News of the Week

News of the Week; April 10, 2019

GAMES

  1. MIT Prof: It’s More Likely We’re Living In A Simulation Than Not
  2. Are we living in a computer simulation? I don’t know. Probably.: Why this computer scientist thinks reality might be a video game.
  3. Are we living in a simulation? This MIT scientist says it’s more likely than not
  4. Google Could Learn a Lot About You From Its New Gaming Platform: Stadia sounds great, but don’t forget that Google is a research company
  5. Google Play hosting inappropriate games with kid-friendly ratings: Free-to-play games featuring violent content and gambling routinely hit the platform thanks to reliance on developers to rate their own titles
  6. Snap Inc announces Snap Games, launching with six titles
  7. Snapchat Unveils Gaming Platform, New User Features, 10 Upcoming Originals At First Partner Summit
  8. Snapchat’s new Snap Games platform includes games from Zynga, Spry Fox
  9. Snapchat Unveils Gaming Platform, New User Features, 10 Upcoming Originals At First Partner Summit
  10. EU Commission accuses six game companies of illegal geo-blocking
  11. EU investigating Valve and 5 major publishers for illegal geo-blocking
  12. Valve argues it should be excluded from EU geo-blocking accusations
  13. PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch online services face UK investigation
  14. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo under investigation for consumer rights violation
  15. PSN name change feature goes into effect today
  16. PSN name changes launch today
  17. Starting Today, You Can Finally Change Your PSN Name
  18. PlayStation launches PSN ID change option, though not all games are supported
  19. You Can Now Change Your PSN Online ID—But There Are a Few Things You Need to Know
  20. BioWare Boss Addresses Studio Issues, Vows To ‘Continue Working To Solve Them’
  21. Charting the missteps that led to the decline of Telltale Games
  22. IGDA executive director Jen MacLean has stepped down
  23. FTC Loot Box Workshop Announced 
  24. FTC to Hold Public Workshop on Video Game Loot Boxes
  25. The FTC is holding a public workshop in August to discuss loot boxes
  26. What’s In the Box? FTC Solicits Public Comments Regarding Video Game Loot Boxes Amidst Uncertainty 
  27. FTC sets date for loot box workshop: Date set for August 7 on gathering of stakeholders, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and others to discuss consumer concerns
  28. The failure of the Russian global license proposal and the future of alternative remuneration systems (Gaetano Dimita & Ruslan Nurullaev)
  29. Fallout 76 Repair Kits raise new “pay-to-win” concerns
  30. How Fallout almost didn’t ship with its key SPECIAL system 
  31. The complicated process of making licensed video games
  32. Pre-order refunds could force publishers to shift priorities | Opinion
  33. Survey: More teenagers are getting into video games because of Fortnite
  34. Prince Harry Wants ‘Fortnite’ Banned
  35. Prince Harry Says Fortnite “Shouldn’t Be Allowed,” Calls Social Media “More Addictive Than Alcohol”
  36. Fortnite un-features community build containing inappropriate imagery
  37. Google Play is still struggling with inappropriate children’s games
  38. Why Valve actually gets less than 30 percent of Steam game sales
  39. Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney addresses Chinese spyware rumor
  40. Epic to continue signing exclusivity deals regardless of Steam plans
  41. Valve silences Borderlands review bombers with ‘off-topic’ fix
  42. Borderlands review bomb triggers Steam’s “off topic” fix [Updated]
  43. Steam users review bomb Borderlands in response to Epic exclusivity deal
  44. Valve finally tackles review bombing as Borderlands 2 attacked over Epic exclusivity: Last week’s work of user scores discounted under Steam’s new ‘off-topic review activity’ system
  45. A deep dive into Steam’s discovery queue
  46. Sold Out and Epic offering up to $500,000 in The Unreal Box Offer: UK publisher seeking games that “feel fresh in a genre that isn’t overcrowded” as it teams up with engine provider
  47. Retro streaming platform picks up Arc System Works, SNK, others
  48. Tencent launches early access WeGame X storefront internationally 
  49. Tencent stealth launches international version of WeGame storefront: WeGame X platform is available but still in “testing” phase, the Chinese publisher confirmed
  50. Tencent raises nearly $6bn in bond sale: Funds marked for general corporate use despite having $20 billion cash on hand
  51. Weaker currency could encourage foreign investment post-Brexit: Tencent Europe’s senior manager Li Ma also says Brexit will be damaging, but Britain will bounce back
  52. Microsoft increases Xbox Live Gold price in the UK: 12-month subscription goes from £39.99 to £49.99 to “address changing market conditions”
  53. Game Pass “Ultimate” and Game Pass for PC rumored to be coming soon
  54. The difficulties of researching gaming disorder and addiction: Dr Pete Etchells says there is an endemic problem with psychological research, as confirmation bias shapes the literature
  55. Battlefield V: Firestorm Review – A solid battle royale that doesn’t pack quite enough punch to get to the final circle.
  56. Gender pay gap widens in UK games industry: Women increase their representation throughout gaming, but median wages losing ground
  57. Meet 100 of the most influential women working in the UK games industry
  58. Brenda Romero’s guide to becoming a game designer
  59. Gaming is not a meritocracy: Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail pokes holes in the notion of cream rising to the top, explains why devs and platforms may believe in it anyway
  60. John Romero: “There are always people who question games that push the boundaries”
  61. “Games that have succeeded in Turkey are all localised — that’s hands down”: Vardiya co-founder Meriç Eryürek on the untapped opportunity in Turkey’s population of 30 million gamers
  62. Black Desert franchise tops $1 billion in revenues: Pearl Abyss says multiplatform MMORPG franchise has reached milestone in less than four years
  63. The second launch of Sea of Thieves: Rare on sustainable working ahead of its biggest game update so far
  64. Breach developer QC Games has shut down
  65. Daybreak Game Company back in control of H1Z1 battle royale spin-off
  66. How When Ski Lifts Go Wrong hits the right mix of blood and physics puzzles
  67. Buy-one-get-one-free sale helps Risk of Rain 2 attract 650,000 players in first week
  68. What makes a good Kickstarter campaign?: Anya Combs talks about ideal video length, the right number of .gifs, and one mistake that will keep any project from being featured
  69. 60% of Greater Southeast Asia gamers are “strongly drawn to esports”: New Niko Partners report finds 42% of players from the region prefer competitive arena titles, spend the most on games
  70. The concept of eDoping in eSports – cyber security as a safety measure, enforcement and sanctions in case of non-compliance 
  71. Loaded, A Talent Firm For Top Gaming Stars, Signs Dakotaz, Skadoodle, and Sjokz
  72. Sonic The Hedgehog Footage Reveals Plot Details, Setting And Jim Carrey’s Robotnik: The adaptation of the Sega game is (largely) set in our world.
  73. How Lockwood pulled off giving 4.5 million festive gifts to over a million players: Sponsored article: Lockwood Leamington’s Studio Director Oliver Clarke on the seasonal gifting feature created for virtual world Avakin Life
  74. Ubisoft ends production of Starlink toys following poor sales
  75. Ubisoft cancels Starlink physical toys following game’s under performance: Development team plans to “do right by our passionate fans” with biggest update so far
  76. Ubisoft CEO: Live games give devs a chance to refine rather than start from scratch
  77. BioWare GM (internally) addresses complaints fromAnthem devs
  78. BioWare admits workplace, production issues: “These problems are real and it’s our top priority to continue working to solve them,” says general manager Casey Hudson
  79. Super Meat Boy Forever delayed, will miss April launch
  80. Team Meat delays Super Meat Boy Forever to maintain “healthy and sustainable pace”: Studio opts not to “run ourselves into the ground” to finish game by previously announced April release
  81. Nintendo adding VR modes to Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey
  82. VR modes coming to Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wildon Nintendo Switch
  83. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit Trailer
  84. Black Desert franchise has crossed $1 billion in gross sales
  85. Roblox now has over 90 million monthly active users
  86. Moonlighter sells 500,000 copies in less than a year
  87. Good Shepherd picks up majority stake in new studio, Artificer
  88. Disruptor Beam plans to offer a mobile live ops platform to other devs
  89. European gamers shows progressive streak on diversity: Ipsos MORI survey shows there is growing demand for a wider array of characters in games, although industry still faces apathy
  90. Future recognizes staff union: Publisher voluntarily recognizes organized employees of PC Gamer, GamesRadar and nine other publications
  91. How to effectively use procedural generation in games
  92. Don’t Miss: How devs deal with making enemies that feel ‘okay’ to kill
  93. Don’t Miss: A 2008 analysis of branching dialogue, fromMass Effect to Facade and beyond
  94. How playgrounds can inform multiplayer level design in video games
  95. Avalanche: “The industry is going to calm down on tech and focus on creativity”
  96. CVG team reunite for new games media website: Video Games Chronicle launches this month
  97. Video blog: Historians discuss Return of the Obra Dinn
  98. Watch Falcon Age’s lead dev dive into the making of this bird-tastic tale
  99. God of War wins big at BAFTA Game Awards 2019
  100. God of War takes home five BAFTAs
  101. God of War director: accessibility isn’t at odds with creative vision
  102. “Accessibility has never and will never be a compromise to my vision”: God of War director Cory Barlog’s statement becomes a rallying cry for developers in support of more accessibility options in games

DIGITAL

  1. The Sky Is Rising: The Entertainment Industry Is Thriving, Almost Entirely Because Of The Internet
  2. The UK Has Released Its Plan for Cracking Down on Social Media Content
  3. UK government proposes sweeping new regulations of online content
  4. Online Harms
  5. UK Now Proposes Ridiculous Plan To Fine Internet Companies For Vaguely Defined ‘Harmful Content’
  6. Aussie Senate Rushes Thru Bill That Would Fine Social Media Companies For Not Taking Down ‘Abhorrent’ Content Fast Enough
  7. European Parliament Adopts the Copyright Directive 
  8. Techdirt Podcast Episode 207: MEP Julia Reda Explains What’s Next With The EU Copyright Directive
  9. Canadian ISPs Call For Standardization And Fines For Copyright Trolls Ignoring Changes To Copyright Law
  10. Copyright Enforcement Service Claims $600 Billion-Worth Of Images Are ‘Stolen’ Every Day
  11. Include a ‘Creative Commons’ Argument in Your IP Defense 
  12. The death of Section 230
  13. Singapore Government Pushes Fake News Law Which Will Give It More Options To Shut Down Critics
  14. German Publishing Giant Claims Blocking Ads Is Copyright Infringement, In Yet Another Lawsuit Against The Industry Leader
  15. German Government’s Bullying Of FOI Group Provides A Warning Of How EU’s New Upload Filters Will Be Used For Censorship
  16. UK Government Misses Another Ship Date On Its Porn Filter
  17. Be Cautious About Big Internet Platforms Bearing Plans For Global Censorship
  18. Devin Nunes Has Filed A Second B.S. Defamation Lawsuit Telling You All About A News Article He Doesn’t Want You To Read
  19. It’s Fun To Laugh About Congressional Reps Suing A Satirical Internet Cow, But It’s A Real Attack On Free Speech
  20. Email chain prompts Microsoft to investigate reports of sexual harassment ignored by HR
  21. Leaked Microsoft Email Chain Reportedly Describes Hellish Workplace for Women
  22. Microsoft investigating more sexual harassment claims
  23. Microsoft responds to sexual harassment allegations within company
  24. Microsoft’s eBook store: When this closes, your books disappear too
  25. Amazon will launch thousands of satellites to provide internet around the world: 3,236 satellites will provide internet from low Earth orbit
  26. Amazon plans satellite broadband for “tens of millions” of people
  27. Amazon admits that employees review “small sample” of Alexa audio
  28. Yahoo tries to settle 3-billion-account data breach with $118 million payout
  29. Researchers unearth 74 Facebook cybercrime groups with 385,000 members
  30. Facebook Will Stop Suggesting You Invite Dead People to Events
  31. I Can’t Believe This Dopey, Busted-Ass Website Is What Messed Up Our Lives
  32. Where to Find Evidence on Facebook
  33. Facebook Issues Additional Transparency Rules for Political Advertising
  34. Facebook’s AI Helps Block Or Remove 1 Million Accounts Each Day
  35. China is reportedly trialing attention-detecting bands in schools
  36. Chinese government proposes ban on bitcoin mining
  37. Teens ‘not damaged by screen time’, study finds 
  38. Canada may regulate social media companies to avoid election meddling: Firms are not doing enough to combat potential interference, minister said after report found foreign meddling is ‘very likely’
  39. DOJ Warns Academy That Being An Anti-Streaming Luddite Could Violate Antitrust
  40. Marketers see progress in Twitter’s efforts to stamp out hate
  41. Twitter blocks Trump 2020 video over Dark Knight Risesmusic
  42. Be Careful What You Wish For: Twitter Temporarily Bans ‘Get Out The Vote’ Ads To Comply With ‘Fake News’ Law
  43. Children’s Advertising Review Unit Findings Should Not Be Ignored by App Developers 
  44. The rise of the killer robots – and the two women fighting back
  45. You call that EDM? Moritz Simon Geist’s robots make the most technical techno
  46. The basics of modern AI—how does it work and will it destroy society this year?
  47. AI pioneer: ‘The dangers of abuse are very real’ – Yoshua Bengio, winner of the prestigious Turing award for his work on deep learning, is establishing international guidelines for the ethical use of AI.
  48. Ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI (European Commission)
  49. Google Gives Up on AI Ethics (Board)
  50. Exclusive: Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry – The controversial panel lasted just a little over a week. 
  51. Hey Google, sorry you lost your ethics council, so we made one for you
  52. Watch Google’s AI Make Trump Sing Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”
  53. Android TV update puts home-screen ads on multi-thousand-dollar Sony Smart TVs [Update]
  54. Netflix: Coming Up Next… Emerging competitors and legal implications of the changing TV and film industry 
  55. Netflix ends AirPlay support on iOS in an ongoing souring of its Apple relationship
  56. Ironically, Too Many Video Streaming Choices May Drive Users Back To Piracy
  57. YouTube to develop interactive content like Netflix’s Bandersnatch
  58. YouTube wants to make choose-your-own-adventure shows
  59. YouTube creating interactive narratives: Video service establishes new unit to produce original Bandersnatch-style content
  60. YouTube is planning its own interactive Choose Your Own Adventure-style content: It’s looking to compete with Netflix
  61. YouTube Exec Ben Relles Named Head Of Innovation, Will Lead Platform’s Push Into Interactive Content
  62. YouTube Forced To Disable Comments On Livestreams Of White Nationalism Hearing In Congress
  63. YouTube TV Hikes Monthly Price To $50 As It Strikes Carriage Deal With Discovery 
  64. YouTube Millionaires: Danielle Cohn Got Her Start On Musical.ly — Now, Her YouTube Music Videos Are Viewed By Millions 
  65. Jennifer Lopez Revamps Her YouTube Channel To Give Viewers More Personal Content 
  66. YouTuber Charlie Ross Arrested For Impersonating Police Officer In April Fools’ Prank
  67. K-Pop Phenoms Blackpink Snatch Biggest YouTube Music Video Premiere Of All Time 
  68. YouTube Will Livestream Blackpink’s Coachella Performance In Times Square 
  69. YouTube Photographer Peter McKinnon Gets Photo Minted On Canadian Currency 
  70. PewDiePie Signs Deal To Livestream Exclusively On Blockchain-Based Platform DLive
  71. Brittany Furlan Launches ‘Worst Firsts’ Podcast With Studio71
  72. The LaBrants Apologize For Prank On 6-Year-Old Daughter: “We Think We’re Awesome Parents” 
  73. Disclosing Endorsements on Social Media: General Considerations for FTC Compliance by Brands and Influencers
  74. Why influencers need to use the right #hashtag
  75. Jeffree Star Says “Major Player” Was Arrested After $2.5 Million Makeup Burglary
  76. Cyber Group, YoBoHo team up on co-pro deal
  77. FTC Emphasizes that Providing Free Products Can Bias Reviews 
  78. Shiseido is increasing its influencer marketing spending by 50% in 2019
  79. Here’s How The Warp Zone Survived Defy Media’s Collapse — And Regained Control Of Its Content
  80. Snacks for Props: FTC Says No
  81. Fullscreen Signs 10 Clients to Talent Management Roster, Including Mikaela Hoover 
  82. Fullscreen’s Talent Unit Signs 10 Creators, Including Sierra Schultzzie, Josh Ovalle
  83. Digital Vets Launch ‘UNCMMN’ Talent Management Upstart, Repping Jay Versace, Jc Caylen
  84. Someone Hacks Defy Media’s Twitter Account, Promptly Uses It To Troll Everyone (Including Defy)
  85. Research analyst predicts Snapchat’s user base in the US will decrease in 2019
  86. Snapchat Announces 10 New Originals From BuzzFeed, New Form and Others 
  87. Beyoncé Is Dropping A Netflix Documentary Next Week (Trailer)
  88. Netflix in Italy: Emerging competitors and legal implications of the changing TV and film industry 
  89. Netflix’s DVD Rental Service Brought In $212 Million Last Year From 2.7 Million Subscribers
  90. Movie Theaters Don’t Like Netflix. Netflix’s Solution: Buy Its Own Movie Theater Chain.
  91. ‘Netflix Is a Joke’ Comedy Channel Sets SiriusXM Launch 
  92. MicTurn takes the idea of open-mic concerts online
  93. More people pay for Apple Music than Spotify in the US now
  94. Will Apple Just Kill iTunes Already?
  95. Why Would Anyone Buy an iPad Mini in 2019?
  96. Apple slashes HomePod price and introduces Powerbeats Pro 
  97. 3-year-old locks parents out of iPad for 25,536,442 minutes
  98. Hello world: Shining a light onto the culture of computer programmers
  99. Shani Hilton Departs BuzzFeed To Take Over As The Los Angeles Times’ Deputy Managing Editor Of News
  100. I Was Ready to Dunk on the Bose Frames… But I Actually Like Them?
  101. How Have Section 512(f) Cases Fared Since 2017? (Spoiler: Not Well) (Eric Goldman)
  102. Online Marketplace Defeats Trademark Suit Because It’s Not the “Seller”–OSU v. Redbubble (Eric Goldman)
  103. Somebody forgot to upgrade: Flights delayed, cancelled by GPS rollover
  104. Area Man Takes Over the Onion and Gizmodo Group in Private Equity Deal 
  105. Is It Time for a Blockchain Brexit?
  106. New Quantum Device Can “Generate All Possible Futures”
  107. Interfering trajectories in experimental quantum-enhanced stochastic simulation (Farzad Ghafari, Nora Tischler, Carlo Di Franco, Jayne Thompson, Mile Gu & Geoff J. Pryde)
  108. When Twitter Fingers Turn to Trigger Fingers: A Qualitative Study of Social Media-Related Gang Violence (Desmond U. Patton, David Pryooz, Scott Decker, William R. Frey & Patrick Leonard) 

CREATIVITY

  1. A Thousand Words: Getty Images Trigger Class Action
  2. Former Intelligence Officials Sue The Government Over Its Unconstitutional Pre-Publication Review Process
  3. Horse Race Announcer Sues Over Bill Murray Film That Included His Trademarked Tagline
  4. Kobe Bryant Every Bit As Useless As His Lawyers Predicted In Trademark Opposition
  5. Tennessee Senate Unanimously Passes Actual Anti-SLAPP Bill
  6. Battle of the Beers—Can Anheuser’s Bud Light Ads Be Literally True but Legally False?
  7. Are Vulgar Trademarks Protected Free Speech? Recent First Amendment Cases are Changing the Contours of Trademark Law
  8. The Emmys Are Still Going After A Pet Products Company Despite All The Concessions They’ve Been Given
  9. Legislator Irritated By A Journalist Decides State’s Government Should Start Regulating Journalism
  10. News organizations have all but abandoned their archives
  11. Alex Jones switches up defense in Sandy hook case
  12. When Asked About Marvel LGBTQ Heroes, Kevin Feige Says He Wants All Fans to ‘See Themselves Reflected’
  13. Viacom Prepares for Content Arms Race: ‘We’re Looking Beyond Our Own Networks’
  14. 20 years on, The Matrix remains influential

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Supporting a More Competitive Canadian Wireless Market: Speak Out on Navdeep Bains’ Proposed CRTC Policy Direction (Michael Geist) 
  2. FCC Proposes Protections for 5G Infrastructure Hub and Relay Antennas to Spur Deployment 
  3. In Verizon 5G launch city, reviewers have trouble even finding a signal
  4. Verizon’s ‘World First’ 5G Launch Was A Bit of a Dud
  5. New FCC Commissioner: Hey, Maybe Somebody In Government Could Address These Wireless Location Data Scandals?
  6. Just $6,790 Of $208 Million In Robocall Fines Have Been Collected By The FCC
  7. Not All Customers Are the Same: Top Court Rules Business Customers Cannot Join Consumer Class Action
  8. House Democrats Pass Bill to Restore Net Neutrality
  9. House Democrats refuse to weaken net neutrality bill, defeat GOP amendments
  10. House votes to restore net neutrality as White House threatens Trump veto
  11. Colorado Net Neutrality Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk For Signing
  12. Telecom Lobbyists Crushed San Francisco’s Quest For Better Broadband
  13. Pai FCC Tours The Country Promising Better Rural Broadband, But His Policies Routinely Undermine That Goal
  14. Lawsuit: AT&T’s DirecTV Now is a flop and AT&T lied to investors about it
  15. The robocall crisis will never totally be fixed
  16. More jails replace in-person visits with awful video chat products
  17. Rupert Murdoch, the NFL, and the Negotiation That Remade TV

 SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canadian Privacy Commissioner Signals Major Shift in Approach on Cross-Border Data Transfers (Michael Geist)
  2. Court Says Government Can Continue To Withhold Six ‘Significant’ FISA Court Opinions In Their Entirety
  3. Polish Supervisory Authority issues GDPR fine for data scraping without informing individuals
  4. Samsung Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor defeated by a $450 3D printer
  5. Ongoing DNS hijackings target Gmail, PayPal, Netflix, banks and more [Updated]
  6. ACLU Asks CBP Why It’s Threatening US Citizens With Arrest For Refusing Invasive Device Searches
  7. Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa: A global team reviews audio clips in an effort to help the voice-activated assistant respond to commands. 
  8. Oversight Report Says DEA Ran Multiple Bulk Data Collection Programs With Zero Legal Clearance
  9. Chicago’s Ankle Monitors Can Call and Record Kids Without Their Consent
  10. Well-funded surveillance operation infected both iOS and Android devices
  11. Counting the Countless: Why data science is a profound threat for queer people
  12. Yahoo tries to settle 3-billion-account data breach with $118 million payout
  13. Thumb drive carried by Mar-a-Lago intruder immediately installed files on a PC
  14. USB Drive Found on Jailed Mar-a-Lago Party-Crasher Contained Self-Executing Code
  15. Chapter 19: Glossary – Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation
  16. Court Says California’s Anti-Spam Statute Doesn’t Regulate Affiliate Networks–Bank v. Hydra
  17. Airbnb guest found hidden surveillance camera by scanning Wi-Fi network
  18. Court Says Virginia PD’s Use Of Automatic Plate Readers Violates State’s Data Privacy Law
  19. New variants of Mirai botnet detected, targeting more IoT devices
  20. Mysterious safety-tampering malware infects a second critical infrastructure site
  21. DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016

Jon

News of the Week; April 3, 2019

GAMES

  1. Oxford Researcher Blames ESA Reaction for Prolonged Gaming Addiction Crisis
  2. Screens, Teens, and Psychological Well-Being: Evidence From Three Time-Use-Diary Studies (Amy Orben & Andrew K. Przybylski)
  3. MIT Prof: If We Live In A Simulation, Are We Players Or NPCs?
  4. Google: We’re “committed to protecting and respecting privacy” with Stadia – Harrison assures streaming service’s users will be able to create an online persona “distinct and different” from their Google one
  5. Deep Silver deactivates stolen Metro Exodus Steam keys
  6. Sony is shutting down all Driveclub online servers
  7. Sony will switch off the DriveClub servers in March 2020
  8. Man gets 20 years for deadly “swatting” hoax
  9. Man responsible for fatal swatting call sentenced to 20 years
  10. Call Of Duty Gamer Behind Nation’s First “Swatting” Fatality Sentenced To 20 Years
  11. Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Nintendo and Microsoft
  12. Hacker sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for accessing Microsoft, Nintendo servers
  13. China’s frozen game approval process continues long thaw
  14. Latest batch of Chinese game approvals includes 30 foreign titles: Nearly 1,000 games have been approved since freeze was lifted in December
  15. Don’t Miss: A different approach to difficulty
  16. Event feedback leads Falcon Age devs to make combat optional
  17. No fooling: Reddit’s r/games goes silent for one day to call out hate, bigotry
  18. Ten tips for pitching from the head of ID@Xbox: Chris Charla gives developers a crash course on the dos and don’ts of selling potential partners on game ideas
  19. Inside look at BioWare explains exactly how fake E3 2017’s Anthem demo was
  20. Devs recall moments of instability, indecision, and crunch on Anthem
  21. How BioWare’s Anthem Went Wrong
  22. Blog: A short analysis of monetization in Apex Legends
  23. Drake invests in esports betting startup Players’ Lounge
  24. Video games are now a legitimate high school sport
  25. Players’ Lounge raises $3M for a wager-based, competitive video game platform
  26. Players’ Lounge raises $3m for buy-in gaming competitions: Drake, Take-Two CEO, Comcast, and former Yahoo CEO all invest in low-stakes tournament platform
  27. Durham College opens first-of-its-kind Esports Gaming Arena
  28. Blockchain: the real fuel for eSports 
  29. F1 To Release Official Blockchain Game
  30. Brendan Greene: “I’m done with battle royale” – PUBG designer discusses his move to the new Special Projects team, and the privilege of now working without a deadline
  31. This War of Mine has topped 4.5 million sales and raised over $500k for charity
  32. At Ubisoft you always have a second chance”
  33. Apple’s Arcade can succeed – if it aims at families | Opinion: New service can avoid joining a decade of “noble failures” trying to create alternatives to F2P by focusing on children and parents
  34. Borderlands 3 trailer shows some of its “over one billion guns”
  35. Borderlands 3 Is A Six-Month Epic Store Exclusive On PC
  36. Borderlands 3 will be a six-month Epic Games Store exclusive on PC
  37. Borderlands 3 is the next big Epic Games Store exclusive
  38. Borderlands 3 joins list of Epic Games store PC exclusives: 2K says its goal is “to embrace new distribution platforms that will contribute to our effort to grow the audience” for Gearbox’s shooter
  39. Epic wants to leave the Epic Games Store exclusivity decision up to devs
  40. Epic: “It’s never our intent to keep people away from playing a game” – David Stelzer and Sergey Galyonkin discuss Epic Games store exclusivity backlash and attracting devs
  41. Romero Games partners with Paradox Interactive for upcoming project
  42. Video: Sean Murray reflects on No Man’s Sky and grit in game dev
  43. UK video game spending rose to record $7.43 billion in 2018 
  44. What Astroneer’s devs learned while leaving Early Access
  45. Kenichiro Takaki departs Marvelous for Cygames: Senran Kagura producer resigns to work on new project following frustrations with restrictions on sexual content
  46. Today, WarCraft 1 & 2 get their first-ever digital launch—and it’s on GOG
  47. Is it all over for pre-owned video games?: Second-hand game sales remain significant, but the recent decline is by no means temporary
  48. GameStop posts massive loss as pre-owned game sales plummet
  49. GameStop posts $673m full-year loss: Specialty retailer acknowledges “the challenges facing our pre-owned video game business” and a need to change its business model
  50. GameStop: Sony pulling game cards won’t “have a material impact” on sales: Executive chairman Daniel DeMatteo believes PS4 owners will still fund digital purchases by buying currency in-store
  51. GameStop’s fortunes fall amid declining sales of games and consoles
  52. Sony updates policy to allow refunds on pre-orders: Refunds also allowed up to 14 days past purchase date if game has not yet been downloaded
  53. Sony tweaks PlayStation Store refund and cancelation policy in the U.S.
  54. Bethesda reveals “buddy pass” for Wolfenstein: Youngblood – Deluxe edition allows owner to share game with as many friends as they like for co-op play
  55. Microsoft scrubs Notch references from Minecraft: Platform holder distances itself from controversial creator
  56. Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson eradicated from splash text
  57. Minecraft update removes mentions of creator Notch from splash screens
  58. Minecraft: Java Edition surpasses 30 million lifetime sales
  59. Minecraft on PC surpasses 30m sales: In total, all editions of the game combined have sold over 150m
  60. Xenoblade developer Monolith Soft staffing up for Zeldaproject
  61. The case for a smaller, more portable Nintendo Switch | Opinion – Portables were said to be dead — so why would Nintendo consider releasing a smaller Switch?
  62. Twitch Prime users are being gifted a free year of Nintendo Switch Online
  63. Civilization VI update brings cross-platform cloud saves to Steam and Switch
  64. How Mario Kart Tour could bring Mario Kart up to speed | Opinion
  65. Sega Will Release The Genesis Mini On September 19
  66. Sega joins the mini-console revolution with Genesis Mini
  67. Sega Mega Drive Mini will launch September 19: Sonic, Ecco and ToeJam & Earl will be among 40 games built into the $80 retro console
  68. The Analogue Mega Sg answers why anyone would pay $190 for a new Sega Genesis
  69. Tencent opens new cloud streaming platform ‘Start’ for public testing
  70. Cloud streaming startup Polystream nets $12 million in funding
  71. CD Projekt plans to create 250 new jobs despite last year’s profit and revenue decline: Company still posts a healthy profit of €25.6 million as research and development spending hits €56.4 million
  72. Matchington Mansion surpasses $100m as competition sees downloads rise: Homescapes, Gardenscapes experience surge in installs despite no recent updates to either
  73. gamigo AG: acquisition of the game publisher WildTangent Inc. in the form of an asset deal leads to further profitable growth
  74. Rovio invests $3m in Play Ventures gaming fund: Fund has reached goal of $30m intended for investment in 20-25 companies
  75. FoxNext VP on turning Marvel: Strike Force into the Starbucks of mobile games
  76. Why 11 Bit Studios endeavors to put emotion and meaning first in game dev
  77. Designing for deck-building in video games
  78. Xsolla introduces new funding opportunity for indie developers
  79. Video: How devs can maintain their sanity for crunch and beyond 
  80. Humble Bundle cofounders step down because ‘we’re more startup kinda guys’
  81. Humble Bundle co-founders stepping down after best year ever: New vice president and general manager Alan Patmore pledges to grow company as “a force for good in this industry”
  82. Flaregames founder launches Phoenix Games to give smaller devs a leg up
  83. Gameloft partners with CARE for Dragon Mania Legends charity event
  84. Digital Minister Margot James: “This government is committed to helping games companies” – Writing for GamesIndustry.biz, the UK Minister details how the government is supporting British games developers and more
  85. Record year for UK games market as spending nears £6bn: Software alone accounted for £4 billion in revenue for the first time, records broken in hardware and digital spending
  86. Valve teases its own VR headset, the Valve Index, for May reveal
  87. Valve’s long-rumored VR headset is finally real: the Valve Index, coming in May
  88. Valve Index to launch June 15: VR headset to be sold separately from optional base station and motion controllers
  89. Space Channel 5 VR hands-on: Ulala’s back, and I met her
  90. Social VR Hits ‘Rec Room’ and ‘VRChat’ Coming to Oculus Quest
  91. Virtual & Augmented Reality Through the Legal Lens
  92. Abrams Artists Signs 5 Gaming Creators Including Meg Turney, Matt Cobuzio
  93. Hyper Light Drifter dev confirms TV series is in the works
  94. Adi Shankar producing Hyper Light Drifter TV series: Netflix’s Castlevania producer teams up with developer Alex Preston for animated adaptation
  95. Into the Pixel exhibit calls for submissions of game art
  96. Don’t Miss: Streamlining how players deal with death in games
  97. Blog: A different take on Sekiro Shadows Die Twice
  98. Why HandCircus rebuilt the early iOS game Rolando for modern devices
  99. The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset takes home GLAAD award for outstanding video game
  100. The Elder Scrolls Online honored with inaugural GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Video Game
  101. Making piracy and pre-owned games problems of the past – 10 Years Ago This Month: Gaming execs kill two birds with one server-based stone, while Konami insists Six Days in Fallujah has no message
  102. Blog: 20 Years of retention in EverQuest
  103. Gratitude for the Miracle Man: Why I Love: Pumped BMX developer Adam Hunt pays heartfelt homage to a magazine disc demo of Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX
  104. This Ebook Company Is Trying to Make Reading More Like Videogames
  105. Blockchain Games and Collectibles – Patents and Other Legal Issues 
  106. U.S. Patent No. 9,511,292: Video game competition notifications 
  107. Mayor Sadiq Khan opens London Games Festival 2019: Praised industry’s contributions to city’s economy and the diverse talent it is attracting
  108. These are Gamasutra’s favorite slides from GDC 2019
  109. Video: Laralyn McWilliams on staying optimistic and creative in game dev

DIGITAL

  1. 540 Million Facebook User Records Exposed Online, Plus Passwords, Comments, and More
  2. Facebook asked some users for their email passwords, because why not: And two third-party developers left the data from millions of Facebook users exposed in S3 bucket.
  3. Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Is A Race And Gender Stereotyping Machine, New Study Suggests
  4. Facebook’s Efforts ‘Not Nearly Sufficient’ in Genocide-Torn Myanmar, UN Investigator Says
  5. Mark Zuckerberg calls for more regulation of the internet
  6. Mark Zuckerberg To Congress: Okay, Fine, Please Regulate Me And Lock In My Dominant Market Position
  7. Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas.
  8. Mark Zuckerberg Is Developing The Facebook Watch Of News — With Monetization For Publications
  9. HUD Charges Facebook With Enabling Housing Discrimination 
  10. Facebook Cracks Down On White Supremacist Hate Content After Christchurch Massacre
  11. Complete Overreaction: Professor Calls For Shutting Down Facebook Live, Post-Christchurch
  12. Three Lessons In Content Moderation From New Zealand And Other High-Profile Tragedies
  13. The Bundeskartellamt’s Facebook Decision and the intersection of competition law and data protection 
  14. EFF Fights For Redditor Targeted By Religious Organization For Forum Posts About Its Data Collection Policies
  15. Elizabeth Warren Wants to Break Up Big Data – Could She Do It? 
  16. Countries Want to Ban ‘Weaponized’ Social Media. What Would That Look Like?
  17. What If Google And Facebook Admitted That All This Ad Targeting Really Doesn’t Work That Well?
  18. Russia Expands Site Blocking To VPNs
  19. Government’s “porn block” roll out delayed
  20. Blogger’s Screenshot of a Newspaper Page Qualifies as Fair Use–Clark v. TransAlt (Eric Goldman)
  21. Data dividend? California governor proposes plan to have companies pay consumers for using their info
  22. YouTube Won’t Ban Far-Right Activist Tommy Robinson — Here’s What It’s Doing Instead
  23. YouTube Terminated Yeah1’s MCN Status, But Now It Looks Like They’re Working Out A Deal
  24. YouTube Once Proposed Overhauling Its Entire Business Model, Paying Creators Based On Video Engagement (Report)
  25. YouTube TV Is Now Available In Every U.S. Market 
  26. Popular YouTube Stuntsman Was Behind The Mysterious Spacefaring Big Mac Found On A U.K. Soccer Field
  27. YouTube Facing Criticism After Promoting Zac Efron’s New Channel Instead Of Resident Creators 
  28. PewDiePie concedes to T-Series in battle for YouTube’s biggest channel 
  29. YouTube Video Essayist Lindsay Ellis Has Been Nominated For A Hugo Award
  30. Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” Sees Massive YouTube Spike Each April Fools’ Day
  31. AI Ethics: Seven Traps
  32. As AI Spreads, Tech Needs ‘Chief Bias Officers’
  33. God in the image of white men: Creation myths, power asymmetries and AI
  34. The Boundaries of Artificial Emotional Intelligence
  35. How Algorithms Can Learn to Discredit the Media: Defamation is efficient, and AIs may have already figured it out
  36. Why Community and Collaboration is the Key for Building Ethical AI
  37. Can AI be a fair judge in court? Estonia thinks so
  38. Researchers trick Tesla Autopilot into steering into oncoming traffic
  39. Google Employees Call on Company to Kick Heritage Foundation Ghoul Off AI Ethics Board
  40. Inside the Google employee backlash against the Heritage Foundation: ‘They think that some of our colleagues either do not or should not exist’
  41. Google Employees Step Up to Demand Fair Treatment for Contractors
  42. Here lies Google Inbox, a radical rethink of how email should work
  43. Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand
  44. Google Duplex arrives on iPhones, most Android devices
  45. Southern District of Indiana Rules that Property Manager is Subject to Personal Jurisdiction Based on Text Messages Sent to the Forum State
  46. Insights: Apple Echoes Amazon In A Rebuke Of Everything Google And Facebook Do
  47. Apple apologizes for failing MacBook keyboards yet again
  48. iFixit teardown: Apple’s AirPods are “disappointingly disposable”
  49. The New AirPods Are Fine
  50. Apple just confirmed once and for all that AirPower will never come out
  51. Latest iPhone Rumors: Apple Adding the Stuff Samsung Already Has
  52. EU Approves Controversial New Copyright Rules 
  53. The EU’s Catastrophic Copyright Directive Can Still Be Stopped, If Governments Of Sweden And Germany Do The Right Thing
  54. Much ado about “Article 13” (or is it 17?)
  55. After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn’t Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters
  56. EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger Admits: Sites Need Filters To Comply With Article 13
  57. “Very Short” and Incredibly Loud: New EU Copyright Directive a Shot in the FANGs
  58. Here Comes The Splinternet: How The EU Is Helping Break Apart The Internet
  59. Free Software Foundation Comes To Its Senses After Calling For EU To Fund Open Source Upload Filters
  60. EU’s Never Ending Quest To Rip The Internet And Free Expression To Shreds Continues With The Terrorist Content Regulation
  61. Cole And Savannah LaBrant Under Fire After “Prank” Convincing Daughter They Were Giving Her Dog Away
  62. DSM Directive Series #1: Do Member States have to transpose the value gap provision and does the YouTube referral matter?
  63. DSM Directive Series #2: Is the press publishers’ right waivable? (Eleonora Rosati)
  64. UK cyber security officials report Huawei’s security practices are a mess
  65. Salesforce Sued For Sex Trafficking… Because Backpage Used Salesforce’s CRM
  66. 9th Circuit’s Bad AirBnB Decision Threatens Basic Internet Business Models
  67. The Marriage of Silicon Valley and the Pentagon Is Happening Whether You Like It or Not
  68. Twitter now lets users appeal violations within its app
  69. Think before you tweet – the perils of social media for the accountancy profession
  70. What’s Gimlet’s Problem?
  71. Office Depot rigged PC malware scans to sell unneeded $300 tech support
  72. Office Depot And Partner Ordered To Pay $35 Million For Tricking Consumers Into Thinking They Had Malware
  73. Legal experts weigh in on controversial European copyright directive: Legislation shifts responsibility onto platform holders, but won’t necessarily affect content creators
  74. Section 230 Holds On As Grindr Gets To Use It As A Defense
  75. Important Section 230 Ruling from the Second Circuit–Herrick v. Grindr (Eric Goldman)
  76. Welcome To The Prude Internet: No More Sex Talk Allowed
  77. Senator Keeps Attacking a Law Crucial to Internet Speech—Only He Can’t Seem to Read It
  78. Cardi B, Juice WRLD, More Inducted Into Spotify’s RapCaviar ‘Pantheon’
  79. Department Of Justice Warns Academy That Banning Netflix From Oscars Could Violate Antitrust Laws
  80. Netflix Ranked as No. 1 Fastest-Growing U.S. Brand in 2019
  81. Netflix’s Biggest Price Hike Is Now Rolling Out To Existing Subscribers
  82. iHeartMedia Files for Potential IPO 
  83. Streaming drove 9.7% rise in global recorded-music revenues in 2018
  84. Nickelodeon Buys Learning App ‘Sparkler’ To Bolster Its Preschooler Streaming Service
  85. After 21st Century Fox Purchase, Disney Bows Out Of This Year’s NewFronts
  86. Hulu Is Exploring New Ad Experiences For Binge Watching: Advertisers could sponsor shows when the audience is clearly in it for the long haul
  87. Spielberg proposal to ban streaming from Oscars may be illegal, DOJ warns 
  88. Sony Sells Majority Stake In Its Crackle Streaming Service To Chicken Soup For The Soul
  89. Sony Sells Stake in Crackle, Launches Joint Venture With Chicken Soup for the Soul 
  90. Sony veteran Kaz Hirai has left the company after 35 years 
  91. Kaz Hirai retires as chairman of Sony Corporation: Former CEO departs company after 35 years
  92. Microsoft kills off the book store you probably didn’t know it had
  93. Viacom Will Tout New Suite of Advertising Options as TV’s Sales Season Draws Near
  94. Hiring Influencers: Are You Playing With Fyre? 
  95. Creators for Good: Karlie Kloss Inspires Young Girls in STEM
  96. Teacher Says She Was Fired for Not Being a ‘Role Model’ After Topless Selfie Leaks
  97. TikTok To Join Instagram, Snapchat In The Realm Of Geolocation Filters Following GeoGif Acquisition
  98. Not Quite So Sweet: POPSUGAR’s Removal of Instagram Sidebar Leads to a Loss on All Fronts
  99. Instagram Considers Ad Products To Compensate Stars On IGTV: Creators and publishers could share in riches from new ad opportunities on fledgling video service
  100. Mercedes-Benz sued four artists whose murals appeared in its Instagram posts.
  101. Instagram’s big bet on shopping could be worth $10 billion in 2021
  102. Rounding Up Three Recent Keyword Advertising Cases–Comphy v. Amazon & More (Eric Goldman)
  103. Google and Walmart team up to let users buy groceries with voice commands
  104. The First Smartwatch to Read Your Blood Pressure Is an Ugly Marvel
  105. The future of conveyancing – A new digital age?
  106. Russia’s Shotgun-Wielding Drone Is the Flying Nightmare You Didn’t Know You Had 
  107. Bitcoin Surges 15% Overnight Because Nobody Learned Their Lesson After the Last Crash
  108. As new prepaid rule takes effect, virtual currency wallet providers need to take notice
  109. How Automation Turns Us Into Trump Voters
  110. On the Early Web, People With Disabilities Found Community and Autonomy
  111. Taxing the sharing economy 
  112. The Online Icons That Didn’t Survive the Web’s First 30 Years
  113. Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet 
  114. Copyright Registration, Publication on the Internet, and the Revolving “Back Door to Berne” (Eric Goldman)
  115. Rounding Up Three Recent Keyword Advertising Cases–Comphy v. Amazon & More (Eric Goldman)

CREATIVITY

  1. Alabama Court Decides Publicity Rights Trump First Amendment In S-Town Lawsuit
  2. Getty Images Sued Yet Again For Trying To License Public Domain Images
  3. Ariana Grande Demands All Photographers At Her Concerts Transfer Copyright To Her, NPPA Revolts
  4. Can an artist deem his own art worthy of protection? 
  5. Ed Sheeran’s copyright woes continue
  6. Texas A&M Wants out of the “12th Man” Copyright Suit
  7. Copyright’s Memory Hole (Eric Goldman & Jessica Silbey)
  8. Federal Court Says Teen’s ‘F— Cheer’ Is Protected Speech
  9. FTC hits predatory scientific publisher with a $50 million fine
  10. Infringers walk the plank as the Premier League’s anti-piracy campaign scores big success
  11. Australian Prosecutors Trying To Throw Reporters In Jail For Accurately Reporting On Cardinal George Pell’s Conviction
  12. Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested Yet Again As Philippines Keeps Finding Bogus Reasons To Arrest Vocal Critic
  13. The Moment The Matrix Changed Everything
  14. At Last! Mystery of Garfield Phone Beach Solved After 35 Years
  15. EU to introduce anti-money laundering legislation for the art industry

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. A Netflix Crisis?: Foreign Funding Now By Far the Largest Source of Financing for Canadian Fictional English Language TV Production (Michael Geist)
  2. Company Ordered to Pay Woman $459K After Spamming Her With More Than 300 Robocalls
  3. FCC “fined” robocallers $208 million since 2015 but collected only $6,790
  4. FTC Shuts Down Companies Responsible for Over One Billion Robocalls 
  5. District Court: “Ringless” voicemail is a “call” under the TCPA 
  6. Second District Court in the Nation Holds That a Ringless Voicemail is a “Call” Under the TCPA 
  7. The FTC Says It’s Totally Cool With Anti-Competitive Internet Fast Lanes 
  8. Ajit Pai wants to cap spending on broadband for poor people and rural areas
  9. FCC Plans to Eliminate Rural “Rate Floor,” Heading Off Potential Price Hikes 
  10. April Fool’s Day is Monday – Don’t Let the Joke Be on You by Forgetting the FCC’s Hoax Rule 
  11. Cohen Payment Kerfuffle Forces AT&T To Be Slightly More Transparent About Lobbying
  12. Verizon’s Spam-Blocking Call Filter Is Now Free
  13. Verizon refuses to admit that its “first to 5G” commercials are misleading
  14. Watch a Verizon 5G phone hit speeds faster than your home Internet
  15. UK ISPs now automatically refund customers £8 a day for Internet outages
  16. Telecom Lobby Suddenly Pretends To Care About Accurate Broadband Maps
  17. FTC gives ISPs green light to block applications as long as they disclose it
  18. FTC reaches settlements with multiple operations alleged to be responsible for placing billions of robocalls 
  19. FTC Launches Probe Into Telecom Privacy Issues. But Whether They’ll Act Is Another Matter Entirely
  20. FTC investigates whether ISPs sell your browsing history and location data 
  21. The Electronic Communications Code – First Tribunal Decision on Consideration and Compensation payable by Operators 
  22. Have You Been Sued by Manuel Hiraldo? 
  23. Court Grants Primary Jurisdiction Stay in TCPA Case Pending FCC Clarification of ATDS 
  24. New year, new rights for telecoms providers
  25. Wall Street Thinks The Cable TV Sector Could Easily ‘Unravel.’ That’s Probably A Good Thing.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Court Documents Show Canadian Law Enforcement Operated Stingrays Indiscriminately, Sweeping Up Thousands Of Innocent Phone Owners
  2. Bezos rep says Saudis stole racy texts, leaked them to the Enquirer
  3. 7th Circuit Punts On Border Smartphone Searches; Says Riley Decision Doesn’t Affect Anything
  4. Seventh Circuit Wades into Big Data Case Law
  5. YouTube Defeats Lawsuit Over Children’s Privacy
  6. FTC imposes unprecedented fine for violations of children’s online privacy rules
  7. Ancestry-Testing Company: It’s Our ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Give The FBI Access to Your DNA
  8. FamilyTreeDNA Deputizes Itself, Starts Pitching DNA Matching Services To Law Enforcement
  9. Riding the waves of U.S. data privacy legislation 
  10. Utah – The First State to Require a Warrant for Third-Party Data 
  11. Woman from China, with malware in tow, illegally entered Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
  12. LAPD Watchdog Says Department’s Data-Based Policing Is Producing Nothing But Wasted Time And Rights Violations
  13. Kaspersky Lab Will Now Alert Users to ‘Stalkerware’ Used In Domestic Abuse
  14. Facial Recognition Tech Now Capable Of Getting You Kicked Out Of The Mall
  15. Facial recognition can drive business goals, but where do we draw the line?
  16. HTTPS Isn’t Always As Secure As It Seems
  17. FTC Seeks Information from ISPs on Privacy Procedures 
  18. Washington State Pushes Forward With Comprehensive Privacy Legislation
  19. Will Washington Be the Next California?
  20. Thoughts on personal data vs non-personal data
  21. To catch a drug thief, hospital secretly recorded births, women’s surgeries
  22. Clinic Files Amicus Brief Arguing for Broader Access to Government Databases Through FOIA
  23. Machines Shouldn’t Have To Spy On Us To Learn (Zeynep Tufekci)

Jon

News of the Week; March 27, 2019

GAMES

  1. Blog: How games software and hardware could top $200 billion by 2023
  2. Opinion: After Christchurch – What we owe our game communities
  3. “If we make room for them, then there is no room for anyone else”: IGF Award host Meg Jayanth calls for devs to reject fascists, demand better treatment for themselves and their colleagues
  4. #1ReasonToBe: “Inclusivity is a battle we can win”: Rami Ismail’s final stint hosting the panel shares the stories of a refugee turns games developer, an Egyptian woman who refused to let a visa rejection silence her, and more
  5. Overwatch saw 40% less disruptive behavior with the endorsement system
  6. PUBG Corp and NetEase settle Battlegrounds lawsuit
  7. PUBG Corp, NetEase settle copyright lawsuit: After suit alleging Knives Out, Rules of Survival copied PUBG and countersuit against “shameless attempt” at genre monopoly, companies now dismissing cases
  8. Madden Litigation Sputters Out With Settlement
  9. EA Lays Off 350 People In Marketing, Publishing, And More
  10. EA lays off 350 staff in marketing, publishing, and operations 
  11. EA closes Japan and Russia offices amid mass layoffs
  12. EA lays off 350 amid major organizational changes: Company reorganizing marketing, publishing, operations teams, decreases presence in Japan and Russia
  13. Electronic Arts closes Japan office as part of mass layoffs: Russian division also appears to be shuttering with operations moving to larger, regional office
  14. EA signs publishing deal with Vicarious Visions founders
  15. Sega removing actor from Western version of Judgmentafter drug scandal
  16. Judgment has sold through 97% of stock following controversy
  17. “Hard Rock” Hamilton Says Microsoft Can’t Leave Gears of War Lawsuit
  18. Judgement sales surge following voice actor drug charge controversy: There was “no correct way to deal with the situation,” says Sega chief creative officer
  19. Labor organizers share insight and tips on unionizing the game industry
  20. Roblox on creating kinder communities
  21. Game source code is a teaching tool, not a trade secret, argues VGHF founder
  22. Apple Finally Jumps Into Games with Subscription Service Featuring 100+ Exclusives
  23. Apple announces its own game subscription service, Apple Arcade
  24. Apple unveils Apple Arcade subscription service for iOS, Mac, Apple TV games
  25. Apple Arcade Games Subscription Service Announced
  26. Apple reveals game subscription service Apple Arcade: Program to launch this fall with focus on new, premium titles
  27. KO_OP, ustwo games announce Apple Arcade exclusives
  28. Opinion: A closer look at the strategy behind Apple Arcade
  29. Google Stadia Streaming Platform Launch, Game, And Feature Details Revealed
  30. Google Exec On Stadia’s Internet Speed Requirements
  31. Hands-On With Google Stadia
  32. Google Claims Stadia Is More Powerful Than PS4 And Xbox One Combined – GDC 2019
  33. Google’s Stadia Could Take Video Games Out of Your Hands: The new streaming service could make owning a video game a thing of the past
  34. In Wake Of Google Stadia, Reports Suggest Walmart Is Exploring A Game Streaming Service
  35. Report: Walmart is looking to enter the game streaming business
  36. Walmart exploring its own game streaming service – Report: Retail giant began talking to developers and publishers about its plans earlier this year
  37. Phil Spencer Reportedly Says Stadia Announcement Had ‘No Big Surprises’, Says Xbox Will ‘Go Big’ At E3
  38. Xbox will reportedly “go big” on streaming at E3 2019: Internal email from Phil Spencer says Google Stadia is a “validation” and notes “no big surprises” in Google reveal
  39. Report: Microsoft’s disc-less Xbox One S gets name and launch date
  40. Microsoft unveils new indie game showcase calledID@Xbox Game Pass
  41. Another World designer Eric Chahi sets up indie studio Pixel Reef
  42. Blog: My full time indie developer life – Year 2
  43. Blog: The colonial, non-colonial, and decolonial in video games
  44. All the Game Streaming Services Google Stadia Is Up Against
  45. Would a Google Stadia subscription service be bad news for the industry?: Analysts discuss Stadia’s potential to drive “a major downward trend” on prices, and what subscriptions mean for developers and diversity of games
  46. Google Stadia will support the Xbox Adaptive Controller: Microsoft’s accessible device included among third-party controllers Google’s platform will support
  47. Google tries to reassure gamers about Stadia speed and latency concerns
  48. How id Software went from skeptical to excited about Google Stadia streaming
  49. Slow Broadband, Usage Caps Could Mar Google Stadia’s Game Streaming Ambitions
  50. Google Stadia can succeed if it follows Fortnite’s footsteps | Opinion
  51. Nav promoted his new album in Fortnite stream with Ninja
  52. In-venue streaming and broadcasting of live sporting events – key legal issues for sports clubs and leagues
  53. Valve stays the course despite intensifying competition
  54. Valve Software dreams of analyzing your brainwaves to tailor in-game rewards: “We can figure out what kinds of rewards you like, and the kinds you don’t.”
  55. Valve is pushing new social features for Steam later this year 
  56. Standalone Vive Focus Plus will cost $799 when it arrives in April
  57. Valve Psychologist: Brain-computer Interfaces Are Coming & Could Be Built into VR Headsets
  58. PlayStation VR headset sales have topped 4.2 million
  59. ‘No Man’s Sky’ is Getting Full VR Support for PSVR, Rift, and Vive
  60. Sony Announces 4.2 Million PlayStation VR Units Sold
  61. Putting Sony’s 4.2 million PSVR sales in context
  62. Sony is pulling digital PS4 games from sale at GameStop, other retailers
  63. Sony stops selling digital game codes at physical retailers
  64. Sony pulls full game download codes from all stores: PlayStation confirms to GamesIndustry.biz new strategy starts April 1, cards for DLC and virtual currency will still be available
  65. Devil May Cry 5 shipped 2m units in two weeks
  66. Devil May Cry 5 has sold 2 million copies in first two weeks
  67. 6 years in, Warframe nears 50 million lifetime players
  68. Fallout 76 and a handful of upcoming Bethesda titles now headed for Steam
  69. Metro Exodus on Epic Store outsells its predecessor on Steam — but what does that tell us?: “It’s about the game, and not the store you sell on,” suggests Epic
  70. Observation will be an Epic Games Store exclusive, Steam page pulled
  71. Epic offers support for third-party key sales — but not for exclusives
  72. Sweeney commits to human moderators & quality filters for Epic’s Games Store
  73. Epic Games Store is making the industry better but “gamers don’t see that”: CEO Tim Sweeney addresses backlash against exclusivity deals, promises human curation to block “shock controversy games” like Rape Day
  74. Report: Nintendo Is Releasing Two New Switch Models
  75. Report: Nintendo planning two new Switch models
  76. Nintendo Allegedly Set To Release Two New Switch Models
  77. Report: Nintendo to release two new Switch models in 2019
  78. Stardew Valley is the best-selling indie game on Nintendo Switch
  79. Dead Cells has passed 1 million sales, and Switch leads the way on consoles
  80. Nintendo’s Labo VR Kit Is Its Wildest Cardboard Adventure Yet
  81. This Might Be the Least Fun Switch Accessory
  82. Oculus Founder: Rift S Suitable for Only About 70% of Population Due to IPD
  83. eSports and Copyright between choreographies and UGC 
  84. GameStop moving into esports with new events venue 
  85. GameStop partners with three esports organisations: Games retailer signs deals with Houston Outlaws, Envy Gaming, and OpTic Gaming
  86. Comcast plans to build a $50 million esports arena in Philadelphia
  87. SuperData: Apex Legends’ $92m launch month the best ever for a free-to-play game
  88. Mobile strength pushed Tencent past $19bn games revenue in 2018
  89. WarDucks raises $3.8 million to expand studio and create location-based AR game
  90. WarDucks raises €3.3 million for location-based AR mobile game
  91. I played 11 Assassin’s Creed games in 11 years, and Odyssey made them all worth it
  92. UK Charts: Sekiro Shadows Die Twice is the seventh new No.1 of the year – Activision and From Software title narrowly beats The Division 2
  93. Kabam acquires Montreal-based mobile studio Riposte Games & Co
  94. GAME revenue dips but profits jump on ‘relentless’ cost savings
  95. Indies clean up at GDC Awards 2019: God of War takes home yet another Game of the Year gong, and Return of the Obra Dinn wins $33,000 in IGF prizes
  96. GDC 2019 attendance sets new record at 29,000
  97. GDC celebrates record-breaking attendance and locks in 2020 dates!
  98. Blog: The best slides I saw at GDC 2019
  99. GDC 2019, as told through livetweets 
  100. Video Game Deep Cuts: The Game Developers Conference Aftermath
  101. A dev trained robots to generate “garbage” slot machine games—and made $50K
  102. Intel and Spirit AI are working on machine learning-powered voice chat moderation
  103. Video: Systemic AI design in Just Cause 3
  104. Get a job: DeepMind is hiring a Games Designer
  105. Deep Dive: Flexiscope, the play-time aware dungeon generator in Book of Demons
  106. Don’t Miss: Devs weigh in on the best ways to write and design characters
  107. Relinquishing Control: Remedy’s paradigm shift – Game director on leaving behind the tightly controlled experiences of Alan Wake and Quantum Break for, “a world that can support many stories, not just one story”
  108. Daedalic: “If we do this right, no one else will be able to make a Gollum game” – CEO discusses plans for the iconic character, who will star in the first of many Lord of the Rings games
  109. Critical Consensus: Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 –  Critics lament the lack of political heft in its story, but The Division 2 gets much right that BioWare’s Anthem got wrong
  110. ‘Buddy pass’ will let Wolfenstein: Youngblood players share with friends
  111. Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt spent heavily on R&D in 2018
  112. Boyfriend Dungeon dev examines why game fashion sucks, and what to do about it
  113. First-person digger: Stanley Black & Decker’s game controller for excavators
  114. The next generation starts with you | Opinion: Game Dragons’ Philip Oliver offers advice on how to better work with academia to improve the quality of graduates
  115. Twitch Launches ‘Squad Stream’ Feature, Enabling Four-Person Multiplay
  116. Ninja Is Getting His Face On A Red Bull Can
  117. Building a ‘homebrew’ video game console
  118. Niantic announces second Pokémon GO Earth Day event
  119. Obituary: Take-Two founder Ryan Brant has passed away
  120. Take-Two founder Ryan Brant dies: Publisher expresses condolences, gratitude to Brant for his vision and contributions

DIGITAL

  1. Muslim Advocacy Group Files Suit Against YouTube, Facebook For Hosting Christchurch Shooting Videos
  2. Microsoft calls for ‘industrywide’ moderation plan after New Zealand shooting: The company’s president calls for more coordination
  3. New Zealand Censors Declare Christchurch Shooting Footage Illegal; Start Rounding Up Violators
  4. Brutal Startup Is Using Eye Tracking to Force You to Watch Ads: It’s basically like “A Clockwork Orange.”
  5. Social media platforms under increasing pressure to protect users from harm
  6. Facebook and Instagram Finally Ban White Nationalism and White Separatism
  7. Facebook’s new rules come down against white nationalism, separatism
  8. Will Facebook’s New Ban On White Nationalist Content Work?
  9. Facebook Settles Claims Alleging Discriminatory Ad Targeting 
  10. Vice Media to Pay $1.9 Million to Settle Pay Discrimination Case
  11. Music labels sue Charter, complain that high Internet speeds fuel piracy
  12. RIAA Continues Its Legal War To Turn ISPs Into The Copyright Police: Sues Charter Communications
  13. The Latest Pro-PewDiePie Hackers Locked Users’ Files Until They Subscribed
  14. New Virus Steals Your Files Until PewDiePie Gets 100M Subscribers: Another ransomware variant encrypts your files unless you subscribe to PewDiePie – but even if you do, it deletes them anyway.
  15. PewDiePie fans keep making junk ransomware: Please, YouTube! Just hide PewDiePie and T-Series’ followers count and put this competition to bed.
  16. How Microsoft found a Huawei driver that opened systems to attack
  17. New Huawei phone has a 5x optical zoom, thanks to a periscope lens
  18. US Is Forcing A Chinese Firm To Sell Gay Dating App Grindr
  19. HMD admits the Nokia 7 Plus was sending personal data to China
  20. How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments
  21. HTML email reborn, as Google brings AMP to your inbox
  22. Google regrets ‘minor glitch’ that sent Ghanaian currency plummeting
  23. U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Search Google Settlement Agreement for Fairness  
  24. SCOTUS Remands Google Case to the Ninth Circuit for Spokeo Standing Analysis 
  25. Tenth Lawsuit Against Social Media Providers for “Materially Supporting Terrorists” Fails–Sinclair v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  26. The echo of American Fair Use and of its boundaries, in the EU and Italian System. A comparative analysis in the wake of the Fox News victory over TVEyes
  27. Nevada Judge Says Online News Publications Aren’t Protected By The State’s Journalist Shield Law 
  28. Talking Cat App Should Keep Quiet on Advertising, CARU Recommends
  29. A ‘Dark Day’: Copyright Law That Threatens the Internet as We Know It Passes Final EU Vote
  30. EU parliament passes controversial copyright overhaul [Updated]
  31. EU Puts An End To The Open Internet: Link Taxes And Filters Approved By Just 5 Votes
  32. The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13: Critics argued that Article 13, and related legislation passed today by MEPs, risked infringing on freedom of speech
  33. Article 13 – MEME Law is coming…
  34. “Memes banned” – the European Parliament votes in the EU Copyright Directive including controversial Articles 11 and 13 
  35. EU Parliament Passes Controversial “Meme Ban”: It’s a “dark day for internet freedom.”
  36. Swedish MEPs Announce Support For Article 13, Demonstrate Near Total Ignorance Of What It Actually Entails
  37. New Report: Germany Caved To France On Copyright In A Deal For Russian Gas
  38. Enough MEPs Say They Mistakenly Voted For Articles 11 & 13 That The Vote Should Have Flipped; EU Parliament Says Too Bad
  39. Tell The EU Not To Wreck The Internet
  40. A Century Ago We Killed The Radio Commons; Don’t Let The EU Do That To The Internet
  41. EU Commission Refuses To Explain Why It Published Medium Article Mocking The Public’s Concerns Over Article 13
  42. EU Internet Companies Warn EU Parliament Not To Vote For Articles 11 & 13; Say They’ll Hand The Internet To Google 
  43. MEPs Realizing How Bad Article 13 Could Be, Begin To Back Away From EU Copyright Directive
  44. Independent Musician Dan Bull’s New Song, Robocopyright, Warns Of The Dangers Of Article 13
  45. Sites Warn EU Users Of Just How Bad Article 13 Will Be
  46. Huge Protests Across Europe Protest Article 13; Politician Lies And Claims They Were Paid To Be There
  47. Supporters Of Article 13, After Denying It’s About Filters, Now Say It’s About Regulating Filters Which They Admit Don’t Work
  48. After EU Copyright Reform Passes, Susan Wojcicki Says “This Is The Beginning” Of YouTube’s Fight
  49. Most Advertisers Have Returned To YouTube After Comments Scandal, Google Exec Says 
  50. YouTube Usage Comprises 37% Of All Mobile Web Traffic, Study Finds
  51. YouTube Facing Lawsuit That Alleges Toy Unboxing Videos Are “Abusive Advertising Practices” Aimed At Children 
  52. YouTube Disabled Comments On Thousands Of Creators’ Channels To Prevent Child Predation. Tech Startup Respondology Thinks It Has A Solution. 
  53. YouTube Shutters ‘Fantastic Adventures’ Channel After Proprietor’s Arrest For Child Abuse
  54. YouTube Millionaires: AR12Gaming Started Sharing His Love For Racecar Games On YouTube In 2012. Now, His Company Sponsors Real-Life Racers.
  55. How YouTube is changing toys
  56. YouTube cancels two original series but denies moving away from original content
  57. YouTube Content Head Susanne Daniels Denies Eyeing Exit Amid High-End Series Cancellations
  58. Kim Kardashian’s Daughter North West Entering YouTube Fray In Collab With JoJo Siwa
  59. Influencers Allegedly Run Roughshod Over FTC Warnings
  60. Influencer Law 101: influencer exclusivity
  61. Law School Exam Part 5: Am I An Influencer?
  62. #InfluencerMarketing: What advertisers need to know about disclosure
  63. Lil Miquela, Shudu, Bermuda and Sophia The Robot: CGI and Robot IT Girls Who Will Become the Influencers of the Future 
  64. Studio71 Launches Weekly Reaction Series With Tal Fishman, Caylus Cunningham On ‘Caffeine’
  65. Ryan ToysReview’s Nickelodeon Series To Premiere On April 19
  66. YouTube’s FaZe Clan Inks Sponsorship, Content Pact With Automaker Nissan
  67. Liza Koshy Will Return To Her YouTube Channel After Yearlong Absence
  68. Liza Koshy Returns To YouTube With A Glitzy Musical For Her Dollar Store Shenanigans
  69. Creators Going Pro: Elle Mills’ YouTube Channel Is Becoming A Diary About The Raw, Vulnerable Parts Of Her Life
  70. Priyanka Chopra Launches YouTube-Funded Inspirational Special ‘If I Could Tell You Just One Thing’
  71. Admitted Meme Thief F-Jerry Sued for Allegedly Stealing a Meme 
  72. Popular Meme Account Sued For Copyright Infringement and Other Claims
  73. Expansion of the Madrid System 
  74. Ruling in Emoji Beach Ball IP Case Left Me Confused: Kangaroo v. Amazon (Eric Goldman)
  75. March Madness! Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over Massive Cyberattack After Basketball Game Loss–Higgins v. Kentucky Sports Radio (Eric Goldman)
  76. Amazon Will Soon Launch Mobile Ads In Search Results
  77. To rival Amazon, UPS enters healthcare—with doorstep nurse delivery
  78. StyleHaul Notifies Employees Of Layoffs, Shutdown Of U.S. Operations (Exclusive) 
  79. Here’s Why Netflix Launched ‘Love, Death & Robots’ With A Different Episode Order For Certain Users
  80. Netflix Reaches Tipping Point As Originals Now Outpace Acquired Titles – Study
  81. Netflix Asks Court To Dismiss Chooseco’s Lawsuit For All The Obvious Reasons
  82. Here’s How Apple’s Spending Its Massive $1 Billion Original Content Budget Ahead Of Streaming Service Launch
  83. Here’s the Full Rundown on Apple TV and the New Apple TV+
  84. Apple finally enters TV streaming space with new Apple TV+ service
  85. Here’s all the TV+ shows Apple flew out celebrities for
  86. Apple’s New Genre Shows Are Still Mysterious, But Here’s What We Learned Today
  87. Apple’s Streaming Service Apple TV+ To Launch This Fall, Will Have Zero Third-Party Content — But Plenty Of Add-Ons
  88. Liveblog: Apple unveils its TV service and more at the March 25 “It’s show time” event
  89. Apple promises its new credit card is a privacy-protecting beast
  90. Apple debuts its own credit card with a physical version to complement the app
  91. The Apple Card Is Great at Privacy but Mediocre Overall
  92. Everything that’s happening with Apple’s News+ subscription service
  93. Apple News+: A newsstand of 300 glossy magazines for $9.99/month
  94. Apple Used Its Oprah Moment to Pull One Over on Us
  95. Apple Designates Amazon As an Authorized Reseller of Apple – Highlighting the Importance of Online Sales Control for Even the World’s Most Powerful Brand
  96. Clippy briefly resurrected as Teams add-on, brutally taken down by brand police
  97. Microsoft ships antivirus for macOS as Windows Defender becomes Microsoft Defender
  98. Microsoft exec bans company from pulling any dumb April Fools’ pranks 
  99. Streaming Powers U.S. Latin Music Market to 18% Growth
  100. eMarketer claims Spotify US will overtake Pandora by 2021
  101. AI-music startup Endel to release albums through Warner Music
  102. A Survey Of The EU’s AI Ecosystem
  103. Expert views on the frontiers of AI and conflict  
  104. How to develop a successful IP strategy for AI
  105. Can AI Be A Fair Judge In Court? Estonia Thinks So
  106. How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science
  107. Artificial Intelligence: A Potential Cybersecurity Safeguard or Viable Threat to the Healthcare Industry? 
  108. Algorithmic Accountability: A Primer
  109. Inside Google’s Rebooted Robotics Program
  110. Study shows complexity and uncertainty of IoT regulation in Europe 
  111. New York City Apartment Residents Sue Landlord Over New Smart Locks [Updated]
  112. US computer science grads outperforming those in other key nations
  113. Rethinking the rights of children for the internet age
  114. Disruptive Developments @20EssexStreet: What is the difference between a cryptocurrency trading platform and a kitchen blender? 
  115. What’s in a (User)Name? 
  116. Freetown Man Arrested for Keeping Flat-Screen TV Delivered to Him by Accident With Amazon Order 
  117. This Truck Spilled 40,000 Pounds of Printer Ink In a Crash That Probably Cost a Gazillion Dollars
  118. Man Steals $122 Million From Google And Facebook By Just Asking Them For Money
  119. Digital Business in Canada
  120. Internet Platform Governance, Part 1: What’s the Problem?
  121. Cloud computing in the United States
  122. Federal Prosecutors Recommend Paul Hansmeier Spend The Next 12 Years In Prison

CREATIVITY

  1. Photographer loses lawsuit over use of her photo in political mailer
  2. $35 billion in research funding “now at stake” after Trump executive order
  3. New waves in the battle against piracy of sports rights
  4. Copyright Ownership DJ Claim Must Plead Disputed Ownership 
  5. What do Bruce Springsteen and Venus and Serena Williams all have in common?
  6. Counterfeiting and the importance of brand protection in beauty
  7. Fashion and cultural expressions
  8. Dutch Golden Age painting returned to heirs of Nazi Spoliation victims
  9. Intellectual Property Law Year in Review – March 2019

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Cable Industry Embarrassed By The Word ‘Cable,’ Stops Using It
  2. FCC has to pay journalist $43,000 after hiding net neutrality records
  3. FCC (Read: Taxpayers) Forced To Pay Journalist’s Legal Bills After Tap Dancing Around FOIA Requests
  4. T-Mobile’s $50 home Internet service has no data cap, but plenty of limits
  5. AT&T’s “5G E” is actually slower than Verizon and T-Mobile 4G, study finds
  6. Another Study Finds Verizon’s 5G Is Barely Available, Not Scaleable
  7. Current Telecom Developments
  8. Bill To Restore Net Neutrality Moves Forward, And The Public Is Still Angry
  9. The regulators are coming: New EU online Platforms Regulation
  10. Five Minutes On… The EU Electronic Communications Code
  11. Comcast’s New Rented Streaming Box Is A Flimsy Attempt To Remain Relevant

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Facebook apps logged users’ passwords in plaintext, because why not
  2. Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords in plain text
  3. Facebook Screws Up Again
  4. Vigilant And Its Customers Are Lying About ICE’s Access To Plate Records
  5. Thomas Goolnik Again Convinces Google To Forget Our Story About Thomas Goolnik Getting Google To Forget Our Story About Thomas Goolnik
  6. Illinois Appeals Court Says Fifth Amendment Protections Apply To Cellphone Passwords
  7. California and European Privacy FAQs: Does the GDPR require that a company obtain consent from a website user before placing cookies on its browser?
  8. The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology
  9. The Government Is Using the Most Vulnerable People to Test Facial Recognition Software
  10. Having Privacy in Public: Limits to Unwanted Surveillance in Public Spaces
  11. Hijacked ASUS software updates installed backdoor on at least 0.5 million PCs
  12. Asus Goes Mute As Hackers Covertly Install Backdoors Using Company Software Update
  13. Reckless VII: Wife of Journalist Slain in Cartel-Linked Killing Targeted with NSO Group’s Spyware
  14. Critical flaw lets hackers control lifesaving devices implanted inside patients
  15. A rogue’s gallery of bad actors is exploiting that critical WinRAR flaw
  16. Telegram Goes Nuclear With New Message Deletion Feature
  17. Preparing for Compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act 
  18. Casino Screwup Royale: A tale of “ethical hacking” gone awry

Jon

News of the Week; March 20, 2019

GAMES

  1. Community management post-Christchurch massacre | Opinion: Veteran product manager James Kozanecki says the industry can no longer dismiss toxic behavior as harmless trolling 
  2. The Culling: Origins’ servers are being switched off in May
  3. ‘No console required’: Google unveils streaming game platform, ‘Stadia’
  4. Google jumps into gaming with Google Stadia streaming service, coming “in 2019”
  5. Google Reveals Stadia Streaming Console
  6. Google unveils first details of Stadia streaming service
  7. Google’s new Stadia streaming service will let you play video games without downloading them
  8. Hands on with Google Stadia: It works, but is that enough?: Playing Assassin’s Creed on a Chromebook is neat but only part of the story.
  9. Google Stadia supports the Xbox Adaptive Controller
  10. Google Is Better Positioned For Cloud Streaming Than Anyone, But Don’t Expect The World Just Yet: Google isn’t afraid to shut down projects when they don’t work.
  11. ‘Care more about your streamers’ advises Magic: The Gathering Arena dev
  12. Google Made Chromecast Cool Again
  13. Google’s New Cloud Gaming Platform ‘Stadia’ Comes With Major Features Built Specifically For YouTubers
  14. Google Stadia has promise, but GDC failed to address its biggest obstacles | Opinion: The GI team weighs in on bandwidth, business models, and the potential link between accessibility and diversity
  15. Stadia’s biz dev director talks challenges, opportunities in new age of cloud games
  16. Phil Harrison: Stadia starts an “inevitable and one-way shift” away from consoles: Google VP also addresses concerns about bandwidth caps and those cryptic game teases shown before the keynote
  17. Opinion: Chez Stadia – Google’s new cloud platform
  18. Snapchat Said to Launch Gaming Inside Its App 
  19. Snapchat Will Reportedly Launch An In-App Gaming Platform Next Month
  20. Snapchat to unveil gaming platform next month – Report
  21. Report: Snapchat’s rumored game platform to be announced in April
  22. Axiom Verge getting its physical Wii U release after ongoing legal battle
  23. The high cost of a Wii U retail release: Limited Run Games and BadLand Publishing give their sides of the falling out over a Wii U physical version of Axiom Verge, and why it’s finally launching
  24. Axiom Verge producer files suit against BadLand Publishing for $200k: Dan Adelman alleges publisher hasn’t paid share of European distribution earnings, flaked on promise of healthcare fund for developer’s ill son
  25. Four Indian cities ban PUBG Mobile: Battle royale game suspected of triggering violent behaviour, police have already arrested players
  26. Mukti: Acknowledging the grim reality of human trafficking in India – UnderDogs founder and CEO Vaibhav Chavan discusses his hope to raise awareness of a growing problem
  27. Loot boxes aren’t the problem but how we use them is, says legal expert: “The key is how we use these mechanics, not whether we use them,” says Will Bucher
  28. Epic says its Game Store is not spying on you
  29. Epic’s Tim Sweeney addressees privacy concerns for the Epic Games Store
  30. Julian Gollop defends Epic Games Store exclusivity for Phoenix Point: Developer assures that refunds will be offered to those who don’t want to use Epic, or Steam keys if they wait a year
  31. Epic Games Store roadmap outlines cloud saves, achievements, user reviews
  32. Epic responds to accusations of Steam data mining: Sweeney says issue stems from “our rush to implement social features in the early days of Fortnite”
  33. Epic offers support for third-party key sales — but not for exclusives: Tim Sweeney reveals Epic Game Store roadmap, but concedes it will have to compete on games to compensate for lack of features
  34. Devs can now sell Epic Game Store keys on the Humble Store
  35. Epic Games announces $100m MegaGrants program, launches free Online Services tools
  36. Epic expands its dev grants program with $100M in Epic MegaGrants
  37. Quantic Dream, Ubisoft lead next wave of Epic Games Store exclusives
  38. Remedy, Quantic Dream, and other devs sign on for Epic Games Store exclusives
  39. Google unveils first-party game studio led by Jade Raymond
  40. Epic CEO: “You’re going to see lower prices” on Epic Games Store
  41. “Energizing Times”: Microsoft to “go big” at E3 in response to Google Stadia
  42. Games for Change debuts new accelerator program for ‘social impact’ games
  43. Carlos Santana Smashed A TV With A Bat Because The Phillies Were Playing Fortnite During Games
  44. Kicking off the streaming wars | Opinion: GDC 2019: Industry giants have decided that the medium’s future lies in streaming – but success is far from assured even for enormous players like Google and Amazon
  45. Steam Link Anywhere beta drops Steam Link’s local-wifi-only restriction
  46. Any Steam game can now use Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking
  47. Steam Link Anywhere lets you take your PC gaming with you
  48. Steam devs can now use the networking APIs created forCS:GO and Dota 2
  49. Steam removes “off-topic review bombs” from overall game review scores
  50. Steam user reviews will no longer count ‘off-topic review bombs’
  51. Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android
  52. Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android, but not Switch (yet) – GDC 2019: Microsoft reveals new cloud services and packages for games studios
  53. Cuphead is heading to the Nintendo Switch with Xbox Live support
  54. Cuphead will bring Xbox Live to Switch: Microsoft plans to add features from its online service to Nintendo’s platform with a post-launch update to StudioMDHR game
  55. Minecraft is joining Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass lineup
  56. Pokemon Go’s PvP was designed to appeal to players new and old–and it worked
  57. Facebook launching new Gaming Tab: Update will make all gaming content accessible from main navigation, serve as new hub for streaming
  58. Nvidia moves toward global rollout for GeForce Now cloud platform
  59. Unity unveils new ties to Nvidia RTX pipeline, takes shots at Unreal
  60. Epic lays plans for Unreal Engine ray tracing and physics revamps
  61. Unity and Nvidia partner to launch real-time raytracing tech 
  62. Unity partners with Havok to roll out new physics systems
  63. Unity partners with Tencent for China, cloud gaming services
  64. Unity partnering with Tencent to help its devs make waves in China
  65. Tencent shares reach six month high after difficult 2018
  66. Tencent Music financials reveal revenues grew by 72.9% in 2018
  67. Devs share an inside look at Armello’s games-as-a-service success
  68. How indie devs can form their own worker cooperative
  69. 3 indie leaders share tips on keeping your small studio afloat without a hit
  70. Call of Duty Mobile announced for iOS, Android, made by China’s Tencent
  71. Call of Duty: Mobile will launch outside of China: Activision and Tencent unveil free-to-play title, confirm launch in North America, South America and Europe
  72. The next Zelda game on Switch is an indie mash-up with Crypt of the Necrodancer
  73. Suda51: Grasshopper team “stronger” for Travis Strikes Again experience – Grasshopper’s CEO may use the experience for a full sequel to the divisive Switch spin-off
  74. Unknown Nintendo Game Gets Digitized With Museum’s Help, Showing The Importance Of Copyright Exceptions
  75. UK Charts: Slow start for The Division 2: However, Ubisoft’s new action game makes No.1
  76. Atari VCS console delayed following spec boost: Console will now be cooler and quieter, the manufacturer states
  77. Discord evolves verified servers with new community tools
  78. When and what to culturalize?: Netmarble US president Simon Sim lays out the Marvel Future Fight company’s approach to adapting games and monetization for new markets
  79. Update: Lucasfilm Games job postings apparently not linked to studio revival
  80. Chet Faliszek and Kimberly Voll form co-op game studio Stray Bombay
  81. Chet Faliszek and Kimberly Voll form Stray Bombay Company: Former Valve writer and Riot Games designer launch their own co-op focused development studio
  82. Former Valve designer, writer dishes on his new “co-op” game studio – Joined by ex-Riot dev: “Chet said one sentence. I said, ‘Oh my god. That’s the game.'”
  83. Left 4 Dead’s developers are Back 4 Blood with new spiritual successor
  84. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery grosses $110m in first year: Mobile RPG becomes most successful game from Jam City
  85. Netflix Getting Its First Capcom Anime Series
  86. Wargaming announces new IP in built with Amazon game tech: World of Tanks developers partners with Frag Lab on “next generation” free-to-play shooter
  87. Mega Crit’s Slay the Spire has sold 1.5m copies
  88. A Letter To The Apex Legends Player I Probably Disappointed
  89. EA opens ‘multi-million dollar’ esports broadcast studio
  90. EA builds its own esports broadcast studio: New facility “signals EA’s commitment to competitive gaming for years to come,” will host tournaments, esports-focused shows
  91. NPD: Anthem was the best-selling game in February
  92. EA: People want inclusive games with friendlier communities
  93. Team spaces in Call of Duty esports league reportedly cost $25m each: Preparations begin for franchised, city-based competition around Activision’s flagship shooter
  94. The Simpsons Producers Worked With Riot Games On An Upcoming Esports Episode
  95. 5th Planet closes Nottingham studio: CEO says “now is the time to take the consequences” for underperforming games as it lays off 14 people
  96. Doodle Jump Space Chase dev’s closure was third wave of layoffs since November: 5th Planet Games repeatedly slashed headcount at its Nottingham studio before shutting it down outright
  97. “We need to move away from short-form VR experiences”: NDreams’ VP of development Tom Gillo discusses the company’s plans to become a AAA VR developer
  98. ‘Beat Saber’ Sells Over One Million Copies
  99. Beat Saber has crossed 1 million sales in under a year
  100. Beat Saber sells over 1m copies: Milestone was reached in February across PSVR, Steam, and Oculus Home
  101. Oculus Quest’s powerful, portable VR, as proven by the fun of Beat Saber
  102. The Oculus Rift S is a new PC VR headset with built-in tracking
  103. Hands-on with the new $399 Oculus Rift S: More pixels, zero webcams, better fit
  104. Rohrer: Make fewer consumable games, more ‘unique situation generators’
  105. The U.S. Army is building a giant VR battlefield to train soldiers virtually
  106. Corporations, not consumers, drive demand for HP’s new VR headset
  107. God of War leads BAFTA Games Award nominations
  108. God of War leads BAFTA nominations: Sony’s epic in the running for 10 prizes, while Red Dead Redemption 2, Florence and Return of the Obra Dinn are up for six
  109. Blind Squirrel lands $5M in funding to self-publish its first game, Drifters
  110. Shadow Warrior developer Flying Wild Hog acquired by Supernova 
  111. Bomber Crew dev Runner Deck acquired by Catalis
  112. Double Eleven acquires VooFoo Studios: UK developer and publisher adds Mantis Burn Racing studio for undisclosed fee
  113. Turtle Beach acquires PC peripherals company Roccat
  114. Asteri acquires Prima Games: Strategy guide brand leaves behind physical releases, looks to help developers gather player feedback on unfinished titles
  115. UK games retail: Prices continue to rise as supermarket power wanes
  116. Blog: Engaging players through ritual
  117. Wargroove dev demystifies game development by involving its community
  118. Video: Unpopular opinion: All narrative is linear
  119. How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers
  120. Games for Change Accelerator to offer funding and support for social impact games
  121. Blockchain Games and Collectibles – Patents and Other Legal Issues 
  122. U.S. Patent No. 7,628,688: Game apparatus, game control method, recording medium and program 
  123. Former EA and THQ exec Danny Bilson to helm USC Games program
  124. Return of the Obra Dinn takes Grand Prize at the 21st IGF Awards!
  125. God of War wins Game of the Year at the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards

DIGITAL

  1. Supreme Court rules key part of law against child-luring via internet is unconstitutional
  2. Canada Supreme Court Rules That Privacy is Not An “All-or-Nothing Concept” 
  3. R. v. Morrison (2019 SCC 15)
  4. 49 Dead and Dozens Wounded in New Zealand Terror Attacks That Were Livestreamed on Facebook
  5. Facebook: No one reported NZ shooting video during 17-minute livestream 
  6. The New Zealand Massacre Was Made to Go Viral: The attack marks a grim new age of social media-fueled terrorism.
  7. Social media sites struggle to contain video of New Zealand shooting
  8. One Video Of The Christchurch Massacre Was Uploaded To YouTube Every Second
  9. New Zealand ISPs Say They’re Blocking Sites That Fail to Remove Christchurch Shooting Video
  10. NZ declares massacre video “objectionable,” arrests people who shared it
  11. 4chan, 8chan blocked by Australian and NZ ISPs for hosting shooting video
  12. If You Think Big Internet Companies Are Somehow To Blame For The New Zealand Massacre, You’re Wrong
  13. Americans Built Tech for China’s Sinister “Re-Education Camps”: MIT and Yale – and possibly Microsoft – are helping build China’s surveillance state.
  14. Vladimir Putin signs sweeping Internet-censorship bills: Publishing “unreliable socially significant information” can lead to big fines.
  15. Terrified Of The Internet, Putin Signs Laws Making It Illegal To Criticize Government Leaders Online
  16. Court Dismissed Lawsuit Brought Against Social Media Companies Alleging An Anti-Conservative Conspiracy
  17. People Call On YouTube, Facebook, Twitter To More Stringently Monitor Hate Content Following Christchurch Shooting
  18. Using Networks To Govern Network Problems
  19. FTC Takes Hard Line On Fake Paid Reviews
  20. YouTube Creators Are Trying To Move On From ‘Subscribe To Pewdiepie’
  21. Arizona Woman Who Ran Popular Kids’ YouTube Channel Arrested On 7 Counts Of Child Abuse
  22. YouTuber Adam22 Held At Gunpoint While Livestreaming, Suspect In Custody
  23. YouTube Tattooist Romeo Lacoste On Inappropriate Messages To Young Fans: “Some Are Real, And Some Are Fabricated”
  24. After YouTube Disables Comments On ‘Special Books By Special Kids’ Organization’s Channel, Founders Say It’s Discrimination
  25. YouTube Will Require Content Owners To Give Timestamps When They Copyright Claim A Video
  26. Blackpink are first K-Pop artist with 20m YouTube subscribers
  27. YouTube creators are using a hilarious tactic to combat copyright policies
  28. Axel Voss Says Maybe YouTube Shouldn’t Exist
  29. Sephora Severs Product Partnership With YouTuber Olivia Jade In Wake Of College Bribery Scandal
  30. Lilly Singh Lands Late-Night TV Slot On NBC, Will Host ‘A Little Late With Lilly Singh’
  31. Disney now owns 21st Century Fox, X-Men, and most of Hulu
  32. LSO bencher candidates leverage Twitter to promote platform, engage readers
  33. Devin Nunes’ ludicrous $250 million lawsuit against Twitter, explained
  34. “He’s literally suing an imaginary cow”: Late-night hosts mock Nunes
  35. Rep. Devin Nunes Sues Internet Cow For Saying Mean Things About Him Online
  36. @DevinCow Now Has More Twitter Followers Than Devin Nunes
  37. US Huawei Blackballing Efforts Stall Due To Lack Of ‘Actual Facts’
  38. Court Tosses Antitrust Claims That Internet Giants Are Biased Against Conservatives–Freedom Watch v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  39. Thai Government Uses Fake News Law To Lock Up Opposing Party Leaders
  40. Political agreement reached on Online Platform Regulation
  41. Google Hit With $1.7 Billion Fine in Europe for Abusing Advertising Dominance
  42. The EU fines Google $1.69 billion for bundling search and advertising: Showing Google Ads above Custom Search results lands the company in hot water.
  43. How Google influences the conversation in Washington
  44. Social Video App ‘Firework’ Emerges From Beta, Enabling Creators To Film Horizontal And Vertical Clips Simultaneously
  45. Spotify vs. Apple: the latest updates
  46. Spotify’s EU antitrust complaint could be a serious threat to Apple
  47. Ahead of Streaming Launch, Apple’s Iron-Clad Secrecy Is Reportedly Stressing Out Hollywood
  48. Apple Objects To Norway Political Party’s Logo Claiming Potential Customer Confusion Over Trademark
  49. Apple Watch accurately spotted heart condition 34% of the time in study
  50. How Canadian Copyright Reform Could Support the Government’s Supercluster Investment (Michael Geist)
  51. News Organization Like Reuters Supporting The EU Copyright Directive Is A Shameful Support For Censorship
  52. The 2012 Web Blackout Helped Stop SOPA/PIPA And Then ACTA; Here Comes The 2019 Version To Stop Article 13
  53. Proposed EU Copyright Directive shifts balance of responsibilities between rights holders and platforms
  54. As Recording Industry Announces Massive Growth, Why Do We Need Article 13 Again?
  55. Internet Blackout Coming To Show The EU Parliament It’s Not Just ‘Bots’ Concerned About Article 13
  56. Silicon Valley’s Fingerprints Are All Over the College Bribery Scandal
  57. Ethics before algorithms: Technology needs to be used ethically and sometimes not at all
  58. Europe’s silver bullet in global AI battle: Ethics – EU experts hope ‘trust’ will prove to be the bloc’s competitive edge.
  59. Bill Gates Compares Artificial Intelligence to Nuclear Weapons
  60. There’s a Power Struggle Inside Google to Control Superhuman AI: If DeepMind builds a superhuman AI, who will control it?
  61. A Quarter of Europeans Trust AI More Than Politicians: They’d rather ditch human politicians and put robots in charge, according to new research.
  62. Washington Prison Management Software Setting People Free Too Early, Keeping Other People Locked Up Too Long
  63. New Google App Describes Objects To Blind People
  64. When Google Fiber Abandons Your City as a Failed Experiment
  65. Supreme Court Reverses Google Settlement But Ducks Ruling on Its Fairness 
  66. Facebook Had A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 
  67. Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy
  68. Facebook Blames Protracted Outage on a ‘Server Configuration Change’
  69. Insights: Has All Of “Social Media,” Not Just Facebook, Reached A Pivot Point?
  70. Online ‘Reputation Management’ Company Brags About Abusing Copyright Law To Take Down Bad Reviews
  71. Bogus DMCA Takedown Targeting Indian Copyright Blog Demonstrates The Problems Of Notice And Takedown
  72. Japanese Government Puts Restrictive Copyright Amendments On Hold Over ‘Internet Atrophy’ Worries
  73. $900 Robot Commits Adorable Seppuku, Showing Again How In The Modern Era You Don’t Own What You Buy
  74. Ninth Circuit Tells Online Services: Section 230 Isn’t For You
  75. It’s time to start caring about “VR cinema,” and SXSW’s stunners are proof
  76. Oculus grabs Beat Saber as an Oculus Quest launch title
  77. Oculus “phasing out” Rift, launching $399 Rift S this spring
  78. Oculus: “It’s no longer a burden to get into virtual reality”
  79. Do Adjacent Organic Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? Of Course Not…But…–America CAN! v. CDF (Eric Goldman)
  80. Viacom’s Awesomeness Inks Deals To Distribute 18 Flagship Series, Films Internationally
  81. Netflix Won’t Be Integrated Into Apple’s Forthcoming Video Service, CEO Says
  82. ‘Subscription Fatigue’: Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Frustrated by Streaming Explosion, Study Finds
  83. Two Examples of How Courts Interpret Emojis (Eric Gold
  84. More Kardashian Drama: A Legal Fight Over Ownership of the Kimoji Emoji Set–Liebensohn v. Kardashian
  85. Insider is finding new revenue on Snapchat from old Facebook news-feed videos
  86. Facebook’s ‘Red Table Talk’ Garners Daytime Emmy Nomination
  87. Myspace apparently lost 12 years’ worth of music, and almost no one noticed
  88. Snapchat ramps up UK pitch, but ad buyers remain unconvinced
  89. Instagram just took advantage of Amazon’s biggest weakness: Amazon’s failure in “discovery shopping” is Instagram’s opportunity, as its users can now shop inside the app.
  90. Art Law & More Instagram 
  91. Republican Devin Nunes sues Twitter, users over attacks 
  92. No, Twitter Is Not Completely Removing Likes And Retweets — But Here’s Why It’s Hiding Them
  93. Twitter wants workforce to be at least 5% black, 5% Latinx by the end of this year
  94. When online harassment doesn’t follow the rules
  95. Security Researcher Discovers Flaws In Yelp-For-MAGAs App, Developer Threatens To Report Him To The Deep State
  96. Patreon Launches Tiered Pricing for Creators, Introduces Rates for Micropayments 
  97. Patreon Launches 3 New Creator Plans — ‘Lite’, ‘Pro’, And ‘Premium’ — That Vary By Features And Fees
  98. Kickstarter employees launch unionization effort
  99. Building an inclusive studio culture begins with retention 
  100. Tech support: law firms lining up to take advantage of tech boom
  101. Plenty of likes for defamation reform in a digital world
  102. Can I Use This Song In My Podcast? It Depends. 
  103. D-Wave 2000Q hands-on: Steep learning curve for quantum computing: Reconceptualizing a problem is the hard part, but the end is rewarding.
  104. California Becomes 20th State To Push ‘Right to Repair’ Legislation

CREATIVITY

  1. NMPA Publishers File $150M Lawsuit Against Peloton Over Unlicensed Music by Drake, Ariana Grande & More
  2. Peloton is being sued for using music without permission in its video fitness classes
  3. Competition Bureau Releases Updated Enforcement Guidelines on Abuse of Dominance and Intellectual Property
  4. So you think you can dance? Copyright protection of dance moves
  5. Protected or Unprotected: The Supreme Court Hears Iancu v. Brunetti 
  6. Supreme Court Clarifies the Rules for Enforcing Copyrights
  7. NYC’s New Tourist Trap Claims the Rights to Every Photo You Take Inside of It
  8. Miss Vanjie! Miss Vanjie!: What RuPaul’s Drag Race Can Teach Us About Fair Use Under Copyright
  9. Florida College Asked Local Sheriff To Declare Faculty Member’s Artwork Obscene
  10. Monster Energy Loses Trademark Opposition As UK IPO Mentions That The Letter ‘M’ Isn’t Distinctive
  11. Captain Marvel Presents Complicated Political Messages Worth Examining
  12. Report: James Gunn has been un-fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  13. Holy Rocket Raccoon! James Gunn Is Back onGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 [Updated]
  14. James Gunn Is Doing Both Guardians 3 and Suicide Squad 2
  15. Adnan Virk Agrees Not To Sue ESPN After He Gets New Job
  16. Report: In Bollywood, Movie Piracy Is Largely Carried Out By Rival Publishing Houses

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Cable lobby seeks better reputation by dropping “cable” from its name: American Cable Association is now “America’s Communications Association.”
  2. Verizon Confirms That Yes, 5G Will Cost You Extra
  3. NBA commissioner ‘surprised’ by changes after AT&T, Time Warner merger: “They are going to have to retool their packages so they are able to connect directly with that younger fan base,” said the head of the NBA.
  4. ISPs strike deal with Vermont to suspend state net neutrality law
  5. Hearing On New Net Neutrality Law Once Again Conjures Up A Greatest Hits Of Nonsense
  6. Ajit Pai’s plan for phone location data never mentions the word “privacy”
  7. AT&T and Comcast claim “anti-robocalling milestone” with new Caller ID tech
  8. Why, Exactly, Do We Still Trust Telecom Megamerger ‘Synergy’ Promises?
  9. It Ends Today: FCC’s Disastrous Solicited Fax TCPA Rules Now Officially Withdrawn 
  10. Smartphone Stops Arrow When Absurdly Lucky Man Tries to Photograph Attacker

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Appeals Court: Stored Communications Act Privacy Protections Cover Opened And Read Emails
  2. Federal Court Blocks Washington State’s Unconstitutional Cyberstalking Law
  3. Sharing Computers and Sharing Space: Privacy interests persist
  4. United States Federal Trade Commission strikes one for children’s privacy
  5. Burn After Reading? – DOJ Loosens Previous Ban on Secretive Messaging Apps
  6. How hackers pulled off a $20 million bank heist
  7. “Severe” ransomware attack cripples big aluminum producer
  8. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on GDPR and CCPA
  9. A new rash of highly covert card-skimming malware infects ecommerce sites
  10. Nasty WinRAR bug is being actively exploited to install hard-to-detect malware
  11. Travelers Beware – Compelled to Open Your Phone?
  12. Urgent Message: Privacy Shield Notices Need Updating Before No-Deal Brexit Withdrawal Date

Jon

News of the Week; March 13, 2019

GAMES

  1. Take-Two settles copyright case with another GTA V cheat creator: Defendant Erik Cameron acknowledges violations, pays undisclosed settlement
  2. Take-Two Interactive shares jump after Sony acquisition rumors
  3. About those rumors Sony is buying Take-Two…: How “purely unconfirmed market speculation” turns into headlines around the industry
  4. Sega pulls Judgment from sale in Japan following drug arrest
  5. Sega pulls Judgment from sale in Japan after actor arrested for alleged cocaine use: Publisher is considering next move after Pierre Taki admits to violating nation’s drug laws
  6. Anita Sarkeesian talks about exposing gaming’s most toxic trends with sheer data
  7. Inclusion in games a pressing concern for players, according to survey
  8. Spyro Reignited Trilogy now features subtitles in cutscenes
  9. Activision adds classic Spyro subtitles months after fan outcry [Updated]
  10. War Child UK’s Armistice fundraiser raised $380k in 2018
  11. The ‘equal pay and equal say’ structure of the game dev studio KO_OP
  12. Don’t Miss: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev
  13. EA says it failed in response to Sims influencer’s alleged sexual harassment
  14. EA apologises for delay in dealing with Sims community sexual predator: “We are disappointed in how events have unfolded and we own our responsibility to that,” says The Sims general manager
  15. Respawn has banned 355,000 in ‘ongoing war’ againstApex Legends cheaters  
  16. Respawn has banned over 355,000 Apex Legends cheaters since launch: “We take cheating very seriously and care deeply about the health of Apex Legends for all players,” says developer
  17. MrBeast Drops Video Of Real Life, EA-Sponsored ‘Apex Legends’ Battle Starring 39 YouTubers Competing For $200,000
  18. App Annie: Tencent retains spot as top revenue-earning publisher for third year – NetEase takes second once more, Activision Blizzard rises to No. 3
  19. NetEase and Tencent included in latest round of China game approvals
  20. Ninja reportedly earned $1m for promotion of Apex Legends: Top streamer Tyler Blevins one of the few paid for promotion of EA and Respawn’s surprise release battle royale
  21. Celebrities drop Fortnite dance lawsuits, but only temporarily
  22. Fortnite adjusts cross-platform play to separate out Switch and mobile users: Xbox One and PS4 players will be together by default with Switch and mobile in their own pool
  23. ‘The Carlton’ Dances Its Way Out of Copyright Protection
  24. 2 Milly, Alfonso Ribeiro, others drop lawsuits against Epic Games over dances: Supreme Court ruling on copyright law forces plaintiffs to wait for dances to be granted copyright registration 
  25. Valve removes rape fantasy game from Steam: “We think ‘Rape Day’ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam”
  26. With Rape Day ban, Steam shows it’s not as “hands off” as it claims
  27. UK politician calls for review of Steam, sexually violent content  
  28. Rape Day prompts call for UK government review: British MP questions how Valve is “able to get away with this kind of stupidity” 
  29. When good monetization meets bad ethics: Riot Games’ Leanne Loombe says the industry needs to be driven by more than revenue to avoid regulation
  30. Building a better world through games: Riot’s Soha El-Sabaawi, Microsoft’s Gabi Michel, Tru Luv’s Brie Code, and Ubisoft’s Kaitlin Tremblay discuss challenges and strategies for making the industry and the world beyond it a better place
  31. New Microsoft app lets users stream PC games to an Xbox One 
  32. PS4 Remote Play is now possible on iPhones and iPads
  33. Newest PS4 Update Lets You Stream Your PS4 Screen To iOS Devices
  34. You can now play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone
  35. Sony launches PS4 Remote Play for iOS: App allows users to play PS4 games on mobile device, but sans DualShock 4 controllers
  36. PlayStation Now launches in 7 more countries
  37. Google patent application describes notification system for multi-device controller: Filing unearthed ahead of big GDC reveal next week
  38. Jade Raymond appointed new VP at Google: EA Motive founder joins company just ahead of teased GDC reveal
  39. Game industry vet Jade Raymond signs on as a Google VP
  40. Jade Raymond Named Vice President of Google
  41. All signs point to a Google game console announcement at GDC
  42. Google Play apps with 150 million installs contain aggressive adware
  43. Hennig: “Things are clearly not working the way they used to” – Uncharted creative director says mass layoffs a red flag that AAA development must change, shift to outsourcing “feels inevitable”
  44. 209 were laid off from Blizzard as part of earlier Activision Blizzard cuts
  45. Blizzard cuts more than 200 US jobs as part of Activision restructure: IT and marketing sees most layoffs, Overwatch firm’s cuts account for more than a quarter of planned 800 redundancies 
  46. Blizzard brings original Diablo to GOG: Game is available now DRM-free, Warcraft and Warcraft II planned as well
  47. Devil May Cry 5 is Capcom’s second UK No.1 of 2019
  48. Anthem tumbles to No.4
  49. Brawl Stars made $150m in its first three months: Supercell’s newest game has also passed 75 million installs, biggest audience is US
  50. Marvel Strike Force first-year revenue topped $150 million
  51. Octopath Traveler shipped 1.5 million copies, has a mobile prequel on the way
  52. The Division 2 won’t be sold on digital third-party stores following its launch 
  53. EA isn’t hosting a press conference at E3 2019  
  54. EA foregoes EA Play press conference for E3: EA Play will begin the Friday before E3 and focus on hands-on demos, livestreams
  55. Anthem’s launch and the power of the sunk-cost fallacy | Opinion: Bioware’s latest is one of the most egregiously unfinished and broken launches in many years, but these games often get free pass – for now
  56. Halo: Master Chief Collection is finally confirmed for PC, will include Reach
  57. Game studio funding: The right investor at the right stage
  58. “Our whole world fell apart”: The fall of Splendy Games – Simon Sparks offers a cautionary tale of how an ambitious indie collapsed, and the toll it took on his mental health
  59. Don’t let your first game be your last | Opinion: Game Dragons’ Philip Oliver advises indies on how to select a project that will set up the future of their studio
  60. Evolving the way we think about community | Opinion: Abusive influencers show companies need to reconsider who they lend their legitimacy to, and how 
  61. SpatialOS dev Improbable is setting up its own game development studios
  62. Improbable opens first development studios in London and Edmonton: Former BioWare GM Aaryn Flyn to lead Canadian team, while UK will be headed by former DICE producer John Wasilczyk 
  63. Tim Sweeney: Storefront battle will be won with developer support – Epic Games CEO says PC digital storefronts are “nearly perfect” for consumers already
  64. Epic plans to add an undo button to Fortnite’s in-game store
  65. Phoenix Point will be an Epic Games Store exclusive for a year  
  66. Konami building esports centre to help Japan catch up with Western ‘pioneers’
  67. Konami building esports centre in downtown Tokyo: 12-storey building will open doors this November, will offers classes to help grow Japan’s esports scene
  68. How do you spell e-Stadium? 
  69. Gaming Luminaries Ninja, DrLupo, And CouRage Sign With Talent Management Firm ‘Loaded’
  70. Valve laid off 13 staff and terminated ‘a portion’ of contracted devs last month
  71. Valve lays off 13, some involved with VR: Company says layoffs “do not represent any major changes”
  72. Valve Laid Off Contractors and 13 Employees, Some Working on VR
  73. Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield is no longer working on Valve’s Artifact
  74. Valve terminates contract with Artifact designer: “We weren’t surprised by the layoff considering how rocky the launch was,” says Richard Garfield
  75. GameByte: Parents’ increase game spending for their kids by 34% in 2018 – Nintendo Switch is the console children request to spend money on the most
  76. Nintendo reportedly asks mobile partners to stop players from spending so much: Company concerned with being perceived as greedy, requests third party developers adjust microtransactions
  77. Nintendo introduces Nintendo Labo VR Kit: Fourth Labo series kit includes six creations, including VR goggles for “shareable, simple VR gaming experiences”
  78. Brand new Nintendo Labo kits will turn your Switch into a VR headset
  79. Nintendo veterans reflect on the risks and rewards of hardware development
  80. Nintendo Jumps into VR (Again) With Switch VR ‘Labo’ Kit Coming in April
  81. How VR brought me inside a scary-real radioactive Fukushima reactor: Here’s what it’s like inside the melted down reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
  82. CAA Continues Foray Into Gaming Creator Space With ‘Criken’, Elspeth Eastman (Exclusive)
  83. Cloud games tech firm Hadean raises £7m
  84. Black jackets, sunglasses, and radical accountability as a worker co-op: Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry explain why and how The Glory Society follows a “no bosses needed” model
  85. U.S. Patent No. 6,231,444: Operating device for game machine 
  86. Don’t Miss: A water interaction model for great video game boat physics
  87. Video: Creating the unique visuals of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
  88. Video: Recreating a classic era in automotive history inMafia III
  89. Netflix is turning Dragon’s Dogma into an anime series
  90. Dwarf Fortress is headed to Steam and itch.io, 17 years into its development
  91. Unknown NES wrestling game discovered, beaten 30 years later
  92. The death of Flash is exaggerated, argues one Flash developer
  93. The eyes have it: Creating believable digital humans
  94. Blog: The psychology of matchmaking
  95. Blog: The two philosophies of gameplay
  96. Blog: How music enhances virtual presence

DIGITAL

  1. Elizabeth Warren Proposes Plan to Break Up Big Tech
  2. Elizabeth Warren proposes breaking up Amazon, Google, and Facebook
  3. Here’s how we can break up Big Tech
  4. How To Actually Break Up Big Tech
  5. SXSWarren: A day later, Elizabeth Warren defends her Big Tech breakup proposal
  6. Elizabeth Warren Wants To Break Up Amazon, Google And Facebook; But Does Her Plan Make Any Sense?
  7. Everyone’s Overreacting To The Wrong Thing About Facebook (Briefly) Blocking Elizabeth Warren’s Ads 
  8. It Sure Sounds Like Elizabeth Warren Wants To Bring The EU Copyright Directive Stateside 
  9. House of Lords calls for new Digital Authority to regulate tech giants: New authority would oversee regulation to “facilitate the urgent change that is needed” 
  10. Seeking the “right regulation” of digital services: Lords’ Communications Committee articulates its vision 
  11. UK lords call for central ‘Digital Authority’ to help regulate internet: They want government to take a more aggressive approach.
  12. Regulating in a digital world (House of Lords) 
  13. FTC Launches a New Task Force Dedicated to Monitoring the Tech Industry for Anti-Competitive Practices 
  14. Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the world wide web: ‘We can get the web we want’
  15. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says democracy ‘has a Facebook problem’: The comments came after the platform took down ads criticizing its power
  16. Facebook and Google to be fined for harmful content, Margot James says
  17. As anti-vax movement gets weirder—and dumber—Facebook announces crackdown
  18. Anti-vaxx ‘mobs’: doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook
  19. Zuckerberg: Facebook will shift focus to private networks instead of open ones
  20. Why Facebook’s pivot to privacy could backfire: If all this is a PR stunt, it would be a very bad bargain
  21. Facebook Watch Sets New 24-Hour Viewing Record With Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Red Table Talk’
  22. Facebook Watch’s New Video Incubator To Act As Matchmaker For Publishers, Influencers
  23. Zuckerberg: Facebook is Building a Machine to Read Your Thoughts
  24. Facebook’s Privacy Cake
  25. A Trip Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Sprawling, Embattled Compound in Hawaii
  26. Yes, Actually, There Is A Lot Of Good News In Zuckerberg’s New Plans For Facebook
  27. Facebook is testing ‘Watch Party’ features on Instagram, too
  28. Facebook Watch’s New Video Incubator To Act As Matchmaker For Publishers, Influencers
  29. When Facebook Goes Down, Don’t Blame Hackers
  30. Instagram founders on Snapchat and breaking up Facebook
  31. Do People Want A Better Facebook, Or A Dead Facebook?
  32. How Two Years Of Instagram Stories Has Altered The Way We Love, Act And Play
  33. Dangerous Speech and Misinformation Fans India – Pakistan War
  34. GOP funds messaging sites that look remarkably like trusted local news
  35. The Company That Owns MrBeast And Jake Paul’s YouTube MCN Just Lost Its Network Status For “Egregious and Repeated” Policy Violations
  36. YouTube Terminated Yeah1’s MCN Status, So It’s Selling ScaleLab Back To Original Owners For $12 Million
  37. YouTube Terminates All ‘SevenAwesomeKids’ Channels After Owner Ian Rylett Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse
  38. YouTube Star Olivia Jade Emerges As Beneficiary In College Bribery Scandal
  39. YouTube Continues Conspiracy Crackdown With Fact-Checking Cards On Search Results
  40. Here’s How YouTube Fought ‘Captain Marvel’ Trolls 
  41. YouTube fought Brie Larson trolls by changing its search algorithm 
  42. Father Of Alison Parker Accuses YouTube Of Promoting Conspiracy Theories About His Daughter’s Murder
  43. Youtube’s Family Vloggers Worry About Their Future Amid Comment Section Crackdown: Without comments, YouTube is just ‘short films’ 
  44. YouTube, Louis Vuitton Host Emma Chamberlain At Paris Fashion Week
  45. Disaster In The Making: Article 13 Puts User Rights At A Disadvantage To Corporate Greed
  46. Major Labels Split On Support For Article 13; As Music Publishers Whine That They Can’t Make Money From Parodies
  47. UN Human Rights Expert Warns EU Not To Pass Article 13
  48. German Government Confirms That Article 13 Does Mean Upload Filters, Destroying Claims To The Contrary Once And For All
  49. 170 Years Of German Publishers Demanding Special Copyrights For The Press Because Of New Technology
  50. YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Roll Out To Critical Indian Market
  51. Logan Paul Investigates One Of YouTube’s Top Conspiracies In ‘Flat Earth: To The Edge And Back’
  52. Man Arrested After Driving Across U.S. To Confront Google Employees He Suspected Shut Down His YouTube Channel
  53. Google Hardware makes cuts to laptop and tablet development, cancels products
  54. Identifying and acting on fake advertorial content
  55. Court Ruling Provides Help to Brands Struggling with Grey Market Sales on Online Marketplaces
  56. Elon Musk’s late-night announcement to raise prices and reopen some stores
  57. Musk lawyers accuse SEC of “unconstitutional power grab”
  58. EU Parliament Paid News Publisher AFP To Create Bogus Propaganda Video In Favor Of EU Copyright Directive
  59. Beyond Hybrid War: How China Exploits Social Media to Sway American Opinion
  60. Netflix “Doubling Down” On Interactive Content After Success Of ‘Bandersnatch’
  61. Bandersnatch was a hit, so Netflix plans to make more interactive shows like it 
  62. Netflix wants to make more interactive shows after the success of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch: Wacky comedies or romantic Choose Your Own Adventure-style stories are possibilities 
  63. Netflix And ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Producer Team On Scripted Thai Cave Rescue Series
  64. Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive finds pressure at the core of F1
  65. Disney to close “vault” for good as it moves film library to streaming service
  66. With Fox, Disney will have an even bigger footprint in Hollywood
  67. Amazon to close all its pop-up shops: Company said Wednesday it will focus on opening more bookstores instead
  68. Sorry Amazon: Philadelphia bans cashless stores
  69. Hearst Opens L.A. Production Studio Ahead Of Clevver Relaunch In Coming Weeks 
  70. BuzzFeed CEO Says Company Is Generating Over $200: Million Annually From Businesses That Didn’t Exist Two Years Ago
  71. Microsoft proves the critics right: We’re heading toward a Chrome-only Web
  72. Nvidia to acquire high performance computing company Mellanox for $6.9 billion
  73. Allo Could Have Been Great. Google Blew It.
  74. Do You Really Need Disclosures in Google Ads?
  75. Google to Ban Political Ads in Canadian Election
  76. Boeing Promises Software Update For Plane That Crashed
  77. eCommerce Executive Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing on Online Marketplace
  78. N.Y. Court of Appeals: No Difference Between “Private” and “Public” Posts in Discovery 
  79. Windows 10 passes 800 million devices
  80. Why I Regret Upgrading to an iPhone XS
  81. A “serious” Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild
  82. Competition Bureau chief expected to continue focus on Big Data
  83. Artificial Intelligence: Canadian and International Trends 
  84. AI & Global Governance: The Advantages of Applying the International Human Rights Framework to Artificial Intelligence (Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University)
  85. Laws should monitor bias in AI, experts say
  86. U.S. Army Assures Public That Robot Tank System Adheres to AI Murder Policy
  87. Could On-Demand Artificial Intelligence-based Authentication End The Fake News Menace?
  88. Why Inclusion Matters for the Future of Artificial Intelligence
  89. “What can artificial intelligence teach us about fairness?”
  90. Patch is using AI to write 3,000 articles a week
  91. Degenerate Feedback Loops in Recommender Systems (Ray Jiang, Silvia Chiappa, Tor Lattimore, Andras Agyorgy, Pushmeet Kohli)
  92. This Site Detects Whether Text Was Written by a Bot
  93. Tech That Can “Detect Emotion” Could Keep You From Getting A Job 
  94. See The Robot Head That Might Interview You For Your Next Job
  95. You’re Hired! This Site Generates Random Neural Network Résumés: These gibberish résumés show that HR might still require a human touch.
  96. Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent – People’s faces are being used without their permission, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them, legal experts say. 
  97. Using Creative Commons images to train artificial intelligence (Andres Guadamuz)
  98. Why IBM Thinks Quantum Computers Will Boost Machine Learning
  99. Data mining, AI and Media: A brave new world? 
  100. Why Self-Checkout Is and Has Always Been the Worst
  101. Failure to Launch – OSC Director Determines That Bitcoin Fund is Not Ready for the Retail Spotlight
  102. The ability to say NO on the Internet
  103. Reclaiming the Data Commons
  104. Twitter Defeats Yet Another Lawsuit from a Suspended User–Cox v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  105. Section 230 Preempts Unfair Competition Law Claim–Taylor v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  106. Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Defamation Lawsuit Against Actor James Woods
  107. Tweet Containing Question Mark Isn’t Defamatory–Boulger v. Woods 
  108. “We’re killing our capacity for creativity”: Twitter VP Bruce Daisley explains why checking emails outside of work and the misuse of open plan offices is creating so much stress
  109. Twitter Debuts An In-App Camera Function
  110. Twitter Launches Improved In-App Camera With 280-Second Video Limit
  111. Filtering Software Defeats Another Lawsuit–PC Drivers v. Malwarebytes (Eric Goldman)
  112. Vice May Be Looking to Raise Another $200 Million (Report)
  113. After Laying Off 250 Staffers, Vice Is Now Looking To Raise $200 Million (Report)
  114. Copyright in the Digital Single Market – Link Tax
  115. Empowering the Marginalized: Tales of the Digital Good Life
  116. You are seeing this because you are…:  Targeted advertisements are getting so specific they’ll choose the color of your next panties before you even knew you wanted them.
  117. Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination
  118. Calling Doctor Google? Technology Adoption and Health Information Seeking among Low-income African-American Older Adults (Hyunjin Seo, Joseph Erba, Mugur Geana, Crystal Lumpkins)
  119. Cookie Policy
  120. Website Law Alert – A Website’s Non-Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Copyright Act Can be Expensive
  121. Is It Actually Okay To Touch Your Computer Screen? 
  122. Who are the next billion users and what do they want?
  123. A Book Review Of Code And Other Laws Of Cyberspace
  124. Thoughtful design as the gateway to ethical data processing
  125. ­­­
  126. The Web’s Dad Isn’t Angry, Just Disappointed  
  127. German Football League To Try Novel Antipiracy Strategy Of Actually Having Legal Alternatives For Its Content
  128. The Trouble With Emojis
  129. ‘Sealioning’ Is A Common Trolling Tactic On Social Media–What Is It?
  130. Even the Queen Needs a Social Media Policy
  131. Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files

CREATIVITY

  1. Supreme Court Says Of Course You Need To Register Your Copyright Before You Can Sue; Copyright Trolls & Hollywood Freak Out
  2. SCOTUS issues ruling in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC 
  3. Supreme Court Requires Completed Copyright Registration Before Filing Suit–Fourth Estate Public Benefit v. Wall-Street
  4. Application Rejected: Supreme Court Requires Registration to Commence Copyright Infringement Suit 
  5. More Copyright Policy Should Be As Boring As This Supreme Court Decision
  6. Banksy wins pivotal case against museum for trademark infringement
  7. Court Rules “Transformed” Photo of Candidate is Fair Use, Not Infringement
  8. Big Fair Use Win For Mashups: ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go!’ Deemed To Be Fair Use
  9. NYTimes Reporter Gets Bogus Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed As Judge Philosophizes About SLAPP Suits
  10. Adverts must avoid harmful gender stereotypes 
  11. Race and Resistance Amid Feminism, Priming, and Capitalism: The (surprisingly-globalized) Visual of an Asian American Woman Activist
  12. Captain Marvel review: The hero we, and Marvel Studios, need right now
  13. Captain Marvel is kicking the box office’s ass
  14. Captain Marvel’s Box Office Success Defies Trolls: In spite of the haters and the controversy, Captain Marvel prevailed at the box office this weekend.
  15. Why It’s Actually Great That ‘Captain Marvel’ Is Just Fine 
  16. Captain Marvel’s Directors Discuss the Importance of the Women in Carol Danvers’ Life
  17. calc.exe is now open source; there’s surprising depth in its ancient code
  18. 5 Reasons You Really Need To Go See ‘Captain Marvel’
  19. Stan Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo raises a lot of questions
  20. Man angry his photo was used to prove all hipsters look alike — then learns it wasn’t him
  21. Supreme Court Issues Two Important Decisions Tackling Copyright Registration and Litigation Costs
  22. DuBay v. King
  23. Denver Club “Stripped” Carmen Electra and Others of Compensation, Suit Says 
  24. How generational attitudes towards IP are impacting the law
  25. Was La Toya Jackson Right About Her Family All Along? 
  26. Music Writer From 1999 Predicts What Bands Will Still Be Around in 2019

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY 

  1. I feel cheated’: Big telcos hike prices for $60 plans with 10 GB, sparking complaints
  2. The Federal Government Signals a New Policy Approach for the CRTC in the Telecom Sector (Stephen Zolf)
  3. Net Neutrality Update: House Hearing and Proposed Legislation
  4. New Bill Would Enshrine The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules Into Standalone Federal Law
  5. John Oliver Robocalls Ajit Pai For Not Doing More To Thwart Robocalls
  6. John Oliver fights robocalls… by robocalling Ajit Pai and the FCC
  7. Combatting Illegal Robocalls: FCC’s “Top Consumer Protection Priority” 
  8. T-Mobile Still Pretending That Staying At Trump’s DC Hotel Isn’t An Obvious Ploy To Gain Merger Approval
  9. Report Claims Trump Pushed For AT&T Time Warner DOJ Lawsuit To Hurt CNN, Help Rupert Murdoch 
  10. AT&T CFO Says Growing WarnerMedia, Reducing Debt Are Key Priorities
  11. AT&T raises DirecTV Now price—again—after promising lower post-merger bills
  12. Sprint steps up fight against AT&T’s “fake 5G” with full-page Sunday NYT ad
  13. Yes, 5G will cost you more—Verizon plans $10 add-on charge for 5G access
  14. Russian Telecom Giant Agrees to Pay $850 Million in Penalties to Resolve Alleged Involvement in FCPA Bribery Scheme 
  15. Tucker Carlson’s war on the ruling class is a master class of misdirection
  16. DramaFever’s Former Finance VP Sues Warner Bros., Alleging Anti-Asian Bias
  17. Do TV Program Ratings Do a Good Job Telling Families Which Programs are Appropriate for Kids to Watch? Congress Wants to Know, So the FCC is Asking 
  18. Cable and satellite TV sinks again as online streaming soars
  19. Ajit Pai’s rosy broadband deployment claim may be based on gigantic error
  20. Much Of The Broadband Growth Ajit Pai Credits To Killing Net Neutrality Was Actually Due To A Clerical Error
  21. New York hasn’t followed through on order to kick Charter out of state
  22. Portland Lawmakers Want to Block 5G Rollout, Citing Shaky Health Risks
  23. A Call to Regulate E-Cig Advertising – What is the FCC’s Role in Regulating Advertising For the Vices? 
  24. Researchers Tune In To Smallest Radio Frequency In Quantum Mechanics 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Redefining our privacy expectations: The SCC’s recent Jarvis ruling will have broad effects, particularly in the grey areas, on the use of surveillance technology.
  2. Be Careful What You Wish For: ‘Privacy Protection’ Now Used As An Excuse To Cut Off Investigative Journalists From Key Database
  3. New Florida Bill Seeks To Bury Recordings Of Mass Shootings
  4. A world of hurt after GoDaddy, Apple, and Google misissue >1 million certificates
  5. Appeals Court Doesn’t Buy Government’s National Security Assertions; Says Lawsuit Against FBI Can Continue
  6. OSFI Provides New Guidance on Technology and Cybersecurity
  7. United States Federal Trade Commission strikes one for children’s privacy
  8. FTC Not Kidding Around with TikTok’s Record-Setting COPPA Fine – Five Steps to Reduce Your Risk Now
  9. Data Privacy Alert: TikTok to Pay $5.7 Million for Violating COPPA
  10. FTC Enters Consent Decree with TikTok and Issues Largest-Ever Fine Under COPPA 
  11. JavaScript infinite alert prank lands 13-year-old Japanese girl in hot water
  12. Citrix says its network was breached by international criminals
  13. Three men cop to $21 million vishing and smishing scheme: Phone-based scam may be low-tech, but it netted big bucks, prosecutors say.
  14. An email marketing company left 809 million records exposed online
  15. A brief history of Wi-Fi security protocols from “oh my, that’s bad” to WPA3
  16. CBP Put A Bunch Of Journalists, Immigration Lawyers, And Activists On A Secret Watchlist
  17. Clapper Continues To Pretend He Didn’t Lie To Congress About Domestic Surveillance Programs
  18. Owner of MAGA-Friendly Yelp Knockoff Threatens to Call FBI After Researcher Exposes Security Holes
  19. “Yelp, but for MAGA” turns red over security disclosure, threatens researcher
  20. Major Data Privacy Changes at Tech Companies Are a Sign of the Times 
  21. The Galaxy S10’s face unlock fooled by pictures, siblings
  22. Why people think their phones are listening to them
  23. It’s Apparently Easy To Pretend To Be A Cop, Grab Location Data From Cellular Carriers
  24. FOIA Documents Detail DHS/CBP’s Rules-Free Rollout Of Biometric Scanning Program
  25. Thailand Decides To Make Its Terrible Cybersecurity Law Even Worse

Jon

News of the Week; March 6, 2019

GAMES

  1.  Epic Games is now being sued over loot boxes in Fortnite: Save the World
  2. Epic Games sued over ‘predatory’ Llama loot boxes: Even though randomized llama loot boxes aren’t a thing anymore
  3. California man sues Epic Games over “predatory” loot boxes: Complaint alleges Save the World’s loot llamas were “like playing a slot machine”
  4. Shakedown: Hawaii coming first to the Epic Games Store
  5. Kartridge is the latest PC storefront using exclusive games to entice players
  6. Unpacking Recent Loot Box Updates  
  7. Anthem: Bioware Addresses Fan Concerns With Loot Update, Here’s What It Changes
  8. Anthem is crashing entire PlayStation 4 systems, say players
  9. EA soliciting help from Anthem players to figure out PS4 crashing issues
  10. Sony begins refunding Anthem purchases in light of “full power down” reports
  11. How games whitewash Nazism, and the responsibility developers have to history: Through the Darkest of Times devs explore the industry’s dangerous failure when it comes to depicting fascism
  12. One week later, THQ Nordic disavows 8chan AMA
  13. THQ Nordic group CEO apologizes for perturbing 8chan AMA
  14. THQ Nordic parent company apologizes for 8chan AMA: Co-founder and CEO Lars Wingefors “condemns all unethical content this website stands for”, regrets implicit endorsement
  15. Valve bans sexual violence game from Steam, but stops short of condemning it
  16. Steam is in the rape fantasy business | Opinion – Upcoming visual novel highlights the problems with Valve’s refusal to apply content standards to its storefront
  17. Developers are manipulating Steam’s Popular Upcoming list
  18. Academics call for industry co-operation on gaming disorder: “We are scrabbling around in the dark here, lighting little matches and seeing tiny bits of the pictures around us,” says Dr David Zendle.
  19. Nintendo to smartphone game makers: You can only gouge our players so much
  20. Report: Nintendo is telling mobile development partners to stop players overspending
  21. Average Nintendo Japan employee earns $80,000, works less than 8 hours per day: Platform holder’s recruitment page also reveals average worker spends 13.5 years at the company
  22. Nintendo’s first VR product in 24 years is coming to Nintendo Switch
  23. Newzoo: Games are the third most-popular mobile app category – Half of mobile app users at least check into gaming apps, social media and shopping remain more popular 
  24. Fortnite teams with Weezer in attempt to become the next Second Life: Follows record-breaking stream of DJ Marshmello concert inside its battlegrounds.
  25. Vivendi has sold off its final Ubisoft shares
  26. Vivendi sells remaining Ubisoft shares: Media conglomerate ultimately gained €1.2 billion from failed attempt to acquire publisher
  27. There’s confusion around an unofficial adaptation of One Hour One Life, says dev  
  28. One Hour One Life dev struggles with unofficial port: Jason Rohrer stands by decision to release game into the public domain despite problems with customer confusion around mobile adaptation
  29. Multiplayer Skyrim mod criticized for lifting code from another mod
  30. Devil May Cry 5 deluxe edition will let players experience the game like a low-budget movie
  31. How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize The Way Video Games Are Developed And Played: The advances of modern AI research could bring unprecedented benefits to game development­­­
  32. Duplication or innovation? How games become genres: Earthbound Games’ Colin Anderson reflects on the rise of the FPS, the sandbox RPG and more 
  33. A new triple-A Star Wars game will be announced at Celebration Chicago in April 
  34. What Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is and how it could change EA
  35. Apex Legends attracts 50 million players in first month 
  36. Apex Legends hits 50 million players: Respawn’s free-to-play battle royale game passes milestone in its first month of release
  37. Is Red Dead Redemption Online tanking Take-Two’s share price? | Opinion: Despite fantastic sales, Take-Two can’t catch a break – perhaps because investors expected RDR2 to be something it simply isn’t 
  38. Activision Blizzard: 800 job cuts could “negatively impact” our business: Call of Duty publisher has set aside $150 million to compensate affected staff
  39. Activision recognises $164m revenues from giving up Destiny rights: Publisher reiterates it “no longer has any material rights or obligations” to Bungie’s franchise
  40. New ToeJam & Earl game, 8Bitdo controller get Genesis nostalgia right: Sega wasn’t involved with game or controller, but its Sega Ages line gets a shout, too. 
  41. One of Pokémon’s New Starters, in the Style ofDetective Pikachu
  42. Why arcade Pac-Man players literally grabbed onto the game
  43. Don’t Miss: Between a rock and a ‘Harada’ place: The massive Tekken interview
  44. Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links hits 90 million downloads 
  45. Cloud gaming will determine the new lord of digital distribution 
  46. Tencent set to unveil new cloud gaming service: Tencent Instant Play to bring cloud gaming to PC and Android, overview with Intel planned for GDC 
  47. Nexon shortlists five bidders including Kakao and Tencent
  48. Tencent among shortlisted bidders for Nexon: Netmarble not invited but forms consortium with MBK partners, main bidding to begin in early April
  49. Electronic Arts, Amazon, and Comcast make bids to buy Nexon
  50. Horizon Zero Dawn sold over 10 million copies in 2 years
  51. PlayStation’s upcoming Chinese conference aims to boost locally-made games
  52. Sony PlayLink developer Wish Studios has shut down
  53. PlayStation Japan signals imminent end to PS Vita shipments
  54. Sony ends PlayStation Vita production in Japan
  55. Blog: Move or Die and its four year journey to the PS4
  56. Here are the most popular PlayStation games, based on public trophy data
  57. Wish Studios closing down: Brighton-based indie developer shutters, leading to 13 redundancies
  58. Dev shares real talk about the personal costs of living in fear of layoffs
  59. Discless Xbox “Maverick” could arrive as soon as May
  60. Disc-less Xbox arriving in May, report suggests: Latest information appears to confirm several rumours from last year
  61. Phil Spencer claims Xbox’s multi-device future will benefit everyone  
  62. From “schokly” licensed games to a critically acclaimed indie: Oxenfree co-director Sean Krankel on the collapse of shovelware and how it helped shape Night School Studio
  63. Dear Villagers: “We’re trying to find the best indie games that could be AA” – Head of publishing Guillaume Jamet talks us through the ambition behind Playdius’ rebrand 
  64. Playdius rebrands as Dear Villagers, plans to focus on PC and console titles
  65. Dying Light dev TechLand to close Polish publishing department
  66. Techland planning to shut down Polish publishing division by the end of the year: 13 employees expected to be laid off by end of 2019, global publishing business to remain intact
  67. Merch maker Numskull Designs is getting into game publishing
  68. Merchandise firm Numskull forms games publishing division with Rising Star vets
  69. Dropbox’s Angela Roseboro is Riot Games’ first chief diversity officer: “I was so taken by the heart and soul of this company and – in spite of setbacks or hurdles – I’m excited to be part of this journey”
  70. POC in Play formed to promote racial diversity, equity in UK gaming industry: Founders include multiple industry veterans, with UsTwo Games offering support
  71. BrightLocker dissolved as devs claim unpaid debts: Holding company takes over community-building platform as developers say they haven’t been paid money owed
  72. Roblox boasts over 1 billion hours of engagement per month
  73. In Less Than A Day, ‘Critical Role’ Fans Pledge $3.3+ Million To Bring Animated ‘Vox Machina’ Special To Life
  74. Update: Critical Role Animated Special Kickstarter Hits $4 Million
  75. eSports – Advergaming and the new frontier of advertising law and image rights 
  76. Nintendo announces Tetris 99 Maximus Cup tournament
  77. ESL & Oculus Announce Esport’s VR League Season 3, Biggest Prize Pool Yet
  78. Warriors Gaming Squad drafts NBA 2K League’s first woman player – Chiquita Evans: “Barriers are made to be broken… I’m just the beginning”
  79. VR and cloud gaming frenzy seizes MWC as 5G hype builds
  80. Hipfire Games raises additional $205k for VR gameFailspace
  81. VR and mobile developer Hipfire Games raises over $200,000: Financial investment to boost debut game Fail Space
  82. Crowdfunding platform BrightLocker shuts down  
  83. Why HTC targeted Vive Pro at gamers, and why Pro Eye won’t replace it 
  84. Magic Leap Announces First Round of Independent Creator Program Grant Recipients 
  85. Oculus planning a stricter, ‘quality-first’ approach for Quest app submissions
  86. Oculus Quest targets “quality-first” approach with more stringent store curation: Developers must have concept document approved before submitting games to Quest store
  87. Blog: Designing a planet-scale real-world AR platform
  88. Blog: Remembering Advance Wars
  89. Road to the IGF: Seemingly Pointless’ eCheese Zone
  90. YouTube Premium’s Woman-Led Video Game Dramedy ‘It’s A Man’s World’ Sets Core Cast
  91. The Influencer is dead. Long live the influencer: Latest analysis shows Top 10 influencers account for 84% of yearly view growth – but a spot in that list is not secure year-on-year
  92. U.S. Patent No. 4,445,187: Video games with voice dialog 
  93. Blog: Historians discuss Far Cry 2

DIGITAL

  1.  To Fight Pedophiles, YouTube Disables Comments On Videos Featuring Kids
  2. YouTube will disable comments on most videos of kids because of pedophiles
  3. YouTube Disables Comments On Tens Of Millions Of Videos Featuring Kids In Effort To Prevent Adpocalypse 2.0
  4. YouTube Bans Comments on Videos With Minors
  5. YouTube is demonetizing all videos about Momo
  6. Susan Wojcicki Says YouTube’s Mass Disabling Of Comments On Videos Of Kids Is “A Trade-Off” For Young Creators
  7. YouTube CEO Defends Its Efforts To Reduce Violent Content
  8. YouTube Is Demonetizing Every Video About The ‘Momo Challenge,’ Which Isn’t Actually A Thing
  9. That Creepy Momo Sculpture Has Been Destroyed
  10. YouTube TV Crosses 1 Million Subscriber Mark, Hulu With Live TV Nears 2 Million 
  11. Michael Jackson Estate Turns To YouTube To Shift Focus From HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’
  12. Marzia Bisgonin Says She “Feels Good” About Quitting YouTube, After Adjustment Period
  13. YouTube May Never Be 100% Safe For Advertisers, Says Company’s U.K. Marketing Director
  14. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Agrees To “Tea Session” With Shane Dawson Over ‘Trending’ Tab Concerns
  15. Comedy Central Launches YouTube Channel To Host Slate Of Original Digital Programming
  16. EU Set to Make Sweeping Copyright Changes
  17. The politics behind the proposed copyright directive (Andres Guadamuz)
  18. Supporters Of Article 13 Briefly Tried To Move Parliament Vote Up Before Scheduled Protests; Now Deny Plan That They Clearly Had
  19. Why Does MEP Axel Voss Keep Lying About Article 13?
  20. Article 13 Supporters Find Smoking Gun That Isn’t: Majority Of Tweets Criticizing Copyright Directive Are Not Coming From DC
  21. Clash Of EU’s Poorly Thought Out Laws: German Data Protection Commissioner Warns That Article 13 Might Violate GDPR
  22. EU officials say Facebook, Twitter, Google failing in “fake news” battle
  23. The Equustek Effect: How One Case Has Sparked Canada’s Aggressive Approach Over Internet Jurisdiction (Michael Geist)
  24. Twitter’s Shift Away From GPS-Tagged Tweets Suggests It Will Be Harder To Fight ‘Deep Fakes’
  25. Twitter Unveils ‘Timing Is Everything’ Tool To Help Creators Maximize Video Viewership
  26. BlackBerry Continues Its Shameful Descent Into Patent Trolling By Suing Twitter
  27. Data Exploiting as an Abuse of Dominance: The German Facebook Decision
  28. Facebook faces complaints from more former content moderators in lawsuit: The contract workers say repeated exposure to violent images caused significant psychological harm.
  29. Facebook Finally Shuts Down Its Snooping, B.S. ‘VPN’ After A Full Year Of Complaints
  30. In Wake Of Data Scandals, Mark Zuckerberg Lays Out Plan To Transform Facebook Into A “Privacy-Focused Communications Platform”
  31. Mark Zuckerberg On Facebook’s Future And What Scares Him Most
  32. Mark Zuckerberg pivots to privacy
  33. Facebook’s Pivot To Privacy Is Missing Something Crucial
  34. Instagram Fashionista’s Suit Survives Clever Challenges
  35. Instagram is Working on a New Ad Unit for Sponsored Posts
  36. Model Misbehavior? Gigi Hadid Faces Copyright Suit Over Instagram Post 
  37. Willie’s Creative Commons lesson: The essential attribution requirement 
  38. Supreme Court Holds Copyright Owners Must Wait to Commence an Infringement Suit Until After the Copyright Office Acts
  39. Swiss Supreme Court Refuses To Order ISPs To Block ‘Pirate’ Sites
  40. Oracle Shoots for “Full Moon” and Loses: Supreme Court Says Copyright Award of “Full Costs” Limited to Statutorily Enumerated Costs
  41. A Big Copyright Mess: Miel Bredouw, Barstool Sports, Slob On My Carol Of The Bells And The DMCA
  42. The rise of tech-worker activism
  43. Closing the gender gap in the tech industry: Despite efforts from companies and universities, the number of women majoring in computer science is declining. A non-profit is trying to change that by offering coding lessons to girls as early as kindergarten
  44. Get ready for a Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency
  45. After buying firm run by HackingTeam vets, Coinbase CEO has some regrets
  46. ‘The Washington Post’ Streamed Michael Cohen’s Testimony On Twitch — With Emojis And Memes Aplenty
  47. Twitch To Launch ‘Stream Star’ Singing Competition Series With $20,000 Prize
  48. Legendary Shutters ‘Alpha’ Streaming Service From Nerdist And Geek & Sundry, Moves Programming To Twitch
  49. The TikTok Takeover: How Gen Z’s New Favorite App Is Turning Memes Into Hits
  50. TikTok, the Party has Stopped: FTC Levies Record COPPA Fine
  51. FTC Issues Largest Fine Ever Under COPPA 
  52. FTC Slams TikTok With Record Fine For Spying on Pre-Teens: “This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children.”
  53. FTC Issues Record $5.7 Million COPPA Penalty Against Music.ly 
  54. Musical.ly’s COPPA Failure Falls Flat at the FTC; Will Pay Note-Worthy Fine 
  55. The FTC Probably Doesn’t Need A New ‘Big Tech’ Task Force. It Just Needs To Do Its Job
  56. Can a Hashtag Make a False Claim? #Yes
  57. The Deep Vault of Millennial Fintech Apps: Savings, investment, and credit card debt services are increasingly marketing to younger users. But they might be useless—or even predatory.
  58. The Impossibility Of Content Moderation Extends To The People Tasked With Doing Content Moderation
  59. Google pay equity analysis leads to raises for thousands of men
  60. What Did Google Actually Find Out About How It Pays Women and Men?
  61. Google to ban political ads ahead of federal election, citing new transparency rules
  62. Google decision to ban political ads could leave election war rooms struggling to get message to voters
  63. The Volvo Polestar 2 is the first Google Android car
  64. Amazon to give power to brands to remove fakes from website: Retailer also introduces serial numbers and automatic detection to curb frauds sales
  65. Amazon’s latest program to curb emissions? One delivery day per house, per week
  66. Amazon to open all-new grocery stores separate from Whole Foods
  67. Amazon Becomes Latest Video Platform To Pull Anti-Vaccination Content
  68. NZ Study Yet Again Concludes That Piracy Is A Function Of Price And Ease Of Access
  69. Insights: Sports Programming Is Digital Media Investors’ Hot New Game
  70. Can the media business be saved? A “Spotify for news” is not the answer: Chavern’s organization advocates on behalf of 2,000 print and online media outlets.
  71. Insights: Here’s Why Netflix’s ‘Roma’ Near Miss Still Means It Won Oscar Season
  72. Steven Spielberg is gunning to make sure Netflix never has another Oscars contender like Roma
  73. After Roma swept the Oscars, Steven Spielberg seeks to block streaming films
  74. Steven Spielberg Wants To Bar Netflix From The Academy Awards
  75. Roma wasn’t built in a day; how Netflix conquered the Oscars 
  76. Netflix is testing even more expensive subscription prices 
  77. Inside the secretly effective–and underrated–way Netflix keeps its shows and movies at the forefront of pop culture 
  78. Netflix Heads to Court: How Fox’s Poaching Trial Could Reshape Hollywood
  79. With Big Stars and Paid Subscriptions, Luminary Aims to Be the Netflix of Podcasts
  80. Until the Disney-Fox Deal Closes, Networks Find Themselves in Limbo: Upfronts are looming, but post-acquisition plans can’t be put into action yet 
  81. How Fox Employees Are Bracing for Life Under Disney
  82. Disney Is Reportedly In Active Discussions To Purchase AT&T’s 10% Stake In Hulu
  83. Why Is Disney Releasing ‘Avengers,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Frozen’ And ‘Maleficent’ Sequels In The Same Year?
  84. AT&T Plans to Revamp CNN’s Digital Arm: Telecom giant sees opportunity to reach larger audience; intends to focus on product development and analytics
  85. Medium lowers its paywall for Twitter users
  86. Once Again, Sharing Streaming Passwords Is Not ‘Piracy’ Or ‘Freeloading’
  87. Elon Musk said he doesn’t respect the SEC—he might come to regret it
  88. Thunderbolt 3 becomes USB4, as Intel’s interconnect goes royalty-free
  89. Chromium-based Edge screenshots might as well be Chrome
  90. Microsoft’s latest security service uses human intelligence, not artificial
  91. Microsoft is first major cloud provider to open African data centers
  92. Behind the Hype of Apple’s Plan to End Mining
  93. ‘The risk paid off’: How Apple prevailed in the U.S.-China trade war – But Apple could face future threats if the latest trade talks fail.
  94. Yes, Apple. Siri Is Extremely Terrible
  95. Apple no longer refuses to fix iPhones with third-party batteries
  96. After the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has two more foldable smartphones coming
  97. Y Combinator CEO: AI Will Replace Jobs, But Life Will Be Awesome
  98. Are robots competing for your job? Probably, but don’t count yourself out.
  99. Your March Horoscope Is Here, And Our AI Astrologer Is Getting Smarter
  100. Making artificial intelligence socially just: why the current focus on ethics is not enough
  101. Robo ART! – Copyright originality
  102. Why vinyl records survive in the digital age
  103. Theranos: How a broken patent system sustained its decade-long deception
  104. Toughest Work in Technology Transactions: Due Diligence Turnaround
  105. Emerging Digital Technology and the “Law of the Horse” (Alicia Solow-Niederman)
  106. Blockchain-based Digital Assets and the Case for Revisiting Copyright’s First Sale Doctrine (Phillip Shaverdian)
  107. Blockchain Technology and the Government: Dealing With the Threat of Data Manipulation and Increasing Records Longevity (Alexander Fung)
  108. Injustice Ex Machina: Predictive Algorithms in Criminal Sentencing (Andrew Lee Park)
  109. Destination Unknown: The Perilous Future of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Technologies Under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (Chris Ott)
  110. Weirdly interconnected qubits give D-Wave a big jump in performance

CREATIVITY

  1. Australia Threatening Over 100 Journalists For Accurately Reporting On Cardinal Pell’s Sex Abuse Trial
  2. How to protect journalism in the digital age? The Cairncross Review reports 
  3. The Making of the Fox News White House: Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?
  4. How David Pecker Built His Tabloid Empire AMI on Fear
  5. Source: Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database – The documents detail an intelligence-gathering effort by the United States and Mexican authorities, targeting more than 50 people
  6. Meet J2’s Vivek Shah, the CEO quietly presiding over a $4 billion media business: J2 Global owns a portfolio of media and internet service companies that includes PCMag, Mashable, and Speedtest by Ookla.
  7. The Tyranny Of Copyright: How A Once-Humble Legal Issue Has Tormented A Generation Of Speech
  8. Big Win For Open Access, As University Of California Cancels All Elsevier Subscriptions, Worth $11 Million A Year
  9. Access Copyright v. York U – the Federal Court of Appeal Hearing is March 5 and 6, 2019
  10. Big Win For Open Access, As University Of California Cancels All Elsevier Subscriptions, Worth $11 Million A Year
  11. Milan court partly sides with Banksy in interim proceedings for trade mark and copyright infringement
  12. Judge Refuses To Hand The Government Biker Gang’s Trademark
  13. Hollywood Accounting Rears Its Ugly Head Again: Fox’s ‘False Testimony’ And ‘Aversion For The Truth’ Leads To $179M Fine
  14. Don’t Celebrate Copyright Being Used For Political Censorship Just Because You Don’t Like The President
  15. Producer Scott Rudin Going Around Killing Off Licensed Community Theater Shows Of To Kill A Mockingbird
  16. U.S. Supreme Court Decides Two Copyright Cases and Impacts Registration Strategy for Copyright Owners
  17. Registrations, not Applications: Supreme Court Says Copyright Owners Must Wait to Sue 
  18. Supreme Court’s Strict Construction of Copyright Act Pre-Suit Requirements Likely to Up the Ante on “Preregistration”
  19. Supreme Court Defines “Full Costs” with Respect to the Copyright Act
  20. Copyright Lawsuits: Harder to Bring, Harder to Collect
  21. E.D. Pa. Court Dismisses Case, Finding That Fax Was Not An Advertisement 
  22. Captain Marvel Review: Carol Danvers’ debut puts a fresh spin on Marvel’s Phase One origin story formula.
  23. It’s Been 20 Years Since “Cruel Intentions,” And There’s Never Been Another Movie Quite Like It
  24. There’s Only One Surviving Blockbuster Left on Planet Earth

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Democrats’ net neutrality bill would fully restore Obama-era FCC rules
  2. AT&T Begins Trying To Screw Up HBO In Earnest
  3. HBO CEO Richard Plepler, Who Forever Shifted TV Landscape, Abruptly Steps Down
  4. HBO boss quits as owner AT&T seeks more shows and more profit
  5. “The AT&T Guys, At The End Of The Day, Are Bean Counters”: With Plepler Out Of HBO, Wall Street Scrutinizes The Logic Of AT&T’s Monster Reorg
  6. As HBO and Turner bosses quit, AT&T announces big Time Warner reorganization
  7. TV’s brand illusion: It’s no longer about the network. And it probably never was.
  8. Trump to staff on AT&T/Time Warner merger: “I want that deal blocked!”
  9. T-Mobile has spent $195,000 at Trump hotel while lobbying for Sprint merger
  10. US Telcos Teeter Toward Bankruptcy As Comcast’s Broadband Monopoly Grows
  11. Comcast set mobile pins to “0000,” helping attackers steal phone numbers
  12. Class Damages Models After Comcast: Rigorous Proof or Expert’s Promise?
  13. Democrats’ Net Neutrality Bill Would Force Ajit Pai to Actually Do His Job
  14. The future of cable may be no TV at all, as one small company from Arizona shows
  15. Broadcasting and Brexit: 10 Things You Need to Know Today

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance: Researcher discovers servers in China collecting data on 364 million social media profiles daily.
  2. The Democratization of Surveillance
  3. Report: The NSA’s Domestic Metadata Collection System Is Not Being Used and May Be Discontinued
  4. Telephony Metadata: Is the Contact-Chaining Program Unsalvageable?
  5. The NSA Appears To Have Shut Down Its Bulk Collection Of Phone Records
  6. House aide: NSA has shut down phone call record surveillance
  7. Google temporarily shuts down Android TV photo sharing after privacy bug
  8. Post-Charlottesville Doxxing and Misidentification Creates Legal Risks–Vangheluwe v. GotNews
  9. Seventh Circuit Ignores Two Supreme Court Decisions To Hand Out Bad Precedent On Cell Site Location Info
  10. Two Months Later, News Orgs Are Finally ‘Allowed’ To Report On Top Vatican Official’s Child Molestation Conviction
  11. Mozilla Says Australia’s Compelled Access Law Could Turn Staff There Into ‘Insider Threats’
  12. Do professionals have the “right to be forgotten”? 
  13. Deception & Trust: A Deep Look At Deep Fakes
  14. Stupid Patent Of The Month: Veripath Patents Following Privacy Laws
  15. Why ‘ji32k7au4a83’ Is a Remarkably Common Password
  16. The Digital Revolution Takes on New Meaning: Among Calls for Heightened U.S. Data Privacy Measures, California is King
  17. California and European Privacy FAQs: Do all companies have to post their privacy notices online?
  18. Congress Holds Hearings on Privacy and Data Protection 
  19. Chicago Tried To Justify Not Informing ACLU Of Social Media Monitoring Partner By Saying ACLU Is Really Mean
  20. The Importance of Privacy by Design in Mobile Apps (Debunking the Aphorism that any Publicity is Good Publicity) 
  21. Company’s Facebook Snooping Didn’t Prevent Critical Trade Secrets Injunction 

Jon

News of the Week; February 27, 2019

GAMES

  1. THQ Nordic inexplicably hosts AMA in a notorious internet cesspool
  2. Three hours after allying with 8chan, THQ Nordic goes into full apology mode
  3. FTC to begin loot box investigation with public workshop
  4. FTC to hold a public workshop on loot box concerns this year: It will bring industry groups and advocates together
  5. FTC plans to examine loot boxes with public workshop later this year
  6. ZeniMax hit with trademark dispute over its application for ‘Redfall’
  7. The duo behind the Running Man challenge are suing Epic over a Fortnite dance
  8. Epic Games accused of exploiting African American talent in latest dance move lawsuit: Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley file for $20 million in damages over Running Man emote, despite questionable ownership of dance 
  9. Epic pulls YouTube ads after predatory videos discovered: Fortnite pre-roll ads removed as YouTube continues to struggle with recommendation algorithm
  10. Fortnite’s Marshmello concert beats game’s concurrent player record: 10.6 million players showed up to event, breaking past record by around 2.5 million
  11. Fortnite Players Sue for Alleged Exposure of Payment Information for Vbucks 
  12. PUBG’s dev team has turned to machine learning to fight off cheaters
  13. EA and Activision Blizzard CEOs featured in ‘The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs’ report
  14. Activision’s Bobby Kotick and EA’s Andrew Wilson among most overpaid CEOs in US: Latest study shows the two chief execs earn more than 300 times the average wage of their employees
  15. ESA’s acting CEO stays neutral on unionization, opposes ‘gaming disorder’
  16. A New Player Joins the Battle – The AFL-CIO Throws Its Support Behind Game Development Employees And Urges Them To Form A Union 
  17. Devs pull Devotion from Steam following review bombing spree
  18. Taiwanese developer under fire for mocking Chinese president: Red Candle Games’ Devotion removed from Steam for QA check after in-game art calls Xi Jinping “Winnie the Pooh moron”
  19. Starbreeze applies for extended reconstruction period as it looks to regroup  
  20. Starbreeze applies for extension on reconstruction period: Troubled publisher wants until June to “focus on its core business of internal game development and publishing” 
  21. Report: Amazon, Comcast, and EA now among potential Nexon buyers  
  22. EA, Amazon, Comcast reportedly bidding for Nexon: Companies join Netmarble, Kakao in pursuing founder’s controlling stake
  23. Report: EA makes layoffs at Australian mobile studio FireMonkeys  
  24. Massive layoffs at EA’s Australian studio: FireMonkeys will refocus on live services as up to 50 staff prepare for redundancy
  25. Anthem: Critical Consensus – Exhilarating flight and stylish combat dazzle the critics, but they can’t hide a lack of substance in BioWare’s latest title 
  26. Wave of layoffs expected at Guild Wars 2 dev ArenaNet 
  27. ArenaNet bracing for layoffs: Owner NCSoft CEO says current situation not sustainable, plans for cuts across the board and merging of publishing divisions
  28. Overkill’s The Walking Dead postponed, not cancelled on console: 505 Games confirms this is the same delay announced last month, despite confusion over PS4 pre-order refunds
  29. Capcom COO calls out the growing value of PC as a platform
  30. The Future of Gaming Is Subscription 
  31. Psychonauts and surviving the publisher shuffle: Tim Schafer says the studio’s experiences with partners aren’t that unusual, addresses struggles of Psychonauts 2 publisher Starbreeze 
  32. Superdata: Digital revenue down in January as major console franchises underperform – Premium PC games see largest decline, leaving Fortnite near the top on both console and PC
  33. Rising development costs forced Square Enix to find its soul | Opinion: When Final Fantasy was no longer enough, the venerable publisher dug deeper
  34. Brexit has fostered a culture of fear among British game devs  
  35. No Deal Brexit will mean “dark, dystopian UK” | Opinion: Andy Payne discusses the potential impact of a No Deal Brexit on the UK games industry
  36. Twitch’s fight against EU copyright laws continues with MEPs playing Mario Kart: Two members of the European Parliament will discuss how to combat the divisive Article 13 on Twitch’s official channel
  37. Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime retires, Bowser taking over
  38. How Reggie Fils-Aime Became A Nintendo Legend
  39. Nintendo Announces Pokémon Sword And ShieldFor Switch
  40. Pokémon Sword and Shield will hit Switch in “late 2019”
  41. $100K Mario seller: “It’s probably the wrong move, long term, to sell” 
  42. Mattel’s video game division eyes original IP: The joint venture between Mattel and NetEase plots three to four new games a year 
  43. Report: Microsoft plans to announce two next-gen Xbox consoles at E3  
  44. Microsoft to reveal new Xbox hardware at E3 2019 – Report: Code-named Lockhart and Anaconda to be shown, but not available until fall of 2020
  45. Microsoft takes a big step towards putting Xbox games on Windows
  46. Report: Xbox Game Pass headed to the Nintendo Switch
  47. Game Pass, Xbox-exclusive games reportedly heading to Switch: Ori and the Blind Forest, others may be streamable to Nintendo’s console sometime this year
  48. Why putting Xbox games on Switch isn’t as ridiculous as it might sound
  49. Crackdown 3 shows a vision of the future | Opinion: The new Xbox title points toward the radical changes that Game Pass will bring to the industry’s commercial and cultural landscape
  50. Fallout: Wasteland Warfare: A “rad” miniatures game full of Nuka-Cola flavor
  51. Halo Infinite now linked to next Xbox’s launch, rumor suggests RPG elements
  52. Report: Microsoft plans to announce two next-gen Xbox consoles at E3
  53. Microsoft puts mixed reality, high-speed 3D rendering, and Kinect vision into cloud
  54. Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2, promises greater mixed reality immersion
  55. Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2: twice the field of view, eye tracking
  56. Microsoft adds eye-tracking, doubles field of view for HoloLens 2: Will launch later this year for $3,500, Unreal Engine support on the way
  57. Microsoft Significantly Misrepresented HoloLens 2’s Field of View at Reveal
  58. Employees demand Microsoft cancels $479m HoloLens military contract: Engineers on the project believed it would “push the boundaries of gaming”, not “turn warfare into a simulated video game
  59. Razer lays off 30 from shut down projects: Organization’s “realignment” plans result in cut of 2% of workforce
  60. GOG lays off a dozen employees over reported financial strain
  61. Funcom enters partnership with Legendary to create Dune games
  62. Skybound cuts ties with Overkill’s The Walking Dead devs mid-release  
  63. GOG lays off “around a dozen,” reportedly due to financial trouble: Estimated 10% of total staff may have been affected due to revenue share competition from other storefronts
  64. GOG drops Fair Price Package program, blames rising dev revenue shares
  65. Ebba Ljungerud’s grand strategy: A chat with Paradox’s CEO
  66. THQ Nordic issues new shares to raise $225 million for future acquisitions
  67. THQ Nordic raises $225m for further acquisitions: “Substantially oversubscribed” share issue brings on a range of new investors for growing publisher
  68. Media Molecule to launch Dreams in paid Early Access this spring: Long-awaited game is among the first to introduce Early Access concept to PlayStation 4
  69. NetEase maintains revenue growth despite Chinese approvals freeze: Online games revenue was up 11% in 2018, with ten new games still waiting for approval in China
  70. Tencent and NetEase’s combined non-China mobile revenues leap 505% to $472m: IHS Markit says Chinese publishers’s efforts overseas helped weather game freeze, let by NetEase’s battle royale Knives Out
  71. Tencent partners with Intel on its streaming service, Instant Play
  72. Snail Games launches indie publishing label: Chinese outfit establishes Wandering Wizard to bring Western indie titles to the market, starting with Virtual Basement’s Outlaws of the Old West
  73. Paratopic haunts the walking sim with verbs and violence
  74. Blog: Why 2018 was a landmark year for accessibility  
  75. Kabam founder forms blockchain gaming startup Forte: Kevin Chou hopes to encourage adoption of blockchain in the gaming industry by building, supporting new projects 
  76. Embark Studios grows to over 50 people, working on first title: Patrick Söderlund’s new studio larger than anticipated as it starts work on co-op, free-to-play action game
  77. Technical deep dive: The wild and windy aerodynamics ofJust Cause 4
  78. FIFA announces eNations Cup tournament: Latest series is one of three officially hosted by the football association in partnership with EA Sports
  79. Overwatch League Boston Uprising, New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitution: Robert Kraft, 24 others charged after eight-month-long investigation in southern Florida
  80. “China is saying is that esports is cool, and more healthy than gaming itself”: What role can “offline” esports events like summer camps play in repairing the industry’s relationship with the Chinese government?
  81. Female viewership of esports increasing: Interpret finds girls and women account for 30% of esports watchers, up more than 6% in just two years
  82. Hi-Rez Studios: Turning battle royale into an entertaining esport – Esports BAR Cannes speaker Alex Grimonpont explains why “we still haven’t seen a significant success” from battle royale in terms entertaining spectators
  83. Use of excerpts of videogames and eSports competitions without the right holder’s consent: is it fair use (or the Princess is in another castle)? 
  84. HTC is launching the Vive Focus Plus this year, complete with 6DoF controllers
  85. US Future staff to unionize with Writers Guild of America: PC Gamer, GamesRadar, others join growing industry push for unionization
  86. U.S. Patent No. 9,138,648: System and method for dynamically loading game software for smooth game play 
  87. U.S. Patent No. 9,266,022: System to pause a game console whenever an object enters an exclusion zone 
  88. U.S. Patent No. 8,882,594: Control scheme for real time strategy game 
  89. 5 Ways Black Panther’s Success Could Inspire Video Games
  90. How Black Women Made The Sims 4 Their Own
  91. 5 Awesome Black Video Game Characters: In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate some of the best black characters in video games.
  92. Jerry Lawson: The Black Man Who Revolutionized Gaming As We Know It – Meet Gerald “Jerry” Lawson, the man who pioneered the video game cartridge.
  93. Games Developed By Black Developers You Should Look Out For: In celebration of Black History Month, here are some indie games that should be on your radar. 
  94. No Doubt v. Activision Publishing, Inc. 
  95. Resident Evil 2 Remake: The Tofu Survivor Challenge- Hot Keys
  96. Resident Evil 2 remake ships 4 million copies in first month
  97. The Interactivity of Reading
  98. Amy Hennig calls single-player games ‘just a harder and harder proposition’
  99. Opinion: Civilization VI’s (Green) New Deal
  100. Blog: A student game postmortem (or how not to make a game)

DIGITAL

  1. Digital rights are *all* human rights, not just civil and political: The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights consults with the field
  2. Report: US Cyber Command took Russian trolls offline during midterms
  3. Does Twitter Have An Anti-Conservative Bias, Or Just An Anti-Nazi Bias?
  4. Latest Garbage Twitter/Terrorism Lawsuit Is The Stupidest Twitter/Terrorism Lawsuit
  5. Twitter co-founder Ev Williams has stepped down from the $24 billion company’s board
  6. Facebook Reportedly Let Marketers Advertise to Nazis: Advertisers can pay to make sure their messages reach neo-Nazis.
  7. Facebook decided which users are interested in Nazis – and let advertisers target them directly
  8. These Apps Reportedly Shared Sensitive Personal Information With Facebook
  9. Facebook Ups Surveillance Of Users To Keep Tabs On People Who Don’t Like Facebook
  10. Facebook VPN that snoops on users is pulled from Android store
  11. Facebook pulls the plug on its data snooping Onavo VPN service: Its research programs will also gain more clarity
  12. The Trauma Floor: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America
  13. Facebook’s promised Clear History privacy tool to launch later this year following delay
  14. Facebook Orders Animated Comedy Series Starring Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron, Sets ‘Real World’ Reboot Fan Voting
  15. Beware The Rise Of Censorship Under The Guise Of Stopping Fake News: UK Regulators Push For Dangerous Plan
  16. Open Letter From New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica Regarding Amazon
  17. How a coat on Amazon took over a neighborhood – and then the internet: A case study of a trend that maybe wasn’t one.
  18. Amazon Is Now Ditching on Seattle Plans, Too
  19. When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online
  20. YouTube loses advertisers over “wormhole into pedophilia ring”
  21. After Child Video Scandal, YouTube Says Ad-Friendly Videos Can Be Demonetized For Inappropriate Comments
  22. YouTube And Demonetization: The Hammer And Nail Of Content Moderation
  23. YouTube recommendations for ‘alt-right’ videos have dropped dramatically, study shows: But YouTube denies demoting content based on “specific political perspectives”.
  24. When the Alt-right Loves Your App
  25. Suicide instructions spliced into kids’ cartoons on YouTube and YouTube Kids
  26. YouTube Demonetizes Anti-Vaccination Channels Following Advertiser Outcry
  27. YouTube Music Launches New Mini-Series Format, Beginning With Billie Eilish
  28. Michelle Obama Joins YouTube’s Book Panel Discussion Special
  29. T-Series Surpassed PewDiePie For 10 Minutes Following Routine YouTube Audit
  30. “Despacito” Becomes First Video In YouTube History To Pass 6 Billion Views
  31. Legal Update: Influencing The Influencers
  32. Lilly Singh Comes Out As Bisexual, Urging Fans To Embrace Their Differences As “Superpowers”
  33. Crunchyroll, Portal A To Shine Light On Diverse Anime Fandom In New Docuseries
  34. Amid 1 Billion Downloads, TikTok Launches Video Series To Protect Its Young Users
  35. Police: Uber Data Helped Prove Jussie Smollett Faked Hate Crime
  36. Apple closes two Dallas stores in apparent bid to ward off patent trolls
  37. Apple Shutting Down Stores In East Texas To Avoid Patent Trolling Cases In The Troll’s Favorite Docket
  38. Report: Apple is working on a new SDK for painless porting from iOS to Mac
  39. Apple Car: Apple’s vehicle project, focused on building an autonomous driving system.
  40. How Apple and app developers will try to entice you to subscribe, not just pay once
  41. Investigating the Higbee & Associates Copyright Trolling Operation
  42. One Person’s Unsettling Experience With A $20k Higbee Copyright Troll Demand Letter
  43. Teen Musician Turns Down $3 Million Record Deal: No Need For A Label Thanks To The Internet
  44. European governments approve controversial new copyright law
  45. European Journalists Point Out That Article 11 Will Enrich Publishers At The Expense Of Journalists 
  46. New EU Directive threatens the Internet as we know it (Andres Guadamuz)
  47. Europe Against the Net
  48. Who Needs Article 13: Italian Court Finds Facebook Liable For Hosting Links
  49. Japanese Academics Issue The Tamest ‘Emergency’ Statement Over Proposed Copyright Amendment
  50. Inside the Rise and Fall of a Multimillion-Dollar Airbnb Scheme: Multiple misleading identities, more than 100 host accounts and 18 corporations were created to run an illegal hotel business in Manhattan, according to a lawsuit filed by the city. 
  51. After Child Video Scandal, YouTube Says Ad-Friendly Videos Can Be Demonetized For Inappropriate Comments
  52. YouTube’s Commenter Controversy Is Putting Creators in a Tricky Position
  53. Major Companies Are Pulling Ads From YouTube Over Pedophile Concerns
  54. One Month After Returning To YouTube, AT&T Once Again Yanks Ad Spending Following Discovery Of Pedophilic Comments
  55. Disney reportedly in talks to buy AT&T’s stake in Hulu
  56. Disney Pulls YouTube Ads Amid Child Video Scandal, As Platform Disables Comments On Tens Of Millions Of Videos
  57. Anti-Vaccination Videos May Be YouTube’s Latest Front In Battle Against Conspiracies
  58. YouTube Says No Ads on Anti-Vaccine Videos
  59. Influencing the Influencer – how to be #CMAcompliant
  60. Who Won The PewDiePie And T-Series YouTube Subscriber Battle? The Two Canadian Teens Behind FlareTV.
  61. Jimmy Fallon Becomes First Late-Night Host To Hit 20 Million YouTube Subscribers
  62. Netflix Is the Most Intoxicating Portal to Planet Earth: Instead of trying to sell American ideas to a foreign audience, it’s aiming to sell international ideas to a global audience.
  63. Netflix Spent As Much As $60 Million Trying (And Failing) To Win ‘Roma’ The Best Picture Oscar
  64. Netflix and the Economics of Bundling 
  65. ‘Bon Appétit’ Launches Free OTT Channel With Slate Of 3 New Series 
  66. Older Adults Are Especially Prone to Social Media Bubbles  
  67. Insights: Doing A Better Job Counting What Counts In Social Media 
  68. Surprise: Uganda’s New Social Media Tax Seems To Have Led To Fewer People Using The Internet, And Total Value Of Mobile Transactions To Drop 
  69. Be Careful What You Wish For: Demanding Platforms Delete Disinformation May Make It Harder To Understand What Happened
  70. Court Refuses To Allow Defendant In Copyright Trolling Case To Proceed, But Hints At Reform
  71. DoorDash Is a Bunch of Snakes
  72. Beyond HoloLens: Microsoft expands its augmented-reality vision with iOS, Android apps 
  73. Hands-on: HoloLens 2 is a More Than Just a Larger Field of View 
  74. Microsoft Significantly Misrepresented HoloLens 2’s Field of View at Reveal
  75. Employees urge Microsoft to pull HoloLens military contract
  76. Microsoft CEO defends ‘principled and democratic’ HoloLens military contract
  77. Nadella: Microsoft will sell war tech to democracies to “protect freedoms”
  78. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella defends HoloLens military contract: “We’re not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy”
  79. Why IBM’s “Dear Tech” Ad Is So Enraging
  80. A New AI Draws Cats, and They’re Utterly Grotesque: No cats were harmed in the making of this creepy website.
  81. AI Writes Article About AI: Does The Newspaper Hold The Copyright?
  82. An NYU professor explains why it’s so dangerous that Silicon Valley is building AI to make decisions without human values 
  83. Humanity + AI: Better Together
  84. When Algorithms Think You Want To Die
  85. Twenty minutes into the future with OpenAI’s Deep Fake Text AI 
  86. How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech Are Automating the Climate Crisis
  87. Google ends forced arbitration for all employees
  88. Google Fesses Up To Hidden Microphone In Nest Home Security Platform
  89. Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e hands-on: Samsung is slowly getting better
  90. Guidemaster: The least-awful Android phones
  91. Oppo’s foldable smartphone is another futuristic wraparound display device
  92. LG’s V50 answers the foldable phone craze with a detachable second screen
  93. Forget Face ID, the LG G8 comes with palm-reading “Hand ID” biometrics
  94. USB 3.2 is going to make the current USB branding even worse: People already get the names wrong, so the USB group has doubled down on bad naming.
  95. Nike’s self-lacing sneakers turn into bricks after faulty firmware update
  96. Blockchain based smart contracts equal to written documents in Italy 
  97. Surge In Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacking Activity 
  98. Perhaps the QuadragaCX Story Will Have a Happy Ending
  99. Upcoming Tech IPOs Will Mint Hundreds of Overnight Millionaires and Silicon Valley Vultures Are Licking Their Chops
  100. Why Big Cap Tech is So Big
  101. New FTC task force will take on tech monopolies: And they’re going to look at previous mergers
  102. The FTC Probably Doesn’t Need A New ‘Big Tech’ Task Force. It Just Needs To Do Its Job
  103. FTC’s first case over fake paid Amazon reviews targets dodgy diet pills
  104. FTC Brings First Case Challenging Fake Paid Reviews on an Independent Retail Website 
  105. FTC Announces Settlement Involving Fake Amazon Reviews 
  106. For the First Time, FTC Fines Company for Fake Amazon Reviews: “When a company buys fake reviews to inflate its Amazon ratings, it hurts both shoppers and companies that play by the rules.”
  107. String of ions may out-compute best quantum computers 
  108. Ariana Grande Becomes Most-Followed Female Creator On Instagram
  109. Canada’s Internet Music Success Story: SOCAN’s Canadian Internet Streaming Revenues Surpass Radio Royalties (Michael Geist)
  110. Here’s why we’re entering the Golden Age of Podcasts, in 10 graphs
  111. Why Musicians Are Starting Their Own Podcasts  – and Why the Podcast Industry Should Pay Attention: In sidestepping media middlemen, artists are creating their own DIY music-media economy
  112. Spotify launches in India amidst legal battle with Warner
  113. Why Did Music Visualizers Disappear?
  114. Providing Software Source Code Key to Powering Future Software Development (UNESCO)
  115. Back to the Stratosphere: How the Rarest Music in the World Comes Back – Duster was a small, largely forgotten band from the late ’90s. Then their legend began to grow on sites like Discogs. Now, they’re the subject of a major reissue.
  116. Unmasking the internet’s favourite novelist: Todd Noy was said to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a towering figure in the online fan-fiction community. His books were delivered around the world. But he may have never existed.
  117. Kickstarter to Remove That Rat From the End of The Departed Whacked By DMCA Takedown
  118. 2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 7: Content Moderation, Section 230, & More (Eric Goldman) 
  119. Top Internet Law Developments of 2018 (Eric Goldman)

CREATIVITY

  1. China Extends Its Censorship To Australian Books, Written By Australian Authors For Australian Readers
  2. Clarence Thomas Has a Point About Free-Speech Law: The constitutional foundations of New York Times v. Sullivan are not looking all that firm.
  3. Catholic School Teen’s Lawyers File $250M Defamation Suit Against The Washington Post; Fail To List Any Actual Defamation
  4. Be warned – you can be held liable for the defamatory comments of another! 
  5. ASA publishes new guidance to protect children from irresponsible gambling ads
  6. Wherein The Copia Institute, Engine, And Reddit Tell The DC Circuit That FOSTA Is Unconstitutional
  7. No Apologies: Nirvana v. Marc Jacobs
  8. The company that commissioned “Fearless Girl” is suing its creator.
  9. Ad Standards Announces New Dispute Procedure
  10. EU, Chile, Singapore and Spain IP offices named most innovative in the world

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Enough is Enough: Bains Proposes CRTC Policy Direction Grounded in Competition, Affordability, and Consumer Interests (Michael Geist)
  2. Proposed Order Issuing a Direction to the CRTC on Implementing the Canadian Telecommunications Policy Objectives to Promote Competition, Affordability, Consumer Interests and Innovation
  3. The CRTC Opens a Penske File: Chair Ian Scott Commits to Little Action Despite Finding Misleading Telecom Sales Tactics (Michael Geist)
  4. A CRTC More Interested in Protecting Incumbent Companies Than Consumers: My Appearance on the Broadcast Dialogue Podcast (Michael Geist)
  5. Appeals court rejects government bid to reverse AT&T/Time Warner deal
  6. Judge Ruling In AT&T Merger Again Highlights Broken Antitrust Enforcement, Court Myopia
  7. AT&T Throwing FundRaiser For Senate Chair Ahead Of Privacy Hearings
  8. FCC Uses Cherry-Picked Stats To Justify Giving Consumers A Giant Middle Finger
  9. Super Bowl Commercial for “Us” Generates FCC Complaints
  10. Frontier demands $4,300 cancellation fee despite horribly slow Internet
  11. Trump Administration’s ‘National Broadband Plan’ Comically Refuses To Acknowledge A Lack Of Competition
  12. Trump Calls For “6G,” Which Doesn’t Exist: Let’s focus on actually setting up 5G first.
  13. Trump demands quick rollout of “6G” wireless tech, which doesn’t exist
  14. Is 5G Being Weaponized?
  15. 5G Is Going to Be an Incredibly Tough Sell in 2019
  16. HTC Did the Unthinkable and Made a Hotspot That’s Cool
  17. There’s No End in Sight to Our Robocall Hell
  18. Industry Claims That Cord Cutting Would Be A Fad Aren’t Looking So Hot 
  19. Investigators, Reporters Close In On The Origins Of Those Fake Net Neutrality Comments
  20. Verizon says phone-sale fraud is up, wants to lock new phones to fight it
  21. Windstream, ISP with 1 million customers, files for bankruptcy

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. ICO prosecutes Cambridge Analytica parent company
  2. 9 Years After: From Operation Aurora to Zero Trust –  How the first documented nation-state cyberattack is changing security today.
  3. Piracy v. Privacy – The Federal Court Significantly Restores the Balance in Canadian Mass Copyright Litigation by Insisting on “Best Available Evidence”
  4. Consent: Is It Meaningful?
  5. Yahoo! Data Breach Settlement Increases Risk for Companies’ Directors and Officers
  6. Plain wrong: Millions of utility customers’ passwords stored in plain text – “It’s ridiculous vendors are replying to researchers via general counsel, not bug bounty.”
  7. Court Says DOJ’s Attempt To Force Facebook To Break Encryption Can Remain Under Seal
  8. Amazon Echo and Google Home should be able to snitch on owners, says professor: Marija Slavkovik at the University of Bergen, Norway wonders whether your digital assistant needs a moral, ethical dimension. But of course.
  9. EU Law Enforcement Preps To Start Sharing Sensitive Data With A Number Of Human Rights Abusers
  10. 8 GDPR compliance tips explained by Queen songs
  11. How criminals are using the low-interest credit card scam to steal your identity
  12. Many websites threatened by highly critical code-execution bug in Drupal
  13. Google: Software is never going to be able to fix Spectre-type bugs
  14. Love (or hate) Data?
  15. Five UK Privacy and Data Protection Predictions for 2019

Jon

 

News of the Week; February 20, 2019

GAMES

  1. Oxford study finds no link between violent video games and teen aggression
  2. No link between violent video games and increased aggression in teens, study finds: Oxford University describes study as “one of the most definitive to date”
  3. Violent video game engagement is not associated with adolescents’ aggressive behaviour: evidence from a registered report (Andrew Przybylski & Netta Weinstein)
  4. Niantic poised to settle Pokémon Go trespassing complaints
  5. Pokémon GO Lawsuit Settlement Might Lead To Some Pokéstops And Gyms Being Removed
  6. The mythos and meaning behind Pokémon’s most famous glitch 
  7. Epic Games pulls Fortnite YouTube ads over child predator concerns  
  8. Organizers of unsanctioned Fortnite festival facing lawsuit from Epic Games
  9. Epic Games files legal claim against Fortnite Live event organizers: Organizer Exciting Events forced to stop trading to limit losses
  10. Fortnite dance off: Fresh Prince star refused copyright on ‘Carlton Dance’ 
  11. One Of The People Suing Fortnite Over ‘Stolen’ Dance Steps Gets His Dance Rejected By The US Copyright Office
  12. Alfonso Ribeiro denied copyright to Carlton dance, damaging Fortnite lawsuit: US Copyright Office says routine is too simple to be protected by law
  13. ‘Fortnite’ Publisher Pauses YouTube Ads After They Ran On Videos Where Commenters Fetishized Children
  14. Respawn has already banned over 16,000 cheaters fromApex Legends
  15. Ninja Wins Twitch’s First ‘Apex Legends’ Tournament By One Point 
  16. Apex Legends already beat Fortnite’s single-day viewership record on Twitch
  17. Apex Legends beats Fortnite record for single-day Twitch viewing: Respawn’s Twitch Rivals event racked up 8.4 million hours viewed, streaming platform’s fourth highest in five years
  18. ‘Fortnite’s’ Massively Attended Virtual Concert is a Potent Glimpse of VR’s Future
  19. Wrestler Booker T Sues Activision For Copyright Infringement Over Fairly Generic Character Depiction
  20. US labor organization AFL-CIO urges game developers to unionize in open letter
  21. How did Yoshi’s Island music end up in an official US gov’t Web game?
  22. Revenue and profit up as Paradox experiences best year to date
  23. Paradox Interactive breaks new ground for modding on consoles: Independent Paradox Mods platform will provide a direct channel to console audiences “without pre-moderation”
  24. Paradox and Microsoft have created an open modding platform for Paradox titles
  25. Microsoft, Paradox allow open game modding on Xbox One for the first time
  26. Devs accuse Sony of “playing favorites” with PS4’s cross-platform support 
  27. Stubbornness over cross-play reminds us of bad old Sony | Opinion
  28. Sony: We Are Totally Open For Crossplay, Game Developers: No, You Totally Are Not
  29. Sony is readying to shut down PlayStation Vita production in Japan
  30. PS4-exclusive Dreams is launching into early access this spring  
  31. Employees at Blizzard’s France location unsure if their jobs are safe
  32. 134 jobs in danger at Blizzard’s French office
  33. Rewarding profit and nothing else | Opinion : Activision Blizzard’s mass layoffs amid record profits fits the company’s disregard for optics, but it may be self-defeating in the long run
  34. Nitro Games begins layoff talks, could cut workforce in half
  35. Mobile dev Next Games lays off 26 staff  
  36. Q&A: Non-profit Take This addresses mental health challenges among gaming community and creators 
  37. Ubisoft holds steady in Q3 despite competitive holiday 
  38. Ubisoft isn’t worried about an influx of new games stealingRainbow Six Siege’s thunder
  39. Why Ubisoft moved The Division 2 to the Epic Games store: CEO Yves Guillemot praises Epic’s terms, but says move was to “increase player exposure to our own store”
  40. Shadow of the Tomb Raider ships 4.12 million: Lara Croft’s latest adventure “got off to a weak start” for Square Enix alongside Just Cause 4 
  41. Square Enix consolidating its business divisions: Company plans to reorganize from 11 to four units, won’t involve workforce reduction
  42. Overkill’s The Walking Dead earned $3.7m from sales in Q4: Starbreeze full-year financial report underlines commercial performance of key title
  43. Report: China freezes new game approvals as regulators tackle backlog  
  44. Chinese government halts new game approvals to work through backlog: State Administration of Press and Publications to clear backlog before approving new submissions
  45. Tencent introduces streaming rules to stay on the up-and-up with Chinese law
  46. Report: Tencent wants to distribute Apex Legends in China 
  47. Tencent in talks to bring Apex Legends to China – Report 
  48. Tencent joins Netmarble consortium in Nexon bid
  49. Report: Netmarble and Tencent could buy Nexon as part of consortium  
  50. Kingdom Hearts III, Resident Evil 2 can’t stop January US sales dip: NPD Group finds gaming revenues down 19% year-over-year to $893 million; growth of Switch sales offset by declines in all other platforms 
  51. Revenue down by 5.4% at Rovio, but games segment holds firm
  52. Com2uS acquires majority stake in visual novel developer Day 7  
  53. That’s a wrap: Valve is axing Steam’s video section
  54. Valve retires non-gaming content from video on-demand service: Blockbuster movies fail to find traction on Steam
  55. Razer Game Store shutting down after 10 months
  56. Live support for Heroes of Newerth scaled back to essentials only: Former League of Legends rival to receive one last major update after ten years of live service 
  57. eSports: a new frontier for the advertising law and image rights? 
  58. EA opts Origin users out of “real-name sharing” after complaints
  59. Don’t Miss: Common problems when translating games into Japanese
  60. Anthem review: BioWare’s sky-high gaming ambition crashes back to Earth
  61. ‘Human Eye Resolution’ VR Is a Treat If You Know Where to Look
  62. Retina resolution headset puts the “reality” into “virtual reality”
  63. After Machinima Shutdown, Rooster Teeth Revives ‘Inside Gaming’ and Rescues Other Machinima Shows 
  64. Nintendo’s greatest strength this generation is self-acceptance | Opinion: The platform holder has returned to its roots, and it is stronger and more well-rounded as a result
  65. Dealmaster: As Switch sales slow, Nintendo launches a new bundle
  66. Porn Star Comes To The Nintendo Switch 
  67. Report: Early adopters of the Nintendo Switch weren’t in target demographic
  68. Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic—it’s a gameplay revolution
  69. Breaking down categories of action in strategy games
  70. Insights: How Marshmello, MassMutual and Microsoft Are Remaking Content Marketing
  71. BOY, God of War won big at the DICE Awards
  72. God of War sweeps 2019 DICE Awards: Meanwhile, Halo boss Bonnie Ross welcomed into Hall of Fame and Celeste wins two categories
  73. Getting to the heart of art in the delightfully strange Art Sqool
  74. Enjoy a ’93 video tour of id Software while Doom was being made
  75. Blog: What is a meta-game?  
  76. Blog: Examining the issues with battle royale game design

DIGITAL

  1.  The U.S. is About to Hit Facebook With a Multi-Billion Dollar Fine: It could be the largest tech fine in history.
  2. Facebook may face multi-billion dollar fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal
  3. Facebook is a law-breaking “digital gangster,” UK government report says
  4. It’s time for a “radical shift in the balance of power between the platforms and the people,” the British parliament says: Facebook acts like “digital gangsters,” “Mark Zuckerberg has shown contempt” toward governments
  5. Facebook, Google, CDC under pressure to stop anti-vax garbage from spreading
  6. Behold, the Facebook phishing scam that could dupe even vigilant users 
  7. Leaked Zuckerberg Email Reveals Facebook’s XR Strategy, ‘Our goal is not only to win, but to accelerate its arrival’ 
  8. The Hatebook: Inside Facebook’s thriving subculture of racism
  9. Facebook Blames Users for Its Latest Privacy Scandal as Lawmakers Ask to Chat
  10. Roger McNamee: ‘It’s bigger than Facebook. This is a problem with the entire industry’
  11. Zuckerberg defends big tech, says Facebook should remain free 
  12. Mark Zuckerberg is ‘potentially interested’ in putting Facebook login on the blockchain: ‘There’s a lot of things I think would be quite attractive about that’
  13. Zuckerberg, forgetting about Facebook’s Portal: ‘We definitely don’t want a society where there’s a camera in everyone’s living room’ 
  14. ‘They have no clue about network security’: China data leak exposes mass surveillance across Muslim Xinjiang
  15. When surveillance meets incompetence: Evil, and poorly done at that
  16. A Court Just Sent a Man to Prison For 3D Printing a Gun
  17. Someone Impersonated New Jersey’s Attorney General To Demand Cloudflare Takedown 3d Printed Gun Instructions
  18. Florida inmate says prison sold him $569 of music, then took it away
  19. Hollywood tries to cripple several alleged pirate TV services in one lawsuit
  20. Study Reinforces How Much The Internet Has Enabled Content Creators To Make Money
  21. Sony Using Copyright To Take Down Its Own Anti-Piracy Propaganda
  22. HuffPost Fires Social Media Editor For Being Incredibly Racist On Social Media
  23. Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report published
  24. This Site Uses Deep Learning to Generate Fake Airbnb Listings: The future of the internet is lots and lots of fake stuff.
  25. Twitter CEO Says Users Could Get a Feature to ‘Clarify’ Their Bad Tweets
  26. Another Politician Probably Violated the First Amendment By Blocking a Constituent on Twitter–Campbell v. Reisch (Eric Goldman) 
  27. Indian Lawmakers Considering TikTok Ban, Calling App “Inimical To Law And Order”
  28. European Parliament Approves Controversial “Meme Ban”
  29. The EU’s Digital Copyright Directive – where are we now? 
  30. EU Moves Forward With Agreement To Fundamentally Change The Internet From Open To Closed
  31. The Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive: text agreed in trialogue discussions
  32. EU Commission Decides To Mock The Public; Insists Fears About EU Copyright Directive Are All Myths 
  33. As EU Politicians Insist That It’s All Just ‘Bots’ And ‘Astroturf’ Tons Of People Showing Up In Real Life To Protest
  34. Beijing’s denial of Huawei control bucks expert analysis
  35. Can Russia Actually ‘Unplug’ From The Internet? 
  36. Nestle and others have suspended YouTube ads over news of a pedophile network on the site
  37. Disney Reportedly Pulls YouTube Ads Over Child-Exploitation Controversy
  38. Disney reportedly pulls ads from YouTube following child exploitation controversy: Following Nestlé and Epic Games
  39. The YouTube Pedophile Commenting Scandal, Explained: The predator problem has been public knowledge since at least 2017. But the online video giant has been done nothing meaningfully to fix it.
  40. How YouTube reactionaries are breaking the news media 
  41. Texas Study Finds Majority Of ‘Flat Earthers’ Are Indoctrinated On YouTube
  42. Study blames YouTube for rise in number of Flat Earthers: Conspiracy theories shown on video-sharing site persuade people to doubt Earth is round 
  43. YouTube revamps community guidelines strike system: In an effort to make policies clearer and consistent
  44. YouTube Is Changing Its Community Guidelines Strike System For The First Time In A Decade
  45. How Kids YouTube Star Blippi Used Copyright Law to Hide His Harlem Shake Poop Video: Someone claiming to represent Blippi filed DMCA copyright takedown requests to Google in order to get an embarrassing viral video hidden.
  46. German Politician Thinks Gmail Constituent Messages Are All Faked By Google
  47. Jimmy Fallon Becomes First Late-Night Host To Hit 20 Million YouTube Subscribers
  48. Vox lawyers briefly censored YouTubers who mocked The Verge’s bad PC build advice
  49. Users alarmed by undisclosed microphone in Nest Security System
  50. Google Says Unlisted, Built-In Microphone on Nest Devices Wasn’t Supposed to Be ‘Secret’
  51. Google’s Waymo risks repeating Silicon Valley’s most famous blunder
  52. Google partially backtracks on Chrome changes that would break ad blockers
  53. Google Play apps with >10 million installs drain batteries, jack up data charges
  54. YouTuber Matt Watson Uncovers “Wormhole” Of Fetishizing Comments On Videos Of Young Children
  55. Fitness Influencer ‘Scammer’ Brittany Dawn Is “Getting This Business In Order,” Though Some Fans Are Unconvinced
  56. 7-Year-Old YouTube Megastar Ryan ToysReview Is Getting His Own Nickelodeon Series
  57. Victoria Beckham Launching YouTube Fashion Channel
  58. Matthew Patrick Slams Defy Media’s Bank For Comparing Itself To YouTubers Who Lost Money 
  59. The latest Instagram influencer frontier? Medical promotions.: Big pharma is partnering with influencers to sell new drugs and medical devices.
  60. The Latest In Trademark Abuse Is Registering Marks To Obtain Ownership Of Instagram Accounts 
  61. Meet The Beauty Influencer Who Isn’t Afraid To Say What She Thinks: Jackie Aina has been unapologetic about holding the makeup industry accountable to the black women who buy its products.
  62. Elon Musk Says He Filmed PewDiePie Collab As T-Series Subscriber Race Heats Up
  63. Rooster Teeth Resurrects Select Machinima Series, Including ‘Inside Gaming’, In Wake Of Shutdown
  64. Hulu Acquires Award-Winning Documentary About 16-Year-Old Influencer 
  65. Hulu Ad Campaign Spells Out That Its Influencers Get Paid
  66. Hulu’s New ‘Sellouts’ Ad Campaign Tells Viewers It Pays Influencers To Endorse It
  67. Snapchat Expands NHL Pact to Add Hockey Highlights, Curated Stories
  68. The New York Times quietly paused its Snapchat channel
  69. New Algorithm Detects Fake Online Dating Profiles 
  70. Netflix Unveils Canadian Production Hub To Accommodate Projects From Guillermo Del Toro, John Green
  71. Claiming for Unlawful Prophets – $50 Million Satanic Netflix Suit Settled
  72. Netflix’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones Are Officially Cancelled
  73. Netflix makes it official, canceling Punisher and Jessica Jones 
  74. How Dark Horse is building its own movie and TV empire out of comic books, from Netflix to a ‘Hellboy’ reboot 
  75. Netflix isn’t talking about itself like a tech company anymore
  76. “Hollywood is now irrelevant,” says IAC Chairman Barry Diller
  77. Feeling unwelcome, Amazon ditches plans for New York hub
  78. Facing opposition, Amazon scraps New York HQ2 plans
  79. Amazon Abandons HQ2 Campus in New York
  80. Bill de Blasio Does Not Appear to Be Taking the Amazon HQ2 Breakup Well
  81. Amazon’s grave HQ2 mistake: The political landscape changed but the company’s playbook didn’t 
  82. Amazon Launches Social Media Strategy For Massive ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Prequel
  83. Amazon Alexa And The Search For The One Perfect Answer
  84. Amazon caught selling counterfeits of publisher’s computer books—again
  85. India is turning its back on Silicon Valley
  86. The Big Data Revolution Will Be Sampled: How ‘Big Data’ Has Come To Mean ‘Small Sampled Data’
  87. Are the algorithms that power dating apps racially biased?: If the algorithms powering these match-making systems contain pre-existing biases, is the onus on dating apps to counteract them?
  88. Two Pricing AIs Went Rogue and Formed a Cartel to Gouge Humans: Capitalism is just another game that the AI intends to win.
  89. AI Executive Order – What’s Next? 
  90. Elon Musk-backed AI Company Claims It Made a Text Generator That’s Too Dangerous to Release
  91. The AI Text Generator That’s Too Dangerous To Make Public
  92. OpenAI built a text generator so good, it’s considered too dangerous to release
  93. Researchers, scared by their own work, hold back “deepfakes for text” AI
  94. Robots Are Already Driving and Painting, Now They’re Directing Films Too: A new documentary lets robots interview and film humans.
  95. India’s first RoboCop: Kerala Police inducts robot, gives it SI rank: Chief Minister Vijayan welcomed the Sub Inspector (SI) ranked robot into the service with an honorary salute and the ‘RoboCop’ responded with a perfect salute. It has been named KP-Bot.
  96. Gambling Commission announces new rules for online gambling 
  97. New WIPO study on A.I. inventions and EDPB opinion on clinical trials 
  98. This is why AI has yet to reshape most businesses
  99. We should treat algorithms like prescription drugs
  100. Ocasio-Cortez is right, algorithms are biased – but we can make them fairer
  101. On WhatsApp, Rumours, and Lynchings
  102. Did an employer breach its duty of care to an employee when it changed the passwords on his personal internet accounts on his company-provided mobile?
  103. What happens when you create a fake music record label and upload bad music to Spotify: A scholarly experiment to figure out how Spotify works (and how to trick it) 
  104. Spotify Paid Nearly $340 Million to Buy Podcast Startups Gimlet and Anchor
  105. SoundCloud Launches Tool to Distribute Music to Other Streaming Services
  106. DJ Deadmau5 Quits Twitch After Platform Suspends Him For Homophobic Remarks 
  107. The Record Label of The Future is No Label At All: Spotify’s acquisitions of Gimlet and Anchor signal ambitious plans to disintermediate the music industry.
  108. It Sounds Like It Could Be a While Until We Actually Get Apple’s Streaming Service
  109. Apple Taps Reese Witherspoon, J.J. Abrams, More For Video Service Launch Event On March 25
  110. Gambling, porn, and piracy on iOS: Apple’s enterprise certificate woes continue
  111. Apple reportedly planning to combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps by 2021
  112. Samsung’s foldable phone is finally official—meet the Galaxy Fold
  113. Microsoft culls secret Flash whitelist after Google points out its insecurity
  114. Florida Court Finds Virtual Currency Subject to Money Service Businesses Law 
  115. Trouble in Paradise: Florida Court Rules that Selling Bitcoin is Money Transmission
  116. JPMorgan is creating a cryptocurrency pegged to the dollar
  117. Inside the London tech scene’s frantic plan to stop Brexit: Britain’s techies still want to bring Brexit crashing down – and they’re scrambling to build the tools to do so
  118. The Internet Was Built on the Free Labor of Open Source Developers. Is That Sustainable?: A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development.
  119. GoFundMe: Hope, but no solution, for the needy 
  120. Judges Are Struggling To Interpret Emoji In Court Cases
  121. How Would You Feel Having Your Emoji Messages Read Out in Court?
  122. Queensland drivers set to get emoji number plates: Apparently there’s no stopping the spread of emoji – and road users are about to start seeing more of the little characters.
  123. Ong’s Hat: The Early Internet Conspiracy Game That Got Too Real
  124. Welcome to the cyber world: The real-world tech behind Alita: Battle Angel

CREATIVITY

  1. Alec Baldwin Wants to Know if Donald Trump Is Threatening Him
  2. Fox News Bans Ad For Documentary About American Nazi Rally in 1939
  3. Justice Thomas Is Apparently Serious About Completely Upturning Over 50 Years Of 1st Amendment Law
  4. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, threatens to sue Mail on Sunday: Paper published letter from royal saying father Thomas Markle had ‘broken her heart’
  5. Copyright May Protect a Car Wash’s Liability Disclaimer–Rassamni v. Fresno Auto Spa (Eric Goldman)
  6. Red Sole Diaries: another chapter
  7. How sexist will the media’s treatment of female candidates be? Rule out ‘not at all.’
  8. One of Anime’s Biggest Voices Accused of Sexual Harassment
  9. We get the journalism we deserve
  10. Dentist’s failed suit demonstrates a copyright’s bite needs more than teeth 
  11. The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures
  12. This Video Explores Starship Troopers’ Messy Satirical Relationship With Fascism
  13. Smoke and mirrors? Big Tobacco slip(stream)s back into Formula One sponsorship deals 
  14. If you call this firm a “patent troll,” it might sue for defamation
  15. Appeals Court Takes No Time At All In Rejecting Patent Troll’s Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Cloudflare
  16. Calling Out Copyright Troll Mathew Higbee
  17. When does an Oscar speech become defamatory? 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  Canada’s telecom industry uses misleading and unacceptable sales practices, CRTC report confirms: CRTC report says aggressive practices harm vulnerable consumers, such as seniors, and exist across all sales channels
  2. FTC Opts Out of Updating Anti-Spam Rule 
  3. Ajit Pai orders phone companies to adopt new anti-robocall tech in 2019
  4. Ajit Pai says broadband access is soaring—and that he’s the one to thank
  5. Sprint, T-Mobile Execs Continue To Hallucinate Competitors In Their Post-Merger Dreamscape
  6. FCC Issues Staff Report on “Robocalling”
  7. How an Investigation of Fake FCC Comments Snared a Prominent D.C. Media Firm 
  8. In Wake Of Verizon Flub, New Law Would Ban Wireless Throttling Of First Responders
  9. 5G Has Become The Magic Pixie Dust Of Tech Policy Conversations
  10. Why the future of satellite internet might be decided in rural Alaska

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Actually, Secretly Filming Students’ Cleavage Is Illegal, Canada’s Supreme Court Rules
  2. The Supreme Court’s Jarvis ruling delivers a win for privacy, but it’s a missed opportunity for equality
  3. Right to privacy not an all-or-nothing concept, says SCC in voyeurism case
  4. “Privacy is Not an All-or-Nothing Concept”: The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Jarvis
  5. R. v. Jarvis (2019 SCC 10)
  6. Canadian Privacy Commissioners jointly issue guidelines to organizations for obtaining meaningful consent 
  7. When a privacy policy is not enough: Canadian Privacy Commissioners issue new guidance on obtaining meaningful consent
  8. Yet Another Breach 
  9. The Lucrative Government Spyware Industry Has a New ‘One-Stop-Shop’ for Hacking Everything
  10. Deputies Sued After False ALPR Hit Leads To Guns-Out Traffic Stop Of California Privacy Activist
  11. With elections weeks away, someone “sophisticated” hacked Australia’s politicians
  12. Inside the DNSpionage hacks that hijack domains at an unprecedented scale
  13. Automakers Could Give Police Control Over Your Self-Driving Car
  14. Hard-to-detect credential-theft malware has infected 1,200 and is still going
  15. Nasty code-execution bug in WinRAR threatened millions of users for 14 years

Jon

News of the Week; February 13, 2019

GAMES

  1. Judge orders $150,000 in damages in GTA Online cheating case
  2. Federal court orders Grand Theft Auto V cheat creator to pay $150,000 
  3. Gaming disorder diagnosis puts industry at risk – ESA: Acting president Stanley Pierre-Louis discusses World Health Organization’s gaming addiction concern, loot boxes, unions, and more
  4. Konami ends sale of in-game currency for PES 2019 in Belgium
  5. Konami halts sales of PES 2019 currency in Belgium over loot box ruling: “We fully respect the BGC’s interpretation of relevant laws,” says publisher 
  6. Activision offers to refund some Guitar Hero Live players following GHTV shutdown
  7. Following lawsuit, Activision starts refund program for Guitar Hero Live
  8. Report: Activision Blizzard to make significant layoffs this week 8
  9. Activision Blizzard share price slumps to two-year low: Reports of layoffs and expected earnings decline lead to further pessimism over publisher’s fortunes 
  10. Activision-Blizzard Employees Brace For Massive Layoffs
  11. Activision Blizzard sees “record year,” plans to lay off hundreds: Company prepares for “transition year” as it refocuses on development of core franchises, cuts back on admin and under-performing initiatives
  12. Activision Blizzard reports historic financial gains amid major layoffs
  13. Significant layoffs hit Activision Blizzard
  14. Amid layoffs, Blizzard won’t release a “major” new game in 2019
  15. Activision Blizzard reportedly shutters King’s Seattle studio: King communication manager confirms that Seattle and San Francisco studios have closed
  16. Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy has sold over 10m units: Remake of classics reaches milestone less than two years after launch
  17. Activision-Blizzard lays off 775 people after “record results in 2018”
  18. Activision Blizzard Lays Off 800 Employees, Expects Revenue Drop And Few New Games In 2019
  19. Activision Blizzard staff cuts largely hurt support teams, IT, QA, and publishing: Blizzard especially affected as company restructures gearing toward more new game releases over less time
  20. The Fallout Of Activision Blizzard’s Massive Layoffs
  21. Game Workers Unite sparks campaign to fire Activision Blizzard CEO following mass layoffs: “We, the workers of Activision and their friends, have had enough. Join us in saying that it’s time to #FireBobbyKotick,” says advocacy group
  22. Activision split with Bungie because Destiny “was not meeting financial expectations”: COO Coddy Johnson reiterates that decision to part was mutual, is “right for both parties” 
  23. For Activision, giving up Destiny 2 was the result of ‘missed financial expectations’
  24. Following Activision Blizzard layoffs, King shuts down mobile studio Z2Live
  25. King’s San Francisco studio closed in wake of Activision Blizzard layoffs
  26. Swedish Tax Agency targets King with $389m fine: Skatteverket claims Candy Crush firm has disposed immaterial rights out of its home nation 
  27. King signs Tech Talent Charter to drive diversity: Candy Crush Saga developer is first UK games company to pledge to the initiative
  28. Blog: Being gay in the games industry – Research from the field
  29. American Sign Language emotes added to Star Citizen
  30. Don’t Miss: How devs design the Lego games to appeal to all ages
  31. Video: How Overwatch’s gameplay architecture creates variety
  32. Mobile games continue to drive App Store spending in the U.S.
  33. Hardsuit shutting down Blacklight: Retribution to focus on new projects 
  34. Putting Red Dead Redemption 2’s 23 million shipments in context
  35. Shares slump for big four publishers after latest financials: Take-Two and Electronic Arts suffer the most but analyst maintains games industry still “in rude health” 
  36. Fortnite alone can’t explain tumbling game stocks: The industry’s biggest firms have lost around 13% of their value in the past week, and many are down a third in recent months
  37. Fortnite iOS revenue estimated at $500 million: Sensor Tower’s data shows Epic’s game reaching that milestone faster than Clash Royale and Honor of Kings
  38. Fortnite Sparks a Battle Royale Over the Right to Use Dance Moves 
  39. Epic claims it’s not really copying rapper 2 Milly’s dance in Fortnite
  40. Epic critical of Fortnite dance lawsuit, urges court to dismiss case
  41. Epic Games files for dismissal of 2 Milly’s Fortnite dance lawsuit: Developer insists dance routines are an “unprotectable idea” and claims rapper’s complain is “at odds with free speech” 
  42. PUBG takes home Steam Awards 2018 Game of the Year
  43. Zynga’s mobile games generated a record $228 million revenue last quarter  
  44. Zynga CEO: It’s “too early to tell” if more will follow Epic’s anti-App Store stance – Frank Gibeau says casual games firm has a “great partnership” with both Apple and Google 
  45. Zynga “turnaround now complete” as dev posts record mobile performance for 2018: Company reports second profitable year in a row after a lengthy period of recovery 
  46. Zynga’s turnaround: How once-beleaguered game company plans for 2019 growth 
  47. WWE Hall of Famer sues Activision for character copyright infringement: Booker T Huffman claims Black Ops 4 character too similar to his own comic book hero
  48. EEDAR: Nintendo Switch attracting more women, wider age ranges over time – System on track to follow certain demographic trends of Nintendo predecessors rather than those of console competition
  49. Switch missed hardware target because Nintendo didn’t ‘convey appeal’ of the system
  50. Mario Maker 2 and a Link’s Awakening remake drive today’s Nintendo Direct
  51. Nintendo plans to “boost” Switch Online after surge in short subscription plans: Proportion of single month subs is rising, Nintendo president expresses “critical” need to increase value of the service
  52. Quality over quantity is Nintendo’s first-party focus as the Switch nears year 3
  53. Nintendo: 3DS sales falling “faster than anticipated”
  54. 3DS sales have slowed, but Nintendo still sees a market for its long-running handheld
  55. Gaming business bolsters Bandai Namco’s Q3 profits: Soulcalibur publisher increases full-year guidance following solid holiday sales in network entertainment segment 
  56. THQ Nordic net sales rose 713% to $447.6m in 2018: Publisher now has 77 games in development, including 48 unannounced projects 
  57. THQ Nordic to acquire Kingdom Come: Deliverance dev for $37.5 million  
  58. Australian publishing partner 18Point2 acquired by THQ Nordic
  59. THQ Nordic acquires Warhorse Studios in a €33.2m cash deal: Kingdom Come Deliverance has sold 2m units one year on from its release
  60. Apex Legends Review
  61. Apex Legends: Critical Consensus – Respawn’s surprise release praised for its polish and innovative mechanics, hailed as the future of battle royale
  62. Apex Legends crossed 1 million concurrent players in under 72 hours
  63. Apex Legends reaches 25m players, 2m concurrent: Respawn’s battle royale reaches milestone in first week, after reaching 1m concurrent in first 72 hours
  64. Respawn played with muted mics to get Apex Legends’ smart comms system just right
  65. Video Game Deep Cuts: The Apex Of Legends, Observing The Sunless Skies
  66. After glitch grants access, Bethesda says locked Fallout 76vault will open
  67. EA pays respects to Emiliano Sala, removes him from FIFA: FC Nantes player also pulled from Ultimate Team packs, card prices fixed
  68. EA CEO claims poor marketing, delays, and battle royale woes hurt Battlefield V
  69. Bigben acquires publishing rights for two Cyanide titles: Following last year’s acquisition, publisher adds Tour de France and Pro Cycling Manager to portfolio 
  70. Behind The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn (Part 1)
  71. Behind The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn (Part 2)
  72. Global esports revenues to top $1 billion in 2019: report
  73. Newzoo: Global esports market will exceed $1 billion in 2019 – North America, China to continue to represent majority of esports revenue, though global awareness remains on the rise
  74. Esports now officially a profession in China: ‘Esports operator’ and ‘esports professional’ formally recognized by Chinese government
  75. Riot, Sega, four more join ESA: League of Legends studio, Intellivision, and Wizards of the Coast sign up as Sonic publisher, Natsume, and THQ Nordic return to the US trade group’s ranks
  76. Russ Pitts steps down from Take This, on leave from Escapist: Charity co-founder, site editor-in-chief takes hiatus after “diminishing” experience of Gamergate abuse survivor in Twitter fight
  77. Riot Games: “Before we take on football, we have to be humble”: League of Legends European Championship makes less revenue than a German second division football team, Riot’s Alban Dechelotte said at Esports BAR Cannes yesterday 
  78. AppLovin: Mobile users play games 3-4 times per week on average, but are reluctant to identify as gamers – US, UK mobile users most commonly play games to pass the time, relax, and relieve stress
  79. Bill imposing new excise tax on video games with “mature” or “adults-only” ratings introduced in Pennsylvania Legislature
  80. Nexon celebrates record year for revenue and income: 2018 full-year financials show highest full-year PC and mobile results so far
  81. New releases can’t stop sales and profits falling at Square Enix  
  82. Supercell revenue down second year in a row as titles reach revenue milestones: CEO Ilkka Paananen remains optimistic, outlines plan for studio to become carbon-neutral in 2019
  83. Starbreeze sells back publishing rights to System Shock 3
  84. Starbreeze sells System Shock 3 publishing rights: Troubled publisher and OtherSide Entertainment “mutally agreed” rights should return to the latter
  85. Report: Unity is looking to go public in 2020
  86. Unity reportedly considering IPO for 2020: But engine provider will only float if market conditions are favourable, sources claim
  87. Sony ‘open for business’ on cross-play, but Wargroove dev claims otherwise
  88. Devs refute Sony claims that it’s “open for business” with cross-platform play: “We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen,” says Chucklefish CEO
  89. Layden recalls PS3 ‘Icarus moment,’ looks ahead to expanding PlayStation’s audience
  90. PS3 was “a stark moment of hubris” – Layden: Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios chairman reflects on last generation’s missteps and how the company changed course for PS4
  91. Sony’s Shawn Layden on making fewer PlayStation games: ‘We’re spending more energy on them’  
  92. E3 has lost its impact in a changing industry, says Sony’s Shawn Layden
  93. Monster Hunter: World nears 12 million sales – Sales stood at 11.9m at the end of December, 60% more than any game in Capcom’s history
  94. 20th Century Fox announces indie games fund: Etherborn becomes first title to take advantage of fund aimed at developers “taking creative risks”
  95. Marvel Strike Force dev FoxNext Games opens up indie dev fund  
  96. League of Geeks: “We are a response to what was before” – Blake Mizzi and Trent Kusters on using the mistakes of Australia’s past to build a better studio, and moving on from its hit digital board game Armello
  97. Tearing down the lone developer myth: Iconoclasts creator Joakim Sandberg says developers should learn from his mistakes rather than follow his example
  98. New conference hopes to improve UK games skills crisis: The Games Education Summit 2019 will unite educators and developers under one roof this April 
  99. Ubisoft aims to help machine learning find a place in every stage of game dev 
  100. Ubisoft partners with Mozilla on AI coding assistant Clever-Commit
  101. Ubisoft partners with Mozilla on AI coding assistant: Clever-Commit promises to quickly identify and fix bugs from code changes
  102. Mozilla to use machine learning to find code bugs before they ship
  103. Learn how machine learning can help you make better games at GDC 2019
  104. “They’re more attractive than real boyfriends.” Inside the weird world of Chinese romance video games: In China, love and romance designed by women for women could be the next video game trend
  105. Steam Responds To Epic’s Competition By Weaponizing The Steam Community
  106. Turning painting into a game mechanic in the gorgeousEastshade 2
  107. Valve has some new thoughts on what’s “humanly possible” in SteamVR
  108. Microsoft teases next-gen HoloLens ahead of February 24 reveal
  109. Video: Designing games to better support player expression
  110. Video: To make 1997’s Blade Runner, Westwood first had to create the universe
  111. Video: How to invite player creativity through game mechanics
  112. Amy Hennig sees a social future for storytelling games
  113. Video: Injecting originality into the music of Fallout
  114. Blog: Getting your big break as a game composer
  115. Blog: How does the future of the streamer-developer relationship look?
  116. Obituary: Renowned Atari ST programmer Steve Bak has passed away

DIGITAL

  1. Just when an end seemed near, two 3D-printed gun-file legal battles get new life
  2. Change how Facebook uses our data: Scandals underscore the need to regulate use of customers’ information
  3. Our Thoughts on Facebook’s Oversight Board for Content Decisions
  4. How Facebook Screwed Us All: It’s not just spreading phony stories everywhere – it’s killing real news.
  5. I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.
  6. Facebook Wants You To Know Jay Shetty Made $1 Million In Ad Revenue As It Tries To Appeal To More Creators
  7. Facebook Orders Stephen Curry Docu-Series, Sets BuzzFeed News’ Live Trivia Game Launch
  8. Court upholds conviction of girl who urged suicide with texts and calls
  9. Lessons from Estonia on digital government: What Canada can learn from a tiny country that devised a coordinated, efficient system to serve its citizens using what’s called platform government
  10. ESPN+ Debuts ‘The Boardroom’ Talk Show From NBA Star Kevin Durant
  11. I Cut the ‘Big Five’ Tech Giants From My Life. It Was Hell
  12. Canada needs to commercialize AI, not just do research, industry leaders say – Fewer than half of 100 machine-learning patents developed in Canada remain here: CIGI study
  13. A Bill of Rights for the Age of Artificial Intelligence: We should be concerned about the rights of all sentients as an unprecedented diversity of minds emerges 
  14. When Are Advertisers Responsible For Unsupported Claims Made By Consumers on Third Party Sites? NAD Weighs In. 
  15. Reddit Raises $300 Million at $3 Billion Valuation 
  16. Lack Of Internet Access Threatens 2020 Census Success And The Future Latino Voting Power
  17. As Trump Prepares Ban On Huawei, Few Notice The Major Holes In The Underlying Logic 
  18. Tech Genius Donald Trump to Sign Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence Today
  19. White House Touts Artificial Intelligence (as FTC’s Chopra Flags AI Concerns) 
  20. Microsoft Is Worried Its AI Will Go Rogue And Hurt Its Reputation
  21. Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will double in price each year
  22. Microsoft: Yeah, we make Office 2019 and Internet Explorer, but don’t use ‘em
  23. Hackers keep trying to get malicious Windows file onto MacOS
  24. Messy office owners, rejoice: Skype now blurs the background to your video
  25. A Human Debater Just Roasted IBM’s “Intelligent Debate” AI Onstage: Project Debater can formulate arguments, but can’t quite refute opponents.
  26. Artificial Intelligence: The New Driving Force Behind Sports Performance and Entertainment
  27. Mysterious Site Uses AI to Create Realistic Yet Horrifying Faces
  28. R.I.P., Opportunity Rover: The Hardest-Working Robot In The Solar System
  29. Tesla Driver Claims Autopilot Wouldn’t Let Him Prevent Crash
  30. Driverless delivery startup Nuro raises almost $1 billion
  31. Sex robots are here, but laws aren’t keeping up with the ethical and privacy issues they raise
  32. Will Tech Workers Rise Up Around Automation, Too? 
  33. Bots and Sockpuppets and Scammers, Oh My!
  34. Bot or Not: California Mandates Disclosure of Online Accounts Used by Bots
  35. Fake news threatens our businesses, not just our politics
  36. Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice (Kate Crawford, Rashida Richardson, Jason Schultz)
  37. Insights: In The Battle Of Data Versus Privacy, Whose Team Are You On?
  38. Copyright Holders Still Don’t Support EU’s Already Awful Upload Filter Proposal; Demand It Be Made Worse
  39. EU countries agree on copyright reforms, deal in sight next week
  40. The text of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive has just been finalised
  41. Article 13 Was Purposefully Designed To Be Awful For The Internet; EU Moves Forward With It Anyway
  42. EU’s New ‘Open By Default’ Rules For Data Generated By Public Funding Subverted At The Last Minute 
  43. Bandersnatch, the case for Trade Mark Infringement: Whose right was it to let you choose your own adventure?
  44. Netflix records all of your Bandersnatch choices, GDPR request reveals: Frosties or Sugar Puffs? Netflix knows your preference 
  45. AR Will Spark The Next Big Tech Platform – Call It Mirrorworld
  46. Expert: AR Will Let Hackers Steal “Deep Psychological Data”
  47. Most Online ‘Terms of Service’ Are Incomprehensible to Adults, Study Finds: Reading the terms and conditions of online consumer contracts requires, on average, more than 14 years of education.
  48. Augmented Reality, Advertising, and Practical Legal Considerations
  49. Apple to developers: disclose screen recording or get booted from App Store
  50. Apple worked on biometric unlock for cars: One day you could unlock your car just by looking at it.
  51. Apple Patented Facial Recognition to Unlock Your Car
  52. The logic behind Apple’s give-us-half-your-revenue pitch to news publishers
  53. The Cost of Apple News
  54. Apple in talks to create “Netflix for news” subscription service
  55. Apple pushes fix for “FacePalm,” possibly its creepiest vulnerability ever
  56. Apple Is Compensating the Kid Who Figured Out Its Sketchy Eavesdropping FaceTime Bug
  57. Apple, Google Both Hosting Saudi Government App That Lets Men Track Women, Restrict Their Travel
  58. Google, Apple Called Out For Hosting Saudi Government App That Allows Men To Track Their Spouses’ Movements
  59. Apple’s insider-trading policy enforcer accused of insider trading
  60. Google Caves On Russian Censorship
  61. NYPD Demands That Google Stop Flagging DWI Checkpoints on Waze
  62. Google Chrome Extension That Optimized YouTube Videos Pulled After Spamming Millions Of Users
  63. Google wants a VP of Wearables, might finally take smartwatches seriously
  64. Augmented Reality Google Maps is coming, starts testing in private
  65. Former Algorithm Engineer Guillaume Chaslot Calls YouTube’s Decision To Stop Recommending Conspiracy Videos “A Historic Victory”
  66. Here’s How A Scammer Abused YouTube’s Copyright Infringement System In An Attempt To Extort Money From Users
  67. NFL Star Quarterback Cam Newton Launches YouTube Channel
  68. The Taxonomy Of YouTube Videos (And How You Can Develop Original Content That Works)
  69. Ariana Grande Becomes Most-Subscribed Female Artist On All Of YouTube
  70. The dodgy, vulnerable fame of YouTube’s child ASMR stars: Right now, children are filming themselves chewing, whispering and tapping to give their adult audience an ASMR buzz. The Chinese government banned them, and PayPal blocked their payments, yet some
  71. YouTube Reverses Course, Deletes Austin Jones’ YouTube Channel
  72. Kids’ Content Upstart Moonbug Acquires 2 More YouTube Heavyweights
  73. Influencers under fyre: celebrities commit to be more transparent regarding product endorsements
  74. Influencers Tagged in Fyre Festival Subpoena
  75. ‘Roblox’ Bans PewDiePie For “Continued Inappropriate Behavior”
  76. Chuck E. Cheese’s Refutes Shane Dawson Conspiracy That It Recycles Uneaten Pizza
  77. Jake Paul To Discontinue ‘Uncut’ Docuseries Because It “Became Too Real” 
  78. Gigi Hadid Photo Provokes Copyright Lawsuit
  79. Movie Torrents Shown To Actually Boost Box Office Sales For Post-Release Movies 
  80. Philip DeFranco Launches Hair Care Line ‘Beautiful Bastard,’ Is On Track To Sell Out Today
  81. How TikTok Gets Rich While Paying Artists Pennies: The company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little of that money.
  82. Does The Spotify Gimlet Purchase Signal The End Of The Open World Of Podcasting?
  83. Jeff Bezos goes public with alleged AMI blackmail over nudes
  84. Report: Bezos-hired sleuth suspects sexts stolen by “government entity”
  85. Woody Allen Sues Amazon for Cancelling Multi-Film Contract 
  86. Woody Allen Files $68 Million Lawsuit Against Amazon Studios For Backing Out Of Four Film Deals
  87. Why an Amazon Router Freaks Me Out
  88. Amazon Calls for Regulation of Its Own Facial Recognition Tech: The company may be hoping to pen some of the government’s ethical standards.
  89. Amazon is Right: Thresholds and Legislation Matter, So Does Truth
  90. Amazon and Hulu’s algorithms are recommending conspiracy theory films, and the consequences could be more serious than you might think
  91. Amazon acquires Eero, maker of mesh Wi-Fi routers
  92. ChooseCo Inks Lucrative Deal With Amazon, Possibly Thanks To Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’
  93. Instagram Integrates IGTV Previews Into Main Feed To Bolster Fledgling Video Hub
  94. Instagram Tries to Boost IGTV Views With Previews in Users’ Feeds
  95. Instagram Looking Into Issue That Caused Users’ Follower Counts To Drop
  96. Instagram Bug Causes Katy Perry And Kylie Jenner To Lose Millions Of Followers Temporarily
  97. 4-Year-Old Instagram Phenoms Mila And Emma Stauffer To Launch Clothing Line At Target
  98. Bhad Bhabie’s Original Snapchat Series Banks 10 Million Viewers In 24 Hours
  99. Snapchat Posts Better-Than-Expected Revenues, As Q4 User Growth Remains Flat
  100. Twitter keeps losing monthly users, so it’s going to stop sharing how many
  101. UK Cop Calls Up 74-Year-Old Woman To Ask Her To Stop Tweeting Mean Things
  102. Disney+ will be a true Netflix competitor, with non-Disney shows streaming, too 
  103. After Netflix Breakup, Disney Courts Hulu With 4-Show Marvel Deal, Potential For Hulu To Revive Cancelled Netflix Series
  104. ‘Howard the Duck’ Among Four Marvel Animated Shows Ordered at Hulu
  105. BuzzFeed Employees Vote to Unionize After Major Layoffs
  106. The business of Patreon: Building a new economy for creators requires a focused business strategy
  107. The Internet Civil War
  108. Tech’s Long Hours Are Discriminatory and Counterproductive
  109. Revolt of the gig workers: How delivery rage reached a tipping point
  110. Can Big Tech be fixed? Center for Democracy and Technology CEO Nuala O’Connor is “long-term optimistic.”
  111. The Secret History of Women in Coding: Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?
  112. Tech debate hits bencher election
  113. Password to $200m digital currency account lost on death
  114. Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency
  115. Cryptocurrencies – A quandary for Quadriga 
  116. Virtual Currency Regulation in Canada: A Changing Landscape Comes Into Focus
  117. IRS Makes Cryptocurrency a Compliance Priority 
  118. Emoji 12.0 brings us waffles, more diversity, suggestive “finger pinch” glyph
  119. What’s New With Emoji Law? An Interview (Eric Goldman)
  120. Captain Marvel’s Official Website Is Basically a Geocities Fansite

CREATIVITY

  1. Infowars’ Alex Jones ordered to undergo sworn deposition in case involving Sandy Hook parents
  2. Gender-swapped and race-flipped remakes aren’t living up to their potential: Films like What Men Want and 2016’s Ghostbusters could be doing so much more with their rebooted premises
  3. How Hollywood Lets Real Fascists Off The Hook: Far from helping us fight fascism, Nazis on film may do the opposite.
  4. Obsolete Hot News Doctrine Back In The News As Bloomberg Is Sued For Reporting Too Quickly
  5. Japanese brand Loft pulls down Valentines Day ad after sexism controversy
  6. How TV Pirates Accidentally Pushed a 25-Year-Old Indie Song to the Top of the Charts in Japan
  7. Reporter Maria Ressa Arrested Over Bogus Charges For Her Critical Reporting
  8. Danish haunted-house studies seek to reveal the seductive appeal of horror
  9. U.S. Music Modernization Act: Copyright law changes its tune 
  10. A Storm Is Coming to the Global Music Industry – and More than $100 Billion Is at Stake: Up to half of Universal Music Group is for sale – and all indications are it’s going to bank an astronomical sum of money. This could spell amazing news for the other
  11. Journalism Isn’t Dying. It’s Returning To Its Roots
  12. Inside an indie: Making a film from scratch without a Hollywood budget
  13. More on Models’ Lanham Act claims
  14. Can you sell an Oscar?
  15. Monster Energy Loses Appeal On Monsta Pizza Trademark Ruling
  16. Owner Of Harry Caray’s Restaurants Finds You Can’t Just Trademark A Widely Used Hashtag

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Flawed Arguments and Inappropriate Analogies: Why Netflix Taxes and Cancon Requirements Should be Rejected (Michael Geist)
  2. Blacklock’s, Spam, CRTC, and ATIP
  3. CRTC on OpenMedia’s Site Blocking Campaign: “Contributed to a Better Understanding of the Issues” (Michael Geist)
  4. Selling 911 location data is illegal – US carriers reportedly did it anyway: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint sale of GPS data called “unquestionably illegal.”
  5. Wireless Carriers Busted Sharing User 911 Location Data
  6. Texas lawmaker wants to ban mobile throttling in disaster areas
  7. Study Details How Phone Companies Prey on Families of Inmates in Local Jails
  8. Cable lobby asks for net neutrality law allowing paid prioritization
  9. Zero Rating Actually Costs Broadband Customers More, EU Study Finds
  10. SpaceX seeks FCC OK for 1 million satellite broadband Earth stations 
  11. FEC Seeks Comment on Proposal for Change in TV Political Disclosures 
  12. AT&T sued by Sprint, must defend decision to tell users that 4G is “5G E”
  13. Sprint Sues AT&T Over Its Fake 5G, Says AT&T’s Tricking Consumers
  14. A Deeper Look At Verizon’s Early 5G ‘Launch’ Finds It’s Barely Available
  15. Charter raises sneaky “broadcast TV” fee for second time in four months
  16. Lawsuit: Verizon tempted customers with free Amazon Echos, failed to deliver
  17. Google Fiber’s biggest failure: ISP will turn service off in Louisville
  18. Google Fiber Leaves Louisville As Alphabet Retreats From Telecom
  19. SS7 Cellular Network Flaw Nobody Wants To Fix Now Being Exploited To Drain Bank Accounts

 SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. SB-327: Why Your Next Refrigerator Might Have a Password Longer than Your Email’s
  2. Why Humanitarians Are Worried About Palantir’s New Partnership With the U.N.: The infamous data-analytics firm is now working with one of the planet’s largest aid organizations. What could go wrong?
  3. “Catastrophic” hack on email provider destroys almost two decades of data
  4. Indecent disclosure: Gay dating app left “private” images, data exposed to Web (Updated)
  5. Cisco, like Apple and other tech giants, now wants new federal privacy law
  6. Ex-director of FBI, CIA takes on a phone scammer – and wins: Scammer took hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 30 victims.
  7. MalwareTech loses bid to suppress damning statements made after days of partying
  8. Australian Government Agencies Already Flexing Their New Encryption-Breaking Powers
  9. NYPD Sends Letter To Google Demanding It Remove Cop Checkpoint Notifications From Google Maps
  10. Minnesota Judges Spent Only Minutes Approving Warrants Sweeping Up Thousands Of Cellphone Users
  11. German Data Protection Authority Says GDPR Requires Email To Use At Least Transport Layer Encryption

Jon

News of the Week; February 6, 2019

GAMES

  1. Senator Pushes FTC Head for Loot Box Investigation Timeline
  2. Lootboxes and Skin Gambling in Swiss Gambling Law
  3. Second YouTuber complains of DMCA abuse from Escape From Tarkov developer: Battlestate Games accused of misusing copyright takedown notices to silence “negative hype”
  4. Ubisoft apologizes for The Division 2 email promising ‘a real government shutdown’
  5. Twitch Streamer And Game Studio Employee Arrested In Child Sex Sting 
  6. Parents increasingly worried about kids spending in games – Study: UK regulator finds 39% of parents with 5-15-year-olds concerned about pressure to purchase, 17% of kids 12-15 have accidentally spent money online
  7. Pennsylvania legislators want to slap a tax on mature games
  8. Failure to Launch: Not Identifying the Proper Parties Can Prematurely End an Video Game IPR Challenge 
  9. CD Projekt agreed to pay The Witcher author additional royalties
  10. Take-Two hires games veteran Michael Condrey to form new, diverse studio: Dead Space and Call of Duty leader plans to open new outfit in Silicon Valley 
  11. Take-Two raises fiscal outlook as recurrent spending experiences record growth
  12. The history of how Pac-Man encouraged women to pursue game dev
  13. Fair Play Alliance expands Fair Play Summit for GDC 2019
  14. “Isolation for all of us is corrosive” – The power of addressing social issues in games: Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor on making games about people rather than policy
  15. Blog: How player choice can backfire
  16. What drives retention?: A look at the mechanics that keep players playing
  17. GDC Speaker Q&A: Cherry Thompson explores disabled representation in games
  18. Monster Hunter helps Capcom to record third quarter profits
  19. Capcom posts record profits in latest financials: Success driven by strong performance of core titles like Monster Hunter: World which broke 11 million sales 
  20. Capcom tops Metacritic publisher rankings for 2018: Activision Blizzard highest-rated “mid-sized” publisher, followed by Paradox and 505 Games 
  21. 4A Games embroiled in controversy over Metro Exodus’ Epic Games Store exclusivity: Koch Media/Deep Silver once again stresses it is responsible for the decision after studio employee threatens no future PC games
  22. Epic vs Steam: Exclusives raise the stakes | Opinion – Epic is Steam’s first real competitor in years – with console-war style exclusive tactics being a controversial, but fair, escalation of the struggle
  23. Blog: How are the Steam algorithm changes affecting indies?
  24. Achievements and support are opt-in features on the Epic Games Store
  25. Opt-in review system in the works for Epic Games Store: Developers will be able to decide whether they want to allow consumers to leave reviews on their games
  26. Early teens gaming online more – Study: 75% of gamers aged 5-15 have played online, up from 66% last year; girls play online less than boys, particularly as they get older 
  27. What drives retention?: A look at the mechanics that keep players playing
  28. Gaming innovators must ensure their intellectual property is protected
  29. Kingdom Hearts III conquers UK charts with impressive debut week: Resident Evil 2 slips to No.2
  30. Kingdom Hearts III sells more than 600,000 copies in Japan at launch: Square Enix’s RPG Disney mash-up more than doubled debut sales of Resident Evil 2 remake 
  31. Disney says its future video game efforts lie in licensing, not publishing
  32. Kingdom Hearts 3 ships 5 million copies a week after launch
  33. Kingdom Hearts III: Critical Consensus – Reviewers praise the scope and magic of this long-awaited entry, but warn it’s no picnic for newcomers
  34. Nintendo lowers full-year hardware forecast for Switch 
  35. Nintendo trims Switch target as net sales near $10 billion for fiscal year: Platform holder celebrates record-breaking success of Smash Bros and Pokémon, delays Mario Kart Tour
  36. Lifetime Switch sales have surpassed 32 million units
  37. Putting Switch’s 32 million shipments in context
  38. Report: Nintendo eyeing a smaller, more portable Switch for release this year
  39. Nintendo’s next Switch model will reportedly shrink the size, cost, features
  40. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 12 million copies in December
  41. Smash Bros Ultimate is the fastest selling console game in Nintendo’s history: In Japan, the new Smash Bros outpaced the lifetime sales of any previous title in four weeks 
  42. Mobile game based on Dr. Mario due to launch this summer: Dr. Mario World will be co-developed with LINE, Mario Kart Tour delayed to improve quality
  43. Nintendo will bring Dr. Mario to smartphones this summer
  44. Nintendo bringing Dr. Mario to iOS, Android this summer
  45. Nintendo delays Mario Kart Tour mobile game to ramp up quality
  46. The 3DS Is Even Dying Better Than The Vita
  47. Nintendo to open first official retail store in Japan: Located in Shibuya, Nintendo Tokyo is the first store to be managed by Nintendo of Japan
  48. EA turns in bummer fiscal report: “We’re disappointed in our underperformance”
  49. Did EA beat Nintendo at its own game?: 10 Years Ago This Month: A closer look at John Riccitiello’s bold claim that EA would rival Nintendo’s quality of software on the Wii, and a breakdown of a post-layoff pep talk
  50. EA has a subscription service for ‘another major platform’ in the works
  51. Packaged sales continue to rise at Sega, but profits are in decline
  52. Sega Sammy revenue and profit down in latest financials: Japanese firm posts $24.5 million loss from digital games
  53. Microsoft reports “largest gaming revenue quarter ever”: Software and services drove Xbox to $4.23 billion revenue despite declining hardware sales
  54. Microsoft’s Xbox Live is coming to Switch, iOS, Android
  55. Microsoft Expanding Xbox Live To Nintendo Switch And Mobile
  56. Microsoft bringing Xbox Live to Switch and mobile: GDC session report reveals company’s cross-platform plans
  57. Microsoft Studios renamed Xbox Game Studios in bid for better branding
  58. Software driving sales in Sony’s games division as hardware stutters
  59. Sony reports slowdown in PS4 sales: Growth in software offsets expected hardware dip as system begins sixth year on shelves; PS Plus subscribers up 15% to 36.3 million
  60. Cloud gaming isn’t an immediate threat to consoles, says Sony CFO
  61. What can this Japanese patent tell us about PS5 backward compatibility?
  62. Nearly Half of the Videogame Industry Wants to Form A Union – Can Game Development Companies Avoid This Boss Fight? 
  63. Failbetter’s final push to ensure Sunless Skies flies at launch: One year on from disappointing Early Access sales, the Fallen London studio is gearing up for a confident launch
  64. Netmarble readying bid for Nexon: South Korean games firm reportedly forming consortium to go up against Kakao and Tencent
  65. Machinima closes down with more than 80 jobs lost: The YouTube gaming network is no more
  66. Machinima Ceases All Consumer-Facing Operations, Lays Off Most Of Staff
  67. Konami enjoys a profitable 9 months thanks to strong sports game sales
  68. Mobile and esports drive Konami revenues to $1.75 billion: Nine-month financials show steady growth in games for Pro Evolution Soccer publisher 
  69. McLaren’s drive to turn gamers into Formula 1 racers: Director of esports Ben Payne discusses the firm’s five-year plan for Shadow Project and sourcing new champions 
  70. Peter Moore quit video games, but the Liverpool FC chief still fears Fortnite  
  71. Twitch streamers racked up 9.36 billion hours viewed in 2018: Over one billion of those were dedicated to Fortnite, but battle royale title’s viewship is on the decline
  72. This Year’s Overwatch League Pass Lets Twitch Viewers Experience Matches From Players’ Perspectives
  73. The sloth behind the scenes of 2019’s biggest Twitch stream
  74. Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins Lands Starring Spot In Super Bowl Commercial 
  75. The long decline of the “narrative paramedic” in games writing
  76. Apex Legends attracts 1 million unique players in under 8 hours
  77. Apex Legends Drew In 2.5 Million Players In 24 Hours: The latest free-to-play battle royale title is off to a strong start.
  78. Titanfall Dev’s Battle Royale Apex Legends Officially Revealed
  79. Respawn wanted to let Apex Legends ‘speak for itself’
  80. How Apex Legends Monetization Works: We sat down with the developers of Apex Legends to talk about their monetization systems. Apex Legends is a completely free to play game but will allow you to earn and purchase cosmetic items.
  81. EA didn’t pre-announce Apex Legends because it was scared to | Opinion – And it may well have been a really smart decision
  82. Apex Legends, Anthem, and EA’s (possible) February disaster
  83. EA will lean harder on Anthem and Apex Legends after a ‘difficult quarter’
  84. ‘Fortnite’ Had 10 Million Concurrent Players In The Marshmello Concert Event
  85. More Than 10 Million People Attended Marshmello’s Live Virtual Concert In ‘Fortnite,’ DJ Says
  86. More than 10 million ‘Fortnite’ players logged on to watch a 10-minute concert over the weekend, proving there’s more to the craze than just playing the game
  87. Full Marshmello Fortnite Concert Event!!: Marshmello and Fortnite teamed up to deliver an amazing in-game concert. Check out the entire event with this video! 
  88. Fortnite Is the Future, but Probably Not for the Reasons You Think: Much has been said about Fortnite’s revenue, users, business model, origin and availability. But these narratives are overhyped.
  89. Newly Discovered Spiked Dinosaurs From South America Look Like Creatures From ‘No Man’s Sky’
  90. ‘Angry Birds VR’ Now Available on Rift & Vive, More VR Platforms Coming Soon
  91. 26 years later, Groundhog Day gets revived as… a VR game?
  92. Blog: How AR and VR investment stabilized in Q4 2018
  93. Rise to Ruins dev wraps up Patreon and donates double pledges back to supporters  
  94. Rise to Ruins developer promises to repay Patreon pledges back double: SixtyGig Games closes Patreon, offers double refunds on lifetime pledge amounts as studio thrives
  95. Human: Fall Flat sells 5 million units: Solo indie project continues to see sales uptick following console releases 
  96. Hypnospace Outlaw weaving a tangled Web: Jay Tholen talks about making a ’90s internet simulator that works by modern standards
  97. Insurgency developer New World Interactive opens Canadian studio: New World North follows sustained growth 

DIGITAL

  1. The Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz: Facebook is irrelevant to Gen-Z
  2. Sheryl Sandberg: The Teens ‘Consented’ to Putting Facebook Spyware on Their Phones
  3. Facebook Bans Armed Rebel Groups in Myanmar
  4. Facebook nukes hundreds of “inauthentic” accounts “tied to Iran”
  5. Mark Zuckerberg still thinks Facebook has made the world better
  6. The Tortured Case for Deleting Instagram 
  7. NY AG Finds Use of Bots, Sock-Puppets Illegal  
  8. Former FCC Official Attempts To Create An Aereo That The Supreme Court Won’t Kill
  9. The Great Huawei Disconnect
  10. Ambassador McCallum’s Controversial Comments on the Huawei Extradition Case Resulted in His Termination. But Was He Right?
  11. Charges Against Chinese Hackers Are Now Common. Why Don’t They Deter Cyberattacks?
  12. A Bold Proposal for Fighting Censorship: Increase the Collateral Damage
  13. Firefox taking a hard line against noisy video, banning it from autoplaying
  14. Italy Tells Rest Of EU To Drop Articles 11 And 13 From The Copyright Directive
  15. Article 13 Is Back On: Germany Caves To France As EU Pushes Forward On Ruining The Internet
  16. EU Copyright Directive Has Been Made Even More Stupid, And Some Are Still Trying To Make It Even Worse
  17. US Newspapers Now Salivating Over Bringing A Google Snippet Tax Stateside
  18. Authors Guild Attacks Libraries For Lending Digital Books
  19. After Plan S, Here’s Plan U: Funders Should Require All Research To Be Posted First As A Preprint
  20. Google releases Chrome extension that alerts users of breached passwords
  21. With experimental “Never slow mode,” Chrome tries to stop Web devs making it slow
  22. Google Play apps with >4.3 million downloads stole pics and pushed porn ads 
  23. Harassment, Transphobia, and Racism: A Look Inside Blind’s Anonymous Chatting Forum for Google Employees
  24. Amazon’s Next Targets Are Now Clear: Google and Facebook
  25. Google has quietly dropped ban on personally identifiable web tracking
  26. Google+ shuts down April 2, all consumer data will be deleted
  27. Impact of New Massachusetts Noncompete Law on Emerging Tech Companies
  28. Lawyer punished for student’s social media use
  29. Surprise, the social media agency behind Fyre Festival chronically steals other people’s work
  30. Key Considerations for Social Influencer Agreements
  31. Social media companies to owe duty of care to users?  
  32. Inquests, social media and families searching for answers
  33. Leaked nudes and talent morality clauses – A lesson for the digital age
  34. This Viral Photo of a Homeless Person Freezing on the Street Is Actually From 2013… in Canada
  35. Tech Companies Expand to Canada 
  36. Shane Dawson Likely Lost Thousands In Ad Revenue After His Latest Video Was Mistakenly Demonetized
  37. Vice To Cut 10% Of Workforce, Becoming Latest Digital Giant Hit By Layoffs
  38. The forthcoming WarnerMedia streaming service will be partially supported by ads
  39. Phil DeFranco Is Getting Into Hair Care Business With Launch Of ‘Beautiful Bastard’ Men’s Grooming Brand 
  40. Ryan ToysReview Vastly Expands Licensing Empire With 40 Global Deals
  41. YouTube is changing how its priciest ad format is bought to work more like TV — and it could start a bidding war among brands
  42. YouTube is trying to prevent angry mobs from abusing “dislike” button
  43. YouTube Is Brainstorming New Ways To Combat ‘Dislike Mobs’
  44. YouTube Nears Major Milestone Amid Emphasis on Subscriptions
  45. YouTube Hits 2 Billion Monthly Users, As Number Of Channels With 1 Million Subscribers Doubled Last Year
  46. YouTuber Austin Jones Pleads Guilty To Persuading Underage Fans To Send Him Graphic Videos
  47. YouTube Will Not Terminate Convicted Sex Offender Austin Jones’ Channel
  48. YouTube Rolls Out ‘Explore’ Feature To More Users, More Devices, And Promotes Smaller Creators
  49. YouTube Millionaires: NFL Hopeful Donald De La Haye Was Forced To Choose Between YouTube And Football — But Now He Aims For Both 
  50. ‘Simpsons’ Producer David Mirkin Developing Live Action Sci-Fi Series For YouTube Premium 
  51. From YouTube To Cannes To A Theater Near You: Joe Penna on ‘Arctic’
  52. YouTube’s ContentID System Is Being Repurposed By Blackmailers Due To Its Failings
  53. Disney+ Will Offer Non-Disney Content At Launch
  54. Disney’s ESPN+ Streaming Service Nabs 2 Million Subscribers In Less Than A Year
  55. Hulu Renews AwesomenessTV, Wattpad Thriller ‘Light As A Feather’
  56. Criterion Collection To Launch Classic Film Streaming Service In April
  57. Samsung tries to turn your refrigerator into Tinder: The Refrigerdating app aims to help you find a date based on what’s in your fridge.
  58. Samsung cancels partnership with counterfeit Supreme brand
  59. World Record Egg Teams With Hulu On Super Bowl Ad, As Stunt’s Founder Is Unmasked
  60. Hulu Will Roll Out ‘Pause-vertising’ This Spring With Still, Silent Ads
  61. Vice Media is laying off hundreds in an effort to reduce costs 
  62. Amazon and Walmart hit hard after new e-commerce rules in India restrict sales: The two companies have pulled thousands of products off virtual shelves
  63. Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking: And there’s no way a user would know
  64. FaceTime bug lets callers hear you before you answer (really)
  65. A Teenager Tried To Warn Apple About It’s Facetime Security Flaw, But Appears To Have Been Ignored
  66. I Cut Apple Out of My Life. It Was Devastating
  67. FBI catches another man allegedly stealing Apple self-driving car secrets
  68. Apple pays France €500 million to cover a decade of back taxes
  69. Apple revokes Google’s enterprise iOS certificate, shuts down internal apps
  70. Apple restores Google’s own internal iPhone apps after privacy brouhaha
  71. Apple, Facebook spat is over, for now—iOS certificate access restored
  72. Angela Ahrendts, leader of Apple’s retail efforts, will depart the company in April
  73. The 3rd Party Doctrine: Or Why Lawyers May Not Ethically Be Able To Use Whatsapp
  74. Wisconsin’s Overhyped Foxconn Deal Keeps Getting Lamer By The Week
  75. I Cut Microsoft Out of My Life—or So I Thought
  76. Microsoft blames chip supply issues for drop in Windows revenue
  77. Windows setup error messages will soon be much less useless
  78. Spotify reportedly in “advanced stages” of acquiring podcast company for $230M 
  79. Spotify Is Looking to Acquire Podcast Startup Gimlet Media
  80. Spotify Acquires Gimlet Media, Anchor Amid $500 Million Bet On Podcast Industry
  81. Sirius XM Completes Acquisition of Pandora
  82. The Case for an Automation-Powered 4-Day Work Week
  83. AI are learning common sense through Pictionary 
  84. Scientists Are Using Pictionary to Teach “Common Sense” to AI
  85. Template License and Collaboration Agreements for AI Art 
  86. Robo ART! – The human ‘hand’ and levels of AI
  87. DeepMind releases an AI learning environment for the card game Hanabi
  88. Protecting Creativity by Artificial Intelligence
  89. Bless the overclockers: In the data center world, liquid cooling is becoming king
  90. Digital exchange loses $137 million as founder takes passwords to the grave 
  91. Crypto Exchange Says It Can’t Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password
  92. Did A Crypto CEO Fake His Own Death? The Great Quadriga Conspiracy, Day 6
  93. Cryptocurrency investors locked out of $190m after exchange founder dies: QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest exchange, was unable to access password or recovery key after Gerald Cotten died last December
  94. Digital Currency App’s Electronic User Agreement Held Enforceable 
  95. eSignature and ePayment News and Trends
  96. Man who stole $5M in cryptocurrency via SIM swap pleads guilty
  97. Prosecutors: Two men used SIM swapping to extort cryptocurrency
  98. Fire (and lots of it): Berkeley researcher on the only way to fix cryptocurrency 
  99. Digital trends 2019: Every single stat you need to know about the internet­­­­­­
  100. The culture of self-similarity: A fractal philosophy for a better internet
  101. Tech Companies Expand to Canada  
  102. Philosopher Hadn’t Seen “The Matrix” Before Publishing Simulation Hypothesis: Nick Bostrom doesn’t think you should try to break free from the Matrix.
  103. Emoji Law 2018 Year-in-Review (Eric Goldman) 

CREATIVITY

  1. Leafs in dispute with Snoop Dogg over cannabis trademark
  2. The Perils of Comparative Advertising – A lesson from Super Bowl 53
  3. Securing Necessary Copyright And Trademark Rights For Broadcasts And Promotions Related To The NFL Championship Games And Super Bowl 53
  4. The Greatest Trick The NFL Ever Pulled Is Convincing The World It Holds Trademark Rights That Don’t Exist
  5. Initial Fallout From McDonald’s Losing Its EU ‘Big Mac’ Trademark Is Mockery From Burger King
  6. Las Vegas-based artist claims that Ariana Grande plagiarised his work: Vladimir Kush is suing the 7 Rings singer for copyright infringement
  7. Money is on the Line in Billions Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
  8. U.S. Supreme Court’s Denial of Actress’s Petition Highlights First Amendment Protection of Docudramas
  9. Life + 70 Years: Copyrighted Works That Have Entered into the Public Domain in 2019 – a European Perspective
  10. Photo-Trolls Still Target Broadcasters
  11. Gavin McInnes Files Laughably Silly Defamation Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center
  12. The Lawyer For Rapper 21 Savage, Who Was Detained By ICE, Says It’s Not His Fault He Was In The US Illegally
  13. Good Girl Gone Mad
  14. Bellino v. Judge
  15. Copyright in a Taste – A “Work” in Progress
  16. Ad Standards Overhauls Dispute Procedure
  17. CAP censors political free speech
  18. Knight Commission On Trust, Media And Democracy
  19. Stupid Patent Of The Month: IBM’s Software Patent On Texting And Driving
  20. Basquiat used invisible ink to make secret drawings in his paintings

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY 

  1.  Canada’s Bell Tried To Have VPNs Banned During NAFTA Negotiations
  2. The Real Over-the-Top: CBC President Likens Netflix to Cultural Imperialism Such As the British in India or French in Africa (Michael Geist)
  3. Hidden in Plain Sight?: The Search For Canadian Content on Netflix (Michael Geist)
  4. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Gets With Netflix For Wellness Docuseries
  5. Gwyneth Paltrow and Netflix Seal Deal as Goop Expands Original Content 
  6. Netflix buys into Goop hooey with deal to make a wellness docuseries
  7. Netflix Debuts New Logo For Originals To Make Viewers Feel Like They’re In A Movie Theater
  8. Canadians will be able to watch U.S. Super Bowl commercials — for now
  9. Here’s a Roundup of All the Super Bowl Ads About Robots and AI: Tech was the star of Super Bowl LIII – during the commercials, anyways.
  10. How to Watch the Super Bowl in VR With Friends for Free 
  11. FCC struggles to convince judge that broadband isn’t “telecommunications”: Skeptical judges question FCC’s justification of net neutrality repeal.
  12. Net neutrality court case preview: Did FCC mess up by redefining broadband?
  13. Ajit Pai loses in court—judges overturn gutting of tribal broadband program
  14. Court Tells FCC Its Attack On Tribal Broadband Subsidies Wasn’t Based On The Facts
  15. House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public
  16. Russian Site-Blocking Leads To An Explosion In ‘Pirate’ Sites, Tiny Dip In Piracy
  17. Bogus Net Neutrality Comments Linked To Trumpland
  18. Fake FCC Comments Linked to Ex-Trump Campaign Director’s Org, Boosted By Roger Stone
  19. FCC Seeks Comments on Video Description Marketplace for Report to Congress 
  20. Citing a Desire to Promote Spam-Protection Measures, FCC Classifies Wireless Messaging as an Information Service
  21. Public Knowledge Petitions FCC to Reverse Decision Classifying Text Messages as “Information Services” 
  22. AT&T’s misleading “5G E” indicator comes to 4G iPhones in iOS 12.2 beta
  23. FCC Accused Of Colluding With Big Carriers On 5G Policy
  24. Time Warner Cable Seeks to Defeat Class Certification in TCPA Wrong Number Case 
  25. Charter will spend less on cable network in 2019 but charge customers more
  26. The Revolving Door Spins Hard: FCC’s Clyburn Now Lobbying For T-Mobile
  27. T-Mobile Tries To Save Its Unpopular Merger With A Few Concessions, But Nobody’s Buying

 SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. New York Attorney General Enters Into Groundbreaking Settlement With Seller of Fake Followers and “Likes”
  2. DNA-Matching Company Decides To Open Its Doors To The FBI Without Bothering To Inform Its Users
  3. New Japanese Law Lets Government Hack IOT Devices, Warn Owners They’re Vulnerable
  4. GDPR – Impact on Canadian Business Obligations, Liability and Contract Terms
  5. The rise of the GDPR in media law
  6. Defense of Amazon’s Face Recognition Tool Undermined by Its Only Known Police Client
  7. U.S. Prisons Are Covertly Gathering Inmates’ Biometric Voice Data
  8. Privacy Primer: The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  9. Hyper-Personalisation: the brands who want to know your name 
  10. To protect users’ privacy, iOS 12.2 will limit Web apps’ access to iPhone’s sensors
  11. Revolving Doors And Regulatory Capture Are Ensuring E-Voting Remains An Insecure Mess
  12. UK Forum Hands Out Public Records Request-Dodging Guidance To Over 100 Government Agencies

Jon

News of the Week; January 30, 2019

GAMES

  1. EA backs down over loot boxes in Belgium: “While we are taking this action, we do not agree with Belgian authorities’ interpretation of the law,” says publisher
  2. EA amends FIFA loot boxes in Belgium after regulators increase pressure
  3. Anthem gameplay premiere: Pretty jetpack combat, too much Bio-wear and tear
  4. EA BioWare refutes lack of planning for troubled Anthem demo: BioWare defends against accusation of “under-planned” VIP weekend, highlights “Fortnite-type” numbers on Twitch
  5. Sensor Tower: EA Sports free-to-play mobile games generate $1bn lifetime revenue – US consumers account for 62% of revenue, with Madden NFL grossing $490 million to date
  6. Loot Unboxing (Fortnite)
  7. Fortnite puts an end to random loot box purchases
  8. DOJ Reverses Wire Act Opinion as It Applies to Non-Sports Gambling
  9. Gaming mirrors Facebook’s crisis of credibility: On addiction and loot boxes, the industry’s lack of transparency will prevent it from getting the benefit of the doubt
  10. Facebook shot down safeguards to keep kids from overspending in Facebook Games
  11. Facebook ignored solution to children overspending in games: Unsealed documents reveal social network instead wanted to “maximise revenues”
  12. Disney Goes All Disney On The Kingdom Hearts 3 Title Screen Over Streaming
  13. A modder has spent three years recreating The Legend of Zelda in Doom
  14. Model accuses Tencent of using her likeness without permission in Ring of Elysium: “I feel like, in a way, people have been deceived, and that’s really, really not okay,” says Mei Yan
  15. Tencent uses model’s likeness for Ring of Elysium without permission 
  16. 95 more games approved in China, including some from Tencent and NetEase
  17. China finally greenlights new Tencent, NetEase games – but Fortnite and PUBG still left waiting: Nation’s leading publishers included in latest batch of approvals
  18. NetEase to introduce mobile game curfew in China
  19. NetEase to impose restrictions on young gamers in China: Anti-addiction measures include an 11-hour curfew and a limit of one hour a weekday for people age 12 and under
  20. NetEase acquires minority stake in Quantic Dream
  21. NetEase grabs stake in Quantic Dream as studio prepares for multi-platform future
  22. February marks the final round of PlayStation Plus games for Vita and PS3
  23. Beyond PlayStation 5: Quantic Dream’s next-gen, multi-platform vision – NetEase investment will allow Detroit: Become Human studio to target new fans in China and “compete with the best AAA studios”
  24. Star Control: Origins restored to GOG after DMCA block – Publisher thanks Valve and GOG for their “timely review of the situation”
  25. Developer DMCAs Steam For Hosting Its Own Game To Wrest Control Back From Rogue Publisher
  26. Blog: Why did we DMCA our own game a few weeks after launch?
  27. Halo and Call of Duty co-developer Certain Affinity expanding into Canada
  28. Certain Affinity sets up Toronto studio: Trump’s America, non-stop flights, and distressed students helped decide where the Halo co-developer opened its new office.
  29. A ‘major reorganization’ could see RuneScape dev Jagex put up for sale
  30. Jagex up for sale as Chinese owner seeks to restructure: Fukong Interactive announces intention to seek buyer for all or part of its stake in the Runescape developer
  31. Game on in trademark dispute
  32. Westworld Mobile shutting down following lawsuit settlement: Behaviour Interactive says removal from App Store and Google Play was not connected to “amicable resolution” of copyright dispute
  33. PUBG esports introducing profit-sharing for its teams
  34. How FIA Esports interest could change motorsport: The FIA’s desire to follow Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship into Esports is not an attempt to jump on the bandwagon – instead it could inform the future of motorsport
  35. Why a Farming Simulator esports league isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds: Giants Software CEO Christian Ammann on the world of competitive farming
  36. FanAI acquires esports data firm Waypoint Media: Sports monetisation platform unites with technology and data specialist
  37. Playtika opens $6m R&D centre in Bucharest: New Romanian outfit will provide QA and testing for mobile company’s games
  38. Epic acquires SkookumScript creator Agog Labs
  39. Deep Silver pulls Metro Exodus from Steam in favor of Epic Store
  40. Epic Games Store snags Metro Exodus away from Steam [Updated]
  41. Deep Silver owner THQ Nordic distances itself from Metro Exodus exclusivity deal
  42. So you want to compete with Steam: Epic, Discord, Kartridge, and RobotCache
  43. THQ Nordic CEO ‘fully supports’ Metro Exodus exclusivity deal
  44. THQ Nordic “fully supports” Metro Exodus exclusivity: Parent company clarifies comment distancing itself from decision to pull PC version from Steam in favor of Epic Games store, says it will change name to avoid future confusion
  45. Report: Apple is eyeing its own game subscription service  
  46. Apple hopes to offer a Netflix-like subscription service for games, report claims
  47. Ubisoft will modify Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC following feedback
  48. Ubisoft will change divisive Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC: Enforced heterosexual relationship in Shadow Heritage DLC will be altered by an upcoming patch
  49. Opinion: The latest Assassin’s Creed Odyssey controversy was easily avoidable 3
  50. Nintendo restarting Metroid Prime 4 development with series originator Retro Studios
  51. Metroid Prime 4 Development Restarting With Retro Studios
  52. Nintendo throws out Metroid Prime 4 work, restarts with Retro Studios
  53. Development restarts on Metroid Prime 4, Retro Studios back in the fold: Nintendo says it was not satisfied with the quality, warns of “extensive” delay
  54. Nintendo’s Honesty Around Metroid Prime 4 Sets An Important Standard: Nintendo has set a good precedent for publisher transparency moving forward.
  55. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe tops EMEAA charts: Just Cause 3, Mortal Combat XL, and Need for Speed –  Payback pushed into top ten thanks to digital discounts
  56. Nintendo isn’t considering a Switch price cut or successor quite yet
  57. Nintendo president: No price cut needed to meet Switch sales goal: Shuntaro Furukawa says the platfrom holder is “not considering” a discount – or even new hardware – at this time 
  58. 12 years in, Nintendo is closing down the Wii Shop Channel 
  59. GDC State of the Industry: Nearly half of devs say they’re most interested in the Switch
  60. Nintendo’s former ‘indie advocate’ Damon Baker joins up with Xbox
  61. Games and services fuel rising Xbox earnings as console sales falter
  62. NPD crowns Call of Duty the top-selling console game franchise in U.S. for 10th year in a row
  63. Resident Evil 2 remake has shipped 3 million copies in four days
  64. Capcom shipped 3 million units of Resident Evil 2: Sales expectations are in line with Resident Evil 7, which has now sold 6 million units
  65. Blog: $5.7 billion games investment in 2018 doubles previous record  
  66. Breaking down nearly 50 years of video game revenue
  67. Games investments raised $5.7 billion in 2018: Amount of fundraising was more than double that of 2017, led by Epic Games’ $1.25 billion round
  68. GameStop is looking at other options after plans to sell the company fall through
  69. Game retailer GameStop says it can’t sell itself, sees stock dive 27%
  70. GameStop gives up on selling the company: Stock tumbles 25% as retailer terminates search due to lack of acceptable financing terms for potential buyers 
  71. Meet The Fan Who Can Beat Mario Games Without Moving Right
  72. DICE throws future of Battlefield custom rental servers into doubt
  73. Report: Netflix will continue streak of video game series with Resident Evil
  74. Resident Evil 2 debuts at No.1 in UK charts (again): Strong first week for remake, more than 20 years since the original
  75. Just 6% of devs say Steam earns its 30% cut – Survey: GDC poll shows which storefronts developers are depending on and which platforms they’re working on
  76. GDC 2019 State of the Industry: Nearly 50% of devs support unionization
  77. Only 16% of devs anti-union – Survey: GDC Survey finds 47% of respondents think the industry should unionize, another 26% say maybe 
  78. The crazy and costly world of First 4 Figures: How one Facebook group is transforming the fortunes of the company making $600 video game statues 
  79. Fable Studio Pivoting to “Virtual Beings,” Building Stories Around Persistent AI-powered Characters
  80. DeepMind AI faces off against (and defeats) StarCraft IIpro players
  81. Introducing Gamedev.world, the first global game developer conference: Rami Ismail talks us through his ambitious plans for a free online conference translated into eight languages
  82. In response to visa woes, indie game devs create their own virtual gaming expo 
  83. Fellow Traveller: “Indie publishers need to stand for something” – Chris Wright on recovering from the collapse of the Australian games industry to found an indie publisher with a distinct voice 
  84. Unity targets kids, educators with Unity Playground: New tool offers introduction to creating 2D games, simplified version of Unity interface
  85. Unity acquires voice and text-based chat tools maker Vivox 
  86. Unity acquires Vivox: Engine maker picks up voice-and-text service, well have it continue operating independently 
  87. Sea of Thieves experiencing second wind thanks to Twitch
  88. Talking up the positives about gaming | Opinion: Hbomberguy’s wonderful charity Twitch marathon has made headlines — let’s boost these stories, instead of letting trolls and misanthropes define our medium 
  89. Twitch no longer advertising big streamer events on smaller channels
  90. Blog: Making game music with external collaborators
  91. Blog: Game accessibility quotes of 2018
  92. How do you rejuvenate the skateboarding genre? Put a bird on it!
  93. GLAAD Media Awards list nominees for video games with outstanding LGBTQ themes
  94. GLAAD announces nominees for first ever Outstanding Video Game category: Assassins Creed, Guild Wars, The Elder Scrolls Online, Pillars of Eternity, and The Sims Mobile all up for award from LGBTQ advocacy group
  95. Unearthing the Pokemon-inspired Diablo game that never was  
  96. Magic Leap’s AI ‘Mica’ Won’t Turn Off Your Lights, Play Your Music, or Give Directions
  97. VR Cameras Now on International Space Station to Capture Space Walks & Missions
  98. VR’s Most Bizarre Game ‘Mosh Pit Simulator’ to Launch into Early Access Tomorrow
  99. See what ray tracing can do to a game like Quake 2  

DIGITAL

  1. Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election (Nir Grinberg, Kenneth Joseph, Lisa Friedland, Briony Swire-Thompson, David Lazer)
  2. Older, right-leaning Twitter users spread the most fake news in 2016, study finds
  3. Emma Best’s New Transparency Project Targets Russian Leaks She Says Wikileaks Refuses To Touch
  4. Chinese Court Creates App To Alert Citizens Of Deadbeat Debtors In Their Area
  5. Cameroon Military Arresting, Trying, And Jailing Journalists On ‘Fake News’ Charges
  6. U.S. Charges Huawei with Theft of Trade Secrets; Risks for Carriers Using Huawei Equipment Increase 
  7. Bell and Telus have been using Huawei equipment to deploy fibre-optic networks for years
  8. Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them
  9. Facebook pays teens to install an app that could collect all kinds of data
  10. Facebook Got Busted Paying Teenagers $20 A Month For Private Data
  11. Why Facebook’s Banned ‘Research’ App Was So Invasive
  12. Facebook Let Kids Rack Up Charges on Parents’ Credit Cards and Did Nothing to Stop It 
  13. Facebook Hires Up Three Of Its Biggest Privacy Critics
  14. The rise of the Facebook divorce
  15. I Cut Facebook Out of My Life. Surprisingly, I Missed It
  16. Tuning out: What happens when you drop Facebook? 
  17. Facebook’s Privacy Problems Are Piling Up Too Quickly To Chronicle
  18. Mark Zuckerberg, Let Me Fix That Op-Ed You Wrote: I can tell the people what it is you’re really trying to say.
  19. State-aligned trolling in Iran and the double-edged affordances of Instagram
  20. Inside The UAE’s Secret Hacking Team of American Mercenaries: Ex-NSA operatives reveal how they helped spy on targets for the Arab monarchy – dissidents, rival leaders and journalists
  21. Brands Crack Down On Instagram’s Content Moderation After Ads Run Alongside Posts About Self-Harm, Suicide 
  22. John Mayer’s Instagram Talk Show Returns
  23. Notice of Terms via Buried Link within a Post-Sale Email Unenforceable 
  24. The Copyright “Meme” Game: Can an Internet Meme Containing a Copyrighted Work Be Considered Infringing? 
  25. Vine Successor ‘Byte’ Won’t Showcase Follower Counts On Users’ Profiles, Founder Says
  26. The Egg Is Now Trying to Sell Us Hulu
  27.  
  28. CE Family Announces YouTube Hiatus, Comeback Docuseries In Wake Of Phallic Lollipop Incident
  29. In Bizarre Tweet, Pope Francis Calls Virgin Mary “The First Influencer”
  30. As U.K. cracks down on social media endorsements, where does Canada stand? 
  31. The CMA clamps down on social media endorsements 
  32. Facebook to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger
  33. Can the internet be made safe for children? (Andres Guadamuz)
  34. Fighting misinformation on social media using crowdsourced judgments of news source quality
  35. A Nesting Doll Of Stupidity: Rudy Giuliani’s Twitter Typo Leads To Bogus Trademark Threat Letter
  36. The Roger Stone indictment shows a conspiratorial comedy of Opsec errors
  37. Arizona The Latest To Explore Dumb Porn Filter Law, This Time To Help Fund Trump’s Fence
  38. Apple News is officially launching in Canada next week
  39. Apple News Launches in Canada with iOS 12.2 Beta, Supports English and French
  40. Apple says iPhones were down 15% last quarter, but everything else was up 19%
  41. Apple Expects to Benefit From Climate Change: The company says that severe weather will increase “customer loyalty or brand value.”
  42. Apple cuts 200 people from its autonomous vehicle team
  43. Apple Is Blowing It
  44. Apple Will Finally Launch Its Streaming Service In April (Report)
  45. Samsung Pursued by Pixel Plaintiffs
  46. Microsoft Office is now available in the Mac App Store
  47. Amazon plans to launch a new Middle East marketplace, two years after buying Souq for $580 million 
  48. Sundance: Amazon Scores Comedy ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ for $14 Million
  49. Tubular Labs, VICE, BuzzFeed, and Group Nine Media Launch Global Video Measurement Alliance
  50. BuzzFeed To Cut 15% Of Workforce As It Wrestles With Profitability
  51. BuzzFeed Layoffs Gut National News Desk, National Security Team
  52. Human Rights Groups Plead With The EU Not To Pass Its Awful ‘Terrorist Content’ Regulation
  53. Author Ken MacLeod: Please Don’t Pass The EU Copyright Directive In My Name
  54. Google doesn’t want employees to use work email to organize, per report
  55. Google Threatens To Shut Down Google News In Europe Over Article 11 As Publishers Whine About ‘Publicity Stunt’
  56. Google Asks Supreme Court To Overturn Crazy Ruling About Copyright In APIs
  57. I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything
  58. Google Fiber outage leaves KC customers offline two weeks after storm
  59. Crashing the Internet: Cars, CarGurus and Copyright in the Digital Age
  60. Independent Musician Explains Why Article 13 Will Be An Utter Disaster For Independent Artists
  61. Study Shows Piracy Can Sometimes Be Beneficial To Markets & Consumers Alike
  62. Who Benefited from FOSTA? (Spoiler: Probably No One) (Eric Goldman)
  63. RackaRacka Claims YouTube Is Breaking Its Own Content Policies And Community Guidelines With New Original ‘Wayne’
  64. YouTube Is Going to Bury ‘Borderline’ Content. It Won’t Tell Us What That Means
  65. Matthew Patrick Claims Defy Media Stole $1.7 Million In YouTube AdSense From 50 Channels
  66. These YouTubers are owed $1.7 million, and they’re probably never going to get it: Ally Bank responds to concerns from creators
  67. YouTube says it will recommend fewer videos about conspiracy theories: Taking steps to reduce the spread of misinformation
  68. YouTube’s Latest Attempt To Cut Off Conspiracy Content Is A New Algorithm
  69. YouTube Suspends Advertising on Tommy Robinson’s Channel
  70. Scammers On YouTube Impersonate Philip DeFranco, Jeffree Star, Send Fake Private Messages To Subscribers
  71. YouTube is working to prevent impersonation after top creators hit by major scam: Philip DeFranco, James Charles, and others affected
  72. Amanda Steele Becomes Latest YouTube Star To Launch Her Own Fashion Label
  73. YouTube Vets Shane Dawson, KSI Both Surpass 20 Million Subscribers 
  74. Guy Who Forged A Court Order To Delist Content Issues More Bogus Takedown Notices To Remove Posts Discussing His Forgery
  75. Study Again Finds That Most VPNs Are Shady As Hell
  76. ‘Baby Shark’ Videos Have Amassed 5 Billion Views, Becoming No. 1 Education Trend In YouTube History
  77. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 1/27/2019
  78. Android TV Is Good Now
  79. Roku Adds First Paid Channels, Including Starz, Showtime, Tastemade 
  80. Fyre Festival Documentaries Dissect Attendees’ – And Your – Fomo
  81. Dumpster Fyre of Advertising Issues 
  82. Diary Of A Web Series: Crowdfunding — Expectations vs. Reality
  83. Spotify data shows how music preferences change with latitude: The farther from the equator, the greater the seasonal swings.
  84. Foreign Stream-Ripping Site Wins Against Music Labels Based On Jurisdiction 
  85. The Dolan Twins Forced To Ask Fans Not To Attend Their Late Father’s Funeral
  86. Social-media influencers are pretty; their meltdowns are anything but
  87. Alisha Marie And Remi Cruz To Take Their Popular Podcast On Tour
  88. Snapchat Solicits Bhad Bhabie To Garner Buzz For Original Content Slate
  89. Snapchat Considering Longer Lifetime For Users’ Public Content (Report)
  90. Verizon Lays Off 800 Employees Within ‘Media Group’, Comprising Yahoo, Tumblr, More
  91. Verizon cuts 7 percent of staff in failing Yahoo/AOL division
  92. Judge rejects proposed settlement to Yahoo data breach lawsuit
  93. WarnerMedia shuts investment arm that backed Mic, Mashable and other digital media startups
  94. Lawyer Steps Up To File Doomed Lawsuits On Behalf Of Catholic School Teens Called Racists On Social Media
  95. Yes, “algorithms” can be biased. Here’s why
  96. Compassion through Computation: Fighting Algorithmic Bias
  97. On Human Predictions with Explanations and Predictions of Machine Learning Models: A Case Study on Deception Detection (Vivian Lai, Chenhao Tan)
  98. We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next: Our study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning may come to an end.
  99. “Disruptive” Bezos healthcare venture accused of copying competitor
  100. Robots Will Take Jobs From Men, The Young, And Minorities
  101. This Automation Platform Helped Eliminate 40,000 Jobs, and Now It’s Available to Companies Everywhere
  102. A New Algorithm Trains AI to Erase its Biases: It’s like sensitivity training for algorithms.
  103. Deep Fakes: Let’s Not Go Off The Deep End
  104. Nvidia and AMD’s Nerdiest Fight Is the One That Matters Most
  105. Nvidia CEO warns of “extraordinary, unusually turbulent, disappointing” Q4
  106. Nvidia shares tank 15% following Q4 revenue adjustment
  107. Nvidia trims quarterly revenue forecast as its RTX cards undersell
  108. Why Choosing Between Windows and macOS Still Matters
  109. Modern slavery in the tech sector: Ethical supply chains
  110. Undersea cable damage wipes out most Internet access in Tonga islands
  111. Open innovation: A shift to new intellectual property models?
  112. Fair Use in Flux: Second Circuit TVEyes Ruling May Have a Lasting Effect on Fair Use Analysis 
  113. Another Nail In The Coffin For Fair Use: TVEyes Agrees Not To Carry Fox News
  114. Neuroscientists Translate Brain Waves Into Recognizable Speech
  115. Listen To A Gadget That Translates Thoughts Into Speech 
  116. Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech: Advance marks critical step toward brain-computer interfaces that hold immense promise for those with limited or no ability to speak.
  117. Towards reconstructing intelligible speech from the human auditory cortex
  118. Update Regarding Website Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: Robles v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC
  119. Ninth Circuit reversal delivers blow to defense of website accessibility class actions 
  120. Tolerating Piracy Can Benefit Consumers, Creators and Retailers, Research Finds

CREATIVITY

  1. Olivia de Havilland’s Right-to-Publicity Suit Is Gone With the Wind
  2. Michael Jackson Documentary Leaving Neverland Is ‘Shocking, Sad, Disturbing, Devastating’ 
  3. Well, this is brutal: Father of a murdered child has his own Parkland-based “stand-up set” for Louis CK
  4. NY Governor Offers Journalists A Gift No Journalist Would Be Interested In Receiving
  5. Trademark’s reputation must be based on Canadian not foreign use, says FCA
  6. Copyright Office identifies visual arts copyright problems, solutions 
  7. One bad lawyer: Kurt Dahl is a lawyer by day, rock star by night and an advocate for artists throughout
  8. Humorless Pittsburgh News Station Fires Employee For Graphic Calling Tom Brady A “Known Cheater”
  9. As Super Bowl Approaches, Advertisers Should Be Aware of The NFL’s Efforts to Protect Its Golden Goose – 2019 Update on Super Bowl Advertising and Promotions 
  10. Kimberly-Clark Unable to Flush Wet Wipes Case 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Canadians Pay The Highest Rates For Wireless Data, And The US Is About To Follow Suit
  2. ACTRA Wants Government To Penalize Search Engines that Refuse to Promote Canadian Content in Search Results (Michael Geist)
  3. Building a Digital Wall: What Lies Behind The Emerging Battle Over New Taxes to Support Canadian Content (Michael Geist)
  4. Netflix: competition, not regulation, is the way to stimulate Canadian content
  5. “Immediate War Footing”: Phil Lind Recounts the Big Three Battle Against Wireless Competition in Canada  (Michael Geist)
  6. Bell Urged Canadian Government To Ban Some VPN Services in NAFTA Submission (Michael Geist)
  7. Comcast Network Investment Drops Despite Repeated Claims Killing Net Neutrality Would Trigger Investment Wave 
  8. Ajit Pai and Republicans in Congress Helped Enable ‘Bounty Hunters’ to Track Your Phone
  9. These Wireless Location Data Scandals Are Going To Be A Very Big Problem For Ajit Pai
  10. Verizon caves, won’t charge “spam” fee for texts from teachers to students
  11. T-Mobile/Sprint merger turns two disruptors into one “mega company,” Dems warn
  12. Anna Eshoo, Other Lawmakers Offer Gushing, Facts-Optional Support For T-Mobile Sprint Merger
  13. Robocalls Really Were Worse Than Ever Last Year, Report Finds
  14. Dozens Of Privacy Experts Tell The California Legislature That Its New Privacy Law Is Badly Undercooked
  15. California and European Privacy FAQs: Can a business share its marketing list with social media platforms in order to target advertising messages to specific social media users?

 SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. FamilyTreeDNA Hands the FBI Access to Its Database
  2. Secret UAE Spy Team Used “Cyber Super-Weapon” To Hack Any iPhone
  3. Northern District of Georgia Rules in Equifax Data Breach Cases 
  4. Apple Disables Group Facetime to Prevent Remote Spying
  5. Bizarre Apple Bug Let Facetime Callers Spy On Each Other
  6. Disable FaceTime Right Now [Updated] 
  7. What’s the Latest on Apple’s Catastrophic FaceTime Bug?
  8. More Than Two Years After It Took Them, The FBI Still Won’t Return Family Videos Seized During A Raid Of A Security Researcher’s Home 
  9. Google Defeats Alleged BIPA Violations for Retention and Collection of Face-geometry Scans via Google Photos 
  10. San Francisco lawmaker: Our cops should be banned from using facial recognition
  11. French Defense Secretary Says Country Is Willing To Fire First In Cyber Wars
  12. Amazon and Chase Will Not Give Me a Straight Answer About What They Do With My Credit Card Data
  13. The FBI Says It Can Neither Confirm Or Deny Social Media Monitoring Programs It Publicly Secured Contracts For
  14. Malvertisers target Mac users with steganographic code stashed in images
  15. Hackers Are Passing Around A Megaleak Of 2.2 Billion Records
  16. DHS: Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave
  17. Internet watchdog Citizen Lab targeted in comically inept undercover sting
  18. Privacy In The Iot Age
  19. The Top 10 Privacy Changes in 2018 and What’s on the Horizon for 2019 
  20. One Incident, Potentially Multiple Breach Reporting Requirements – OSFI Introduces Cyber Breach Notification Guidelines for Financial Institutions

Jon

News of the Week; January 23, 2019

GAMES

  1. Westworld Mobile shuts down following Bethesda lawsuit
  2. Bethesda bans Fallout 76 players who accessed secret developer room
  3. Bethesda confirms bans for visiting hidden Fallout 76“developer room”
  4. Star Control: Origins restored to Steam amid legal battle with series’ creators 
  5. Eximius developer uses DMCA to reclaim Steam page from publisher: Ammobox claims publisher TheGameWall Studios “disappeared completely,” after launch, and lost revenue worth six months of operating expenses
  6. Emulator project aims to resurrect classic Mac apps and games without the OS
  7. How machine learning is helping fans remaster retro classics
  8. Ubisoft issues apology for controversial Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC  
  9. Ubisoft Apologizes To Players For Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC Controversy 
  10. Ubisoft apologises for forcing heterosexual romance in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC: Publisher explains story-based decision behind relationship but admits it was “poorly executed”
  11. Challenging the inevitability of online harassment | Opinion: Tackling harassment will be a long and bitter march, but understanding it is the first step
  12. Tencent still absent from third round of Chinese game approvals 
  13. Tencent and NetEase absent from third wave of Chinese game approvals: No games from China’s two key publishers have been included in the 257 cleared so far 
  14. My Time at Portia devs compensate voice actors for unpaid wages
  15. Atlas Player Gets Into Admin’s Account, Summons Swarm Of Whales And Other Mayhem 
  16. Former Heroes of the Storm team files suit against ex-owner for unpaid wages
  17. Square Enix has trademarked the name of Octopath Traveler’s art style
  18. Square Enix trademarks terms for Octopath Traveler’s visual style: The publisher now has trademarks for “HD2D” and “HD-2D” in Europe 
  19. Unity CEO clarifies Improbable violations, future plans in AMA: John Riccitiello emphasizes platform’s “developer-first” focus as driving TOS changes
  20. NBA extends partnership with NBA 2K publisher 2K
  21. Don’t Miss: How working on gross, violent games can affect developers
  22. Netflix: “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO” – TV and film streaming service points to Epic’s battle royale title as a major competitor 
  23. Netflix thinks ‘Fortnite’ is a bigger threat than HBO
  24. Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than HBO 
  25. Insights: The Real Competition for Netflix Is…A Single Videogame? Yup.
  26. Cybersecurity firm exposes Fortnite vulnerability: If exploited, hackers could have viewed personal information, purchased items, and overheard chat through affected accounts
  27. Fortnite Dances Its Way Into More Lawsuits
  28. Blog: Why the Epic Games Store could be huge for influencers
  29. Epic Games acquires digital character specialist 3Lateral
  30. Analyst: PUBG out-earned every other premium PC and console game in 2018  
  31. Digital Extremes and PUBG company Krafton looking for developers at PAX East
  32. UK Charts: Ace Combat 7 breaks franchise records, but Mario holds No.1: Bandai Namco’s flight game debuts at No.2
  33. Microsoft says its game streaming service has an advantage thanks to Xbox
  34. Microsoft CEO states “Netflix for games” ambitions: Satya Nadella points to game catalogue and PC business as key advantages over competitors
  35. As Twitch Subscriber Race Heats Up, Ninja Is Annoyed That “Everyone’s Just Out To Look For The Next Guy” 
  36. U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Helps Twitch Streamer ‘Hbomberguy’ Raise $340,000+ For Transgender Nonprofit
  37. Streamer raises $340,000 for trans charity by playingDonkey Kong 64
  38. Games industry names help YouTuber raise $340,000 for trans charity in Donkey Kong 64 marathon: Grant Kirkhope, Jon Romero and Jim Sterling join the challenge
  39. Machinima has been wiped clean: The end of an era
  40. Otter Media blocks all Machinima content on YouTube: Parent company says new Machinima content will be “distributed on new channels” to be announced later this year
  41. Changing industry economics let Bungie forge a new destiny | Opinion – The idea of a developer operating an expensive online game would once have seemed ludicrous – Bungie’s new independence shows how much has changed
  42. Capcom Really Loves Remaking Resident Evil 2
  43. Resident Evil 2 Review
  44. Resident Evil 2 remake review: Beautiful, terrifying, and annoying
  45. Resident Evil 2’s time-restricted demo has been downloaded over 3 million times
  46. Blog: Overcoming genre in Ni No Kuni 2
  47. Starbreeze delays console release of Overkill’s The Walking Dead
  48. Starbreeze delays Overkill’s The Walking Dead on console: Troubled publisher pushes game beyond its planned February release, more information “at a later date” 
  49. How to build a Bandersnatch: Developers shares advice on how to create interactive movie games that can stand toe-to-toe with Black Mirror’s latest
  50. The Bandersnatch effect: Netflix’s Black Mirror outing has everyone talking about interactive fiction — but what does this mean for the game developers who got there first?
  51. Blog: How to make the marriage between cinema and games last
  52. Get a job: Crystal Dynamics is hiring a Camera Designer
  53. Hothead Games opens new publishing division
  54. Metro Exodus publisher confident over showdown with Crackdown and Far Cry: Deep Silver on how it has readied a marketing assault ahead of crowded February 15 launch
  55. Switch dominates a great year for game consoles in 2018
  56. NPD: The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console of 2018 in the U.S.
  57. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 5 million globally in first week: Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa says Nintendo Switch seeing fastest software sales in Nintendo history
  58. Media Create: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe sells through over half of first-week shipment 
  59. Don’t Miss: The secret history of Donkey Kong 9
  60. Former PlayStation, Take-Two, Nintendo execs launch blockchain publisher: Planet Digital Partners will use $38m blockchain token sale to secure investment for up to ten new games
  61. Blog: Games and crowdfunding in 2018  
  62. Nexon reportedly up for sale: Tencent, EA, Activision, and Disney listed as interested parties in Korean publisher of MapleStory
  63. Layoffs hit NCSoft’s Iron Tiger Studios: Publisher confirms an undisclosed number of layoffs at San Mateo developer 
  64. Supergiant’s fourth outing Hades introduces a more mature, organized dev process
  65. Splash Damage has released the full game design document for Dirty Bomb
  66. Cloud Imperium Games spent $4M a month in 2017 developing Star Citizen
  67. Blog: The mysteries of studying game design
  68. Blog: Why nobody cares about your indie game
  69. CI Games establishes United Label, a new publishing label dedicated to indies
  70. IndieDB, ModDB founder launches mod-focused publishing arm: Modularity to use mod.io to offer a “fully cross-platform and store-agnostic modding solution”
  71. With CryEngine’s SpatialOS GDK in the works, Crytek reaffirms open-platform goals
  72. US, Canada mobile gaming brought in $9.37 billion in 2018: Candy Crush games topped revenue charts for the year as puzzle, strategy, and casino genres dominated
  73. Chad Wild Clay, Vy Qwaint Launch Mobile Game Inspired By Their Kids’ YouTube Spy Series 
  74. FIFA 19 trumped Red Dead and COD as Europe’s highest selling game in 2018: Gfk Entertainment data shows EA Sports’ football title as the most popular across 15 countries
  75. Sony is rolling out PlayStation Now to new European territories
  76. Fast Travel Games sold more on PSVR than Steam, Oculus and Viveport combined: PSVR accounts for 58% of Apex Construct sales, said CEO Oskar Burman, and Sony’s lead is getting wider 
  77. ‘Apex Construct’ Studio: Big Boost in PSVR Installs Thanks to Recent Increase in Headset Sales
  78. VR headsets, augmented windshields, and multiscreen infotainment at CES
  79. VR Train Simulator ‘Derail Valley’ to Launch into Early Access This Week
  80. The Digital Revolution: Fundamentals of virtual, mixed and augmented reality
  81. Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay as seen by a ‘90s arcade rat
  82. How European expansion bolstered Bulkhead against Brexit: Setting up a German subsidiary enabled recruitment of new talent amid political turmoil in the UK, says Bulkhead Interactive CEO Joe Brammer
  83. New esports league crops up around Farming Simulator 19 
  84. GAME’s shares improve following “solid” Christmas results: UK dips offset by Spanish growth over festive period
  85. Kingdom Hearts III Is An Unreviewable Video Game
  86. 9 Video Game Secrets That Took Years to Find: In the olden days, programmers could hide something in the code of a video game and be confident that it would never be revealed.
  87. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, video games, and the new online town square
  88. Video: How I got my mom to play through Plants vs. Zombies

DIGITAL

  1. China creates app to tell you if you are near someone in debt and encourages you to report them: The app will allow the public shaming of “deadbeat debtors”
  2. Russia tries to force Facebook and Twitter to relocate servers to Russia
  3. Pay for Trump’s border wall with $20 online porn fee, Ariz. lawmaker says
  4. Herrick V. Grindr – The Section 230 Case That’s Not What You’ve Heard
  5. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case That Threatened CDA 230 
  6. There Was Heavy Tech Lobbying On Article 13… From The Company Hoping To Sell Everyone The Filters
  7. Disney is already losing over $1 billion in streaming, and its Netflix competitor has yet to launch
  8. Lucasfilm Steps In After FanFilm That Tried To Follow The Rules Was Claimed By Disney Over Star Wars Music
  9. Facebook may be hit with “record-setting fine” by FTC, report says
  10. Facebook Just Removed Hundreds of Pages Linked to Russia
  11. President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner
  12. Viral Is Still Copyrighted, Even to Learn Where Trump Is 
  13. Parody Washington Post Leads To Bogus Legal Threat, And A Reminder Of An Old Internet Lawsuit 
  14. Judge unseals trove of internal Facebook documents following our legal action
  15. Google, Facebook, and Amazon Spent Record Cash Lobbying Washington in 2018
  16. Google’s lobbying spending set new records in 2018
  17. Blocking Constituents from Facebook Page Violates First Amendment–Davison v. Randall
  18. Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost” is the new “unsafe at any speed”: For years, Ashkan Soltani has warned of Facebook’s privacy-eroding tendencies.
  19. Fourth Amendment Limits NYC’s Demands for Airbnb Customer Records
  20. Pie Company Has A Rogue Twitter Impostor, But Decides To Be Totally Cool With It
  21. Lawmakers seek harsh penalties against ZTE and Huawei
  22. US asks Canada to turn over Huawei’s CFO on alleged sanctions violations 
  23. Will Social Media Websites Become State Actors?
  24. Researchers discover state actor’s mobile malware efforts because of YOLO OPSEC
  25. BuzzFeed Set to Lay Off 15% of Its Employees
  26. Why Do People Fall for Fake News?
  27. Deepfakes and the New Disinformation War: The Coming Age of Post-Truth Geopolitics
  28. Social media can predict what you’ll say, even if you don’t participate
  29. “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging
  30. Not all Opinions are Fit for Sharing
  31. Risky Business Just Got Riskier – DOJ Changes Stance on Internet Gambling 
  32. DOJ Opinion Leaves Industry Hanging: If UIGEA Exclusions Don’t Modify the Wire Act What Does That Mean for Intrastate Gambling Transactions? 
  33. Hulu Drops Price Of Ad-Supported Subscription Plan, Increases Price For Hulu With Live TV
  34. Hulu will make its basic plan cheaper as Netflix gets pricier
  35. US Media Companies Engaging In Proactive Censorship Of Content Ahead Of India’s New Hate Speech Laws
  36. Netflix Signs Indian Content Code Banning Offensive Material, Agrees To Self-Regulate
  37. Netflix Spent $12 Billion on Content in 2018. Analysts Expect That to Grow to $15 Billion This Year 
  38. Netflix Joins the Motion Picture Association of America 
  39. Why Does Everyone Else Want To Stop Netflix Password Sharing, When Netflix Is Fine With It?
  40. Netflix on streaming rivals: ‘We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO’
  41. The whirlwind success of Netflix’s ‘You’ and ‘Bird Box’ shows it’s become a well-oiled FOMO machine
  42. The Great Google Hangouts Shutdown begins October 2019
  43. YouTube TV Expanding to Cover Entire U.S., No International Launch Plans Right Now
  44. YouTube TV Rolls Out To Remaining U.S. Markets Ahead Of Super Bowl 
  45. Netflix Says Viewership, Subscriptions Spiked During Brief YouTube Outage In October 
  46. 2 Years After ‘Adpocalypse’, AT&T — The World’s Second Largest Advertiser — Returns To YouTube
  47. AT&T returns as a YouTube advertiser marking the end of the “adpocalypse”: January might be a slow month, but big ad spending is on the horizon
  48. YouTube Demonetizes Channel Belonging To Anti-Islam Political Advisor Tommy Robinson
  49. YouTube Cover Singer Lands Starring Role In Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Remake
  50. YouTube Trick Shot Stars ‘Dude Perfect’ Announce First Live Tour And Memberships, Ask Fans To Help Them Tie PewDiePie’s Subscriber Count 
  51. After Stunning Australian Open Win, Stefanos Tsitsipas Urges Stadium to Subscribe To His YouTube Channel 
  52. Vice Media, Hulu Japan Ink Original Content and Licensing Deal 
  53. Vice Media sets up experience division: Ten-strong team will create experiences for youth media company’s own brands as well as for partners.
  54. Viacom Purchases Free Streaming Platform Pluto TV For $340 Million
  55. Font expert exposes phony trust documents
  56. Online Publishers Beware: An iPhone Snap May Go Viral, but Unauthorized Commercial Use is Still Not Fair Use 
  57. NSA Puts Phone Charging Station at Hacker Conference in Plot to Go Viral
  58. Instagram Influencers Are Seeking The Services Of Ethical Hackers To Reclaim Their Stolen Accounts 
  59. “A never-ending war”: top influencer on what brands should know about fakes in China
  60. Analysts Project Instagram Will Rake In $14 Billion In Revenues In 2019
  61. Patreon Gained 1 Million New Patrons In 2018, Will Pay Out Its Billionth Dollar This Year
  62. Blockchain justice: Crypto-currency and blockchain will increasingly be the subjects of litigation in Canada 
  63. I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.
  64. Amazon begins testing deliveries with sidewalk drones
  65. The Prime Challenges For Amazon’s New Delivery Robot
  66. Microsoft: Switch to iOS or Android because Windows 10 Mobile is ending
  67. Google buys $40 million worth of smartwatch tech from Fossil Group
  68. Even with the Google/Fossil deal, Wear OS is doomed
  69. Google Play malware used phones’ motion sensors to conceal itself
  70. Google planning changes to Chrome that could break ad blockers 
  71. Jake Paul Dropped By Legal Firm In Case Involving Prank That Damaged Man’s Hearing
  72. The 8 Signs That Machine Learning Will Automate Some or All of Your Job
  73. Globally, Most Workers Think Robots Couldn’t Handle Their Jobs 
  74. Robots on the rise
  75. Sony Invests in Geolocation Startup Used to Shoot ‘Ready Player One’
  76. For teens, digital technology is good. Or bad. Or maybe neutral?
  77. Instagram Helped Me Bond With My Dentist Dad by Recommending I Watch Gross Teeth Videos
  78. How running websites has changed in the last two decades (for an Ars IT guru)
  79. Now That’s What I Call Ars Technica, Volume 1: Favorite stories from Ars’ 20 years
  80. Twenty legal battles that stand out across Ars’ 20 years of covering them
  81. Technology with limits: How can we tame technology to do what we need and then let it go so that we can be more connected to each other in real life?
  82. Deregulation is the New Buzz Word in Washington –  Except in the Tech Industry
  83. Can a Server Be a Regular and Established Place of Business? Examining the SEVEN Networks Decision

CREATIVITY

  1. It’s Finally Happening – Major New Trademark Law Takes Effect in Canada on June 17, 2019
  2. Toronto DJ wins trademark registration despite association with Drake: Application was challenged by October’s Very Own
  3. McDonald’s loses Big Mac trademark after legal battle with Irish chain: Supermac strips US food giant of trademark across Europe after landmark EU ruling
  4. UK fashion label says it owns trademark on “collusion,” EFF says no way: Last year, a man bought Collusion.so, pointed it to Lawfare. ASOS didn’t like that.
  5. UK clothing company: Oops, our trademark doesn’t cover collusion.so
  6. Oh Na Na What’s My Name?: Rihanna Sues Father for Trademark Misuse of “Fenty” Surname
  7. Proposed Update To Singapore’s Copyright Laws Surprisingly Sensible
  8. The Updated Canada Food Guide: New Advice, Old Restrictive Copyright Rules
  9. Port Talbot Banksy sells for six-figure sum 
  10. The King of Wakanda Holds the Oscars’ First Best Picture Nod for a Superhero Film
  11. Viceland Will Relaunch Primetime With Nightly Live Two-Hour Variety Show 
  12. Leslie Jones Is No Fan of the New GhostbustersMovie 
  13. Key IP Takeaways from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
  14. Copyright Act amendments to unveil our hidden history
  15. An Analysis of Title I and Title III of The Music Modernization Act, Part 1 of 2 (Tyler Ochoa)
  16. An Analysis of Title I and Title III of The Music Modernization Act, Part 1 of 2 (Tyler Ochoa)
  17. Duty of loyalty: A limit to freedom of expression

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  The Canadian Wireless Story: Comparative Data Shows World’s Highest Carrier Revenues Per SIM
  2. Sunlight on the Submissions: Why the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel Should Reverse Its Secretive Approach (Michael Geist)
  3. Woman sues T-Mobile after employees allegedly snoop on racy private video
  4. Verizon blames school text provider in dispute over “spam” fee
  5. Verizon offers free robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and T-Mobile
  6. Trump Hotel Fracas Highlights How T-Mobile’s Consumer-Friendly Brand Schtick Is Wearing A Little Thin
  7. Sorry, Ajit: Comcast lowered cable investment despite net neutrality repeal
  8. Remember When Ajit Pai Said Killing Net Neutrality Would Boost Network Investment? About That…
  9. Terabyte-using cable customers double, increasing risk of data cap fees
  10. Government Shutdown May Cause FCC to Cancel January 30 Public Meeting 
  11. FCC Wants Delay In Net Neutrality Trial Due To Government Shutdown, But Isn’t Likely To Get It
  12. Statements by third parties – What are the liabilities of publishers and broadcasters?
  13. Brexit and broadcasting: Luxembourg as the ideal gateway to provide audiovisual media services throughout the EU (without a major impact on operations in the UK!)

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Max Schrems Files New Privacy Complaints That Seem To Show The Impossibility Of Complying With The GDPR
  2. How The GDPR Is Still Ruining Christmas
  3. GDPR Enforcement Actions, Fines Pile Up
  4. Google must pay €50 million for GDPR violations, France says
  5. Attorney General Nominee Seems Willing To Let The DOJ Jail Journalists Over Published Leaks
  6. YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Spotify, And More Accused Of Violating E.U. Data Privacy Legislation Per Article 15
  7. Yahoo! Derivative Data Breach Suit Yields Unprecedented $29 Million Settlement
  8. Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords
  9. Monster 773 million-record breach list contains plaintext passwords
  10. How to Stop Worrying About Every ‘Mega’ Password Breach That Comes Along
  11. GoDaddy weakness let bomb threat scammers hijack thousands of big-name domains
  12. Hackers Hijacked A Family’s Smart Home, Spammed Nuclear Missile Alerts
  13. Exploring the EU’s new rules for the free flow of non-personal data
  14. Seattle Newspaper Wins Federal Court Case, Opens Up Reporting On Secret Law Enforcement Surveillance
  15. NY Court Tells NYPD It Can’t Hide Surveillance Of Protesters Behind A Glomar Response
  16. The creepy rule
  17. 41 California Privacy Experts Urge Major Changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act (Eric Goldman)
  18. Fourth Amendment Limits NYC’s Demands for Airbnb Customer Records (Eric Goldman)
  19. Privacy and Data Security 2018 Year in Review
  20. 2018 Privacy Year in Review
  21. ‘The goal is to automate us’: welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism
  22. 41 California Privacy Experts Urge Major Changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act
  23. Is Privacy a Right? (Doc Searls)

Jon

News of the Week; January 16, 2019

GAMES

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2’s Pinkerton agents are at the center of a lawsuit
  2. The Pinkertons Are Still Around, Suing Over Red Dead Redemption 2
  3. Rockstar threatened with legal action over Red Dead 2’s Pinkerton agents: Take-Two and Rockstar say use of Pinkerton and trademarks is protected under the First Amendment
  4. Infamous Pinkerton Detectives Claim Red Dead Redemption’s Use Of Historically Accurate Pinkertons Is Trademark Infringement
  5. Red Dead 2 sparks legal tussle between Take-Two and the real-world Pinkertons
  6. Gearbox CEO accused by former studio lawyer of taking $12M bonus
  7. Former Gearbox lawyer reportedly filed discrimination claim ahead of November lawsuit: 10 days before Gearbox sued Wade Callender, he filed a discrimination claim against CEO Randy Pitchford alleging religious harassment
  8. Randy Pitchford and ex-Gearbox lawyer engaged in ugly legal fight over alleged $12 million ‘secret bonus,’ unpaid loans, camgirl porn: Pitchford and former Gearbox general counsel Wade Callendar have filed lawsuits accusing each other
  9. Amidst legal battle, Gearbox CEO says he left USB stick of porn at Medieval Times: Alleges Pitchford received $12M bonus, hid from Gearbox staffers, siphoned elsewhere.
  10. Gearbox CEO allegedly mocked ex-lawyer’s Christianity with slurs, “ridiculing” gifts
  11. Forza Horizon 4 patches out Floss and Carlton dance emotes
  12. Forza Horizon 4 removes dance moves following Fortnite lawsuits: The Carlton and the Floss removed from game as creators pursue Epic Games for damages
  13. Microsoft removes Forza dances amid Fortnite lawsuits
  14. ‘Fresh Prince’ actor, rapper and dancer sue makers of video game over popular dance moves
  15. Fortnite dance lawsuits continue with “Orange Justice”: Mother of Orange Shirt Kid sues Epic Games for copyright infringement following campaign that saw dance included in-game
  16. Epic fixes Fortnite security flaw which left all 200M+ players vulnerable
  17. Settlement reached in long-running 38 Studios lawsuit 
  18. Riot Games updates company values following “bro culture” toxicity claims: Developer says new values are a “guide for who we want to be”
  19. Law firm investigating Activision-Blizzard on behalf of investors: Pomerantz LLP looking into claims that company leadership engaged in securities fraud, other unlawful practice
  20. Bungie takes Destiny 2 publishing rights back from Activision
  21. Bungie Splits With Activision, Maintains Destiny Rights
  22. Bungie breaks from Activision to publish Destiny on its own: Activision to “increase focus on own IP projects” as Bungie transitions to self-publishing
  23. Bungie splits with Activision, keeps control of Destiny
  24. Activision will cut ties with Bungie, give up publishing control of Destiny
  25. The Game Industry Reacts To The Bungie-Activision Breakup: General consensus: people are happy for Bungie. 
  26. Destiny: We React to the Activision Bungie Split
  27. Destiny 2’s Impossible Puzzle Might Have Been Broken All Along
  28. Take-Two and NBA extend partnership in $1.1bn deal: Multi-year licensing agreement enables 2K to continue making its best-selling basketball game
  29. Rocket League finally gets cross-platform play on PS4: The popular Psyonix title is the latest to benefit from Sony’s cross-platform u-turn
  30. Rocket League now allows cross-play for all platforms, including PS4
  31. Pioneer, Ubisoft’s sci-fi game teased in Watch Dogs 2, reportedly cancelled 
  32. Call of Duty has made more money than the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars: Activision release about presidential appointments reveals best-selling shooter franchise trumps box office takings of Hollywood hits
  33. EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game [UPDATE] 
  34. EA has reportedly canceled Vancouver studio’s Star Wars title: Unseen project was supposedly an open-world reset of closed Visceral Games’ Star Wars title
  35. Report: EA’s beleaguered open-world Star Wars game is no more [Updated]
  36. Update: EA Responds To Reports Of Alleged Star Wars Game Cancellation
  37. EA Vancouver’s open-world Star Wars game has been canceled  
  38. Chinese government approves another 84 games for release: Total since end of the approval freeze is now 164 games, but Tencent and NetEase are still absent
  39. Tencent picks up 36% ownership of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 dev Fatshark  
  40. Blizzard and NetEase extend China publishing deal until 2023
  41. Blizzard states importance of ‘inclusive’ workplace after discrimination allegations
  42. Meet MASHBot, the touchscreen-tapping, Nintendo DS-playing robot
  43. Nintendo of Europe issues formal warning to Russia boss after investigation: But platform holder says accusations of harassment by general manager Yasha Haddaji remain unsubstantiated
  44. Hackers find Super NES games mentioned in Switch’s emulated NES files
  45. Travis Strikes Again review: Switch may already have its weirdest game of 2019
  46. ESA and World Health Organization discuss ‘gaming disorder’ classification  
  47. World Health Organization and ESA meet to discuss gaming disorder diagnosis: UKIE and ISFE also urged WHO to “reconsider the mounting evidence” during formal dialogue last month
  48. PEGI announces new content descriptor for in-game purchases on physical products: An “important first step” to helping making parents make informed purchasing decisions, says PEGI managing director
  49. Roblox launches Digital Civility Initiative: Online safety and education will be the focus of the program, led by new hire Laura Higgins
  50. Unity changes terms of service to block SpatialOS projects
  51. Improbable calls for Unity to clarify TOS in wake of SpatialOS dev concerns
  52. GDC 2019 will host a Classic Game Postmortem ofPaperboy!
  53. Unity updates terms of service (again) in response to Improbable dispute
  54. SpatialOS games under threat as Unity revokes Improbable’s license – Update: Spilt Milk Studios brings Lazarus back at least temporarily, while Bossa’s Worlds Adrift is “operating as normal”
  55. Changes to Unity terms of service are “insanity” says Improbable CEO: Devs share concerns with GamesIndustry.biz about how changes could spell the end for their in-development projects
  56. Cloud gaming firm: Unity must clarify its terms, reinstate our license 
  57. Unity explains Improbable license revocation, says SpatialOS creator’s claims “incorrect”: SpatialOS devs are safe, Improbable calls for “code of conduct” in development ecosystem
  58. Unity clarifies ToS changes, welcomes back “unsupported” SpatialOS
  59. Video: How Life is Strange brought a new era for narrative games
  60. Epic, Improbable start fund to lure devs away from Unity amid engine kerfuffle
  61. Epic, Improbable team up for $25 million fund to bring SpatialOS developers to “more open engines”: Saga of Unity, Improbable, and SpatialOS continues as Epic opens door to developers “left in limbo” by terms of service changes
  62. Unity changes course following dispute with Improbable: John Riccitiello and Joachim Ante to host Reddit AMA today 
  63. Epic Games store planned for launch on Android this year: Company looks toward iOS launch also, despite “apparent conflict” with Apple policy
  64. Epic Games Store alters refund policy to match Steam
  65. Epic Games Store now offers a refund policy similar to Steam’s: Within a Fortnite of purchase.
  66. Sergey Galyonkin clarifies how the Epic Games Store targets influencers
  67. Sergey Galyonkin: Epic Games store courting a younger, Steam-less audience – Epic Games’ director of publishing strategy offers glimpse of what the storefront plans to offer both consumers and influencers in the coming months and year
  68. Sergey Galyonkin clarifies how the Epic Games Store targets influencers
  69. Verizon is testing its own cloud-based game streaming service
  70. Valve wants to overhaul discoverability on Steam with machine learning this year
  71. Valve working on new algorithmic recommendation tools for Steam, curating features: Other 2019 plans include PC Cafe Program, Trusted Matchmaking across all games, and Steam China
  72. Video: How reward systems can guide player experience inWorld of Warcraft
  73. ‘We have a big hit because we have a healthy work/life balance’, says Slime Rancher director
  74. Dusk sells 69,420 copies a month after launch
  75. Jurassic World Evolution and Planet Coaster have crossed 2 million sales
  76. There are now over 30,000 games on Steam
  77. NPD: US, Canada saw more mobile gamers in 2018 – Number of mobile gamers increased 5% year-over-year; Android remains most popular smartphone option
  78. Tabletop games continue to succeed on Kickstarter as video games fall behind
  79. Analyst: 2018 was an unimpressive (but stable) year for video game crowdfunding
  80. Ico Partners: Video games see fewer crowdfunded projects, steady amount funded in 2018 – Trends indicates Kickstarter is stabilizing, with a higher percentage of quality projects as platform matures 
  81. Report: Amazon is developing its own game streaming service
  82. Amazon reportedly developing its own game streaming service: Company already in talks with publishers, but service wouldn’t be ready until 2020 at the earliest
  83. Amazon may be going after cloud gaming, but Microsoft has a big head start
  84. Gamestop Buyout Expected To Be Finalized Next Month
  85. From forum post to feature update: Supercell’s community connection: How the Brawl Stars studio hopes to continue its “two-way street” partnership with content creators and game communities 
  86. IGDC: Solving the monetisation problem in India – The Indian market is brimming with potential, but it’s far from straightforward
  87. Fallout 76 players find human NPC and unreleased items in secret ‘dev room’: Like Fallout 4, Fallout 76 has a room containing every item in the game – and some players have apparently found a way inside.
  88. Fortnite tops SuperData’s 2018 chart with $2.4 billion digital revenue: Epic’s game toppled Honor of Kings in the free-to-play chart, PUBG was the highest earning premium title
  89. Streamlabs: Twitch growth slows as streamers turn to YouTube and Facebook – Meanwhile, Fortnite sees first decline in hours streamed since launching battle royale mode 
  90. Niantic closes funding round with $245 million raised  
  91. Niantic raises $245 million in Series C funding: Funding round led by IVP brings company valuation to nearly $4 billion
  92. Hitman developer IO Interactive has opened a new studio in Malmo
  93. IO Interactive opens new studio in Malmö: Second studio will support Hitman series and enables IOI to develop “new universes, new franchises”
  94. Examining the relationship between a studio’s survival and success
  95. Weavr Consortium receives £4m grant to develop esports viewing tech: UK government’s Industry Strategy Challenge Fund selects esports group for two-year Sports and Entertainment grant
  96. ESForce sells majority stake in SK Gaming: Esports holdings company to sell 67% share to Daimler AG, FC Koeln 
  97. THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to Outcast
  98. Founded by CERN Engineers, CREAL3D’s Light-field Display is the Real Deal 
  99. MetaAR Shuts Down Amidst Patent Infringement Lawsuit & Asset Liquidation
  100. Sony Shows More ‘Ace Combat 7’ VR Gameplay Ahead of Jan. 18 Launch
  101. Jam City secures $145 million to support global growth and acquisition plans  
  102. Jam City announces $145m in strategic finance just weeks after layoffs: Investment comes on the heels of a “large numbers” of redundancies and a multi-year development deal with Disney
  103. What’s the one game you think people pretend to like the most?
  104. The UK Games Industry in 2018: Winners and Losers – Nintendo and Sony shine as EA falters
  105. UK industry braces for no-deal Brexit: How developers, publishers and more are preparing for the worst following next week’s vote
  106. Games4EU outlines the good and (mostly) bad of potential Brexit deal
  107. From Uncharted to Obra Dinn: Lucas Pope dishes on his illustrious game-dev career
  108. Success and sustainability at Supercell DLC: The Finnish studio’s developers discuss how they keep games thriving for years, and CEO Ilkka Paananen shares his philosophy on crunch
  109. Was classic JRPG grind that bad?: An in-depth analysis
  110. God of War nominated for 12 awards at 2019 DICE Awards
  111. God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man lead nominations for 22nd annual DICE Awards: Red Dead Redemption 2, Return of the Obra Dinn also see numerous mentions
  112. These were the most downloaded games on the PlayStation Store in 2018
  113. Writers Guild crowns Reigns: Her Majesty for best writing in a video game
  114. Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 raises $2.39M for Prevent Cancer Foundation

DIGITAL

  1. Appeals Court: First Amendment Violation To Ban Members Of The Public From Gov’t Officials’ Facebook Pages
  2. Facebook page is a government forum
  3. Blocking Constituents from Facebook Page Violates First Amendment–Davison v. Randall 
  4. Pakistan Demands Google Take Down Petition For Academic Freedom… Saying It Represents Hate Speech
  5. Apple loses patent case appeal, owes VirnetX $440M in FaceTime dispute 
  6. The Duty to Read the Unreadable (Uri Benoliel & Shmuel Becher)
  7. Twitter’s TOS Upheld Despite Unilateral Amendment Clause – Brittain v. Twitter
  8. Court To Revenge Porn Bro Suing Twitter: You Agreed To Twitter Picking The Courtroom Every Time You Created A New Alt Account
  9. “This isn’t like shipping wine”—Defense Distributed v. Grewalhas its day in court
  10. Amazon Dash Buttons Ruled Illegal In Germany For… Making It Too Easy To Buy Stuff 
  11. Here’s How Much Money Creators Can Make Via Amazon’s Influencer Program (Report)
  12. President Trump Mocks Amazon’s ‘Jeff Bozo’ During Unhinged Twitter Rant
  13. Microsoft signs a huge deal with Walgreens, as Amazon’s growing interest in health care looms large
  14. Microsoft’s fonts catch out another fraudster—this time in Canada
  15. How Tracking And Selling Our Data Became A Business Model
  16. Night Club Accused of TCPA Text Messaging Violations
  17. 3rd Circuit: Enrollment packet e-signature requires student to arbitrate claims 
  18. EU Parliament Puts Out Utter Nonsense Defending Copyright Directive
  19. Hollywood Asks EU To Drop Article 13 Entirely, Because It Might Possibly Have A Tiny Compromise For The Internet
  20. Google Shows What Google News Looks Like If Article 11 Passes In The EU Copyright Directive
  21. EU Court Adviser Says Google Shouldn’t Have To Enforce A French RTBF Request Anywhere But In Europe
  22. Google kills the Chromecast Audio
  23. Alphabet board sued over massive payout to Android creator, among others
  24. Music Groups Waste No Time Using Australia’s New Copyright Law To Shut Down Stream Ripping Sites
  25. Federal Appellate Courts Ring In the New Year by Taking Up Website and Mobile Application Accessibility  
  26. Carriers Swore They’d Stop Selling Location Data. Will They Ever?
  27. LinkedIn Is Helping The Chinese Government Silence Critics
  28. Internet Censorship and the Intraregional Geopolitical Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (Helmi Noman)
  29. Kylie Jenner Dethroned By An Egg For Most-Liked Instagram Post Of All Time
  30. Instagram’s Most-Liked Egg Now Trying To Be Twitter’s Most-Retweeted Egg
  31. Report: DOJ pursuing criminal charges against Huawei for theft of tech
  32. Huawei employee arrested, accused of “high-level espionage” for China: Polish authorities arrest a Huawei employee and former government security expert.
  33. Chinese Police Now Performing Door-To-Door Twitter Censorship
  34. Roku Reverses Course, Bans Alex Jones Channel After Outcry 
  35. Suppressing Customer Reviews Leads to $25 Million Judgment
  36. Few people shared fake news in 2016 election, but seniors shared the most
  37. And Now Professional Sports Teams Are Cutting The Cable Cord, Too
  38. Netflix sued for trademark infringement by ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ publishers  
  39. Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Leads to “Choose Your Own Adventure” Trademark Lawsuit 
  40. Netflix Is About to Cost You More Money
  41. Netflix Announces Biggest Subscription Price Hike To Date
  42. Millions of customers will now pay more for Netflix—here’s how much
  43. Netflix reveals Space Force comedy series before Trump gets real thing approved
  44. Hulu Stealth Drops Fyre Fest Documentary Featuring Interview With Founder Billy McFarland 
  45. Gillette’s New Ad Addressing Toxic Masculinity Met With 400,000 Dislikes, Vitriol From YouTube Users
  46. Massively-Viewed K-Pop Videos Temporarily Pulled From YouTube After False Copyright Claims
  47. Top 50 Most Viewed US YouTube Channels • Week Of 1/13/2019
  48. YouTube will “ramp up” enforcement of its policies against dangerous challenges and pranks
  49. YouTube updates policies to explicitly ban dangerous pranks, challenges
  50. YouTube Bans Stunts Like Particularly Risky ‘Bird Box,’ Tide Pod Challenges In Updated Guidelines
  51. Jake Paul’s ‘Bird Box Challenge’ Video Yanked From YouTube Following Backlash
  52. Logan Paul Half-Apologizes For Saying He Wanted To Try Being Gay For 1 Month
  53. The First Dumb Meme Accident of 2019 Is Here
  54. “Ghost guns,” underage sex, and the First Amendment: Defense Distributed’s legal saga: Legal turmoil for company rolls on as Cody Wilson faces felony charges for sex with a minor. 
  55. Family-Friendly YouTube Stars ‘ACE Family’ Under Fire After Father Shown Buying Child A Phallic Lollipop
  56. YouTube Clarifies Policies On How Profanity Impacts Monetization
  57. YouTube Allows Disney Nerds to Relive Extinct Theme Park Attractions
  58. YouTube Boomers Show #Vanlife Isn’t Just For Millennials 
  59. “Baby Shark” Enters Billboard Hot 100 Largely Thanks To Viral YouTube Views
  60. YouTube Axes Ability To Automatically Share Video Uploads, ‘Likes’ On Twitter
  61. YouTube Piloting Blue Tags Under Videos That Help Filter Recommendations
  62. YouTube Officially Rolls Out Swipe-To-Advance Navigation On iOS App
  63. NBCUniversal set to launch standalone streaming service in 2020
  64. NBCUniversal Announces Streaming Service To Launch 2020, Puts Exec Bonnie Hammer In Charge Of Development
  65. NBCU Crafts Bluprint For A New Kind Of Influencer
  66. Social Influencers are not immune from advertising codes and laws – Ads must be identified as Ads
  67. Twitch Suspends Smash Bros. Streamer For Drunkenly Passing Out On Camera
  68. Nike To Unveil Latest Shoe Launch On Twitch
  69. CAA Signs Twitch Streamer Dr DisRespect As It Builds Out Gaming Roster
  70. Studio71 launches talent management company
  71. Machinima Creators Just Got A Letter Telling Them That They’re Now Part Of Fullscreen
  72. ‘DaddyOFive’ Parents’ Sentences Reduced Despite Allegations They Broke Court Order, Continued To Vlog Children
  73. Bird Scooter tried to censor my Boing Boing post with a legal threat that’s so stupid, it’s a whole new kind of wrong
  74. Bird tries to forcibly remove Boing Boing’s story detailing how to hack and keep its scooters
  75. Bird Issues ‘Chilling’ Legal Threat After Boing Boing Publishes Blog on E-Scooter Hack
  76. Scooter Company Bird Sends Absolutely B.S. Copyright Threat Letter To Cory Doctorow For Reporting On Modifying Scooters 
  77. EFF flips Bird the bird, says Boing Boing post doesn’t violate copyright law – EFF: Bird’s legal demand to take down recent Cory Doctorow post is “meritless.” 
  78. Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well.
  79. Bird to Boing Boing: We’re sorry about sending you a legal-demand letter 
  80. The Internet is Facing a Catastrophe For Free Expression and Competition
  81. Hulu Is Rolling Out Performance-Based Measurement for Brands: The streaming service is working with ‘several’ partners on the offering
  82. UX rant: The nightmare horrorshow that is the Apple TV remote
  83. Vietnamese Government Whines Facebook Isn’t Helping It Censor Critics Quickly Enough
  84. Facebook-executive swatting sends significant police response to his home
  85. Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes 
  86. Barstool Sports Shuts Down Comment Section, Silencing Its Most Loyal Racists
  87. The best PCs, gadgets, and future tech of CES 2019
  88. Man says CES lidar’s laser was so powerful it wrecked his $1,998 camera
  89. Remember when Bill Gates challenged Slash to Guitar Hero? 13 years of Ars at CES
  90. This Sad Booth Is a Metaphor for CES This Year
  91. The Totally Unofficial CES 2019 Meta Awards
  92. IBM’s New AI System Can Compose Logical Arguments: Next thing we know, it’ll be arguing in the comment section. 
  93. AI can diagnose some genetic disorders using photos of faces 
  94. Artificial Intelligence, collaboration with online platforms and tackling the ‘Wild West’: How the ASA plans to make its impact online over the next 5 years  
  95. Litigating intellectual property issues: The impact of AI and machine learning
  96. New Robot Dogs Can Deliver Your Lunch Right to Your Desk
  97. Blythe Masters and the End of a Blockchain Era
  98. Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Real Implications of Blockchain in the Legal Industry (Justin Evans)
  99. Okay, This Argument for 8K TVs Is Kinda Convincing 
  100. Etch a Sketch lives on in browser-based Chrome Labs project
  101. 2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 6 (IP, E-Commerce, Censorship, & More) (Eric Goldman)

CREATIVITY

  1. Jury Orders Mongols Biker Club to Forfeit Its Logo, the ‘Holy of Holies’
  2. The Rock says that “generation snowflake” interview was “100 percent fabricated,” totally fake
  3. UQAM co-op excludes white comedian from shows because of his dreadlocks: Zach Poitras was barred from performing at the Snowflake Comedy Club and the Soirée d’humour engagée.
  4. Must Universities Shut Down Constitutionally Protected Speech Forums That Also Enable Student Harassment? (Eric Goldman)
  5. Federal Court Says Iowa’s Ag Gag Law Is Unconstitutional
  6. Turkish Court Jails Journalist For Telling The Truth About A Politician’s Offshore Tax Shelter
  7. Immoral and Scandalous Trademarks: If They Can Be Registered, What Does It Mean For Other Prohibitions on Registration?
  8. Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules
  9. ASA ruling on Coral national press ad
  10. ASA announces that from June harmful gender stereotyping in adverts will be banned
  11. Aloha, Copyright Infringement
  12. The Crown Jewels: How to Protect Your Jewelry Designs

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  Why So Secret?: Government’s Communications Law Panel Plans to Keep Public Submissions Under Wraps for Months (Michael Geist)
  2. All About the Internet: My Submission to the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel on the Future of Canadian Communications Law (Michael Geist)
  3. Ajit Pai gives carriers free pass on privacy violations during FCC shutdown
  4. Ajit Pai Refuses To Brief Congress On What He Plans To Do About Wireless Location Data Scandals
  5. T-Mobile CEO, execs stay at Trump hotel while lobbying Trump administration
  6. AT&T’s Planning Yet More Layoffs Despite Tens Of Billions In Tax Breaks And Government Favors
  7. AT&T defends misleading “5G” network icons on 4G phones
  8. AT&T Execs Think It’s Really Funny They Misled Consumers About 5G Availability
  9. Verizon Promises Not To Over-Hype 5G, Immediately Proceeds To Over-Hype 5G
  10. Verizon charges new “spam” fee for texts sent from teachers to students
  11. Frontier Hammered By Minnesota AG For Its Refusal To Repair Its Broadband Network
  12. FCC asks court for delay in case that could restore net neutrality rules

 SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Vizio Admits Modern TV Sets Are Cheaper Because They’re Spying On You
  2. Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile’s ATM Network: Report
  3. Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an “abuse of power,” judge rules
  4. Federal Judge Says Compelling People To Unlock Phones With Their Fingerprints/Faces Violates The 5th Amendment
  5. Five Companies Settle Privacy Case With NY AG Over Apps 
  6. Nine defendants charged in SEC hacking scheme that netted $4.1 million
  7. California Regulates Internet of Things
  8. An Ounce of Prevention: Responding to California’s New Privacy Law
  9. Government Shutdown Means Government Website Security Certs Aren’t Being Renewed
  10. FBI Officially Has A Leak Investigation Unit
  11. DOJ Indictment Alleges Theft of Hundreds of Gigabytes of Corporate and Government Data in Attacks Targeting Managed Service Providers
  12. Directors and Officers Settle Over Yahoo Hack: A New Chapter in Derivative Litigation? 
  13. Hack Brief: An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed In Monster Breach
  14. Google Play starts manually whitelisting SMS and phone apps
  15. Artificial Intelligence vs. the Hackers: Machine-learning algorithms watch hackers’ behavior and adapt to their evolving tactics.
  16. The U.S. Government Has Amassed Terabytes of Internal WikiLeaks Data
  17. New ransomware rakes in $4 million by adopting a “big game hunting” strategy
  18. A DNS hijacking wave is targeting companies at an almost unprecedented scale
  19. 2019: The Push For Bad Faith, Loophole-Filled Privacy Legislation Begins
  20. 2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 5 (Privacy, Advertising, Consumer Reviews) (Eric Goldman)

Jon

News of the Week; January 9, 2019

GAMES

  1. Bethesda resolves copyright lawsuit against Westworlddevs
  2. Bethesda, Behaviour Interactive resolve copyright infringement dispute: Lawsuit over similarities between Fallout Shelter and Westworld game settled “amicably”
  3. Challenges in Filing Successful IPR Petitions for Video Game Patents 
  4. Supercell Oy v. Gree, Inc. (December 17, 2018 Patent Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO)
  5. A Patent on Games? No Dice.
  6. In Re: Marco Guldenaar Holding B.V. (December 28, 2018,  United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)
  7. Japan has made reselling digital game keys illegal without creator’s permission  
  8. Reselling game keys now illegal in Japan: Updated law also forbids save modding, punishment ranges from ¥5 million fine to five years in jail 
  9. “Not enough evidence” that screen time is harmful to children: UK’s first screen time guidance report recommends parents manage gaming and TV sessions based on kids’ individual needs
  10. Splash Damage is cutting monetization from its free-to-play game Dirty Bomb  
  11. Gris trailer rejected from Facebook for being ‘sexually suggestive’
  12. Facebook rejects Gris ad for “sexually suggestive” content: “First of all, she’s a statue and second, absolutely no nudity is shown in that photo,” says Devolver Digital
  13. Facebook Rejects GRIS Launch Trailer For Being Sexually Suggestive When It Clearly Is Not 
  14. Star Control makers defend DMCA takedown against Star Control: Origins  
  15. Star Control creators defend DMCA takedown notice against Stardock: Creators claim Star Control: Origins is “substantially similar to and/or derivative of” their copyrighted work
  16. Who Owns That Dance Move? 
  17. Eugen Systems says devs were fired for ‘misuse of tools,’ not strike participation
  18. Eugen responds to accusation of retaliatory firings: Steel Division developer says dismissals unrelated to last year’s strike, were due to use of “a professional tool for an inappropriate purpose” 
  19. Twitch Re-Bans Creator Who Briefly Returned To Platform After Alleged Mid-Stream Assault
  20. Games now account for over half of entire UK entertainment market
  21. Bonnie Ross: “Diversity attracts diversity” – 343 Industries boss on the need to present technology as a creative field to more young women and minorities
  22. CVAA accessibility rules come into effect for games as FCC waiver expires
  23. New games must comply to accessibility guidelines after FCC waivers expire: Requirements affect in-game communications and related UI 
  24. Tattoos, avatars and copyrights – a whole new world
  25. Sony just acquired the gaming industry’s biggest audio toolset
  26. Sony Interactive Entertainment to acquire Wwise owner Audiokinetic  
  27. A New Game Console Is On The Way To Compete With PlayStation And Xbox: Exact specs haven’t been confirmed yet.
  28. Slightly Mad developing standalone, VR-supportive console: Project Cars 2 studio says The Mad Box will ship in about three years, won’t court exclusives
  29. Slightly Mad CEO shows off Mad Box concept designs: Ian Bell asserts studio isn’t making a “stinking black slider” as he touts colorful designs, handles, and light weight 
  30. What happens when you turn a studio upside down?: How everyone at Supercell, from new developers to CEO Ilkka Paananen, ensures the “creative people are running the show” at the studio behind Brawl Stars 
  31. Enduring and recovering from the long development of At the Gates
  32. Don’t Miss: Bury Me, My Love and the emotional rollercoaster of making a video game  
  33. Rooster Teeth Announces First Original IP Video Game, ‘Vicious Circle’
  34. “TV doesn’t trust games enough”: Go 8 Bit creator Steve McNeil discusses why broadcasters still struggle to embrace the power of video games 
  35. Ubisoft goes Steam-less, embraces Epic Games Store for The Division 2
  36. The Division 2 is skipping Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store
  37. Moving platforms forward in an Epic Games world: Saber Interactive CEO Matt Karch explains the NBA Playgrounds studio’s decision to go in early on Epic’s new store
  38. Steam data shows VR ownership doubled in 2018 — to 0.8% of users
  39. Valve data shows PC VR ownership rose steadily in 2018
  40. Number of Steam users with VR headsets almost doubled in 2018: But still only represents 0.8% of leading marketplace’s total audience
  41. Steam now supports social media links on Store pages
  42. Valve dished out a record 600k VAC bans after CS:GO went free-to-play
  43. Half-Life and Portal writer Erik Wolpaw returns to Valve: Wolpaw is back at the developer after departing less than two years ago 
  44. Blog: Side hustling advice from full time game devs
  45. NVIDIA Claims 4 Million PC VR Headsets Sold
  46. The Vive Pro Eye Is the Next Big Step for VR
  47. HTC unveils two new standalone VR headsets  
  48. One of the Biggest Names in Home Fitness is Making a VR Exercise Bike 
  49. UK video games market is now 80% digital: However, 75% of AAA game sales are physical 
  50. Let people know what they’re buying – A New Year’s resolution for gaming: For 2019, companies should commit to giving customers what they need to make an informed purchasing decision
  51. All 14 Days of Fortnite challenges return following end date mix-up: Partial progress has been reset, though.
  52. Fortnite sees best month on iOS yet in December: Final month of 2019 saw 83% month-over-month revenue increase to nearly $69 million 
  53. The British Army needs “binge gamers”, “snow flakes” and “me me me millennials” 
  54. Nintendo Officially Shoots Down Bowsette
  55. Nintendo open to moving away from home consoles, says company president  
  56. Super Smash Bros and PlayStation gift cards dominate Amazon 2018 chart: Switch and PS4 come out top at US retailer 
  57. PlayStation 4 sales have exceeded 91.6 million units worldwide  
  58. PS4 sales reach 91.6 million worldwide: Spider-Man sales pass nine million
  59. Marvel’s Spider-Man has sold over 9 million copies worldwide  
  60. God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man among Writers Guild award nominees
  61. Cory Barlog on rebooting God of War: ‘We don’t just want to erase the past’
  62. Hobbyists resurrect Kojima’s “lost” game P.T. as a free PC download
  63. Report: Nexon founder looking to sell controlling stake for $8.9 billion
  64. Nexon founder reportedly preparing to sell controlling share in company: Kim Jung-ju’s 98.64% stake, worth an estimated $9 billion, may soon be on the table for companies such as Tencent or Netmarble
  65. Square Enix president promises year of “aggressive expansion” overseas: Publisher will relaunch dormant Indian subsidiary and look to work with Chinese developers and publishers
  66. Robot Entertainment closing servers for Orcs Must Die! Unchained and Hero Academy games  
  67. Robot Entertainment to shut down Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Hero Academy games: Studio says it was running games “at a financial loss” for months, will focus on future titles
  68. Update: Fired Activision Blizzard CFO Joins Netflix
  69. Activision Blizzard appoints company veterans as new divisional presidents
  70. Pokemon Go dev Niantic secures $190 million investment
  71. Niantic closes out $190m investment round: Follows on from year which saw Pokémon Go grow 35% and generate nearly $800 million revenue 
  72. Second Dinner grabs Marvel partnership and $30M investment for inaugural game
  73. Second Dinner raises $30 million for upcoming Marvel game: NetEase partnership helps fund licensed IP as team moves into Irvine office space
  74. Conan Exiles dev Funcom acquires majority stake in Zona Paradoxal
  75. Paradox acquires Prison Architect franchise from Introversion  
  76. Old School Runescape mobile downloads hit 5m: Long-standing MMO makes strong start on iOS and Android 
  77. Video: Making games better with psychology, theUncharted way  
  78. Video: How to encourage cooperative behavior during co-op play
  79. Unity opens $25k contest for in-dev games with meaningful impact
  80. Super League Gaming proposes IPO: Amateur esports platform prepares to raise up to $25 million to fund its aspirations 
  81. Overwatch Team Says Player Questioned About Identity Was Impostor After All 
  82. Overwatch Fan’s Letter To Jeff Kaplan About Black Women Gets Heartfelt Response 
  83. Tales of an aging gamer: Why don’t I pick up a controller as often as I used to?: We keep getting older, the games stay the same (and science backs that up).
  84. Blog: Four ways my video game habits changed in 2018
  85. Opinion: Here’s what 2019 will be like for the game biz
  86. 10 Big Video Game Rumors Going Into 2019 
  87. The Sims is integrating with Amazon Alexa devices  
  88. Red Dead Redemption 2 leads list of GDC 2019 Choice Awards nominees!
  89. Black Mirror’s ‘Bandersnatch’ was loosely inspired by a cancelled game
  90. Video: A classic postmortem of Bejeweled   
  91. Berlin museum opens exhibition exploring the queer history of games  

DIGITAL

  1. Court: Politicians who block citizens on social media violate 1st Amendment
  2. Please don’t repeat these things WikiLeaks says you can’t say about Assange [Updated]
  3. Irony Alert: Wikileaks Sends Reporters A List Of 140 Things Not To Say About Julian Assange; Tells Them Not To Publish
  4. Copyright, Culture, Sharing, Remix… And A Congresswoman Dancing As A College Student 
  5. Lawsuit Accuses Weather Channel App of Misleading Users and Profiting From Their Location Data
  6. Lawsuit: Weather Channel illegally shared user location data with advertisers
  7. T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T still selling your location data, report says
  8. City Attorney of Los Angeles Sues Popular Weather App Claiming Deceptive Collection and Sharing of Geolocation Data 
  9. Another Day, Another Massive Cellular Location Data Privacy Scandal We’ll Probably Do Nothing About
  10. Fifth Circuit Says Apple Can’t Be Held Liable For A Car Crash Caused By Someone Reading Text Messages
  11. Court of Appeal invalidates Uber’s arbitration clause
  12. New App Allows Users to Create “Binding Video Contracts”
  13. IP and social media — a guide for content creators and meme sharers 
  14. Apple Stock Price Plunges After Earnings Warning
  15. Apple stock plummets 8% on news of grim Q1 2019 outlook
  16. The $450 billion wipeout: Apple’s value has fallen by more than Facebook’s entire worth in 3 short months
  17. What Happened the Last Time Apple Had a Panic This Bad
  18. Tim Cook points at new services and health-tech propelling Apple’s future
  19. Apple Admits The Obvious: User Repairs Harm The Bottom Line
  20. Apple’s Snuck Its Way Into LG’s 2019 Televisions
  21. Qualcomm forces Apple to stop selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany
  22. Report: Huawei punishes employees behind embarrassing iPhone tweet
  23. Controversial Mystery Box Website Responds To Criticism From The YouTube Community
  24. Brands warned over legal issues on alleged “scam” gambling platform MysteryBrand 
  25. Despite Losing Its Copyright Case, The State Of Georgia Still Trying To Stop Carl Malamud From Posting Its Laws 
  26. Amazon is the most valuable public company in the world after passing Microsoft
  27. Microsoft is helping America’s largest grocery chain fight off Amazon: Microsoft and Kroger unite to ‘redefine grocery retail’
  28. Microsoft, Kroger team up to fight Amazon with high-tech grocery stores 
  29. NFL launches voice-powered football guide for Amazon Alexa
  30. Amazon’s latest advertising play involves free samples delivered right to your door
  31. Google boasts 1 billion Assistant devices—10x Amazon Alexa’s install base
  32. Amazon attempts less-creepy delivery by placing packages in your garage
  33. Instagram now lets you post to multiple accounts at the same time
  34. TCL to Launch First Roku 8K TVs This Year
  35. I Was Over 8K TVs Before They Even Happened
  36. UK Court: Guy Who Didn’t Write Defamatory Tweet Needs To Pay $50,000 In Damages Because The Guy Who Did Doesn’t Have Any Money
  37. Texas indicts Cody Wilson on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor: Advocate of 3D printed guns faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
  38. Almost $500,000 in Ethereum Classic coin stolen by forking its blockchain
  39. EU’s First Attempt At Building A List Of Evil Pirate Sites… Lists Non-Infringing Sites
  40. Netflix Stock Rises After Five Golden Globes Wins, Upbeat Analyst Subscriber Estimates
  41. Netflix Cautions Viewers Against Participating In Blindfolded ‘Bird Box’ Challenge
  42. Netflix And Amazon Have Another Good Golden Globes Year, Winning With Roma, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  43. Bandersnatch: The spoiler-filled, choose-your-own-opinion review
  44. Blog: What Bandersnatch teaches about the illusion of choice
  45. Hulu Tops 25 Million Subscribers, Claims Nearly $1.5 Billion in 2018 Ad Revenue
  46. Hulu Hits 25 Million Total Subscribers, $1.5 Billion In Ad Revenues In 2018
  47. FouseyTube Updates Fans After Manic Episode Triggered Months-Long Social Media Absence 
  48. RTL Group to acquire Yospace in €29m deal
  49. Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanities: From the French Revolution to the history of the novel, Big Data makes its mark. 
  50. Insights: Six Marketing Trends Facing Influencers In 2019 
  51. KSI And Logan Paul Want To Cut Down On Pirated Views Ahead Of Their Boxing Rematch
  52. YouTube Age-Restricts, Demonetizes Jake Paul’s ‘Bird Box’ Challenge Video That Sees Him Driving Blindfolded
  53. YouTube Expands Coachella Partnership, Will Exclusively Live-Stream Both Weekends of Music Fest 
  54. Publishers are mostly recycling YouTube videos for IGTV
  55. YouTube Has Repaired Bug Causing Algorithm To Recommend Unrelated Videos 
  56. Fla. App. Court (3rd DCA) Holds Monthly Text Messages with Link to Terms of Service Sufficient to Compel Arbitration 
  57. HQ Trivia Has Clocked $10 Million In Ad Revenues To Date
  58. Twitter Renews BuzzFeed’s ‘AM To DM’ Morning News Stream Through 2019 
  59. Twitter to Live-Stream NBA Games — Featuring a Camera Feed of a Single, Fan-Voted Player
  60. Twitter Inks Deal To Offer Single-Camera, Single-Player Livestreaming Of NBA Matches 
  61. The Laws of AI and Machine Learning
  62. Coding, algorithms, and common law
  63. Artificial Intelligence, Affordances and Fundamental Rights (Christoph Graber)
  64. Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past
  65. Can America Really Have High Speed Internet for All? 
  66. Early Predictions of the Internet Date Back to 19th Century Sci-Fi
  67. An Overview of the United States’ Section 230 Internet Immunity (Eric Goldman)
  68. Three Painful Truths About Social Media (Ronald Deibert) 
  69. 404 Page Not Found: The internet feeds on its own dying dreams 

CREATIVITY

  1. New York Times Moves To Dismiss Joe Arpaio’s Defamation Lawsuit By Pointing Out It’s Impossible To Defame Him
  2. Beach bodies, adverts and gender stereotypes: CAP to ban harmful gender stereotyping in advertising
  3. January 1, 2019: If you have not thought about the copyright public domain for a while, maybe this is a good time to do so
  4. The Enrichment of the Public Domain
  5. Public Domain Day Grants A *Very* Happy New Year for Bookworms
  6. Copyrighted Works Added to the Public Domain for the First Time This Millennium 
  7. Top 3 Predictions for Copyright in 2019 
  8. Counterpoint: Maybe Athletes Should Rush To The Trademark Office… If They Play For Teams Like The Dallas Mavericks
  9. Pooey Puitton Proactively Sues The S— Out Of Louis Vuitton
  10. Deal or no deal – what happens to my intellectual property rights after Brexit?
  11. The Refreshing Earnestness of Last December’s Blockbuster Genre Movies
  12. Everybody Loses After Metal Band And Photographer Get Pissy Over Photographer’s Copyright Threat
  13. Photographer Licenses Photo To Shutterstock, Is Shocked When It Plays Out Exactly How Everyone Would Imagine
  14. 2019 Is the Year of the Pop Culture Finale
  15. They’re dead to us: The Ars Technica 2019 Deathwatch
  16. Patently False: The Delaware Chancery Court Dissolves Limited Liability Company Founded on False Claims of Patent Ownership
  17. E-signatures: is the law catching up with technology? 
  18. 2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 1 (Copyright) (Eric Goldman)
  19. 2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 2 (Trademarks) (Eric Goldman)
  20. 2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 3 (Keyword Advertising) (Eric Goldman)
  21. Jamie Lee Curtis Agrees: The Golden Globes Viral Fiji Water Girl Was ‘Blatant Promotion’
  22. We Need to Keep Laughing: There has never been a more darkly comic person to occupy the White House.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. More Steps Needed: Government Commissioned Report Shows Canadian Wireless Pricing Remains Among Highest in the Developed World (Michael Geist) 
  2. Celebrating High Wireless Prices: Telus-Backed Report Claims Comparing Consumer Costs for Wireless Services is “Meaningless” (Michael Geist)
  3. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – 2018 Year in Review
  4. The lies Comcast allegedly told customers to hide full cost of service
  5. Towns And Cities Keep Ditching Comcast To Build Their Own Broadband Networks
  6. Report: AT&T plans layoffs despite claiming tax cut would create 7,000 jobs
  7. AT&T decides 4G is now “5G,” starts issuing icon-changing software updates
  8. Verizon’s 5G promise: It won’t falsely claim 4G phones are really 5G
  9. Envious of 5G hype, cable cos. unveil potentially confusing “10G” trademark
  10. Cable Industry Hypes Phony ’10G’ When 5G Isn’t Even Available Yet 
  11. Cable’s Response To Surging Streaming Competition? More Price Hikes
  12. Frontier letting its phone network fall apart, state investigation finds 
  13. The Ajit Pai FCC Often Battles FOIA Requests For No Reason, Showcasing Its Hostility To Transparency
  14. Ajit Pai Gloats As House Fails To Restore Net Neutrality
  15. FCC Shuttered, Ajit Pai Forced To Cancel CES Trip Because The US Government Is a Hot Mess 
  16. 2019 Brings Another Wave Of Cable Programming Blackout Feuds Nobody Wants To Address
  17. No, BitTorrent’s Plan for Cryptocurrency-Fueled Speed Boosts Doesn’t Violate ‘Net Neutrality’ 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone: T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track
  2. Student Confesses to Dumping the Data of Hundreds of German Politicians 
  3. Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder
  4. China Starts Using Facial Recognition-Enabled ‘Smart’ Locks In Its Public Housing
  5. The EU sheds light on the impact of the GDPR on Non-EU entities
  6. The Internet Giant’s Dilemma: Preventing Suicide Is Good; Invading People’s Private Lives… Not So Much
  7. Multistate Settles with Neiman Marcus Over 2013 Data Breach 
  8. Americans Support Facial Recognition Tech – When It Works: The problem is it quite often doesn’t.
  9. This Facial Recognition App Remembers Names so You Don’t Have To: But experts are concerned about the privacy implications.
  10. Hot new trading site leaked oodles of user data, including login tokens
  11. Two More Cyber Attacks Reported – Ransomware Suspected at Several Major News Organizations and Hackers Threaten to Release 9/11 Insurance and Litigation Files 
  12. A Closer Look at California’s New Privacy Regime: Two Critical Definitions 
  13. Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-507/17 Google v CNIL: Advocate General Szpunar proposes that the Court should limit the scope of the dereferencing that search engine operators are required to carry out to the EU (Court of Justice of the European Union)
  14. Privacy rights and ‘citizen journalists’
  15. If Your Privacy Is in the Hands of Others Alone, You Don’t Have Any (Doc Searls)
  16. 2018 the year in privacy
  17. Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues to Watch in 2019 

Jon

News of the Week; January 2, 2019

GAMES

  1. Star Control: Origins pulled from sale following DMCA takedown notice
  2. Star Control creators block Origins release: Stardock denied injunction against Ford and Reiche’s DMCA notice, title removed from GOG and Steam
  3. Original Star Control creators deploy nuclear option against Stardock [Updated]
  4. China issues 80 new game licenses, Tencent not included
  5. China lifts a freeze on new video games but excludes its biggest player: It allows 80 new titles to be released but none from Tencent
  6. Tencent and Netease absent in first wave of China game approvals: 80 titles given the green light in December, but none from nation’s market leaders
  7. Creators Of Dance Moves Suing Creators Of Fortnite Over Copyright Infringement That Can’t Possibly Have Happened
  8. Moments of 2018: When Fortnite stopped everything for a butterfly
  9. Fortnite Dance, Potato Roll Recipe Clip Are BuzzFeed’s Most Viral Videos Of 2018
  10. BioWare co-founders inducted into the Order of Canada
  11. Rebellion’s Chris Kingsley receives OBE
  12. Rebellion co-founder Chris Kingsley to receive OBE
  13. Game Workers Unite working with devs from a dozen studios towards unionization
  14. Steel Division dev Eugen Systems fires six employees involved in pay dispute
  15. CIS region game devs hit with 7.4% decline in median salary last year: Women lost 10% of their salary as gender pay gap increased to $6,000
  16. Blizzard hopes linked Battle.net accounts will solve toxic Twitch chats
  17. Fired Activision Blizzard CFO picked up by Netflix as chief financial officer
  18. Activision Blizzard terminates CFO Spencer Neumann: Previous CFO Denis Durkin returns to position effective immediately
  19. Killing in the name of: The US Army and video games
  20. Video: Astronaut Scott Kelly teaches orbital mechanics with Kerbal Space Program
  21. Caltech scientists use DNA tiles to play tic-tac-toe at the nanoscale
  22. A bewildered, far-from-conclusive look at the state of public gaming in Tokyo
  23. Twitch Star DrLupo Raised $1.3 Million For St. Jude Children’s Hospital This Year 
  24. PlayStation Classic Gets Huge Price Cut, Which Says A Lot
  25. Sony: Home of the Whopper – 10 Years Ago This Month –  Kaz Hirai discovers heretofore unexplored levels of spin in promoting the PS3 as the global economic meltdown ripples through the industry
  26. Gumi Inc. acquires stake in blockchain game developer Double Jump.Tokyo: Investment follows launch of publisher’s $30 million blockchain fund in May last year
  27. Rami Ismail launches game-a-day collection Meditations: Free downloadable launcher will offer a different five-minute experience every day
  28. A game studio with zero hardware experience is building a VR-ready console
  29. Project Cars dev Slightly Mad Studios is working on a VR-friendly game console  
  30. Valve Reveals Top Selling VR Games on Steam in 2018
  31. Valve shares data on Steam’s most popular game/controller pairings  
  32. Steam rounds up 2018’s best sellers, top new releases, and more  
  33. Ninja To Stream ‘Fortnite’ For 12 Hours On New Year’s Eve In Times Square
  34. Twitch Viewers Watched 226.85 Million Hours’ Worth Of Ninja’s Content This Year
  35. Pro-PewDiePie Printer Hacker Returns, Making 5,500+ Smart TVs, Google Devices Urge Users To Subscribe
  36. UK boxed software sales slip in 2018, but hardware is up: PS4 dominates the market, as Switch rises sharply
  37. Best of 2018: How Baldi’s Basics taps into the real horror of ’90s edutainment
  38. Best of 2018: The Heartbeat Symposium – Exploring love, sex, and intimacy in games
  39. Eurogamer’s game of the year 2018 is Tetris Effect
  40. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: The top 10 game developers of the year
  41. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: The top 10 games of the year
  42. Best of 2018: Gamasutra’s top games, devs, events and trends
  43. What is the industry looking forward to in 2019?: Most anticipated games, sporting victories, disruption, innovation and more on leaders’ wishlists
  44. What lies ahead? Analysts make 2019 predictions: Industry watchers assess the likelihood of new console hardware, the growth potential of streaming, AR or esports breakthroughs, and more 

DIGITAL

  1. Ninth Lawsuit Against Social Media Providers for “Materially Supporting Terrorists” Fails–Clayborn v. Twitter (Eric Goldman)
  2. Jake Paul, RiceGum Called Out For Promoting Mystery Box ‘Gambling’ Site To Kids
  3. Antipiracy Outfits Routinely Claim Copyright Infringement Against Sites That Simply Report When Torrents Are Released 
  4. Jack Black’s YouTube Channel Nabs 2.5 Million Subscribers In Less Than Two Weeks
  5. Jack Black Launches YouTube Channel, Nabbing 600,000 Subscribers In 5 Days
  6. Pentatonix, Mariah Carey, ‘Frozen’ Top YouTube’s Top 10 Christmas Songs Of 2018 
  7. Famebit, YouTube’s Influencer Marketing Platform, Says It Can Measure Organic Views Like They’re Ads 
  8. MrBeast Has Given Away $1 Million On His Ascent To Digital Stardom: “YouTube Pays Better Than You Think”
  9. YouTube Science Star Mark Rober Apologizes After Unwittingly Including Fake Footage In Viral Glitter Bomb Video
  10. YouTube Apologizes For Repurposing Creator’s Video Without Credit In Corporate Tweet
  11. Facebook’s worst year ever is now over. Here’s how its scandals affected the stock: After a year of scandals, Facebook’s stock ended the year lower than the previous one for the first time since its debut on the public market in 2012 – The stock tanked 25
  12. Trump may ban U.S. companies from buying Huawei tech: report
  13. UK defense minister admits ‘grave concerns’ over Huawei 5G equipment
  14. China releases Canadian teacher but others still held in Huawei row 
  15. An App That Does Your Homework For You Is Now Worth $3 Billion
  16. Disney World Fans Demand Justice for Animatronic Robot Robbed of His Hands and Clothes 
  17. LinkedIn Co-Founder Apologizes for the Mess He’s Made
  18. Big Tech’s net loss: How governments can turn anger into action (Taylor Owen)
  19. UK Cops Have Decided Impolite Online Speech Is Worth A Visit From An Officer
  20. It Is Both Ridiculous And Dangerous To Make Domain Registrars Liable For Content On Domains
  21. Iranian Government To Ban Instagram, Citing National Security Concerns
  22. Oh God What Did They Just Do to Instagram [Updated]
  23. Instagram Swipes Back On Horizontal Test After It Deploys To More Users Than Expected
  24. Instagram Network Doing Things Acquires Three New Accounts, Boosting Follower Base To 33 Million 
  25. FTC Warns of Sketchy Netflix Phishing Scam Asking for Payment Details 
  26. Netflix Pulls American TV Episode in Saudi Arabia That Criticizes Khashoggi Murder and Silicon Valley Investment
  27. Saudi Arabia Discovers The Streisand Effect; Gets Netflix To Take Down Hasan Minhaj’s Show About MBS’s Atrocities 
  28. Black Mirror creators broke Netflix’s script writing tool with Bandersnatch
  29. Netflix’s Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Film ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Has More Than 1 Trillion Potential Story Arrangements
  30. Netflix’s Bandersnatch Teases The Future Of Entertainment
  31. The Hidden Beauty of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s Best Ending
  32. That New Black Mirror Interactive Film From Netflix Doesn’t Work on Apple TV
  33. Netflix is curbing a $256 million revenue stream for Apple by circumventing iTunes billing
  34. Netflix delivers a blow to Apple’s services story by ending in-app subscriptions
  35. Apple Reveals It Underestimated Challenges in China, Revises Guidance for Holiday Quarter
  36. The Silver Lining In Apple’s Very Bad iPhone News 
  37. Apple’s Stock Decline Is Bringing Out All of the Opinions 
  38. Judge Approves $20.4 Million Attorneys’ Fee Award in Continuing Dish Network Saga  
  39. Millions Upon Millions Of ‘Takedown’ Notices To Google… For Links That Aren’t Even In Google 
  40. Google is Reportedly Rolling Out a Feature to Fight Spam in Your Texts
  41. Microsoft closes out 2018 as the top public company
  42. Why Copyright Will Be The Biggest Issue For Youtube In 2019
  43. How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.
  44. There’s Something Sinister Afoot In Macaulay Culkin’s Yule Log Video 
  45. The Unlikely Origins of the First Quantum Computer
  46. The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018
  47. How Chip Makers Are Circumventing Moore’s Law to Build Super-Fast CPUs of Tomorrow
  48. The Ongoing Saga of the Florida Bar’s Angst About Competitive Keyword Advertising (Eric Goldman)
  49. CanLII Top Ten Accessed Cases from 2018
  50. Looking Back at 2018: My Top Ten Posts (Michael Geist)
  51. 35 years ago, Isaac Asimov was asked by the Star to predict the world of 2019. Here is what he wrote
  52. Technology, Ranked 

CREATIVITY

  1. Mickey Mouse will be public domain soon—here’s what that means
  2. Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1923
  3. ‘Fake News’ Results In Real Jail Time For Ohio Woman
  4. Why does flat Earth belief still exist?: Our latest video looks at what can motivate people to believe the impossible.
  5. People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group: It happens when the rule is useless and nobody will ever meet anyone affected by it.
  6. When a $1M+ Publicity Rights Damages Award Isn’t a Win–Olive v. GNC
  7. Students Make A Video Depicting A School Shooting; Sheriff Decides Everyone Needs To Have Their Rights Violated
  8. Thanks to higher resolution image, American Airlines has eventually managed to register its logo with the US Copyright Office
  9. 100 Year Old Trademarks In 2019
  10. Hopepunk, the latest storytelling trend, is all about weaponized optimism: In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance – and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY 

  1. CRTC Issues Guidance for Avoiding Indirect Liability for CASL Violations
  2. Minnesota AG Just The Latest To Ding Comcast For Shady Fees 
  3. Ajit Pai thanks Congress for helping him kill net neutrality rules 
  4. The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes
  5. CBS Eyes Ditching Nielsen As Streaming, Cord Cutting Change The Game
  6. AT&T Attempts A Head Fake With ‘Fake 5G’
  7. Who is leading the 5G patent race? 

 SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Google Photos Defeats Privacy Lawsuit Over Face Scans–Rivera v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  2. Foreign Cyberattack Cripples Major U.S. Newspapers
  3. EFF Wins FOIA Lawsuit Against DEA, Forces The Release Of More Info About Its Hemisphere Program
  4. Personal Data of Nearly 1,000 North Korean Defectors Reportedly Stolen in Hack
  5. Indian Government Wants Tech Companies To Give Law Enforcement 24-Hour Access To User Data And Broken Encryption
  6. Once Again, GDPR Is A Potential Privacy Nightmare: Amazon Sends 1,700 Voice Recordings To The Wrong User In GDPR Request

Jon

gameindustry.biz 2018 Year in Numbers

Fantastic piece from gameindustry.biz on 2018 statistics for video-games. Article (with embedded link) and infographic below….

 

Jon

News of the Week; December 26, 2018

GAMES

  1.  Rapper Hits Fortnite With Suit Over Dance Moves
  2. How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys: The last-man-standing videogame has grabbed onto American boyhood, pushing aside other pastimes and hobbies and transforming family dynamics
  3. Fortnite’s paid outfits, dances have made it a target for lucrative account theft 
  4. Child advocates call for FTC investigation over inappropriate Google Play games
  5. China is once again issuing game licenses after a months-long freeze
  6. China ends freeze on game approvals: Government confirms new regulator is reviewing “big stockpile of games”, “will hurry up to issue licenses”
  7. Video: How Valve uses biofeedback to make better games
  8. Evidence continues to mount about how bad Denuvo is for PC gaming performance
  9. Discord raises another $150M after opening its own games store
  10. Marvel Avengers Academy shutting down at the end of 2018
  11. The Walking Dead Game’s final season is releasing exclusively on the Epic Games Store
  12. Telltale’s The Walking Dead to conclude final season on Epic Games Store: Those who purchased full season on other PC platforms will still receive remaining episodes on those platforms 
  13. Games Workshop Likes A Guy’s Warhammer Fanfilms So Much It Hires Him To Do An Official One
  14. Global spending on mobile expected to pass $76bn in 2018: Average smartphone user spends almost three hours per day using apps, says App Annie
  15. 100 support staff take cash offer and voluntarily leave Blizzard
  16. Blizzard’s Sudden Shuttering Of Heroes Of The Storm Demonstrates Why eSports Needs Its Next Evolutionary Step
  17. Esports’ urgent need for visible gender diversity: 2018 in Review: Esports is booming, but over half of its enthusiasts face massive barriers to success within it
  18. Industry movers and shakers share 2018 highlights: God of War, Spider-Man, Red Dead and Epic Store among the year’s biggest events for our expert panel 
  19. “To be a good game designer, you have to be a good designer first”: Will Wright talks about learning the craft and the state of developer education as he partners with MasterClass for an online video course 
  20. Gameloft acquires SongPop developer FreshPlanet  
  21. Smash Bros. Ultimate worldwide sales topped 5M in first week  
  22. How to Upgrade Your Nintendo Switch to Be Better at Super Smash Bros.
  23. Moments of 2018: Labo makes magic from cardboard
  24. Zynga to acquire Empires & Puzzles dev Small Giant for initial $560M  
  25. Zynga acquiring Small Giant: CEO Frank Gibeau discusses acquisition approach as publisher picks up Empires & Puzzles studio for $560 million, raises guidance
  26. Asus’ ROG Phone Is the Dumb Fun RGB Handset Gamers Deserve
  27. Atari H1 financials show continued growth driven by RollerCoaster Tycoon IP: Company buoyed by sales to THQ Nordic, Atari VCS pre-orders 
  28. Cloud Imperium raises $46M from private investment
  29. Cloud Imperium secures $46m investment for Star Citizen: Funds raised will be spent on marketing both the main game and Squadron 42 single-player campaign
  30. Feelreal Wants to Add Smell & Haptics to Your VR Headset, Kickstarter Coming Soon 
  31. Niantic launches $1M AR game dev contest
  32. Niantic launches $1m AR game contest: Pokémon Go developer encourages developers to “think outside the box”
  33. Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol
  34. Microsoft is pausing its Xbox One financing program at the end of the year
  35. Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games
  36. You can now download the long-lost (and unfinished) SimCity NES port
  37. War Stories: Lord British created an ecology for Ultima Online but no one saw it
  38. People of the Year 2018: Recognising the exceptional work this year from teams and individuals alike
  39. Games of the Year 2018: The GamesIndustry.biz team choose their personal faves, most surprising, and most disappointing titles of the year
  40. Best of 2018: Translating the humor & tone of Yakuzagames for the West
  41. Ars Technica’s best games of 2018
  42. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: Emma Kidwell’s top 5 games
  43. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: Kris Graft’s top 7 games
  44. Video Game Deep Cuts: The Best Of The Best Of The Year
  45. 11 bit studios has raised over $500k for War Child through charity DLC  
  46. 11 bit studios raises over $500,000 for War Child: This War of Mine DLC initiative supports charity helping children affected by conflict globally
  47. Looking Back On My Former Life InStar Wars: The Old Republic
  48. Blog: What isn’t game design?
  49. Video: How some early MUDs compare to today’s games  

DIGITAL

  1. Canada Outlaws Settlement Threat Letters Sent Through ISPs 
  2. The Relationship Between Huawei and the Chinese Regime’s Factional Politics
  3. Washington Redskins reportedly backed out of Huawei Wi-Fi deal because of government concerns
  4. Global Scrutiny Of Huawei Increases Amid Privacy And National Security Concerns: The company’s close ties to the Chinese government, accusations of intellectual property theft, and technological vulnerabilities has thrown its future into doubt.
  5. ICE Seizes Over 1 Million Websites With No Due Process; Apparently Unaware That Copyright & Trademark Are Different
  6. Rep. Louie Gohmert Wants To Strip Section 230 Immunity From Social Media Platforms That Aren’t ‘Neutral’
  7. In Response to Lawsuit, NRA Removes Image of “The Bean” Sculpture from Video
  8. Appeals Court Hands ReDigi Another Loss; Says Reselling Mp3s Violates Copyright Law
  9. Buzzfeed Wins Defamation Lawsuit Filed Against It Over Publication Of The Steele Dossier
  10. Dangerous Court Ruling Says Colleges May Be Required To Block Access To Certain Websites
  11. Apple v. Pepper: Tearing Down the Illinois Brick Wall? – Who Can and Cannot Sue Online Platforms Under the Federal Antitrust Laws
  12. Some iPad Pros ship a little bent, and Apple says that’s normal 
  13. Apple may soon enable gifting for in-app purchases: Updated guidelines allow developers to let users buy virtual items and currency for each other
  14. iOS App Store Guidelines update hints at giftable in-app purchases
  15. No Echo? No problem—Apple Music to work on other Alexa-enabled devices 
  16. The Amazon Alexa Eavesdropping Nightmare Came True 
  17. Alexa Crapped Out on Christmas
  18. Amazon Prime’s Promise of Two-Day Delivery Is Dying
  19. Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here 
  20. The 21 (And Counting) Biggest Facebook Scandals Of 2018
  21. Facebook is Reportedly Creating Its Own Cryptocurrency
  22. Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study 
  23. Both Things Are True: Press Freakouts Over Facebook’s Practices Have Been Misleading & Facebook Has A Privacy Problem
  24. G2A’s payment service is charging users for inactivity 
  25. “Change your future” tomorrow with choice-filled Black Mirror film on Netflix
  26. Filters Suck Out Loud: Tumblr’s Porn Filters Flag Tumblr’s Examples Of Allowed Content
  27. Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch 
  28. 18 Viral Photos and Videos From 2018 That Were Totally Fake
  29. YouTube Says It Repaired Glitch Resulting In Diminished Viewcounts Yesterday
  30. Influencer Sued for Failure to Influence 
  31. Slack cites US sanctions as it rolls out mass account deactivations  
  32. Magistrate Judge Says Grande Shouldn’t Be Able To Use The DMCA Safe Harbors Because It Didn’t Really Terminate Infringers 
  33. We Are Not A Dashboard: Contesting The Tyranny Of Metrics, Measurement, And Managerialism
  34. This Was the Year the Robot Takeover of Service Jobs Began
  35. AI’s Whip Christmas Leftovers Into Loathsome New Recipes
  36. This Algorithm Can Create 3D Animations From A Single Still Image
  37. Researchers Taught an AI About Ownership Rules and Social Norms
  38. Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets 
  39. Congress Passes $1.2 Billion Quantum Computing Bill
  40. eSignature and ePayment News and Trends
  41. Viral Video of Glitter Bomb for Package Thieves Exposed as Partial Fake
  42. Copyright Industry Lobbyists Can’t Even Get Their Story Straight On Article 13: Does It Expand Copyright Or Keep It The Same?
  43. Is Brexit spurring a .EU domain exit?  
  44. FBI removes top offending ‘DDoS for-hire’ sites 
  45. Your Periodic Reminder That Keyword Ad Lawsuits Are Stupid–Passport Health v. Avance (Eric Goldman) 

CREATIVITY

  1. Stop Using My Mark, Said Dr. Seuss. Not So Fast, Said the Court – it is a Fair Use
  2. No Penalty: Fantasy Football Does Not Violate Players’ Right of Publicity
  3. Black Artists Are Rejecting Offers to Perform for Super Bowl Halftime Show
  4. New Hampshire Sued Over Criminal Defamation Law Abused To Arrest Law Enforcement Critic
  5. Bryan Adams Warns Canadian Heritage Committee on Copyright Term Extension: Enriches Large Intermediaries, Not Creators (Michael Geist)
  6. Copyright and Culture: My Submission to the Canadian Heritage Committee Study on Remuneration Models for Artists and Creative Industries (Michael Geist)
  7. Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. The Consequence of Uncompetitiveness: Canadians Ration Wireless Data As Monthly Usage Ranks Among the Lowest in the OECD (Michael Geist)
  2. Study Says Wireless Retail Workers Could Make Up To 7% Less In Wake Of Sprint, T-Mobile Merger
  3. Sprint to Cough Up a Whopping $330 Million Following Investigation Over NY Taxes 
  4. NY’s Record $176 Million Settlement With Charter For Crap Broadband Highlights Cable’s Growing Monopoly
  5. AT&T 5G goes live this week with ridiculously overpowered hotspot
  6. AT&T’s 5G ‘Arrives,’ Quickly Shows Why 5G Won’t Be A Panacea For Broadband Competition
  7. AT&T Lets Users Avoid Broadband Caps…If They Use AT&T’s Own Streaming Service


SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”
  2. US and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact
  3. London Metropolitan Police Deploy Facial Recognition Tech Sporting A 100% Failure Rate
  4. Blind Says Security Lapse That Exposed User Data Was ‘Our Mistake’
  5. How The GDPR Nearly Ruined Christmas

Jon

News of the Week; December 19, 2018

GAMES

  1. US School Safety Commission largely gives games a pass: Group convened by Trump in wake of mass shooting earlier this year suggests schools monitor internet access, media ratings bodies review policies
  2. 68% of games depict violence, says US school safety report
  3. South Korea Continues To Criminalize Behavior Around Online Gaming At The Behest Of Video Game Industry
  4. The first union for game industry workers has launched in the UK  
  5. IWGB launches video game workers union branch: “The game workers’ decision to unionise with the IWGB should be a wake up call for the UK’s gaming industry,” says IWGB general secretary
  6. Escape From Tarkov devs file DMCA takedown over false accusations 
  7. Escape from Tarkov developer issues DMCA to stop story about user info leaks: Battlestate Games issues takedown on over 40 videos from YouTuber Eroktic due to “misinformation” and “negative hype”
  8. Game Developer Admits It Filed Bogus Copyright Claims, But Says It Had No Other Way To Silence A Critic
  9. Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward evacuated after bomb threat
  10. Infinity Ward receives bomb threat – Report: Call of Duty development studio among dozens of businesses, schools, news outlets receiving threats today
  11. Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro suing Epic over Fortnitedance
  12. ‘Fresh Prince’ star Alfonso Ribeiro sues Fortnite over use of dance his character Carlton popularized
  13. Fresh Prince actor sues Fortnite for use of ‘iconic’ Carlton dance: Alfonso Ribeiro wants to stop the makers of Fortnite and NBA 2K from using the dance he first performed on the 1990s sitcom
  14. CAA Signs First Gamers, Facebook Star StoneMountain64 And ‘Fortnite’ Pro Nick Eh 30
  15. People of the Year 2018: Epic Games: Despite a year peppered with controversy, the Fortnite developer’s influence on 2018 remains undeniable
  16. Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft
  17. Minecraft lays its last brick on Xbox 360, other last-gen consoles
  18. Consumer advocates want FTC to investigate kids apps: Group files formal complaint alleging COPPA violations, spotlights on inappropriate titles
  19. GamesIndustry.biz presents… The Year In Numbers 2018: The global games market value, most watched YouTube videos, biggest mobile games and more
  20. Global games market value rising to $134.9bn in 2018: Revenues grew by over 10%, mobile accounts for almost half at $63.2 billion
  21. Sony inadvertently leaks player counts for PS4 titles
  22. Sony accidentally revealed playercounts for nearly every PS4 game
  23. Sony accidentally reveals PS4 player counts: Grand Theft Auto V the highest number pulled at 51.7 million
  24. Sony Released Its Playstation Classic Console In A Way That Makes It Eminently Hackable
  25. Kingdom Hearts 3 Leaked on Facebook Marketplace Six Weeks Before Release Date
  26. One of the most anticipated games of the decade has leaked over a month early, and outraged fans are trying to punish the person they think did it
  27. PUBG now has over 200 million registered players on mobile alone
  28. PUBG Mobile reaches 200 million downloads: Fortnite hit 200 million milestone across all platforms last month
  29. Industry experts worry some esports orgs are overvalued and headed for trouble
  30. The state of esports: Radical growth and inevitable failure – 2018 in Review – League of Legends soars, esports are subbed by the Olympics, and PUBG flounders
  31. Blizzard pulls devs off Heroes of the Storm and cuts eSports support
  32. Blizzard cancels Heroes of the Storm Global Championship: Devs to be reassigned elsewhere, but game will continue to receive live support
  33. Blizzard Abruptly Kills Heroes of the Storm Esports, Leaving Players And Casters Fuming
  34. Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm
  35. Check out our 16-page Game Publisher’s Guide To Esports: Produced in partnership with Esports BAR
  36. Intel and ESL announce $100m esports investment: Longest-running partnership in sector extended to 2021
  37. Esports BAR’s mission to get non-gaming brands excited about pro-gaming: Orange, AirAsia and Dominos amongst attendees at Cannes event in February
  38. Evil Geniuses founder unites esports agencies to form Popdog: Alex Garfield acquires Loaded, NoScope, and esports division of Catalyst; launches with $9m funding round
  39. Riot reportedly suspends COO over misconduct at work: Riot offers statement, full internal email confirms suspension
  40. Riot Games suspends COO Scott Gelb for workplace misconduct
  41. Epic shuts down Fortnite data miner: Developer says the takedown was for promoting and advertising game mod tools, “not directly related” to leaking
  42. Fortnite dev team removes Infinity Blade for being ‘overpowered’
  43. Fortnite Season Five announcement most watched trailer on YouTube in 2018: Viewed 46.8 million times, the trailer beat both the Fallout 76 and Red Dead Redemption II reveals
  44. Discord Store to offer developers 90 percent of game revenues
  45. Discord aims to disrupt by opening storefront to devs, offering 90% revenue share
  46. Why even avid Steam gamers should celebrate Epic’s new store: Bulkhead Interactive CEO Joe Brammer expects major gains from Epic’s new store — now it’s time for Valve to react and evolve
  47. Steam’s ‘Top Wishlists’ filter ranks recent wishlist numbers for unreleased games
  48. Epic’s Fortnite was the highest trending game on Google US in 2018: Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fallout 76 were second and third
  49. Capcom responds to complaints over Street Fighter’s in-game ads: Publisher will “consider how we can improve this new feature” based on community feedback
  50. Battlefield 5 is having trouble balancing for both new and experienced players
  51. Atari acquires stake in Animoca Brands as part of blockchain game deal: Partnership will see Animoca Brands develop blockchain version of RollerCoaster Tycoon
  52. Red Dead Redemption 2 reclaims No.1 in UK charts: Super Smash Bros tumbles to No.4
  53. Epic to launch cross-platform services for developers: Tools built for Fortnite will be made free and open for all engines, platforms, and stores
  54. EGX Rezzed 2019 sees return of Epic’s Powered by Unreal Engine zone: Unreal Engine devs exhibiting at the London show next March eligible to have their space doubled
  55. Facebook & ZeniMax Settle Major Legal Dispute Over VR Intellectual Property
  56. IMAX Officially Bails on VR Business
  57. IMAX to Close Down All Remaining IMAX VR Centres Soon
  58. Image courtesy Brilliant Sole: Brilliant Sole Wants to Put a VR Controller in Your Shoes 
  59. HTC Thinks Virtual Reality’s Killer App Could Be Christianity: Christians adapted radio and rock music. Maybe VR will be next. 
  60. DeltaDNA: In-game ads beginning to catch IAP as viable revenue stream – Study indicates that both casual and core mobile free-to-play games are making an increasing percentage of their revenue from ads
  61. Formula 1, Hutch partner on mobile games: Hutch to create official, licensed racing titles for iOS, Android in the new year
  62. What a Mobile App Lawyer Can Do for You
  63. The UK industry stares down a Brexit disaster – 2018 in Review – There are no silver linings to Brexit for the UK industry, as uncertainty and the threat of No Deal create a difficult business climate
  64. A German regulator is taking Nintendo to court over eShop preorder policies  
  65. Nintendo: Red Dead 2 not being on Switch was down to timing – Reggie Fils-Aime says Switch emerged too late for Rockstar to consider the platform for its hit game
  66. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Fastest Selling Nintendo Switch Game
  67. Super Smash Bros Ultimate shoots to the top of EMEAA charts: Nintendo’s first-party line-up continues to pay dividends, Just Cause 4 the only other new entry in the top ten
  68. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate US sales reach 3 million: Switch is the fastest-selling US console this generation, and Smash Bros. is the fastest-selling Nintendo home console game ever in Europe
  69. Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold over 3M copies in the U.S. 
  70. Report: Pokemon Go creator Niantic close to $3.9 billion valuation 
  71. NPD: Switch, PS4, Xbox One all sell over 1.3 million units in November – This is the first time in history that three console platforms have all sold over one million in a single month
  72. Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity
  73. Minecraft modders form Hypixel Studios: Riot Games and former Blizzard exec Rob Pardo among initial investors as new developer announces debut title
  74. Twitch saw over 3 million streamers per month in 2018: Platform sees biggest year yet for streamers, viewership, Affiliates, and Partners
  75. Twitch sells Curse Media: Video streaming site offloads gaming media network to Fandom two years after acquiring it alongside Curse client and chat services
  76. Number Of Creators Monetizing On Twitch Grew By 86% This Year, Platform Confirms In Holiday Stream
  77. Ninja Scores Commentator Role For Tonight’s NFL Game, Streamed On Twitch
  78. Number Of Creators Monetizing On Twitch Grew By 86% This Year, Platform Confirms In Holiday Stream
  79. F2P dev survey: In-game mobile ads becoming viable revenue source
  80. Making Project Hospital: A realistic approach to medical simulation
  81. Why go for a surprise launch?: Studio Wildcard and Grapeshot Games co-founders Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak discuss the pros and cons of debuting their new MMO Atlas on short notice 
  82. “Apathy is how games die”: Nathan Vella tells us how Capy has done everything it can to ensure Below is worth the five-year wait 
  83. Supermassive Games: “We used to think awards didn’t matter” – On its tenth birthday, we ask the UK studio about its history and what its Dark Pictures Anthology says about the future
  84. Apptopia November report: Football Manager 2019 on Android outpaces all other new releases – Hyper casual continues to dominate the new release download charts
  85. AppsFlyer: Ads now generate more revenue than IAP in casual mobile games – Midcore games also see decline in share of IAP revenue, but ads still only make up 30%
  86. Razer launches cryptocurrency initiative: Peripheral maker asks users to install mining software in exchange for Razer Silver loyalty reward points
  87. Jägermeister launches video game soundtrack competition for indie studios: Track and Build contest open to all indies releasing game in 2019 
  88. Keeping The Outer Worlds rewarding, no matter someone’s play style
  89. Blog: Putting a thought into play
  90. Blog: How to turn your mod into an indie game
  91. Blog: Why being an indie game dev is harder than ever
  92. Video: Total War: Rome II devs built all of Europe—and the AI ignored most of it
  93. How ‘user stories’ can help players grasp new content
  94. Human values in game design: An approach for emergent storytelling
  95. Old ways can still be the best ways – Why I Love: YoYo Games’ Mike Dailly explains how tech from the 1988 Commodore 64 shooter Armalyte is still used today
  96. League of Legends will no longer support Windows XP and Vista in 2019  
  97. Blog: What trends should you know about going into 2019?
  98. People of the Year: Phil Spencer – PlayStation may have dominated the charts, but it was Xbox that got the games industry talking
  99. People of the Year: Rami Ismail – Vlambeer’s co-founder received the GDC Ambassador award, in recognition of years spent reaching out and giving voice to the world’s emerging development communities
  100. People of the Year 2018: Hello Games – After criticism, setbacks, investigations, and a PR nightmare, the creators of No Man’s Sky emerged this year to an optimistic future
  101. Best of 2018: Reimagining failure in strategy game design in Into the Breach
  102. Best of 2018: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev
  103. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: Alex Wawro’s top 8 games
  104. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: Alissa McAloon’s top 10 games
  105. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: Chris Kerr’s top 5 games
  106. Gamasutra’s Best of 2018: Bryant Francis’ top 10 games
  107. 5 trends that defined the game industry in 2018
  108. The Best Video Game Surprises of 2018
  109. The Biggest Video Game Disappointments of 2018
  110. 5 events that rocked the game industry in 2018
  111. 343 Industries is teaming up with Limbitless to provideHalo-themed prosthetics

DIGITAL 

  1.  No More Settlement Demands: New Rules for Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System Receive Royal Assent (Michael Geist)
  2. Music to Copyright Owners’ Ears: Second Circuit Affirms Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc.
  3. No Agreement Made On EU Copyright Directive, As Recording Industry Freaks Out About Safe Harbors Too
  4. Top EU Court’s Advocate General Says German Link Tax Should Not Be Applied — But On A Technicality
  5. Judge Sides With BuzzFeed Over Publication of Steele Dossier
  6. Screenshotting a Newspaper Page May Infringe a Licensed Photo–Hirsch v. Complex (Eric Goldman)
  7. Two Pro Se Section 230 Rulings–Scott v. Carlson & Watkins v. Carr (Eric Goldman) 
  8. Arkansas Politician Introduces Bill To Make It Illegal For Social Media Companies To Block Content He Likes
  9. Report: Facebook let major tech firms access private messages, friends lists
  10. Facebook let Netflix, Spotify, and other companies read your private messages: Between 2010 and today, Facebook shared users’ private data, including private messages and contact info, with more than 150 companies. 
  11. Turning Off Facebook Location Tracking Doesn’t Stop It From Tracking Your Location  (Kashmir Hill)
  12. Facebook’s Latest Privacy Screwup Shows How Facebook’s Worst Enemy Is Still Facebook
  13. Netflix Denies Exploiting Its Alleged Ability To Read, Write, And Delete Facebook Users’ Private Messages
  14. Big Telecom Wants To Tax Netflix To Pay For Broadband Upgrades ISPs Refuse To Deploy Themselves
  15. Study Shows That No, Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters
  16. DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal
  17. “We’re sorry,” Facebook says, again—new photo bug affects millions
  18. Facebook says a bug affecting up to 6.8 million users exposed photos they hadn’t shared
  19. Facebook Watch Clocks 400 Million Monthly Viewers, Rolls Out Ad Breaks To 40 Countries 
  20. Instagram May Have Been Key Tool in Russia’s Manipulation of U.S. Voters
  21. Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report 
  22. Social Media’s Forever War 
  23. As NAACP kicks off boycott, Facebook says content moderation, infrastructure changes are coming in 2019
  24. Amazon and Facebook Reportedly Had a Secret Data-Sharing Agreement, and It Explains So Much
  25. Facebook “partner” arrangements: Are they as bad as they look?
  26. NY Times Columnist Nick Kristof Led The Charge To Get Facebook To Censor Content, Now Whining That Facebook Censors His Content
  27. Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center in Minnesota
  28. Amazon Is Reportedly Sick of Hawking You Cheap ‘Crap’ That Doesn’t Make It Any Money 
  29. Amazon Slapped With Trademark, Patent Lawsuit by Williams-Sonoma Over Chair Design, Storefront
  30. Screenshotting a Newspaper Page May Infringe a Licensed Photo – Hirsch v. Complex
  31. Clinic Releases Guide to Anti-Circumvention Exemption for Software Preservation
  32. Social Media Is Ruining Our Minds—It Also Might Save Them 
  33. Apple will spend $1 billion and hire up to 15,000 people for new Austin office
  34. Apple to bring Charlie Brown and the Peanuts to its streaming service
  35. Apple’s iOS 12.1.2 fixes eSIM and cellular bugs, but there might be more to it
  36. Apple says iOS update will avoid Qualcomm patents, China iPhone ban
  37. Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine
  38. Microsoft issues emergency update to fix critical IE flaw under active exploit
  39. Report Finds Huge Gender Gap in Artificial Intelligence Workforce
  40. Why algorithms need auditing
  41. Embracing AI for the Social Good
  42. Artificial Intelligence and Ethics: Ethics and the dawn of decision-making machines 
  43. Don’t Worry About Deepfakes. Worry About Why People Fall for Them.: The focus on the technology behind fake media obscures more pressing questions about the psychology and sociology of viral false narratives.
  44. Should We Be Worried About Computerized Facial Recognition?: The technology could revolutionize policing, medicine, even agriculture—but its applications can easily be weaponized.
  45. YouTube Announces Sitewide Spam Purge That Will See Reduced Sub Counts 
  46. YouTube Deletes Hundreds Of Strange, Sexually Suggestive Mom And Kids Videos 
  47. YouTube’s Own ‘Rewind 2018’ Becomes Most-Disliked Video Ever In Less Than A Week
  48. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 12/16/2018
  49. YouTube Integrating New Music Charts As Live Playlists In ‘YouTube Music’ App
  50. Celebrated Author Alice Walker Recommends Conspiratorial, Anti-Semitic YouTube Videos 
  51. Telemundo to Launch First English-Language Newscast on YouTube
  52. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Tops YouTube’s Holiday Songs Chart
  53. For the first time ever, Disney posts a Pixar “short” on YouTube for free
  54. Internal Google Docs Warn Not to Gift Contractors Shirts in Case They Start Thinking They’re Employees: Report
  55. The Pixel 3 Is Proof That Google Doesn’t Care About Hardware
  56. Google Chrome wants to stop back-button hijacking
  57. Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to
  58. Google announces major expansion in New York City
  59. The Biggest Tech Lies of 2018
  60. CenturyLink blocked its customers’ Internet access in order to show an ad
  61. Broadband ISP CenturyLink Is Blocking Users’ Internet Access Just To Show An Ad
  62. It’s time for a Bill of Data Rights
  63. Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaha Launches Podcast Network, Seeks Women And Nonbinary Podcasters
  64. Insights: When You Legally Can’t Give It Away–Is Marijuana The Toughest Job In Influencer Marketing? 
  65. Instagram Influencer Charged $500 for Social Media Master Class Scam: ‘I Wanted the Price to Be Painful’ 
  66. FBI Secretly Collected Data on Aaron Swartz Earlier Than We Thought—in a Case Involving Al Qaeda
  67. FBI Swept Up Info About Aaron Swartz While Pursuing An Al-Qaeda Investigation 
  68. Wall Street Journal Site Hacked With Pro-PewDiePie Message 
  69. Hackers Replace Wall Street Journal Page With Pro-PewDiePie Message
  70. Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban – Country’s efforts to slow Signal and other apps is a “disappointing development.”
  71. BBB Launches New Online Tool to Report Bad Ads 
  72. Twitter Is Indeed Toxic For Women, Amnesty Report Says
  73. Twitter is relaunching the reverse-chronological feed as an option for all users starting today
  74. Verizon says Oath is dead. Meet Verizon Media Group.: The un-rebranding of Verizon’s AOL/Yahoo properties comes just a week after the company told federal regulators the brand was all but worthless.
  75. Verizon cuts 10,000 jobs and admits its Yahoo/AOL division is a failure 
  76. As A Final FU To Free Speech On Tumblr, Verizon Blocked Archivists
  77. Insights: As Tumblr Implodes Amid NSFW Ban And Protests, What Platform Steps Up? 
  78. Twitch sells Curse Media after two years  
  79. Twitch is giving more creators money, but it couldn’t keep YouTube’s biggest names
  80. YouTube’s $100 Million Upload Filter Failures Demonstrate What A Disaster Article 13 Will Be For The Internet
  81. Netflix Joins Forces With Taylor Swift To Air ‘Reputation’ Tour Film On New Year’s Eve
  82. Netflix Testing New Feature That Asks Users If They Want To Instant-Replay Popular Scenes
  83. Netflix To Adapt John Green Holiday Novel ‘Let It Snow’ Into Feature Film 
  84. ‘Little Baby Bum’ Owner Moonbug Raises $145 Million To Build Brand-Safe Kids’ Content Empire
  85. 7-Year-Old Ryan ToysReview Unveils Sponsorship With Mandarin Orange Brand
  86. Samsung Can’t Afford to Hold Back Anymore
  87. The Deadly Recklessness of the Self-Driving Car Industry
  88. How ’90s Cybersex Pioneers Looked for Action and Found Community
  89. HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder dead at 34
  90. HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder found dead: Colin Kroll believed to have died from drug overdose on Sunday morning
  91. Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered
  92. U.S. Grocer Kroger Has Begun Making Autonomous Deliveries
  93. A Child Was Immunized By the World’s First Drone-Delivered Vaccine
  94. Ohio Congressman: We can fund border wall with “WallCoin”
  95. Mass email hoax causes closures across the US and Canada: Emails threaten explosions unless people pay $20,000 in Bitcoin.

CREATIVITY

  1. Super Injunction Silences News About Vatican Official’s Child Molestation Conviction
  2. Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Claims Three Publications Did $300 Million In Damage To His Pristine Reputation
  3. Blurred legal lines (part two) – the copyright debate
  4. Greene v. Paramount Pictures Corp.
  5. The law of journalist-source privilege is still taking shape
  6. Faith Goldy ordered to pay Bell Media more than $43,000 in legal fees: Faith Goldy had sued Bell over its refusal to air her campaign advertisements on a local television station, but the suit was tossed in October
  7. UK Advertising Codes to Ban Gender Stereotypes
  8. Iranian phishers bypass 2fa protections offered by Yahoo Mail and Gmail
  9. Thinking of Using Kim Jong-un in Your Marketing?
  10. Court Awards Six Figures to Model Falsely “Diagnosed” with HIV in Ad Campaign
  11. No Actual Malice In The Wolf Of Wall Street Lawsuit: Judge Tosses Defamation Claim Brought By Former Stratton Oakmont Executive 
  12. Oxford University Gets Opposition To Its Attempt To Trademark ‘Oxford’ For All The Things
  13. If Your Trademark Case Depends on Showing Initial Interest Confusion, Save Your Money–Select Comfort v. John Baxter (Eric Goldman)
  14. Former NASA Engineer Builds Impressive Glitter Bomb to Make Life Hell for Package Thieves

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY 

  1. Telecom Train Wreck: Why It Is Time for the Government to Address the Mess That Is The CRTC (Michael Geist)
  2. Stepping In It: Why Navdeep Bains’ Failing Wireless Strategy is Not a Step in the Right Direction (Michael Geist)
  3. Big Telecom Claims Oversight & Accountability Violates Its First Amendment Rights 
  4. FCC Does Wireless Carriers Another Favor By Reclassifying Text Messages
  5. FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages
  6. FCC’s O’Rielly Keeps Claiming, With Zero Evidence, That Community Broadband Is An ‘Ominous’ Threat To Free Speech
  7. 2018 Year In FCC Review 
  8. Report: T-Mobile’s Merger With Sprint Is the Latest Battleground Over Huawei
  9. Growing security fears hobble global ambitions of Chinese tech giant Huawei
  10. T-Mobile lied to the FCC about its 4G coverage, small carriers say
  11. T-Mobile denies lying to FCC about size of its 4G network 
  12. FCC Says It Will Finally Investigate Nation’s BS Broadband Availability Maps. Maybe.
  13. FCC Eliminates Broadcast License Posting Requirement and Begins Quadrennial Media Ownership Rulemaking Proceeding
  14. Charter users who didn’t get promised speeds will get $75 or $150 refunds
  15. Bahnhof Now Facing Net Neutrality Investigation Over Its ‘Protest’ Blocking Of Elsevier

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Supreme Court of Canada Protects Digital Privacy in Shared Devices
  2. Reasonable expectation of privacy exists in shared electronic devices: SCC
  3. R v Reeves (2018 SCC 56)
  4. Federal Court Says Massachusetts’ Wiretap Law Can’t Be Used To Arrest People For Recording Public Officials
  5. Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport
  6. German City Wants Names And Addresses Of Airbnb Hosts; Chinese Province Demands Full Details Of Every Guest Too
  7. Central Londoners to be subjected to facial recognition test this week
  8. How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images
  9. Data privacy: how much consent is enough consent? 
  10. He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake: Smart toys and regulating the IoT in Canada
  11. Senators aim to give internet companies doctor-like duties to protect our data
  12. Takeaways from the First GDPR Fines
  13. Navigating the New Data Privacy Landscape: A Guide for OTT Providers
  14. If Data is Exposed But No One is Around to Steal It, Can a Data-Breach Plaintiff Still Sue? 
  15. OCIE Publishes Risk Alert Regarding Electronic Messaging
  16. Locational Tracking on iOS and Android Devices: Check the Platform’s Rules!
  17. Momentum Builds for a National Privacy Law in the United States
  18. The 25 Most Popular Passwords of 2018 Will Make You Feel Like a Security Genius
  19. He’s Making a List. Will Regulators Check His Privacy Practices Twice? 

Jon

News of the Week; December 12, 2018

GAMES

  1. China has established an ethics committee to vet online games
  2. China forms new ethics committee to review video games: 20 titles already processed, but 11 rejected until they “eliminate moral hazard”
  3. China’s new Ethics Committee has been reviewing existing titles: Waiting list for bringing games to China “likely to be longer than expected”, analyst IHS Markit warns
  4. Analysts claim China’s new ethics committee could spark game licensing restart
  5. ‘Loot boxes’ in video games could be giving kids a gambling problem­­
  6. Loot boxes: An industry at war with itself over a technicality – 2018 in Review – The evidence says loot boxes are gambling, but the law is still catching up
  7. BioWare says Anthem won’t rely on big-spending ‘whales’ for success
  8. Another Gambling Case Over Online Virtual Coins Proceeds–Wilson v. Playtika
  9. Parliament launches “addictive” technologies inquiry: Committee investigates how to “keep pace with the increasing digitisation and ‘gamification’ of people’s lives”
  10. Enabling ads in Street Fighter V boosts in-game currency rewards
  11. Using a ‘real entity as enemies’ got Afghanistan ’11 pulled from the App Store
  12. Denuvo-Protected Just Cause 4 Cracked In A Day, Suffering From S___ty Reviews
  13. The South Korean government just made boosting a criminal offense
  14. Boosting now a criminal offence in South Korea: Anyone artificially inflating a player’s skill ranking could face $18,000 fine and two years in prison
  15. Talk of eSports as Olympic event premature – IOC: eSports will not feature as a medal event at the Olympic Games any time soon, according to the IOC.
  16. Esports: International Olympic Committee says further study needed over Olympic bid
  17. IOC says talk of esports at Olympics premature
  18. Olympic esports discussion “premature” says IOC: Olympic Summit encourages “accelerated cooperation” with simulation games, however
  19. Hasbro & Wizards of the Coast invest in Magic: The Gathering esports with $10M prize pool
  20. 84% of teen girls in the UK play video games in their spare time: In addition, more girls ages 13-15 are watching and taking part in esports than boys of the same age
  21. UK government to invest $25M into creative industries
  22. Steam Is Banning Sex Games With Young-Looking Characters [Update]
  23. Valve banning “child exploitation” games from Steam: Despite developer claims that characters are of legal age, Valve bans sexual games with young-looking characters
  24. Blog: An IKEA guide to Steam product pages that simply work
  25. Dauntless to provide cross-platform play across all devices  
  26. Rapper sues Epic Games over “unauthorized” Fortnite dance use
  27. Rapper sues makers of video game Fortnite over dance moves: 2 Milly’s lawsuit claims wildly popular game used his moves without compensation or credit
  28. Rapper Sues the Makers of Fortnite Claiming Copyright Infringement of Dance Moves
  29. 2 Milly Sues Epic Games Over Fortnite Dance Moves – What In The Wide, Wide World Of Copyright Is Going On Here?
  30. Epic opens Fortnite’s cross-platform services for free to other devs
  31. Epic Games Store launches with handful of games
  32. What’s the deal with Epic Games Store refunds?: Skin-t.
  33. Epic Game Store will give devs as much information as legally possible
  34. Former SteamSpy promises Epic Games Store will share “as much info as legally possible”: Epic’s Sergey Galyonkin says new marketplace will “eventually give developers way more information than SteamSpy ever could”
  35. Epic Games Store launches with extremely limited selection of games
  36. Epic Store to launch cross-platform games services suite
  37. Three studios delay – or cancel – their Steam launches in favour of Epic Games Store: Coffee Stain’s Satisfactory no longer coming to Valve’s marketplace, while Team17 and Double Damage delay their titles
  38. Epic pulls Infinity Blade series from the App Store: Fans assured that the pioneering mobile franchise will be “popping up in places you wouldn’t expect”
  39. Mobile app demo platform AppOnboard raises extra $15M in funding 
  40. Black Ops 4’s ‘Battle Edition’ offers only classic multiplayer and Blackout for $30
  41. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adds battle royale mode, goes free-to-play
  42. Counter-Strike GO becomes F2P, adds a shrunken battle royale mode
  43. Bethesda’s support ticket system leaked personal information: Publisher issues statement after some users claim to be able to see submitted Fallout 76 support tickets
  44. Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor
  45. Apple pulls mobile strategy game for including Taliban as enemies: But Slitherine development director hopes mobile platform holder will reverse its decision
  46. Farming Simulator 19 sells over 1M units 10 days after launch
  47. John Romero plans Doom spiritual successor in the form of a free Doom Megawad
  48. Doom’s next expansion pack, made by John Romero, will be free—or cost up to $166
  49. StarVR Developer Program Paused “until further notice” as Company Goes Private
  50. StarVR puts dev program on hold as company shifts from public to private
  51. Daybreak Games lays off estimated 70 employees 
  52. Minecraft YouTuber Logdotzip Launches ‘Big Block Island’ Game, His Own Gaming Studio ‘Dotzip Developments’
  53. Gaming Just Had Its Biggest Year On YouTube — Here’s What Comes Next
  54. 50 billion hours of gaming watched on YouTube in the last year: Video service has its biggest year to date in terms of gaming content; Fortnite accounts for five of top 10 trending videos
  55. ZeniMax Media agrees to settle lawsuit against Facebook VR
  56. ZeniMax, Facebook settle VR lawsuit: Mediation program results in undisclosed agreement between companies, dismissal of appeals
  57. Starbreeze suggests it will dump VR business: Company pledges to focus resources on core businesses of game development and publishing going forward
  58. AR/VR spending to jump 69% in 2019 – IDC: PSVR continues to lead VR market with 463,000 units shipped last quarter; firm says AR software will overtake VR before 2022
  59. Audi Has Deployed 1,000 VR Showrooms in Dealerships Worldwide
  60. A New VC Fund Is Bankrolling Virtual Products in a Simulated World
  61. Phil Spencer: Xbox Game Pass will eventually be available on ‘every device’
  62. Phil Spencer: Xbox Game Pass “will come to every device” – Xbox boss hints at bold cross-platform strategy for subscription service
  63. Brian Fargo: “I spent 50% of my time raising money”: InXile on Game Pass and why becoming a part of Microsoft is the ‘holy grail’ for ambitious games developers
  64. UK Charts: Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the fastest-selling Smash Bros of all time – Just Cause 4 debuts at No.6
  65. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaks the series’ launch sales record in Japan
  66. Super Smash Bros Ultimate sold 1.24m in three days in Japan: Switch exclusive posts record week one numbers for both the platform and the franchise
  67. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The Kotaku Review
  68. Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system
  69. First-party Switch games are setting new attach rate records for Nintendo
  70. Nintendo Attempts To Bottle The Leak Genie With Copyright Strikes
  71. How we ported X-Morph: Defense to Nintendo Switch
  72. Nintendo: Switch user revenue is at historic levels in the US – Reggie Fils-Aime believes Nintendo is on course for unit sales targets, but importance is offset by strength of digital
  73. E3 still “a no-brainer” for Nintendo: Reggie Fils-Aime says trade show still generates the most engagement of any entertainment event, but stresses need for E3 to keep changing
  74. E3 and the season of hype-building – 2018 in Review: Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft made moves this year that point to a coming shift in how they approach a general gaming audience
  75. Japanese Smash Bros. Players Show Palutena Doesn’t Get Underwear Privacy 
  76. Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2M units worldwide 
  77. Warframe downloaded one million times on    Switch: Game reaches milestone less than three weeks after launch on the platform
  78. PewDiePie Receives Backlash After Recommending Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist YouTube Channel
  79. Jade Raymond: The ecosystem has changed, and games need to catch up – At the Fun & Serious Festival, EA Motive’s former head dropped the first hint about the nature of her next project
  80. Supercell opening new coding school (without teachers or classes): Hive Helsinki welcomes first students next year, has support from Rovio, Nvidia and more
  81. The State Of The PS4 In 2018
  82. Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic
  83. Intel promises big boost to integrated GPU, breaks teraflop barrier: The upgrade will bring a lot more games into the “playable framerate” category.
  84. Blog: Timing financing to generate success
  85. Blog: Embracing the pseudo-hallucinatory phenomena induced by games
  86. Best of 2018: The great video game exodus
  87. Best of 2018: Reversing the sunk cost fallacy – Devs recount regrettable cuts
  88. Best of 2018: A Classic Tools Retrospective on the first version of the Unreal Editor
  89. People of the Year 2018: Game Workers Unite – In a year full of game development horror stories, the pro-union group gained traction that could give creators the leverage they’ve lacked
  90. People of the Year 2018: Lars Wingefors – We speak to the CEO behind 2018’s fastest-growing publisher about its ongoing acquisition spree and honouring THQ’s legacy
  91. People of the Year: Annapurna Interactive – The acclaimed indie publisher continues to make its mark on the industry – despite its efforts to stay behind the scenes
  92. God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 win big at The Game Awards
  93. Red Dead Redemption 2 wins Best Game at Fun & Serious Festival Awards: Rockstar’s game wins three in all, with SIE Santa Monica’s God of War picking up two
  94. Making exposition optional in Red Dead Redemption II
  95. Don’t Miss: How id Software created the original Doom
  96. Devs explore what did and didn’t work in their text-driven IF Comp games
  97. Seeing the past and future of gaming through The Game Awards
  98. All The Big Announcements At The 2018 Game Awards

DIGITAL

  1. Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi, Inc.
  2. You Should Have the Right to Sue Apple: In Apple v. Pepper, the Supreme Court will decide whether iPhone App Store customers are entitled to make their case against the tech giant.
  3. Qualcomm says a Chinese court has banned sales of older iPhones nationwide
  4. Apps You Use Every Day Are Tracking Your Every Move, According to Very Creepy Report
  5. Three Sentenced For Placing Advertising on Pirate Sites
  6. Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns
  7. How Facebook Schemed Against Its Users
  8. Facebook Was Fully Aware That Tracking Who People Call and Text Is Creepy But Did It Anyway
  9. The Empress Of Facebook: My Befuddling Dinner With Sheryl Sandberg
  10. Documents Reveal How Facebook Sought To Undermine Competitor Vine
  11. Facebook’s Dirty Tricks Are Nothing New For Tech
  12. After Getting FOSTA Turned Into Law, Facebook Tells Its Users To Stop Using Naughty Words
  13. Insights: Facebook, YouTube Take A Tumbl On Premium Video
  14. Bikini app maker draws another disgruntled developer to its Facebook fight
  15. Viral publisher First Media joins Snapchat with repurposed Facebook video
  16. Mobile Location Scandals Keep Making Facebook’s Privacy Flubs Look Like Child’s Play
  17. Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret: Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.
  18. While Everyone’s Busy, Hollywood & Record Labels Suggest Congress Bring Back SOPA 
  19. The Internet Is Getting Small And Boring. Long Live Tumblr.: Tumblr has been a safe harbor of delightful, weird, and deeply human stuff, free of the algorithms that have made social media dull and conformist.
  20. The Problem With Banning Pornography on Tumblr: The decision has taken away an essential platform for some women and members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community. 
  21. New Research: Screen Time Is Literally Changing Children’s Brains – But we don’t know if that’s a bad thing yet.
  22. Copyrights, Bad Reviews and Social Media Smears: An Update on Internet Law
  23. How to Purge Social Media ‘Friends’ So You Can Have Fun Online Again
  24. For News, Americans Now Officially Prefer Social Media to Newspapers: Or at least this is the first time they’re admitting it.
  25. Otto v. Hearst Communications, Inc.
  26. AG Szpunar advises CJEU to rule that unlicensed sampling MAY be a copyright infringement and German free use may be contrary to EU law 
  27. Latest EU Copyright Proposal: Block Everything, Never Make Mistakes, But Don’t Use Upload Filters 
  28. Legacy Copyright Industries Lobbying Hard For EU Copyright Directive… While Pretending That Only Google Is Lobbying
  29. TV, Sports & Movie Companies Still Freaking Out That EU Copyright Directive Might Include A Safe Harbor For Internet Platforms
  30. Fair Use for “Meme” Can’t Be Decided on Motion to Dismiss—Philpot v. Alternet Media (Guest Blog Post)
  31. Malware Purveyors Targeting Pirate Sites With Bogus DMCA Takedown Notices
  32. Federal Courts Aren’t ATMs, Angry Judge Reminds Copyright Troll 
  33. Google Walkout Organizers Demand an End to Forced Arbitration Industry-Wide
  34. Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak
  35. Steve King Demands List of Google Staff So He Can Check If They’re God-Fearing Patriots
  36. Two years after #Pizzagate showed the dangers of hateful conspiracies, they’re still rampant on YouTube
  37. Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything about it?
  38. Google CEO Sundar Pichai Probed Over YouTube’s Conspiracy Problem At Congressional Hearing
  39. Google+ bug exposes non-public profile data for 52 million users 
  40. YouTube bans Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes for copyright infringement 
  41. YouTube Gives $760,000 To Combat Gang Violence In London, Which It Has Been Accused Of Fueling 
  42. The disinformation factory, or why YouTube loves the Flat Earth (Andres Guadamuz)
  43. YouTube tells impersonation victim: No, you’re not being impersonated
  44. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 12/9/2018
  45. YouTube Rewind 2018 Puts Storyline In The Hands Of Creators (Watch)
  46. ‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ Becomes Second Most-Disliked Video In YouTube History
  47. Naomi Campbell, Jason Momoa Latest Celebs To Launch Vlog Channels With YouTube
  48. Lilly Singh Mounts YouTube Comeback With Ambitious Christmas Collab Series
  49. YouTube Top 10 Music Videos of 2018 Dominated by Spanish-Language Tracks
  50. YouTube Unveils 2018 Top-Trending Videos: Kylie Jenner’s Baby, Liza Koshy and David Dobrik Breakup Top the List
  51. These Are The Brands That Had The Most-Subscribed YouTube Channels In 2018 (Study)
  52. YouTube Is Hard. So Creators Are Starting To Do ‘Vlogmas’ On Their Instagram Stories. 
  53. Instagram Is Testing ‘Creator Accounts’ That Are Specifically Tailored For Influencers
  54. David Dobrik Nabs 10 Million Subscribers In Three Years
  55. After Reorg, Fullscreen Signs 4 Creators To Fully-Managed Talent Unit (Exclusive) 
  56. David Dobrik Wanted To Stop Vlogging After 420th Video, But Forged On After Rejected Netflix Show
  57. Netflix’s Original Programming Viewership Climbs, But 63% Of Streams Still Come From Licensed Content (Study) 
  58. Netflix Orders First African Original, Spy Dramedy ‘Queen Sono’
  59. Here’s Why Netflix’s Mobile Apps Pulled In Record Revenues Last Month
  60. Netflix Original Series Viewing Climbs, but Licensed Content Remains Majority of Total U.S. Streams
  61. Viacom To Be Victorious As Netflix And Other Streamers Battle For Content 
  62. Streaming-Sports Player DAZN Launches Original Series
  63. Hulu Becomes First Streaming Service To Accept Venmo Payments
  64. The Totally Free Streaming Service You Didn’t Know You Have
  65. CollegeHumor Launches Native iOS, Android Apps For ‘Dropout’ Subscription Service
  66. Apple’s anticipated ECG app rolls out today in watchOS 5.1.2
  67. A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it
  68. Amazon looks to airports to expand its checkout-free store footprint
  69. Amazon “automated machine” punctures bear spray can, 24 employees hospitalized
  70. After a Year of Tech Scandals, Our 10 Recommendations for AI: Let’s begin with better regulation, protecting workers, and applying “truth in advertising” rules to AI
  71. How “Weird Events” Can Trick AI Into Hallucinating
  72. Predictim Claims Its AI Can Flag ‘Risky’ Babysitters. So I Tried It on the People Who Watch My Kids.
  73. Ethics by design: Canada adopts AI ethics and data protection declaration
  74. Challenges of Future Intellectual Property Issues for Artificial Intelligence
  75. AI in the Travel Industry – Legal Friend or Foe?
  76. All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things
  77. Move over AlphaGo: AlphaZero taught itself to play three different games
  78. Why driving is hard—even for AIs
  79. This artist is using AI to paint with his mind 
  80. The Seductive Diversion of ‘Solving’ Bias in Artificial Intelligence: Trying to “fix” A.I. distracts from the more urgent questions about the technology
  81. Build first and ask questions later?: Three hidden vulnerabilities of artificial intelligence
  82. Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine
  83. NASA’s next Mars rover will use AI to be a better science partner
  84. Consumer Robots Had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year 
  85. Whistleblower: Uber Could Have Prevented Self-Driving Fatality – Uber execs reportedly ignored his emailed warnings.
  86. These Full-Body Deepfakes are Like Nothing We’ve Ever Seen: The simulations are still clearly fake, but better versions are on the way. 
  87. The Ancient Origins of Automation
  88. Disparate Interactions: An Algorithm-in-the-Loop Analysis of Fairness in Risk Assessments (Ben Green & Yiling Chen)
  89. Bitcoin Firm Alleges Manipulation of the Bitcoin Cash Network that is Alleged to Have Resulted in a $4 Billion Industry Meltdown 
  90. Ethereum falls below $100—down 93 percent from its January high
  91. SEC KOs Mayweather and DJ Khaled for Promoting Cryptocurrency Without Disclosures  
  92. I Bought This Custom 18-Million Pixel Workstation on Craigslist, and It Very Nearly Ruined Me
  93. 50 years on, we’re living the reality first shown at the “Mother of All Demos”
  94. It’s Been 50 Years: Take Some Time This Weekend To Watch Doug Engelbart’s Mother Of All Demos 
  95. “Why Are You Recommending Notice and Takedown?”: The Canadian Bar Association’s Puzzling Position at the Copyright Review (Michael Geist)

CREATIVITY

  1. Marvel Seeks to Shutdown the “Wakanda Wine Fest”
  2. Playing Music in Bars and Restaurants – Cautions When Allowing Broadcast Stations to Play in Retail Outlets 
  3. School Boots Professor Off Campus After He Exposes Its Complicity In Predatory Publishing Schemes
  4. Does the legal profession have a moral duty to innovate?
  5. Cubs, Nationals Launch Another Trademark Opposition Over A ‘W’ Logo
  6. The Emmys People Are Opposing A Pet Products Company Named After A Dog Named ‘Emmy’
  7. June 17, 2019: Key changes to trademark laws come into force
  8. What Do Pot And Software Have In Common? Stupid Patent Thickets Based On A Lack Of Patented Prior Art
  9. The State of Canadian Copyright: My Copyright Review Appearance Before the Industry Committee (Michael Geist)
  10. In Support of Evidence-Based Copyright Reform: My Industry Committee Copyright Review Submission (Michael Geist)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Time Warner Center, including CNN, evacuated due to bomb threat
  2. AT&T and Justice Department continue battle over $85.4 billion Time Warner acquisition – “Bottom line: We see AT&T prevailing,” one analyst declared, citing some pointed questions directed at the DOJ by a D.C. Circuit judge.
  3. AT&T Finds Yet Another Way To Nickel-And-Dime Its Broadband, TV Customers
  4. AT&T/Verizon lobby misunderstands arrow of time, makes impossible claim 
  5. If You’re Surprised By Verizon’s AOL, Yahoo Face Plant, You Don’t Know Verizon
  6. Oath (f/k/a AOL) Agrees to Pay Record Settlement over COPPA Violations 
  7. Report: FBI opens criminal investigation into net neutrality comment fraud
  8. The FBI Is Now Looking Into Those Bogus Net Neutrality Comments
  9. Net neutrality bill 38 votes short in Congress, and time has almost run out
  10. Telecom’s Top Lobbying Arm Oddly Keeps Undermining The Industry’s Own Claims About Net Neutrality
  11. At least one major carrier lied about its 4G coverage, FCC review finds
  12. FCC Tries to Bury Report Showing Many Broadband Users Still Don’t Get The Speeds They Pay For
  13. FCC panel wants to tax Internet-using businesses and give the money to ISPs
  14. FCC chairman acknowledges Russians interfered in net neutrality debate: About half a million comments sent to the agency about the net neutrality repeal were from Russian email addresses, Ajit Pai says in a memo.
  15. Ajit Pai admits Russia interfered in net neutrality process amid lawsuit
  16. FCC chairman acknowledges Russia interfered in net neutrality public comments
  17. FCC Chairman Pai Calls for “Regulatory Humility” as Agency Explores the Impact of AI and Machine Learning on Communications Technology and Marketplace 
  18. FCC’s robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say [Updated]
  19. Why 5G Hype Is Out of Control This Week
  20. Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead
  21. The TV Sector’s Latest Bad Idea: Ads That Play When You Press Pause

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. How Bike-Sharing Services And Electric Vehicles Are Sending Personal Data To The Chinese Government
  2. China Demands Release of Huawei Executive Arrested in Canada on Behalf of the U.S.
  3. Everything That Happened With Huawei While You Were Sleeping
  4. Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou granted $10M bail in Vancouver
  5. Head of MI6 warns of Huawei security concerns
  6. FBI Says Chinese Espionage Poses ‘Most Severe’ Threat to American Security: The agency’s disclosures to Senate come ahead of expected charges against hackers linked to Chinese government; China suspected in Marriott hack
  7. The US is worried about China spying via Huawei because it did the same in the past
  8. UK Spies Say They’re Dropping Bulk Data Collection For Bulk Equipment Interference
  9. Tencent Music Climbs in Trading Debut After $1.1 Billion IPO
  10. Super Micro Says It Found No Secret Spy Chips on Motherboards, Contradicting Bombshell Report
  11. Time to comply with the GDPR. No but really.
  12. What Are the Limits of the GDPR? European Data Protection Board Issues New Guidance on Territorial Scope of the GDPR
  13. 22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor
  14. Big Brother is watching: Australia’s `snooper’s charter’ is now law
  15. Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data
  16. Facial recognition: It’s time for action
  17. Microsoft Posts List Of Facial Recognition Tech Guidelines It Thinks The Government Should Make Mandatory
  18. What do AI, blockchain and GDPR mean for cybersecurity?
  19. Australia passes new law to thwart strong encryption
  20. Australian Government Passes Law Forcing Tech Companies To Break Encryption
  21. A Failure of Enforcement: Why Changing the Law Won’t Fix All That Ails Canadian Privacy (Michael Geist)
  22. When Not Hiding Cameras In Traffic Barrels And Streetlights, The DEA Is Shoving Them Into… Vacuums?

Jon

News of the Week; December 5, 2018

GAMES

  1. Games Done Quick bans two runners over sexist, transphobic remarks: GoldenEye 007 runners barred “indefinitely” from GDQ events after troubling screenshots circulate
  2. Bethesda issues permanent ban to Fallout 76 players involved in homophobic harassment: Player forced to report harassers over Twitter due to lack of in-game systems
  3. Bethesda Support Leaks Fallout 76 Customer Names, Addresses & Phone Numbers
  4. Bethesda’s attempt to fix a Fallout 76 blunder leaks angry shoppers’ PID [Updated]
  5. Bethesda responds to Fallout 76 collector’s edition complaints: Developer offers $5 of in-game currency to fans after misrepresenting $200 Power Armor Edition
  6. Bethesda promising replacement bags after Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition backlash – Beleaguered publisher is “finalising manufacturing plans” for those canvas bags it originally advertised
  7. Bethesda To Replace Nylon Bags With Promised Canvas Bags For Owners Of Fallout 76’s $200 Power Armor Edition
  8. Don’t Miss: 20 years of Fallout: Lessons learned shipping games in the wasteland
  9. Swedish authorities raid Starbreeze on suspicion of insider trading
  10. Starbreeze raided by authorities, one person arrested: Swedish Economic Crime Authority have seized computers and documents from troubled publisher this morning
  11. Starbreeze faces insolvency, CEO steps down: Swedish firm has applied for “reconstruction” with Stockholm courts as financial impact of Overkill’s The Walking Dead becomes clear
  12. Starbreeze slashes price of Overkill’s The Walking Dead due to low sales: Content sold for $60 one month ago now available for $30
  13. Starbreeze CEO departs as company files for administration
  14. Pokémon Go trespassing lawsuit settled: No terms disclosed, but both parties targeting approval next February
  15. Kareem Hunt removed from Madden NFL 19: Former Chiefs running back cut from both real life and in-game team after assault video emerges
  16. ‘This can’t go on too long:’ Artists demand compensation as Fortnite takes their dances – Rapper 2 Milly has threatened to sue the company. Will others follow suit?
  17. 2 Milly sues over Fortnite dance: Rapper enlists firm from Gears of War Cole Train suit to go after Epic Games for selling Milly Rock emote to players
  18. Epic Games is being sued over one of Fortnite’s dance emotes
  19. Fortnite and copyright: Can you steal a dance routine?: Reed Smith’s Gregor Pryor on the potential copyright issues surrounding Fortnite’s dance emotes
  20. Ninja’s Spent 3,800 Hours Streaming ‘Fortnite’ This Year. That’s The Equivalent Of 95 40-Hour Workweeks.
  21. Epic unveils new Fortnite Creative mode focused on building
  22. ‘Fortnite’ Was The Most Talked About Game on Twitter in 2018
  23. Valve offers explanation for October drop in Steam traffic: Indie complaints prompt run-down of algorithm shift, unintended functionality of promotion tools
  24. Valve’s Steam Link app lands on Raspberry Pi
  25. Steam Link is now in beta for Raspberry Pi: Micro-computer costs less to buy than the now discontinued Steam Link hardware
  26. Valve creates new rev share tiers to give big sellers a break
  27. Indie developers are unhappy with Steam’s new revenue sharing tiers: Developers take to social media to voice concerns that Valve is pushing out indies as it courts AAA
  28. Steam is under attack from all sides: Valve changes its revenue share as its world becomes increasingly hostile
  29. Devs say a problem with the Steam algorithm has severely hurt store page traffic
  30. Valve explains recent Steam store traffic changes
  31. Valve changes developer terms to try to retain top games
  32. Valve adds revenue share tiers for developers: Other updates include confidentiality clarification to allow developers to share their own sales data
  33. Artifact and the Five Currencies: An economic deep dive into Valve’s card game
  34. Opinion: It’s ‘Store Wars’ in the 21st century
  35. Epic Games launching Steam competitor with 88% revenue share for devs
  36. Epic undercuts Steam with new store that gives devs more money
  37. Epic Aims to Take on Steam with Newly Announced Epic Games Store
  38. Epic launching Steam rival with 88% revenue share for developers: Free games, direct access to customers, mod support and more; Tim Sweeney reveals the plan for the Epic Games Store
  39. Epic Games is no longer actively developing Unreal Tournament
  40. Quake Champions to introduce a paid battle pass
  41. Stardew Valley dev announces decision to self-publish
  42. Stardew Valley switches to self-publishing on most platforms: Chucklefish to remain at the helm for Nintendo Switch, mobile versions
  43. Nintendo Game Content Guidelines for Online Video & Image Sharing Platforms
  44. Nintendo ends controversial YouTube revenue-sharing program
  45. Nintendo Shuttering Controversial ‘Creators Program,’ Widening Monetization Prospects For YouTube And Twitch Gamers
  46. Nintendo pulls plug on YouTube Creators Program: Switch maker will stop taking a cut of revenue from people making original videos about Nintendo games
  47. Nintendo Shuts Down Its ‘Creators’ YouTuber Program, Replaces It With Simpler But Still Confusing Guidelines For Streaming
  48. Strategy Analytics: Nintendo to take back console market leadership in 2019 – Analyst predicts Nintendo will sell 17.3 million consoles in 2019, overtaking both Microsoft and Sony
  49. Nintendo bets heavily on the holidays: While Sony and Microsoft have spread sales over the year, Nintendo is laser-focused on the holiday season – and this year it needs every Switch sale it can get
  50. Nintendo’s new content guidelines will make monetization easier for YouTubers
  51. Virtuos offers dev advice on porting games to the Switch
  52. Blog: A look at the cinematic music of Breath of the Wild
  53. Blog: What anthropology has to say about games
  54. Players find secret emulation menu hidden in PlayStation Classic
  55. Dozens of hidden game names found in PlayStation Classic source files
  56. PlayStation Classic’s hidden settings accessible through USB keyboards
  57. IGDA calls for industry action on loot boxes: Developer group says publishers should clearly disclose odds, commit to not marketing loot boxes to children
  58. IGDA urges devs to self-regulate loot boxes — while they still can
  59. The FTC is Searching for the Value in Loot 
  60. Senators Seek FTC Scrutiny of Children’s Apps 
  61. Console loot boxes haven’t ‘achieved the trust’, says Gameloft – DLC: Plus the link between death metal drummers and Media Molecule’s hiring process, and marketing tips from a sandwich shop
  62. The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Unpacking loot boxes – Download our latest episode now, exploring how the industry can handle its monetisation more responsibly
  63. UK gambling commission in talks with Twitch over casino streams: Two unlicensed sites have been played by Twitch streamers in its popular casino category recently
  64. Why are AAA single-player games viable again? – 2018 in Review: A look at the good and bad of an industry where the biggest players can make a business catering to those who fly solo
  65. US game industry revenues up 24% in third quarter – NPD Group: Mobile games and digital content growth help push third quarter consumer spending on games up to $9.1 billion
  66. GameStop reports $488.6 million loss despite strong software sales
  67. The year games retail (didn’t) die – 2018 In Review: As store closures mount up, is there hope left for physical games outlets?
  68. Farming Simulator 19 most-downloaded game on EMEAA charts this week: FIFA 19 dominates combined retail and digital charts once more
  69. Niantic invests in holographic AR display outfit: Pokemon Go creator among latest backers in DigiLens’ Series C funding round
  70. Blog: Why I lost $42,500 making a VR game
  71. To the ‘VR is Dying’ Crowd: There’s More VR Users on Steam Than Ever Before
  72. US Army awards $480 million contract for Microsoft’s Hololens: Augmented reality headset prototypes will be developed to increase “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness”
  73. Microsoft wins $480 million military contract to bring HoloLens to the battlefield
  74. GameStop reports strong quarterly sales, $488.6 million loss: Asset impairment charge due to slumping stock price wipes out gains from Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  75. Soulja Boy Is Selling Some Kind Of Game Consoles, But People Are Suspicious
  76. Hard drive share as a strategic weapon for console publishers: MIDiA Research’s Karol Severin on why AAA publishers need to dominate your storage – until streaming kicks off, of course
  77. Beware the corporate video game canon
  78. Play Ventures aims to invest $30 million in video game startups
  79. Voice actors launch free initiative to help developers improve their scripts: Mass Effect, Firewatch, and Gone Home voice actors found Specialized Workshops And Actor Tactics
  80. App Annie: Mobile to take 60% of worldwide gaming revenue – Cross-platform play on mobile, improved smartphones are driving the rise in market share
  81. Playgroundz: Women dominate mobile gaming and spending, are scarce on YouTube and Twitch – Women make up only 30% of gamers on YouTube, 22% of esports team members, and 19.5% of gamers on Twitch
  82. Building EA’s real-time esports strategy: Competitive gaming commissioner Evan Denbaum and GM Michael Martinez discuss EA’s foray into mobile esports with Command & Conquer Rivals
  83. Super Evil Megacorp partners with NetEase to launch Vainglory in China
  84. Blog: What differentiates players in the U.S. and China?
  85. Video: How developers can collaborate and manage conflict 
  86. Layoffs at Jam City as mobile studio ‘reallocates resources’
  87. Jam City reportedly lays off large number of employees across multiple studios – Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery developer undergoes “organizational changes” following multiple acquisitions
  88. Government report values UK games industry at just over £1bn: Ukie suggests that figure might be substantially higher
  89. Mobile studio Playtika acquires Wooga to bolster its casual games offerings
  90. Playtika acquires German casual studio Wooga: Deal is worth a reported $100 million, with no layoffs to Wooga’s 180-strong team
  91. Carmageddon is the latest property to be acquired by THQ Nordic
  92. Rovio acquires Eve: War of Ascension dev PlayRaven
  93. Rovio acquires Finnish mobile studio PlayRaven: Deal covers all shares in PlayRaven and its staff of 25 people
  94. Ubisoft acquires game server provider i3D.net 
  95. Ubisoft acquires server company i3D.net: Publisher hopes to strengthen online and multiplayer experiences with help of Dutch provider
  96. EVE Online dev halts production on Project Nova
  97. CCP halts production of EVE-based FPS Project Nova: Icelandic studio is going “back to the drawing board” more than a year after announcement
  98. New AI Dreams Up Trippy Video Games Based on Real Life Video: All it took was a graphics card, a game engine, a software engineer, and AI.
  99. Microsoft publishes Xbox Family Guide to educate parents ahead of Christmas: “It’s important parents take an active role in managing their children’s access to online content and gaming,” says director Harvey Eagle
  100. Don’t Miss: Fostering camaraderie in game communities from the ground up
  101. Four design lessons which were really obvious to everyone but me
  102. People of the Year 2018: The Xbox Adaptive Controller team – Microsoft’s team didn’t just create an excellent, accessible controller; they also set a new industry precedent
  103. PUBG Mobile grabs Best Game in 2018 Google Play Awards
  104. PUBG Mobile leads winners in Android Game of the Year Awards: 20 titles celebrated for innovation, competitive multiplayers, and casual accessibility
  105. Brenda Romero, Jade Raymond and Fumito Ueda to be honoured at Fun & Serious Festival 2018: Bilbao event will also host two days of talks from Rare, Ubisoft, Tencent, Women in Games, and more
  106. Apple names Donut County and Gorogoa best iOS games of 2018
  107. Donut County and Gorogoa triumph in Apple Game of the Year Awards: Meanwhile, Apple Design Awards highlight Florence, Inside, Alto’s Odyssey and more
  108. Former Sierra On-Line dev posts original source codes to eBay
  109. Al Lowe reveals his Sierra source code collection—then puts all of it on eBay
  110. NVIDIA’s physics engine is now open source
  111. Video games and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Christmas: 10 Years Ago This Month: The global economic downturn leads to a holiday season full of closures, layoffs, bankruptcies, and all-around bummers

DIGITAL

  1. Lawmakers Say Facebook Struck Deals Over Personal Data 
  2. Mark Zuckerberg Was ‘Skeptical’ About Risk of Leaks Like Cambridge Analytica, Emails Show
  3. Facebook also let dating apps have further access to Graph API back in 2015
  4. Good For The World, But Not Good For Us: The Really Damning Bits Of The Facebook Revelations 
  5. ACLU Wants Release of Secret Court Order Demanding Facebook Build Surveillance Backdoor
  6. EFF, ACLU Petition Court To Unseal Documents From DOJ’s Latest Anti-Encryption Efforts 
  7. Want to Quit Facebook? These Are the Best Alternatives for Most of What Facebook Does
  8. Facebook is betting that shows with cult followings like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ can juice up Facebook Watch and bring in millennial viewers
  9. App Developers Suing Facebook Suffer Redaction Failure, Expose Discussions About Pay-For-Play API Access