, Events
  74. Influencers Must Disclose Who Is Influencing Them
  75. More Than 80 Creators, Including Casey Neistat And Miranda Sings, Confirmed For Tana Mongeau’s VidCon Alternative
  76. Insights: VidCon Navigates An Industry’s Stormy Season With New Owner, Influx Of Brands And Platforms
  77. What would it mean for AI to have a soul? 

CREATIVITY

  1. Music Canada at the Copyright Review: “Illegal Content is Drifting Away” (Michael Geist)
  2. Canadian Music Industry Pitches ‘You Must Be A Pirate’ Tax On Smartphones
  3. Danish Anti-Piracy Lawyers Jailed For Real, Actual Stealing From Copyright Holders
  4. The Gawker Case Has Become More Interesting
  5. Dear Journalists: Stop being loudspeakers for liars
  6. Minnesota’s Vague Ban On ‘Political’ Wear At Polling Places Shut Down By The Supreme Court
  7. Broadway Producers Denied Motion to Set Aside Damages Verdict against Former Publicist 
  8. Judge Cock(y)blocks Author Faleena Hopkins’ Demand Other Authors Stop Using The Word ‘Cocky’ In Their Titles
  9. Star Trek, Dr. Seuss Mash-Up, Continues to Make Law
  10. Seeing red – Louboutin’s trademark victory at the ECJ
  11. Oakley Denies Validity of Graffiti Copyright: Calling artist-duo’s works unoriginal and “generic.”
  12. Hold the presses: contempt of court 
  13. Terry Gilliam Has Lost the Rights to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  14. European Citizens: You Stopped ACTA, But The New Copyright Directive Is Much, Much Worse: Speak Up 
  15. UN Free Speech Expert: EU’s Copyright Directive Would Be An Attack On Free Speech, Violate Human Rights
  16. Following Allegations of Abuse, Chris Hardwick Has Been Pulled from AMC Programming and San Diego Comic-Con
  17. World Cup Advertising Fever – but don’t overstep the mark!
  18. Propaganda or news: Should media publish government’s child-detention photos?
  19. The MoviePass Effect Is Here to Stay – Even if MoviePass Isn’t
  20. How Swiss news publisher NZZ built a flexible paywall using machine learning
  21. Warner Bros. Turns Harry Potter Fan Events Into Events For The Franchise That Must Not Be Named
  22. Is an audio recording on magnetic tape a technological document?
  23. How John Mayer Helped Me Become a Better Therapist: Using song lyrics is a form of expressive arts therapy, which can help people tap into their emotions and invoke personal change. 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. The CRTC’s Vision of the Future
  2. Government of Canada Looks to Modernize Telecommunications and Broadcasting Legislation for the Digital Age 
  3. CRTC Rebuked: Government Signals Frustration With the Commission Prioritizing Carriers Over Consumers (Michael Geist)
  4. How Did George Brown College Come to Support the FairPlay Site Blocking Plan? Docs Show Bell Lobbied the School’s President (Michael Geist) 
  5. A CRTC focused on the public interest?
  6. Too punitive: Québec Court of Appeal cuts award of punitive damages down to size 
  7. Court Rejects DOJ Challenge to AT&T/Time Warner Vertical Merger
  8. Federal Judge Approves AT&T-Time Warner Merger; Deal Closes 
  9. AT&T Closes $85 Billion Time Warner Deal
  10. What to expect now that AT&T officially owns Time Warner
  11. Time Warner Is Getting A Rebrand To Avoid Confusion
  12. New York threatens to revoke Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable
  13. Wireless Carriers Hope You Won’t Notice Their Location Data Scandal Makes The Facebook, Cambridge Fracas Look Like Amateur Hour
  14. ISPs Lobbying California Lawmakers In Bid To Weaken State’s Looming Net Neutrality Law
  15. Ajit Pai Now Trying To Pretend That Everybody Supported Net Neutrality Repeal
  16. Charter Spectrum Claims The Death Of Net Neutrality Will Magically Provide Better, Faster Broadband
  17. How AT&T and Comcast are trying to kill California’s net neutrality bill
  18. Net Neutrality And The Broken Windows Fallacy
  19. AT&T, Time Warner, and the Need for Neutrality
  20. AT&T is already planning more acquisitions, days after buying Time Warner
  21. Following AT&T’s Lead, Comcast Makes A $65 Billion Bid For Fox
  22. Comcast Offers $65 Billion for Twenty-First Century Fox
  23. Disney Ups Fox Bid to $71.3 Billion, Outflanking Comcast
  24. Sorry, Comcast: Fox and Disney sign new merger deal, rejecting Comcast bid
  25. Disney’s Plan to Acquire Fox Is Back On, Thanks to a New $70 Billion Deal
  26. Net Neutrality And The Broken Windows Fallacy
  27. California Net Neutrality Bill Was ‘Hijacked,’ Lawmaker Says
  28. FCC Seeks Public Comment On Proposals To Streamline
  29. FAA v. FCC On Drone Enforcement 
  30. FCC, Big Telcos Take Aim At Line Sharing Rules In Bid To Further Hamstring Broadband Competition
  31. Sprint, T-Mobile to FCC: Our Job Killing, Competition Eroding Megamerger Will Create Jobs & Competition
  32. Verizon’s New Phone Plan Proves It Has No Idea What ‘Unlimited’ Actually Means
  33. Verizon and AT&T will stop selling your phone’s location to data brokers
  34. South Carolina’s New State Telemarketing Law

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Geolocation phone apps to track children come under scrutiny by the FTC
  2. China Is Rolling Out A Mandatory Program That Puts Tracking Chips In Every Car
  3. China-based hackers burrow inside satellite, defense, and telecoms firms
  4. China’s Latest Censorship Crackdown Target: Videos Of Women Rubbing, Kissing And Licking Binaural Microphones
  5. NY Senate Passes Bill That Would Make It A Crime To Publish Photos Of The Elderly Without Their Consent
  6. Decades-old PGP bug allowed hackers to spoof just about anyone’s signature
  7. EU Politicians Tell European Commission To Suspend Privacy Shield Data Transfer Framework
  8. Hackers who sabotaged the Olympic games return for more mischief
  9. Reminder: macOS still leaks secrets stored on encrypted drives
  10. Tesla sues employee alleged to have stolen gigabytes of data

Jon

News of the Week; June 13, 2018

GAMES

  1. Valve removes AIDS Simulator, other controversial games from Steam Store: Games taken down offer slight clarification on what company means by “straight up trolling”
  2. AIDS Simulator kicked off Steam as Valve grapples with “trolling” definition
  3. Valve clarifies what games count as ‘straight up trolling,’ sort of
  4. Op-ed: Valve takes a side by not “taking sides” in curation controversy
  5. Valve Decides To Get Out Of The Curation Business When It Comes To ‘Offensive’ Games
  6. Itch.io founder brands Valve’s open-door Steam policy ‘ridiculous’
  7. Valve’s new policy on Steam games splits opinions among devs
  8. By 2019, Steam will no longer run on Windows XP or Vista
  9. Valve launching Steam China with Perfect World: Partnership likely means leading PC marketplace will be free from the threat of long-rumoured government block
  10. Valve partners with Perfect World to bring Steam to China 
  11. Battletech developer let go after sexual harassment allegations
  12. Cyberpunk dev: QA can absolutely help your team prevent offensive moments
  13. Harebrained Schemes parts ways with designer accused of sexual harassment: Battletech developer conducted internal investigation after multiple women came forward
  14. ‘This is not okay’: EA minces no words on backlash against women in Battlefield
  15. EA CEO’s damage control speech: “We want to be better”: Andrew Wilson stresses that publisher does not want to give paying players unfair advantages following last year’s loot box fiasco
  16. EA touts “profound impact” of streaming and subscription, announces Origin Access Premier: New PC service gives players instant access to Battlefield and FIFA 19 at launch, with publisher promising streaming option in future
  17. EA adds new releases to Origin Access via $100 Premier membership tier
  18. EA’s Impressive New PC Subscription Service Won’t Degrade Its Old One
  19. EA’s Patrick Soderlund talks Anthem, loot boxes, and women in Battlefield
  20. Anthem deep dive, Jedi: Fallen Order and EA Originals lead publisher’s E3 2018 showcase – Surprise launch of Unravel Two and tease for Respawn’s long-awaited Star Wars project break up usual round of sports titles
  21. FIFA 18 tops European charts with combined digital and retail sales: Results are in for Europe’s first sales charts to include digital data
  22. EA at E3: BioWare confirms Anthem in Feb 2019, Madden returns to PC
  23. We Are initiative hopes to connect and inspire women in games
  24. Game Advocacy introduces ’50 Over 50′ list to combat industry ageism
  25. ESA Foundation launches “We Are” diversity initiative: Red Bull Media House is partner on an initiative that will launch at E3 and continue into 2019
  26. Cool Event Alert: Loot Boxes: Video Game Gambling, Paying to Win, and the Question of Game Design, Talk by Drs. Mark R. Johnson and Tom Brock
  27. E3 Roundtable: Microsoft’s first-party intent, EA’s loot box lament – Microsoft’s flurry of studio acquisitions lit up E3’s opening weekend, Bethesda showed every ace in its hand, and EA promised to do better
  28. E3 Roundtable: PlayStation disappoints on a day short on surprises – Known quantities were front and centre at Sony and Ubisoft’s briefings, but Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Ghost of Tsushima still managed to delight
  29. E3 Roundtable: E3 2018 showed an industry on the brink of change – Games-as-a-service drained life out of the show floor, while the major publishers all gestured toward streaming and the next generation
  30. Ubisoft CEO: Cloud gaming will replace consoles after the next generation
  31. This app in Google Play wants to use phone mics to enforce copyrights
  32. Nintendo Direct shows off packed release schedule for 2018: Super Smash Bros. takes focus, but publisher offers up host of exclusive, third-party, and downloadable content
  33. Fortnite comes to Switch, though with slightly limited cross-platform play
  34. One day in, Fortnite attracts 2 million downloads on Switch
  35. Fortnite to launch for Nintendo Switch today: Epic’s battle royale shooter will be free to everyone, and is now on every major gaming platform
  36. PlayStation 4 owners can’t access Fortnite accounts on Switch
  37. Playing Fortnite on PS4 blocks players from logging in on Switch
  38. Fortnite uses the Switch hardware for voice chat, not the Switch mobile app
  39. Super Mario Party introduces a mode that links two Switch displays together
  40. Epic Games announces 2019 Fortnite World Cup as game reaches 125m players
  41. Ninja And Marshmello Win $1 Million For Charity At Fortnite’s First Celeb Pro-Am Tournament
  42. Fortnite has attracted 125M players in under a year
  43. Analyst report: Xbox One install base at 39M as of March 2018
  44. Xbox has everything to prove at E3: The E3 playing field has rarely been so uneven; Sony’s strong position means it needs to do very little, while Microsoft arrives in LA with a heavy weight of expectation
  45. Microsoft’s next-gen gaming plan: A new Xbox, and streaming for everyone else
  46. Microsoft “Andromeda” this year, new HoloLens in 2019, and the next Xbox in 2020
  47. Report: Microsoft to launch next Xbox console in 2020
  48. Microsoft teases Halo Infinite at E3 2018
  49. Halo Infinite, Gears trio and Cyberpunk 2077 lead Xbox’s E3 2018 line-up
  50. Microsoft pushes exclusives, premieres at pre-E3 press conference
  51. Microsoft adds five game studios to first-party stable
  52. Microsoft super-sizes first-party studio system: Xbox One maker acquires Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Undead Labs, establishes new studio The Initiative
  53. Xbox’s evolving first-party strategy: Chief marketing officer Mike Nichols explains Microsoft’s “forward-leaning pivot” in how it has viewed its game studios this generation, and why it just added five more to the operation
  54. Ninja Theory bosses explain decision to join Microsoft Studios: “We want to take bigger creative risks, and create genre-defining games without constant threat of annihilation,” says creative lead Tameem Antoniades
  55. Ninja Theory joined Microsoft to ‘fly without the threat of falling down’
  56. Playground Games: “Our best is yet to come” thanks to Microsoft acquisition – Creative director Ralph Fulton believes transition from third-party to first-party studio can empower his team to do more
  57. Phil Spencer on Microsoft’s commitment to the traditional console experience: It’s important to support players of old games on new hardware, says Xbox head
  58. Xbox using machine learning to load Game Pass titles ‘twice as fast’
  59. Microsoft boosts Xbox Game Pass with better third-party support – Phoenix Point and Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will hit the service day-and-date, all games to launch “twice as fast” through machine learning
  60. Xbox Boasts Investment in Future Tech, But Still Silent on VR After Backpedaling
  61. PlayStation E3 Keynote Puts Blockbusters Center Stage, Relegating VR to the Sidelines
  62. Ethics Emerging: the Story of Privacy and Security Perceptions in Virtual Reality
  63. Even Assassin’s Creed is a live service now
  64. The Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield close out Bethesda E3 briefing: Doom and Wolfenstein sequels, Elder Scrolls: Blades for mobile, new VR efforts added to evening anchored by Fallout 76
  65. Bethesda at E3: Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield confirmed for “next generation”
  66. With Tencent’s help, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot opens new game studio
  67. Bad Robot, Tencent team up to open new dev studio: Bad Robot Games will create ‘large and indie-scale original games’ for PC, consoles, mobile; WBIE on board as minority investor
  68. Two weeks in, Detroit: Become Human surpasses 1M sold
  69. Detroit: Become Human hits one million sales faster than any Quantic Dream game – Co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière confirms Detroit reached the milestone after two weeks
  70. Quantic Dream patches over one of Detroit’s most emotional moments
  71. Devs say no Friday the 13th DLC due to copyright dispute
  72. Facebook Is Launching A Video Destination Dedicated To Its Gaming Content
  73. Facebook launches new program for gaming streamers just starting out
  74. No Fuchs Given: Christian Fuchs Starts First EPL Player-Backed Esports Team
  75. New Jersey bans esports betting with new, unclear legislation 
  76. E-Sports: A football World Cup with 20 million participants
  77. EON Foundation raises $5 million for blockchain game publishing: Cherubic Ventures among the investors for startup with goal to be “the number one blockchain game publisher in the world”
  78. Trendy Entertainment eyeing blockchain-based rewards for Dungeon Defenders II
  79. Supercell invests $5M in Redemption Games, marking its first US investment  
  80. Blog: Making video game worlds in Yellowknife  
  81. Sunset for LawBreakers as shooter prepares to go offline after only a year
  82. LawBreakers shutting down in September following Boss Key closure
  83. VidCon Organizers Insist Event Won’t Differ For Attendees After Viacom Acquisition
  84. VidCon 2018 vs. VidCon 2010: How The Convention Has Evolved Over The Years
  85. Telltale is bringing Minecraft: Story Mode to Netflix

DIGITAL

  1. Mobile Viewing to Overtake TV Viewing by Next Year
  2. That Merkel Photo Is More Like a Meme Than a Renaissance Painting
  3. OFAC sanctions Russian entities and individuals for cyber activities connected to FSB
  4. Cambridge Analytica director ‘met Assange to discuss US election’: Brittany Kaiser also claims to have channeled payments and donations to WikiLeaks
  5. Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases
  6. Facebook privacy goof makes posts by 14 million users readable to anyone
  7. Facebook let select companies have “special access” to user data, per report
  8. Facebook Answered Congress’s Questions About Data Privacy. Here Are 5 Surprising Ways They Track You
  9. Facebook Announces New Feature That Aggregates Old Memories
  10. Latest Privacy Fracas Drops Facebook In The Middle Of Anti-Huawei Hysteria
  11. Facebook may now ban bad businesses from advertising
  12. Insights: It’s Game On As Facebook Takes On Twitch And YouTube For Live-Streaming Primacy
  13. Mueller checks witnesses’ phones for secure messaging apps, per report
  14. How Pro-Eating Disorder Posts Evade Filters On Social Media
  15. UKSC judgment in Cartier – who pays for website blocking orders? 
  16. Confirmed: ZTE to reopen after $1 billion fine, new leadership
  17. Republican senators move to block Trump’s deal to revive ZTE
  18. Top German Publisher Says: ‘You Wouldn’t Steal A Pound Of Butter… So We Need A Snippet Tax’
  19. Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain
  20. Hey Google: Stop Trying To Patent A Compression Technique An Inventor Released To The Public Domain
  21. Encyclopædia Britannica Wants To Fix False Google Results
  22. Google: JK, We’re Going To Keep Working With The Military After All
  23. New law forces Google to suspend political ads in Washington state
  24. YouTube Takes Down Anti-LGBTQ Ad After Multiple Creator Complaints
  25. YouTube Complicit In Copyright Infringement Of News Station’s Content
  26. Austrian court ruling could hold YouTube liable for copyright infringing content
  27. YouTube’s World Cup coverage includes near-live highlights in Spanish
  28. Reggaeton Singer Ozuna Is Most Viewed Artist On YouTube This Year
  29. During The Upcoming World Cup, YouTube Will Be Stocked With Highlights And Athlete Vlogs
  30. YouTube Stars Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee Form IMG-Backed Digital Talent Management Agency
  31. Ad Standards Introduces New Influencer Disclosure Guidelines
  32. Walking the Line with Influencers: How to Satisfy the FTC without Your Influencers Becoming Employees in California
  33. Appeals Court Curbs FTC’s Enforcement of Security Standards–LabMD v. FTC
  34. IoT Device Companies: The FTC is Monitoring Your COPPA Data Deletion Duties and More
  35. Yet Another Study Shows The Internet Of Things Is A Privacy And Security Dumpster Fire
  36. Circuit Court of Cook County Upholds City of Chicago’s Imposition of Amusement Tax on Internet-Based Streaming Services 
  37. Unpublished Censorship Guidelines Lay Bare The Deepest Fears Of The Chinese Government
  38. Snapchat Wants To Help Popular Music Artists Make AR Lenses
  39. Instagram Rolls Out Ecommerce In Stories, As Snapchat Tests Shoppable Ads
  40. Snapchat’s Speed Filter Not Protected by Section 230–Maynard v. Snapchat (Eric Goldman)
  41. Reddit Announces Native Auto-Play Video Ads For Select Brands
  42. Amazon Prime Video Secures Premier League Streaming Rights
  43. Twitter is putting more live news events in your timeline and notifications
  44. Twitter Isn’t a Shopping Mall for First Amendment Purposes (Duh)–Johnson v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  45. Musical.ly To Fold Live Streaming Service Live.ly Into Its Primary App
  46. Canadian Music Industry Wants Government to Pay Copying Fee for Every Smartphone Sold in Canada (Michael Geist)
  47. Microsoft’s plan for GitHub: “Make GitHub better at being GitHub”
  48. Three Takes On Microsoft Acquiring Github
  49. IAB Says U.S. Podcast Ads Generated $314 Million Last Year, Pegs 2020 Tally At $659 Million
  50. The EU’s Copyright Proposal is Extremely Bad News for Everyone, Even (Especially!) Wikipedia
  51. EU Publishers Freak Out Now That People Are Realizing Just How Messed Up Their Link Tax Really Is
  52. EU Commission Violates GDPR; Claims That It’s Exempt From The Law For ‘Legal Reasons’
  53. EU Explores Making GDPR Apply To EU Government Bodies… But With Much Lower Fines
  54. UK Security Minister Says Only A Drivers Licence For The Internet Can Bring Back Online Civility
  55. America should borrow from Europe’s data-privacy law: The GDPR’s premise, that consumers should be in charge of their own personal data, is the right one
  56. GDPR’s Impact on the Use of Blockchain to Facilitate International Trade
  57. Blockchain: Game changer or game over?
  58. The rise of the “Crypto Czar,” the fall of a “blockchain evangelist,” and other crypto developments
  59. Bitcoin has lost more than half its value since last year’s all-time high
  60. Bitcoin Price Plunges After Hack of South Korean Exchange, Down 53 Percent Since December
  61. Bitcoin prices continue to fall as yet another exchange reports a breach
  62. Bitcoin’s 2017 Surge Was the Result of Manipulation, Experts Say
  63. Another SEC Enforcement Action against Allegedly Fraudulent ICO 
  64. Recent Virtual Currency Actions by the CFTC and State Regulators 
  65. Brain-Based Circuitry Just Made Artificial Intelligence A Whole Lot Faster
  66. AI is a very surprising tech, which makes its future hard to predict: Bruce Schneier
  67. This wild, AI-generated film is the next step in “whole-movie puppetry”: Results are admittedly limited due to a 48-hour crunch—but hint at a wild future.
  68. Artificial intelligence and human development
  69. People Are Paying Insane Amounts of Real Money for “Virtual Real Estate”
  70. Tech Addiction And The Paradox Of Apple’s ‘Screen Time’ Tools
  71. Apple No Longer Allows Crypto Mining On Its Devices. That’s Good For Users.
  72. Apple just banned cryptocurrency mining on iOS devices
  73. Apple clamps down on developers sharing data on users’ friends: “When someone shares your info as part of their address book, you have no say in it, and you have no knowledge of it,” says privacy expert
  74. For almost 11 years, hackers could easily bypass 3rd-party macOS signature checks
  75. Popular Spanish Soccer Mobile App Has Been Turning Users Into Piracy-Spotters Via Mobile Devices
  76. Ordering Food via Touchscreen Is so Fun You Spend More Money When You Do It
  77. White nationalists, Nazis find new space for racism
  78. Dark Web vendor “OxyMonster” turns out to be a Frenchman with luscious beard
  79. In a blow to e-voting critics, Brazil suspends use of all paper ballots
  80. How emoji can kill: As gangs move online, social media fuel violence
  81. Options for Reacting to Negative Online Comments, Reviews, and Defamation 
  82. SCC Stays Internet Defamation Case, Urges Fairness and Efficiency
  83. Canada’s Supreme Court Is Preserving Every Website Mentioned In Its Rulings: The country’s top court is publicly archiving every single hyperlink in its decisions, so they aren’t lost.

CREATIVITY

  1. Trump Admits He Calls All Negative News ‘Fake’
  2. French President Pushing ‘Fake News’ Bill That Would Demand Decisions From Judges In 48 Hours
  3. Unsettling Comments from the Ontario Courts re the Settled Law of Trademarks and Parallel Importation (Howard Knopf)
  4. Off the Rails: How the Canadian Heritage Copyright Hearings Have Veered Badly Off-Track (Michael Geist)
  5. Ending The Memes: EU Copyright Directive Is No Laughing Matter
  6. Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul 
  7. CJEU rules that Louboutin red sole mark does NOT fall within absolute ground for refusal (Eleonora Rosati)
  8. Viacom Possesses Trademark Rights in ‘Krusty Krab’ Based on Its Central Role in the SpongeBob Universe – Viacom v. IJR
  9. Stephen Colbert Cut a Star Wars Trailer to Dunk on Kelly Marie Tran’s Harassers
  10. FBI Hoovered Up Two Years Of A Journalist’s Phone And Email Records To Hunt Down A Leaker
  11. Fahmy v. Jay-Z

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Government of Canada launches review of Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts
  2. Broadcasting And Telecommunications Legislative Review: Terms of Reference
  3. The CRTC’s fundamental mistake: It thinks it can regulate the internet (Michael Geist)
  4. The CRTC’s Fundamental Flaw: Broadcasting May Be the Internet, but the Internet is Not Broadcasting (Michael Geist)
  5. Canadian Government Responds to Parliamentary Committee’s Recommended Changes and Clarifications to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)
  6. Ajit Pai’s FCC lied about “DDoS” attack, ex-chair’s statement indicates
  7. Senators Wyden and Schatz Wants To Know Why The FCC Made Up A DDOS Attack 
  8. Oddly The Trump FCC Doesn’t Much Want To Talk About Why It Made Up A DDOS Attack
  9. ‘Transparent’ FCC Doesn’t Want To Reveal Any Details About Ajit Pai’s Stupid Reese’s Mug
  10. Ajit Pai says you’re going to love the death of net neutrality
  11. What Ajit Pai Should Have Said About Killing Net Neutrality… And Why It Still Would Have Been Wrong
  12. Net neutrality will be repealed Monday unless Congress takes action
  13. Net Neutrality Rules Die Today, But The Backlash Is Just Getting Started
  14. First state net neutrality law took effect today, countering FCC repeal
  15. AT&T Defeats DOJ In Merger Fight, Opening The Door To Some Major Competitive Headaches
  16. Trump administration fails to block AT&T/Time Warner merger
  17. AT&T Cleared to Buy Time Warner in Blow to Trump Administration
  18. AT&T wins: Judge clears $85 billion bid for Time Warner with no conditions
  19. AT&T imposes another $5 price hike on grandfathered unlimited data plans
  20. AT&T/Time Warner Merger Could Create Giant Player for Sports Rights
  21. Comcast, AT&T, Verizon say they have no paid prioritization plans
  22. Comcast offers $65 billion for Fox, says government won’t stop merger
  23. Comcast disabled throttling system, proving data cap is just a money grab
  24. FTC Files Lawsuit for Widespread Telemarketing Law Violations

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY 

  1. NY Times reporter’s email records seized by Justice Dept. in leak case
  2. China Hacked a Navy Contractor and Stole 600GB of Data
  3. A Chip in the Windshield: China’s Surveillance State Will Soon Track Cars
  4. Global Russian-Linked Router Malware Even Worse Than Originally Stated
  5. Backdoored images downloaded 5 million times finally removed from Docker Hub
  6. Court Says German Intelligence Agency Can Continued To Deploy Its Dragnet On World’s Largest Internet Hub
  7. New Data Breach Notification Laws Spring 2018: What You Need to Know
  8. Stymied by browsers, attackers embed Flash 0-day inside MS Office document
  9. Security Companies Want To Use Facial Recognition To Stop School Shootings
  10. It’s Now Scary to Be A White Hat Hacker Thanks to the US Government
  11. How did hacker Adrian Lamo die? Medical examiner couldn’t figure it out
  12. Vermont Takes Aim at Data Brokers

Jon

News of the Week; June 6, 2018

GAMES

  1. PUBG vs Fortnite: Let the market decide – A court case in South Korea revives the old question of whether a game concept deserves legal protection – but ‘clone wars’ should be settled in the market, not the courtroom
  2. PUBG Corp. Sues Epic Games In S. Korea Over Gameplay Similarities That Probably Aren’t Copyrightable
  3. Winner winner copycat dinner – IP protection of battle royale game mechanics 
  4. Flight-sim maker threatens legal action over Reddit posts discussing DRM
  5. Panic at 30,000 virtual feet: Controversial flight sim aircraft maker threatens reddit mods with libel legal action, mods hit back.
  6. An open letter to Flight Sim Labs
  7. FlightSimLabs Installs More Questionable Stuff On Users’ Machines, Then Threatens Reddit
  8. UK ad regulator hits out at gambling site for game ads of ‘particular appeal to children’
  9. Popular Twitch Streamer Makes An Example Of Her Harassers
  10. Bury Me, My Love and MyoBeatz among 2018 Games for Change Awards nominees
  11. Twitch To Promote LGBTQ+ Streamers, Launch Rainbow Emotes In Honor Of Pride Month
  12. We’re experimenting with Twitch content to catch up on zillions of video games
  13. Twitch promotes Pride Month, raises money for Human Rights Campaign: Throughout June, Twitch will spotlight LGBTQ+ creators and celebrate diversity across its platform
  14. One-third of UK women gamers report abuse or discrimination from male gamers: Bryter survey shows many women avoid online play or identification as gamers due to fear of abuse
  15. Video: A postmortem look at Rocket League’s language ban system
  16. Ex-Microsoft exec J Allard speaks to the game industry’s inherent burnout problem
  17. Microsoft Studios head: ‘It’s really important to think about the longevity of a game’
  18. Using AI to take the “emotional work” out of community management – Spirit AI’s Dr Mitu Khandaker: “We are trying to make the lives of community managers and moderators easier”
  19. Fear the reaper: Activision sunsetting Guitar Hero TV later this year
  20. Guitar Hero Live goes offline in December, making 92% of songs unplayable
  21. New iOS App Store guidelines ok timed demos but put the kibosh on the Steam Link App
  22. Steam updates game-content guidelines, will include “something that you hate”
  23. Steam “might have killed our business”: Developers behind mature visual novels describe the “chilling effect” of ad hoc game removals and Valve’s radio silence
  24. Valve: We shouldn’t be choosing what you’re allowed to create or play
  25. Australian gamers could face throttled data usage
  26. Asus’ insane gaming phone has 3 USB ports, clip-on cooling fan
  27. Indiegogo working with debt collectors to refund Sinclair ZX Vega+ backers 
  28. Indiegogo confirms debt collectors will recoup crowdfunding money for ZX Spectrum Vega+: Crowdfunding platform says Retro Computers Ltd failed to meet requirements for mid-June extension
  29. Free-to-play Pokemon Quest passes 1M downloads on Switch
  30. Fortnite among the Switch ports reportedly coming to E3
  31. GameStop’s Q1 earnings can’t match last year’s Switch-driven highs
  32. 56% of Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon’s 100k week-one sales were on Switch
  33. Square Enix now has a dev group devoted to making Switch games
  34. Citing the declining premium mobile market, Square Enix backs away from Go series
  35. Square Enix Montreal abandons Go series, will continue work on mobile: Studio head cites rising quality of free mobile games, shrinking audience for pay-up-front titles
  36. Nier: Automata has shipped 3M copies worldwide
  37. Why Codemasters is finally ready to float: Ten years on from its aborted IPO, the UK racing specialist discusses how games-as-a-service and the push to mobile will secure its future
  38. Onrush: The shooter-inspired racer that saved the Evolution team – Two years on from Sony’s shock decision to close the Driveclub developer, the team is back with a title that aims to reinvent the genre
  39. A host of new security enhancements is coming to iOS and macOS
  40. App Store devs have made $100B in revenue since store launched
  41. iOS developers have made $100 billion since App Store launched: 20 million companies now registered as developers for Apple’s mobile platform
  42. Games account for 75% of App Store spending: 66 per cent of iOS games spending comes from APAC territories alone
  43. Analyst: 77% of the 4.5M apps on iOS are games, down from past years
  44. Porting iOS games to MacOS should be easier next year, says Apple
  45. Developers can now offer free trials on the App Store
  46. New App Store Review Guidelines also clarify rules around multi-platform apps like Steam Link
  47. Blog: The perks of soft-launching your game on Itch.io before Steam
  48. Why Platinum Games may never work with a publisher again: Co-founders Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba discuss the acclaimed studio’s self-funded future and determination to own its IP
  49. Jack Tretton’s indie investment fund will target UE4 projects: Interactive Gaming Ventures will make up to 21 investments in projects using Epic’s engine
  50. Bungie nets $100M+ from China’s NetEase, aims to create ‘new worlds’
  51. Bungie gets more than $100 million investment from NetEase: As Destiny studio sells minority stake, CEO Pete Parsons discusses the incubation process for its next new world and the possibility of self-publishing
  52. The Elder Scrolls: Legends development switched to Sparkypants Studios – Transition away from Dire Wolf Studios will include new client, UI, and visuals, same game design
  53. Paradox Interactive to acquire Battletech dev Harebrained Schemes
  54. Paradox: “If a game can’t be played for 500 hours we probably shouldn’t be publishing it” – Paradox Interactive’s management team on moving beyond “premium plus DLC” to a more flexible future
  55. How Minit’s team found creativity through limitations: The indie title’s four developers discovered freedom within its restrictions, and made a game “without stressing the hell out”
  56. World Cup fever propels FIFA 18 back to No.1 in UK charts – But Detroit: Become Human, Far Cry 5 and God of War still manage to fend off retro-centric new releases
  57. Battlefront II developer EA Motive expands with Vancouver opening
  58. Evolve’s dedicated servers are being switched off in September
  59. Evolve servers to shut down in September: Publisher 2K confirms end for AAA game turned free-to-play
  60. Don’t Miss: Looking back at how Evolve was retrofitted for accessibility
  61. Activision ending Guitar Hero TV in December: iOS version already removed from the App Store
  62. Bethesda stream for new Fallout game pulls 2m unique viewers: “We have had over two million unique visitors to this stream to watch, I don’t know what, nothing,” said Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard
  63. The Elder Scrolls: Legends is swapping devs one year after launch
  64. Fig nabs blockchain outfit Ownage to help create new digital publishing platform
  65. Fig acquires blockchain startup Ownage Ltd: UK company will help build the “Shard” decentralized publishing platform
  66. Indiegogo extends deadline for ZX Spectrum Vega+ as June shipping date announced: Retro Computers Ltd “still determined to deliver the Vega+” despite ongoing dispute with former project leads
  67. Intellivision returns with new console, president: Tommy Tallarico and veteran team plan ’80s revival as Intellivision Entertainment
  68. VR title Beat Saber hits 100,000 sales in a month – Update: Hyperbolic Magnetism’s rhythm game nears estimated $2 million in first month revenue
  69. New XRDC Healthcare Report offers insight into how AR/VR/MR is shaping medicine
  70. Arc System Works introduces ‘non-negotiable’ streaming guidelines: Developer threatens breaches with potential channel strike or account suspension
  71. Riot Games donating 100% of ‘Dark Star Cho’Gath’ skin sales to charity
  72. Riot Games donating all proceeds from limited edition skin to charity: Skin designed with League of Legends fan through The Make-A-Wish Foundation
  73. Activision Blizzard sells out Barclays Center for esports championship
  74. Overwatch League™ Grand Finals Sells Out Barclays Center: Fans purchased more than 20,000 tickets to the esports championship in Brooklyn, New York – The largest esports event ever slated at Barclays Center sold out within two weeks of its public on-sale
  75. High school esports firm PlayVS raises $15 million
  76. Arena of Valor tournament will mark Tencent’s E3 debut: Partnership with ESL will see playoffs hosted in Los Angeles ahead of next month’s $550,000 World Cup
  77. Ubisoft tests limited revenue sharing for Rainbow Six Pro League: Pilot program to see 11 teams take portion of in-game item sales for one year before revenue sharing introduced for entire league
  78. Ubisoft CEO: ‘There will be one more console generation … after that, we will be streaming’
  79. Deep UX: The last “Here Be Dragons” area of modern game development – IT Territory’s Alexsandr Enin on embracing negative, emotional feedback to boost HAWK’s already high retention
  80. Americans largely won’t pay to win a video game – but Chinese gamers will
  81. One man is auctioning off 40 years of gaming history today
  82. Blog: The evolution of boss design in video games
  83. The original Doom, one of 64 Objects that shaped video game history
  84. Rare Japanese games rediscovered after 67GB folder leaks online
  85. Early Pokemon Gold and Silver demo uncovers scrapped content
  86. The great video game exodus
  87. Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

DIGITAL

  1. Canada Introduces New Influencer Disclosure Guidelines
  2. Russian State TV Photoshops an Awkward Smile on Kim Jong Un’s Face
  3. VPNFilter malware infecting 500,000 devices is worse than we thought: Malware tied to Russia can attack connected computers and downgrade HTTPS.
  4. Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Faces His Ghosts In Parliament
  5. Craigslist Sex Sting Prosecution Rejected as “Outrageous Misconduct”–Washington v. Solomon (Eric Goldman)
  6. Egyptian Gov’t Arrests Journalist Who Exposed Brutality; Will Use Social Media Suspensions As Evidence Against Him
  7. Has Facebook Merely Been Exploited By Our Enemies? Or Is Facebook Itself The Real Enemy?
  8. YouTube is the preferred platform of today’s teens: And Facebook continues to fall, according to Pew Research Center
  9. Facebook Accused of Giving Users’ Personal Data To Every Major Device Maker
  10. Insights: Has Facebook Already Lost The Next Generation Of Users?
  11. Judge OKs Class Action Status For Illinoisans Claiming Facebook Violated State Privacy Law
  12. Facebook will remove the Trending topics section next week
  13. Following Licensing Pacts, Facebook Will Let Users Add Music To Their Personal Videos
  14. Man posts morel mushrooms on Facebook, gets a visit from the cops
  15. State Court Says Cop Posing As A Facebook Friend To Snag Criminal Evidence Isn’t A 4th Amendment Violation
  16. Chrome and Firefox leaks let sites steal visitors’ Facebook names, profile pics
  17. Not Fake News: Facebook Watch Funds Shows From CNN, Fox News, ABC News
  18. Uganda Is Taxing WhatsApp and Facebook, Because Users “Gossip”
  19. Social Media as a Weapon to Harass Women Academics
  20. Language-Policing AI Will Suggest A Polite Alternative to Online Hate Speech
  21. School Can’t Take A Joke; Turns Student Over To Cops For Listing The School For Sale On Craigslist
  22. Telegram CEO: Apple has “prevented” app updates globally since April
  23. Apple’s Plans To Bring Artificial Intelligence To Your Phone
  24. You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Amazon Warehouse Robots Slipped On Popcorn Butter
  25. Amazon is reportedly upping its investment in India by $2 billion
  26. Amazon Disconnects From Australia After Government Hits It With 10% Tax On All Imported Items 
  27. Amazon scores Premier League TV rights to stream 20 games next season: Amazon secures all the Boxing Day games in the UK
  28. The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: Teens Still Love YouTube, Snapchat
  29. Lenovo’s all-screen smartphone was all talk
  30. As Pride Month Begins, YouTube Faces Criticism For Allegedly Demonetizing The World “Transgender”
  31. YouTube Draws More Flak From Queer Creators As Anti-LGBTQ+ Ads Appear On Videos
  32. ‘The Washington Post’ Launches Second-Ever YouTube Channel, A Science Brand For Kids
  33. YouTube Co-Founder Who Posted The Site’s First Video May Return With More
  34. Lawsuit Over Cancer-Curing Honey Ads Still Sucks–Abid v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  35. Washington State Is Suing Facebook And Google For Violating Election Advertisement Laws
  36. Google reportedly won’t renew controversial drone imaging program
  37. Google Ditches Department of Defense, Updates Its Code of Ethics
  38. Google To Publish Artificial Intelligence Ethical Guidelines
  39. Google Announces Programmatic Buys of Audio Ads – Looking at Legal Issues with Programmatic Sales 
  40. Type ‘the1975..com’ Into Your Google App to See a Weird Bug in Action
  41. 9-Year-Old Trash-Talker Lil Tay Has Wiped Her Instagram And YouTube Accounts
  42. Instagram might soon let you post videos up to an hour long: A ‘new feature’ would allow for much longer vertical videos
  43. Instagram Eyeing Push Into Long-Form Vertical Video With 1-Hour Clip Limits 
  44. Patreon To Launch Merch Service For Creators Following Acquisition Of Ecommerce Startup ‘Kit’
  45. Cheddar Forms Third News Brand, ‘CheddarU’, For Distribution Across College Campuses
  46. Why Music Video Hosting Service Vevo Is Joining Mediaocean’s Spectra Platform
  47. Microsoft killing off the Groove Music apps for iOS and Android
  48. Microsoft snaps up GitHub for $7.5 billion
  49. Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5B 
  50. Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5 billion: Windows and Xbox maker says software development platform will continue to operate independently and support any OS, cloud, or device
  51. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says $7.5 billion GitHub deal shows, ‘We are all in on open source’
  52. Everyone complaining about Microsoft buying GitHub needs to offer a better solution
  53. We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers
  54. Hulu’s Live TV Offering Reaches 800K Subs in First Year
  55. Hulu CEO Says His Company’s Live TV Service Has 800,000 Subscribers One Year After Launch
  56. Hulu Loses Chief Content Officer, SVPs Of Partnerships And Experience Amid Sweeping Reorganization
  57. Hulu in Major Exec Shakeup: Content Chief Joel Stillerman, Two SVPs Are Out – Under reorg, Tim Connolly and Ben Smith will depart; company hires new CTO and first chief data officer
  58. Netflix is becoming a global media phenomenon, says analyst: Mark Mahaney, RBC Capital Markets lead internet analyst, explains his latest research note on Netflix highlighting the streaming giant’s international business.
  59. Netflix and Governance Transparency
  60. Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada (CRTC)
  61. A Hacker Hijacked the Buffalo Wild Wings Twitter Account and Revealed Its ‘Secret Recipe’ 
  62. TWiT’s Trademark Lawsuit Against Twitter Sent Back to the Drawing Board
  63. Twitter Reorgs Content-Partnerships Group, Folds Live-Video Team Into Regional Structure
  64. Twitter’s Top Live Video Exec Exits Amid Organizational Restructuring
  65. Court Not At All Impressed By Chuck Johnson’s Silly Lawsuit Against Twitter, Plans To Grant Anti-SLAPP Win To Twitter
  66. Cops Perform Guns-Drawn Raid Of Chelsea Manning’s Home Because Someone Reported Her Suicidal Tweets
  67. Can You Fire Someone For Racist Tweets? 
  68. AI Can Now Manipulate People’s Movements In Fake Videos
  69. MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit
  70. There’s Now A Religion Based On the Blockchain. Yes, Really.
  71. Understanding the Effect of Wyoming’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Legislation
  72. Gumi launches $30 million cryptocurrency investment fund: Gumi Cryptos aims to help organizations struggling to connect with Japanese markets
  73. Hackers Commandeered 3 Cryptocurrency Networks, Stole Millions 
  74. WME Secures New Branded Content Opportunities By Investing In Marketing Platform Influential
  75. After Arduous Fundraising Process, Crowdfunding Platform Seed & Spark Lands $2 Million Seed Round
  76. Software and stealth: how carmakers hike spare parts prices
  77. More Bad News for Uber’s Contract Formation–Ramos v. Uber
  78. After dispute on freeway, Uber driver shot his passenger, who died soon after
  79. San Francisco to Uber, Lyft: If your drivers aren’t employees, prove it
  80. Report: Turkish President Erdogan Claims Uber’s Turkey Business Is ‘Over’
  81. As Uber and Tesla struggle with driverless cars, Waymo moves forward
  82. Waymo announces 7 million miles of testing, putting it far ahead of rivals
  83. Contract Law or Copyright Law – What’s the Confusion?
  84. Uncle Sam wants you to join the United States Digital Service
  85. FOSTA Supporters Come Out Swinging Against Critics
  86. Highlights From Former Rep. Chris Cox’s Amicus Brief Explaining The History And Policy Behind Section 230 
  87. From Westworld to Best World for the Internet of Things (Jonathan Zittrain)
  88. Censorship in the Age of Large Cloud Providers (Bruce Schneier)

CREATIVITY

  1. Court Allows “Battery by GIF” Claim to Proceed – Eichenwald v. Rivello
  2. Star Wars And The Battle Of The Ever-More-Toxic Fan Culture
  3. Is the NFL’s anthem policy constitutional? Not in some states, law prof argues
  4. Annual Also-Ran Buffalo Bills File Trademark For “Respect The Process”
  5. S Is For Streisand: Sesame Street Decides To Offer Free Promotion To R-Rated Muppet Satire By Filing Trademark Claim
  6. San Diego Comic-Con Petitions Judge To Have Salt Lake Comic Con Pay Its Attorney’s Fees, Bar It From Calling Itself A ‘Comic Convention’
  7. Naruto the Macaque’s 3 year legal journey has come to an end in a San Francisco Court of Appeals 
  8. Ninth Circuit to PETA: Stop Monkeying Around with Copyright Claims 
  9. Media pirates walk the plank: extraordinary remedies against copyright infringers in Canada
  10. Fast fashion and IP regulation: will fast fashion kill the golden goose?
  11. Study Shows That Wartime Program To Abolish Copyright On German Science Books Brought Significant Benefits To US
  12. The case for quarantining extremist ideas: When confronted with white supremacists, newspaper editors should consider ‘strategic silence’
  13. Why the Government’s Copyright Board Plans Threaten to Spark Another Lobbying Battle (Michael Geist)
  14. Recording Industry Hypocrisy On Full Display In Continuing To Push The CLASSICS Act That Expands Copyright
  15. EU Parliament Members Play Hardball On Terrible Copyright Policies, Article Highlighting Sketchy Tactics Magically Disappears

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada: CRTC Reports On CanCon in the Digital World
  2. Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada (CRTC)
  3. Regulate Everything: The CRTC Goes All-In on Internet Taxation and Regulation (Michael Geist)
  4. Math Not Magic: If Melanie Joly Mandates Internet Taxes, Consumers Will Foot the Bill (Michael Geist)
  5. The 1980s CRTC: The Commission Turns Back the Clock with Old-Style Regulation and Privileged Insider Access (Michael Geist)
  6. Government’s Telecom/Broadcast Review Sets Up Internet Taxes and Regulation As a 2019 Election Issue (Michael Geist)
  7. Court Of Appeal Affirms Punitive Damages Must Be Proportionate To Gravity Of Breach: Vidéotron v Girard, 2018 QCCA 767
  8. CASL Compliance Becomes More Complex
  9. Chicago streaming video tax does not violate federal and state law
  10. E-Mails Show FCC Made Up DDOS Attack To Downplay The ‘John Oliver Effect’
  11. FCC accused of “spreading lies” about DDoS hitting comment system
  12. Trump grants Democrats’ request for a new FCC commissioner
  13. California Senate Approves Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Rules Repealed by FCC 
  14. California’s Tough New Net Neutrality Law Takes Another Step Forward
  15. FCC Claims Perfectly-Timed Regulatory Handout To Sinclair Is Just Quirky Happenstance
  16. FCC Wants Ebay, Amazon To Crack Down On Kodi-Based Pirate TV Boxes
  17. Sprint says merger with “fiercest rival” will “create robust competition”
  18. Trump administration could block T-Mobile/Sprint merger, AT&T CEO says
  19. AT&T wants to settle with FTC to avoid unlimited data throttling lawsuit
  20. AT&T Ends Quest To Erode FTC Authority Over Broadband Providers
  21. Comcast drops bid for “gigabit” tax cut that was created for Google Fiber
  22. Google Fiber Broadband Hype Replaced By Delays And Frustration
  23. Thanks To No Competition, Broadband Satisfaction Scores Plummet
  24. Fox News Shows Eagles Players Praying, Falsely Implies They Were Protesting During Anthem
  25. Sheriffs Are Raking In Millions In Prison Phone Fees And Some Really Don’t Want To Talk About It

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Glassdoor ordered to turn over user information
  2. Settlement Of Alleged CASL Violation – Text Messages Sent Without Consent Or Prescribed Information
  3. Mobile Phone Maker Reaches Settlement with FTC Over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims 
  4. FTC Reminder: Websites and Online Services Subject to COPPA Must Honor Data Deletion Requirements 
  5. Paul Manafort Learns That Encrypting Messages Doesn’t Matter If the Feds Have a Warrant to Search Your iCloud Account
  6. In seconds, we faked our way into a political campaign, got unsecured voter data
  7. With possible summit approaching, North Korean espionage hacks continue
  8. DHS found evidence of cell phone spying near White House
  9. Three months later, a mass exploit of powerful Web servers continues
  10. Appeals Court Rolls Its Eyes At Goverment’s Attempt To Dodge FOIA Litigation By Pretending It Didn’t Know Who Was Seeking Documents
  11. This Filter Makes Your Photos Indecipherable to Facial Recognition Software
  12. Governor’s office is “stonewalling” lawsuit over Confide use, lawyer tells judge
  13. Another Report Highlights How Wireless SS7 Flaw Is Putting Everyone’s Privacy At Risk
  14. 11th Circuit Says No Reasonable Suspicion Needed For Invasive Device Searches At The Border
  15. 30,000 Cameras Can’t Be Wrong: Chicago Banks On Surveillance To Solve Violence Problem
  16. Data protection laws are shining a needed light on a secretive industry: Regardless of where we live, we all benefit from data protection laws – companies must us show how they profit off our information (Bruce Schneier)
  17. ICANN’s Pre-emptive Attack On The GDPR Thrown Out By Court In Germany
  18. Websites in the US are definitely “turning off” Europe
  19. 92 million MyHeritage users had their data quietly swiped

Jon

News of the Week; May 30, 2018

GAMES

  1. PUBG Corp files copyright lawsuit against Epic Games: Korean developer began proceedings in January, alleging Fortnite plagiarises PUBG
  2. PUBG Corp. files copyright infringement lawsuit against Fortnite dev Epic Games
  3. Fortnite sold 5 million battle passes on the first day of Season 3: Analyst Michael Pachter relates success, predicts more games moving to cosmetics as a result
  4. Fortnite, God of War break monthly revenue records –  Superdata: Epic’s battle royale makes $296 million in April; God of War becomes fastest-selling PS4-exclusive
  5. Interactive Gaming Ventures and Epic Games team up to fund UE4 indies
  6. Gamers involved in December’s “swatting” death just got indicted
  7. Charity calls on Valve to remove ‘school shooting simulator’ from Steam store: Game described as “horrendous” by Infer Trust
  8. Valve removes mass shooting game and its ‘troll’ dev from Steam
  9. School Shooting Game Angers Steam Users, Developer ‘Likely’ Changing It
  10. Valve removes school shooting game, along with developer’s entire catalogue: Creator of Active Shooter identified as previously banned ‘troll’ developer Ata Berdiyev
  11. Opinion: So, you want to talk about porn on Steam
  12. Valve’s Steam Link app blocked by Apple due to ‘business conflicts’
  13. Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve says
  14. Steam Link app rejected by Apple: Valve’s appeal has been denied; Android version already in beta
  15. Syrian refugee games developer denied UK visa ahead of awards ceremony: Path Out co-creator Abdullah Karam feels “sad and mistreated” as his misses out on Indie Prize ceremony
  16. Honesty contributed to Subsurface Circular’s 2 percent refund rate
  17. US has the largest gender pay gap for video game streamers: Half of US women streamers go unpaid despite country’s higher-than-average spending on influencer support
  18. DICE GM pushes back against Battlefield V anger: “Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay,” says Oskar Gabrielson after complaints over game’s inclusion of women
  19. Battlefield V ditches season pass and loot boxes, takes on Red Dead Redemption 2: Electronic Arts plans to monetise upcoming blockbuster shooter with live service and cosmetics after its arrives on October 19th
  20. Battlefield V Shows How The Video Game Industry Is Turning On Loot Boxes
  21. Trade group prez: Loot box regulation “challenges our freedom to innovate”
  22. ESA: We can’t go to the “lowest common denominator of government” on loot boxes – Mike Gallagher warns against “over-reactions” to loot boxes influencing the industry
  23. Op-ed: Game companies need to cut the crap – loot boxes are obviously gambling – Much as game companies try to deny it, the truth is plain to see.
  24. Sony’s PlayStation 5 hints confirm an eight-year PS4 lifespan: Rejecting hardware updates in favour of a full generational refresh, Sony implies a PS4 successor will come in 2021 – but how big a leap can that offer?
  25. Hacker gets Super NES games running on unmodified NES
  26. Nintendo offers dockless Switch in Japan: The reduced-price ‘2nd Unit Set’ is being marketed to households that already own a Switch
  27. Nintendo starts selling cheaper, dock-free Switch, but only in Japan
  28. The first Pokemon RPG on the Switch takes cues from Niantic’s Pokemon Go
  29. Pokémon’s first Switch game launches in November, connects to Pokémon Go
  30. Game Freak & Nintendo debut a phone-friendly Pokemongame on the Switch
  31. Pokémon’s new evolution was inevitable: With two generations of fans, The Pokémon Company has made some big changes
  32. Pokémon profits down nearly 50% in company’s second most profitable year: Pokémon Go, Sun, and Moon accounted for the 2016 spike and subsequent fall-off
  33. Pokemon Company annual profits drop to a mere $80.8 million
  34. Zynga acquires mobile game dev Gram Games for $250 million
  35. Zynga splashes $250 million on Gram Games acquisition: But Frank Gibeau tells GamesIndustry.biz recovering firm is “not on a buying spree”, pips Merge Dragons as new “forever franchise”
  36. Hacker gets Super NES games running on unmodified NES
  37. The NES Classic Is Back – Here’s How To Make Sure You Get One
  38. Detroit Become Human: Critical Consensus –
  39. Quantic Dream has sued journalists for negative coverage, but judging from the reviews for the studio’s Detroit Become Human, the media isn’t holding it against the studio.
  40. Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways
  41. ‘Detroit: Become Human’ dehumanizes everything it touches
  42. Wolfenstein 2 accounted for speedrunners in its design
  43. H1Z1 gains early F2P traction on PlayStation 4
  44. Caffeine rolls out stream monetization program, complete with payouts for devs
  45. Mixer rolls out MixPlay, a tool for creating interactive stream overlays
  46. US has the largest gender pay gap for video game streamers: Half of US women streamers go unpaid despite country’s higher-than-average spending on influencer support
  47. Battle royale players are among the most engaged gamers, report finds – Newzoo: 88 per cent of battle royale players spend money in-game, compared to 75 per cent of traditional competitive game players
  48. Kids On YouTube Keep Making Videos About Scamming Fortnite V-Bucks From Their Parents
  49. ESPN+ to Live-Stream ‘League of Legends’ Esports Events Under New, Non-Exclusive Pact
  50. Minecraft reaches 100 million downloads in China: Approaching 250 million downloads worldwide
  51. How premium PC games continue to rise, surprise in China
  52. Media Molecule: Avoiding the “soul tax” of making games – At the Nordic Game Conference, Siobhan Reddy offered advice on protecting people and culture against the pressures of development
  53. Echo and Little Nightmares clean up at 2018 Nordic Game Awards: Ultra Ultra’s sci-fi adventure wins three categories, including Game of the Year, while Tarsier Studios’ dark title takes two
  54. Former Dragon Age director reflects on the ups and downs of development
  55. Mobile dev Voodoo secures an estimated $200M investment from Goldman Sachs
  56. YoYo Games opens publishing division to elevate GameMaker Studio 2 projects
  57. Wargaming reportedly closes Seattle studio: Formerly Gas Powered Games, the studio employed around 150 people
  58. Just Cause dev Avalanche Studios acquired by Nordisk Film 
  59. UK indie chain Games Centre enters liquidation: Another games retailer disappears from the High Street
  60. After 3+ decades as a private firm, UK dev Codemasters is going public
  61. Codemasters valued at £280m as it prepares to go public: Developer expected to raise £15 million for expansion into mobile
  62. Voodoo secures $200m Goldman Sachs investment: French mobile developer looks to double its staff by year’s end
  63. Andrew Maximov: “Technology is actually going to make us better artists” – Industry veterans say artificial intelligence will enable artists, not replace them
  64. Video: How inequality (both real and virtual) shapes player behavior
  65. Carmack: New 5K × 5K Mobile VR Playback Tech Will ‘set the bar for VR video quality’
  66. Qualcomm launches a new chip specifically for standalone AR and VR devices
  67. Revenue expected to double this year for augmented and mixed reality: Virtual reality revenue will fall behind AR/MR by 2021, says SuperData
  68. HTC Announces Strategic Partnerships With MLB & McLaren Formula One Team
  69. How the BattleTech devs built an engrossing tactics game on a budget
  70. Video: What game designers really want out of AI
  71. Researchers teach AI to play ‘hard’ games by showing it YouTube videos
  72. Video: Unproven game AI techniques that might just work
  73. Nintendo, Microsoft and EA Veterans Join to Create the Future of Blockchain Gaming
  74. Players get credit for evolution–and stagnation–of gaming narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch developer Ian Dallas says the market is pushing the medium forward in some ways, tying its hands in others
  75. Insights: We Have Influencers And Games, But Why Not More Games From Influencers?
  76. What does GDPR mean for PR?: Leading UK games agencies tell us how new privacy regulations are refining their processes and better relationships with press
  77. GDPR changes prompt Torn Banner Studios to shut downMirage: Arcane Warfare
  78. A Critical Analysis of Kinect Star Wars’ “I’m Han Solo” Song, the Definitive Text on the Character

DIGITAL

  1. Google Fails To Amend Canadian De-Indexing Injunction Despite California Court Order: Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack, 2018 BCSC 610
  2. Court Says It’s Unconstitutional For Trump To Block People On Twitter, But Doesn’t Actually Order Him To Stop
  3. U.S. District Court Rules President Trump Can’t Block Critical Followers
  4. President Trump Violated the First Amendment by Blocking Users @realdonaldtrump
  5. Six or Seven Things Social Media Can Do For Democracy 
  6. Nurse Disciplined for Unprofessional Posts on Social Media Loses Appeal
  7. Cloud-based quantum computer takes on deuteron and wins
  8. Should Bots Have a Right to Free Speech? This Non-Profit Thinks So.
  9. Personalized, Brainwave-Guided Movies Are Cool, As Long As You’re The One Steering
  10. DHS Fusion Center Gets Request For Documents On Extremists, Decides To Hand Over Mind Control Docs Instead
  11. NHL Aims to Debut ‘Smart Puck’ Tech in 2019
  12. Alibaba’s Youku to Stream World Cup Soccer in China
  13. YouTube Confirms Test Of Subscriptions Feed Driven By Algorithm And Not Chronology, Angering Creators
  14. YouTube Premium To Launch Travel Soccer Series With Trickster Duo F2 Freestylers
  15. YouTube’s Live Stream Of The Recent Royal Wedding Drew 11.2 Million Total Viewers
  16. Spanish YouTube Star El Rubius Says He Has “Hit A Wall,” Announces Break From YouTube
  17. YouTube Has Deleted 30 ‘Drill’ Music Videos For Fueling Gang Violence In The U.K.
  18. Egyptian Government Set To Ban YouTube For One Month Six Years After Release Of Anti-Muslim Video
  19. YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music but won’t kill user uploads
  20. Two 18-Year-Olds Arrested In Paris For VEVO Hacks Of Top YouTube Videos Like “Despacito” 
  21. Vevo Is Killing Off Its Mobile Apps, Website to Refocus on YouTube
  22. Vevo To Shut Down Website, Apps In Order To “Remain Focused On Engaging The Biggest Audiences”
  23. Vevo Flop Shows, Once Again, How Badly The Record Labels Underestimate Technology
  24. Insights: Between ‘Solo’ Misfire And Comcast Pitch, Is Disney’s Streaming Strategy Still A Winner?
  25. Barack Obama Reveals General Content Plans For New Netflix Deal
  26. Netflix stocks hit record high making it more valuable than Disney – but only for a few hours: The streaming giant also surpassed estimations on subscriber growth, with a total of 125 million worldwide 
  27. Hulu Orders BuzzFeed-Produced Documentary About R. Kelly’s Alleged History Of Sexual Abuse
  28. Facebook Tools Are Used to Screen Out Older Job Seekers, Lawsuit Claims
  29. Facebook Will Label Political Ads, Reveal Who Paid For Them, And Show Who They Targeted
  30. Wherein Facebook Messes Up Elections By Trying Not To Mess Up Elections
  31. ‘FacePause’ Desktop Extension Automatically Halts YouTube Videos Upon An Averted Gaze 
  32. Facebook Funds Comedy Series From Sarah Silverman and Group Nine’s JASH
  33. Your Worst Alexa Nightmares Are Coming True
  34. Amazon confirms that Echo device secretly shared user’s private audio
  35. Amazon Alexa Instantaneously Justifies Years Of Surveillance Paranoia
  36. Don’t Freak Out About That Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Situation
  37. Google Just Turned a Huge Corner in the Smart Speaker Game
  38. Google zooms by Amazon in smart speaker shipments, report says
  39. Yelp’s Newest Campaign: Asking Google To Do The Right Thing
  40. Court docs show Apple knew about the bendiness of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus
  41. 187 Things The Blockchain Is Supposed To Fix
  42. A Scottish Clinic Will Now Treat “Cryptocurrency Addiction”
  43. The DoJ is reportedly probing the murky world of bitcoin trading
  44. Sanctions: Iran, Russia, OFAC and cryptocurrencies
  45. Russian unit, GRU officer linked to 2014 shoot-down of airliner over Ukraine
  46. Uber’s Self-Driving Car Saw The Woman It Killed, Report Says
  47. NTSB: Uber’s sensors worked; its software utterly failed in fatal crash
  48. Tesla Agrees to Settle Class Action Suit Over ‘Essentially Unusable’ Autopilot Feature
  49. Snapchat Launches ‘Yellow’, A $1.5 Million Accelerator Program For Mobile Content Creators
  50. Forget The GDPR, The EU’s New Copyright Proposal Will Be A Complete And Utter Disaster For The Internet
  51. The Demise Of Copyright Toleration
  52. Why Is This Happening? The internet is terrible now, and Tim Wu knows why: Chris Hayes asks professor Tim Wu what created the conditions for the current angst surrounding our online experience.
  53. The Collapse of UN Talks on the Application of International Law in Cyberspace: Why It Matters to U.S. Businesses

CREATIVITY

  1. Harmonizing Tariff Regimes and Statutory Minimum Damages: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? (Howard Knopf)
  2. Batiste v. Lewis
  3. Cabell v. Zorro Productions, Inc.
  4. Monkey-Selfie Case Returns – To Court & (Maybe) a Theater Near You 
  5. The Monkey Selfie Lawsuit Will Never, Ever Die: Appeals Court Judge Wants A Do Over
  6. Use of “sound-alike” music in advertising ‒ key legal issues
  7. Who owns an idea?: It’s a question the law can struggle to answer, particularly when it comes to fiction
  8. Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Three: Exploring the Impact of Site Licensing at Canadian Universities (Michael Geist)
  9. Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Four: Fixing Fair Dealing for the Digital Age (Michael Geist)
  10. Woof: The Prosecco People Successfully Oppose A Pet-Treat Company’s ‘Pawsecco’ Trademark Application
  11. On Graffiti, Public Art and Snoopy
  12. Copyright Term: When Does a Work Enter the Public Domain? 
  13. Amanda Palmer: Hands Up! I Have a Picture of a Toddler, and I’m not Afraid to Use it
  14. The right of communication to the public … in a chart (Eleonora Rosati) 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. A Matter of Trust: What Is Happening at the CRTC? (Michael Geist)
  2. Who Needs an iPhone Tax: Canadian Music Industry Instead Calls for $40 Million Annual Handout (Michael Geist)
  3. Wireless Carrier Abuse Of Location Data Makes The Facebook, Cambridge Scandal Look Like Amateur Hour
  4. ESPN Analysts Routinely Told Execs Not To Worry About Cord Cutting
  5. No, Counting The Number Of Patent Infringement Lawsuits Is Not A Good Way To Quantify A Company’s IP Ethics
  6. No, The FTC Is Not Going To Do A Good Job Policing Net Neutrality
  7. Trump hits campaign trail to endorse key foe of net neutrality rules
  8. Shockingly, Streaming Providers Are Dominating Cable At Customer Satisfaction
  9. Comcast may soon control what you pay to watch your favorite sports teams
  10. Comcast Exposes Customer WiFi SSIDs and Passwords For Customers Paying To Rent A Comcast Router
  11. California Senate defies AT&T, votes for strict net neutrality rules
  12. FCC Republican asks Amazon and eBay to boost crackdown on pirate TV boxes
  13. Charter Claims NY Lawsuit Over Crappy Broadband Speeds Just An Evil, Netflix ‘Cabal’
  14. Submission of Civil Society Coalition at WIPO SCCR 36 on Broadcasters’ Rights Treaty

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Guidance on Consent and Inappropriate Data Practices issued by Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  2. Open Letter To Francisco Partners: Request For Follow Up On Apparent Misuse Of Sandvine Technology And Sale Of NSO Group To Verint Systems (Citizen Lab)
  3. U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses U.S. v. Microsoft as Moot After CLOUD Act Signed Into Law: Court Declares That There is No Longer a Live Controversy Over a Warrant Requiring Microsoft to Disclose Customer Data Stored Overseas
  4. DOJ, FBI Issuing Corrections To Statements, Testimony Containing Bogus Uncracked Device Numbers
  5. Apple’s Latest Transparency Report Shows Gov’t Still Not All That Interested In Seeking Warrants
  6. A trip to the ER with your phone may mean injury lawyer ads for weeks
  7. Yahoo hacker whose work compromised 500M accounts sentenced to 5 years
  8. SS7 routing-protocol breach of US cellular carrier exposed customer data
  9. Amazon confirms that Echo device secretly shared user’s private audio
  10. FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices
  11. Report On Milwaukee PD Body Cams Show Fewer Complaints, Fewer Stops, But No Reduction In Use Of Force
  12. ICE Trying To Deport Journalist For Reporting On Abusive ICE Behavior
  13. Europe’s New Data Protections Will Affect You Too. Here’s How.
  14. Dozens of American News Sites Blocked in Europe as GDPR Goes Into Effect Today
  15. The GDPR: Ghastly, Dumb, Paralyzing Regulation It’s Hard To Celebrate
  16. EU Parliament’s Own Website Violates The GDPR
  17. GDPR jokes to help ease the pain 
  18. Two States Are Trying To Give People Control Over Their Online Data

Jon

News of the Week; May 23, 2018

GAMES

  1. Judge Rules Copyright Lawsuit Over Tattoo Use in Video Game Can Proceed: What Might This Mean for the Video Game Industry and Virtual Sports Betting? 
  2. Opinion: Illuminating the shadowy group celebrating Valve’s latest censorship drive
  3. Valve threatens to pull games now deemed ‘sexually explicit’ from Steam
  4. Valve advises sexualized anime-themed titles to censor content or be removed from Steam: HuniePop, Mutiny!!, Tropical Liquor and more received warnings today for “pornographic content”
  5. Steam games warned for “pornographic content” have warnings dismissed, subject to re-review
  6. Crunch can put devs at odds with their own mental health, warns Blizzard dev
  7. With Steam Link app, your smartphone can be an imperfect gaming monitor
  8. We Happy Few refused classification by Australian ratings board
  9. We Happy Few denied classification in Australia
  10. ADL partners with Global Game Jam, NYU’s Game Center to reduce hate in games
  11. UK government takes aim at online games in Internet Safety Strategy response
  12. Lack of oversight led to use of Overwatch art in Paladins Strike ad, says dev
  13. Overwatch art used in Paladins Strike ad due to “not much oversight”
  14. Overwatch to get Lego sets and Nerf merch: Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group reveals new projects as it pursues more partners at Licensing Expo
  15. Chinese Overwatch League team practices for twelve hours, six days a week: Team with the “most intensive training scheme” in the league has so far not won a single game
  16. ‘We can launch games whenever we’re ready and whenever we want,’ says Guillemot
  17. Less AAA competition makes delays easier – Ubisoft: CEO Yves Guillemot says “we can launch games whenever we are ready,” with digital content, live services, new markets offsetting any loss in revenue from smaller slate
  18. Far Cry 5 and Assassin’s Creed Origins lead to record profit and sales for Ubisoft
  19. Capcom bringing Resident Evil 7 to Switch with experimental pricing
  20. Capcom experiements with streaming and new pricing in Resident Evil 7 for Switch: Cloud version of acclaimed horror title will be streamed via wifi, costs just £13 / $18 for six-month ‘play ticket’
  21. Capcom requires high-speed streaming to play Resident Evil 7 on Switch
  22. Owlboy turned profit on Nintendo Switch within 24 hours of release: Switch success “bodes really well for funding our future projects” says D-Pad CEO Jo-Remi Madsen
  23. Nintendo is selling a dock-free ‘Second Set’ Switch bundle in Japan
  24. Hearts of Iron IV sells one million copies
  25. GTA V has sold over 95 million copies worldwide
  26. Gameloft revenues fell 13% in Q1
  27. Ubisoft posts record sales, delays Skull & Bones: Original IP pushed to next fiscal year as publisher sees pace of digital shift picking up, eyes expansion in PC, mobile, and China
  28. iOS gamers are more loyal than Android, suggests Priori Data
  29. Rovio sees profits rise amid strong revenues from Angry Birds 2
  30. Rovio doubles down on Angry Birds with new content roadmap: Multimedia strategy includes stage shows, location-based events, and long form animated series
  31. Paradox Q1 profits up 270% – despite only one new game release: Outgoing CEO Fred Wester says quarter shows the value of retaining loyal players with expansions and more
  32. Paradox: “People were coming to us in droves asking if we could make board games” – And the Swedish publisher is now licensing its biggest IPs to do just that
  33. Less management, more success: Inside Supercell’s ‘upside-down’ organization
  34. Tencent acquires majority stake in Path of Exile dev Grinding Gear
  35. EA acquires talent, tech from GameFly’s cloud gaming service 
  36. EA acquires GameFly subsidiary for cloud gaming: Israel-based team and technology will expand EA’s ability to offer its games across multiple devices
  37. FIFA and Call of Duty driving viewer growth in console esports: 20 million hours of console events watched in 2018 so far, but still only a fraction of esports’ overall viewership
  38. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have a single-player campaign but will offer battle royale
  39. Black Ops 4 ditches single-player campaign, adds battle royale mode
  40. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ditches Steam in favor of Battle.net
  41. Analysis: Player interest in Call of Duty’s campaigns is cratering
  42. Gamelynx raises $1.2 million to develop esports games on mobile
  43. Gamelynx raises $1.2 million for mobile esports development: Investors include Riot Games, Y Combinator, and Skycatcher Fund
  44. NBA 2K League announces State Farm sponsorship
  45. Microsoft partnership brings video game event to Special Olympics USA Games
  46. One hundred meeeeellion dollars: Epic dumps serious cash into Fortnite esports
  47. Epic Games to provide $100 million prize pool for Fortnite esports this year
  48. Epic Games puts up $100M for Fortnite esports prize pool
  49. Fortnite Developer’s $100,000,000 Prize Pool Is Great News For Streamers
  50. ‘Fortnite’-Branded Products In The Works Following Pact Between Epic Games, IMG
  51. Battlegrounds mobile attracting over 10 million daily active users
  52. Oculus & ESL Partner on eSports VR League with $220,000 in Prizes, Including ‘Echo Combat’
  53. HTC Says Watching ‘Ready Player One’ Boosts VR Purchase Intent in China
  54. Oculus adds DLC support for mobile VR apps: Beta test opens up a new revenue stream, with Rift DLC support still to come
  55. Crowdfunded 3D Headphone Startup OSSIC is Shutting Down, 99% of Orders Go Undelivered
  56. Microsoft launches Xbox Adaptive Controller to make games more accessible 
  57. Microsoft’s next Halo game is an arcade cabinet 
  58. Minecraft surpasses 100M users in China on PC and mobile 
  59. Eurogamer scoops multiple awards at first-ever Games Media Brit List
  60. ESRB points devs toward IARC ratings as it looks to phase out short-form option 
  61. ESRB dropping short form ratings for digital games in June: Developers will still be able to get rated at no cost via IARC
  62. God of War helps PlayStation smash records in April NPD stats: Kratos’ return was best ever launch for a PlayStation exclusive, PS4 game sales reaches new high for the month
  63. Sony: PlayStation 4 is entering ‘final phase’ of its lifecycle
  64. Sony prepares for the “final phase” of PlayStation 4’s life-cycle
  65. Sony: Next PlayStation is at least three years off
  66. Sony: The next PlayStation is another three years away
  67. Reassessing the legacy of PlayStation Vita: As software production ends, it’s a good moment to reassess Sony’s handheld – its commercial failure looms large, but its innovations remain hugely influential
  68. PlayStation Vita game production will continue in Japan: Sony confirms physical games will still be released in home market beyond March 2019
  69. Sony: PS4 Enters “final phase of life cycle,” Next PlayStation to Come in 3 Years
  70. Sony takes a page from Microsoft by licensing customizable PS4 gamepad
  71. The future of PlayStation may be portable, says Sony exec
  72. Portable gaming shouldn’t be separate from consoles – PlayStation head: Newly appointed John Kodera says company is considering portable gaming options, signalling a change from previous management’s thinking
  73. Jagex shutting down RuneScape Classic after 17 years
  74. Jagex shutting down RuneScape Classic: Problems with community safety, botting, and bugs led to the decision to shut down the 17-year-old game
  75. Wargaming Seattle is shutting down
  76. Cultural approaches to horror game design

DIGITAL

  1. Media can’t be an arm of the police, Vice lawyer tells Supreme Court hearing: Reporter Ben Makuch challenging ruling he must hand over info on terrorists to RCMP
  2. Trump’s Twitter blocking violates First Amendment, court rules: The “interactive space” around Trump tweets is a public forum, judge rules.
  3. Trump feels presidential smartphone security is “too inconvenient”
  4. President Trump Thinks Basic Phone Security Is Simply Too Inconvenient
  5. New Malaysian Prime Minister Who Promised To Kill ‘Fake News’ Law Decides It Might Be Useful Now That He’s In Power
  6. Turkish President Visits UK To Remind Everyone He Still Wants To Punish Critical Speech
  7. FBI seizes domain Russia allegedly used to infect 500,000 consumer routers
  8. Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware: VPNFilter can survive reboots and contains destructive “kill” function.
  9. All of Mugshots.com’s alleged co-owners arrested on extortion charges: Mugshots.com is a “business permeated with fraud,” California AG says.
  10. Mugshots.com Operators Arrested For Letting Money Influence Editorial Decisions
  11. North Korea-tied hackers used Google Play and Facebook to infect defectors
  12. Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy amidst “siege” of negative attention
  13. What Happened To Facebook’s Grand Plan To Wire The World?: Five years ago Mark Zuckerberg debuted a bold, humanitarian vision of global internet. It didn’t go as planned – forcing Facebook to reckon with the limits of its own ambition.
  14. Mark Zuckerberg Played Parliament for Fools and They’re Pissed
  15. Facebook Is Testing Its Own Influencer Marketing Platform
  16. Facebook Moderation Ramps Up In Germany And Everything Keeps Getting Worse For Its Users
  17. Instagram Finally Rolls Out ‘Mute’ Button, 3 Years After Twitter Unveiled Feature
  18. There Is No Magic Bullet For Moderating A Social Media Platform
  19. Fed Up With Apple’s Policies, App Developers Form A ‘Union’
  20. Small group of iOS devs form “The Developers Union” to request App Store changes: There’s little in the way of organization, but some notable names are attached.
  21. Apple cracks down on CallKit-enabled apps in China’s App Store
  22. Apple, VW sign driverless car deal for Apple campus shuttles, NY Times sources say
  23. An Overview of Political Advertising Policies for Google, Twitter, and Snapchat
  24. Snapchat’s Parent Launches ‘Yellow’ Incubator Program for Mobile-Content Creators
  25. How Google-happy jurors are derailing Ontario trials
  26. Does Google’s Duplex violate two-party consent laws?
  27. Google Removes ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct
  28. Pretty Much All Tech Demos Are Fake as Hell
  29. Morgan Stanley Pegs YouTube’s Valuation At $160 Billion, Above Disney, Comcast, And Netflix
  30. Netflix and other online video are killing cable in customer satisfaction
  31. YouTube Red Renamed ‘YouTube Premium’, Price Upped From $10 To $12 Monthly
  32. New YouTube Music Premium costs $9.99 monthly, add $2 to get all Red perks
  33. Google announces YouTube Music and YouTube Premium: Goodbye, YouTube Red; hello, new premium services
  34. The Long, Checkered History Of YouTube’s Attempt To Launch A Music Service
  35. YouTube TV Channels For The Young Turks, Tastemade Now Live With 9 New Shows
  36. Rising NBA Star Jayson Tatum Learned Some Of His Best Moves From YouTube
  37. Lilly Singh Launches Inaugural Campaign As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador To End Child Violence
  38. 89 Years After Popeye’s Introduction, The Sailor Man Is Coming To YouTube
  39. Twitch’s Longest TV Marathon So Far Will Include More Than 500 Episodes Of ‘Doctor Who’
  40. In New Video, Elle Mills Talks Mental Health, A Break From Social Media, And Being “Burnt Out At 19”
  41. Here’s How You Can Turn On The New YouTube Feature That Reminds You To Take A Break
  42. Magazine publishers with video ambitions see YouTube as safer bet than Facebook
  43. New Version Of YouTube Music Ready To Launch, Will Feature Smart Recommendations, Context-Based Search
  44. Barack And Michelle Obama Ink Multi-Year Content Partnership With Netflix
  45. How The Record Labels Screwed Up The Music Industry, And The Tech Industry Saved Them
  46. How The Recording Industry Hid Its Latest Attempt To Expand Copyright
  47. Minimize harmfulness of bots but don’t ban them
  48. Cross-sector code of conduct for AI – a solution with substance? 
  49. New Requirements for Legal Analytics & Artificial Intelligence Under the GDPR
  50. Many Of Those Desperate GDPR Emails You’ve Been Getting Are Violating A Different EU Regulation
  51. Buyer Beware: Hundreds of Bitcoin Wannabes Show Hallmarks of Fraud – A Wall Street Journal analysis of 1,450 cryptocurrency offerings reveals rampant plagiarism, identity theft and promises of improbable returns
  52. Bitcoin Is Going To Use As Much Electricity As Austria By The Year’s End
  53. New study quantifies bitcoin’s ludicrous energy consumption
  54. “We have built the world that they told us existed”: Did the rise of young, white “Internet reporting” bolster the alt-right?
  55. Who Is Arthur Chu?: When Jeopardy ended, the real puzzles of online life began – Airing on PBS, new doc explores ups and downs of growing up – and growing in stature – online.
  56. The Balkanization Of The Internet (Andres Guadamuz) 

CREATIVITY

  1. District Court in California recognizes plausible trademark rights over fictional Star Wars board game 
  2. Congress’ Latest Move To Extend Copyright Protection Is Misguided (Lawrence Lessig)
  3. Who Needs a Copyright Small Claims Court? Evidence from the U.K.’s IP Enterprise Court
  4. Copyright fair use – “transformative” revisited: has the Second Circuit gone too far?
  5. Copyright Being Used To Prevent Actress From Showing Her Own Demo Reel
  6. Copyright Once Again Hiding Important Cultural Artifacts
  7. HBO Wins Stupid Copyright, Trademark Lawsuit Brought By Graffiti Artist Over 2 Seconds Of Background Scenery
  8. EPA boots reporters from meeting on chemicals called a PR disaster
  9. EPA’s War On Journalists Is Not A Good Look
  10. Fox News Staffers Reportedly Freaking Out Over New Workplace Rules 
  11. And then, they took her cellphone
  12. This Video Explores the Experimental History of Scifi Book Covers
  13. Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part Two: The Declining Value of the Access Copyright Licence (Michael Geist)
  14. Canadian Copyright, Fair Dealing and Education, Part One: Making Sense of the Spending (Michael Geist)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Judge For Yourself: Bell Says It Didn’t Meet CRTC to Review the FairPlay Application, But Here’s the Slide Presentation (Michael Geist)
  2. Rupert Murdoch Believes In The Free Market… Until His Company Is Struggling: Then He Wants To Regulate Competitors
  3. Disney’s Plans to Buy Fox Just Hit a Major Snag and Its Name Is Comcast
  4. Comcast confirms plan to buy 21st Century Fox and control of Hulu
  5. Comcast bug made it shockingly easy to steal customers’ Wi-Fi passwords
  6. Comcast Found To Be Charging $90 Installation Fees At Homes Where Comcast Is Already In Use
  7. TV regulation in a digital age
  8. Senators Demand FCC Answer for Fake Comments After Realizing Their Identities Were Stolen
  9. Senators Ask FCC Why It Did Nothing To Stop Their Names From Being Fraudulently Used During Net Neutrality Repeal
  10. FCC is hurting consumers to help corporations, Mignon Clyburn says on exit
  11. Net Neutrality Is Just A Gateway To The Real Issue: Internet Freedom  (Susan Crawford)
  12. Charter Uses Net Neutrality Repeal To Claim States Can’t Hold It Accountable For Shoddy Service, Failed Promises
  13. ISPs and Ajit Pai are really sad about Senate’s vote for net neutrality
  14. A preview of the FTC’s role in monitoring broadband markets following the FCC’s adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order
  15. FTC Commissioner calls for stricter penalties and structural remedies against recidivist companies that violate consent orders 
  16. T-Mobile should stop claiming it has “Best Unlimited Network,” ad group says
  17. Supreme Court Strikes Down Law against Sports Betting – But Broadcasters Need to Proceed with Caution 
  18. Website leaked real-time location of most US cell phones to almost anyone
  19. Nearly Everyone In The U.S. And Canada Just Had Their Private Cell Phone Location Data Exposed
  20. FCC investigates site that let most US mobile phones’ location be exposed
  21. Verizon Begins ‘Testing’ DSL Usage Caps It Refuses To Call Usage Caps
  22. The ‘Race To 5G’ Is Largely Just Marketing Nonsense 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. ICE Abandons Efforts for Social Media Vetting Algorithm
  2. ICE Drops Extreme Vetting Software Plan After Discovering No One Could Possibly Deliver What It Wants
  3. Judge Allows Fourth Amendment Challenge Of Warrantless Device Searches At The Border To Continue
  4. Michigan Takes On The NSA With New Law, But Probably Won’t Have Much Of An Impact
  5. Senators to DOJ: Reveal your secret paragraph-long explanation of stingrays
  6. Not Paying Attention in Class?: China’s “Smart Eye” Will Snitch on You
  7. Illinois Users’ Face-Scanning Privacy Lawsuit Against Facebook Headed to Trial
  8. Police Surveillance Is Getting a Helping Hand from…Amazon!
  9. ACLU Obtains Documents Showing Amazon Is Handing Out Cheap Facial Recognition Tech To Law Enforcement
  10. Police use of Amazon’s face-recognition service draws privacy warnings
  11. Report Confirms Deep Flaws Of Automated Facial Recognition Software In The UK, Warns Its Use In The US Is Spreading
  12. FBI exaggerated the number of phones it can’t unlock by up to 550 percent
  13. FBI Admits It’s Been Using A Highly-Inflated Number Of Locked Devices To Push Its ‘Going Dark’ Narrative
  14. EFF Asks FBI, DOJ To Turn Over Details On Thousands Of Locked Phones The FBI Seems Uninterested In Cracking
  15. Blunder burns unicorn attack that exploited Windows and Reader 
  16. Warning: the Federal Trade Commission will prosecute companies over consumer data breaches – its recommendations should be heeded
  17. As the Web moves toward HTTPS by default, Chrome will remove “secure” indicator

Jon