News of the Week

News of the Week; February 7, 2018

GAMES

  1. Valve suspends Counter-Strike co-creator after arrest for sexual exploitation of a child
  2. Valve Suspends Counter-Strike Co-Creator Following Disturbing Allegations: Cliffe has been suspended “until we know more,” says Valve.
  3. Counter-Strike’s Jess Cliffe arrested for sexual exploitation of a child: Co-creator of classic first-person shooter suspended by Valve until more is known of charges
  4. Counter-Strike Co-Creator Charged With Paying 16-Year-Old For Sex
  5. Charges filed, details emerge for arrest of Counter-Strike’s co-creator: Charged with commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
  6. “A risk to the community”—Counter-Strike co-creator faces $150K bail post-arrest: Defense acknowledges sexual contact, says client “had no idea” witness was a minor.
  7. Subnautica developer fired over “many hateful statements”: Sound designer Simon Chylinski dropped from underwater survival game after history of insensitive tweets
  8. Is it right to classify excessive video game play as a health disorder?: “Once we say games are also an activity that pulls for that compulsiveness, the question is why aren’t more people then getting pulled into it?”
  9. ‘Dangerous gaming’: is the WHO right to class excessive video game play as a health disorder?: Industry figures question research that ‘pathologises’ compulsive gaming, while scientist involved defends move to address addiction
  10. Germany is considering a ban on loot boxes
  11. German Youth Protection Commission investigates loot boxes: It’s “conceivable” that loot boxes violate existing regulation, says commission chairman
  12. Quantic Dream labels claims of toxic conditions as “smear campaign”: Council of Paris investigating public funds awarded to studio, and considering tighter regulations for companies that do not care for staff
  13. EA stock reaches all-time high ahead of Battlefront II loot box return: Company’s stock rose 7%, peaking at $131 following recent financial results
  14. Take-Two swings to profit, has high hopes for Red Dead Redemption 2
  15. The Myth of Metacritocracy: 10 Years Ago This Month: EA learns a costly lesson about striving for excellence and Take-Two tells it to take a hike
  16. Take-Two’s usual performers carry company to solid quarter: Record quarters for Grand Theft Auto Online and NBA 2K continue to tide publisher over during a light year of major releases
  17. Over 1M Battlegrounds cheaters were banned in January alone
  18. PUBG Corp prepares to introduce new anti-cheat solution as total bans exceeds 2.5m: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds bans one million cheaters in January alone
  19. Donkey Kong scoreboard strips Billy Mitchell’s high score claims 
  20. Indiegogo threatens to recoup Spectrum Vega+ funds, new release date promised: Former managing director of Retro Computers Ltd refutes allegations made by company’s current directors
  21. Kickstarter and games in 2017
  22. Atari Gets The Settlement It Was Surely Fishing For Over An Homage To ‘Breakout’ In KitKat Commercial
  23. Amid furor over past sexism, Atari co-founder loses prestigious award: Bushnell apologizes for behavior, “applauds” GDC for promoting awareness.
  24. Twitch Ended 2017 With 15 Million Daily Visitors, 27K Partnered Streamers
  25. Konami apologizes for announcing nuclear disarmament (in Metal Gear Solid V): Server-wide cutscene event seems to have been activated prematurely by a glitch.
  26. Capcom’s hunt for a global audience: Monster Hunter was perhaps the best example of a “big in Japan” game – until Capcom’s persistence and confidence finally paid off this week
  27. Capcom lays off workers at Dead Rising studio
  28. Layoffs at Capcom Vancouver: 30% of studio laid off as Dead Rising developer reportedly sees one project cancelled, another has scope reduced
  29. Report: Gameloft closes New Orleans studio, layoffs at Gameloft Madrid
  30. Sales and profits slip at Sega despite bump in physical sales
  31. Jump in physical game sales can’t save Sega from sales and income drops: Games success not enough to overcome slumping arcade and smartphone performance
  32. Sonic 3D Blast dev releases director’s cut after 25 years
  33. Mojang is shutting down Scrolls’ online servers
  34. Existing titles drive profits at Square Enix as sales fall flat
  35. Smartphone success boosts Square Enix after a quiet nine months on consoles: Online titles Final Fantasy XIV and Dragon Quest X boost sales and subscriber numbers
  36. The 8 Ways Nintendo Can Double Down On Switch’s Success
  37. I’m A Nintendo Switch N00b Who Just Got A Hands-On With Labo
  38. The Switch’s premium online service is launching this September
  39. Nintendo to continue mobile push with Mario Kart Tour
  40. Nintendo will release a Mario Kart mobile game by March 2019: Mario Kart Tour will launch in the next financial year, the publisher said today
  41. Nintendo announces Super Mario movie in partnership with Illumination: Animation studio behind Despicable Me and Minions franchises to co-produce with Shigeru Miyamoto
  42. Why isn’t Nintendo Switch breaking records in the UK?: It’s the fastest-selling games console in almost every market it’s been released in, but not Britain
  43. Nintendo working on Mario movie with Minions creator Illumination
  44. Super Mario Odyssey producer settles the debate over Toad’s head: Is it a hat, or part of his anatomy?
  45. Why Nintendo Switch needs to find a new model of discovery: The family-friendly platform must learn from Steam’s cautionary tale
  46. After a rocky launch, Failbetter Games ends indie fund and lays off some staff
  47. NCsoft posts another year of record-breaking growth: Slight declines in mobile aren’t enough to ruin the show as online PC games enjoy a strong quarter
  48. Steam Winter Sale Data and the Effects of a Front Page Feature
  49. Report: Google considering streaming service for games
  50. Google prepping game streaming service – Report
  51. Google’s “Yeti” is reportedly a gaming hardware, streaming service beast: According to The Information, Google has been working on this for the past two years.
  52. How mobile game devs are evolving test and launch strategies: Google Play biz dev manager Emily Putze tracks how the traditional launch playbook for mobile games is changing
  53. Sony’s software strength offsets flat hardware sales: Sony shipped 9 million units of the PlayStation 4 in Q3, down 700k over last year
  54. Has the PS4 peaked? Annual console shipments are flat for 2017: This is about the age when Sony systems start their long, slow decline.
  55. Kaz Hirai steps down as president and CEO of Sony Corp.: Hirai hands leadership to CFO Kenichiro Yoshida after six years at the helm
  56. Sony financials: PlayStation software shines as hardware slows
  57. As Sony CEO Kaz Hirai steps down, the future of some products is in question: His successor has built a reputation for making tough cuts to get in the black.
  58. Sony Interactive Entertainment files Inter Partes Review of 3D Video Patent
  59. Upcoming PlayStation 4 update includes playtime management 
  60. Microsoft responds to indie retail backlash over Xbox Game Pass: Platform holder “pleasantly surprised” by store demand, considering broadening its distribution plans
  61. Always Be Pitching: How to find and talk to publishers to survive as an indie
  62. Layoffs at Nexon America after company restructuring
  63. Jobs lost as Nexon America restructures: But publisher insists there’s no significant impact to overall workforce, layoffs unrelated to struggling Lawbreakers
  64. UK game dev sector grows more than four times the rate of the economy in 2017: Games development sector contributes nearly £1.5 billion to the UK’s GDP, says TIGA report
  65. Pillars of Eternity II director on Obsidian’s shift from studio-for-hire to building its own IP: Working on your own IP is “less about the freedom and more about the institutional knowledge to understand what the IP is”
  66. New studio Lunar Great Wall will also teach games development: Italian start-up’s Claudio Giacopazzi tells us how the team will balance creation and education
  67. Encouraging charity with Don-Ay, the first ‘donation game’: Italian developer Affinity Project talks us through its mobile endless runner that enables players to help save real-world animals
  68. Gamevil and Com2us merge in the US: Mobile companies combine to focus efforts in North America
  69. Keywords expects $186m in revenues after 11 acquisitions in 2017: Service empire’s studio count has grown eightfold in the last five years
  70. Examining the role outsourcing plays in modern game development
  71. Tamatem nets $2.5M to localize mobile games for Arabic-speaking markets
  72. Q&A: Translating the humor & tone of Yakuza games for the West
  73. Trailmix aims to reinvent casual games – with a little help from Supercell: Backed by $4.2m from Supercell, King veterans Carolin Krenzer and Tristan Clark will push toward a richer and more meaningful take on casual gaming
  74. Human: Fall Flat dev credits community feedback for success
  75. “It’s hard to put in words how life-changing blockchain technology will be”: EverdreamSoft plans to demonstrate the new tech’s power by enabling players to sell – and more importantly own – in-game cards
  76. Blog: Can week-one Steam sales predict first-year sales?
  77. Latest Steam survey puts Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with equal market share
  78. Pokemon Go developer Niantic scoops up AR API maker Escher Reality
  79. Open-source game dev tool Godot Engine adds VR support
  80. Blog: The next surprise billion dollar game will be on Alexa
  81. Game dev in Oceania: A hands-off Aussie gov’t, and a Kiwi PM’s visit
  82. Blog: Are casual games maturing? 
  83. How Tetris was discovered in America
  84. Smithsonian American Art Museum puts out call for indie devs
  85. Applications open for Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition: Smithsonian puts out call for indie devs to explore this year’s theme of “game spaces”
  86. Machinima founder and VR developer Hugh Hancock has passed away

DIGITAL

  1. As Outlets Like Russia Today Influence Viewers, YouTube Will Add Notices To State-Sponsored Content
  2. YouTube will put disclaimers on state-funded broadcasts to fight propaganda: In efforts to educate viewers on where their news comes from.
  3. Appeals court: Twitter can’t be sued for “material support” of terrorism – 9th Circuit – “We conclude that Twitter has the better of the argument.” 
  4. Court Dismisses — For A Second Time — Lawsuit Seeking To Hold Facebook Responsible For Acts Of Terrorism 
  5. How Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral: Russian bots and their American allies gamed social media to put a flawed intelligence document atop the political agenda. That should alarm us.
  6. ‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth – An ex-YouTube insider reveals how its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos. Did they harm Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency? 
  7. Ich Bin Ein Tweeter: I had enough of the trolling and toxic taunts on Twitter. So I reset my location and “moved” to Germany, the safest social media state in the world. 
  8. Learning The Politics Of “Digital Dissensus” 
  9. Policing the internet – “fake news” and social media offence update 
  10. China launches salvo against “network navy” of trolls who spread fake news: More than 200 arrests, thousands of accounts and websites seized for “illegal speculation.”
  11. Small Creator Sues YouTube Over Faulty DMCA Takedown Procedure
  12. Socioeconomic group classification based on user features / Facebook, Inc.
  13. Facebook Patents Tech To Bucket Users Into Different Social Classes
  14. Telegram iOS app removed from App Store last week due to child pornography: The app was restored only after Telegram removed the content.
  15. Theresa May Again Demands Tech Companies Do More To Right The World’s Social Media Wrongs
  16. It’s Time For A Serious Talk About The Science Of Tech “Addiction”
  17. Push Resumes For An EU Google Tax, With The Bulgarian Government Leading The Way
  18. Nest is done as a standalone Alphabet company, merges with Google: Google plans to “combine hardware, software, and services” between the two companies 
  19. Live Stream Of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket Test Peaks At 2.3 Million Concurrent Views
  20. Americans staying home, streaming video, and using less energy because of it – Decouple economic growth from energy consumption: Tell your boss you want to work from home.
  21. Kian Lawley Out At Fox Film ‘The Hate U Give’ After Clip With Racist Remarks Surfaces
  22. On The Internet, Everyone Is A Creator
  23. Logan Paul Discusses “The Hardest Time Of My Life” In ‘Good Morning America’ Interview
  24. Logan Paul Returns to YouTube With ‘Comeback’ Video: ‘I Will Never Forget Who I Am at My Core’
  25. Logan Paul Is Back To Old Antics In First Comeback Vlog After Suicide Scandal
  26. Data-Saving YouTube Go App Arrives In 130 More Countries (But Not The US) 
  27. YouTube “tightening and enforcing” policies toward content creators: “We realise we have a serious social responsibility to get these emerging policy issues right,” says CEO 
  28. YouTube Announces 3 Potential Punishments For Top Creators Who Harm The Broader Community
  29. YouTube CEO Shares 5 Goals With Creators For 2018: “Addressing Your Concerns About Demonetization Is A Top Priority”
  30. Kylie Jenner Chooses YouTube For Baby Reveal, Nabs 28 Million Views In 24 Hours
  31. YouTube On ‘Play Button’ Awards: “Not All Creators Who Apply Will Receive Awards”
  32. YouTube TV subscribers can now watch live TV on Apple TV, Roku devices: Announcement comes after the rollout was delayed at the end of 2017.
  33. As The Winter Olympics Approach, YouTube Shares Data And Prepares To Host Highlights 
  34. YouTube Uses Its Version Of Snapchat’s Stories For Black History Month Campaign
  35. Snapchat Uses Live Streaming To Highlight Top Moments From 2018 Winter Olympics
  36. Patreon Introduces Exclusive Snapchat-Like Content For Donors, By Creators
  37. How Snapchat Is Sending #Metoo Down The Memory Hole: Disappearing-messaging apps may keep snoopers away—but they can also prevent us from preserving the past and finding justice in the future.
  38. BuzzFeed And NBCUniversal’s Latest Project Targets Millennial Parents
  39. Putting Pinners First: How Pinterest Is Building Partnerships For Compassionate Content Moderation
  40. Implementing Transparency About Content Moderation
  41. Tosca Musk Launches Streaming Service That Celebrates The Female Gaze 
  42. Hulu’s Super Bowl stream fails during final moments of game: Some customers lost video right before the end
  43. Hulu and Vue fumbled during the Super Bowl (but so did NBC): Two of the big streaming TV services cut out at critical moments in the game.
  44. Warner Music Hits $1 Billion in First Quarter, Digital Revenue Up 20%
  45. Study Suggests Shutting Down Filesharing Sites Would Hurt Music Industry, New Artists
  46. Appeals Court Makes A Mess Of Copyright Law Concerning ISPs And Safe Harbors
  47. BMG V. Cox is Major Copyright Victory for Music Industry
  48. Cox Not Entitled to DMCA Protection Given Lax Infringer Policy
  49. Fourth Circuit Raises Bar for DMCA Safe Harbor Defense 
  50. The Gig Economy’s Tipping Point
  51. Alexa, print money: Even Bezos stunned by Q4 Amazon income – Exceeds operating income estimate by 69%; hints at exactly how well Echo is doing.
  52. Inside Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel: How deep learning came to power Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and nearly every other division of the company.
  53. What Amazon Does to Poor Cities: The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.
  54. Don’t Make AI Artificially Stupid In The Name Of Transparency
  55. AI Just Learned How To Boost The Brain’s Memory
  56. Half of Americans Want Universal Income, but Expect AI Companies to Pay It 
  57. Greedy, Brittle, Opaque, And Shallow: The Downsides To Deep Learning – We’ve been promised a revolution in how and why nearly everything happens. But the limits of modern artificial intelligence are closer than we think.
  58. Photo Algorithms ID White Men Fine—Black Women, Not So Much
  59. Line-Drawing Exercises: Autonomy and Automation – An existential worry lies beneath concerns about the future of AI. We as humans fear that we will lose our autonomy as we pursue automation with such abandon. (John Palfrey)
  60. The Expansion Of Algorithmic Governance: From Code is Law to Law is Code (Samer Hassan & Primavera De Filippi)
  61. Irony Alert? Tech Insiders Form Organization to Combat the Dangers of Technology
  62. The End Of Data Without Borders: The storage and transmission of data around the world involves a constant clash of competing local, regional, and national regulations. But why does anyone care where data is physically located?
  63. Our Hackable Political Future
  64. The Big ICO Swindle: Many cryptocurrency speculators are banking on the theory that someone dumber than them will buy their tokens for more than they paid. That’s a pretty good bet … until it isn’t.
  65. A Classic Scam Finds New Life Stealing Bitcoin On Twitter
  66. Decrypting Taxation of Cryptocurrency
  67. Why experts are worried about Tether, a dollar-pegged cryptocurrency: Markets treat a tether as though it’s worth $1. But what if it’s not?
  68. Cryptocurrency botnets are rendering some companies unable to operate: Smominru botnet has infected 526,000 machines, generated as much as $3.6 million.
  69. Crypto Utopia In Puerto Rico: Digital Evangelism Or Disaster Capitalism? (Andres Guadamuz)
  70. A Video Platform That Wants To Be YouTube For Cryptocurrency Users Has Raised $20 Million
  71. Cryptocurrency in Small Bytes: Who’s in Charge Here Anyway? The U.S. Regulatory Landscape for Token Offerings
  72. The Wired Guide To The Blockchain: It’s super secure and slightly hard to understand, but the idea of creating tamper-proof databases has captured the attention of everyone from anarchist techies to staid bankers. 
  73. Feds Take Down A Half-Billion Dollar Cybercrime Forum After 7 Years Online
  74. No “Bright Line” In Influencer Marketing No-Nos, Tubefilter And SAG-AFTRA FTC Panel Shows
  75. ‘Catalog Of Missing Devices’ Compiles The Useful Tech Products DRM Is Preventing Us From Owning
  76. Viacom Will Reportedly Acquire Online Video Gathering VidCon
  77. It’s Official: Viacom Announces Its Acquisition Of VidCon
  78. Mitú, NFL Announce Partnership To Engage Latino Football Fans
  79. This Pastor Is Putting His Faith In A Virtual Reality Church: D.J. Soto believes Christianity can be renewed through worship in virtual space. His VR mega-church is even attracting atheists.
  80. Uber doesn’t want jury to see report, but judge says Uber is “stuck” with it: Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may take the stand today.
  81. Waymo presents damning internal messages from Uber, which responds in kind
  82. Kalanick agrees: Google was and is “in the lead” in autonomous vehicles – According to a colleague’s notes, Uber’s co-founder sought “pound of flesh.”
  83. Uber: We had “no justification” for covering up data breach – Republican senator – data breach incident “raises red flags within this committee.”
  84. Waymo v. Uberkicks Off With Travis Kalanick In The Crosshairs
  85. Waymo v. Uber’s big Question: What On Earth Is A Trade Secret, Anyway?
  86. Google joins “universal stylus” group, hopes for cross-device compatibility: Can you build a universal stylus standard without Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung?
  87. Push Resumes For An EU Google Tax, With The Bulgarian Government Leading The Way
  88. Samsung leader walks from prison after bribery charges “suspended”: “Samsung is above the law and the court” says national assembly member.
  89. iPhone X Damage Report: Two Months Later
  90. How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response to senator raises questions: Apple is also exploring options for those who paid full price for new batteries.
  91. Op-ed: Apple was right to throttle iPhones, but some things still need to change – Prioritizing battery life and stability over speed was the best move for users.
  92. Apple sets quarterly revenue record following iPhone X launch
  93. Apple, Verizon Continue to Lobby Against The Right To Repair Your Own Devices
  94. It’s Time For A Serious Talk About The Science Of Tech “Addiction”
  95. The Formula For Phone Addiction Might Double As A Cure
  96. The Secret To Breaking Up With Your Phone? Remember That You Will Die.
  97. Comprehensive US cell phone safety study inches toward publication: In this study, being in one of the control groups was fatal.
  98. Relatively few LG customers will see any money from “bootloop” lawsuit: Chamberlain v. LG was sent to arbitration in June 2017; now LG has quietly settled.
  99. Toronto lawyer serves claim with Instagram
  100. IP monitor – Government is reviewing Copyright Act for currency with digital technology
  101. Moderation Is The Commodity
  102. 5 Takeaways From Tech Leaders’ Content Moderation Conference: Tech companies’ legal leaders and policy experts gathered at Santa Clara University School of Law on Feb. 2 for a day of panels on content moderation and removal.
  103. Behold, the 157 new emoji for 2018: New smileys, animals, hair colors, and lots more arrive in Unicode Emoji 11.0.
  104. Rebalancing Regulation of Speech: Hyper-Local Content on Global Web-Based Platforms (Chinmayi Arun)
  105. Co-founder of EFF, John Perry Barlow, dead at 70: “The Internet we all know and love today exists and thrives because of Barlow’s vision.”
  106. Mourning John Perry Barlow, The Bard Of The Internet

CREATIVITY

  1.  Ed Sheeran Among the Latest Musicians Accused of Copying Australian Artists
  2. Insights: After Music’s Massive Week, Can People Finally Make Money From It Again?
  3. Tarnishing The History Of Martin Luther King Jr.: Copyright Enforcement Edition
  4. Director Of Thor: Ragnarok Pirated Clips For His Sizzle Reel
  5. International Inconsistencies In Copyright: Why It’s Hard To Know What’s Really Available To The Public
  6. Israeli Music Fans Sue Two New Zealanders For Convincing Lorde To Cancel Her Israeli Concert 
  7. Public School Board Member Threatens Boss Of Woman Who Spoke Out Against School Book Banning
  8. Come Witness The Commentators That Help The NFL Fool The Public About Its ‘Super Bowl’ Trademark Rights
  9. BrewDog Beats Back Trademark Action From The Elvis Presley Estate
  10. Moosehead Breweries Cuts And Runs From Trademark Suit Against Hop ‘N Moose Brewing
  11. Best Buy Will No Longer Sell CDs and Target May Be Next
  12. Online Talent Search Company Settles FTC Allegations it Collected Children’s Information without Consent and Misled Consumers
  13. Understanding the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 (Eric Goldman)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Hail Mary Pass to Supreme Court Missed Its Mark: Application to Stay CRTC Order Prohibiting Simultaneous Substitution during the Super Bowl Dismissed
  2. Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to Netflix (CRTC)
  3. No Panic: Canadian TV and Film Production Posts Biggest Year Ever Raising Doubts About the Need for Site Blocking and Netflix Regulation (Michael Geist)
  4. Anti-piracy group under fire for website-blocking proposal
  5. Does Canada Even Have a Huge Piracy Problem?: A coalition of powerful organizations wants to block piracy websites in Canada.
  6. Thousands Slam Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Proposal in Submissions to the CRTC (Michael Geist)
  7. Canada’s SOPA Moment: Why the CRTC Should Reject the Bell Coalition’s Dangerous Internet Blocking Plan (Michael Geist)
  8. Russia Blocks 500 ‘Pirate’ Sites in Four Months, Without a Single Court Order
  9. Bell offers free phone unlocking for all following protests: Telecom had declined requests from non-customers but has changed its policy 
  10. How Bell Let’s Talk became a triple win for BCE, consumers and the mental health cause: In an era of donor fatigue and one-hit wonder online campaigns, BCE’s annual corporate social responsibility effort continues to succeed despite criticism from skeptic
  11. Here’s Ajit Pai’s “proof” that killing net neutrality created more broadband: Pai’s FCC takes credit for broadband deployments that began under Obama.
  12. There are Ajit Pai “Verizon puppet” jokes that the FCC doesn’t want you to read: FCC won’t release emails about joke “collusion” video, says they would harm agency.
  13. Trump’s FCC Pats Itself On The Back For A Historically Stupid Year
  14. FCC Report Falsely Claims Killing Net Neutrality Already Helping Broadband Competition 
  15. ISPs must follow net neutrality in New Jersey, governor declares: ISPs can’t block or throttle traffic if they sell broadband to state agencies.
  16. California’s Net Neutrality Law Takes Another Step Forward
  17. New Jersey The Latest State To Protect Net Neutrality By Executive Order
  18. San Francisco seeks universal fiber broadband with net neutrality and privacy: Affordable broadband and consumer protections for all—that’s the plan at least.
  19. FCC Reaches Consent Decree with Noncommercial Broadcaster Imposing Largest Fine Ever Issued for Underwriting Violations – $115,000
  20. FTC issues comments on FCC’s robocall blocking rules 
  21. Trump Administration Proposes Construction of Federal 5G Wireless Network
  22. A New Frequency Range Could Open Up More Wireless Tech
  23. Comcast accused of demanding $3.5 million “punitive ransom” from rival: Wave Broadband says it had to pay big bucks to avoid losing sports networks.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Right to be Forgotten, eh? Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Says Law Requires Search Engine De-indexing
  2. Canadian Privacy Commissioner Report Says Existing Law Already Gives Canadians A Right To Be Forgotten
  3. It is time to overhaul Canada’s data protection—your rights are at stake – Opinion: A draft position by Canada’s privacy commissioner on the right to be forgotten shows how our inadequate laws are being overstretched
  4. Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s ‘extraordinarily permissive’ new spying laws
  5. China Exporting Its Surveillance Tech And Philosophy To Other Countries, Helped By Equipment Donations
  6. Devin Nunes Releases Memo That Doesn’t Show The Surveillance Abuses He Hypocritically ‘Cares’ About
  7. Missouri Governor Sued Over His Office’s Use Of Self-Destructing Communications
  8. Judge should order governor to stop using ephemeral messaging app, lawyers say – Missouri governor’s lawyer: Use of Confide is protected under the First Amendment.
  9. Single-Pixel Tracker Leads Paranoid Turkish Authorities To Wrongly Accuse Over 10,000 People Of Treason
  10. Digital insecurity of journalists in Pakistan: DRF report
  11. IBM’s New AI Can Predict Psychosis in Your Speech
  12. The Equifax “Lock & Alert” app works, but what does it do?: Equifax’s new free phone app can “lock” your Equifax credit report. Just beware of typos.
  13. Hacker Lauri Love Wins Extradition Appeal; Won’t Be Shipped Off To The US
  14. In just 24 hours, 5,000 Android devices are conscripted into mining botnet: Worm-like infection targets devices that have seldom-used port 5555 open.
  15. Why cops won’t need a warrant to pull the data off your autonomous car: “It’s like instant replay in the NFL; I can tell what happened.”
  16. Facial Recognition in Retail: “Attention all Shoppers: We Already Know Everything about You”
  17. The House That Spied on Me
  18. Mind The Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, And Magnets
  19. GDPR: The Most Frequently Asked Questions: Is a Service Provider’s Privacy Shield Certification Good Enough?
  20. Children and the GDPR
  21. Data is power: Towards additional guidance on profiling and automated decision-making in the GDPR (Frederike Kaltheuner, Elettra Bietti)

Jon

News of the Week; January 31, 2018

GAMES

  1. Twitch wins $1.3m lawsuit against view bots: California judge orders bot makers to shut down and pay damages to leading streaming platform
  2. Twitch viewbot makers ordered to pay nearly $1.4 million in lawsuit loss: Twitch filed a lawsuit against several botmakers in 2016, accusing them of reducing the quality of the service.
  3. New Twitch Rival Caffeine, With $46 Million In Funding, Focuses On Social Element Of Live Gaming
  4. Ex-Apple TV Execs Have Raised $46 Million for Live-Broadcasting Startup Caffeine
  5. Mixer getting in-stream tipping and game purchases
  6. Valve appeal against $2.4m fine extends four-year legal battle in Australia: Steam firm was fined for lack of refund policy but intends to fight back – despite previous failed appeal
  7. Games industry generated $108.4bn in revenues in 2017: $82bn generated by free-to-play games, esports on track to be a $1bn business in 2018
  8. EA makes $186m Q3 loss despite rising digital revenue: Packaged sales fell 18%, but digital revenue now 67% of total earnings
  9. EA posts a loss on better-than-expected revenues for the holiday season
  10. Star Wars Battlefront II disappoints with over 7 million sold: Anthem delayed to 2019 to give it more space from next Battlefield game, holiday competition; Respawn Star Wars game to launch by April 2020
  11. Xbox One X drives increase in Microsoft games revenue 
  12. Blizzard is monitoring YouTube videos to curb toxic Overwatch behavior
  13. Blizzard Using Social Media To Find Toxic Overwatch Players: Game director Jeff Kaplan noted that abusive chat is down since new features were implemented.
  14. Overwatch director says toxicity not solved, but improving: Abusive chat is down 17% and player reports are up 20% as Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan says “we’re restoring faith in the system”
  15. Washington state senator introduces bill to tackle the big loot box debate
  16. Washington state senator introduces bill to determine whether loot boxes are gambling: “If [parents] realised how predatory these game are then they wouldn’t want them under their Christmas tree, they wouldn’t want them going to their kids,” says senator
  17. The legislative fight over loot boxes expands to Washington state: New bill would require the gambling commission to weigh in on randomized items.
  18. Coffee Stain launches funding initiative to promote gender equality
  19. Coffee Stain acquires and rebrands Gone North Games
  20. Coffee Stain launches gender equality fund to improve developer diversity: Goat Simulator publishers will be investing in startups that employ at least as many women as men
  21. Blog: IGDA Survey shows diversity and job stability concerns
  22. SuperData: Free-to-play games led 2017, generating $15B in revenue on PC
  23. GDC State of the Industry: Under 25% of devs will have a publisher on their next game
  24. Wrong direction? Ubisoft raising prices on Rainbow Six: Siege by $20 – New players forced to pay extra for bundled, cosmetic loot boxes.
  25. Following feedback, Ubisoft cancels Rainbow Six Siegeprice increase plans
  26. Ubisoft withdraws Rainbow Six Siege price hike: Frustrated players mean the Standard Edition will remain at $40, but Gold and Complete will still cost more
  27. Does Razer Know It Posted a Racist Meme?
  28. Call of Duty Endowment awards $30,000 each to two UK charities: RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity and Walking With The Wounded are awarded the ‘Seal of Distinction’
  29. Study examines how the top 100 bestselling games portray drug use
  30. ESRB defends its drug-related guidance after study finds video game depiction unrealistic: 32% of drug use cases acted as power-up, while 28% boosted character’s health
  31. Video Game Companies Seek DMCA Exemption for Online Video Game Preservation
  32. 212 games approved for UK games tax relief in 2017: Government initiative to fund more games development continues, with a further 182 titles receiving interim certification
  33. DotaTV Streaming
  34. The (still) uncertain state of video game streaming online: “As an industry, we don’t really follow the law and we all do it.”
  35. YouTube Gaming grew its streamer base by 343% in 2017, Twitch by 197%
  36. Analyst: YouTube Gaming saw a 343% increase in active streamers in 2017
  37. Share, Stream, and Show – How today’s teens interact with mobile games: EEDAR head of consumer research Heather Nofziger looks at how developers can appeal to the younger set without alienating older audiences
  38. Facebook lets you tip game live streamers $3+
  39. ESPN, Disney XD sign “long-term, multi-event” deal for Madden esports: Electronic Arts’ Club Championships and Ultimate League season will air on Disney-owned networks in coming months
  40. id Software co-founders confirm that its biggest games’ heroes are all related: Turns out BJ Blazkowicz, Commander Keen, and “Doomguy” could all go to the same family reunion.
  41. The Rise Of The Sponsored Professional Competitive Gamer
  42. Gary Bettman: NHL To Announce Esports Competitions
  43. Facebook To Start Paying Select Gamers As Part Of New Creator Program
  44. Facebook opens pilot program to nurture more gaming streamers: Social network also exploring new monetisation models for creators, including payments during livestreams
  45. Nintendo’s revenue rockets as Switch nears 15m sold: Super Mario Odyssey has sold more than 9m, one of eight million-sellers for Switch this fiscal year
  46. Nintendo Switch has already outsold the entire Wii U run: And Super Mario Odyssey’s attach rate is off the charts.
  47. The Nintendo Switch has officially outsold the Wii U 
  48. Switch continues to drive sales and profits at Nintendo
  49. Nintendo confirms Mario Kart Tour for smartphones, Switch Online launch window: Investor call also reaffirmed plans for 3D-animated Super Mario film, other details.
  50. Nintendo scrapping Miitomo after two years: Platform holder’s first mobile game to shut down in May, digital currency no longer on sale
  51. Nintendo’s Miitomo shutdown is a wake-up call for its smartphone track record: Miitomo will end after roughly two years, missed the mark in so many ways.
  52. Microsoft gaming business up 8%: Xbox One X launch drives year-over-year revenue growth for the holiday quarter
  53. Independent UK Retailer Consider Boycott Of Xbox Products In Wake Of Game Pass Announcement: Retailers pass on Xbox products
  54. “For the consumer, Xbox Game Pass is fantastic. For retail, it just kills us outright”: Independent games stores debate the impact of Microsoft’s decision to add new first-party releases to its subscription service
  55. Microsoft might finally have a forward-thinking game with Sea of Thieves: Similarities to PUBG are nothing but good news for this online game’s pre-release test.
  56. Microsoft Acquires Cloud-Based Gaming Company Playfab
  57. Microsoft snaps up backend service platform PlayFab
  58. Sony patents show redesigned motion controller
  59. Sony patents suggest VR-driven redesign for PlayStation Move: Updated motion controllers will include analog sticks and finger tracking technology
  60. Sony collaborates with Facebook on God of War text adventure 
  61. Step Inside the Unabomber Investigation in New Interactive VR Experience
  62. GDC State of the Industry: HTC Vive remains the most popular target for VR devs
  63. How Anamorphine strives to depict mental health differently
  64. Has an accessible games industry undermined its long-term stability?: “All stakeholders need to come together… this is a challenge for everyone,” says head of indie publishing at Square Enix West
  65. Monster Hunter: World ships record 5M units in first three days
  66. Monster Hunter World shipped 5m units in its launch weekend: Capcom says the new game is the fastest selling in the series’ history, pushing lifetime sales past 45m
  67. Capcom income surges thanks to stellar games performance: Ultra Street Fighter II on Switch is a “smash hit”, making up for “soft” sales of Marvel vs Capcom
  68. Capcom sees an overall fall in sales but increase in profits
  69. Three quarters in, both revenue and profit are up at Konami
  70. Sales and profits both climb at Konami: Decent mobile performance and 80m downloads for mobile PES lead to increased profits guidance
  71. After suggesting that Fortnite is a priority, Epic shuts down another F2P game: Bad mid-January news was followed by insider tips about Paragon’s dire fate.
  72. Epic is closing down Paragon and offering refunds to players
  73. After nearly a decade, MMO Alganon shuts down servers
  74. Motiga’s Gigantic to shut down in July
  75. Tencent invests in film, television, and VR producer Skydance Media
  76. NetEase and Mattel partner to create Mattel163 dev studio
  77. NetEase and Mattel launch new game studio: Mattel163 will make digital games based on Mattel’s IP portfolio
  78. Infamous Atari Player Disqualified From World Record After 35 Years
  79. GDC Awards to honour Tim Schafer and Rami Ismail
  80. GDC backtracks on Bushnell award; Bushnell approves: “If my personal actions… offended or caused pain to anyone at our companies, then I apologize without reservation,” says Atari founder
  81. How to Make Healthy Games
  82. Paul George’s Nike Sneakers Light Up With PlayStation-Themed Colorway
  83. The Top 25 Game Anniversaries In 2018: From Space Invaders to Doom, many amazing, design-changing games are hitting major milestones this year.
  84. Global Game Jam returns for 10th anniversary celebrations

DIGITAL

  1. The Dutch were a secret U.S. ally in war against Russian hackers, local media reveal
  2. Candid camera: Dutch hacked Russians hacking DNC, including security cameras – AIVD shared data on “Cozy Bear” with US, helping thwart 2014 State Department hack.
  3. Mueller’s Team Has Interviewed Facebook Staff As Part Of Russia Probe
  4. Tinder must stop charging its older California users more for “Plus” features – Appeal ruling includes a Tinder dating joke: “We swipe left and reverse.” 
  5. Playboy Lawsuit Raises Major Question—Can Hyperlinking Be Copyright Infringement?
  6. Appeals court rules that Tinder’s pricing violates age discrimination laws
  7. We Need To Shine A Light On Private Online Censorship
  8. Reports allege Apple making fewer iPhone Xs due to weak demand: Thursday’s earning report may tell us more about iPhone X sales so far.
  9. Apple under investigation by DOJ, SEC for disclosures of its iPhone slow-down update: The government is looking into possible securities laws violations.
  10. Ruling raises songwriter royalties from Spotify, Apple Music by 44%: The new ruling will also make it easier for them to get paid quickly.
  11. Will Spotify’s expensive US copyright shortcut be its coda?
  12. Songwriters Must Get Nearly 5% More Royalties On Streaming Sites Like YouTube, Court Decides
  13. Fighting The Future: Teamsters Demand UPS Ban Drones And Autonomous Vehicles
  14. You Can’t Trust Facebook’s Search For Trusted News
  15. CJEU dismisses Schrems’ class action but grants leave to pursue Facebook Ireland as a consumer
  16. CJEU gives Green Light for Facebook Lawsuit in Vienna
  17. Rupert Murdoch Admits, Once Again, He Can’t Make Money Online — Begs Facebook To Just Give Him Money
  18. Facebook’s Experiment in Ad Transparency Is Like Playing Hide And Seek:Starting in Canada, Facebook is rolling out a global program to prevent foreign meddling in elections. Ads targeted to a narrow audience may be seen by other Facebook users — if they look hard enough. 
  19. Will Facebook’s Recent Announcement of Changes to News Feed Affect Legal Immunities for User Content?
  20. Health Experts Ask Facebook To Shut Down Messenger Kids
  21. Facebook Wants To Fix Itself. Here’s A Better Solution.
  22. People Can Put Your Face On Porn—And The Law Can’t Help You
  23. It’s Time to Talk About Internet Companies’ Content Moderation Operations 
  24. Why The History Of Content Moderation Matters
  25. NAFTA Offers Chance for Much-Needed Internet Safe Harbour Rules in Canada (Michael Geist)
  26. ‘Revenge porn’ bill receives renewed attention amid Greitens investigation
  27. A Month After Launch, Bloomberg’s 24-Hour, Twitter-Based News Feed Gets One Million Views Per Day
  28. Now That Tech Runs The World, Let’s Retire The Hacker Ideal
  29. Japanese exchange says hackers stole over $400M in cryptocurrency
  30. Two new cryptocurrency heists make off with over $400M worth of blockchange
  31. Japanese cryptocurrencies exchange abruptly halts withdrawals: Decision spooks digital currency markets
  32. A Debate About Bitcoin That Was A Debate About Nothing
  33. Now even YouTube serves ads with CPU-draining cryptocurrency miners: Ad campaign lets attackers profit while unwitting users watch videos.
  34. Scandinavia’s largest bank just banned all its 30,000 employees from trading cryptocurrency
  35. Feds shut down alleged $600 million cryptocurrency scam: AriseBank project was endorsed by boxer Evander Holyfield.
  36. Cryptocurrency Scams Are Just Straight-Up Trolling At This Point
  37. Virtual Currency – Financial Regulations to Curb Speculation and Money Laundering 
  38. YouTube Blocks Computer-Draining Ads That Secretly Mine Cryptocurrency
  39. Ad Spend Across YouTube, Facebook Set To Reach $37 Billion By 2022 
  40. Israeli Olympian Learned To Skeleton Sled On YouTube
  41. In First-Of-Its-Kind Deal, YouTube TV To Be Exclusive Broadcasting Partner Of MLS Team
  42. Pixel team is now in-house as Google closes $1.1 billion HTC deal: The HTC/Google deal announced last year has officially been completed.
  43. Google Will Let You Mute Annoying Ads That Stalk You
  44. The Shallowness of Google Translate: The program uses state-of-the-art AI techniques, but simple tests show that it’s a long way from real understanding.
  45. The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google
  46. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Google CEO Sundar Pichai Talk Jobs In Recode, MSNBC Interview
  47. The Dangers Of Keeping Women Out Of Tech
  48. Vice Chief Digital Officer, Previously Suspended After Report Of Sexual Misconduct, Will Not Return To Role
  49. Vice Media has fired the founder of its digital ad agency Carrot Creative following a sexual misconduct investigation
  50. Vice Media Goes After Vice Industry Token, A Porn Crypto-Currency Company, For Trademark
  51. FTC Staff Report: Consumer Recognition of Paid Search Advertising Online, Native Advertising
  52. Fitbit slaps expiration date on Pebble smartwatch support: Devices will continue to work after that date, but key features won’t be supported. 
  53. Can Our Phones Save Us From Our Phones?
  54. Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot 
  55. Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked Freaky 600-Year-Old Manuscript
  56. Google hired professional photographers to help train its AI camera
  57. Algorithms and Justice: Scrapping the ‘Black Box’
  58. Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger?: Child protective agencies are haunted when they fail to save kids. Pittsburgh officials believe a new data analysis program is helping them make better judgment calls.
  59. The case against understanding why AI makes decisions
  60. This op-ed wasn’t written by AI
  61. Microsoft’s “Ink to Code” turns drawings into user interfaces: Early prototype is being developed as a “Garage” project.
  62. Microsoft 2Q18: Trump tax hit turns strong quarter into $6.3B loss: Taxes aside, revenue was up 12 percent and operating income up 10 percent. 
  63. Shocking Report Suggests Some Celebrities May Be Buying Social Media Followers
  64. DraftKings Cofounder Sees Big Future With Foray Into Live Streaming
  65. Pablo Escobar’s Brother Gives Up His Quest For A Billion Dollar Extortion Of Netflix Over ‘Narcos’
  66. Insights: Netflix’s Great Week Leaves Pretenders Chasing The Dream
  67. What Does It Mean That Netflix, Amazon Left Sundance Empty-Handed?
  68. After dominating Sundance for 2 years, Netflix and Amazon bought zero movies at the festival this time around — and insiders told us why
  69. Amazon Video Direct’s New Compensation Rates May Leave Creators Feeling Burned
  70. Now Amazon is disrupting fashion retail, too: Ecommerce giant is set to overtake Macy’s as the largest seller of clothing in the US
  71. Walmart joins, well, most of its competitors in selling e-books: Kobo e-books, audiobooks, and e-readers are coming to Walmart stores.
  72. Fujifilm acquires Xerox for $6.1 billion: The new company, Fuji Xerox, will have a combined revenue of $18 billion. 

CREATIVITY

  1. ‘We Shall Overcome’ Overcomes Bogus Copyright Claim — Officially In The Public Domain
  2. Grumpy Cat still grumpy despite big copyright verdict 
  3. Do ‘Fast and Furious’ Movies Cause a Rise in Speeding?: Evidence suggests you may want to be more cautious near theaters in April 2020, when “Fast and Furious 9” is expected to arrive.
  4. Another Day, Another Flimsy Report Claiming TV Cord Cutting Won’t Save You Money
  5. Vegas Golden Knights Brand in Free-Fall?  
  6. The NFL Pretending Trademark Law Says Something It Doesn’t Leads To Hilariously Amateurish Ads For ‘The Big Game’
  7. Salt Lake Comic Con Files For A New Trial And Seeks Round 2
  8. Freud hid Bacon masterpiece for years to spite him 
  9. Spanish Government Uses Hate Speech Law To Arrest Critic Of The Spanish Government
  10. Israelis sue New Zealanders over cancelled Lorde concert
  11. Are women taking back Hollywood?
  12. Don’t Make the TPP Mistake Again: Why Canada Needs to Maintain a Progressive Approach on IP in NAFTA (Michael Geist)
  13. TPP Is Back, Minus Copyright Provisions And Pharma Patent Extensions, In A Clear Snub To Trump And The US
  14. Sarajevo’s City Government Says No One Can Use The Name ‘Sarajevo’ Without Its Permission 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. New York, Montana governors sign executive orders to safeguard net neutrality 
  2. Montana to FCC: You can’t stop us from protecting net neutrality – Montana governor is ready for lawsuits over attempt to protect net neutrality.
  3. New York Governor Signs Executive Order on Net Neutrality, as AT&T CEO Calls for Internet Bill of Rights
  4. Net neutrality will be enforced in New York under orders from governor: Executive order prevents state from buying Internet service that isn’t neutral.
  5. California Senate defies FCC, approves net neutrality law: Net neutrality takes big step forward in California, but lawsuits loom.
  6. The GAO Says It Will Investigate Bogus Net Neutrality Comments, Eventually
  7. Mayor quits FCC committee, says it favors ISPs over the public interest: Ajit Pai accused of tilting broadband committee toward industry representatives. 
  8. City-Run Broadband Can Keep Net Neutrality Alive–And It’s Cheap
  9. FCC Hopes Its Phony Dedication To Rural Broadband Will Make You Forget It Killed Net Neutrality
  10. FCC ‘Broadband Advisory Panel’ Faces Accusations Of Cronyism
  11. The Same FCC That Ignored Science To Kill Net Neutrality Has Created An ‘Office Of Economics & Analysis’
  12. Listen Up, Music Lovers: Here’s Why Net Neutrality Matters
  13. “Check your Comcast bill for unwanted fees,” new consumer alert says: Washington AG received 74 more complaints since amending lawsuit against Comcast. 
  14. Harvard Study Shows Community-Owned ISPs Offer Lower, More Transparent Prices
  15. Google Fiber’s wireless Internet service is leaving Boston: Google Fiber’s Webpass division will continue operating in seven other markets. 
  16. Sometimes, a Rule Means Just What it Says – FCC Denies TV Station Satellite Must-Carry Request Because it Was Not Sent By Certified Mail 
  17. Time for the FCC to Review Children’s Television Educational Programming Obligations of Broadcasters? Commissioner O’Rielly Thinks So 
  18. Comment Dates Set on National TV Ownership Caps – Can and Should the FCC Amend the 39% Audience Cap? 
  19. Supreme Court stays Bell’s Super Bowl appeal, so U.S. ads will air in Canada this year: Hearing still to be held over whether Canadians can watch U.S. ads during football game
  20. Here Is Your Yearly Reminder That You Can Find Super Bowl Ads On YouTube’s AdBlitz Channel
  21. Canadian Parliamentary Committee Recommends Changes and Clarifications to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Draft OPC Position on Online Reputation (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
  2. OPC Report Asserts Pipeda Protections Are Similar To EU “Right To Be Forgotten”
  3. Why a Canadian right to be forgotten creates more problems than it solves (Michael Geist)
  4. Expectation of Privacy in Text Message Conversations More Stringent in Canada Than the U.S.
  5. Troll networks threaten the 2019 Canadian federal election: UBC – Researcher says election laws need to be updated to protect from digital interference
  6. Minnesota Supreme Court Says Unlocking A Phone With A Fingerprint Isn’t A Fifth Amendment Issue
  7. UK Appeals Court Says GCHQ’s Mass Collection Of Internet Communications Is Illegal
  8. EU’s Highest Court Says Privacy Activist Can Litigate Against Facebook In Austria, But Not As Part Of A Class Action
  9. Happy Data Privacy Day! A turning point for anonymity, privacy, and the tools that deliver them
  10. Huawei loses another carrier deal as spying fears impede its US growth: Following AT&T’s lead, now Verizon has dropped plans to sell the Chinese phones.
  11. Scoop: Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network
  12. To counter China, White House memo suggests a nationalized 5G network: Memo claims government-run network would keep US safe from foreign attacks.
  13. Trump Administration May Build 5G Network to Protect Against Cyber Threats: The U.S. government has concerns over whether or not existing technologies might allow for China to spy on sensitive information. One proposed solution is to develop a 5G network
  14. Leaked Trump Plan To ‘Nationalize’ Nation’s 5G Networks A Bizarre, Unrealistic Pipe Dream
  15. China’s Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone: The country is perfecting a vast network of digital espionage as a means of social control – with implications for democracies worldwide.
  16. FBI Director Chris Wray Says Secure Encryption Backdoors Are Possible; Sen. Ron Wyden Asks Him To Produce Receipts
  17. Fitness tracking app reveals US army secrets?
  18. Fitness app that revealed military bases highlights bigger privacy issues
  19. Fitness Tracker Data Exposes Military Operations, Shows What Damage That Can Be Done With ‘Just Metadata’
  20. “Heatmap” for social athlete’s app reveals secret bases, secret places: Data map inadvertently reveals movements of people in dangerous and sensitive places.
  21. Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases: Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities
  22. The Strava Heat Map And The End Of Secrets
  23. Unintended Consequences Of EU’s New Internet Privacy Rules: Facebook Won’t Use AI To Catch Suicidal Users
  24. The Latest Data Privacy Debacle
  25. High-severity vulnerability in Lenovo laptops let hackers access passwords
  26. Disrupting The Fourth Amendment: Half Of Law Enforcement E-Warrants Approved In 10 Minutes Or Less
  27. Harris Stingray Nondisclosure Agreement Forbids Cops From Telling Legislators About Surveillance Tech
  28. Senate IT Tells Staffers They’re On Their Own When It Comes To Personal Devices And State-Sponsored Hackers
  29. With Google, Bitcoins, and USPS, Feds realize it’s stupid easy to buy fentanyl: Simple search led investigators to sales of $766 million worth of fentanyl.
  30. Menacing Android botnet still thrives 16 months after coming to light: “DressCode” poses a major risk, because it opens a direct connection to infected phones.
  31. Cisco drops a mega-vulnerability alert for VPN devices: By using “crafted XML,” attacker could take over routers, security gateways.
  32. Look Out: Chrome Extension Malware Has Evolved
  33. IoT garage opener now more open, a year after customer firestorm: Founder says Ars “reaffirmed consumers’ concerns about true ownership of IoT devices.”
  34. Vulnerable industrial controls directly connected to Internet? Why not?: Even some devices with patches available are connected to the naked Internet.
  35. A Year in the Life of a Phishing Operation
  36. More than 2,000 WordPress websites are infected with a keylogger: Malicious script logs passwords and just about anything else admins or visitors type.
  37. In a first, US hit by “Jackpotting” attacks that empty ATMs in minutes: Malware causes machines to quickly dispense huge amounts of cash.
  38. Your Sloppy Bitcoin Drug Deals Will Haunt You For Years
  39. New York Police Union Sues NYPD To Block Public Release Of Body Camera Footage
  40. My Question To Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein On Encryption Backdoors
  41. GDPR will change world-wide privacy on May 25, 2018: here are 13 key GDPR terms you better know! 

Jon

News of the Week; January 24, 2018

GAMES

  1. Court rules illegal bot makers must pay $1.3 million to Twitch
  2. Judge Orders Makers Of Illegal Bots To Pay Twitch $1.3 Million
  3. It Kind Of Looks Like Crytek Sued Star Citizen Developer By Pretending Its Engine License Says Something It Doesn’t
  4. Legal Analysis of the ESL Genting Situation & DMCA
  5. Athletes’ Right of Publicity Claims Directed to Sports Video Games Not Preempted by Copyright Act 
  6. Valve appeals $2.4M fine as Australian legal battle rages on
  7. Atari Settles Kit Kat Spat With Nestle
  8. Atari looks to equity crowdfunding for RollerCoaster Tycoon Switch release
  9. Professors Stick Up for Game Producers Against Lindsay Lohan Swipe
  10. The heavy cost of toxic work culture: Regardless of the truth of the allegations of harassment and toxicity at Quantic Dream, many in the industry will have found the claims all too familiar
  11. How crunch is more than a labor issue in the video game industry
  12. Trion Worlds adds premium server with “no lootboxes” to Rift: Rift Prime server’s “progressively unlocked content” a response to debate in the wider industry
  13. Report provides ethical ways for devs to monetize games
  14. PUBG Corp. to donate $2M in lootbox proceeds to charity
  15. PUBG Corp donating $2m to charity: $1m charity campaign planned for later in the year following various donations in 2017
  16. PUBG Corp. to kick off 2018 expansion with new Amsterdam office: CEO Chang Han Kim also explains why there is no PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds movie in the works
  17. Unlocked PS4 consoles can now run copies of PS2 games: Recent exploit also allows for homebrew and PS4 game piracy.
  18. “We are giving back the true ownership of the assets to players”: French startup B2Expand is using blockchain tech to let players own and sell in-game items for Beyond the Void, and Ubisoft is helping
  19. ESA: The U.S. game industry saw $36B in revenue in 2017
  20. US games industry revenue hits record $36bn in 2017: Industry revenue sees 18% growth over 2016 with strong performance from hardware and software sales
  21. US console, PC market up 11% in 2017 – NPD: Hardware sales drove growth and Switch drove hardware sales as number of retail releases trend upward
  22. Digital game sales up 17% in December – Superdata: Research firm finds gamers worldwide spent nearly $10 billion on games as Call of Duty – World War II and Grand Theft Auto Online break records
  23. Mobile gaming sessions down by 16% in 2017 but users spending more money than ever: Meanwhile, larger high-end mobile devices seize 55% of market
  24. Ubisoft adds a digital assistant to its Ubisoft Club companion app
  25. Google Play aims to “fundamentally change the trajectory” of Indian game revenues: Director of Apps & Games Purnima Kochikar on the role of India in teaching developers to “build for billions”
  26. Aristocrat buys Big Fish for $990 million: Australian casino firm follows up $500m Plarium acquisition with another huge deal
  27. Denuvo Sold To Irdeto, Which Boasts Of Acquiring ‘The World Leader In Gaming Security’
  28. Game security outfit Denuvo acquired by cybersecurity specialist Irdeto
  29. Is Patreon a viable alternative to funding the indie dev dream?: Breaking the mould: Sokpop’s antithetical approach to games development
  30. Teaching players to rig elections
  31. Xbox is preparing for a post-console future: The latest Game Pass subscription offering is the next step in Microsoft’s hardwareless future
  32. Xbox Game Pass service getting first-party exclusives at launch
  33. Xbox Game Pass subscription service to include all first party games: Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 2 and State of Decay 2 will launch day and date on the service
  34. Minecraft sets new monthly active users record at 74M
  35. Minecraft reaches 74m MAUs from 144m sales: Monthly active users are up 35 per cent in the space of a year
  36. EVE Online community raises $119k in memory of departed dev
  37. Nintendo Labo: the next Wonderbook?: The Switch’s latest bold attempt to win over kids can’t work, can it?
  38. Nintendo’s share price jumps on Labo reveal: Games giant returning to ten year-high after major project showcase
  39. Crazy kaiju-robot antics only hint at Nintendo Labo’s true potential: We examine limited footage to figure out the robot suit—and predict Labo’s future.
  40. Gamasutra Asks: What to make of Nintendo Labo?
  41. Switch sold 1.5 million in US for December: Nintendo says its latest is the fastest-selling home console in US history; 3DS posts best monthly sales in three years
  42. Nintendo hardware sold a combined 2.6M units in December alone
  43. GDC State of the Industry: Dev interest in Nintendo Switch up, VR interest down
  44. Stardew Valley was the most-downloaded Switch title in 2017
  45. Stardew Valley was the world’s most downloaded Switch title in 2017 – But Minecraft: Switch Edition dominates in home territory of Japan
  46. Nintendo doesn’t seem to be “looking into” VR very much anymore: 4K update doesn’t seem to be in the immediate cards for the Switch, either.
  47. Oculus creates a new, open source unit of time to measure frame rates
  48. Video: Examining educational games through the lens of ‘fun’
  49. Facepunch Studios’ Rust to leave Early Access after four years: February release will arrive without any “big reveals”, but will come with more stable development and a $15 price increase
  50. Years after predicted “death,” game consoles are doing better than ever: Switch leads the way, but the entire console market is thriving.
  51. An MMO goes full circle, promises to bring subscriptions back this year: Rift went F2P in 2013. Rift Prime will undo that change—and on a separate server, to boot.
  52. Chinese mobile game market sees consumer spending rise by 250% since 2015
  53. Overwatch League player benched following homophobic remarks during livestream: Dallas Fuel’s Felix “xQc” Lengyel suspended until February 10
  54. Athletes’ right of publicity claims directed to sports video games not preempted by Copyright Act 
  55. Is eSports the next big sensation?
  56. Mail.Ru Group acquires Russian eSports leader ESforce for $100M
  57. Mail.Ru acquires largest Russian esports company in $100m deal: Esports “forecast by some to overtake the traditional sports market over the next decade,” says Mail.Ru CEO
  58. Nazara buys majority stake in Indian esports firm: Nodwin Gaming sells 55 per cent stake, will now operate as a subsidiary of Nazara
  59. Facebook signs eSports streaming agreement for CS: GO Pro League and ESL One
  60. ESL signs exclusive streaming deal with Facebook for CS:GO, Dota 2 esports: The esports league will also create a new show for Facebook Watch
  61. Facebook Goes Deeper Into Twitch’s Territory With Exclusive Esports Streaming Deal
  62. Gfinity: “We’re getting ready for when the esports revenue finally takes off” – Esports firm discusses its Elite series, why it’s partnering with EA and getting ready for the inevitable esports revenue
  63. Anthem delayed to 2019 – Report: BioWare devs tell Kotaku the studio is feeling the pressure of EA’s expectations and YouTubers’ anger
  64. Twitch inks deal to broadcast exclusive content from top Disney YouTubers: What do you Maker that.
  65. Twitch challenges YouTube with new video producer tools, Disney partnership: Four of YouTube’s most popular gamers will produce “exclusive” Twitch content.
  66. Twitch reaches exclusive Disney deal, swipes at YouTube with prerecorded video tools
  67. Maker’s Jacksepticeye, Strawburry17 To Create Exclusive Twitch Content As Part Of New Disney Deal
  68. Echo Fox President Jared Jeffries On Crossover Of NBA And Esports
  69. ESports Disputes: Choosing your battleground
  70. MLB Is Making R.B.I. Baseball 18: Priced at $29.99 on PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.
  71. Do we even need a Netflix for games?: All forms of entertainment have perfected the on-demand model – except video games. We speak to the firms striving to rectify this
  72. Investors Poured a Record $2 Billion into VR/AR in 2017, But Early Stage Funding Slowed
  73. ‘VRChat’ Reaches 2 Million Installs, Doubling in the Last Ten Days
  74. Virtual Reality Users Watch Helplessly as Another User Has In-Game Seizure: “There was nothing we could do.”
  75. U.S. Olympic Athletes Are Using Virtual Reality to Train for Events
  76. U.S. Ski Team Trained In Virtual Reality For Pyeongchang Olympics
  77. More data, “real feedback” would greatly benefit indies – Clever Endeavour CEO: Ultimate Chicken Horse developer Richard Atlas lays out the biggest challenges he sees facing his studio after its first success
  78. UK Games Fund opens for fourth round, grants of up to £25,000 available: Pitch development programme announced for developers who don’t meet the UKGF criteria
  79. Drawn to Death developer lays off ‘vast majority’ of staff
  80. To build a future, Italy’s games industry must reckon with its past: Cultural prejudice against games remains strong in Italy, but the AESVI and its development community have gained vital ground on the path to acceptance
  81. The Mysterious Japanese Game That Took 14 Years To Officially Come Out
  82. Call of Duty WWII and Historical Memory
  83. Virtual Worlds Designed by Their Inhabitants

DIGITAL

  1. Canadian Court Asserts Jurisdiction over Craigslist Based on Cloud-Based Virtual Presence in Canada 
  2. Free Internet-Service Contracts Caught up by Consumer Protection Legislation in Quebec
  3. Appeals Court Says Accessing Data In A Way The Host Doesn’t Like Doesn’t Violate Computer Crime Laws
  4. DMCA Counternotification Doesn’t Create Personal Jurisdiction in Copyright Owner’s Home Court–Real v. Matteo (Eric Goldman)
  5. Tech Policy A Year Into The Trump Administration: Where Are We Now?
  6. Donald Trump one year on: How the Twitter President changed social media and the country’s top office – Mr Trump has weaponised Twitter, using it not just to reach the masses but to control the news agenda through bluster and distraction
  7. Senators ask social media execs to investigate “ReleaseTheMemo” hashtag: Meanwhile, WikiLeaks is offering to pay for a leaked copy of the memo in question.
  8. Twitter begins emailing the 677,775 Americans who took Russian election bait
  9. Russia-linked Twitter accounts are working overtime to help Devin Nunes and WikiLeaks
  10. Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year: Forced redirects from Zirconium group push phony malware and fake Flash updates.
  11. Italian Government Criminalizes ‘Fake News,’ Provides Direct Reporting Line To State Police Force
  12. Brazilian Government Mobilizes Federal Police To Handle ‘Fake News’ Problem
  13. Psychiatrist Bitterly Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Redditors
  14. Battling Botnets – Evolving U.S. Government Policies and Frameworks to Address Security and Resiliency Challenges
  15. Apple Successfully Avoids $50 Billion in American Taxes
  16. iOS 11.3 will be about more than just performance throttling options; AR is the focus: iOS 11.3 will add a performance throttling toggle and updates to Messages.
  17. EFF to Court: Linking Is Not Copyright Infringement
  18. EFF Tells Court That Boing Boing Linking To Playboy Images Is Not Infringement
  19. YouTube Musician Chrissy Chambers Wins Benchmark Revenge Porn Lawsuit
  20. Southwest’s Nonsense Lawsuit Over A Site That Made $45 Helping People Book Cheaper Flights
  21. Philippines Trying To Shut Down Popular News Site For Reporting On President Duterte
  22. The Constant Pressure For YouTube To Police ‘Bad’ Content Means That It’s Becoming A Gatekeeper 
  23. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Receive Praise From European Commission For Anti-Terrorist Efforts 
  24. What Has Tech Done To Fix Its Harassment Problem?
  25. YouTube is setting up an ‘Intelligence Desk’ to weed out dicey content before it raises bigger brand safety concerns
  26. Many Of YouTube’s Top Stars Have Come Out In Favor Of Partner Program Changes
  27. Logan Paul Returns To YouTube, Pledges To Donate $1 Million To Suicide Prevention Organizations
  28. Hotel Bans Influencers After YouTuber Proposes Free Stay In Exchange For Publicity
  29. Hotel That Banned Influencers Has Released #Bloggergate-Inspired Merch
  30. Millions of ‘Under-Connected’ American Families Experience A Whole Different Internet
  31. Demonized Smartphones Are Just Our Latest Technological Scapegoat
  32. Marriott Freezes Its Social Media Globally, And Makes Grovelling Apology To China, All For A Drop-Down Menu And Liking A Tweet
  33. China’s Solution To The VPN Quandary: Only Authorized, And Presumably Backdoored, Crypto Links Allowed
  34. Tunisia’s Plans To Bring In Its Own National ‘Aadhaar’ Biometric ID System Halted — For Now
  35. YouTube To Invest $5 Million In Creators Who Counter Hate And Promote Tolerance
  36. Insights: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, And Google’s Charm Offensive or: FANGs Make Nice With America
  37. Google CEO Reaffirms Firing James Damore Was the Way to Go, ‘I Don’t Regret It’
  38. Enforcement of Foreign Court Order. District court grants preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in the United States of Canadian court order requiring Google to delist certain search results worldwide
  39. Alphabet launches a cybersecurity company called “Chronicle”: It’s a “cybersecurity intelligence platform” powered by Alphabet’s servers.
  40. YouTube to Invest $5 Million This Year in Creators Who Promote ‘Empathy and Understanding’
  41. YouTube Deletes Channel Of Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar
  42. AARP Is Embracing YouTube, And The 50-Plus Crowd Is Sticking Around To Watch
  43. YouTube TV Has Amassed 300,000 Subscribers, While Hulu Live TV Counts 450,000 (Report)
  44. YouTube’s Consolidation Of Music Hubs Will Lessen Prominence Of Vevo-Branded Channels
  45. YouTube Will Merge Vevo Channel Subscribers Into Unified ‘Official’ Music Artist Accounts
  46. Competition in the digital age: How to tame the tech titans – The dominance of Google, Facebook and Amazon is bad for consumers and competition
  47. Amazon names 20 “finalist” cities in its new headquarters beauty pageant: Expansion candidates include most major East Coast cities, plus a few surprises.
  48. Today’s the day you can go to Amazon Go—a store with no queues and no cash: Until now, only Amazon employees could use the high-tech, hyper-convenient store. 
  49. Amazon Go debuts, and its prying cameras foil our shoplifting attempts
  50. Netflix Added Record 8.3 Million Subs Last Quarter, Will Test 15-Minute Stand-Up Special Format
  51. Netflix Lost $39 Million After Canceling Kevin Spacey Projects
  52. The Internet Is Enabling a New Kind of Poorly Paid Hell: For some Americans, sub-minimum-wage online tasks are the only work available.
  53. A New Service Would Make Deep Learning More Accessible to Millions of Coders
  54. Why This Intercontinental Quantum-Encrypted Video Hangout Is A Big Deal
  55. We Need to Open the AI Black Box Before It’s Too Late
  56. Software used in judicial decisions meets its equal in random amateurs: Software used to predict if people being sentenced will commit another crime.
  57. Forget The Robot Singularity Apocalypse. Let’s Talk About The Multiplicity
  58. People Keep Confusing Their Teslas For Self-Driving Cars
  59. The End of the Awl and the Vanishing of Freedom and Fun from the Internet
  60. Spotify Launches Visual-Podcast Strategy in Bid to Expand Beyond Music
  61. Spotify’s Spotlight Section Will Blend Podcasts, Images, Videos To Create New Media Offering
  62. Spotify Retools Content Strategy With a Pivot Away From Video
  63. Users Can Now Share Snapchat Stories Outside Of Snapchat
  64. Snapchat is no longer a private, disappearing, messaging app
  65. Snapchat Stories Can Now Live Outside The App
  66. ESPN Finds Success With Katie Nolan Hosting SportsCenter On Snapchat
  67. Snap Lays Off Two Dozen Staffers — Predominantly Within Its Content Division
  68. New Report: Digital Threats to Democratic Elections 
  69. Not Your Grandad’s Facebook? Targeted Social Media Ads Spur Age Discrimination Lawsuit 
  70. Facebook’s Bad Idea: Crowdsourced Ratings Work For Toasters, But Not News – Opinion – User reviews might work when you’re shopping for a phone charger on Amazon, but crowdsourcing “news” was what got us into this mess in the first place.
  71. Facebook Has Coined a New Unit of Time Called “the Flick”
  72. I Can’t Believe How Dumb Facebook’s News Feed Update Is 
  73. What the Heck Happened to the Cryptocurrency This Week?!
  74. Hackers Have Walked Off With About 14% of Big Digital Currencies
  75. Hacking and theft: the dark side of Blockchain
  76. Confessions Of A Bitcoin Sceptic (Andres Gudamuz)
  77. Major payment company: “Fewer and fewer use cases” for bitcoin payments – Stripe: bitcoin is “better-suited to being an asset than a means of exchange.”
  78. Marathon Patent Group Acquires Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Transmission Patents
  79. Here’s why you can’t buy a high-end graphics card at Best Buy: “Cryptocurrency can’t crash soon enough,” one gamer fumes.
  80. Blockchain technology could spell the end of DRM, says Robot Cache founder: Products tracked on the blockchain can’t be copied or altered, allowing users to resell their digital goods
  81. We Put The Entire Internet On The Blockchain—And You Can Too
  82. Rise of Blockchain and ICOs Brings Regulatory Scrutiny
  83. A Rescue Drone Saved Two Teen Swimmers on Its First Day of Deployment 
  84. Intel in meltdown over security breach lawsuit
  85. Inside Intel’s Plans To Capture The Olympics In Virtual Reality
  86. The Digital Poorhouse
  87. Microsoft’s “Ink to Code” turns drawings into user interfaces: Early prototype is being developed as a “Garage” project.
  88. Sequel To ‘Man From Earth’ To Be Released On Pirate Sites By Its Creators
  89. Primary care online – A revolution in modern society or a professional minefield?
  90. Copyright in data file formats from SAS to Technomed
  91. Cloud Communities: The Dawn of Global Citizenship? 
  92. The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art: Roadmap
  93. Twenty-Five Years Later: What Happened to Progressive Tech Policy?: A glimpse at how the Internet has changed over time
  94. Bring in the Nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment 

CREATIVITY

  1. Now Another Judge Smacks Around A Guardaley Shell Company Acting As A Copyright Troll 
  2. Hitting the right notes – Florence Foster Jenkins provides helpful guidance on joint ownership of copyright
  3. The Strange Copyright of Doctor Who
  4. Anything Your Heart Designs: Swarovski Hit with Copyright Infringement of Galatea’s “Two In One Heart” Design
  5. Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 payout in copyright lawsuit
  6. Protect your design: Recent developments in Canadian copyright law 
  7. IP: Copyright – 3D Printing Complicates Copyright
  8. K-pop superstars T-ara vow to fight for rights to their name; experts predict bitter legal battle ahead
  9. Brexit: opportunity or threat for the Art industry?
  10. UK Begins Absolutely Bonkers ‘Education’ Of Grade Schoolers About Intellectual Property And Piracy 
  11. US Army Files Dumb Trademark Opposition Against The NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights
  12. Censorship By Weaponizing Free Speech: Rethinking How The Marketplace Of Ideas Works
  13. Engineered for Dystopia: Engineering is full of authoritarians who, predictably, take all the wrong lessons from pop culture 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Bell Canada, et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (Motion to Stay CRTC Decision Denied, January 24, 2018)
  2. Vice’s Canadian cable TV channel is going off the air, after low ratings and reported losses for the $100 million joint venture 
  3. Mozilla, Consumer Groups Sue The FCC For Its Attack On Net Neutrality
  4. Net neutrality comment fraud will be investigated by government: Democrats requested investigation after millions of people were impersonated.
  5. Net neutrality is bad? 1 million PornHub employees can’t be wrong. Oh, wait: Millions of comments sent to FCC through bulk system used fake email addresses.
  6. Senate Push To Save Net Neutrality Needs Just One Vote, But You Still Shouldn’t Get Your Hopes Up
  7. Sorry, FCC: Montana is enforcing net neutrality with new executive order – State enforces net neutrality in government contracts, despite FCC preemption. 
  8. State AGs file protective petition to stop rollback of net neutrality rules; Senate Democrats announce plans to reverse FCC rule
  9. Montana Governor Takes Preserving Net Neutrality Into His Own Hands 
  10. Montana becomes the first state to implement net neutrality: Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signs executive order requiring ISPs with state contracts to treat all content equally.
  11. Montana Says It Won’t Do Business With Net Neutrality Violating ISPs
  12. AT&T CEO’s net neutrality plan calls for regulation of websites: AT&T also wants to make sure net neutrality law won’t be too strict.
  13. AT&T’s Bogus ‘Internet Bill Of Rights’ Aims To Undermine Net Neutrality, Foist Regulation Upon Silicon Valley Competitors
  14. FCC Won’t Redefine ‘Broadband;’ Move Could Have Worsened Digital Divide
  15. FCC Backtracks on Boneheaded Plan to Redefine Broadband 
  16. FCC admits mobile can’t replace home Internet, won’t lower speed standard: Pai offers no data for claim that Title II repeal boosts broadband construction.
  17. FCC Backs Off Plan to Weaken Broadband Definition, But Still Can’t Admit Limited Competition Is A Problem
  18. Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it offers “no benefits to users”: Researcher’s iPhone app tests speeds of YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, and more. 
  19. The net neutrality testing app that Apple rejected is available now: App tests video speeds to help researchers gather data for throttling study.
  20. Apple’s Incoherent App Approval Process Strikes Again, Net Neutrality App Banned For No Real Reason
  21. A Comcast net neutrality commitment from the NBC merger just expired: Comcast will no longer face FCC oversight on net neutrality.
  22. A Perfect Storm Of Comcast Unaccountability Is Brewing
  23. FCC Fines Sinclair Broadcast Group $13.3 Million for Failure to Disclose Paid Content 
  24. Competition watchdog says Fox’s Sky takeover would result in the Murdoch family “having too much influence over public opinion”

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Teen Hacker Who Social Engineered His Way Into Top-Level US Government Officials’ Accounts Pleads Guilty To Ten Charges
  2. A Bunch Of Politicians Who Complain About Trump’s Authoritarian Tendencies Just Gave Him 6 Years To Warrantlessly Spy On Americans
  3. Finding Your Voice: Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”
  4. Tinder’s Lack Of Encryption Lets Strangers Spy On Your Swipes
  5. Want to see all data Windows 10 sends Microsoft? There’s an app for that: The next big update to Windows 10 will be even more transparent about what it collects.
  6. Artificial Intelligence Is Going To Supercharge Surveillance: What happens when digital eyes get the brains to match?
  7. Menacing Malware Shows The Dangers Of Industrial System Sabotage
  8. WTF is GDPR?
  9. GDPR compliance – the final countdown begins
  10. The right to data portability in the GDPR: Towards user-centric interoperability of digital services
  11. OnePlus got pwned, exposed up to 40,000 users to credit card fraud: A malicious script injected into OnePlus’ payment page went undiscovered for two months.
  12. Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove: Extensions remain the Achilles heel for an otherwise highly secure browser.
  13. Meltdown And Spectre Patching Has Been A Total Train Wreck
  14. Android Users: To Avoid Malware, Try The F-Droid App Store

Jon

News of the Week; January 17, 2018

GAMES

  1. Nintendo sues mobile developer Colopl over patent infringement
  2. Twitch takes legal action following spambot incident: Brandan Lukus Apple faces “mischief in relation to computer data” charge over 150,000 spam messages across 1,000 channels
  3. Photographer sues IGN over Pokémon GO Photo
  4. Suspect in deadly Kansas “swatting” hoax charged with manslaughter: An online dispute over Call of Duty escalated to a fatal police shooting.
  5. Is Downloading Retro Video Game ROMs Ever Legal?
  6. Bungie promises to rebalance Destiny 2’s loot boxes, raids: Bevy of gameplay tweaks and features planned for coming year.
  7. Tencent working with Chinese police to fight PUBG cheats – report: 30 cases have been exposed as PUBG’s community is cleaned up ahead of official Chinese launch
  8. Tencent enlists Chinese police in the fight against Battlegrounds cheaters
  9. Video Game Lobby Group Slams Newest Trump Comments As ‘Repulsive’
  10. Battlegrounds surpasses 3 million players on Xbox One
  11. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sells three million units on Xbox One: Battle royale game proves successful despite being plagued by bugs and technical issues
  12. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds most covered game in December 2017: Star Wars Battlefront II knocked from top spot as PUBG enjoys official console and Xbox launch
  13. Hostile workplace accusations rock PlayStation developer Quantic Dream
  14. Quantic Dream on defense amid allegations of toxic work environment
  15. Quantic Dream denies allegations of homophobia, racism and toxic studio culture: David Cage “shocked” and “outraged” as preliminary investigation by Paris public prosecutor is opened
  16. Games revenues expected to reach $235bn by 2022: Could reach $170bn this year, predominantly driven by mobile and PC
  17. Games software/hardware $165B+ in 2018, $230B+ in 5 years, record $2B+ investment last year
  18. Analyst: Mobile game sessions decreased by 16% in 2017
  19. Eight of the top ten mobile publishers in 2017 were game-related: Mixi’s Monster Strike top grossing mobile app for third consecutive year
  20. The cost of games
  21. Selling used PC games through the blockchain? We’re not buying it: Robot Cache has some interesting ideas and some important hurdles.
  22. How to keep a charity gaming marathon going for 160 hours straight: Behind the scenes with the tech and people behind Awesome Games Done Quick
  23. Nintendo announces DIY Nintendo Labo for the Switch
  24. Nintendo’s Labo playset slaps the Switch into build-your-own cardboard toys: Coming April 20, “crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart.”
  25. Nintendo Labo brings DIY approach to Switch: New Switch line will let users build peripherals with cardboard kits and use them in included games
  26. Nintendo Direct has transformed the company’s relationship with its fans: The firm has learnt to embrace its demanding fanbase
  27. Hackers seem close to publicly unlocking the Nintendo Switch: Coders are rapidly finding exploits to open up Nintendo’s new console.
  28. Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling games console in France: French MD reveals Amiibo and software sales figures in new interview
  29. Nintendo adds Mario Tennis, Donkey Kong, Hyrule Warriors and Dark Souls to 2018 Switch line-up: But fans left to wait on Metroid and Pokemon
  30. Dark Souls, Donkey Kong Country lead a wave of Nintendo Switch ports: Plus – New Mario Tennis, free online hide-and-seek for Mario Odyssey.
  31. Now On Nintendo Switch, Furi Embraces The Power Of A Good Boss Fight
  32. Nintendo doesn’t seem to be “looking into” VR very much anymore: 4K update doesn’t seem to be in the immediate cards for the Switch, either.
  33. GAME sales up over 5% during Christmas: Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One X the key sales drivers
  34. GameStop holiday sales jump 11%: Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X drive hardware sales up 38%; used game sales down 8% as customer spending shifts to new games, collectibles
  35. Activision closes only North American distribution centre: Publisher claims decision is unrelated to steady rise of digital sales
  36. Activision’s Transformers games pulled from digital stores
  37. Unreal hosting livestream to help devs navigate potential legal landmines
  38. UK Charts: GTA V is back at No.1 226 weeks after it first came out – Price activity sends the 2013 title to the top for a 14th time
  39. Revealed: The 100 best-selling UK boxed games of 2017 – As always, Call of Duty and FIFA dominate. But there are a few surprises, too
  40. Activision-Hasbro deal expires, Transformers games pulled from digital stores: War for Cybertron, Transformers Devastation and more no longer available to buy as download
  41. Lego bringing online games to China with help from Tencent
  42. Tencent strikes deal with Lego to develop online games: Deal includes potential social network aimed at Chinese children
  43. MLS Enters Esports, Launches eMLS FIFA 18 League With EA Sports
  44. Insights: Don’t Overlook Overwatch As E-Sports Has Its Coming Out Party
  45. Blizzard boasts 10M viewers for Overwatch League opening week
  46. Overwatch League Day One: Dallas vs Seoul Match Sets The Tone For The League: Viewership peaked at 415k.
  47. Overwatch League attracts 10m viewers in its first week: Average audience of 408,000 per minute for opening day, concurrent viewers peaks at 437,000
  48. Swedish firm G:loot receives largest esports investment in Nordic region’s history: Confident investors back esports firm for $12.1 million
  49. At CES, Everyone Is Still Hunting For VR’s Killer App
  50. ‘VRChat’ Blasts Past 1 Million Installs Amidst a Skyrocketing Meme Economy
  51. Horizon Zero Dawn leads with ten nominations for the 21st DICE Awards – The Legend of the Zelda: Breath of the Wild a distant second, appearing in six catagories
  52. Steam competitor Robot Cache hopes to woo devs by slashing platform fees
  53. Games with pornographic ads sneak into the Play Store, get 3 million downloads: Google removes 60 apps packing the “AdultSwine” malware.
  54. Spanish government gives indies funding boost with new $7.9M grant
  55. Spanish government confirms €6.5m grant for indie devs: More funding available following news that €2m grant had been scrapped, reviving a market that lost 30 studios last year
  56. Video games crowdfunding raised $25m in 2017: ICO Partners estimates show only three projects raised more than $1m last year
  57. Devs answer: What were the overlooked gems of 2017?
  58. Horizon Zero Dawn and PUBG among top 2018 D.I.C.E. Award noms
  59. Developers share their favorite indie games of 2017
  60. 6 of the most significant mobile game trends in 2017
  61. Here are Gamasutra’s predictions about the game industry for 2018
  62. Madden NFL 18 and Horizon Zero Dawn among Writers Guild Awards nominees
  63. TIGA publishes guide to forthcoming changes in data protection law: The General Data Protection Regulation to replace the Data Protection Act on May 25
  64. Ultima Underworld and the freedom to make bad choices: Why I Love: Quantum Soup’s Chris Payne gets lost in the many innovations of The Stygian Abyss
  65. Games Done Quick raises $2.26M for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  66. An appreciation of games that click back and change the gamers who love them: From The Dig to Pillars of Eternity, gaming does something no other pop culture medium can.
  67. Behavioral Profiling: How to Build Useful Player Models

DIGITAL

  1. Québec Court of Appeal confirms application of French language requirements for websites
  2. Search Engines Aren’t Liable for Indexing ‘Scam’ Locksmith Listings–Baldino’s Lock v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  3. A Patent For Geotagging IP Packets Raises Important Internet Law Questions
  4. Hawaii Alert System Accidentally Warns of Imminent ‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT’ [Updated]
  5. The interface to send out a missile alert in Hawaii is slightly less bad: The employee responsible for the alert has been temporarily reassigned.
  6. “Free TV” box lawyer says video industry is “digging its own grave”: A win for “Dragon Box” would be bad legal precedent for industry, lawyer says.
  7. Netflix, Amazon, and major studios sue maker of “free TV” box: Streaming services and film studios try to stop free access to shows and movies. 
  8. Tech Companies Are Complicit In Censoring Iran Protests
  9. How terrorists and provocateurs are using social media against western democracies: On the digital front line are guilt-ridden Russian trolls, young women lured by Isis and Facebook Sherlocks in suburbia.
  10. Facebook’s Revamp Includes an Effort to Fight Fake News: Will it work?
  11. Facebook Inks Licensing Deal With Music Mogul Irving Azoff, An Outspoken YouTube Critic
  12. Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed To Favor Content From Friends, Family
  13. Media Freaks Out About Facebook Changes; Maybe They Shouldn’t Have Become So Reliant On Facebook
  14. Investors Join Calls For Facebook, Twitter To Take More Responsibility
  15. Twitter Tried To Curb Abuse. Now It Has To Handle The Backlash
  16. Twitter faces trademark infringement lawsuit from podcast network: Internet broadcaster TWiT says Twitter is muscling in on its AV territory.
  17. Did Twitter engineers just admit to shadow-banning conservatives? Nope: An engineer’s plan to “ban a way of talking” didn’t refer to conservatives.
  18. Meet Antifa’s Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists
  19. Why Cloudflare Let An Extremist Stronghold Burn
  20. Apple’s First Original Comedy Series To Star Kristen Wiig, With Reese Witherspoon As Executive Producer
  21. Apple to pay $38 billion in US taxes on overseas cash: Republican tax bill will save Apple tens of billions in taxes on overseas cash.
  22. It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone
  23. Shareholder Groups Say Apple Should Do More To Address Gadget ‘Addiction’ Among Young People: Should It?
  24. After slowdown controversy, iPhone 6 Plus users must wait for batteries: 6 Plus battery supply is limited, but other models are still mostly on schedule.
  25. Legal risk of cloud computing
  26. Eharmony agrees to pay up to $2.2 million to end auto-renewal suit 
  27. Amazon Says Its Thursday Night NFL Audience Outpaced Twitter
  28. Google will reportedly vet premium YouTube videos more closely
  29. YouTube Will Use Human, Technological Methods To Vet Premium Ad Tier Google Preferred 
  30. YouTube introduces new, stricter requirements for partners
  31. YouTube Alters Partner Program Eligibility, Vows All Google Preferred Videos Will Be Human-Verified
  32. Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious: Google removes four extensions that used infected computers in click fraud scheme.
  33. Chromecast and Google Homes reportedly overloading home Wi-Fi: A bug is causing Google devices to pound networks with 100,000 packets at once.
  34. YouTube tightens the rules around creator monetization and partnerships
  35. YouTube raises subscriber, view threshold for Partner Program monetization: Making it harder for new channels to make money off of ads placed by YPP.
  36. YouTube fights “bad actors” with new content policies: New measures include manual vetting of Google Preferred videos, and a higher monetisation threshold for small channels
  37. Google to monitor popular YouTube channels – Report: After dropping another big YouTuber over controversy, company will begin vetting content in Google Preferred advertiser program 
  38. YouTube Content Head: 70% Of Upcoming YouTube Red Episodes Are Directed By Women
  39. Jackie Aina Receives NAACP’s First-Ever ‘YouTuber Of The Year’ Award
  40. Google Can Now Tell You Which Works of Art You Look Like
  41. Unofficial ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Movie Approved By Warner Bros., A Hit On YouTube
  42. The 30 YouTube Channels That Have Surpassed 10 Billion Lifetime Views
  43. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” Becomes 4th YouTube Video To Surpass 3 Billion Views
  44. YouTube Says 70% Of All Watch Time Is Driven By Its Own Recommendations
  45. YouTube finally hands down punishment to creator for posting dead body video: After nearly two weeks, YouTube removes Logan Paul from Google Preferred.
  46. Top Creators Applaud YouTube’s (Delayed) Logan Paul Punishment
  47. After Logan Paul incident, Google Preferred YouTube videos will face further vetting: Videos with the top ads will be examined by human moderators and AI software.
  48. Blackpills Axes Logan Paul Series In Wake Of Suicide Vlog
  49. Logan Paul’s Content Was Questionable Before He Ever Set Foot In The “Suicide Forest”
  50. Logan Paul Says “Everyone Deserves Second Chances” Following Suicide Video
  51. Kevin Durant’s Media Company Will Help Athletes Launch Their Own YouTube Channels
  52. When It Comes To Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind
  53. Crime-Predicting Algorithms May Not Fare Much Better Than Untrained Humans
  54. Mechanical Turkers may have out-predicted the most popular crime-predicting algorithm
  55. Taming The Golem: Challenges of Ethical Algorithmic Decision-Making
  56. A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families
  57. AI needs debate about potential bias
  58. Microsoft Says AI Advances Will Require New Laws, Regulations: Increase in gig-economy jobs means tech companies have to step up to protect workers, provide benefits
  59. Machines Just Beat Humans on a Stanford Reading Comprehension Test
  60. Don’t Blame Social Media For Celebrity Politicians. Blame Everyone.
  61. The meteoric rise of the so-called ‘Influencer’
  62. Massive Data Dump Shows Flat Numbers For Snapchat’s Stories Across The Summer Of 2017
  63. Snapchat’s Big Redesign, Ahead Of US Launch, Has Received Overwhelmingly Negative Response Abroad
  64. Netflix could become the second-biggest media company behind Disney in 3 years, Barclays says: Barclays recommends Netflix shares, citing optimism over the company’s subscriber growth. The firm’s analyst predicts the internet streaming giant will generate annual sales growth of 27 percent through 2019 from 2016. “In our opinion, in the next 3-5 years Netflix is likely to become the second biggest media company by revenue (ignoring studios and theme parks), next only to Disney,” the analyst wrote. 
  65. Social Media Giants vs Children – the truth behind social media contracts 
  66. The Hidden Toll Of Fixing Meltdown And Spectre
  67. The impromptu Slack war room where ‘Net companies unite to fight Spectre-Meltdown: When major security vulns go live without warning, competitors suddenly band together.
  68. Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer: Driver incompatibilities and microcode problems are both being reported.
  69. Here’s how, and why, the Spectre and Meltdown patches will hurt performance: Now that microcode and patches are starting to ship, a clearer picture is emerging.
  70. Meltdown and Spectre: Good news for AMD users, (more) bad news for Intel – Windows patches are fixed, but microcode updates are causing even more trouble. 
  71. Researcher finds another security flaw in Intel management firmware: Active Management Technology defaults allow anyone to take control of many PCs.
  72. Highly Competent White House Spends 22 Minutes Trying to Mute a Conference Call
  73. The corpse of Circuit City will rise again on February 15: Follows similar promises of a relaunch from 2016 that never quite came together.
  74. Researchers find that one person likely drove Bitcoin from $150 to $1,000
  75. Bitcoin plunges—now down 47 percent from December peak: Every major cryptocurrency has seen double-digit losses in the last 24 hours.
  76. Kodak’s Supposed Cryptocurrency Entrance Appears To Be Little More Than A Rebranded Paparazzi Copyright Trolling Scheme… With The Blockchain
  77. New botnet infects cryptocurrency mining computers, replaces wallet address: Attacker has generated about $2,000 in digital coin so far in a scam that remains active.
  78. ‘Sex Party’ Or ‘Nerds On A Couch’? A Night In Silicon Valley
  79. Website Accessibility Cases Proceed Despite Absence of Regulations
  80. Boeing Decision Forges New Balance Between NLRA Rights and Social Media Policies 
  81. The Griefbot That Could Change How We Mourn: Muhammad Ahmed’s grandkids would never meet their grandfather, so he made an AI version of him. How might that change our concept of death?
  82. Artist transforms herself into a virtual assistant and obeys your commands: Would we rather have a human servant or Alexa? Lauren McCarthy decided to find out.
  83. The Strange History Of One Of The Internet’s First Viral Videos
  84. 2017 – The Year in Which Copyright Went Beyond Source Code 
  85. 2017: In Review – The biggest Tech trends and events of the Year
  86. Aliens, Autonomous Cars, and AI: This Is the World of 2118
  87. CES 2018: Most Absurd Technologies To Come

CREATIVITY

  1. Trump’s Personal Lawyer Sues Buzzfeed For Publishing Allegedly False Statements Written By Someone Else
  2. For The Second Time In A Week, German Hate Speech Laws Results In Deletion Of Innocent Speech
  3. Appeals Court OKs F-Bombs For Federal Trademark Protection
  4. Community Backlash Leads Adult Diaper Company To Drop Its Trademark Application for ‘ABDL’
  5. When the President Uses a Profanity, What Can Broadcast News Do? 
  6. Psychiatrist Drops His Lawsuit Against Critic Who Left Wordless One-Star Review
  7. Copyright Troll Gets Smacked Around By Court, As Judge Wonders If Some Of Its Experts Even Exist
  8. Copyright Law: Overcoming Claims of Copyright Protection for Derivative Works
  9. How Closed Trade Deals Ratchet Up the Copyright Term Worldwide
  10. New presidency of the Council of the European Union … new position on the EU copyright reform?
  11. It’s The (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age Of Free Speech  (Zeynep Tufekci)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Rogers employees say managers turn a blind eye so call centre workers can lie and cheat customers: ‘We do not believe the concerns raised represent our values or sales practices,’ Rogers says
  2. Judge Sweet: Fox News’s Statement that It Took “Decisive Action” After Assault Allegation Does Not Disparage the Unnamed Accused Assailant 
  3. Complaint: Bill O’Reilly Breached Settlement Non-Disparagement Clause by Portraying Accusers as Extortionate Liars 
  4. Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ could violate ethics rules: Little is known about what the president intends to do Wednesday, but some experts aren’t taking it lightly.
  5. Washington Legal Issues for TV Broadcasters – Where Things Stand in the New Year 
  6. After Being AWOL From The Fight For Years, Google & Facebook To Fund Lawsuits Over Net Neutrality
  7. 21 states sue FCC to restore net neutrality rules: A long legal process starts now.
  8. 22 State Attorneys General File Suit Against The FCC For Its Net Neutrality Repeal
  9. Nebraska The First ‘Red’ State To Craft Its Own Net Neutrality Law
  10. Why Are The People Who Whined About Wheeler’s Net Neutrality Rules Being ‘400 Pages’ Silent About Pai’s Being ‘539 Pages’
  11. Blackburn Doubles Down On A Decade Of Lies As She Pushes Fake Net Neutrality Law
  12. City-owned Internet services offer cheaper and more transparent pricing: Data shows why customers want muni broadband—and why telecom industry fears it.
  13. Study finds municipal broadband is up to 50% cheaper than telcos
  14. Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband: Community-owned internet service providers are cheaper and better.
  15. Colorado Cities Keep Voting To Build Their Own Broadband Networks
  16. Update on FCC’s Internet Freedom Order 
  17. FCC Internet Freedom Order: What Changed in the Final Decision
  18. Senate Hits 50 Votes in Bid to Save Net Neutrality and/or Make Republicans Look Dumb
  19. All Democrats and one Republican support net neutrality bill in Senate: Senate Dems seek one more vote for restoration of net neutrality and Title II.
  20. After false Hawaii missile notice, FCC launches investigation: For 38 minutes, Hawaiians had little information about what kind of threat they were facing.
  21. Samsung is the latest OEM to unlock FM chips in new phones: A push for better emergency readiness leads to radio on new Samsung devices. 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Mandatory new Canadian data breach obligations expected to take effect in 2018
  2. FTC Settles First Children’s Privacy Case Involving Connected Toys 
  3. Hack Brief: Russian Hackers Release Apparent IOC Emails In Wake Of Olympics Ban
  4. Trump tweet throws today’s House surveillance votes into chaos: Trump tweet appears to attack NSA spying hours after the White House defends it.
  5. Trump Doesn’t Understand Surveillance Powers; House Votes To Give Him More Of It
  6. Filibuster threat means Trump needs Senate Democrats to pass spying bill: The House just passed a bill extending NSA spying powers for six years.
  7. After Basically No Debate, And No Opportunity For Amendments, Senate Votes To Expand NSA Surveillance
  8. The House Has Voted. They Will Allow Warrantless Surveillance.
  9. US Telcos Threatened With Loss Of Government Contracts If They Do Business With Huawei
  10. Shooting The Messenger: Reporter Who Exposed Massive Indian Data Breach Targeted By Law Enforcement
  11. FBI security expert: Apple are “jerks” about unlocking encrypted phones – “Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff,” FBI official laments at conference.
  12. FBI Says Device Encryption Is ‘Evil’ And A Threat To Public Safety
  13. Major security flaw in virtual reality porn app SinVR exposes the secrets of 20,000 users
  14. BitTorrent users beware: Flaw lets hackers control your computer – “Low complexity” hack for Transmission client may work against other clients, too.
  15. Chinese Internet Users Start To Rebel Against Lack Of Online Privacy
  16. Some international accounts alerted to Apple’s iCloud transfer in China: Update your iCloud country or region settings to prevent your data from moving.
  17. Found: New Android malware with never-before-seen spying capabilities – Skygofree is among the most powerful spy platforms ever created for Android.
  18. Border Searches Of Electronic Devices
  19. Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens
  20. Skype finally getting end-to-end encryption: It’ll use the Signal protocol, also used in WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others.
  21. NFLPA President Eric Winston Likens Wearable Metrics To Health Data
  22. The “Doublespeak” Of Responsible Encryption
  23. Keep Calm – The GDPR is coming!
  24. Using AI To Identify Car Models In 50 Million Google Street Views Reveals A Wide Range Of Demographic Information
  25. Beyond the Privacy Torts: Reinvigorating a Common Law Approach for Data Breaches (Alicia Solow-Niederman)

Jon

News of the Week; January 10, 2018

GAMES

  1. Star Citizen devs file motion to dismiss Crytek lawsuit
  2. Star Citizen maker says engine suit “never should have been filed”: CIG accuses Crytek of selective and misleading reading of license agreement.
  3. Cloud Imperium Games responds to Crytek suit: Star Citizen studio calls CryEngine maker’s complaint misleading and scandalous, saying it “sacrifices legal sufficiency for loud publicity”
  4. Crowdsourced Content in Video Games: How Ownership Issues Almost “Ganked” a Copyright Case
  5. BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC., AND VALVE CORPORATION, Plaintiffs,
    v.
    LILITH GAMES (SHANGHAI) CO. LTD., AND UCOOL, INC., Defendants.
  6. Regulators eye game monetisation in 2018: Controversy over monetisation of games isn’t going away, and it’s likely to reach the corridors of government sooner rather than later
  7. Eagle-eyed YouTuber discovers ongoing EA online-matchmaking shenanigans: 2017 papers confirm tests of existing games with “spending” as future objective.
  8. Epic planning audit to combat copyright infringement on Unreal Marketplace
  9. US government developing school shooting survival sim: Army and Department of Homeland Security working on first-person game that lets users play a teacher, cop, or shooter
  10. Epic clampdown on real-world guns and copyright-infringing game assets: Engine provider conducting thorough audit of Unreal Marketplace for trademark abuse
  11. NSPCC and Aardman create mobile game to help combat child abuse
  12. The World Health Organization Identifies Gaming Disorder as a Mental Health Condition
  13. WHO: “There is increasing and well-documented evidence of gaming disorder”: Recent listing is “only a clinical description” for diagnoses, not prevention or treatment
  14. Funplus Interactive ad deemed misleading by Advertising Standards Agency: Mobile developer used image from different game to promote King of Avalon: Dragon Warfare
  15. Civilization VI depiction upsets Poundmaker Cree Nation: Headman Milton Tootoosis says 2K never consulted First Nation for expansion, which “perpetuates this myth that First Nations had similar values” to colonial culture
  16. Civilization V mod adds realistic superintelligent AI research
  17. Smosh Games YouTuber departs following sexual assault allegations: Amra ‘Flitz’ Ricketts denies all “false claims” but “cannot risk negative impact” on YouTube group
  18. Amra ‘Flitz’ Ricketts Departs Smosh Games Amid Sexual Assault Allegations
  19. IGDA Survey: Game companies must do more to foster diversity
  20. How the 2018 Tax Reform Will Change Things for Indie Developers
  21. Glu Mobile sells Moscow dev studio and game rights for $4.5M
  22. Could movie shorts provide a template for funding indie games?: The Chinese Room’s Andrew Crawshaw ponders the potential for experimental tie-ins around AAA blockbusters
  23. Epic planning audit to combat copyright infringement on Unreal Marketplace
  24. App Store generates almost $900 million in seven days: Pokémon GO amongst the big Christmas success stories
  25. App Store sets new records as holiday spending tops $890M
  26. Steam breaks 18m concurrent users with largest growth in platform’s history: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds accounts for 16% of all concurrent users
  27. 80 years for a sleeveless jacket: PUBG’s loot box rates disclosed – Meanwhile, rarest item in new premium crate could cost $1,562.50 to acquire
  28. The rarest new PUBG items show up once every 80 years, on average: Artificial scarcity raises aftermarket values for ultra-rare cosmetics.
  29. How do you do ‘loot boxes’ right? F2P MMO game devs weigh in
  30. 7,672 games hit Steam in 2017 alone, says Steam Spy
  31. Steam saw more than 7,600 games debut in 2017 – SteamSpy: Tracking site finds 53% year-over-year jump in release numbers, slowing rate of growth for online storefront
  32. Confusion surrounds GOG’s rejection of Opus Magnum: Popular puzzle game from Zachtronics rejected by digital store but developer unable to share details
  33. Star Citizen developers raised $34.9m in 2017: For the second year in a row, Star Citizen crowd-sourced more money than all games on Kickstarter combined
  34. BroadbandTV Launches New Division To Develop Creator-Driven Mobile Games
  35. Spanish government cuts €2m fund for indie developers: 20 developers lose up to €150,000 each
  36. Ukie publishes funding and tax relief guide for UK game devs
  37. Ukie launches Access to Finance guide with Harbottle and Lewis: “There is money available if you know where to look,” says Ukie CEO
  38. Access to finance the leading obstacle to success for UK games industry in 2018: TIGA CEO: Looming clouds of Brexit beginning to “cast shadows on our games industry”
  39. With ~3M units sold last month, PS4 surpasses 73M sales worldwide
  40. 5.9 million PS4 consoles sold during 2017 Christmas period
  41. Japanese console game market experiences growth for the first time in 11 years
  42. Nintendo Switch surpasses Wii U lifetime sales in Japan
  43. Japanese console market spikes for the first time in 11 years: Nintendo Switch and PS4 drive hardware sales up 73% year on year
  44. Switch becomes fastest-selling home console of all time in the U.S.
  45. Nintendo Switch becomes fastest-selling console in US history: Platform holder breaks own record set by the Wii over ten years ago
  46. Nintendo Switch NBA game jumps through ridiculous hoops to issue a patch: With no answers from Playgrounds’ devs, we sleuth out the weirdest Switch patch yet.
  47. Amid a rising tide of games, devs reflect on state of the Switch market
  48. Nintendo Switch NBA game jumps through ridiculous hoops to issue a patch: With no answers from Playgrounds’ devs, we sleuth out the weirdest Switch patch yet.
  49. Hyperkin plans to release a new (old) Game Boy in 2018: Ultra Game Boy brings slim aluminum case, backlight for under $100.
  50. Miiverse archive recovers 17TB of social mirth after Nintendo’s shutdown: Archive Team saves hundreds of millions of posts from the vibrant social network.
  51. Haptic Controllers Bring Real Pain To VR Games
  52. Sony to Nearly Double the Total Number of PSVR Games by End of 2018
  53. Sony expects 130 PlayStation VR games this year: 80% increase driven by 2 million install base, company says
  54. Record over $3B AR/VR investment in 2017 ($1.5B + in Q4)
  55. VR/AR startups drew record investment in 2017 – Report: Digi-Capital says $3 billion haul led by Magic Leap, Improbable, Unity, Niantic; VR investment cooling as mobile AR ramps up
  56. Oculus sets sights on Chinese market with Xiaomi partnership
  57. Pokémon Go dropping support for older iPhones next month: iPhone 5 and 5C will no longer be able to run Niantic’s location-based phenomenon
  58. Asus sets up Chinese esports company with $16m investment: Well-established esports brand looks to spread into China with new League of Legends team
  59. Google eyes up Chinese eSports market with Chushou investment
  60. Video: The importance of storytellers in eSports
  61. Google Looks To Get Into Chinese E-Sports Market With Investment In Live Streaming Platform Chushou
  62. NRG CEO Andy Miller On Overwatch League’s Traditional Sports Influence
  63. Twitch Will Stream Every Match In The Overwatch League, Which Begins Play On January 10
  64. Twitch gets Overwatch League rights: Streaming platform signs deal for exclusive third-party rights for regular season and playoffs outside of China for next two years
  65. Part 1 – Let the games begin: German IP law in the world of esports
  66. Playable Ads: The Most Fun Ad Ever!
  67. How Playmob is gaming for a better world: CEO and co-founder Jude Ower on the power of playable ads to affect real social change
  68. Mad Catz returns under new management: Defunct peripherals brand rescued by Chinese holding company
  69. 49% of European gamers like to revisit classic games: However, almost 40% say retro games are never as good as they remember
  70. Even Realistic Videogames Like Call Of Duty Won’t Help Us Win Wars
  71. UK Charts: FIFA ends Call of Duty’s nine-week stay at No.1: It means WWII equals but does not beat Modern Warfare 2’s consecutive No.1 record
  72. Itch.io saw 100k projects created and 68k completed in 2017
  73. Our Video Game Predictions For 2018
  74. The Rise and Fall of EA Sports Big, as Told by the Creator of SSX: After the success of SSX, other likeminded extreme sports games like Cranked failed to come to fruition.
  75. Discovering the first video game commercial
  76. “The least-worst idea we had”—The creation of the Age of Empires empire: A brief oral history from the original game’s designers at Ensemble Studios.
  77. The rise, fall, and rise of MDickie—or, how to be the best worst game developer: “Single-handedly responsible for the WORST games to ever be enjoyed by millions of people.”

DIGITAL

  1. Pro-Kremlin Twitter Trolls Take Aim At Robert Mueller
  2. Should Twitter’s Ban on Hateful Content Apply to President Trump?
  3. Twitter Makes Clear it Won’t Block Trump—as Long as He’s President
  4. Chuck Johnson Sues Twitter, Copying Dennis Prager’s Lawsuit Against YouTube
  5. Potential Discrimination Through Social Media Ads 
  6. Free speech vs. censorship in Germany: New rules on online hate speech cause problems for internet giants.
  7. It Took Only Three Days For Germany’s New Hate Speech Law To Cause Collateral Damage
  8. Intel CEO sold all the stock he could after Intel learned of security bug: Intel claims sale was unrelated, but he planned sale after researchers disclosed bugs.
  9. Five California Communities Settle Auto-Renewal Claims with Online Dating Company eHarmony for More than $2 Million 
  10. Senator questions Apple over intentional iPhone slowdowns: The government of France is looking for answers, too.
  11. Apple planning new, “robust” parental controls to help protect children, teens: Investors are worried about youth becoming addicted to their smartphones.
  12. James Damore’s Lawsuit Is Designed To Embarrass Google
  13. Google fired James Damore for a controversial gender memo—now he’s suing: Damore argued few women program due to interest in “people rather than things.”
  14. Engineer says he quit Google after order to stop pro-diversity posts: Diversity advocate says he was told to “avoid posting on controversial topics.”
  15. Conservatives Are Now Getting Angry About Google’s Fact-Checking Module
  16. Google Bans Rehab-Related Search Ads in Another Country After Embarrassing Report
  17. Linus Torvalds Is Not Happy About Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre Mess
  18. Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found A 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At The Same Time
  19. Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it: Intel, Microsoft, ARM, and others have responded. We dig in.
  20. Bad docs and blue screens make Microsoft suspend Spectre patch for AMD machines: Blue screen crashes on decade-old AMD chips seem to be widespread.
  21. Intel faces class action lawsuits regarding Meltdown and Spectre: Class action lawsuits have been filed in California, Indiana, and Oregon.
  22. EMC, VMware security bugs throw gasoline on cloud security fire: Backups of virtual machines on some hosts could be accessed or altered by an attacker.
  23. Airbnb Gets Crucial Section 230 Win Over Unauthorized Subleases–La Park La Brea v. Airbnb (Eric Goldman)
  24. GoPro Loses Two-Year Battle With the Sky
  25. Man’s YouTube Video of White Noise Hit With Five Copyright Claims
  26. White Noise On YouTube Gets FIVE Separate Copyright Claims From Other White Noise Providers
  27. A Video Featuring Nothing But White Noise Has Received Five Content ID Claims Since 2015
  28. Will Smith Has Launched His Own YouTube Channel
  29. RTL Group Acquires United Screens for $14.9 Million
  30. Europe’s RTL Group Increases Online Video Footprint With $14.9 Million Acquisition Of United Screens
  31. Amazon’s Next Big Thing Could Be Serving You Ads on the Go
  32. Hulu now has over 17 million subscribers
  33. Amazon, Hulu, Netflix Achieve Near-Sweep Of Top TV Categories At 2018 Golden Globes
  34. I Spent A Week Living With Chatbots—Did All That Self-Help Help?
  35. A Former Facebook VP Says Social Media Is Destroying Society. And He’s Right.
  36. Mark Zuckerberg Essentially Launched Facebook’s Reelection Campaign
  37. How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us: An early investor explains why the social media platform’s business model is such a threat—and what to do about it.
  38. Facebook’s Virtual Assistant M Is Dead. So Are Chatbots
  39. NBC News got 4 million subscribers in 5 months to its Snapchat show
  40. In Series Of Tweets, YouTube Hints At “Further Consequences” For Logan Paul
  41. YouTube Star Logan Paul Puts His Vlog On Hiatus As He Takes Time “To Reflect”
  42. YouTube Removes Logan Paul From Google Preferred, Puts His YouTube Red Originals On Hold In Wake Of Controversy
  43. Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms
  44. Iced tea company scraps plans to raise millions for blockchain pivot: Company’s stock tripled last month after it changed its name to Long Blockchain.
  45. We found a deleted page that reveals the paparazzi roots of Kodak Coin: Kodak’s stock has tripled since announcing the blockchain project on Tuesday.
  46. GoPro will stop selling drones once remaining Karma inventory is gone: Citing “untenable” aerial market and “hostile regulatory environments.”
  47. China Is Building a $2.1 Billion Industrial Park for AI Research
  48. Robots Have Replaced Humans in 25% of China’s Ammunition Factories
  49. China’s Crackdown on Crypto-Mining Threatens Bitcoin’s Future
  50. Remember Dogecoin? The joke currency soared to $2 billion this weekend: “There’s no active development anymore,” Dogecoin’s co-founder said last year.
  51. Hackers find new ways to print digital money for free: As valuations soar, attackers find ever more powerful CPUs to covertly conscript.
  52. Oracle app server hack let one attacker mine $226,000 worth of cryptocoins: Exploit published in December makes cracking unpatched Oracle servers easy.
  53. The Algorithms Aren’t Biased, We Are
  54. The ethics of Artificial Intelligence – the next step?
  55. The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed: A new breed of online retailer doesn’t make or even touch products, but they’ve got a few other tricks for turning nothing into money.
  56. Brands and ecommerce platforms: a tainted relationship?
  57. Why Europe Is Willing To Regulate Tech More Than The U.S.
  58. Intellectual Property Rights post Brexit – a call to arms
  59. Don’t Be Evil: Fred Turner on Utopias, Frontiers, and Brogrammers
  60. Does This Black Mirror Fan Theory Mean We’re Finally Ready For The Singularity?
  61. “Oh My God, This Is So F—-D Up”: Inside Silicon Valley’s Secretive, Orgiastic Dark Side – Some of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley are regulars at exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties—gatherings they describe not as scandalous, or even secret, but as a bold, unconventional lifestyle choice. Yet, while the guys get laid, the women get screwed. In an adaptation from her new book, Brotopia, Emily Chang exposes the tired and toxic dynamic at play.
  62. How To Curb Silicon Valley Power—Even With Weak Antitrust Laws
  63. Commentary: 3D printing
  64. Consumer 3D Printing: Is the UK Copyright and Design Law Framework Fit for Purpose (Pedro Malaquias)
  65. Cross-examining the network: The year in digital and social media research – Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here are what they consider 10 of the most important pieces of new research into digital and social media published in 2017.

CREATIVITY

  1. Disney’s 1998 copyright term extension expires this year and Big Content’s lobbyists say they’re not going to try for another one
  2. Why Mickey Mouse’s 1998 copyright extension probably won’t happen again: Copyrights from the 1920s will start expiring next year if Congress doesn’t act.
  3. Copyright Maximalists Throw In The Towel On Term Extension; Admit That Maybe Copyright Is Too Long
  4. Donald Trump Hires Charles Harder To Threaten Steve Bannon With A Lawsuit, Block Publication Of New Book
  5. Trump attorney sends Bannon cease and desist letter over ‘disparaging’ comments
  6. Publisher Not At All Impressed By Trump’s Defamation Threat Letter; Promises To Defend The First Amendment
  7. By Complaining About US’s ‘Very Weak’ Libel Laws, Trump Is Actually S——g On Our ‘Very Strong’ First Amendment
  8. Really Bad Ideas: French President Macron Wants To Ban ‘Fake News’ During The Election
  9. The Gorilla Channel Satire Demonstrates The Ridiculousness Of Banning Fake News
  10. Appeals Court Drives Another Stake Into The Heart Of Idaho’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law
  11. The Other Side: Phoenix Comicon Proactively Changes Names To Avoid San Diego Comic-Con Bully
  12. It Begins: Some Comic Conventions Refusing To Fold After San Diego Comic-Con Gets Its Trademark Win
  13. Bad week gets worse for Fox Judge Jeanine Pirro  
  14. Army Officially Opposes Vegas Golden Knights Trademark
  15. Theatre roles need to change following Soulpepper harassment allegations, Winnipeg directors say: Myth of ‘all-powerful’ director, vulnerability of actors contribute to culture of abuse, say 2 local directors
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy Is Leading The Unlikely Cassette Tape Revival
  17. Music Modernization Act launched in the US
  18. Shocked, Shocked To Learn The Patent Office Is Structurally Designed To Approve (Lousy) Patents
  19. Is the First Amendment Obsolete? (Tim Wu)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. FCC releases final net neutrality repeal order, three weeks after vote: With repeal officially published, FCC will soon face lawsuits.
  2. Tech Giants To Join Legal Battle Over Net Neutrality
  3. FCC Chair Ajit Pai cancels his CES appearance days before show: Pai likely would have had to answer questions about net neutrality repeal.
  4. Maine Governor Tells 16-Year-Old Worried About Net Neutrality Repeal To ‘Pick Up A Book And Read’
  5. “Vote out” congresspeople who won’t back net neutrality, advocates say: “If they don’t vote for net neutrality, let’s vote them out,” new campaign says.
  6. Supporters Aim To Use Net Neutrality To Bludgeon Cash-Compromised Lawmakers In The Midterms
  7. California The Latest State To Propose Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
  8. Net neutrality gaining steam in state legislatures after FCC repeal: Nebraska and California may challenge FCC’s attempt to preempt state laws
  9. GOP senator says she’ll vote to restore net neutrality rules: One more Republican vote needed to get net neutrality bill through Senate.
  10. Uphill Effort To Reverse Net Neutrality Repeal Has The Early Votes
  11. Restoration of net neutrality rules hits key milestone in Senate: 30 senators support net neutrality bill as Democrats try to force a vote.
  12. Net Neutrality: From Rules to Enforcement
  13. The History of Net Neutrality In 13 Years of Tales of the Sausage Factory (with a few additions).
  14. FCC Prepares To Weaken Broadband’s Definition To Hide Competitive, Coverage Issues
  15. FCC plan to lower broadband standards is met with “Mobile Only Challenge”: Many say that mobile can’t replace cable or fiber, but FCC may think otherwise.
  16. AT&T and Comcast finalize court victory over Nashville and Google Fiber: Nashville won’t appeal as Google Fiber-backed utility pole rule is invalidated.
  17. Comcast fired 500 despite claiming tax cut would create thousands of jobs: As Comcast pushed for tax cut, fired employees had to sign NDAs to get severance.
  18. Those Annoying Cable Channel Blackouts Are Only Going To Get Worse In 2018
  19. What is a Cable System – The Copyright Office Wants to Know  

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. We(Chat) The People: Technology and Social Control in China
  2. China Plans To Turn Country’s Most Popular App, WeChat, Into An Official ID System
  3. Want Anybody’s Personal Details From Aadhaar, India’s Billion-Person Identity Database? Yours For $8
  4. “Political pressure” reportedly kills Huawei/AT&T smartphone deal: Spying concerns from members of congress means AT&T won’t be selling Huawei phones.
  5. Prosecutors say Mac spyware stole millions of user images over 13 years: Fruitfly creepware turned on cameras and mics, automatically detected porn searches.
  6. Internet of Toys Enforcement: VTech Agrees to COPPA Settlement 
  7. FTC and VTech Settle Alleged COPPA Privacy and Security Violations
  8. FTC lawsuit over 2015 VTech data breach ends in settlement
  9. WhatsApp Security Flaws Could Allow Snoops To Slide Into Group Chats
  10. How The Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs
  11. Google Puts Its SCA Warrant Appeal on Hold as High Court Prepares to Hear Microsoft Case 
  12. New York State Appellate Court Says Cell Site Location Records Have No Expectation Of Privacy
  13. The security of pretty much every computer on the planet has just gotten a lot worse
  14. Collection, storage and transfer of data in Canada

Jon

News of the Week; January 3, 2018

GAMES

  1. Call of Duty argument leads to fatal swatting – Report: Police kill 28-year-old Kansas man in response to bogus 911 call placed over a $1.50 wager match
  2. Alleged swatting hoax ends in the death of a father of two: The hoax was apparently sparked by a disagreement over a ‘Call of Duty’ game.
  3. “They call it swatting,” says grieving Wichita mother after son killed by police: The man wasn’t a gamer, but he apparently became the victim of a deadly “prank.
  4. After “swatting” death in Kansas, 25-year old arrested in Los Angeles: Arrest made after man dies in Kansas “swatting.”
  5. Mother of “swatting” victim wants cop criminally charged for shooting: Call of Duty gamer allegedly made fake emergency call to Wichita cops.
  6. Confused Judge Says Video Game Play Has No Copyright, Because The Work Is Not ‘Fixed’
  7. It’s misleading to advertise with images from a different game, rules UK ad authority
  8. The International in Vancouver? Valve may move huge ‘Dota 2’ esports event from Seattle to Canada
  9. World Health Organization adds video game addiction to diagnostic manual
  10. World Health Organisation recognises ‘gaming disorder’ as disease: First draft of upcoming compendium revision, if approved, warns of “significant impairment” in personal, family and social life
  11. Is gaming addiction a “disorder” or a “junk diagnosis”?: WHO listing renews debate over where to draw the line for “hazardous gaming.”
  12. ESA rebukes World Health Organization ‘gaming disorder’ classification
  13. IGN fires editor-in-chief – Report: Gaming site says it made the move after investigation into alleged misconduct
  14. Some mobile games now report TV viewing habits back to advertisers
  15. ERA: UK games sales hit £3.35 billion in 2017 – GfK and IHS data show significant growth of almost 10% in digital and physical sales
  16. Successful video game projects on Kickstarter flatline while tabletop spikes: In 2017, only one-in-eight successful game projects on the platform were video games
  17. Nintendo forecasts 37m Switch sales by April 2019: Meanwhile console nears 3.3 units in Japan, breaking region’s first-year sales record
  18. Report: Nintendo expects to sell 20M Switch consoles in the next fiscal year
  19. Pokémon Go finally coming to China, courtesy of NetEase: Niantic signs partnership with Chinese publisher, location-based phenomenon to launch in second half of 2018
  20. Enter the Gungeon sales have ‘surpassed all expectations’ on Switch
  21. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ CEO plans to make game a “universal media franchise”: PUBG Corporation already receiving calls from Netflix and Hollywood
  22. Battlegrounds surpasses 3M concurrent players on Steam
  23. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits 3m concurrent Steam users: Leaving Early Access pushes Bluehole’s mega-hit to a new milestone
  24. Here are the top grossing Steam games of 2017
  25. PUBG, Rainbow Six, Rocket League, Warframe and Ark top 2017 global Steam rankings: Valve also reveals most popular VR games
  26. LawBreakers publisher blames Battlegrounds for poor reception
  27. Nexon blames PUBG for LawBreakers’ struggles: Boss Key’s underperformance also impacted publisher’s Q3 financials in North America
  28. UK physical game sales are flat year-on-year – Call of Duty: WWII ends 2018 on a high
  29. Here are the top grossing Steam games of 2017
  30. Tabletop games soar on Kickstarter as video games stagnate
  31. Microsoft has ended production of the Xbox One Kinect adapter
  32. I Didn’t Think the Microsoft Kinect Could Be Deader, But Here We Are
  33. RIP Kinect: 2010-2017(ish) – Discontinued USB adapter is the last nail in the coffin for influential tech.
  34. Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Rakes in $700M in Hardware Alone
  35. Combatting asocial VR with asymmetrical multiplayer: Developer MunkyFun shares how the new League of War bridges the gap between virtual reality and couch players
  36. CCP Studio Behind ‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Acquired by Sumo Digital
  37. Sumo Digital takes over CCP Newcastle studio: Eve Valkyrie team rescued by growing UK developer
  38. Inside Microsoft HQ’s weird, wonderful swag store: Plus, the company’s Visitor Center shows us where all the Kinects went.
  39. Lost Destiny symphonic album, complete with Paul McCartney, has totally leaked – Destiny: Music of the Spheres leak confirmed as legit by multiple ex-Bungie staffers.
  40. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Brandon Sheffield’s all-time top 10 games hidden in other games
  41. Can games retail survive 2018?: Nintendo Switch and Red Dead Redemption 2 will prove crucial in what may be a tough year for shops

DIGITAL

  1. Revealed: Vietnam’s 10,000-Strong Internet Monitoring Force, Tasked With Stamping Out ‘Wrongful Views’
  2. German Hate Speech Law Goes Into Effect, Turning Social Media Platforms Into Gov’t Revenue Generators
  3. YouTube Deactivates Amazon Fire TV App Earlier Than Expected (Report)
  4. Amazon shipped over 5 billion items with Prime in 2017
  5. Amazon Can’t Target People Unable To Spell ‘Birkenstock’: Judge – The sandal maker fears Amazon might sell low-quality counterfeits.
  6. Watchdog bans advert’s claim eHarmony is ‘scientifically proven’: ASA says claim is misleading because dating site cannot prove it provides a greater chance of finding lasting love
  7. Academic researchers fire latest shots in adblocking arms race: Manipulating javascript can overcome publishers’ software.
  8. Logan Paul Apologizes For Vlog Showing Suicide Victim Amid Outcry From YouTube Community
  9. YouTuber Apologizes After Uploading Footage Of Apparent Suicide 
  10. Logan Paul’s Apology Video Has Amassed Roughly 24 Million Views In 24 Hours
  11. The Logan Paul Video Should Be A Reckoning For YouTube
  12. YouTube is equally to blame for Logan Paul’s vide
  13. After The Adpocalypse, JP Morgan Created Its Own YouTube Ad Safety Tool 
  14. Vevo Revenue Up 30 Percent in 2017 As it Eyes Profitability: Report
  15. Facebook Replaces Twitter As Exclusive Streaming Partner For Golden Globes Pre-Show
  16. These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2017: Viral fake news generated more engagement on Facebook in 2017 than last year, according to a BuzzFeed News analysis.
  17. Vice Suspends President And Chief Digital Officer In Wake Of Sexual Harassment Claims
  18. Child porn law goes nuts: 14-year-old girl charged for nude selfie: The ACLU of Minnesota calls the charges absurd and unconstitutional.
  19. Is “Big Data” racist? Why policing by data isn’t necessarily objective: “Concerns with predictive big data technologies appear in most big data policing models.”
  20. Elon Musk says AI could doom human civilization. Zuckerberg disagrees. Who’s right?
  21. Soon We Won’t Be Able to Tell the Difference Between AI and a Human Voice
  22. Health Care Is Hemorrhaging Data. AI Is Here To Help
  23. I Believe In Intelligent Design … For Robots
  24. Spotify, Valued Around $19 Billion, Looks Toward Wall Street As It Makes Confidential Filing For Going Public
  25. Spotify faces $1.6 billion lawsuit from music publisher alleging copyright infringement
  26. Spotify sued for $1.6 billion by publisher representing Tom Petty, The Doors, others: The company is accused of using music without a license or compensation
  27. Digital Colonialism And Decentralisation (Andres Guadamuz)
  28. If We Want Brain-Computer Interfaces, We Must First Decode the Brain
  29. Dark Future: Here’s When We’ll Have the Black Mirror Tech That Lets Us Read Memories
  30. 2017 Was A Terrible Year For Internet Freedom
  31. Microsoft, DOJ set to go head to head at Supreme Court in 2018: Meanwhile, NSA spy suspect, KickassTorrents cases didn’t advance very much in 2017.
  32. How Hotmail changed Microsoft (and email) forever: Acquired December 1997, Hotmail was the gift that kept on giving—for good or ill.
  33. What’s behind the Intel design flaw forcing numerous patches?: There’s obviously a big problem, but we don’t know exactly what.
  34. Apple’s response to battery controversy: Have a new one for $29: In attempt to make amends for iPhone slow down “misunderstanding.”
  35. Your old iPhone battery can be replaced even if it passes Genius Bar test: iPhone 6 and later devices won’t be turned away by good Genius Bar test results. 
  36. Apple buys app development service Buddybuild 
  37. EU Copyright Law and the Cloud: VCAST and the intersection of private copying and communication to the public
  38. Pirates receive Christmas gift from Arnold J
  39. Hooters Investor Whispers ‘Blockchain’ and Its Parent Company’s Stock Soars 50 Percent
  40. Blockchain announcement sends stock of Hooters franchisee soaring – Press release: “Eating a burger is now a way to mine for cryptocoins.”
  41. Tiny company which owns some Hooter’s restaurants says it will use blockchain for rewards program, boosting stock by 50%
  42. Truth and fiction in blockchain’s brave new world: Why has the mere mention of the technology sent stock prices soaring?
  43. How the “Original Internet Godfather” walked away from his cyber crime past: Brett Johnson was dubbed the “Original Internet Godfather” by the US Secret Service.
  44. Hacker Lexicon: What Is Sinkholing?
  45. NewsMedia Council Dismisses Blacklock’s Complaint Against CANADALAND: Editor Tom Korski had alleged a “conflict of interest” in inviting professor Michael Geist to comment on Blacklock’s court battles.
  46. Do it For the Culture! (Memes)
  47. Looking Back at 2017: My Top Ten Posts (Michael Geist)
  48. How FANG Stocks Left the Media Business Snakebitten: A 2017 Retrospective
  49. License expired: The Ars Technica 2018 Deathwatch: Companies, tech, and trends least likely to succeed in 2018, as chosen by Ars editors.
  50. Insights: Peerless Prognostications For A Perilously Fuzzy Future In Online Entertainment

CREATIVITY

  1. Chinese Billionaire Got A US Court To Issue An Unconstitutional Gag Order On A Critic
  2. Oh, the Places Copyright and Trademark Law Go!
  3. The Federal Circuit Strikes Ban On Registering “Immoral” Or “Scandalous” Trademarks
  4. Lynyrd Skynyrd Member Sanctioned For Failure To Preserve Third Party’s Text Messages
  5. Appeals Court Dismisses Gang Designation Lawsuit Against The FBI Brought By Insane Clown Posse Fans
  6. Indiana tries to stop NFL kneeling–and would fail
  7. Knicks Center Enes Kantor To Be Tried In Absentia For Upsetting Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s Fickle Ego
  8. Hopefully For The Last Time: The US Has Zero New Works Enter The Public Domain On January 1st
  9. Happy Public Domain day! Here are the works entering the public domain in Canada and the EU, but not the USA, where the public domain is stagnant

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. No, The Death Of Net Neutrality Will Not Be Subtle
  2. Ajit Pai’s FCC is still editing the net neutrality repeal order: Repeal undergoing final changes as FCC prepares for court battle.
  3. Now That The FCC Is Doing Away With Title II For Broadband, Will Verizon Give Back The Taxpayer Subsidies It Got Under Title II?
  4. New York State Eyes Its Own Net Neutrality Law
  5. Comcast & The Cable Industry Greets The New Year With A Flurry Of Price Increases
  6. After beating cable lobby, Colorado city moves ahead with muni broadband: Fort Collins plans universal broadband, net neutrality, and gigabit speeds.
  7. Robocalls – and complaints about robocalls –  booming: 4.5 million complaints last year.
  8. AT&T sued over layoffs – after promising more investment because of tax cut: AT&T explanation of layoffs undercuts claim that net neutrality hurt investment.
  9. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – 2017 Year in Review

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Hawaiian Supreme Court Says The First Amendment Protects Filming Law Enforcement
  2. New powers for Canadian spy agency alarming: Bill C-59 could normalize state-sponsored hacking and disinformation campaigns, university organization warns.
  3. A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security For Most Computers
  4. A Major Security Vulnerability Has Plagued ‘Nearly All’ Intel CPUs For Years
  5. Report: All Intel Processors Made in the Last Decade Might Have a Massive Security Flaw [Updated]
  6. “Meltdown” and “Spectre”: Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws: Immediate concern is for Intel chips, but everyone is at risk.
  7. Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager: New research shows an alarming new way to track web users
  8. After Equifax breach, anger but no action in Congress: The aftermath of the data breach played out like a familiar script: White-hot bipartisan outrage, then hearings and proposals that went nowhere.
  9. Six Cyber Threats to Really Worry About in 2018
  10. A practical guide to microchip implants: An estimated 50 to 100k folks have implants; how do the benefits compare to the risks?
  11. This AI, Developed at Stanford, Can Predict Who You’re Voting For: Researchers at Stanford have trained an AI to predict a person’s political leanings based on his or her neighborhood and choice of vehicle.

Jon

News of the Week; December 27, 2017

GAMES

  1. FCC issues final extension for video game CVAA accessibility waiver
  2. Founding member of Lizard Squad pleads guilty to cyber-crimes
  3. Apple now requires App Store games with loot boxes to list odds: Wednesday update to iOS rules also touches on VPN services, cryptocurrency apps.
  4. Guideline changes mean App Store devs must now reveal loot crate odds
  5. Developers must disclose loot box odds following update to App Store guidelines: Change to guidelines comes amidst ongoing debate as to whether loot boxes constitute gambling
  6. Can AAA Games Survive Without Microtransactions?: After a series of microtransaction controversies this year, we decided to delve into the price of videogames, and whether or not AAA games need things like lootboxes to stay profitable.
  7. Ubisoft releases open-source code for World in Conflictservers
  8. One of the first ever LGBTQ video games has been restored
  9. ‘Pokémon GO’ Now Uses Apple’s ARKit on iOS 11, Bringing Pokémon Closer to Reality
  10. A Christmas gift from Game Boy ROM hackers: Super Mario Land 2 in color
  11. NBA G League’s Streaming Deal With Twitch
  12. Rocket League surpasses 38 million players: 2017 is “best year yet” but there is still work to be done, says developer
  13. Cuphead sells two million units in two months: “Even in our wildest dreams, we never thought our crazy little characters would be embraced by this many fans,” says developer
  14. Call of Duty: WWII tops $1 billion worldwide – Activision says military shooter and Destiny 2 are 2017’s top grossing console games in North America
  15. Jason Schreier’s Top 10 Games Of 2017
  16. IGN’s Top 10 Most Improved Games Of 2017
  17. From Automata To Zelda, These Are The Best Games Of 2017
  18. 2017: Celebrating the bright spots – It may not have been a superb year overall, but expectations were defied and challenges overcome with creativity and passion in 2017
  19. Report: Nintendo won’t be rolling out 64GB Switch cartridges until 2019
  20. “Gamification” Is Improving Mental Health Treatment In So Many Ways
  21. War Stories: Lord British created an ecology for Ultima Online, but no one saw it
  22. Game of the Year 2017: The GI team picks their favourites, surprises and disappointments from 2017, and grants its top honour to Nintendo for creating an instant classic
  23. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: The top 10 games of the year
  24. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Katherine Cross’ top 10 games

DIGITAL

  1. Court Allows Some Access to Employee’s Social Media Accounts
  2. 17-Year-Old Mexican Social Media Star Shot And Killed After Insulting Cartel Leader
  3. Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter
  4. British Military Chief Warns Russia Could Cut NATO’s Internet Connections, As Traffic For World’s Top Sites Is Mysteriously Routed Via…Russia
  5. Germany Accuses Chinese Intelligence Services Of Using Fake LinkedIn Profiles To Recruit Informants And Extract Sensitive Information
  6. Chinese hackers go after think tanks in wave of more surgical strikes: When one NGO blocked intrusion, frustrated hackers tried to knock its website offline.
  7. How Controversial Chinese Billionaire Founder of Faraday Future Got a Gag Order Against Critic
  8. Geekbench and Reddit think they’ve cracked why iPhones get slower over time: Testing suggests that iOS 10.2.1 added this functionality to prevent shutdowns.
  9. Apple Had Way Better Options Than Slowing Down Your iPhone
  10. Of Course Apple Is Getting Sued Over the Old iPhone Throttling Fiasco
  11. Apple Facing A Bunch Of Lawsuits After Admitting It Slows Down Older Devices, But Insisting It’s For A Good Reason
  12. Days after iPhone battery fiasco, lawsuits against Apple begin to mount: Customers say they would rather have replaced battery than bought a new phone.
  13. Shane Dawson Confronted His Hater To Break Down The Relationship Between Creator And Fan
  14. Vice Founders Offer Apology, Changes As Culture Of Sexual Misconduct Comes To Light
  15. How do you change the most important law in Internet history? Carefully – Op-ed: Changes to law shielding websites from liability for user posts should be minor.
  16. Hotel That Charged Guest $350 For A Negative Review Now Facing A Lawsuit From State Attorney General
  17. YouTube Star Poppy Collaborates With Microsoft’s New Chatbot To Make “High-Quality Internet Content”
  18. As Artificial Intelligence Advances, Here Are Five Tough Projects For 2018
  19. Data mining program designed to predict child abuse proves unreliable, DCFS says
  20. Bitcoin’s price plunges amid broad cryptocurrency sell-off: Every major cryptocurrency suffered double-digit losses in the last 24 hours.
  21. Bitcoin Crashed and Took the Whole Market Down With It
  22. The Real Price of Bitcoin? According to Morgan Stanley, It’s Zero
  23. Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
  24. Iced Tea Maker’s Stock Price Triples After Adding ‘Blockchain’ to Name
  25. Iced tea company rebrands as “Long Blockchain” and stock price triples
  26. Songwriters, streaming companies strike landmark deal on music licensing
  27. Facebook, Ready To Make Music, Lands Licensing Deal With Universal Music Group
  28. Facebook Ditches ‘Disputed’ News Tag After It Totally Backfired
  29. German regulator alleges abuse of dominance by Facebook over data usage policies 
  30. Facebook’s Collection And Use Of Data From Third-Party Sources Is ‘Abusive’, Says Germany’s Competition Authority
  31. Netflix Delves Into Podcasting To Promote True Crime Docuseries ‘Wormwood’
  32. Nvidia to cease producing new drivers for 32-bit systems: Bit by bit, the PC world is continuing to drop its legacy support.
  33. Warren Kinsella settles claim against Twitter
  34. Loud, influential, and hyped: How we overestimate Twitter
  35. Library of Congress Gives Up Collecting All Tweets Because Twitter Is Garbage
  36. Twitter Survives TCPA Text Messaging Class Action
  37. CNN To Discontinue Its Snapchat News Show At The End Of The Year
  38. Pinterest Should Die
  39. Why Teens Aren’t Partying Anymore
  40. As Amazon Ramps Up Furniture and Appliance Business, Home Depot Is Sweating
  41. Charter, Disney Execs Pledge To Crack Down On Streaming Password Sharing ‘Piracy’
  42. UEFA secures UK court order to block illegal soccer streams: Using the same technology as the Premier League to stop feeds at their source.
  43. Why Workplace Instant Messaging Is Hot Again
  44. Google fights fragmentation: New Android features to be forced on apps in 2018 – New Play Store rules give developers one year to adopt any new Android changes.
  45. Adult supervision no longer needed at Google (Alpahbet)…so Eric Schmidt is stepping aside 
  46. Top EU Court Says Uber Is A Transport Service That Can Be Regulated Like Traditional Taxis
  47. The Most Awesome Codebreaker In World War II Was A Woman
  48. Virtual Reality Lets You Arrive Without Traveling
  49. Virtual reality’s best experiences and biggest (teleportation) steps in 2017: Who made VR’s best stuff in 2017 – and why wasn’t it Valve or Oculus? Plus, 2018 
  50. Big Tech: The New Predatory Capitalism – The tech giants are menacing democracy, privacy, and competition. Can they be housebroken?
  51. How Data Saved The Golden State Warriors
  52. Your face in froth: London cafe offers Europe’s first ‘selfieccino.’
  53. The most talked-about stories on Ars Technica in 2017
  54. The Worst Gadgets of 2017
  55. 2017 Was A Volatile Year In The World Of Online Video. Here Are Five Reasons Why. 
  56. The Canadian Copyright Review in the Age of Technological Disruption (Michael Geist)

CREATIVITY

  1. Livent decision and the scope of auditor liability
  2. Good News: Trump Protestors Accused Of ‘Hiding Behind The First Amendment’ Acquitted
  3. You can transfer a copyright without saying ‘copyright’ 
  4. EU Commission Hid Yet Another Report That Showed Its Assumptions About Copyright Were Wrong
  5. Europe’s Ongoing Attack On Free Speech, And Why It Should Concern Us All
  6. Fox News website beefs up and ‘goes a little Breitbart’: As competition surges on the right, Fox’s website increasingly follows the path of its prime-time hosts.
  7. Dear Barstool Sports: No You Cannot Sue The NFL For Its Non-Infringing Merchandise. Also, Relax.
  8. A Kat’s 2017 Copyright Awards
  9. These experts figured out why so many bogus patents get approved: Empirical research reveals three big problems with how patents are vetted.
  10. Concerns Around The Discourse About “Fake News” And Elections
  11. Class of 2018 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Months Later, And People Are Still Discovering Their Dead Loved Ones Were Used To Support Killing Net Neutrality 
  2. The Heroes We Need: An Overview of Who’s Fighting for and Against Net Neutrality
  3. The End of the Internet? What to Expect after the FCC’s 3-2 Vote to Restore Internet Freedom 
  4. Comcast’s Tax-Cut Investment ‘Increase’ Is A Giant Nothingburger
  5. Washington state: Comcast was “even more deceptive” than we thought – “Additional consumers… rejected the SPP, but Comcast signed them up anyway.”
  6. Comcast claims it’ll spend $50B because of net neutrality repeal and tax cut: Comcast says it will increase network investment, but it was already doing that.
  7. Why Net Neutrality Will Be A Campaign Issue In 2018
  8. FCC tries to make Miami pirate radio station walk the plank: $144,000 fine for ignoring all requests to stop.
  9. The UK Just Decided That 10 Mbps Broadband Should be a Legal Right
  10. CRTC Seeks Comments on Its Reseller Registration Obligation
  11. Globe editorial: In 2018, the fight for net neutrality must continue 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Jailed Russian says he hacked DNC on Kremlin’s orders and can prove it
  2. Canadian Government Looking To Step Up Domestic Surveillance, Scale Back Intelligence Oversight
  3. Facial recognition at US airports becoming routine, researchers warn – Prof asks: “We’re wondering if this is the best use of a billion dollars?”
  4. What Amazon Echo And Google Home Do With Your Voice Data
  5. Facebook Transparency Report: Lots Of Government Surveillance, Bad Copyright Takedown Requests
  6. OkCupid begins enforcing real-name rules, insists it’s a good idea: Dating site claims it’s “keeping with the times,” but what of users’ privacy desires?
  7. Snowden’s New App Turns Your Phone Into A Home Security System
  8. No boundaries for user identities: Web trackers exploit browser login managers
  9. FOIA Researchers Are Targeting a Shadowy FBI Program Called ‘Gravestone’
  10. Improve your online safety with advice from experts

Jon

News of the Week; December 20, 2017

GAMES

  1. Crytek sues Star Citizen developers: Alleges Cloud Imperium is still using CryEngine, but studio will “defend vigourously” against “meritless lawsuit”
  2. Crytek sues Star Citizen developers over game engine: Legal action is another distraction for the long-delayed project.
  3. NBA2K18 Is Removing User Made Content From The Game Over IP Infringement, Refuses Refunds To Anyone Who Bought It
  4. China blocks Steam Community features: But games marketplace remains open for users to buy and play new titles
  5. How Minecraft Led To The Mirai Botnet
  6. Minecraft was the reason the Mirai botnet was created: “These kids are super smart, but they didn’t do anything high level—they just had a good idea. It’s the most successful IoT botnet we’ve ever seen—and a sign that computer crime isn’t just about desktops anymore.”
  7. Mod hub Nexus Mods plans to soon pay modders for their creations
  8. Nexus Mods will add a system to reward mod creators: Leading mod community’s lawyers see no obvious legal issue with Bethesda
  9. Cancelled Rising Thunder gets open-source release: Developer Radiant Entertainment gives game back to the community
  10. Meet the legislator trying to do something about video game loot boxes: Hawaii’s Chris Lee wants to protect minors from “psychological manipulation”
  11. How the legal battle around loot boxes will change video games forever: Digging in to one of 2017’s biggest gaming controversies
  12. Despite major controversy, the new ‘Star Wars’ game is a massive success
  13. New Zealand Gambling Regulator Deems Loot Boxes Not Gambling: Loot boxes don’t meet New Zealand’s legal definition of gambling.
  14. Obsidian Entertainment: “No microtransactions, of any kind, in our game”: Developer addresses consumer concerns following recent partnership with Take-Two Interactive’s indie publishing arm, Private Division
  15. Take-Two launches indie label with Obsidian, The Outsiders and Panache Digital onboard: Private Division will focus on high-end indie studios like those started by Patrice Désilets and Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto
  16. With Private Division, Take-Two wants to empower a new breed of indie developer: Michael Worosz on the emergence of a high-end indie development, and Take-Two’s “venture capital meets game publishing” strategic response
  17. Sorry, PlayerUnknown, you probably can’t stop Battlegrounds‘ copycats: US law offers few protections for gameplay design.
  18. Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene calls for better IP protection in games: PUBG creator laments the lack of deterrents for copycats, says clones stifle innovation
  19. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Creator Massively Confused And Hypocritical In Rant Begging For More IP For Video Games
  20. Call of Duty: WWII drives November US game sales to $2.7bn – NPD – ATVI hit generated more launch month spending than any Call of Duty debut since Black Ops II in November 2012
  21. Super Mario Odyssey hits 1 million physical sales in Japan: The latest Famitsu data shows Switch nearing 3 million units sold
  22. Nintendo leads games industry figureheads’ 2017 highlights: Also, Red Dead Redemption 2 (and various sporting victories) on execs’ 2018 Most Anticipated list
  23. One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie: NES Classic is no more, but luckily cheap hobbyist boards are great for little projects.
  24. Twitch announces reality game show for streamers: Stream On to feature creators competing to turn live-streaming into full-time career
  25. Twitch Begins Streaming Traditional Sports Through NFL, NBA
  26. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey Discusses Interest, Role In Esports
  27. Analyst: On mobile platforms, women outspend men
  28. Women are most valuable mobile gamers – DeltaDNA: Analytics firm finds lifetime value of average female player is 44% higher than that of average male player
  29. Brexit’s shadow looms over 2018: A lack of recognition of the games industry’s needs from government have created concerns over hiring and trade that will continue into next year
  30. 29% of games businesses negatively affected by Brexit, says TIGA: Depreciation of sterling had positive impact on 11% games firms, according to survey
  31. FCC votes to dismantle net neutrality: ESA “disappointed” as US governing body votes 3-2 to abandon rule preventing service providers from blocking traffic
  32. ESA hails US tax reform: Trade group applauds permanent reduction in corporate tax rate from as high as 35% down to 21%
  33. Q&A: Designing Flutter VR, a game unapolegetically made for women
  34. The Race For AR Glasses Starts Now
  35. Pre-orders for Ataribox delayed: “Updated launch plan is currently underway,” says Atari
  36. Codemasters may be preparing to go public – Report: The British racing studio could be valued at more than £100m, according to Sky News
  37. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sells 1 million on Xbox One: Survival shooter hits milestone in first 48 hours on sale in Xbox Game Preview program, now free with Xbox One X purchases through year’s end
  38. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Finally Comes Out For Real
  39. Magic Leap Finally Unveils its First AR Product ‘Magic Leap One’, Shipping Starts in 2018
  40. Magic Leap AR Headset Hands-on Offers Details on Field of View, Weight & Content
  41. Magic Leap: Founder of Secretive Start-Up Unveils Mixed-Reality Goggles – Rony Abovitz talks with Glixel about the tech and ambitions behind new MR Goggles
  42. Magic Leap One: Creator Edition shipping in 2018 – Augmented reality company unveils long-awaited first product, a self-contained wearable platform
  43. Facebook releases Spaces for HTC Vive: Oculus parent officially supports rival VR hardware with social chat app
  44. UK charts overhaul: Digital data will finally be counted – A new combined physical/digital chart set for 2019
  45. PS4 took half of all UK physical game sales in 2017: First year on record where a single console has accounted for more than 50% of the market
  46. The 3DO: The birth of my cynicism
  47. Guerrilla Games ending online support for Killzone 2 and Killzone 3
  48. People of the Year 2017: Strauss Zelnick – Take-Two’s chairman set the company up for a banner year with no major new releases beyond its annualized sports titles
  49. People of the Year 2017: From huge organisations and leading executives, to charitable causes and exceptional development talent – the best and brightest from the last year
  50. People of the Year 2017: Christian Whitehead – Sonic the Hedgehog is relevant again, thanks to the indie developer who succeeded where Team Sonic repeatedly failed
  51. Best PC Game Of 2017
  52. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: The top 10 game developers of the year
  53. GamesIndustry.biz presents… The Year In Numbers 2017: We present everything you need to know about the global market value, the biggest platforms, the hottest games and more
  54. 5 events that shaped the game industry in 2017
  55. 5 trends that defined the game industry in 2017
  56. How will 2018 shape the games business?: Our analyst panel dissects everything to look out for during the next year
  57. “2018 is going to be the year where gamers take the power back”: At the Slush conference, Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester predicted that next year will be great for gamers, and another disappointing one for VR
  58. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Bryant Francis’ top 10 games
  59. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Alissa McAloon’s top 6 games
  60. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Kris Graft’s top 10 games
  61. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Chris Kerr’s top 6 games
  62. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Phill Cameron’s top 10 games
  63. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: The top 10 game developers of the year
  64. Gamasutra’s Best of 2017: Alex Wawro’s top 7 games
  65. Obituary: Video game lawyer and VGBA co-founder David Rosenbaum

DIGITAL

  1. Disney to buy part of 21st Century Fox for $52 billion: Disney gets FX Networks, X-Men, Deadpool, and a majority stake in Hulu.
  2. Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets for $52.4 Billion in Historic Hollywood Merger: Disney CEO Bob Iger extends contract through 2021 to oversee integration
  3. Disney’s Acquisition Of Fox Could Change Streaming Forever 
  4. What Will Happen To Hulu After Disney’s Fox Acquisition?
  5. Disney Will Get More Vice After Acquiring 21st Century Fox’s $70 Million Stake
  6. Disney buys 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal: Acquisition includes popular IP like X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar and The Simpsons
  7. ESPN Expands Monday Night Football Rights To Smartphones
  8. Currency-mining Android malware is so aggressive it can physically harm phones: This is your phone on mining software. Any questions?
  9. Facebook sends Ars takedown notice from Pink Floyd over NASA audio: Pink Floyd’s 2011 “Immersion Box Set” has the same audio from Apollo 11 mission.
  10. Judge Hits Ctrl+Alt+Delete on Facebook User Tracking MDL 
  11. The Great AI Paradox: Don’t worry about supersmart AI eliminating all the jobs. That’s just a distraction from the problems even relatively dumb computers are causing. 
  12. Artificial intelligence is forcing us to work harder to define human intelligence — and to fight to defend it: Think like nobody’s strapping a band around your head to collect information about your thinking.
  13. Artificial Intelligence Is Killing The Uncanny Valley And Our Grasp On Reality
  14. 2017 Was The Year The Robots Really, Truly Arrived
  15. Montreal seeks to lead responsible artificial-intelligence research
  16. New York City moves to create accountability for algorithms: City Council passes bill addressing algorithmic discrimination in city government.
  17. Russia’s Version Of Siri Might Be Russia’s Next President
  18. For Russian ‘Trolls,’ Instagram’s Pictures Can Spread Wider Than Words
  19. Russia Threatens To Ban YouTube And Twitter, But Probably Won’t Try
  20. Twitter begins enforcing new anti-hate speech rules: Twitter won’t allow threats against people based on “group characteristics.”
  21. The ‘Twitter Purge’ Nazi reckoning has begun. Here are the rules.
  22. Once Again: Expecting Social Media Companies To Police ‘Bad’ Stuff Is A Bad Idea 
  23. Hotel owner says she gets death threats after guest was charged $350 for posting negative review 
  24. Microsoft Lifts Secrecy Veil In Harassment Cases, Will Others Follow?
  25. Microsoft ends arbitration in sexual harassment cases: No word as to whether other Silicon Valley giants will follow suit.
  26. Microsoft promises transparency in sexual harassment cases: Xbox platform holder will eliminate forced arbitration agreements in an effort to stop serial offenders
  27. For 8 days Windows bundled a password manager with a critical plugin flaw: Plugin for Win 10 version of Keeper had bug allowing sites to steal passwords.
  28. Google brings a Chrome… installer… to the Microsoft Store: The browser itself isn’t a store app. Just the installer.
  29. Neither Microsoft nor Google looks good in this Chrome-installer squabble: Microsoft shouldn’t remove the Chrome installer; Google should aim higher. 
  30. Chrome’s ad blocker goes live on February 15: The Web’s #1 advertising company makes a power play with its own ad blocker.
  31. European News Agencies Again Demand Google, Facebook, Etc. Pay Up For Sending Them Traffic
  32. Iowa Supreme Court Apparently Unfamiliar With First Amendment And Prior Restraint: Bars Newspaper From Publishing Info
  33. Alphabet wants to deliver Internet access via laser beams: The company already has a buyer for its “Free space optical communication.”
  34. The 37-Page Letter That Could Make Uber’s Problems So Much Worse
  35. New letter: Top Uber officials engaged in illegal wiretapping, shady spycraft – A top Uber lawyer instructed that “double-secret A/C priv” be written on a document.
  36. Top EU court: Uber is just another transportation service – Uber can now be regulated in EU member states like any company operating taxis.
  37. World-wide injunctions in the Canadian Supreme Court
  38. Google Finally Lets You Mute Autoplay Videos In Chrome—Here’s How
  39. Minnesota Mom Pleads Guilty To Killing Boyfriend In Ill-Conceived YouTube Stunt
  40. YouTube Music Head: Looped Song Clips No Longer Count Toward Billboard Chart Tallies
  41. YouTube Strikes New Deals With Universal and Sony Music
  42. YouTube Inks Licensing Deals With Universal And Sony Music As It Preps Paid Service (Report)
  43. The World’s Best Film School Is Free On YouTube
  44. Amazon Has Applied For A Trademark On A Name That Sounds Like A YouTube Competitor
  45. Amazon Prime Video App Gets Most Week One Downloads In Apple TV Store
  46. Alexa Wants You To Talk To Your Ads
  47. CBS Aims to Boost Video-Streaming News Hub CBSN in 2018
  48. Publishers To Stop Receiving Facebook Money For News Feed Videos
  49. Refinery29 Lays Off 34 Employees Amid Digital Media Headwinds
  50. Snap’s H.R. Chief Allegedly Warned Staff About Serial Killers
  51. ESPN, NBC Nab NFL Mobile-Streaming Games After Verizon Loses Exclusive Rights
  52. Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Controversial Dell Appraisal Ruling
  53. ‘Nazi VR’ Documentary Shows How VR is Helping to Convict Nazi War Criminals
  54. VR Has Officially Ascended to ‘Crappy Last-Minute Gift’ Thanks to This AXE Bodywash Bundle 
  55. Apple’s Third Series Order Is A Space Drama From ‘Battlestar Galactica’ EP
  56. North Korea suspected in latest bitcoin heist, bankrupting Youbit exchange: Breach bankrupts Seoul-based company after it reformed in wake of a previous heist. 
  57. Feds Rush to Cash in on Seized Bitcoin Cache Before the Bubble Bursts 
  58. Danish Hockey Team Owner Pays Player Son Exclusively In Bitcoin
  59. The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin’s Global Warming Problem
  60. Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer: Ars goes deep on the breakthrough online payment network.
  61. Bank of Canada White Paper on Creating Digital Currency 
  62. Twitter Envisions Future Where Fans Might Pay A Dollar To See A Buzzer Beater
  63. New Website and Social Media Requirements for Canadian Reporting Issuers
  64. What Happens When We Let Tech Care For Our Aging Parents
  65. The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2017: You Sweet, Misguided Fools
  66. Insights: The Week That Changed The Internet
  67. Silicon Valley’s Dumbest ‘Inventions’ of 2017
  68. Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. 
  69. Internet Policy 20 Years Later: Did The U.S. Get It Right? 

CREATIVITY

  1. Dr. Seuss and Star Trek mashup comic isn’t fair use after all, judge says: Case could turn on whether Boldly is a parody or an homage. 
  2. T.J. Miller accused of physical and sexual assault in disturbing Daily Beast exposé
  3. United States v. Broadcast Music, Inc.
  4. Understanding joint authorship
  5. How To Be A Television Futurist In Four Simple Steps 
  6. Choosing the Ideal Venue for IP Disputes: Recent Developments in Federal Case Law 
  7. Framing the Copyright Review: Bains and Joly Reference the Public Domain, Flexibility, Open Access and Limits of the Law (Michael Geist)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY 

  1. Fostering a Vibrant Canadian Programming Market: My CRTC Submission Focusing on Net Neutrality and Rejecting New Taxes, Fees or Content Blocking (Michael Geist)
  2. As the U.S. Retreats, Canada Doubles Down on Net Neutrality: “An Open Internet is Critical to Our Democracy” (Michael Geist)
  3. Goodbye, net neutrality – Ajit Pai’s FCC votes to allow blocking and throttling: But pro-net neutrality groups will sue FCC to reinstate consumer protections. 
  4. The FCC Just Killed Net Neutrality. Now What?
  5. Republicans Just Sold Out the Internet. Now What? 
  6. FCC Votes to Kill Net Neutrality, Capping a Year of Endless B.S.
  7. FCC Votes To Overturn Net Neutrality Rules, Brings Us One Step Closer To A Destroyed Internet
  8. GOP net neutrality bill would allow paid fast lanes and preempt state laws: FCC would be permanently barred from using Title II authority over broadband.
  9. Digital Creators Rally Against Repeal Of Net Neutrality
  10. Online Retailers Support Challenges to Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules
  11. Fight: The Wired Guide To Net Neutrality
  12. Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz lambast Mark Hamill’s support of net neutrality: “It was Vader who supported govt power over everything said & done on the Internet.”
  13. The FCC’s ‘Harlem Shake’ video may violate copyright law: The agency apparently didn’t get permission to use the song.
  14. Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC’s Own CTO Thinks Gutting Net Neutrality Harms The Public
  15. T-Mobile’s Getting Into Cable TV, Where Its Opposition To Net Neutrality May Come Back To Bite It
  16. The Looming Net Neutrality Fight Is Looking Damn Good for Democrats
  17. The FCC’s Ajit Pai now openly mocking net neutrality protesters with his dumb new video
  18. Diplo and Mad Decent Take Aim at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Over Illegal Use of “Harlem Shake”
  19. Baauer is ‘taking action’ against FCC chairman for using Harlem Shake in net neutrality repeal video: The DJ and producer will do ‘whatever I can to stop this loser’
  20. The Artist Behind The “Harlem Shake” Briefly Got An Ajit Pai Video Taken Down From YouTube
  21. This Whole Mess With Ajit Pai, The Harlem Shake And Copyright Is Bad And Everyone’s Wrong.
  22. Why Must The FCC Insult Everyone’s Intelligence By Misrepresenting Broadband Investment?
  23. Online Education After The End of Net Neutrality
  24. FCC Repeals Net Neutrality – Don’t Go Down Without A Fight
  25. The Biggest Whoppers From The FCC’s Net Neutrality Meeting
  26. After FCC Abandons Net Neutrality, States Take Up The Fight
  27. State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal: Net neutrality supporters will try to reinstate the rules in courts and Congress.
  28. Two Separate Studies Show That The Vast Majority Of People Who Said They Support Ajit Pai’s Plan… Were Fake 
  29. NY Attorney General Finds 2 Million Fake FCC Net Neutrality Comments
  30. N.Y. Attorney General on Why He Refuses to Let Net Neutrality Die
  31. Obama didn’t force FCC to impose net neutrality, investigation found: Ajit Pai still thinks Obama’s call for net neutrality rules amounted to an order.
  32. FCC Boss Claims Net Neutrality Supporters Were Clearly Wrong Because Twitter Still Works The Day After Repeal
  33. NAACP Fought Net Neutrality Until Last Week, Now Suddenly Supports The Idea
  34. “There will be a [Senate] vote” to reinstate net neutrality, Schumer says: Congress could block net neutrality repeal, but Democrats face tough odds. 
  35. Right On Cue, Marsha Blackburn Introduces A Fake Net Neutrality Bill To Make The FCC’s Idiotic Decision Permanent
  36. Corporate Power and Censorship: A World Without Net Neutrality
  37. This is why Canada is unlikely to end net neutrality like the US just did
  38.  How the end of net neutrality in the US could affect Canadians
  39. Committee calls for CASL clarification
  40. Industry Committee Calls for CASL Clarification, Rejects Demands for Anti-Spam Law Overhaul (Michael Geist)
  41. New Committee Report On CASL Highlights Need For Clarification And Education
  42. Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle To Building Broadband
  43. FCC Permits Some Robocall Blocking
  44. Regulators and criminals crowd cyberspace
  45. How telecom and media companies can avoid the costly risks of mergers and acquisitions
  46. Comcast to be “unleashed” on rivals when NBC merger conditions expire: Breakup of Comcast and NBC should be explored, senator says. 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Avatars, Facial Scans & Virtual Basketball: Second Circuit Tosses Biometric Privacy Case 
  2. Another Court Says Compelled Password Production Doesn’t Violate The Fifth Amendment
  3. Court Says German Intelligence Agency Can No Longer Hoard Billions Of Metadata Records
  4. Kaspersky sues DHS over federal blacklist: “It failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process.”
  5. Inside China’s Vast New Experiment In Social Ranking
  6. China Is Building The Ultimate Surveillance Tool: A DNA Database Of Every Adult Resident In Troubled Xinjiang Region
  7. Canadian Position on Data Localization Rules in Trade Deals Revealed: Protection for Government Data Only (Michael Geist)
  8. Congress Backs Down From Terrible Surveillance Bill; Running Out Of Time
  9. Trump administration formally blames North Korea for WannaCry. Now what?: There’s not a lot of remaining leverage on North Korea to change its cyber-behavior.
  10. Homeland Security Adviser Pins Wannacry Attack On North Korea In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
  11. Hold North Korea Accountable For Wannacry – And The NSA, Too
  12. Hackers take control of security firm’s domain, steal secret data: Attackers bypass HTTPS encryption protection by registering new TLS certificate.
  13. In a Dystopian Move, the SPCA Is Using a Robot to Scare off Homeless People
  14. The SPCA Has Removed Its Controversial Security Robot
  15. Facebook Can Now Find Your Face, Even When It’s Not Tagged
  16. Secrecy Is Dead. Here’s What Happens Next.
  17. Top 10 Privacy Law Developments of 2017

Jon

News of the Week; December 13, 2017

GAMES

  1. Crytek sues Star Citizen devs for breach of contract
  2. The Force Is Weak With EA’s ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Game
  3. Loot boxes may not return to Star Wars: Battlefront II: Amid pushback, exec floats possibility that microtransactions could be gone for good.
  4. Opinion: This is the game industry’s last chance for lootbox self-regulation
  5. New Zealand says lootboxes ‘do not meet the legal definition for gambling’
  6. Survey: 11% of British children have taken part in game-related gambling
  7. Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst predicts Battlefront 2 will miss its sales target by 2.5m copies
  8. NPD Shows Dismal ‘Battlefront 2’ Sales At 20% Of ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ Sales
  9. NPD Reveals Star Wars Battlefront II’s Physical Sales in the US Were “Disappointing” During November
  10. You Must be 18 or Older to Enter cut from Steam over pornography concerns
  11. How A Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down The Internet
  12. Time for games to get cultured on culture: Far Cry 4 writer CJ Kershner says developers are getting better about depicting other groups, still have room to improve
  13. Former employee sues Crytek Istanbul: Head of game operations laid off in October, still waiting on severance pay
  14. Crytek partners with new startup to launch cryptocurrency for games
  15. Make games inspired by the public domain
  16. Apple’s evolving rules make iOS a hard platform for small devs, says Year Walk dev
  17. PlayStation 4 has sold over 70 million units worldwide: Current generation console approaches lifetime sales of PlayStation 3
  18. PlayStation 4 surpasses 70M sales as PSVR gains traction
  19. Sony Has Sold Over 2 Million PSVR Units Worldwide Since Launch
  20. ‘Ready Player One’ Movie Gets First Full Trailer, Book Sequel in the Works
  21. Steam now lets devs know what platform users are wishlisting on
  22. Accounting co-developer Squanchtendo rebrands to avoid Nintendo confusion
  23. Squanchtendo rebrands to avoid Nintendo clash: Justin Roilland’s VR studio now called Squanch Games, teases first title announcement at this week’s Game Awards
  24. Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes top honor at The Game Awards
  25. Nintendo Switch worldwide sales top 10M units
  26. Putting Nintendo Switch’s 10 million sales in context: How does Nintendo’s hot console compare, historically?
  27. Is Nintendo Switch really as successful as we think it is? – Review of the Year: We look at a landmark 12 months for Nintendo
  28. Call of Duty: World War II longest-running UK No.1 since 2015 – Activision Blizzard’s latest shooter rack up sixth consecutive week in the top spot
  29. The Uncharted franchise has surpassed 41M sales
  30. Global esports revenue to hit $2.3 billion in 2022 – SuperData: “Advertisers and investors are finally taking notice of esports’ access to key audiences”
  31. CrossCut Venture to invest in games and esports after raising $125 million fund: Gaming an esports represent “growing area of importance”
  32. Sacramento Kings Unveil Esports Facility Inside Golden 1 Center
  33. Investors sink $25M into mobile eSports platform Skillz
  34. Playkey raises $10.5m through cryptocurrency sale: Russian streaming platform attracts new investors through Initial Coin Offering
  35. LMFAO Xur Is Selling Prometheus Lens
  36. People of the Year 2017: SpecialEffect – This year has been the video game charity’s biggest and most important on record
  37. People of the Year 2017: Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene – The driving force behind the biggest game of 2017 was “a photographer, a DJ, a designer” for most of his life – the remarkable rise of Brendan Greene
  38. ‘PlayerUnknown’ argues for better protection against copycat games: “I want other developers to put their own spin on the genre… not just lift things from our game. I want this genre of games to grow. “
  39. It’s Not That Videogames Don’t Need Big Award Shows. It’s That They Don’t Need Any

DIGITAL

  1. Canadian ISPs And Hollywood Agree On Plan To Make Themselves Judge, Jury and Website Executioner
  2. “Suspicious” event routes traffic for big-name sites through Russia: Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft all affected by “intentional” BGP mishap.
  3. Russia Says Disconnecting From The Rest Of The Net ‘Out Of The Question’, But Wants Alternative DNS Servers For BRICS Nations
  4. Prince’s Estate Goes After Another YouTuber, This Time To Protect Copyrights Against Bootleg Concert Footage
  5. YouTube’s new music streaming service reportedly launching next March: It will combine YouTube Red with Google Play Music
  6. Very Dumb YouTuber Nearly Died In Very Dumb Head-In-Cement Microwave Stunt
  7. YouTube Exec Addresses Inappropriate Videos In Open Letter To Family Creators: “We Hear You And We Are Listening” 
  8. Gamer Dan “DanTDM” Middleton Leads Forbes List Of Top-Earning YouTube Stars With Estimated $16.5 Million Income In 2017
  9. After Investigation, Father Behind Terminated YouTube Channel Toy Freaks Won’t Face Criminal Charges
  10. YouTube TV’s Latest Territorial Expansion Adds 34 Markets, Includes College Football Hotbeds Ahead Of Postseason 
  11. NFL Inks Multi-Year Deal With Verizon To Expand Live Streaming 
  12. Verizon Pays Reported $2.25 Billion To Stream NFL Games (Including This Season’s Playoffs) On Go90, Yahoo, AOL
  13. ESPN+ Streaming To Bring ‘Netflix-Like Aggregation’ Of Sports Content 
  14. Twitch To Broadcast The NBA’s Second-Tier League With Its Streamers As Commentators
  15. Twitch, NBA G League Streaming Deal Elevates Hoops Fan Commentary
  16. Amazon Adds Twitch Compatibility For All Alexa-Enabled Devices
  17. Ahead of FCC vote, Twitch CEO speaks on importance of net neutrality
  18. The Amazon machine
  19. Apple TV App Now Makes It Easier For Fans To Discover, Follow Sports
  20. Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest
  21. Apple Acquires Music Identifying Service Shazam: Other potential suitors included Snapchat and Spotify.
  22. Instagram Removes Stories Ad With Hair Strand To Trick Users Into Swiping Up
  23. Netflix calls out the 53 people who can’t stop watching A Christmas Prince
  24. MPAA Wins: Australia To Carve Google And Facebook Out Of Its Expanded Safe Harbor Provisions
  25. Google Promised a Way to Jailbreak the iPhone and It Delivered
  26. Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence
  27. In Just 4 Hours, Google’s AI Mastered All The Chess Knowledge in History
  28. DeepMind AI needs mere 4 hours of self-training to become a chess overlord: AlphaGo Zero needed three days to train up in Go; AlphaZero needed just eight hours.
  29. Artificial Intelligence Seeks An Ethical Conscience
  30. Former Facebook Exec: ‘You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed’
  31. What Happens When the Government Uses Facebook as a Weapon?: It’s social media in the age of “patriotic trolling” in the Philippines, where the government is waging a campaign to destroy a critic—with a little help from Facebook itself.
  32. Rise of the Chatbots 
  33. The App That Reminds You You’re Going to Die: It helped me find inner peace. 
  34. Insights: High Tech, High Touch, & How To Keep The Human In An Algorithmic World 
  35. I used to be a bitcoin bull—here’s why that changed: With “buy bitcoin with credit card” trending on Google, investors should be wary. 
  36. Patreon to World: ‘We Messed Up’
  37. Patreon Calls Off Fee Change Following Widespread Creator Consternation
  38. Why Everyone Is Mad at Patreon Now
  39. Change To Patreon’s Fee Structure Has Many Creators Up In Arms
  40. Patreon senior engineer: “We don’t need” misbehaving CEOs: “Bad actors” have had their time. “They’re done. They can go.”
  41. Uber’s Not The Only One That Should Be Wary Of Disappearing Messaging Apps
  42. Uber settles second US lawsuit filed by India rape victim: Woman claimed that Uber execs accessed, shared her medical files.
  43. Twitter Will Finally Display View Counts On Video Tweets
  44. This Is How Steve Bannon And Breitbart Tried To Sabotage Twitter: For more than a year before he became Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Steve Bannon sought to wage war against Twitter, tasking Milo Yiannopoulos and other Breitbart News employees to look into editorial, financial, and legal ways they could harm the Jack Dorsey–led social network.
  45. LinkedIn Activity May Violate Non-Solicitation Agreements 
  46. Connected Devices and the Right-To-Repair Movement
  47. Cracking down on a bad coin offering
  48. SEC Chair Clayton issues statement on cryptocurrencies and ICOs: are all ICOs securities offerings? 
  49. Bank of America Wins Patent for Crypto Exchange System
  50. This startup uses body heat to mine crypto – for when robots take our jobs
  51. How Technology Tests Our Trust
  52. Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017  

CREATIVITY

  1.  The Fight for Fair Copyright Returns: Canadian Government Launches Major Copyright Review (Michael Geist)
  2. Opening Statements In The Trademark Battle Of The Comic Cons, While Other Regional Cons Go Full Judas
  3. SLCC Rankles Judge With Social Media Posts As A Jury Prepares To Rule
  4. San Diego Comic-Con Wins Lawsuit Over ‘Comic Con’ Trademark
  5. Comic Con Verdict: Salt Lake Comic Con Loses The Battle, Now Seeks To Win The War 
  6. Indigenous activist heads back to court in fight against Cleveland Indians logo
  7. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. v. ComicMix LLC 
  8. Egyptian singer Shyma gets two years in jail – for suggestively eating a banana in a music video: She was arrested last month after authorities said her music video for ‘I Have Issues’ incited debauchery
  9. Saudis Will Be Able To Go To Movie Theaters For The First Time In Decades
  10. Reporter Says NFL Network Job Interviewer Asked If She “Planned On Getting Knocked Up” 
  11. Look, we all want to watch Avengers and X-Men fight, but this Disney-Fox merger still sucks
  12. Disney And Fox
  13. 11 Minor Star Wars Characters Who Got Absurdly Full Lives Beyond the Movies 
  14. Canadian Trade Committee Warns Against Unbalanced U.S. IP Demands in NAFTA (Michael Geist) 
  15. State Board That Fined Man For Criticizing The Government Without A License Admits It Was Wrong

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. On the Eve of the FCC’s Reclassification of Broadband Services, the FCC and FTC Release Memorandum of Understanding for Oversight of Broadband 
  2. No, The FTC Won’t Save You Once Net Neutrality Rules Are Killed
  3. It’s Super Hard To Find Humans In The Fcc’s Net Neutrality Comments
  4. FCC Must Investigate Fraud Before Voting On Net Neutrality 
  5. What to Expect from the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order 
  6. Net Neutrality a Concern? Companies Are Already Denying You Access to Content
  7. Net Neutrality Protests Move Online, Yet Big Tech Is Quiet
  8. FCC Plan To Kill Net Neutrality Rules Could Hurt Students
  9. FCC Commissioner Blasts Her Own Agency for Withholding Evidence of Fraud
  10. A Republican lawmaker urges FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote: FCC should wait for Congress to create net neutrality law, Republican says. 
  11. The FCC Says Net Neutrality Cripples Investment. That’s Not True
  12. Net Neutrality, Kanye, and Hot Dogs: Quantifying the Impact of the Day of Action Using Media Cloud and Google Trends
  13. Any lawful device: Revisiting Carterfone on the eve of the Net Neutrality vote – From the archives: An old FCC decision provides perspective for what the Commission is doing now.
  14. Leaked Video Shows FCC Chair Ajit Pai Roasting Himself With ‘Jokes’ About Being a Verizon Shill 
  15. Bomb threat temporarily disrupts FCC vote to kill net neutrality rules: Repeal vote was about to happen when Ajit Pai announced brief recess.
  16. FCC Boss Claims Net Neutrality Hurts Small ISPs, But The FCC’s Own Data Proves Otherwise
  17. Ajit Pai offers no data for latest claim that net neutrality hurt small ISPs: ISPs supposedly harmed by the rules expanded to new areas and installed fiber.
  18. FCC Boss Lies Again, Insists Net Neutrality Harms The Sick And Disabled 
  19. FCC Boss ‘Jokes’ About Being A ‘Verizon Puppet’ At Tone Deaf Industry Gala
  20. Ajit Pai jokes with Verizon exec about him being a “puppet” FCC chair: “We want to groom a Verizon puppet to install as FCC chair,” Verizon says in skit. 
  21. ISP disclosures about data caps and fees eliminated by net neutrality repeal: ISPs won’t have to reveal the full cost of service when you buy broadband.
  22. How Reddit and others “broke the Internet” to support net neutrality today: Major websites join last-ditch effort to save net neutrality rules.
  23. “Face reality! We need net neutrality!” Crowds chant across the country: Protests led by various activist groups manage to turn out crowds large and small.
  24. T-Mobile promises to end the “complete bulls—t” from TV companies in 2018: John Legere wants to give the cable companies a taste of the “Un-carrier” medicine.
  25. Why I Changed My Mind On Net Neutrality
  26. The Free Market Argument For Net Neutrality
  27. Net Neutrality Briefing: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (Michael Geist)
  28. Canada’s Lead Negotiator Confirms Government Seeking Net Neutrality Safeguards in NAFTA (Michael Geist)
  29. India Embraces Full Net Neutrality As The U.S. Turns Its Back On The Concept
  30. Shocker: Study Finds Cord Cutting Very Real, TV Execs Still Failing To Adapt

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Supreme Court of Canada Rules Text Messages Can Attract a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy
  2. SCC Recognizes Expectation of Privacy in Text Message Conversations
  3. The Supreme Court says your text messages could be considered private even after you send them: The court cautions that much depends on the facts of each case
  4. Texting and the Expectation of Privacy
  5. Supreme Court of Canada Rules Text Messages May Attract Reasonable Expectation of Privacy (Michael Geist)
  6. Canadian Supreme Court Says Privacy Protections Apply To Sent Text Messages Obtained From The Recipient
  7. Google Publishes Another Batch Of National Security Letters, Updates Its Transparency Report
  8. Top EU Data Protection Body Asks US To Fix Problems Of ‘Privacy Shield’ Or Expect A Referral To Region’s Highest Court
  9. UK Court Says Company Is Innocent In Massive Data Breach Caused By Vindictive Employee, But Must Nonetheless Pay Compensation
  10. Court Holds NYPD In Contempt For Refusing To Hand Over Documents Related To Black Live Matter Surveillance
  11. Court Says Google Must Unmask Person Who Left Wordless, One-Star Review Of Local Psychiatrist
  12. How to Track a Cellphone Without GPS—or Consent
  13. How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over The Web
  14. Kaspersky Closes DC Office, Says It Is ‘No Longer Viable’ to Work With Federal Government
  15. Exposed: Ethiopia’s nefarious, comically bungled spyware campaign – Publicly traded company helps country spy on critics, no questions asked.
  16. Iranian Hackers Have Been Infiltrating Critical Infrastructure Companies
  17. Game-changing attack on critical infrastructure site causes outage: Attack will serve as a blueprint for future attacks on other industrial systems.
  18. Quantum Computing Is The Next Big Security Risk
  19. Making Sense Of Apple’s Recent Security Stumbles

Jon

News of the Week; December 6, 2017

GAMES

  1. Epic Sues 14 Year Old It Accuses Of Cheating In Videogames After He Counternotices a DMCA On His YouTube Video
  2. Epic Games lawsuit over Fortnite cheats ends in settlement
  3. Creators of Star Control accuse Stardock of publishing games without permission
  4. Star Control creators accuse Stardock of selling games unlawfully: GOG.com pulling games from sale as publisher says devs have gone years without asserting rights, should have addressed it sooner
  5. Gambling-addicted teen begs EA to reconsider microtransaction strategy: Meanwhile, Take-Two Interactive boss insists loot boxes aren’t gambling
  6. EA trips up on the path from Product to Service: Consumer annoyance over micro-transactions doesn’t change the fact that every major publisher is shifting business model wholesale in that direction
  7. State Rep: Games industry must self-regulate loot boxes before government steps in
  8. Games industry must self-regulate on loot boxes, says state representative – Sean Quinlan: Legislation would be a “slippery slope”
  9. 35% or more of EA Sports players spend on Ultimate Team: CFO Blake Jorgensen says publisher focuses on getting people into the funnel, not on making payers spend more
  10. Warframe dev: Industry must get better at “giving players a choice and a voice” – Microtransactions aren’t inherently bad, and they can work with AAA-type experiences says Meridith Braun, VP, Publishing, Digital Extremes
  11. PUBG Will Never Add A Loot Box Item ‘That Affects The Gameplay’: New cosmetic items will come after official launch.
  12. EA says half of Ultimate Teamplayers spend money on the F2P mode: “Of those 75 percent of the people, about half of those people actually spend some money and the other half just play without spending. But in a free-to-play world, that’s a fantastic balance of spenders and non-spenders.”
  13. What reaching 25 million users says about Rainbow Six Siege and games-as-a-service: Siege is an outlier, and one the publishing giants can learn from
  14. FTC Finalizes Its First Settlement For Social Media Influencers
  15. Childline and NSPCC condemn ‘unacceptable’ Detroit: Become Human – Campaigners concerned by the depiction of violence against children
  16. “We have to remember it’s a game”: Mixing anti-cultism and action in Far Cry 5: Creative director Dan Hay discusses reactions to Ubisoft’s upcoming shooter and how the Far Cry team touches on topical themes
  17. “It’s the game designer’s job to evoke different sides of humanity”: Thatgamecompany president Jenova Chen believes that positive behavior can be rewarded and monetized
  18. Bungie opens up about Destiny 2 changes after hidden “scaling” debacle: Big changes coming for experience system and everything else.
  19. “Smaller studios will define the future of video game storytelling”: A fresh wave of developers aims to change the industry with narrative titles that appeal to wider audiences than anything in the charts
  20. Sega cuts full-year profit forecast by 54.5 percent
  21. People of the Year 2017: Ninja Theory – Ninja Theory is to be commended for its handling of mental illness and for showing how indies can still approach AAA development
  22. People of the Year 2017: Larian Studios – With Divinity: Original Sin II, the Belgian studio combined both commercial performance with creative excellence – and it did so on its own terms
  23. War Child UK launches world’s first mobile gaming armistice: Charity looking to build on success of 2016’s armistice which raised over £100,000
  24. Twitch sees “glimmer of hope” in battle against toxic behavior: Co-founder Kevin Lin tells GamesIndustry.biz he believes positivity will perpetuate out from smaller, more controlled channels
  25. The Odd, Enduring Appeal Of Musou Games May Finally Be Paying Off
  26. Why The Golden State Warriors Bet Millions On A League of Legends Team
  27. Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue On Esports: ‘It’s Not Sports’
  28. Mark Emmert: NCAA Exploring Whether Or Not It Has Role In Esports
  29. College Conference Commissioners Question Whether Esports Is A Sport
  30. The Overwatch Videogame League Aims To Become The New NFL
  31. The Overwatch League Preseason Begins Today, Here’s What You Need To Know
  32. BBC launches VR Hub studio: Broadcaster will focus on high-quality, high-impact experiences in effort to push tech to the mainstream
  33. VR devs need to unlearn unspoken game dev rules, says Oculus exec: “Sometimes people don’t understand how specific an IP is to the hardware it’s been made for.”
  34. Analyst: The Switch topped online sales charts during Thanksgiving weekend
  35. The Switch was the best-selling product online over Thanksgiving: Nintendo’s console tops the charts despite not going on sale
  36. Nintendo brings Wii and GameCube titles to Nvidia Shield in China
  37. Nintendo targets Chinese gamers with remasters for Nvidia Shield: Platform holder increases presence in lucrative market with China-only re-release of Twilight Princess and New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  38. Nintendo brings HD Wii games to China’s Nvidia Shield—is Switch next?: Remastered ports could be a test run on similar Tegra hardware.
  39. A List Of Old Games That I Would Definitely Buy Again On Switch
  40. Valve announces the return of Portal… via Bridge Constructor: Licensed expansion almost counts as V alve’s first “new” game in years.
  41. Vivendi a third wheel in the Activision Blizzard union: 10 Years Ago This Month: The media giant orchestrated a massively successful merger but walked away with relatively little to show for it
  42. Blizzard, EA among Glassdoor’s best places to work: Employees have given both game companies high marks
  43. Digital revenues up 15% in October – Superdata: Single-player games holding their own while Destiny 2 and PUBG push premium PC up 28%; worldwide digital revenues total $8.5 billion
  44. Sega’s game division holds strong despite 54.5% cut to company-wide profit forecast: Operating income for games up by $35 million despite net sales decline
  45. Neill Blomkamp: ‘It’s inevitable that the uncanny valley just goes away’ – District 9 director talks about his experience creating the ADAM short films with Unity
  46. The games industry has an inferiority complex, and it’s holding us back: Some studios have a “fundamental lack of understanding” of narrative and character development, says writer for Destiny: The Taken King
  47. Super Mario Run, CATS get Google Play 2017 nods: Nintendo claims most downloaded new title while ZeptoLab’s battle bot fighter awarded Game of the Year
  48. World of Warcraft, world of inspiration – Why I Love: Lightseekers senior designer Ana Steiner traces her history with the MMO that convinced her to pursue a career in games
  49. Blackbird Interactive to open new gaming studio in False Creek Flats
  50. Citing volatile value, Steam drops Bitcoin support
  51. Steam no longer accepting Bitcoin: Storefront says high fees and volatile price fluctuations make supporting the cryptocurrency “untenable”
  52. Crytek helping launch Crycash cryptocurrency: Developer says paying players who reach certain milestones in its games will be a cost-effective user acquisition strategy

DIGITAL

  1. Bell Leads on Radical Proposal for CRTC-Backed Mandatory Website Blocking System (Michael Geist)
  2. Bell’s Latest Privacy Solution: Enhance Internet Privacy By Blocking Access to It (Michael Geist) 
  3. Not Just Bell: Shaw Calls on CRTC To Support Website Blocking (Michael Geist)
  4. SCC To Weigh In On Fees For Identifying ISP Subscribers: Rogers v. Voltage 
  5. “Relief and happiness”: Supreme Court of Canada to hear VICE press freedoms case
  6. The Reckoning at Vice Has Begun
  7. Sixth Circuit Suggests Liability for Copyright Infringement May Justify Reduced First Amendment Protection for Anonymous Speech, But Recommends Consideration of Context and ‘Practical Need’ for Unmasking 
  8. Silicon Valley Investor Takes Leave of Absence After Harassment Reports
  9. Senator Kamala Harris Serves Up A Not-Completely-Terrible Revenge Porn Bill
  10. Hyperloop One co-founder takes leave after sexual harassment accusations: Shervin Pishevar claims he is the subject of a “smear campaign.”
  11. Disney Sues Redbox Over Sale of Movie Download Codes: The DVD kiosk rental company allegedly disassembles a product package and then sells codes separately in what Disney asserts is a violation of copyright law.
  12. The Uber-Waymo Lawsuit Gets A New Star—And Takes A Wild Turn
  13. LA City Attorney Jumps Into Uber Fray 
  14. Waymo can’t stop Uber employees from explaining Wickr use while at Waymo – Judge Alsup: “I can’t stand it when Waymo or the other side wants it both ways.”
  15. Yahoo’s Insanely Bad Deal to Pay Mozilla $375 Million a Year for Nothing Is Headed to Court
  16. Apple agrees to set aside more than $15 billion to Ireland in back taxes: Despite EU ruling, neither Apple nor Ireland wants the Cupertino company to pay.
  17. Twitter’s Year in Review Confirms 2017 Sucked
  18. Tinder Can Now Show Who It Thinks You’ll Swipe Right On
  19. The Future of Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Society
  20. A Swarm Intelligence Correctly Predicted TIME’s Person of the Year
  21. I Enlisted an Algorithm to Help Me Write the Perfect Piece of Science Fiction. This is our Story.
  22. Google Yanks YouTube From Amazon’s Echo Show And Fire TV Devices
  23. Google will pull YouTube support from Amazon Fire TVs in 2018: No more YouTube for yet another Amazon device.
  24. Google and Amazon are punishing their own customers in a bitter feud: It shouldn’t have come to this
  25. Google And Amazon Are Harming Consumers And Behaving Like Obnoxious Toddlers 
  26. Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, months after original announcement: The long-awaited app is now available for 3rd-gen Apple TVs and newer devices.
  27. Google is blocking YouTube on Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV: The service won’t work until Amazon is willing to collaborate with Google on a YouTube app for its devices.
  28. Google bans Android developers from adding lock screen ads: Users will no longer be troubled by shady apps that hijack lock screens.
  29. Chrome to stop third-party software injections because they make it crash: Users with injected software are 15 percent more likely to experience crashes.
  30. Essential CEO Andy Rubin goes on leave for “personal reasons”: A report claims Rubin, the father of Android, left Google after an HR investigation.
  31. Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready For AI
  32. Inside Baidu’s Bid To Lead The Ai Revolution
  33. San Francisco Just Put The Brakes On Delivery Robots
  34. Many Startup Founders Doubt Extent Of Sexual Harassment
  35. Home Security Company Says No One Linking To Its Website Is Allowed To Disparage It
  36. Snopes Debunks Fake YouTube Video; Video’s Creator Responds With A Bogus DMCA Notice
  37. Data-Saving YouTube Go App Arrives In Thailand, Malaysia, Ghana, Kenya, More
  38. YouTube Will Reportedly Make Advertisers Pay More To Ensure Placement On Top-Level Videos
  39. YouTube Will Have 10,000 Humans Working To Purge Questionable Content In 2018
  40. Expanding our work against abuse of our platform
  41. Toy Freaks Dad Reportedly Under Investigation For Disturbing Videos
  42. Seven-Year-Old Suffers Severe Burns After Attempting YouTube ‘Fire Challenge’
  43. Amid Kids’ Content Controversy, YouTube To Offer 5 Family-Friendly Red Series For Free
  44. YouTube CEO To Creators: We’re Going To Be Better About Demonetization
  45. Vidme Shuts Down Its Video Platform, Will Launch New Product Next Year
  46. YouNow Inks First Content Deal With Eleven Sports For Crypto App Rize
  47. BET To Celebrate Influencers, Viral Videos At Inaugural ‘Social Awards’
  48. It’s 25 years since someone sent the first text message
  49. Emails Show Pretty Much Everyone on Trump’s Transition Team Knew Mike Flynn Talked to Russians
  50. Oh my god, he just admitted to obstruction of justice. If Trump knew Flynn lied to the FBI when he asked Comey to let it go, then there is your case.
  51. Looking for the Linguistic Smoking-Gun in a Trump Tweet: Could the word pled really reveal who wrote Trump’s reaction to the Flynn news?
  52. The underground story of Cobra, the 1980s’ illicit handmade computer: In their poor, Communist country, Romania’s computer curious built an underground industry.
  53. ‘Mailsploit’ Lets Hackers Forge Perfect Email Spoofs
  54. Is Bitcoin a Pyramid Scheme?
  55. The IRS Has Come Knocking at Bitcoin’s Door
  56. Bitcoin, Bankers, and Barriers to Legislation
  57. Bitcoin’s insane energy consumption, explained: One estimate suggests the Bitcoin network consumes as much energy as Denmark.
  58. Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy—And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing
  59. A brief history of Bitcoin hacks and frauds: Bitcoins have been a juicy target for hackers since 2011.
  60. Feds shut down allegedly fraudulent cryptocurrency offering: Cryptocurrency offerings are no longer a regulation-free zone.
  61. Will Repealing Net Neutrality Really Spell Doom for Cryptocurrencies? 
  62. The Wikipedia Competitor That’s Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy
  63. Preparing for liability in the age of the Internet of Things 
  64. Future Historians Probably Won’t Understand Our Internet, and That’s Okay: Archivists are working to document our chaotic, opaque, algorithmically complex world—and in many cases, they simply can’t.
  65. Canada’s Missing Internet Provision: Why NAFTA Offers the Chance to Establish Long Overdue Online Speech Safeguards (Michael Geist)

CREATIVITY

  1.  Disney Sued Over Alleged “Let It Go” Song Theft, Millions Of YouTube Covers Could Be Affected
  2. Brown v. Time Warner, Inc.
  3. Copyright Does Not Protect Ideas, Only Expression 
  4. Comic-Con Busted In Libya For Being “Exploitative”
  5. Protecting TV Show Formats
  6. New copyright protection test for designs of useful articles
  7. Can You Copyright Infringe Anonymously? Revisited.
  8. What Happens If The DOJ Ends Up With Martin Shkreli’s Sole Copy Of The Wu Tang Clan Album?
  9. Robin Wright To Lead Final ‘House Of Cards’ Season Without Kevin Spacey
  10. In the Future, Everyone Will Have Their Personality Misappropriated for 15 Minutes 
  11. Ohio couple gronked again 
  12. Don’t Stop The Presses! When Local News Struggles, Democracy Withers
  13. Atlanta Anchor Sharon Reed Claps Back at Viewer Who Calls Her N-Word After Mayoral Election
  14. Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Libel Claims in Stolen Valor Case: Shane Ladner sued New World Communications of Atlanta for defamation after Ladner and his wife were among veterans on a float that collided with a train in Texas.
  15. Ladner v. New World Communications of Atlanta Inc.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Massachusetts District Court Finds VoIP Service is Not Cellular Service Per Se Under the TCPA  
  2. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora Could Face Billions In ‘Fast Lane’ Surcharges
  3. How To Make Sense Of Net Neutrality And Telecom Under Trump
  4. 50,000 net neutrality complaints were excluded from FCC’s repeal docket: FCC is “going to great lengths to ignore these documents,” advocate says.
  5. Democrat asks why FCC is hiding ISPs’ answers to net neutrality complaints: Records request for net neutrality complaints and resolutions still unfulfilled.
  6. Use This Tool to See If Your Name Was Used to Support Net Neutrality Repeal 
  7. New York AG Provides Tool To Help You Check If Your Name Was Used To Support Killing Net Neutrality
  8. Net neutrality activists just took over Reddit with protest posts: “This is my Senator. He sold me out to telecom lobbyists.” 
  9. Absent Facts To Support Repealing Net Neutrality, Ajit Pai Wildly Attacking Hollywood Tweeters
  10. After Attacking Random Hollywood Supporters Of Net Neutrality, Ajit Pai Attacks Internet Companies
  11. Ajit Pai Attacked Hollywood & Silicon Valley Because Even Republicans Are Against His Net Neutrality Plan
  12. Ajit Pai Doesn’t Want You Talking About Court Ruling That Undermines His Bogus Claim That The FTC Will Protect Consumers
  13. Days Before Doing Verizon’s Bidding, Ajit Pai Gives A Talk At Verizon
  14. The FCC Tried To Hide Net Neutrality Complaints Against ISPs 
  15. Tom Wheeler slams Ajit Pai’s plan to kill net neutrality rules: FCC is “bend[ing] to the wishes” of big Internet providers, ex-chair says.
  16. Commentary: The FCC Has Always Defended Net Neutrality. Why Stop Now?
  17. Guardians of the Future: The FCC Commissioner is Working to Delay the Net Neutrality Vote
  18. FCC won’t delay vote, says net neutrality supporters are “desperate”: Pai says FTC will protect consumers—but FTC could lose its regulatory authority.
  19. AT&T wants you to forget that it blocked FaceTime over cellular in 2012 – AT&T: Your Internet service won’t change after FCC eliminates net neutrality rules.
  20. ISPs Are Already Using The FCC’s Planned Net Neutrality Repeal To Harm Consumers 
  21. No Parlay for Pirates: FCC Turns Up the Heat on Dozens of Alleged Pirate Radio Operators 
  22. Digital Cancon, the Sequel: CRTC Broadcast Consult Sparks Demands for Everything from Internet and iPod Taxes to Website Blocking to Abandoning Net Neutrality (Michael Geist)
  23. Tragedy offers lessons for event organisers managing volunteers

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Drawing the Line: Supreme Court Addresses Major Privacy Rights in Cell Phone Dispute
  2. Judge Rules Amended Eavesdropping Suit Against Golden State Warriors Can Proceed
  3. Trump Tweet About Surveillance Undercuts FBI’s Glomar Responses In FOIA Lawsuits 
  4. House Internet Censorship Bill Is Just Like The Senate Bill, Except Worse
  5. House Intelligence Committee Lobs Zero-Reform Section 702 Bill Into The Mix At The Last Possible Minute
  6. German Government Official Wants Backdoors In Every Device Connected To The Internet
  7. Navy Officer Working For The NSA Caught Trying To Search Her Boyfriend’s Son’s Phone
  8. NSA, DOJ Still Aren’t Letting Defendants Know They’re Using Section 702 Evidence Against Them
  9. Don’t Buy Anyone an Echo
  10. Electrician Used Greasy Junk Food Bags to Hide His GPS Location and Skip Work
  11. Evidence That Ethiopia Is Spying On Journalists Shows Commercial Spyware Is Out Of Control
  12. Champing At The Cyberbit: Ethiopian Dissidents Targeted with New Commercial Spyware
  13. 100,000-strong botnet built on router 0-day could strike at any time: New strain of Mirai is sophisticated, locked, and loaded.
  14. “Malware-free” attacks mount in big breaches, CrowdStrike finds: Stolen credentials, exploits of command-line tools used in 66 percent of attacks.
  15. Mastermind behind sophisticated, massive botnet outs himself: Andromeda kingpin is identified by his ICQ number.
  16. Are you kidding me? Only 15% of US companies have insurance for their data! 
  17. The Internet of Toys: Legal and Privacy Issues with Connected Toys

Jon

News of the Week; November 29, 2017

GAMES

  1. Study: Pokémon Go led to increase in traffic deaths, accidents – Detailed look at accident reports shows 26.5% relative increase near Pokéstops.
  2. Parent rebukes Epic for suing teenage Fortnite player accused of cheating
  3. 14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Says He’s A Scapegoat [Update]
  4. Good News for Game Developers: Court Extends Protections for Using Others’ Trademarks in the Advertising of Artistic Works
  5. Activision Considering An Opposition To Trademark For Dog-Curbing Company ‘Call Of Doodee’
  6. Destiny 2 misrepresented XP gains to its players until the devs got caught: After confirming a hidden “XP scaling” system, Bungie made XP grinds even slower.
  7. Bungie Changes Destiny 2 XP System After Players Discover It Was Rigged
  8. Bungie drops hidden Destiny 2XP scaling following player outcry
  9. People Are Making Cults And Prisons In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
  10. Fans launch Black Friday boycott to #FixFIFA: Petition calling for changes has over 26,000 signaures
  11. Belgium denounces loot boxes as gambling; Hawaiian legislator calls them “predatory”: Belgium decides that the combination of random rewards and pay-to-play is gambling.
  12. Victorian gambling commission: “What occurs with ‘loot boxes’ does constitute gambling” – Commission has limited options for enforcement, looks to work with other agencies to bring about change
  13. British Gambling Commission worried about ‘potential risk’ of loot boxes
  14. British Gambling Commission concerned with “increasingly blurred” lines between games and gambling: Meanwhile, French politician calls for “prompt and sincere self-regulation” of the industry
  15. UK Gambling Commission Determines Loot Boxes Aren’t Gambling Under British Law
  16. Teen who spent $10k+ on microtransactions warns devs of the risk they pose: “The majority of the reason that I made my post was not really to slam EA or any of the companies that do this, but to share my story and to show that these transactions are not as innocent as they really appear to be. They can lead you down a path.”
  17. Disney flexes its muscle over Star Wars and Marvel: The IP powerhouse values protecting that IP over any business relationship – as firms working on those properties would do well to remember
  18. EA: Visceral’s canned Star Wars project too linear for modern tastes
  19. Popularity of linear games declining – EA: CFO Blake Jorgensen says cancelled Star Wars project was a type of game “people don’t like as much today as they did five years ago or 10 years ago”
  20. “You probably don’t want Darth Vader in pink”: EA CFO Blake Jorgensen says faithfulness to Star Wars canon prevented a cosmetic microtransaction model for Star Wars Battlefront II
  21. Star Citizen now offering to sell in-game land: The most successful crowdfunded game ever is asking players to spend more
  22. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp: Critical Consensus – A faithful yet divisive pocket-sized recreation of the beloved series, plagued by microtransactions
  23. PC microtransaction revenue has doubled since 2012 –  SuperData report: Battlefront II is the poster child of a new and uncomfortable growing pain for the games industry
  24. Take-Two president weighs in on loot boxes as ‘not gambling’: “The whole gambling regulator thing, we don’t view that thing as gambling. Our view is the same as the ESA statement, for the most part. So that’s going to play its course.”
  25. Games industry is going 100% digital – Take-Two: President Karl Slatoff says physical game sales are probably going away on a 5-20 year timeline, weighs in on loot boxes
  26. Games could be hit hard by net neutrality’s death: This is class warfare and gamers and small game companies are in the crosshairs
  27. Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal on Standing Grounds of Biometric Privacy Suit over Videogame Facial Scan Feature 
  28. Portraying migrants’ struggles via cellphones in Bury Me, My Love
  29. Four And A Half Years After Raising $121,000, Skyrim Composer’s Kickstarter Is MIA 
  30. Star Citizen offers $50-$100 in-game ‘land claims’ to boost dev funds
  31. Global gaming revenue on par with sports at $149bn for 2017: Software revenue alone expected to reach $143.5 billion by 2020
  32. ‘Pokémon Go’ Studio Niantic Completes $200M Funding Round
  33. Pokémon global lifetime sales surpass 300m: Figure does not include Pokémon Go or downloads, but does include Snap, Stadium and all the other spin-offs
  34. Nintendo Switch on track to outpace ten-month sales of the Wii by 20%
  35. Nintendo’s “insane turnaround” driving holiday sales – Analyst: We chat with analysts in the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday
  36. Report: Nintendo to start offering in-game power-ups via cereal boxes: Box for “Super Mario Cereal” reportedly doubles as an Amiibo.
  37. Animal Crossing: Pocket Campimpressions: Nintendo should be ashamed – Lots of good AC series content, but core experience is too low on free-to-play scale.
  38. VR headset sales are slowly rising out of the doldrums: Lower prices lead to increased interest as PlayStation Move dominates sales.
  39. Analyst: 1M VR headsets shipped last quarter, an industry first
  40. More than one million VR headsets sold last quarter: PlayStation VR accounts 80% of Japanese market
  41. UK charts: PS4 and PSVR enjoy a strong Black Friday: PlayStation VR sold more than in the previous 18 weeks combined, strongest week of the year for software units and revenue
  42. VR to star in China’s $1.5bn future tech theme park: Virtual rollercoasters, shooting games and alien tours will feature
  43. Over 300,000 games consoles sold in the UK last week – GfK: Black Friday was the 13th biggest day ever for UK games retail
  44. Sony posts record Black Friday hardware sales: Head of PSN Eric Lempel says company sold more PlayStations over the weekend than in the 23-year history of the brand
  45. PUBG going mobile with Tencent’s help: The wildly popular game is not only coming to China, but it’s about to get the mobile treatment
  46. Mobile still a moving target: GameChangerSF is finding more value bringing back lapsed players than searching for new ones
  47. Report: Marvel Heroes dev Gazillion shuts down, lays off entire workforce
  48. Gazillion Entertainment has officially shut down: Marvel Heroes goes offline a month ahead of schedule as studio closes
  49. Rovio shares fall by 20 percent thanks to rising UA costs
  50. Indie devs explore the benefits of working with a publisher: “Indie dev is a minefield now. To have a chance at a good level of success, you basically have to nail everything. That’s a really tall order, so devs are simply looking to stack the odds in their favor.”
  51. The sunk cost fallacy: Devs describe how it almost destroyed them
  52. 9 years in, Demon’s Souls is losing its online features
  53. PC free-to-play revenue has doubled since 2012
  54. Pokemon game series surpasses 300M lifetime sales
  55. Pokemon Go developer Niantic nets $200M in funding
  56. Investors pour $50M into social/casino mobile game dev Huuuge
  57. Game sells Multiplay server hosting division to Unity for $25.2M
  58. Unity buys GAME’s Multiplay Digital business for £19m: GAME bought the entire Multiplay division for £20m almost 3 years ago
  59. Zelda concert producer: “I just want to bring video game music to the masses”: Jason Michael Paul looks back on 14 years of creating video game concerts
  60. Oral History: How Marvel’s Creative Head Helped Bring Nintendo To America

DIGITAL

  1. Truthfeed Spreads Pro-Trump Propaganda: The website has connections to the president’s camp—and white supremacists.
  2. YouTube pulls ads on 2 million inappropriate children’s videos: It’s also investigating autocomplete search after suggestions for child exploitation content
  3. YouTube Investigating Pedophiliac Phrases In Autocomplete Search Suggestions
  4. Adidas, Mars Among Brands To Suspend YouTube Campaigns In Response To Inappropriate Kids Videos
  5. YouTube’s Creepy Kid Problem Was Worse Than We Thought
  6. Making a federal case out of revenge porn 
  7. Chicago Considers Another Dumb ‘Texting And Walking’ Law To Raise Revenue
  8. The “Lowdown” on DMCA Regulations and Take-Downs
  9. YouTube Announces Its Version Of Snapchat’s Stories Among Community Tab Updates 
  10. Apple Projected to Spend $4.2 Billion on Original Content by 2022
  11. Analyst Projects Apple’s Original Content Budget Will Rise To $4.2 Billion Per Year By 2022
  12. Apple Launches New YouTube Channel With Handful Of How-To Videos
  13. BuzzFeed To Lay Off Roughly 100 Staffers Amid Missed Revenue Goals
  14. BuzzFeed Lays Off About 100 Staffers, Refocuses Content Efforts 
  15. The Potential Of Artificial Intelligence In The Future Of Sports
  16. Artificial intelligence to impact personal injury law
  17. The challenges of patenting artificial intelligence
  18. Designing Artificial Intelligence to Explain Itself: A new working paper maps out critical starting points for thinking about explanation in AI systems.
  19. A Layered Model for AI Governance
  20. Manufacturing an Artificial Intelligence Revolution (Yarden Katz)
  21. Cookie law conundrum: Do you know what your webmaster is busy baking?
  22. Consumer protection and online advertising
  23. Websites use your CPU to mine cryptocurrency even when you close your browser: Resource-draining code hides in pop-under windows that can remain open indefinitely.
  24. Uber’s crisis deepens with record quarterly loss: Uber continues disrupting old-fashioned notions of profit.
  25. Uber Waymo Trial Delayed After Justice Department Jumps In, Unprompted, To Tell Judge That Uber Was Withholding Evidence
  26. Judge delays trial after ex-Uber employee describes rogue behavior: Richard Jacobs, an ex-security official at Uber, testified in court Tuesday.
  27. Chicago: Uber’s claim that hackers fully deleted stolen data is “nonsensical” – Uber’s been sued at least 11 times in just 1 week, faces new scrutiny from Senate.
  28. Uber hit with 2 lawsuits over gigantic 2016 data breach: “Uber knew or should have known its security systems were inadequate.” 
  29. Cyber Monday topped Prime Day to become Amazon’s biggest shopping day ever
  30. Facebook (still) lets housing advertisers exclude users by race: ProPublica bought ads that excluded African-Americans, Spanish speakers, Muslims.
  31. How Bored Panda Survived Facebook’s Clickbait Purge
  32. The End Of The Social Era Can’t Come Soon Enough: It seems increasingly likely that our society will one day view our infatuation with Twitter, Facebook, and the like as a passing, often destructive fad.
  33. Elon Musk wins bet, finishing massive battery installation in 100 days: South Australia battery installation has 100MW capacity, a world record.
  34. Email Is Broken. Can Anyone Fix It?
  35. Subverting Democracy, Advertising, and the Economy Through Bots 
  36. Platform Market Power (Kenneth Bamberger & Orly Lobel)

CREATIVITY 

  1.  UK High Court rules that TV Show Formats can be Copyright Protected
  2. Journalism Is Imploding Just When We Need It Most
  3. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Opposes Trademark Application For Dog-Walking Company Called Woof-Tang Clan
  4. Blade Runner 2049 Director Opens Up About the Film’s Treatment of Women
  5. Wilfrid Laurier graduate student delivers a wake-up call
  6. Here’s the full recording of Wilfrid Laurier reprimanding Lindsay Shepherd for showing a Jordan Peterson video: Teaching assistant Shepherd was accused of creating a ‘toxic climate’ at the university by screening a televised debate discussing gender-neutral pronouns
  7. Christie Blatchford: Here’s where Laurier can stick their apology to Lindsay Shepherd: Rambukkana’s ‘open letter’ is all I expected of a man who would invoke the spectre of Hitler to try to shut down an underling — craven, dissembling, revisionist
  8. Why Wilfrid Laurier University’s president apologized to Lindsay Shepherd: Deborah MacLatchy says she regrets how the meeting was conducted
  9. Counter-protests at Wilfrid Laurier University over freedom of speech turn — well, one man was shouting
  10. Teaching assistant who was sanctioned questions sincerity of Wilfrid Laurier University’s apology: ‘I didn’t expect their apology to be sincere. I don’t think that they are sincere,’
  11. Modern Educayshun: Mao, Orwell and Kafka at Wilfrid Laurier University
  12. Commentary: Laurier University incident demonstrates defence of certain kinds of speech
  13. Neither Wilfrid Laurier University’s methods nor teaching assistant’s debate helped trans people: Its actions come across as high-handed thought-policing that plays right into the hands of the intolerant, Shree Paradkar writes.
  14. A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.
  15. How media brands are using marketing to turn accusations of fake news into page views
  16. The battle over Gucci’s trademark stripes: Gucci’s trademark infringement claim against Forever 21 took a major step forward this month after a US district court dismissed the counterclaim by the fast fashion chain seeking cancellation of the disputed marks. Gucci claims that Forever 21 has infringed the trademarks protecting its ‘iconic stripe motifs’ in blue-red-blue and green-red-green.
  17. The Role of Trademark Law in the History of US Visual Identity Design, c.1860–1960 (Carma Gorman)
  18. How Patents Have Contributed To The Opioid Crisis 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Rogers to cut off support for Viceland TV station
  2.  CASL is Constitutional (And Some Guidance on How to Interpret It)
  3. Ajit Pai’s Big Lie
  4. Ajit Pai’s Shell Game
  5. Comcast Spent Millions Repealing Net Neutrality, Now Wants You To Believe It Won’t Take Full, Brutal Advantage 
  6. Comcast deleted net neutrality pledge the same day FCC announced repeal: Three-year-old “no paid prioritization” pledge was suddenly removed.
  7. Comcast hints at plan for paid fast lanes after net neutrality repeal: Comcast still won’t block or throttle—but paid prioritization may be on the way.
  8. AT&T and Comcast lawsuit has nullified a city’s broadband competition law – Bad news for Google Fiber: Nashville utility pole ordinance invalidated by judge.
  9. Judge Backs AT&T, Comcast Nuisance Suit Against Google Fiber In Nashville
  10. Nazis Want Net Neutrality Repealed To ‘Unleash A Plague Of Frogs On Twitter.’ It Won’t Happen
  11. FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal: Americans who support net neutrality find that their voices don’t count for much.
  12. Ajit Pai blames Cher and Hulk actor for ginning up net neutrality support: Net neutrality support is just “fear-mongering and hysteria,” FCC chair says.
  13. NY Attorney General Investigating Why Dead People Supported The FCC’s Attack On Net Neutrality
  14. The FCC’s Attack On Net Neutrality Is Based Entirely On Debunked Lobbyist Garbage Data
  15. Charter is using net neutrality repeal to fight lawsuit over slow speeds: Charter cites FCC preemption of state net neutrality rules in case filed by NY. 
  16. More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked: I used natural language processing techniques to analyze net neutrality comments submitted to the FCC from April-October 2017, and the results were disturbing.
  17. What An Internet Analyst Got Wrong About Net Neutrality
  18. What Actually Happens the Day Net Neutrality Is Repealed
  19. Mark Cuban Still Has Absolutely No Idea How Net Neutrality Works
  20. Net Neutrality Divide: Canada and the U.S. Go Separate Ways on an Open Internet (Michael Geist)
  21. AT&T’s C.E.O. Meets Trump’s Justice
  22. AT&T says it should be allowed to buy Time Warner because Comcast bought NBC: AT&T will use customer data to boost advertising business, court filing says. 
  23. FCC Adopts Rules Allowing Voice Service Providers to Block Illegal Robocalls 
  24. The VCAST decision: how to turn a private copying case into a case about communication/making available to the public
  25. TV[R]EV: Is Local TV Worth Saving?

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. SCC To Weigh In On Fees For Identifying ISP Subscribers: Rogers v. Voltage 
  2. Supreme Court to rule on Rogers’ charges for infringer names and addresses
  3. Yet Another Legal Action By Dogged Privacy Activist Brings Good News And Bad News For Facebook In EU’s Highest Court
  4. Security firm was front for advanced Chinese hacking operation, Feds say: The accused hacked 3 multinational corporations in pursuit of intellectual property.
  5. Hacker pleads guilty to huge Yahoo hack, admits helping Russia’s FSB: Three fellow co-defendants remain at large in Russia, unlikely to be extradited.
  6. Justices hear case that could reshape location privacy in the cellular age – Gorsuch: Unfettered access is “exactly what the framers were concerned about.”
  7. 10 Reasons Why the Fourth Amendment Third Party Doctrine Should Be Overruled in Carpenter v. US (Daniel Solove)
  8. Supreme Court Must Understand: Cell Phones Aren’t Optional
  9. The Fifth Amendment, Decryption and Biometric Passcodes
  10. Judge Tosses Long-Running Section 215 Surveillance Lawsuit
  11. Big Brother is Watching You: Feds Now Vetting Foreign Workers Via Social Media 
  12. Want your kid to behave this Christmas? There’s an app for that
  13. What Amazon Echo And Google Home Do With Your Voice Data
  14. It’s Not Always AI That Sifts Through Your Sensitive Info
  15. Australian man uses snack bags as Faraday cage to block tracking by employer: On 140 occasions, electrician logged that he was working while concealing his location.
  16. Anyone Can Hack Macos High Sierra Just By Typing “Root”
  17. macOS bug lets you log in as admin with no password required: Here’s how to protect yourself until Apple patches bafflingly bad bug.
  18. Federal student aid site offers one-stop shopping for ID thieves?: If you have someone’s name, birthdate, and SSN, FAFSA site will give up sensitive data.
  19. Maine Government Agency Tries To Charge Public Records Requester $750 For Opening A PDF
  20. How four Microsoft engineers proved that the “darknet” would defeat DRM – From the archives: How this quartet nearly got fired for it.

Jon

News of the Week; November 22, 2017

GAMES

  1. Russian Foreign Ministry Accuses America Of Supporting ISIS With Video Game Footage
  2. Clicker Heroes developer drops free-to-play model over ethical concerns: “We really don’t like making money off players who are in denial of their addiction,” says Playsaurus
  3. Citing ethics and better game design, Clicker Heroes 2 dev forgoes free-to-play: “The mere existence of real-money purchases puts an ugly cloud over the player’s experience, with the persistent nagging feeling of ‘My game could be so much better if I just spent a few dollars.’ That alone feels terrible”
  4. When F2P goes wrong: NCSoft gave latest game five months before pulling plug – Refunds for some MxM players; in-game coins for all (which won’t matter by Jan. 31).
  5. It’s Only A Game. Or Is It? Advergaming In The Digital Age 
  6. Star Wars Battlefront II Is Less A Game Than A Value Proposition
  7. Star Wars: Battlefront II review: Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, nope: Even if EA fulfills promises, this game may still be too far gone to the Dark Side.
  8. After fan outcry, EA kicks real-money purchases out of Battlefront II: Feature will return, but “only after we’ve made changes to the game.”
  9. “Nothing should feel unattainable”: DICE responds to Star Wars loot box backlash: Battlefront II developer hosts Reddit AMA, “deeply saddened” by negative response
  10. Belgian Gambling Commission targets EA and Blizzard over loot boxes: “The crate mechanics of Star Wars Battlefront II are not gambling,” says EA
  11. Belgian officials say they’d like lootboxes banned, but investigation continues
  12. Belgium Aims To Ban Loot Boxes In Europe
  13. Star Wars Battlefront II: This Is What $100 Could Get You Before Microtransactions Were Disabled
  14. Battlefront II dev temporarily turns off all microtransactions
  15. EA suspends microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II hours before game launch: “Sorry we didn’t get this right,” says DICE general manager
  16. Star Wars Battlefront II: Will EA’s concession hurt sales?: Analysts debate the impact of EA’s last-minute move to pull microtransactions from the title
  17. Star Wars Battlefront loot boxes investigation continues, say Belgian authorities: Hawaii also considers legislation against “Star Wars-themed online casino”
  18. Hawaiian representative wants to clamp down on ‘predatory’ loot boxes
  19. Wall Street is freaking out as EA caves again to social media outrage over its ‘Star Wars’ game: Investors are now worried the controversy over Electronic Arts’ “Star Wars Battlefront II” in-game monetization model will hurt the video game’s sales. – “The escalation of EA concessions over the past month are a potential negative indicator of pre-order sales trends and overall unit confidence,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post writes.” – EA’s stock is down 7 percent month to date through Thursday compared with the S&P 500’s 0.4 percent gain.
  20. EA tells investors turning off Battlefront 2’s microtransactions will not affect earnings
  21. EA share price dips following loot box debacle: Also, Need for Speed Payback retools loot boxes following “community feedback”
  22. Star Wars: Battlefront II debacle points the way forward – EA’s approach to microtransactions has been a complete disaster, but it may have stumbled upon a model other publishers should consider emulating
  23. Did Disney push for EA’s Battlefront microtransaction decision?: Off-the-record “concerns” and official “support.”
  24. Disney pressured EA to pull Star Wars microtransactions – Report: Online outrage had licensing partner concerned the Battlefront II reception could tarnish the Star Wars brand
  25. UK boxed charts: Disappointing debut for Star Wars Battlefront II: EA’s blockbuster shooter down 50% compared with Battlefield 1
  26. After Battlefront 2 Backlash, Need For Speed: Payback Alters Progression System
  27. EA Devs Dial Down Microtransaction Pressure In Latest Need For Speed
  28. Devs promise to change Battlefront II until players are happy: “We will be looking at data continually and make adjustments…”
  29. Loot boxes are not bad game design, say devs: Star Wars aside, loot boxes are here to stay; “It’s just us dinosaurs that remember buying a game once for a fixed price and getting a set experience”
  30. Applying ‘players first’ logic to loot boxes and other mechanics in Hearthstone
  31. Economics Of Microtransactions In Video Games
  32. Video Game Monetization Strategies
  33. FCC is about to dismantle net neutrality: Gamers who rely on equal access to the internet may no longer have any such guarantee
  34. When Will Video Game Software Need to Meet FCC Accessibility Requirements?
  35. Video Game Software Industry Seeks a Final Disabilities Access Waiver Extension 
  36. Marvel Heroes players chasing add-on refunds after short-lived console launch
  37. The survival of GAME: Why the retailer is feeling defiant in the face of digital dominance
  38. 11 years after launch, Titan Quest gets a new expansion pack
  39. “It’s not Hitman without IO”: Why Square Enix set the franchise free – President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda tells GamesIndustry.biz the reasons behind the surprise split with IO Interactive
  40. Steam overhauls user reviews to counter spam bots: Platform holder seeks to take power away from accounts that rate an “excessive number of reviews”
  41. Publishers are “the most valuable piece of the puzzle” right now: We Are Fuzzy’s Maxx Burman offers a not-so-fuzzy view of indie development in 2017 as he readies his first project, Sleep Tigh
  42. NCsoft will shut down Master X Master just months after launch
  43. Tiny Metal director accused of funding game with money from another Kickstarter
  44. Marvel Heroes Players Are Demanding Refunds For In-Game Purchases
  45. Marvel Heroes players chasing add-on refunds after short-lived console launch
  46. Marvel Heroes to close down as Disney terminates Gazillion partnership: Future remains uncertain for Marvel Heroes staff
  47. Gazillion faces surge of refund requests after Marvel Heroes closure news: Players frustrated after spending hundreds of dollars on in-game microtransactions
  48. Chasing the local optimum: Data-led strategies have left many companies trying to squeeze revenue from the same small but lucrative market segment – it’s not an approach with a bright future
  49. Twitch: “We’re almost ready to go full-blown Hunger Games” – Co-founder Kevin Lin is excited for a new age of games development where streaming audiences can interact with the players
  50. How Ninja Theory proved independent AAA has a future: “Smaller indie teams that want to make that step up in production values can adopt this kind of model”
  51. Mario can’t prevent US game sales from falling 11% in October: Nintendo had a great month, but that was offset by an overall decline in software spending
  52. Super Mario Odyssey tops US charts for October: Nintendo all over the NPD charts as Switch and Super NES Classic take top two spots on hardware side
  53. Nintendo Switch is dominated by physical sales – GAME: Publishers says physical tie-ratio for Switch is almost identical to Wii
  54. GAME: In UK and Spain, Switch attach rates are matching the Wii’s
  55. GameStop’s earnings rise thanks to demand for new games and Nintendo’s Switch
  56. Nintendo Switch drives GameStop global sales to just shy of $2bn for latest quarter: Hardware and software demand counters slight decline in pre-owned sales
  57. Nintendo’s Switch and SNES Classic topped U.S. game hardware sales last month
  58. Square Enix says its games are a good fit for the Switch, get buried on Steam
  59. Vivendi holding off on Ubisoft takeover plans for six months
  60. Vivendi: No plans for Ubisoft takeover for six months – French media giant still has aspirations to grow in gaming, but says it will limit stake in Assassin’s Creed publisher for now
  61. Jon Shafer leaves Paradox over creative differences: Civilisation V designer moves on after just six months with new employer
  62. Xbox One X launch sales well behind competition in Japan: Brand new super-powered console outsold by six-year-old handheld PlayStation Vita
  63. The world of Skyrim is thrilling and flawed in VR: A nice place to visit, but I’m not sure about spending 100 hours.
  64. “Life doesn’t wait for you, and neither does VR”: Baobab discusses the difficulty of directing player attention, and why we need new terms for virtual reality experiences
  65. Wargaming’s symbiotic relationship with education and marketing: Director of special projects Tracy Spaight explores the applications for AR and VR outside of gaming
  66. Riot Games Is Trying To Turn League Of Legends Into A Collegiate Esport
  67. Why NCAA Involvement In Esports May Not Be Such A Bad Thing
  68. What I learned visiting my first live eSports tournament: Just watching on Twitch isn’t the same as being immersed in the crowd.
  69. You Can Now Hire Professional Gamers To Play Call Of Duty For You
  70. Brooklyn Soccer Leagues To Replicate FIFA Video Game ‘In Real Life’
  71. Wanted: Loving home for Boeing 737 cockpit and flight simulator
  72. It’s A Living: Meet One Of New York’s Best Professional D&D Dungeon Masters
  73. The rise of D&D liveplay is changing how fans approach roleplaying: From Stranger Things’ Dungeons & Dragons obsession to the YouTube and Twitch players becoming online celebrities, role-playing games are becoming public entertainment
  74. South Australian government launches $2M digital games investment fund
  75. Opinion: South Australia’s $2 million AUD investment in game devs
  76. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild leads Golden Joystick award winners
  77. The McLaren Formula 1 team just hired the World’s Fastest Gamer: The F1 team wanted a new simulator driver. Now it has found one—through gaming.
  78. During The Holiday Season, Home Is Where The Games Are
  79. Axiom Verge Publisher Donating 75 Percent Of Its Share To Developer’s Son’s Healthcare

DIGITAL

  1. Music Canada Data Confirms Huge Increase in Streaming Revenues and Sharp Decline of Music Listening from Pirated Sources (Michael Geist)
  2. SOCAN Financial Data Highlights How Internet Music Streaming is Paying Off for Creators (Michael Geist)
  3. Judge Halts Copyright Troll’s Lawsuit Against A Now-Deceased Elderly Man With Dementia And An IP Address
  4. EFF Wins Over Patent Troll Trying To Silence EFF Calling Its Patent Stupid
  5. Microsoft facing lawsuit over alleged HoloLens patent infringement
  6. Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringement: Connecticut-based HoloTouch claims that HoloLens actually infringes two of its patents
  7. Google plans to ‘de-rank’ Russia Today and Sputnik to combat misinformation: Alphabet chief executive Eric Schmidt says Google and other tech companies must act against state-run Russian news agencies to stop spread of falsehoods
  8. US court thumbs its nose at Supreme Court of Canada: Google v Equustek (Barry Sookman)
  9. Monopoly Leveraging & Equal Treatment: the EU Commission’s Google Shopping Decision
  10. NSW Supreme Court considers jurisdictional issues in an online contract: Gonzalez v Agoda Company Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 1133
  11. Closed by Default: Why is Prime Minister Trudeau Using Restrictive Terms for Flickr Image Use? (Michael Geist)
  12. Inside Google’s Struggle to Filter Lies from Breaking News: The company is revamping the way it displays breaking news search results
  13. YouTube Terminates Controversial Kids Channel With Over 8.5 Million Subscribers
  14. YouTube’s Purge Of Inappropriate Content Aimed At Kids Spans Tens Of Billions Of Views
  15. What makes YouTube’s surreal kids’ videos so creepy?
  16. ‘This is not TV’: A growing number of advertisers feel duped by YouTube
  17. The Professional Friends of YouTube: The platform and its young celebrities have built a self-contained universe of political cluelessness
  18. YouTube Is Addressing Its Massive Child Exploitation Problem: After BuzzFeed News provided YouTube with dozens of examples of videos — with millions of views — that depict children in disturbing and abusive situations, the company is cracking down.
  19. Anatomy of a Fake News Scandal: Inside the web of conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners and Twitter bots who manufactured the ‘news’ that Hillary Clinton ran a pizza-restaurant child-sex ring
  20. Surveillance Fans Angry Journalist Used Metadata, Contact Chaining To Out Comey’s Secret Twitter Account
  21. By year’s end, you’ll know if you liked a Kremlin-created Facebook page: “This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center.”
  22. One Of The Biggest Alternative Media Networks In Italy Is Spreading Anti-Immigrant News And Misinformation On Facebook: The network sheds light on the overlap between the fringe underbelly of the Catholic world, Italy’s nationalist movements, and for-profit clickbait.
  23. We’ll Be Paying For Mark Halperin’s Sins For Years To Come: Reports of sexual harassment destroyed his reputation and his career. But I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics.
  24. The policy that the US porn industry has and Facebook needs
  25. In her new book, ‘The Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug,’ Sarah Lacy says women should fight back, not ‘lean in’: Amusingly, Lacy says Facebook — whose COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote “Lean In” — rejected ads for the book because of the word “uterus.”
  26. The Education of Mark Zuckerberg: The Facebook founder has discussed “community” more than 150 times in public. A close reading reveals his road map for the platform’s future.
  27. Facebook Launches Creator-Focused App With Content Production And Analytics Tools
  28. Facebook Acquires Exclusive Rights to 47 College Basketball Games From Smaller Conferences
  29. Athens Court of Appeal applies CJEU GS Media linking decision and interprets ‘profit-making intention’ restrictively
  30. Vice Forms Advisory Committee With Gloria Steinem Following Sexual Harassment Claims
  31. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo Tenders Investment In News Startup Axios
  32. Chinese students claim they worked illegal overtime making the iPhone X: Teens say a school made them intern at Foxconn, but Apple says it was voluntary.
  33. The Hidden Cost of Bitcoin? Our Environment.
  34. A Virtual Reality Film Experience Just Received the First Oscar for VR
  35. Inside The Race To Hack The Human Brain
  36. This Man Is Leading an AI Revolution in Silicon Valley—And He’s Just Getting Started: The cofounder and CEO of semiconductor and software maker Nvidia saw the future of computing more than a decade ago, and began developing products that could power the artificial intelligence era. Thanks to that vision, and relentless execution, his chipmaker today is perhaps the hottest company in Silicon Valley. And it may just be getting started.
  37. China Challenges Nvidia’s Hold On Artificial Intelligence Chips
  38. For the First Time, a Robot Passed a Medical Licensing Exam: Chinese AI-powered robot Xiaoyi took the country’s medical licensing examinations and passed, according to local reports. Xiaoyi is just one example of how much China is keen on using AI to make a number of industries more efficient.
  39. Experts: Artificial Intelligence Could Hijack Brain-Computer Interfaces
  40. Has The Silicon Valley Hype Cycle Run Its Course?: The social media boom, powered by the growth of mobile computing, is over. And while a glittering new technological age of artificial intelligence beckons, the current cycle seems bloated and fatigued. It’s no wonder venture capitalists are looking elsewhere.
  41. iOS 11 Is Killing Me
  42. Report: Apple Acquired VR Headset Startup Vrvana for $30 Million
  43. Amazon Secures Rights To Stream ATP World Tour In U.K., Ireland
  44. Amazon’s Last Mile: Who delivers Amazon orders? Increasingly, it’s plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars, competing for shifts on the company’s own Uber-like platform. Though it’s deployed in dozens of cities and associated with one of the world’s biggest companies, government agencies and customers alike are nearly oblivious to the program’s existence.
  45. The Uber CEO Who Arrived In The Us With Nothing
  46. Colorado fines Uber $8.9M for allowing dozens of unauthorized drivers: Colorado found many drivers with “suspended, revoked, or cancelled driver’s licenses.”
  47. Hackers hit Uber in 2016: data on 57 million riders, drivers stolen – CEO: “You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later.”
  48. Uber Hid Security Breach Impacting 57 Million People, Paid Off Hackers
  49. Jeffrey Tambor To Depart ‘Transparent’ Amid Sexual Harassment Claims: The actor Jeffrey Tambor will depart Transparent — one of Amazon’s most synonymous original shows — following accusations of sexual harassment by two women involved in the Emmy-winning production.
  50. We’ll Be Paying For Mark Halperin’s Sins For Years To Come: Reports of sexual harassment destroyed his reputation and his career. But I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics.
  51. The Washington Post Is A Software Company Now: The newspaper created a platform to tackle its own challenges. Then, with Amazon-like spirit, it realized there was a business in helping other publishers do the same.
  52. This Amazon seller lost $400,000 in sales after being attacked by self-proclaimed ‘virus of Amazon’
  53. Tencent crosses $500 billion market cap milestone: Gaming giant is the first Chinese tech company to cross that financial mark
  54. Tencent and Bluehole partner to bring Battlegrounds to China
  55. Tencent to publish PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China: Bluehole’s new partner obliterates any notion on a ban in PUBG’s biggest market
  56. IGN, PCMag, AskMen Owner Acquires Mashable For $50 Million
  57. Marvell Technology to buy chipmaker Cavium for about $6 billion: Two more chipmakers come together to try to compete with Intel, Broadcom.
  58. BuzzFeed IPO Dreams Fizzle as Company Said to Miss 2017 Revenue Target
  59. Univision Seeking to Sell Minority Stake in Fusion Media Group
  60. Archivist Leslie Berlin Tackles Silicon Valley’s Past In ‘Troublemakers’
  61. The media industry has suddenly become a ‘Game of Thrones’-like battle for power

CREATIVITY

  1. Judge: EFF’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” clearly protected by Constitution – GEMSA, which has sued dozens of US tech firms, never responded to EFF’s lawsuit.
  2. Good Ruling: Court Affirms Fox’s Victory In Trademark Suit From Empire Distribution Over Its Hit Show ‘Empire’
  3. The Monkey Selfie Strikes Back (Andres Guadamuz)
  4. The Sad Legacy Of Copyright: Locking Up Scientific Knowledge And Impeding Progress
  5. Ninth Circuit: Let’s Talk About Comic-Con
  6. Twentieth Century Fox Television v. Empire Distribution, Inc.
  7. Gucci “Wrongfully Claims a Monopoly” on Stripes, per Forever 21 Complaint
  8. Nobel Prize Winning Economist Says Non-US Countries Have Unique Opportunity To Reform Intellectual Property
  9. Trial Set To Start For Journalist Facing Decades In Prison For Covering Inauguration Day Protests 
  10. Roy Moore’s Threat Letter To Sue The Press Is An Artform In Bad Lawyering
  11. Alabama Media Group Isn’t Messing Around With Roy Moore’s Silly Threat
  12. Israeli court addresses relationship between design protection and copyright
  13. Zack Snyder Fans Petition For The Release of His Cut of Justice League As Deleted Scenes Leak Online
  14. Ben Affleck Stole Some Batarangs From the Justice League Set
  15. Justice League, Rotten Tomatoes, And DC Fans’ Persecution Complex
  16. Kaye v. Cartoon Network, Inc.
  17. Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Settlements: The mogul used money from his brother and elaborate legal agreements to hide allegations of predation for decades.
  18. What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?
  19. Broadcaster Leeann Tweeden Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Assault
  20. Trump Mocks Al Franken On Twitter, Blows It
  21. Twitter, It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise
  22. The Soft Racism of Apu from “The Simpsons”
  23. Rashida Jones And Writing Partner Dropped Out Of Toy Story 4 Over “Philosophical Differences” With Pixar: “It is a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.”
  24. The Female Supercomputer Designer Who Inspired Steve Jobs: The designer and artist Tamiko Thiel gets her due in a new show at MoMA.
  25. The Rope: The Forgotten History of Segregated Rock & Roll Concerts – The Platters, the Flamingos, and other pioneering performers share stories of divided audiences, Jim Crow absurdities and harrowing violence
  26. How culinary propaganda from a women’s magazine made Thanksgiving a thing
  27. Life After ESPN: In April, around 100 employees of the Worldwide Leader in Sports were laid off. Since leaving the mothership, some have found new work, new homes, and new careers—while others are still searching for their next chapter.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY 

  1.  Canada and the U.S. stand divided at the crossroads of net neutrality (Michael Geist)
  2. Bell insider reveals high-pressure sales tactics required on every single call: Bell says allegations are ‘completely unfounded and untrue’
  3. Trump administration files suit to block AT&T/Time Warner merger: $108 billion merger would raise TV bills and prices for AT&T rivals, DOJ said.
  4. The Right Choice For The Wrong Reasons? DOJ Sues To Kill The AT&T Time Warner Merger
  5. Why Mergers Like the AT&T-Time Warner Deal Should Go Through
  6. A ‘Supernatural’ Profits Fight, and the AT&T-TW Merger Issue That Few Are Discussing: Warner Bros. has been battling the creator of one of the longest-running television shows in an arbitration that addresses the fairness of media consolidation and the very mechanism to resolve disputes with those who feel shortchanged.
  7. Why The Government Is Right To Block The AT&T-Time Warner Merger
  8. The Economic Case Against an A.T. & T.-Time Warner Merger
  9. FCC Releases Net Neutrality Killing Order, Hopes You’re Too Busy Cooking Turkey To Read It
  10. FCC Moves To Gut Rules Protecting Broadband Users Telcos No Longer Want
  11. FCC Head Ajit Pai: Killing Net Neutrality Will Set the Internet Free
  12. An Open Letter to the FCC:
  13. FCC Plans To Gut Net Neutrality, Allow Internet ‘Fast Lanes’
  14. FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws – Double win for ISPs: No more net neutrality, and state laws will be preempted.
  15. I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality
  16. Here’s How The End Of Net Neutrality Will Change The Internet
  17. Welcome to 2018. There’s No Net Neutrality. We Made Dystopia a Reality.
  18. Will Your TV Watch You? FCC Green Lights Targeted Advertising in Next Gen TV Broadcasting Standard 
  19. Sorry, poor people: The FCC is coming after your broadband plans: 70% of low-income wireless subscribers in Lifeline could have to find new ISPs.
  20. Here’s the FCC’s Plan to Kill Net Neutrality
  21. The FCC Is Trying To Destroy The Internet
  22. Why Are People Celebrating Al Franken’s Incomprehensible Speech About The Internet?
  23. Republicans Finally Set a Date to Kill Net Neutrality
  24. The End Of Net Neutrality As We Know It
  25. FCC stonewalled investigation of net neutrality comment fraud, NY AG says: Net neutrality fraudsters likely impersonated “hundreds of thousands” of people.
  26. Who is Ajit Pai, the “Trump soldier” remaking America’s internet?
  27. FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws – Double win for ISPs: No more net neutrality, and state laws will be preempted.
  28. FCC Finds the Case for Broadcast Ownership Deregulation Compelling 
  29. Disgusted With Charter Spectrum Merger, Lexington To Build Entirely New Fiber Network
  30. Robocalls from spoofed Caller IDs may soon be blocked by phone companies: FCC authorizes aggressive blocking of spoofed and invalid numbers.
  31. The Robocall Nightmare Is Only Getting Worse—But Help Is Here
  32. Verizon may sign new deal with NFL to expand game streaming rights: Increasing the number of devices to which Verizon can stream football games.
  33. Shaw undercuts Big Three on iPhone pricing, Freedom Mobile to sell iPhone X for $0 upfront: Freedom’s steep discount comes with the caveat that its network only covers major centres in B.C., Alberta and Ontario, meaning consumers may face additional roaming charges outside those zones 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Apple formally asked to release Texas shooter’s iCloud data: Texas judge also signs off on search of shooter’s iPhone SE, LG dumbphone.
  2. Court Denies Government’s Demasking Demands In Inauguration Protest Case
  3. New York Court Says NYPD Must Get Warrants To Deploy Stingrays
  4. Kaspersky: Yes, we obtained NSA secrets. No, we didn’t help steal them – Moscow-based AV provider challenges claims it helped Russian spies.
  5. Dozens Of Tech Experts Tell DHS & ICE That Its Social Media Surveillance And Extreme Vetting Should Be Stopped
  6. Intel Chip Flaws Leave Millions Of Devices Exposed
  7. Defense Department Spied On Social Media, Left All Its Collected Data Exposed To Anyone
  8. Investigation Finds Google Collected Location Data Even With Location Services Turned Off
  9. No, you’re not being paranoid. Sites really are watching your every move: Sites log your keystrokes and mouse movements in real time, before you click submit.
  10. New Study Finds Poorly Secured Smart Toys Lets Attackers Listen In On Your Kids
  11. Court Says Glassdoor Must Disclose Anonymous Reviewers’ Information in Grand Jury Proceedings
  12. Most Senate Intelligence Committee Members Are Fine With Domestic Surveillance By The NSA
  13. Man gets threats—not bug bounty—after finding DJI customer data in public view: A bug bounty hunter shared evidence; DJI called him a hacker and threatened with CFAA.
  14. Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon: Trove included more than 1.8 billion posts spanning eight years, many from US people.
  15. Infosec star accused of sexual assault booted from professional affiliations: Morgan Marquis-Boire resigned from Citizen Lab back in September 2017.
  16. Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims surface: Professor, reporter say meetings with Draper years ago turned inappropriate
  17. Skype is the latest messaging app to disappear from Chinese app stores: Skype falls victim to China’s strict cybersecurity laws and Internet regulations.
  18. DOJ names Iranian as hacker who stole unaired episodes from HBO: “Those hiding behind keyboards in countries far away—eventually, winter will come.”
  19. New “Quad9” DNS service blocks malicious domains for everyone: Set DNS server to 9.9.9.9, and (known) malware and phishes won’t be able to phone home.
  20. Should I Confess My Internet Stalking To My Date?
  21. Thirty years later, “Max Headroom” TV pirate remains at large: Whoever was behind 1987 Chicago “broadcast intrusion” is the D.B. Cooper of media 

Jon

News of the Week; November 15, 2017

GAMES

  1. Humvee maker sues Activision over trademark infringement in Call of Duty
  2. Humvee maker suing Activision over trademark infringement in Call of Duty: Automotive firm says series success came “only at the expense of AM General”
  3. Complaint: Call of Duty Video Game Infringes Trademarks by Pervasively Featuring Humvees 
  4. Staffers stage walkout at IGN over mismanagement of sexual harassment claims
  5. IGN promises change following allegations of sexual harassment against former editor: Content staff release statement declaring solidarity with victims, some employees stop work in protest against harassment
  6. Russian military cites game screenshot as “evidence” of US ISIS support: Image from mobile AC-130 Gunship Simulator apparently came from a YouTube trailer.
  7. Behind the addictive psychology and seductive art of loot boxes: How gambling principles and seductive animation compel players to drop cash on card packs and weapon crates.
  8. From loot tables to loot boxes, how do we manage an addiction to addiction?
  9. Compulsion Loops & Dopamine in Games and Gamification
  10. Battlefront II dev: ‘It’s up to us to make sure that grind is fun and not overwhelming’: “I think crates can be a fun addition as long as you don’t feel forced to engage with them in order to progress. I feel that’s where the issue is with our game right now and that’s where we’ll look to solve as quickly as we can.”
  11. EA could replace annual sports games with live services: CEO Andrew Wilson says approach to Korean and Chinese markets could be extended globally, publisher is looking at subscription model for mobile games
  12. EA CEO: It’s only a matter of time before games embrace subscription services – “The notion that [subscription streaming services] wouldn’t impact our industry, I think, is naive. Will it take a little bit longer? Yes, for a whole bunch of reasons [like] file size, level of interactivity, and design.”
  13. EA: Live services plus subscriptions equals “uncapped” monetization – CFO Blake Jorgensen discusses how publisher is becoming less dependent on new titles, growing a more stable business
  14. Unlocking a Hero in ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Takes Almost Two Days of Gameplay
  15. Can EA fix what’s broken with Star Wars: Battlefront II’s economy? – Rant: Loot boxes are just the beginning of EA’s worst-ever dive into pay-to-win.
  16. Fans Worry Star Wars Battlefront 2’s ‘Free’ DLC Heroes Are Going To Take Eons To Grind For
  17. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Players Won’t Be Able To Finish Campaign Until Nearly A Month After Launch
  18. Congratulations to EA for Posting the Most Hated Comment in Reddit History 
  19. EA Defense Of Star Wars Battlefront II Becomes Most Downvoted Reddit Comment Ever
  20. EA promises “constant adjustments” to Battlefront II monetization: Users estimate it will take 40 hours to unlock iconic characters, prompting more backlash against the multiplayer shooter
  21. Battlefront II devs cut cost of in-game unlocks 75% in response to fan outcry
  22. Star Wars Battlefront 2 Developer Confirms That They Will Continue Tweaking The Loot Boxes In Response To Community Feedback: “We’re not somehow trying to bite the hand that feeds us.”
  23. The Curious Case Of The ‘EA Game Dev’ Who Said He Received Death Threats
  24. Battlefront II, Overwatch under scrutiny by Belgian gambling regulator
  25. Need for Speed: Payback can’t avoid its own bankruptcy – Poor driving and awful writing don’t justify a tremendous loot-drop grind.
  26. EA buys out a game studio after shutting another one down 3 weeks ago: Studio behind Titanfall, unnamed Star Wars game stays with EA to tune of up to $455M.
  27. EA buys Titanfall dev Respawn Entertainment for as much as $455M
  28. Electronic Arts to acquire Titanfall maker Respawn for as much as $455 million
  29. Reviews vs. revenues: Mixed messages for Take-Two – NBA 2K18 players say they hate virtual currency, but sales figures say they’re spending more than ever; Take-Two listens to the latter at its peril
  30. Ex-BioWare dev traces loot boxes back to Mass Effect 3and FIFA
  31. The Real Problem With ‘Games As Service’ Isn’t The Microtransactions
  32. From loot tables to loot boxes, how do we manage an addiction to addiction?
  33. Publishers argue mandated ESRB ratings puts physical indie releases at risk
  34. Indies feel the pinch from Sony’s new ESRB mandate: Special edition physical versions of online titles have to be rated, and it’s not going over well with some small studios
  35. Guillemot: “PlayStation 5 and fourth Xbox to launch 2019 at the earliest” – Ubisoft CEO does not expect new consoles any time soon thanks to launch of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X
  36. Softly, softly: The Xbox One X Launch
  37. GameStop aborts the launch of its unlimited game rental program
  38. GameStop suspends its unlimited used games program: The PowerPass program has been “temporarily paused” – customers who purchased a pass will get refunds
  39. Wolfenstein 2 Reminds Us What Heroes Look Like
  40. Bury me, my Love: Using video games to push back far-right rhetoric – Developer Florent Maurin on how we perceive refugees and the role of games in the debate
  41. Now you see me: Representation as innovation – Broader representation of gender, race and sexuality can lead to new stories, says Kim Belair, and new stories can enlighten and excite
  42. Victoria state government creates opportunities for women in games with $140,000 pledge: Funding opens up positions in seven Australian studios
  43. UK government pledges 2,000 visas, £61m investment to Tech sector: Number of visas doubled to bring in more talent, with three £20m schemes planned to grow Britain’s digital industries
  44. Pulling back the curtain on Overwatch’s development process
  45. More than 6,000 games released on Steam in 2017 so far: Almost ten years’ worth of new games are already on the marketplace – and there’s still a month to go
  46. Ark dev: “Retail was not something we had planned to do” – Studio Wildcard’s Jesse Rapczak on the benefits of retail in a digital era, Ark getting enhanced for Xbox One X, and possibly targeting Switch
  47. Disney severs ties with Marvel Heroes dev Gazillion Entertainment
  48. Kickstarter Launches a Patreon Competitor Called Drip
  49. Kickstarter Looks To Compete With Patreon, Launches New Platform Called Drip
  50. Kickstarter launches Patreon rival Drip: New crowdfunding platform allows creators to offer subscriptions for ongoing content, will integrate with Kickstarter
  51. ‘Pokémon GO’ Makers Announce Harry Potter AR Game, Releasing 2018
  52. Where is VR’s Nintendo Switch?: Cloudhead Games CEO Denny Unger says that developers need a device that offers both mobility and a high-powered VR experience
  53. More third-party publishers ‘aggressively’ ramp up Nintendo Switch support: Square Enix and Ubisoft are the latest to pledge additional products
  54. Doom definitely works on the Switch, but it looks noticeably worse: Reboot looks pretty good in portable mode, pretty fuzzy on the big screen.
  55. Report: Nintendo boosting Switch production, could make 30M consoles next year
  56. Nintendo takes a gamble with record-setting Switch production plans: Reported bump to 25 to 30 million units per year carries its share of risk.
  57. Nintendo to ship almost 50 million Switch units by April 2019: Platform holder plans to produce up to 30 million consoles in next fiscal year
  58. Nintendo Switch Has Added Its First Video Streaming App: Hulu
  59. Open-world games are broken, and Nintendo spent 2017 trying to fix them
  60. Porting classic games to smartphones isn’t the way to go, says Nintendo
  61. Report suggests Nintendo close to deal for a new Mario movie: Miyamoto would be a producer on possible Illumination Entertainment film.
  62. Minions studio close to deal for Mario movie – Report: Universal’s Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo nearly ready to move forward with animated feature film
  63. IO Interactive has cut a deal to make a Hitman TV series
  64. Hitman series in the works at streaming platform Hulu: John Wick creator Derek Kolstad on board to write pilot
  65. Game Developers Conference announces the inaugural GDC Film Festival
  66. GDC rolling out its own film festival: Event organizers open submissions for documentaries and other game-focused films to screen during annual conference
  67. National Videogame Arcade launching music festival in 2018: Masaya Matsura, Jessica Curry and Rob Hubbard to headline new event
  68. CCP dev: “Virtual reality doesn’t need a killer app” – Eve Valkyrie lead game designer Andrew Whillans also shares how to account for low install bases with VR multiplayer games
  69. Latest Figures Suggest ‘Resident Evil 7’ Could Have Some 475,000 PSVR Players
  70. Sony ramping up Move production for PSVR push: Platform holder also reports virtual reality attach rate highest on PS4 Pro, five games sold per headset
  71. ‘Haptic Shape Illusion’ Allows VR Controllers to Simulate Feel of Physically Larger Objects
  72. Tencent still eyes acquisition of PUBG developer Bluehole – report: Tencent working with firm to deliver PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China, says Korean Times
  73. Tencent to help establish Snapchat as games platform: Chinese behemoth believes mobile games will help social media firm meet growth expectations
  74. Tencent online gaming revenue exceeds $4bn in latest quarterly financials: Company-wide profit up to $2.7 billion, year-on-year increase of 67%
  75. Marvel Heroes Shut Down By Disney
  76. New Counter-Strike Matchmaking System Analyses Your Behavior In Other Steam Games
  77. Studio founded to develop bespoke esports title: Former US talent agency esports head looks to build competitive game from the ground-up
  78. Konami partners with eSports outfit to launch a new PES league
  79. Esports Industry Awards winners announced: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere and Megan “RheingoldRiver” Cutrofello first women to be recognised at awards
  80. The Game Awards adds new honors, including an award for ‘live games’
  81. Nominees revealed for The Game Awards 2017
  82. DRM Strikes Again: Sonic Forces Just Plain Broken Thanks To Denuvo
  83. Warner Bros.’s Machinima Launches 24-Hour Channel on Twitch
  84. Razer raises $500 million with Hong Kong IPO: Successful floatation drives stock up 40%, sells just over one billion shares
  85. What do players want from DLC? Obsidian survey attempts to find out
  86. The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future: Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.

DIGITAL

  1. Court Rejects Gossip Site’s Fair Use Defense–Barcroft v. Coed Media
  2. Cable Providers “Cut the Cord”: Audio/Video Streaming Patents Fail Both Alice Steps
  3. Playboy Sues BoingBoing For Linking To Collection Of Centerfold Pictures
  4. Google LLC v. Equustek Solutions Inc.: On Google’s motion for preliminary injunction, district court enjoins enforcement of Canadian court order requiring Google to delist search results worldwide, finding that Google had established likelihood of success on merits of its argument that order undermined safe harbor protection afforded by Communications Decency Act to Google as interactive service provider, and threatens free speech.
  5. Why Google should be afraid of a Missouri Republican’s Google probe: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is probing Google’s business practices.
  6. Shady Anti-Spyware Developer Loses Lawsuit Against Competitor Who Flagged Its Software As Malicious
  7. California Appeals Court Issues A Ruling That Manages To Both Protect And Undermine Online Speech
  8. Should we still doubt about the legality of Copyleft?
  9. Julian Assange’s Secret DMs to Donald Trump Jr. Are Somehow Dumber, Sadder Than You’d Think
  10. Twitter’s Authentication Policy Is A Verified Mess
  11. Unusual experiment reveals the power of non-mainstream media: Scholars found that small media outlets have a big effect on Twitter discussions.
  12. Facebook Live Is The New QVC
  13. The Latest Social Media Trend in Government: It’s hard to get people to follow their local government on Facebook or Twitter. A few cities are using their employees’ personal accounts to connect with more residents.
  14. Instagram CEO Positions His Company as Safer Alternative to Controversial Rivals
  15. How A Russian Troll Fooled America: Reconstructing the life of a covert Kremlin influence account
  16. Very Tired-Sounding John Kelly: Yeah, I Just Ignore Donald Trump’s Tweets
  17. University could lose millions from “unethical” research backed by Peter Thiel: With nudge from federal regulators, an internal investigation found big problems.
  18. Canada Revenue Agency Obtains Broad Court Order for Years of PayPal Data (Michael Geist)
  19. For nearly a year, WikiLeaks was DMing with Donald Trump Jr.: “if your father ‘loses’ we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT conceed”
  20. WikiLeaks Hitting Up Donald Trump Jr. Shouldn’t Surprise You
  21. UK Gov’t Destroys Key Emails From Julian Assange Case, Shrugs About It
  22. Trump’s Data Gurus Are Now Turning Their Attention To Your TV: Cambridge Analytica is eyeing targeted TV ads and mobile apps alongside some surprising allies.
  23. Paradise Papers: Royalties from thousands of song classics tucked away tax-free – Music catalogue based in Jersey collected millions from songs by Duke Ellington, Sheryl Crow, The Trammps
  24. Logitech Once Again Shows That In The Modern Era, You Don’t Really Own What You Buy
  25. After online outrage, Logitech will now replace Harmony Link devices for free: You’ll have a new device no matter your warranty status.
  26. After Backlash, Logitech Will Upgrade All Harmony Link Owners For Free
  27. YouTube Red Climbs the List of Top Ten OTT Platforms
  28. Don’t Let YouTube Babysit Your Children
  29. Algorithmic Videos Are Making YouTube Unsuitable For Young Children, And Google’s ‘Revenue Architecture’ Is To Blame
  30. Encore+ a new YouTube channel for retro CanCon: TV shows and films include Degrassi High, The Littlest Hobo, Mr. Dressup and Due South
  31. Google broadens takedown of extremist YouTube videos
  32. YouTube Will Remove More Extremist Videos With The Aid Of Government Lists
  33. YouTube Vows To Crack Down On Inappropriate Videos Aimed At Children
  34. YouTube Pacts With Ticketmaster To Help Musicians Boost Concert Sales
  35. YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to sell concert tickets on artists’ video pages
  36. YouTube Says World Series Ad Campaign Drove “Double Digit” Lift In YouTube TV Brand Awareness
  37. YouTube To Discontinue In-Video Notifications As It Continues To Transition To Card-Based System
  38. Online Video Star Matthias Declines Invite To Yearly Rewind Video In Protest Against YouTube’s Policies
  39. Fullscreen Shutting Down Subscription VOD Service, Will Lay Off 25 Employees
  40. Fullscreen To Shutter SVOD Service In January, Will Lay Off Roughly 25 Staffers
  41. Disney Streaming Service May Signal End Of Marvel-Netflix Shows
  42. Netflix Study Finds Stigmas Surrounding Public Binge-Viewing Have Dwindled
  43. Offering Good Legal Options Works: Interest In Netflix Outpaces Pirate Options In Brazil
  44. Sports Illustrated TV: Time Inc.’s First Subscription VOD Is $5 Monthly on Amazon Channels
  45. Amazon Paid A Reported $250 Million For Rights To ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Prequel Series
  46. Amazon launches Alexa, Echo, and Prime Music in Canada today: Alexa has a new Canadian English accent.
  47. Amazon Music app for Android quietly gets Chromecast support: Casting gets a little easier for Android users who get their tunes from Amazon.
  48. WhatsApp: inside the secret world of group chat – When WhatsApp launched it quickly became the main messaging service for groups of friends and family. More recently it’s become a useful platform for activists and politicians, fuelling a ‘whisper network’ of alliances and playing a crucial role in the recent revelation of the sexual abuse scandal
  49. Facebook Defeats Lawsuit By User Suspended Over ‘Bowling Green Massacre’–Shulman v. Facebook (Eric Goldman)
  50. Facebook, show us your secret recipe
  51. Sean Parker unloads on Facebook “exploiting” human psychology
  52. Facebook can’t cope with the world it’s created
  53. Facebook Local Might Be The Only Facebook App You Need
  54. Huge media companies like CBS and ESPN are banding together to fight Google and Facebook — but it may not be enough
  55. Why Google should be afraid of a Missouri Republican’s Google probe: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is probing Google’s business practices.
  56. Fashion, Maslow and Facebook’s control of social
  57. ESPN Launches a New Version of ‘SportsCenter’ to Snapchat
  58. The Facts: Non-Consensual Intimate Image Pilot
  59. How One Woman’s Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her
  60. Online harassment of women journalists and international law: not “just” a gender issue, but a threat to democracy
  61. And Another Thing: Those Dumb Social Media Guidelines For Journalists Are Going To Paint A Target On Their Backs
  62. Breitbart’s Coming Exploitation Of The Believe Women Movement
  63. Section 230(c)(2) Protects Anti-Malware Vendor–Enigma v. Malwarebytes  (Eric Goldman)
  64. 230 bars false advertising claim against antimalware provider (Rebecca Tushnet)
  65. Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of A Seminal Section 230 Case Upholding It With This Series Of Essays
  66. Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Internet Law’s Most Important Judicial Decision
  67. Copyright Infringement and the DMCA’s Safe Harbor Provisions 
  68. The UK’s Broad Rejection of the §230 Model
  69. UK Government promises more visas, more investment for tech sector
  70. Sex, Scandal and Intermediary Liability: Imagining Life Without ‘Zeran v. AOL’: The Bazee.com legal saga highlights what could happen without a strong third-party liability protection standard for Internet businesses.
  71. Wikipedia Warns That SESTA Could Destroy Wikipedia
  72. Monkey Selfie Photographer Says He’s Now Going To Sue Wikipedia
  73. China’s Bytedance Buying Social-Video App Musical.ly
  74. U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices
  75. What My Personal Chat Bot Is Teaching Me About AI’s Future
  76. The Robots Are Coming: For our jobs. Our military. And our current way of life. That is, unless a handful of local AI wizards can stop them
  77. Ray Kurzweil On Turing Tests, Brain Extenders, And Ai Ethics
  78. The real danger of Artificial Intelligence it’s not what you think
  79. A Great Use For Artificial Intelligence: Scamming Scammers By Wasting Their Time
  80. Welcome To The Era Of The Ai Coworker
  81. Today, World Leaders Will Meet to Decide the Future of “Killer Robots”
  82. Boston Dynamics CEO Believes Robotics Will Become “Bigger Than the Internet”
  83. Could Software Stop School Shootings?: Panic button apps and AI could keep kids safer from shootings, but there are many non-technological problems to solve first.
  84. Bitcoin compromise collapses, leaving future growth in doubt: Bitcoiners don’t trust elites—even Bitcoin elites.
  85. Bitcoin rival doubles in price in four days as Bitcoin price slumps: With Bitcoin mired in controversy, a rival called Bitcoin Cash is gaining ground.
  86. CEO who presided over Mt. Gox’s collapse could end up with massive profits: Creditors to be paid out at April 2014’s ~$440 per Bitcoin, not Nov. 2017’s ~$6,500.
  87. Bitcoin Gold, the latest Bitcoin fork, explained
  88. Covert Cryptocurrency Miners Quickly Become A Major Problem
  89. Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain | How will these impact IP law?
  90. 17-Qubit Chips Have Officially Arrived, and So Begins the Quantum Revolution
  91. ESPN Streaming Service Set to Launch in Spring of 2018
  92. North Korea’s Apple Obsession Brings New Meaning to the Phrase ‘Walled Garden’
  93. HTC Announces Multi-million Dollar Vive Art Initiative, Bringing VR to Museums Worldwide
  94. Hashtag History
  95. CompuServe Forums, RIP: More than two decades of discussion and bad advice about to be deleted.

CREATIVITY

  1.  Maybe the Canadian Copyright Bar and the Copyright Board Should Try Some PMNOC Remedies Instead of Rearranging the Deck Chairs? (Howard Knopf)
  2. With The US Out, Canada Gets Copyright Out Of TPP And Moves Closer To Agreement
  3. Creator Of Arguably The World’s Worst Film Loses Injunction Against Unflattering Documentary
  4. Taylor Swift Using Dubious Trademark Registrations To Shut Down Sales Of Fan-Made Goods
  5. Playboy Sues BoingBoing For Linking To Collection Of Centerfold Pictures
  6. Professor Says Threats Of Retaliation By China Stopped Publication Of His Book Revealing Chinese Influence In Australia
  7. Florida Supreme Court Denies Copyright Protection for Sound Recordings Predating Coverage Under the Federal Copyright Act 
  8. Lawsuit Brought By Cosby Show Production Company Against Documentary Is The Reason We Have Fair Use
  9. Not All Pirates are in the Caribbean
  10. When Music You Wrote Becomes A Hate Speech Soundtrack
  11. The Fans Made Louis C.K. – Now They Might Undo Him
  12. Gal Gadot Will Not Play Wonder Woman Again Unless Brett Ratner Is Gone 
  13. Ellen Page alleges director Brett Ratner outed her as a teen on ‘X-Men’ set
  14. Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons were investigated by police in 2001 after alleged sexual battery
  15. Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct
  16. Actress Roundtable: Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Top Stars on Harassment in Hollywood and Ideas for Industry Change
  17. New York Ballot Selfie Ban Upheld… For Now 
  18. Pricing access to the Trump White House: the strange case of the Times social media policy: “Any semblance of a political opinion must be squashed, with the appearance of neutrality and balance preserved at all costs.”
  19. Repeated Unwanted Emails to Politician’s Personal Email Address Can be Harassment–Hagedorn v. Cattani
  20. Coachella, Trademark Lawyers Want “Filmchella” Organizer Held in Contempt
  21. No One Knows What Omarosa Is Doing in the White House—Even Omarosa: The ‘Apprentice’ star has a top salary and a high-ranking job. But when we spent time with her, it was her wedding she was planning.
  22. Mapping Media Coverage Of Mass Shootings, Hurricanes And More
  23. FTC Fills Up With Trump Nominations
  24. FTC Speaks Out on Children’s Voice Recordings: In a new Enforcement Policy Statement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decreased the burden for operators with regard to the collection of certain audio voice recordings of children under the age of 13.
  25. The Superior Court of Québec analyses the exception allowing the use of a work protected by copyright for the purpose of news reporting
  26. Presentation on the First 18 Months of the Defend Trade Secrets Act
  27. Logitech Once Again Shows That In The Modern Era, You Don’t Really Own What You Buy
  28. Disney is planning a live-action Star Wars TV show for its streaming service: The long-rumored live-action Star Wars series might finally actually happen
  29. Glamorizing the Nightmare Trade: How a TV show is making a drug criminal way too cool.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Canada’s Billion Dollar Wireless Cash Grab: CRTC Data Shows Overage Fees Now Exceed Roaming Revenues (Michael Geist)
  2. FIFA Trial: Fox Sports Accused of Playing Role in Bribing Officials
  3. The NBA’s Vision For The Broadcast Of The Future
  4. Colorado Voters Shoot Down Comcast’s Protectionist State Broadband Law
  5. Google Fiber now sells $55-per-month gigabit Internet (in one city): $55 gigabit available in San Antonio while people in other cities pay $70.
  6. Lawmakers demand investigation into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Pai accused of evading questions about FCC helping Sinclair expand media empire.
  7. The FCC is having a terrible month, and consumers will pay the price
  8. Is Trump’s AT&T Merger Roadblock A Return To Sensible Antitrust, Or Just More Cronyism?
  9. AT&T says it’s “prepared to litigate” if US tries to block Time Warner deal: Trump’s DOJ reportedly wants AT&T to sell either CNN or DirecTV.
  10. AT&T Promises Your Broadband Will Suck Less…But Only If It Gets Another Massive Tax Cut 
  11. FCC’s latest gift to telcos could leave Americans with worse Internet access: FCC will let carriers abandon copper lines without offering adequate replacements.
  12. Net neutrality rules should apply to ISPs and websites, senator says: Franken – Google, Facebook, and others are a “new kind” of Internet gatekeeper.
  13. Pressure grows on FCC to kill state consumer protection laws: Mobile lobby says FCC should enforce “non-regulation” policy throughout nation.
  14. Philo, Funded By Five Major Media Companies, Offers $16-Per-Month Skinny Bundle With Limited Channels 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canada Revenue Agency Obtains Broad Court Order for Years of PayPal Data (Michael Geist)
  2. First Ever En Banc FISA Court Review Gives Plaintiffs Standing To Challenge Surveillance Program Secrecy
  3. Anonymous Speech Online Dealt a Blow in US v. Glassdoor Opinion
  4. Ninth Circuit Lets Us See Its Glassdoor Ruling, And It’s Terrible
  5. Hackers Say They’ve Broken Face ID A Week After iPhone X Release
  6. Hackers say they broke Apple’s Face ID. Here’s why we’re not convinced: Key questions persist about $150 mask hackers used to unlock Face-protected iPhone X.
  7. Watch A 10-Year-Old’s Face Unlock His Mom’s iPhone X
  8. Should We Teach Facial Recognition Technology About Race?
  9. Trump’s Taxes Have Probably Already Been Hacked
  10. He Perfected A Password-Hacking Tool—Then The Russians Came Calling
  11. Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core: A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations, and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.
  12. DOJ Still Demanding Identity Of Twitter Users Because Someone They Shouldn’t Have Arrested Tweeted A Smiley Emoji
  13. Texas National Guard Latest Agency To Be Discovered Operating Flying Cell Tower Spoofers
  14. The Pentagon Opened Up To Hackers—And Fixed Thousands Of Bugs
  15. DOJ: Strong encryption that we don’t have access to is “unreasonable” – Rod Rosenstein – We should weigh “law enforcement equities” against security.
  16. Latest DOJ WTFness: Encryption Is Like A Locked House That Won’t Let Its Owners Back Inside
  17. How Journalists Fought Back Against Crippling Email Bombs
  18. How AV can open you to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible: New AVGater flaw provided key ingredient for hacker to hijack computer.
  19. Recent Intel Chipsets Have A Built-In Hidden Computer, Running Minix With A Networking Stack And A Web Server
  20. Survey of bug bounty hunters shows who pans for pwns: Bug hunters are educated, young, looking for challenge—and cash to feed security habit.
  21. No boundaries: Exfiltration of personal data by session-replay scripts
  22. Hack Brief: OnePlus Phones Have An Unfortunate Backdoor Built In
  23. Netflix Knows Some Very Strange Things About Public Viewing Habits

Jon

News of the Week; November 8, 2017

GAMES

  1. Humvee maker sues Activision over ‘Call of Duty’
  2. AM General sues Activision over ‘Call of Duty’ Humvee use: The “Call of Duty” franchise rakes in billions, and AM General wants a piece of the pie.
  3. Overwatch devs aim to combat toxicity with a dedicated ‘strike team’
  4. The Trouble with Trailers: Developers have learned to deal with violence and difficult themes intelligently and respectfully in recent years – it’s time for marketing teams to catch up
  5. The Price Wolfenstein 2 Had To Pay To Get Around Germany’s Anti-Nazi Laws Was Removing A Mustache
  6. Board members vote to officially end voice actors’ strike
  7. Nearly a year later, video game voice actors end their strike: Approved deal ends the longest acting strike in U.S. history.
  8. In Amazon’s game engine, voice actors can now be replaced with robots: Just after actor strike ends, Lumberyard update adds a full text-to-speech pipeline.
  9. The End of Ownership: Video gamers have discovered a new and scary loophole in the laws of ownership—and the upshot is that a lot of your digital property might not technically be yours.
  10. The life, death, and rebirth of EVE Online’s player-created cemetery
  11. Need For Speed Payback Review: One step forwards and two steps back for the series.
  12. Call Of Duty: WWII Is A Small Story, Told Poorly
  13. Launch to launch, Call of Duty: WWII saw double Infinite Warfare’s sales
  14. Call of Duty: WWII doubles Infinite Warfare sales worldwide – Over $500m in opening weekend is just shy of Black Ops III’s $550m
  15. Niantic is developing a Harry Potter AR game
  16. Harry Potter AR game in the works from Niantic
  17. Pokemon Go creator looking to replicate its mobile success in partnership with Warner Bros
  18. Report: Apple preparing to release AR headset in 2020
  19. PUBG ban in China unlikely, says industry analyst: China is already the number one region for the game, with a 40% share of active players
  20. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds crosses 20 million copies sold
  21. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits 20 million sold: Bluehole survival shooter hits newest milestone less than a month after reaching 15 million
  22. Fortnite’s Battle Royale reaches 20 million downloads: Epic Games’ free-to-play battle royale edges in front of main rival PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but remains well behind on concurrent players
  23. Canadian game dev surging – ESA Canada: Trade group says national games industry growing at six times the pace of the country’s economy
  24. As ESA enthusiastically backs GOP tax reform plan, some devs dismay
  25. UK console game sales now 30 – 45% digital: Confidential data shown to GamesIndustry.biz reveals massive shift in UK game sales
  26. UK physical market drops 16% in October as downloads increase: FIFA 18 tops a very different looking Top 20
  27. UK games tax relief extended to 2023: European Commission renotifies tax incentive scheme, granting another six years of support for British developers
  28. Super Mario Odyssey sells over 500,000 copies in Japan in a few days: The latest Famitsu numbers, which don’t include download sales, make Mario the second-highest selling Switch software launch
  29. Odyssey is fastest-selling Super Mario game in US and Europe: Switch sales now at 2.6m in the US, with Odyssey selling 1.1m
  30. L.A. Noire is too big to download to a standard Switch: Even the physical version requires a massive downloadable patch.
  31. EA not committing to more Switch games: Publisher wants to wait until system has been on sale a year to decide on development support beyond FIFA 18
  32. Sold Out: “Nintendo does not exclude you, it just asks you to up your game” – CEO Garry Williams says “the opportunities are there” for boxed games on Switch following digital indie gold rush
  33. Mobile still a “core pillar” of Nintendo’s strategy, despite Super Mario Run shortfall: “There is still much we have to learn,” says president Tatsumi Kimishima; no plans for platform holder to manufacture smartphones
  34. Sales up at Capcom thanks to ‘stalwart’ Monster Hunterfranchise
  35. Monster Hunter Switch drives Capcom’s sales up to $295mz: Nintendo title shows “stalwart performance”, publisher expects downloads to account for one in three sales by April
  36. Bandai surprised by Switch’s popularity, wants more titles on console
  37. Bandai Namco ramping up support for the Nintendo Switch: “We didn’t think the Switch [would] be accepted this fast”, says president Mitsuaki Taguchi
  38. One modder is on a quest to preserve Nintendo’s forgotten Flash games
  39. Blizzard has its own classic World of Warcraft server in the works
  40. Blizzard finally relents to years of fan pressure with World of Warcraft Classic: Shock announcement comes at outset of annual Blizzcon event.
  41. Destiny 2 and digital drive Activision Blizzard growth: More than half of Destiny 2 copies sold on consoles were purchased digitally as Activision side carries the company’s quarter – Over $1bn in-game revenues
  42. For console games, downloads are approaching a tipping point: Destiny 2’s digital success could spell long-term trouble for discs
  43. Activision Blizzard beats expectations to post record Q3 revenues
  44. StarCraft II goes free-to-play seven years after launch: Single-player campaign, ranked multiplayer available free of charge.
  45. Blizzard is making StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty free-to-play
  46. Starcraft II goes free-to-play: New WoW expansion announced alongside new business model for Blizzard’s hit RTS
  47. Take-Two plans to only release games with ‘recurrent consumer spending’ hooks: “It may not always be an online model, it probably won’t always be a virtual currency model, but there will be some ability to engage in an ongoing basis with our titles after release across the board. That’s a sea change in our business.”
  48. NBA 2K18, GTA Online drive Take-Two’s Q2: CEO Strauss Zelnick says despite complaints of aggressive microtransactions, player spending “probably the best barometer of how a title’s being received”
  49. Take-Two wants “recurrent consumer spending” from all titles, won’t always be virtual currency: Meanwhile CEO Strauss Zelnick remains confident Red Dead 2 won’t cannibalise ongoing GTA Online success
  50. Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy drive strong earnings for Square Enix
  51. New Dragon Quest, old Final Fantasy drive Square Enix growth: Japanese debut of DQ XI, HD remaster of FF XII, and Nier: Automata push publisher to 24% sales growth for first half of fiscal year
  52. For the first time, Ubisoft’s microtransactions out-earned digital game sales
  53. Microtransactions now account for nearly half of Take-Two’s revenue
  54. Games revenue slows to a crawl at Microsoft
  55. Microsoft gaming revenue stalls ahead of Xbox One X launch: Strong Xbox software and services revenue offset by lower hardware revenue
  56. Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Rakes in Half a Billion in Hardware Alone: VR nowhere in sight for next week’s Xbox One X launch
  57. Microsoft joins OpenXR VR and AR standardization project
  58. Xbox plans to ramp up in-house development efforts
  59. Xbox to make bigger first-party push, could acquire studios: “We need to grow,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer tells Bloomberg
  60. Microsoft will have game streaming within 3 years as focus shifts to software: After years of decline, Microsoft plans to invest in first-party game development.
  61. Microsoft could bring first-party titles to rival platforms
  62. Xbox One X games at launch: The boosts, the bummers, and the bottom line
  63. Xbox One X review: An exclamation point for hardware, a question mark for software: Is Microsoft’s “true 4K” console worth $100 more than the PS4 Pro?
  64. Xbox One X pre-orders from Amazon UK delayed: Stock issues to responsible for delay, says distributor
  65. Assassin’s Creed Origins launch sales double Syndicate’s: Strong return of historical action franchise a bonus as Mario + Rabbids, Rainbow Six Siege help push first half sales up 66% year-over-year
  66. Zynga sees earnings rise for the second quarter in a row
  67. Zynga turnaround continues, company buys Peak Games’ card studio for $100m: Zynga has now posted two consecutive profitable quarters for the first time since going public
  68. Zynga looks to solidify newfound profitability: Developer building a portfolio of card games to keep players engaged for “a very long period of time”
  69. 2 Years of Gremlins, Inc.: demographics
  70. VR devs react to CCP exit: “VR is not dead”: Studios still optimistic about VR’s future, saying headlines about its death are simply “scandalous”
  71. Opioids Haven’t Solved Chronic Pain. Maybe Virtual Reality Can
  72. Wind Simulation Accessory for VR Headsets Hits $30k Crowdfunding Goal on Day One
  73. A word of warning on VR: Professor Mark Mon-Williams explains why VR headsets have different minimum age ratings, and what developers can do to avoid potential negative effects
  74. Intel To Bring Esports To PyeongChang Before Winter Olympic Games
  75. Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Acquires compLexity Gaming
  76. Dallas Cowboys owner buys majority stake in Complexity Gaming: Complexity to relocate to Cowboys’ headquarters as construction begins on “state-of-the-art operations centre”
  77. UK games tax relief initiative extended until 2023
  78. Zynga pays $100M in cash to buy Turkish mobile dev Peak Games
  79. Zynga sees earnings rise for the second quarter in a row
  80. Telltale Games lays off 90 employees

DIGITAL

  1. Did a U.S. Court Just Disrespect the Supreme Court of Canada’s Global De-Indexing Decision?
  2. US judge says “global de-indexing order” against Google threatens free speech: Canada’s highest court sought to alter search results, but it won’t apply in US.
  3. Equustek No-Shows Legal Challenge Of Canadian Court Order Demanding Google Delist Sites Worldwide
  4. Company that sought to control Google search results is a no-show in US court: Equustek won an unprecedented global order, but it’s unlikely to stick in the US.
  5. US Court Protects Google From Canadian Court’s Delisting Order–Google v. Equustek (Eric Goldman)
  6. U.S. Judge Rules Canadian Court Order “Threatens Free Speech on the Global Internet” (Michael Geist)
  7. Linking in the US: is an embedded tweet an infringement of the public display right?
  8. Does Sharing A Link To Online Content Amount To Copyright Infringement?: This would destroy the way we communicate today, including interactions on social media platforms — and you can thank Tom Brady for it.
  9. Piracy site for science research dinged again in court—this time for $4.8M: Latest ruling might require Google to remove Sci-Hub from search.
  10. Global Music Lobby Groups Hit Ottawa in Blitz Over Copyright Term Extension (Michael Geist)
  11. Judge Ignores Congress, Pretends SOPA Exists, Orders Site Blocking Of Sci-Hub
  12. Russian Twitter Support for Trump Began Right After He Started Campaign: In three months after Mr. Trump announced his candidacy, tweets from Russian accounts offered far more praise for the businessman than criticism
  13. Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner associate: Institutions with close links to Kremlin financed stakes through business associate of Trump’s son-in-law, leaked files reveal
  14. On last day of work, rogue Twitter employee deactivated Trump’s account: “We are conducting a full internal review.”
  15. Trump Account Deactivation Exposes Tensions Within Twitter: Disconnect between Twitter’s employees and its highest-profile user is exposed after account deactivation
  16. The rogue Twitter employee who deleted Trump’s account could face hacking charges
  17. Don’t Cheer For The Twitter Employee Who Deleted Donald Trump’s Account
  18. Trump Twitter Use Violates First Amendment, Argue Scholars in Brief by Georgetown Law’s ICAP
  19. Newly released e-mails show Ivanka Trump kept using personal account: “The unusual formatting makes it appear that she is not using a government account.”
  20. How Russia ‘Pushed Our Buttons’ With Fake Online Ads
  21. Jenna Abrams, Russia’s Clown Troll Princess, Duped the World
  22. Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats’ emails
  23. Mitch McConnell: Tech Companies Should Help Us Weaponize the Internet Against Russia
  24. Twitter rewrote its user guidelines so it’s easier to tell what will get you banned: Twitter hopes it can make things clearer.
  25. Dianne Feinstein Wants Twitter To Just Hand Her A Bunch Of Private Communications
  26. Congress Pats Itself On The Back Via Social Media For Its Opportunity To Slam Social Media
  27. Twitter officially doubles character count, says most 280 testers didn’t use it: Today, you can spell out “two hundred and eighty” and still have room to say other stuff.
  28. Twitter gives new 280-character limit to all users following limited testing phase: The tech company said the new limit will begin its global rollout Tuesday, with everyone receiving the bump up from 140 characters soon
  29. Facebook’s New Mission: Video Will Bring Us Together
  30. Senator Portman Pushes Forward With SESTA, Despite Being Misinformed
  31. Dear Senators Portman & Blumenthal: What Should Blogs Do If SESTA Passes?
  32. Internet Association Sells Out The Internet: Caves In And Will Now Support Revised SESTA
  33. Will Sheryl Sandberg And Facebook Help Small Websites Threatened By SESTA?
  34. How The Internet Association’s Support For SESTA Just Hurt Facebook And Its Users
  35. How SESTA Undermines Section 230’s Good Samaritan Provisions (Eric Goldman)
  36. Why Does SESTA Allow State Attorneys General To File Civil Claims?
  37. Another Human Trafficking Expert Raises Concerns About SESTA
  38. Ron Wyden Puts A Hold On SESTA And Warns About Its Dangers
  39. Would Shutting Down Backpage Reduce Violence Against Women?
  40. It’s Getting Harder for Tech Companies To Deny Responsibility for Content: The industry, having lost control of the narrative in Washington, has reversed course and backed a bill against online sex trafficking
  41. Beware These Texas Shooting Rumors That Spread on CNN and Google
  42. Now, Silicon Valley Is Totally Cool With a Bill That Could Ruin the Internet 
  43. The Internet is Not a VCR
  44. EFF destroys the podcasting patent, one last time: Owners of an infamous licensing campaign have now really tried everything.
  45. Government-Supported Dutch YouTube Channel Turns Heads By Depicting Effects Of Recreational Drugs
  46. YouTube’s Latest Pitch To Brands Celebrates Users Who Are “More Than Just Viewers”
  47. After Neglecting Creators, Snapchat To Offer Monetization Opportunities, New Content Tools
  48. Snapchat To Redesign Its App Following Disappointing Results
  49. CNN Launches E-Commerce Unit, Plans Digital News Subscriptions in 2018
  50. Amazon Fresh reportedly shutting down in neighborhoods in up to five states: Customers in affected areas will have to find a new grocery delivery service.
  51. With deletion of one wallet, $280M in Ethereum wallets gets frozen: Parity multi-signature wallets created since July break, affecting 1M ETH.
  52. SEC warns that celebrity cryptocurrency endorsements may be illegal: Floyd Mayweather and Paris Hilton could be in hot water for paid endorsements.
  53. With deletion of one wallet, $280M in Ethereum wallets gets frozen: Parity multi-signature wallets created since July break, affecting 1M ETH.
  54. How To Keep Your Bitcoin Safe And Secure
  55. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play
  56. IBM’s plan to regulate pot with blockchains isn’t as crazy as it sounds: Canada is legalizing marijuana, and IBM wants to help.
  57. How A Tiny Error Shut Off The Internet For Parts Of The Us
  58. The Web began dying in 2014, here’s how
  59. Something is wrong on the internet
  60. The Tower of Babel: Five Challenges of the Modern Internet
  61. Stephen Hawking: “I Fear That AI May Replace Humans Altogether”
  62. Computer says no: why making AIs fair, accountable and transparent is crucial – As powerful AIs proliferate in society, the ability to trace their decisions, challenge them and remove ingrained biases has become a key area of research
  63. Ray Kurzweil: “AI Will Not Displace Humans, It’s Going to Enhance Us”
  64. Can copyright survive artificial intelligence?
  65. China Could Soon Overtake the US in AI Development, Former Google CEO Says
  66. DeepMind “Never Found the Limit” of AlphaGo Zero’s Intelligence
  67. Can Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize Medicine?
  68. Artificial Intelligence Is Putting Ultrasound On Your Phone
  69. How sheep with cameras got some tiny islands onto Google Street View
  70. The Google Docs Lockout Fiasco & The Failed Promise Of The Cloud
  71. Intel Brings Virtual Reality Content To NBA On TNT, Offers Vision Of Future
  72. Steven Soderbergh’s New App Will Change How You Watch TV
  73. Apple At Its Best
  74. I Hate How Much I Love the iPhone X
  75. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are hits as Apple sells 46.7 million smartphones in Q4: Apple Watch sales continue to grow while the company bounces back in China.
  76. When Apple soured on Irish tax laws, it turned to a tiny English Channel island: “Apple is so big that it is effectively able to negotiate its own tax laws.”
  77. Supreme Court won’t hear Apple v. Samsung round two: Apple has $120M final resolution in one of its two big cases against Samsung.
  78. Apple’s Video Offering Takes Shape with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon TV drama
  79. Broadcom wants to buy Qualcomm in unprecedented $130 billion deal: Broadcom would become the world’s third-largest chipmaker, behind Intel and Samsung.
  80. Elderly doctor: I lost my license because I don’t know how to use a computer – Doc says her paper records are just fine – state medical board disagrees.
  81. Doctor with no computer skills vows to battle medical board in court: “I am not going to compromise patients’ lives or health for the system.”
  82. Watching Hackers in 2017 – what happened to all the anarchy?: The 1995 cult classic depicts a vision of techies as stylish, punk and sexy – over twenty years later that aesthetic and attitude is nowhere to be seen
  83. The Year in Push Alerts: How the onslaught of breaking news has shaped our lives since Nov. 8, 2016.
  84. The End Of The Cult Of The Founder
  85. Vice Opens Up Asia HQ, Plots Regional Expansion

CREATIVITY

  1. High Court rules on copyright protection of TV formats for game shows 
  2. DC Comics Defeats “Jesus” Trademark
  3. Moosehead Still At It: Sues Hop ‘N Moose Brewing For Trademark Infringement
  4. ‘Cosby Show’ Producer Sues BBC for Using Clips in Bill Cosby Doc: In a copyright lawsuit, Carsey-Werner Company alleges the network sought to capitalize on the popularity of ‘The Cosby Show.’
  5. This lawsuit against a Cosby rape documentary is why fair use exists: “Cosby Show” producers say even 7-second clips amount to copyright infringement.
  6. Harvey Weinstein: Rape claim by actress credible, police say
  7. David Boies Accused Of Running Horrifying Spy Operation Against Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers
  8. Netflix Reportedly Severs Ties With Kevin Spacey, Effective Immediately
  9. Netflix Is the Reason Behind the Disney, Fox Deal Talks
  10. Taylor Swift’s Legal Rep Tries To Kill Critical Blog Post With Bogus Defamation, Copyright Claims 
  11. Taylor Swift threatens to sue blogger who connected her to white supremacists: Swift tried to use copyright to keep her threat of a lawsuit secret.
  12. Taylor Swift Attempts to Silence Critic, ACLU Fires Back: Pop star and attorney send threatening letter to local blogger
  13. India: In Defence of AIB’s Game of Thrones Memes: When can Satire/Critique Act as a Suitable Defence?
  14. SLAPP Alert: Professor Sues Another For Defamation Over Competing Academic Papers
  15. Disney Bans LA Times Writers From Advance Screenings In Response To Negative Articles
  16. LA Times: You can’t read our Thor review because Disney is mad – LA Times documented lavish election spending to defend Disneyland tax breaks.
  17. Disney forced to backpedal after banning LA Times from Thor screening: LA Times documented lavish election spending that defended Disneyland tax breaks.
  18. Thor: Ragnarok’s Valkyrie Shows How Far We’ve Got to Go for LGBTQ Representation on the Big Screen
  19. Chadwick Boseman Chose His Black Panther Accent to Make a Point About White Supremacy
  20. Museum fees are killing art history, say academics
  21. Top Academic Publisher Kowtows To China: Censors Thousands Of Papers, Denies It Is Censorship
  22. Journalists also have a “duty to warn”: Are we starting to do our jobs?: Media’s obsession with “balance” and addiction to spectacle led to disaster. Can we get back to real reporting now?
  23. Marvel loses creator of Jessica Jones, Miles Morales to DC: Bendis worked with Marvel since the early 2000s, writing for nearly every big series.
  24. Canadian Heritage Minister Joly Hints Many Cultural Groups Don’t Comply With Lobbyist Reporting Rules (Michael Geist)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Quebec Digital Sales Tax Bill Demonstrates the Complications That Come With Implementing a “Netflix Tax” (Michael Geist)
  2. US regulators demand CNN sale to approve AT&T-Time Warner deal: Dispute erupts in public as AT&T boss says he will not put news channel up for sale
  3. Trump’s DOJ wants AT&T/Time Warner to sell CNN or DirecTV before merger: AT&T could fight government in court in order to keep merger intact.
  4. Giant International Egos May Derail The Sprint T-Mobile Merger
  5. Competition Dodges A Bullet As T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Dies
  6. T-Mobile and Sprint finally, officially, say they definitely won’t merge: T-Mobile and Sprint will “fight the duopoly,” but as separate companies.
  7. Don’t Pay Verizon’s $10 ‘Premium Video’ Upcharge
  8. FCC Boss Demolishes Media Ownership Rules In Massive Gift To Sinclair Broadcasting
  9. FCC tries to help cable companies avoid state consumer protection rules: The FCC wants to block Minnesota from regulating Charter’s VoIP phone service.
  10. Sorry, Comcast: Voters say “yes” to city-run broadband in Colorado – Municipal broadband wins “David vs. Goliath battle” in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  11. Comcast Tries To Stop Colorado City From Even Talking About Building Its Own Broadband Network
  12. Comcast has a lot to lose if municipal broadband takes off: Comcast revenue could take a big hit in two cities that might build networks.
  13. Comcast Urges FCC To Ban States From Protecting Broadband Privacy, Net Neutrality
  14. Comcast asks the FCC to prohibit states from enforcing net neutrality: Pressure builds on FCC Chair Ajit Pai to preempt state net neutrality laws.
  15. AT&T Backs Off Nuisance Lawsuit Intended To Hamstring Broadband Competitors Like Google Fiber
  16. An AT&T drone is now providing cellular service to people in Puerto Rico: Cellular network still devastated; carriers scramble to reconnect residents.
  17. AT&T struggles to get Trump administration approval for Time Warner merger: DOJ could sue to block merger, but AT&T says everything is on track.
  18. House Antitrust Subcommittee Explores the Role of Antitrust Law in Net Neutrality 
  19. What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent technology 
  20. Australia’s national broadband network under relentless attack—by cockatoos: Birds love steel braided cables for beak maintenance.
  21. ESPN Joins List Of Companies Enforcing Stringent Social Media Policies, Which Is Both Bad And Stupid

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canadian Court Says Law Enforcement Doesn’t Have To Hand Over Info On Stingray Devices
  2. Kim Dotcom settles case he filed against NZ police over “military-style raid”: Cops could have “knocked at our door at a reasonable hour and advised me of my arrest.”
  3. FBI can’t break the encryption on Texas shooter’s smartphone: FBI won’t confirm it’s an iPhone: “I don’t want to tell bad guys what phone to buy.”
  4. Miami City Attorney Tries To Erase Photos Of Fired Firefighters From The Internet
  5. Should I be worried that Amazon knows so much about me?
  6. Security vs. convenience? IoT requires another level of thinking about risk – Op-ed: Devices like Amazon Key put too much risk assessment on users; bad decisions follow.
  7. With Amazon Key’s launch, customers and lawyers have lots of questions – Prof: “Why would anyone want to give Amazon access to their home?”
  8. How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met
  9. Uploading all your nudes to Facebook isn’t such a bad idea: An industry-wide database of image hashes could stop non-consensual pornography, or revenge porn, at source
  10. To prevent revenge porn, Facebook will look at user-submitted nude photos: Pilot program goals are laudable, but is the remedy as bad as the ailment it treats?
  11. Flaw crippling millions of crypto keys is worse than first disclosed: Estonia abruptly suspends digital ID cards as crypto attacks get easier and cheaper.
  12. Cryptojacking craze that drains your CPU now done by 2,500 sites: Android apps with millions of Google Play downloads also crash the party.
  13. Stuxnet-style code signing is more widespread than anyone thought: Forgeries undermine the trust millions of people place in digital certificates.
  14. Critical Tor flaw leaks users’ real IP address—update now
  15. Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ Hackers Exploit A Microsoft Office Flaw—And NYC Terrorism Fear
  16. The Devious Netflix Phish That Just Won’t Die
  17. So What the Hell Is Doxxing?: What doxxing really is, plus advice on how to protect yourself from unwanted exposure of personal and private information online.
  18. What Is Informational Injury? The FTC Wants to Know What Folks Think Is Enough Harm to Take Action
  19. The Case Of Glassdoor And The Grand Jury Subpoena, And How Courts Are Messing With Online Speech In Secret
  20. Some Thoughts On Gag Rules And Government Unmasking Demands

Jon

News of the Week; November 1, 2017

GAMES

  1. Dev draws flak for making a game about resisting oil pipelines
  2. Energy Group Labels Creators Of Video Game As ‘Eco-Terrorists’
  3. Oil lobbyists accuse game of promoting “eco-terrorism”: Thunderbird Strike “an eco-terrorist version of Angry Birds,” says Republican senator
  4. Opinion: When Big Oil attacks your game
  5. EA shuts down community-led classic Battlefield revival project
  6. EA shuts down fan-run servers for older Battlefield games: Modified game clients were being used to get around defunct GameSpy servers.
  7. Kotaku’s scum-and-villainy story of why EA shuttered a Star Wars game: The ripple effects of LucasArts’ closure apparently set Visceral’s demise into motion.
  8. EA kicking a studio when it’s downsizing: 10 Years Ago This Month: EA Chicago’s closure makes the announcement of Visceral Games’ demise seem like a lesson in tact
  9. Visceral devs share the story of the studio’s closure
  10. EA CEO on Visceral closure: “It wasn’t about single-player vs live service” – But publisher says live services continue to be “the bedrock of our business”
  11. EA CEO Comments On Closing Visceral And Why Its Star Wars Game Was Refocused: “It does happen from time to time as part of the creative process.”
  12. EA tweaks Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot box drops following beta feedback
  13. EA execs address Battlefront II loot box concerns: Publisher insists Star Wars shooter will offer good value to players, won’t be pay-to-win
  14. Star Wars: Battlefront II changes its loot box plans… but is it enough?: Worst damage is fixed, but is this still too much Dark Side in a Star Wars game?
  15. How the ESRB is Promoting Children’s Gambling
  16. EA takes a loss in Q2 as digital sales continue to outshine physical
  17. EA Sports helps EA grow revenue, narrow losses: Digital growth more than offsets 19% year-over-year decline of packaged goods revenues
  18. PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds could face ban in China: Game deviates from values of socialism, according to China’s content watchdog
  19. Football Manager to include gay players for first time in series’ history: “I just think it’s crazy that in 2017 we are in a world where people can’t be themselves,” says game director
  20. So 52.45% of People Playing my Indie Game Have Pirated it…
  21. Ubisoft says DRM isn’t the reason Assassin’s Creed: Origins pushes CPUs: VMProtect has “no perceptible effect,” game uses “full extent” of CPU by design.
  22. With Denuvo Broken, Ubisoft Doubles Up On DRM for Assasin’s Creed Origin, Tanking Everyone’s Computers
  23. Ubisoft has made its Sharpmake game dev tool open-source
  24. U.S. gov’t stands by DMCA exemption for museums preserving online games
  25. Amazon opens dedicated ‘Retro Zone’ for selling ‘retro’ games and gear
  26. Wolfenstein II: a good argument for games to get political
  27. Does Wolfenstein II’s brutal opening have design value?
  28. Wolfenstein 2 Collectible Mocks Progressive Magazine Over Its Coverage Of White Nationalists 
  29. The New Colossus: Building Wolfenstein II atop a million small decisions
  30. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Review – If the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi, I just made a whole pile of good Nazis.
  31. Ethics 101: Designing Morality in Games
  32. Dev Q&A: A Mortician’s Tale challenges how games depict death
  33. The economics of single-player games: As many top studios focus on multiplayer, service-based games, does the business case for narrative-driven single-player titles still add up?
  34. Reclaiming Assassin’s Creed’s lost identity
  35. Sales and profits up at Nintendo as the Switch continues to shine
  36. Nintendo Switch closing in on 8M sales worldwide
  37. SNES Classic and Super Mario Odyssey hit 2M sales
  38. Super Mario Odyssey hits 2 million sales: With Switch sales “tracking those of the Wii,” latest Mario game reached almost a third of the console’s audience
  39. Odyssey breaks 3D Mario week one sales record in Japan
  40. Super Mario Odyssey Review: Mario’s new romp joyously fuses old with new.
  41. Switch shipments will near 17 million units by the end of March: Six-month results show big increases in revenue and profit, with 50 million units of software expected to ship this fiscal year
  42. Nintendo survey reveals who’s purchasing the Switch
  43. Data shows versatility of the Switch is more than just a gimmick: Nintendo still has a knack for designing unique hardware
  44. Nintendo promises improved Switch availability for holiday season: Company bumps planned production by 4 million units to meet unexpected demand.
  45. Nintendo: The least popular way to play Switch games is primarily on a TV
  46. Super Mario Run is still short of Nintendo’s profit expectations: Despite reaching 200 million downloads, Nintendo tells investors that Mario’s mobile debut has “not yet reached an acceptable profit point”
  47. Sony’s games division drives strong growth in profits
  48. PlayStation drives Sony’s Q2 2017 revenues up to $18.25bn: Game and Network Services division saw sales more than double on 2016, PS4 shipments up to 67.5m units
  49. Sony focus moving from hardware sales to active user base: PS4 maker the latest to underscore the increasing importance of engagement metrics over unit sales
  50. Resident Evil 7 doubled PlayStation VR session time, says Sony
  51. Daybreak gives PS3 version of DC Universe Online 3 months to live
  52. Gartner’s Brian Blau on the State of the VR & AR Industries
  53. Oculus’ Bernard Yee: “Everything we’ve done to date is the warm-up for VR” – Executive producer posits that VR is about ‘the fantasy of the small space’ during View Conference talk
  54. Rob Pardo: VR MMOs not happening any time soon – World of Warcraft designer also offers advice to aspiring developers during his View Conference keynote
  55. “VR’s potential is literally infinite” – Oculus: Jason Rubin on the VR road-map and why analogies to failed tech from analysts and critics “all fall flat for me”
  56. CCP closes 2 studios as it backs away from VR development
  57. CCP exits the VR business: EVE Online studio has shuttered its Atlanta studio and is selling its Newcastle studio – the strategy shift impacts about 100 staff
  58. Google launches VR and AR object library called ‘Poly’
  59. Free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale surpasses 811k concurrent players
  60. Profits and revenue on the rise for Konami’s video game branch
  61. Profits up at Konami thanks to strong performance in mobile market: Konami enjoys 24.5% year-on-year profit growth in games industry
  62. Doubt cast on future of Amazon Game Studios’ first major development: Breakaway on “indefinite hiatus” according to report
  63. Steam beta tests Curator changes: Valve adds tools to help devs deal with influencers, hopes to roll them out wider in coming weeks
  64. Valve’s big Steam Curator overhaul aims to streamline key distribution
  65. Xbox software and services Q1 revenue offsets hardware decline: CEO Satya Nadella positions revenue balance as “leading indicator” of Microsoft’s ambitions in the gaming sector
  66. How Microsoft Delayed A Wildly Popular Xbox Feature To Clean Up Its Wildly Unpopular Always Online Plans
  67. Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect, and that makes me sad: Robbing the Xbox of its eyes and ears makes it a lesser platform.
  68. Microsoft could bring first-party titles to rival platforms
  69. HoloLens availability expanded as Microsoft continues pushing it to industry: Redmond insists that Mixed Reality isn’t just for gaming.
  70. Warner Bros. Interactive takes over Rocket League retail distribution
  71. Firefly Games partners with Dreamworks for franchise-laden RPG
  72. Riot Games introduces revenue sharing in EU LCS overhaul: Developer rethinks Challenger Series and looks to reward teams that “positively contribute to the success of the LCS”
  73. A New Cornerstone of Human Culture is Transforming Our Oldest Institutions: The future of eSports is in the hands of the players. Can they take it?
  74. Esports Execs Discuss Barriers, Advantages To Olympic Inclusion
  75. Olympic Committee agrees eSports ‘could be considered’ legitimate sport
  76. International Olympic Committee takes steps to recognise esports: IOC and international sports federation “in a dialogue with the games industry” on esports
  77. Olympic committee lays out expectations for esports’ inclusion: They will need an international governing organization
  78. Applying entrepreneurial skills to be a better game dev
  79. Juggling the chainsaws of work-for-hire vs. original projects
  80. Video Game Mini-Maps Might Finally Be Going Away
  81. The untapped potential of games to shape the future: “The popular imagination of games hasn’t quite caught up to the reality,” says Near Future Society co-founder Oliver Lewis
  82. Razer partners with devs to debut $700 game-focused Android phone
  83. Razer Debuts Its First Phone, And It’s Built For Games
  84. Essential Facts (Entertainment Software Association of Canada)

DIGITAL

  1. Association Isn’t Liable for Its Members’ Message Board Postings–Inge v. Central Motorcycle     Roadracing Association (Eric Goldman)
  2. European Court Rules On Internet Jurisdiction (Andres Guadamuz)
  3. TripAdvisor removed warnings about rapes and injuries at Mexico resorts, tourists say
  4. Appeals court keeps alive the never-ending Linux case, SCO v. IBM: SCO says IBM released a “sham” version of Monterey OS to prop up AIX for Power.
  5. Here are the Kremlin-backed Facebook ads designed to foment discord in US: Ads bash Clinton before election and cap on Trump after he won the presidency.
  6. What Congress Should Ask Tech Executives About Russia
  7. These Are the Ads Russia Bought on Facebook in 2016
  8. Congress Asks Tech To Face Hard Truths About Russian Meddling
  9. Spinoff: Whatever The Reports About Russian Trolls Buying Ads Is Initially, It’s Way, Way Worse
  10. Facebook, Google and Twitter grilled by Congress over Russian meddling – as it happened
  11. Facebook, YouTube admit to wider-ranging campaigns by Russian “state actors”: Disclosure of even bigger numbers comes ahead of Tuesday testimony on Capitol Hill.
  12. Facebook, Google, Twitter tell Congress their platforms spread Russian-backed propaganda – Twitter: “We are committed to working every single day at solving this problem.”
  13. Eight Revealing Moments From The Second Day Of Russia Hearings
  14. Top Experts: Can Facebook Legally Disclose Russian Ads–What does the Stored Communications Act say?
  15. Facebook Steps Up Efforts to Sway Lawmakers: Amid Russia probes and online ad scrutiny, social-media giant boosts lobbying spending and work on messaging
  16. Lawsuit accuses Facebook of scheming to weasel out of paying overtime: Lawsuit says Facebook has a “systematic, companywide wrongful classification” system.
  17. Collateral Damage Not Russian Site-Blocking’s Only Failure: Pirate Video Market Has Doubled As Well
  18. Reddit conducts wide-ranging purge of offensive subreddits
  19. NY Times Uncritically Says Fake News Debate Supports Chinese Style Censorship
  20. Trump adviser Roger Stone has been booted off Twitter: Stone fired off a profanity-laced tirade against a CNN reporter.
  21. Roger Stone, President Trump’s Attack Dog, Banned From Twitter For Harassing Journalists 
  22. Roger Stone suing Twitter over suspension
  23. The College Kids Doing What Twitter Won’t
  24. Is Wikileaks Protected by Section 230? The Trump Campaign Thinks So (Eric Goldman)
  25. Trump Campaign Tries To Defend Itself With Section 230, Manages To Potentially Make Things Worse For Itself
  26. APNewsBreak: Georgia election server wiped after suit filed 
  27. Craig Brittain’s Senate Race Page Reports Craig Brittain’s Personal Account As An ‘Imposter’
  28. Days after activists sued, Georgia’s election server was wiped clean: Main server deleted in July, two backups were “degaussed three times” in August.
  29. Georgia Election Server Mysteriously Wiped Clean After Lawsuit Highlights Major Vulnerabilities
  30. Georgia insists server deletion was “not undertaken to delete evidence”: “Narrative asserted in the media that the data was nefariously deleted… is without merit.”
  31. Russian Site-Blocking Operation Embroiled In Corruption Scandal
  32. Forcing Internet Platforms To Police Content Will Never Work
  33. Twitter drops hammer and sickle on RT, Sputnik ad buys over election shenanigans: No more sponsored Tweets, but Russia-funded media sites can still post “organic” Tweets.
  34. Twitter adds 4 million users amid ongoing harassment problem
  35. Ikea’s Ingenious Pre-Roll Ads Turn The Viewer Into A Voyeur
  36. YouTube Says New Technology Will Result In 30% Fewer Videos Being Deemed Advertiser-Unfriendly
  37. Google CEO: Viewers Accrue 100 Million Hours Of Daily YouTube Watch Time From Their Living Rooms
  38. YouTube TV Arrives On More Smart Devices, Including Xbox One Consoles, Android TVs
  39. Brands Beware: FTC Continues Campaign on Social Media Influencer Disclosures 
  40. Florida Legislator Thinks First Amendment Should Be Trimmed Back A Bit To Deal With Social Media Threats
  41. How Google Goggles Won, Then Lost, The Camera-First Future
  42. Google Limits Access To Airfare Data, Risking Antitrust Concerns
  43. Dennis Prager Sues YouTube For Filtering His Videos In A Way He Doesn’t Like 
  44. YouTube Responds To Lawsuit From Conservative Outlet, Says Restricted Mode “Is Not Censorship”
  45. Musician-Run Organization Runs Anti-YouTube Ad Campaign…On YouTube
  46. Finally, RIAA Front Group Admits That Forcing YouTube To Police Site Doesn’t Work Well
  47. Marketing Guy: Google Image Search Is A Honeypot Set Up By Aggressive Copyright Litigants
  48. Google’s AI Wizard Unveils A New Twist On Neural Networks
  49. Copyright Law Makes Artificial Intelligence Bias Worse: But it could be used to help fix the problem too.
  50. Artificial intelligence and copyright (Andres Guadamuz)
  51. We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads (Zeynep Tufekci)
  52. Universal Music Group Announces Strategic Alliance With Virtual Reality Company Within
  53. Amazon Amassed 7.1 Million Streaming Views In Four NFL Games 
  54. Website copying allegations allow potpourri of claims (Rebecca Tushnet)
  55. Three female engineers sue Uber for sex and race discrimination: Plaintiffs claim that “stack ranking” was stacked against them.
  56. In shift to content distribution, Roku may stream to third-party devices: Roku’s mobile app could become a new hub for ad-supported channels.
  57. GoFundMe Jumps into Original Content, Launches New Studio
  58. Spotify Cancels Its Current Crop Of Original Video Series As It Looks To Design A New Format
  59. Apple Taking Family-Friendly Approach To $1 Billion Original Content Push 
  60. Apple’s $1 billion TV lineup will be family-friendly, not Game of Thrones: Hollywood insiders paint a picture of a conservative company testing the waters.
  61. Is X > 8? Solving Apple’s iPhone sales equation: The iPhone 8 saw slow sales, while iPhone X demand quickly outstripped supply.
  62. Apple Reportedly Fires Engineer After Daughter’s iPhone X Video Goes Viral
  63. Apple Let YouTubers Review The iPhone X Ahead Of Traditional Tech Outlets
  64. Don’t drop that iPhone X—a screen repair will cost you $279
  65. Apple reportedly building iPhones, iPads without Qualcomm chips: Qualcomm has reportedly withheld software needed for testing its chips in Apple devices
  66. Microsoft Partners With NFL Stars For ‘Create Change’ Campaign
  67. AMD, which lost over $2.8B in 5 years, takes a hit after new report – Morgan Stanley: Demand for graphics chips, video game consoles will slow in 2018.
  68. GrubHub “gig economy” trial ends with judge calling out plaintiff’s lies: Small details of a part-time actor’s delivery job have become a federal case.
  69. The Little Black Box That Took Over Piracy 
  70. The Rights of Synthetic Lifeforms is the Next Great Civil Rights Controversy
  71. DARPA’s New Brain Device Increases Learning Speed by 40%
  72. Prepping Self-Driving Cars For The World’s Most Chaotic Cities
  73. Future of Invasive Neural Interfaces & Uploading Consciousness with Ramez Naam
  74. Machine Learning Is Aiding in the Fight Against Mental Illness
  75. The Robot Tank Designed To Fight Russians
  76. Do Robots Have More Rights Than Women In Saudi Arabia?
  77. Sony’s Aibo robot dog is back, gives us OLED puppy dog eyes: You can adopt Sony’s newest robo dog today for $1,700 down and a mandatory monthly fee
  78. CAA Unveils Digital-Incubator Venture Creative Labs With $12.5 Million in Funding
  79. CAA Launches Startup Studio To Found New Tech And Media Companies
  80. Canadian Copyright, OA, and OER: Why the Open Access Road Still Leads Back to Copyright (Michael Geist)
  81. Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking
  82. This stupid patent was going to be used to sue hundreds of small businesses: A patent litigation factory was stopped from suing hundreds of small printers.
  83. Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system: Internet policy wonks scramble over GDPR
  84. ‘I Forgot My Pin’: An Epic Tale Of Losing $30,000 In Bitcoin
  85. Samsung’s Mining Rig Lets You Collect Cryptocurrency Using 40 Old Galaxy Smartphones
  86. How Netflix works: the (hugely simplified) complex stuff that happens every time you hit Play
  87. Netflix Cancels ‘House Of Cards’ In Response To Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Kevin Spacey
  88. The Government’s Role in E-commerce: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on International Trade (Michael Geist)
  89. Prepping Self-Driving Cars For The World’s Most Chaotic Cities
  90. Best-Ever Algorithm Found For Huge Streams Of Data
  91. Rethinking Data Ownership in the Age of the IOT
  92. Inside The Downfall Of Doppler Labs
  93. The underground story of Cobra, the 1980s’ illicit handmade computer: In their poor, Communist country, Romania’s computer curious built an underground industry.
  94. Google, others showcase emoji cheeseburger construction faux pas: Emoji fragmentation of a small stakes, culinary variety. 

CREATIVITY

  1.  Gag order silencing Comic-Con producers declared unconstitutional: Appeals court says silencing online speech over trademark suit is unconstitutional.
  2. Florida’s top court stops 1960s band from earning pre-1972 copyright royalties: Do states want copyright to sprawl even further? Two have said “no.”
  3. Eight Mile Style v New Zealand National Party: National ‘Loses itself’ to Eminem in copyright case
  4. New Zealand political party infringed Eminem copyright, must pay $412k: “Sound alike” track used by ad firm was too close to Eminem hit “Lose Yourself.”
  5. CBS sues man for copyright over screenshots of 59-year-old TV show: Asked about the lawsuit, CBS says only that plaintiff will “end up on boot hill.”
  6. Regulators crack down on gambling ads appealing to children
  7. Australian Lawmakers Propose Outlawing Parody, Having A Sense Of Humor
  8. There’s no free speech right to refuse wedding cakes to gay couples
  9. Standing to Sue for Copyright Infringement: No Bright Line Rule for Stock Photo Agencies
  10. Not every pattern is protected by copyright, even if creating it involved many choices
  11. Evidence Continues To Show Benefit Of “Openness” In Copyright Regimes
  12. The #MeToo moment
  13. Against Allegedly
  14. Reporter Arrested, Thrown To The Ground For Cursing
  15. What future for UK copyright after Brexit? Report on IPKat-BLACA panel discussion
  16. The Prehistory of Music: A conversation on the deep history of humans and music with Gary Tomlinson, author of A Million Years of Music.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  New CASL Ruling: CRTC Provides Guidance on B2B Messaging and the Due Diligence Defence
  2. Ajit Pai submits plan to allow more media consolidation: Rules that preserve media diversity in local markets will be eliminated.
  3. FCC chair wants to impose a cap on broadband funding for poor families: Pai proposes Lifeline budget cap and new limits on which ISPs can get subsidies.
  4. Another broadband merger: CenturyLink gets FCC approval to buy Level 3: CenturyLink gets bigger while it faces lawsuits alleging overcharges.
  5. Dead People Mysteriously Support The FCC’s Attack On Net Neutrality
  6. Sprint/T-Mobile merger is off, preserving wireless competition (for now): Sprint owner wants to maintain control and invest in its network, report says.
  7. How Right-Wing Media Is Ignoring The Mueller Indictments: “Much ado about nothing.”
  8. Charter CEO Tries To Blame Netflix Password ‘Piracy’ For Company’s Failure To Adapt To Cord Cutting
  9. Portugal Shows The Internet Why Net Neutrality Is Important
  10. Verizon-Funded Group Claims Killing Net Neutrality Would Really Help Puerto Rico Right Now
  11. Verizon Will Graciously Now Let You Avoid Video Throttling For An Additional $10 Per Month
  12. Verizon creates new $10 monthly charge to remove video throttling: $10 add-on charge removes limit that restricts mobile videos to 720p.
  13. Verizon Lobbies FCC To Block States From Protecting Broadband Privacy, Net Neutrality
  14. Verizon has a new strategy to undermine online privacy and net neutrality: FCC should declare state broadband laws invalid, Verizon tells commission.
  15. San Francisco, Seattle Tire of Comcast, Mull Building Citywide Fiber Networks
  16. AT&T admits defeat in lawsuit it filed to stall Google Fiber: Judge dismissed AT&T’s lawsuit against Louisville, and company won’t appeal.
  17. Pirate TV services are taking a bite out of cable company revenue: Millions of North Americans are using illegal TV services, research finds.
  18. Careful what you wish for – Bill O’Reilly version 
  19. Brian Williams Opens Up About His Unexpected Re-Invention: “Second Acts Are Possible, With A Little Spiffing Up”: Most broadcasters would have been cooked if they had undergone the sort of scandal that Williams faced in 2015. But a slow-and-steady revival—a mixture of dutiful penance, clever planning, and a dramatic change in the media—has Williams turning 11 p.m. into the new primetime.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. What Did Cambridge Analytica Really Do For Trump’s Campaign?
  2. China Tests The Limits Of Its Us Hacking Truce
  3. BlackBerry CEO Promises To Try To Break Customers’ Encryption If The US Gov’t Asks Him To
  4. Rumors That Facebook Is Secretly Recording You Refuse to Die
  5. A surge of sites and apps are exhausting your CPU to mine cryptocurrency: Coinhive harnesses the resources of 500 million people with no questions asked.
  6. New Evidence Shows Defense Dep’t Abusing Surveillance Procedures To Spy On Americans
  7. Video dooms cop who arrested nurse for not letting him take patient’s blood: Nurse told officer to get a warrant. Cop grabs her and arrests her for no reason.
  8. Judge Doesn’t Care Much For DOJ’s Boilerplate, Refuses To Grant One Year Gag Order
  9. FBI Says It Can’t Get Into 6,900 Encrypted Phones. So What?
  10. Declassified Docs Show NSA Trying To Prosecute A Journalist For His Successful FOIA Requests
  11. A new, virulent ransomware epidemic is fuelled by yet another leaked NSA cyberweapon
  12. Assessing the threat the Reaper botnet poses to the Internet – what we know now: Whatever the threat posed by the new IoT botnet, a worse one has lurked for months.
  13. Apple’s Machine Learning Engine Could Surface Your iPhone’s Secrets
  14. Facing privacy suits about facial recognition
  15. Back Down The Rabbit Hole About Encryption On Smartphones
  16. Researcher Still Being Pursued By Russian Bank Over Last Year’s Mistaken Trump Connection Story
  17. European Parliament Agrees Text For Key ePrivacy Regulation; Online Advertising Industry Hates It
  18. Kim Dotcom settles case he filed against NZ police over “military-style raid”: Cops could have “knocked at our door at a reasonable hour and advised me of my arrest.”
  19. Wyden’s Reform Bill Would Also Deter Misuse Of NSA Powers To Compel Tech Company Assistance
  20. Members of Congress want you to hack the US election voting system: Bug-bounty program would exempt participants from federal hacking laws.
  21. CIA releases 321 gigabytes of Bin Laden’s digital library, Web cache crap: “There is no absolute guarantee that all malware has been removed.”
  22. Man finds USB stick with Heathrow security plans, Queen’s travel details: Secrets discovered when USB was plugged into library computer; data unencrypted.

Jon

News of the Week; October 25, 2017

GAMES

  1. Slot machine denies Horizon: Zero Dawn DLC trademark – US patent office suspends The Frozen Wilds DLC trademark for similarities to mobile game Frozen Wild
  2. ‘Hey dude, do this’: the last resort for female gamers escaping online abuse – In the toxic environment of online gaming, women play incognito, pretend to be male or say nothing to avoid harassment
  3. The games industry responds to #MeToo: “By acting now, we can save countless individuals from physical, mental, and emotional pain, suffering, and distress”
  4. Implied sexual assault scene in Call of Duty modified for Australia: The “threat of sexual violence” no longer listed as content warning, but title remains rated R18+
  5. What’s next for Activision Blizzard’s $300m merchandise business: Consumer Products CEO on Activision Blizzard’s new franchise philosophy
  6. Hearthstone Player Waves His Hand, Sets Off Controversy
  7. Game Boss interview: How Zoe Quinn survived Gamergate and lived to fight Internet hate
  8. NeoGAF goes offline in wake of sexual assault allegations: “The story doesn’t reconcile logically with the facts,” says site founder
  9. Community Fallout from UploadVR’s Harassment Settlement, and Bearing Witness to Testimony
  10. Andromeda dev chalks up some of the game’s problems to a lack of diversity
  11. What do you do when a hate group steals your logo?: How a Star Citizen player group responded to white nationalists adopting their branding, and what publishers could learn from Cloud Imperium’s response
  12. NPD: Loot box controversy having no impact on game sales – Despite consumer outcry, the analysis firm tells GamesIndustry.biz AAA titles with microtransactions still appear among biggest sellers
  13. Destiny 2 PC Players Reporting Mass Bans, And No One Has Explained Why
  14. Bungie denies reports that innocuous apps led to PC Destiny 2 bans: But hundreds of angry players say they’ve been banned “for nothing.”
  15. Why LeBron James Doesn’t Own the Rights to His Tattoos
  16. How GTA Online painfully pulled Rockstar into the ‘live games’ biz
  17. Rockstar wants to return to single-player DLC in future games: GTA V was “very, very complete,” and absence of add-on content wasn’t a “conscious decision”
  18. EA ‘pushing for more open-world games [because] you can monetise them better,’ says ex-Bioware dev – Manveer Heir: “I’ve seen people literally spend $15,000 on Mass Effect multiplayer cards.”
  19. Opinion: The game industry must face up to its gambling problem
  20. Harmonix lays off 14 in bid to ‘reduce overhead’
  21. Gaming’s Fall Season Ain’t What It Used To Be
  22. Facebook updates Instant Games platform with video ads and ‘robust’ dev tools
  23. Facebook Instant Games trialling monetisation options for developers: In-app purchases and ads coming to a select set of games
  24. Mobile App Sweepstakes and Social Media – A Legal Perspective
  25. Google Play and App Store downloads and spending hit record levels
  26. Mobile downloads and consumer spending hit record high: iOS and Google Play enjoyed a 28% year on year growth in revenue for Q3, report says
  27. Adding multiplayer would “dilute” Wolfenstein’s storytelling: MachineGames’ Tommy Tordsson Björk on the benefits of single-player focus to “pushing the boundaries” in The New Colossus
  28. Gran Turismo Sport review: A brilliant, but very new, direction for the series: The latest game in this legendary franchise is all about racing online and e-sports.
  29. Nintendo Switch surpasses 2M sales in the U.S.
  30. Nintendo Switch passes 2 million US sales: Console was the best-selling games device in America for third consecutive month, according to NPD data
  31. Skipmore’s Kamiko sells 150,000 on Switch: Two-person Japanese studio sees a big return on Nintendo’s new console
  32. Switch update brings video capture and pre-purchasing
  33. Nintendo Switch’s first portable dock offers freedom, but with new shackles: Nyko dock delivers a much-needed option—but it comes with serious dealbreakers.
  34. Nintendo revisiting freemium model in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
  35. Nintendo fully embraces in-app purchases with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp: Publisher moves past its “deep-rooted suspicion” of free-to-play for next mobile release
  36. Nintendo quietly adds GameCube controller support in latest Switch update
  37. Your old GameCube controllers now work with the Nintendo Switch: Stealth update could pave the way for Virtual Console, new Smash Bros..
  38. Unreleased Super NES game to come packed with every Analogue Super Nt – Super Turrican: Director’s Cut unearths the uncut 6 Mbit version of the game.
  39. Denuvo’s DRM now being cracked within hours of release: Best-in-class service can’t even provide a full day of protection these days.
  40. Multiple Titles Using Denuvo Cracked On Release Day As Other Titles Planning To Use It Bail On It Completely
  41. Devs tell tales of what happens when you give your game to pirates: “It’s definitely been a good decision. Your game is going to end up on piracy websites regardless, and you might as well have fun with it, and in a way prevent it from being a virus or some malicious software.”
  42. Eye Tracking Shows Where ELEAGUE Gamers Look On The Screen
  43. New York Yankees invest in Vision Esports: Most valuable team in baseball ventures into the world of competitive video games
  44. Why the NCAA doesn’t have a place in esports
  45. Investors pour $25M into eSports team Cloud9
  46. Esports firm Cloud9 raises $25m in latest funding round: Investors include WWE, Beverly Hills Sports Council, Washington Wizards owner and more
  47. Intel: VR is “eye-opening moment” for computing –  Kim Pallister, director of the Intel VR Center of Excellence, on the chip maker’s goals for VR and why it sees VR making esports more accessible
  48. From taverns to tournaments: The rise of Gwent as an esport: CD Projekt Red’s Rafał Jaki explains why the studio’s competitive gaming ambitions are “not some calculated decision based on a spreadsheet”
  49. Microsoft launches TruePlay, an anti-cheat for UWP games
  50. Windows now includes gaming cheat detection at the system level: Optional “TruePlay” protects game memory, monitors OS for common cheating patterns.
  51. Microsoft introduces anti-cheating tool for UWP games developers: TruePlay aims to help studios monitor their games for common attacks, locks opt-out players from selected modes
  52. Microsoft kills the Kinect as production shuts down
  53. Microsoft discontinues Kinect: Depth-sensing Xbox camera shelved after seven years and 35 million units sold
  54. Microsoft Fully Discontinues The Kinect
  55. Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect, and that makes me sad: Robbing the Xbox of its eyes and ears makes it a lesser platform.
  56. Now we know why Xbox One backward compatibility took so long: Response to “always on” Internet fiasco put “back compat” on the backburner.
  57. Steam users can now send gift cards digitally
  58. Five reasons why Christmas 2017 might not be a disaster for games retail: It hasn’t started well, but there are still reasons to be hopeful
  59. Researchers expect close holiday competition between Xbox One X and PS4 Pro
  60. Xbox publishing head: Single-player games aren’t dead, just more complicated
  61. Sony: Planet of the Apes and PlayLink will help us reach non-gamers – Platform holder expects recognisable IP to play a big role in selling PlayStations to the masses
  62. Does Visceral’s closure prove AAA single-player games are dying?
  63. Ex-Visceral dev calls death of single-player fears “totally absurd”: Studio’s former level designer saddened by studio closure, but supports EA’s shift towards service games
  64. What the F&*K is a Gamerunner, and why do we need them?
  65. 666M tuned in to video game streams and videos last year, says SuperData
  66. A game dev’s romp through interesting 2017 game market data
  67. Over three times as many video game projects fail than succeed on Kickstarter: Video games continue to stagnate on the platform while board games are breaking records
  68. Interview With Ryan Morrison, Video Game Attorney – High Noon Hot Seat
  69. Gaming video content has an audience of 665 million: SuperData report forecasts ads and direct consumer spending to push GVC earnings to $4.6 billion in 2017
  70. Making the industry’s voice heard on Brexit: Exiting the EU is one of the biggest challenges the UK games sector has ever faced; the industry desperately needs its access to skilled staff to be protected
  71. Games for the Many: how Labour plans to win elections with video games – Designer Rosa Carbó-Mascarell on using video games to make politics accessible
  72. Gabe Newell’s $5.5bn net worth puts him in US’ top 100 wealthiest: Valve boss reaches No.97 on latest Forbes rich list, believed to own just over half his company
  73. Keywords agrees to $66.4M deal for game testing giant VMC
  74. British Games Institute seeking support from UK government
  75. Cognitive Biases to Watch Out For When Running a Games Business
  76. The Philosophy of Grinding and how to Reduce it
  77. Devs push back on Patreon’s ‘clearer stance’ regarding adult content
  78. A Brief History of Rappers Who Dress Like JRPG Villains
  79. Engare review: The geometry of Islamic art becomes a treasure of a game
  80. How games media can work more effectively with PR: LittleBig PR’s Gareth Williams offers a counterpoint to our recent piece on the relationships between journalists and the industry
  81. Returning to Second Life: Long after its grandest ambitions have faded, the platform still boasts people and profit.
  82. How Neopets influenced a generation of devs
  83. UNC Star Joel Berry II Loses Video Game, Punches Door, Breaks Hand

DIGITAL

  1.  Demers v. Yahoo Inc: Québec Court Confirms that Québec Consumer Law Applies to Free Online Services
  2. Google Removed Catalonian Referendum App Following Spanish Court Order
  3. Another Court Rejects ‘Material Support To Terrorists’ Claims Against Social Media Sites–Gonzalez v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  4. Controversial “Gripe Site” Protected (Again) by the Communications Decency Act and Defeats Novel Copyright Attack with Website “Browsewrap” License to User Generated Content
  5. Spanski Enterprises, Inc. v. Telewizja Polska, S.A.: How Far Is Too Far When It Comes to the Extraterritorial Reach of US Copyright Law? 
  6. Nielsen Data says 89% of OTT Viewing Takes Place on TV Sets
  7. Apple calls report of reduced iPhone X Face ID specs “completely false”: Apple says Face ID will still only have a one-in-a-million chance of failing.
  8. All The Face-Tracking Tech Behind Apple’s Animoji 
  9. After Supreme Court detour, Apple v. Samsung goes to a fourth jury trial: Apple wields design as a weapon, a strategy that has led to judicial paralysis.
  10. Apple’s Billion-Dollar Bet on Hollywood Is the Opposite of Edgy: A conservative corporation takes its first steps into a new industry.
  11. Empathy – the latest gadget Silicon Valley wants to sell you: The tech world wants us to believe that virtual reality will unlock human understanding on a global scale. But it’s also a business strategy 
  12. Vox Media Fires Editorial Director Lockhart Steele For Misconduct, Says Investigation Is “Ongoing”
  13. Open for business, ransomware authors and perpetrators cashing in on emerging dark web marketplace economy 
  14. Two-week-old Pixel 2 XL displays are already showing burn-in: LG’s terrible OLED panels have yet another issue.
  15. Gab Drops Its Lawsuit Against Google; Considers Trying Its Hand At Lobbying
  16. Copyright Office Will Renew Previous DMCA Exemptions Without Much Fuss — But Why Is This Even Necessary?
  17. Report: Twitter CEO took a Russian impostor’s bait in 2016: The retweets were for innocent, “positive” stories.” And that was the point. 
  18. Proposed law would regulate online ads to hinder Russian election influence: Honest Ads Act requires Google, Twitter, Facebook to open ads to public review.
  19. When Russian Trolls Attack: Anna Zhavnerovich knew she was taking a risk when she publicized the details of her assault online. But in doing so, she joined a growing movement of survivors fighting back against Russia’s Kremlin-influenced trolling machine. 
  20. Political ads on Twitter will now be labeled with lots of spending data: Follows mounting congressional pressure about social media ads and disclosure.
  21. In its new timeline, Twitter will end revenge porn next week, hate speech in two: The company has laid out a “safety calendar” with changes through January.
  22. Lawyers: Trump’s Twitter Account Not Presidential; Also: Trump Is President, Can’t Be Sued
  23. Trump’s Favorite Law Firm Loses Massive RICO SLAPP Suit Against Greenpeace, But Has Another One Already Going
  24. This Week’s Best Twitter Is College Kids Pretending to Flunk Midterms for Viral Fame 
  25. Mercedes handles the competition because it knows how to handle data, too: Ahead of (another) Mercedes win, Ars gets a look at the team’s network stack.
  26. High-tech mirror for cancer patients only works if you smile
  27. UK Gov’t Considering Redefining Social Media Services As Publishers To Make It Easier To Control Them
  28. How Social Media Endangers Knowledge
  29. How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media 
  30. The Responsibility of Online Platforms: a Marginal Challenge in Québec
  31. Russian Cyberspies Are Rushing to Exploit Recent Flash 0-Day Before It Goes Cold
  32. Computer Parts Site Newegg Is Being Sued for Allegedly Engaging in Massive Fraud [Updated]
  33. Korean banks sue Newegg, allege online retailer aided massive fraud: Both Newegg, ASI will “vigorously defend” their companies and deny wrongdoing.
  34. When Government Fails, Social Media Is The New 911
  35. How blockchain technology can set us free from this Brexit time warp
  36. Blockchains Explained In Two Minutes
  37. MasterCard Announces That Payments Can Now be Made on Blockchain 
  38. Your Browser Could Be Mining Cryptocurrency For A Stranger
  39. An AI god will emerge by 2042 and write its own bible. Will you worship it?
  40. Elon Musk Eviscerates People Who Discuss “A.I. Gods”
  41. Artificial Intelligence in Christian Thought and Practice: This series by Christian computer scientists introduces questions for Christians about AI and its role in society
  42. These Are The Ethical Dilemmas We Face As AI Takes Over Our Lives 
  43. Using Abstract VR Art for Neural Entrainment & Brain Research + Can Creative AI Become Conscious?
  44. The Surreal Comedy Bot That’s Turning AI Into LOL
  45. Google Is Honing AI That Can Recognize Human Actions Using YouTube Videos
  46. Insights: Google Knits Artificial Intelligence Into Everything, But Are We Sure It Won’t Be Evil?
  47. Welcoming Our New Robot Overlords: Once, robots assisted human workers. Now it’s the other way around.
  48. The Future of Online Dating Is Unsexy and Brutally Effective
  49. Facebook is struggling to meet the burden of securing itself, security chief says: Chief Security Officer described security report as a “very painful process.”
  50. How People Inside Facebook Are Reacting To The Company’s Election Crisis
  51. Monopoly Power and the Future of Facebook
  52. Will Facebook Kill All Future Facebooks?
  53. Court Not Impressed With Sneaky Plan To Sell Patents To Native Americans To Avoid Review… But New Lawsuits Filed
  54. Several women accuse tech pundit Robert Scoble of sexual harassment
  55. Tech Writer Robert Scoble Accused of Sexual Harassment, Assault by Multiple Women
  56. The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship in Egypt: In response to a recent, dramatic increase of Internet filtering in Egypt, Internet users take to social media and Google Drive to protest filtering and disseminate banned content.
  57. A Joke Tweet Leads To ‘Child Trafficking’ Investigation, Providing More Evidence Of Why SESTA Would Be Abused
  58. Beyond ICE In Oakland: How SESTA Threatens To Chill Any Online Discussion About Immigration
  59. Study On Craigslist Shutting ‘Erotic Services’ Shows SESTA May Hurt Those It Purports To Help
  60. Is Hollywood ‘Exploiting’ Anti-Trafficking Organization To Support SESTA?
  61. How A Startup’s Legal Battle With A Software Giant Could Redefine Tech Workers’ Rights
  62. Uber, Intel, and other tech firms will urge Congress to let “Dreamers” stay – Uber: “We plan to support Dreamers as long as they need help.”
  63. Regulators of ‘sharing economy’ platforms caught between competing interests
  64. Cities around US offer billions in tax breaks to be Amazon’s HQ2: Cities and states are trying to one-up each other, showing off their best features.
  65. Another German decision warns against broad application of GS Media presumption for for-profit link providers
  66. NAFTA Modernization and IP/E-commerce: My Appearance at the Senate Open Caucus (Michael Geist)
  67. Netflix Plans To Fund Its Increased 2018 Content Budget With Additional $1.6 Billion Of Debt
  68. Netflix to Raise $1.6 Billion More Debt Financing to Fuel Content-Buying Binge
  69. Nielsen Now Vends Ratings Info For Netflix Shows To Top Media Companies
  70. Using YouTube Takedowns As Extortion
  71. YouTube’s brilliant ad was one of the biggest stories from Game 1 of the World Series
  72. As YouTube TV Begins World Series Ad Campaign, Its Play Button Vexes Viewers
  73. Billboard Will Decrease Weight Of YouTube Views In Hot 100 Charts
  74. How YouTube Entrepreneurs In Their 20s Are Disrupting Traditional Record Labels
  75. “Despacito”, YouTube’s Most-Viewed Video, Was Shot In 14 Hours And Edited On Final Cut Pro X
  76. Amazon Video Direct Funds Programming For The First Time By Investing In Funny Or Die Shorts
  77. BroadbandTV Signs Yousef ‘FouseyTube’ Erakat, Bart Baker, And h3h3Productions
  78. Snap Has Hundreds Of Thousands Of Unsold Spectacles Sitting In Warehouses 
  79. The Judge’s Code: Meet the judge who codes — and decides tech’s biggest cases
  80. Digital Goods Are Valued Less Than Physical Goods
  81. How has digital journalism changed your work day?
  82. How Big Tech Became A Bipartisan Whipping Boy 

CREATIVITY

  1. Eminem Wins New Zealand Copyright Lawsuit; Awarded Over 400K In Damages
  2. Author Who Lost Copyright Case Over The Da Vinci Code In The US In 2007 Looks To Revive It In The UK In 2017
  3. TV formats potentially eligible for copyright protection as dramatic works under UK law
  4. Forgetting Functionality (Christopher Buccafusco & Jeanne Fromer)
  5. Copyright Laws Make Photographs of the Eiffel Tower at Night Illegal
  6. Does a French copyright smell anything?
  7. Judge Bars News Station From Showing Pictures In News Story, Admits It’s Prior Restraint, Shrugs
  8. Hate speech is protected free speech, even on college campuses: My students trust colleges to control offensive speech. They shouldn’t.
  9. Communism’s Answer to Mickey Mouse Is Thrust Into a Very Capitalist Dispute
  10. Long Trail Brewing Sues East Coast Apparel Company Over ‘Take A Hike’ T-Shirt
  11. Harvey Weinstein Case Brings Sexual Harassment Back to the Spotlight 
  12. Photographer Spends Eternity Waiting For Museum Visitors To Match Artworks And The Result Is Worth The Wait
  13. Serialized Television Has Become a Disease
  14. How (not) to protect an idea for a TV format 
  15. Arnold Schwarzenegger Thinks Last Action Hero Bombed Because of Bill Clinton 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Government Rejects Call for an Internet Tax: “Conflicts With Principle of Affordable Access” (Michael Geist)
  2. Compliance and Enforcement Decision CRTC 2017-367: 3510395 Canada Inc., operating as Compu.Finder – Constitutional challenge to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
  3. Bill O’Reilly says he was one of many employees accused of sexual harassment at Fox
  4. James Murdoch Says Size of O’Reilly Settlement Was ‘News to Me’ 
  5. Local TV and radio stations no longer required to have local studios: Republicans eliminate rule, make it easier for stations to close local studios.
  6. The Main Studio Rule Is Dead; Long Live the Main Studio 
  7. FCC Approves Repeal of Main Studio Rules and Starts Proceeding to Examine Broadcast Public Notices and Filing of TV Ancillary and Supplementary Revenue Reports 
  8. FCC Likely To Use Thanksgiving Holiday To Hide Its Unpopular Plan To Kill Net Neutrality
  9. A Public Focused Approach To Net Neutrality
  10. Michigan Lawmaker Flees Twitter After Reports Highlight She Helped AT&T Push Anti-Competition Broadband Law
  11. Verizon brings back full-quality video streaming for $10 more: If you want your mobile video to stream in 4K on Verizon, you’ll need to pay extra. And have the right phone.
  12. Report: Verizon struggling to launch streaming TV service in crowded field – It’s had two delays and now plans to launch in the spring, says Bloomberg. 
  13. Verizon’s Long-Shot Bet To Disrupt Google And Facebook
  14. Michigan Lawmaker Doesn’t Understand Her Own Bill Hamstringing Broadband Competition
  15. The Cable Industry’s Ingenious ‘Solution’ To TV Cord Cutting? Raise Broadband Rates
  16. After Report Suggests It Ripped Off Taxpayers, Frontier Communications Shrugs When Asked For Subsidies Back
  17. $100 Internet bill became $340 for no reason, Frontier customer says: Overcharges continue for months despite customer service promising a fix.
  18. Google Fiber is now in Louisville thanks to new fiber deployment strategy: Microtrenching sped up work in Louisville during court battle over utility poles.
  19. Wireless Carriers Again Busted Collecting, Selling User Data Without Consent Or Opt Out Tools
  20. Jails pocket up to 60 percent of what inmates pay for phone calls: “Site commissions” raise prices by sending up to 60 percent of revenue to jails. 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. DOJ changes “gag order” policy, Microsoft to drop lawsuit – Brad Smith, Microsoft’s attorney: “It is an unequivocal win for our customers.”
  2. New DOJ Policy Restricts Use Of Warrant/Subpoena Gag Orders
  3. Government Drops Its Demand For Data On 6,000 Facebook Users
  4. Amazon Key Is Bigger Than Package Delivery
  5. Amazon Key unlocks your door for in-home package deliveries: Will you let Amazon be the gatekeeper to your home?
  6. Court Has No Problem With All House Residents Being Forced To Hand Over Fingers To Law Enforcement
  7. Judge: MalwareTech is no longer under curfew, GPS monitoring – Marcus Hutchins, awaiting trial, can now live and work unencumbered in LA.
  8. New Ransomware Linked To Notpetya Sweeps Russia And Ukraine
  9. New wave of data-encrypting malware hits Russia and Ukraine: Highly advanced “Bad Rabbit” hits train stations, airport, and media.
  10. DOJ Subpoenas Twitter About Popehat, Dissent Doe And Others Over A Smiley Emoji Tweet
  11. The DOJ’s Bizarre Subpoena Over An Emoji Highlights Its Ridiculous Vendetta Against A Security Researcher
  12. The Reaper IoT Botnet Has Already Infected A Million Networks
  13. Equifax Deserves The Corporate Death Penalty
  14. Key e-mail from feds got caught in body-cam maker’s spam filter: Axon hopes “to resolve these matters as expeditiously as possible.”
  15. Police body cams had no “statistically significant effect” in DC: “There was no indication that the cameras changed behavior at all.”
  16. NYPD Tells Judge Its $25 Million Forfeiture Database Has No Backup
  17. NYPD can’t get story straight on evidence system backups: Deputy commissioner says the system is “backed up”; IT staff affidavit says otherwise.
  18. FBI director: Unbreakable encryption is a “huge, huge problem”: “I get it, there’s a balance that needs to be struck,” Christopher Wray said.
  19. Law Prof Argues Cell Location Records Shouldn’t Need Warrants Because Cell Phones Have Encryption
  20. Time For The Feds To Say What They Know About Kaspersky
  21. Worker who snuck NSA malware home had his PC backdoored, Kaspersky says: Kaspersky presses its case it didn’t knowingly help Russia steal NSA secrets.
  22. Kaspersky pledges independent code review to cast off spying suspicions: After accusations by DHS of ties to Russian intel, company seeks to reassure customers.
  23. Crippling crypto weakness opens millions of smartcards to cloning: Gemalto IDPrime.NET almost certainly isn’t the only smartcard vulnerable to ROCA.
  24. How To Avoid Future Krack-Like Failures: Create Well-Maintained ‘Fat’ Protocols Using Initial Coin Offerings
  25. “Security concerns” lead to LTE service shutdown on Chinese Apple Watches: The Chinese government doesn’t know what to do with eSIMs yet.
  26. Amazon Key Puts Deliveries—And Delivery People—In Your Home
  27. Computer hacking victims to receive up to £6,000 compensation for ‘distress’ caused by cyber crime, under new plans: There are fears the EU regulations will spark industry of bogus hacking claims – Companies with millions of customers could be left crippled if they have to pay – Bill would give right for payout for ‘psychiatric and psychological damage’ – In 2013 157,000 TalkTalk customers were affected when it was hacked – If everyone affected claimed, the company would have to pay £471 million 
  28. On Internet-Connected Toys and Human Flourishing: Hello, Privacy
  29. Police Camera Study Shows New Tech Having Little Effect On Misconduct And Excessive Force
  30. Google, Facebook & Comcast Jointly Lied to California Lawmakers To Scuttle Broadband Privacy Bill
  31. How lobbyists convinced lawmakers to kill a broadband privacy bill: Leaked documents reveal scare tactics that helped ISPs avoid privacy rules.
  32. A comparative guide to data security penalties in 10+ jurisdictions

Jon

News of the Week; October 18, 2017

GAMES

  1. Blizzard takes Chinese dev to court over alleged mobile Overwatch clone
  2. Overwatch hits 35 million players: The player base continues to grow, but it’s slowing
  3. Activision patents matchmaking tech that can push players to buy upgrades
  4. Activision Patents Matchmaking That Encourages Players To Buy Microtransactions
  5. Patent that pushes microtransactions through multiplayer granted to Activision: The “exploratory” systems have not been implemented into any games as of yet, publisher says
  6. Activision’s patented method to drive microtransactions with matchmaking: Unused system could push newbies to “emulate the marquee player” in pairings.
  7. Activision Researched Using Matchmaking Tricks to Sell In-Game Items: In-game purchases are a multi-billion dollar business for Activision.
  8. Fortnite developer reportedly suing cheating players: Epic is looking to hit Fortnite cheaters hard.
  9. Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters over EULA violations
  10. Report: WB winding down Lego Dimensions ahead of schedule
  11. Lego Dimensions dropped – Report: Toys-to-life genre loses another player as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment pulls the plug a year earlier than planned
  12. PUBG has doubled total banned players in a month: BattlEye has banned 322,000 players, with as many as 13,000 banned every day
  13. Fortnite’s free-to-play battle royale mode passes 10M players
  14. Does anyone own the Battle Royale genre?: Current law gives developers little more than “a headstart” over potential imitators, says Harbottle & Lewis’ Kostyantyn Lobov
  15. Exclusive: Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort
  16. iLife wins $10.1 M from Nintendo
  17. Nintendo Reportedly Encouraging Mature Titles On Switch
  18. Why aren’t there more “Mature” games for Nintendo Switch?: Nintendo reportedly encouraging more adult fare but still won’t create it.
  19. Sony Music to publish games on Switch and PC through new Unties label
  20. Sony to publish Nintendo Switch games with new label Unties: Indie publisher operated by Sony Music Entertainment, first title Tiny Metal releases in November
  21. Nintendo Switch tiptoes toward letting users back up their data: Latest system update also enables video capture for… four games. Yes, four.
  22. Super Nt is a $190 FPGA, HDMI SNES (and probably other acronyms): High-end “clone” console could be hacked to support other classic systems.
  23. Ex-Naughty Dog dev levies sexual harassment allegation: Developer accuses studio of firing him after he spoke up; studio says it has no evidence he ever notified it of inappropriate conduct
  24. Naughty Dog responds to sexual harassment allegation
  25. CD Projekt Red responds to scathing Glassdoor reviews: After complaints of mismanagement, senseless crunch, and poor pay, Witcher studio says its approach to development “is not for everyone”
  26. CD Projekt Red talks company values in wake of employee complaints
  27. PC Shadow of War players cheat to get around loot box grind: Higher tier “Golden” chests still largely protected behind paywall.
  28. Thinking outside the loot box: Business model innovation is necessary despite the friction it causes – but the industry needs to recognise when it’s overstepping a line
  29. PEGI is leaving the verdict on loot boxes up to gambling commissions
  30. Loot boxes aren’t gambling – ESRB: European ratings board PEGI says it’s gambling commissions responsibilities to define loot box rules
  31. The Origin of Loot Boxes and why They are a Form of Gambling
  32. Loot box petitions have forced the UK government to respond
  33. Loot box petition prompts response from UK government: Department for Culture recognises risk and will keep matter under review
  34. UK government comments on rising loot box-related gambling concerns
  35. Loot boxes: Future of AAA or a monetisation misfire? – Developers discuss the reasoning behind the recent rise of microtransactions in full-price games
  36. EA Addresses Battlefront 2 Loot Crates, Shares Beta Feedback
  37. EA’s Access service is losing its first game, for undisclosed reasons
  38. EA is closing Visceral Games, changes direction of studio’s Star Wars game: It sounds like EA is pretty much starting over.
  39. EA closing Visceral Games and overhauling its Star Wars game
  40. EA shuts down Visceral, will reboot its Star Wars game due to “marketplace”: Dead Space’s creators are gone; outlook fuzzy on Amy Hennig’s single-player SW game.
  41. EA closing Visceral Games: Star Wars project delayed and moved to EA Vancouver as studio behind Dead Space, Battlefield Hardline shutters
  42. Big-budget, single-player gaming isn’t dead (yet): Despite industry pressures, the narrative adventure isn’t going anywhere.
  43. Battlegrounds becomes first Steam game to hit 2M concurrent users
  44. More games released on Steam this year than whole of 2016: Steam Direct fails to halt over population as total number of games expected to exceed 6,000
  45. Microsoft hooks up Minecraft to export buildings as 3D models
  46. Microsoft finally pledges to update Halo: Master Chief Collection… next year – Better incredibly late than never; will include Xbox One X functionality.
  47. Xbox chief wants Sony to explain its cross-platform play stance
  48. Xbox head says cross-platform talks with Sony go nowhere: Sony “should talk about what their view is,” says Spencer
  49. Xbox chief says Sony won’t allow cross-platform Minecraft, probably never will: Sony still doesn’t want to give up its platform lock-in.
  50. NIS America chief: Microsoft isn’t very supportive of Japanese devs: “Honestly speaking, Microsoft’s approach to Japanese games hasn’t been very supportive.”
  51. Gran Turismo Sport is extremely limited in offline mode: If servers or Internet are down, you’re stuck in “Arcade” mode with no saves.
  52. Gran Turismo Sport’s high-end bonuses: HDR is incredible, but VR is not
  53. Video: A game designer’s overview of the neuroscience of VR
  54. PUBG passes two million concurrent players milestone: Battle royale shooter’s record is now 700,000 players beyond Dota 2
  55. Football Manager 2018’s Medical Centre is the best thing to happen to injured players:  Learn more about injuries and, crucially, how to avoid them.
  56. Broadcasting Dota 2
  57. NBA: “Esports is a massive industry, and we think we have a place in it” – The basketball league’s esports boss discusses decades-long plans for professional competitions with 2K Games
  58. How Rick Fox is changing the culture, strategy of eSports — at least at one team
  59. The New York Yankees are getting into the eSports business
  60. eSports on the Rise as Collegiate Sport 
  61. Adidas Files Lawsuit Against ELEAGUE for Stealing Its “3 Stripes” Logo
  62. Adidas Opposes Turner Broadcasting’s ELEAGUE Logo Trademark Because Of Lines
  63. Real Life Soccer Player Besieged By Requests To Play For Foreign Team Due To Video Game Error
  64. Full scale of Apple’s patent loss to VirnetX is now clear: $440 million – Judge – Apple’s decision to sell after losing a 2012 trial was “unreasonably risky.”
  65. Apple asked to remove Philippines drug war games from App Store: Anti-drug organisation ANPUD demands an apology from Apple for handling “insensitive content”
  66. Apple CEO on AR Headsets: ‘We don’t want to be first, we want to be the best’
  67. Apple: “Quality” AR headsets aren’t possible with current tech – CEO Tim Cook believes “anything you would see on the market any time soon” won’t provide a good experience
  68. VR chasm of disappointment becoming more of an abyss?: Analysts weigh in on whether the latest Oculus announcements this week will move the needle for VR adoption
  69. John Carmack encourages VR devs to ’embrace the grind’
  70. Oculus Santa Cruz hands-on: The greatest trick the VR devil ever pulled
  71. New Blade Runner VR game foretells a Sega CD-styled story revolution: Technically impressive Oculus freebie has awful story, but it’s otherwise a must-play.
  72. Bought an Oculus Rift Just Before Last Week’s Price Cut? 5 Ways to Get a $100 Refund
  73. Eye Doctors Can Now Prescribe VR Lazy-eye Treatment for Home Use
  74. Magic Leap lands another $502 million: Startup’s series D funding round ends up roughly half the size previously reported
  75. Humble Bundle has been acquired by media giant IGN
  76. IGN buys Humble Bundle: Pay-what-you-want game storefront to retain office, staff, charitable focus as it joins consumer gaming site
  77. Humble Bundle: IGN deal’s value will be proved through action, not words – Humble co-founder John Graham and IGN’s Mitch Galbraith on balancing editorial integrity and commitment to charity
  78. Indiegogo opens digital marketplace for successfully crowdfunded projects
  79. How Bungie localized Destiny for the world
  80. Bungie Pulls Destiny 2 Emote After Players Discover Wall Glitch
  81. Hard games as a disempowerment fantasy: Bennett Foddy explains why he made his latest, Getting Over It, to hurt a certain kind of person
  82. Video Game Tutorials: How Do They Teach?
  83. 21 years later, original developer works to fix 16-bit Sonic: Downloadable mod aims to patch decades-old issues with Sonic 3D Blast.
  84. Japanese mobile market outgrows US three years in a row: RPGs account for 65% of mobile revenue in Japan, App Annie report shows
  85. Saving Japan’s Games
  86. Understanding the challenge facing Japan’s game preservationists
  87. Design approach in citizen science games, until EVE Online
  88. Brexit fears resurface at Westminster games panel: “We’re not getting a response from government that will prevent companies from deploying their contingency plans now”
  89. Two charities unite to help hospitalized disabled kids play games
  90. Google Play devs giving away IAP revenue to combat hunger crisis
  91. Google Play apps with as many as 2.6m downloads added devices to botnet – Your periodic reminder: Google is chronically unable to detect untrustworthy apps.
  92. IGDA Foundation grants the National Videogame Museum $4k to help pay for student visits

DIGITAL

  1. It’s 11 p.m., do you know where your ads are?:
  2. B.C. businesses and schools hurry to distance themselves from controversial media organizations after activists raise alarm over advertising with Breitbart and others
  3. An open letter to Mr Bezos, Mr Pichai and Mr Zuckerberg to tear down Breitbart News
  4. New Whistleblowers Highlight How Russia’s Information War On U.S. Was Larger Than Initially Reported
  5. The mysterious group that wants to kill Breitbart’s ad revenue, one tweet at a time
  6. Amazon isn’t one of the 2,575 companies to pull ads from Breitbart
  7. Amazon Suspends Video Head Roy Price Over Sexual Harassment Claims
  8. Due to legal settlement, Amazon customers now get a few extra bucks: Ars staffers got as little as $0.76 and as much as $12.02. How much did you get?
  9. Memo To Facebook: How To Tell If You’re A Media Company
  10. Sheryl Sandberg’s Russia talk was an insult to our intelligence
  11. Did Facebook delete Russian bought ads because of a bug? 
  12. Facebook apologizes for allowing Russian ads to interfere with 2016 campaign – COO: Company must “prevent everything we can from this happening on our platforms.”
  13. What Facebook Did to American Democracy: And why it was so hard to see it coming
  14. Facebook is testing a resume feature to take on LinkedIn
  15. How Facebook’s Ad System Works
  16. Man acquitted of felony charge over Facebook police parody page sues: Fake account said police would offer abortions and anybody could become a recruit.
  17. Court To Guy Who Sued News Stations Over His Facebook Live Video: Pay Their Legal Fees… And Maybe Sue Your Lawyers
  18. U.S. Supreme Court Rejects CFAA Appeal by Power Ventures against Facebook 
  19. The Problem With #MeToo And Viral Outrage
  20. Nova Scotia introduces new Cyber-bullying Legislation
  21. Incentivizing Better Speech, Rather Than Censoring ‘Bad’ Speech
  22. Cheap Speech and What It Has Done (To American Democracy) (Richard Hasen)
  23. Ninth Circuit Upholds Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in Click-Through Agreements
  24. Age of consent in the GDPR: updated mapping
  25. Ex-workers: Supervisors at Tesla factory routinely called us the n-word – Tesla slams such abuse but expresses doubts regarding the men’s claims.
  26. There’s Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley: The bad new politics of big tech.
  27. African rulers’ weapon against web-based dissent: the off switch
  28. Saskatchewan Court of Appeal confirms that emails can extend limitation periods under the Limitations Act
  29. China congress: How authorities censor your thoughts
  30. DOJ indicts Chinese fentanyl distributors selling to Americans online: “They use multiple identities to disguise their activities and their shipments.”
  31. Reddit’s unlikely first edit partner: Time magazine
  32. Supreme Court refuses to hear case questioning Google’s trademark: Lawsuit claimed “google” had become synonymous with “search the Internet.”
  33. Google Bombs Are Our New Normal
  34. Google Offers Help To Industries It Helps To Destroy
  35. Google’s Learning Software Learns To Write Learning Software
  36. Twitter Says It Will Finally Do Something About Those Hordes of Nazis
  37. Harvey Weinstein Is Hollywood’s Silicon Valley Moment
  38. Eight takes on sexual harassment and Harvey Weinstein 
  39. Twitter Says Rose McGowan Account Was Suspended Over Phone Number in Tweet
  40. Twitter’s suspension of Rose McGowan epitomizes the site’s most infuriating problem: It’s a double standard at its most divisive.
  41. Women Are Boycotting Twitter Today in Solidarity with Rose McGowan
  42. Twitter CEO after Rose McGowan account suspension: ‘We need to be a lot more transparent’
  43. Rose McGowan back on Twitter
  44. @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof. (rose mcgowan)
  45. Rose McGowan says Amazon knew Weinstein had raped her
  46. Silicon Valley Can’t Handle Its Own Toxic Culture. Is It Really Ready to Tackle Hollywood’s, Too?
  47. Black members of Congress push for more diversity in Silicon Valley hires – Rep. Barbara Lee: “Coding jobs will become the blue collar jobs of the future.”
  48. We should stop tech firms from screening extremist videos: Internet giants have a duty to help counter-terrorism efforts
  49. Another Ridiculous Lawsuit Hopes To Hold Social Media Companies Responsible For Terrorist Attacks
  50. The ‘Gawker Effect’ Is Chilling Investigative Reporting Across The US
  51. Inside The Weird World Of Social Media Marathon Cheating
  52. Dutch privacy regulator says Windows 10 breaks the law: Regulator says Microsoft doesn’t offer enough information to enable informed consent.
  53. Judge Agrees – YouTube Mockery Protected by Fair Use 
  54. AT&T Researchers Share Map Depicting Top YouTube Channels In Each State
  55. Blame The Cord-Cutters For AT&T’s Sudden Drop In Share Price
  56. YouTube Revamps Website For Creators, Rolls Out ‘Master Class’ Video Advice Series
  57. Here’s Why YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Started Her Very Own Channel
  58. Casey Neistat: YouTube Doesn’t Do Enough To Take Care Of Creator Community
  59. Advertising Practices Land Tinder in Hot Water
  60. Snapchat Stories Usage Among Top Influencers Has Dipped 33% In 6 Months 
  61. Influencers Sound Off on Why They Do Not Want to Disclose Sponsored Posts
  62. Vice Media To Launch Sub-Saharan African Operation In 2018
  63. Major Studios, Streamers Declare Legal War on TickBox: “What TickBox actually sells is nothing less than illegal access to Plaintiffs’ copyrighted content,” a lawyer for the studios and streamers says.
  64. Netflix, Amazon, movie studios sue over TickBox streaming device: TickBox TV says it’s a “100% legal” directory of everything ever made.
  65. Netflix Now Says It Will Spend Up To $8 Billion On Original Content Next Year 
  66. Two months after Disney split, Netflix pledges $8B for original content: What’s cooler than spending $6 billion (in 2017) on original content?
  67. Another German decision questions reasonableness of GS Media presumption if generally applied
  68. Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet – When Annabelle Narey posted a negative review of a building firm on Mumsnet, the last thing on her mind was copyright infringement
  69. Copyright Isn’t a Tool for Removing Negative Reviews
  70. Sorry, You Can’t Abuse Copyright Law To Make A Negative Review Disappear
  71. New Copyright Trolling Operation Lowers The Settlement Demands And Calls Them Fines To Improve Conversion Rate
  72. Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft over patents: Can “patent trolls” advance their cause using Native American legal rights?
  73. Vladimir Putin: Russia Will Issue its Own Cryptocurrency
  74. Sweden’s Tax Authority Accepts Bitcoin As Settlement: The Swedish government agency responsible for the collection of taxes has, for the first time, accepted bitcoin from a debtor.
  75. The Difference between Blockchain and Bitcoin
  76. Waymo’s staggering settlement demand for Uber: $1 billion: Holding fast on massive cash demand suggests Waymo wants to cripple its competitor.
  77. Uber And Lyft Haven’t Revolutionized The American City—Yet
  78. The Crowdsourced Maps Guiding Puerto Rico’s Recovery
  79. New neural network teaches itself Go, spanks the pros: This time, the Go-playing algorithm didn’t need any human players to help it.
  80. Artificial Intelligence – With Very Real Biases: According to AI Now co-founder Kate Crawford, digital brains can be just as error-prone and biased as ours
  81. Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence
  82. Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity
  83. The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions: Mistaken extrapolations, limited imagination, and other common mistakes that distract us from thinking more productively about the future.
  84. AI Experts Want To End ‘Black Box’ Algorithms In Government
  85. Can we teach robots ethics?
  86. You Aren’t Ready For The Weirdness Of Working With Robots
  87. Love in the Time of Robots: Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself.
  88. Apple’s Tim Cook On iPhones, Augmented Reality, And How He Plans To Change Your World: In a wide-ranging interview, the CEO of the biggest tech company in the world explains how AR will change our lives, and why he thinks the world is actually getting better
  89. First iPhone X batch reportedly only contains 46,500 units: Apple’s TrueDepth camera may be holding things up.
  90. Apple and GE partner to make industrial analytics iOS-accessible: GE thinks the software will result in $12 billion in revenue by 2020.
  91. Udacity to focus on individual student projects 
  92. Many patent-holders stop looking to East Texas following Supreme Court ruling: Can Delaware handle the incoming caseload?
  93. The Case for CASL: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (Michael Geist)
  94. First Circuit Rejects Copyright Workaround to Section 230–Small Justice v. Ripoff Report (Eric Goldman)
  95. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?: More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

CREATIVITY

  1.  Statute Of Limitations Has Run Out On Trump’s Bogus Promise To Sue The NY Times
  2. At Core of 5Pointz Trial: Is Graffiti Art Protected by Law?
  3. Will Recent Court Rulings Endanger the Future of Biopics and Documentaries?: A Lynyrd Skynyrd movie ban and Olivia de Havilland’s recent legal victory are causing Hollywood studios, press organizations and others to speak up, lest they lose that right.
  4. Disney: The Only Fun Allowed At Children’s Birthday Parties Is Properly Licensed Fun
  5. Internet Archives Liberates Old Books Using Never Used Before Provision Of Copyright Law
  6. Freedom of panorama: would it hurt architects? Survey among Italian-based architects says NO
  7. “Haters Gonna Hate, Hate . . . .” Can Taylor Swift “Shake it Off”?
  8. CEIPI Opinion on copyright limitations’ reform in the European Digital Single Market
  9. (The cult of) personality rights in Canada
  10. Guide to Doing Business in Canada: Intellectual property
  11. Prioritizing the Public Interest: My Submission on Copyright Board of Canada Reform (Michael Geist)
  12. NDAs: A Logistical and Legal Nightmare

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Trump’s threats amount to a First Amendment violation
  2. Trump May Not Be Serious About His NBC Threats… But He May Have Violated The First Amendment
  3. FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s Silence On Trump Tweets Speaks Volumes
  4. Tom Wheeler to Ajit Pai: “Why the silence” about Trump’s media threats? – Meanwhile, Trump continued attacks on NBC, media: “Sadly, they and others are Fake News.”
  5. FCC chair “refused” to rebuke Trump over threat to take NBC off the air: Lawmakers want Pai to “publicly disavow President Trump’s repeated threats.”
  6. Six days later, FCC chair says Trump can’t order FCC to revoke TV licenses: Pai response is “better than nothing,” but critics want stronger rebuke of Trump.
  7. FCC Republican says Trump is “rightfully venting” anger at the press: O’Rielly sympathizes with Trump but says “politics” shouldn’t affect TV licenses.
  8. Republican fight against municipal broadband heats up in Michigan; Michigan bill says no “federal, state, or local funds” can pay for broadband.
  9. FCC’s DDoS claims will be investigated by government: GAO will investigate after Democrats asked for evidence that attacks happened.
  10. ISPs don’t want to tell the FCC exactly where they offer Internet service: Better data collection could tell us which homes have broadband and which don’t
  11. Big ISPs Lobby To Kill Attempts At More Accurate Broadband Mapping
  12. Groups Battle Trump FCC’s Claim That One ISP In A Market Means There’s Effective Competition
  13. Charter accuses its employees of cutting cables 125 times during strike – Lawsuit: Tens of thousands of New Yorkers lost service because of vandalism.
  14. Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposal to Abolish Requirement for Paper Copies of FCC Rules
  15. DOJ Staffers: The T-Mobile Sprint Merger Will Reduce Competition And Should Be Blocked
  16. T-Mobile Dials Back Major ‘Un-carrier’ Perk
  17. AT&T Spent Hundreds Of Billions On Mergers And All It Got Was A Big Pile Of Cord Cutters
  18. Comcast found a way to raise other cable companies’ prices, rivals say: Comcast/NBC contract demands allegedly make it hard to sell basic TV package.
  19. Google Fiber Gives Up On Traditional TV, And Won’t Be The Last Company To Do So
  20. Weather Forecast Title Not Significantly Inaccurate, Says Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
  21. Ah Statism, how we love thee! (Timothy Denton) 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Details Emerge Of World’s Biggest Facial Recognition Surveillance System, Aiming To Identify Any Chinese Citizen In Three Seconds
  2. Supreme Court to decide if US has right to data on world’s servers: Feds claim legal right to reach into the world’s servers with a valid US warrant.
  3. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case Involving US Demands For Emails Stored Overseas
  4. Justices to Hear DOJ Appeal on Microsoft Ruling: Is Email Stored Abroad Subject to a U.S. Warrant?
  5. Microsoft never disclosed 2013 hack of secret vulnerability database: Database contained details required to carry out highly advanced software attacks.
  6. Attack of the Hack Back: The worst idea in cybersecurity is back again.
  7. “OK, Google. Send a Letter to the CPSC.”: Privacy Groups Request Recall of Google Home Mini 
  8. Judge shocked to learn NYPD’s evidence database has no backup: City says cash forfeitures not in flagship PETS system; police say PETS backed up.
  9. DreamHost Wins Challenge Against DOJ’s Overbroad Data Demands
  10. DOJ Continues Its Push For Encryption Backdoors With Even Worse Arguments
  11. There’s No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case
  12. Could a child sue their parents for sharenting?
  13. Viral video of man being dragged from United flight gets officers fired: “Our cell phones are the best deterrent to ensure mistreatment becomes a rarity.”
  14. It Takes Just $1,000 To Track Someone’s Location With Mobile Ads
  15. Millions of high-security crypto keys crippled by newly discovered flaw: Factorization weakness lets attackers impersonate key holders and decrypt their data.
  16. Details around controversial surveillance unknown
  17. Equifax website borked again, this time to redirect to fake Flash update: Malware researcher encounters bogus download links during multiple visits.
  18. After second bungle, IRS suspends Equifax’s “taxpayer identity” contract
  19. Federal watchdog tells Equifax – no $7.25 million IRS contract for you: Equifax-IRS ordeal exposes the strangeness of the government contracting system.
  20. There’s No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case
  21. Equifax rival TransUnion also sends site visitors to malicious pages: People visiting TransUnion’s Central American site redirected to potpourri of badness.
  22. Accenture The Latest To Leave Sensitive Customer Data Sitting Unprotected In The Amazon Cloud
  23. Don’t Panic, But Wi-Fi’s Main Security Protocol Has Been Broken
  24. How the KRACK attack destroys nearly all Wi-Fi security: Android 6.0 hit especially hard, but all devices are vulnerable.
  25. Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more: KRACK attack is especially bad news for Android and Linux users.
  26. The Flawed System Behind The Krack Wi-Fi Meltdown
  27. Why The Krack Wi-Fi Mess Will Take Decades To Clean Up
  28. Australian defense firm was hacked and F-35 data stolen, DOD confirms
  29. Australian Police Ran A Dark Web Child Porn Site For Eleven Months
  30. Australian Government Claims That Facial Recognition Systems Increase Privacy…
  31. Google’s ‘Advanced Protection’ Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before
  32. Google now offers special security program for high-risk users: The new opt-in program requires authentication with a physical security key.
  33. The search for painless Internet privacy gets another boost with InvizBox 2: Successor to Tor “travel router” focuses on protecting traffic from “harvesting” by ISPs.
  34. In 3-1 vote, LA Police Commission approves drones for LAPD – ACLU: new policy “fails to take into account public mistrust” of police surveillance.
  35. Would the United States Be Responsible for Private Hacking? (Kristen Eichensehr)

Jon

News of the Week; October 11, 2017

GAMES

  1. Epic sues alleged Fortnite hackers Brandon Broom and Charles Vraspir
  2. How anime landed BattleTech and the MechWarrior games in legal trouble
  3. “It’s disturbing that Wolfenstein can be considered a controversial political statement”: Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines discusses publisher’s marketing for upcoming anti-Nazi shooter
  4. Bethesda: Anti-Nazi game wasn’t meant to “incite political discussions” – Exec responds to anonymous vitriol, says Wolfenstein II is “on right side of history.”
  5. Dirty Chinese Restaurant mobile game canceled after racism criticism: Developer issues apology to Chinese community after call-out from US Congresswoman.
  6. Telltale’s Batman seemingly shows real image of assassinated ambassador
  7. Sex and gaming: Selling Japan’s Senran Kagura to the West – Marvelous Entertainment’s Michael Fisher and Harry Holmwood discuss the challenges and surprises this series presents
  8. Spreading social acceptance through a mobile game: Accidental Queens discusses the impact of exploring social themes in A Normal Lost Phone and Another Lost Phone
  9. Games as a service has “tripled the industry’s value”: Digital River report finds consumers prefer games with a steady stream of content over a $60 boxed title
  10. Rising game dev costs put squeeze on mid-tier studios
  11. Equity crowdfunding’s early success asks tough questions of Kickstarter: Kingdoms and Castles’ success proves the model, Tim Schafer says, and Fig’s Justin Bailey sees a niche future for donation-based crowdfunding
  12. Video: Game career advice from women who have been there and done that
  13. Bethesda’s Creation Club mod platform is live in Skyrim
  14. Creation Club brings paid mods to Skyrim: Bethesda finds acceptable face of paid mods and microtransactions after a long and difficult history
  15. Popular YouTuber calls for ESRB to step in over loot boxes: As controversy bubbles over, review aggregator OpenCritic takes “a stand against loot boxes”
  16. Loot boxes in video games will soon get a review flag from OpenCritic: “We’re going to take a stand” following poisonous boxes in new LOTR, Star Wars games.
  17. Loot boxes don’t count as gambling in the ESRB’s books
  18. Loot boxes aren’t gambling – ESRB: European ratings board PEGI says it’s gambling commissions responsibilities to define loot box rules
  19. What can game developers learn from road safety?: Epic Games UX researcher Ben Lewis-Evans details how creators can curb bad behavior through education, enforcement, and engineering
  20. The Untold Tale Of How Porsche’s Supercar Got Into Microsoft’s New Game
  21. ‘Yeesh, let’s not try and do that again’: Valve dev reflects on The Orange Box
  22. Nintendo shares hit-ten year high: Production of the Switch upped to two million units per month amid speculation of Chinese release
  23. The Nintendo Switch indie gold rush
  24. How Nintendo may be encouraging Switch hacking by trying to stop it: Fans look to hackers for save backup feature that Nintendo blocked to thwart hackers.
  25. SNES Classic outsells Switch’s launch during first week in Japan
  26. SNES Mini sells over 360,000 units in Japan in four days: The console is on track to outsell its predecessor, though stock shortages remain an issue
  27. Super NES Classic hacks are now oh, so easy to pull off—you can even addfeatures: One year after working on NES Classic, Russian hacker returns with similar exploit.
  28. Tekken 7 surpasses 2M copies sold on consoles, 3 months after launch
  29. Tekken 7 has sold over two million units on consoles: It took three months to outsell Street Fighter V which sold 1.7 million console units since February 2016
  30. PUBG reaches nearly two million concurrent players: The last-man-standing shooter continues to break records in spite of growing competition
  31. Microsoft backtracks on controversial changes to Forza 7 VIP pass
  32. Turn 10 studio head apologises to fans over Forza 7 VIP passes: Developer folds to community pressure following controversial changes and communication issues
  33. What happens to your Steam collection when you die?
  34. COPPA: A game developer’s primer: “COPPA has many easy-to-miss trip wires,” and Reed Smith’s John P. Feldman and Wendell J. Bartnick are here to help
  35. Fired Riot employee discusses toxicity and community engagement: Rutledge says that talking to players can be scary, but it’s better than “feeling like total silence out there”
  36. Nielsen Report: ESports Fan Base Growing, Increasingly Complex
  37. American esports audiences most receptive to corporate sponsorship, Nielsen report reveals: The Nielsen Esports Playbook finds esports fans are divided on VR and esports as an Olympic event
  38. Hulu Forays Into Esports, Strikes Exclusive Content Deal With ESL
  39. Hulu Dives Into eSports With Pact for Four Shows From ESL 
  40. Oculus Rift sees permanent price drop: $399 with Touch controllers
  41. Zuckerberg announces $199 Oculus Go as “sweet spot” standalone VR headset: Shipping “early next year,” also teases wireless “Santa Cruz” headsets.
  42. At Oculus’ Developer Summit, VR Progress Is A Game Of Inches
  43. Microsoft mixed reality guru Alex Kipman believes communication will be VR’s killer app
  44. Tim Cook says the tech “doesn’t exist” for quality AR glasses yet: Cook compared AR’s rise to that of the App Store in scope and importance.
  45. Survey: 28% of fans in the West think eSports belong in the Olympics
  46. Activision Blizzard is ready to deliver on Overwatch League hype: Mike Sepso on easing tensions between publishers and players, and the firm’s long-term plans for esports
  47. Blizzard looks to ‘evolve’ Battle.net with new social features
  48. The ESports Playbook Maximizing Your Investment Through Understanding The Fans
  49. How one bad joke morphed Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3into the ill-fated BMX XXX
  50. Immortals appoint former hockey league officer as new president and COO – CrossCut managing director: “I believe we found a great fit and a world-class executive in Ari Segal.”
  51. Ubisoft to repurchase 4M shares as it continues fight against Vivendi
  52. Ubisoft to buy back 4m shares as it fends off Vivendi takeover: Anonymous investment services provider called in to help complete program by December 29th, 2017
  53. Nissan modified this GT-R to be driven with a PS4 controller: Remote-controlled by helicopter, it hit 131mph at Silverstone in the UK.
  54. AI isn’t just learning to play video games, it’s helping us build them
  55. The second death of the immersive sim (2007-2017) and a dark prophecy for a third-wave immersive sim
  56. Star Control II devs unite for a ‘passion project’ sequel
  57. How Video Games Satisfy Basic Human Needs

DIGITAL

  1. Catalan independence websites blocked by Spanish government in bid to stop referendum: ‘Blocking domain name servers is doing what Turkey does and what China does and North Korea does’
  2. The Disturbing Rise Of Cyberattacks Against Abortion Clinics
  3. Iran Cracks Down On Movie Pirates In The Most Inception-Esque Manner Possible
  4. Russia Moves to Block Cryptocurrency Exchanges
  5. Miami Beach Police Unaware Of The First Amendment, Arrest Guy For Twitter Parody Account
  6. Miami Beach cops arrest man for Twitter parody of police spokesman – Police chief: Parody “threatened to damage the reputation” of police department.
  7. Congress members threaten Twitter with regulation if it doesn’t suppress ‘racially divisive communications’ and ‘anti-American sentiments’
  8. Alt-White: How the Breitbart Machine Laundered Racist Hate – Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream – A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”
  9. Fantasy gambling is newsworthy, doesn’t violate players’ rights of publicity (Rebecca Tushnet)
  10. Suing Doe reviewers under the Lanham Act fails (Rebecca Tushnet)
  11. Hyperlinking to Sources Can Help Defeat Defamation Claims–Adelson v. Harris (Eric Goldman)
  12. B.C. social-media terror case shows pitfalls for prosecution (Benjamin Perrin)
  13. Real Talk About Fake News: Towards a Better Theory for Platform Governance (Nabiha Syed)
  14. How to seek truth in the era of fake news
  15. Supreme Court Leaves Troubling CFAA Rulings In Place: Sharing Passwords Can Be Criminal Hacking
  16. Potential Lawsuit Could Reveal How Trump Targeted Voters on Facebook and If There’s Any Connection to Russia
  17. How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets
  18. Kaspersky reportedly modified its AV to help Russia steal NSA secrets: Hackers used company’s software to secretly scan for top-secret information, WSJ says.
  19. Kaspersky, Russia, And The Antivirus Paradox
  20. Silicon Valley’s Russian ads problem, explained: Why Facebook, Google and Twitter find themselves in the middle of an investigation into the 2016 election.
  21. Report: Facebook removed references to Russia from fake-news report – Facebook decided it didn’t have enough evidence to name Russia in April report.
  22. Atone? He’d better: Facebook is still the biggest source of right-wing fake news – From Hillary rumors to the nonexistent Puerto Rico truckers’ strike, Facebook continues to spread total garbage
  23. The Threat of Big Tech Is Real: Why it’s time to panic about what Google and Facebook are doing to our lives.
  24. “The Industry Is Fundamentally Broken”: Women On Sexism In Silicon Valley
  25. How Facebook Rewards Polarizing Political Ads
  26. The science behind why fake news is so hard to wipe out: It’s time for Facebook and Google to pay attention to the psychology of the illusory truth effect.
  27. How Facebook Outs Sex Workers
  28. Facebook outsources its fake news problem to Wikipedia—and an army of human moderators
  29. Accidental Dow Jones News Report Claims Google to Buy Apple for $9 Billion
  30. Dow Jones posts fake story claiming Google was buying Apple: Story claims Jobs arranged the $9 billion acquisition in his will.
  31. Why Apple could be slapped with a massive $15 billion Irish tax bill: Tech giants use shell companies to defer corporate income tax bills indefinitely.
  32. Jony Ive’s creativity pales compared to Apple’s App Store lawsuit defense: Apple sells “software distribution services to developers” who lease App Store space.
  33. Supreme Court says live streaming would “adversely affect” oral arguments: Court wants transparency “while preserving the integrity of its proceedings.”
  34. Facebook’s Promise of Community Is a Lie: Under increasing criticism for spreading fake news, the internet giant is using communitarianism as a shield.
  35. Monopoly Men: After an eventful summer in Silicon Valley, there is blood in the water. At stake is democracy itself.
  36. Should Facebook And Twitter Be Regulated Under The First Amendment?
  37. Insights: New Year, New Start for Facebook’s Ad Targeting Troubles
  38. Dove apologizes for ‘racist’ ad that caused outcry on social media
  39. Twitter Temporarily Blocks Campaign Ad… Getting It Much More Attention
  40. “Baby body parts” campaign ad from US House member blocked by Twitter
  41. Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue
  42. Most people saw the Las Vegas shooting as a tragedy. Propagandists saw an opportunity.: Fake rumors designed to spread anti-leftist bias included making up victims, wrongly identifying the shooter, and feeding false narratives to media.
  43. YouTube Enacts Search Algorithm Changes After Las Vegas Conspiracy Videos Run Rampant
  44. Return of the algorithm monster: YouTube auto-promoted conspiracy theory videos – Dubious search results have led YouTube to “accelerate the rollout of planned changes.”
  45. Algorithmic Consumer Protection: To manage the risks & benefits of AI, we need to look beyond the fairness and accuracy of AI decisions.
  46. Vegan’s life upended after Facebook rant about “carnists” killed in Vegas: “It’s almost like a lynch mob is forming,” she says about the fallout from her post.
  47. YouTube Restricts Videos Related To Bump Stocks In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting
  48. When YouTube Removes Violent Videos, It Impedes Justice
  49. Creators Cry Foul After YouTube Demonetizes Casey Neistat’s #LoveArmyLasVegas Video
  50. Jake Paul Sued For Damaging Man’s Hearing During Car Horn Prank
  51. German YouTube Star Finds Himself Facing Trial One Year After Ill-Advised Prank
  52. Defy Media Fires ‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore After Wave Of Sexual Misconduct Allegations
  53. Amazon Weighing New Ad Programs To Make It A More Formidable YouTube Competitor (Report)
  54. GAW Miners founder owes nearly $10 million to SEC over Bitcoin fraud: Homero Josh Garza’s now-defunct companies must also pay $10 million.
  55. The Creator of Bitcoin Comes Clean, Only to Disappear Again
  56. How a Silicon Valley Striver Became the Alt-Right’s Tech Hero: Andrew Torba founded Gab.ai as a “free speech” alternative to other social networks
  57. Google CEO Sundar Pichai: ‘I don’t know whether humans want change that fast’ – From artificial intelligence to cheap smartphones, Google is on the frontline of technological development. But is it growing too big and moving too fast?
  58. Google’s New AI Can Mimic Human Speech Almost Perfectly
  59. Google’s Internet-Beaming Balloons Will Soon Be Floating Over Puerto Rico
  60. Google Fiber is losing interest in old-school TV: Existing TV customers will be kept on, but some will see a price increase.
  61. Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045
  62. The Last Invention of Man: How AI might take over the world.
  63. The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions: Mistaken extrapolations, limited imagination, and other common mistakes that distract us from thinking more productively about the future.
  64. Put Humans at the Center of AI
  65. Waiting for the AI claims hurricane 
  66. We Almost Gave Up On Building Artificial Brains
  67. As IBM Ramps Up Its AI-Powered Advertising, Can Watson Crack the Code of Digital Marketing?: Acquisition of The Weather Company fuels a new division
  68. Should drunk drivers be charged with DUI in fully autonomous cars?: New laws will have to be written based on the level of automation you have.
  69. How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds: Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens
  70. ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia: Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention
  71. While You Were Offline: The People Of Twitter Agree With Rex Tillerson
  72. Does The Media Cover Trump Too Much? Too Harshly? Too Narrowly?
  73. Your Data is Being Manipulated (danah boyd)
  74. Six Features of the Disinformation Age
  75. Facebook Security Chief Alex Stamos Hits Back at Media Coverage of Its Algorithms
  76. Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash
  77. Facebook Quietly Enters Starcraft War For AI Bots, And Loses
  78. At UN, robot Sophia joins meeting on artificial intelligence and sustainable development
  79. The Reports Are In: AI and Robots Will Significantly Threaten Jobs in 5 Years
  80. District 9 Director’s New Short Movie Offers A Disturbing Look At Our AI Future
  81. New Theory Cracks Open The Black Box Of Deep Neural Networks
  82. Why Don’t We Know the 100s of Women Writing About Tech?: When the Los Angeles Review of Books included only one woman writer in its tech issue, the Internet responded with a glorious list of women writers we should all know.
  83. How To Tell When Someone Else Tweets From @Realdonaldtrump
  84. What Rick and Morty fans’ meltdown over McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce says about geek culture: The mass revolt illustrated what increasingly toxic fandom culture looks like in real life.
  85. McDonald’s apologizes after ‘Rick and Morty’ Szechuan sauce deal makes adults mad, kids cry
  86. Dubai Prince Shows Off His Life Like No Other Royal
  87. Netflix Is Raising Prices Again
  88. Netflix raises its US monthly fee again, but only for two plans: The lowest tier stays the same, and the others are still competitive.
  89. Why Shonda Rhimes left TV for Netflix: ‘I love the creative freedom’
  90. Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate: Academic social network accused of infringing copyright on a massive scale
  91. New ‘Coalition For Responsible Sharing’ About To Send Millions Of Take-Down Notices To Stop Researchers Sharing Their Own Papers
  92. Library trolls copyright zealots by naming collection after Sonny Bono: Little-known copyright provision allows reproduction of full book texts.
  93. Authors Alliance & Creative Commons Launch New Termination Of Transfer Tool
  94. Windows Phone is now officially dead: A sad tale of what might have been
  95. “Technical difficulties” plague Arizona lottery; same winning numbers drawn: Yet again, Arizona Lottery investigates a glitch with a random number generator.
  96. 7th Annual Streamy Awards Live Stream Scores One Million Unique Viewers On Twitter
  97. AOL Is Shutting Down AIM in December
  98. kthxbai: AOL Instant Messenger is being turned off on December 15th – 20 years is a long time on the Internet.
  99. So Long, Aim. For Years, For Millions, You Were The Internet
  100. Fact: Asking Whether We Live in a Simulation is Not A Scientific Question
  101. Tim O’Reilly on why the future probably won’t be all that terrible: Economies as AI, humans as gut bacteria for tech, and how the Luddites got it wrong.
  102. What is the Value of Re-use? Complementarities in Popular Music (Jeremy Watson)
  103. Online Platforms and Free Speech: Regulating Fake News (Yale Law Journal)
  104. DPLA Exchange Offers Library-Centered Ebook Marketplace
  105. EU Commission issues guidance to online platforms for tackling illegal content online

CREATIVITY

  1.  Ennio Morricone Loses Bid to Reclaim Rights to Film Scores
  2. Appeals Court Skeptical About Overturning Marvin Gaye Family’s “Blurred Lines” Victory
  3. Salt Lake Comic Con Fights Back Against Judge’s ‘Unprecedented’ Gag Order
  4. Courtroom “Feud” Leaves Accurate Speech About Celebrities Unprotected
  5. Who Can Create Copyrightable Work in Canada? Musings on a Monkey’s Selfie
  6. Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!
  7. Gender stereotyping in UK advertising – staying on the right side of the line  
  8. Entertainment trade associations looking for opportunity to push a false narrative
  9. From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories – Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive.
  10. Men Must Step Up to Change the Hollywood Culture That Enabled Harvey Weinstein 
  11. Caroline Gleich Fights Back Against Cyber Harassment: Caroline Gleich’s Instagram feed is full of epic shots of the pro skier conquering the planet’s hardest lines. But in recent years, it was marred by an ugly shadow: anonymous bullies whose abusive comments left a wake of anxiety and doubt. Then Gleich spoke out about her tormenters—and realized she wasn’t the only adventure athlete being harassed online. 
  12. The share of women in newsrooms has increased barely 1 percentage point since 2001, ASNE data shows: Things are almost as bad when it comes to the hiring of people of color: The share of POC working in American newsrooms is up 2.9 percent since 2001.
  13. The fight for the First Amendment, on campuses and football fields, from the sixties to today.
  14. Can the First Amendment save us?: It took a long time for the press to gain freedom and respect in America. Now both are in peril.
  15. How hip hop became the force behind Gabon’s political activism
  16. Bassel Khartabil’s Story Proves Online Activism Is Still Powerful
  17. Is Trump-Whisperer Maggie Haberman Changing The New York Times?: She’s a West Wing-beat colossus and a sui generis creature at the paper of record. “Maggie’s success is very much part of that tabloid, Twitter-fied sensibility bleeding into the Times,” says a colleague.
  18. Trump and the Watergate effect: Will young journalists still be inspired by today’s watchdog reporting?
  19. The Liberation of Kesha: Before she could make one of the year’s best albums, Kesha had to save her own life
  20. Whoops: Drug ads gloss over risks with a mind trick – that’s backed by the FDA – Drug makers are supposed to be forthcoming with health risks – and the more the better.
  21. France Has ‘Champagne,’ Portugal Has ‘Port.’ Should Australia Have ‘Uggs?’
  22. Marvel Keeps Making TV—But How Many Networks Is Too Many?
  23. Canada: The cult of personality (rights)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian productions
  2. Think There Should be a Netflix Tax?: Why There is Nothing Stopping Canadian Subscribers From Paying Today (Michael Geist)
  3. Donald Trump tweet suggests that FCC should take NBC off the air: That’s “not how it works,” FCC commissioner tells the president.
  4. Zero Rating & Internet Adoption
  5. Advertised broadband speeds should actually be realistic, UK tells ISPs: ISPs would have 30 days to improve speeds or risk losing customers.
  6. Anybody Claiming Net Neutrality Rules Killed Broadband Investment Is Lying To You
  7. Wall Street Predicts Apathetic Regulators And Limited Competition Will Let Comcast Double Broadband Prices
  8. Analysts Predict Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Will Be A Massive Job Killer 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. SCC rules residential school survivors’ testimony should be kept private
  2. US Government Has ‘No Right To Rummage’ Through Anti-Trump Protest Website Logs, Says Judge
  3. Court significantly reins in what data anti-Trump website must give to feds – Judge: DOJ can’t “rummage through the information contained on DreamHost’s website.”
  4. Treasury Department Wing Latest To Be Accused Of Domestic Spying
  5. Supreme Court: Hacking conviction stands for man who didn’t hack computer: High court refuses to hear appeal of hacking conviction, one-year prison sentence.
  6. Russia reportedly stole NSA secrets with help of Kaspersky—what we know now: Proven or not, the accusations almost certainly mean the end of Kaspersky as we know it.
  7. How Kaspersky AV reportedly was caught helping Russian hackers steal NSA secrets: Reports say Israeli spies burrowed inside Kaspersky’s network caught Russia red handed.
  8. Hackers Grab More NSA Exploits, Possibly With Assistance Of Russian Antivirus Developer
  9. The NSA’s ‘Time Machines’ Make It Incredibly Easy To Violate Section 702 Restrictions
  10. The Worst-Case Scenario For John Kelly’s Hacked Phone
  11. House Judiciary Committee Introduces Weak Surveillance Reform Bill
  12. Deputy AG Pitches New Form Of Backdoor: ‘Responsible Encryption’
  13. Trump’s DOJ tries to rebrand weakened encryption as “responsible encryption”: DOJ rekindles fight with Apple, wants government access to encrypted devices.
  14. DOJ Says No One Has Any Right To Question The Adminstration’s Handling Of Records, Not Even The Courts
  15. How the Chinese cyberthreat has evolved
  16. UK Home Secretary Calls Tech Leaders ‘Patronizing’ For Refusing To Believe Her ‘Safe Backdoors’ Spiels
  17. Man who sued over Facebook childbirth livestream slapped with $120k in fees: Plaintiff stayed mum about possible money received in three other cases.
  18. The Equifax Aftermath – We Need More Hacking
  19. Man: My wife and I were secretly filmed at our Airbnb rental – “I hope more victims will come forward,” says man who claims he was recorded naked.
  20. T-Mobile customer data plundered thanks to bad API: T-Mobile missed bug that allowed harvesting of IMSI numbers, security question answers.
  21. Hackers Score Touchdown: NFL Players Association Hit With Data Breach 
  22. Google is permanently nerfing all Home Minis because mine spied on everything I said 24/7 
  23. Sex Toys Are Just As Poorly-Secured As The Rest Of The Internet of Broken Things
  24. Locking Your Phone Like This Is Pretty Much Useless
  25. Mattel withdraws kid-focused “smart hub” from market after complaints: Lawmakers, child advocates expressed concern about caregiving being “outsourced.”
  26. Beware of sketchy iOS popups that want your Apple ID: Benign iOS prompts are indistinguishable from those generated by malicious apps.
  27. Schrems Redux: What’s the Future for Transatlantic Data Transfers?
  28. An Irish Court Clouds the Future of EU Data Transfers: The Luck of the Model Clauses May Be Done

Jon

News of the Week; October 4, 2017

GAMES

  1. Nintendo Creators Program cuts off livestreamers: YouTube Live broadcasts no longer allowed under revenue share initiative
  2. Nintendo no longer welcoming YouTube livestreams of its games: Live gameplay no longer allowed for channels in Nintendo’s revenue sharing program.
  3. Nintendo Bars Its YouTube Partners From Monetizing Their Live Streams
  4. Community registered designs & the CJEU – Nintendo v Big Ben
  5. Another classic Nintendo console, another insane dump of instruction manuals: One year later, and now you’re playing with super instruction manuals.
  6. Nintendo closing Wii Shop Channel: Wii and Wii U users will lose access to online storefront in 2019, sale of Wii Points currency to stop in March
  7. Parents Sue “Subway Surfers” Game for Privacy Violations (or Why Gamedevs Need a COPPA Compliant Privacy Policy)
  8. Netflix hints at move into publishing with Stranger Things: The Game
  9. Netflix Gets Into Game Development With A Mobile Tie-In For ‘Stranger Things’
  10. Unity reacts to Switch development woes: “More than 30% of games on Switch are made with Unity”
  11. Settling the debate: What makes a “core” Mario game? – And what does the argument say about how we define and value games in general?
  12. Sonic 3D Blast’s secret level select was actually a certification-passing trick
  13. ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’s Live-Action Movie Speeds Forward With ‘Deadpool’ Director Tim Miller
  14. Sonic the Hedgehog movie lands at Paramount: Producer behind Fast and the Furious franchise and Blue Streak teams up with Blur Studio co-founder for live-action/CG movie
  15. Chinese dev sues Fox over allegedly bungled Planet of the Apes tie-in game
  16. Dev calls it quits after losing entire game catalog in Valve’s ‘fake games’ purge
  17. Silicon Echo’s reputation is “destroyed beyond repair” after Steam’s fake game crackdown: Studio “forced to give up game development” after its entire catalogue was removed from leading PC marketplace
  18. Valve Collaborates with Fans Through New Shapeways 3D Printing Licensing Agreement
  19. Idea v. Expression: Game Studio Bluehole Gets Its Fur Up Over Epic Games Putting 100 Vs. 100 Player Battle Royale Into Game
  20. Can Cloned Video Games Survive the Battle Royale? 
  21. Loot boxes have reached a new low with Forza 7’s “pay to earn” option – Rant: The scourge must be stopped.
  22. New casino game lets you bet real money on Pac-Man: Pac-Man Battle Casino part of a trend towards skill-based casino gambling.
  23. Overwatch director gets candid about the ‘scary’ side of game dev
  24. Overwatch director says it’s “scary” to be open with players: Amid threats and attacks, “It often feels like there is no winning.”
  25. Jeff Kaplan: ”It often feels like there is no winning” against toxic Overwatch users – Game director says forums don’t feel like a safe environment for his team
  26. Riot dev out after taking shots at oft-banned player: League of Legends studio apologizes to Tyler1 after lead experience designer speculates on his demise
  27. How to fight online hate in a GamerGate world, according to Zoe Quinn – Molly Sauter: Crash Override succeeds in conveying what it is like to be the target of a sustained, misogynistic harassment campaign
  28. Inbetween Games’ debut is a tribute to Berlin’s diversity: With All Walls Must Fall, a team of ex-Yager devs have captured the energy and inclusivity of the German capital
  29. Denuvo Game Cracked In Mere Hours
  30. FIFA 18 takes No.1, three out of five copies sold on PS4
  31. Why one Japanese entrepreneur is using an RPG to help fight depression
  32. PlayStation introduces credit card: The card promises rewards such as games, DLC, electronics and more
  33. Sony releasing updated PlayStation VR in Japan this month: Western release to follow, introduces stereo headphone cable support and new Processor Unit with HDR pass through
  34. Steam, Samsung and Halo all coming to Windows Mixed Reality: SteamVR preview now available to developers, Samsung Odyssey headset announced, and Halo Recruit VR experience will launch on October 17
  35. Microsoft acquires social VR platform AltspaceVR
  36. AltspaceVR is now part of Microsoft: Social VR company saved from going out of business by acquisition deal
  37. The inside story of the Xbox One X: Microsoft has created the world’s most powerful console. Could this next-generation machine lead to the rise of games as high art?
  38. World’s Largest Cinema Chain, AMC, Leads $30M Investment to Bring VR to Movie Theaters: Partnering with Dreamscape Immersive
  39. 35% of UK adults have heard of eSports, but only 7% are tuning in
  40. 35% of UK adults aware of esports – but only 7% watch it: YouGov study puts Britain at the bottom of the table when compared to China, the US, Germany and more
  41. Esports Leagues Set To Level Up With Permanent Franchises
  42. Immortals split threatens Counter-Strike team: Five-man squad sees one player fired, two more indefinitely suspended after missing tournament matches, making Twitter death threat
  43. Champions of the Shengha introduces moneyback guarantee: BfB Labs offers full refund after ten days for £40 heart-tracking mobile game
  44. Alibaba establishes games division to create titles in-house
  45. Alibaba planning to establish dedicated games business unit: Chinese e-commerce giant acquires online games firm EJoy, aims to “pursue excellence” in the industry
  46. The Strong’s latest windfall: Artifacts from the first coin-op game maker
  47. Ubisoft using machine learning to translate hieroglyphics: The Assassin’s Creed developer has put out a call for historians and researchers to aid in the project
  48. Can developers control streamers?: Reed Smith partner Carolyn Pepper walks through the options available if studios wish to stop influencers covering their games
  49. Bungie goes indie, BioWare gets bought – 10 Years Ago This Month: Halo studio gets its freedom from Microsoft as Electronic Arts acquires Mass Effect maker and Pandemic
  50. Microsoft alters Forza Motorsport 7 VIP pass store language following backlash
  51. Brain in a Jar 1: Two Systems
  52. How hitting a game cartridge unlocks gaming’s weirdest Easter egg: Sonic 3D Blast trick started as way to hide game-breaking bugs.
  53. Connecting educators with the unique teaching ability of games

DIGITAL

  1. Bad Info Follows Every Tragedy. Don’t Fall For It
  2. Google’s Top Stories Promoted Misinformation About the Las Vegas Shooting From 4Chan 
  3. Google admits citing 4chan to spread fake Vegas shooter news: 4chan was, for some reason, counted among Google News’ “authoritative” sources.
  4. The Death Loop
  5. This “Ghost Gun” Machine Now Makes Untraceable Metal Handguns
  6. Myanmar’s Internet Disrupted Society—And Fueled Extremists
  7. As US launches DDoS attacks, N. Korea gets more bandwidth—from Russia: Fast pipe from Vladivostok gives N. Korea more Internet in face of US cyber operations.
  8. Sirius XM Uses DMCA To Memory Hole Archive Of Howard Stern’s Interviews With Donald Trump
  9. Years of Howard Stern’s interviews with Trump now gone after DMCA takedown: “This is the only public version of a massive quarter century trove of interviews.”
  10. Former Revenge Porn Site Operator Readies For Senate Run By Issuing Bogus Takedown Requests To YouTube
  11. Copyright Troll Carl Crowell Ups The Ante: Now Demands Accused Pirates Hand Over Their Hard Drives
  12. Shouldn’t Federal Judges Understand That Congress Did Not Pass SOPA?
  13. ‘Six Strikes’ May Be Dead, But ISPs Keep Threatening To Disconnect Accused Pirates Anyway
  14. Supreme Court Won’t Review US Government Getting To Steal All Of Kim Dotcom’s Stuff
  15. Supreme Court won’t hear Kim Dotcom’s civil forfeiture case – Dotcom’s lawyer: “It is a bad day for due process and international treaties.”
  16. Supreme Court says live streaming would “adversely affect” oral arguments: Court wants transparency “while preserving the integrity of its proceedings.”
  17. Federal Court Rejects Absurd Attempt to Sue #BlackLivesMatter, the Hashtag
  18. Coffee Subscription Lawsuit Involving Negative Option Contracts a Wake-up Call for Online Sellers 
  19. Female ex-Oracle engineers sue for gender discrimination: Oracle, like Google, stands accused of paying women less than male equivalents.
  20. Why Tech Leadership Has A Bigger Race Than Gender Problem
  21. Oracle Tells The White House: Stop Hiring Silicon Valley People & Ditch Open Source
  22. Elsevier’s Latest Brilliant Idea: Adding Geoblocking To Open Access
  23. As ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Shows, The Streaming Exclusivity Wars Risk Driving Users Back To Piracy
  24. That Flag-Burning NFL Photo Isn’t Fake News. It’s A Meme
  25. Amazon’s First NFL Stream Posts Solid Numbers Despite Glitches, Paywall
  26. With 372,000 Average Viewers, Amazon Tops Twitter In First Stream Of NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’
  27. Amazon’s Attribution Approach To Streaming NFL Games
  28. Couple Grifts Amazon Out of $1.2 Million in Electronics
  29. Facebook: Ten million people exposed to Russia-linked ads
  30. Why Trump Hate and Russian Ads Are Good for Facebook
  31. Russia’s Facebook Ads Will Remain Secret, For Now
  32. Russian Facebook ads featured anti-immigrant messages, puppies, women with rifles: See some of the ads used “to sow discord and chaos, and divide us from one another.”
  33. Facebook loses attention as publishers shift focus to other platforms
  34. Who Will Take Responsibility For Facebook?
  35. Google and Facebook Failed Us: The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again.
  36. Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?: The same company that gives you birthday reminders also helped ensure the integrity of the German elections.
  37. The U.S. Election System Remains Deeply Vulnerable, But States Would Rather Celebrate Fake Success
  38. Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy—it’s replacing it
  39. Trustworthy Networking
  40. How Vice reassures brand-safety conscious advertisers
  41. Uber Knew Its Self-Driving Guru Had Taken Google’s Trade Secrets, Report Says
  42. Waymo vs. Uber: unsealed court documents reveal damning evidence – Reports show lies, visits to shredder, and evasive texts 
  43. Google May Not Need A Smoking Gun To Win Its Case Against Uber
  44. Here’s the “due diligence” report Waymo hopes will win its case against Uber – Otto’s head of HR: “I’m gonna go get your stuff destroyed this afternoon btw.”
  45. Uber Charges Passenger Clueless About Surge Pricing $925 For Ride
  46. Uber expands board to 17 members, reduces Kalanick’s power: A month into new job, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is making his mark at Uber.
  47. Uber investors to former CEO: We’ll sue you if you don’t vote how we want: “Our clients have authorized us to pursue any and all legal recourse… ”
  48. Section 230’s Applicability to ‘Inconsistent’ State Laws 
  49. How Europe is going after big tech when no one else is
  50. Never Enough: EU Demands Social Media Companies Do The Impossible Even Faster
  51. Inmates Need Social Media. Take It From A Former Prisoner
  52. The Hardest Medium to Troll
  53. Microsoft Discontinues Groove Music, Partners With Spotify Instead
  54. Microsoft getting out of the music biz, moving Groove subs to Spotify: The app will stick around for local playback, but streaming is gone.
  55. Beauty for girls, pranks for boys – it’s the same old gender stereotypes for YouTube stars
  56. YouTube Adds iMessage Support To Make Sharing Videos Even Easier
  57. YouTube Restricts Externally-Linking End Cards (Include Those To Patreon) To Members Of Its Partner Program
  58. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Launches New Channel With Influencer-Packed Intro Video
  59. YouTube TV To Serve As Presenting Sponsor Of The 2017 World Series
  60. YouTube Grows Up: Inside the Plan to Take on Netflix and Hulu
  61. Stupid Patent Of The Month: Will Patents Slow Artificial Intelligence?
  62. EFF: Stupid patents are dragging down AI and machine learning – “The patent reads like the table of contents of an intro to AI textbook.”
  63. Sex Trafficking Experts Say SESTA Is the Wrong Solution
  64. Artificial Intelligence Is Our Future. But Will It Save Or Destroy Humanity?
  65. DeepMind wants to answer the big ethical questions posed by AI
  66. How To Build A Self-Conscious Machine
  67. The Myth Of A Superhuman AI
  68. In AI We Trust? (Urs Gasser)
  69. Mr. Know-It-All: Is It Ok For Me To Ask Customer Service Reps If They’re Robots?
  70. Google’s DeepMind Launches Ethics Group to Steer AI
  71. Google’s AI Still Isn’t Smarter Than a First Grader
  72. What Happened When I Wore Google And Levi’s “Smart” Jacket For A Night
  73. Google’s Gadget Vision: Same Stuff, Different Screens
  74. Google unveils a $249 smart camera that decides what’s worth photographing: You can leave it lying around or wear it.
  75. Google Pixel Buds are wireless earbuds that translate conversations in real time: Google Translate in your ears for $159.
  76. Chinese High-Tech Startups: Now More Copied Than Copying
  77. Showtime Won’t Explain Why Its Website Was Hijacking User Browsers To Covertly Mine Cryptocurrency
  78. South Korea joins China in banning coin offerings: Money has flooded in an “unproductive and speculative direction,” official says.
  79. Looking Through an IP Lens at Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  80. Cryptocurrencies: securities law implications
  81. Cryptocurrency: A ‘Snap’ on Developments
  82. LG is releasing a mosquito-repellent phone, but it probably won’t work: It claims to repel mosquitoes with ultrasonic waves, but scientists are skeptical.
  83. How VR Saves Lives In The OR
  84. The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing Augmented Reality Today
  85. Where Are The Drones That Could Be Saving Puerto Rico?
  86. Stop The Endless Scroll. Delete Social Media From Your Phone
  87. The War on General-Purpose Computing Turns on the Streaming Media Box Community
  88. Spurs Pitched Austin As Tech Hub To Lure Iguodala From Warriors
  89. App Listening For Audio Beacons May Be Illegal Wiretapping–Rackemann v. Colts (Eric Goldman)

CREATIVITY

  1.  How The Supreme Court’s Continued Misunderstanding Of Copyright Ruined Halloween
  2. Crown copyright alive and well in new decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal (Teresa Scassa)
  3. The Eggshell Attorney General: Jeff Sessions wants a First Amendment that celebrates robust criticism of everyone but himself. 
  4. New York voters have no 1st Amendment right to snap ballot-booth selfies: “The State’s interest in the integrity of its elections is paramount,” court says.
  5. Kmart faces copyright lawsuit for selling the wrong banana costume: Copyright law has gone bananas after a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.
  6. King’s College Football Coach Sued For Copyright Infringement For Retweeting A Book Page 2 Years Ago
  7. The Long Read: Confessions Of An English Music-Pirate
  8. Politics in the Workplace: Do NFL Players Have Freedom of Speech to Protest at Games?
  9. Police Chief Takes To Facebook To Complain About A Journalist Committing Journalism
  10. Judge: Barrett Brown donors can sue government over subpoenaed records – San Francisco activist led campaign to raise money for jailed journalist.
  11. The Trump Administration is Investigating the “Theft of IP” by China: What You Need to Know About Trademarks in China
  12. ASA cracking down on gender stereotypes in advertisements
  13. Unbalancing Act: How Conferences Perpetuate The Music Industry’s Gender Parity Crisis – Conferences have the opportunity to improve on reality’s mistakes. Unfortunately, the data shows otherwise.
  14. Lynda Carter to James Cameron: ‘Stop Dissing Wonder Woman, You Poor Soul’
  15. Remembering Tom Petty, Unlikely Video Pioneer

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Globe editorial: A bad idea for ‘fixing’ Canada’s internet rules
  2. Joly’s Digital Cancon Plan: Netflix May Be The Star, But No New Regulations, Taxes or Bailouts is the Story (Michael Geist)
  3. Cancon 2.0 and the Netflix deal: The 10 key takeaways – On Thursday, the Heritage Minister unveiled ‘Creative Canada,’ the first major overhaul of the cultural funding regime in more than 25 years. Here’s what you need to know
  4. Five reasons to like Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s Netflix deal
  5. Netflix commits to a $400 million investment in Canadian film and TV: It’s the company’s first permanent production outside the US
  6. Netflix Canada and the Misleading Claims About “Level Playing Fields” (Michael Geist)
  7. The Launch of ‘Creative Canada’: Some Brief Thoughts Following the Minister’s Speech
  8. Canada’s Cultural Funding Regime Receives Overhaul
    ‘Creative Canada’ – More Musings
  9. Fake Data on Fakes: Digging Into Bell’s Dubious Canadian Piracy Claims (Michael Geist)
  10. Bell MTS hikes most of its rates
  11. Secretary of State refers Fox/Sky merger to the CMA on public interest grounds
  12. FCC chair accused of ignoring investment data in push to end net neutrality: Pai ignores cyclical nature of wireless network investment, critics say.
  13. ISPs want Supreme Court to kill Title II net neutrality rules now and forever: FCC may soon revoke net neutrality rules, but ISPs want immunity from regulation.
  14. Hoping The Third Time’s The Charm, ISPs Urge Supreme Court To Kill Net Neutrality
  15. Net neutrality debate ‘controlled by bots’
  16. Trump’s FCC Boss Blasts Apple For Refusing To ‘Turn On’ FM iPhone Chipsets That Don’t Actually Exist
  17. FCC chief Ajit Pai wants Apple to stop disabling FM radio chips in iPhones: Pai cites public safety concerns; Apple says new iPhones have no FM chip at all.
  18. Ajit Pai gets new term on FCC despite protest of anti-net neutrality plan: Democrats objected to Pai’s re-nomination, but Republicans had his back.
  19. Why some Senate Democrats voted to give Ajit Pai another term on FCC: Pai’s support mostly came from GOP senators, but four Democrats broke ranks
  20. Broadband Lobbyists Gush Over Re-Appointment Of Trump’s FCC Boss
  21. AT&T’s wireless home Internet, with 160GB cap, is now in 18 states: AT&T got nearly $3 billion federal subsidy to connect 1.1 million rural customers.
  22. As Broadband Usage Caps Expand, Nobody Is Checking Whether Usage Meters Are Reliable
  23. T-Mobile agrees to stop claiming its network is faster than Verizon’s: Verizon wins ruling as T-Mobile’s use of crowdsourced speed tests is criticized.
  24. What’s Going on With the Rumored, Not Good T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. So, Uh, That Billion-Account Yahoo Breach Was Actually 3 Billion
  2. Every Yahoo account that existed—all 3 billion—was compromised in 2013 hack: It’s official. If you had a Yahoo account in 2013, it was compromised.
  3. Hacks Are Always Worse Than Reported: All Of Yahoo Email Was Hacked In 2013. All. Of. It.
  4. NSA warned White House against using personal email: In briefings to incoming Trump aides, security officials highlighted the dangers of unsecured email and phones.
  5. NSA Warned Trump Staffers Against Personal Email/Device Use; Were Ignored
  6. The NSA Warned Jared Kushner Not to Do the Dumb Email Thing That He Then Did
  7. After Kushner’s private e-mail became known, it moved to Trump Org servers: In late September, it changed from outlook.com to mailhost01.trumporg.com.
  8. Well-Known Email Prankster Ends Up With Sensitive Document From Jared Kushner’s Lawyer
  9. Congressman demands to know if DHS will collect his social media history, too – Rep. Ted Lieu, naturalized American: “Does your proposed rule apply to me?”
  10. Use of Search Warrants to Create Trump Enemies List Continues
  11. Justice Department Demands Names of Thousands Who Liked Anti-Trump Facebook Page
  12. DOJ’s Facebook Warrants Target Thousands Of Users For Protesting Inauguration
  13. FOIA’ed Documents Show NSA Abuse Of Pen Register Statutes To Collect Content
  14. FBI may keep secret the name of vendor that cracked terrorist’s iPhone: Judge agrees with FBI that national security trumps the public’s right to know.
  15. SEC hack came as internal security team begged for funding: Forensic investigative unit was forced to use equipment tagged for scrap.
  16. The new surveillance state
  17. Sounding the privacy alarm
  18. As Expected, EU Court Of Justice To Review If Internet Company’s Privacy Practices Are Acceptible
  19. An alarming number of patched Macs remain vulnerable to stealthy firmware hacks: At-risk EFI versions likely put Windows and Linux PCs at risk, too.
  20. New Equifax CEO offers “sincere and total apology” to consumers: Embattled company vows to give consumers more control over their credit data.
  21. Equifax, Which Said Executives Did Not Know of Hack Before Trades, Has Launched a ‘Thorough Review’
  22. Equifax Was Warned About Vulnerability But Failed To Patch It
  23. Can Equifax’s Offerings Actually Protect Your Identity?
  24. A series of delays and major errors led to massive Equifax breach: Former CEO’s testimony to Congress reveals a shocking lack of security rigor.
  25. 6 Fresh Horrors From The Equifax CEO’s Congressional Hearing
  26. IRS awards Equifax no-bid, $7.25 million contract after hack: “This is considered a critical service that cannot lapse.”
  27. Into the Breach: How Canada’s Security Breach Disclosure Regulations Fall Short (Michael Geist)
  28. Auto Location Tracking Company Leaves Customer Data Exposed Online
  29. “NSFW” doesn’t begin to describe Bluetooth security in sex toys: Poor security lets connected “wearables” be hijacked by attackers.
  30. Can Pseudonyms Make Better Online Citizens?

Jon

News of the Week; September 27, 2017

GAMES

  1. Bluehole hits out at Epic for ‘replicating’ Battlegrounds in Fortnite
  2. PUBG devs call out Epic over Fortnite Battle Royale mode: “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right,” says head of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds dev Bluehole
  3. EU Commission: “No evidence that piracy affects video games sales” – Report suggests illegal consumption actually benefits legal sales, lowering prices will not affect piracy rates
  4. Yet Another Developer Sees That Free Can Work For Video Games As Both An Anti-Piracy Strategy And As Promotion
  5. Mod that adds online play to Super Mario 64 draws Nintendo’s ire: ROM hack is still available online despite YouTube and Patreon takedowns.
  6. Multiplayer madness: How F-Zero inadvertently inspired Super Mario Kart
  7. Super Mario Kart’s competitive scene is still going strong, 25 years on
  8. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle outsells all non-Nintendo Switch games – Ubisoft crossover dominates within just a month of its release, Nintendo publishing in Japan and South Korea
  9. How do you sell FIFA 18 on Switch?: Possibly the most important third-party title to come to Nintendo’s console has a difficult message to get right
  10. Unity issues slowing down Switch ports: Yooka-Laylee release date still TBC
  11. Unity issues leading to delayed Switch launches for some devs
  12. Everything you need to know about the Super NES Classic Edition: 22 lesser-known facts and observations from a weekend wallowing in nostalgia.
  13. The SNES Mini is wonderful and just what the market needs: A £70/$80 games console is an ideal family product, irrespective of 1990s nostalgia
  14. Ataribox aims high with $250-300 price point, Linux core, custom AMD chip: Currently has spring 2018 launch window, will work with “other content platforms.”
  15. Gatorade pays California $300K, settles anti-water complaint: Just because drought-ravaged California has spent years urging residents to conserve water doesn’t mean it wants people to actually stop drinking the stuff. – When a Gatorade cellphone game suggested doing just that state Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a complaint accusing the popular thirst-quenching drink’s maker of false advertising.
  16. Blizzard will start dishing out permanent Overwatch bans next week
  17. Blizzard knuckles down on community as Valve fiddles: A few graphs won’t fix review bombing and abuse; if Valve wants tips, it could look to the tough decisions and hard work Blizzard is doing on Overwatch
  18. Concept art shows Valve almost added women to Team Fortress 2
  19. Valve wiped nearly 200 ‘fake games’ from Steam
  20. Valve removes 173 ‘asset flipping games’ from Steam: Entire portfolio of Silicon Echo Studios pulled, as well as associated accounts
  21. Sea’s the advantage: Cruise company Carnival gets into mobile casino games
  22. Game Designer Says Developers Would Be More Candid If Gamer Culture Wasn’t So Toxic
  23. Video game voice-actor strike might finally be over: 11 month strike reaches “tentative” end with bonuses, not royalties.
  24. Voice actors reach tentative deal to end strike: New agreement includes better bonuses, greater transparency, and protection against fines
  25. Avoiding the avoidable: Why ‘optional’ queer content isn’t solving the diversity problem (and how to fix this)
  26. EA Says It’s Fixing Formation That Baffles Madden’s AI
  27. Assassin’s Creed Origins will offer a combat-free, educational mode
  28. Combat-free mode makes Assassin’s Creed: Origins incredibly easy to explore – Education-focused mode literally turns the difficulty level down to zero.
  29. Ubisoft management gets big support as Vivendi threat looms: “We are delighted with the massive support of shareholders, which strengthens our determination and ability to defend the interests of all shareholders”
  30. Vivendi unsure whether to drop Ubisoft stock or attempt a takeover, says exec
  31. Vivendi undecided on Ubisoft takeover bid: Yves Guillemot continues to prevent hostile takeover with shareholder growth
  32. A disappointing week for UK game sales. Maybe.: Project Cars 2 makes it to No.2 as it struggles to reach heights of the original… or at least that’s what we guess
  33. PlayStation once again plays down Vita 2 possibilities: The company sees ‘limited potential’ for handheld game, despite Switch success
  34. Sony wishes PlayStation VR had stronger competition: Andrew House says he’s not comfortable leading the pack by a wide margin, new category should have multiple platforms succeeding
  35. Sony ‘not comfortable’ leading the VR charge, wants more competition
  36. HTC promises more VR innovation following $1.1B Google deal
  37. HTC to further support Vive following $1.1 billion Google deal: Cash made from selling mobile staff to Google will partly be used to fund growth in VR and AR
  38. VRChat Raises $4 Million Round Led By HTC
  39. HTC Leads $4M Series A Investment in Social VR Platform ‘VRChat’
  40. VR is an effective tool for exposure therapy & phobia treatment
  41. How presence in VR is beneficial for human research
  42. How medical care benefits from VR/AR and virtual humans
  43. How neuroscience can pave the way for VR’s future
  44. “We’re in danger of talking ourselves out of VR and AR”: A GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit panel discussed the need for patience among UK investors, and the earning potential of serious VR games for developers
  45. Oculus introduces refund policy for Rift and Gear VR games: Virtual reality users now able to request their money back within two weeks of purchase
  46. Apple’s ARKit game development: a whole new world
  47. Square Enix targets games-as-a-service, esports and higher digital sales: One in five copies of Final Fantasy XV sold in North America were downloads, almost one in three for Nier Automata worldwide
  48. Hackers hijack Final Fantasy Brave Exivus dev Gumi’s website with ransom demand
  49. Razer developing gaming smartphone for release by the end of year: Device part of wider strategy to capture Chinese market as firm prepares to go public on Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  50. Welsh Government provides funding for new Doctor Who game series: Double Eleven also involved as Tiny Rebel Games reveals new PC and mobile project
  51. One Gamer Fund unites seven charities under one banner: “Seven charities combined into a Voltron of altruism,” including AbleGamers, Child’s Play and Take This
  52. “Crowdfunding is the single hardest way to raise money”: Altara Games’ Ella Romanos warns that while crowdfunding endures, the bubble has burst – and the potential for cryptocurrency fundraising is still uncertain
  53. Patreon confirms $60 million funding round: CEO Jack Conte lays out growth plans for the next two to five years
  54. Atlus wants to cut off a PS3 emulator because it runs Persona 5: Patreon defends the emulator’s non-infringing nature, leaves page up.
  55. Atlus US file DMCA takedown against Patreon-funded PS3 emulator: Team behind RPCS3 hold their ground with support from Patreon against pressure from Persona 5 developer
  56. How to avoid a bad investor: Financial experts discuss the warning signs developers should look out for during the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit
  57. Everything you missed at the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit: Expert advice from investors on securing the best deal, the dangers of crowdfunding and the earning potential for VR developers
  58. Video: An indie dev crash course in business and leadership
  59. PUBG helps drive digital game sales up 11% in August – SuperData: Hearthstone, Overwatch, and Madden NFL 18 also contributed to the rise in digital sales for the month
  60. Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode goes free, despite PUBG complaints: Mode emerge from paid Early Access with latest update, indicating development has not been stalled by Bluehole
  61. Shadow of War DLC in honour of deceased developer is now free: Warner Bros. will make donation directly to the family of Michael Forgey who is immortalised as a character in the game
  62. WB Games clears up confusion surrounding charity ‘Forthog Orc-Slayer’ DLC
  63. “I want it just like LoL”: How do you monetize in-game skins?
  64. “Don’t Crunch” – Advice from the Best Places To Work: The winners of last week’s awards reveal their tips for start-ups
  65. Applying game design principles to be a better leader
  66. Astronauts Could Use TV, Video Games to Combat Isolation in Space
  67. Flappy Bird will die with iOS11: Developer of the wildly successful app confirms he will not update the game to run on a 64-bit system
  68. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice

DIGITAL

  1. Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit divisions over Black Lives Matter and Muslims
  2. Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment
  3. Facebook Can Absolutely Control Its Algorithm
  4. Facebook revamps political-ad rules after discovering Russian ad buys: Shadowy Russian group spent $100,000 on political ads during the 2016 election.
  5. Mark Zuckerberg Is Still Pissed That We Know About His Army of Handlers
  6. Shareholders force Zuckerberg to give up plan for non-voting shares: The plan would have further cemented Zuck’s total control over Facebook.
  7. Facebook will target ads to people based on store visits, offline purchases, calls to businesses: Facebook is using its online-to-offline ad measurement tools for offline-to-online ad targeting.
  8. Facebook’s Ad Scandal Isn’t a ‘Fail,’ It’s a Feature (Zeynep Tufekci)
  9. Could public pressure cause Facebook to regulate itself?
  10. Facebook’s Crackdown Ahead Of German Election Shows It’s Learning
  11. How Germany’s far right took over Twitter – and tilted the election: A sophisticated and tightly organised troll army has spent the last three months championing a ‘patriotic revolution’. Boosting the AfD’s power is just the start
  12. Iceland authorities weighing options after neo-Nazi site registers there: The racist site has been at a .is domain for more than a week.
  13. Reddit’s campaign against hate speech worked: Even when users stuck around, they started watching their words more carefully.
  14. Jared Kushner conducted White House business with personal e-mail: Kushner lawyer says it was “fewer than a hundred e-mails.”
  15. Members Of Trump’s Admin Team Using Private Email Accounts Because Of Course They Are
  16. How One Syrian Fought To The Death For A Free Internet
  17. Judge spanks Mugshots.com hard for charging for photo removal: Lawsuit claims one arrestee was told it would cost $15k to have profile removed.
  18. EU Buried Its Own $400,000 Study Showing Unauthorized Downloads Have Almost No Effect On Sales
  19. EU study finds piracy doesn’t hurt game sales, may actually help: Results suggest a positive effect, but there’s a huge margin of error.
  20. German Court: Thumbnail Images In Search Engines Not A Copyright Violation
  21. German Federal Court of Justice rules that GS Media presumption of knowledge does not apply to Google Images
  22. Twitter testing shift from 140 to 280 characters: Twitter thinks 140 characters might be too constraining for English writers.
  23. Framing It Another Way: Tweets, Copyright and the De Minimis Doctrine
  24. Google Pulls YouTube From Amazon Echo: All About Control Or Just More Corporation On Corporation Violence?
  25. Ninth Circuit Blesses Amazon’s Terms of Service
  26. British News Channel Touts Amazon Bomb Materials Moral Panic That Ends Up Being About Hobbyists And School Labs
  27. Eros Beats Investor Suit Over Statements About Streaming Platform: The company touted 30 million users for Eros Now. The judge rules it was never said they were “meaningful” users.
  28. In my opinion, this is an opinion
  29. Fordham University Named in Class Action Lawsuit by Blind Individuals, Alleging Fordham.edu Website is Inaccessible
  30. Contact Lens Seller Agrees To $7 Million Settlement Over Search Ads
  31. U.S. Floats Nafta Proposal That Could Erode Copyright-Liability Protection: Language in the trade talks could weaken internet companies’ liability protections for pirated content
  32. NAFTA 2.0 and Intellectual Property Rights: Insights on Developing Canada’s Knowledge Economy
  33. FTC serves health-app maker massive slice of humble pie—and $1.5M bill: The app was meant to motivate users to go to the gym, eat veggies. It went very wrong.
  34. FTC clarifies influencer guidelines: Federal Trade Commission warns that platforms’ built-in disclosure methods aren’t sufficient, reviews of products given for free must be marked as ads
  35. The FTC, Like, Revises Its Social Media Endorsement Guides, Bruh!
  36. Disney’s New, Influencer-Led Mickey Mouse Club Releases Music Video For First Original Song
  37. Another Student Athlete Facing Scrutiny From NCAA For Budding YouTube Presence
  38. Emojis Head to a Courthouse Near You
  39. Victory for YouTubers as New York District Court rules “reaction video” is fair use
  40. Fair use is never simple 
  41. Vimeo To Acquire Livestream, Launches ‘Vimeo Live’ Pro Broadcasting Product
  42. Verizon Reveals The Secrets Of Yahoo Search
  43. Facebook, NFL Back In Business Again With Programming Partnership
  44. Canon Virtual Camera System Enables Fans To Watch From Any 3D Angle
  45. Block The Pirate Bay Within 10 Days, Dutch Court Tells ISPs
  46. Company CEO Pleads Guilty After Forging Judge’s Signatures On Bogus Court Orders Sent To Google
  47. More Thoughts On The Senate’s SESTA Hearing
  48. My Senate Testimony on SESTA + SESTA Hearing Linkwrap (Eric Goldman)
  49. Google Will Survive SESTA. Your Startup Might Not.
  50. SESTA Is Being Pushed As The Answer To A Sex Trafficking ‘Epidemic’ That Simply Doesn’t Exist 
  51. New Essay: The Ten Most Important Section 230 Rulings (Eric Goldman)
  52. Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing (Once Again) Demonstrates Why Demanding Platforms Censor Bad Speech Creates Problems
  53. London regulator announces Uber ban: Uber has 21 days to appeal the ruling, which could affect 40,000 drivers.
  54. Uber CEO apologizes for “mistakes” in London: Uber has vowed to appeal a decision banning the company from London.
  55. Uber really doesn’t want its drivers to be considered employees: O’Connor v. Uber one of 11 cases heard together at 9th Circuit.
  56. Waymo to judge: We want Uber to pay “only” $1.86 billion: Waymo says big numbers are based on Uber’s own calculations.
  57. ISIS Launches The Spelling Teacher, A New App For Kids
  58. Dispute Between Roberto Escobar And Netflix Over ‘Narcos’ Gets Weird: Licensing Talks And A Dead Location Scout
  59. What Netflix’s Congenial Trademark ‘Threat Letter’ Says About Everyone’s Tolerance For Trademark Bullying
  60. Why Big Tech Is Clashing With Internet Freedom Advocates
  61. Mattress Startup Casper Sued a Mattress Review Site, Then Paid for Its Acquisition
  62. Machine-learning cloud platforms get to work: Analytic platforms as a service (PaaS) could shorten machine-learning learning curve.
  63. Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?
  64. When Websites Design Themselves 
  65. Bill Gates Says We Shouldn’t Panic About Artificial Intelligence
  66. Robots have already taken over our work, but they’re made of flesh and bone: Many jobs in the modern economy have been sapped of their humanity. How should we resist the rise of ‘digital Taylorism’? (Brett Frischmann &Evan Selinger)
  67. BCSC Grants Bitcoin Investment Fund Manager Registration 
  68. If Bill Gates really thinks ctrl-alt-del was a mistake, he should have fixed it himself: You can’t pin the blame for this one on IBM.
  69. 4K titles on iTunes can only be streamed, not downloaded: You also can’t stream 4K videos from YouTube either.
  70. YouTube Revamps Analytics Reports To Help Creators Better Understand Subscription Traffic
  71. YouTube’s Technology Can Now Spit Out Thousands of Different Video Ads at Once: And target them based on apps that consumers have downloaded
  72. New French Law Orders Video Services Like YouTube, Netflix To Pay 2% Tax On Local Revenues
  73. Instagram now has 800 million monthly and 500 million daily active users
  74. Twitter explains why Trump can use site as venue for violence, hate: Announcement comes as social media is under pressure to remove hate-based accounts.
  75. Twitter sold enough ads to support all the live video shows it was pitching: Twitter is moving forward with 16 live video shows and features it said it wanted to stream.
  76. Vice Ramps Up Original French Content With Three New Shows
  77. Report recommends new legal approaches to online defamation
  78. Ivanka Trump: Computer science education a new “priority” – “We do have a major diversity problem in the tech industry,” president’s daughter adds.

CREATIVITY

  1. University Defeats Cyberbullying Lawsuit Related to Yik Yak–Feminist Majority v. UMW (Eric Goldman)
  2. What the Constitution says Berkeley can do when controversial speakers come knocking: The rules governing the right-wing “Free Speech Week” showdown.
  3. Italian Supreme Court confirms availability of copyright protection to TV formats
  4. The Grinch loses and protection of parody wins 
  5. Osaka Court’s Ruling Helps Destroy Tattoos In Japan 
  6. Turkish President Claims Jailed Journalists Are Actually Terrorists: From the wobbles-so-much-you-can’t-even-call-it-‘spin’ dept
  7. Kim Jong-Un Calling Trump A ‘Dotard’ Gave The Internet A Language Lesson 
  8. Furie-ous creator of Pepe the Frog determined to use copyright to get his green creation back
  9. Is the alt-right’s use of Pepe the Frog “fair use?”: Is Pepe like Luke Skywalker—or just super-chill frog anyone can use?
  10. Penguin Random House LLC v. Frederick Colting d/b/a Moppet Books: District court finds that child-focused literary guides infringed copyrights in four famous novels and that literary guides did not qualify as fair use, granting summary judgment in favor of owners and exclusive licensees of copyrights in novels.
  11. Saudi minister fired after textbook shows Yoda at UN signing ceremony: Begun, the textbook scandal has.
  12. How The RIAA Helped Pave The Way For Spain To Undermine Democracy
  13. Appeals Court Limits Ability of Patent Trolls to File Suit in Far-Flung Districts
  14. Appeals Court Tells Patent Trolls’ Favorite Judge He Can’t Just Ignore The Supreme Court To Keep Patent Cases In Texas
  15. Instagram rolls out comment-control, puts onus on user to filter trolls
  16. “Comic-Con” trademark may have to activate superpowers to survive attack – Epic intellectual property battle: San Diego Comic-Con versus Salt Lake Comic Con.
  17. Challenge on offensive trademarks could bring clarity
  18. Velcro’s Hilarious Trademark Lesson Video Actually A Good Lesson In Just How Stupid Trademark Law Has Become
  19. Velcro’s anti-genericide song is big, bold and brash – but critics question whether it will actually be effective
  20. Scientific Publishers Want Upload Filter To Stop Academics Sharing Their Own Papers Without Permission
  21. Burger King is Trying to Ban It In Russia For the Most Insane Reason
  22. The very dirty history of on-demand video technology: In the early 1970s, hotels experimented with new video delivery systems for X-rated movies.
  23. Netflix Pulls Cartoon Episode After Mom Spots Stealthy NSFW Drawing
  24. Netflix Sends Cease-and-Desist to “Stranger Things”-Themed Bar
  25. A Brief History of Hiding Dicks in Cartoons
  26. Police: Armed Robber Dressed As Coke Bottle – Costumed perp held up eatery manager at Kentucky Rally’s
  27. Project Jengo Strikes Its First Targets (and Looks for More)
  28. Copyright’s Framing Problem (Margot Kaminski & Guy Rub)
  29. Is the First Amendment Obsolete? (Tim Wu)
  30. Response to Tim Wu’s piece on First Amendment obsolescence (Rebecca Tushnet)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. FCC Sued For Ignoring FOIA Request Investigating Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments
  2. Ajit Pai’s plan to lower broadband standards is “crazy,” FCC Democrat says: “This is crazy. Lowering standards doesn’t solve our broadband problems.”
  3. Mission Accomplished: Ajit Pai’s FCC Declares Wireless Competition Issues Fixed: from the ignore-a-problem-and-it-goes-away,-right? dept
  4. Ajit Pai should be fired, petition says before Senate re-confirmation vote: Senate Democrats plan “very loud” debate on vote to give Pai a new term.
  5. To save net neutrality rules, senator tries to get Ajit Pai off FCC: Pai accused of ignoring “public interest” but will likely get new term on FCC.
  6. FCC declares that USA’s wireless competition problem has been solved: Ajit Pai’s FCC says mobile market is competitive, in change from Obama years.
  7. Joly’s Challenge: Digital Cancon Without New Digital Tax Dollars (Michael Geist)
  8. How to build an effective digital Cancon strategy on the cheap (Michel Geist)
  9. Not Just Netflix: Government Asks the CRTC To Conduct a Review of Changing Broadcast Models (Michael Geist)
  10. Bell Calls for CRTC-Backed Website Blocking System and Complete Criminalization of Copyright in NAFTA (Michael Geist)
  11. ‘Radical and overreaching’: Bell wants Canadians blocked from piracy websites – Company says a federal agency like the CRTC should create a blacklist of sites
  12. European Commission Backed Study Confirms Canada Among the Most Expensive for Broadband Internet Access (Michael Geist)
  13. Mysterious Apocalyptic Message Interrupts TV Broadcasts in California: ‘Violent Times Will Come’
  14. Report: T-Mobile, Sprint finally figuring out this merger thing – T-Mobile owner would take majority stake; US would be left with 3 big carriers.
  15. Prepare For An Epic BS Sales Pitch For The Competition-Killing Sprint, T-Mobile Merger
  16. Verizon backtracks—but only slightly—in plan to kick customers off network: Rural users with no other options can switch plans but can’t get unlimited data.
  17. Cox starts charging data cap overage fees in California: A new group of Cox customers gets a 1TB data cap and $10 overage fees.
  18. The Soaring Cost Of Sports Programming Is Simply Not Sustainable
  19. Global BC (CHAN-DT) re Global News Hour at 6 & Global News at 11 – Abbotsford school stabbing
  20. CTV Vancouver (CIVT-DT) re CTV News at 6 – Abbotsford school stabbing CBSC Decision 16/17-0554 2017 CBSC 9 September 26, 2017      

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Bill C-58’s Order-Making Powers: A Huge Disappointment (Teresa Scassa)
  2. Justice Department goes nuclear on Google in search warrant fight: Google’s conduct is a “willful and contemptuous disregard of various court orders.”
  3. Report Details The NSA’s Decade-Long Abuse Of Its Surveillance Powers
  4. US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th
  5. DHS To Officially Require Immigrants’ Files To Contain Social Media Info
  6. WhatsApp Reportedly Rejected UK Government Demand For Encryption Backdoor
  7. UK Man Gets 12-Month Sentence For Refusing To Turn Over Passwords To Police
  8. Another court tells police: Want to use a stingray? Get a warrant – DC Court of Appeals: Even if you know the police can track you doesn’t mean they should.
  9. Judge overturns local law that effectively banned drones over small town: Newton, Mass. wanted drone pilots to get permission to fly at or below 400 feet.
  10. Deloitte Hit By Cyberattack That Compromised Client Information & Decided To Basically Tell Nobody At All
  11. Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails: Hackers may have accessed usernames, passwords and personal details of top accountancy firm’s blue-chip clients
  12. Password-theft 0day imperils users of High Sierra and earlier macOS versions: Rogue apps can exfiltrate all plaintext passwords, no master password required.
  13. CCleaner Hack May Have Been A State-Sponsored Attack On 18 Major Tech Companies
  14. CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it first appeared: Microsoft, Cisco, and VMWare among those targeted with additional mystery payload.
  15. CCleaner backdoor infecting millions delivered mystery payload to 40 PCs: Samsung, Asus, Fujitsu, Sony, and Intel among those infected.
  16. How Malware Keeps Sneaking Past Google Play’s Defenses
  17. SEC Chairman reveals financial reporting system was hacked: EDGAR system data may have been used for “illicit gain through trading.”
  18. Man held website hostage for $10,000, failed, redirected it to porn, got busted: After plea deal, DOJ says: “this appears to be a one-time lapse in judgment.”
  19. All The Ways Equifax Epically Bungled Its Breach Response
  20. After huge Equifax breach, CEO “retires”: Board is “deeply concerned about and totally focused on the cybersecurity incident.”
  21. New York Governor Cuomo Directs NYDFS to Make Credit Reporting Agencies Comply with the State’s Cybersecurity Regulation
  22. NSA-Developed Crypto Technology No Longer Trusted For Use In Global Standards
  23. More Government Agencies Filing Lawsuits Against Public Records Requesters
  24. Released Snowden Doc Shows NSA Thwarting Electronic Dead Drops By Using Email Metadata
  25. Internet Explorer bug leaks whatever you type in the address bar: All your private addresses and search queries are belong to us.
  26. In a first, Android apps abuse serious “Dirty Cow” bug to backdoor phones: The critical Linux vulnerability is exploited on Android 1 year after coming to light.
  27. In spectacular fail, Adobe security team posts private PGP key on blog: Since deleted, post gave public and private key for Adobe incident response team.
  28. Do Tech Companies Really Need All That User Data?
  29. Cross-Border Data Access Primer
  30. Don’t Rely On An Unlock Pattern To Secure Your Android Phone
  31. How Much Do Your Dating Apps Know About You?
  32. One Tinder user’s data request turned into 800 pages of probing info: Yet another reminder that when a service is free, you are the product.

Jon