News of the Week

News of the Week; May 16, 2018

GAMES

  1. Belgian Gaming Commission recommends criminal prosecution over illegal loot boxes: Commission lays groundwork for prosecution as Belgian justice minister meets with stakeholders to find an alternative
  2. Twitch files counter-complaint against banned CS:GOstreamer
  3. Twitch counter-sues streamer banned for gambling, inappropriate conduct: James Varga, aka “Phantoml0rd”, sued Twitch over the ban last month
  4. ‘Saturday Night Live’ 48-Hour Marathon to Stream on Twitch
  5. Twitch To Stream 48-Hour-Long ‘Saturday Night Live’ Marathon Ahead Of Sketch Show’s Season Finale
  6. Supreme Court lifts ban on (e)sports gambling, allowing state-by-state legalization
  7. Supreme Court lifts ban on sports gambling, including esports: DraftKings to implement sports, esports betting on its fantasy sports platform
  8. Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door for Legalized Sports Betting
  9. Take-Two CEO: Legal (e)sports gambling ‘meaningfully positive’ for games
  10. Satirical game used to push back against German ban on Nazi symbols
  11. Unprecedented move by German prosecutors over Nazi imagery in satirical game: Game serves “both the arts and civic enlightenment” says PPO
  12. Kingsleys unleash ire of independent author community with Rebellion trademark: But CEO Jason Kingsley assures that ‘Rebellion’ will only be used for relevant services, is investigating ‘overreaching’ application
  13. Video: A lawyer’s guide to practical IP law for indies
  14. Hackers find PSP emulator in PS4 remaster of PaRappa the Rapper: PlayStation 4 version of cult classic rhythm game just an emulation of the 2007 PSP re-release
  15. Pay-To-Flay: Examining microtransactions inMortal Kombat X 
  16.  Making microtransactions work for players in Guild Wars 2
  17. Gran Turismo franchise has sold 80M units in two decades
  18. Gran Turismo franchise tops 80 million sold: Polyphony Digital racing sim series reaches mark a little over 20 years after initial debut
  19. Sony and Nintendo update warranty policies in response to FTC warning: Both companies’ customers now have more freedom to use third party products and services
  20. Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft update warranty policies in response to FTC warning: Customers now have more freedom to use third party products and services
  21. Nintendo shuts down debut mobile app Miitomo
  22. Nintendo still won’t commit to online services: “Netflix for retro games” would be a huge selling point for the Switch – but Nintendo’s reticence to commit to online services will stop it happening
  23. Nintendo’s $20 charging stand fixes one of the Switch’s biggest problems
  24. Nintendo Labo tests, part one: Robot Kit’s cardboard stomps are fun but shallow
  25. A year ago, the NES Classic flew off the shelves—now it’s coming back
  26. LawBreakers dev Boss Key Productions shuts down
  27. Pokemon Go dev Niantic wants to build AR maps with data from players
  28. Clearing up misconceptions around motion sickness in VR
  29. Microsoft enables digital game and DLC gifting on PC: This follows the addition of Xbox One digital game, DLC, and subscription gifting last year
  30. Xbox One may be indies’ least popular platform, survey suggests: Indies love the Switch, but PC wins out for accessibility despite marketplace overcrowding
  31. Leaked photo shows new, accessible Xbox One controller
  32. In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever
  33. How the DualShock 4’s share button came to be
  34. Sony winding down production of physical PlayStation Vita titles
  35. Sony announces end of Vita GameCard production: Production of physical Vita games will cease by end of March 2019
  36. ModDB parent launches cross-platform API mod.io:v New tech makes it easier for developers to add modding tools to their games
  37. Mobile games continue to drive rising online game revenue for Tencent
  38. Konami breaks profit records thanks to domestic mobile market
  39. Konami shows record operating profits: Fourth straight year of bottom line growth helps publisher surpass previous 2012 high point; no word on Metal Gear Survive performance
  40. Packaged software driving profits in Sega’s games division
  41. Sega’s game profits rose 30% last year: Japanese publisher delivered increased operating profit despite launching fewer games than expected
  42. Japanese devs reflect on the recent renaissance of Japanese games
  43. Take-Two’s fortunes on the rise ahead of Red Dead Redemption 2 debut 
  44. Devs share the most memorable things they’ve had to cut from games
  45. Bigben Interactive acquires Styx developer Cyanide for $24M
  46. Bigben acquires Cyanide for €20 million: WRC publisher broadens development focus with Styx: Shards of Darkness creator
  47. Campo Santo retains freedom, flexibility under Valve
  48. Development on In the Valley of Gods will continue as before, but with more support
  49. Valve debuts public bug bounty board in an effort to improve security
  50. Steam services expand to mobile with new apps: Steam Link and Steam Video will launch in the coming months
  51. Polish studio Acram Digital banned from Steam for review tampering
  52. Steam Yanks Another Developer’s Games Over Fake Reviews Posted By Employee
  53. Acram Digital games removed from Steam after rogue staffer manipulates reviews: “This is my individual, bad behaviour, not the team, so I would like to blame me, not the devs,” says Grzegorz Kubas
  54. From zero to 15 million: The story of Outlast – Red Barrels’ Philippe Morin on turning a $1.4 million budget into a $64 million franchise with 15 million sales
  55. Mod.io API aims to help developers create mod-friendly games
  56. Balancing Hearthstone: Metrics help the team understand what’s happening, but designer Dean Ayala says most changes in the Blizzard card game are made due to player perception
  57. Universal “committed to games”, disputes free labour concerns over IP contest: Hollywood firm determined to build final product from Unity-partnered competition, stresses unsuccessful entrants retain rights to ideas
  58. Daybreak insists it has no connection to parent company: H1Z1 developer now says it was never owned by Columbus Nova after investment firm’s owner sees assets frozen by US government, claims it has no impact on its business
  59. Eidos Montreal: “We have to try new models for single-player games” – Shadow of the Tomb Raider dev on making $135 million narrative projects work
  60. Discord now boasts 130M users, 85M more than one year ago
  61. Discord triples users to 130 million in one year: The gaming chat platform just closed a $50 million round, which valued the company at $1.65 billion
  62. Nexon doubles revenue in US following Pixelberry acquisition 
  63. Nexon more than doubled profits in Q1: Pixelberry acquisition boosted North American revenue, but Korea remains Nexon’s source of strength
  64. BioShock Remastered studio lays off 10% of workforce after project cancellation: Blind Squirrel Games confirms 13 redundancies, affected staff seeking help via Twitter hashtag
  65. Kongregate looking to court indie devs with new Canada office
  66. Kongregate opens Montreal office: Digital publisher’s first Canadian branch looks to capitalize on the local indie development scene
  67. “The era of ‘break-out indie success’ is long dead”: Indie developers share their thoughts on the greatest challenges facing the industry in 2018
  68. Looking back on our first year as an indie studio
  69. Runescape creator Jagex raises $300K for mental health charities
  70. Little Orbit acquires GamersFirst online game portal andAPB Reloaded
  71. Online retailer Gameseek goes into liquidation: UK company left many orders unfulfilled when it hit the wall
  72. GameStop boosted by billionaire hedge fund: Bridgewater Associates ups stake in troubled games retailer, plus new investment from quant firm Renaissance
  73. Niantic to build a 3D augmented reality world map with Pokémon Go data: “We want players to build out the game board they want to play on,” says CEO
  74. Nvidia posts record Q1 revenues as profits soar by 145%: Meanwhile, GPU prices “beginning to normalise” following cyrptocurrency surge
  75. THQ Nordic saw more sales in 3 months than all of 2017, thanks to Koch Media
  76. THQ Nordic posts 673% revenue increase following acquisition of Koch Media: Excluding Koch Media revenue, THQ Nordic still up 64 per cent
  77. NCSoft profits up by 585% to $110m in Q1 2018: Mobile revenue spikes by 1,028 per cent amid mixed overall games performance
  78. German mobile game revenue growth surpasses whole market growth in 2017: Mobile sales rose 21% year over year, while the country’s overall market revenue rose 15%
  79. Appealing to the West by focusing on the East: Spike Chunsoft CEO Mitsutoshi Sakurai says there’s a growing global audience for the “very Japanese” games his company publishes
  80. Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions shuts down after three years
  81. Saying Goodbye To The Fan Game That Recreated A Decade-Old Classic
  82. Researchers teach AI the art of ‘interesting’ level design
  83. The Race To Stop The Best Mario Kart 64 Player From Securing Every World Record 
  84. Sonic the Hedgehog devs explain how competing with Mario influenced development
  85. How Fortnite, A ‘Gamer’s Game,’ Took Over The World
  86. Fortnite mobile has earned $50M in under two months
  87. How Epic’s Fortnite rose from the ashes of Paragon’s failure
  88. An analysis of building in Fortnite
  89. Silverman: Is Fortnite habit the cause of David Price’s injury?
  90. Red Sox starter David Price denies carpal tunnel related to gaming, but plans to scale back
  91. Blog: How does multiplayer impact replayability?
  92. Madden NFL could go in “new direction” following departure of creative director: Former Overwatch producer Carlos Guerrero takes over series following Rex Dickson’s depature
  93. How EA Sports games are designed for blind players
  94. Nordisk Film continues investment spree with $18M Star Stable deal
  95. Google Chrome no longer breaks Web games, but the fix won’t last
  96. Chrome temporarily rolls back audio-muting update so devs can prep for the change
  97. How we increased our review score from mid 60’s to 80
  98. The risky business of creating an introspective blockbuster 
  99. Blog: The myth of the hero’s journey
  100. Opinion: Neo Cab and the effort to make an empathetic game about gamification
  101. John Carmack recalls “frustrating” arguments with Apple’s Steve Jobs
  102. 100,000 Video Game Players Helped Scientists Prove Einstein Wrong

DIGITAL

  1.  It’s Over: The Podcast Patent Troll’s Patent is Officially And Completely Dead
  2. Supreme Court declines to hear “podcasting patent” case, handing win to EFF
  3. Here are the Russian-made Facebook ads that tried to shake American politics 
  4. 7 Takeaways from the Latest Batch of Russian-Bought Facebook Ads: House Democrats released over 3,000 Facebook and Instagram ads purchased by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency. Here’s what we learned.
  5. It’s Begun: Facebook Just Banned 200 Apps For Abusing User Data
  6. Facebook suspends ~200 suspicious apps out of “thousands” reviewed so far
  7. How Facebook Can Better Fight Fake News: Make Money Off the People Who Promote It
  8. California Gov’t Thinks It Might Be Able To Regulate Fake News Sometime Before 2020
  9. How Facebook Binds – And Shatters – Communities
  10. Facebook Watch To Spend Up To $10 Million Per Series Amid News Programming Push (Report) 
  11. New Commissioner Says FTC Should Get Tough on Companies Like Facebook and Google: Citing lax treatment of corporate malefactors, Rohit Chopra calls for the FTC to impose more significant penalties when companies violate its orders.
  12. Could Cambridge Analytica happen again?
  13. Iran’s President Comes Out Against His Country’s Ban On Telegram
  14. Spotify’s Ban on Hateful Content and Conduct Is ‘Too Subjective’ and ‘Dangerous,’ Experts Say
  15. Merlin Sells All of Its Spotify Shares for an Estimated $125 Million-Plus
  16. Apple Music Passes 50 Million Subscribers, Including Free Trials
  17. Online Ad Targeting Does Work – As Long As It’s Not Creepy
  18. Minnesota Judges Refuse To Unmask Defendants For Copyright Troll Strike 3
  19. Danish ISPs That Teamed Up To Beat Back Copyright Trolls Get Huge Legal Win
  20. Japan’s Largest Cable Provider Pacts With Fullscreen To Launch Local Digital Network
  21. The revamped Google News app is now available on iPhones and iPads
  22. Area Man, Obscure Sidekick Asked to Leave Google Fiber’s Austin Office by the Police
  23. Google Employees Resign in Protest Against Pentagon Contract
  24. A dozen Google employees quit over military drone project
  25. Could Google’s creepy new AI push us to a tipping point?
  26. Brave new world: some legal considerations in using AI and IoT Systems 
  27. Robots Behaving Badly: Legal Responsibility In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence (Andres Guadamuz)
  28. Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite
  29. Can This AI-Powered Baby Translator Help Diagnose Autism?
  30. Stop Using Discriminatory AI, Human Rights Groups Say
  31. All the Rage in Sweden: Embedding Microchips Under Your Skin
  32. The Next Blockchain Revolution? Crypto-Powered Beer Vending Machines
  33. When The Blockchain Skeptic Walked Into The Lions’ Den 
  34. Blockchain Reaction
  35. Blockchain as a Content Distribution Technology: Copyright Issues Abound 
  36. Could Blockchain Disrupt How We Protect Our Intellectual Property? 
  37. FedEx Wants To Track Packages On The Blockchain, So You’ll Know Exactly Who Dropped Your Stuff
  38. Can you trust blockchain?
  39. AI trained to navigate develops brain-like location tracking
  40. Tech Firms Move To Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
  41. What do AI and blockchain mean for the rule of law?
  42. Bing Prohibits Cryptocurrency Advertising
  43. Cryptocurrency has been great for GPU makers—that might change soon
  44. Report: Bitcoin money laundering suspect spared from prison poison plot
  45. Man who claims he created bitcoin committed perjury, lawsuit says
  46. Goldman Sachs Just Launched A New Cryptocurrency
  47. Crypto Is “Taking us Back to the 1830s?” Here’s What That Fed Branch President Means.
  48. Apple Slapped With Class Action Lawsuit Over Faulty MacBook Pro Keyboards
  49. Amazon Prime members to get new discounts at Whole Foods
  50. Twitter will hide more bad tweets in conversations and searches: Another move to reduce abuse
  51. Klout is out—social media mojo-ranking service to shutter 
  52. Who Pays The Most, And Least, In Silicon Valley?
  53. YouTube Defeats Another Remove-and-Relocate Lawsuit–Song Fi v. Google
  54. Cambodian YouTubers In Legal Jeopardy For Skinning, Eating Endangered Animals On Film
  55. Cisco Announces YouTube Ad Boycott, Citing Fear Of A “Brand-Tarnishing Experience”
  56. YouTube Adding Songwriter, Label, And Publisher Credits To All Official And User-Generated Music Videos
  57. Incognito Mode May Soon Bring More Privacy To Users Of YouTube’s Mobile App
  58. YouTube Launches Upgraded Charts
  59. Ahead Of Royal Wedding, Meghan Markle Videos Have Received 94 Million Views On YouTube In 2018
  60. Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $800 Million To Develop YouTube-Length Shows On Netflix-Sized Budgets
  61. As Her Channel Turns 10, Alisha Marie Announces Brief Break Due To Creative Burnout 
  62. YouTube’s new ‘take a break’ notifications are part of Google’s focus on your digital well-being: If YouTube eats up too much of your time, perhaps the notifications will be helpful
  63. Robert Downey Jr. To Bring Series About Artificial Intelligence To YouTube Red
  64. Can we stop technology from amplifying society’s inequalities? Perhaps, if we act now. 
  65. ‘Cobra Kai’: YouTube Red’s ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Outperforms Netflix, Hulu Shows
  66. Netflix To Allocate 85% Of Upcoming Content Spend On Original Series And Films
  67. Formula 1 finally launched its livestream—and it was a total mess
  68. Materially and Substantively Modifying Online Articles Restarts the Clock in NJ Defamation Claims
  69. What does GDPR mean for journalists?: From 25 May 2018, General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, will be enforced by regulators across Europe. 
  70. GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
  71. Companies Respond To The GDPR By Blocking All EU Users
  72. Bittersweet DMCA Safe Harbor Defense Win in Ninth Circuit–Ventura v. Motherless
  73. Venture Beat Reporter Abuses DMCA To Silence A Critic
  74. As Intermediary Liability Is Under Attack, Stanford Releases Updated Tool To Document The State Of Play Globally
  75. A DMCA Section 512(f) Case Survives Dismissal–ISE v. Longarzo
  76. Jails are replacing visits with video calls—inmates and families hate it
  77. The True History Of ‘Yanny’ And ‘Laurel’
  78. The Fundamental Nihilism Of Yanny vs. Laurel

CREATIVITY

  1.  The Man with the Tiger Tattoo
  2. The Ninth Circuit STILL Thinks Keyword Metatags Matter in 2018–Adidas v. Skechers 
  3. When Plaid Goes Bad – Burberry Files Infringement Suit Against Target Over Burberry’s Iconic Plaid Design
  4. What Artists Can Teach Us About Making Technology More Human
  5. Gynecologist Dr. Drai can use name, even if Dr. Dre doesn’t like it, judge says
  6. Rap or Pap? Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Battle With Dr. Drai, A Gynecologist 
  7. For the Love of God, Stop Asking the Black PantherCast to Do the ‘Wakanda Forever’ Salute

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Fair Play for FairPlay?: Bell Presented Its Site Blocking Plan to the CRTC Months Before It Became Public (Michael Geist)
  2. House of Commons Ethics Committee Recommends Rejecting Bell Coalition Website Blocking Plan (Michael Geist)
  3. Not So Fast: Digging into MEI’s Report on the State of Canadian Wireless Services (Michael Geist)
  4. AT&T Continues Fight To Gut FTC Authority Over Broadband Monopolies
  5. AT&T says hiring Trump lawyer was “big mistake,” forces top lobbyist out
  6. AT&T Chief Says It Made a ‘Big Mistake’ Hiring Michael Cohen
  7. Democrats demand answers on AT&T’s $600,000 payment to Trump’s lawyer
  8. AT&T Cans Exec Over Cohen Payment Kerfuffle, Pretends This Kind Of Influence Peddling Isn’t Perfectly Routine
  9. Trump vows to reopen smartphone giant ZTE to save Chinese jobs
  10. Trump eliminates national cyber-coordinator job, gives Bolton keys to the cybers
  11. Senate Votes To Save Net Neutrality, But Hurdles Remain
  12. Senate Approves First Step In Uphill Effort To Restore Net Neutrality
  13. Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal
  14. Net neutrality to die on June 11, as Ajit Pai blasts “special interests”
  15. Senate Will Vote Wednesday To Try And Save Net Neutrality
  16. Defying Republicans, Senate Democrats schedule vote to save net neutrality
  17. This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis Of Net Neutrality
  18. US Senate forces vote to restore net neutrality: If it passes, the vote goes to the House of Representatives, followed by the President’s desk
  19. Net neutrality officially ends June 11: Challenges to the change are unlikely to take forceful effect in time, though reversal remains possible
  20. FCC Boss Celebrates As Net Neutrality Gets An End Date: June 11
  21. Here’s the Name of Every Senator Who Voted Against Net Neutrality—and When to Vote Them Out
  22. Comcast charges $90 install fee at homes that already have Comcast installed
  23. Comcast Still Makes A Killing, Even When You Cut The Cord
  24. T-Mobile Hires Ex-FCC Commissioner To Claim Its Competition-Killing Merger Will Be Really Great For…Farmers
  25. Settlement of Alleged CASL Violations – Messages Sent without Compliant Unsubscribe Mechanism 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Shining A Light On The Encryption Debate: A Canadian Field Guide
  2. Ad Software Dev Doesn’t Like Being Called Out For Privacy Violations ; Sends Threatening Letter To Researchers Who Exposed It
  3. Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP
  4. Critical PGP and S/MIME bugs can reveal encrypted emails – uninstall now
  5. It has been a bad week for encrypted messaging and it’s only Wednesday
  6. Encrypted Email Has A Major, Divisive Flaw
  7. Ex-CIA employee ID’d but not charged in Vault 7 leak of hacking tools
  8. Georgia Governor Vetoes Terrible Cybersecurity Law That Would Have Criminalized Security Research
  9. “Like stealing candy from a baby,” arrested teen says of his phishing efforts
  10. The LAPD’s Terrifying Palantir-Powered Policing Algorithm Was Just Uncovered and Yes It’s Basically ‘Minority Report’
  11. How a “location API” allows cops to figure out where we all are in real time
  12. Company used by police, prisons to find any mobile device breached (again)
  13. Prison Phone Monopoly Securus Under Fire Again, This Time For Doling Out Everybody’s Private Phone Location Data
  14. Forget scanning license plates; cops will soon ID you via your roof rack
  15. Malicious Chrome extensions infect 100,000-plus users, again
  16. Inside The Takedown Of A Notorious Malware Clearinghouse

Jon

News of the Week; May 9, 2018

GAMES

  1. Gamevice v Nintendo – Let’s try this again, at the ITC: Certain Portable Gaming Console Systems with Attachable Handheld Controllers and Components Thereof – International Trade Commission, Inv. No. 337-TA-1111 -and- Gamevice, Inc. v. Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  2. NBA 2K Tattoo Copyright Dispute Blocked
  3. Man sentenced to prison over 2010 World of Warcraft DDoS attack
  4. Don’t Miss: How a band of modders restored Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
  5. Free-to-play game Loadout ending service in wake of GDPR regulation
  6. GDPR spells closure for free-to-play shooter Loadout: Developer says new regulations are a “major burden” for small studios doing business in EU
  7. Gaming Industry And Game Consumers On A Collision Course Over Loot Boxes
  8. EA will continue to use loot boxes that are ‘transparent, fun, and fair’
  9. EA adamant loot boxes aren’t gambling: Publisher pushes back after Belgian Gaming Commission finds fault with FIFA 18, talks game-streaming plans and Fortnite/PUBG phenomenon
  10. EA experiences growth in revenue from digital downloads and live services
  11. EA celebrates a record year, forecasts another: Full game downloads and physical game sales drop as booming live services now make up 40% of publisher’s income
  12. EA: ‘Innovators’ like Fortnite can benefit the entire games industry
  13. Madden NFL creative director Rex Dickson departs EA
  14. Madden NFL could go in “new direction” following departure of creative director: Rex Dickson leaves EA after 12 years with publisher
  15. Vulcan debuts new Holodome shared immersive reality platform
  16. Analyst: Mobile to make up over half of worldwide game revenue in 2018
  17. An in-depth breakdown of how mobile game media coverage fared in 2016
  18. New Nintendo president targets ¥100bn mobile business: Incoming chief Shuntaro Furukawa believes a Pokémon Go-style hit will transform the platform holder’s fortunes on smart devices
  19. Mobile Now Makes Up Majority Of Gaming Sales And Nintendo’s New President Wants To Get The Company On Board
  20. Switch online service will introduce cloud saves and NES multiplayer
  21. Nintendo courts families with Switch Online service: Eight-person membership available, alongside cloud saves and free NES games
  22. Nintendo says Switch won’t get Virtual Console classic game downloads
  23. Virtual Console Is Not Coming To Switch, Nintendo Says
  24. Nintendo drops Virtual Console model in favor of subscriptions: Focus turns to the Nintendo Switch Online service for future monetization of classic games
  25. Nintendo introduces Switch cloud saves as part of paid online subscription
  26. Nintendo starts moving to a Wii-like “non-gamer” strategy for the Switch
  27. Push the button: Steam now supports the Switch Pro Controller
  28. Hackers find “official,” usable PSP emulator hidden in PS4’s PaRappa
  29. PS4 expands its sales lead, now 71% of “two-console” market with Xbox One
  30. Future Minecraft updates won’t come to last-gen consoles
  31. Top 25 companies made up 77% of global games market in 2017 – Newzoo: Market intelligence firm points to industry consolidation as largest companies solidify positions
  32. Supercell: Meet the industry’s “least powerful CEO”: Ilkka Paananen on the value of leaving power in the hands of developers, and Supercell’s ambition to create a “truly global” mobile hit
  33. Google Play Instant leaves closed beta, now open to all developers
  34. Report: Google has quietly opened a new game studio called Arcade
  35. Google confirms new social gaming startup: Arcade is an “experiment” that will reportedly release its first game this summer
  36. Chrome update auto-mutes audio on many web-based games
  37. Google breaks HTML5 games with latest Chrome update: Efforts to mute autoplay video ads have unexpectedly affected browser-based web games
  38. Google slams “for-profit bail-bond providers,” won’t let them advertise
  39. God of War sold 3.1M copies in three days
  40. God of War tops 3.1 million sold in three days: Sony says PS4-exclusive game is the fastest-selling first-party game on the system to date
  41. Sony updates warranty terms following FTC warning 
  42. FTC Calls Out Nintendo, Microsoft, And Sony For Their Illegal ‘Warranty Void If Removed’ Stickers
  43. Capcom sees improved profits from sales of Monster Hunter: World
  44. Monster Hunter: World drives Capcom’s most profitable year ever – Fantasy action game has now sold 7.9 million units, offsetting “worsened conditions” in amusement market
  45. Xbox One sales up by 15% for 2018: Record-setting start to the year for platform holder
  46. The Kinect lives on through Microsoft’s new project for Azure
  47. Twitch tries ‘Bounty Board’ approach to setting streamers up for sponsored streams
  48. Zynga posts $5.6m profit last quarter after predicting $9.5m loss: Meanwhile, company founder Mark Pincus reduces personal voting power from 70 per cent to ten per cent
  49. The Curious Case Of The Fortnite Cheater: Is it illegal to cheat in a video game?
  50. Fortnite pulls in fives times more revenue than PUBG on iOS: First week of monetisation for PUBG Mobile sees combined platform revenue reach only one third of Epic Games’ offering
  51. Why do mobile games get a ‘free’ pass?: The mainstream media launches attacks on Fortnite’s business model, but ignores more egregious behaviour in mobile – does this reflect a bias?
  52. Activision Blizzard sees new Q1 records, though share prices still falter
  53. Activision shows PC some love, plans “significant” resources for Call of Duty
  54. Activision is feeling the heat from battle royale titles 
  55. Activision Blizzard jumping on battle royale bandwagon: Executives say Fortnite and PUBG have expanded the industry; publisher is “very quick to figure out how to capture inspiration from innovation”
  56. Battlegrounds item trading shut down due to marketplace abuse
  57. Fortnite Is Getting An Avengers: Infinity War Crossover
  58. “The reason we’re killing ourselves isn’t because we love what we’re doing”: Night in the Woods’ Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry discuss unionizing in games and what to do about indie devs crunching themselves
  59. Why the Campo Santo team hung up their indie spurs and joined Valve
  60. Tequila Works’ Raul Rubio on the dangers of building on stereotypes: “If you look at games made in Spain, you will notice a shocking lack of bullfighters”
  61. DDoS attack against Blizzard lands Romanian man in US federal prison: Calin Mateias extradited to face charges over 2010 cyber attack
  62. Pink Mercy skin comes to Overwatch, all proceeds go to charity
  63. Blizzard to donate more than $250,000 to Breast Cancer Research Foundation: Overwatch’s Pink Mercy charity skin will drive fundraising, alongside livestreams and more merchandise
  64. ‘Overwatch’ Esports League Launches Social VR Experiences With Sansar
  65. UK Charts: God of War beats Donkey Kong to No.1: Nintendo Labo slips down the charts in a quiet week for games retail
  66. Chinese games market expected to reach $42bn revenue by 2022: Increase in number of female users puts China on path to 720 million gamers
  67. Activision Blizzard posts record Q1 – Call of Duty: WWII helps drive Activision business even as engagement metrics drop for King and Blizzard
  68. Activision share price wounded following “extraordinary error” by Dow Jones: Confusion overshadowed record Q1 revenue for publisher; stock value down 2.3 per cent by market close
  69. PUBG most downloaded mobile game last quarter, but revenue flags: Sensor Tower Data Digest: Mobile game downloads up to 2.4 billion on iOS and 7.23 billion on Android
  70. Google’s ARCore 1.2 enables multiplayer AR across Android and iOS
  71. Ninja Hits 10 Million YouTube Subscribers, Gaining 3 Million Subs Over The Past Month
  72. Hi-Rez Studios announces new esports production company: Studio co-founder and COO to head up Skillshot Media as president
  73. Digi-Capital: Combined Asian markets could deliver over half of AR/VR revenue by 2022: “Western companies might need to adopt a ‘we try harder’ approach to compete at the same level,” says investment bank
  74. Oculus Go to ship 1.8 million this year – Superdata: Market intelligence firm expects new stand-alone offering to lead all premium headsets in shipments this year, downgrades overall VR projections
  75. Oculus: “We don’t want exclusivity. We want VR to thrive” – At Reboot Develop, Oculus’ Matt Conte urged developers to make the most of a small market by shipping on every VR platform possible
  76. Facebook changes an Oculus division’s name, invents term “Facebook Reality”
  77. ‘I AM A MAN’ Puts You At The Heart Of The Civil Rights Struggle, Now Available On Rift
  78. Square Enix reports decreased sales, increased profits: Dragon Quest XI publisher only takes a 2.5% hit to revenues despite 32% dip in software unit sales
  79. Rising revenues in US and Europe drive profits for Bandai Namco
  80. Bandai Namco sees game sales up 14%: Company’s full-year results show strong gains in revenues, units sold over previous year
  81. Inside Bandai Namco’s Innovation Department: Why the Pac-Man publisher is turning to Alexa and other emerging technologies
  82. Tencent partners with UK government’s cultural and creative industries
  83. Harmonix denies association with Columbus Nova
  84. Steam reviews study suggests ‘bad design,’ not bugs, irks players most
  85. Players less concerned by bugs than bad game design, study finds: Study of over 10 million Steam user reviews unearths valuable data for developers
  86. New Steam Link app allows players to stream Steam games to mobile
  87. Valve will soon let you stream Steam games to phones and tablets
  88. Using Steam reviews to estimate sales: A game dev guide
  89. Early Access effort Conan Exiles surpassed 1M sales ahead of launch
  90. Analyzing the financial impact of 2 years spent on Early Access
  91. Blog: A marketing perspective on trademarking
  92. Game streaming service Utomik has officially launched
  93. Jagex shutting down online game portal FunOrb after ten years: Advancements in technology have made it “increasingly difficult to access and play the games”
  94. Artificial Intelligence Is Making Video Game Levels So Good That Even Other AI Thinks They’re Man-Made
  95. Why pseudo-localization is essential 
  96. In blocking autoplay videos, Chrome is breaking many Web-based games
  97. Attentat 1942 wins a top honor at A MAZE Berlin, remains banned in Germany
  98. Episode, Old Man’s Journey, and Empires & Puzzles win at 2018 Google Play Awards
  99. Empires and Puzzles wins Best Breakthrough Hit at Google Play Awards: Best Android apps and games announced at award ceremony ahead of Google I/O 2018
  100. Shadow of the Tomb Raider and the risk of making an introspective AAA game
  101. Spacewar!, Tomb Raider, and others join World Video Game Hall of Fame
  102. Devs share personal touches they’ve hidden in games
  103. Republican politician and lobbyist runs for election in EVE Online: “Maybe 20 years ago this would be weird, but given how mainstream gaming has become…how can anyone say ‘You’re throwing your life away playing these games?'”
  104. Blog: 10 negotiation tips from a video game lawyer (Pete Lewin)

DIGITAL

  1. New Québec “Netflix / Amazon Tax” Will Affect Non-Canadian Businesses 
  2. Report: Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies
  3. As Iran Joins Russia’s Block On Telegram, The Echoes Of The Arab Spring Begin To Sound
  4. House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
  5. Facebook security analyst is fired for using private data to stalk women
  6. Facebook’s New Focus On ‘Community’ Might Actually Depress You
  7. German Politician Decries Censorship, Follows It Up By Suing Facebook To Have A Critical Comment Deleted
  8. Irish Judge Slaps Down Facebook’s Attempt To Halt EU’s Top Court Examining The Legality Of Sending Personal Data To US
  9. UN Celebrates World Press Freedom Day By Suppressing Presentation Of Turkey Suppressing Press
  10. Artificial intelligence will sharpen the East-West divide
  11. Four days at the wild, AI-filled Collision Conference—before it bails for Canada
  12. DeepMind has trained an AI to unlock the mysteries of your brain: While it seems like second nature, what goes on in your brain when you navigate between two places is surprisingly complex.
  13. Ars ex machina: artificial intelligence, the artist
  14. Microsoft continues its quest to bring machine learning to every application
  15. With Timeline and Your Phone, Microsoft makes a PC the phone’s second screen
  16. Sorry Elon Musk, there’s no clear evidence Autopilot saves lives
  17. Elon Musk hung up on NTSB chief during call about Tesla crash probe
  18. Report: Software bug led to death in Uber’s self-driving crash
  19. Ai Isn’t A Crystal Ball, But It Might Be A Mirror
  20. Everyone Is Flipping Out About Google’s AI Assistant That Just Booked A Haircut On The Phone
  21. How Google’s Eerie Robot Phone Calls Hint At Ai’s Future
  22. Google’s ML Kit offers easy machine learning APIs for Android and iOS
  23. The Price Of Google’s New Conveniences? Your Data
  24. Android Things 1.0 launches, Google promises 3 years of updates for every device 
  25. Google And The Rise Of ‘Digital Well-Being’
  26. The Research Behind Google’s New Tools For Digital Well-Being
  27. Google News gets Material Design look, better personalization with AI
  28. Google releases open source framework for building “enclaved” apps for cloud
  29. Google Maps unveils its first-ever augmented reality interface                     
  30. Microsoft Charts Its Own Path On Artificial Intelligence
  31. Apple reportedly removing apps that share location data with third parties
  32. Signal’s “disappearing messages” live on in macOS notifications
  33. Want To Prove Your Business Is Fair? Audit Your Algorithm
  34. Section 230 Doesn’t Provide a Basis To Remove Cases to Federal Court–A.R.K. v. Grindr
  35. Airbnb, Homeaway, And The Importance Of Holding The Line On Section 230 
  36. Another Convicted Fraudster Attempts To Manage His Reputation With Bogus DMCA Takedown Notices
  37. GoDaddy has shut down Richard Spencer’s white supremacist site
  38. Nigerian Email Scammers Are More Effective Than Ever
  39. Reserve Bank of India reins in cryptocurrency
  40. Hundreds of big-name sites hacked, converted into drive-by currency miners
  41. YouTubers Are Mad Again After YouTube Deletes Videos With Paid Promos for Academic Cheating
  42. Over a 5th of the world’s population is logging in to YouTube—despite scandals
  43. More Than 250 Creators Get Into Hot Water For Promoting Academic Essay-Writing Service EduBirdie 
  44. YouTube Removes Hundreds Of Videos To Quash Advertisements From “Academic Aid” EduBirdie 
  45. YouTube Announces New Ad-Supported Originals From Stars Like Will Smith, Priyanka Chopra
  46. YouTube TV Enters Streaming Pact With Third Major League Soccer Club
  47. Amid Growth To 1.8 Billion Logged-In Users, YouTube CEO Vows To Remain “On The Right Side Of History”
  48. Google News And New VR180 Camera App To Add YouTube Integrations
  49. Google News to be revamped, incorporate YouTube videos and magazines
  50. YouTube investing $5 million on 47 creators trying to make platform more positive: Creators for Change program looks to tell stories about important topics
  51. YouTube and Vevo have struck a new ad deal
  52. Did YouTube Phenomenon Poppy Steal Her Style From Another Star?
  53. Philip DeFranco Launches Interactive Website And App Dubbed ‘DeFranco Now’ In Partnership With Snakt
  54. Lele Pons Drops Debut Music Video, Clocking 10 Million Views In 4 Days
  55. Patreon Has Paid Out $350 Million To Creators Since Its Founding 5 Years Ago
  56. Racing needs new fans—and paywalls and geoblocking aren’t helping
  57. The Media’s Paywall Obsession Will End In Disaster For Most
  58. Snapchat, Despite Redesign Woes, Keeps Adding Media Partners – Including Disney’s ‘Star Wars’
  59. Spotify Ends First Quarter as a Public Company With 75 Million Paying Subscribers
  60. Instragram, In Continued Quest For Social Video Domination, Will Launch Video Chat
  61. Digital Media Company Popsugar Lays Off 19 Amid Financial Struggles 
  62. Hulu Hits 20 Million Subscribers, Picks Up ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ For Third Season
  63. Hulu will soon offer offline viewing and episode downloads
  64. Following Facebook, Verizon Quietly Backs Off Opposition To Modest California Privacy Rules
  65. Facebook Canada’s Hard Questions Series Turns to Privacy (Michael Geist)
  66. $2-Billion Class Action Commenced Against Facebook
  67. An Overview of Facebook’s Election-Related Disclosure Program for Advertisers
  68. Facebook to release “clear history” tool
  69. Facebook Dating Looks A Whole Lot Like Hinge
  70. Why Facebook Won’t Put Ads on Its Dating App
  71. Facebook Adds New Live Stream Tools, One Like Twitch Co-Streams 
  72. What’s The Deal With Facebook And The Blockchain? 
  73. Facebook Wants To Explore Blockchain Technology. Here’s What They Might Be Up To.
  74. The Second Coming Of Vine Is On Indefinite Hold
  75. V2, The Planned Successor To Vine, Postponed Indefinitely Due To “Financial Hurdles”
  76. How Collab Built A Digital Talent Network And Rights Management Powerhouse Six Seconds At A Time
  77. ESPN To Launch Daily Edition Of ‘SportsCenter’ On Redesigned Mobile App
  78. Conan O’Brien’s TBS Show Trimmed To 30-Minute Episodes Amid Digital Pivot
  79. What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes
  80. CLOUD Act – clever acronym or real certainty for Cloud Service providers?
  81. A short primer on applicable US eSignature laws
  82. EU Commission Asks Public To Weigh In On Survey About Just How Much They Want The Internet To Be Censored
  83. The Sinar Project shines light on Malaysian Internet Censorship
  84. The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age – The 2018 Mitchell Lecture (Jack Balkin)

CREATIVITY

  1. The fake news Russians hear at home
  2. Then they came for Peppa Pig
  3. Malaysian ‘Fake News’ Law Claims Its First Victim 
  4. Maybe InfoWars defense will be – “Hey nobody believe us anyway”
  5. First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Encouraging Readers to Make Anti-Semitic Attacks–Gersh v. Daily Stormer
  6. Monkey See, Monkey Do: Ninth Circuit Declines to Go Bananas over “Monkey Selfie” Copyrights
  7. ‘Monkey Selfie’ Film in the Works at Conde Nast  
  8. Olivia de Havilland Looks to Revive ‘Feud’ Defamation Suit
  9. Duke Administrator Gets Baristas Fired For Listening To Rap Music 
  10. Dispute over rap song leads to protest at Duke and apology from coffee shop owner
  11. Nike, Great Protectors Of IP, Found To Be Infringing On Copyright And Refusing To Pay After Software Audit
  12. Raging Bull and Fearless Girl – moral rights in copyright
  13. New Report Shines Much-Needed Light On Shadow Libraries Around The World
  14. Romance Novelist Secures Trademark For Word ‘Cocky,’ Begins Beating Other Novelists Over The Head With It
  15. Springer Nature Opens Up on Educational Publishing: “E-Piracy” Sites Do Not Replace Traditional Subscription Services, Business Risks Primarily Stem from Marketplace Changes (Michael Geist)
  16. Canadian Publisher on the Term of Copyright: Life Plus 50 Years is “Already Too Long” (Michael Geist)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. World’s Worst Wireless Pricing?: Report Finds Canadian Wireless Broadband Pricing Offers Least Bang for the Buck in Developed World (Michael Geist)
  2. Why one man’s victory against Bell won’t resolve telecom’s customer-service problems
  3. Bell Backroom Pressure: Internal Documents Reveal How a Brock University Executive Came to Provide Support for Website Blocking (Michael Geist)
  4. Text “Y” to confirm your subscription! Companies agree to $100,000 payment for alleged CASL violations
  5. AT&T Stumbles As It Tries To Explain Why It Paid $200K To Cohen’s Shady Shell Company
  6. AT&T’s Estimated Payment to Trump’s Lawyer Rises to $600,000 as Investigations Ramp Up
  7. AT&T explains why it blocked Cloudflare DNS: It was just an accident
  8. AT&T/Verizon lobby asks FCC to help raise prices on smaller ISPs
  9. AT&T will ask Supreme Court to cripple the FTC’s authority over broadband
  10. The Sprint And T-Mobile Merger Will Test The Department Of Justice’s Mettle
  11. Sprint announces highest profit ever after saying it needs T-Mobile merger
  12. T-Mobile pays ex-FCC commissioner to lobby for Sprint merger
  13. T-Mobile CEO Hallucinates Competitors In Bid To Sell Competition-Killing Sprint Merger
  14. Comcast preparing hostile bid for Fox properties—and control of Hulu 
  15. Your Favorite Websites Are Rallying In A Last-Ditch Effort To Save Net Neutrality
  16. Senate will vote to kill or keep net neutrality rules by June 12
  17. Facebook Quietly Backs Away From Its Net Neutrality Killing ‘Free Basics’ Program Overseas
  18. Cord Cutting Is The Obvious Result Of A 70% Spike In Cable TV Prices Since 2000

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1.  Once more unto the breach: Canada’s PIPEDA breach notification and reporting regulations in force November 1, 2018
  2. Police Drop Charges Filed Against 19-Year-Old Who Downloaded Public Documents From Gov’t FOI Portal
  3. Oakland passes “strongest” surveillance oversight law in US: “They are even being exploited by the federal government to fuel mass deportations.”
  4. Oakland Residents Now Protected By The ‘Strongest’ Surveillance Oversight Law ‘In The Country’
  5. Georgia governor vetoes cyber bill that would criminalize “unauthorized access”
  6. Facial Recognition Tech Is Creepy When It Works  – And Creepier When It Doesn’t
  7. UK police say 92% false positive facial recognition is no big deal 
  8. Not Ready For Prime Time: UK Law Enforcement Facial Recognition Software Producing Tons Of False Positives  
  9. Privacy Group Files Legal Complaint Over UK Law Enforcement’s Warrantless Phone Searches
  10. You Can’t Opt Out Of Sharing Your Data, Even If You Didn’t Opt In
  11. Equifax breach exposed millions of driver’s licenses, phone numbers, emails
  12. FTC settles with cellphone manufacturer over data security issues 
  13. We Don’t Need a National Data Center of the Poor: The many, many ways the food-stamp database proposed by House Republicans could go wrong. 
  14. Change Your Twitter Password Right Now
  15. Twitter alerts users: Please change your passwords, we’ve seen them
  16. Yahoo Fined $35 Million for Failing to Report Data Breach
  17. Welsh Police Used Face Scanning Software That Incorrectly Flagged Thousands
  18. Virginia Supreme Court Says License Plate Readers Collect Personal Data; Suggests Use Violates State Law
  19. Smart Doorbells That Call The Police Are Going to Endanger Some Innocent People

Jon

News of the Week; May 2, 2018

GAMES

  1. Chinese police arrest 15 ‘major’ Battlegrounds cheat suspects
  2. Daybreak Games denies reported links to sanctioned Russian oligarch
  3. Epic Games continues pursuing lawsuit against 14-year-old Fortnite player: Parent’s move to dismiss the case met with resistance from Fortnite developer
  4. Epic Decides To Double Down On Copyright For Cheating Lawsuit Against 14 Year Old By Taking On Mom
  5. Fortnite earned $223 million in March – Superdata: Research firm calls Epic Games survival shooter “the largest free-to-play console game of all time” in revenue generated and monthly users
  6. Mobile gaming cements its dominance, takes majority of worldwide sales
  7. Nintendo reports jump in profits as Switch tops 15M sales
  8. Lifetime Switch sales have surpassed 17M units
  9. Switch is selling well, but Nintendo thinks it can sell even better
  10. Nintendo hasn’t achieved ‘satisfactory profit’ on mobile
  11. Nintendo credits its mobile push for rise in Switch sales in Asia, Middle East
  12. Nintendo’s new president wants to turn mobile into $900M business
  13. With new leadership incoming, Nintendo aims to keep collaboration front and center
  14. As Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze comes to Switch, it disappears from Wii U eShop
  15. Nintendo under investigation for patent infringement over Switch design
  16. Nintendo Switch targeted by Gamevice patent lawsuit (again): Wikipad manufacturer attempting to block console sales in the US over detachable controller dispute
  17. U.S. agency to probe Nintendo systems after rival’s complaint
  18. US will consider blocking imports of Nintendo Switch: The International Trade Commission is investigating Nintendo.
  19. Nintendo Switch drives staggering 500 percent profit jump
  20. Nintendo profits spike as Switch approaches 18m sales: Mario Odyssey breaks 10m sales barrier
  21. Nintendo still has plans for the 3DS through ‘2019 and beyond’
  22. Nintendo bringing new IP exclusively to mobile: Platform holder acquires five per cent stake in development partner Cygames
  23. Nintendo yet to achieve “satisfactory” profit on mobile says company president: Games continue to perform well, but still fall below Nintendo’s expectations
  24. Nintendo partners with Japanese dev Cygames on new mobile title
  25. Breath of the Wild is now the best-selling Zelda game to date
  26. Nintendo shifting away from individual leadership: Incoming president Shuntaro Furukawa to continue a trend moving away from the style of long-time leader Hiroshi Yamauchi
  27. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft among those warned by FTC – Report: Federal Trade Commission gave console makers, HTC, ASUS, and Hyundai 30 days to correct illegal warranty practices
  28. Norwegian customer watchdog calls out Nintendo, Sony, EA and Valve
  29. Nintendo, Valve, Sony, and EA reported in Norway for breaching European consumer law: Digital games “do not exist in a lawless vacuum” says Norwegian Consumer Council director of digital services
  30. PS4 software fueling growth at Sony as hardware stalls
  31. With the PlayStation 4 at 73M sold, Sony braces for sales to slow
  32. Sony brings PS2 titles to PS Now streaming service
  33. PUBG Corp. says 15 hackers arrested, fined $5.1 million: Some PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds cheat programs were said to contain viruses to scan users’ PCs, steal information
  34. Lohan Loses (Yet Another) Publicity Rights Suit
  35. Self-regulate loot box mechanisms – while you still can: As European states begin ruling against loot boxes, this is the industry’s last chance to prove it can be trusted to regulate itself
  36. Self-regulating loot boxes is harder than it sounds: Supposing publishers even want to rein in the monetization scheme driving their bottom lines, how are they supposed to go about doing that?
  37. USA: New Loot Box Bill Introduced…Again
  38. Loot Box Saga Continues 
  39. Despite backlash, loot boxes could be essential to gaming’s future: Analysis sees loot box spending ballooning 62 percent, to $47 billion, by 2022.
  40. Loot boxes expected to drive games market to $160 billion by 2022: Juniper Research also predicts Switch-driven console revival, with revenues to reach $33.2 in four years
  41. Tencent to publish Freejam’s Robocraft in China: Deal announced one week after UK studio pledged to remove all loot boxes from the game
  42. WarpPortal blocks access to game catalogue in Europe: Ragnarok Online and more will be restricted from May 25 – the date that GDPR takes effect
  43. Blizzard now selling community-made maps for StarCraft II: Revenue spilt “favours content creators” says StarCraft II production director
  44. Global games market to hit $137.9 billion this year – Newzoo: Market intelligence firm expects industry revenues to be just over 50% mobile, 25% console, 24% PC
  45. What separates China and the West in mobile?: GameRefinery compares the traits of the top 100 grossing mobile games in China and America, including one feature found in 29% of top Chinese games completely absent in the US
  46. PlayStation 4 sales pass 75m in another strong year for Sony: Software sales and PS Plus subs were both up, but Sony is preparing for hardware decline in the coming year
  47. Xbox earnings on the rise thanks to third-party games and services
  48. Third-party sales boosted Microsoft Gaming revenue in Q3: Gaming revenue was up 18%, Xbox Live users up 13% to 59 million
  49. Starting in June, Xbox live rewards will transition to Microsoft rewards
  50. Microsoft shuts down popular Halo mod ElDewrito: Streamers attract tech giant’s ire as multiple DMCA takedowns issued
  51. Bungie will finally release Destiny companion album Music of the Spheres
  52. “If anybody is going to pick a fight with Steam or create an alternative, the time is now”: At Reboot Develop, Rami Ismail and Robin Hunicke argued that existing digital platforms are not doing enough to represent the diversity and artistry of developers
  53. SteamSpy creator develops new algorithm to keep service alive: “It’s still possible that Valve will make another move to shutdown the service, but until that happens, SteamSpy will continue to operate,” says Galyonkin
  54. Steam Spy isn’t dead, but it’s not back at 100% yet either
  55. An era of “triple-I” development is almost here: Ninja Theory, Frostkeep Studios and Private Division discuss a coming wave of games that combine indie creativity with triple-A production values
  56. Frostpunk has surpassed 250K sales in 66 hours
  57. PC Building Simulator sells 100,000 copies in a month: The Irregular Corporation’s latest release had a strong opening month in Early Access
  58. Sumo Digital transformed £52.2m debt into £12.4m cash balance in 2017: Crackdown 3 developer buoyant in first financial results following last year’s IPO
  59. Techland picks up Call of Juarez publishing rights from Ubisoft
  60. Call of Juarez publishing rights return to Techland following Ubisoft partnership – Critically acclaimed Call of Juarez: Gunslinger reappears on Steam after being delisted last month
  61. How to stop big publishers breaking your business: During this year’s Reboot Develop, Ninja Theory’s Nina Kristensen detailed the rights studios should fight for
  62. The anti-Brexit game turning controversy into opportunity
  63. Snapchat launches “Snappables” series of AR games: Snap Inc commits to releasing new mini-games on a weekly basis
  64. FC Bayern Munich Joins Esports World With NBA 2K Team
  65. The Highs And Lows From Day One Of The NBA 2K League
  66. Your One-Stop Interactive Guide To The NBA 2K League
  67. How Esports Leagues Model Traditional Sports To Build Stability, Thwart Competition
  68. The Growth Of Esports Minor Leagues
  69. Imagine Dragons invest in esports agency RektGlobal and Team Rogue: Members from award-winning band joined by music producer Steve Aoki in ownership of esports team
  70. Don’t Miss: How Blizzard designed StarCraft II with esports in mind
  71. The Doomy Gloomy Revival Of Old-School First-Person Shooters
  72. Super Monday Night Combat shutting down due to new data protection regs
  73. GDPR prompts Super Monday Night Combat shutdown: Developer Uber Entertainment says cost of rewriting back-end too high to warrant compliance
  74. Implementing The Eu General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): An Overview For Digital Entertainment Businesses
  75. The ESA hits a low point – 10 Years Ago This Month: Self-regulation helps fend off threatened legislation, but mismanagement of E3 has members jumping ship
  76. In-app purchases now available on Facebook’s instant games platform
  77. Facebook rolls out in-app purchases to Instant Games platform: IAP currently available on Android and Facebook.com
  78. Facebook Needs To Stop Bad VR Apps Before They Start
  79. Oculus Reveals 140 Degree VR Headset Prototype with Varifocal Displays
  80. Oculus Go standalone headset launches at $199: Oculus VR promises “the best optics of any VR system we’ve built” from new standalone hardware
  81. Analyst: How education, age, and even degree levels can affect video game spending
  82. The Heartbeat Symposium: Exploring love, sex, and intimacy in games
  83. Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design
  84. Blog: Developing games in non-developed territories – Part 1
  85. Flashpoint is archiving Flash games before they disappear forever
  86. Blog: Looking back at the trailblazing Atari RPG,Dragonstomper
  87. Blog: Why Atari’s infamous E.T. tie-in isn’t half bad

DIGITAL

  1. Equustek again: BC Supreme Court upholds injuction despite US refusal to enforce
  2. Google worldwide injunction will not change
  3. Foreign Broadcaster Infringed US Copyright Through Online Streaming
  4. Man Fined $60,000 For Streaming Live Sports Illegally
  5. Another Court Says Competitive Keyword Advertising Doesn’t Cause Confusion
  6. Iranian activist awarded defamation damages after anonymous web harassment
  7. Iran blocks Telegram, pushes replacement with “Death to America” emoji
  8. FOSTA/SESTA Was Passed Based On Made Up Stats About Sex Trafficking
  9. Germany’s Supreme Court Confirms That Adblocking Is Legal, In Sixth Consecutive Defeat For Publishers
  10. Firefox will show sponsored content that’s personalized but private: Sponsored content will use technology from Pocket, which Mozilla acquired last year.
  11. Pornography Dispute Sheds Light on DMCA Safe Harbor Defense
  12. Recapping a Year’s Worth of Section 230 Cases That Got Stuck in My Blogging Queue
  13. Federal Circuit overturns fair use ruling in Oracle v Google
  14. Insights: Alert Google’s Use of Oracle’s APIs Not Fair Use Under U.S. Copyright Law
  15. FTC Obtains Court Order Banning Marketer from Negative-Option Sales
  16. France seizes France.com from man who’s had it since ‘94, so he sues
  17. Facebook begins asking if every post you see is hate speech
  18. Mark Zuckerberg Says It Will Take 3 Years To Fix Facebook
  19. Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook Dating
  20. After data “clash” report, WhatsApp founder says he’s leaving Facebook
  21. Hollywood Front Groups Decide To Kick Facebook While It’s Down, Advocate For More Internet Regulations
  22. Facebook building a “simple way to clear your cookies and history”
  23. Cambridge Analytica shuts down after Facebook user data scandal
  24. Cambridge Analytica shutting down, says it’s been ‘vilified’ in Facebook scandal: Investigations continue into firm at centre of Facebook privacy scandal
  25. Facebook Launches A New Ad Campaign With An Old Message
  26. Facebook’s New ‘Dating’ Feature Could Crush Apps Like Tinder
  27. Private Facebook Posts Could Be Fair Game For Discovery
  28. Facebook And Google Finally Take First Steps On Road To Transparency About Content Moderation
  29. Facebook Ranking News Sources By Trust Is A Bad Idea… But No One At Facebook Will Read Our Untrustworthy Analysis
  30. Health Secretary calls for social media giants to stop “turning a blind eye”
  31. New York Enhances Disclosure of Online Political Ads and Requires Online Platforms to Create Archives
  32. CGI ‘Influencers’ Like Lil Miquela Are About To Flood Your Feeds
  33. Could Artificial Intelligence Predict The Next Avengers: Infinity War?
  34. Discrimination through artificial intelligence banned
  35. USPTO Suggests That AI Algorithms Are Patentable, Leading To A Whole Host Of IP And Ethics Questions 
  36. Don’t Be Surprised if the iPhone X Goes Away
  37. Apple exits Wi-Fi game, AirPort routers discontinued after stock sells out 
  38. Why Snap Needs Its Spectacles 
  39. Snap Launches Second Edition Of Spectacles With New Colors, Water-Resistance, Quicker App Transfer
  40. Snapchat To Follow YouTube With Unskippable, Six-Second Ads
  41. YouTube May Bring An Abbreviated Version Of Its Content ID Copyright Tool To The Masses
  42. YouTube Is Becoming One Of Fox News’ Favorite Talking Points
  43. Logan Paul Ceases Daily Vlog To “Exercise His Creativity In Different Ways”
  44. YouTube Invites Advertisers To Target TV Viewers, Will Add YouTube TV To Google Preferred Lineup
  45. YouTube Exec Says Three-Month-Old Brand Safety Measures Have Been “99% Effective”
  46. Pandora Learns The Cost Of Ads, And Of Subscriptions
  47. Twitter is promoting more news links in your timeline 
  48. Twitter’s Niche Moves Into Non-Branded Content With Josh Peck, Miel Bredouw, More
  49. Twitter To Double Video Output In 2018, Including Pacts With NBCUniversal, Disney, Viacom 
  50. Actress-Influencer Bella Thorne Gets $65,000 Per Instagram Post, Says Social Media Paid For Her House
  51. Comedy Central’s New Web Series Is “A ‘Daily Show’ For The Internet”
  52. Amazon blocks domain fronting, threatens to shut down Signal’s account 
  53. After Strong First Quarter, Amazon Raises Price Of Prime By $20 Per Year
  54. Amazon will raise the price of Prime by $20 in a few weeks
  55. Amazon to open new Vancouver office, create 3,000 jobs
  56. NFL Renews Thursday Night Football Streaming On Amazon Prime Video
  57. 11 NFL Games Will Stream Live On Twitch This Fall
  58. Hulu passes 20 million US subscribers, says offline downloads are coming
  59. Conde Nast Entertainment Is Launching Individual OTT Channels For Brands Like Wired
  60. Creators For Good: Ricky Dillon Asks Teens To #BeMore In Building A Kind, Inclusive World
  61. Companies Are Cashing In On Reality TV For Tots
  62. A Short History Of Blaming ‘Hackers’ For Pretty Much Everything
  63. New court ruling could force Uber, Lyft to convert drivers to employees: California Supreme Court: It’ll be tougher for firms to not have bona fide employees.
  64. Disney’s New Food Video Brand Partners With The Tastemade Network To Get Cooking
  65. How Microsoft Convinced Clueless Judges To Send A Man To Jail For Copying Software It Gives Out For Free 
  66. Why the man who tried to sell Windows recovery discs will go to prison: Eric Lundgren paid a company in China to print thousands of Dell-branded recovery CDs.
  67. Microsoft Defends Putting A Computer Recycler In Jail With Misleading Statement
  68. iTunes is finally in the Microsoft Store
  69. Even Windows revenue is up in Microsoft’s $26.8 billion 3Q18 
  70. IPO’s consultation on domestic enforcement of the EU Portability Regulation
  71. Understanding the Regulatory Concerns of Cryptocurrency Exchange Registration 
  72. Is Bitcoin a Security? Definitely Maybe
  73. Section 17(b) of the Securities Act in Crowdfunding and Token Sales
  74. I Spent a Weekend With Cyborgs, and Now I Have an RFID Implant I Have No Idea What to Do With
  75. Canadian Government Provides Details of First Ever National IP Strategy
  76. Canadian Government’s IP Strategy Seeks to Boost Innovation, Increase IP Literacy, and Rein-in Patent Trolls 
  77. Supreme Court Says Of Course The Patent Office Can Admit It Made A Mistake And Dump Bad Patents
  78. Swedish Pirate Party Declares War On Copyright Trolls
  79. Emojis in the Workplace – A Cautionary Tale
  80. Declining Majority Of Online Adults Say The Internet Has Been Good For Society
  81. A Magna Carta for the digital age
  82. Thousands Of Academics Pledge To Boycott Springer’s New Machine Learning Title In Support Of Long-Established Open Access Journal 

CREATIVITY 

  1.  House of Representatives Passes Music Modernization Act – Looking for Clarity on Mechanical Royalties, Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Other Music Rights Issues  
  2. House Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act – Paves the Way for Major Updates to Digital Music Royalty Ecosystem
  3. SCOTUS Released Same-Day Oral Argument Audio. Guess What Happened Next?: There is no reason not to release same-day audio for all oral arguments at the Supreme Court.
  4. Blurred Lines Songwriters Have Got to Give It Up for the Gaye Family
  5. Fox News v. TVEyes Shows Fair-Use Defense Remains Risky Business
  6. Copyright Is No Monkey Business, Rules the Ninth Circuit
  7. Monkeys Lack Standing to Sue for Copyright Infringement 
  8. Nicassio v. Viacom International, Inc.
  9. Gayle v. Home Box Office, Inc.
  10. Westworld Has to Acknowledge the Racist Appeal of Shōgun World
  11. The New York Times Is Turning Its Hit Podcast, ‘The Daily’, Into A TV Show 
  12. Tackling IP Misuse: Canada Takes the Lead in Combating the Dark Side of Intellectual Property Protection (Michael Geist)
  13. Canadian Music Industry Seeks New Fees, Content Blocking, and Right to Renegotiate Deals Despite Generating Record Digital Revenues (Michael Geist)
  14. Theater Accidentally Plays Horror Movie Trailer Before Peter Rabbit, Families Run Out Screaming
  15. Kardashian Gets Political to Highlight Lack of Regulations over Cosmetics Industry
  16. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah embroiled in ‘serious issue’ over Egypt image rights
  17. Lessons From Picasso’s Copyrights: Pleading, Proving and Arguing Foreign Law in U.S. Courts 
  18. The Royal Wedding: What’s the IP etiquette?
  19. Tackling IP Misuse: Canada Takes the Lead in Combating the Dark Side of Intellectual Property Protection (Michael Geist) 
  20. Canadian Music Industry Seeks New Fees, Content Blocking, and Right to Renegotiate Deals Despite Generating Record Digital Revenues (Michael Geist)
  21. Less Than 1%: Canadian Publisher Data Points to Tiny Impact of Access Copyright Royalty Decline (Michael Geist) 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Customer takes Bell to court and wins, as judge agrees telecom giant can’t promise a price, then change it: Contract law expert says Ontario case could be grounds for class-action lawsuit
  2. FCC Republican gets official warning after pushing for Trump’s re-election: O’Rielly broke government ethics law; could be punished if he does it again.
  3. Small ISPs Like Sonic Join The Legal Battle To Preserve Net Neutrality
  4. Marsha Blackburn Wants ISPs To Sell ‘Fast Lanes’ Like ‘TSA Pre-Check’
  5. AT&T’s least favorite net neutrality bill takes another step forward: California’s tough net neutrality bill clears second Senate committee in a week.
  6. California net neutrality bill that AT&T hates is coming to New York, too: Bill is moving through Calif. Senate and will be submitted in NY legislature.
  7. The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Is Huge – But A Lot Of Questions Remain
  8. Sprint, T-Mobile Try To Sell The Public On A Job-Killing, Competition Eroding Megamerger
  9. T-Mobile and Sprint don’t need to merge for 5G – they said so two months ago: AT&T made the same claims – about 4G – when it tried to buy T-Mobile in 2011. 
  10. While Facebook Gets All The Hate, Verizon Continues To Show It’s No Better, And Potentially Much Worse For Privacy
  11. Verizon Signs Deal to Place the Saddest, Most Pathetic Bloatware on Samsung Devices  
  12. Some Comcast Customers Won’t Get The Latest Broadband Upgrades Without Buying Cable TV
  13. FCC Approves 100% Mexican Ownership of Radio Stations in California and Arizona – Further Showing Foreign Ownership Limitations Less Significant in Today’s Broadcast World 
  14. At Least One Japanese ISP Gets A Jump Start On The Government’s Unconstitutional Site-Blocking Plans
  15. Japanese Lawyer Sues NTT For Voluntarily Blocking ‘Pirate Sites’ 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. High Court Says UK Government Can No Longer Collect Internet Data In Bulk
  2. Another Federal Court Says Compelled Decryption Doesn’t Raise Fifth Amendment Issues
  3. Phone maker settles charges it let partner collect customers’ text messages
  4. Are Google And Facebook Undermining Europe’s Privacy Rules?
  5. International Standards Body Rejects Weakened IOT Encryption Methods Pushed By The NSA
  6. Cops Follow Up Officer-Involved Shooting By Heading To Funeral Home To Apply Dead Man’s Fingers To His Locked Phone
  7. Device Detects Drug Use Through Fingerprints, Raising A Host Of Constitutional Questions
  8. Alabama Rolls with Tide as Last State to Adopt Breach Notification Law 
  9. EU Government Looking To Expand, Standardize Whistleblower Protections
  10. As two Koreas shake hands, Hidden Cobra hackers wage espionage campaign

Jon

News of the Week; April 25, 2018

GAMES

  1. Loot boxes in leading games violate Dutch gambling legislation: Developers have eight weeks to change their loot box mechanics or face prohibition
  2. Netherlands pushes for EU-wide loot box legislation: Loot box ruling from Dutch government body could set precedent in Europe against certain iterations of the mechanic
  3. Loot boxes with real-world value deemed unlawful in The Netherlands
  4. Four publishers must change in-game loot boxes to avoid Dutch gambling laws: Study determines randomized items that have a “market value” violate the law.
  5. Belgian Gaming Commission declares loot boxes illegal
  6. Video game loot boxes are now considered criminal gambling in Belgium: FIFA, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: GO could face fines and prison penalties.
  7. EA, Activision Blizzard, and Valve found in breach of Belgian gambling laws: Loot boxes in FIFA 18, Overwatch, and CS:GO violate gambling legislation, says Belgian Gaming Commission
  8. Tattoo artist takes aim at WWE and video game maker
  9. Tattoo artist sues WWE in Southern Illinois, says her designs were copied in video games
  10. Terminal Reality is suing Microsoft over shadow and lighting patents
  11. Microsoft accused of ‘egregious and wilful’ patent infringement: Terminal Reality and Infernal Technologies file lawsuit against tech giant for infringing patent with multiple games
  12. A fan-made Halo PC patch meets Microsoft’s legal muscle – and apparently survives: Lawyers arrive after Halo Online “ElDewrito” patch explodes – but no C&D yet.
  13. 343 clarifies Halo modding policy as fan-led Halo Onlinerevival gets the axe
  14. Blizzard brings paid mods to StarCraft II with ‘Premium Arcade’ initiative
  15. The Gaming Industry is Susceptible to ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits
  16. Ragnarok Online shutting down European servers after 14 years
  17. GOG is getting more Steam-like with addition of new social features
  18. Australian High Court orders Valve to pay $2.4M fine over misleading refund policy
  19. Valve fined $3m over breach in Australian law with misleading Steam refund policy: Steam operator’s appeal denied by High Court of Australia
  20. Valve acquires Firewatch creator Campo Santo
  21. Valve acquires Firewatch developer Campo Santo: Yet another sign Valve might be interested in making new games again.
  22. Detroit developer sues French press over “toxic culture” reports: Developer goes to court to fight what it calls a “smear campaign.”
  23. Quantic Dream takes legal action against French media for negative press
  24. Quantic Dream sues press over reports of toxic workplace – Report: Detroit Become Human studio takes legal action against two of the three outlets who unearthed allegations of harassment and discrimination
  25. Maxis renames The Sims 4’s in-game ‘insane’ trait to ‘erratic’
  26. EA Maxis renames The Sims’ “insane” character trait: Switch to “erratic” is a reflection of how “language evolves”, EA says
  27. Studio apologizes for delay by pledging 90+-hour work weeks: NeoCoreGames says it was joking when it promised crunch as atonement for pushing full launch of Early Access game Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr back three weeks
  28. The Red Flag of Passion: How a seemingly harmless word is used to put a happy face on some of the industry’s biggest problems
  29. Fortnite breaks $25 million in first month on mobile: Revenue could pass $500 million this year, Sensor Tower suggests
  30. Fortnite streamer peaks at 667,000 concurrent viewers, breaking own record: Las Vegas Esports Arena inaugural event becomes record-breaking Twitch stream
  31. Thanks to a cosmetic change, Epic accidentally rebalancedFortnite’s shotguns
  32. Tencent investing $15M to help establish Fortnite in China
  33. Tencent will invest $15 million in Fortnite’s rollout in China: Seeding an esports community for Epic’s game will be a focus of the investment
  34. As PUBG-like contenders emerge, Islands of Nyne might already have them beat: Rumors swirl around Battlefield, Call of Duty, but awesome sci-fi twist is already here.
  35. First major PUBG tournament launches this summer with $2m prize pool on the line: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Global Invitational set to take place this year in Berlin, Germany
  36. Twitch starts beta for new monetisation system: Viewers can now spend virtual currency in Extensions, with revenue divided between streamer and developer
  37. Twitch Has Expanded Monetization To 220,000 Affiliates 1 Year After Program’s Launch
  38. TheWaveVR secures $6M for its social VR platform
  39. CCP chief: EVE dev’s move to leave VR due to risk, not loss of faith
  40. Oculus overhauls privacy policy and terms of service
  41. UK God of War launch is the biggest in the series history: Same for the new Yakuza, too
  42. God of War Director’s Review Reaction Is A Reminder That Games Are Made By Humans
  43. Sony’s studios continue their winning streak: The success of the PS4’s excellent first-party experiences belie the commercial challenges single-player titles still face
  44. The infamous FMV game Night Trap is headed to the Nintendo Switch after all
  45. Nintendo Switch hardware exploits cannot be patched out
  46. The “unpatchable” exploit that makes every current Nintendo Switch hackable: Newly published Tegra bootROM exploit could be a big headache for Nintendo and others.
  47. Behind the scenes with the hackers who unlocked the Nintendo Switch: “The best way to get a chip security audited is to put it in a game console”
  48. Nintendo Labo belongs in the classroom
  49. Review: Nintendo Labo (Variety And Robot Kits – Nintendo’s big gamble on cardboard and imagination pays off.
  50. How to make your old Game Boy as good as (or better than) new: Why wait for a “Game Boy Classic” when you can fix up your old stuff instead?
  51. How Squidlit’s devs authentically recreated a Game Boy game in 2018
  52. Sonic Mania surpasses 1M sold worldwide
  53. Capcom scrapping Puzzle Fighter to focus on Dead Rising
  54. Italian games market hits $1.8 billion in 2017: The latest wave of GSD data is released for Europe
  55. Steam sales, store pages and the art of selling games: At Reboot Develop, Rockfish, Vlambeer and 11 bit take very different views on the value of cutting prices
  56. Kartridge announces new dev-friendly revenue terms
  57. Kartridge offers developers 100% of revenue up to $10,000: Exclusive games will also get 90% up to $40k, in new terms aimed at “smaller developers”
  58. How indie publishers stand out – and why they need your game to help them: Speaking at Reboot Develop, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive and Raw Fury reflect on their role in a game’s success and offer advice on pitching to them
  59. “We just want to keep the IP” – Why Swery is banking on crowd-funding: The Good Life approaches its last stretch on Kickstarter
  60. How Space Ape eschewed convention to make its most profitable game – Simon Hade and Nicolas Boulay discuss growing Fastlane: Road to Revenge from $5,000 ad revenue a day to $45,000 in four months
  61. Ubisoft launches second season of start-up incubator program: “Ubisoft is proud of its roots and has not forgotten that its very own adventure began as a start-up,” says program sponsor
  62. Darwin Project goes free-to-play after six weeks in Early Access: Scavengers Studio cites players’ “difficulty finding matches” as motivation for the change
  63. Crossfire developer Smilegate closes Berlin studio
  64. Smilegate to close Berlin office just over a year after it opened: Crossfire developer shuts down European base as part of new business strategy
  65. “What’s your plan to not destroy yourself as you’re stepping into this career path?”: At Reboot Develop, Devolver and Good Shepherd co-founder Mike Wilson discussed the need for unions, mental burnout, and dealing with online toxicity
  66. Better than reality: New emulation tech lags less than original consoles: “LAGFIX” fast-forwards through “hidden” frames for near-instant response times.
  67. The Sentinel stands alone: Why I Love: Quantum Soup’s Chris Payne remembers Geoff Crammond’s purely innovative, rarely imitated classic
  68. Rovio and Sony confirm a new Angry Birds movie for 2019: The first film earned $352 million since it opened two years ago
  69. Wolfenstein II has five nominations at the Nordic Game Awards 2018: But Ultra Ultra’s Echo leads the pack with six, Tarsier Studios’ Little Nightmares and Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig 2 close behind
  70. Three years out, Final Fantasy VII remake still seems a long way off: Despite 2015 announcement, ambitious overhaul effort appears to be in early stages.
  71. Death Road to Canada devs delay release out of respect for recent tragedy
  72. Reboot Develop expands with Canada conference in 2019: Spring conference will remain in Dubrovnik alongside new student event, Canadian debut to be held in autumn next year
  73. Social media ‘fair game’ in admissions process: But survey finds less than a third of colleges actually look at social media profiles when making admissions decisions
  74. GDPR: Frequently Asked Questions – In the final part of their GDPR guide, Purewal & Partners’ Jas Purewal and Peter Lewin tackle the industry’s most common concerns
  75. Blog: How the Rubik’s Cube inspired a laid-back Atari puzzler
  76. Video: We force kids to confront ’80s technology – Youngsters struggled to understand why the TV must be on channel 3 to play games.

DIGITAL

  1. Google Fails to Amend Canadian De-indexing Injunction Despite California Court Order
  2. B.C. Court Leaves Google Global Takedown Order Intact Pending Full Trial (Michael Geist)
  3. U.S. Falls To 45th On Press Freedom Index, Trump Labeled ‘Media-Bashing Enthusiast’
  4. Michael Cohen Drops Ridiculous Lawsuit Against Buzzfeed After Buzzfeed Sought Stormy Daniels’ Details
  5. It’s Spreading: Lindsey Graham Now Insisting ‘Fairness Doctrine’ Applies To The Internet
  6. WikiLeaks, Russia, Trump Jr. named in new DNC hacking lawsuit: “It’s more than a shot over the bow, it’s a shot into the hull of the ship.”
  7. Trump’s cell phone use is security “nightmare” waiting to happen, lawmakers say – New letter: “Does the President use encryption when he makes phone calls…?”
  8. Verizon says Yahoo users must waive class-action rights – or stop using Yahoo: Yahoo, facing data breach lawsuits, starts enforcing mandatory arbitration.
  9. Google disables “domain fronting” capability used to evade censors: A “long-planned” change happens to coincide with a new wave of state censorship in Russia.
  10. Judge Agrees: Perfectly Fine For Google To Deny Ad Placement For ‘Honey Cures Cancer’ Claims 
  11. Russia and China take Big Brother to absurd new levels
  12. Internet Watch Foundation publishes its Annual Report
  13. LA councilman asks city attorney to “review possible legal action” against Waze: “They say the crises of congestion they cause is the price for innovation.”
  14. Are our smart devices starting to outsmart us?
  15. The next big battle over internet freedom is here: Congress just passed a law to combat sex trafficking. Now the future of the free internet is in danger. 
  16. Be Careful What You Wish For: The Risk of Ceding Online Content Monitoring to Internet Giants (Michael Geist)
  17. Sweeping the Internet for Netsweeper
  18. Calling Facebook A Utility Would Only Make Things Worse
  19. What’s Not Included In Facebook’s ‘Download Your Data’
  20. How academic at centre of Facebook scandal tried – and failed – to spin personal data into gold: The story of Aleksandr Kogan’s business ventures reveals a world where companies traded in the currency of personal information
  21. Man behind Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data mining says he’s sorry: Aleksandr Kogan, if he’d known survey would upset many: “I would’ve never done it.”
  22. The Security Risks Of Logging In With Facebook
  23. Delete Your Account: On the Theory of Platform Capitalism
  24. Minds Is The Anti-Facebook That Pays You For Your Time 
  25. Here’s What Facebook Won’t Let You Post
  26. For the first time, Facebook clearly tells its users what’s allowed: Social network not saying why it took 14 years to release this document.
  27. Facebook removes 1.5 billion users from protection of EU privacy law: In anticipation of the EU’s new GDPR rule, Facebook limits its legal umbrella. 
  28. Facebook Publishes Internal Content Moderation Guidelines For The First Time 
  29. Imposing Regulations on Online Technology Giants 
  30. Meet the Professor Who’s Warning the World About Facebook and Google
  31. FOSTA/SESTA Passed Thanks To Facebook’s Vocal Support; New Article Suggests Facebook Is Violating FOSTA/SESTA
  32. Sex Workers Set Up Their Own Social Network In Response To FOSTA/SESTA; And Now It’s Been Shut Down Due To FOSTA/SESTA
  33. Authorities May Charge Pennsylvania Juvenile Who Threatened Second YouTube Shooting
  34. Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels
  35. 300 Companies Ran Ads On YouTube Channels Promoting Nazism, Pedophilia, Conspiracies (Report) 
  36. YouTube CEO To Discuss Brand Safety On Conference Call With 30 Top Advertisers (Report)
  37. YouTuber Convicted Of Hate Crime For Teaching Nazi Salute To Dog Raises £118,366 For Legal Appeal
  38. YouTube Deleted 8.3 Million Objectionable Videos Last Quarter, Thanks Mostly To Machines
  39. ‘Deadpool’ Writers To Serve As Executive Producers For Upcoming YouTube Red Series
  40. New Footage Of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” Receives One Million Views In First Day On YouTube
  41. YouTube Gives Creators With At Least One Million Subscribers A Space On The Trending Tab
  42. YouTube Kids Amplifies Parental Controls, Including Ability To Whitelist All Videos, Channels
  43. P&G Resumes YouTube Spend After 13-Month Boycott — As New Ad Controversy Looms
  44. Proposed US Consumer Internet Privacy Legislation Threatens Digital Advertising
  45. Texas Revenge Porn Laws Loses Battle With First Amendment
  46. Cheddar Joins Hulu’s Live TV Lineup 1 Day After Being Added To YouTube TV
  47. The Roku Channel gets live news thanks to ABC, Cheddar, and other partners: But it won’t replace all live news broadcasts.
  48. Flipboard’s Answer To Fake News: More Human Curation
  49. We’re underestimating the mind-warping potential of fake video: Doctored photos can easily create false memories. What happens when there’s fake video?
  50. Fullscreen, Concerned About Inappropriate Content, Cuts About 160 Partners From Its Network 
  51. DJ Khaled Alcohol Endorsements Exposed, Says TINA
  52. Citing Tepid Crowdfunding Results, Neill Blomkamp Cancels Plans To Adapt Digital Short Into Feature
  53. Snapchat’s Stock Tumbles As Company Confirms It’s Testing Yet Another Redesign
  54. Hollywood is Wrong: Netflix is the Future of Film
  55. Netflix Is Launching A Podcast That Breaks Down Its Original Documentary Shows And Films
  56. BuzzFeed Pacts With Netflix For Short-Form Docuseries About Its Journalists
  57. Netflix Again Raising $1.5 Billion In Debt Financing Amid Aggressive Content Push 
  58. Netflix, Amazon, and major studios try to shut down $20-per-month TV service: It’s the third lawsuit against TV box makers filed by Netflix and film studios.
  59. Jeff Bezos Says Video Has Helped Drive 100 Million Amazon Prime Members 
  60. It’s Thanks To The Pirate Community That Amazon’s Attempt To Degrade Its Streaming Service Is Now Public
  61. Amazon Key expands to deliver packages inside your car: Another option for those skeptical about in-home deliveries.
  62. Amazon made an Echo Dot for kids, and it costs $30 more than the original: New parental controls and FreeTime Unlimited subscription coming soon, too. 
  63. Twitter’s Bet on Video Is Starting to Pay Off: The company is doing as good a job as anyone figuring out live streaming, a medium that has been slow to take off in the U.S
  64. In Earnings Report, Twitter Says Video Ads Now Make Up More Than Half Of Its Ad Revenue
  65. State Appeals Court Upholds Criminal Conviction For Twitter Harassment Targeting An Autistic Student 
  66. How Twitter Suspended The Account Of One Of Our Commenters… For Offending Himself? 
  67. Vevo Announces Layoffs After The Departure Of Its CTO 
  68. Backlash prompts Eventbrite to drop demand to crash events, record them: “We’ve heard some concerns from our customers,” company says, over perpetual copyright grab.
  69. Ben Makuch of Vice takes on police in Supreme Court: The refusal of a journalist to hand over communications with a terror suspect has raised fundamental questions about press freedoms and national security.
  70. Vice Media Launches Local Operations in India
  71. Spotify Just Gave You a Pretty Good Reason Not to Pay for Spotify
  72. Spotify Exec Jabs YouTube Amid Launch Of Redesigned App With More Free Feature
  73. Spotify Bolsters Free Service In Defense Against Apple Music
  74. Tim Cook on merging macOS and iOS: “I don’t think that’s what users want”: Apple’s CEO appeared to debunk speculation that the company seeks a unified OS.
  75. Apple offers free battery replacements for select MacBook Pro models: Only some newer 13-inch MacBook Pros without Touch Bars have been affected.
  76. Apple Sued An Independent Norwegian Repair Shop In Bid To Monopolize Repair — And Lost
  77. ABKCO Music, Inc. v. William Sagan 
  78. The ‘Terms and Conditions’ Reckoning Is Coming: Everyone from Uber to PayPal is facing a backlash against their impenetrable legalese.
  79. Robot Showboat: Now Even Our Celeb Feuds Are Automated
  80. Your Next Job Interview Could Be with a Racist Bot: Companies are using AI-powered cameras and chatbots to screen applicants. And that could unintentionally make employers even more discriminatory than before.
  81. Some Startups Use Fake Data To Train AI 
  82. Ready Lawyer One: Virtual Reality Is Coming To Courtrooms
  83. Augmented Reality Is Transforming Museums
  84. Coinbase Reportedly Shuts Down Wikileaks Store, Assange Calls for Boycott in Response 
  85. Silicon Valley’s Latest Revolution: Cutting Out Wall Street 
  86. The Selfie As We Know It Is Dead
  87. Why So Many People Make Their Password ‘Dragon’ 
  88. Reinventing the Internet via blockchain 
  89. New hacks siphon private cryptocurrency keys from airgapped wallets: Beware of smartphones and cameras around wallets storing your digital coin.
  90. Icelandic bitcoin heist suspect arrested in Amsterdam after leaving prison
  91. “Secondary Sales” of Private Securities (And Tokens) in Crowdfunding
  92. Suspicious event hijacks Amazon traffic for 2 hours, steals cryptocurrency: Almost 1,300 addresses for Amazon Route 53 rerouted for two hours.
  93. ‘We’ve Lost 10 Years of Innovation. This Decade Has Been Boring for the Web.’: A conversation with Ethan Zuckerman, media scholar and inventor of the pop-up ad, on the original sin of advertising and the web’s lost decade.
  94. Want To Blog In Tanzania, Or Read Social Media In Uganda? Pay The Government, Please

CREATIVITY

  1. 9th Circuit rules that Naruto has no standing under US Copyright Act
  2. Naruto v. Slater
  3. Monkey has no standing to assert copyright infringement in selfie case, 9th Circuit rules
  4. Monkey-selfie lawsuit finally ends: Court affirms adorable macaque can’t sue: PETA claimed to be a friend to Naruto but “failed” at doing so, 9th Circuit finds.
  5. We Interrupt The News Again With Hopefully The Last Update From The Monkey Selfie Case
  6. Grumpy Cat Limited v. Grenade Beverage LLC, et al.
  7. U.S. Court of Appeals Finds That the Lines Remain Blurred
  8. Music publishers score major victory in closely watched copyright case
  9. Kimberley v. Penguin Random House 
  10. Silberstein v. Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. 
  11. Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC v. Ren Ventures Ltd
  12. Fearless Girl to be moved due to … viability concerns
  13. Astronaut’s Right-of-Publicity Case Won’t Timeout
  14. LeBron James hit with trademark suit over his barbershop-based web series
  15. When Your Trademark Is A False Advertisement
  16. Supreme Court upholds patent review process, dealing trolls a blow: A key part of the 2011 America Invents Act is constitutional, high court rules.
  17. Brexit and copyright law: will the English courts revert to the ‘old’ test for originality?
  18. The CASE Act – A Noble but Toothless Gesture Toward Fair Copyright Enforcement 
  19. Of Course The RIAA Would Find A Way To Screw Over The Public In ‘Modernizing’ Copyright 
  20. Publisher Helps To Keep Sci-Hub In The Public Eye By Trying To Bully It Into Submission Using Ineffectual Legal Remedies
  21. This band is storing their best-selling album in DNA 
  22. Following Questionable Election, Honduran Government Debuts New Censorship Law
  23. Hate Speech Laws In India 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  F-Word in Live Sports Broadcasts Should be Avoided, Says Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
  2. Discussion about Sex Shops Was Acceptable Before 9:00 pm, Says Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
  3. Wait for it: Government to clarify anti-spam law – eventually
  4. Government Response to CASL Report Released
  5. Government Response Suggests No Appetite for Canadian Anti-Spam Law Reform (Michael Geist)
  6. Another Survey Shows Massive Bipartisan Opposition To Net Neutrality Repeal
  7. Ajit Pai hasn’t finalized net neutrality repeal – here’s a theory on why: Pai’s delayed repeal could let Congress pass weaker law while ISPs behave.
  8. No, Net Neutrality Isn’t Officially Dead (Yet), And The FCC Is Stalling For A Reason 
  9. AT&T, Verizon face DOJ investigation for allegedly trying to lock eSIMs: Carriers reportedly sought ability to lock eSIMs to networks; Apple complained.
  10. DOJ Investigating AT&T, Verizon for Making It Harder To Switch Wireless Carriers
  11. NYC blasts broadband competition shortage as it pursues suit against Verizon: Two-thirds of NYC homes have only one or two broadband options, city report says. 
  12. ISPs should charge for fast lanes – just like TSA Precheck, GOP lawmaker says: GOP’s Marsha Blackburn wants Internet service to be just like airport security. 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Australian Gov’t Scooped Up Tons Of Cell Site Location Data To Track Citizens’ Movements
  2. High Court establishes ‘right to be forgotten’ in English law
  3. Company obtains cyber injunction under the protection of anonymity
  4. SEC issues $35 million fine over Yahoo failing to disclose data breach
  5. Supreme Court Dismisses Microsoft Appeal as Moot After Passage of the CLOUD Act 
  6. Framed For Murder By His Own DNA 
  7. Florida Police Allegedly Crash Funeral Home to Unlock Phone With Slain Man’s Fingerprints
  8. Hackers Designed a ‘Master Key’ to Unlock Millions of Hotel Room Doors
  9. When you go to a security conference, and its mobile app leaks your data: RSA Conference attendee contact data extracted using hard-coded API data.
  10. Cracking The Crypto War: Ray Ozzie thinks he has an approach for accessing encrypted devices that attains the impossible: It satisfies both law enforcement and privacy purists.
  11. Jaywalking in China Can Get You Hit with a Stream of Water
  12. Atlanta Spent $2.6m To Recover From A $52,000 Ransomware Scare
  13. Batten down the hatches: The GDPR wind is about to blow

Jon

News of the Week; April 18, 2018

GAMES

  1. Cop won’t be charged in “swatting” death of Kansas man: Victim’s family is “devastated” by the decision, their lawyer says.
  2. Blog: A legal analysis of the NetEase vs. PUBG lawsuit
  3. In-Game Currency Triggers State Gambling Laws, Rendering Mobile Game “Illegal Gambling”
  4. Patrick Soderlund: EA “can’t afford” another loot box controversy with Anthem – Newly promoted chief design officer promises publisher has learned from mistakes with Star Wars debacle
  5. Loot boxes, skins gambling to hit $50 billion by 2022: Juniper Research “strongly recommends regulation for skin trading and gambling” in report covering growth of practices
  6. Microsoft & other game companies win out in camera patent lawsuit
  7. Patent lawsuit against Microsoft, EA, and Nintendo quashed at appeal: Federal court finds patent holder’s argument “unconvincing”
  8. FTC warns that, yes, those warranty-voiding stickers on consoles are illegal
  9. FTC warns about illegal warranties, likely including Nintendo and Sony: Federal Trade Commission states that companies are not allowed to force users to use specific service providers
  10. Sophisticated APT surveillance malware comes to Google Play: Attackers pushing mobile surveillance-ware are stepping up their game.
  11. Google Play under investigation by South Korea’s FTC over market abuse
  12. Google Play faces allegations of market abuse in South Korea: South Korean FTC begins survey of mobile companies to uncover alleged abuses
  13. Female game devs in South Korea are being harassed for feminist beliefs 
  14. Cliff Bleszinski accuses Epic Games of stealing staff: Boss Key co-founder believes there is plenty of room in Battle Royale genre as Radical Heights gains momentum
  15. SteamSpy creator warns PC market is once again open to abuse: “Imagine signing a basketball player without knowing his past performance,” posits Sergey Galyonkin
  16. Valve’s SteamSpy snub will only hurt smaller developers: And thus begins a rant about digital data
  17. Valve’s move against SteamSpy isn’t such a big deal, says No More Robots founder – Mike Rose: “There’s no doubt people right now are making games because they thought SteamSpy told them to”
  18. Eugen Systems developers call an end to strike: “We have stopped striking… after more than a month a half, to conserve our resources for the future”
  19. How Dlala survived the loss of a $3m Disney deal: CEO AJ Grand-Scrutton shares the cautionary tale of a studio whose life-changing game was scrapped without warning
  20. Hollywood Should Make Movies That Grapple with Gamergate
  21. Cheater! Billy Mitchell stripped of scores, banned from premiere scoreboard: Full investigation shows King of Kong star used emulators, not real hardware.
  22. Billy Mitchell says he’s “not going to stop now” after scoreboard ban: Disgraced score-chaser promises witnesses, documents will redeem his name.
  23. Devs can now pitch crowdfunded games based on D&D co-creator’s unpublished work
  24. Estate of Dungeons & Dragons creator teams with crowdfunding/investment site for video game project
  25. The accidental relevance of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus – MachineGames creative director Jens Matthies on when he realized his Nazi-killing game was going to be politically topical, and dealing honestly with Nazi ideology
  26. God of War (2018): How to reinvent a beloved series without ruining what works – Kratos’ son avoids Scrappy-Doo syndrome amid more strategic melee brawling.
  27. Reversing the sunk cost fallacy: Devs recount what shouldn’t have been cut
  28. Win Mazda’s new iRacing challenge to get a test in an MX-5 race car: The winners of online and at-track rounds will compete at Daytona in 2019 for the test.
  29. Spending On Games Up By 13% Among US Iphone Users: Games Account For Largest Share Of Apps Installed On Average User’s Device
  30. Iron Harvest most successful video game Kickstarter in nearly a year: King Art Games’ crowdfunded project the first to break $1 million in 2018
  31. Do gamers really care about cross-platform play?: GameTrack survey of European gamers shows indifference to the trend, and a lack of influence on purchasing decisions
  32. With 2 million units sold, Shovel Knight generated the most income from Switch sales
  33. Shovel Knight earns more revenue from Switch sales than any other platform: Yacht Club Games’ signature  title sells faster on Switch than any other console
  34. Nintendo seeking startups to improve Switch hardware: Platform holder teams up with Scrum Ventures to source new add-ons and technology for hybrid console
  35. Nintendo soliciting pitches from startups for innovative Switch tools and tech
  36. Nintendo seeking startups to improve Switch hardware: Platform holder teams up with Scrum Ventures to source new add-ons and technology for hybrid console
  37. Sega entering micro-console biz with Mega Drive Mini
  38. Sega reveals Mega Drive Mini: Publisher’s entry into the mini console market begins with Japan-only release
  39. Ex-PlayStation boss points to streaming as gaming’s next “inflection point”: Andrew House also sees emerging markets keeping physical media alive and console life-cycles long
  40. EA shakes up executive team to ‘sharpen focus’ on creative core
  41. Firing the middlemen: How blockchain can reshape digital distribution – Korrobox CEO Benjamin Huang discusses how the platform intends to eliminate costs of payment handling and fraud
  42. Pro Evolution Soccer loses UEFA Champions League license: Konami ends its partnership with European tournament after a decade
  43. Yoko Taro: We don’t need to think globally to sell globally – Nier Automata director and PlatinumGames lead designer Takahisa Taura discuss developing for Western tastes, 3D action games, and the dilemma of multiple endings
  44. Dwarf Fortress is giving its dwarves the ability to form (and dwell on) memories
  45. Hellblade wins big at 2018 BAFTAs as Edith Finch takes top honor
  46. What Remains of Edith Finch beats out AAA giants to win the BAFTA for Best Game
  47. A Way Out has sold over 1 million copies in two weeks
  48. A Way Out sells 1 million in two weeks: Hazelight Studios’ EA Originals co-op prison break game wastes no time hitting milestone
  49. Rainbow Six Siege has pulled in 30 million players
  50. Rainbow Six Siege reaches 30 million registered players: Ubisoft’s multiplayer shooter goes from strength to strength
  51. Life is Strange dev Dontnod headed toward an IPO
  52. Terraria spin-off canned after three years in development
  53. Counter-Strike pro player suspended over racist comment: Remarks “went beyond something being a genuine joke” says Faceit Pro League rep
  54. Naomi Kyle Joins WatchMojo’s Gaming Channel With New Let’s Play Series
  55. Twitch takes 82% of viewership hours for the top streaming titles in Q1: Esports content generated 11 per cent of all viewership hours across Twitch and YouTube
  56. Twitch reportedly affected by IP address bans in Russia
  57. Twitch Revamps Channel Analytics Dashboard As Part Of Yearlong Effort
  58. Twitch signs multi-year deal with NBA 2K League: First media rights deal for the NBA and Take-Two’s esports endeavor will see up to 199 games aired live on streaming site
  59. Battle Royale threatens a repeat of the MOBA bloodbath: With around a dozen Battle Royale titles set for release by the end of this year, developers need to be realistic about their chances of wresting market share from PUBG and Fortnite
  60. Blog: Why Fortnite will fall, but battle royale will rise on mobile
  61. Fortnite studio called out by Gears of Wardirector over hiring practices: Asks Epic to “please stop trying to hire away my team” – after major December defection.
  62. Fortnite mobile nabbed $25M in revenue during its first month
  63. Activision Blizzard enlists Nielsen for esports valuation: Tracking firm to assess value of sponsorship packages to see if brands are getting their money’s worth
  64. Unikrn sets up cryptocurrency esports betting platform with acquisition of ChallengeMe.gg: “This is a big deal for me, for Unikrn and, honestly, for the entire gaming ecosystem,” says Unikrn CEO
  65. Augmented and virtual reality consumer content market hits $3.2bn: Virtual reality install base expected to reach 75.7 million by 2021
  66. How psychological experiments influenced the design of Vault 11 in Fallout: New Vegas 
  67. Blog: Understanding the role of music in VR
  68. The Young And The Reckless: A gang of teen hackers snatched the keys to Microsoft’s videogame empire. Then they went too far.
  69. V&A Museum: Video games are approaching a cultural tipping point – Curator Marie Foulston discusses how the industry can help a wider range of people understand our full impact and potential, and get them to look beyond the blockbusters
  70. A (slightly) different way to think about games and art
  71. Communications Accessibility In Games: What Game Developers Need To Know
  72. Crazy racing mash-up: Gamer vs driver in real cars, but with video-game views – Identical Ford Mustangs with the windows blacked out and an external camera to see.
  73. Video: How the classic arcade game NBA Jam was designed 
  74. How Xbox got its start — and its name
  75. Exploring the rise and eventual fall of Xbox’s early teenage hacker

DIGITAL

  1. Teen charged in Nova Scotia government breach says he had ‘no malicious intent’: 19-year-old says he believed documents were ‘free to just download’ from province’s FOIPOP web portal
  2. Digital Disruption: How Should Canadian Regulators Respond?
  3. 19-Year-Old Canadian Facing Criminal Charges For Downloading Publicly-Accessible Documents
  4. Facebook must face class action over facial recognition, judge rules
  5. Judge Clears Way for Major Class Action Suit Against Facebook Over Face Recognition 
  6. Facebook’s Potential $70 billion Legal Challenge
  7. Facebook Is Steering Users Away From Privacy Protections
  8. Facebook Stops Funding Opposition to California Privacy Focused Ballot Act 
  9. Why dictators love Facebook 
  10. Congress Never Wanted to Regulate Facebook. Until Now
  11. Facebook data transfers to be examined by EU court, Irish judge rules – Activist: “US law requires Facebook to help the NSA…and EU law prohibits just that.”
  12. After Cambridge Analytica, Privacy Experts Get to Say ‘I Told You So’
  13. This plan would regulate Facebook without going through Congress: How to rein in data collection without going through Congress
  14. Zuckerberg’s New Hate Speech Plan: Out With the Court and In With the Code 
  15. As Zuckerberg Smiles To Congress, Facebook Fights State Privacy Laws 
  16. Tens of thousands of Facebook accounts compromised in days by malware: Professionally developed trojan posing as a stress reliever infects 40,000 PCs.
  17. “Not too fond of Facebook”: A dating app removes its linked-profile requirement – Could be the first of many apps to dump FB requirements in wake of recent disclosures.
  18. The problems with Facebook are inherent in its design, but that can change
  19. Inverting The Expected Order Of Things, German Court Orders Facebook To Reinstate ‘Offensive’ Content
  20. Is Facebook a Community? Digital Experts Weigh In
  21. What Comes After The Social Media Empires: “Maybe we’ve reached the point where it’s not even possible to have Facebook in common.”
  22. ‘One Has This Feeling of Having Contributed to Something That’s Gone Very Wrong’: A conversation with VR pioneer Jaron Lanier on Silicon Valley’s politics, being quoted by Mark Zuckerberg, and what went wrong with the internet.
  23. This isn’t the first time a tech boom has interfered with democracy 
  24. Watch Obama, Voiced By Jordan Peele, Warn Against Fake News In BuzzFeed Video
  25. Singaporean Government Creates Fake News To Push Fake News Legislation 
  26. Stealing Your Online Face – Online Truth Suffers Another Blow 
  27. Actually, Social Media Isn’t An Echo Chamber
  28. At-Home Dental Appliance Company Sues Website For Having Opinions About Its Products
  29. Despite Repeated Evidence That It’s Unnecessary And Damaging, Trump Signs SESTA/FOSTA
  30. Amended Complaint Filed Against Backpage… Now With SESTA/FOSTA
  31. Backpage CEO pleads guilty to conspiracy, money laundering: Carl Ferrer agreed to end Backpage and help prosecution of his former co-workers.
  32. Apple may debut its own news subscription service within the next year: An upgraded Apple News app could be home to the company’s trusted news sources.
  33. Apple’s Infringement In $502M Security IP Row Willful: Jury
  34. Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked: Apple warns leakers that “they’re getting caught faster than ever.”
  35. Apple’s Internal Memo Warning Employees Not To Leak To The Press Leaks To The Press
  36. Apple plans to kill 32-bit app support on MacOS in the near future
  37. U.S. iPhone users spent an average of $58 on apps and IAPs in 2017
  38. The Wired Guide To Internet Addiction: Everything you ever wanted to know about screen time, likes, and pull-to-refresh.
  39. Congress Enacts Law Creating a Sex Trafficking Exception From the Immunity Provided by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act
  40. Ted Cruz Demands A Return Of The Fairness Doctrine, Which He Has Mocked In The Past, Due To Misunderstanding CDA 230 
  41. Scott Pruitt has “at least four” official email addresses, senators say: According to The Washington Post, one of them is sooners7@epa.gov.
  42. Court upholds clickwrap agreement, reiterating that general principles of contract apply 
  43. How Android Phones Hide Missed Security Updates From You
  44. LA Official Is Starting to Get Fed Up With Waze’s Habit of Directing Drivers Down a Death Slalom
  45. A crummy drop-down menu appeared to kill dozens of mothers in Texas: This doesn’t mean maternal mortality in Texas or the US is OK. It’s still horrific.
  46. Artificial intelligence and copyright
  47. Algorithmic Accountability: A Primer
  48. A.I. Engineers Must Open Their Designs To Democratic Control: When it comes to A.I., we need to keep humans in the loop.
  49. AI Tool Helps Law Enforcement Find Victims of Human Trafficking
  50. Lawmakers Want You to Be Able to Sue Robots
  51. IKEA Furniture Tests Your Relationship, Also Robots
  52. A Robot Does The Impossible: Assembling An Ikea Chair Without Having A Meltdown
  53. Google works out a fascinating, slightly scary way for AI to isolate voices in a crowd: Google researchers try to replicate the “cocktail party effect” for computers.
  54. Beyoncé Leads YouTube To Record-Setting 41 Million Viewers On Coachella Streams
  55. Barcelona-Based YouTuber Faces Prison For Pranking Homeless Man With Doctored Oreos
  56. Lawsuit Alleges That YouTube Star Poppy’s Shtick Was Stolen From Another Creator
  57. Stupid Copyright: MLB Shuts Down Twitter Account Of Guy Who Shared Cool MLB Gifs
  58. YouTube tackling creator monetisation issues new pilot scheme: Self certification “will make the monetisation process much smoother with fewer false positive demonetisations,” says YouTube CEO
  59. YouTube demonetized my tuba videos (also, I make tuba videos): YouTube can’t decide if I can make money off my 10-year-old Legend of Zelda video or not.
  60. Ex-YouTube Engineer Builds Site To Figure Out What Content The Video Site’s Algorithm Recommends
  61. Citing Viewership Suppression, Philip DeFranco Again Says New Shows Won’t Be Distributed YouTube-First
  62. YouTube’s Restrictions On Firearms Content Has Led A Gun Manufacturer To Sue A Creator 
  63. YouTube TV Adds Cheddar, Cheddar Big News To Lineup, Marking First Digital-Native Channels
  64. YouTube TV brings two Cheddar digital-only shows to its lineup: The financial media company will offer its finance and general news channels to YouTube’s live TV service.
  65. Google Staffer’s Scrappy Design Becomes Healing Symbol After YouTube Shooting
  66. Google refuses to fix Waze so it won’t route people on 32%-grade road
  67. Hulu Keeps Pace With YouTube TV By Sponsoring NBA Playoffs
  68. Sports Illustrated Launches SVOD Service On Roku, iOS, Android, And The Web
  69. Formula 1’s streaming service goes live with the Spanish GP in May: You’ll need a browser to watch it at first, but mobile and TV apps are coming
  70. Sports-Centric Skinny Bundle FuboTV Raises $75 Million From Fox, AMC, Sky
  71. The Digital Afterlife is Open for Business. But It Needs Rules.
  72. Beautycon Launches Content Pact With BET Ahead Of Sold-Out New York Event
  73. FouseyTube To Enter Rehab For Addiction, Depression, And Bipolar Disorder
  74. Ja Rule’s catastrophic Fyre Festival gets a documentary series on Hulu
  75. Hulu Nabs Docuseries About The Infamous Fyre Festival Scam
  76. 80% Of Netflix Viewership Comes From Licensed Content, Not Originals (Study)
  77. Despite October 2017 Price Hike, Netflix Added 7.4 Million New Customers In Q1 2018
  78. Netflix Bows Out Of Cannes After Festival Tells Streaming Services To Get Off Its Lawn
  79. Netflix Sees Itself As The Anti-Apple
  80. Comcast To Sell Netflix Subscriptions In False Belief This Will Slow Cord Cutting
  81. Amazon and Best Buy team up to sell TVs, but it’s a risky move for Best Buy: Best Buy will carry TVs with Amazon software and will sell TVs on Amazon.com.
  82. House of Lords issues report on digital advertising market 
  83. $2 Million Allegedly Stolen From Cryptocurrency Vlogger in the Middle of His Livestream
  84. Bitcoin heist suspect reportedly walked out of low-security prison, onto flight: Sindri Thor Stefansson had been arrested over theft of 600 bitcoin-mining computers.
  85. New York’s Attorney General Begins Inquiry Into Cryptocurrency Practices
  86. New York Attorney General Launches Inquiry into Cryptocurrency Exchanges 
  87. Microsoft’s bid to secure the Internet of Things: Custom Linux, custom chips, Azure – This is Redmond’s first-ever Linux distribution.
  88. Microsoft claims to make Chrome safer with new extension: A purported Edge advantage is now available in Chrome.
  89. Welcome To The Wikipedia For Terms Of Service Agreements
  90. Online-Transactions can trigger Specific Jurisdiction of U.S. Courts
  91. Canada’s Tough Anti-Piracy Copyright Law: Federal Court Awards Millions in Damages Against Unauthorized Streaming Site (Michael Geist)
  92. Digital Trends and Initiatives in Education: The Study the Association of Canadian Publishers Tried To Bury (Michael Geist)

CREATIVITY

  1. The monkey selfie lawsuit lives: PETA and the photographer settled last year, but the Ninth Circuit will be issuing a ruling anyway
  2. Citing monkey business, court refuses to toss simian selfie lawsuit
  3. We Interrupt Today’s News With An Update From The Monkey Selfie Case
  4. Oracle wins in US copyright case: consequences for EU software market?
  5. Plaintiff Torpedoed with Attorneys’ Fees for “Objectively Unreasonable” Copyright Claim 
  6. Broadway Producers Offer to Perform “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Court to Prove Faithfulness to Novel 
  7. Barreau du Québec files bombshell motion: A motion filed by the Barreau du Québec and the Montreal Bar, argues that all of the province’s laws are illegal because they were drafted and adopted in French only.
  8. “Weight Loss” vs. “Weight Management”: Vitamin Shoppe Sidesteps False Advertising Suit 
  9. From East Coast to West Coast: Actresses Lose Right of Publicity Cases as Courts Rule in Favor of the First Amendment Rights of Content Creators
  10. Three Parents of Sandy Hook Victims File Defamation Lawsuits Against InfoWars’ Alex Jones 
  11. Sean Hannity was very concerned about conflicts of interest — until he had one
  12. Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers: The Fox News host denies that Michael Cohen was ever his lawyer—but Hannity was represented by a pair of legal advisers who also have close links to the president.
  13. Time for Fox News to investigate Sean Hannity
  14. “You Only Hire Cohen For One Reason”: Inside Fox News, Sean Hannity’s Michael Cohen Disclosure Stokes A Crisis As Murdoch Wavers On Trump – The revelation that Trump’s lawyer offered legal advice to Fox News’s biggest name was shocking
  15. Fox News ‘surprised’ by Hannity’s relationship with Cohen, but stands by him
  16. Levi’s Has Filed Trademark Suits Against Just About Everyone
  17. NCAA In Tune with Dancing With the Stars  
  18. Putting It In Writing: The Return Of The Morality Clause In The Age Of #MeToo And Time’s Up (Part I)
  19. Putting It In Writing: The Return of The Morality Clause In The Age of #MeToo and Time’s Up (Part II)  
  20. New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Says You Can Call A Patent Troll A Patent Troll
  21. The Scientific Importance of Free Speech
  22. Against Copyright Balance: Canadian Heritage Officials Say It’s Time “To Move Beyond the Notion of Balance” (Michael Geist)
  23. Canadian Music Industry Confirms Once More That For Copyright Companies, Enough Is Never Enough
  24. The Music Industry Now Wants To Creep Past Site-Blocking Into App-Blocking

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Former FCC Broadband Advisory Panel Chair Arrested For Fraud
  2. Ajit Pai’s ex-broadband advisor arrested on charge of forging fiber contracts: Ex-CEO and committee chair accused of defrauding investors with fake contracts.
  3. Broadband adviser picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges: Elizabeth Pierce allegedly tricked investors into pouring $250 million into a fiber optic scheme by forging revenue agreements
  4. Ajit Pai refuses Democrats’ request to revoke Sinclair broadcast licenses: Pai springs into action – and much faster than when Trump wanted to punish NBC.
  5. Bad news for AT&T and Comcast: Calif. Senate panel OKs net neutrality bill – AT&T, cable lobbyists can’t convince Calif. senators to scrap net neutrality.
  6. AT&T and cable lobby are terrified of a California net neutrality bill: ISPs hate California bill even more than the FCC rules they helped kill.
  7. T-Mobile deceived customers with “false ring tones” on failed phone calls: FCC fines T-Mobile $40M for rural call failures but requires no refunds.
  8. FCC to Look at the KidVid Rules in a Formal Proceeding Soon 
  9. ACLU: If Americans Want Privacy & Net Neutrality, They Should Build Their Own Broadband Networks
  10. The FCC’s ‘Broadband Advisory Council’ Keeps Losing Members Due To Cronyism
  11. Commissioner Clyburn to Leave the FCC 
  12. The FCC loses a fierce consumer advocate as Mignon Clyburn resigns: Clyburn, the “conscience” of FCC, advocated for net neutrality 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Bad News For ‘Privacy Shield’: As Expected, EU’s Top Court Will Examine Legality Of Sending Personal Data To US
  2. California Bill Could Introduce A Constitutionally Questionable ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ In The US
  3. Court Orders Google to Remove Results for Man’s Criminal Record Under “Right to be Forgotten”
  4. Google attempted end run around Canadian courts fails, rules BC Judge in Equustek case 
  5. UK High Court Hands Win To Claimant In Right To Be Forgotten Case
  6. If Trump Is So Worried About Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege, He Should End The NSA’s Bulk Surveillance (And CPB Device Seizures)
  7. How Government Pressure Has Turned Transparency Reports From Free Speech Celebrations To Censorship Celebrations
  8. Gmail.com redesign includes self-destructing emails: Set expiration dates and password requirements on your sensitive emails.
  9. In Trying To Ban Telegram, Russia Breaks The Internet
  10. “Privacy is not for sale,” Telegram founder says after being banned in Russia: Russian authorities are demanding a universal key. Telegram says it doesn’t exist.
  11. In effort to shut down Telegram, Russia blocks Amazon, Google network addresses: Russian censors up ante in effort to block secure chat by political opposition.
  12. Russian hackers mass-exploit routers in homes, govs, and infrastructure: The hacks steal passwords and clear the way for future attacks, officials warn.
  13. Inside the Decade-Long Russian Campaign to Infiltrate the NRA and Help Elect Trump: Femme fatales, lavish Moscow parties and dark money – how Russia worked the National Rifle Association
  14. Open Letter On Ending Attacks On Security Research
  15. Apps Are Illegally Stealing Children’s Privacy Data
  16. FTC tightens reins around Uber following 2016 breach: Ride-hailing service waited a year to disclose hack that stole data of 25 million.
  17. App Permissions Don’t Tell Us Nearly Enough About Our Apps
  18. A Casino Was Hacked Thanks To The Internet Of Broken Things & A Fish Tank Thermometer
  19. Cloudflare’s Plan To Protect The Whole Internet Comes Into Focus 
  20. What does GDPR do?: Purewal & Partners’ Jas Purewal and Peter Lewin provide an overview of the imminent EU data protection regulation
  21. What does GDPR mean for digital entertainment businesses?: In the second part of their GDPR guide, Purewal & Partners’ Jas Purewal and Peter Lewin offer advice and ten key tips for games companies
  22. When Can Law Enforcement Look at Your Devices? A Definitive List
  23. Inside The Unnerving Supply Chain Attack That Corrupted CCleaner
  24. Facebook exits anti-privacy alliance it formed with Comcast and Google: Facebook gave $200K but will stop fighting CA law to restrict sale of user data.
  25. Public Attention Forces Facebook To Retreat From Anti-Privacy Alliance With ISPs In California

Jon

News of the Week; April 11, 2018

GAMES

  1. GTA V producer hits speed bump in $150M lawsuit against Rockstar
  2. Former GTA producer suffers setback in $150m lawsuit against Take Two: Court finds profit sharing agreement unambiguous, but Benzies could still be compensated
  3. GTA V is the most profitable entertainment product of all time: 90 million sales and $6 billion in revenue means nothing comes close to Rockstar’s biggest hit
  4. Court Dismisses Lohan’s Invasion of Privacy Suit
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5 Has Many Different Characters, But Lindsay Lohan Is Not One of Them 
  6. Appeals Court Rules That GTA5 Didn’t Infringe On Lindsay Lohan’s Likeness Rights
  7. Lawsuit Filed Against PUBG Mobile Clones
  8. PUBG Corp takes NetEase to court over alleged mobilePUBG copycats
  9. PUBG creators finally decide a copycat game has gone too far, file suit: What gets PUBG lawyers’ attention? A 25-strong list that includes chicken dinners.
  10. PUBG Corp. files lawsuit against NetEase for alleged copyright infringement: Look and feel of both mobile games “closely mimic” PUBG, says developer
  11. CliffyB’s Radical Heights is a new low for cashing in on the PUBG craze: What happens when a game studio is late to a hot trend twice in a row?
  12. Microsoft & other game companies win out in camera patent lawsuit
  13. Ubisoft to prioritize ‘toxicity management’ in Rainbow Six: Siege
  14. Ubisoft cracking down on hate speech, team-killing in Rainbow Six: Siege – “Egregious offenders” can now earn a permanent ban “without warning.”
  15. “You’re a__ is about to get swatted,” swatting suspect tweets from jail: A software glitch in a Kansas jail temporarily gave the suspect Internet access.
  16. Pokémon Go Producers Attacked by Strange Plaintiff-Beasts
  17. Korean companies fined $950K for deceptive loot box practices
  18. Nexon and Netmarble fined for loot box practices: Korean FTC hands out almost $1 million in fines, the majority to Nexon
  19. Korean FTC Issues Fines Over Loot Box Advertising 
  20. FTC: Warranty-voiding language like Nintendo’s and Sony’s is illegal – FTC warns companies to stop voiding warranties for unauthorized repairs.
  21. Online gaming could be stalled by net neutrality repeal, ESA tells court: Entertainment Software Association fights FCC’s net neutrality repeal in court.
  22. The Video Game Industry Joins The Lawsuit To Save Net Neutrality
  23. Public UK wage database showcases game industry’s gender pay gap
  24. Exploring the pay gap: What does the data really say about the industry’s gender imbalance? – Full analysis reveals important questions about female representation across all industry levels
  25. Gender pay gaps: Here’s how we fix them – Amiqus’ Liz Prince believes this week’s revelations should compel the industry to address how it recruits, retains and promotes women
  26. Indie collective Juegos Rancheros dismisses co-founder Boyer
  27. Brandon Boyer dismissed from Juegos Rancheros: Austin indie game organization removes co-founder and former IGF chair from board of directors over conduct concerns
  28. Blog: Recapping the IGDA’s localization roundtable from GDC
  29. Altered Ventures launches $36M fund to help devs succeed in emerging markets
  30. How long should game devs spend working on just one game?
  31. BossKey backing away from active LawBreakers development 
  32. Lawbreakers “failed to find an audience,” dev officially admits FPS defeat: Implies that game won’t receive an end-of-life transition to free-to-play, either.
  33. Ubisoft opens Winnipeg studio to develop world building tech
  34. Ubisoft opening Winnipeg studio: Far Cry 5 producer Darryl Long named managing director of new co-development studio focused on tools and tech for publisher’s AAA open-world brands
  35. Nightdive shares source code for System Shock on Mac
  36. Far Cry 5 has more than doubled Far Cry 4’s first week sales
  37. Insights: Fortnite’s Pop Culture Breakthrough May Last More Than Two Weeks
  38. Fortnite mobile revenue tops $15M after less than a month
  39. Fortnite mobile daily revenue peaks at $1.8m since lifting invite-only requirement: Total revenue surpasses $15 million in less than a month
  40. Resident Evil 7 has surpassed 5.1M sales worldwide
  41. With 2 million units sold, Shovel Knight generated the most income from Switch sales
  42. Nintendo warns against using substandard Switch charging cables
  43. Overwatch League team drops player: Boston Rising terminates contract of Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez after allegation of sexual communications with a minor
  44. What Is The Copyright Status In eSports Casts?
  45. Esports and gambling
  46. Blizzard looking to grow Overwatch League with All-Access Pass
  47. Video Game Deep Cuts: A WiLD eSports Mario Approaches
  48. NBA’s Adam Silver Welcomes ‘New Generation Of Athletes’ With NBA 2K League
  49. Video games can create beneficial social connections and take on real issues
  50. Wadjet Eye: Streamers “pushed me to make the game that I’ve always wanted to play” – With Unavowed, founder Dave Gilbert aimed to make a point and click adventure game that can’t be spoiled by YouTube videos
  51. I got occupational burnout – and you might, too: Will Luton on a “scarily ubiquitous” problem in the games industry, but one that can be identified and prevented
  52. ‘VRChat’ is the Closest VR Experience Available Today to ‘Ready Player One’s’ OASIS
  53. Group Behind JPEG Unveils New ‘visually lossless’ Compression Standard for VR/AR and More
  54. Leap Motion reveals open-source North Star AR headset 
  55. Trade marks: How much do you really need to protect?: As the Star Control legal battle extends to alien race names, Harbottle & Lewis’ Kostya Lobov offers advice on striking a balance
  56. “Most developers think of funding as fixing their problem”: But VC investors care about opportunities and not problems, says Jason Della Rocca, and this year’s Nordic Game Conference will feature an event to show the difference
  57. Steam privacy tweaks spell the end for services like Steam Spy
  58. Steam Spy announces it’s shutting down, blames Valve’s new privacy settings: Sales-estimate service, born from an Ars data project, says goodbye to its best source.
  59. SteamSpy shutting down after Steam privacy update: Switch to default hidden game libraries cuts off primary source of tracker’s data
  60. Blog: Early Access without Steam? Let’s break down the numbers
  61. Blog: A history of game analytics platforms
  62. iOS App Store shrinks as number of new apps falls for first time ever
  63. Razer sets up shop as a PC game retailer
  64. Myst creators launch Kickstarter to bring every game in the series to Windows 10: Most of the games are already available, but there are some collector’s items.
  65. The ESA has joined the fight to save net neutrality
  66. ESA joins battle for net neutrality: E3 organiser and games lobbying group files to participate in lawsuit against Federal Communications Commission
  67. Humble is selling a huge gaming history ebook collection for $15: MIT Press combines 18 of its incredibly wonky game design studies books for cheap.
  68. How game writers craft meaningful romances in games
  69. Blog: The importance of knowing your inheritance, as a game dev
  70. V&A Museum to highlight game design innovations in coming exhibit
  71. Video Games: Design/Play/Disrupt arrives at Victoria and Albert Museum this autumn: “Exhibition will provide a compelling insight into one of the most important design disciplines of our time,” says V&A director
  72. Take a gander at how the very first arcade video games were advertised

DIGITAL

  1. Was Facebook’s Work With the Trump Campaign Illegal?
  2. The Questions Zuckerberg Should Have Answered About Russia
  3. Facebook admits Zuckerberg wiped his old messages – which you can’t do: Ordinary Facebook users can’t delete their messages from recipients’ inboxes.
  4. Facebook Admits Mark Zuckerberg and Top Execs Have Deleted Their Sent Messages Remotely
  5. Hours after Zuck deletion scandal, Facebook announces new unsend feature: How stupid does Facebook think we are?
  6. Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data
  7. Facebook can’t catch a break: Medical data-sharing plan halted 
  8. Watch Zuckerberg Struggle to Answer Sharp, Uncomfortable Questions About Peter Thiel’s Creepy Company
  9. A Hard Transparency Choice: What is WikiLeaks?
  10. Zuckerberg: Failing to identify Russian misinformation one of his ‘greatest regrets’: Mark Zuckerberg called Facebook’s failure to identify the influence of Russian information operations on the 2016 U.S. election one of his “greatest regrets.”
  11. Data firm that worked on Brexit suspended by Facebook: But the company says all allegations are untrue.
  12. “Facebook Doesn’t Sell Your Data. It Sells You”: Zeynep Tufekci on How Company’s Profit Really Works
  13. Steve Wozniak drops Facebook: “The profits are all based on the user’s info” – Apple cofounder – “Apple makes its money off of good products, not off of you.”
  14. Zuckerberg: regulation of social media firms is ‘inevitable’
  15. As Zuck testifies to Senate, Democrats propose tough opt-in privacy law: Democrats propose opt-in privacy rules for Facebook, Google, and other websites.
  16. Facebook urged to make GDPR its “baseline standard” globally
  17. Mark Zuckerberg Answers To Congress For Facebook’s Troubles
  18. CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook’s privacy failures
  19. It’s not just America: Zuckerberg has to answer for Facebook’s actions around the world
  20. Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook
  21. What were the failures of Mark Zuckerberg pre-Facebook?
  22. 1 million UK Facebook users could have compensation claims for misuse of their personal information
  23. From Mark Zuckerberg to Harvey Weinstein, founder CEOs can become too big to fail
  24. Facebook isn’t too big to fail 
  25. Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony Birthed An Oddly Promising Memepocalypse
  26. Congress Is Unearthing Facebook’s Terrible Power 
  27. Facebook And The Price Of Tech Utopia
  28. Facebook Imposes New Restrictions On Ads And Popular Pages
  29. Facebook: If you want to buy a political ad, you now have to be “authorized” – “We know we were slow to pick-up foreign interference in the 2016 US elections.”
  30. Facebook’s surveillance is nothing compared with Comcast, AT&T and Verizon: Comcast, AT&T and Verizon pose a greater surveillance risk than Facebook – but their surveillance is much harder to avoid
  31. MIT Civic Media Director: Facebook’s Apologies Are ‘Long Overdue’
  32. Mark Zuckerberg’s Privacy Shell Game
  33. Facebook CEO puts on suit and a smile to try to seduce, assuage senators – Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT): “Your business model is to maximize profit over privacy.” 
  34. Cambridge Analytica Could Have Also Accessed Private Facebook Messages
  35. How To Check If Cambridge Analytica Could Access Your Facebook Data
  36. How to Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Stolen by Cambridge Analytica
  37. Data Lords: The Real Story of Big Data, Facebook and the Future of News
  38. Broadband Industry Aims To Use Facebook Fracas To Saddle Silicon Valley With Crappy New Laws
  39. Yep, Russian trolls hit Reddit, too—on /r/funny and elsewhere – CEO: “We still have a lot of room to improve, and we intend to remain vigilant.”
  40. Here’s why tech companies abuse our data: because we let them (Brett Frischmann)
  41. The Rise Of Platform Authoritarianism
  42. Court Shuts Down Yet Another Lawsuit Against Social Media Companies Over Terrorist Attacks
  43. Cali Lawmakers Pushing For 72-Hour Bot Removal Requirements For Social Media Companies
  44. Court Says Kentucky Governor Free To Block Critics Using Official Social Media Accounts
  45. FOSTA Signed into Law, Amends CDA Section 230 to Allow Enforcement against Online Providers for Knowingly Facilitating Sex Trafficking
  46. Trump signs bill to shut down websites that facilitate prostitution: FOSTA becomes law—sex work forums were already shutting down to prepare.
  47. Ted Cruz Gets Section 230 All Wrong, While Zuck Claims He’s Not Familiar With It
  48. Backpage domains seized by feds, co-founder’s Arizona home raided: Notorious site had used Section 230 as a shield against state prosecution.
  49. Backpage execs indicted on federal prostitution, money laundering charges – AG: “Backpage.com existed as the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex.” 
  50. DOJ Seizes And Shuts Down Backpage.com (Before SESTA Has Even Been Signed)
  51. “Erotic Review” blocks US Internet users to prepare for government crackdown: Sex work review site censors itself in US before SESTA is signed into law.
  52. Politicians Who Said SESTA Was Needed To Takedown Backpage Claim Victory Over Backpage Takedown… Without SESTA
  53. Federal Backpage Indictment Shows SESTA Unnecessary, Contains Zero Sex Trafficking Charges
  54. Japanese Government Seeks To Circumvent Its Own Constitution To Censor ‘Pirate’ Sites
  55. Studio71 Launches Brand Safety Tool To Help Its Partners Advertise Securely
  56. Right to be forgotten and online information removal under debate: Privacy commissioner may face challenges with the law
  57. Canadian Government Leaning Towards A Right To Be Forgotten It Can Enforce Anywhere In The World
  58. Vimeo Copyright Infringement Case Still Going Nearly A Decade Later, With Another Partial Win For Vimeo
  59. Latest EU Copyright Plan Would Ban Copyright Holders From Using Creative Commons
  60. Apple Must Pay $502.6 Million to VirnetX, Federal Jury Rules
  61. Apple ordered to pay $502.6M to VirnetX after jury finds patent infringement: Suing over patents hasn’t paid off: VirnetX lost over $75M from 2015 through 2017.
  62. Patent Troll Sues Spotify, SoundCloud And Deezer Over Patent On A ‘Music Organizer And Entertainment Center’
  63. Apple has begun notifying macOS users of coming 32-bit app incompatibility: Warnings have started, but 32-bit support will likely continue for many months.
  64. Amazon customers take to social media after mysterious account closures  
  65. Most Links To Popular Sites On Twitter Come From Bots
  66. Instagram Testing ‘Nametags’ Feature That’s Essentially A Snapcodes Clone
  67. One Woman Got Facebook To Police Opioid Sales On Instagram
  68. ‘Mister Rogers’ Fan Film Battles Copyright Claim On YouTube
  69. After “Horrific Act Of Violence,” YouTube Will Tighten Security “At All Of Our Offices Worldwide”
  70. Google Staffer Launches $24,000 GoFundMe Campaign For YouTube Shooting Hero
  71. Groups Allege YouTube Is Violating Law That Protects Kids
  72. Advocacy Groups, Citing Children’s Privacy Laws, Ask FTC To Investigate YouTube
  73. Unite the Right? How YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Connects The U.S. Far-Right
  74. YouTube TV To Launch Linear Channels With Cheddar, Tastemade, The Young Turks
  75. Philip DeFranco Answers Sean Evans’ Burning Questions About YouTube On ‘Hot Ones’ 
  76. ‘Study With Me’ YouTube Videos Are Finding Massive Audiences In Japan 
  77. YouTube To Stream Coachella For Eighth Year, Including Headliner Beyoncé
  78. YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App: YouTube will approve all channels allowed to post, a source told BuzzFeed News, giving parents a firewall against an algorithm that’s often proved lacking.
  79. Google Turns To Users To Improve Its AI Chops Outside The US
  80. Again, Algorithms Suck At Determining ‘Bad’ Content, Often To Hilarious Degrees
  81. BroadbandTV Unveils ‘VISO’ Platform To Help Creators Collaborate, Optimize Uploads, More
  82. Netflix Reportedly Threatens Cannes Boycott After Its Films Are Banned From Competition
  83. The Military Wants to Make AI That Mimics the Human Brain. Experts Know There’s a Better Way.
  84. A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats To Humans
  85. A New AI “Journalist” Is Rewriting the News to Remove Bias
  86. A lawyer’s guide to artificial intelligence
  87. China Now Has the Most Valuable AI Startup in the World
  88. Artificial Intelligence, Fair Use, and Using AI to Create New Works
  89. President Trump Announces Trade Actions Targeting Chinese Tech and Intellectual Property Policies 
  90. Mozilla Diagnoses The Health Of The Global Internet
  91. The Internet has serious health problems, Mozilla Foundation report finds: Consolidation of control, “fake news,” IoT security weakness are symptoms of larger problems.
  92. More Governments Granting Themselves Extra Censorship Powers With ‘Fake News’ Laws
  93. Indian Government Enacts, Abandons ‘Fake News’ Law In Less Than 24 Hours
  94. Mt. Gox ex-CEO, who may profit from site’s fall, says he “doesn’t want this”
  95. Beijing Higher Court Affirms Grant of Injunction in IWNComm v. Sony
  96. The Never-Ending Self-Driving Car Project
  97. China Now Has the Most Valuable AI Startup in the World
  98. 10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web
  99. Quebec Digital Sales Tax Plan Shows It Is Easier Said Than Done (Michael Geist)

CREATIVITY

  1. Public policy and offensive trademarks
  2. Strong Shield Law Protections for Journalists in California and Across the Country 
  3. RIAA Gets To Move Forward In Case That Tries To Force ISPs To Help Copyright Trolls
  4. MPAA Report Shows How The Internet Is Saving The Film Industry, Not Destroying It 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Canadian Internet Providers Warn of Site Blocking Consequences: Threat to Affordable Internet Access and Market Competition (Michael Geist)
  2. CRTC Website Blocking Submissions Confirm Over-Blocking Risks: “Every Blocking Technique Suffers from Over-blocking and Under-blocking” (Michael Geist)
  3. Broken Record: Why the Music Industry’s Secret Plan for iPhone Taxes, Internet Tracking and Content Blocking is Off-Key (Michael Geist)
  4. The Competition-Killing Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Nobody Asked For Is Back On The Menu
  5. Oregon finalizes net neutrality law despite likelihood that ISPs will sue: Oregon governor signs net neutrality bill today.
  6. Oregon passes its own net neutrality laws, but not for home users: “The internet has democratised knowledge and is an invaluable tool. It’s so important that it remains open and accessible”
  7. Massachusetts Legislature Issues Net Neutrality Report, Recommends Legislation
  8. More Colorado Towns Vote Down A Comcast State Law Hamstringing Broadband Competition
  9. Ex-Obama FTC Boss Now Lobbying For Comcast, Trying To Prevent States From Protecting Consumers
  10. Ajit Pai’s “Harlem Shake” video preparations must remain secret, FCC says: It’s the second time FCC refused to release emails about an Ajit Pai comedy skit.
  11. FCC Withholds Ajit Pai’s Emails Regarding The Infamous ‘Harlem Shake’ Video
  12. FCC Commissioner Says Her Agency Is Now Just A Giant Rubber Stamp For Sinclair Broadcasting
  13. Trump and the idiot box: White House aides will try to get guests to make their points on Fox News shows because President Trump “will listen more when it is on TV.” 
  14. The crisis in journalism that’s helping Trump: Did the collapse of local journalism help give us Donald Trump? 
  15. When You Merge The Message With The Medium, You Make A Messium 
  16. What’s Next for the FCC’s Radio Ownership Rules? – Do Changes in the Audio Marketplace Justify Changes in Ownership Limits? 
  17. AT&T’s 5G trials produce gigabit speeds and 9ms latency: AT&T boasts about millimeter-wave 5G as it prepares for late 2018 launch.
  18. CenturyLink Tries To Dodge Broadband Billing Lawsuit By Claiming It Technically Has No Subscribers

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. The NYPD Wants Everyone’s Licenses for Facial Recognition. How Concerned Should You Be?
  2. DHS defends media-monitoring database, calls critics “conspiracy theorists”: Says only wearers of “tinfoil hats” have issues with “standard practice monitoring.”
  3. Thousands of hacked websites are infecting visitors with malware: Unusually advanced campaign infects people visiting a variety of poorly secured sites. 
  4. Another Company Blows Off Breach Notification For Months, Lies About Affected Customers When It’s Exposed
  5. DC’s Stingray Mess Won’t Get Cleaned Up
  6. DHS Says Rogue Stingrays Are In Use In Washington, DC; Also Says It Hasn’t Done Anything About It
  7. How to keep your ISP’s nose out of your browser history with encrypted DNS: Using Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1, other DNS services still require some command-line know-how.
  8. Cyberinsurance Tackles The Wildly Unpredictable World Of Hacks 
  9. Striking the Balance: Privacy and Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age (Michael Geist) 
  10. Data Rules in Modern Trade Agreements: Toward Reconciling an Open Internet with Privacy and Security Safeguards (Michael Geist)
  11. Practical passwordless authentication comes a step closer with WebAuthn: Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google are all implementing the new standard.

Jon

News of the Week; April 4, 2018

GAMES

  1. Lindsay Lohan loses Grand Theft Auto V lawsuit on appeal: It’s game over for the actress, as an appeals court finds a game character Lohan called her “unequivocal” likeness is rather a “generic … twentysomething woman.”
  2. Lindsay Lohan’s GTA 5 Lawsuit Rejected Again: “We conclude…that the subject images are not recognizable as plaintiff.”
  3. Court rejects Lindsay Lohan’s appeal in GTA V likeness lawsuit 
  4. Loot box latest: Big Fish Casino decision reversed by US Court
  5. Big Fish Casino constitutes illegal gambling under Washington law
  6. Monolith removes loot boxes from Middle-earth: Shadow of War – Mechanic “risked undermining the heart of our game,” says developer
  7. Developer removes randomized loot boxes from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Monolith says paid market “compromises” the game “even if you don’t buy anything.”
  8. Shadow of War is being completely stripped of microtransactions
  9. Social Casino Game Found to Be Illegal Gambling 
  10. Judge Refuses to Dismiss Copyright Lawsuit Over LeBron James Tattoo in ‘NBA 2K’: Take-Two attempted to argue that its use of LeBron James’ tattoo was de minimis or fair use.
  11. Judge Swain: Discovery Necessary to Determine “Fair Use” of NBA Tattoos in Video Game 
  12. Take-Two Fails To Get NBA2K Tattoo Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed
  13. Niantic settles Pokemon Go class action lawsuit for $1.5M
  14. Niantic pays $1.6 million settlement over failed Pokemon Go event: Attendees can get reimbursed for incurred travel expenses.
  15. Niantic settling Pokemon Go Fest lawsuit for $1.6 million – Report: Resolution will see developer reimburse travel costs for attendees of last year’s disastrous Chicago event
  16. “Patent troll” doubles down, now accuses Clicker Heroes maker of libel – Lawyer for Playsaurus: “Stop sending baseless letters with draconian demands.”
  17. IGF Award-winning Baba Is You cloned before it was even released
  18. Eugen Systems devs hit out at management after six weeks on strike
  19. Eugen Systems striking devs going to labour court: Employees initiating proceedings against Steel Division – Normandy 44 studio after six weeks with no progress in negotiations
  20. Ageism: The issue never gets old – Veteran game developers share thoughts on how big a problem age discrimination actually is, and how to get around it
  21. 69% of large UK games firms have bigger gender pay gap than national average: King and Rockstar added to database, based on businesses with 250 or more employees
  22. Ubisoft’s plans to tackle toxicity in Rainbow Six: Siege – Permanent bans, mute text chat, chat filtering and team kill detection all in the works
  23. To prevent toxicity, design games with community management in mind
  24. Blog: It’s not me. It’s you – surviving a toxic workplace
  25. Blizzard experiments with machine learning to fight Overwatch toxicity 
  26. Blog: Working on controversial shooter Six Days in Fallujah
  27. China’s Tencent Proves You Can Make A Decent Profit From Online Publishing — If You Have A Platform With A Billion Users
  28. Twitch Streamer Ninja Draws Backlash For Using N-Word During ‘Fortnite’ Stream
  29. Citing “Adjustments,” Twitch Lays Off Approximately 25 Employees
  30. Twitch undergoes layoffs: Streaming site confirms “team adjustments in some departments,” plans to increase headcount by 30% this year
  31. Research reveals most popular esports on Twitch: Nearly three times as many MOBA streamers than any other genre
  32. Superdata: Fortnite has more monthly active users than GTA Online – Battle Royale game earned more additional content revenue than any other console title in February – except Call of Duty
  33. Fortnite is taking over the sports world
  34. World’s largest esports organisations sign up for Clash Royale League: 36 teams from North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to compete in $1 million World Final
  35. Gearing up for e-sport: Seizing opportunities and tackling legal issues
  36. Competitive sniping game SpyPartyfinally hitting Steam after eight years: Could an indie game about psychological stare-downs truly emerge as an esports star?
  37. It’s more than luck: what devs should keep in mind when creating an ‘indie hit’
  38. Blog: Some notes on indie publishing 
  39. The Rise Of Vsports: A New Category Of Sport Powered By Video Technology
  40. A look at EA Sports’ push for more accessible sports games
  41. Premium mobile game Hitman Sniper passes 10M players
  42. Hitman Sniper passes 10m players: Mobile spin-off likely the best-selling entry in the series to date
  43. The Nintendo Switch has surpassed 4M sales in Japan
  44. Nintendo Switch reaches four million sold in Japan – report: Famitsu numbers put Nintendo’s console two weeks behind the Wii in hitting the milestone
  45. Ni No Kuni developer Level-5 bringing all future main titles to Switch
  46. Blog: How Breath of the Wild brings maturity to Nintendo’s game design
  47. Ubisoft Extends IBM Watson Support for ‘Bridge Crew’ Through 2018
  48. Far Cry 5 UK launch is the biggest in Far Cry history: Strong Easter sales all round for the boxed games market as Ubisoft ends March on a high
  49. Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Releases Its First Game
  50. Amazon officially benches Breakaway: Fantasy sports game no longer in active development as team focuses on other projects
  51. Apple’s clones crackdown leads to App Store shrinking: Number of new iOS releases drops for the first time since marketplace launched in 2008
  52. Steam Spy: $20 games took biggest share of Steam’s total revenue in 2017 – Sergey Galyonkin questions the power of $10 “sweet spot” for Steam prices
  53. Valve: ‘Steam Machines aren’t exactly flying off shelves’
  54. Valve says it’s “still working hard” on Linux gaming: SteamOS maker admits that “Steam machines aren’t exactly flying off the shelves.”
  55. Valve hasn’t given up on Steam Machines: Company admits sales are slow, but says ‘store delisting’ is nothing more than routine cleanup
  56. Valve quietly dials back Steam Machine presence on Steam
  57. SteamSpy: $20 and $60 were the top-earning Steam game prices last year
  58. Surviving a decade in indie dev: What’s kept Mommy’s Best Games going for 11 years? Nathan Fouts details 21 things that helped the Pig Eat Ball outfit get by, and might help others as well
  59. Why is early stage funding tough to find for game start-ups?: Makers Fund founding partner Jay Chi wants to solve a shortage of Series A support in the market; portfolio includes Bossa, Typhoon, Tiny Build, Superdata, and more
  60. “I’m not sure that games like this one can continue to be made…”: Where the Water Tastes Like Wine developer Johnnemann Nordhagen reflects on his game’s surprising commercial struggles
  61. Asymmetric smashed West of Loathing sales target by halving launch price: Original $20 price tag would have discouraged impulse buys, says founder Zack Johnson
  62. Indie comics platform Tapas Media embarks on major games push: Digital publisher keen to share its IP and fictional universes with developers across all platforms.
  63. Assassin’s Creed’s New Discovery Mode Is What Museums Will Look Like In The Future
  64. Everything you missed from GDC 2018: #1ReasonToBe, artificial intelligence, and the latest from Unreal and Unity were the hot topics in San Francisco this year
  65. Despite faltering profits, hardware and software sales rise at GameStop 
  66. GameStop annual income down by $300m due to fourth quarter “asset impairment”: Sales up 7.2 per cent to $9.2 billion with net income of $34.7 million
  67. 10 Years Ago This Month: A swath of studio closures suggests how significantly the HD era upended the status quo
  68. Record-breaking VR/AR start-ups raised over $3.6bn in last 12 months: Video games one of only two sectors to secure more than 10% of investment deals
  69. Virtual reality could encourage pro-social behaviour and empathy in children: Parents aren’t convinced however, and just 38 per cent agree
  70. HTC launching $1,100 starter kit to trim $150 off Vive Pro buy-in
  71. New Vive Pro bundle cuts headset price by $100: HTC marks VR device’s second anniversary with new offer to clarify upgrade confusion
  72. HTC Vive Pro review: Eye-popping VR, with a price that’s a little too real: Is a $799 upgrade price (or $1,099 brand-new) justified for this jump in quality?
  73. Blockchain is games’ new tech obsession: Early tech adoption is part of the essence of the games industry – but proposals to integrate blockchain into companies’ businesses, not just their games, should give us pause
  74. GDPR-K: How the kids data privacy law affects games publishers everywhere – SuperAwesome MD Max Bleyleben explains why it’s not enough to look for GDPR compliance – in the kids’ space, you also need GDPR-K compliance
  75. PC Building Simulator is (most of) the fun of building a PC—without pricey GPUs: It’s not very challenging, but it nails the basics of building gaming PCs.
  76. Experimental Controllers Could Change Gaming For Good
  77. Warner Bros. steps up as Hitman publisher
  78. Don’t Miss: How Slime Rancher succeeds through emergent storytelling
  79. An actual gaming Easter egg was unlocked on an Atari Jaguar cartridge today: Modern-day publisher AtariAge confirmed secret has been hidden on carts for a year.
  80. More than ‘Orcs in Space’: Devs measure the enduring influence of StarCraft
  81. Ready Player One’s film adaptation isn’t even good enough as a kids movie: Everything here – character development, CGI, geek-cred references – disappoints.
  82. Ready Player One Is A Virtually Empty Good Time
  83. Blog: A postmortem on my game design degree

DIGITAL

  1. Trump admin wants to track 14 million US visitors’ social media history
  2. Republican governor forced to stop blocking Facebook users who criticize him: Maryland gov. settled free speech lawsuit – Trump is still fighting a similar suit.
  3. US Might Start A Nuclear War… Because Iranians Wanted Access To Academic Papers Locked Behind A Paywall?
  4. Facebook: It wasn’t 50M hit by Cambridge Analytica breach, but rather 87M – Also, Facebook will now delete all call and SMS logs older than one year.
  5. Facebook Exposed 87 Million Users To Cambridge Analytica
  6. Facebook executive defends memo saying connecting people online is good even if ‘someone dies in a terrorist attack’
  7. Facebook Executive Defends Leaked Memo saying Growth Is Good Even If  ‘Domeone Dies In A Terror Attack’
  8. Influencers are getting long-term contracts that treat them more like traditional talent: In a 2016 memo, Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth wrote “Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies.” Thursday, he renounced the statements.
  9. With GDPR Decision, Zuckerberg Proves Yet Again He Has Learned Absolutely Nothing From the Cambridge Analytica Scandal
  10. The Case For A Zuck-Free Facebook
  11. Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week: Members of Congress want answers about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 
  12. Tim Cook Says Apple Would Never Have a Scandal Like Cambridge Analytica
  13. A Short History Of Facebook’s Privacy Gaffes
  14. Don’t Just Delete Facebook — Delete Well
  15. Report: Facebook Staff Suddenly Concerned About Privacy, Specifically Theirs
  16. CEO says Facebook will impose new EU privacy rules “everywhere”: “We have to ensure that everyone in our ecosystem protects people’s information.”
  17. Mark Zuckerberg Hints Most Facebook Users Won’t Benefit From New Privacy Rules
  18. Computer science faces an ethics crisis. The Cambridge Analytica scandal proves it.
  19. Cambridge Analytica’s processing of Facebook’s users’ data for predictive psychological profiling and voter micro targeting: The 2018 ICO investigation against Cambridge Analytica’s practices on Facebookc – An international wake-up call
  20. How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked
  21. Facebook and Cambridge Analytica (Bruce Schneier)
  22. Facebook’s New Data-Sharing Policies Are Crashing Tinder
  23. Can Social Media Be Saved?
  24. It Took All Of Three Hours To Code A Plugin That Makes News Comments More Civil
  25. Four problems for news and democracy: Here are some “buckets” for making sense of why: addiction, economics, bad actors and known bugs (Ethan Zuckerman)
  26. Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC 
  27. Court Shows SESTA Is Not Needed: Says Backpage Can Lose Its CDA 230 Protections If It Helped Create Illegal Content 
  28. Yet Another Court Says Victims Don’t Need SESTA/FOSTA To Go After Backpage 
  29. Sex Workers Fighting Back Against SESTA/FOSTA With Their Own Social Network… And Plan To Expose Politicians
  30. Yet Another Case Highlights Yet Another Constitutional Infirmity With The DMCA
  31. Judge Blocks Iowa Town From Shutting Down Or Suing Resident Over His Critical Website
  32. Court Says PACER System Is Illegally Using Fees
  33. Lawyer Behind Failing Sham To Protect Sketchy Patents Sends Bogus Copyright Cease & Desist To Blogger
  34. Conservative Wingnuts Celebrate Easter by Complaining About Google Doodles, Like Jesus Would
  35. Google employees revolt, say company should shut down military drone project: Project applying Google’s image recognition to military drone footage causes uproar.
  36. Court Tosses Dennis Prager’s Silly Lawsuit Against YouTube, Refuses His Request For Preliminary Injunction
  37. Michigan State University Reportedly Spent $500k To Monitor The Social Media Accounts Of Larry Nassar’s Accusers And Journalists
  38. YouTube Shooting Spree Injures 4, Kills 1
  39. Police confirm one dead, three wounded after shooting at YouTube HQ
  40. 4 Wounded, Suspect Dead Following Shooting At YouTube’s San Bruno Headquarters 
  41. YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam Complained The Company Ruined Her Life
  42. Police Say YouTube Policies Motivated Shooter 
  43. YouTube shooter IDed as woman angry at site’s “age-restricted” policies
  44. Tragic YouTube shooting casts new light on creators’ “adpocalypse” complaints: Alleged shooter left a video behind with complaints about revenue. What’s going on? 
  45. What We Know About YouTube Shooter Nasim Aghdam
  46. Livid over site’s policies, YouTube shooter trained for attack, shot randomly
  47. As YouTube Cracks Down On Firearm Videos, Niche Video Platforms Look To Seize An Opportunity
  48. Film Critic Chris Stuckmann Calls Out Universal For Abusing YouTube’s Copyright-Claiming System
  49. Jake Paul Planning Talk Show For YouTube Red 
  50. Influencers are getting long-term contracts that treat them more like traditional talent
  51. Luis Fonsi And Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” Is The First YouTube Video To Receive Five Billion Views
  52. Fullscreen Acquires Influencer-Marketing Firm Reelio 
  53. DramaFever Names Rena Liu GM, Acquires Select ‘Bachelorette’ Streaming Rights
  54. Quixotic Approaches To Circumventing Censorship, Using Books And Music
  55. The Inside Story Of Reddit’s Redesign: Goodbye, dystopian Craigslist. There’s a new Reddit, and it’s all grown up.
  56. Snapchat Lays Off Roughly 100 Staffers For The Second Time This Month
  57. Snapchat Tries Explaining Itself To The Masses In First TV Commercial
  58. Snapchat Expands Video Chats To Include 16 People At Once
  59. Spotify And The Triumph Of The Subscription Model 
  60. Disney To Launch $5 Monthly ESPN+ Streaming Service On April 12
  61. ESPN To Combat Cord-Cutting By Putting Once Kinda Free Content Behind A New Paywall
  62. Twitter to live stream weekly MLB games in renewed deal 
  63. Twitter To Air Weekly MLB Games In Renewed Streaming Pact
  64. NBA To Experiment With Cheap 4th Quarter Only Streaming Options
  65. Uber Settles with Family of AV Crash Victim
  66. Amazon Lost $53 Billion in One Day Because Trump Has Opinions
  67. Here’s how President Trump could go after Amazon
  68. Photographing A Robot Isn’t Just Point And Shoot
  69. Russia Debuts Postal Drone, Which Immediately Crashes Into Wall
  70. Emmanuel Macron Talks To Wired About France’s AI Strategy
  71. Not Everything Needs Copyright: Lawyers Flip Out That Photos Taken By AI May Be Public Domain
  72. Artificial Intelligence Rules More of Your Life. Who Rules AI?: Tech companies are working on standards for the field, though critics see their efforts as attempts to stave off government oversight
  73. AI Engineers Must Open Their Designs To Democratic Control
  74. Mini Brains Just Got Creepier – They’re Growing Their Own Veins
  75. A Cruise self-driving car got a traffic ticket – GM says it did nothing wrong: Cruise says its car never came within 10 feet of a pedestrian.
  76. Uber settles with family of woman killed by self-driving car, avoids lawsuit: Uber and family settle out of court after self-driving car hit pedestrian.
  77. Tesla says Autopilot was active during fatal crash in Mountain View: Tesla argues the data still show Autopilot makes its cars safer.
  78. What Can The Law Do About `Deepfake’?
  79. How Grubhub Analyzed 4,000 Dishes To Predict Your Next Order
  80. Elon Musk’s April Fools’ Prank Totally Backfired
  81. JFK And The Right Of Publicity
  82. When You Can Make ‘JFK’ Say Anything, What’s Stopping Him From Selling Doritos? 
  83. FTC Targets Cryptocurrency Pyramid Schemes 
  84. Google Bans All Cryptomining Extensions From The Chrome Store
  85. Google bans cryptomining Chrome extensions because they refuse to play by the rules: Google continues to try to keep its browser running smoothly in spite of others’ efforts.
  86. Banning cryptocurrency ads is “short-sighted”
  87. Cryptocurrency Pays Price for Alleged Harm With Ad Ban
  88. Two founders of cryptocurrency offering arrested, charged with fraud – Centra Tech’s lawyer said last year: “It’s certainly not a scam.”
  89. Blockchain caught in regulatory crossfire: Without clearly defined regulations for products based on blockchain technology, the future of this industry remains uncertain
  90. Ethical Obligations and Blogging: ABA Opinion Serves as Reminder 
  91. The Condom Snorting Challenge Is Tide Pods’ Final Revenge
  92. Witches, Frog-Gods, And The Deepening Schism Of Internet Religions
  93. Reporting Sexual Harassment In The Digital Age
  94. Apple Music update fills the void left by MTV with exclusive music videos
  95. Insights: Apple Just Launched Its MTV, So When Will It Launch Its Netflix?
  96. RIAA Reports Music Industry Is Making All The Money Just As New Study Says Piracy Has Never Been More Widespread
  97. Hated Science Publisher Elsevier To Help EU Monitor Open Science – Including Open Access
  98. The Wired Guide To Memes: Everything you ever wanted to know about Nyan Cat, Doge, and the art of the Rickroll.
  99. Canadian Internet Law Update – 2017

CREATIVITY

  1. Details announced for statutory review of Canada’s Copyright Act. Phased review projected to be completed in 2019.
  2. Canadian Copyright Law Review Takes Shape: Report Not Expected Until 2019 (Michael Geist)
  3. Storytellers and Artists May Continue To Rejoice – Feud: Bette and Joan Is Fully Protected By The First Amendment 
  4. Malaysian Government Pushes ‘Fake News’ Bill Aimed At Curb-Stomping Reporting About Its Corruption
  5. Court Says Scraping Websites And Creating Fake Profiles Can Be Protected By The First Amendment
  6. School Sells Out Students’ First Amendment Rights, Apologizes And Deletes Article Containing Controversial Images
  7. Judge Tosses Charges Against Journalist Who Published Docs Leaked To Her By A Police Officer
  8. Report Alleges Ren & Stimpy Creator John Kricfalusi Took Advantage of Underage Girls Interested in Animation
  9. Me Too Is Changing Even The Smarmiest Advertisers
  10. Report: Dumb Beer Ad Phrase Banned From The Masters
  11. How Do You Know You Are Reading This?
  12. Levi v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
  13. De Becdelievre v. Anastasia Musical LLC 
  14. Despite Podcast’s Popularity, “SERIAL” Trademark Registration Denied as Generic
  15. University Of Illinois Attempts To Trademark Bully An Alumnus After Failing To Stop His Trademark Registration
  16. Copyright – 2017 Year in Review
  17. Black Panther Has Beaten Titanic to Become the Third Highest Grossing US Theatrical Release of All Time
  18. 2001: A Space Odyssey predicted The Future – 50 Years Ago

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression: Website Blocking Plan “Raises Serious Inconsistencies” With Canada’s Human Rights Obligations (Michael Geist)
  2. Conservative MP on Bell Site Blocking Plan: “Canadians Should be Concerned” (Michael Geist)
  3. Telus’ Website Blocking Submission: No Copyright Expertise Needed and No Net Neutrality Violation if Everyone is Doing It (Michael Geist)
  4. My CRTC Submission on the Bell Coalition Site Blocking Plan: Why it is Disproportionate, Harmful, and Inconsistent With Global Standards (Michael Geist)
  5. Aussie Rightsholders Look To Feature Creep Site-Blocking To Search-Blocking, Because Of Course They Are
  6. Canadian Ownership Rules in Telecom and Broadcasting
  7. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Interaction between Arbitration Clauses and Class Proceedings: TELUS Communications Inc. v. Avraham Wellman 
  8. Sinclair forced TV anchors to criticize “fake” news – and Trump loved it: Sinclair echoes Trump’s “fake news” claims while seeking US approval of a merger.
  9. Ex-Fox News contributor: I was silenced on Russia because I didn’t back Trump
  10. Ex-Fox News contributor says he was kept off air because he wouldn’t ‘unswervingly support President Trump‘ 
  11. I was not allowed to be the voice of sanity on Russia at Fox News. I had to quit
  12. One of Rachael Ray’s Companies Has Pulled Its Ads From Laura Ingraham’s Show 
  13. A day after Laura Ingraham faced boycotts over taunting a Parkland survivor, she’s apologizing
  14. Advertisers Continue Exodus After Parkland Survivor Rejects Laura Ingraham Apology: “#ShutUpAndBeObjective”
  15. Laura Ingraham’s advertisers aren’t buying her apology, either
  16. Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Is Going on ‘Vacation’ As Advertisers Bail 
  17. How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump’s War On The Media 
  18. This San Diego Radio Station Has Existed For A Month And Is Already A Disaster
  19. Federal Court Curbs FCC Robocall Restrictions 
  20. FCC Continues War on Pirate Radio – Seizes Equipment of Boston Stations While New Legislative Tools May Be on the Way 
  21. Ajit Pai faces heat over proposal to take away poor people’s broadband plans: Pai offered no evidence that plan will boost network investment, Democrats say.
  22. FCC Boss Under Fire For Facts-Optional Attack On Low-Income Broadband Programs
  23. Super-Local Broadband May Be The Best Way to Preserve Net Neutrality
  24. Telecom Lobbyists: We’ll Fight State Efforts To Protect Net Neutrality For A ‘United And Connected Future’
  25. Comcast supports ban on paid prioritization – with an exception: Instead of total ban, Comcast wants exception for specialized services.
  26. Comcast’s Top Lobbyist Is Pushing A Net Neutrality ‘Compromise’ That Isn’t
  27. FCC approves SpaceX plan to launch 4,425 broadband satellites 
  28. Charter fails to prove that its employees purposely caused cable outages: Charter lawsuit against union dismissed by judge as strike enters second year.
  29. CenturyLink fights billing-fraud lawsuit by claiming that it has no customers: CenturyLink operates via subsidiaries that enforce mandatory arbitration clauses. 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1.  Yahoo! Cyber breach settlement gives shareholders cause for cheer 
  2. DOJ Asks Supreme Court To Dump Microsoft Case, Let It Use New CLOUD Act To Demand Overseas Data
  3. If You Jaywalk in China, Facial Recognition Means You’ll Walk Away With A Fine
  4. Grindr won’t share users’ HIV status with app contractors after outcry
  5. It’s Grindr’s Turn In The Barrel As America Finally Decides To Care About Consumer Privacy 
  6. Truckers Take On Trump Over Electronic Surveillance Rules
  7. Appeals Court Has No Problem With Cops Using E911 Services To Perform Warrantless, Real-Time Tracking 
  8. Feds: There are hostile stingrays in DC, but we don’t know how to find them – There’s also “anomalous activity” – probably stingrays – in other US cities, too. 
  9. Want to hack a voting machine? Hack the voting machine vendor first: How password reuse and third-party breaches leave voting machine vendors vulnerable to attack.
  10. The Billion-Dollar Hacking Group Behind A String Of Big Breaches
  11. Beware The Academic Vanity Honeypot: How a hacker weaponized flattery and took over my Twitter account. 
  12. What Happens When You Track Your Boyfriend On Strava
  13. Hacking your brain(scan): security bugs in EEG software open hospitals to attack – Cisco Talos reveals “multiple vulnerabilities” in hardware common at hospitals.
  14. Finally extradited from Europe, suspected LinkedIn hacker faces US charges
  15. Coming Soon (or at least by November): Government Sets a Date for Data Breach Disclosure Rules To Take Effect (Michael Geist)
  16. Practical Approaches to Big Data Privacy Over Time (Micah Altman, Alexandra Wood, David R. O’Brien and Urs Gasser)

Jon

News of the Week; March 28, 2018

GAMES

  1. Star Control legal battle intensifies as alleged settlement offer surfaces: Stardock’s “unfathomable” demands reportedly include surrender of IP rights, a public apology, $225,000 and a five-year development ban
  2. Stardock responds to Star Control designers’ settlement offer claims: Developer’s VP shares original proposal, clarifies company’s position on Star Control IP rights
  3. Rare cancels planned Sea of Thieves“death cost” after player complaints: “Thanks for the feedback here. We’re listening,” says developer.
  4. Microsoft says Sea of Thieves sold well, even without counting Game Pass copies
  5. Gran Turismo Sport ad misrepresented offline content, rules UK ad authority
  6. ASA upholds complaint levelled against Sony over misleading Gran Turismo ad: Sony reprimanded for failing to specify that the “majority” of the game was unavailable without an internet connection
  7. Sony cuts price of PlayStation VR Camera bundle by $100
  8. PlayStation VR receives $100 price cut: Sony’s headset now cheapest on the market
  9. PlayStation VR now costs $100 less: $650 now gets you “all in” for VR with console, headset, controllers, and game.
  10. Oculus Go world premiere: Acceptable compromises, amazing quality for $199: A legitimate 3D VR device, so long as you accept its tracking limitations.
  11. New Vive Pro owners will pay $1,250, including needed accessories: Online “Starter Kit” bundle saves just $80 over a la carte pricing.
  12. Square Enix kills unsanctioned Tomb Raider remakes: “Our recent research, studies and reviews on Tomb Raider 3 were unwelcome,” says developer Realtech VR
  13. Everything a VR studio had to do to port to the Mac: Apple talks a lot about AR, but how does the Mac fare for VR? We asked Survios devs.
  14. #1ReasonToBe: “Listen to the people you do not hear, because they’re not allowed to speak” – Rami Ismail’s GDC panel explored development in Madagascar, the Philippines, Colombia and beyond
  15. #ThirdWorldProblems: How to not get a visa for GDC – Gwen Foster, one of the #1ReasonToBe speakers denied a visa, on being treated with “diplomatic hostility” in a global industry
  16. GDC 2018 breaks attendance record: 28,000 industry professionals attended last week’s show in San Francisco; dates announced for 2019 GDC and VRDC
  17. Splatoon creator: “Fan art and live events are part of the world of the game” – How Nintendo’s most recent super franchise was born
  18. Here’s how Nintendo chooses its indie partners on Switch
  19. Nintendo’s advice for indies trying to get games on Switch: Platform holder’s warns that Switch will remain a “closed dev environment” for now
  20. The Nintendo King And The Midlife Crisis
  21. Josef Fares hopes A Way Out inspires more risks in AAA games: The director also discusses his relationship with EA, and ambitions to follow in the footsteps of Naughty Dog
  22. Google Play announces Change the Game Design Challenge: $10,000 college scholarship up for grabs in design contest
  23. EA has taught an AI how to play Battlefield 1 multiplayer
  24. EA’s SEED builds AI capable of teaching itself to play Battlefield I: “As deep learning technology matures, I expect self-learning agents to be part of the games themselves, as truly intelligent NPCs,” says SEED technical director
  25. Blog: Are hybrid AIs the answer to better video game AI?
  26. Casey Neistat: Twitch’s Monetization Model Feels “So Much More Fair” Than YouTube’s
  27. Sea of Thieves attracts two million players in first week: Rare’s shared world pirate adventure also drives streaming and Xbox Live friendship figures
  28. Xbox, Twitch, Blizzard, Riot and more form Fair Play Alliance to combat toxic players: “We envision a world where games are free of harassment, discrimination and abuse”
  29. Culturalisation, and why Microsoft rewrote history for Korea: Geogrify’s Kate Edwards discusses how to tailor your game for global appeal – and what to do if you inadvertently cause offence
  30. Microsoft tweaks Code of Conduct for Xbox and other platforms
  31. Microsoft takes a stand against “offensive language” on Xbox Services: Amended Services Agreement will use suspensions and bans to fight toxic behaviour
  32. Analysis: A closer look at MidBoss’ chaotic, hostile work environment
  33. MidBoss CEO accused of exploitative practices, sexual harassment: “I’ve made some major mistakes,” says Matt Conn of 2064: Read Only Memories studio and GaymerX organizer
  34. Elements of games industry “fundamentally broken” says IGDA president: Round table discussion on unions highlights employee grievances
  35. Game developers push for unionization amid insecure positions, excessive OT: “Game Workers Unite” push leads to some contentious discussions.
  36. IGDA head on the problems with unions: Jen MacLean discusses challenges she sees to organized labor in games, attributes horror stories like 38 Studios to human nature and “wishful thinking”
  37. Developers need a better advocate: The IGDA is supposed to be looking out for developers’ interests, but it doesn’t have the resources or the leverage to do it effectively
  38. Rovio proposes pay cuts for chairman and owner amid financial worries: Investor disappointing and sub-par game performances spell salary shake-up at Angry Birds firm
  39. GAME revenue up but profits tumble
  40. WholesGame launches wholesaler price comparison site: The Wholesale Video Games Marketplace is among the first of its kind for buyers and sellers of wholesale games
  41. Breath of the Wild takes top prize at the 2018 Game Developers Choice Awards!
  42. Zelda: Breath of the Wild triumphs at Game Developers Choice Awards – Multiple wins also secured by Gorogoa and Cuphead at San Francisco ceremony
  43. DDR, Half-Life, and Minecraft among 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame nominees
  44. SteamSpy creator says 2017 was Valve’s most profitable year yet
  45. SteamSpy: The top 100 games on Steam accounted for 50% of sales revenue last year – Valves generates record-breaking $4.3bn in 2017
  46. Valve to open source networking tool for devs, Steam not required
  47. Live-action Street Fighter TV series in the works following Capcom and eOne deal: Team behind web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist brought on board to executive produce
  48. Why Fortnite Is Not An Esport Despite The Drake/Ninja Publicity
  49. Fortnite dominates both Twitch and YouTube, according to latest figures: Epic Games’ battle royale generates $5.3m in first ten days on iOS
  50. 100-player Fortnite livestream held on YouTube hit 1M views
  51. 1.1 Million YouTube Viewers Tune Into ‘Fortnite’ Live Stream Led By Spanish Gamer El Rubius
  52. For Ubisoft it’s goodbye Vivendi, hello Tencent: China’s largest technology company, Tencent, is taking on 5% of Ubisoft – continuing its progress into becoming by far the largest game company most gamers have never heard of
  53. Tencent pleased with ‘strong growth’ of mobile and PC games
  54. Ubisoft Pulls Plug on IBM Watson Integration in ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’
  55. Ubisoft opens two new studios in India and Ukraine
  56. Ubisoft opens new studios in India and Ukraine: New development units in Mumbai and Odesa
  57. Creative Director on Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Dean Evans leaves Ubisoft
  58. Eye Tracking Is Coming To VR Sooner Than You Think. What Now?
  59. Oculus Affirms Commitment to Rift, Believes PC Will Lead the VR Industry for the Next Decade
  60. Snap Inc acquires British VR and software startup PlayCanvas: Snapchat capitalises on success of its AR platform as move toward VR looks likely
  61. What A Real Wedding In A Virtual Space Says About The Future: They met in VR. They fell in love in VR. They tied the knot in VR. Here’s a glimpse into the future of relationships.
  62. The decade-long journey of a single mother into the games industry – Kick Alley Soccer: The augmented reality app that was ten years too early
  63. PlayFusion partnership brings augmented reality capabilities to CryEngine: Enhanced Reality Engine is industry’s “most feature-rich and performant AR technology,” says Crytek CEO
  64. Crytek partners with PlayFusion to bring mixed reality tools to CryEngine
  65. Games industry to benefit from UK government’s £150m Creative Industires deal: £33m promised for the funding of immersive tech such as VR, £1.5m added to UK Games Fund
  66. Games London initiative nets $1.7M investment from London mayor 
  67. Sadiq Khan aims to attract £30m for developers with new Games London investment: City mayor pledges £1.2m for London Games Festival organisers, ensuring three more years of events
  68. Tomorrow’s best video games may be private, offline experiences: Ars Live in conversation with award-winning game designer Tracy Fullerton.
  69. The making of Dark Castle: An excerpt from The Secret History of Mac Gaming
  70. The Mac gaming console that time forgot: From the new book, The Secret History of Mac Gaming, remember Project Pippin?
  71. NBA Jam, Sonic 1, Ultima Online remembered with rare stories, concept art
  72. “Don’t get cocky”: The story of Ratchet and Clank’s 15-year survival – Adapt or Die and staying true to your heritage is a difficult balance to strike, says Insomniac
  73. Unity releases engine and editor source code through GitHub
  74. Blog: Defining accessibility in game design
  75. Google Play partners with Girls Make Games for design competition
  76. Google offers 15,000 online scholarships to new and seasoned African devs
  77. How (and why) you should better represent Muslims in your games
  78. LGBTQ devs & players speak up about the need for authentic queer culture in games
  79. Devs should make it easier to play shooters without firing guns
  80. Laralyn McWilliams on rediscovering creativity following trauma
  81. Blog: Conveying the nuances of disorders like Tourette’s through game design
  82. How the creator of SimCity helped save Psychonauts: In a heartfelt speech, Tim Schafer recalls Will Wright’s crucial generosity.

DIGITAL

  1. Appeals court revives Oracle’s billion-dollar copyright claim against Google
  2. The Case That Never Ends: Oracle Wins Latest Round vs. Google
  3. Oracle America Inc. V Google LLC
  4. Insanity Wins As Appeals Court Overturns Google’s Fair Use Victory For Java APIs
  5. The Federal Circuit’s Judicial Hypocrisy In Overturning Jury Concerning Java API Fair Use Question 
  6. 9th Circuit Appeals Court Recognizes That DMCA Repeat Infringer Policies Must Be Flexible
  7. Founder Of Fan-Subtitle Site ‘Undertexter’ Loses Copyright Infringement Appeal
  8. DOJ Indicts 9 Iranians For Brazen Cyberattacks Against 144 US Universities
  9. Nine Iranians indicted by US for hacking to steal research data: “Password spraying” attack gave Mabna group access to 32TB of diverse research data.
  10. Security Researcher At The Center Of Emoji-Gate Heading Home After Feds Drop Five Felony Charges
  11. Best Buy walks away from Huawei, leaving it with zero US retail partners: Spying concerns have now totally shut down Huawei’s retail presence. 
  12. Tumblr Finally Breaks Its Silence On Russian Propaganda
  13. Tumblr finally names the 84 accounts it says were Russian trolls: Tumblr says it “helped indict 13 people who worked for” Internet Research Agency.
  14. DNC “lone hacker” Guccifer 2.0 pegged as Russian spy after opsec fail: “Hacktivist” logged into a social media account from an IP address at GRU HQ in Moscow.
  15. How the U.S. Can Play Cyber-Offense: Deterrence Isn’t Enough
  16. Judge Dismisses Conservative Organization PragerU’s Censorship Case Against YouTube
  17. The NRA Quadrupled Its Digital Ad Budget After Parkland Killings, Flooding Facebook and YouTube
  18. YouTube expands firearms restrictions, more gun videos to be banned: Some gun-related channels are already feeling the heat.
  19. Only 10% Of Affiliate Links On YouTube Are Being Disclosed, Princeton Study Finds
  20. What lies beneath: The things Facebook knows go beyond user data – Op-ed – With Facebook, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.
  21. Facebook cracks down on “platform abuse” following Cambridge Analytica debacle: Social media giant announces five key implementations
  22. Cambridge Analytica’s London offices raided by British investigators
  23. Forget Cambridge Analytica. What about Facebook’s role in ethnic strife and genocide?
  24. Cambridge Analytica breach results in lawsuits filed by angry Facebook users: “Facebook lies within the penumbra of blame,” Maryland woman claims.
  25. Facebook accused of massive fraud in new lawsuit filed by Cook County – Lawyer: “Facebook… is the largest data mining operation in existence.”
  26. Deleting Facebook? Here Are The Best Alternatives For What You’ll Miss
  27. Tesla and SpaceX just scrubbed their Facebook pages: In a Twitter exchange, Musk says Tesla’s Facebook page “looked lame anyway.” 
  28. What To Look For In Your Facebook Data – And How To Find It
  29. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, Dr. Kogan and my data protection analysis
  30. The Cambridge Analytica Data Apocalypse Was Predicted In 2007 
  31. Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones: Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook’s algorithms know who you called.
  32. Facebook Logs Text, Call Histories for Some Android Users: Company says it never sells the data nor does it see the content of the messages or calls
  33. Mark Zuckerberg Finally Speaks About Cambridge Analytica; It Won’t Be Enough
  34. Tim Cook Takes His Turn to Dunk on Facebook, Backing Data Privacy Regulations 
  35. Tim Cook is throwing lots of shade — first at Amazon, then at Mark Zuckerberg
  36. Tim Cook says Apple’s customers are not its product, unlike Facebook: “The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer.”
  37. Mark Zuckerberg requested to testify to Congress about Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Privacy  
  38. What Congress Should Ask Mark Zuckerberg: They’re going to need a long session. 
  39. Hey Mark Zuckerberg: Don’t Lock Down Everyone’s Data, Open It Up To Services That Give Your Users More Control Over Their Data
  40. It’s Official: The FTC Is Investigating Facebook
  41. The Facebook Privacy Setting That Doesn’t Do Anything At All
  42. Wherein Facebook Loses Recess For Everyone
  43. Facebook Working With Comcast To Scuttle California Broadband Privacy Protections
  44. Facebook will (soon) yank third-party ad data in the name of privacy: “We want to let advertisers know that we will be shutting down Partner Categories.”
  45. Insights: Zayonara, Zuck! It’s Time For A New Facebook CEO
  46. Facebook is limiting developers’ access to account data – here’s how that will impact them
  47. Was Facebook wrong? Or the university that let our data go?
  48. Cambridge Analytica academic’s work upset university colleagues: Emails reveal rows over Aleksandr Kogan’s ‘get rich quick scheme’ with Facebook data
  49. Schiff invites professor accused of harvesting Facebook data to testify
  50. Information commissioners are seen searching Cambridge Analytica’s London offices as it is revealed Facebook gave information about 57 billion friendship connections to academic in privacy scandal: Dr. Aleksandr Kogan was given data on 57bn Facebook friendships worldwide
  51. Facebook co-authored report with Dr Kogan hailed by Cambridge University
  52. University says it has ‘no connection’ with Cambridge Analytica as lecturer caught up in data scandal
  53. Facebook’s New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers
  54. Start treating private personal data on Facebook like medical data: It’s just as sensitive to nefarious manipulation
  55. Facebook reportedly delaying smart speaker launch in wake of data outrage: Now might not be the best time for an always-listening Facebook device.
  56. This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook (Ethan Zuckerman)
  57. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing (Doc Searl)
  58. It’s not just Facebook. Thousands of companies are spying on you (Bruce Schneier) 
  59. Facebook Did Not Kill Privacy, It Was Already Dead (Andres Guadamuz) 
  60. Twitter Nukes American Attorney’s Tweet About Unflattering Depiction Of Turkish President
  61. The Next Cold War Is Here, And It’s All About Data
  62. What Are ‘Data Brokers,’ and Why Are They Scooping Up Information About You?: These sites you haven’t heard of are sharing boatloads of data about you.
  63. Court of Appeal considers when material posted on Facebook is published for the purposes of defamation 
  64. Court approves website seizure and Anton Piller order against online copyright piracy platform
  65. Bill Expands Corporate Liability for Human Trafficking to Social Media Companies
  66. Personalisation in retail: what are the key legal issues?
  67. SESTA’s First Victim: Craigslist Shuts Down Personals Section
  68. Craigslist Is Shutting Down Its Personals Section
  69. Craigslist missed connections: The consummate Internet casualty?
  70. Craigslist personals, some subreddits disappear after FOSTA passage – EFF: “Online platforms will have little choice but to become much more restrictive.”
  71. Tweet tweet! Not so fast! Copyright Issues Ahead!
  72. Apple Streaming Service To Launch As Early As March 2019
  73. Apple may surpass $1B content budget, new shows could debut in March 2019: Around the same time that Disney plans to reveal its own streaming service.
  74. Apple makes iOS more school-friendly with ClassKit educational framework: New tools give teachers, students, and administrators more power in the classroom.
  75. Apple targets education with new iPad hardware: New iPad and Apple Pencil will be cheaper for schools, and allow teachers to use app market for education
  76. Analysis: New iPads will help Apple in education but probably not enough – Apple painted a beautiful picture of tech and school today in Chicago.
  77. How Apple Lost Its Place In The Classroom
  78. A critical analysis of the latest cellphone safety scare: In which we describe how we decided not to cover the newest cellphone-cancer study.
  79. Deep learning: Why it’s time for AI to get philosophical – For years, science fiction writers have spelled out the technological marvels and doomsday scenarios that might result from artificial intelligence. Now that it’s a part of our lives.
  80. Once Again, Algorithms Can’t Tell The Difference Between ‘Bad Stuff’ And ‘Reporting About Bad Stuff’
  81. A Window Into How YouTube Trains AI To Moderate Videos
  82. Workers Enlisted By YouTube For AI-Training Efforts Make 10 Cents A Task To Analyze Videos
  83. You won’t own copyright in photos taken with Google’s new camera
  84. YouTube Becomes Top-Grossing iPhone App For First Time On Strength Of YouTube Red, Super Chat 
  85. YouTube TV Becomes Presenting Sponsor Of NBA Finals
  86. YouTube TV Will Be The Presenting Sponsor Of This Year’s NBA Finals
  87. Formula 1 starts this weekend, so where’s that new streaming service?: It apparently needs more “stress tests,” with no fixed date for a launch.
  88. YouTube Says It Now Reaches 80% Of All Internet Users In India
  89. YouTube Boxing King KSI: Unfortunately, Drama Is Always Going To Be An Eye-Catcher
  90. Some Creators Are Mad At YouTube Over Live Streaming Notifications
  91. No, YouTube’s “trolls” won’t destroy Wikipedia
  92. Italian Court Rules The Wikimedia Foundation Is Just A Hosting Provider For Wikipedia’s Volunteer-Written Articles
  93. Google starts blocking “uncertified” Android devices from logging in: Custom ROM users get a way out, but noobs with pirated apps will be out of luck.
  94. Google throws publishers a bone with News Initiative
  95. 38% Of Gen Z And Millennials Trust Digital Influencers, Says Fullscreen Study
  96. The Rise In Streaming Video Exclusives Could Annoy Consumers, Driving Them Back To Piracy
  97. You Can Pay To Watch Single Games On New Bleacher Report Streaming Service 
  98. Endeavor Buys NeuLion In $250 Million Cash Deal
  99. Police chief said Uber victim “came from the shadows” – don’t believe it: YouTube videos give a different impression of the site of a deadly Uber crash.
  100. Uber’s Video Shows The Arizona Crash Victim Probably Didn’t Cause Crash, Human Behind The Wheel Not Paying Attention
  101. Arizona Bans Ub’s Autonomous Vehicles Following Pedestrian Death
  102. Arizona Bans Self-Driving Car Tests; Still Ignores How Many Pedestrians Get Killed
  103. Uber, losing $1 billion a quarter, sells its Southeast Asian business: The deal could help Uber slow 2017’s $1 billion-per-quarter burn rate.
  104. Uber stops AV testing “indefinitely” in California, Pennsylvania, and Toronto: Uber must provide new analysis in wake of Arizona crash if it seeks to renew.
  105. Why it’s time for Uber to get out of the self-driving car business: Uber’s self-driving car project would be stronger outside Uber.
  106. Tesla stock falls 12% on crash investigation, debt downgrade: It’s unknown if Tesla’s Autopilot was engaged at the time of the crash.
  107. Chrissy Teigen Becomes Third Major Celeb To Proclaim Snapchat Defection
  108. NBA tests micropayments livestreaming offering
  109. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Details Plan To Sell Short Game Segments
  110. Cybersecurity Uncertainty for Cryptocurrencies
  111. The Dark Web’s Favorite Currency Is Less Untraceable Than It Seems
  112. Cannes Film Festival Shuts Netflix And Other Streamers Out Of Palme D’Or Competition
  113. Cannes Bans Netflix Films From Competition Because The Internet Is Bad (Or Something)
  114. What Oversharing On Social Media Taught Me About Parenting 
  115. Transparency: What’s Gone Wrong with Social Media and What Can We Do About It?
  116. What Are Screens Doing To Our Eyes—And Our Ability To See?: Our eyes are hardening; we can barely see our phones anymore. We must learn to look at the wider world. 

CREATIVITY

  1. Federal Court of Appeal Rejects Access Copyright Bid to Overturn Board Ruling on Insubstantial Copying, Fair Dealing (Michael Geist)
  2. ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Upheld by Appeals Court 
  3. The ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal Failed — Now What?
  4. ‘Blurred Lines’ copyright ruling is a ‘devastating blow’ and sets dangerous precedent for musicians, judge warns: Judge Jacqueline Nguyen said ‘Blurred Lines’ and Marvin Gaye’s song ‘Got To Give It Up’ ‘differed in melody, harmony and rhythm’
  5. Blurred Lines Between Inspiration and Infringement: Ninth Circuit Holds “Blurred Lines” Infringes Copyright
  6. Bob Murray Sends Judge Whiny Letter Saying That Losing Case To John Oliver Is Making People Say Mean Things To Him
  7. Tenth Circuit Issues A Troubling Ruling Limiting New Mexico’s Anti-SLAPP Statute In Federal Court 
  8. TVEyes Television Watch Service Not Protected by Fair Use
  9. Eyeing the Line for Fair Use
  10. Ninth Circuit Reviews Copyright Infringement Suit Over ‘Jumpman’ Logo
  11. Jumpman Logo Ruling Is a Slam Dunk for Nike
  12. Tinder takes a swipe at Bumble with IP action
  13. Subject Of Unflattering News Story Gets Journalist Arrested For Criminal Harassment
  14. Spanish Hate/Anti-Terrorism Speech Laws Doing Little But Locking Up Comedians, Artists, And Dissidents
  15. UN Advisor Tells Italy To Drop Its Terrible ‘Fake News’ Law Before It Does Any Real Damage
  16. Trump’s Lawyer’s Lawyer Threatens Defamation Over Claims Stormy Daniels Did Not Make
  17. Brexit & IP: Finally, some real news…
  18. This Disney/Pixar Bracket Is Tearing the Internet Apart, So Tear It Some More and Show Us Yours 
  19. What The World Would Look Like Scrubbed Free Of Advertising

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Coalition Featuring Google, Amazon, GoDaddy and CogecoPeer1 Warn Against Canadian Site Blocking Plan: Lost Jobs, Stifled Innovation (Michael Geist)
  2. Outlier, Part 2: What is the CBC Doing Supporting Website Blocking? (Michael Geist)
  3. For Ottawa, CRTC decision marks another failed effort at fixing wireless affordability (Michael Geist)
  4. Back to Bains: Why the CRTC Has Left Fixing Canada’s Wireless Woes to the Government (Michael Geist)
  5. Religious Terms Used as Expletives Not in Violation of Broadcast Code, Says Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
  6. Cable Companies Warn In Court That AT&T Time Warner Merger Will Be Absolutely Terrible For Competition And Consumers
  7. AT&T/Verizon lobbyists to “aggressively” sue states that enact net neutrality: ISPs will sue to block net neutrality laws until they get one they like.
  8. Senators Say The FCC’s Broadband Maps are a Bad Joke
  9. FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Looking to Simplify Sale of Satellite TV Stations 
  10. FCC says it will block Chinese technology to protect national security: Huawei and ZTE gear would be banned in FCC-funded broadband projects.
  11. The FCC’s Evidence-Optional Blacklist Of Huawei Is About Protectionism, Not National Security
  12. With April Fools’ Day Coming Up, Plan Your On-Air Pranks with Care – Remember the FCC Hoax Rule  
  13. Consolidated Net Neutrality Appeal Transferred to D.C. Circuit
  14. The Fall Of The TV Family In Trump’s America
  15. Propaganda reigns in the ‘ethical wasteland’ of mass media: Recently, I left Fox News, where I’d been at home for a decade, because I believed that its prime-time line-up had become a propaganda arm for a wanton president. – But my despair over Fox does n
  16. Analog Regulators Can’t Keep Up With the Digital Age

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Kim Dotcom Wins Human Rights Tribunal Case Over Kiwi Government Withholding Info
  2. Second Circuit rejects fair-use defence for online service allowing users to watch Fox News content
  3. FBI didn’t fully know its own capabilities during showdown with Apple: FBI Office of the Inspector General offers critique of how agency handled 2016 case.
  4. FBI Officials Were Angry That An iPhone Hack Blocked Them From Getting Court To Force Apple To Break Encryption
  5. DOJ Back To Pushing For Legislation Targeting Encryption
  6. Feds pushing new plan for encrypted mobile device unlocks via court order: “Weakening security makes no sense,” top Apple VP tells Ars.
  7. Remember the Right to Be Forgotten? Google Does
  8. What US-Based Companies Need to Know About the GDPR, and Why Now?
  9. Thousands of servers found leaking 750MB worth of passwords and keys
  10. Atlanta city government systems down due to ransomware attack
  11. CIA releases rules and materials for its training board games
  12. CIA’s in-house board games can now be yours thanks to FOIA request: After SXSW 2017 reveal, CIA releases buckets of marked-up board game design notes.

Jon

News of the Week; March 21, 2018

GAMES

  1. Fears of Bethesda legal action prompts cancellation of Fallout 3 remake: Capital Wasteland scrapped as modders seek to maintain a good relationship with Elder Scrolls publisher
  2. Fight for Star Control ownership escalates after settlement offer leaks
  3. JRPG Becomes The First Game Banned In The UK For Over A Decade: The game has been banned over concerns that it sexualises children.
  4. Britain Is The Latest Country To Ban A Sexy Dungeon Crawler
  5. Omega Labyrinth Z banned in the UK for sexualization of minors
  6. Omega Labyrinth Z the first game to be banned in the UK since Manhunt 2: PQube’s dungeon crawler refused rating by Video Standards Council for “sexualisation of children”
  7. Opinion: So what *does* the science say about games and violence?
  8. As Video Games Are In Presidential Crosshairs, New Study Again Shows They Don’t Affect Behavior
  9. Two months of daily GTA causes “no significant changes” in behavior: No difference detected over a battery of 52 separate behavioral tests.
  10. Does playing violent video games cause aggression? A longitudinal intervention study (Simone Kühn, Dimitrij Tycho Kugler, Katharina Schmalen, Markus Weichenberger, Charlotte Witt, Jürgen Gallinat)
  11. How devs deal with making enemies that feel ‘okay’ to kill
  12. Military-themed video games can promote a damaging vision of real war
  13. In order to create empathy in players, writers need to get personal 
  14. Arma III developer raises over $170K for International Committee of the Red Cross
  15. Valve quietly cracks down on Steam hate groups: Several Nazi and school shooter-themed groups deleted, but other toxic communities still remain
  16. Blog: What’s up with the DMCA fight over defunct online games?
  17. Fortnite’s unconventional launch
  18. Fortnite tops $1.5M in revenue during first week on mobile
  19. As Fortnite rises, Epic champions community & cross-platform tech
  20. Though invite-only, Fortnite Battle Royale tops iOS charts at launch
  21. Fortnite breaks record for most-viewed stream on Twitch 
  22. Drake, Ninja light up Twitch with Fortnite stream: Epic and Twitch say they didn’t pay for session that saw rapper and streamer draw more than 600,000 concurrent viewers
  23. Twitch Prime kicks off monthly free games bundle with Superhot, Shadow Tactics: Members will receive permanent additions to their collections as long as their subscription lasts
  24. Epic gifts over $12M worth of Paragon assets to Unreal Engine devs
  25. $12m of Epic Games’ Paragon assets now free to all developers: Unreal Engine provider offers character models, animations, environments and more ahead of next month’s shutdown
  26. Epic Games CEO: AR glasses will “eventually replace smartphones”: Before that, console-quality games on mobile phones will be the big trend.
  27. Epic Games shows off lifelike “digital humans” with Star Wars and Andy Serkis demos: At GDC today, the Unreal Engine creator demonstrated how real-time raytracing will help games finally cross the uncanny valley
  28. Star Wars: Battlefront II’s new update axes “pay-to-win” upgrades – Character upgrades now earned through linear, in-game experience system.
  29. ‘Serious Sam’ Developer Teams Up With Denuvo Cracker To Pump Up Sales For Failed Game
  30. How a ‘bug’ in an educational writing game cursed at children
  31. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice leads BAFTA Games Awards 2018 nominations
  32. Hellblade leads with nine nominations at this year’s BAFTAs: Horizon Zero Dawn a close second with eight, followed by What Remains of Edith Finch with seven
  33. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is now free on iOS, Android—and dang, it’s solid: We break down our first session with the Western version to explain why we’ll come back.
  34. Nintendo Switch breaks records for first-year US sales: Meanwhile, NPD reports spending on games products neared $1 billion in February
  35. Nintendo working to improve discoverability of Switch titles on eShop
  36. Nintendo reveals best-selling indie Switch games: Celeste triumphs as platform holder pledges to improve eShop discoverability
  37. How they got Ark: Survival Evolved working on Switch: Port specialists Abstraction on Nintendo, hitting the headlines at GDC and creating its own IP
  38. Finally, a portable solution for those “vertical” Switch games: Upcoming accessory lets you simply capture that classic arcade aspect ratio
  39. Nintendo’s influence on independent devs and their games  
  40. How Mario Kart influenced Nintendo’s fighting game, ARMS 
  41. This Eerie Mario Tribute Is An Ode To Playing Games With Your Brother
  42. Sonic the Hedgehog’s origin story, according to the devs who made him
  43. Established Japanese devs are making games under a new approach
  44. Epic: The barrier between Xbox and PlayStation “will inevitably come down”: Tim Sweeney on the emergence of “real games for gamers” on mobile, and the role of cross-platform play for the future of the games business
  45. Microsoft: ‘We’re growing our gaming business beyond the console’ – The company lays out its vision to attract two billion gamers by 2020
  46. Microsoft targets game devs with new ‘device-agnostic’ Gaming Cloud biz
  47. Xbox adds almost 300 indie games in a year: “We try to never say the word indie internally,” says ID@Xbox director
  48. Why Unity and Universal are giving indies access to Hollywood IP: New contest, supported by Microsoft and Intel, gives devs the chance to create games based on Back To The Future, Jaws and more
  49. Crytek will now take a 5% cut from games made using CryEngine 5.5
  50. Crytek adopts royalties model as CryEngine 5.5 arrives: Developer will now take a five per cent share of earnings from games built with its technology
  51. Atari reveals its nostalgic ‘Ataribox’ game console as the Atari VCS
  52. The Ataribox becomes the Atari VCS: Hardware gets a new name, logo and look, but it’s still unclear as to what precisely it has to offer
  53. MLB Just Released A Reboot Of The ’80s Nintendo Classic ‘R.B.I. Baseball’: We STILL can’t get that damn background music out of our heads.
  54. Google Play is launching download-free instant games
  55. Subway Surfers becomes first game to surpass 1B downloads on Google Play
  56. Subway Surfers becomes first Android game to pass 1bn downloads: Sybo and Kiloo’s mobile hit achieves new milestone after outperforming all other games last year
  57. Mobile increasing its share of the games industry – Report: App Annie and IDC find mobile consumer spending was double that of PC/Mac gaming last year, 3.6 times that of consoles
  58. French games industry hits $5.3bn in 2017: Software, hardware and accessories sales all improve
  59. Vivendi sells entire stock of Ubisoft shares, Tencent among buyers
  60. Vivendi Exits Ubisoft for $2.46 Billion as Tencent Enters
  61. Vivendi sells its entire stake in Ubisoft: The Guillemot family regains control of the publisher, with Tencent taking a 5 per cent stake
  62. China’s largest game publisher adds Ubisoft to its massive portfolio: Vivendi is officially out of the picture – but Tencent’s Western dominance only rises.
  63. Ubisoft and Tencent form ‘strategic agreement’ to bring games to China: Tencent will publish, promote and operate Ubisoft’s PC and mobile titles in its home market
  64. China’s largest game publisher adds Ubisoft to its massive portfolio: Vivendi is officially out of the picture—but Tencent’s Western dominance only rises.
  65. Tencent’s Q4 profit doubles: Big jumps in mobile games and smaller PC growth boost Chinese giant as financial year closes
  66. UK Charts: Burnout Paradise is back at No.1 after 10 years – Kirby Star Allies is fastest selling Kirby game in UK chart history
  67. Klang nets $5M to support the development of its AI-driven MMO, Seed
  68. Klang secures $5m investment to develop AI-driven MMO Seed: Venture capital firm Makers Fund leads investment in “genre-breaking” title
  69. EA’s secretive SEED team shows off first demo, Project Pica Pica: GDC technical demo showcases work with ray-tracing and self-learning AI agents
  70. EA is overhauling Battlefront II’s controversial progression system
  71. How Kongregate plans to rival Steam with new store Kartridge: “Everybody uses Steam, but they don’t necessarily love it,” says CEO Emily Greer
  72. After closing down Paragon, Epic makes its assets free-as-in-speech: Content can only be used in Unreal Engine 4, because Epic isn’t running a charity.
  73. Amazon debuts GameOn, a new cross-platform competitive game platform
  74. Amazon’s new GameOn tech enables devs to offer real-world prizes in games: Newly-announced APIs enable in-game competitions on mobile, PC and console
  75. What can games developers learn from a social casino firm?: KamaGames CEO Andrey Kuznetsov offers advice on how to increase revenues and keep your players hungry for more
  76. Growth, toxicity, crunch: Devs talk about what went wrong at Telltale
  77. Former Telltale developers accuse studio of breeding toxicity: Co-founder Kevin Bruner is strongly criticised by former colleagues complaining of never-ending crunch and stifled creativity
  78. Jack Tretton launches indie investment fund: Interactive Gaming Ventures funding projects for a stake of the IP, looking for reliable returns more than swinging for the fences
  79. Gorogoa: how the hit indie game derived from a failed comic book
  80. SimCity creator Will Wright’s new game will harvest your memories
  81. Will Wright returns to game development with mobile title Proxi: The Sims creator working with Unity to find an artist for his first games project in almost a decade
  82. Unity getting new rendering, machine learning, and performance tools
  83. THQ Nordic revives 16 Nickelodeon games as part of “asset care” strategy: Publisher announces return of multiple Nickoldeon titles including Invader Zim, SpongBob SquarePants, and Avatar: The Last Airbender
  84. Google Opens ‘Maps’ API So Devs Can Create ‘Pokémon Go’-style Games
  85. Google doubles down on mobile games with new store Google Play Instant: New store aimed at improving discoverability lets users play games without downloading them first
  86. Google opens up Maps data for developers to build mixed reality games: Google Maps API grants access to accurate, living model of the world to serve as foundation for games
  87. Google Cloud teams with Ubisoft for open-source game server project Agones: Companies invite developers to work together on enabling smoother matchmaking and multiplayer for games of all sizes
  88. The Play Store gets a “try now” button for games, no install required: Google Play Instant can launch a demo instantly on Android, with no install process.
  89. Major video game tournament abandoning Seattle for Vancouver: The International Dota 2 Championships to take place at Rogers Arena starting Aug. 20
  90. City of Arlington Announces Plan For Largest Esports Stadium In North America
  91. NFL and NBA veterans among key hires at Activision Blizzard’s new esports division: “We’re committed to maintaining the highest degree of excellence and professionalism in our operation,” says esports division CEO
  92. NBA Eyes Global Expansion For NBA 2K After Inaugural Season
  93. How blind players succeed at sports video games they’ve never seen: A few small accessibility changes can unlock a whole new playerbase.
  94. Pac-Man on Hololens: Bandai Namco shows us how they made it not suck – GDC 2018 panel shows off a 3D-printed Hololens mod – and lots of high-fiving.
  95. LeanGP Home Motorcycle Sim Doubles Crowdfunding Goal With 3 Weeks to Go
  96. The HTC Vive Just Got A Big Price Cut
  97. HTC to launch standalone Vive Focus headset outside of China
  98. Vive Pro to retail for $799, standard Vive gets $100 price drop
  99. Unreal Engine 4 adds Magic Leap One support
  100. Magic Leap Launches Developer SDK, Confirms Eye-tracking, Room-scanning, and More
  101. Oculus introduces hardware reports so devs can make ‘data-driven decisions’
  102. The VR Metaverse Of Ready Player One Is Just Beyond Our Grasp
  103. Insights: IMAX And Nickelodeon Hope To Find Lost Gen Z Fans In VR
  104. VR headsets have become the new arthouse – the best of SXSW’s fantastic VR festival: David Attenborough gave me fossils. Jessica Chastain whispered me through a black hole.
  105. Using data to look at what VR games get right (and wrong) about accessibility
  106. Be ready to pay a lot for Vive Pro’s higher-res virtual reality: Lack of bundled controllers and trackers decreases the value proposition.
  107. HTC Vive announces price of Vive Pro at £799; cuts price of existing headset: Vive Pro will ship on April 5 and come with six-month Viveport Subscription
  108. Facebook releases engagement-focused Games SDK
  109. Facebook reveals new SDK for PC game development: SDK includes new features around community engagement and analytics
  110. Facebook Instant Games platform opens up to all developers: After nearly 18 months in closed beta, Instant Games opens up to developers with a host of new features
  111. Can Facebook catch up to Twitch and YouTube?
  112. Game Workers Unite to Jen MacLean: ‘We want to work with you’
  113. Video games will take over Trafalgar Square during London Games Festival: London Games Festival returns 5th – 15th April
  114. Jean Grae’s New Music Video Is A Trip Through Classic Arcade Games
  115. The Internet Archive uploads handheld retro games 
  116. The 12 Worst Video Game Movie Adaptations Of All Time: From Super Mario Bros. to Postal, these movies give adaptations a bad name.
  117. Relive portable gaming’s limited LCD past through the magic of emulation: MAME-powered “Handheld History Collection” captures everything but the molded plastic.
  118. #Wargames Is A Unique, Interactive Revival Of The ’80s Movie
  119. A look at how (and why) devs work memorials and tributes into games

DIGITAL

  1.  Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, explained: Trump operatives got private data from 50 million Facebook users.
  2. Canada’s privacy watchdog launches investigation into Facebook after allegations of data leak: ‘If true, the allegations raise a major challenge for privacy rights,’ says Daniel Therrien
  3. Both Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Threatened To Sue Journalists Over Stories On CA’s Use Of Facebook Data
  4. Facebook may have violated FTC privacy deal, say former federal officials, triggering risk of massive fines
  5. The Irreversible Damage Of Mark Zuckerberg’s Silence
  6. Mark Zuckerberg Talks To Wired About Facebook’s Privacy Problem
  7. Zuckerberg: Cambridge Analytica leak a “breach of trust” with users – The Trump-linked consulting firm harvested data from 50 million Facebook users.
  8. Mark Zuckerberg Announces that Facebook is an Information Fiduciary (Jack Balkin)
  9. Mark Zuckerberg Speaks, But Is He Listening?
  10. Facebook-Cambridge Analytica – Brave New World for Privacy and Data Misuse
  11. On the web, privacy in peril: Massive mining of users’ data on Facebook eats away at public’s online trust, analyst says
  12. Facebook’s Surveillance Machine (Zeynep Tufekci)
  13. Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO pending probe in Facebook data scandal: Cambridge Analytica embroiled in scandal over its handling of Facebook users’ personal data
  14. Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO amid uproar over Facebook data leak
  15. Cambridge Analytica Execs Caught Discussing Extortion And Fake News
  16. Facebook Has Many Sins To Atone For, But ‘Selling Data’ To Cambridge Analytica Is Not One Of Them
  17. Facebook Owes You More Than This
  18. Tell Facebook: this can’t happen again.
  19. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg conspicuously absent as data scandal grows
  20. Some Facebook employees are angry that Mark Zuckerberg has ghosted in the middle of this scandal
  21. The billionaire cofounder of WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired for $19 billion, just tweeted #DeleteFacebook
  22. Facebook’s value drops $30 billion after an enormous data scandal involving 50 million Facebook account
  23. A Hurricane Flattens Facebook
  24. Mark Zuckerberg is acting like a man who can’t be fired — and the unique way his stock is structured could be why
  25. Here’s How to Share as Little Data as Possible Without Deleting Facebook
  26. Mark Zuckerberg: I Can Barely Handle This CNN Interview, What Makes You Think I Can Handle Congress
  27. Here’s Why That Recent Abuse of Facebook Data Matters
  28. Yes, we should be outraged about Facebook
  29. It’s Time For Facebook To Share More Data With Researchers
  30. Facebook To Launch Paid Monthly Subscriptions, New ‘Rights Manager’ For Creators
  31. UN Says Facebook Is Complicit In The Spread Of Anti-Muslim Hate In Myanmar
  32. Did Facebook Violate SESTA By Promoting Child Abuse Videos? 
  33. The Long History of Computer Science and Psychology Comes Into View: Understanding that legacy can help us stop the next Cambridge Analytica.
  34. The Complete Guide To Facebook Privacy
  35. What Would Regulating Facebook Look Like?
  36. How Not To Regulate Social Networks
  37. How ‘Regulating Facebook’ Could Make Everyone’s Concerns Worse, Not Better
  38. Facebook’s security chief to depart role over company’s handling of misinformation: CSO Alex Stamos clashed with other executives over handling of Russian meddling.
  39. Facebook Security Chief Reportedly Leaving Over Russia Probe Disagreement
  40. DHS warns of new Russia hacks as US sanctions Russia over election interference: DHS alert warns of Russian government malware targeting critical infrastructure.
  41. The White House Finally Hits Russia Back For Online Chaos
  42. U.S. Imposes Additional Russian Sanctions for Election Interference and Cyber Attacks
  43. US officials: Kaspersky “Slingshot” report burned anti-terror operation – Joint Special Operations Command ran campaign against ISIS, Al Qaeda for at least 6 years.
  44. How Trump’s Lawyer’s Silly Lawsuit Against Buzzfeed May Free Stormy Daniels From Her Non Disclosure Agreement
  45. China to bar people with bad ‘social credit’ from planes, trains
  46. Chinese Citizens With Bad ‘Social Credit’ to Be Blocked From Taking Planes and Trains
  47. Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls On Social Media In China
  48. People’s Republic of Desire film review: Yes, Black Mirror is already here: A portentous look at the impact of unchecked money-for-popularity online services.
  49. Apple’s App Store mysteriously went dark in Iran yesterday
  50. We’ve Seen What Bots Do to Democracy. Are We Adapting Fast Enough?
  51. Voice Chat App Zello Turned A Blind Eye To Jihadis For Years
  52. How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order – with a simple quiz – SXSW: NRK’s dedicated tech team employs “open source” tactics to fight trolling.
  53. Congress OKs sex-trafficking bill that critics say will “censor the Internet”: Critics say law will limit free speech online and won’t help trafficking victims.
  54. Internet Wins, And The Need To Appreciate What We’ve Got Before It’s Gone
  55. Can SESTA Be Fixed?
  56. SESTA’s Sponsors Falsely Claim That Fixing SESTA’s Worst Problem Harms Hollywood
  57. Hollywood’s Behind-The-Scenes Support For SESTA Is All About Filtering The Internet
  58. As Expected Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Unconstitutional SESTA Bill, Putting Lives In Danger
  59. Lawsuit Against Online Dating App Grindr Dismissed Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 
  60. The evolution of internet service provider and host liability
  61. Reddit Made The Video Star
  62. Google Hopes YouTube’s “Top News” Section Will Combat Misinformation In Its Search Results
  63. Report: Google is buying innovative camera startup Lytro for $40 million – Lytro seems to be at the end of the line, and Google is grabbing it at a bargain.
  64. Lyor Cohen At SXSW: YouTube’s Music Service Will Be Something Consumers “Will Be Proud Of”
  65. YouTube Will Increase Ads For Certain Viewers To Drive Subscriptions To New Music Service
  66. The First YouTube Space In The Middle East Is Now Open In Dubai
  67. YouTube Tightens Its Policies On Gun-Related Videos
  68. YouTuber Who Trained His Girlfriend’s Dog To Be A Nazi Facing Hate Crime Charges In Scotland
  69. As YouTube Begins Crackdown On Gun Channels, One Of Them Heads To Pornhub
  70. Susan Wojcicki On YouTube’s Fight Against Misinformation
  71. Wikipedia Says It Wasn’t Warned About YouTube Integration To Combat Conspiracies
  72. YouTube Creator Convicted Of Hate Crime For Teaching Pug Nazi Salute
  73. YouTube Simplifies Livestreaming Process From Computers, Webcams, And Android Camera Apps
  74. Don’t Ask Wikipedia To Cure The Internet
  75. Censorship Creep Is Setting In As Social Media Companies Try To Stay Ahead Of European Lawmakers
  76. EU’s Mandatory Copyright Content Filter Is The Zombie That Just Never Dies
  77. Logan Paul Launches Twitch Channel, Drawing 190,000 Followers In 24 Hours
  78. After Record-Setting Broadcast With Drake, Twitch Streamer Ninja Says He Makes $500,000 Per Month
  79. Rihanna Slams Snapchat Ad for Joking About Domestic Violence
  80. Rihanna Rebukes Snapchat For Ad Appearing To Make Light Of Domestic Violence
  81. Snapchat Taps New Exec To Oversee Relationships With Influencers, Celebrities
  82. iHeartMedia Files for Bankruptcy
  83. German Lawyers Call For Their Profession’s Bug-Ridden, Soon-To-Be Mandatory, Email System To Be Open Sourced
  84. US Navy Accused Of Massive Amounts Of Piracy By German Software Company
  85. Elon Musk Says He’s Formed a Media Company Called ‘Thud’ After Hiring Ex-Staffers of The Onion
  86. Cheddar Raises $22 Million, Doubling Valuation, As It Eyes International Expansion
  87. New York power companies can now charge Bitcoin miners more: With few community benefits, power authorities are cracking down.
  88. City In New York Becomes First to Ban New Bitcoin Mining
  89. Ether plunges after SEC says “dozens” of ICO investigations underway: The Ethereum cryptocurrency is below $500 for the first time since 2017.
  90. A “tamper-proof” currency wallet just got backdoored by a 15-year-old: Backdoor allows attacker to recover private keys stored on Ledger hardware wallets.
  91. Uber self-driving car hits and kills pedestrian: An Arizona pedestrian died in the hospital following the crash.
  92. Uber’s Self-Driving Car Just Killed Somebody. Now What?
  93. Police chief: Uber self-driving car “likely” not at fault in fatal crash – Tempe police chief says victim “came from the shadows right into the roadway.”
  94. Tempe Police Chief Indicates The Uber Self-Driving Car Probably Isn’t At Fault In Pedestrian Death
  95. Pedestrian Deaths By Car In Phoenix Area Last Week: 11. But One Was By A Self-Driving Uber
  96. Real stupid questions about artificial intelligence: Spirit AI’s Emily Short says it’s more important than ever for the press and public to understand what AI is, and what it can do
  97. Robotic muscle and sensitive polymer fingers in Columbia University’s robotics labs: When building, there are lots of different paths to the same ends.
  98. Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training In Robotic Surgery
  99. Beware Of Roboadvisors Bearing Low Fees: Companies like Wealthfront are moving away from their early ideals of low-fee passive investing—and customers should be skeptical. 
  100. Watch A Robot ‘Hen’ Adopt A Flock Of Chicks
  101. Autonomous Robot Bees Are Being Patented by… Walmart?
  102. L’Oreal Buys Augmented Reality Beauty App, Allowing Robots To Point Out Our Every Flaw
  103. OpenAI Wants to Make Safe AI, but That May Be an Impossible Task
  104. Tech Companies Try To Retrain The Workers They’re Displacing
  105. Sociologists Examine Hackathons And See Exploitation
  106. Maybe Nobody Wants Your Space Internet
  107. Porsche and Bugatti turn to 3D printing for complex or rare parts: Additive manufacturing is starting to gain acceptance among automakers.
  108. Bento, A Feline Known For Appearing In ‘Keyboard Cat’ Videos, Has Died
  109. Bento the Keyboard Cat, internet sensation and YouTube star, dies: The beloved feline star of the popular meme has died age eight. But does this really mean the end?
  110. Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application fetches $174,000 at auction: Under “abilities,” Jobs wrote “electronics tech or design engineer. digital.” 

CREATIVITY

  1. Radio-Canada reporter arrested for harassment after requesting interview
  2. Appeals Court Says It’s Okay To Copyright An Entire Style Of Music
  3. Lucha Underground Wrestling Sends Legal Threat To Journalists For Publishing ‘Spoilers’

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Outlier: Why Bell’s Leadership on Website Blocking Places It at Odds With Telecom Companies Around the World (Michael Geist)
  2. Dialling Up the Bell Lobbying Playbook: Production Company Website Blocking Submissions Using Identical Script (Michael Geist)
  3. The Justice Department, AT&T-Time Warner trial is underway
  4. Ex-DOJ Officials Raise Trump, AT&T Merger Interference Concerns
  5. AT&T suffers another blow in court over throttling of “unlimited” data: AT&T can’t force California customers into arbitration, judge says.
  6. Ajit Pai celebrates after court strikes down Obama-era robocall rule
  7. Ajit Pai says net neutrality was the top threat to broadband deployment: FCC chair still can’t offer proof that repeal will boost broadband access.
  8. Why the first state with a net neutrality law isn’t scared of lawsuits: Washington lawmaker: FCC can’t preempt state laws “just because it says so.”
  9. California Introduces New, Tougher Net Neutrality Rules; Uses Ajit Pai’s Abdication Of Authority Against The FCC
  10. Entire broadband industry will help FCC defend net neutrality repeal: NCTA, CTIA, and USTelecom sign up to defend net neutrality repeal in court.
  11. If You’re Angry About Facebook’s Privacy Abuses, You Should Be Four Times As Angry At The Broadband Industry
  12. NY says Charter lied about new broadband, threatens to revoke its franchise: Charter tried to count old broadband toward new merger commitments, NY says.
  13. The Cable Industry Is Quietly Securing A Massive Monopoly Over American Broadband
  14. The FCC Should Use Blockchain To Manage Wireless Spectrum
  15. An “Ashamed” Fox News Commentator Just Quit The “Propaganda Machine”: “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association,” Col. Ralph Peters wrote in an email to colleagues. “Now I am ashamed.”
  16. US Spends $2 Billion Monthly On Streaming Services, Older Viewers Cut Cords
  17. The Dangers Of Big City Subsidies: When public assets are privatized and auctioned off to the highest bidder, everyone loses. 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Russian Court Says Telegram Must Hand Over Encryption Keys To State Intelligence Service
  2. Malware attack on 400k PCs caused by backdoored BitTorrent app: Once the stuff of spy novels, supply chain attacks are becoming common.
  3. UK High Court perma-bans efforts to extradite Lauri Love for US hacking trial: Sets precedent for blocking extradition of hackers to US on humanitarian grounds.
  4. Privacy Practices Every Company Should Address in Wake of Action Against PayPal
  5. This Call May Be Monitored For Tone And Emotion
  6. US spy lab hopes to geotag every outdoor photo on social media: “Finder” will geotag images by terrain, sky features.
  7. Cops Wanting To Track Movements Of Hundreds Of People Are Turning To Google For Location Records
  8. Europe’s New Privacy Law Will Change The Web, And More
  9. Alphabet’s ‘Outline’ Software Lets Anyone Run A Homebrew VPN
  10. A YouTuber Who Put A GoPro On A Sushi Restaurant Conveyor Belt Has Caused Quite The Stir In Japan
  11. YouTube Video Causes Sushi Restaurant Chain To Ban Photography
  12. “Hey Google, could you be used against me in court?”
  13. Clock Runs Out On Perjury Charges For James Clapper, Ensuring He Won’t Be Punished For Lying To Congress
  14. Adrian Lamo, former hacker who turned in Chelsea Manning, dead at 37: Intruder of Yahoo, Microsoft, and NYT was best known for reporting Manning leaks.

Jon

News of the Week; March 14, 2018

GAMES

  1. White House meeting over violent video games accomplished little, say attendees 
  2. Opinion: Trump’s video game ‘summit’ reminds us who the enemy is
  3. Trump’s Video Game Summit: Developers On One Side, Partisan Hack Puritan Cosplayers On The Other
  4. After industry meeting, Trump highlights alleged game violence effects: Democrats accuse president of using games to “change the subject” from gun control.
  5. IGDA: Blaming gun violence on games is a distraction, but a chance to educate  
  6. Yelling at “scumbags” – inside the White House’s last gaming violence summit: When gaming executives meet the executive branch, the discussion can get a bit bumpy.
  7. What to expect from Trump’s game industry summit today: Attendee list suggests a vigorous debate between pro- and anti-gaming voices.
  8. These are the people attending the White House’s game violence meeting
  9. ZeniMax, Take Two CEOs to meet with President Trump: White House sources have confirmed two attendees of today’s meeting on gun violence
  10. Trump meeting with game execs yields “significant progress” – Legislator: Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler gives her assessment as ESA thanks president for “receptive and comprehensive approach”
  11. Trump White House’s Horribly Violent Video-Game Reel Goes Viral
  12. This alternate montage challenges the White House’s violent games reel 
  13. Watch the industry’s response to Trump’s violent video games reel: Games For Change compiles montage of beautiful and emotional moments from The Last of Us, Zelda, Minecraft, Abzu and more
  14. Devs of violent games in White House reel “should be ashamed” – Spector: Warren Spector calls supercut of gory titles “simply disgusting,” says those titles hurt the industry
  15. ‘The American Dream’ Parodies US Gun Culture, Launching This Week at a Key Moment in Gun Rights Debate
  16. What would Trump’s trade war mean for the games business?: The high-profile summit on game violence is a paper tiger; the industry should take the opportunity to persuade the President on trade issues instead
  17. Super Seducer blocked from release on PlayStation 4: The BBC has claimed that Sony “banned” the controversial seduction game
  18. “Dating coach” game Super Seducer barred from PlayStation 4: Available on Steam, game using live-action video to “teach” pick-up techniques.
  19. Voice-acting rights halt effort to put Fallout 3 inside Fallout 4: Converting licensed vocal files falls into a legal gray area.
  20. Fortnite Players Are Getting Fraudulent Charges For Hundreds Of Dollars
  21. Fortnite players receiving refunds after accounts were hacked  
  22. Fortnite’s cross-platform play will not work between Xbox and PlayStation: Sony appears to be the holdout again as Epic’s multiplayer hit adds cross-play between PC, Mac, console and new mobile versions
  23. Fortnite Battle Royale will have the “same gameplay” on mobile devices: PS4 and Xbox One can play with PC/mobile, but not with each other.
  24. Blog: Making a multiplayer PC game playable cross-platform on PS4
  25. Microsoft claims Sony is stopping Xbox One and PS4 cross-play
  26. ModDB has restored and relaunched GameFront
  27. Fully restored GameFront relaunches: Modding hub is back online after two years, with completely restored content and new features
  28. Game Developer Embraces Modding Community So Much They Made Their Work An Official Release
  29. PUBG Corp acquires MadGlory to enable community developer tools: New subsidiary will launch online portal for custom-made APIs, matchmaking engines and esports systems
  30. PUBG is third highest-earning Steam game of all time, according to Gabe Newell: Valve boss points to Bluehole’s phenomenon as proof of how Steam benefits the industry
  31. Op-Ed: Australia’s gambling crackdown signals choppy waters for loot boxes
  32. Happy Wars shutting down Xbox 360 and PC servers this year
  33. Devs celebrate women game devs on International Women’s Day
  34. Here’s how the games industry is honouring International Women’s Day: We round up all the events and other activities video games firms are hosting to celebrate women everywhere
  35. Ubisoft and Microsoft Women in Gaming panel pushes for clarity on how feminism fits into gaming
  36. Female Overwatch League host receives death threats over Women’s Day tweet: Soe ‘Soembie’ Gschwind-Penski besieged on social media for thanking supportive men
  37. Overwatch League team releases twice-banned player: Dallas Fuel cuts ties with Félix “xQc” Lengyel after he follows up suspension for homophobia with suspension for racism
  38. Red Bull announces UK’s largest public esports studio: Studio launches later this month in partnership with ASUS Republic of Gamers, Noblechairs, and Newegg
  39. This Stadium In China Is Built Exclusively For Esports
  40. Violent video games not welcome for Olympic esports consideration: Overwatch and Call of Duty won’t be Olympic sports any time soon.
  41. Alibaba backs non-violent esports for Olympic inclusion
  42. Alibaba to focus on non-violent games for Olympic esports bid: First-party publishers of violent games will be “suspected of only pushing your games for your own benefit”
  43. NHL Announces First Esports Draw With EA Sports Game
  44. EA adds 6 Warner Bros. published games to Origin Access
  45. EA adds WBIE to Origin Access: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment becomes first major external publisher added to subscription game service
  46. Twitch is getting into the ‘free games for subscribers’ business 
  47. Kixeye raises $20M to blend machine learning and game marketing
  48. Facebook opens up its Instant Games platform to all devs
  49. Dotemu opens new publishing label to support small creative devs
  50. Valve adds optional ‘Plus’ paid subscription to free-to-playDota 2
  51. Jason Rohrer’s “off-Steam” gamble paid off: The indie designer released his new game outside of Valve’s platform, and it eclipsed sales of his last Steam release in one week
  52. Indie devs weigh the pros and cons of forgoing a Steam release
  53. Analysts: Games responsible for 80% of all mobile app spending in 2017
  54. Could games development transition to a complete outsource model?
  55. FoxNext opens new studio to create story-driven titles
  56. What’s the story at Wooga?: CEO Jens Begemann explains the reasoning for the casual games studio’s plan to focus on story-driven games
  57. Call of Duty goes early to avoid Red Dead clash: Activision releasing Black Ops 4 a full month earlier than usual as Rockstar’s next is set to dominate Q4 – but will others follow?
  58. Dune II and the three rules of a good licensed game
  59. Oculus has a fix for the mass Oculus Rift outage
  60. Oculus Publishes Repair Tool to Patch Debilitating Rift Error, Offers $15 Store Credit
  61. Cities: Skylines has sold 5M copies on PC alone
  62. Nintendo rescues quiet February for UK games retail
  63. 3DS lifecycle extends to 2019 with Nintendo Direct surprise announcements: Luigi’s Mansion remake, new WarioWare and Bowser’s Inside Story bolsters handheld’s line-up for the next 12 months
  64. Nintendo announces a bunch of 2018 games, but none as big as Switch Smash Bros.: Nintendo Direct video includes lots of ports coming to Switch, 3DS, as well.
  65. Nintendo inks deal with YoYo to bring GameMaker Studio 2 games to Switch
  66. Street Fighter collection revives rare multiplayer mode for Switch
  67. Don’t Miss: How Nintendo designed the inviting mini-world of Animal Crossing
  68. Why you should (and shouldn’t) port your mobile game to the Switch: EEDAR senior analyst Matt Diener finds that Switch players are big mobile spenders – will that lead to successful mobile adaptations?
  69. Google Maps transforms into Mario Kart for Mario Day  
  70. Google announces new open source multiplayer server Agones
  71. Devs can now use Google Maps API to build their own game worlds
  72. How to Turn Google Maps Into Mario Kart
  73. Gabe Newell: Valve has always been a ‘bit jealous’ of companies like Nintendo 
  74. Dota 2 card game “the first of several games” coming from Valve: Gabe Newell’s company now has “ability to develop hardware and software simultaneously”
  75. Valve’s making games again: Hands-on with Artifact’s digital trading cards – Newell: “Artifact is to trading card games what Half-Life 2 was to single-player action.”
  76. Valve introduces subscription model to Dota 2: $3.99 a month subscription “an evolution of the Majors Battle Pass” says Valve
  77. Valve lets us loose in its new offices, unlocks the doors to a rare merch room: Valve recently moved to new offices, so we took every photo we were allowed.
  78. BitGuild announces blockchain platform for online games: “The implications of having a true gaming network built on the blockchain are nearly limitless,” says CEO
  79. Tencent invests up to $1bn into streaming services within 24 hours: Chinese giant poured $632m into Douyu and led a $461m funding round into its rival Huya
  80. Kixeye secures $20m funding for machine learning platform: Mobile firm claims tech optimises gameplay and monetisation to solve the ‘one-hit wonder problem’
  81. Looking at open world games to understand player autonomy
  82. Report: Fruit Ninja creator Halfbrick cuts workforce by 50 percent
  83. Outpost wants to mix games with reality TV: CEO Wright Bagwell says incorporating an audience and fame leaderboards into the studio’s SOS survival game “radically changes” player behavior
  84. HQ Trivia raises $15 million in funding: Growing trivia game platform offers real-money prizes, is now worth $100 million
  85. Microsoft Shows New Research in Haptics With ‘CLAW’ VR Controller Prototype
  86. Valve launches VR resolution auto-optimization tool for SteamVR
  87. Steam will now auto-scale VR resolution to max out your GPU: New feature aims to “take the headset out of the equation for [VR] developers.”
  88. Eyes-on with the HTC Vive Pro: Not a revolution, but also more than resolution – We take a closer look at a Ready Player One event during SXSW.
  89. Skyrim VR is coming to PC, and it marks a Bethesda first: Oculus approval 
  90. The First Reactions to Ready Player One Are Mostly Positive… Mostly
  91. The Princeton Review reveals the best schools in the world for game design: University of Southern California and the Southern Methodist University ranked top for the second year in a row
  92. Meet the dev who sold his house to make a 100% for-charity game

DIGITAL

  1. Back to B.C.: Court Re-examines Google Takedown Order In Light of U.S. Ruling (Michael Geist)
  2. College Athletes Appeal to Seventh Circuit Against FanDuel’s and DraftKings’ Use of Images 
  3. How Isis And Russia Won Friends And Manufactured Crowds: The Islamic State built a global brand using the power of social media. Now, Russia is following a similar playbook—and it’s all too easy.
  4. Russian Propaganda Remains On Reddit
  5. House Committee Report Highlights Russian Use of Social Media to Disrupt Pipeline Projects
  6. Russia Censors News Reports About Anti-Putin Ice Graffiti, Leaving Its Contents Entirely Up To Our Collective Imagination
  7. Rian Johnson: Russian Bots Targeted Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Save General Hux
  8. If The US Government Can’t Figure Out Who’s A Russian Troll, Why Should It Expect Internet Companies To Do So? 
  9. Egypt sets up hotline for complaints against ‘fake news’: Egypt’s government press centre has called BBC report on human rights abuses ‘fake news’
  10. Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed
  11. The spread of true and false news online (Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, & Sinan Aral)
  12. The science of fake news (David M. J. Lazer, Matthew A. Baum, Yochai Benkler, Adam J. Berinsky, Kelly M. Greenhill, Filippo Menczer, Miriam J. Metzger, Brendan Nyhan, Gordon Pennycook, David Rothschild, Michael Schudson, Steven A. Sloman, Cass R. Sunstein, Emily A. Thorson, Duncan J. Watts, Jonathan L. Zittrain)
  13. When WhatsApp’s Fake News Problem Threatens Public Health
  14. Be The (Online) Change You Want To See 
  15. Trump Issues Order to Block Broadcom’s Takeover of Qualcomm
  16. Trump issues order blocking Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm, citing national security 
  17. President Trump blocks $117 billion Qualcomm takeover: Singaporean rival Broadcom prevented from buying US chip firm over “national security” concerns
  18. President Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm despite re-domiciliation efforts
  19. President Trump halts Broadcom’s bid for Qualcomm, citing “national security”: Last week, Treasury official argued deal would let China dominate 5G development.
  20. Is China Discriminating against U.S. Firms Related to Technology Transfer, IP, Trade Secrets, and Innovation? 
  21. Court documents reveal 238 gender discrimination and harassment complaints filed against Microsoft: Microsoft facing lawsuit over “unchecked gender bias that pervades its corporate culture”
  22. “Women at Microsoft are sexualized by their male managers,” lawsuit alleges: Of 108 gender discrimination complaints, Microsoft concluded just one was legit.
  23. Microsoft Helps Get A Computer Recycler Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Offering Unapproved Recovery Disks
  24. YouTube Shows Dennis Prager’s Claim Of Discrimination Against Conservatives Is Laughable
  25. YouTube Will Link Directly To Wikipedia To Fight Conspiracy Theories
  26. YouTube To Clamp Down On Conspiracy Theories With Wikipedia-Sourced Text Boxes
  27. Wikimedia’s Transparency Report: Guys, We’re A Wiki, Don’t Demand We Take Stuff Down
  28. It’s Not Just The US — The Indian YouTube Community Has a Fake News Problem, Too
  29. Twitter’s Attempt To Clean Up Spammers Meant That People Sarcastically Tweeting ‘Kill Me’ Were Suspended 
  30. Rage against the Machine! CMA sets up a new on data unit to investigate online anti-competitive behaviour
  31. Five Senators Agree: Search Engines Should Censor Drug Information 
  32. Cannabis website to California: Section 230 protects us from your demands – Prof: “It is difficult to see how Weedmaps could be held liable for these ads.”
  33. More People Realizing That SESTA Will Do A Lot More Harm Than Good
  34. Just As Everyone’s Starting To Worry About ‘Deepfake’ Porn Videos, SESTA Will Make The Problem Worse
  35. If You Think SESTA Will Help Victims Of Sex Trafficking, Read This Now
  36. Sex Workers And Survivors Raising The Alarm About SESTA: It Will Literally Put Their Lives In Danger
  37. Sri Lanka Blocked Facebook This Week for Allegedly Spreading Hate Speech and Violence
  38. News Publishers Ask For Monopoly Powers To Fight Back Against Google/Facebook Monopoly
  39. Facebook Didn’t Kill Online Sketch Comedy—The Entire Internet Did
  40. Facebook has signed a deal to stream 25 afternoon MLB games
  41. Facebook Watch Will Exclusively Air 25 Weekday MLB Games In 2018
  42. Facebook Reportedly Pays At Least $30 Million For Rights For 25 Weekday Afternoon MLB Games
  43. MLS, Twitter Announce Three-Year Live Streaming Deal
  44. YouTube TV Wants To Woo Sports Fans, So It Will Sponsor Two More World Series
  45. Judge Rules In YouTube’s Favor In Zombie Go Boom’s Adpocalypse Lawsuit
  46. YouTube Reptile Vlogger Charged With 23 Counts of Illegally Possessing Venomous Snakes
  47. YouTube’s Robert Kyncl On Logan Paul Controversy: “We Should Have Done Better”
  48. YouTube Star Jake Paul Talks To Marco Rubio, Pledges $25,000 In Quest To Stop School Shootings
  49. YouTube’s Human Moderators Will See Limited Four-Hour Shifts To Preserve Their Sanity
  50. The Price Of YouTube TV Is Officially Up To $40 Per Month, With Existing Customers Grandfathered In
  51. Penny’s Notes on the Rising Influence of Influencers
  52. Vice CEO Shane Smith To Be Replaced By Former A&E Chief Nancy Dubuc (Report)
  53. How To Make A Clean Break With The Clingiest Social Networks
  54. Today’s Debate Over Online Porn Started Decades Ago
  55. Ad-Blocker Ghostery Just Went Open Source – And Has A New Business Model
  56. AI Has A Hallucination Problem That’s Proving Tough To Fix
  57. The Quest To Make A Robotic Cat Walk With Artificial Neurons
  58. It’s Really Hard to Give AI “Common Sense”
  59. Four AI composition tools easy enough to soundtrack your film masterpiece: AI creativity now extends to music composition tools that anyone can access.
  60. Come Harvest Time, Who Owns the Fruits of Machine Learning? 
  61. Sierra Leone Just Held the World’s First Blockchain-Powered Election 
  62. Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous
  63. Is The Blockchain Hype Over? (Andres Guadamuz)
  64. Beware the use of crypto-currencies
  65. Cryptocurrencies fall as Google announces ad ban: Facebook banned ads for cryptocurrency from its ad networks in January.
  66. There’s a currency miner in the Mac App Store, and Apple seems OK with it: Popular Calendar 2 app mines Monero by default, but at least it discloses it. 
  67. Taxation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
  68. The Obamas Are In “Advanced Negotiations” With Netflix For Political Series Slate
  69. Netflix may sign the Obamas in exclusive content deal: Apple and Amazon are reportedly also interested in working with the former president.
  70. Netflix Piloting Feature That Lets Kids Earn Virtual Rewards For Streaming
  71. Spotify Enlists Its Users to Add Music Metadata
  72. Killing The Golden Goose (Again); How The Copyright Stranglehold Dooms Spotify
  73. Apple is acquiring the Netflix of magazines: The service had “hundreds of thousands” of subscribers as of 2016.
  74. Apple Buys Texture, the Netflix for Magazines
  75. Eddy Cue On Apple’s Video Vision: Unlike Netflix, “We’re Not After Quantity”
  76. Operation Bayonet: Inside The Sting That Hijacked An Entire Dark Web Drug Market 
  77. The Long-Awaited Interactive Adaptation Of ‘WarGames’ Has Premiered 
  78. Inside The Vatican’s First-Ever Hackathon

CREATIVITY

  1. The Supreme Court’s Decision in Livent: a Framework for Deciding Auditor’s Negligence Cases 
  2. Can Mattel be prevented from making its own Frida Kahlo Barbie doll?
  3. Playboy Decides Not To Appeal Silly Boing Boing Lawsuit In The Most Petulant Manner Possible
  4. Copyright, Censorship, Pepe & Infowars
  5. Pay attention to the “moral rights” of visual artists  
  6. Research Shows That Published Versions Of Papers In Costly Academic Titles Add Almost Nothing To The Freely-Available Preprints They Are Based On 
  7. Court Orders Copyright Troll To Post $10,000 Bond After He Lied About His Client’s Licensing Agreement
  8. Domain names: getting real 
  9. Federal Judge Says Business Names Provided By Reviewers At A Review Site Are Contributory Trademark Infringement
  10. Nevada Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court’s Abysmal Ruling On Las Vegas Shooting Coroner’s Reports
  11. Iowa Town Threatens Critical Resident With A Lawsuit, Gets Sued By The ACLU Instead
  12. Trump’s Lawyers Apparently Unfamiliar With Streisand Effect Or 1st Amendment’s Limits On Prior Restraint
  13. Is Jediism a recognized religion in Canada?

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, The Finale (Michael Geist) 
  2. Why Canadians oppose blacklisting “pirate” websites
  3. FCC must defend net neutrality repeal in court against dozens of litigants: Lawsuits filed by tech firms, states, and advocates were merged into one suit.
  4. States Take Sides on Net Neutrality
  5. Calif. weighs toughest net neutrality law in US—with ban on paid zero-rating: Bill would recreate core FCC net neutrality rules and be tougher on zero-rating. 
  6. Telecom Lobbyists Whine About State Net Neutrality Efforts They Helped Create 
  7. Terrified Of Losing In Court, ISPs (With Senator John Kennedy’s Help) Push Hard For A Fake Net Neutrality Law
  8. When slow downloads hit an app developer, only Comcast customers suffered: Comcast and Cogent fight again, and customers lose with slow Internet service.
  9. Comcast gets FCC’s help in $3.5 million battle against small cable company: Wave Broadband paid Comcast millions and won’t get refund; FCC rejects complaint.
  10. Verizon Forced To Briefly Give A Damn About Its Neglected Broadband Networks
  11. Verizon agrees to fix failing broadband networks to settle investigation: Verizon will fix NY copper lines and potentially upgrade more than 30,000 homes.
  12. AT&T/Time Warner merger will raise TV bills $436 million a year, US says: AT&T scoffs at “insubstantial 45-cent monthly increase, all of 0.4% per bill.”
  13. ‘Intense distress’: Lawsuit from Seth Rich’s parents details trauma from Fox News hatchet job
  14. Cable’s Top Lobbyist Again Calls For Hyper Regulation Of Silicon Valley
  15. When Monsters Exaggerate 
  16. Broadcasting: A Key Brexit Priority
  17. Pakistan Court Declares Mobile Data Disconnections By The Government Illegal

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. California district court rules social media company cannot dismiss non-users’ facial scan privacy claims 
  2. TSA accused of searching domestic travelers’ devices with no warrant: TSA has failed to fully respond to FOIA requests from the ACLU.
  3. FBI Documents Show More Evidence Of Agency’s Sketchy Relationship With Best Buy’s Geek Squad
  4. FBI Director Says It’s ‘Not Impossible’ To Create Compromised Encryption That’s Still Secure
  5. Yahoo’s ToS limitations of liabilities challenged in Cyberbreach of 3 billion users! 
  6. Judge Says Yahoo Still On The Hook For Multiple Claims Related To Three Billion Compromised Email Accounts
  7. There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia: If tech is going to infiltrate, influence, and shape all of society, it is unacceptable for tech and pure market forces to decide the limits of the surveillance state.
  8. Potent malware that hid for six years spread through routers: Nation-sponsored Slingshot is one of the most advanced attack platforms ever.
  9. Senior ex-Equifax executive charged with insider trading: CIO allegedly sold $1 million worth of stock 10 days before public learned of breach.
  10. Router-Hacking ‘Slingshot’ Spy Operation Compromised More Than 100 Targets
  11. Weighing Privacy vs. Security For The Internet’s Address Book
  12. Keeper Security Reminds Everyone Why You Shouldn’t Use It; Doubles Down On Suing Journalist

Jon

News of the Week; March 7, 2018

GAMES

  1. Clicker Heroes maker compares new lawsuit from “patent troll” to extortion: “It’s as if someone walked into my home with a knife and asked me for $35,000.”
  2. Teen Who Made A Dumb School Shooting Joke On Snapchat Ordered By Judge To Not Play Violent Video Games
  3. Judge bars student from violent games after alleged shooting threat: “You can play all the Mario Kart you want,” judge says.
  4. Judge bans 16-year-old from violent video games over school shooting threat: Teen had no access to weapons but ‘joke’ Snapchat threat led to criminal charges
  5. Trump to meet with game industry Thursday over gun violence: ESA says it will go to the White House later this week.
  6. Trump Announces One-Sided Plan To Meet With Video Game Makers Over Gun Violence
  7. Opinion: Trump’s alleged video game summit? It’s a trap!
  8. Trump’s meeting with the game industry over gun violence may be a debate
  9. Trump says violent games are OK for his young son, maybe not for yours: “I look at some of the things he’s watching and I say, ‘How is that possible?'”
  10. Rhode Island Legislator Proposes A Tax On Video Games Based On Existing Entirely Voluntary Ratings System
  11. Rhode Island Law Would Mandate Porn Filters, Charge You $20 Per Device To Bypass Them
  12. Don’t Miss: How working on gross, violent games can mess with developers
  13. Don’t Miss: Video games and gun violence, a year after Sandy Hook
  14. Five Years After His Arrest, Prosecutors Try To Push Back Justin Carter’s ‘Terroristic Threat’ Trial
  15. Trump to meet with gaming execs – report: White House describes the meeting as part of “an ongoing discussion”, but the ESA and its members haven’t received a formal invitation
  16. Trump plans to meet with game industry over violent video games 
  17. Rainbow Six Siege to ban players who use toxic language 
  18. Rainbow Six Siege breaks its Steam concurrent player record two years after launch
  19. New report questions World Heath Organisation’s proposed ‘gaming disorder’ classification: Meanwhile, the global games industry’s rejection of the WHO proposal intensifies
  20. Researchers push back against WHO’s planned ‘gaming disorder’
  21. Tencent plans to introduce in-game contracts between parents and kids
  22. Blog: Game level generation using neural networks
  23. Clicker Heroes dev speaks out over patent troll threats
  24. Playsaurus targeted by “patent trolls” over Clicker Heroes virtual currency: “We absolutely refuse to negotiate license fees with patent holders who make bogus claims,” says Playsaurus CEO
  25. Metal Gear Survive: Critical Consensus – Tepid responses to Metal Gear’s first post-Kojima release paint it as a frustrating and tedious affair with occasional flashes of brilliance
  26. Can Metal Gear survive?: With weak sales, bad word of mouth and almost zero marketing support, Konami’s first attempt at a post-Kojima Metal Gear suggests a tough road ahead for the franchise
  27. Rovio closes London studio after one year
  28. Unhappy Rovio says 2017 was its ‘best ever year’: Revenue and Profit rise sharply, but miss analyst expectations
  29. Rovio shutters London studio and lays off entire team
  30. Rovio’s head of games Wilhelm Taht has left the company
  31. Ubisoft acquires Brawlhalla dev Blue Mammoth Games
  32. Amazon acquires backend cloud-based game dev platform GameSparks
  33. Pokémon toys and trading card sales spike in Europe: €100 million spent on trading cards in 2017 in Europe
  34. The Most Shameless Pokemon Go Rip Offs So Far
  35. UK enjoys record-breaking year with £5.11bn spent on video games in 2017: Valuation by trade body UKIE shows digital games market exceeded £1.5bn for the first time ever
  36. Online retail now accounts for over 40% of UK boxed game sales: Supermarket market share continues to tumble in 2017
  37. Mobile interactive story games generated $14m last month: Apps like Choices, Episode and What’s Your Story have generated $52.5m since November
  38. UK Charts: No new games as FIFA 18 takes No.1 yet again – Mario Kart leaps up four places
  39. UK Data: Over 20% of Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Battlefront II sales were digital – FIFA 18 was 19.9%, while online games like Destiny 2 posts even stronger digital sales
  40. Monster Hunter: World ships 7.5M units in under two months
  41. Monster Hunter: World is the best-selling game in Capcom’s history – Breakout hit’s 7.5 million shipped units is the highest ever for the Japanese publisher
  42. Final Fantasy XV for Windows should have been a mess, but it’s the opposite: Square Enix mostly delivers the scalable, tweakable performance that PC gamers crave.
  43. Modders try to fix what Square Enix broke with PC Chrono Trigger port: Removing ugly HD filtering and other unneeded tinkering is an uphill battle.
  44. Video: How Gone Home was localized by fans
  45. Celeste devs release player movement code for the tough-as-pitons platformer
  46. Check out the now open-source code powering UI layout inHeaven’s Vault
  47. New indie publisher Graffiti Games announces three titles for 2018: Vancouver-based publisher unveils its first-year plans
  48. Nintendo expected to overtake Microsoft in 2018: IHS Markit’s 2017 full-year figures also show console market enjoyed biggest growth in six years
  49. No Switch hardware revision this year – Report: Wall Street Journal says company will focus on peripherals to drive sales for hybrid system’s second year
  50. Boutique publishers are the future of the indie games market: Devolver, Double Fine, Raw Fury and Buried Signal’s Jason Roberts on how publisher identity can help indie games to rise above the noise
  51. The quiet need for Chinese indie games: Spotlightor Interactive founder Gao Ming on the fight for originality within a developing games scene
  52. Report: Gameloft has shut down Gameloft Madrid
  53. Gameloft closes Madrid studio: Closure marks seventh significant cut to a Gameloft studio in less than three years
  54. Largest charity tournament in mobile esports history kicks off on March 3: Mobile esports platform Skillz sets itself $100,000 target
  55. Esports Held Its Own Upfront In New York City, As Brands Like L’Oreal Carefully Plan Their Entry
  56. Florence Is A Mobile Game That Captures The Power Of Touch
  57. Optimism at Atari?: 10 Years Ago This Month – With a high-profile hire, a new vision, and an anticipated Alone in the Dark reboot, gaming’s original titan was poised for a comeback
  58. Review: Sony Playstation 4 Pro – A year after its release, one question remains – Is it finally time to go Pro?
  59. Space Ape teams with London universities on free games masterclasses: Six-session course will cover game design, community engagement and more, classes will also be livestreamed
  60. Video games graduates have more than doubled in five years: “We need to continue to increase the supply of highly skilled games graduates,” says TIGA CEO
  61. Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Arcade Lowers Age Restriction to 7 Years Old
  62. Kongregate to launch dev-friendly digital games platform, Kartridge
  63. Kongregate launching new download games store Kartridge this summer: Publisher readies its own Steam rival with no upload fees and support for pay-what-you-want games
  64. Oculus Rifts stop working
  65. Software error causes mass Oculus Rift outage
  66. A rift in VR: Critical error shuts down Oculus headsets worldwide – A small software update may be required to address the issue.
  67. For the first time, the Oculus Rift is the leading VR headset on Steam
  68. Oculus Rift becomes leading VR headset on Steam: Latest hardware and software survey puts Oculus Rift two points ahead of HTC Vive
  69. Oculus Rift is now the most popular VR headset on Steam: But PC gaming’s most popular platform still has a relatively tiny VR userbase.
  70. Nicolas Cage’s ‘The Humanity Bureau’ VR Experience is Another Strike Against VR Film Promos
  71. Virtual reality is coming to a courtroom near you: ABA Techshow panel explores use of VR in law
  72. Magic Leap raises $461 million in funding from Saudi Arabian investment arm
  73. HQ Trivia app secures $15 million in funding 
  74. How an injured dev learned to make games without using his hands
  75. Blog: Learning more about your audience
  76. Blog: Dealing with love and hate from your fans 
  77. Devs reflect on the impact and legacy of Burnout Paradise
  78. Cataloguing soda machines in games throughout the ages 

DIGITAL

  1. In US v. Microsoft, A Decades-Old Law Leaves Few Good Options
  2. Is Trump’s Twitter behavior constitutional? A court will decide.
  3. Clarifying Outer Bounds of Copyright Fair Use, Second Circuit Finds Video Monitoring Service Infringing
  4. Do Memes Infringe Copyright? (Andres Guadamuz) 
  5. Protecting human rights online: new guidelines on internet intermediaries (Council of Europe)
  6. China Briefly Bans The Letter ‘N’ On Social Media After Anger Over Plans To Make Xi Jinping ‘Dictator For Life’
  7. African Union Bugged by China: Cyber Espionage as Evidence of Strategic Shifts
  8. Singer/Professor Tries To Sue Student For Bad Internet Ratings, Fails, Appeals, Fails Again
  9. EU Commission Says Social Media Companies Must Take Down ‘Terrorist Content’ Within One Hour
  10. News in a disintegrating reality: Tow’s Jonathan Albright on what to do as things crash around us: “The kinds of things that I often see could literally be stopped by one person. I mean: 4chan trending on Google during the Las Vegas shooting? How that eve
  11. New Foils for the Right: Google and Facebook
  12. Wall Street Journal Explains Why SESTA Is A Terrible Idea And Is Unnecessary
  13. Can Someone Explain How SESTA Will Stop Sex Trafficking?
  14. Blame the Computer: The fake science that keeps threatening to kill us
  15. The Podcasting Juggernaut Has (Finally) Arrived: How publishers are racing to own the money-printing machine that is the daily news podcast.
  16. Publishers Could Get A New Weapon Against Facebook And Google
  17. Could Soap-Cutting Videos Be The Successor To YouTube’s Massive Slime Craze?
  18. YouTube Doesn’t Know Where Its Own Line Is
  19. YouTube Says New Human Moderators Mistakenly Punished Some Far Right And Pro-Gun Creators
  20. YouTube Stars Chomp On Some Lemons To Promote Bone Marrow Donations For Leukemia Patients
  21. YouTube’s Next Music Service Looks As If It Will Debut Later Than First Anticipated
  22. Insights: Stuck Between YouTube And A Hard Place, Being An Influencer Is Tougher Than Ever
  23. As Advertisers Flee, Alex Jones Claims His YouTube Ban Will Come Today
  24. InfoWars’ conspiracy theories have advertisers ditching YouTube channels: Even YouTube’s existing advertiser tools didn’t prevent this from happening.
  25. Angry Pick-Up Artist Says He Won’t Issue Bogus YouTube Claim On Critic’s Video; Issues Bogus Claim On Critic’s Video
  26. Top Marketers Nike, Paramount, More Pull Ads From InfoWars YouTube Channel
  27. Platform Changes Cause Influencer Anxiety
  28. Project Gutenberg Blocks Access In Germany To All Its Public Domain Books Because Of Local Copyright Claim On 18 Of Them
  29. Unprompted, creepy laughter from Alexa is freaking out Echo users: Amazon knows about the bug and is working to fix it.
  30. Amazon and Google Are Back to Feuding, This Time Over Smart Homes and Nest
  31. Google ends major OS support for Nexus phones and Pixel tablet: The two years of major OS updates is over for the Nexus 6P, 5X, and Pixel C.
  32. Google helps Pentagon analyze military drone footage – employees “outraged”: “Project Maven” applies Google’s image recognition tech to drone footage.
  33. Female Google engineer says she faced “frequent sexual harassment”: Woman charges “Google was fully aware” of sexist behavior but didn’t stop it.
  34. New Lawsuit Exposes Google’s Desperation To Improve Diversity
  35. Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired because I resisted “illegal” diversity efforts – Google vows to defend lawsuit, says it hires “candidates based on their merit.”
  36. Why Are There Few Women In Tech? Watch A Recruiting Session
  37. Facebook’s Equal Time Quandary: The social media giant could even the playing field for political ads. But is that what candidates really want? 
  38. Censoring a Facebook Post Showing a Naked Statuette? 
  39. Facebook survey: Should we let men ask 14-year-old girls for sexual pictures? – “This content should be allowed on Facebook” was an option for something beyond illegal. 
  40. BlackBerry weaponizes instant messaging patents, sues Facebook: BlackBerry continues shift to patent litigation with Facebook lawsuit.
  41. Twitter CEO wants to study platform’s “health,” but is he ignoring the cancer?: Anecdotal data makes us wonder when a terrifying Twitter botnet will take over.
  42. What Would A ‘Healthy’ Twitter Even Look Like?
  43. Famous Racist Sues Twitter Claiming It Violates His Civil Rights As A Racist To Be Kicked Off The Platform
  44. Netflix To Display MPAA Ratings As Part Of Plan To Enhance Parental Controls
  45. Snap Layoffs: Snapchat Parent Said to Be Axing 100 Engineering Employees
  46. The Limits Of Explainability: Academics, economists, and AI researchers often undervalue the role of intuition in science. Here’s why they’re wrong.
  47. Algorithms Are Creating A “Digital Poorhouse” That Makes Inequality Worse
  48. Robot smashes Rubik’s Cube record with 0.38-second solve: “The machine can definitely go faster,” inventor says.
  49. The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones
  50. After Just 6 Months, the Phone Notch Is Already Deeply Uncool
  51. Got Crypto? Be Careful How You File Your Taxes
  52. At This Crypto Event, The Attendees Really Were High 
  53. Hackers exploiting rTorrent to install Unix coin miner have netted $4k so far: Ongoing attacks give complete control and require no user interaction.
  54. Angry Coinbase users sue over claimed security failings, insider trading
  55. Bitcoin falls 10 percent after SEC warns about unregulated exchanges: Bitcoin falls 10 percent after regulators signal crackdown on exchanges.
  56. Lamar Smith says Russian bots are trying to cripple US energy production: Russian bots stirred pipeline trouble. Was it sowing divisions or targeting energy?
  57. Mind Games: The Tortured Lives Of ‘Targeted Individuals’ – Thousands of people think that the government is using implanted chips and electronic beams to control their minds. They are desperate to prove they aren’t delusional.
  58. Wireless Carriers, Hardware Companies Use Flimsy IOT Security To Justify Attacks On Right To Repair Laws
  59. 911 recordings reveal Apple’s problem of employees walking into walls: Apple was warned by a city official about the danger of employees walking into walls.
  60. Here Are 911 Transcripts of Some of the Times Apple Employees Walked Directly Into Glass Walls
  61. Youth Gun Violence Prevention in a Digital Age (Desmond Upton Patton, Kyle McGregor, & Gary Slutkin)
  62. Your Data Is Crucial to a Robotic Age. Shouldn’t You Be Paid for It?
  63. EU Adopts Ban on Unjustified Geo-Blocking: The new EU geo-blocking regulation prohibits unjustified geo-blocking.

CREATIVITY

  1.  And the Oscar goes to… Freedom of Contract! March 2018: Morality clauses are back in the spotlight after a spate of high-profile scandals in Hollywood.
  2. Pepe the Frog Artist Suing InfoWars for Copyright Infringement
  3. Pepe’s creator sues Infowars, claiming new poster infringes copyright: Infowars founder Alex Jones maintains that the poster is protected under fair use.
  4. Thelonious Monk Estate Hornin’ In on Right of Publicity Trial: Jazz great’s heir sues craft brewery for using dad’s likeness on merchandise
  5. TVEyes Inc. Crosses the Boundary of Fair Use Defense in Copyright Infringement Case Against Fox News Network, LLC
  6. All Eyes on Fair Use: The Second Circuit Delivers a Victory for Copyright Owners 
  7. Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc.: Second Circuit reverses district court’s finding of fair use, holding that while TVEyes’ “Watch” function is transformative, it is not fair use in that it provides virtually all of Fox’s content to subscribers.
  8. The 2nd Circuit Contributes To Fair Use Week With An Odd And Problematic Ruling On TVEyes
  9. California Court Dismisses Copyright Suit Against BBC Over Cosby Documentary Over Lack Of Jurisdiction
  10. MPAA Opposes Several Filmmaker Associations Request For Expanded Circumvention Exemptions
  11. Fair Dealing Support for News Reporting and Public Debate: The Case of Warman and National Post v. Fournier (Michael Geist)
  12. Fair Dealing and the Right to Read: The Case of Blacklock’s Reporter v. Canada (Attorney General) (Michael Geist)
  13. Update: Ontario Court Upholds That Professional Hockey Player Did Not Breach Morals Clause in Endorsement Contract
  14. French Government Wants To Toss Far-Right Political Leader In Jail For Posting Images Of Terrorist Atrocities
  15. Why the roots of patent trolling may be in the patent office: Trolls love patents from examiners who are “lenient” about patent vetting.
  16. ‘Dr. Strangelove’ Is Basically a Documentary

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1.  The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 12: Increasing Privacy Risks for Canadians (Michael Geist)
  2. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 13: It is Inconsistent With the CRTC Policy Direction (Michael Geist)
  3. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 14: Failure To Further the Telecommunications Act Policy Objectives (Michael Geist)
  4. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 15: It Undermines the Telecommunications Act Policy Objectives (Michael Geist) 
  5. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 16: The CRTC as the Internet Content Regulatory Authority (Michael Geist)
  6. Comcast Protected Browsing Blocks TorrentFreak, Showing Why Site-Blocking Sucks Out Loud Always
  7. Washington State Passes Law Protecting Net Neutrality
  8. Washington State Enacts Net Neutrality Law, In Clash With FCC
  9. Washington state passes net neutrality: Governor signs bipartisan legislation seeking to restore measures recently scrapped by FCC decision
  10. Washington State Laughs In The Face Of FCC Attempts To Ban States From Protecting Net Neutrality
  11. Middle Schoolers Cheer As Oregon Passes A Net Neutrality Law
  12. $20 porn-unblocking fee could hit Internet users if state bill becomes law: The opposite of net neutrality: R.I. bill requires ISPs to block sexual content.
  13. GOP tries to block state net neutrality laws and allow paid prioritization: GOP bill would outlaw blocking and throttling but give major concession to ISPs.
  14. The Wired Guide To Net Neutrality: Everything you need to know about the struggle to treat information on the internet the same – ISPs shouldn’t be able to block some sorts of data and prioritize others.
  15. AT&T has good and bad news for users of its limit-ridden unlimited plans: AT&T ends one speed limit but introduces a new one; some prices are going up.
  16. Charter appeals court loss, still claims it can’t be punished for slow speeds: New York AG alleges that Charter promised speeds it knew it couldn’t deliver. 
  17. Oregon Winds Up Giving Comcast A Huge Tax Break For Doing Nothing Differently
  18. Sprint’s CEO Thinks This Whole Killing Net Neutrality Thing Is Pretty Nifty
  19. Telecom Sector Can’t Stop Falsely Claiming That Net Neutrality Will Harm The Sick, Derail Smart Cars
  20. Ajit Pai won’t get his gun – FCC chair rejects NRA award after ethics review: NRA honored Pai for killing net neutrality, tried to give him handmade long gun.
  21. After Chat With Ethics Lawyers, FCC Boss Declines NRA Gun Award For Killing Net Neutrality 
  22. Ajit Pai’s supporters say he’s gone too far with plan that hurts poor people: Pai takes heat from all sides over plan to evict resellers from Lifeline program.
  23. Nobody (Even His Industry BFFs) Likes Ajit Pai’s Latest Attack On Low Income Broadband Programs
  24. “Dig Once” rule requiring fiber deployment is finally set to become US law: Dig Once mandates fiber conduit installation in government-funded road projects.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. No Longer Fit for Purpose: Why Canadian Privacy Law Needs an Update (Michael Geist)
  2. Proposed changes to Canadian privacy laws influenced by changes coming from EU
  3. Facebook Loses Second Attempt to Dismiss Biometric Data Class Action 
  4. Government Says FISA Court Should Stop Wasting Time Considering The ACLU’s Request For Greater Transparency
  5. Best Buy defends practice of informing FBI about child porn it finds: New documents produced as a result of FOIA lawsuit brought by EFF.
  6. Uber ‘Surprised’ By Totally Unsurprising Pennsylvania Data Breach Lawsuit
  7. US service provider survives the biggest recorded DDoS in history: Nearly 100,000 memcached servers are imperiling the stability of the Internet.
  8. Github Survived The Biggest DDOS Attack Ever Recorded
  9. It just got much easier to wage record-breaking DDoSes: Exploits that abuse memcached servers threaten the stability of the Internet.
  10. 23,000 HTTPS certificates axed after CEO emails private keys: Flap that goes public renews troubling questions about issuance of certificates.
  11. Trustico website goes dark after someone drops critical flaw on Twitter: Outage comes a day after CEO admitted emailing private keys for 23k HTTPS certs.
  12. FBI again calls for magical solution to break into encrypted phones – FBI chief: “I don’t buy the claim that it’s impossible” to solve “Going Dark.”
  13. Spoof, Jam, Destroy: Why We Need A Backup For GPS
  14. Uh Oh: Blockchain May Not Be as Secure as We Thought
  15. Customer information compromised following NIS America storefront breach: “We have identified the issue, removed it from our website, and taken steps to prevent this issue from recurring,” says NIS America
  16. The Leaked NSA Spy Tool That Hacked The World
  17. Spy v. Spy: An NSA Leak Reveals The Agency’s List Of Enemy Hackers

Jon

News of the Week; February 28, 2018

GAMES

  1. Star Control devs file counterclaim against Stardock over IP ownership
  2. Star Control countersuit aims to invalidate Stardock’s trademarks: Stardock claims Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III didn’t even create the classic games.
  3. Twitch Interactive, Inc. v. Justin Johnston, Et Al.
  4. Trump decries violent games after school shooting: US president raises concerns about the internet, games, and movies during a meeting on school safety
  5. Trump Blames School Shootings On Violent Video Games, Movies; Suggests We Need Some Sort Of Rating System For Them
  6. President Trump: “We have to do something” about violent video games, movies: Parkland student who plays Call of Duty responds: “That’s just a really pathetic excuse.”
  7. Right On Time: Kentucky Governor Lays The Blame For Florida School Shooting At The Feet Of Video Games
  8. Rhode Island might tax violent games to fund mental health programs
  9. Rhode Island politician proposes violent game tax: 10% sales tax on M-rated games would pay for mental health and counselling resources in schools
  10. Game Studio Threatens Employees’ Jobs If They Don’t Write Positive Reviews Of Own Game, Then Steam Pulls Game Entirely
  11. ESRB defends “fun” loot boxes as it starts labeling all “in-game purchases”: New label doesn’t specifically call out loot boxes to avoid “overwhelming” parents.
  12. ESRB to add ‘In-Game Purchase’ label to games featuring loot boxes
  13. ESRB responds to loot box controversy with in-game purchase label: Rating board to add new indicator on physical games when players can spend money from within the game
  14. Riot reveals the odds and rules that power League of Legends loot boxes
  15. Hooked on loot boxes: The industry’s push for engagement at all costs is ready to backfire as it misunderstands the concern over a controversial mechanic
  16. League of Legends dev Riot Games details how it ensures fairer loot box odds: Leading MOBA studio is the latest to share drop rates as scrutiny over monetisation continues
  17. Nintendo’s eShop refund policy found to violate European consumer rights: Norwegian Consumer Council asks Nintendo to bring its policy in line with European law
  18. Game Studio Found To Install Malware DRM On Customers’ Machines, Defends Itself, Then Apologizes
  19. ESA Comes Out Against Allowing Museums To Curate Online Video Games For Posterity
  20. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild big winner at DICE Awards
  21. Zelda and Nintendo clean up at the DICE Awards
  22. Breath of the Wild wins four including GOTY, while Nintendo was involved with a further seven winners
  23. In the age of the Switch, the Nintendo 3DS refuses to die: Despite Switch success, older portable is still popular, especially in the US.
  24. Nintendo: letting our fans review video games might not be a good idea – Change comes only five days after Nintendo caught up with rivals’ review systems.
  25. Nintendo Pulls Switch Game User Reviews
  26. Nintendo Adds User Reviews, Immediately Pulls Them
  27. Nintendo is letting players review Switch games on its official website
  28. Nintendo’s disappointing year on mobile: Smartphone games are proving to be a challenge for Nintendo – and the problems are more basic than a failure to embrace F2P
  29. Sega’s Yakuza 6 demo accidentally included the full game: Lucky downloaders got the entire game well ahead of April 17 release.
  30. The state of iOS game development, according to the creators of Alto’s Odyssey: From Metal to Android, Ryan Cash, Jason Medeiros, and Eli Cymet talk shop.
  31. Star Control creators file counterclaim against Stardock: Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III seek an injunction, but Stardock CEO responds that its ownership position is “incontestable”
  32. Rebellion trademark clash compels Ballistic Interactive to change game name: Upcoming RPG Hellhunter will now be released as HellSign, Sherdians lawyer warns indies to check trademarks
  33. Double Fine’s indie publishing biz aims to grow and help devs ‘rise above the noise’
  34. Blog: Random advice on how to survive as an indie studio
  35. “There’s no excuse for unequal pay”: Leading UK games organisations discuss the importance of ensuring employees of any gender are paid fairly as claims against major non-games firms rise
  36. Former EA devs reflect on work culture 14 years after EA Spouse 
  37. Facebook launches Women in Gaming site to share stories, research, and tools
  38. Facebook launches #SheTalksGames initiative to promote women in video games: Women In Gaming Stories is designed to encourage more women into the games business, and into leadership roles
  39. Twitch Partners With Non-Profit On ‘BroadcastHER’ Grants To Support Female Gamers
  40. 1,000 Dreams in partnership with Twitch to support female streamers: Plans to raise money for BroadcastHER Grant through Women’s History Month streaming event
  41. PAX producer ReedPOP acquires Gamer Network
  42. Over half of games journalists see a future co-existing with influencers: 15% view influencers as a “significant threat” to games journalism
  43. NPD: US games business had its best January since 2011- Monster Hunter World was the best-selling game in a month where dollar spend reached $1.1 billion
  44. NPD Group: U.S. video game hardware sales topped 1M in January
  45. PlayStation Plus will stop offering PS3 and Vita games in 2019 
  46. Almost $9bn spent on digital games in January – Superdata: Research firm also reports PUBG and Fortnite generated $200m in revenue last month
  47. Australians spent AU$3.23bn on video games in 2017: IGEA data shows AU$1bn on physical hardware and software, console sales up 36% year-on-year
  48. Metacritic ranks Bethesda as top-rated big publisher of 2017: Nicalis takes top-spot for best mid-sized publisher while EA comes in at fifth place after it “fell precipitously” last year
  49. Are video games immune to cryptocurrency failure?: 46% of 2017 ICOs have already failed, but most games-based projects seem to be ongoing
  50. UK Charts: Metal Gear Survive debuts at No.6 – £25 spin-off game fails to have a big impact on the charts
  51. Horizon Zero Dawn has sold over 7.6M copies worldwide
  52. Metal Gear Survive is The Rebirth And Death Of Metal Gear
  53. Warcraft III receives major patch ahead of first ever Invitational
  54. Critical Force: “Mobile will become more and more important to esports” – CEO Veli-Pekka Piirainen on how patient community building and emerging markets helped Critical Ops to reach one million daily players
  55. Newzoo lays down ten key factors that will determine the growth of esports: “Crunch time for esports as it enters adolescence,” says market intelligence firm
  56. Esports Monetization Platform FanAI Has Cleveland Cavaliers’ Backing
  57. Discord expands verified server program to eSports teams
  58. Vision Esports secures $38M to ramp up investment efforts
  59. Vision Esports raises $38 million in funding: Round led by Evolution Media featured contributions from numerous star professional athletes
  60. GamersOrigin, LDLC Event et l’Olympique lyonnais: les trois premières sociétés agréées pour l’emploi de joueurs professionnels de jeux vidéo compétitifs
  61. Overwatch: Building an esport from the ground up
  62. H1Z1 player base declines by 91% months before launch of pro league: Concurrent players down to 9,000 from peak of 150,000
  63. Smite esports leagues will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Mixer: Xbox streaming service to showcase both the Pro and Console series for Hi-Rez’s fantasy MOBA
  64. Augmented and mixed reality revenue to overtake VR by 2021: AR/MR revenue expected to double to $3.2 billion this year
  65. Facebook pulls VR shooting demo from display at CPAC: “We regret that we failed to do so in the first place,” says Facebook VP of VR
  66. Augmented and mixed reality revenue to surpass VR by 2021
  67. Google opens up ARCore access as SDK exits preview
  68. Rovio’s value halves following investor exodus: Angry Birds developer cites spiralling user acquisition cost for profit forecast shortfall
  69. Wooga makes layoffs as it pivots towards story-driven games
  70. Trion Worlds remastering Defiance without TV show: MMO publisher will bring free-to-play shooter to PC and current gen consoles despite lack of key selling point
  71. Pokemon Day 2018 Celebrations Include Snapchat Lenses, New Pikachu In Pokemon Go: Plus a new Pikachu Talk app for Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
  72. Blizzard Let Zenyatta Walk And It Was A Mistake
  73. Why release a new N64 game in 2018?: How a forgotten PS1 game has become a Kickstarter hit
  74. Metal Gear Survive Dev Appears To Call Out Konami In Hidden Message
  75. WWE Items Coming To Rocket League
  76. Ex-Quantic Dream dev launches video game storytelling course: Interior Night’s Caroline Marchal teams up with author and TV producer John Yorke for seven-week program
  77. Weza Interactive’s mission to become Africa’s success story: Kenyan developer George Ahere on how local culture inspired debut title Mzito and his plans to raise the continent’s profile in the global games market
  78. Ubisoft’s “Minority Report of programming”: La Forge claims its Commit Assistant AI for detecting bugs as they’re introduced can cut programming time by 20 per cent
  79. Obscure 1984 Donkey Kong game released online
  80. Europe finally gets a video game chart with digital data
  81. Can gaming’s own “academy awards” become a cultural event?: Academy president says attracting the “wider gamer audience” isn’t a priority.
  82. Obituary: Former President and CEO of Atari Ray Kassar 

DIGITAL

  1. How a fight over Star Wars download codes could reshape copyright law: Legal scholar says Redbox’s win over Disney is an “atomic bomb of a finding.”
  2. Disney Enterprises, Inc.; Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.; Lucasfilm Ltd., LLC, MVl Film Finance LLC, Plaintiff, v. Redbox Automated Retail, LLC
  3. Disney’s Stupid Lawsuit Against Redbox Results In Judge Saying Disney Is Engaged In Copyright Misuse
  4. Court Finds That Embedded Twitter Photo on Website May Subject Website Owner to Copyright Liability – Be Careful What You Post  
  5. U.S. Federal Court rules embedding a Tweet could be copyright infringement
  6. Embedding a Third Party Tweet Constitutes Copyright Infringement
  7. District judge in the SDNY: Embedding links to third-party web content is copyright infringement 
  8. ‘Repeat infringers’ under Digital Millennium Copyright Act not repeat infringers as adjudged by court
  9. Second Circuit Rejects TVEyes’s Fair Use Defense For Online Service Allowing Users To Watch Fox News Content
  10. Federal Court of Appeal approves website seizure and Anton Piller order against online copyright piracy platform
  11. Loss In 9th Circuit Appeals Court Isn’t Slowing 1-800-LAWFIRM’s Lawsuit Crusade Against Social Media Companies
  12. DOJ Tells Congress SESTA/FOSTA Will Make It MORE DIFFICULT To Catch Traffickers; House Votes For It Anyway 
  13. House Prepared To Rush Vote On Terrible Frankenstein SESTA, Which Will Harm Trafficking Victims & The Internet
  14. Now It’s The Turn Of Mercedes-Benz To Grovel Before China, Over An Instagram Post Quoting The Dalai Lama
  15. Apple Agrees To Store Chinese iCloud Data In China, Making It Much Easier For The Chinese Gov’t To Access It
  16. Apple to suspend iTunes Store support for “obsolete” first-gen Apple TV: Security changes will also affect Windows XP and Vista machines running iTunes.
  17. Mistakes And Strategic Failures: The Killing Of The Open Internet
  18. Russian Hacker False Flags Work—Even After They’re Exposed
  19. How Manafort’s inability to convert a PDF file to Word helped prosecutors: Former Trump campaign manager allegedly emailed doctored docs to his assistant. 
  20. FTC Refunds Victims of Tech Support Scam 
  21. AT&T Fails In Bid To Kill FTC Authority Over Broadband Monopolies
  22. COPPA, FTC Act Violations for Talent Agency
  23. Connected Toys, COPPA, and What’s Next 
  24. Google starts a push for cross-platform app development with Flutter SDK: As Flutter hits beta 1, Google revs up promotion efforts for a new way to make apps.
  25. Google Must Be Stopped Before It Becomes An AI Monopoly: We should start thinking now about how to build an antitrust regime that will preserve several companies’ robust AI assistants. 
  26. Artificial Intelligence & Inclusion 
  27. New Report on Emerging AI Risks Paints a Grim Future
  28. The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation
  29. How AI-Driven Insurance Could Reduce Gun Violence: Exploring a market-based, technologically-enabled compromise to preventing gun violence.
  30. The Verdict Is In: AI Outperforms Human Lawyers in Reviewing Legal Documents
  31. Self-Driving Cars Are Smart, But Car Washes Stump Them
  32. Inside The Alexa Prize: Amazon is in a pitched battle with its rivals to bring truly conversational AI into our homes. So the company is staging a contest—a mad dash toward an outlandish goal: Cook up a bot capable of small talk.
  33. Amazon Made $5.6 Billion in Profits Last Year and Reportedly Paid Zero American Dollars in Federal Taxes
  34. Amazon Pays $1 Billion For Video Doorbell Startup Ring After Shark Tank Passed On It
  35. Why Amazon is sending you pictures of your front porch
  36. Amazon splurges on Ring, hopes smart doorbells bolster in-home deliveries: The company’s new acquisition brings video doorbells into its smart home family.
  37. Insights: Can Twitter, Facebook and Google Evolve Fast Enough to Extract Us from The Mess They’ve Made? 
  38. Fake Social Followers Yield Real Legal Concerns
  39. Kylie Jenner Said She Doesn’t Use Snapchat Anymore And Its Stock Fell 3% In A Half-Hour
  40. ‘We’re watching a company explode’: is Snapchat becoming irrelevant?
  41. Sexting is on the rise among teens: ~27% get nudes, other racy messages: But researchers found no gender differences in sending and receiving rates.
  42. Vogue, Vice put editorial collaboration on hold
  43. BuzzFeed’s AM To DM Brings In One Million Views Per Episode By Incorporating “Twitter’s DNA”
  44. YouTube Strikes InfoWars Channel Amid Attempt To Crack Down On Conspiratorial Content
  45. YouTube Won’t Ban Neo-Nazi Group Chanting ‘Gas the ******, Race War Now’: Atomwaffen calls for genocide and has been linked to several murders, but the company site says a warning label is sufficient.
  46. After Some Pushback, YouTube Finally Bans Neo-Nazi Group
  47. YouTube’s Monetization Model, Algorithm Provide Unique Haven For Conspiracy Theorists (Study)
  48. Digital Networks Differ On Responses To YouTube’s New Partner Program Requirements
  49. California Court Holds That YouTube’s Removal Notice Is Not Defamatory 
  50. Manchester United, YouTube’s most viewed English club, finally launch official channel 
  51. Move Over, TV: Students Now Distract Themselves From Homework With YouTube, Study Finds 
  52. Top 3% Of YouTube Creators Received 90% Of Sitewide Views In 2016
  53. YouTube To Keep Original Productions Budget Flat Over Next Two Years (Report)
  54. YouTube TV Partners With Seattle Sounders To Stream All 2018 Matches 
  55. YouTube TV, In Search Of Sports Fans, Gets Rights To Stream Seattle Sounders Soccer Matches
  56. Drug Addiction Educator Says He’s Leaving YouTube After Erratic Content Strikes
  57. YouTube Restores Ads On Logan Paul’s YouTube Channel After 18-Day Suspension
  58. YouTube brings ads back to Logan Paul’s channel, but he’s on a 90-day probation: He’s still not eligible for YouTube’s Google Preferred ad program
  59. Logan Paul And KSI Are Probably Going To Box And It’s Going To Be The Biggest Thing Ever On YouTube
  60. Jake Paul Breaks Daily Vlogging Streak To “Help Some People That Are In A Lot Of Need” 
  61. Alphabet Will Not Share YouTube’s Revenue With The SEC 
  62. Poland’s Central Bank Paid Popular YouTubers To Create Anti-Cryptocurrency Videos
  63. Coinbase: We will send data on 13,000 users to IRS – Bitcoin startup says if concerned, “seek legal advice from an attorney promptly.”
  64. Self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator accused of $5 billion crypto heist: Craig Wright accused of “perpetrating a scheme” to con Dave Kleiman and his estate.
  65. The Problem With Cryptojacking 
  66. Venezuela says its cryptocurrency raised $735 million – but it’s a farce: Venezuela says its presale raised $735 million in 24 hours. Don’t believe it.
  67. Bill Gates says cryptocurrencies have “caused deaths in a fairly direct way”: Gates says cryptocurrencies’ main feature is anonymity.
  68. Bill Gates Thinks Cryptocurrency Is Killing People ‘In a Fairly Direct Way’
  69. Here’s How Blockchain Could Be Used for Gun Control
  70. Managing Copyrights on a Blockchain: How Close Are We and What Does It Mean?
  71. New York’s Top Court Rules 7-0: “Private” Facebook Posts Subject to Disclosure
  72. Section 230 Isn’t About Facebook, It’s About You
  73. Facebook’s Mandatory Malware Scan Is An Intrusive Mess
  74. Facebook Live Usage Among Previously-Paid Publishers Declined By More Than 50% In 2017
  75. What Facebook Isn’t Saying About Trump And Clinton’s Campaign Ads 
  76. Facebook apologizes over “Bullet Train” VR demo at right-wing conference: Facebook exec says demo scuttled “out of respect” for recent shooting victims.
  77. Netflix CFO: We’re Going To Have 700 Original Programs On Our Platform In 2018 
  78. Instagram image of Lego assault rifle, threat lead to 14-year-old’s arrest: San Diego County teen wrote Tuesday evening – “Don’t come to school tomorrow.”
  79. NIST Releases Draft Report on IoT Cybersecurity Standards; Comments Due April 18 
  80. Vox Lays Off 50 Staffers, Mostly Across Social Video Teams
  81. Wow, Who Could Have Predicted 59 Percent of 2017’s ICOs Are Already Dead or Doomed
  82. Peter Thiel Is A Flawed Messenger With A Crucial Message For Tech
  83. Tinder Wants To Make Emoji For Interracial Couples
  84. Feedless Takes The News Feed Out Of Social Media
  85. When a robot writes your news, what happens to democracy? 
  86. From fake news to fabricated video, can we preserve our shared reality?: The advent of inexpensive and readily accessible fabricated video production brings new meaning to the phrase ‘seeing is believing.’
  87. There’s something strange going on amid the satellite Internet rush: Greg Wyler, the founder of OneWeb, starts a second company to compete with himself. 
  88. How Bittorrent Spurred The Streaming Revolution
  89. My Dreams of Owning The Matrix Phone Can Finally Be Fulfilled
  90. A Short History Of Technology Worship: It’s possible that neither intelligence nor beauty is what makes converts. It’s technology itself. 
  91. Silicon Valley pub that helped birth PC industry to close because of high rent: The Oasis Beer Garden will serve its final pizza and pour its last pint on March 7.

CREATIVITY

  1. Insurer Settles $10M Coverage Dispute With Kanye West Touring Company 
  2. Coal CEO’s defamation lawsuit against John Oliver is dismissed: Murray Energy says it will appeal the decision.
  3. Stanford Professor Drops Stupid SLAPP Suit Against Critics; Still Mad Online
  4. Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal Of Frank Sivero’s Publicity Rights Suit Against ‘The Simpsons’ 
  5. Court Destroys Future Public Art Installations By Holding Building Owner Liable For Destroying This One
  6. Dark Day For Hollywood – Law Prohibiting Online Publication Of Actors’ Ages Is Unconstitutional! 
  7. Federal Court Shuts Down IMDb-Targeting ‘Anti-Ageism’ Law Permanently
  8. Fair Dealing Fake News: When Seeking a Refund Arising From Copyright Over-Payments Becomes a “Legal Attack on Writers” (Michael Geist)
  9. Why Fair Dealing Benefits Creators: The Case of a Room Full of Spoons (Michael Geist)
  10. Why Fair Dealing Safeguards Freedom of Expression: The Case of the Vancouver Aquarium (Michael Geist)
  11. Judge Saris Opines on Copyright Infringement in 3-D Greeting Card Case 
  12. Black Panther Surpasses Wonder Woman, Toy Story 3 At Domestic Box Office: Third highest-grossing MCU movie domestically.
  13. Mark Millar Has an Interesting Theory About Why Marvel Movies Work and DC Movies Don’t
  14. Disney Donates $1 Million To Open Stem Centers In Honor Of Black Panther Success: The money will go towards building new Centers of Innovation for kids interested in STEM. 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 8: The Ineffectiveness of Website Blocking (Michael Geist)
  2. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 9: Why it Violates Canadian Net Neutrality Rules (Michael Geist)
  3. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 10: Why It May Violate Human Rights Norms (Michael Geist)
  4. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 11: Higher Internet Access Costs for All (Michael Geist)
  5. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan: Canadians Take a Stand Against Site Blocking (Michael Geist)
  6. NRA gives Ajit Pai “courage award” and gun for “saving the Internet”: Killing net neutrality helps Pai win award for “standing up under pressure.”
  7. NRA Gives FCC Boss An Award For ‘Courageously’ Killing Net Neutrality, May Have Violated Ethics Rules
  8. FCC Republican faces ethics complaint after calling for Trump’s re-election: Pai and O’Rielly both face ethics questions after appearances at CPAC.
  9. Vimeo, In Ongoing Battle For Net Neutrality, Refiles Lawsuit Against FCC
  10. AT&T loses years-long quest to cripple FTC authority over telecoms: Unlimited data throttling case is back on after FTC wins major ruling.
  11. AT&T describes post-net neutrality plans for paid prioritization: “AT&T is not interested in creating fast lanes and slow lanes,” ISP claims. 
  12. Democrats submit plan to save net neutrality, still one vote short in Senate: Democrats still trying to convince Republicans to keep net neutrality rules.
  13. The Final Countdown to Net Neutrality’s Death Begins Today
  14. The Death Of Net Neutrality Will Be Official In April (Cue The Lawsuits)
  15. As Protection Ends, Here’s One Way To Test For Net Neutrality
  16. Life in the Fast Lane: FCC Releases Final Rule Repealing Net Neutrality 
  17. Defying Pai’s FCC, Washington state passes law protecting net neutrality: Washington may be the first state to impose net neutrality rules on all ISPs.
  18. The FCC’s ‘New’ Broadband Availability Map Hallucinates Broadband Competition
  19. Why states might win the net neutrality war against the FCC: FCC might have doomed its preemption case by renouncing authority over broadband.
  20. Verizon and a company it bought just paid $614M in biggest FCC fine ever: Straight Path failed to use spectrum, resulting in $614M fine and sale to Verizon.
  21. Charter Spectrum Fails To Wiggle Out From Under State Lawsuit For Crappy Service 
  22. The Moon Will Soon Have Its Own Mobile Network
  23. A Parliamentary Committee Makes Recommendations Regarding Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. US Officials Say Russia Hacked Pyeongchang Olympics, Tried to Pin It on North Korea
  2. Russia accused of “false flag” attack on Olympic opening: Routing hacks, bits of code used to throw off attribution trail.
  3. America’s Voting Systems Are Highly Vulnerable to Hackers: And we’re doing nothing to protect them.
  4. Feds have spent 13 years failing to verify whether passport data is legit: Data is read off e-passports, but CBP lacks software to verify digital signatures.
  5. US Border Officials Have Never Verified Chipped Passports, Despite Demanding Their Usage
  6. Us Border Patrol Hasn’t Validated E-Passport Data For Years: US Customs and Border Patrol hasn’t been verifying the cryptographic signatures on e-Passports – because they never installed the right software.
  7. YouTube Removes Some Demographics Data From Creator Analytics To Protect Viewer Privacy
  8. Microsoft’s Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications For Data
  9. Microsoft doesn’t want to turn over foreign server data, SCOTUS to weigh in: Silicon Valley fears that if US wins, its data held abroad will be vulnerable.
  10. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Microsoft Email Case
  11. SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures: Greater Engagement Required of Officers and Directors
  12. Car companies are preparing to sell driver data to the highest bidder: Connected cars are going to monetize data, but most drivers don’t know that.
  13. Covert ‘Replay Sessions’ Have Been Harvesting Passwords By Mistake
  14. How To Turn Off Facebook’s Face Recognition Features
  15. Man removes feds’ spy cam, they demand it back, he refuses and sues
  16. Cellebrite can unlock any iPhone (for some values of “any”): Forensics contractor’s “Advanced Unlocking Service” still has to brute-force passcodes
  17. Developer gets prison after admitting backdoor was made for malice: Full-featured trojan catered to password thieves, Peeping Toms, and ransomware scammers.

Jon

News of the Week; February 21, 2018

GAMES

  1. Gameloft facing lawsuit from outsourcing firm over copyright infringement
  2. Outsourcer suing Gameloft over Asphalt assets and trade secrets: Vietnamese studio Glass Egg claims employees created assets without company’s knowledge
  3. Despite increased downloads, Gameloft sees drop in daily and monthly average users
  4. European regulator: Nintendo’s strict eShop refund policy is unlawful
  5. After 600 days of being banned, former CS:GO streamer sues Twitch
  6. Ubisoft Perma-Bans Creator Of Cool, Non-Cheating Tool For ‘The Division’ Because It Was Made With Cheating Software
  7. Add-on dev Flight Sim Labs under fire for using malware as DRM
  8. Flight-sim devs say hidden password-dump tool was used to fight pirates: Developer says tool was intended to target one specific cracker.
  9. Streamer Sues Twitch Over Suspension: James ‘PhantomL0rd’ Varga says he was a “scapegoat”.
  10. Banned Twitch streamer files lawsuit against platform for loss of earnings and “reputational harm”: James “Phantoml0rd” Varga argues he was never given adequate explanation for the ban
  11. Twitch delays enforcement of new community guidelines over clarity concerns: Video platform criticised for new guidelines being vague
  12. Twitch Just Launched Chat Rooms And It’s The 90s All Over Again
  13. EVE Online to permanently ban repeat offenders using bots
  14. Eugen Systems devs on strike after claiming violation of rights 
  15. Video games, not guns, to blame for school shooting, says Kentucky gov.: “It’s the same as pornography…. we are reaping what we’ve sown here.”
  16. Game industry pushes back against efforts to restore gameplay servers: DMCA exemption fight shows mistrust over limited “preservation” claims.
  17. ESA argues against DMCA exemption for abandoned online games
  18. ESA opposes potential DMCA rule change aimed at preserving abandoned online games: “Preservation of online video games is now critical,” says Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
  19. Hawaii proposes landmark legislation against loot boxes: State representative who previously declared legislation a “slippery slope” affirms support for efforts toward regulating loot boxes; expects more states to follow Hawaii’s lead
  20. U.S. Senator calls on ESRB and FTC to review loot box practices 
  21. Blog: Much ado about loot boxes
  22. Report: 69% of consumers find cosmetic microtransactions acceptable: Only 6% of consumers never spend money on microtransactions
  23. 27% of Brits have purchased 18-rated games while still underage: While still underage, 65% of millennials have played an 18-rated video game and 35% bought one
  24. Microsoft: “Representation isn’t just good common sense, it’s good business sense” – At the DICE Summit today, Phil Spencer urged the industry to pursue diversity and inclusivity or risk missing out on the growth opportunities to come
  25. Learning from scantily clad dancer scandal, Xbox exec calls for inclusivity: Phil Spencer sees “opportunity and responsibility to make gaming for everyone.”
  26. For Xbox boss Spencer, inclusivity is key for successful company culture 
  27. Rovio partners with GSN Games for cash-wagering Angry Birds game
  28. Nightdive puts crowdfunded System Shock reboot on hiatus: The project lost focus after raising more than $1.3 million from Kickstarter backers
  29. Atari launching two cryptocurrencies: Shares spike 52% after company unveils Atari Token and Pong, announces plans to allow cryptocurrencies in its gambling business
  30. Atari stock jumps 52% on plans for nostalgia-backed cryptocurrencies: “Atari Token” and “Pong Token” continue long trend of zombie corporate licensing.
  31. Doom on Switch may have changed everything with new motion controls: Nintendo teased this brilliant idea in Splatoon. Will other shooters follow?
  32. UK Charts: Nintendo Switch push sends FIFA back to No.1: Kingdom Come –  Deliverence makes No.2, Bayonetta 2 back at No.5
  33. Super Rare Games bringing limited edition indie games to Nintendo Switch
  34. How Nintendo Labo is using the Switch’s IR Camera and HD Rumble features
  35. How Switch’s success is impacting devs in the game porting biz
  36. Nintendo To Expel Members From ‘Creators Program’ In Accordance With New YouTube Policy
  37. Starbreeze banking on The Walking Dead after posting pre-tax loss of $22.2M
  38. Ubisoft Berlin’s growth ambitions will need government support: “We intend to grow to a considerable size,” says studio director Istvan Tajnay, “but we could grow to a huge size if parameters were right”
  39. How Augmented Reality Is Shaping The Future Of Play
  40. Gree VR Fund invests $18.3m into 17 augmented and virtual reality startups: San Francisco-based venture capital fund re-brands to reflect commitment beyond just virtual reality
  41. The Difference Between Smartglasses & AR Glasses, and Why Everyone is Confused
  42. Could Esports Become Part Of Olympics By 2024?
  43. Daytona 500 Race Week Features Esports Tournament On Mobile Stage
  44. How Major League Baseball Is Approaching Future Entry Into Esports
  45. Blizzard using in-game rewards to promote OverwatchLeague streams on Twitch
  46. The CEO of esports team Splyce explains the human side of professional play
  47. Learning to love older games: The recent boom in remastered games isn’t just business as usual; it signifies an underlying shift in how consumers value older games
  48. Meet the brewery making its own video game: Tiny Rebel Games teams up with its sister company to create Beer Money
  49. A Videogame Developer Who Finds Power In Pathos
  50. Nightdive Studios puts System Shock remake on hold 
  51. Blog: Building my courtroom drama game, Twelve Absent Men
  52. How multimedia trade marks could kill cloned games: Harbottle & Lewis’ Kostya Lobov believes a new form of IP protection will greatly benefit developers – as shown by Rebellion’s Sniper Elite 4
  53. Bandai Namco opens two virtual reality arcades in south England: Plans to further expand the operation across the UK throughout 2018
  54. Blog: Flash games aren’t dead, they’re just in a coma
  55. Blog: How marketing drives engagement in free to play games
  56. Opinion: Why there’s no such thing as ‘the game industry’
  57. “History is our playground”: Bringing Assassin’s Creed into the classroom – We speak to Maxime Durand, franchise historian behind the publisher’s flagship series, about its new violence-free Discovery Mode
  58. Blog: Listen to a Harvard Egyptologist discuss Assassin’s Creed: Origins

DIGITAL

  1. Instagram, YouTube Face Full Block In Russia After Billionaire Wins A Privacy Lawsuit Over Pictures With An Alleged Escort
  2. OCA upholds $700,000 award in internet defamation case
  3. Playboy says linking to Playmate archive violates copyright; judge says no way: Boing Boing linked to an Imgur-hosted archive that has since been taken down. 
  4. Scraping Is OK, Copying Proprietary Software Is Not 
  5. Terrible Copyright Ruling Over An Embedded Tweet Undermines Key Concept Of How The Internet Works
  6. A Ruling Over Embedded Tweets Could Change Online Publishing
  7. Are news publishers directly liable for embedding tweets that contain images not created by that tweeter?
  8. Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Redbox Automated Retail, LLC 
  9. 32 lawsuits filed against Intel over Spectre and Meltdown flaws
  10. Court Realizes It Totally Screwed Up An Injunction Against Zazzle For Copyright Infringement 
  11. John Perry Barlow and the Foundational Values of the Net
  12. Twitter “bot” purge causes outcry from trollerati as follower counts fall: Right-wing tweeters see thousands of followers purged for “suspicious account behavior.”
  13. Even If The Russian Troll Factory Abused Our Openness Against Us, That Doesn’t Mean We Should Close Up
  14. NRA Goes Quiet on Twitter, Just Like After Previous Mass Shootings
  15. Parkland Conspiracies Overwhelm The Internet’s Broken Trending Tools
  16. Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting
  17. Special Counsel indicts 13 people, Russian troll farm on conspiracy charges: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says Russians conducted “information warfare.”
  18. How the Internet Companies That Sold Ads to Russian Trolls Can Fix the Problem: Mueller’s indictments describe a sprawling Russian scheme to sow discord in our elections using social media. The platforms now have a duty to protect our democracy 
  19. DOJ Russia Indictment Again Highlights Why Internet Companies Can’t Just Wave A Magic Wand To Make Bad Stuff Go Away
  20. TWiT takes on Twitter in trademark dispute
  21. Conservative Twitter Users Lose Thousands of Followers, Mass Purge of Bots Suspected
  22. A Blockbuster Indictment Details Russia’s Attack On US Democracy
  23. The Toolset Of An Elite North Korean Hacker Group On The Rise
  24. U.N. chief urges global rules for cyber warfare
  25. YouTube’s Top Trending Video This Morning Promoted Conspiracy Theory About Florida Shooting Survivor
  26. YouTube Outlines New Official Punishments For ‘Egregious Cases’
  27. As “Demonetization Day” Arrives On YouTube, Small Creators Offer Advice To One Another
  28. Why Artificial Intelligence Researchers Should Be More Paranoid
  29. Algorithmic Impact Assessments: Toward Accountable Automation in Public Agencies 
  30. Big Data Suggests Big Potential For Urban Farming
  31. Canadian Competition Policy Focuses in on “Big Data”
  32. Toward ethical, transparent and fair AI/ML: a critical reading list
  33. A Biohacker Regrets Publicly Injecting Himself With CRISPR: “There’s no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to end up hurt eventually.”
  34. Internet rages after Google removes “view image” button, bowing to Getty: Getty drops lawsuit against Google in exchange for controversial image search changes.
  35. Google’s New Ad Blocker Changed The Web Before It Even Switched On
  36. A Lack of Emotional Intelligence is Fueling Misogyny and Racism at Google — and Across Silicon Valley
  37. Misogyny Online: Death by a Thousand Cuts
  38. Google Fired and Disciplined Employees for Speaking Out About Diversity
  39. Ex-Google Employee Claims Wrongful Firing For Criticizing James Damore’s Memo
  40. Ex-Google engineer: I was fired for being too liberal – Tim Chevalier sues Google, claims only employees “who represent the majority” speak.
  41. Infamous Google memo author shot down by federal labor board: Damore’s gender-focused memo was “discriminatory, constituted sexual harassment.”
  42. Good news: Chrome debuts automatic blocking of annoying ads – Starting this week, Chrome took aim at some of the Internet’s most intrusive ads.
  43. Glitch on Bitcoin Exchange Drops Prices to Zero Dollars, User Tries to Make Off With Trillions 
  44. Taxation of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies
  45. NSA Exploit Now Powering Cryptocurrency Mining Malware
  46. Tesla cloud resources are hacked to run cryptocurrency-mining malware
  47. Cryptocurrency-mining criminals that netted $3 million gear up for more: Attackers who mined 10,829 Monero coins over 18 months target a new server platform
  48. Cryptocurrency Mining Company Coinhive Shocked To Learn Its Product Is Being Abused
  49. Blockchain Just Isn’t As Radical As You Want It To Be
  50. Instagram’s Latest Direct Messaging Feature Challenges Snapchat Again
  51. One Down: Instagram Caves To Russian Censorship As All Eyes Turn To YouTube
  52. Facebook’s secret weapon in the fight against foreign meddling? Postcards 
  53. Copycat: How Facebook Tried To Squash Snapchat
  54. Facebook Notification Spam Has Crossed The Line
  55. Facebook ‘Security’: A New VPN That’s Spyware And Two-Factor Authentication That Spams You 
  56. Wired’s Big Cover Story On Facebook Gets Key Legal Point Totally Backwards, Demonstrating Why CDA 230 Is Actually Important
  57. NFL Thursday Night Digital Rights: Amazon, YouTube, Twitter, Verizon Again at Bidding Table
  58. YouTube, Amazon, Twitter May Bid Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars For NFL Rights
  59. Amazon To Bring Ad-Supported Options To Its Channels Program 
  60. Amazon uses cash back benefits to entice Prime members to Whole Foods
  61. UberEats Driver Kills Customer During Delivery in Atlanta 
  62. Why are we still struggling with hyper-linking and copyright law? (Andres Guadamuz)
  63. Could 5G Break Facebook And Google’s Grip On Online Content, Cut ALL Cords?
  64. Iran’s National Information Network: Faster Speeds, but at What Cost?
  65. Apple’s Excellence in Design Leads to Employees Smacking Into Glass Walls
  66. NBA’s Adam Silver Focused On Tech That Creates Magical Experiences
  67. Kudos To The Crock-Pot People For Handling The Online Fallout From ‘This Is Us’ So Well
  68. Everyone Creates: New Empirical Data Shows Just How Much The Internet Has Enabled A New Creative Economy 

CREATIVITY

  1. Court Shakes Off Dumb Copyright Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift 
  2. US Judge dismisses Taylor Swift ‘Shake it Off’ lyric as too ‘banal’ to copyright: Nick McDonald comments
  3. Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift Lawsuit While Pouring the Burn Sauce
  4. John Wiley & Sons Inc. v. DRK Photo: Second Circuit holds that stock photograph company aggregating claims for copyright infringement against third-party licensees for exceeding usage limits of licenses does not have standing  
  5. Rearden LLC v. Walt Disney Company: District court dismisses copyright and direct patent infringement claims against various film studios arising out of allegedly unauthorized use of plaintiff’s MOVA computer-graphics motion capture technology
  6. Jerry Seinfeld is being sued for allegedly stealing the idea for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
  7. How a Polish Holocaust Story Became the Basis of a Controversial Copyright Case in Canada’s Federal Court
  8. Germany’s Speech Laws Continue To Be A Raging Dumpster Fire Of Censorial Stupidity
  9. The Lynyrd Skynyrd Texting Case: Spoliation and Non-Party Texts 
  10. Scholastic Wants To Help Young Creators Showcase Their Works By Stripping Them Of Their IP Rights
  11. What Black Panther’s Success Means For The Future Of Movies 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 4: Absence of Court Orders Would Put Canada At Odds With Almost Everyone (Michael Geist)
  2. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 5: The Inevitable Expansion of the Block List Standard for “Piracy” Sites (Michael Geist)
  3. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 6: Over-Blocking of Legitimate Websites (Michael Geist)
  4. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 7: The Likely Expansion of the Block List to Non-IP Issues (Michael Geist)
  5. Bell to Employees: Click Here To Support Our Website Blocking Proposal at the CRTC (Michael Geist) 
  6. Congress Pressures FCC Boss Over His Total Failure To Police Net Neutrality Comment Fraud
  7. AT&T’s attempt to buy Time Warner suffers a blow in court: AT&T loses bid for evidence; Trump’s hatred of CNN won’t play big role in case. 
  8. AT&T tries to prove Trump meddled in merger review because he hates CNN
  9. FCC Boss Being Investigated By His Own Agency For Being Too Cozy With The Industry He Regulates 
  10. Ajit Pai Is Reportedly Being Investigated by the FCC’s Inspector General 
  11. Ajit Pai faces investigation into moves that benefit Sinclair Broadcasting: IG examines whether Pai “improperly coordinated with Sinclair” on rule changes.
  12. Ajit Pai’s Plan Will Take Broadband Away From Poor People
  13. FCC Broadband Availability Data Derided As Inaccurate, ‘Shameful’ 
  14. To kill net neutrality, FCC might have to fight more than half of US states: Bucking FCC and Ajit Pai, lawmakers across US have proposed net neutrality laws.
  15. More Than Half Of U.S. States Now Pushing Their Own Net Neutrality Rules
  16. Charter fails to defeat lawsuit alleging false Internet speed promises: Net neutrality repeal can’t save Charter from lawsuit, NY Supreme Court says.
  17. Starting Small on Media Regulation Modernization – Rule Requiring Hard Copy of FCC Rules Repealed 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. German Court Says Facebook’s Real Names Policy Violates Users’ Privacy
  2. Facebook has been sharing our data for months to help study income inequality: In the US, just 1 percent of the population holds 40 percent of the wealth.
  3. Mountain of sensitive FedEx customer data exposed, possibly for years: Company stored customer passports, driver licenses, and more in public Amazon bucket.
  4. In terse statement, White House blames Russia for NotPetya worm
  5. Mozilla’s Open Letter To Expert Committee Drafting India’s First Data Protection Law Slams Aadhaar Biometric Identity System
  6. Internal Versus External Tracking Is Next Frontier Of Data Privacy

Jon

News of the Week; February 14, 2018

GAMES

  1. Steam Purges Developer’s Games After Finding Manipulated Review Scores
  2. Valve bans developer after employees leave fake user reviews: Insel Games CEO encouraged employees to write reviews for its own game.
  3. Maltese publisher banned from Steam for review fixing
  4. Google removes 77 percent of Game Dev Tycoon’s positive reviews
  5. Game Dev Tycoon loses 77% of positive Google Play reviews: Indie developer suggests Google’s algorithm for handling fake reviews on free-to-play titles is to blame
  6. Hawaiian lawmakers want to prohibit loot boxes with new bills
  7. No video game loot boxes for buyers under 21, say proposed Hawaii bills: Law would require warnings, odds disclosures, and retailer enforcement.
  8. Senator calls on ESRB to re-consider loot boxes: New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan says “at minimum” the ratings system should note when games employ the contentious business model
  9. US Senator demands review of loot box policies, citing potential harm: New Hampshire’s Hassan says FTC action may be necessary if industry doesn’t respond.
  10. For Ubisoft, loot box inclusion boils down to two things: quality and choice
  11. Update: Swedish gambling legislation review unlikely to impact loot boxes – Any review of gambling legislation will not necessarily include an investigation into loot boxes, says Swedish Games Industry spokesman
  12. If loot boxes are free-to-play’s present, what will be the future?: With a new round of funding and Dauntless ramping up to open beta, Phoenix Labs is ready for a free-to-play renaissance
  13. The Museum Of Art And Digital Entertainment Calls For Anti-Circumvention Exemptions To Be Extended To Online Game Archives
  14. Esports Zerg – Rush The Olympics – But Can They Become Official Events?
  15. Watching over Overwatch pros: Talent agent Ryan Morrison on the incredible growth of the esports scene in recent years, and how players have changed along with it
  16. King of Kong star says “original tape” will prove his disputed scores: Mitchell suggests MAME footage could be suspect; analyst defends sources.
  17. Sports Direct buys 50% of GAME’s esports arenas in £3.2m deal: Belong arenas to appear in Sports Direct stores, with additional £55m in loans
  18. Sports Direct and GAME: Is this the future of games retail?
  19. ESL nabs minority stake in Indian mobile publisher Nazara  
  20. GameStop fires COO and EVP without cause: Long-serving execs depart retail giant
  21. UK screen industries back “zero-tolerance guidance” on harassment and abuse: Free 24/7 support hotline under development to help those affected by bullying and harassment
  22. 12 ex-Atari women respond to #NotNolan controversy, offer ‘70s perspective: Kotaku explores both sides of argument, interviews Bushnell’s female contemporaries.
  23. New Twitch guidelines address harassment and sexual content
  24. Twitch ramps up anti-harassment efforts with new community guidelines: Immediate indefinite bans introduced because “hate simply has no place in the Twitch community”
  25. Number of streamers earning money on Twitch spikes by 223% in 2017: Over 150,000 people join Twitch Affiliates program since launching in April
  26. Twitch Promotes Cheering, User-Generated Clips With New Cosmetic Features
  27. Twitch surpasses CNN and MSNBC with record-breaking viewership: Video streaming platform attracts 962,000 concurrent viewers in January
  28. Comments on Twitter could now lead to punishment on Twitch: New policy considers verified “off-Twitch” harassment “from any source.”
  29. Nintendo inspires improved January sales for UK retail: Monster Hunter is January’s No.3 best-selling game after just a week on sale
  30. Nintendo plots longer lifecycle for Switch: Firm wants to extend beyond the standard ‘five or six years’
  31. Nintendo Looking To Extend Normal Console Life Cycle With Switch: Nintendo’s plans for world domination continue
  32. Hackers hijack Nintendo Switch, show Linux loaded on console: Public release of exploit could be a long way off, though.
  33. Nintendo hopes “every single person” will own a Switch: Company wants to “prolong the life cycle” for the hot-selling system.
  34. The games behind the cardboard: We finally know how Nintendo Labo will play: Ahead of April launch, Nintendo dishes enough details to get our gaming hopes up.
  35. Nintendo: The Switch’s biggest challenge is broadening its appeal
  36. The Nintendo Switch, Joy-Cons, and even Labo are the result of Wii-era feedback
  37. Nintendo uncertain about future of the 3DS after Switch’s success 
  38. Monster Hunter: World becomes fastest-selling Capcom title in history
  39. Monster Hunter: World hits 6 million shipped – Co-op action game reaches milestone faster than any title in Capcom history, already publisher’s fourth best-seller of all-time
  40. Keep playing, keep paying: Ubisoft seeks games with “longterm engagement” – The numbers don’t lie: Games as “live” services bring in more money over time.
  41. Ubisoft is opting for quality over quantity for its big releases
  42. Assassin’s Creed: Origins on track to double Syndicate sales – Ubisoft emphasizes recurrent spending and catalog sales as it beats holiday quarter projections
  43. One year in, For Honor surpasses 7.5 million players
  44. New releases led growth in Ubisoft’s third quarter
  45. “History is our playground”: Bringing Assassin’s Creed into the classroom
  46. Take-Two expecting “another record year for GTA Online”: Rockstar’s multiplayer mode keeps growing four years after launch; publisher dismisses concerns of cannibalization from Red Dead Redemption 2
  47. Fortnite hit 3.4M concurrent players last weekend
  48. Clash of Clans developer Supercell reports a decline in profits
  49. THQ Nordic acquires Saints Row and Dead Island owner Koch Media
  50. De Blob publisher THQ Nordic buys Koch Media for €121m:Deep Silver, Saints Row, Dead Island and more acquired by European publisher
  51. Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII drives earnings for Activision Blizzard 
  52. Activision Blizzard posts record quarter, full-year results: Growth in mobile more than offsets single-digit slips in console and PC revenues for owner of Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Candy Crush
  53. Blizzard Still Trying To Take Down WoW Vanilla Fan Servers While Refusing To Offer A Competing Product
  54. Nexon reports a record-breaking year: Revenues and income up as Dungeon & Fighter and Maple Story enjoy strong growth
  55. Chinese and UK focus promised as Bandai Namco reports profits dip: Restructure and fresh regional focus revealed as part of new mid-term strategy
  56. Bandai Namco to focus on creating new properties as profits slide
  57. Relic ceases support for underperforming Dawn of War III: “When a game underperforms, plans need to change,” says developer
  58. Horizon Zero Dawn writers honored at annual Writers Guild Awards
  59. Horizon Zero Dawn wins Writers Guild Award for best video game writing: Record-breaking PlaytStation 4 exclusive fends off Dishonoured: Death of the Outsider, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and Madden NFL 18: Longshot to win prestigious award
  60. Zynga posts full-year profit for first time since 2010
  61. Zynga returns to full-year profits for the first time in seven years: Net income up $138.4m year-on-year to $26.6m, daily active users reaches four-year high at 20 million
  62. Supercell sales, earnings down in 2017: Clash Royale studio posts lowest numbers in three years, still brings in $810 million profit on more than $2 billion in revenue
  63. UK Charts: Shadow of Colossus PS4 beats PS2 original in first week sales – Monster Hunter World slips to No.3
  64. South Australia sections off $1.5M for local game dev community
  65. Planning for the end of the one-hit wonder: The mobile gaming landscape is filled with giant companies living off the back of a single, enormous hit title – but how many are planning effectively for when that title starts to decline?
  66. Chatterbox secures €325,000 to develop games for instant messenging platforms: “We are at the sweet spot of casual gaming and messaging – both mega trends of this decade”, says Chatterbox CEO
  67. Viacom closes down VR studio Viacom Next
  68. Viacom Next VR/AR studio shuts down: Developer of Smash Party and Transformers: Cade’s Junkyard axed as part of larger layoffs at Viacom
  69. Channel 4 announces retro games mini-series starring Rob Beckett: Four-part series will see stand-up comic and other celebrity guest exploring the history of video games
  70. Machinima: “We’re no longer an upstart teenager”: GM Russell Arons explains why the rebranded logo breaks from the past when the content strategy is about “returning to our roots”
  71. Before Tesla And SpaceX, Elon Musk Worked In Video Games
  72. Cryptocurrency boom, a problem for gamers, is a bonanza for GPU makers: Nvidia – “Strong demand in the cryptocurrency market exceeded our expectations.”
  73. Blog: The unavoidable conflict of serious storytelling in games
  74. Accessibility guidelines offer resources on making games inclusive
  75. Coding without a keystroke: The hands-free creation of a full video game – Coder wants to grow the speech-to-text coding community, uses his fun game to advocate
  76. The Fire Fades: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev
  77. Blog: Charting the evolution of the games industry
  78. IGDA names Jen MacLean permanent executive director

DIGITAL

  1. Supreme Court backs CBC against bid to ‘unpublish’ internet story
  2. Canada: Removing Offending Content From The Internet Just Became Harder
  3. Kobo decision gives clarity to bureau’s reach
  4. Copyright in the Digital Age: Cisco v. Arista and the Scènes à Faire Doctrine 
  5. Trudeau to Facebook: Fix your fake news problem or face stricter regulations – The prime minister warned that Ottawa would intervene with stricter federal regulations if the social media giant doesn’t address integrity issues.
  6. Social media should put its house in order: The anonymity introduced by Facebook and Twitter allows much of the bile and disinformation online to flourish
  7. Man Sues Facebook For Moderating His Bigoted Posts, Wants Section 230 Declared Unconstitutional
  8. Facebook Takes Down Post Critical Of Indian Film For Copyright Violation, Even Though It Was An All-Text Post
  9. Anti-Piracy Video Masquerades As Anti-Malware Education And Is Filled With Lies
  10. Judge Dismisses Playboy’s Dumb Copyright Lawsuit Against BoingBoing
  11. An English-Language, Algorithmically-Personalized News Aggregator, Based In China — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
  12. “Fake News” is a Feeling: Facebook says it wants to ensure the news its users see is “high quality.” That may be just another term for “feel-good”
  13. Facebook Funded Most Of The Experts Who Vetted Messenger Kids
  14. Inside The Two Years That Shook Facebook – And The World: How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.
  15. Commercial Content Moderation And Worker Wellness: Challenges & Opportunities
  16. Techdirt, Volokh Conspiracy Targeted With Bogus Defamation Claim For Publishing A Bunch Of Facts
  17. Grubhub drivers are contractors—not employees—judge rules: CEO says ruling “validates the freedom our delivery partners enjoy.”
  18. Snapchat Now Offers Stories Analytics To The Platform’s Influencers
  19. Snapchat Stands Pat On Redesign Despite Receiving Significant Backlas
  20. Devin Nunes Has His Own ‘News’ Site to Counter ‘Fake News’
  21. The Nunes Memo Has Effectively Destroyed Intelligence Oversight
  22. Troll factories, bots and fake news: Inside the Wild West of social media
  23. Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It
  24. Should Data Scientists Adhere To A Hippocratic Oath?
  25. Masters of Our DNA: Designer Bodies Are Not Science Fiction
  26. Washington’s Growing AI Anxiety
  27. World Leaders Have Decided: The Next Step in AI is Augmenting Humans
  28. The “Father of Artificial Intelligence” Says Singularity Is 30 Years Away
  29. To Make AI Smarter, Humans Perform Oddball Low-Paid Tasks
  30. How artificial intelligence can help navigate employee cannabis use legal issues
  31. Study finds gender and skin-type bias in commercial artificial-intelligence systems: Examination of facial-analysis software shows error rate of 0.8 percent for light-skinned men, 34.7 percent for dark-skinned women.
  32. Deepfakes, Privacy Rights and an AI-Powered Blurring of the Lines 
  33. Artificial Intelligence Is Now Fighting Fake Porn
  34. “We’re in a diversity crisis”: cofounder of Black in AI on what’s poisoning algorithms in our lives
  35. A wave of cheating AI robots is threatening to ruin HQ Trivia: Simple Google-based cheat sites often beat humans, but a big one was just shut down.
  36. Robots Can Do Lots Of Things Well, But At Least They Can’t Ski
  37. What Are The Ethical Issues Of Google — Or Anyone Else — Conducting AI Research In China?
  38. AI Will Give Rise to “Superhuman Workers,” Says Google X Co-Founder
  39. Google isn’t honoring Pixel’s warranty, so we’re suing, customers say: “Had Google disclosed the defect to her, she would not have bought a Pixel.”
  40. Google is good at building phones but terrible at selling them: After shipping just 3.9 million units in 2017, Google has a lot of retail work to do.
  41. Twitter & Facebook Want You To Follow The Olympics… But Only If The IOC Gives Its Stamp Of Approval
  42. NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Official Twitter Account to Communicate With Foreign Spies
  43. Ninth Circuit Shuts Down ‘Terrorists Used Twitter’ Case But Not Because Of Section 230
  44. Op-ed: Logan Paul tases a dead rat, draws YouTube’s harshest crackdown yet – YouTube cut off all of Paul’s ad revenue, but why did it take so long?
  45. YouTube Temporarily Pulls All Ads From Logan Paul’s Channels, Citing Pattern Of “Damaging” Behavior
  46. YouTube suspends Logan Paul’s ad revenue, blames ‘recent pattern of behavior’: It’s only a temporary suspension though
  47. YouTube TV Gets Turner Channels And More Sports But Raises Price By $5
  48. YouTubers Gavin Free And Meg Turney Unharmed After Armed Fan Invaded Their Home
  49. Unilever CMO Warns YouTube, Facebook: Clean Up Or We Won’t Buy Ads
  50. AT&T Still Won’t Advertise On YouTube, Works On Its Own Advertising Marketplace
  51. A Lot Of People Listen To Celine Dion On YouTube On Valentine’s Day
  52. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki: “I Think [Facebook] Should Get Back To Baby Pictures”
  53. Google’s Big Ad-Blocking Update Comes to Chrome: Here’s What We Know
  54. CNN To Cut Roughly 50 Staffers On Digital Teams This Week
  55. A New Valentine’s Day Conundrum for Employers: Could Emoji Messages Amount to Harassment in the #MeToo Era?
  56. The End Of Waymo v. Uber Marks A New Era For Self-Driving Cars: Reality
  57. Uber And Waymo Abruptly Settle For $245 Million
  58. Waymo and Uber end trial with sudden $244 million settlement: Uber promises to make sure that none of Waymo’s software, hardware is used.
  59. Waymo And Uber’s Settlement Is A Good Thing: Focus On Innovating, Not Litigating
  60. Pummeled by scandal, Uber hit with $4.46B in losses during 2017: Curiously, UberEats now comprises about 10 percent of the company’s business.
  61. It’s all over: Why the Waymo v. Uber self-driving settlement makes sense – By giving up just 0.34 percent of the company, Uber essentially got off cheaply.
  62. Here’s how to use Kalanick speak at your next jam sesh, bro: “So during this jam session, you discussed the fact that ‘laser is the sauce,’ correct?”
  63. Amazon to take on UPS, FedEx via “Shipping with Amazon”: It will first service third-party Amazon sellers in the LA area.
  64. With Blink’s camera chip and a few AA batteries, Amazon goes low-energy: Blink cameras have years of battery life—Amazon wants that for its own devices.
  65. Apple’s Latest VR Patent Describes a Compact VR Headset with Eye Tracking
  66. Leak of iBoot code to GitHub could potentially help iPhone jailbreakers: Apple confirms code was real in DMCA filing with GitHub; code already in circulation.
  67. Apple’s HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says “no” this much is tough: Apple’s first smart speaker feels exclusively designed for its most ardent fans.
  68. Here Are The NBA On TNT Games To Be Streamed In Live Virtual Reality
  69. Magic Leap Partners With NBA, Turner On 3D Game Viewing Experiences
  70. Magic Leap Takes on Funding from Media Company Axel Springer
  71. The Memification Of Knowledge: Is The Internet Making Us Less Informed? (Andres Guadamuz)
  72. How Technology Will Transform The Olympics At PyeongChang
  73. The Inevitable Agony Of Olympic Spoilers
  74. Now Hackers Are Mining Crypto On Government Websites
  75. More Than 4,000 Government Websites Infected With Covert Cryptocurrency Miner
  76. Mining Crypto Takes So Much Bandwidth, It’s Inhibiting the Search for Alien Life
  77. Salon to ad blockers: Can we use your browser to mine cryptocurrency?: Salon’s optional coin mining lets you avoid ads, but eats up your CPU power.
  78. Salon Offers To Remove Ads If Visitors Help Mine Cryptocurrency
  79. EU regulators warn consumers of virtual currencies bubble 
  80. Russian Nuclear Scientists Got Busted Mining Bitcoin Using Their Work Supercomputers
  81. Russian nuclear weapons engineers caught ­­­­minting blockchange with supercomputer: The system—used for simulating weapons tests—was not supposed to be connected to Internet.
  82. Accused “In fraud we trust” kingpin arrested while vacationing in Thailand: Police reportedly seize 100,000 bitcoins, valued at nearly $840 million.
  83. The harmful drive-by currency mining scourge shows no signs of abating: One attack sneaks coin-mining malware onto 4,300 sites. Another targets Android users.
  84. In Iceland, bitcoin mining will soon use more energy than its residents
  85. European bankers scoff at bitcoin for its risk, huge energy inefficiency: Top officials from Bundesbank, ECB push for the necessity of fiat currency.
  86. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – an overview
  87. Cryptocurrencies – Current Regulatory Framework Applicable To Investment Funds
  88. “Troll” loses Cloudflare lawsuit, has weaponized patent invalidated: Cloudflare says it will be “ready to respond” if Blackbird appeals.
  89. Cloudflare Gets An Easy, Quick And Complete Win Over Patent Troll
  90. Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators
  91. What Microsoft’s Antitrust Case Teaches Us About Silicon Valley
  92. The Newest Emoji Say As Much About Us As Actual Words
  93. End Of An Era: Saying Goodbye To John Perry Barlow
  94. Mike Godwin Remembers John Perry Barlow

CREATIVITY

  1. Poland to outlaw references to ‘Polish death camps’ in Holocaust bill
  2. Poland’s president says he will sign controversial Holocaust bill
  3. Screen actors’ guild launches new initiative to fight sexual harassment
  4. Iron Maiden gets heavy with trademark infringers
  5. Judge Preska: Disputed Picasso Will Stay at the Met 
  6. Sivero v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
  7. Human Rights Complaint on “Chief Wahoo” (Cleveland Indians) Logo to Proceed – Update on Law of Controversial Sports Logos
  8. Hollywood Has Some Wild Ideas For Copyright In NAFTA
  9. How We Got To The Point That Hollywood Is Trying To Attack The Internet Via NAFTA
  10. It’s alive! The public domain starts breathing again
  11. ‘Black Panther’ Brings Hope, Hype and Pride
  12. Wesley Snipes Has a Good Idea Why More People Don’t Remember How Important BladeWas
  13. Are We Running out of Trademarks? An Empirical Study of Trademark Depletion and Congestion (Barton Beebe & Jeanne C. Fromer)
  14. Does Running Out of (Some) Trademarks Matter? (Lisa Ouelette) 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Trudeau Puts An End to the Netflix and ISP Tax Debate: “Consumers…Pay Enough for Their Internet” (Michael Geist)
  2. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 1: Canada’s Current Copyright Law Provides Effective Anti-Piracy Tools (Michael Geist)
  3. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 2: Weak Evidence on the State of Canadian Piracy(Michael Geist)
  4. The Case Against the Bell Coalition’s Website Blocking Plan, Part 3: Piracy Having Little Impact on Thriving Digital Services and TV Production (Michael Geist)
  5. Sending a Different Message: After Bell Website Blocking Coalition Warns About Cord Cutting, Bell CEO Says It Isn’t Accelerating (Michael Geist)
  6. Trump’s infrastructure plan has no dedicated money for broadband: Broadband would be one of numerous projects competing for a pool of money.
  7. FCC Refuses To Release FOIA Documents Pertaining To Its Stupid Verizon ‘Collusion’ Joke
  8. Verizon will start locking phones to its network to prevent armed robberies: Verizon will let customers unlock phones post-sale, but just how isn’t clear yet.
  9. Verizon Begins Locking Down Its Phones Again, Purportedly To ‘Stop Theft’
  10. Verizon-Owned Tumblr Joins The Latest Effort To Restore Net Neutrality
  11. Sorry, FCC: Charter will lower investment after net neutrality repeal – FCC claims Charter raised investment because of repeal, but that isn’t happening.
  12. FCC report finds almost no broadband competition at 100Mbps speeds: Even at 25Mbps, 43 percent of the US had zero ISPs or just one.
  13. Telecoms consumer protection and competition provisions in the USA
  14. CMA provisionally declares Fox/Sky deal to be against the public interest due to media plurality concerns, but does this spell the end of the acquisition?
  15. The Standalone Streaming Service HBO Didn’t Want To Offer Now Has 5 Million Users
  16. ESPN Still Isn’t Quite Getting The Message Cord Cutters Are Sending 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening disrupted by malware attack: Malware showed knowledge of Olympic networks’ structure – and users.
  2. Lesson from VTech
  3. Report: Equifax Lost Even More Information on Consumers Than It Told the Public
  4. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Recommends European-Style “Right to be Forgotten”
  5. “The Right to be Forgotten”: Are There Two Solitudes in Quebec and the Rest of Canada?
  6. Chinese Police Add Facial Recognition Glasses to Their Surveillance Arsenal
  7. After Apple’s fight with FBI, two groups say they can solve the encryption battle
  8. White Paper Points Out Just How Irresponsible ‘Responsible Encryption’ Is
  9. From July on, Chrome will brand plain old HTTP as “Not secure”: The “Not secure” label will go where the padlock would go for an encrypted connection.
  10. That mega-vulnerability Cisco dropped is now under exploit: Bug with maximum severity rating is generating plenty of interest among hackers.
  11. A potent botnet is exploiting a critical router bug that may never be fixed: With Internet stability hanging in the balance, router maker maintains radio silence.
  12. Judge Tells CIA It Can’t Hand Classified Info To Journalists And Pretend The Info Hasn’t Been Made Public
  13. Cloud Communications Service Twilio Releases Two NSLs Sprung From Their Gag Order Cages
  14. Consumer Reports: Your ‘Smart’ TV Remains A Privacy & Security Dumpster Fire
  15. Camera Makers Still Showing Zero Interest In Protecting Users With Built-In Encryption
  16. Smart Meter Company Landis+Gyr Now Using Copyright To Try To Hide Public Records
  17. Georgia Senate Thinks It Can Fix Its Election Security Issues By Criminalizing Password Sharing, Security Research
  18. (Mis)conceptions About the Impact of Surveillance (Jon Penney)

Jon

News of the Week; February 7, 2018

GAMES

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

DIGITAL

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

CREATIVITY

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

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

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

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

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

Jon

News of the Week; January 31, 2018

GAMES

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

DIGITAL

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

CREATIVITY

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

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

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

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

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

Jon

News of the Week; January 24, 2018

GAMES

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

DIGITAL

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

CREATIVITY

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

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

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

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

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

Jon

News of the Week; January 17, 2018

GAMES

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

DIGITAL

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

CREATIVITY

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

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

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

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

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

Jon

News of the Week; January 10, 2018

GAMES

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

DIGITAL

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

CREATIVITY

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

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

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

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

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

Jon

News of the Week; January 3, 2018

GAMES

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

DIGITAL

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

CREATIVITY

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

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

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

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

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

Jon