News of the Week

News of the Week; August 9, 2017

GAMES

  1. Stephen K. Bannon once guided a global firm that made millions helping gamers cheat
  2. EA and Take-Two say Trump administration is harming the games industry: “There is a constant shortage of qualified, high-skilled labour within our industry”
  3. EA’s upcoming NBA Live will mark the video game debut of the WNBA
  4. Alleged misuse of children’s data lands Subway Surfers studio in court: New York and California lawsuits filed against Sybo and Kiloo
  5. Worldwide interactive media market tops $100 billion – Superdata: Research firm says global spend on games, eSports, game-related video content and VR/AR will be $104.6 billion this year, $168.8 billion by 2020
  6. eSports Could Be A Part Of The 2024 Olympics
  7. There’s a chance eSports could make an appearance at the 2024 Olympic Games
  8. Esports – one step closer to Olympic medal status? 
  9. Esports platform Smash.gg raises $11m: Spark Capital, Accel and Horizon Ventures backs pro gaming venture
  10. How Rocket League is looking to shape the future of esports: Psyonix details its ambitious efforts to turn its car football game into a mainstream sport
  11. New ban system implemented as Rocket League surpasses 34m players: Abusive language and racial slurs will result in automatic ban, Psyonix asks players to report, mute and leave the rest to them
  12. It’s Dota 2 time: Y‘all should watch The International: The greatest tournament of all time for the greatest game of all time.
  13. The International 2017 starts with $24 million prize pool: Dota 2 tournament prize money is 16% up over last year, fourth consecutive year of setting a new record for esports
  14. Valve announces Artifact, a Dota-themed digital card game: Lay cards in three lanes (or however exactly the game works) sometime in 2018.
  15. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds peak player count surpasses all non-Valve titles – Update: PUBG hits 500k concurrent users, behind only Dota 2 at the time the figure was recorded
  16. Titanfall 2 didn’t sell as well as it should have – Zampella: Despite that, Respawn CEO says studio is heavily invested in the franchise and has more on the way
  17. Rainbow Six Siege reaches 20m players, 2.3m DAUs: Ubisoft’s plan to “make a shooter that is here to stay” achieved through post-launch support
  18. With AI research in mind, Blizzard and DeepMind release StarCraft II API
  19. Digital sales dominate Activision Blizzard’s better-than-expected earnings
  20. Activision Blizzard posts gains for second quarter: Console sales dip despite strong launch for Crash Bandicoot collection; revenue from retail channels recedes
  21. Mobile revenue swing helps NCsoft offset tumbling profits
  22. Rising digital sales offsets physical decline at Square Enix
  23. Google’s AI Declares Galactic War On Starcraft
  24. Consumer scepticism drives Kickstarter decline: Videogames’ complex nature makes them perhaps the worst possible medium for crowdfunding – and consumers seem to be catching on
  25. Bandai Namco sees game revenue fall by 28%
  26. Over 200 games launched on Steam in the first week of August alone
  27. Steam attracts an average of 1.5M new customers a month
  28. Steam has attracted 27m new paying users in 18 months: Monthly active players now up to 67m, with daily average of 14m concurrent users
  29. The Nintendo Switch Is The Future Of Gadget Design
  30. Final Fantasy XV’s Multiplayer Has A Ridiculously Detailed Character Creator
  31. Final Fantasy XIV surpasses 10 million lifetime players
  32. Final Fantasy VII Retrospective: Great Because It’s Weird
  33. Jeff Minter and Atari reconcile for Tempest revival: Tempest 4000 in the works, just two years after designer and publisher were in dispute
  34. Bungie’s 13-year battle with crunch culture: At Casual Connect USA, Bungie’s Luke Timmins detailed how Halo 2’s “brutal” crunch led to a new way of thinking about people management
  35. Q&A: CEO Guillemot on Ubisoft’s origins, China expansion
  36. Devs reflect on 8 years spent making an episodic game meant to take 12 months
  37. The rise and fall of Flash games — A postmortem
  38. Video game remasters are a win-win for publishers: With low costs and strong interest from players, it’s easy to see why the remastering trend is catching on
  39. Hinterland: “There’s something a little bit broken about our internet culture” – Raphael van Lierop talks about a low point in dealing with The Long Dark’s Early Access community, and why he won’t go to Reddit any more
  40. New study sheds light on how playing games literally shapes the brain

DIGITAL

  1. Voltage Picture’s Lawyer Sues Copyright Trolling Participants, Calls Lawsuits Unethical
  2. “Podcasting patent” is totally dead, appeals court rules: Federal Circuit stands by 2015 ruling that knocked out Personal Audio’s patent.
  3. Five Ways NAFTA Talks Can Level the Innovation Playing Field: After years of ceding to US demands for tough anti-piracy rules, it’s time for Canada to fight for its interests (Michael Geist)
  4. Canada Can Stand Its Ground on Copyright in NAFTA Renegotiations: It’s all about knowing when to say no (Howard Knopf)
  5. Appeals Court Agrees: Awful Patent Used To Shake Down Podcasters Is Invalid
  6. Section 230 Helps Yahoo Defeat Lawsuit Over Online Harassment Campaign–Hall v. Yahoo (Eric Goldman)
  7. Section 230 Helps VRBO Defeat Claim Over Fraudulent Listing – Hiam v. Homeaway (Eric Goldman)
  8. Sen. Portman Says SESTA Doesn’t Affect the Good Samaritan Defense. He’s Wrong (Eric Goldman)
  9. Judge Rules Kickass Torrents Founder Properly Charged With Criminal Copyright Conspiracy
  10. Kickass Torrents Creator Can’t Get Criminal Case Tossed Out
  11. Douez v. Facebook: Are courts finally tuning into the reality of consumer contracts?
  12. ‘Blatant Sales Pitch’ on LinkedIn Likely Violates Non-solicitation Clause–Mobile Mini v. Vevea
  13. Why Apple and other tech companies are fighting to keep devices hard to repair: A new report says the tech industry is using its outsized influence to combat environmental product standards
  14. How Apple Is Putting Voices In Users’ Heads – Literally
  15. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?: More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
  16. Turkish regime jails IT trainers in encryption clampdown: We discuss alarming move to target techies who help activists stay safe online.
  17. Facebook’s top global hires remain overwhelmingly white and male
  18. Inside The Partisan Fight For Your News Feed: How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook.
  19. Facebook’s Latest Move to Fight Fake News Might Finally Be the Right One
  20. How Instagram Stories Have Changed Dating Forever
  21. Google Fires Engineer Who Wrote Memo Questioning Women in Tech
  22. Google fires engineer who “crossed the line” with diversity memo: Google says the post “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.”
  23. Internal Messages Show Some Googlers Supported Fired Engineer’s Manifesto
  24. A Meme Shared on an Internal Google Meme Network Depicted a Leaker Being Beaten
  25. So, about this Googler’s manifesto.
  26. Memo to the Google memo writer: Women were foundational to the field of computing
  27. Susan Wojcicki Calls Google Anti-Diversity Memo A “Tragic” Display Of “Unfounded Bias”
  28. Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech – Silicon Valley says it is committed to racial diversity in its workforce. But the numbers tell a different story
  29. How to End Google’s Monopoly
  30. Women Engineers On The Rampant Sexism Of Silicon Valley
  31. Elon Musk Once Fired His Assistant Of 12 Years For Wanting A Raise
  32. Inside the world of Silicon Valley’s ‘coasters’ — the millionaire engineers who get paid gobs of money and barely work
  33. After phishing attacks, Chrome extensions push adware to millions: Compromised accounts push fraudulent extension updates to unsuspecting users.
  34. The Mystery Of Nicole Mincey
  35. Microsoft Chatbot Trolls Shoppers For Online Sex
  36. London Mayor Urges YouTube To Remove Videos Espousing Gang Violence
  37. Google Preferred Advertisers Return To YouTube Months After ‘Adpocalypse’ (Study)
  38. New icons are YouTube’s latest way to alert creators of video demonetization: Plus, there’s now a quicker way to ask for a review of demonetized videos.
  39. YouTube Expands Appeals To Cover Videos That Lost Revenue After The Adpocalypse
  40. Native Video-Sharing And Chat Feature Rolls Out To YouTube App Globally
  41. Twitter Suspends Popehat For Writing About Violent Threats He Received From Another Twitter User
  42. Facebook, Twitter Consistently Fail At Distinguishing Abuse From Calling Out Abuse
  43. In Protest, Artist in Germany Re-Purposes Hate Speech From Twitter
  44. Exploring the Role of Algorithms in Online Harmful Speech
  45. Defendant who texted teen to commit suicide sentenced to 15 months in jail: Punishment stayed to allow appeals in a novel prosecution testing 1st Amendment.
  46. Facing libel lawsuit, Techdirt takes large donations to broaden coverage: Charles Koch Foundation and a charity from the Craigslist founder are among the donors.
  47. Psychiatrist Files Lawsuit Over Wordless One-Star Review
  48. China to Start Using Blockchain to Collect Taxes and Send Invoices
  49. Media scholar on Trump TV: “This is Orwellian, and it’s happening right now, right here” – The president has launched an online TV network. He’s calling it “real news.”
  50. Australian Public Servants Warned Against Liking Social Media Posts That Are Critical Of Government Policies
  51. Russia Wants Innovation, but It’s Arresting Its Innovators
  52. Stumbling “Blocks”: When Is Social Media Moderation a First Amendment Violation? 
  53. The Long, Hot Summer Of Netflix’s Ever-Accelerating Expansion
  54. Netflix Buys Comics Publisher Behind Kingsman, Kick-Ass
  55. Disney Will Cease Distribution Deal With Netflix To Launch Its Own Streaming Service
  56. Disney Pulls Content From Netflix As Users Face An Annoying, Confusing Rise In Streaming Exclusivity Silos
  57. Inside Patreon, The Economic Engine Of Internet Culture
  58. Game of Thrones Star Says She Got Acting Role Because She Has Millions of Social Media Followers
  59. HBO Hackers Release Ransom Note And New Trove Of Stolen Data
  60. Game of Thrones script for “Spoils of War” leaks after HBO hack: No spoilers: Leak contains GoT info, unaired episodes of other shows, and internal docs.
  61. Augmented Reality Apps Could Pollute The Skies With Advertising
  62. Risks of Artificial Intelligence
  63. AI and music: will we be slaves to the algorithm? – Tech firms have developed AI that can learn how to write music. So will machines soon be composing symphonies, hit singles and bespoke soundtracks?
  64. New administrative notice-and-takedown procedure in Greece
  65. Inception Raises $15 Million Series A Funding Led By EU Media Conglomerate RTL Group
  66. VR-based Treatment for Vision Disorders Shows Positive Results in Peer-reviewed Study
  67. Researchers Induce Artificial Movement Sensation in VR Using Four-Pole Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation: Creators believe system could be “easily adapted to conventional VR systems”
  68. CBS is launching a streaming sports channel this year: It’s headed to internet-only TV providers.
  69. Radio navigation set to make global return as GPS backup, because cyber: GPS killed the radio nav in 2010, but a high-def version is set to return
  70. Mozilla’s new file-transfer service isn’t perfect, but it’s drop-dead easy: For less high-stakes uses, Send offers reasonable security and privacy assurances.
  71. Uber’s search for a female CEO has been narrowed down to 3 men
  72. Uber’s ex-CEO: Given reason for alleged Waymo data heist is “dumb”: Kalanick also said that Levandowski “should say what happened” rather than clam up.
  73. How one hot sauce seller hauled Uber into small-claims court and won $4,000: A driver took off with Dane Wilcox’s laptop, and Uber refused to pay him back.
  74. Amazon Halts Blu Phone Sales Amid Spyware Concerns 
  75. SEC Warns That Digital Tokens May Be Securities
  76. An Oral History Of The DARPA Grand Challenge, The Grueling Robot Race That Launched The Self-Driving Car
  77. You’d Have To Click A Mouse 10 Million Times To Burn One Calorie
  78. From blockchain to drones, we need to stop obsessing about tech megatrends: If more men did the laundry, washing machines would be as hyped and alluring as drones
  79. The Guy Who Invented Those Annoying Password Rules Now Regrets Wasting Your Time
  80. 1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 9: Justice System, Social Media, Miscellaneous (Eric Goldman)

CREATIVITY

  1. Canadian Government Puts Copyright Board Overhaul on Fast Track With Consultation Launching Tomorrow (Michael Geist)
  2. Why fears about ‘fair use’ copyright law are unfounded
  3. Canada’s intellectual property strategy must play to the country’s strengths
  4. Canadian Man Somehow Gets Trademark On His Own County’s Name, Govt. Says Legal Action Is The Only Remedy
  5. Post-Axanar, CBS unveils first official fan filmmaking initiative in Trek history: Star Trek Film Academy grants fan filmmakers access to training, New Voyages facilities.
  6. Judge Rules MGM Must Face Lawsuit Over James Bond Box Set Missing Two Bond Films
  7. Citing Free Speech, A.C.L.U. Sues Washington Metro Over Rejected Ads
  8. Monkey selfie animal rights brouhaha devolves into a settlement: Every conceivable joke has been made of this Planet of the Apes-styled litigation.
  9. Monkey Selfie Case May Settle: PETA Knows It’ll Lose, And The Photographer Is Broke
  10. “Thinking Out Loud” About Copyright Infringement (Again)
  11. Word on the street: McDonald’s has been accused of cultural appropriation, using without permission the work of street artists in an advertising campaign in Europe.
  12. Film Director’s Op-Ed Ignores Reality To Push Hollywood Lobbying Talking Points
  13. The Grinch that stole fair use? 
  14. Copyright Suit Requires Fair Use Analysis: A fair use analysis is required before a copyright suit against “appropriation artist” Richard Prince can be dismissed, a New York federal court judge decided this week, declining to grant a quick win.
  15. Commercial Photography in Public Parks–Is Police Presence Required?
  16. Commercial Brochure not Protected by Copyright in Spain
  17. Lookalike Case: Max Verstappen’s Management Unsuccessful for Now
  18. Peter and the Test Tube Babies singer refused entry to the USA for mocking Donald Tump
  19. How Hulk Hogan & Peter Thiel Almost Made Sure That The Story Of R. Kelly’s ‘Cult’ Stayed Unpublished
  20. How Peter Thiel’s Secretive Data Company Pushed Into Policing
  21. Jeff Sessions Suggests He’s Steering The DOJ Towards Prosecuting More Journalists
  22. Deputy Attorney General Walks Back Attorney General’s Threat To Journalists
  23. Professors as Targets of Internet Outrage: Death threats and protests as statements about race and politics go viral.
  24. North Carolina Passes An Entirely Misguided Restore Campus Free Speech Act
  25. Inside NFL Cheerleaders’ Legal Fight for Better Pay
  26. NY Mets Oppose Trademark For Medical Exam Tracking System (METS) Claiming Potential Customer Confusion
  27. Inside Trump’s Global Trademark Trove
  28. Former Professional Wrestler Sues Van Morrison for Using his Likeness without Authorization
  29. Billy Two Rivers, former pro wrestler, to settle lawsuit against Van Morrison: Settlement details are still being finalized, according to lawyer Michael Graif
  30. We’re in the early stages of a visual revolution in journalism: It’s more than a pivot to video — it’s an evolution of text.
  31. Peter Bart: Will Time Warner’s Creative Energy Survive AT&T Takeover?
  32. Is There A Right Way To Put Slavery Onscreen? 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Canadian Telcos Take Aim At Kodi Addon Site With Shocking Search: True Purpose to “Destroy Livelihood of the Defendant” (Michael Geist)
  2. Canadian Telcos Lose Their Minds Over TVAddons
  3. Canadian Telcos Want To Play Police In War On Piracy: They’ve already raided a Montreal man’s home.
  4. Secret court order that let telcos search a Montrealer’s home a growing trend
  5. The Diminishing Value of Simsub: CBS Streaming Service Coming to Canada Next Year (Michael Geist)
  6. CRTC and UK Agency to Fight Spam and Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
  7. Cable’s New Brilliant Idea: Charging You More Money To Skip Ads
  8. Charter has moved millions of customers to new – and often higher – pricing: Pricing changes accelerate as Charter tries to boost revenue per customer.
  9. Data cap analysis found almost 200 ISPs imposing data limits in the US: Examination of 2,500 home Internet providers finds sizable minority with caps.
  10. Journalist Sues FCC For Hiding Details About Its Alleged, Phantom DDOS Attack
  11. Ajit Pai’s anti-net neutrality plan gets the facts and law wrong, lawmakers say: FCC accused of prioritizing “raw dollars” over small businesses and consumers.
  12. Congress Gives The FCC An Earful On Its Despised Plan To Kill Net Neutrality
  13. As net neutrality dies, one man wants to make Verizon pay for its sins: Alex Nguyen filed the only formal net neutrality complaint, and he’s still waiting for an answer
  14. The Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims To Run: “Mdzhb” Has Been Broadcasting Since 1982. No One Knows Why.
  15. These Lawmakers Are Speaking out Against the FCC’s Plan to Dismantle Net Neutrality
  16. The FCC is full again, with three Republicans and two Democrats: 3-2 Republican majority likely to overturn net neutrality rules.
  17. Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests: By saying mobile is good enough, FCC could find that deployment problem is solved.
  18. FCC Proposes $82 Million Fine for Illegally “Spoofed” Robocalls 
  19. FCC To Hold Hearing to Determine Whether to Deny License Renewal of Radio Station that was Silent for Most of its License Term 
  20. $17,500 Settlement by TV Broadcaster for Not Identifying Educational and Informational Children’s Programming – Reminder that the FCC is Still in the Enforcement Business 
  21. AT&T Lies Again, Insists Net Neutrality Rules Will Hurt First Responders
  22. Comcast Tries, Fails To Kill Lawsuit Over Its Hidden, Bogus Fees
  23. We analyzed 17 months of Fox & Friends transcripts. It’s far weirder than state-run media.: How the Fox morning show evolved into Donald Trump’s posse.
  24. Fox Exec Says She Won’t Make Excuses for Lack of Diversity, Proceeds to Make Tons of Excuses

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Salesforce fires red team staffers who gave Defcon talk: “As soon as they got off the stage, they were fired.”
  2. Body Cam Footage Of A Cop Planting Evidence Leads To Dozens Of Dismissed Cases
  3. House Oversight Head Still Concerned Surveillance He Approves Of Is Being Used Against His Party
  4. US Senators Unveil Their Attempt To Secure The Internet Of Very Broken Things
  5. Man used DDoS attacks on media to extort them to remove stories, FBI says: “If you do not remove it immediately, more severe attacks will hit your website.”
  6. Suspected sextortionist hiding behind Tor is outed by booby-trapped video: “Brian Kil” terrorized minors for years. Last month, a hack gave agents a big break.
  7. Convicted Fraudster Uses DDoS Attack To Clean Up Search Results, Fails Spectacularly
  8. Slayer of WCry worm charged with creating unrelated banking malware: Marcus Hutchins was hailed as a hero. Federal prosecutors say he was a criminal.
  9. Hacker Who Stopped Wannacry Charged With Writing Banking Malware
  10. The Indictment Against Malware Researcher Marcus Hutchines Is Really Weird
  11. Security researcher who neutralized WCry to be released on $30,000 bond: Prosecutors say Marcus Hutchins admitted he wrote alleged malware. Defense disagrees.
  12. WannaCry operator empties Bitcoin wallets connected to ransomware: Bot set up by Quartz reporter Keith Collins catches linked wallets being emptied.
  13. Researchers say WannaCry operator moved bitcoins to “untraceable” Monero: Wallets’ BTC exchanged for XMR, anonymous cryptocash favored by Shadowbrokers.
  14. Meet Alex, The Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines
  15. Federal prosecutor struggles to describe stingray use in attempted murder case: Questions remain as to how Oakland cops, FBI used stingrays after a 2013 shooting.
  16. ACLU: Absent warrant standard, police could monitor anyone via location data – Opening brief filed in Carpenter, an important privacy case pending at Supreme Court.
  17. Protect The White Hat Hackers Who Are Just Doing Their Jobs
  18. Once Again With Feeling: ‘Anonymized’ Data Isn’t Really Anonymous
  19. The Attack On Global Privacy Leaves Few Places To Turn
  20. FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks” 
  21. The FTC’s Latest Bid to Blacklist Telemarketers
  22. FTC must scrutinize Hotspot Shield over alleged traffic interception, group says: VPN service “can intercept and redirect HTTP requests to partner websites.”
  23. Complaint Filed Over Sketchy VPN Service
  24. FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance 
  25. FTC Increases Focus on Smart Toys with COPPA Update
  26. FTC Regulation of Cybersecurity and Surveillance (Chris Jay Hoofnagle)

Jon

News of the Week; August 2, 2017

GAMES

  1. Rockstar sued by owners of Miss Cleo – Psychic Readers Network claims GTA: Vice City character voiced by Miss Cleo actress infringed on rights to TV psychic persona
  2. Pokemon Go Fest attendees sue Niantic: Class-action suit filed by fans seeking reimbursement of travel costs to disappointing Chicago event
  3. Pokemon Go Fest’s blunders result in class-action lawsuit: What could go wrong other than spotty Internet, huge lines, and a server meltdown?
  4. Pokemon Go Has Highest-Grossing Day Since Launch Thanks To Legendaries
  5. Court Blocks Wisconsin Augmented Reality Permit Law From Being Enforced
  6. Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You! Coming To Theaters In The West This November
  7. Valve Pulls Popular Sex Game From Steam; Developer Blames Complaints About ‘Pornography’
  8. House Party removed from Steam for “pornographic” content: One House Party storyline depicts a female character blackmailed using nude photos stolen from her camera
  9. Delisted from Steam, a dev asks: what counts as ‘pornographic’?: “They didn’t specify anything in particular or define what they consider pornographic. I explained to them that I don’t consider the game pornographic as it’s not intended to titillate, but rather is intended to be a humorous and quirky game..”
  10. Sexually explicit game returns to Steam after adding “censor” bars: House Party criticized for “literally training its users in predatory tactics.”
  11. Man Stabbed Seven Times Over Magic: The Gathering Argument
  12. Danganronpa V3 rejected by South Korean game rating board
  13. Psyonix looks to automate banning of foul-mouthed Rocket League players
  14. Women in Games launches new mobile awards show
  15. EA earnings on the rise as digital sales continue to eclipse physical
  16. Live services power EA to Q1 growth: Publisher beats expectations with $1.425 billion in revenue, namechecks Battlefield 1, EA Sports Ultimate Team, The Sims 4
  17. EA: Streaming plus subscription will be the great disruptor in gaming – “We do believe there’s going to be more change in the next five years than there has been in the last 45,” says Andrew Wilson
  18. EA confirms BioWare Montreal is merging with Motive
  19. EA merging BioWare Montreal with Motive: Combined team has over 100 new hires, will be working on Jade Raymond’s new IP
  20. EA CEO: We can and will do VR, but ‘AR is more interesting’: “People seem to have come to terms with the fact that VR….is going to take a couple of years, at least, to kind of get to a point where it is truly a mass-market consumer opportunity.”
  21. Take-Two’s CEO is more upbeat about AR than VR
  22. NBA 2K17, Mafia III and GTAdrive unexpectedly high earnings for Take-Two
  23. Grand Theft Auto Online continues to drive Take-Two: Online component of GTA V delivers best quarter yet as Zelnick says they never planned on it lasting this long; publisher posts solid results in first quarter of light release year
  24. HTC targets first standalone Vive headset at China: Qualcomm mobile tech will allow new VR device to be “accessible to the masses in China”
  25. Reddit users re-enable Alien: Isolation’s VR mode with unofficial patch: It’s a Rift-only alpha and lacks comfort features, but it works very, very well.
  26. Microsoft offers new ways to buy Surfaces, cheapo VR headsets, and more: There’s a new Xbox One controller USB wireless stick for PCs, too.
  27. Researchers Showcase Impressive New Bar for Real-time Digital Human Rendering in VR
  28. Is VR fulfilling its promise this time around?: On the fifth anniversary of the Rift Kickstarter campaign, early backers assess how it’s gone and where it’s going
  29. Kickstarter and Games – 2017 mid-year status update
  30. Western release considered for Assassin’s Creed: Blood Sail – China-targeted MMO may go international as it ramps up brand’s mobile assault
  31. After a lengthy losing streak, Zynga is profitable again
  32. Zynga’s turnaround in full effect with $5.1m profit in Q2: 90% of Zynga’s audience now comes from mobile, CEO Frank Gibeau stressed to us
  33. Injustice 2 top grossing console game of Q2: Time Warner touts NetherRealm Studios’ DC Comics-based fighter as the best performer from April to June, despite launching in mid-May
  34. Released after 6+ years, Epic’s Fortnite surpasses 500k sales in first day
  35. Friday the 13th “stumbles” to 1.8m sold: Despite massive technical hurdles and poor reviews, the game has been profitable, Gun Media’s Wes Keltner explains
  36. Rewarded video ads most effective monetisation for mobile firms: But in-app purchases still generate the most revenue, according to AdColony report
  37. Xbox One X Will Help Grow The Industry, Ubisoft CEO Says: And Assassin’s Creed: Origins is taking “really good advantage” of the console’s power.
  38. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds claims record for most peak players in a non-Valve game
  39. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds peak player count surpasses all non-Valve titles: Hugely popular Early Access title has outperformed all Steam titles except for Dota 2 and CS:GO
  40. Valve takes on the task of making Dota 2 a newcomer-friendly MOBA
  41. Take Two cancels plans to stop printing money via Grand Theft Auto Online: Take Two’s “better-than-expected” Q1 2018 driven primarily by paid GTA Online DLC.
  42. Grand Theft Auto V’s endless success is the story of an era: Still topping charts four years after launch, GTAV is unprecedented – perhaps the first game to ever enter the public consciousness in this way
  43. How Ubisoft convinced Nintendo to give Mario a gun
  44. Super Mario Odyssey Is The First Mainline Mario Game Rated Higher Than E
  45. Nintendo Switch annual forecast bumped up to 12m by Wedbush: Analyst Michael Pachter says Nintendo may be stockpiling “excess” units in preparation for the holiday season
  46. Capcom ramps up Nintendo Switch production following Street Fighter success
  47. Super NES Classic pre-orders start later this month: Nintendo promises “significant amount” of consoles through end of the year.
  48. Tencent acquires 9% stake in Elite Dangerous dev for $23.1M
  49. PlayStation Plus prices on the rise in Europe and Australia
  50. Was PS3 hard to develop for?: 10 Years Ago This Month: Sony’s sales pitch as the powerful system took a hit when EA had to explain why Madden 08 on PS3 was noticeably worse than the Xbox 360 version
  51. PlayStation income drops 60% in Q1 but sales rise
  52. PS4 shipments hit 63.3m
  53. Sales up by 5.4 percent in Sony’s games division
  54. Why The New York Mets Are All In On Esports
  55. Disney Eyes Entry Into Esports In Orlando
  56. Live eSports matches join BBC programming lineup
  57. BBC Three to show major e-sports tournament
  58. Philippines government pledges support for esports: “It cannot be denied that esports requires tremendous amounts of skill and training”
  59. Smash.gg raises $11M for eSports event platform
  60. Women make up over half of players for mobile MOBA Honour of Kings
  61. UK women to spend over £1bn on video games – Barclays
  62. 3+ years in, Final Fantasy Tactics designer’s crowdfunded RPG changes devs
  63. Playdek abandons troubled Kickstarter title Unsung Story: Rights passed to Little Orbit three years after studio raised $660,000 via crowdfunding
  64. Video games declining on Kickstarter – ICO: Number of projects down, but funding stable; meanwhile tabletop games are enjoying “crazy growth,” says ICO Partners
  65. Neil Degrasse Tyson Wants You To Explore Deep Space—In A Video Game
  66. I Tested Two Retro Consoles―One Good, One Hot Garbage
  67. Nvidia and Remedy use neural networks for eerily good facial animation: The neural network just needs a few minutes of video, or even just an audio clip.
  68. The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Beating the bootlegs – Harbottle & Lewis’ Kostya Lobov offers advice on how to protect your rights as a developer – and avoid infringing on the rights of others
  69. Game Development in Latin America – A Research
  70. Download me—Saying “yes” to the Web’s most dangerous search terms: Seeking “free games” and getting burned by illicit downloads is so 2008, right?

DIGITAL

  1. Online newspaper articles and libel do not toll notice and limitation periods
  2. Courts Keep Shredding Online Contract Formation Processes–McGhee v. NAB; Applebaum v. Lyft (Eric Goldman)
  3. Federal Court: Public Officials Cannot Block Social Media Users Because of Their Criticism
  4. Politicians’ social media pages can be 1st Amendment forums, judge says: Officials retain right to moderate comments to combat online trolls, judge says.
  5. Court Rules Temporary Ban Of Facebook Commenter By Gov’t Official Violates The First Amendment
  6. Politician Can’t Ban Constituent From Her Official Facebook Page–Davison v. Loudoun County Supervisors (Eric Goldman)
  7. Judge Tosses Vexatious Litigant Brett Kimberlin’s Lawsuit Against Conservative Blogger
  8. How an Ontario mom fended off a $120K libel lawsuit over her Facebook posts
  9. Stouffville woman awarded damages in SLAPP case
  10. Internet Censorship Bill Would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation
  11. Going to California—Google Asks U.S. Court to Declare Supreme Court of Canada’s Global Injunction Unenforceable
  12. Google’s US Challenge To The Canadian Global Delisting Order
  13. Google Asks US Court To Block Terrible Canadian Supreme Court Ruling On Global Censorship
  14. What Google’s New Autoplay Experiment Means For The Future Of Search
  15. U.S. Court Declares GPL Is A Contract (Andres Guadamuz)
  16. France: 13 million in damages awarded for linking to downloadable copyright works
  17. LinkedIn: It’s illegal to scrape our website without permission – A legal scholar calls LinkedIn’s position “hugely problematic.”
  18. New Web tool tracks Russian “influence ops” on Twitter: Hamilton 68 tracks Russian state news and Twitter trolls, shows propaganda trends.
  19. What They’ve Said About Russian Election Interference
  20. Russia Has Banned VPNs
  21. Putin bans VPNs to stop Russians accessing prohibited websites
  22. Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object: Iranian Resilience in a Censored Society
  23. How May 35th Freedoms Have Blossomed With China’s Martian Language
  24. Meet Mia Ash, The Fake Woman Iranian Hackers Used To Lure Victims
  25. Maybe the A.I. dystopia is already here
  26. Artificial Intelligence Develops Its Own Language
  27. The Internet Will Not Break: Denying Bad Samaritans Section 230 Immunity (Danielle Citron, Benjamin Wittes)
  28. Pointing at the Wrong Villain: Cass Sunstein and Echo Chambers
  29. Senate’s “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017”–and Section 230’s Imminent Evisceration (Eric Goldman)
  30. A ‘potentially deadly’ mushroom-identifying app highlights the dangers of bad AI: The app’s creator says it’s just a guide, but experts aren’t happy
  31. State attorneys general team up to scare you from “content theft sites”: PSA is titled “Be safe on the Internet to Protect Your Family.”
  32. Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship
  33. Apple Removes All VPN Apps From Its Chinese App Store
  34. Apple’s Silence in China Sets a Dangerous Precedent
  35. Apple Caved To China, Just Like Almost Every Other Tech Giant
  36. Apple paid Nokia $2 billion to escape fight over old patents: It’s on the hook for more payments down the line, too
  37. Apple must pay $506M for infringing university’s patent: University of Wisconsin may collect $4.35 apiece for millions of iPads and iPhones.
  38. Apple can’t end lawsuit over “breaking” FaceTime on iPhone 4, judge rules: “FaceTime is a ‘feature’ of the iPhone and thus a component of the iPhone’s cost.”
  39. Company: Apple TV’s “what did she say” feature infringes our patent – Patent claims the concept of skipping back and enabling subtitles.
  40. Apple Sales Exceed Expectations as Buyers Wait for New iPhones
  41. A Super-Expensive iPhone Is Good News, Even If You Can’t Afford It
  42. After three years, iPad sales are up again for Apple
  43. Apple discontinues iPod Nano and Shuffle, updates iPod Touch models: Say goodbye to the tiny music makers of 2005.
  44. Goodbye iPod, And Thanks For All The Tunes
  45. Apple Glasses Are Inevitable
  46. Joining Apple, Amazon’s China Cloud Service Bows to Censors
  47. How An IOS Developer Just Uncovered The Next iPhone
  48. UK WiFi Company Uses Overlong TOS To Trick Hotspot Users Into Cleaning Toilets, Hugging Stray Cats
  49. Kim Dotcom set to receive seized funds, “4 containers full of seized property”: Megupload founder adds he plans to move his family to Queenstown, New Zealand.
  50. AG Wahl says that, at certain conditions, suppliers of luxury goods may prohibit retailers from selling on third-party online platforms
  51. How Threats Against Domain Names Are Used to Censor Content (EFF)
  52. Fact Checking Snopes On Its Own Claims Of Being ‘Held Hostage’ By ‘A Vendor’: Well, It’s Complicated
  53. Uber drivers gang up to cause surge pricing, research says
  54. How Arby’s Dealt With Their Greatest Twitter Troll By Being Awesome; Also Sandwiches And Puppies
  55. Frank Ocean T-Shirt at Center of Debate Over Tweet Copyright: After singer’s Panorama Fest tee goes viral, creator of shirt and teen who first tweeted the quote wrestle over compensation and credit
  56. This U.S. Company Is Offering to Put Microchips in Their Employees
  57. A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality
  58. Models of Consciousness Transformation & Unlocking Latent Human Potentials with VR
  59. No, Facebook Did Not Panic and Shut Down an AI Program That Was Getting Dangerously Smart
  60. Science Says 13 Reasons Why may Be The Public Health Scare People Thought
  61. Sex History Educational Site Wants To Know If It’s Going To Be Bricked Up Behind UK’s Porn Wall
  62. We need to take a vacation from social media: Various platforms – and Facebook especially – are, weirdly, both a kind of diary and a public performance.
  63. Facebook’s Complicity in the Silencing of Black Women
  64. ‘It’s digital colonialism’: how Facebook’s free internet service has failed its users – Free Basics, built for developing markets, focuses on ‘western corporate content’ and violates net neutrality principles, researchers say
  65. Lionsgate Launches Spanish-Language Streaming Service ‘Pantaya’ For U.S. Viewers
  66. Reddit Has $1.8 Billion Valuation After Chat-Room Site Banks $200 Million in Funding
  67. Reddit Raised $200 Million And Is Redesigning to Look More Like Facebook
  68. Spotify Surpasses 60 Million Subscribers
  69. Twitter Finds Meaning (and Madness) Under Donald Trump: The social platform was in bad shape last year, but it found an unlikely support system in an antihero
  70. Trump’s Radical Immigration Crackdown Won’t Help Tech
  71. A Gop Staffer Crowdsourced A Resolution From A Conspiracy Subreddit
  72. Bitcoin Exchange and Operator Charged With Money Laundering
  73. Feds say they caught a key figure in the massive Mt. Gox Bitcoin hack: Feds say a Russian man laundered criminal proceeds through the BTC-e exchange.
  74. Why the Bitcoin network just split in half and why it matters
  75. Bitcoin Is Splitting In Two. Now What?
  76. Here’s What CEOs Around the World Are Saying About the Bitcoin Fork
  77. Is the Party Over? SEC Concludes Cryptocurrency Offering Required Registration
  78. PewDiePie, YouTube’s biggest star, is leaning into his new, far-right following
  79. Here’s Why It Looks Like PewDiePie Has Lost 90% Of His Income: An annual report from his company suggests Pewdiepie’s income has dropped dramatically.
  80. NCAA Rules Football-Playing YouTuber Ineligible Due To Ad Revenue
  81. NCAA Strips UCF Kicker Of Eligibility After He Refuses To Stop Being An Athlete That Posts YouTube Videos
  82. UCF kicker ruled ineligible, loses scholarship after monetizing YouTube videos: Athletes can make YouTube videos, but they can’t make money off sports videos.
  83. Singing With Saquon? Current Stars Should Take NCAA at Its Word and Cash in Now on YouTube
  84. Amazon To Self-Distribute First Film In Theaters, Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’
  85. Move Over, Bill Gates. Jeff Bezos Gets a Turn as World’s Richest Person.
  86. Streisand Effect Helps Sci-Hub To Acquire Almost All Scholarly Literature, Dooms Traditional Academic Publishing
  87. Jewish woman sues Andrew Anglin over ‘troll storm’: Suit against Daily Stormer’s neo-Nazi blogger raises questions about free speech and online harassment.
  88. YouTube Will Place Flagged “Supremacist” Videos That Don’t Violate Its Guidelines In A “Limited State”
  89. Following 10-Market Expansion, YouTube TV App Clocks 2 Million Downloads
  90. ‘Offline-First’ YouTube Go App To Launch In Nigeria
  91. YouTube Kids Lands “Eight-Figure” Upfront Commitment From Toy Brand Mattel
  92. Ars picks the top YouTube video of all time: We top off our look at the 10th anniversary of YouTube with the best video ever.
  93. YouTube Unveils First Country-Specific ‘Spotlight’ Channel In Canada
  94. YouTube throws more support behind Canadian creators with spotlight channel
  95. ViaSport, Microsoft Canada Team Up On Tech For More Inclusive Sports
  96. Redfin set out to disrupt real estate—it was harder than it looked: CEO once called real estate “by far the most screwed up industry in America.”
  97. America’s Competitors Angle for Silicon Valley’s Business
  98. Deceptive Online Marketing Practices: Intermediaries, what is your legal exposure?
  99. The complete history of the IBM PC, part one: The deal of the century: Bill Gates, mysterious deaths, and the business machine that sparked a home revolution.
  100. The complete history of the IBM PC, part two: The DOS empire strikes: The real victor was Microsoft, which built an empire on the back of a shadily acquired MS-DOS.

CREATIVITY

  1. York University to appeal recent copyright decision
  2. Why Fair Dealing is Not Destroying Canadian Publishing (Michael Geist)
  3. When life gives you Lemonade: court preserves copyright complaint against Beyoncé (Rebecca Tushnet)
  4. Photographer’s Copyright Suit Gets Mixed Results:  A New York federal court judge handed a photographer a mixed result when it dismissed her copyright infringement claim but allowed her Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allegations to move forward in a dispute that began on Instagram.
  5. Premier League scores second ‘live’ blocking injunction 
  6. Cabin Fever: Is Reconstructing a Work to Preserve It Copyright Infringement?
  7. When can publishing newspaper articles amount to harassment?: The High Court has struck out part of a harassment claim against the publisher of the Daily Mail and Mail Online. Unless the Judge’s order is successfully appealed, the remaining harassment claim will proceed to trial.
  8. Cigar City Brewing Sues Cigar City Salsa Over Trademark Despite Being In Different Marketplaces
  9. E And J Gallo Sends Cease And Desist Trademark Notice To E And B Beer
  10. Would You Confuse ‘Pierogi Fest’ With ‘Edwardsville Pierogi Festival’? Neither Would We
  11. Titleist Tees Up Lawsuit Against Parody Clothier Because Golf Doesn’t Have A Sense Of Humor
  12. Michelin Bursts Continental’s Trade Mark Application
  13. Seen around town(s), TM and right of publicity issues (Rebecca Tushnet)
  14. Copyright. Act of State Doctrine. Fifth Circuit holds that the act of state doctrine does not forbid U.S. courts from considering the applicability of copyright’s first sale doctrine to foreign-made copies when the foreign copier was a government agency
  15. EU’s draconian new copyright law puts an expiration date on startups
  16. NAFTA and a made-in-Canada IP framework
  17. Regulating the Internet of Toys 
  18. Copyright Licences for Television and Film Content in Hotels
  19. Sony Pictures TV Networks to Acquire Funimation, Valuing Anime Distributor at $150 Million
  20. The ACLU filed a comical brief in defense of free speech and John Oliver’s satire
  21. Marshall County Coal Company v. John Oliver (Amicus Curiae Brief of ACLU to U.S. Dist. Ct., Northern District of West Virginia)
  22. 1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 5 – Advertising, Contracts (Eric Goldman)
  23. 1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 6 – Defamation, Section 230, Consumer Reviews (Eric Goldman)
  24. 1H 2017 Quick Links Part 7 – Fake News, RTBF, Censorship, Extremist Content (Eric Goldman)
  25. Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Development: A Better Set of Approaches For The 21st Century. (Dean Baker, Arjun Jayadev and Joseph Stiglitz)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Inconsistent Arguments and Questionable Claims: Bell Launches Yet Another Action Over CRTC’s Super Bowl Simsub Ruling (Michael Geist)
  2. TVAddons Returns, But in Ugly War With Canadian Telcos Over Kodi Addons
  3. Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna – Cord-cutters accustomed to watching shows online are often shocked that $20 ‘rabbit ears’ pluck signals from the air; is this legal?
  4. Republicans try to take cheap phones and broadband away from poor people: $9.25 monthly subsidy for mobile service would be eliminated by Republican bill.
  5. Sprint seeks merger with Charter to create wireless and cable giant: Comcast could have veto power over deal because of agreement with Charter.
  6. Sprint still seeks merger partner after being rejected by Charter: Sprint wanted to merge with Charter—or T-Mobile.
  7. Comcast fails to get hidden fee class-action suit thrown out of court: Comcast claims it can tack on Broadcast and Sports fees after order is submitted.
  8. FCC Extends TCPA Liability to Technology Platform Provider 
  9. FCC says its specific plan to stop DDoS attacks must remain secret: Revealing technical details would “undermine our system security,” FCC says.
  10. Over 190 Engineers & Tech Experts Tell The FCC It’s Dead Wrong On Net Neutrality
  11. The Worst Internet In America
  12. Fox v. Aereokiller: Another Nail in the Internet “Cable” Coffin
  13. West Virginia Tries To Improve Broadband Competition, Incumbent ISPs Immediately Sue
  14. Cable lobby claims US is totally overflowing in broadband competition: NCTA touts data based on outdated broadband speed benchmark of 3Mbps.
  15. What Does Net Neutrality Mean for the Future of Cryptocurrency?

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Privacy rights on the NAFTA agenda: Will the new NAFTA allow Canadian governments to ensure that private data collected from Canadians will not be stored outside this country?
  2. First Playpen FBI Spyware Warrant Hits The Appeals Court Level; Is Upheld On ‘Good Faith’
  3. Second body cam video of Baltimore cops manufacturing evidence discovered: Second video prompts another dropped case—bringing it to nearly three dozen so far.
  4. Police body cam footage of man tased in back prompts $110K settlement: However, police board said tasing was “reasonable, appropriate, and within policy.”
  5. Baltimore police commissioner orders cops not to stage body cam footage: Prosecutors dropping 41 cases, and more on the way, because of body cam scandal.
  6. Another Federal Court Says No Warrants Needed To Obtain Historic Cell Site Location Info
  7. Georgia To Roll Out Tens Of Thousands Of CCTV Cameras With Real-Time Facial Recognition Capabilities
  8. Viacom Faces Children’s Privacy Class Claims Over Gaming App
  9. Federal Court Holds Noodles & Co. Has No Independent Duty of Care to Card Issuers For Data Breach
  10. New Nevada Law Requires Notice for Online Collection and Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information
  11. Google’s new scheme to connect online to offline shopping scrutinized: “Consumers cannot easily avoid Google’s tracking of their in-store purchase behavior.”
  12. Australian Prosecutors Want To Make It Illegal To Refuse To Turn Over Passwords To Law Enforcement
  13. UK Home Secretary Doesn’t Want Backdoors; She Just Wants Companies To Stop Offering Encryption Because No One Wants It
  14. Privacy Isn’t Dead. It’s More Popular Than Ever
  15. How A Bug In An Obscure Chip Exposed A Billion Smartphones To Hackers
  16. Broadcom chip bug opened 1 billion phones to a Wi-Fi-hopping worm attack: Wi-Fi chips used in iPhones and Android may revive worm attacks of old.
  17. Your Own Pacemaker Can Now Testify Against You In Court
  18. Stealthy Google Play apps recorded calls and stole e-mails and texts: Company expels 20 advanced surveillance apps installed on ~100 devices.
  19. When sextortion suspect refused to unlock her iPhone, the FBI stepped in
  20. Released Documents Show More Section 702 Violations By The NSA
  21. Someone Hacked Into HBO and Is Now Releasing Game of Thrones Info
  22. Hackers Threaten ‘Game of Thrones,’ as HBO Confirms Cyberattack
  23. Hack Brief: HBO Shows And A Game Of Thrones Script Land Online
  24. HBO confirms hack that reportedly included script to upcoming GoT episode: Video for episodes of Ballers and Room 104 also reportedly stolen.
  25. How Netflix DDOS’d Itself To Help Protect The Entire Internet
  26. Hackers descend on Las Vegas to expose voting machine flaws
  27. Every Voting Machine at This Hacking Conference Got Totally Pwned
  28. “E-mail prankster” phishes White House officials; hilarity ensues: Tom Bossert gave up personal e-mail in response to fake Kushner dinner invite.
  29. Privacy warnings spell trouble for millions of low-cost Android phone owners: Blu says the data its phones collect is standard. Experts disagree.
  30. Using a fitness app taught me the scary truth about why privacy settings are a feminist issue
  31. How a hacked Amazon Echo could secretly capture your most intimate moments: Hack isn’t simple and doesn’t work on all devices, but it’s definitely doable.
  32. How a podcaster managed to confront his tech support scammer, in person: “Alex, we have seen that your IP address has been compromised.”

Jon

News of the Week; July 26, 2017

GAMES

  1. Augmented reality wins big in 1st Amendment legal flap: Pokemon Go craze prompted a Wisconsin county to regulate AR game play.
  2. Location-based augmented reality games now protected by First Amendment: US judge rules it unconstitutional for laws to block where AR titles may be played
  3. Judge Rules Milwaukee Flouted U.S. Constitution in Response to ‘Pokemon Go’ Craze: The city didn’t like the prospect of rare flora being trampled by game players. A federal judge warns of censorship.
  4. Judge issues injunction against Milwaukee’s Pokémon Go ordinance: Pokéstops are protected by the first amendment … for now
  5. AR game restrictions ruled unconstitutional by district judge
  6. Pokémon Go Fest Is Having A Rough Start 
  7. Niantic lays blame for Pokemon Go Fest problems: Developer puts worst connection problems at the feet of cell phone network providers, will continue running real-world events for fans
  8. MAME devs are cracking open arcade chips to get around DRM: And you can help transcribe the raw, visible bits and bytes.
  9. Take responsibility for your community: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds flap shows how game makers can set the tone for their player base with zero tolerance for toxic behavior
  10. Alleged copycat video game studio threatens lawsuits over “unreal information” – Riot Games: Mobile Rush had “near carbon copy” of many League of Legends heroes.
  11. Blizzard shuts down legacy WoW server hours after launch: Four years of work on Burning Crusade server brought to an end within five hours of launch
  12. Blizzard shuts down “legacy” WoW fan server hours after it goes up: Felmyst was a four-year labor of love, squashed in less than a day.
  13. Blizzard pledges crackdown on abusive and antisocial Overwatch players: Harsher penalties and new reporting tools incoming as Blizzard seeks to create “a truly welcoming environment” for Overwatch
  14. Overwatch League players to receive minimum $50k annual salary: $3.5 million in team bonuses available in Season 1, with $1 million of that total guaranteed to the winner
  15. Overwatch League Players Will Get Health Insurance, At Least $50K A Year
  16. MLB Mulls Over Opposing Trademark For New Overwatch League Logo
  17. Pyre review: A brilliant reinvention of the term “fantasy sports” – Bastion creators spilled some e-sports into a wonderful action-RPG crossover.
  18. How Japan’s eSports scene is being hamstrung by regulators
  19. David Stern Says He Has ‘Aged Out’ Of Esports
  20. Alex Mauer Gets Another Game Taken Down From Steam Via DMCA As She Sends Imagos’ Lawyer Death Threats
  21. Sony’s legal quest to remove its leaked developer’s kit from the Web: Effort appears to be squashing leak discussion and homebrew SDKs as well.
  22. Zoë and the Trolls: Video-game designer Zoë Quinn survived Gamergate, an act of web harassment with world-altering implications.
  23. Roblox set to pay in-game devs over $30M in 2017
  24. Name-your-price games storefront LBO launches: Curve Digital, Digerati, KISS among indie publishers on board for a Priceline-esque approach to game sales
  25. Bethesda drops premium DLC model for Doom: All multiplayer expansion packs will now be free
  26. John Romero: ‘I am the Doomguy (at least on the cover)’ – “Frustrated, I threw my shirt off and told him to give me the gun and get on the floor – grab my arm as one of the demons! Defeated, he deferred. I aimed the gun in a slightly different direction and told Don, ‘This is what I’m talking about!’ Don took several pictures.”
  27. Oculus: ‘4 VR titles have made more than $1M in the Oculus store alone’
  28. VR’s paths diverge: A question of scale – As the world’s largest VR arcade opens to showcase room- and arena-scale VR, the out-of-home possibilities continue to diverge from in-home implementations
  29. ViveNchill straps USB fans to HTC Vive because people will buy anything: This week in crowdfunding campaigns that somehow got funded…
  30. Video: Beyond Ageism — Developing VR games for an older audience
  31. £73m of video game tax relief paid out in 2016-17
  32. UK video games tax relief payouts up 60% to £73m: Claims more than double year-on-year to 280 in 2016/17
  33. UK devs doubling down on tax relief as payouts rise by 60 percent
  34. Digital game sales to reach $7.8 billion this year – SuperData: Video game DLC and microtransactions to drive $4 billion in sales alone, says research firm
  35. PS4, Tekken 7 drive June US game sales – NPD
  36. Hardware was up 27% y-o-y thanks to PS4 and Nintendo Switch
  37. Sales up at Nintendo as Switch sells 4.7M units worldwide
  38. Nintendo Switch hit 4.7 million shipped in fiscal Q1: Mario Kart sold in 3.54m units in launch quarter, Arms sold 1.18m units in two weeks
  39. Mario Kart director philosophical about need for the blue shell: “You know, sometimes life isn’t fair.”
  40. Jump the void: Confronting existential dread through Super Mario Maker – Three fun platform levels that show life is a meaningless, empty pit of nothingness.
  41. New Nintendo Trademark Filing Gives Hope For N64 Classic: A trademark application for the N64 controller potentially points to a new micro console.
  42. Microsoft’s earnings continue to rise, despite lagging Xbox hardware sales
  43. Windows XP, Vista buried by Blizzard: Time to upgrade that decade-old operating system, man.
  44. How Fire Emblem Heroes Made $100M from 10M Installs
  45. Screen Saviors: Can Activism-Focused Games Change Our Behavior?
  46. Making games under threat of nuclear war: Why Estonian developer ZA/UM is moving its team to the safety of a new London studio
  47. Atari launches wearable push with Speakerhats: Ball caps with built-in Bluetooth speakers made in partnership with NECA and Audiowear
  48. Yahoo Japan launches web-based Game Plus platform: New service focuses on HTML5 and cloud-streaming console title
  49. Words With Friends TV show in the works: Zynga partners with MGM to bring long-running mobile hit to the not-quite-as-small screen
  50. Australian industry laments “devastating” resignation of pro-game Senator: Scott Ludlam resigns over dual citizenship mistake, sending “shockwaves” through the developer community
  51. Video Game Publishers Sure Like ‘Extending’ Betas
  52. Analyst: Dedicated mobile game players in Japan, South Korea now play 3+ hours/day
  53. Why we will never show ads in our mobile games
  54. How Japanese game devs are coping with growing free-to-play pricing pressure
  55. No, digital isn’t cannibalizing retail – NPD: We talk with The NPD Group as it expands its digital tracking with a pilot program in the Americas
  56. Stores vs. Developers vs. Customers vs. Publishers
  57. DOJO Madness Launches Analytics Platform For League Of Legends
  58. Starpoint Gemini Warlords is a ‘community-developed’ indie game
  59. One Of Steam’s Top Selling Games Is A Dad Dating Simulator
  60. Intelligent Machines To Battle In First AI World Cup Soccer Tournament
  61. Real-Life Baby Terrifies Outlast 2 Player And Becomes Most-Watched Twitch Clip of All Time
  62. A Gamer Channel’s Mission: Send the Trolls Packing
  63. Why Young Men Might Be Playing Video Games Instead of Going to Work: It’s not just that games are more fun.
  64. Inside the Gaming Library at Gitmo, America’s Controversial Military Prison
  65. PS3 games are a big deal inside the Guantanamo Bay detention camp: “The Joint Detention Group began providing electronic games to detainees in 2008 to provide mental stimulation as part of the overall mission to ensure humane treatment. As technology evolved, systems were upgraded from the Nintendo to the PS3 between 2011 and 2012.”
  66. ‘Ready Player One’ Film Gets First Teaser Trailer
  67. How would the Affordable Care Act repeal impact independent developers?
  68. Level up: How video games evolved to solve significant scientific problems: Science, your chance to use all that time spent gaming for the greater good.
  69. DIGRA ’17 – Proceedings Of The 2017 DIGRA International Conference

DIGITAL

  1. Nielsen Now Incorporates YouTube TV, Hulu Viewing Into Television Ratings
  2. Sports streaming app DAZN launches in Canada with all NFL games for $20 a month: Will launch with NFL digital rights, company says more will be added
  3. Canadian Supreme Court rules against Google in favor of worldwide court orders: The Canadian Supreme Court ruled that Google must remove search results worldwide, dismissing concerns that this may impede freedom of expression for people outside of Canada or inspire other countries to censor speech.
  4. Canada’s Supreme Court orders Google to de-index site globally, opening door to censorship: Decision is dangerous to free speech and the free flow of online information.
  5. Google Fights Against Canada’s Order To Change Global Search Results
  6. Google Files Suit in U.S. Court To Block Enforcement of Canadian Global Takedown Order (Michael Geist)
  7. Google tells judge: Don’t let Canada force us to alter US search results: Google says Canadian order is “repugnant” to the First Amendment.
  8. Top European Court To Consider If EU Countries Can Censor The Global Internet
  9. Google right to be forgotten spat returns to Europe’s top court: French privacy watchdog demands global scrub of certain links—Google says “non.”
  10. Clock ticking on Google as $2.7 billion fine takes bite out of earnings: Parent company Alphabet has yet to lodge an appeal against the EU’s penalty.
  11. Google Finds And Blocks Spyware Linked To Cyberarms Group
  12. Google’s been running a secret test to detect bogus ads — and its findings should make the industry nervous
  13. Has Google paid off an army of academic researchers?
  14. Judge: Waymo may be in “a world of trouble” if it can’t prove actual harm by Uber – Ex-Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski can be called to testify at trial, judge adds. 
  15. Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms That Online Newspapers Are Still “Newspapers”
  16. Backpage.com Sues Missouri Attorney General: Website claims AG’s investigation is barred by the Communications Decency Act
  17. Copyright Case Over Richard Prince Instagram Show to Go Forward
  18. Appropriation Artist Can’t Win Fair Use Defense on Motion to Dismiss–Graham v. Prince
  19. Donald Graham’s Copyright Infringement Suit against Richard Prince Allowed to Go Forward
  20. Wikimedia Sweden loses case as court rules against free access to public art online
  21. Terrible Ruling Allows Untied To Keep Its Domain But Not Its Soul 
  22. A German pirate just saved our right to take public selfies
  23. Twitter Working to Limit Fake Stories, Accounts
  24. Twitter says it’s making progress battling abusive behavior: The social network says users have encountered significantly less harassment in the past six months.
  25. How Twitter Fuels Anxiety: The anxious can often find a supportive community through tweeting, but the nature of the social media site can exacerbate symptoms.
  26. Twitter’s stock plunges as user growth stalls: Trump made Twitter more prominent than ever, yet profits are elusive.
  27. President Trump sued for blocking dissenting Twitter accounts free speech irony alert
  28. Trump’s New Communications Director Might Want to Delete These Tweets Too
  29. Exaggerated Claims And Out Of Context Tweets Used By Political Hopeful To Slap Restraining Order On Critic
  30. Court Can’t Ban Resident From Discussing HOA Online–Fox v. Hamptons at MetroWest Condos (Eric Goldman)
  31. How to get free US military weapons—build fake website and DOD will oblige: The “internal control processes for this program were really broken,” GAO says.
  32. United States lifts laptop and electronics ban from Middle East flights: Developers and games firms from the region now able to bring the equipment they need into US
  33. How Breitbart media’s disinformation created the paranoid, fact-averse nation that elected Trump: Democrats and progressives turned to wider and more reputable sources
  34. New Dot-Sucks Websites Troll Trump: Trump can’t buy up all the new anti-Trump websites ending in .sucks, .wtf, .fail
  35. Is Social Media Becoming the New Speech Governors?
  36. GDPR – Age Of Digital Consent
  37. New book explores how protesters—and governments—use Internet tactics: The protest frontiers are changing. An entrenched researcher explains why they work.
  38. Apple must pay $506M for infringing university’s patent: University of Wisconsin may collect $4.35 apiece for millions of iPads and iPhones.
  39. Qualcomm, feeling the squeeze as Apple and iPhone manufacturers cut off royalties, moves to the offensive
  40. The dramatic details of Steve Jobs’ life are playing out in a new opera: A time-hopping stage production about some of Jobs’ seminal life moments.
  41. Using a blockchain doesn’t exempt you from securities regulations: A $150 million Ethereum crowdfunding project broke the law, SEC says.
  42. Officials arrest suspect in $4 billion Bitcoin money laundering scheme: Bitcoin’s decentralized architecture makes it popular with criminal groups.
  43. Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation
  44. The Chinese Language as a Weapon: How China’s Netizens Fight Censorship
  45. Global Police Spring A Trap On Thousands Of Dark Web Users
  46. DOJ announces official takedown of AlphaBay, world’s largest Dark Web market: AlphaBay was “10 times the size of Silk Road,” according to the FBI.
  47. Family of dead AlphaBay suspect says he was a “good boy”: Alexandre Cazes, 26, also apparently spent a lot of time in a “pickup artist” forum.
  48. We Found Rep. Blake Farenthold’s Early ’90s Internet Message Board Posts
  49. Online Terrorist Propaganda: France and UK Put Internet Giants in the Cross-Hairs
  50. Our Minds Have Been Hijacked By Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants To Rescue Them
  51. How AI Is Already Changing Business
  52. The Business Of Artificial Intelligence: What it can — and cannot — do for your organization
  53. Is Anyone Home? A Way to Find Out If AI Has Become Self-Aware: It’s not easy, but a newly proposed test might be able to detect consciousness in a machine
  54. The Rise Of AI Is Forcing Google And Microsoft To Become Chipmakers
  55. Elon Musk: Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is “limited”: Tech billionaires have differing views on where AI will take humankind.
  56. Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI: During an impromptu Facebook Live interview, Zuck said there’s no doomsday coming.
  57. Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030
  58. AI Fight Club Could Help Save Us from a Future of Super-Smart Cyberattacks: The best defense against malicious AI is AI.
  59. Silicon Valley’s First Founder Was Its Worst
  60. Why Hollywood Studios Are Slow to Embrace Virtual Reality – VR Special Report: “The big elephant in the room is – How do you monetize this?” one analyst tells TheWrap
  61. Is the future VR … or AR?: Google VR boss Clay Bavor explains why the two technologies aren’t so different on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.
  62. Google Tests Interactive Learning with VR Espresso Machine, “People learned faster and better in VR”
  63. VR Ads Are Almost Here. Don’t Act Surprised
  64. Are You Prepared for the Legal Issues of Augmented Reality?
  65. Fullscreen Unveils Co-Viewing Feature Called ‘Watch Party’
  66. Celebrity Influencers Continue to Flout FTC Disclosure Rules
  67. Take A Trip To Los Angeles’ New Internet Celebrity Summer Camp: As viral fame becomes more attainable, summer camps may be the next classroom for kids
  68. Instagram Is Pushing Restaurants To Be Kitschy, Colorful, And Irresistible To Photographers
  69. Diminishing Returns: Online advertising’s dependence on surprise accelerates its own instability
  70. The human insights missing from big data
  71. A NASA Research Center Is Uploading 500 Archival Videos To YouTube
  72. After Alphabet Earnings Report, Analyst Estimates YouTube’s Stock Value At $75 Billion 
  73. Why Adam Silver Was Against Suing Over NBA Highlights On YouTube
  74. YouTube TV Launches in 10 New Markets, Including Houston, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
  75. YouTube Will Now Redirect Searches For Extremist Videos To Anti-Terrorist Playlists
  76. Kodi magazine ‘directs readers to pirate content’ 
  77. MGM’s ‘Stargate’ To Get Its Own SVOD Service, And The Niche Get Nicher
  78. Adobe Is Finally Killing Flash (For Real, This Time)
  79. Snapchat is doing a daily news show with NBC
  80. Oxygen To Promote New True Crime Series By Letting Reddit Users Question Famous Jurors
  81. Korea’s 3 Largest Broadcasters Launch U.S. Streaming Service For K-Dramas, K-Pop
  82. Summer of Samsung: A Corruption Scandal, a Political Firestorm—and a Record Profit: A year after the exploding phones, Samsung is embroiled in the mess that brought down South Korea’s president. How is it still thriving?
  83. Mobile Video Ad Spend To Surpass Computer Spend For First Time Next Year (Report)
  84. Intel shuts down group working on wearables and fitness trackers: We probably won’t see any more wearables coming from Intel.
  85. Inside Cuba’s D.I.Y. Internet Revolution 
  86. Where Is Hollywood Looking For Its Next Hit? Podcasts
  87. Podcasts Are Awesome But Are They A Business?
  88. Musicals (Yes, Musicals) Are About To Shake Up Podcasting
  89. Electronic music superhero Aphex Twin unearths massive, free music vault: Includes hours of never-before-released beats over past 20-plus years.
  90. Who owns Snopes? Fracas over fact-checking site now front and center: Snopes’ parent company was split—one half may be held by 5 men, or a single company. 
  91. The Wearables Giving Computer Vision To The Blind
  92. Forget About Fake Artists – It’s Time To Talk About Fake Streams.
  93. RIP Microsoft Paint. Thanks For All The Hideous Doodles
  94. Windows Paint is now officially not getting updated any more 
  95. How Bots Bested the $1 Billion Sneaker Resale Industry
  96. The manipulative tricks tech companies use to capture your attention
  97. Culture for a digital age: Risk aversion, weak customer focus, and siloed mind-sets have long bedeviled organizations. In a digital world, solving these cultural problems is no longer optional.
  98. The right of communication to the public … in a chart (Eleonora Rosati)
  99. The CJEU Pirate Bay Judgment and Its Impact on the Liability of Online Platforms (Eleonora Rosati)
  100. Defamation Law in the Internet Age (Background Papers from the Law Commission of Ontario)
  101. Intellectual Property in the New Technological Age: 2017 Volume I: Perspectives, Trade Secrets & Patents (Peter S. Menell Mark A. Lemley Robert P. Merges)

CREATIVITY 

  1.  China Banned Winnie The Pooh for Looking Like President Xi
  2. China Bans Justin Bieber
  3. Students Deeply Concerned With Federal Court Ruling Against York University 
  4. U15Group of Research Universities Statement on Sustainable Publishing
  5. The York University Case: Crisis in Copyright Law
  6. Access Copyright v. York University – Some Important Comments and Questions from Prof. Ariel Katz (Howard Knopf)
  7. Access Copyright v. York University: An Anatomy of a Predictable But Avoidable Loss (Ariel Katz)
  8. Access vs York: Fair Dealing is for everybody
  9. Why Fair Dealing Is Not Destroying Canadian Publishing (Michael Geist)
  10. Jammin Java to Pay IP Damages to Marley Family
  11. U2 Seeks Dismissal of “The Fly” Infringement Suit
  12. Ninth Circuit: Federal Copyright Pre-empts California Publicity Right
  13. Palin v. The New York Times Co.: Newspaper Mounts Robust Defense to Defamation Lawsuit 
  14. Vegetarian Ethiopian Cookbook Copyright Lawsuit Turns Sour–Schleifer v. Berns
  15. Anti-Logging Ad Protected by First Amendment: An environmental group’s anti-logging advertisement was protected by the First Amendment, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled, and the Port of Portland failed to meet the “heavy burden” necessary to prohibit the ad from being displayed at the Portland International Airport.
  16. Native Americans End Trademark Dispute With Redskins
  17. After Supreme Court Decision, People Race To Trademark Racially Offensive Words
  18. Olive Garden Asks Olive Garden Reviewer Not To Refer To Olive Garden Due To Trademarks 
  19. Man ridicules Olive Garden’s demand letter over trademark dispute: “If you are asking me to simply add TradeMark® Symbols™ I must also decline.” 
  20. Olive Garden apologizes to AllOfGarden blog, offers $50 gift card: “We’ve reached resolution / I received absolution.”
  21. San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con
  22. Microsoft’s secret weapon in ongoing struggle against Fancy Bear? Trademark law: “Redirecting…Strontium domains will directly disrupt current Strontium infrastructure.”
  23. Why are celebrities trade marking their children’s names?
  24. Two Dead on a Tom Cruise Movie Shoot: A Plane Crash in Colombia, Lawsuits and a Survivor Speaks Out
  25. Moneyball for Dead Celebs: This $5 Billion Business Sells Elvis and Michael Jackson – Authentic Brands, which also owns Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe, values dead celebs on their social media presence and the spending power of their fans.
  26. Dave Chappelle On Comedy And Politics In The Age Of President Trump
  27. The TV That Created Donald Trump: Rewatching “The Apprentice,” the show that made his Presidency possible.
  28. Rock on! Hand gestures as trade marks
  29. The Life of a Song: ‘Ice Ice Baby’: The problems started with the single’s huge success (it was rap’s first Billboard number one)
  30. Wonder Woman Passes Guardians Vol. 2 To Become Summer 2017’s Highest-Grossing Movie At Domestic Box Office
  31. We Live In The Peak TV World ‘Mad Men’ Created Ten Years Ago
  32. How “Game Of Thrones” Feeds Its Own Thinkpiece Industry: In the era of peak TV, the thinkpiece as a tool to keep us watching has never been more effective.
  33. MTV Isn’t What It Used To Be: MTV used to be closely in tune with youth culture, creating cultural phenomena instead of merely covering them. Now, it looks like they’re just trying to catch up.
  34. A Balancing Act: Fair Use and Creative Content
  35. Courtesy Paratexts: Informal Publishing Norms and the Copyright Vacuum in Nineteenth-Century America (Robert Spoo)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. $89 Billion AT&T, Time Warner Merger Approval Looking Likely Despite Trump Pledge To Block Deal
  2. Has Trump Turned CNN Into A House Of Existential Dread?: After relentless attacks from Trump and his allies, a series of journalistic problems, and in the shadow of a possible merger, the network’s C.E.O., Jeff Zucker, is feeling the heat. “I think there’s a real chance that Zucker is being forced out,” said one employee. “That’s going to blow up this organization like nothing in the history of CNN.”
  3. Break up the cable monopolies? Democrats propose new competition laws: Democrats’ plan would “break up big companies if they’re hurting consumers.”
  4. FCC has no documentation of DDoS attack that hit net neutrality comments: Records request denied because FCC made no “written documentation” of attack.
  5. FCC Won’t Release Data To Support Its Claim A DDOS Attack, Not John Oliver, Brought Down The Agency’s Website
  6. The FCC Is Full of S–t
  7. Senator Wyden Argues FCC Is Either Incompetent Or Lying About Alleged DDoS Attack
  8. Senator blasts FCC for refusing to provide DDoS analysis: FCC is either too secretive or is unprepared for future attacks, senator says.
  9. Why Net Neutrality Matters Even In The Age Of Oligopoly
  10. FCC Chair Ajit Pai Can’t Come Up With a Single Plausible Reason Not to Screw Up the Entire US Internet
  11. Democrat asks FCC chair if anything can stop net neutrality rollback: Ajit Pai ignoring evidence that net neutrality helps businesses, lawmaker says.
  12. Lawsuit seeks Ajit Pai’s net neutrality talks with Internet providers: FCC accused of not complying with FoIA request for Pai’s talks with ISPs.
  13. Net neutrality faceoff: Congress summons ISPs and websites to hearing – Lawmaker schedules hearing with goal of replacing FCC’s net neutrality rules.
  14. FTC Staff Supports FCC’s Proposal to Reverse Broadband Enforcement Authority 
  15. Senator Doesn’t Buy FCC Justification For Killing Popular Net Neutrality Protections
  16. Verizon accused of throttling Netflix and YouTube, admits to “video optimization”: Verizon claims mobile video experience not affected; some customers disagree.
  17. Verizon Now Says That Throttling Video Is Totally Cool
  18. Verizon accused of violating net neutrality rules by throttling video: FCC has no comment on petition to investigate Verizon slowing video to 10Mbps.
  19. Verizon Says It Was Totally Just Testing How to Throttle Video
  20. Lawsuits Pile Up For CenturyLink After Years Of Bogus Fees, Fraudulent Billing
  21. Commissioner O’Rielly Again Targets Pirate Broadcasters and Their Supporters to Walk the Enforcement Plank 
  22. A short history of the right-wing politics of Sinclair Broadcasting
  23. The Sinclair Revolution Will Be Televised. It’ll Just Have Low Production Values: Small-time management is getting in the way of big ideas at the conservative broadcaster.
  24. When everything else fails, amateur radio will still be there—and thriving: Ham is now a full-fat fabric that can provide Internet access. Why aren’t you using it?
  25. The State of Traditional TV: Updated With Q1 2017 Data

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. NAFTA talks: U.S. proposal for cross-border data storage at odds with B.C., N.S. law: U.S. challenging provincial privacy rules that require personal information to be stored on domestic servers
  2. Calls grow for Canada to modernize privacy laws amid EU changes
  3. 66 Of Donald Trump’s Pre-Presidential YouTube Videos Have Been Made Private
  4. Moscow’s cyber-defense: How the Russian government plans to protect the country from the coming cyberwar
  5. Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources
  6. As Cyberattacks Destabilize The World, The State Department Turns A Blind Eye
  7. NZ judge: Our spies surveilled Kim Dotcom for 2 months longer than admitted – “The US extradition case is dying. And someone is going to pay for this mess.”
  8. Surveillance Used To Give Poor Students Extra Financial Assistance Discreetly. Is That OK?
  9. All Quiet On The Tech Front As The Clock Ticks Down On Section 702 Renewal
  10. The failure of police body cameras: Video was supposed to help hold police accountable. But it hasn’t lived up to much of the hype.
  11. Ashley Madison Class Accord Raises Question: How Do You Find Claimants Who Don’t Want to Be Found?
  12. Politician Uses Bad Cyberharassment Law To Shut Down Critic; Critic Hoping To Have Law Struck Down
  13. Court Rejects Cell Site RF Signal Map In Murder Trial Because It’s Evidence Of Nothing
  14. Scientists are now using Wi-Fi to read human emotions
  15. How Smart Devices Could Violate Your Privacy: With everything from speakers to water meters sending information to the cloud, a murder trial is testing the boundaries of privacy at home
  16. Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All Of Them
  17. Seeing Like a Network: Don’t call it threat modeling

Jon

News of the Week; July 19, 2017

GAMES

  1. Tackling mobile’s “game cloning” issue: Riot Games is trying to prevent League of Legends being ripped off by a cloning outfit, but is there more that store operators could do to protect creators?
  2. Moonton Responds To Copyright Infringement Suit From Riot Games By Threatening The Press With Lawsuits
  3. Pixelmon Minecraft mod shut down: The Pokémon Company’s intervention signals the end for the popular mod
  4. Copyright dispute sees River City Ransom: Underground temporarily pulled from Steam – Composer Alex Mauer claims Conatus Creative used her music without permission, Conatus say Mauer claims are false
  5. RCR: Underground changes soundtrack to avoid “false” DMCA takedown – “Being legally right is only half the story,” developer says of “wrongful claim.”
  6. Capcom Manually DMCAs English Translation Of Ace Attorney Game Not Available In English
  7. Zynga apologizes for random DLC pricing experiment: Publisher charged players between $5 and $35 for Fast and the Furious tie-in car in CSR Racing 2
  8. Struck by scammers, Itch.io eyes stronger safeguards for devs
  9. Itch.io changes policy in wake of pirated games scam: Open marketplace adapts after users report ersatz indie games being sold in store
  10. Oculus and Marvel Announce New Rift Co-op Title ‘Powers United VR’
  11. Oculus moving on from investing in smaller VR projects: VR market can now support small and mid-sized teams, Oculus now prefers multi-million dollar investments
  12. Disney targets virtual and augmented reality with Marvel, Star Wars games: Entertainment behemoth partners with Lenovo to create its own headset
  13. Rift Sale Eases Buyer’s #1 Concern, But All-in Cost Still Hinders Mainstream Traction
  14. VR criticism “a little unfair” – Fargo
  15. Mel Slater’s Theory of VR Presence vs an Elemental Theory of Presence
  16. Swery: There’s no guarantee any game will sell in Japan
  17. Mario Kart becomes the first Nintendo property to come to VR: …but you’ll have to go to a Japanese arcade to play it for now.
  18. Splatoon 2 redeems the most clever online shooter series in years: We have a lot to say about Nintendo finally getting an online game (mostly) right.
  19. Crash Bandicoot remaster cut corners on the freaking jump button: Frank admission from developer seems to imply that it won’t be fixed.
  20. Overwatch League faces uphill battle to profitability – Pachter: Wedbush analyst cites spectator unfriendliness, reliance on Twitch among factors that could hamper Activision Blizzard’s esports efforts
  21. Patriots, Mets and NetEase among first Overwatch League team owners: Five of the seven teams will be in the US, as well as one in Seoul and one in Shanghai
  22. Esports College Course Offered Since ‘People Learn Best When At Play’
  23. Games software/hardware over $150B in 2017, $200B by 2021, record $2.8B invested
  24. Games business worth $200 billion by 2021 – Digi-Capital: Firm says this year will see hardware and software drive $150 billion in revenues, but it’s become a “two speed market”
  25. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds tops GTA V on concurrent Steam users: PUBG is now fourth on the list of highest concurrent player numbers, right behind Fallout 4
  26. Battlegrounds Streamer’s Suspension Provokes Candid Explanation From PlayerUnknown
  27. ESPN Makes Street Fighter Player Change Character’s Thong Due to ‘Broadcast Standards’
  28. Playdemic’s Golf Clash generates $1.1m in a single day: Studio aims to reap revenues of over $100m by the end of the year
  29. Ubisoft’s sales are more than 80% digital: No new major releases in Q1, but overall sales still climbed 45% for the French publisher
  30. Ubisoft thanks player engagement for growth during an otherwise quiet Q1
  31. Highmark raises $2m for games that battle brain disease: Canadian start-up’s oversubscribed seed round attracts investors, studio also names new CFO
  32. The state of Mac gaming: WWDC 2017 gave onlookers new hope (Metal 2!), but Mac gaming still lags despite growth.
  33. Ataribox retro mini-console plays current and classic games: Atari follows in footsteps of Nintendo’s NES Mini and SNES Mini—but with a twist.
  34. Ataribox will be similar to NES Classic: There will be a focus on delivering classic Atari content, but unlike Nintendo, new content will be offered as well
  35. New Atari Console Will Bring “Current Gaming Content” As Well As Classic Titles: “Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.”
  36. As UK retailer GAME struggles, Sports Direct snaps up 26% stake
  37. Sports Direct buys large stake in struggling GAME: Retail billionaire Mike Ashley takes almost 26% in the retailer
  38. Why does Sports Direct want GAME?: The retail giant now owns almost 26% of the UK High Street chain
  39. Early game dev Carol Shaw donates dev docs to Women in Games exhibit
  40. Highmark Interactive nets $2M to create games that fight brain disease
  41. Netflix’s Castlevania Is The Future Of Videogame Adaptations
  42. How an indie game became the star of a Nine Inch Nails music video
  43. Doom’s cover art had one secret – and John Romero just spilled it: Co-creator John Romero’s random trivia reveal spoils a Bethesda season-pass giveaway.
  44. “Games are the largest provider of critical thinking education in the world”: Improbable’s Oliver Lewis and Nick Button-Brown want to unlock the potential of games as an antidote for “fake news, bias and extremism”
  45. Rez’s Mizuguchi: Now ‘it’s possible, genuinely, to movepeople’ with games – “A long time ago there were no colors, just dots on a screen, bleep sounds. Now, we can express so much more, combining so many elements, and it’s possible, genuinely, to move people.”

DIGITAL

  1. NAFTA Intellectual Property Talks Should Be Wary of Big Data Impacts: Expanding intellectual property protection may stifle innovation and harm the public interest (Teresa Scassa)
  2. My NAFTA Consultation Comments: Promoting Canadian Interests in the IP and E-commerce Chapters (Michael Geist)
  3. Russian man who helped create notorious malware sentenced to 5 years: –  DOJ: Citadel led to $500 million in losses for banks.
  4. Vladimir Putin Cut From Two Upcoming Hollywood Movies
  5. When Do Review Websites Commit Extortion?–Icon Health v. ConsumerAffairs (Eric Goldman)
  6. Creators Who Lost Revenue During “Adpocalypse” Seek Class Action Lawsuit Against YouTube
  7. Jake Paul’s Neighbors Hate Him And Are Considering A Class Action Lawsuit
  8. American YouTuber ‘My Mate Nate’ In Legal Trouble For Thailand Railroad Stunt
  9. Lilly Singh Named First UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador From The Digital Space
  10. Daenerys Targaryen Is The Most Popular ‘Game Of Thrones’ Character…On YouTube
  11. Google responds to academic funding controversy – with a GIF
  12. Correction to an article on Google’s academic influence
  13. The Ethics of Funded Research & the Ethics of Whistleblowing
  14. How (Not) to Buy an Academic
  15. All Out Of Ideas, Legacy News Providers Ask US Gov’t For The Right To Collude Against Google & Facebook
  16. Google Glass is Back, Glass ‘Enterprise Edition’ Unveiled
  17. Google Glass 2.0 Is A Startling Second Act
  18. Google’s New Feeds Show You The Internet You Want To See
  19. Korean defectors show locations of mass graves using Google Earth: NGO creates maps to guide future investigation of crimes against humanity.
  20. Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil: While trying to hammer a medical blogger, Goop nails the best ways to sell BS.
  21. 70-Year-Old ‘Grandma’ Is Making Serious Waves Within South Korea’s YouTube Scene
  22. Insights: In An Escher-esque Turn Of Events, Newspapers Need Antitrust Exemption To Deal With Google’s Antitrust Power
  23. The Biggest Dark Web Takedown Yet Sends Black Markets Reeling
  24. Two judges smack down notorious patent holder “Shipping and Transit” in one week: More than 300 lawsuits, more than 800 payouts, but not one decision on the merits.
  25. EFF has appealed the W3C’s decision to make DRM for the web without protections
  26. Germany Obliges Social Media Companies to Delete Hate Speech
  27. Nearly 90,000 Sex Bots Invaded Twitter in ‘One of the Largest Malicious Campaigns Ever Recorded on a Social Network’
  28. Twitter’s Never Going To Ban Donald Trump
  29. Trump’s Policies Are Sending Precious Startup Jobs To Canada
  30. As a Guru, Ayn Rand May Have Limits. Ask Travis Kalanick.
  31. VC Firms Promise To Stamp Out Sexual Harassment. Sounds Familiar
  32. 22,000 People Agree to Clean Toilets for WiFi Because They Didn’t Read the Terms
  33. Even Teenagers Are Creeped Out by Snapchat’s New Map Feature
  34. Snapchat Teams Up With Formula 1 for Grand Prix Stories
  35. Formula 1 Shares ‘Great Moment’ With Snap Inc. To Attract Millennials 
  36. Watch a Woman Destroy $200,000 Worth of Art While Taking a Selfie
    Asia’s Online Video Market to Hit $46 Billion by 2022, Dwarfing Theatrical 
  37. Netflix surges to record high as company adds non-US subscribers: There are now more people streaming Netflix outside the US than domestically.
  38. Netflix Blasts Past Expectations By Adding 5.2 Million New Subscribers In Second Quarter Of 2017
  39. Netflix Content Assets Valued at $11 Billion — More Than Time Warner, Viacom, Discovery, AMC
  40. Safeguarding Safe Harbors
  41. Focus: Social media evidence plays important role in litigation
  42. The First Alexa Phone Gets Amazon Even Closer To Total Domination
  43. Amazon Bursts Blue Apron’s Bubble, As The Market Checks Tech’s Hype
  44. At This Point, Amazon Can Crush a Company Just By Filing for a Trademark
  45. Pressure mounting for US government to examine Amazon-Whole Foods accord: On campaign trail, Donald Trump said Amazon had “a huge antitrust problem.”
  46. Chatbot lawyer, which contested £7.2M in parking tickets, now offers legal help for 1,000+ topics: DoNotPay has expanded to cover the UK and all 50 US states. Free legal help for everyone!
  47. A Son’s Race To Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality
  48. Elon Musk’s Freak-Out Over Killer Robots Distracts From Our Real AI Problems
  49. Pocket brains: Neuromorphic hardware arrives for our brain-inspired algorithms – IBM’s TrueNorth helps usher in design that could again get around Moore’s Law limits.
  50. Blockchain for the humanitarian sector 
  51. The Curious Comeback Of The Dreaded QR Code
  52. Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineer’s basement: Plus hundreds of mystery tapes from Pioneer and Helios probe missions.
  53. #engage it’s time for judges to tweet, like, & share

CREATIVITY

  1. Federal Court finds University’s Fair Dealing Guidelines Are Not So Fair. When is Fair Foul, and Foul Fair?
  2. Access Copyright v. York U – And All Eyes Over to York U for What’s Next
  3. Ignoring the Supreme Court: Federal Court Judge Hands Access Copyright Fair Dealing Victory (Michael Geist)
  4. Donald Graham’s Copyright Infringement Suit against Richard Prince Allowed to Go Forward 
  5. Canadian Rapper Sends Rap Video Cease & Desist Letter To Coca Cola For ‘Jacking’ His Catchphrase
  6. Copyright Madness: Blurred Lines Mess Means Artists Now Afraid To Name Their Inspirations
  7. Latest EU Parliament Votes On Copyright: Give Big Corporations More Copyright
  8. Animal rights? Monkey selfie case may undo evolution of the Internet – Analysis: PETA’s quest for animals to own property is no laughing matter.
  9. Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’ – David Slater has been fighting for years over who has the copyright to photos taken by monkeys using his camera, and says he’s struggling as a result
  10. George Romero, Zombies… And The Public Domain
  11. How the Guy Who Played Jar Jar Binks Survived the Fandom Menace
  12. No One Looks Good in the Ugly Drama Surrounding Kermit the Frog’s Firing 
  13. Freedom of panorama in Italy: does it exist? (Eleonora Rosati)
  14. 1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 1 – Trademarks, Keyword Ads (Eric Goldman)
  15. 1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 4 – Copyright, Patent, More (Eric Goldman) 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Government to name industry veteran Ian Scott as new head of the CRTC: The government will name Ian Scott as chairman and Caroline Simard as vice-chair of broadcasting
  2. White House gives thumbs up to overturning net neutrality rules: Congress should replace the FCC’s Title II rules, Trump spokesperson says.
  3. FCC refuses to release text of more than 40,000 net neutrality complaints: Ajit Pai says there’s no net neutrality problem—but keeps complaints under wraps.
  4. Ajit Pai not concerned about number of pro-net neutrality comments: Two million new pro-net neutrality comments claimed by “Day of Action” organizers.
  5. Senator Wyden To FCC Chair Pai: Hey, Stop Lying About What I Said To Undermine Net Neutrality
  6. Our Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC: We Changed Our Mind, You Can Too
  7. Comcast says net neutrality supporters “create hysteria”: Comcast, Verizon, and CenturyLink counter pro-net neutrality “Day of Action.”
  8. Comcast accuses net neutrality advocates of not “living in the real world”: Anyone who denies harm from Title II rules is denying reality, Comcast says.
  9. Comcast: We Must Kill Net Neutrality To Help The Sick And Disabled
  10. A Comcast billing nightmare affects woman caring for her sick father: “People with sick or dying family members should never have to go through this.”
  11. Comcast/NBC Caught Intentionally Misspelling Show Names To Help Hide Sagging Nielsen Ratings
  12. Charter Spectrum ‘Competes’ With New $20 Streaming TV Service Featuring $6 In Entirely Bogus Fees
  13. Openreach faces regulatory action if BT split fails to spur broadband market: Decent speeds and right service to meet consumer needs are on Ofcom’s list of demands.
  14. Sixth Circuit Blocks ‘Junk Fax’ Class Action Under Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  15. Any Changes to Radio Station Ownership Cap Rule Likely to Come from Courts, Not Congress
  16. EFF Highlights How ISPs Are Lying To Californians To Try And Kill New Broadband Privacy Protections

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Appeals court OKs secrecy of FBI national security data requests: Targets of NSLs can’t challenge them because ISPs can’t tell the target about them.
  2. Appeals Court Agrees Government Can Tell NSL Recipients To STFU Indefinitely
  3. Ashley Madison Parent Company to Pay $11.2 Million to Data Breach ‘Victims’
  4. Lawyers score big in settlement for Ashley Madison cheating site data breach: Members who paid $19 for their data to be deleted (it wasn’t) might get a refund.
  5. French court refers ‘right to be forgotten’ dispute to top EU court
  6. Facebook Persistent Tracking Lawsuit Crashes Again
  7. Security experts from Google, Facebook, Crowdstrike want to save US elections: “Defending Digital Democracy” will “generate innovative ideas” to safeguard democracy.
  8. Hack Brief: A Myspace Security Flaw Let Anyone Take Over Any Account, No Biggie
  9. Private Data Of 6 Million Verizon Users Left Openly Accessible On The Internet
  10. Indian ISPs Continue Futile Effort To Prevent Subscribers From Using Decent Encryption
  11. Privacy International Sues US Government Over Denied Access To Five Eyes Surveillance Agreements
  12. Government Lawyers Hoping To Keep Leaker’s Lawyers From Talking About Leaked Documents
  13. US border agents: We won’t search data “located solely on remote servers” – What does that mean in practice? CBP isn’t saying for now.
  14. White House voter commission publishes names, numbers of worried citizens: Vice president’s spokesman dismisses concerns: “These are public comments.”
  15. Trump’s Pick For FBI Head Sounds A Lot Like The Guy He Fired When It Comes To Encryption
  16. Prime Minister Says the Laws of Australia Can Beat the Laws of Math
  17. Biometrics catches violent fugitive 25 years on the run: Like it or not, facial-recognition tech has become an everyday part of society.
  18. DHS Goes Biometric, Says Travelers Can Opt Out Of Face Scans By Not Traveling
  19. DHS Confirms There Will Be More And Greater Intrusiveness During Border Searches
  20. New Zealand Airports Customs Officials Performing ‘Digital Strip Searches’ Of Travelers’ Electronics
  21. Not for the first time, Microsoft’s fonts have caught out forgers: If you’re going to pretend a document is from 2006, you should use Times New Roman.
  22. From Sans Serif To Sans Sharif: #Fontgate Leads To Calls For Pakistan’s Prime Minister To Resign
  23. Congresswoman’s iPhone contained nude images, and an aide put them online: Staffer allegedly accessed images while taking lawmaker’s phone in for repair.
  24. California Vote on Internet Privacy Could Have Big Impact on Other States: State law would limit how internet service providers can use customers’ data
  25. Apple’s Privacy Pledge Complicates Its AI Push
  26. An Amazon Echo Can’t Call The Police—But Maybe It Should
  27. IBM’s Plan To Encrypt Unthinkable Amounts Of Sensitive Data
  28. Reputation Matters: Court of Appeal prohibits Reuters from publishing commercially confidential information – The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Reuters against an injunction granted by the High Court to hedge fund Brevan Howard, which prohibited Reuters from publishing certain commercially confidential information.
  29. 1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 2 – Privacy, Security (Eric Goldman)
  30. Averting Robot Eyes (Margot E. Kaminski, Matthew Rueben, William Smart, Cindy Grimm)

Jon

News of the Week; July 12, 2017

GAMES

  1. Singer Suing Bethesda Over Use Of His Music In “Repugnant” Fallout 4 Commercial: The musician finds the ads to be “repugnant and morally indefensible.”
  2. Riot files suit against alleged League of Legends mobile clone maker
  3. Riot Games suing Chinese developer behind League of Legends clone: Lawsuit is reportedly the third time Shanghai Moonton has infringed Riot’s IP
  4. Making game development global again: Meet the Syrian and Iranian developers making an opportunity of Donald Trump’s travel ban – with a little help from Unity
  5. Still under threat of Vivendi takeover, Ubisoft aims to expand its board
  6. Most of Japan’s top-selling 2017 games are on Nintendo platforms
  7. Nintendo rules out move into PC publishing: Mobile push was made to help expand the console business, president Tatsumi Kimishima said
  8. Nintendo first-party line-up designed to inspire third-party studios: Company says Zelda, Mario Kart 8, Arms and Mario Odyssey show developers what is possible on Switch
  9. How Nintendo is using first-party Switch games to inspire third-party devs: “It was important to have these three very different [launch games] to be able to transmit to the people the originality of the console.”
  10. Nintendo could have supported Super FX long before the SNES Classic: Despite rumors, Nintendo always had the rights to the chip’s architecture.
  11. Bootleg NES Classics flood market to fill demand that Nintendo won’t: Convincing fakes differ from the real thing only in small details.
  12. Where are all the Nintendo Switch game ports?: Despite healthy hardware sales, plenty of big-name games aren’t making the switch.
  13. What developers are saying about the design of Nintendo’s Arms
  14. Nintendo Switch finally has a streaming video app, and it works—kind of: Comes from Japan’s popular Niconico video service, but it works in any region.
  15. Players appreciate variety over high performance, argues Miyamoto
  16. Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app launching July 21
  17. How Many Times Has Mario Died? Announcing A Wired Investigation
  18. Ark: Survival Evolved price increase is “outrageous”, says DayZ creator – RocketWerkz CEO Dean Hall believes Ark is “nowhere near” stable enough for $60 Early Access price and retail release
  19. Amazon acquires cloud service provider GameSparks – report: Back-end service provider is now part of Amazon Web Services
  20. Pokémon Go and Plymouth: How games are impacting urban design – Pokémon Go has created a new breed of conscientious urban wanderer; developers and town planners take heed!
  21. How Pokémon Go has transformed the brand: The mobile game may be past its peak, but its impact is permanent
  22. Bandai Namco signs publishing deal with Duelyst dev Counterplay
  23. Sega embraces “grassroots” games-as-a-service: John Clark details organic approach led by studios, focused on communities, and applied to everything from recurring revenue to PC ports
  24. Former Sega America boss says lack of company support killed the Dreamcast: “[The Dreamcast] was so successful at launch … but the company was just not putting money behind it. We had bankers running it.”
  25. PS4 games added to PlayStation Now streaming library
  26. PlayStation Now updated with PS4 game support—and a hint at its future: Ars tests newer games on streaming service, notices some interesting categorization.
  27. Playstation’s VR Gun Is a Deeply Satisfying New Way to Slaughter Aliens
  28. ‘Fantastic Contraption’ Gets PSVR Release Date & Price – Exclusive Levels, Native 120 FPS Rendering
  29. Google Blocks, The Company’s Newest VR Play, Is All About Stuff, Man
  30. Oculus cuts Rift price for second time this year, now $399 with Touch: Unexpected price slashing raises questions about hardware’s costs, sales, future.
  31. Oculus’ Jason Rubin: Exclusivity deals won’t stop VR game dev from growing: “I stole a lot from Donkey Kong Country when I made Crash Bandicoot. Insomniac stole a lot from Crash Bandicoot when they made Ratchet & Clank. Including our crates.”
  32. Is high-end VR a dead end? The Rift, Vive, and PSVR could fall short of success on their own while still securing a brighter future for VR
  33. “So what the hell is Magic Leap doing?”: At the Develop conference today, Graeme Devine described the pitching process that helped Magic Leap discover the true nature of mixed reality content
  34. Why Valve’s new SteamVR Knuckles are important for VR
  35. Steam Greenlight vs. Steam Direct: What indies need to know
  36. Valve dismisses Steam Direct concern: Alden Krol says “a bunch of low effort, low quality games” aren’t hurting better titles, details changes for discoverability, curators
  37. Two years in, Steam is Rocket League’s least popular platform
  38. Valve bans over 40,000 Steam accounts as summer sale entices cheaters: Largest mass banning of accounts in the digital platform’s history
  39. How One Game Developer Views Steam’s Refund Policy As A Boon In The Face Of Over $4 Million In Refunds
  40. Game names are getting shorter over time, and other Steam fun facts
  41. Netflix for indie games: How Jump aims to help devs beat discoverability issues
  42. Halo backward-compat news may spell death knell for Master Chief Collection: Every Xbox 360 Halo game will soon work on Xbox One, but why the MCC silence?
  43. The Sleeper Autistic Hero Transforming Video Games
  44. University of California Irvine will soon offer Overwatch scholarships
  45. University of California to add Overwatch scholarship: UC Irvine introduced a League of Legends scholarship last year
  46. DOTA 2 breaks eSports prize pool record again: Over $20.75 million at stake as Valve’s seventh The International tournament surpasses last year’s total with almost a month left to raise more funds
  47. Athletics, eSports, and tech leaders buy in as Overwatch League names inaugural teams
  48. Patriots’ Robert Kraft, Mets’ Jeff Wilpon Buy Into Overwatch League
  49. Gree calls time on Western operations as focus shifts to Japan
  50. Report: 50 laid off as Gree shutters Melbourne studio
  51. Netflix’s Castlevania Turns the Video Game Series Into a Bloody Great TV Show
  52. Minecraft: Education Editionheads up 2017 Games for Change finalists
  53. Castlevania on Netflix falls one whip short of a good crack: A few quality bits, but bizarre game conversion is somehow too short and too long.
  54. Could there be a speculative script industry for narrative games?: Falmouth University lecturer and games writer Hannah Wood ponders whether writing can be done upfront for story-driven games
  55. Video: Lessons learned from citizen science efforts in EVE Online
  56. Study: Lumosity boosts brain function as much as normal video games – by 0% – But taking cognitive tests repeatedly makes you better at taking cognitive tests.
  57. What Killed the MMOG?
  58. 15 Years Later, Here’s Why A Gamer Was Duct-Taped To A Ceiling

DIGITAL

  1. Over many objections, W3C approves DRM for HTML5: Contentious feature is added, without mandate to protect security researchers.
  2. Global Web standard for integrating DRM into browsers hits a snag – EFF: Protections needed to “engage in lawful activity that DRM gets in the way of.”
  3. Tim Berners-Lee Sells Out His Creation: Officially Supports DRM In HTML
  4. EFF Officially Appeals Tim Berners-Lee Decision On DRM In HTML
  5. People Would Pay A Hell Of A Lot More If DRM Were Gone
  6. Head of Mt Gox bitcoin exchange on trial for embezzlement and loss of millions: Mark Karpelès faces up to five years in jail as Japanese authorities press charges in bankruptcy case that lost 850,000 bitcoins and $28m of user money
  7. Vizio sues Chinese tech giant LeEco over failed merger
  8. Vizio sues LeEco in the wake of their failed $2 billion deal: It filed two lawsuits seeking $110 million in damages.
  9. Vizio’s Tolerance for LeEco’s B.S. Has Come to an End
  10. Court Refuses to Dismiss Photojournalist’s Complaint Against Clothing Company for DMCA Violation 
  11. Court Says DMCA Safe Harbors Disappear Once Infringing Images Are Printed On Physical Items
  12. Here’s the brutal reality of online hate: Death threats. Mutilated animals. Damnation. The victims of online hatred share their experiences.
  13. Why Protecting The Free Press Requires Protecting Trump’s Tweets
  14. The Great Firewall Of China Grows Stronger As China Forces App Stores To Remove VPNs
  15. China’s Surveillance Plans Include 600 Million CCTV Cameras Nationwide, And Pervasive Facial Recognition
  16. China Bans Online Videos Showing Homosexuality And Activists & Communist Youth League Are Outraged
  17. Yelp, Twitter and Facebook Aren’t State Actors–Quigley v. Yelp (Eric Goldman)
  18. News industry decries Facebook’s “digital duopoly,” wants government help: Newspapers “forced to surrender their content” want to team up and negotiate.
  19. Free Speech Fans Sue Donald Trump for Blocking Them on Twitter
  20. Twitter users blocked by Trump sue, claim @realDonaldTrump is public forum: Lawsuit adopts a unique constitutional theory about social media rights.
  21. Social media driving risky behaviour in Lynn Canyon, North Shore mountains 
  22. Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Order for Google to Block Search Results Globally
  23. No, The Canadian Supreme Court Did Not Ruin the Internet
  24. Court Won’t Let Patent Troll Dismiss Its Way Out Of A Lawsuit, Orders It To Pay Legal Fees
  25. Study: Dutch Piracy Rates In Free Fall Due Mostly To The Availability Of Legal Alternatives
  26. Pirate Bay Re-enters List of 100 Most Popular Sites on the Internet 
  27. There Is An Easy Answer To Whether Machines Should Get Copyright Rights And It Comes Down To Copyright’s Purpose
  28. Could a Robot Be President?: Yes, it sounds nuts. But some techno-optimists really believe a computer could make better decisions for the country—without the drama and shortsightedness we accept from our human leaders.
  29. Waymo drops most of its patent case against Uber: Judge questioned whether Waymo’s patent case is “worth the salt.”
  30. Waymo v. Uber: Alphabet CEO Larry Page will be deposed – Also, Uber’s attempt to get documents from competitor Lyft gets squashed.
  31. Responding to the “Campaign for Accountability” report on academic research
  32. Setting the record straight on WSJ Google “Paying Professors” Article
  33. You should be outraged at Google’s anti-competitive behavior
  34. There Are Only a Few Possibilities for the Future of News
  35. Press Association wins Google grant to run news service written by computers: News agency gets €706,000 to use AI for creation of up to 30,000 local stories a month in partnership with Urbs Media
  36. A Blueprint For Coexistence With Artificial Intelligence
  37. Latest experiments reveal AI is still terrible at naming paint colors: Or maybe Janelle Shane’s neural network is secretly making fun of humanity?
  38. Prince’s Music Videos Hit YouTube
  39. Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again is now the most-viewed YouTube video of all time
  40. Valuable Branded Posts Make Stephen Curry Top NBA Player On Social
  41. Native Advertising, Influencers, And Endorsements: Where Is the Line Between Integrated Content And Deceptively Formatted Advertising?
  42. Facebook, Snapchat could pay millions for World Cup 2018 highlight rights: Where will you watch clips from the biggest soccer tournament next year?
  43. Nothing Bums Me Out Like Scott Walker’s Instagram Feed
  44. Microsoft to Lay Off an Estimated 3,000 Employees
  45. Disney Feels The Heat As Children Lead The Cord Cutting Revolution
  46. Disney Invests in 11 Tech and Media Companies for 2017 Accelerator Program 
  47. Struggling for survival, SoundCloud closes San Francisco, London offices: Audio startup has lost over $150M from 2010 through 2015.
  48. Insights: In The Digital Future, What Do Studios Look Like (If Anything At All)?
  49. The Technology That Will Make It Impossible for You to Believe What You See: With these techniques, it’s difficult to discern between videos of real people and computerized impostors that can be programmed to say anything.
  50. Scientists Upload A Galloping Horse Gif Into Bacteria With CRISPR
  51. Online Harassment 2017: Roughly four-in-ten Americans have personally experienced online harassment, and 62% consider it a major problem. Many want technology firms to do more, but they are divided on how to balance free speech and safety issues online (Pew Research Center)

CREATIVITY

  1. York University Loses On “Mandatory” Issue And Fair Dealing (Howard Knopf)
  2. CAUT disappointed with Federal Court copyright ruling against York University
  3. Did you hear the one about a monkey suing a photographer for infringement?: “Monkey see, monkey sue is not good law.”
  4. Law banning filming Utah slaughterhouses ruled unconstitutional: “Were the law otherwise,” judge says, Utah could outlaw “creating music videos.” 
  5. The Supreme Court just totally, brilliantly fixed Canada’s long-running patent fiasco
  6. What’s Next For The Founder Of The Slants, And The Fight Over Racial Slurs 
  7. Three Questions from the Supreme Court’s Decision on “Offensive” Trademarks
  8. New York State Fails to Extend the Scope of its Right to Publicity Statute
  9. Bob Murray Demands John Oliver Be Silenced… While HBO Moves Case To Federal Court
  10. Don’t Let The Alt-Right Fool You: Journalism Isn’t Doxing
  11. The Guerrilla Journalists Defying Isis One Video At A Time
  12. House Appropriation Committee Demolishes Hollywood’s Excuses For Moving Copyright Office Out Of Library Of Congress
  13. State Department concocting “fake” intellectual property “Twitter feud”: “Our public diplomacy office is still settling on a hashtag,” State Department says.
  14. How “fake news” could get even worse
  15. Two Wangs Of Ireland Battle Over Trademarks Nobody Will Confuse
  16. Brooklyn Coffee Shop Locks Unicorn Horns With Starbucks
    The diplomatic crisis of Qatar and Gulf Cooperation Council’s IP
  17. Possibly most intense Star Wars v. Star Trek argument ever ends in arrest
  18. 20 years after ‘Contact’ came out, the rest of pop culture still hasn’t caught up
  19. Donald Trump Jr.’s Free Speech Defense: It’s as bogus as it sounds.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY 

  1. Cable TV companies can charge higher prices thanks to new court ruling: Court upholds FCC decision that said cable TV faces competition nationwide.
  2. Television Station Challenging the Denial of Public Access to an Official Court Recording
  3. Microsoft Unveils Plan To Deliver Broadband To 2 Million, NAB Immediately Craps All Over The Announcement
  4. Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband: Microsoft invests in white space networks, offers royalty-free access to patents.
  5. AT&T Claims Forced Arbitration Isn’t Forced… Because You Can Choose Not To Have Broadband
  6. Trump Hopes To Use AT&T Time Warner Merger As ‘Leverage’ Over CNN
  7. White House could use AT&T/Time Warner deal as “leverage” against CNN: AT&T seemingly on track to buy Time Warner despite Trump’s anger at CNN.
  8. If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality: Beyond no-blocking rules, Title II plays big role in overall consumer protection.
  9. Cable lobby conducts survey, finds that Americans want net neutrality: NCTA touts opposition to price caps—which don’t exist for home Internet.
  10. AT&T Pretends To Love Net Neutrality, Joins Tomorrow’s Protest With A Straight Face
  11. AT&T joins net neutrality protest—despite suing to block neutrality rules: AT&T joins net neutrality “Day of Action” but wants to overturn Title II rules.
  12. Telecom Industry Feebly Tries To Deflate Net Neutrality Protest With Its Own, Lame ‘Unlock The Net’ Think Tank Campaign
  13. Facebook, Google to join net neutrality demonstration
  14. Facebook, Google Wake Up From Their Coma On The Subject, Join Wednesday’s Massive Net Neutrality Protest
  15. How Facebook, Google, Netflix, and others supported net neutrality today: See how websites, advocacy groups, and even some ISPs defended net neutrality
  16. The Who’s Who Of Net Neutrality’s ‘Day Of Action’
  17. Day Of Action: Sen. Wyden Leads The Battle For Net Neutrality
  18. How The Internet Showed Up For Net Neutrality Today, From Reddit To Google
  19. The FCC Insists It Can’t Stop Impostors From Lying About My Views On Net Neutrality
  20. AMC To Charge Cable Customers $5 More To Avoid Advertisements
  21. Cable TV companies can charge higher prices thanks to new court ruling: Court upholds FCC decision that said cable TV faces competition nationwide.
  22. TCPA Jury Award Trebled to $61.3 Million Against Dish Network For Failure to Monitor its Telemarketing Vendor 
  23. NAB Details Radio Stations that Could be Affected by Repacking of the TV Band 
  24. Changes in FCC Rules on Third-Party Fundraising By Noncommercial Stations Effective Now – Except for the New Disclosure and Paperwork Obligations 
  25. Toward an Open and Innovative Internet: What Lies Behind Canada’s Net Neutrality Success Story (Michael Geist)
  26. Ofcom spectrum auction caps are “kick in the teeth” for consumers—Three UK: Regulator insists new airwaves rules will drive competition in mobile market.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Federal Appeals Court Rules that There is a First Amendment Right to Record the Police
  2. Third Circuit Appeals Court Establishes First Amendment Right To Record Police
  3. Judge denies DOJ effort to halt Twitter lawsuit over national security orders: Twitter wants to be able to say precisely how many secret orders it received.
  4. Judge Says Twitter Can Move Forward With First Amendment Lawsuit Over NSL Reporting Limitations
  5. Facebook Back In Court Challenging More Law Enforcement Gag Orders
  6. FBI didn’t need warrant for stingray in attempted murder case, DOJ says – Prosecutors: “signals emitted from a phone are… not by their nature private.”
  7. Your Guide To Russia’s Infrastructure Hacking Teams
  8. Kaspersky under scrutiny after Bloomberg story claims close links to FSB
  9. Wait, what? Trump proposed a joint “cyber security unit” with Russia: “It’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard, but it’s pretty close.”
  10. Trump’s Voter Data Haul Tests the Privacy of Public Records: Just because information is “publicly available” does not mean it is, or should be, widely available.
  11. Six major US airports now scan Americans’ faces when they leave country – House testimony: “It is important to note that CBP is committed to privacy.”
  12. China Uses Facial Recognition To Combat Jaywalking
  13. Apple Opens Data Center in China to Comply With Cybersecurity Law
  14. Virgin’s CCTV images of Corbyn on “ram-packed” train didn’t break data law: But firm did breach law by exposing faces of passengers travelling on same service.
  15. Former Head Of GCHQ Says Don’t Backdoor End-To-End Encryption, Attack The End Points
  16. Comcast, AT&T, WhatsApp all score low on new “Who Has Your Back?” list: EFF’s annual ratings show that the industry’s biggest names have a ways to go.
  17. Sorry, But You Need To Care About Blac Chyna And Rob Kardashian
  18. Google Home Breaks Up Domestic Dispute By Calling the Police
  19. Did an Echo Call 911 During a Domestic Assault? Amazon Says No.
  20. The Petya Plague Exposes The Threat Of Evil Software Updates
  21. I Gave Mattel My Email Address to Keep My Child Safe. They Used It to Send Me Spam.
  22. How to Protect Your Digital Self
  23. How I learned to stop worrying (mostly) and love my threat model: Reducing privacy and security risks starts with knowing what the threats really are.
  24. With Bill C-58, the federal government has left the heavy lifting on access to information reform for another day/year/government.
  25. Personal Liability Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law
  26. The Trudeau government redacted the details of its own transparency plan
  27. Whose Speech Is Chilled by Surveillance?: Women and young people are more likely to self-censor if they think they’re being monitored. (Jonathon Penney)
  28. The Hidden Force That Will Drive GDPR Privacy Compliance (Daniel Solove)
  29. ATIA reform Bill creates new relationship between Information and Privacy Commissioners over “personal information” (Teresa Scasa)

Jon

News of the Week; July 5, 2017

GAMES

  1. Tencent imposing time limits on children to allay addiction fears
  2. Tencent implements time limits to curb kids’ gaming addictions: Honour of Kings players under 12 restricted to one hour per day, two for under 18s
  3. Tencent: Honor of Kings restrictions won’t hurt game revenue – “Under 12 years old constitute a small proportion of our total user base and a smaller percentage of our paying user base”
  4. Halo-inspired fan-game gets conditional thumbs up from Microsoft: Installation 01 can continue to operate as long as it stays non-commercial.
  5. Report: Xbox One X benchmarks detail 4K capabilities: Some games hit 4K with extra GPU overhead, others struggle with higher resolution.
  6. Case study: When 2 indie devs come up with very similar concepts
  7. Indie Developer Finds Game On Torrent Site, Gives Away Free Keys Instead Of Freaking Out
  8. The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Diversity in games with Anita Sarkeesian: The Feminist Frequency founder on her Tropes series, dealing with the backlash and how developers can explore new stories
  9. 15-Year-Old’s Reaction To Winning Her First Street Fighter V Tournament Is Everything
  10. Activision Blizzard: Overwatch League is the most ambitious in eSports history – At Gamelab, MLG founder Mike Sepso opened up about the Overwatch League – “this will be a core part of the future of the eSports business”
  11. Nickelodeon invests in amateur eSports outfit Super League Gaming
  12. Nickelodeon enters esports as part of $15m funding round for Super League Gaming: SLG total now at $28m, other investors include DMG Entertainment and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik
  13. Layoffs as ESL restructures: Jobs lost as world’s largest esports organisation “realigns resources”
  14. Valve to axe Dota 2 Majors in favour of third-party tournaments: The road to The International 2018 will be handled by third-party tournaments, selected by Valve
  15. Bioware Shoots Down Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC Cancellation Rumors, But No Single-Player DLC Reportedly Planned
  16. The Nintendo Switch and the Long Game
  17. UK retailer GAME issues profit warning as Switch shortage hits hard
  18. How Super Mario Run’s lackluster sales are changing Nintendo’s mobile strategy
  19. The game has changed for Nintendo on mobile: Last year smartphones were set to be Nintendo’s saviour; with the successful launch of Switch the calculus has changed
  20. Nintendo dismisses idea of entering resurgent PC market
  21. Nintendo Switch arrests Japanese console market decline: Mario Kart 8 was the best-selling Switch game in H12017, beating Zelda despite much later release date
  22. Super Mario Odyssey will never be ‘Game Over’, according to devs
  23. Japanese console market grows for the first time in three years
  24. Amazon UK retroactively imposes one-per-customer SNES Mini limit: Customers who pre-ordered multiple devices have had their orders reduced
  25. Play Game Boy cartridges on your smartphone with this £60 accessory: Adds the physical buttons, too.
  26. Pokemon Go surpasses $1.2 billion in revenue
  27. Pokémon Go still has millions of players after one year: Millions of Pokémon Go players get big gym, pokécoin, raid boss update for first anniversary.
  28. A year in, millions still play Pokémon Go(and will likely attend its festival): Punctuating a wild 12 months, Niantic releases a big gym overhaul patch.
  29. Ubisoft wishes Watch Dogs 2 players a terrible Fourth of July: Single-player mode had been slapped with loud surround-sound noise, until update.
  30. GAME issues profit warning as Switch stock dries up: But retailer expects to see growth in the software markets over the following financial year
  31. China extends lead as the world’s biggest video game market
  32. Chinese games market is the world’s biggest at $25.6bn: Expected to grow to $29bn by the end of 2017, currently represents 25% of the global market
  33. Sony Pulls “World’s Fastest Platinum Trophy” Game From PSN
  34. ‘The economics are really tough’ for console exclusives, says former Sony exec
  35. Brexit Britain: League of Legends in-game currency gets UK price hike
  36. Brexit prompts League of Legends price hike: Riot Games increasing the cost of virtual currency by 20% from July 25th
  37. Zynga Founder Launches New Political Project And It’s Getting Criticized
  38. For indie devs, the Vita’s niche audience is what makes it a viable platform: “Any time you have a system that gets kind of neglected by its parent company, you find this hardcore passionate fanbase ready to support anything that’s coming out for it.”
  39. Without code from the original, Blizzard had to build StarCraft: Remastered from scratch
  40. StarCraft Remastered devs unveil price, explain how much is being rebuilt: Dev team admits losing old code and assets, needing to “eyeball everything.”
  41. Razer files for IPO in Hong Kong: Peripherals company to pursue ambitious expansion plans by going public, expects to raise a reported $600 million
  42. Video game distributors prepare for digital future: Alliance rebrands and moves into digital publishing – “We believe consumers will access all software digitally,” CEO Jay Gelman says
  43. “Gamers are part of our creative process” – Activision’s Eric Hirshberg: The Activision CEO on rescuing Call of Duty, re-launching Destiny and what comes next for Skylanders
  44. Survey: 77% of devs believe AR/MR will be more popular than VR, long-term
  45. Of Course There’s A Reason Why Tekken 7’s Android Has Breast Physics
  46. A programmer turned Wikipedia into a classic text adventure: Developer turned a novel-generation project into an interactive Infocom tribute.
  47. The Worst E3 Ever?: 10 Years Ago This Month: ESA nukes its annual showcase just as the industry reaches its peak, and the Red Ring of Death ushers in the Mattrick era at Xbox

DIGITAL

  1. Federal Court of Appeal Deals Music Labels Major Defeat By Upholding Tariff 8 Internet Streaming Decision (Michael Geist)
  2. The Battle Over Tariff 8: What the Recording Industry Isn’t Saying About Canada’s Internet Streaming Royalties (Michael Geist)
  3. Court vacates apparent fake-defendant libel takedown order in Patel v. Chan
  4. State Dept. Enlists Hollywood And Its Friends To Start A Fake Twitter Fight Over Intellectual Property
  5. Rob Kardashian Could Face Revenge Porn Charges for Posting Explicit Photos of Blac Chyna, Expert Says
  6. Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski
  7. Mika Brzezinski explains what President Trump’s tweets reveal about him
  8. Morning Joe co-hosts accuse White House of blackmail over tabloid story
  9. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough’s Extortion Claim Against Donald Trump and the National Enquirer
  10. Why Trump’s Vengeful Tweeting MattersDonald Trump Is Testing Twitter’s Harassment Policy: The president’s latest outbursts suggest the social-media platform imposes no editorial standards. But should it?
  11. Twenty Theses About Twitter (Eric Posner)
  12. Trump Supporters Cry Bias After NPR Tweets the Declaration of Independence
  13. Save Free Speech From Trolls: Criticism is not censorship no matter how insistent Twitter’s free speech brigade might be.
  14. CNN implied threat against redditor over Trump-CNN GIF ignites Internet: After extracting apology from “HanAs**holeSolo”, CNN reserves right to expose him.
  15. Silicon Valley sexual harassment scandal spreads: Six women have accused Binary Capital partner Justin Caldbeck of making unwanted sexual advances. Several said the misconduct took place when the women sought funding or guidance on their businesses.
  16. More women come forward to talk about Silicon Valley’s sexual harassment problem: Some big name VCs have issued apologies
  17. Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment
  18. ‘I was getting confused figuring out whether to hire you or hit on you’: Five Silicon Valley tech investors are accused of sexually harassing women: Dave McClure of 500 Startups and Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital were both accused of sexually harassing women in the tech industry; Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital, Marc Canter of Macromedia and investor Jose De Dios also had allegations leveled against them; Ten female entrepreneurs came forward and revealed the allegations this week; They claim the men targeted them with sexist comments, touched them without permission or sent inappropriate messages or emails over the years; McClure, Sacca and Caldbeck have all publicly apologized for their behavior; De Dios has denied the allegations against him, while Canter accused a woman of lying about her claims 
  19. Start-up investor Dave McClure resigns from 500 Startups
  20. We Are All Internet Bullies
  21. UK dealer charged in US over multimillion-dollar fake Bitcoin site scam: Renwick Haddow created ‘trendy’ companies and duped investors into thinking they were big successes, authorities in New York allege
  22. Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children: A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression.
  23. Facebook ‘Hate Speech’ Rules Protect Races And Sexes — So, Yes, White Men Are Going To Be ‘Protected’
  24. Facebook found a new way to identify spam and false news articles in your News Feed: People who post 50-plus times per day are likely sharing spam or false news, Facebook says.
  25. The Most Important Lesson From the Leaked Facebook Content Moderation Documents
  26. Overhauling Groups Won’t Help Facebook Build Communities
  27. Denied: Afghanistan’s All-Girl Robotics Team Can’t Get Visas To The US
  28. Newegg fought its way through two appeals to win fees from this patent-holder: It took repeated appeals to win an award that “aged like fine wine.”
  29. Copyright Office Releases Report on Section 1201
  30. What’s wrong with the Copyright Office’s DRM study?
  31. Eliminating Internet Safe Harbours Would Hurt The Economy
  32. Market Court’s ruling expected to stem flow of copyright letters
  33. Instagram Unleashes An AI System To Blast Away Nasty Comments
  34. Instagram Starts Using Artificial Intelligence to Moderate Comments. Is Facebook Up Next?
  35. Citrix isn’t just for telecommuting, Red Bull Racing uses it at the track: But the next big thing will be machine learning and AI for simulations and design.
  36. Copyright and innovation: If Canada is to become an major centre of high-tech business and AI development, it must remove the copyright-related impediments to innovation.
  37. SIRI-OUSLY 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals About the First Amendment (Toni M. Massaro, Helen Norton & Margot E. Kaminski)
  38. Search Algorithms Kept Me From My Sister For 14 Years
  39. Machine Creativity Beats Some Modern Art: If machines can outperform humans at playing games and driving cars, can they also produce better art? A new kind of Turing test aims to find out.
  40. First And Only Snippet Tax Deal In Spain Is With Big Supporter Of Snippet Tax In Germany
  41. Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies
  42. Germany passes law with huge fines for Internet companies that don’t bar hate speech: German legislators want hate speech removed within 24 hours.
  43. Germany Officially Gives Up On Free Speech: Will Fine Internet Companies That Don’t Delete ‘Bad’ Speech
  44. Designing Genderless Emoji? It Takes More Than Just Losing The Lipstick
  45. Zillow Only Kinda Backs Down From Dubious McMansion Hell Threats Following EFF’s Engagement
  46. McMansion Hell is Back Online, Will Not Comply With Zillow’s Demands [Update: Zillow Will Not Sue]
  47. FilmOn’s chutzpah doesn’t pay off; labeling it a site of (c) infringement is protected by anti-SLAPP law: FilmOn.com v. DoubleVerify, Inc., 2017 WL 2807911, No. B264074 Cal. Ct. App. Jun. 29, 2017 (Rebecca Tushnet)
  48. Canadian Supreme Court holds that Google can be ordered to de-index results globally
  49. No Monitoring & No Liability: What the Supreme Court’s Google v. Equustek Decision Does Not Do (Michael Geist)
  50. Google v. Equustek: Unnecessarily Hard Cases Make Unnecessarily Bad Law (Ariel Katz)
  51. Supreme Court of Canada lends an enforcement hand to intellectual property right owners
  52. When Google and its ilk become regulators, we all lose
  53. Judge Tosses Woman’s Lawsuit Brought Against Google Because A Blogger Said Mean Things About Her
  54. Google Begins Experimenting with VR Ads
  55. The Lawsuit That Could Pop Alphabet’s Project Loon 
  56. Apple Adds VR Rendering Essentials to MacOS via Metal 2
  57. Ars spends too much time trying to work in Haiku, the BeOS successor: After years of alpha, the open source execution of BeOS is beautiful but buggy.
  58. In attempt to achieve YouTube stardom, woman accidentally kills her boyfriend: According to Pedro Ruiz’ aunt, her late nephew told her – “We want to get famous.”
  59. YouTube Reportedly Offered Nominal Refunds To Brands Who Pulled Spend In ‘Adpocalypse’
  60. Three-Month-Old YouTube TV Expands To 10 Additional Markets
  61. Now Netflix Is Reviving Its Own Canceled Shows, Too
  62. Disney Channel And Freeform Ratings Are Falling As Young Viewers Turn To Streaming Platforms
  63. BBC Pledges To Invest $44 Million In Digital Content For Kids Through 2020
  64. We need our platforms to put people and democratic society ahead of cheap profits: The BBC is a model for a trusted social networking platform that combats fake news and propaganda while serving the public interest.
  65. Sale Of Roku Devices Banned In Mexico Due To Rampant Hacking
  66. Rotten Tomatoes And The Unbearable Heaviness Of Data
  67. Podcast Ad Revenues Are Expected To Reach $220 Million In 2017 (Study)
  68. GrubHub trial may finally answer contractor vs. employee quandary: A GrubHub loss could pave the way for a slew of similar labor cases.
  69. Couple Asks Internet To Photoshop Out Shirtless Guy From Engagement Photo, Regrets It Immediately
  70. People Who Follow Influencers Are More Likely To Engage In Charitable Causes (Study)
  71. The US government is removing scientific data from the Internet: At Ars Technica Live, we talked to Lindsey Dillon, who decided to do something about it.
  72. Information overload makes social media a swamp of fake news: Low attention and a flood of data are serious problems for social networks.
  73. Another Collision of Housing Regulations and Online Innovation–SF Housing Rights Committee v. HomeAway (Eric Goldman)
  74. Looking Forward To Next 20 Years Of A Post-Reno Internet
  75. The Shifting Landscape of Global Internet Censorship: An Uptake in Communications Encryption Is Tempered by Increasing Pressure on Major Platform Providers; Governments Expand Content Restriction Tactics (Jonathan Zittrain, Robert Faris, Helmi Noman, Justin Clark, Casey Tilton & Ryan Morrison-Westphal)
  76. The complete history of the IBM PC: Bill Gates. Mysterious deaths. IBM trying to act like a nimble startup. This story has it all!
  77. With iPhone, Apple showed AT&T and Verizon who’s boss: Apple refused to let wireless carriers ruin the customer experience. 

CREATIVITY

  1. Paul McCartney Finally Regains Beatles Rights After Near 50-Year-Long Battle
  2. Claim U$ 150.000 for Trump: Photographer Julie Dermansky is claiming 150,000 dollars in damages from US President Donald Trump after the Trump organisation apparently used one of her photos without permission.
  3. Kanye West Is Done With Tidal
  4. The Music Industry’s Still Off Key: The power brokers aren’t responsible for its revival.
  5. RIAA Trashes Its Legacy As A 1st Amendment Supporter By Cheering On Global Internet Censorship
  6. The elusive data behind copyright reform: In the absence of data, scholars, legislators and other stakeholders are forced to grope in the dark about what copyright reform has wrought. (Bob Tarantino)
  7. France’s Highest Court Rules in Favor of Freedom of Expression of Director over Heirs’ Droit Moral
  8. Shop Till You Drop… Your Claim… Stores’ Layout Protected by French Copyright
  9. Olivia de Havilland Files a Right of Publicity Suit against Feud Producers
  10. Library of Awesome—Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, and Copyright
  11. Stars are getting militant about inequality in Hollywood. It’s about time.
  12. Alex Jones Has a Perfectly Normal Chat About All the Slave Children Who Are Sent to Mars
  13. The End of Utility? Supreme Court of Canada Rewrote Patent Law Rationale as We Knew It
  14. Supreme Court harms Canada’s innovation policy stand ahead of NAFTA negotiations
  15. ‘Bombshell’ Canadian Patent Ruling Seen Favoring Foreign Companies: Supreme Court decision lowers bar for receiving patents – Decision removes a trade irritant with U.S. before Nafta talks
  16. AstraZeneca Canada Inc. v. Apotex Inc. (SCC)
  17. USPTO Economists on Patent Litigation Predictors
  18. The Importance of Brand Clearance: How About “COVFEFE” As a Brand? Part 2
  19. NFL is advising ICE to seize obvious parodies, my FOIA suit reveals (Rebecca Tushnet)
  20. EU And US Perspectives On Fair Dealing For The Purpose Of Parody Or Satire (Graeme Austin)
  21. The age of distributed truth

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. NFL, DirecTV Defeat ‘Sunday Ticket’ Lawsuit: The battle over blacked-out games has ended. DirecTV and the NFL are dancing in the legal endzone after a California federal court dismissed a nationwide class-action lawsuit over Sunday Ticket.
  2. Sports Media Is Dead, Long Live Sports Media
  3. Tom Wheeler defends Title II rules, accuses Pai of helping monopolists – Ex-FCC chair: Title II is crucial for net neutrality and consumer protection.
  4. Trump picks Republican to fill empty commissioner seat at FCC: Trump nominates Brendan Carr, general counsel and former aide to Chairman Pai.
  5. 50 million US homes have only one 25Mbps Internet provider or none at all: 10.6 million homes have no wired access to 25Mbps, 4.9 million can’t get 3Mbps.
  6. Vidéotron says it was ‘forced to put an end’ to Unlimited Music, will give customers free data
  7. Canadian cellphone startup has success stateside, but shut out at home
  8. Record $280M Fine for Dish Network’s Telemarketing Violations
  9. AT&T: Forced arbitration isn’t “forced” because no one has to buy service – To avoid AT&T arbitration, your only choice is to not be a customer.
  10. Comcast, Charter May Soon Get Even Larger With Joint Acquisition Of Sprint
  11. Murdoch’s Sky takeover bid delayed by UK gov’t, sent to CMA for further assessment: Culture secretary says there’s a risk that Murdoch would control too much UK media.
  12. Verizon Wireless disconnects some heavy data users in rural areas: Verizon sheds customers who roam on rural networks and use tons of data.
  13. ISPs Are No Longer Even Bothering To Provide Bogus Excuses For Their Expanding Use Of Usage Caps
  14. Cox expands home Internet data caps, while CenturyLink abandons them: Meanwhile, Cox has plans to charge extra for unlimited data.
  15. 40 ISPs, VoIP And VPN Providers Tell FCC They Like Having Net Neutrality Rules
  16. ‘Free Market’ Group: FCC Comments Show Nobody Really Wants Net Neutrality
  17. A Curious Tale of Economics and Common Carriage (Net Neutrality) at the FCC: A Reply to Faulhaber, Singer, and Urschel (Dwayne Winseck & Jefferson Pooley)

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. DOJ Asks The Supreme Court To Give It Permission To Search Data Centers Anywhere In The World
  2. Moving Beyond Backdoors To Solve The FBI’s ‘Going Dark’ Problem
  3. NSA Continues To Dodge ‘Incidental Collection’ Question, Wants Its ‘About’ Surveillance Program Back
  4. Laptop ban led to 20-percent drop in flights for one Mideast airline: Emirates, Etihad, and Turkish Airlines increase security, drop electronics ban.
  5. NATO Considering ‘Petya’ Malware a Potential Act of War
  6. NotPetya developers may have obtained NSA exploits weeks before their public leak: Clues may tie people behind massive malware attack to mysterious Shadow Brokers group.
  7. Backdoor built in to widely used tax app seeded last week’s NotPetya outbreak: Operation that hit thousands was “thoroughly well-planned and well-executed.”
  8. As A New Wave Of Cyberattacks Rolls Out, Rep. Ted Lieu Asks What The NSA’s Going To Do About It
  9. Global cyberattack seems intent on havoc aimed at Ukraine, not extortion
  10. Coalition Objects to Renewed Calls for Weaker Encryption Following ‘Five Eyes’ Ottawa Meeting
  11. Google DeepMind deal with NHS broke UK data law, rules ICO: Medical trial that slurped patient records of 1.6 million Brits ruled illegal by watchdog.
  12. In Worrisome Move, Kaspersky Agrees to Turn Over Source Code to US Government
  13. HTTPS Certificate Revocation is broken, and it’s time for some new tools: Certificate Transparency and OCSP Must-Staple can’t get here fast enough.
  14. Windows 10 will try to combat ransomware by locking up your data: But how to protect files from users who have access to those files remains tricky.
  15. Government Kills Cyber Remedies as Cyber Threats Mount
  16. Cheerleader Fraudulently Obtains Court Order To Scrub Web Of Her Boyfriend-Beating Past
  17. Federal government proposes reform of public sector Access to Information Act
  18. The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy

Jon

News of the Week; June 28, 2017

GAMES

  1. Texas judge calls for an end to Oculus and ZeniMax’s “big, hairy fight”: Injunction hearing started this week, with Zenimax asking for $500 million additional damages and a 20% cut of Oculus’ revenue
  2. Facebook Fights to Prevent Oculus Rift Sales Ban
  3. Rockstar clarifies Grand Theft Auto V modding policy
  4. Rockstar: GTA single-player mods are “generally” safe from legal action – Take-Two and Rockstar have agreed to focus on GTA Online mods, an updated version of OpenIV is now available
  5. Single-player modding returns to GTA V after publisher takedown: Popular OpenIV tool restored after discussions, changes to protect multiplayer.
  6. Pokémon Go’s New Gyms Are Off To A Rocky Start 
  7. Here’s why ‘deliberate Switch shortages’ is a ridiculous notion: Nintendo has regularly said it’s ramping up production, so why are people so worried the platform holder is holding out on us?
  8. Nintendo: Switch shortages are “definitely not intentional” – In an Ars interview, exec also addresses issues with NES Classic, 3DS, and fan games.
  9. Nintendo apologises for Japanese Switch shortages as sales pass 1m: Company pledges increased shipments in July and August
  10. Nintendo Announces SNES Classic, Which Comes With 21 Stellar Games
  11. SNES Classic Edition Announced And Dated
  12. Plug-and-play SNES Classic coming Sept. 29 for $80 with two controllers: Unreleased Star Fox 2 among 21 16-bit classics included; Japanese version now confirmed.
  13. Fears of limited SNES Classic supply lead to 150% online resale markup: One eBay listing for the $80 system already sold for a whopping $390
  14. Nintendo Will Produce ‘Significantly More’ SNES  Classic Editions Than Nes Classic: Nintendo is currently only planning to ship the SNES Classic through the end of 2017.
  15. Nintendo plans to produce ‘significantly more’ than 2.3M SNES Classic Editions
  16. Nintendo Confirms SNES Classic Controller Cord Length Is Longer Than NES Classic’s
  17. Nintendo’s Market Value Climbs Past Sony Corp: Nintendo’s stock value is the highest it’s been since 2008.
  18. Nintendo Switch Helps Company Surpasses Sony In Market Cap: For the second time in 11 months, Nintendo’s market cap passes Sony’s.
  19. Super Mario Odyssey wins big at Game Critics Awards
  20. Sega Forever brings retro games to iOS and Android for free: Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Altered Beast launch.
  21. Botched Sega Forever launch blighted by poor emulation: Sega defends Unity emulation saying it wants games to reach “largest audience possible.”
  22. Mobile fragmentation to blame for Sega Forever launch woes: But publisher’s Mike Evans promises updates on the way that should get nostalgia assault back on track
  23. Q&A: How Microsoft is pitching the Xbox One X to devs (and consumers)
  24. Xbox One X to sell 17m by 2021 – DFC: Even with 4K TV sales on the rise, Xbox One X will only appeal to a narrow demographic, says David Cole
  25. PlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Program launched to create multiple new TV series: Sony seeking original video content with plans to make five pilots for potential shows
  26. With Sony’s indie support in question, developers at E3 weigh in
  27. Guillemot family raise Ubisoft stake to fend off Vivendi
  28. Ubisoft’s Guillemot family acquires larger stake in company: Attempts to thwart Vivendi takeover ongoing as founders now own 13.6% of shares, 20% of voting rights
  29. Paradox undoes global price increase in the name of transparency
  30. Paradox insists price hikes “create a more equal price point”
  31. Digital games up 9% in May to $7.8 billion – Superdata: Research firm finds steep drops in premium PC and console spaces offset by mobile, free-to-play growth
  32. Virtual Reality Can Teach Altruism, Empathy — and Why You Should Use Less Toilet Paper
  33. Survey: 31% of VR/AR devs are working on a platform exclusive
  34. One in three VR/AR projects in development will be platform-exclusive: HTC Vive remains developers’ headset of choice in VRDC survey
  35. New VRDC VR/AR Innovation Report reveals the HTC Vive is devs’ top target
  36. Report: Valve’s former augmented reality system is no more – CastAR creators have yet to confirm Polygon report of downturn, liquidation.
  37. Report: Augmented reality startup CastAR has closed its doors
  38. Twitch Overhauls App, Adds Native Mobile Streaming And ‘Dark Mode’
  39. Twitch Affiliates will soon reap the rewards of paid subscription tiers
  40. Corona 2D game engine is now ‘completely free’
  41. Blizzard announces major changes to loot systems in Overwatch & Hearthstone
  42. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has banned 25k cheaters since launch
  43. Child protection and Esports
  44. Splatoon dev: ‘Being an eSport wasn’t something that we were ever really considering’
  45. AbleGamers’s Player Panels aim to give game devs insight on accessibility
  46. How Naughty Dog broke Sony’s hardware rules to create Crash Bandicoot
  47. Rust dev shares Steam refund data: ~330k copies, $4M+ revenue refunded
  48. In a bid for better transparency, G2A will strip anonymity from key sellers
  49. Destiny 2’s guns won’t recoil on PC as they do on consoles: Project lead says aiming drift “doesn’t feel good” when using a mouse.
  50. Wargaming opens mobile game development and publishing division
  51. The memory optimization struggle in Unity3d
  52. Unity showcases new camera and Timeline tech ahead of 2017.1 release
  53. Unity launches graduate research program to fuel innovation in games
  54. German chancellor Angela Merkel to open Gamescom 2017: First time the country’s leader will open long-running video games expo
  55. Ready Player One: Video Game Oral Histories: Did you know that “Ms. Pac-Man” started out as a character named “Crazy Otto”? Or that “Halo: Combat Evolved” was originally going to be a real-time strategy game? Here are the companies, consoles and titles that ate your quarters and bruised your thumbs.
  56. iPhone at 10: How Apple changed gaming for the better and the worse – For gaming, the iPhone sparked a gold rush and burst of creativity still felt today.
  57. Dev rescues ’80s text adventure source code by baking tapes in an oven
  58. John Romero’s Doom II floppy disks sell for over $3,000: A small price to pay?

DIGITAL

  1. Pakistan Sentences First Person To Death Over Social Media Posts
  2. China just banned livestreaming because it’s too hard to censor
  3. Google must alter worldwide search results, per orders from Canada’s top court: Vancouver tech company seeks to de-list a website selling alleged counterfeits.
  4. Supreme Court Case Upholds Order Against Google
  5. Supreme Court of Canada states “The Internet has no borders” in upholding global injunction in search results case
  6. Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. (SCC)
  7. Section 230 Protects Google’s Decision Not To De-Index Content–Bennett v. Google
  8. Canadian Supreme Court Says It’s Fine To Censor The Global Internet; Authoritarians & Hollywood Cheer…
  9. Ominous: Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Search Results Globally
  10. Google Suffers Severe Setback from the Supreme Court of Canada (Howard Knopf)
  11. Global Internet Takedown Orders Come to Canada: Supreme Court Upholds International Removal of Google Search Results (Michael Geist)
  12. Without telling media, Arizona judge orders dozens of articles to be deleted: An NFL cheerleader and US Army officer was celebrated—until she was arrested.
  13. Canada’s Supreme Court clears way for Facebook privacy lawsuit
  14. Supreme Court turns down EFF’s “Dancing Baby” fair use case: The law against bogus DMCA takedowns will remain tough to enforce.
  15. Copyright Office Admits That DMCA Is More About Giving Hollywood ‘Control’ Than Stopping Infringement
  16. Supreme Court of Canada finds Facebook’s Forum Selection Clause is Unenforceable; Privacy class action can proceed in Canadian Court
  17. Few “likes” for Facebook Forum Selection Clause: Supreme Court Finds “Strong Cause” to Not Enforce Forum Selection Clause 
  18. Douez v. Facebook, Inc. (Supreme Court of Canada)
  19. Law on Jurisdiction Clauses Changes in Canada
  20. Facebook Must Face the Fact That Its Forum Selection Clause is Unenforceable in Canadian Privacy Class Action
  21. Supreme Court Rules Facebook Can’t Contract Out of B.C. Privacy Law (Michael Geist)
  22. Why clicking ‘I agree’ may no longer mean you agree to everything (Michael Geist)
  23. Supreme Court of Canada Leaves Forum Selection Clauses in a State of Uncertainty
  24. Man drives into Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas Capitol, streams it on Facebook: Replicas of the Ten Commandments on public property always spark controversy.
  25. Zillow is threatening to sue a blogger for using its photos for parody: McMansion Hell becomes legal hell
  26. Zillow Sends Totally Ridiculous Legal Threat To McMansion Hell
  27. Zillow Still Doesn’t Get It: Second Letter About McMansion Hell Is Still Just Wrong
  28. “McMansion Hell” used Zillow photos to mock bad design—Zillow may sue: “It is my sincere hope that this issue is resolved as amicably as possible.”
  29. Ill-Advised Copyright Lawsuit Over Facebook Live Video Becomes Costly For Plaintiff–Konangataa v. ABC (Eric Goldman)
  30. Court Orders Man Who Sued News Orgs For Clipping His Facebook Video To Pay Everyone’s Attorney’s Fees
  31. Cops Sent Warrant To Facebook To Dig Up Dirt On Woman Whose Boyfriend They Had Just Killed
  32. Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children: A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression.
  33. Facebook’s secret rules mean that it’s OK to be anti-Islam, but not anti-gay: “The policies do not always lead to perfect outcomes,” top Facebook official says.
  34. Judge rips lawyers in IP rift over viral Facebook childbirth video: Judge says media should be paid the “costs of defending this frivolous litigation.”
  35. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Form New Group to Fight Terrorist Content
  36. Facebook launches UK initiative to counter online extremist material
  37. Macedonian Publishers Are Panicking After Facebook Killed Their US Political Pages: Over 30 Facebook pages being run from Macedonia have been removed by Facebook in the past two months.
  38. Facebook Is Launching A Standalone App Exclusively For Video Creators
  39. Facebook Surpasses Insane Milestone Of 2 Billion Worldwide Users
  40. We desperately need a way to defend against online propaganda: Despite years of fake news online, we still have no idea how to protect against it.
  41. United Airlines wins suit against founder of Untied.com complaint site
  42. Patriots’ owner says NFL’s future is through livestreaming
  43. Fox Sports Pacts With Facebook to Live-Stream European Soccer Champions League Matches
  44. FOX Sports To Stream Champions League Matches On Facebook In U.S
  45. China’s Central Bank Has Begun Cautiously Testing a Digital Currency: The People’s Bank of China has developed a digital currency that’s designed to scale to the number of transactions made every day across the country.
  46. Wikileaks Attempts To Bully Wikileaks Documentary With C&D Notices
  47. Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service
  48. Google Slapped With $2.7 Billion EU Fine Over Search Results: EU orders Google to treat rival comparison-shopping services equally in its search results
  49. Google fined $2.7B by European Commission for abusing search monopoly: EU also rules that Google must stop demoting competitors in search results.
  50. Google’s Big Eu Fine Isn’t Just About The Money
  51. Three Thoughts On EU’s $2.7 Billion Antitrust Google Fine
  52. Google’s Elite Hacker SWAT Team vs. Everyone: Brash. Controversial. A guard against rising digital threats around the globe. Google’s Project Zero is securing the Internet on its own terms. Is that a problem?
  53. Aspiring YouTuber, 22, Fatally Shot While Filming Ill-Conceived Prank Video
  54. Black Pigeon Speaks: The Anatomy of the Worldview of an Alt-Right YouTuber
  55. Trump Accuses Amazon of Not Paying ‘Internet Taxes,’ Which Aren’t a Thing
  56. No, Donald Trump Isn’t Calling For An Internet Tax
  57. Does the Packingham Ruling Presage Greater Government Control Over Search Results? Or Less? 
  58. As Predicted, Cox’s Latest Appeal Points To SCOTUS’ Refusal To Disconnect Sex Offenders From Social Media
  59. London police arrest four in Windows support scam bust: India-based scam callers pose as ISP employees.
  60. New York Attorney General Unveils Latest Ticket Bot Enforcement Actions against Ticket Vendors and Software Developer 
  61. Instagram Stories Crushes Snapchat, Offers Downloadable Live Streams
  62. Investigation Shows That FTC’s Reminder Letters Are Ineffective at Disclosing Paid Posts on Instagram – Groups to the FTC: Enforcement Action Needed to Change Influencer Behavior on Instagram
  63. Adventure cat goes viral : Cat has nearly 22,000 Instagram followers
  64. Baby Ariel, Joanne The Scammer Named Most Influential On The Internet By ‘Time’
  65. FTC Updates Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Compliance Plan to include Connected Toys 
  66. Cracking YouTube In 2017: The New Research That Cracks The Code On YouTube’s Algorithms
  67. YouTube Adds Machine Learning To Comments, Rebuilds Its Desktop Creator Studio
  68. YouTube Claims 1.5 Billion Monthly Users in Latest Ad Sales Pitch
  69. YouTube Announces New VR Video Format, App Revamp At VidCon Keynote
  70. YouTube’s Ad-Supported Originals Are Directly Competing For TV Ad Dollars
  71. YouTube Red Originals Have Received 250 Million Views So Far, And 2017 Will Bring 13 New Releases
  72. YouTube Co-Viewing App ‘Uptime’ Officially Exits Beta
  73. YouTube’s “VR180” format cuts down on VR video’s prohibitive requirements: VR in only 180 degrees is easier to stream and fits traditional video content better.
  74. YouTube Unveils Defiant Hero Video For Fifth Annual LGBTQ Pride Campaign
  75. Game Music Composer Goes On DMCA Blitz Against Innocent YouTubers Over Contract Dispute With Game Publisher
  76. Google Will No Longer Scan Gmail for Ad Targeting
  77. Scroogled no more: Gmail won’t scan e-mails for ads personalization – Google kills Gmail’s most controversial feature.
  78. Google Unveils An AI Investment Fund. It’s Betting On An App Store For Algorithms.
  79. Football’s Next Frontier: The Battle Over Big Data – NFL players have signed a five-year deal with WHOOP, a biometric performance company that measures workout strain, recovery, and quality of sleep via a wearable band. If teams want to see the data, they’re going to have to pay up . . . but they won’t be the only customers
  80. Should robot artists be given copyright protection (Andres Guadamuz)
  81. Has human communication become botifed?
  82. IBM To Provide Wimbledon Highlights Using Artificial Intelligence
  83. AI and the Law: Setting the Stage (Urs Gasser)
  84. Artificial Intelligence for good
  85. Reddit Hails Advertisers With Announcement Of Video Ads
  86. Disney Is Reviving ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ With New Class Of Influencer Mouseketeers
  87. Vimeo Decides To End Plans For SVOD Service
  88. Vimeo Kills Plans For Subscription-Video Service
  89. BlackBerry’s no-phone business model isn’t working out as planned: Stock falls 13 percent in one day after bad sales numbers.
  90. Amazon’s latest Prime Exclusive Phones range from $79 to $199: In exchange for lockscreen ads, Amazon is offering up to an $80 discount on some phones.
  91. Sean Parker Leaves Spotify Board as Company Brings in Heavy Hitters
  92. Inside Spotify’s Financials: Is There a Path to Profitability Or an IPO?
  93. Over 1000 Uber Employees Have ‘Demanded’ Travis Kalanick’s Return In Letter To Board
  94. Waymo tells judge: Uber’s ex-CEO knew about Google files – Levandowski had “five discs in his possession containing Google information.”
  95. Fake online stores reveal gamblers’ shadow banking system
  96. Judges refuse to order fix for court software that put people in jail by mistake – Defender: Switch to Odyssey Court Manager remains at the heart of the problem.
  97. The tragedy of FireWire: Collaborative tech torpedoed by corporations: “Show us that it’s being adopted in the industry, and we’ll put it in.”
  98. Social media has changed TV, for better and worse
  99. The Industry of Virality (or what a raccoon video can teach us about the Internet)
  100. The Pirate Bay – A Communication to the Public
  101. How 7 words unfit for TV fostered an open Internet 20 years ago today: “When we decided to bring the case, none of us had been online.”
  102. How The ACLU’s Fight To Protect ‘Indecent’ Speech Saved The Internet From Being Treated Like Broadcast TV
  103. Inside Apple’s 6-Month Race To Make The First iPhone A Reality
  104. The iPhone’s Turning 10. What Will It Look Like At 20?
  105. A touch of Cocoa: Inside the original iPhone SDK – Back in 2008, Ars took its first look at what Apple provided for iPhone developers.
  106. Back to the iPhone future: Lessons from a decade of Apple influence in medicine: iPhones spurred big changes in learning and practicing medicine—and there may be more
  107. Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity
  108. Samsung’s fiery Galaxy Note 7 to rise from the ashes as the “Fandom Edition”: The Note 7 FE hits South Korea (and some other countries) on July 7.

CREATIVITY

  1.  U.S. Lobby Groups Take Aim At Canadian Copyright Law in NAFTA Comments: No Balance, No Fair Use, & No Cultural Exception (Michael Geist)
  2. Re:Sound Resoundingly Loses Judicial Review of Copyright Board Tariff 8 Decision (Howard Knopf)
  3. A Copyright Board for Canada at 150: A well funded Copyright Board with a clear mandate and a regulated process for public input should be central to Canada’s copyright regime.
  4. The great intellectual property trade-off: BBC World Service, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
  5. Copyright protection for factual compilations in Singapore: creativity alone is not enough 
  6. Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios, Inc.
  7. “Turn Down For What?” How About For Copyright Law!?
  8. Bob Murray’s Lawsuit Against John Oliver Is Even Sillier Than We Expected
  9. Coal Boss Files Total SLAPP Suit Against John Oliver & HBO
  10. Anti-SLAPP law to be tested at Ontario Court of Appeal
  11. A Time magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake.
  12. Why Racially Offensive Trademarks Are Now Legally Protected
  13. Examination Guide 1-17: Examination Guidance for Section 2(a)’s Disparagement Provision after Matal v. Tam and Examination for Compliance with Section 2(a)’s Scandalousness Provision While Constitutionality Remains in Question (Issued June 26, 2017)
  14. King Has ‘Crush’ Trademark Opposed By Dr. Pepper
  15. Forever 21 Slaps Gucci with Strongly-Worded Trademark Lawsuit
  16. AG Szpunar advises CJEU to rule that a red sole may not be just a colour
  17. Christian Louboutin, Christian Louboutin SAS v Van Haren Schoenen BV
  18. Justin Bieber tweets and an international arbitrator listens: court refers defamation claim to arbitration
  19. How Major Lazer Bet on Diversity (and Data) to Make Global Hits: ‘The Audience Controls Music Now’
  20. Don’t use that tone(r) with me: How first sale can exhaust IP rights
  21. Art Fight! The Pinkest Pink Versus The Blackest Black
  22. Antony Gormley asks for ‘vandalised’ beach sculptures to be cleaned: Sculptor’s life-sized iron men in Crosby have been brightly decorated with a polka-dot bikini and other embellishments
  23. Ninth Circuit Upholds Law Against Misleading Anti-Abortion Ads
  24. How ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise Is Exploiting Race For Ratings
  25. The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump: The tabloid is defined by its predatory spirit. Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?
  26. Goodbye Nonpartisan Journalism. And Good Riddance.
  27. How Countries Around the World Fund Music—and Why It Matters: As President Trump eyes abolishing federal arts funding in the U.S., a survey of tax-supported music from Australia to Iceland reveals a complex, shifting landscape.
  28. Anita Sarkeesian’s astounding ‘garbage human’ moment: Feminist speaker hits back at trolls and haters
  29. The Rise of the Thought Leader: How the superrich have funded a new class of intellectual.
  30. Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?: It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons – Robert Maxwell.
  31. The Political Economy of Celebrity Rights (Mark Bartholomew)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Why Net Neutrality Matters Even In The Age Of Oligopoly
  2. Tumblr Goes Radio Silent On Net Neutrality After Verizon Acquisition
  3. 30 small ISPs urge Ajit Pai to preserve Title II and net neutrality rules – Letter: Title II didn’t hurt investment, is good for small ISPs and customers.
  4. AT&T Promises A Cornucopia Of Broadband Investment…But Only If Trump Gives It A Giant Tax Cut & A Shiny New Merger
  5. AT&T May Soon Return To Charging Broadband Subscribers More For Privacy
  6. AT&T: Forced arbitration isn’t “forced” because no one has to buy service: To avoid AT&T arbitration, your only choice is to not be a customer.
  7. Verizon illegally denied Charter access to utility poles, complaint says: Charter fined for slow Internet rollout but says Verizon delayed construction.
  8. FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine for Spoofed Robocalls 
  9. Thankfully, Marketing Industry Plan For ‘Ringless Voicemail’ Dies a Quiet Death…For Now
  10. Ringless voicemail spam won’t be exempt from anti-robocall rules: After heavy opposition, robocall company gives up attempt to avoid FCC rules.
  11. Scammer who made 96 million robocalls should pay $120M fine, FCC says: Vacation scam preyed on elderly and disrupted medical paging system, FCC says.
  12. Advertiser Fined By FCC For Use Of Emergency Tones in Football Ads 
  13. Frontier Communications Caught (Again) Ripping Off West Virginia Taxpayers
  14. Comcast accused of cutting competitor’s wires to put it out of business: Comcast “systematically destroyed” an ISP with 229 customers, lawsuit claims.
  15. Comcast and Charter could invest in Sprint’s network, resell Sprint data: Sprint is holding “exclusive talks” with the two biggest US cable companies.
  16. Charter promised more broadband but didn’t deliver, now must pay fine: 21,000 NY customers did not get broadband on schedule, despite merger promise.
  17. Wall Street Is Starting To Get Very Nervous About Cable TV Cord Cutting
  18. Cable Industry Quietly Shelves Its Bogus Plan To Make Cable Boxes Cheaper, More Competitive
  19. Taking the pulse of ESPN
  20. What the failure of Star Touch teaches us about a media bailout

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say
  2. Matthew Keys’ guilty verdict and sentence to stand, 9th Circuit rules: “Keys made the CMS far weaker by taking and creating new user accounts.”
  3. A report card on the national security bill: Two of Canada’s foremost experts in national security law give their assessment of Bill C-59: there’s much to like, but also room for improvement. (Craig Forcese & Kent Roach)
  4. Liberals shockingly timid on access-to-information reform
  5. Trudeau government shelves part of anti-spam law that would allow private lawsuits: Provisions to allow Canadians to sue spammers had been due to take effect July 1
  6. The battle over encryption and what it means for our privacy
  7. Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse: Payload delivered in mass attack destroys data, with no hope of recovery.
  8. A new ransomware outbreak similar to WCry is shutting down computers worldwide: Like earlier ransomware worm, new attacks use potent exploit stolen from the NSA.
  9. ‘Petya’ ransomware attack: what is it and how can it be stopped?: Companies have been crippled by global cyberattack, the second major ransomware crime in two months. We answer the key questions
  10. Ohio Gov. Kasich’s website, dozens of others defaced using year-old exploit: “High risk” exploit patch was issued in May of 2016.
  11. Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out: Supreme Court case has ramifications for tech sector, foreign relations, and privacy.
  12. This Windows Defender bug was so gaping its PoC exploit had to be encrypted
  13. Skylake, Kaby Lake chips have a crash bug with hyperthreading enabled: A fix is available for Linux systems; Windows users will have to use firmware updates.
  14. To Avoid Being Cut Out Of The Market, US Tech Companies Are Allowing Russian Vetting Of Source Code
  15. Australia To Push For Encryption Backdoors At Next ‘Five Eyes’ Meeting
  16. Australia advocates weakening strong crypto at upcoming “Five Eyes” meeting: Oz AG to discuss “ongoing challenges posed by terrorists and criminals using encryption.”
  17. UK Law Enforcement Telling Citizens To ‘See Something Say Something’ About Dark Web Use
  18. How the CIA infects air-gapped networks: Sprawling “Brutal Kangaroo“ spreads malware using booby-trapped USB drives.
  19. Some beers, anger at former employer, and root access add up to a year in prison: Ex-tech pleads guilty to smart meter network attack; changed a password.”
  20. NFL Uses Eye-Tracking Technology To Study How Fans Watch Games
  21. Meet the Princeton-Trained Computer Scientists Building a New Internet That Brings Privacy and Property Rights to Cyberspace (New at Reason)
  22. Settlement of Walmart Canada Photo Centre Data Breach Lawsuits – Lessons Learned
  23. Facial Recognition Software Brings Personalized Ads To The Supermarket
  24. Medical records join revenge porn, credit card numbers for Google removal: It’s an elective removal, though. Google will only do it if you ask.
  25. 15 years after ‘Minority Report’: A cautionary film, ignored.

Jon

News of the Week; June 21, 2017

GAMES

  1. Court Stops Pokémon GO Litigation 
  2. Niantic to punish Pokémon Go cheaters with mark of shame: Gamemaker says ill-gotten Pokémon “may not behave as expected.”
  3. Consumer Protection Class Action Lawsuit Over “Free” Candy Crush Plays Will Proceed 
  4. After winning $500M in lawsuit against Oculus, ZeniMax pushes for more
  5. ZeniMax to judge: Block Oculus sales or give us 20%: After trial victory, company also ups damage demand from $500 million to $1 billion
  6. Popular GTA mod OpenIV receives cease and desist from Take-Two: Modder claims legal threat is “illiterate both technically and grammatically”.
  7. Take-Two pulls two GTA Online mods amidst OpenIV fallout: Force Hax and Menyoo withdrawn, but OpenIV’s community is fighting back against cease-and-desist order
  8. Take-Two shuts down a trio of Grand Theft Auto Online cheat providers
  9. Grand Theft Auto modding project folds following Take-Two’s demands: Dev says Take-Two told him that modding games is “an illegal activity.”
  10. E3 2017: Rockstar Addresses Take-Two’s Decision To Shut Down GTA Modding Software OpenIV: “Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods.”
  11. Rockstar: Single-player Grand Theft Auto mods not under threat – Take-Two’s takedown notice was due to specific problems with OpenIV “enabling malicious mods”
  12. Konami accused of blacklisting former employees – report: Publisher instructs other companies not to hire ex-staff, blocked Kojima Productions health insurance application
  13. Facebook reports 41m E3 posts, likes and comments
  14. According to the ESA, E3 attendance jumped by 18k this year
  15. Devolver claims ESA meddling after losing $100k on rented E3 lot: City of Los Angeles denied indie publisher permits to expand its E3 presence, ESA denies claims it was involved
  16. Atari re-entering hardware business with mysterious ‘Ataribox’
  17. Atari is preparing to launch new hardware: The “Ataribox” is “years in the making” and will be based on PC technology
  18. Atari’s New Console Sounds Like a Bad Idea
  19. Capcom and Bandai Namco sign cross-licensing deal to improve online play
  20. Capcom and Bandai Namco ink cross-licensing deal for fighting games: “Online matching” agreement will reduce dev costs and production times for “game series such as Street Fighter”
  21. Rocket League Dev On Cross-Network Play’s Importance To Industry
  22. E3 is over and investors are hammering GAME, GameStop: After an E3 filled with great games, you might think retailers could get a little boost, but that’s not the case
  23. Are retail investors right to be worried after E3?: GAME and GameStop’s share price takes a tumble following last week’s LA event
  24. Video game trade group sees pros and cons in new Trump administration – Good: Tax cuts, visa reform, IP protection. Bad: “Exclusionary” policies.
  25. Channel 4: “There’s a massively disproportionate amount of money and effort going into core VR games” – Broadcaster’s games publishing arm says it’s open to opportunities in mobile VR, but first title Soar is currently “a one-off”
  26. 15 VR, AR, and video game startups join MIT’s Play Labs summer tech accelerator
  27. Minecraft’s cross-platform online play is powered by Xbox Live, even on the Switch
  28. Xbox One X selling at a loss: Despite $499 price tag, Microsoft’s new console is still “not the money-making part of the business”
  29. Microsoft: Sony’s comments about Minecraft safety “not healthy for anyone” – Xbox boss Phil Spencer responds to Sony’s reasoning for not following Nintendo into cross-platform play
  30. Sony’s PlayLink links your phone to your PS4 for multiplayer minigame madness: The second screen concept is back, only this time it might actually be worth it.
  31. Twitch and Blizzard Announce Two-Year Worldwide Collaboration
  32. Twitch and Blizzard forge two-year streaming deal for eSports events
  33. One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie: NES Classic is no more, but luckily cheap hobbyist boards are great for little projects.
  34. Where Nintendo stands on esports
  35. Insights: Should ESPN Now Stand For E-Sports Network? There Are Worse Ideas.
  36. Tencent’s five-year plan for a ¥100bn Chinese esports industry: Riot Games parent pushing for unified standards, more leagues and esports-themed industrial parks
  37. NBC Sports launches Rocket League tourney: Sports network teams with Psyonix and FACEIT for $100,000 competition, will televise finals in some territories
  38. The rise of eSports: are addiction and corruption the price of its success?: Forget football, the world’s fastest-growing sport is live video gaming. But increasingly its impact is proving harmful to those involved
  39. Six ways to make the most of Video Games Tax Relief: Altara Games’ Ella Romanos explains why there is no longer a barrier to UK studios who want to benefit from this government incentive
  40. Nine Australian indie games receive government funding boost
  41. Google Play is fighting an uphill battle against Android adware: Google hasn’t yet removed all of the apps, which have as many as 6 million downloads.
  42. After years of GamerGate harassment, Brianna Wu’s still fighting: Internet trolls turned Brianna Wu’s life upside down. But, she’s running for Congress and thinking all isn’t quite lost.
  43. Xbox’s revamped, inclusive avatars will let players “really reflect who they are”: New avatar system will launch on Windows 10 this autumn, with Xbox One devices to follow
  44. CCP brings color-blind support to EVE Online
  45. HDR and video games: Ars leaves E3 with more questions than answers: HDR looks great in applicable games, but newer game consoles blew a big E3 opportunity.
  46. A remaster with no old code: Crash Bandicoot was rebuilt nearly from scratch: Just enough source material was salvaged, along with a happenstance speech of old.
  47. Games Have Too Many Words: A Case Study.
  48. Young Men Are Playing Video Games Instead of Getting Jobs. That’s OK. (For Now.)
  49. Player One: The video-game industry is built on the cultish fantasy that all technology and effort can be redeemed as pure pleasure
  50. Thy Mighty Contract: What You Need To Know About Publishing Deals, Part 1
  51. Video: A lawyer’s guide to practical contract law for indie devs

DIGITAL

  1. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dancing Baby Case… Despite Gov’t Admitting ‘Serious Legal Error’
  2. Supreme Court turns down EFF’s “Dancing Baby” fair use case: The law against bogus DMCA takedowns will remain tough to enforce.
  3. Supreme Court Says You Can’t Ban People From The Internet, No Matter What They’ve Done
  4. Ban on Sex Offenders Using Social Media Violates First Amendment–Packingham v. North Carolina (Eric Goldman)
  5. There’s a constitutional right to use social media, Supreme Court says: North Carolina’s law was “unprecedented in the scope of First Amendment speech.”
  6. European Court Rules On Legal Nature Of Torrent Links In Pirate Bay Case
  7. US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain
  8. German Court Bans Google From Linking To Lumen Database Showing Takedown Notices
  9. It’s criminal charges and leg shackles for man who shared Deadpool on Facebook: A single Facebook post resulted in 5 million views and a federal investigation.
  10. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns after pressure from investors: Five major Uber investors called for his resignation following months of blunders.
  11. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned due to investor pressure, and a search for a new leader is on: Benchmark, Fidelity and others demanded his resignation in a letter titled “Moving Uber Forward.”
  12. A Short History Of The Many, Many Ways Uber Screwed Up
  13. With her blog post about toxic bro-culture at Uber, Susan Fowler proved that one person can make a difference: The former engineer took a big swing at the car-hailing giant, and did us all an even bigger favor.
  14. Travis Kalanick And The Last Gasp Of Tech’s Alpha CEO
  15. Queen’s Speech: We’re getting rid of Internet safe spaces. Really now.
  16. Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion
  17. Amazon shakes up grocery sector with $13.7-billion Whole Foods deal
  18. Amazon Is About To Transform How You Buy Groceries
  19. Just in Time, Amazon Patents Method to Prevent In-store Comparison Shopping
  20. Ready For A Monopoly Fight? Amazon And Whole Foods Isn’t It
  21. Spotify Passes 140 Million Users, Promises to Pay Labels $2 Billion as Losses Widen
  22. Spotify ‘Sponsored Songs’ lets labels pay for plays
  23. California’s Anti-SLAPP Law Saves Another News Publication From Bogus Lawsuit
  24. The Chilling Effects Of A SLAPP Suit: My Story
  25. The Texting Suicide Case Is About Crime, Not Tech
  26. Colorado Legalizes Another Vice: Texting While Driving
  27. Frequency of Courts’ References to Emojis and Emoticons Over Time (Eric Goldman)
  28. Vice Media Receives $450 Million Boost From TPG
  29. Vice Raises $450 Million To Build “Largest Millennial Video Library In The World”
  30. Breitbart News, Donald Trump’s Pravda, Is In Crisis
  31. Time Warner just handed Snapchat a $100 million lifeline
  32. Netflix is getting into the ‘choose your own adventure’ game business
  33. Argentina’s government is wooing entrepreneurs with a new law
  34. Facebook’s Instagram Stories crushes Snapchat with 250 million daily active users
  35. Facebook sics AI on terrorist posts, but humans still do the dirty work: “We don’t want Facebook to be used for any terrorist activity whatsoever,” says FB.
  36. An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language: When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.
  37. fAIth: The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why?
  38. Humans Can’t Expect AI To Just Fight Fake News For Them
  39. We need our platforms to put people and democratic society ahead of cheap profits: The BBC is a model for a trusted social networking platform that combats fake news and propaganda while serving the public interest.
  40. Tesla Model S warned driver in fatal crash to put hands on steering wheel: Model S driver had hands on steering wheel for 25 seconds during a 37-minute period.
  41. Digital Native Advertising, Influencers And Reviews
  42. First Reported Consumer Complaint About an Influencer Post
  43. The FTC Speaks, Instagram Listens: A New Disclosure Tool for Social Media Influencers
  44. FTC aims to block DraftKings, FanDuel merger over monopolization concerns
  45. When pop stars have Instagram, they no longer need record labels
  46. Katy Perry’s Four-Day YouTube Live Stream Amassed 49 Million Views Worldwide
  47. Katy Perry Just Became the First Person to Reach 100 Million Twitter Followers
  48. Colorado dad gives sons smartphones, regrets it, now wants to ban preteen use: He started nonprofit, wrote ballot measure to prevent use by kids under 13.
  49. NCAA Forces UCF Football Player To Choose Between His Athletic Career And His YouTube Channel
  50. Google Announces Four More Steps Its Taking To Fight Extremist Content On YouTube
  51. Google now actively works against extremist YouTube videos: New policies make it harder for terroristic content to flourish (and be found) on YouTube.
  52. Google Glass is apparently back from the dead, starts getting software updates: Google’s aging face computer gets a firmware and companion app update.
  53. How Amazon’s Echo Is Making Major Labels Rethink Their Tunes
  54. Bitcoin and Ethereum Just Crashed, Taking Coinbase Down With Them
  55. 2017 Surface Pro least repairable ever; Surface Laptop is made of glue: Compact design continues to be at odds with maintenance and repairability.
  56. Ready Lawyer One: Legal Issues In The Innovation Of Virtual Reality (Crystal Nwaneri) 

CREATIVITY

  1. Asian Rock Band v. the PTO: The Supreme Court, the First Amendment, and What the Justices Decided in Matal v. Tam
  2. Matal, Interim Director, USPTO V. Tam (SCOTUS)
  3. Supreme Court rules: Offensive trademarks must be allowed – Justice Samuel Alito: “Giving offense is a viewpoint.”
  4. Supreme Court Ruling on Offensive Trademarks Could Embolden Future Trademark Applicants 
  5. Siding with The Slants: Ban on Disparaging Marks Held Unconstitutional
  6. SCOTUS Strikes Down Ban on Disparaging Trademarks 
  7. How The Supreme Court’s Recent Free Speech Ruling May Destroy Hollywood’s Plans To Kick People Off The Internet
  8. Supreme Court Reminds US Government That Hate Speech Is, In Fact, Free Speech
  9. Slightly cooler take on Tam (Rebecca Tushnet)
  10. Captain Morgan defends trademark as Admiral Nelson’s is ordered to weigh anchor
  11. Gene Simmons attempts to trademark love
  12. Gene Simmons Abandons Hand Gesture Trademark Application
  13. NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights Making a Name for Themselves the Hard Way
  14. The search to prove that trademark dilution exists; new study casts “serious doubt” on validity of current evidence
  15. Should the Patent and Trademark Office Be Allowed to Change Its Mind?: The Supreme Court will decide soon.
  16. A Decade Later, Judge Says ‘Jersey Boys’ Use Of Unpublished Autobiography Is Fair Use
  17. Fair use is the fifth season in Jersey Boys case (Rebecca Tushnet)
  18. Comicmix Wins Against Dr. Seuss Estate On Trademark Infringement Claim, Copyright Claim In Serious Jeopardy
  19. Mankowitz’s famous portrait of Jimi Hendrix is original and deserves copyright protection, says Paris Court of Appeal.
  20. Copyright Troll Rightscorp Ramps Up Its Efforts To Get ISPs To Push Its Payment Demands On Users
  21. Multiple German Courts Rule Photos Of Public Domain Works Are Not In The Public Domain
  22. Coal CEO Threatens John Oliver With A SLAPP Suit
  23. SLAPP Threats And The Grenfell Fire: Why We Must Stop Attacks On Free Speech
  24. Peter Pan and the Copyright that Never Grew Up
  25. Once more into the copyright breach: A look at what adjustments to copyright policy can be made through regulation, what needs legislative tweaking, and what’s brewing in the courts. (Howard Knopf)
  26. Fact Check: Distortions and Fake News in Virginia Shooting
  27. The Normalization of Conspiracy Culture: People who share dangerous ideas don’t necessarily believe them.
  28. It’s Super Dangerous to Be a Journalist in the Philippines
  29. Star Wars Han Solo film directors leave, citing “creative differences”: No replacement named, but film still on track for 2018 release says Lucasfilm.

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Why the Government Was Right to Swiftly Ditch the Ill-Advised Internet Tax (Michael Geist)
  2. CRTC to ban unlocking fees for smartphones as of Dec. 1
  3. CRTC bans smartphone unlocking fees, outgoing chairman Blais regrets not taking decision sooner: Bell, Rogers and Telus all charge $50 to unlock a phone. That fee will be eliminated as of Dec. 1.
  4. Change is in the Airwaves: CRTC Expands the Wireless Code of Conduct
  5. Canadian Government Suspends Implementation of Private Right of Action Under CASL
  6. Saving Private Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Terrible From the Latest Canadian Proposals (Michael Geist)
  7. Chris Selley: Federal government should stop trying to help private media and fix the CBC –  If the Trudeau Liberals want to help out media, I suggest they forget about the outlets they don’t own and start worrying about the one they do
  8. Andrew Coyne: A bailout won’t save media, but just make it easier to avoid problems – If this proposed Canadian Journalism Fund is about saving news, it’s odd that the publishers should have such a narrow definition of it
  9. Alex Jones Scoops Megyn Kelly And Proves The Media Isn’t Ready For The Trolls: “I’m not looking to portray you as a bogeyman,” Kelly said in the published audio.
  10. How NBC botched the Megyn Kelly rollout
  11. The Psychology Of Why Interviewing Alex Jones Is Such A Bad Idea
  12. While You Were Offline: Fox News Is Officially No Longer ‘Fair And Balanced.’ Wait…
  13. Democrats urge Trump administration to block AT&T/Time Warner merger – Senate Democrats: “Mega conglomerate” could punish rivals and harm consumers.
  14. FCC makes net neutrality commenters’ e-mail addresses public through API: E-mail addresses aren’t required, though names and home addresses are.
  15. Netflix joins Amazon and Reddit in Day of Action to save net neutrality: Netflix changes tune, says it “will never outgrow the fight for net neutrality.”
  16. Cable Lobbyists Try To Scuttle State Inquiries Into Lousy Broadband Service, Slow Speeds
  17. Three UK fined £1.9M over failure to provide non-stop access to 999 services: Ofcom – Tech issues should never hamper customers’ ability to make emergency calls.
  18. Cable lobby tries to stop state investigations into slow broadband speeds: Besides gutting net neutrality, industry wants less scrutiny of speed claims.
  19. Verizon Is Killing Tumblr’s Fight For Net Neutrality: One of the open internet’s fiercest defenders has a new boss
  20. Verizon Bucks AT&T And Comcast, Supports Utility Pole Reform For Faster Fiber Deployment
  21. Broadband ISP CenturyLink Accused Of Wells-Fargo-Esque Scam That Bilked Millions From Customers
  22. 80% Of Cord Cutters Leave Because Of High Cable TV Prices, But The Industry Still Refuses To Compete On Price
  23. It’s Working: Free Press Documents Historic Levels of Investment and Innovation Since FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order – Using FCC’s own financial disclosures and statements to investors, new report definitively debunks FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s claims about Title II harming investment
  24. Cable Industry Lobbyist Proclaims Cable TV Industry ‘Failing’ While Advocating Against Broadband Consumer Rights
  25. Wall Street Still Annoyed That Competition Forced Wireless Carriers To Bring Back Unlimited Data Plans
  26. Utility that says Comcast didn’t pay bills threatens to pull wires off poles
  27. Mobile Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU
  28. EU mobile roaming charges end today, but beware of other costs: Rules only apply to roaming, which is subject to fair use policy. So check the small print.
  29. California may restore broadband privacy rules killed by Congress and Trump: State law could protect customers’ browsing history, but FCC rule is still dead.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Web host agrees to pay $1m after it’s hit by Linux-targeting ransomware: Windfall payment by poorly secured host is likely to inspire new ransomware attacks.
  2. Netizen Report: China Has a New Cybersecurity Law
  3. How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab For Cyberwar
  4. Russia Stumbles Forth In Quest To Ban VPNs, Private Messenger Apps
  5. North Korea’s Sloppy, Chaotic Cyberattacks Also Make Perfect Sense
  6. Five Eyes Wide Open: How Bill C-59 Mixes Oversight with Expansive Cyber-Security Powers (Michael Geist)
  7. Why the Government’s ATI Reform Bill is a Promise Broken: Proactive Disclosure ≠ Access to Information (Michael Geist)
  8. Unnamed Tech Company Challenged 702 Surveillance Order
  9. Man To Spend 180 Days In Jail For Turning Over Non-Working Password
  10. Reckless Exploit: Mexican Journalists, Lawyers, and a Child Targeted with NSO Spyware
  11. Revealed: Facebook exposed identities of moderators to suspected terrorists: A security lapse that affected more than 1,000 workers forced one moderator into hiding – and he still lives in constant fear for his safety
  12. Patents Reveal How Facebook Wants To Capture Your Emotions, Facial Expressions And Mood
  13. UK Cops Say Visiting the Dark Web Is a Potential Sign of Terrorism
  14. The ethics of police using technology to predict future crimes: Using computer models to determine where crime is most likely to occur could reinforce police biases about neighbourhoods with ethnic or racial minorities
  15. 2008 FISA Transcript Shows NSA Already Knew It Might Have An Incidental Collection Problem
  16. Oversight Report Shows NSA Failed To Secure Its Systems Following The Snowden Leaks
  17. Secret Defense Dept. Report Shows Manning Leaks Did No Serious Damage
  18. Leaked recording: Inside Apple’s global war on leakers: Former NSA agents, secrecy members on product teams, and a screening apparatus bigger than the TSA.
  19. Deputy Attorney General Asks Congress For $21 Million To Solve The FBI’s ‘Going Dark’ Problem
  20. There Is No ‘Going Dark’ Problem
  21. Security News This Week: Microsoft’s Patching Old Versions Of Windows Because Things Are That Bad
  22. Honda shuts down factory after finding NSA-derived Wcry in its networks: Automaker briefly stops making cars to contain worm that first struck in May.
  23. Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for years: Latest Vault7 release exposes network-spying operation CIA kept secret since 2007.
  24. How A Company You’ve Never Heard Of Sends You Letters About Your Medical Condition
  25. Nevada Enacts Internet Privacy Regulation
  26. How to Browse the Web and Leave No Trace
  27. GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters
  28. GOP Data Firm Left The Personal Data Of 198 Million American Voters On Openly-Accessible Amazon Server
  29. How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Sends You Letters about Your Medical Condition
  30. U.S. Repeal of Privacy Rules Causes Concern For U.S. Internet Users – What do the Changes Mean for Canadians?
  31. No Sanctions for Unintentional, Automatic Deletion of Web History and Related Information
  32. Fake Libel Court Order Used In (Failed) Attempt To Vanish Sexual Battery Conviction
  33. A French Artist Says He Received a National ID Card Using a Computer-Generated Headshot

Jon

News of the Week; June 14, 2017

GAMES

  1. Augmented reality lawsuit provides augmented view of 1st Amendment: “They’re passing two dimensional laws in a three dimensional world.”
  2. Class action lawsuit over Xbox 360 defect shut down by court (again)
  3. Popular GTA V Modding Tool Shuts Down, Community Explodes
  4. GTA Mod Tool Program Shuts Down, After Reported Cease And Desist Letter: OpenIV is no more, apparently.
  5. Bethesda announces new mods network, Creation Club
  6. Witcher developer: Thieves want ransom for leaked Cyberpunk 2077 docs – Files are from the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world RPG based on a 1990 PC title.
  7. CD Projekt Red faces extortion over Cyberpunk 2077: Witcher studio says it won’t meet ransom demand to prevent release of early development documents
  8. Report: Konami is making life hard for people who leave the company
  9. New Cracking Group May Have Delivered Denuvo Its Death Blow
  10. GameStop notifies online customers of possible credit card theft
  11. Testology founder’s anti-Muslim comments “still far too common” in games industry: Andy Robson apologises for Facebook rant, but Rami Ismail says such attitudes have a “stifling effect” on developers
  12. When an Apology is Not an Apology
  13. Members of the Games Industry Respond to Testology Founder’s Call to “Get Rid of Every Muslim”
  14. Testology owner called out for anti-Muslim comments
  15. Double Eleven publicly disavows Testology: “We do not tolerate religious persecution in any form”
  16. Ubisoft CEO: Vivendi fight will continue because freedom matters
  17. FIFA 18: Football for the many, not the few – “There is no stereotypical FIFA user,” says EA – and that makes development hard.
  18. Largest EA Sports FIFA Competition Launching This Fall
  19. Season Pass dropped for Star Wars Battlefront II: All content packs will be free, including Force Awakens’ Finn and Captain Phasma by Christmas
  20. EA’s press conference showed the danger of relying on influencers: This is not how to use your for-pay talent
  21. EA wants to use machine learning to create real-time game narratives
  22. EA Boss Andrew Wilson’s Vision of Gaming’s Future Will Blow Your Mind
  23. One year later, Pokemon Go has surpassed 750 million downloads
  24. Minecraft to receive its first top-engine visual overhaul since 2010 debut: “Super-Duper Graphics Pack” retains blockiness, goes crazy with particles, shadows.
  25. Microsoft and Nintendo embrace cross-platform play – but where’s Sony?: PlayStation absent from cross-platform strategy of both Minecraft and Rocket League
  26. Sony exec offers an answer for PS4’s absence from Minecraftcross-platform play
  27. PlayStation quietly announces smartphone-based PlayLink range: New series connects phones to PS4 for asymmetrical multiplayer games
  28. The PS4 has now sold through over 60.4M units
  29. PlayStation 4 hits 60.4 million sales: As Microsoft rallies with Xbox One X, SIE’s Andrew House says the PS4 platform is “in its prime”
  30. Are 4K-enabled consoles backing into a niche?: With 4K TV adoption still low, crafting a message around console hardware that includes most consumers is a tricky balancing act
  31. Xbox Scorpio is now Xbox One X—launches November 7 for $499: Alongside 4K console Microsoft promised 22 exclusive games will launch on Xbox.
  32. Xbox One X: Analysts concur that $499 is “a tough sell”: “The price point is the most obvious weakness, giving Sony an opportunity to drop its current PS4 Pro to $350 and raise the stakes”
  33. First impressions: Xbox One X doesn’t quite bring the “wow!” factor – Our initial thoughts on the new hardware, plus a look at upcoming Xbox software.
  34. The devil from the details: Proper interpretation of our Xbox usage data: Microsoft subtweets aside, we’re sticking to our data until they prove us wrong.
  35. Xbox expanding backwards compatibility program to original Xbox games: Actual Xbox “one” on Xbox One! Crimson Skies confirmed now, launching later this year.
  36. Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, x86, and the downfall of the PC gaming master race
  37. Destiny 2 will launch on PC 46 days after consoles: Console launch dates pushed ahead two days; beta will not require pre-order.
  38. Xbox One X Ignored VR—Just Like Everyone Else
  39. The state of virtual reality: Microsoft, Sony, Valve, Ready at Dawn all have games in the works
  40. Ubisoft VP: ‘We’re trying to figure out what is fun’ about VR
  41. The VR Challenger League is a new eSports venture from Oculus, Intel and the ESL
  42. Study shows virtual reality has appeal among U.S. game enthusiasts
  43. Virtual Reality Video Will Be Worth $3 Billion By 2021: PwC study
  44. YouTube Says Esports Tournament Watch Time Has Grown 90% Over Past Year
  45. After-school eSports clubs are now a thing in the UK
  46. Yahoo eSports is winding down, a casualty of the Yahoo-AOL merger
  47. Study: Women Comprise Nearly One-Third Of Esports Audience
  48. Riot opens India office to nurture local player base
  49. Bandai Namco targets emerging mobile markets with Docomo partnership
  50. Docomo partnership to open new mobile markets for Bandai Namco: Japanese publisher will co-create HTML5 games for Africa, Latin America and India
  51. Mandatory co-op fuels the storytelling possibilities of new game A Way Out
  52. The Pentagon Looks To Videogames For The Future Of War
  53. E3 games feature more multi-gender options than ever before: Feminist Frequency’s findings indicate progress, and indeed, the group had a direct impact on Dishonored 2, Harvey Smith revealed
  54. Women Play Video Games
  55. Everything is the first video game to qualify for an Oscar: Trailer for bizarre indie title on the Academy Award longlist for animated short film
  56. To Drive Like A Nascar Star, Break Out The Video Games
  57. How Massive Entertainment tries to retain every employee for at least a decade: Managing director Polfeldt on giving junior staff a voice and protecting your workforce from the pressures of AAA development
  58. StarCraft Remastered dev analyzes the enduring appeal of StarCraft

DIGITAL

  1. Judge: Sure, These Bloggers Are A Bunch Of Jerks, But They’re Not Engaged In Defamation
  2. “Offensive, Rude, Annoying, Mean-Spirited & Ill-Advised” Blog Posts Aren’t Defamatory–Milazzo v. Connolly (Eric Goldman)
  3. Dangerous Copyright Ruling In Europe Opens The Door To Widespread Censorship
  4. Nothing to glOSS over: California court agrees to hear case on open source license enforcement
  5. Internet “Framing” Is A Valid Ground For Copyright Infringement In Canada
  6. Pirate Bay may finally be sunk after EU copyright ruling: TPB operators delete obsolete torrent files, filter some content—Europe’s top court.
  7. Copyright Holders Keep Targeting Dead Torrent Sites
  8. Copyright Misuse Emerges as a Political Issue: QP Questions on Notice-and-Notice Abuse
  9. Another Day, Another Bogus YouTube Takedown Because Of A Major Label
  10. Intel fires warning shots at Microsoft, claims x86 emulation is a patent minefield: Intel doesn’t name names, but Windows 10 on ARM is surely the target of its ire.
  11. History by lawsuit: After Gawker’s demise, the “inventor of e-mail” targets Techdirt: “I defined e-mail! And you guys have got to give me that credit.”
  12. Should Tumblr Be Forced To Reveal 500 People Who Reblogged A Sex Tape?
  13. Tech giants face fines in UK, France over extremism posts—PM May: British MPs likely to rumber-stamp law that punishes firms that fail to take action.
  14. EU legislates for portability of online content
  15. The Importance Of Defending Section 230 Even When It’s Hard
  16. Facebook Isn’t Liable for Fake User Account–Caraccioli v. Facebook (Eric Goldman)
  17. Facebook’s First Original Shows Are A Cancelled MTV Comedy And A Nationwide Reality Competition
  18. While Commercials Air On TV, Viewers Flock To Facebook
  19. Facebook says people can’t stop looking at Facebook during TV commercials
  20. Facebook can’t be sued for “jerkingman” revenge porn account
  21. Verizon Closes $4.5 Billion Yahoo Deal, Marissa Mayer Resigns
  22. SiriusXM Sets $480 Million Investment in Pandora
  23. Sirius XM’s Pandora Investment Looks Like A Lifeline – But Feels Like An Invasion
  24. Apple and Valve Have Worked Together for Nearly a Year to Bring VR to MacOS: SteamVR and OpenVR available in beta for MacOS ‘High Sierra’ this week
  25. How Adobe Got Its Customers Hooked on Subscriptions: The switch to the cloud was risky, but revenue is way up.
  26. More than a decade later, how do original YouTube stars feel about the site?: For original YouTubers, their online haven became a media behemoth—but they keep vlogging.
  27. Apple’s New Transparency Is Huge For Podcasts Everywhere
  28. The Secret Origin Story Of The iPhone
  29. Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick To Take Indefinite Leave: Meanwhile Uber’s board will adopt recommendations to reform culture from within
  30. Trump-Style Tactics Finally Stopped Working For Uber: The laws of gravity apply. Even in Silicon Valley. Maybe even in Washington.
  31. David Bonderman Resigns From Uber Board After Sexist Remark
  32. Uber’s Culture Problems Could Sink Its Self-Driving Future
  33. Read the full investigation into Uber’s troubled culture and management: Uber released the findings of an external investigation to its staff at an all-hands meeting today.
  34. Uber’s Problems Are Silicon Valley’s Problems
  35. A judge is ordering drunken drivers to install Uber, Lyft: “It’s just common sense. It doesn’t cost anybody anything to install.”
  36. As Uber Crumbles, Lyft Builds Its Future
  37. Policymakers Increasing Their Scrutiny of Virtual Currencies 
  38. Instagram’s most-followed celebs failed to label 93 percent of ads, report finds
  39. Instagram Adds New Tag To Let Influencers Properly Disclose Brand Partnerships
  40. Instagram Will Now Tell You Who’s Getting Paid To Post
  41. Instagram Will Add ‘Paid Partnership’ Tag to Sponsored Posts, After FTC’s Warnings to Celebrity Users
  42. Making Google the Censor
  43. GOOGLE Mark Is Not a Victim of Genericide 
  44. Why Is Google Digitising the World’s Fashion Archives?: For years, Google has been digitising the world’s museums, making cultural artefacts accessible in extraordinary detail to millions of internet users. Now it’s turning to fashion.
  45. Amazon and Netflix are heading up a new anti-piracy group
  46. It Was Inevitable, Really: Netflix Is Turning Into HBO
  47. How augmented reality could save tech from itself
  48. “Covfefe”—there’s a congressional act for that now: Proposed legislation seeks to bar a US president from deleting tweets.
  49. A Running List Of People Donald Trump Has Blocked
  50. Schools Tap Secret Spectrum To Beam Free Internet To Students
  51. Social media is as harmful as alcohol and drugs for millennials
  52. A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relic: How an image format changed the way we communicate
  53. How the Internet Is Getting a Little Nicer, One Meme at a Time
  54. Do Androids Dream of Electric Guitars? Exploring the Future of Musical A.I.: New projects by Google and Sony use machine-learning technology to create music that essentially writes itself. Should we be scared—or excited?
  55. Advancing to the next level: the quantified self and the gamification of academic research through social networks

CREATIVITY

  1. Study Shows Fair Use Industries Make Up One Sixth Of The Economy
  2. Fair Use In The U.S. Economy: Economic Contribution of Industries Relying on Fair Use
  3.  A legal victory for the kickstarted Star Trek mashup censored by Dr Seuss’s estate
  4. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. v. ComicMix LLC
  5. Judge Overturns Jury’s Verdict That ‘Jersey Boys’ Is a Copyright Infringement
  6. Monkey Selfie Case Gets Even Weirder, As The Monkey’s ‘Next Friends’ Are In A Criminal Dispute With Each Other
  7. Gene Simmons Seeks to Register Trademark on Iconic Rock Hand Gesture: Index and pinky fingers up. Thumb perpendicular. Some say it’s the devil’s horns. The Kiss rocker says it’s his.
  8. Gene Simmons Wants to Trademark Spider-Man’s ‘Thwip’ Hand Gesture (UPDATE: Now He Doesn’t)
  9. Kellogg’s Takes Australian Tennis Player To Court For Branding Himself ‘Special K’
  10. Trademark Bullying Works: Dawa Food Mart Agrees To Name Change After Trademark Suit From Wawa
  11. Trademark Registrations for Emojis  (Eric Goldman)
  12. Human rights and trademark legislation: the case of offensive marks (Teresa Scassa)
  13. Raising Walls Against Overlapping Rights: Preemption And The Right Of Publicity (Rebecca Tushnet)
  14. Strategies For Discerning The Boundaries Of Copyright And Patent Protections (Pamela Samuelson)
  15. Copyright Trolls… But For Houses
  16. Two Big Copyright Cases Sent To Top EU Court: One On Sampling, The Other On Freedom Of The Press
  17. Ezra Levant’s libel appeal denied by Supreme Court: Rebel Media co-founder was ordered to pay $80K in damages to Saskatchewan lawyer Khurrum Awan in 2014
  18. Reporter Indicted For Covering Trump Inauguration Protests
  19. Copyright rules crippling artists
  20. Judge Orders MCSK To Cease Collecting Royalties For Kenyan Musicians
  21. EU Copyright Proposal: Not Good, But Not As Blatantly Terrible As It Could Have Been
  22. Charging Bull v. Fearless Girl: A Brief Overview
  23. Two layers of photo ownership in conflict in street photography case
  24. Indigenous Activists Are Working To Get the UN To Ban Cultural Appropriation
  25. How a ‘Propaganda War’ Overtook Eurovision, the World’s Most Inclusive Song Competition
  26. What’s next, after the 2012 copyright overhaul?: With a review months away, improving one of the world’s best copyright regimes calls for modest tweaks, rather than an overhaul. (Michael Geist)
  27. The Upcoming 2017 Copyright Act Review: What Next for Canadian Copyright (Michael Geist)
  28. Our problem isn’t ‘fake news.’ Our problems are trust and manipulation.
  29. In Search of Unbiased Reporting in Light of Brexit, Trump and Other Reporting Challenges in the UK and US
  30. How Hollywood Came to Fear and Loathe Rotten Tomatoes: As Wonder Woman soars and Baywatch flops, the power of the review aggregator is looking greater than ever—and studios are looking for a way around it.
  31. How Sex Is Orchestrated on Reality Shows Like Bachelor in Paradise
  32. The Importance of Adam West’s ‘Bright Knight’ Batman
  33. Are Our Pastimes Past Their Time? How Will The Media Industry Disruption And Changes To The Legal Environment Affect The Sports Industry? (David Sussman)
  34. Symposium: Is Free Speech Under Threat in the United States?

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Liberal MPs to call for broadband Internet tax to fund Canadian media
  2. Focus: Judge rules Bell Mobility discriminated
  3. Focus: U.S.and Canada diverge on net neutrality
  4. How The Death Of Net Neutrality Could Hamstring The Internet Of Things
  5. Broadband speeds have soared under net neutrality rules, cable lobby says: The cable lobby’s conflicting arguments about net neutrality and broadband.
  6. The Internet needs paid fast lanes, anti-net neutrality senator says: Net neutrality is just a “slogan.”
  7. Mozilla Poll Again Shows Net Neutrality Has Broad, Bipartisan Support
  8. Reddit, Amazon Push For ‘Day Of Action’ On July 12 To Protest The Killing Of Net Neutrality
  9. Frontier Fires State Senate Leader (Who Also Worked For Frontier) For Supporting Attempts To Improve Broadband Competition
  10. Frederator’s Parent Company To Launch Canadian Cable Channel Featuring YouTube Content
  11. Putting the Internet at the Centre: Taking Stock of Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair (Michael Geist)
  12. Making Sense of Jean-Pierre Blais (Timothy Denton)
  13. Government of Canada repeals July 1, 2017 implementation of private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) 
  14. TV Cord Cutting Poised To Smash Records During Second Quarter
  15. AT&T uses forced arbitration to overcharge customers, senators say: AT&T claims mandatory arbitration is better for customers than lawsuits.
  16. BT’s “most powerful Wi-Fi signal” brag is misleading, rules ad watchdog: But Ryan Reynolds dangling from a helicopter is clearly “fantastical” and hey-OK.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known
  2. Everything We Know About Russia’s Election-Hacking Playbook
  3. Russia struck at election systems and data of 39 US states: Investigators find evidence attackers tried to modify voter data, reports Bloomberg.
  4. Al-Jazeera claims to be victim of cyber attack as Qatar crisis continues: Broadcaster targeted after hackers planted “fake news” on Qatar’s state news service.
  5. Strong Crypto Is Not The Problem: Manchester And London Attackers Were Known To The Authorities
  6. CSIS kept ‘all’ metadata on third parties for a decade, top secret memo says – Top secret memo suggests large scale for CSIS metadata program, Federal Court ruled keeping the data was illegal in 2016.
  7. Government Caves to Lobbying Pressure: Bains Blocks Consumer Redress for Spam and Spyware Losses (Michael Geist)
  8. Trudeau must do more to promote openness, information czar says
  9. Inside the ACLU’s nationwide campaign to curb police surveillance: ‘The only place we face resistance is from the police’
  10. Inside the Algorithm That Tries to Predict Gun Violence in Chicago
  11. Inspecting Algorithms for Bias
  12. Theresa May Tries To Push Forward With Plans To Kill Encryption, While Her Party Plots Via Encrypted Whatsapp
  13. Theresa May’s Plan To Regulate The Internet Won’t Stop Terrorism; It Might Make Things Worse
  14. Company Lost Secret 2014 Fight Over ‘Expansion’ of N.S.A. Surveillance
  15. Another Judge Says The Microsoft Decision Doesn’t Matter; Orders Google To Hand Over Overseas Data
  16. Code of Silence: How private companies hide flaws in the software that governments use to decide who goes to prison and who gets out.
  17. You Almost Definitely Don’t Know All the Ways Facebook Tracks You
  18. Mommy, My Doll is Spying on Me: U.S. Manufacturer’s Doll Labeled an Espionage Device by German Regulators
  19. Pacemakers (Think IoT) are not Cybersecure, does that bother you? 
  20. College students would give up their friends’ privacy for free pizza: It doesn’t take much to get people to change their security priorities
  21. The Next Security Risk May Be Your Vibrator
  22. FTC Tracking Of Privacy Complaints
  23. The Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project (Arvind Narayanan & Dillon Reisman)

Jon

News of the Week; June 7, 2017

GAMES

  1. ESA launches lawsuit against Chicago for its tax on online games
  2. ESA sues to overturn Chicago online game service tax: Trade group goes to court over city’s expansion of amusement tax to include game streaming and subscription services
  3. Violent video game montages are grounds for demonetization on YouTube
  4. YouTube specifies what type of gaming content could face demonetization: Livestreams and let’s play videos should be fine
  5. Twitch Now Offering A Cut Of Game Sales To Thousands More Creators
  6. Twitch Affiliates will now get a cut of game and IAP sales
  7. Valve shuts down Greenlight submissions, dates Steam Direct launch
  8. Valve loses fourth writer in 18 months: Jay Pinkerton joined Valve ten years ago, follows Laidlaw, Wolpaw and Faliszek to the door
  9. Pokemon Go Decides To Troll Cheaters Instead Of Banning Them
  10. The Pokémon Company profits up 2500%: Pokémon Go and Sun/Moon deliver huge growth
  11. Klang receives additional funding, strikes a deal with Harvard Law professor: Unity founder David Helgason among backers for studio behind SpatialOS-powered MMO Seed
  12. Conflict minerals progress in jeopardy: The games industry has made commendable steps in its sourcing of conflict minerals, but the law that made it possible is facing repeal
  13. EA set to donate $1M to anti-bullying efforts via Play to Give
  14. EA Play To Give will donate $1m to charity: Gender neutral charity and two anti-bullying organisations to benefit as publisher campaigns for “inclusion and play”
  15. Mass Effect: Andromeda devs tell tales of what went wrong during development: “For the last few months of the game, we spent most of our effort just trying to keep it together rather than polishing. Just trying to stay ahead of how quickly it was falling apart.”
  16. The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Troubled Five-Year Development
  17. Mobile revenue gravity pulls Square Enix inwards: As cash flows in from Final Fantasy titles in the Japanese mobile market, is Square Enix losing its drive to build new IP and conquer overseas markets?
  18. Rime allegedly runs faster with Denuvo DRM stripped out: Developer, DRM maker both deny accusations as protection gets removed.
  19. Game Developer: Just Wait Until The Game Is Cracked And Then We’ll Patch Denuvo Out; Game Gets Cracked Immediately
  20. Rime’s Denuvo Defeated: Developer Gets To Work On DRM Free Version As Performance Hit Details Emerge
  21. Denuvo denies claims of Rime slowdown, but publisher removes DRM: Grey Box follows through with promise to drop protection after it’s cracked in five days
  22. VMProtect Accuses Denuvo Of Using Unlicensed Software In Its Antipiracy DRM
  23. Blizzard avoids China’s loot laws by selling Overwatch in-game currency: In-game currency will now be sold for real money, with loot boxes thrown in for free
  24. Blizzard to sell Overwatch credits instead of loot boxes to Chinese players
  25. “Releasing your mobile game in China is an absolute necessity”: SuperData CEO Joost van Dreunen discusses the opportunities and challenges of heading East
  26. Violent game montages face demonetisation on YouTube: Let’s Plays and livestreams are on safe ground, but “montages where gratuitous violence is the focal point” are not
  27. Rocket League to offer cross-platform multiplayer between Xbox One, PC, and Switch
  28. Riot overhauls League of Legends eSports: North American League Championship Series will now have more permanent teams with $10 million buy-in, revenue sharing, and a pro players’ association
  29. NBA considering Chinese eSports league: Basketball league’s ambitions to expand in the country and competitive gaming could overlap
  30. China’s mobile esports revenues to approach $7bn in 2017: Revenues already tripled in 2016, expected to triple again
  31. Activision Blizzard Aims for the Big Leagues: Activision Blizzard built a videogame empire around bestselling titles like Call of Duty and Warcraft. Now it wants to become the ESPN of competitive gaming. Will audiences play along?
  32. BT Productions teams up with Attention Seekers to produce video games TV shows: Broadcaster says there’s a “legitimate and growing sports season” for video games
  33. Zelnick: “We’re probably undermonetising our users” – Despite ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto Online, CEO insists publisher is “not going to grab the last nickel”
  34. NPD: Grand Theft Auto V is the US’ best-selling game since 1995 – Market research group confirms Rockstar’s blockbuster is most successful title on record
  35. Sony: One in every five PS4s sold is a Pro
  36. PS4 Pro accounts for 1-in-5 PS4s sold: Sony says premium-priced console is exceeding its expectations; PS4 family has outsold Xbox 2-to-1 in US, 3-to-1 in Europe
  37. PlayStation VR has sold over 1M units worldwide
  38. PlayStation sponsoring London Pride 2017: “This is not some kind of corporate step. It means a lot to us”
  39. New deep-dive study analyzes the playing habits of Xbox Live users
  40. Xbox Unleashed: Our deep-dive study of how millions use Xbox Live – Our follow-up to the Steam Gauge series samples statistics from millions of Gamertags.
  41. Xbox One users largely ignore backward-compatible Xbox 360 games
  42. Xbox One Exec Responds To Report About Low Backwards Compatibility Usage
  43. NES Classic will return (kind of) in updated Nintendo Switch online service: Full service delay to 2018, but $20/year charge will now include more classic games.
  44. Nintendo Switch online service pushed back to 2018: Nintendo misses late-2017 launch window, but sets price below competitor services at $19.99
  45. Arms review: Nintendo reinvents the fighting game and it’s brilliant – Don’t let the saccharine looks fool you: Arms is deep, challenging, and essential.
  46. How will The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild change the open-world paradigm?: We deconstruct the key lessons for developers with the help of Assassin’s Creed and The Witcher designers
  47. What went wrong at Mad Catz?: It was once the most powerful peripherals brand in the world, but now it’s in bankruptcy
  48. Mad Catz died because it ‘bit off more than it could chew’ says former exec
  49. SteamVR is coming to Mac—and Apple says it will actually work: Metal 2 API getting Unreal 4, Unity engine support; Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure coming.
  50. Crazy VR game lets you explore a world made from 4D mathematical models: 4D Toys also works on iOS, Windows; was borne from upcoming puzzle game Miegakure.
  51. Video games in US to grow to $28.5 billion by 2021 – PwC: Latest forecast from PwC estimates 13 million high-end VR headsets in the US with VR content driving $5 billion in sales
  52. PwC Report: Esports Revenue In U.S. To Nearly Hit $300 Million In 2021
  53. Video gaming’s voice actor strike is ending in slow, small drips: As some publishers hold out, dozens of projects agree to union demands.
  54. The Super Nintendo’s Most Valuable Games
  55. Everything’s game trailer officially qualifies for an Oscar
  56. For The First Time, A Video Game Qualifies For An Oscar: A game that can play itself now counts as an animated film.
  57. YouTube Doubles Down On Its Coverage Of Video Game Conference E3
  58. Garriott reassures backers after fresh crowdfunding push exposes finances: Portalarium boss says studio tends to operate with $500,000 in the bank despite $11m in donations
  59. Why the games industry should not stay neutral this election: With the UK Parliamentary election only days away, there are too many defining policy differences in the parties’ manifestos for the industry to stay mute
  60. Taking an IP and making it your own: Cryptic Studios CEO Stephen D’Angelo on how Star Trek Online changed the dev’s approach to licensing
  61. Video games aren’t mindless — or heartless — entertainment: Games like “Papers, Please” and “Cart Life” are empathy exercises. Virtual experiences can have real-life impact
  62. The quest to save today’s gaming history from being lost forever: Changes in digital distribution, rights management increasingly make preservation tough.
  63. Computer scientists quantify just how hard Super Mario Bros. is: Solving an arbitrary level belongs to a class of problems called PSPACE.
  64. Ken Rolston speaks to the strengths of Bethesda’s game dev culture

DIGITAL

  1. The U.S. Supreme Court Is Reining in Patent Trolls, Which Is a Win for Innovation
  2. How one patent troll is desperately trying to stay in East Texas: Uniloc finds plenty of reasons why Google should still be sued in East Texas.
  3. Click fraud claim against Google fails:
  4. Singh v. Google Inc., 2017 WL 2404986, No. 16-cv-03734 – N.D. Cal. Jun. 2, 2017 (Rebecca Tushnet)
  5. Ariana Grande’s ‘One Love Manchester’ Concert To Be Streamed Live On YouTube, Facebook, And Twitter
  6. YouTube Takes Down Ariana Grande’s Manchester Benefit Concert On Copyright Grounds
  7. Copyright Law In Europe Could Be About To Get Ridiculously Stupidly Bad In Ways That Will Undermine The Internet
  8. The Music Licensing Swamp: Spotify Settles Over Failure To Obtain Mechanical Licenses
  9. Uber fires 20 employees as fallout from sexual harassment investigation: A law firm is reviewing 215 sexual harassment claims. Uber has about 12,000 workers.
  10. Oculus Founder Plots a Comeback With a Virtual Border Wall
  11. Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election
  12. Leaked NSA report says Russians tried to hack state election officials: Alleged source of leak arrested by FBI after Intercept provided copy to NSA.
  13. Russia’s attempt to hack voting systems shows that our elections need better security
  14. Feds Charge NSA Contractor Accused of Exposing Russian Hacking
  15. How a few yellow dots burned the Intercept’s NSA leaker: By providing copy of leak, Intercept likely accelerated ID of contractor.
  16. How Document-Tracking Dots Helped The FBI Track Down Russian Hacking Doc Leaker
  17. Intercept Posts NSA Docs On Russian Election Hacking, DOJ Announces Arrest Of Leaker Hours Later
  18. The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner: Many color printers embed grids of dots that allow law enforcement to track every document they output.
  19. Snowden Explains How The Espionage Act Unfairly Stacks The Deck Against Reality Winner
  20. Putin: “Patriotic” Russian hackers may have interfered in US election – Comparing hackers to artists, Putin says they may have been inspired by patriotism.
  21. How Russian Propaganda Spread From a Parody Website to Fox News
  22. You’ll never guess where Russian spies are hiding their control servers: Turla uses social media and clever programming techniques to cover its tracks.
  23. Can you commit manslaughter by sending texts? We’re about to find out
  24. Wikipedia Seems to Be Winning Its Battle Against Government Censorship
  25. 5 Searches That Show Bing Resists Alternative Facts Better Than Google: Breitbart readers really engage with Katy Perry
  26. YouTube Spearheads #PowerToDecide Campaign Ahead Of U.K. General Election
  27. YouTube Updates Its Guidelines For Advertiser-Friendly Content To Offer More Thorough Info To Creators
  28. Philip DeFranco Calls Out What He Sees As YouTube’s Ad Double Standard, Vows To Take Next Show Elsewhere
  29. YouTube’s Gossip Vloggers Have Created Their Own Tabloid Industry: There are YouTube celebrities, so of course there are YouTube tabloids
  30. Dessert Blogger Files Suit Against Food Network For Copying Recipe Video
  31. Confessions of an influencer marketing exec: ‘Micro-influencers are the biggest scam’
  32. Late-Night Tweeting Linked To Weaker NBA Performance
  33. Covfefe aside, late-night tweets are bad news: Nocturnal Twitter use links to poor performance, according to basketball-player study.
  34. Trump Defends Twitter Use as Aides Urge Him to Cut Back
  35. President’s Twitter account should not block users, First Amendment lawyers argue
  36. Is @RealDonaldTrump violating the First Amendment by blocking some Twitter users?
  37. Trump’s Twitter Blocking May Violate First Amendment
  38. Twitter users threaten legal action if Trump doesn’t unblock them: Mayors can’t eject city hall critics, so Trump can’t block Twitter critics, either.
  39. The Twitter presidency is getting old, according to a new voter survey: “They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out,” Trump tweets.
  40. That Lawsuit About A Tweet… Is Both A Publicity Stunt And An Attack On Free Speech
  41. Twitter Will Live-Stream James Comey Testimony in Exclusive Bloomberg TV Pact
  42. Blaming the Internet for Terrorism Misses the Point
  43. Hacking Online Hate Means Talking to the Humans Behind It
  44. Google’s Plan to Use Ads to Sway ISIS Recruits
  45. Forget far-right populism – crypto-anarchists are the new masters: Many are concerned about the internet’s role in politics. But more worrying is the digital tsunami poised to engulf us, as machine intelligence and a rising tech elite radically restructure life as we know it
  46. A Hardware Update for the Human Brain: From Silicon Valley startups to the U.S. Department of Defense, scientists and engineers are hard at work on a brain-computer interface that could turn us into programmable, debuggable machines
  47. YouTube clarifies “hate speech” definition and which videos won’t be monetized: h7M bv m,  ore details for creators on what they can and cannot say if they want to make money.
  48. An Ad Network That Helps Fake News Sites Earn Money Is Now Asking Users To Report Fake News: In response to queries from BuzzFeed News, Revcontent removed four fake news publishers from its network.
  49. Theresa May Calls for International Regulation of Cyberspace in Wake of Attacks
  50. Theresa May Blames The Internet For London Bridge Attack; Repeats Demands To Censor It
  51. London attack: Internet firms provide safe space for terrorists, claims PM – Home secretary again demands “limit to the amount of end-to-end encryption.”
  52. London attack: Tech firms dispute PM’s grandstanding on Internet regulation – Facebook, Twitter, and Google say they’re trying to make sites “hostile” to terrorists.
  53. Why not ban cars, Amber Rudd? It’d be more effective than banning encryption – Op-ed: Another terrorist attack, another government attempt at backdooring WhatsApp.
  54. Leaving Social Media Taught Me How Broken The News Cycle Is
  55. Court Says Facebook Can Block Parents From Deceased Teen’s Account: The page had already been made a “memorial” — blocking them from investigating her death
  56. Photographer Sues News Agency For Embedding A Tweet Containing His Photo
  57. Social media defamation still a cause for concern
  58. The Most Hated Online Advertising Techniques
  59. Apple adds ad tracker blocker to desktop Safari
  60. Intel & Major League Baseball Partnership Will Bring Free Weekly Games Streamed in VR
  61. The Internet Is Where We Share — and Steal — the Best Ideas
  62. Can’t Take a Joke? That’s Just Poe’s Law, 2017’s Most Important Internet Phenomenon
  63. Women Engineers On The Rampant Sexism Of Silicon Valley
  64. Warner Bros and Google using Wonder Woman to get girls into coding: New Made With Code project will use latest superhero firm to introduce skills to young women
  65. Google prepares publishers for the release of Chrome ad-blocking: The biggest online advertiser will now block ads; the Web won’t look the same.
  66. Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox (Lina Khan)
  67. Internet Framing is a Valid Ground for Copyright Infringement in Canada
  68. Voltage Pictures Canadian Reverse Class Action – An Update to June 6, 2017 (Howard Knopf)
  69. Hanging by a thread: How the online nerdy T-shirt economy exists in an IP world: If big media has legal muscle, why can you buy Link racing Harley Quinn on a shirt?
  70. Why Netflix Isn’t Getting Involved In Live Sports Streaming Like Amazon
  71. Netflix CEO Offers Eyebrow-Raising Justification As Cancellations Increase
  72. App Store revenue breaks $70bn: Downloads have grown by 70% in the last 12 months alone
  73. The Rate Of TV Cord Cutting Is Actually Worse Than You Think
  74. What Has the Internet Done to Media?
  75. Online Marketing to Children – New UK Guidance
  76. Toward a Canadian Knowledge Transfer Strategy: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (Michael Geist)
  77. Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?: Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it?
  78. The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications?: Despite wide concern about cyberattacks, outages and privacy violations, most experts believe the Internet of Things will continue to expand successfully the next few years, tying machines to machines and linking people to valuable resources, services and opportunities
  79. IBM unveils world’s first 5nm chip: Built with a new type of gate-all-around transistor, plus extreme ultraviolet lithography.
  80. The Robot Dog Fetches for Whom?
  81. The Chatbot Therapist Will See You Now
  82. Is language as we know it still relevant for the digital age?
  83. Whatever Happened To Our Dream Of An Empowering Internet (And How To Get It Back) (Andres Guadamuz)

CREATIVITY

  1. Fair use blocks out copyright claim over LeBron’s tattoo 
  2. Drake Winning Sampling Case Over Fair Use Is Big News… But Still Demonstrates The Madness Of Music Licensing
  3. In breach of EU copyright law, Paris Court refuses to protect Mankowitz’s photo of Jimi Hendrix
  4. Harsh Consequences for Dale Chihuly After Failing to Document IP Rights with Independent Contractor
  5. Could Donald Trump Make America Great Again In Canada?
  6. The Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl: Moral Rights Protections in Australia and the U.S.
  7. The Politics of Political Design: In the UK General Election, support for progressive politics is far more visible in the creative community than pro-Conservative messages are. Yet surveys reveal that not all creative people are left-leaning. Hannah Ellis goes in search of designers on the right and examines the contradiction inherent in an industry predominantly ‘of the left’ that spends much of its time enabling an economic system that is at odds with many leftist ideals.
  8. Can America’s moviegoing habit be saved? The past, present and uncertain future of the multiplex
  9. Are patents effective brand assets anymore?
  10. The Top Hits: Fashion Cases with a Big Impact
  11. Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property
  12. How Lego clicked: the super brand that reinvented itself: The revival of Lego has been hailed as the greatest turnaround in corporate history, ousting Ferrari as the world’s most powerful brand. 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Canadian Government on Wireless Services: High Prices, Low Adoption, and Unaffordable For Too Many (Michael Geist)
  2. CASL Private Right of Action Delayed Indefinitely
  3. FCC security denies that guards pinned journalist against a wall: Chairman Pai promises security changes as reporter stands by allegations.
  4. Report Falsely Blames The EFF For Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments
  5. To kill net neutrality rules, FCC says broadband isn’t “telecommunications”
  6. Vimeo, Amazon Among Companies Joining Upcoming Protest To Defend Net Neutrality
  7. Net Neutrality and the First Amendment
  8. The End Of Net Neutrality Could Shackle The Internet Of Things
  9. Comcast Pinky Swears That The Death Of Net Neutrality Won’t Hurt In The Slightest
  10. Is Antitrust Law a Viable Substitute for Net Neutrality? 
  11. Canada to launch subsidized low-income broadband program
  12. Focus: CRTC decision a blow to the industry?
  13. ISPs denied entry into apartment buildings could get help from FCC: FCC looks at expanding competition rules, but it could preempt local regulations.
  14. Sky scolded over shadowy small print in LEGO Batman broadband ad: Superhero claim about “lowest price fibre” turns into caped capped caper.
  15. Fox News Gets Mad That Wonder Woman Isn’t in Her American Apparel Underwear
  16. YES Network Streams Production Meetings Through Facebook
  17. Going gray: Sports TV viewers skew older – Study – Nearly all sports see quick rise in average age of TV viewers as younger fans shift to digital platforms
  18. FTC and DOJ Case Results in Historic Decision Awarding $280 Million in Civil Penalties against Dish Network and Strong Injunctive Relief for Do Not Call Violations
  19. Radio spectrum, the 5G auction, and the future of mobile computing: Here’s why the UK’s upcoming 5G radio spectrum auction is important.
  20. Cable TV “failing” as a business, cable industry lobbyist says: Broadband is the future as TV faces rising costs and online video competition.
  21. Transnational over-the-top video distribution as a business and policy disruptor: The case of Netflix in Canada (Emilia Zboralska & Charles Davis)

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Court Says Password Protection Doesn’t Restore An Abandoned Phone’s Privacy Expectations
  2. Supreme Court To Consider Fourth Amendment Implications Of Cell Site Location Info
  3. Sixth Circuit Appeals Court Latest To Say Real-Time Cellphone Location Tracking Not A Fourth Amendment Issue
  4. OneLogin Data Breach May Have Revealed Encrypted Data
  5. OneLogin breach: Hacker stole AWS keys, rifled through customer data for 7 hours – Customer info potentially decrypted by “threat actor” who accessed database tables.
  6. Internet cameras have hard-coded password that can’t be changed: Cameras with multiple brand names are wide open to remote hacking.
  7. How to Create an Anonymous Email Account
  8. Trump administration rolls out social media vetting of visa applicants: The new travel screening is for those deemed a national security threat.
  9. Trump’s Tougher Visa Vetting Now Asks For Social Media Handles: It also asks for emails addresses and biographical information
  10. DHS Steps Up Demands For Visa Applicants’ Social Media Account Info
  11. EFF Sues FBI For Refusing To Turn Over Documents About Its Geek Squad Informants
  12. WikiLeaks says CIA’s “Pandemic” turns servers into infectious Patient Zero: Latest Vault 7 release exposes operation that infects PCs inside targeted networks.
  13. UK police arrest man via automatic face-recognition tech: Camera-equipped van in South Wales apparently spotted man whose face was in database.
  14. Got a face-recognition algorithm? Uncle Sam wants to review it: “Face recognition is hard.”
  15. The premature quest for AI-powered facial recognition to simplify screening: “This technology at the airport… is premature. It’s not the right way to go.”
  16. Digital Privacy Is Making Antitrust Exciting Again

Jon

 

 

News of the Week; May 31, 2017

GAMES

  1. Uzbekistan bans video games that ‘threaten stability’: Games barred from sale include Grand Theft Auto and The Sims
  2. World Of Tanks Developer Gets Negative Review Video Taken Down Under Threat Of Copyright Claim, Backlash Ensues
  3. Hackers jailbreak permanent mods onto Super Mario World save files: Incredible hack perpetually alters game through nothing but controller input.
  4. Instead of Banning Cheaters, Pokémon Go Trolls Them Hard
  5. More than half of young online gamers are being bullied: Anti-bullying charity calls for better human moderation from publishers and developers
  6. The Canadian Nintendo Circumvention Decision – Should it be given “high precedential value”?
  7. Sony’s new discovery idea: Curating the curators –
  8. Discovery remains the most intractable problem facing the industry in the digital era – Sony’s The Creators system deserves a closer look
  9. ‘Rich kid’ Lance Stroll continues to infuriate by blaming Monaco crash on PlayStation game
  10. PlayStation’s E3 press conference will be screened in US cinema: Free goodies for those that attend
  11. Earnings report roundup: Game industry winners and losers in Q1 2017
  12. Far Cry 5 takes series to deadliest land of all: Disenfranchised America – 2018 battle against armed Montana cult is inspired by… the subprime mortgage crisis?
  13. Bandai Namco helps form new HTML5 game company: BXD
  14. Twitch and Bandai Namco partner up to create Tekken 7eSports league
  15. Namco, Twitch tag team Tekken tournament
  16. Streaming service continues push into eSports with multi-year deal to manage and broadcast Tekken 7 league
  17. League of Legends’ biggest eSports earner highlights gulf with Dota 2: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is the first LoL pro to hit $1m in career winnings – Dota 2 players can rival that in a single tournament victory
  18. Player bans in eSports “lack any kind of justice”: eSports Integrity Commission warns publishers over strict rulings based on little evidence
  19. Staffordshire University launches UK’s first esports degree: Three-year course is dedicated to the business of esports
  20. Nintendo stocks jump to eight-year high following Monster Hunter XX Switch reveal
  21. Nintendo Switch helps Best Buy fight off decline:v New console propelled US retailer to record shares high, best entertainment performance since 2014
  22. GameStop is very excited about Switch outselling Wii in its first 60 days
  23. GameStop’s sales rise on the back of Nintendo’s Switch, even as profits slip
  24. Report: Nintendo significantly ramps up Switch production – Company now expects to manufacture 18m consoles this financial year
  25. Nintendo fighting over Switch components: Increased production targets pit Mario maker against Apple, other tech giants for limited supplies of memory chips, vibration motors
  26. Take-Two acquires Kerbal Space Program: Mexico City based developer Squad will continue supporting and making content for the popular space sim
  27. How Google’s Latest VR Moves Are a Major Blow to Oculus’ Mobile Strategy
  28. Roam free: A history of open-world gaming – You know the violence, but there were text-adventures, skiing, space, and ants(!) too.
  29. Brenda Romero’s plea for unity among game developers: From Phil Fish and Peter Molyneux to the rift between core and casual, Brenda Romero spoke out against the divisions between us
  30. Creativity vs. control: How Cuba’s indie devs are finding their voice
  31. Top 100 Games Of All Time

DIGITAL

  1. Putin Hints at U.S. Election Meddling by ‘Patriotically Minded’ Russians
  2. How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation
  3. Nearly Half Of Trump’s Twitter Followers Seem To Be Phony: Fake followers are flocking to Trump, far more than Obama, Clinton, and Pence
  4. Twitter Fails E.U. Standard on Removing Hate Speech Online
  5. The Internet Defines ‘COVFEFE’
  6. Trump has an iPhone with one app: Twitter – Trump retired his trademark Samsung device in March after taunting Schwarzenegger.
  7. Twitter and the BBC partner for the first time on live video
  8. Ukraine Just Tweeted a Simpsons GIF at Russia Because 2017 Is Weird As Hell
  9. Pornhub To Russia: Here’s Your Premium Access For Unblocking Us: A Russian regulator reportedly received a show of thanks, said he would donate free porn accounts to “charity”
  10. E-mails phished from Russian critic were “tainted” before being leaked: Campaign targeting more than 200 people also spread disinformation, report says.
  11. Florida GOP consultant admits he worked with Guccifer 2.0, analyzing hacked data: Voting models and other leaked data were “worth millions,” consultant told Guccifer 2.0.
  12. Facebook Wades Into Another Election
  13. Facebook Will Reportedly Pay Up To $250,000 Per Episode For Long-Form Content
  14. Facebook’s Not Designed to Create a “Global Community”
  15. Music Industry’s Canadian Copyright Reform Goal: “End Tech Companies’ Safe Harbours” (Michael Geist)
  16. Cloudflare gets another $50,000 to fight “new breed of patent troll”: Company also seeks state laws to limit attorney-owned patents.
  17. Cloudflare Ups The Ante In Search Of Prior Art To Invalidate ALL Patents From Patent Troll Blackbird Tech
  18. Creator of SecurID sues Apple, Visa over digital payment patents: A company that couldn’t strike a deal with Visa now seeks patent royalties.
  19. A legal tiptoe through the hot world of influencer advertising
  20. PayPal Sues Pandora Over Yawn-Inducing Logos And Tweets About People Opening The Wrong App
  21. Helping Platforms Protect Speech By Avoiding Bogus Subpoenas
  22. Uber Fired Its Robocar Guru, But Its Legal Fight With Google Goes On
  23. Google To Tell Advertisers How Often Their YouTube Spots Lead To Store Visits
  24. Inside Google’s Global Campaign to Shut Down Phishing
  25. Top 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide • April 2017
  26. Text Mining, Non-Expressive Use and the Technological Advantage of Fair Use  (Matthew Sag)
  27. Are Copyright and Patent Overlapping or Mutually Exclusive in Protecting Software Innovations? (Pamela Samuelson)
  28. Analyzing Accessibility of Wikipedia Projects Around the World
  29. Wikipedians Join Push For Fair Use In Australia After Six Government Reports Recommend It
  30. Ars tests out Amazon’s first pick-up grocery store in the world: Easy and painless, so long as you like Amazon’s selection (and Prime-exclusive rules).
  31. Why Some Digital Companies Should Delay Profitability for as Long as They Can
  32. Mark Zuckerberg Should Really Listen to Himself
  33. Some starting questions around pervasive autonomous systems
  34. Normalisation of sexting: Kaspersky’s ad is criticised by the ASA and the NSPCC
  35. This Couple Just Got Hitched In A Surreal Virtual Reality Wedding: Avatars gathered to witness the first couple to legally say “I do” in their headsets. It got a little awkward
  36. Internet Trends 2017 – CODE Conference (Mary Meeker)

CREATIVITY

  1. Ariana Grande to hold benefit concert for Manchester victims: US pop singer whose show ended with a terrorist attack that killed 22 people says she plans to hold fundraiser in city
  2. Primavera De Filippi: “As an artist, I try to challenge the current state of the world…”
  3. Spinal Tap vs. Hollywood
  4. Everyone Wins When Politicians Body Slam Reporters
  5. ‘Citizens United,’ media corporations and other corporations
  6. LGBTQ Representation in Hollywood Is Still Scandalously Low
  7. Piracy Killing Hollywood So Bad That Disney Made More Money In 2016 Than Any Studio Ever
  8. Professional Cheerleader Case Presents Independent Contractor and Joint Employer Lessons 
  9. TV Networks Step Away From Pricey Originals Amid Saturation Of Shows 
  10. CNIB calls for federal accessible book production strategy
  11. Say goodbye to the video store, hello to the non-profit foundation: How one of the last video stores turned non-profit with an eye on preservation.
  12. The Force Will Be With Us. Always.: Star Wars And The Quest For The Forever Franchise
  13. The Life and Death of the Freestyle Mixtape: The freestyle mixtape wasn’t just a service to the fans, it was a representation of hip-hop’s core. Now it’s dead.
  14. How Intellectual Property Rights Shape Neuropsychological Demand for Orange Flavors 
  15. Unevenly Cooked: Raw Materials and Fair Use (Christopher Buccafusco)
  16. Raw Materials and the Creative Process (Andrew Gilden)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Can Cancon Compete?: A Response to the WGC on The Future of Canadian TV Production (Michael Geist)
  2. Victims Of Anti-Net Neutrality Identity Theft Demand Answers: An unknown party has been using names of real people to spam the FCC with fake comments against internet freedom
  3. People who were impersonated by anti-net neutrality spammers blast FCC: FCC should investigate and throw out fake comments, impersonation victims say.
  4. Congress Busted Using Cable Lobbyist Talking Points In Attacks On Net Neutrality
  5. Update – FCC Concludes that the Colbert Broadcast Did Not Violate FCC Indecency Rules 
  6. Republicans claim 1st Amendment right to send you robo-voicemails: GOP asks FCC to exempt direct-to-voicemail messages from robocall rules.
  7. Despite Claiming It’s Now On Par With Apple, Comcast’s Already Bad Satisfaction Ratings Are Actually Getting Worse
  8. Comcast customer satisfaction drops 6% after TV price hikes, ACSI says: Customers unhappy with Comcast TV and Charter’s Time Warner Cable Internet.
  9. Some Of The Best Net Neutrality Reporting Is… Coming From Sites Owned By Verizon?

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. UK Government Using Manchester Attacks As An Excuse To Kill Encryption
  2. Why the NSA Makes Us More Vulnerable to Cyberattacks: The Lessons of WannaCry
  3. Is “I forget” a valid defense when court orders demand a smartphone password? 
  4. Samsung’s ‘Airtight’ Iris Scanning Technology For The S8 Defeated With A Camera, Printer, And Contact Lens
  5. Radio-controlled pacemakers aren’t as hard to hack as you (may) think: The four major makers aren’t properly securing critical cardiac devices, report says.
  6. Facial Recognition Cameras Are Now Watching Your Emotions: Systems originally developed to identify people from photos can now detect gender, emotions, and much more
  7. Google To Tell Advertisers How Often Their YouTube Spots Lead To Store Visits
  8. Cyber breach costs Target more than $220 million! 

Jon

News of the Week; May 24, 2017

GAMES

  1. Does Valve really own Dota? A jury will decide: Federal court case could hinge on 2004 forum post granting “open source” license.
  2. Jury to decide whether Valve owns DOTA: Two games studios challenge the company’s ownership to DOTA
  3. Valve’s ownership of Dota 2 is set to be decided by a jury
  4. Why Texas may have lost its status as a hotbed of game patent lawsuits
  5. World of Tanks dev apologizes for threatening YouTuber with a takedown
  6. Wargaming apologises for World of Tanks YouTuber row: Developer had threatened to issue a copyright take down against SirFoch
  7. Bandai Namco delays Get Even after Manchester Arena attack: Meanwhile, MCM London Comic Con beefs up security ahead of this week’s event
  8. Pokémon Go hackers getting put in Pidgey-filled purgatory: Niantic appears to be using machine learning to hide rare Pokémon from bot makers.
  9. New ‘creators’ section lets game devs curate the PlayStation Store
  10. PlayStation Store introduces developer-led curation: The Creators initiative allows studios to share their favourite games
  11. Departed Kerbal Space Program devs now work at Valve
  12. How Kona’s devs used the Canada Media Fund, and why they won’t use it again
  13. Why Chinese industrial firms are snapping up game studios: ‘You can buy profit’: “Obviously there is little industrial logic in combining a Western mobile games company with a Chinese industrial firm. But people see how much money can be made, so it’s not so strange.”
  14. Judge to Decide Vexing Question in Entertainment: License Needed to Show Body Tattoos? – A judge lets Take-Two, publisher of ‘NBA 2K,’ seek declaratory judgment against the owner of a tattoo design featured on LeBron James’ body.
  15. Facebook expands eSports coverage with ESL partnership: Social network to host over 5,500 hours of live tournament programming including 1,500 hours of exclusive content
  16. Are esports sport?
  17. Twitch Adds Speed Controls So You Can Watch Noteworthy Plays In Slow Motion
  18. Is Switch what the future of consoles looks like?: Is Nintendo’s new platform a one-time gimmick, or an important reinvention of the console for a new market landscape?
  19. Nintendo helps push April US game sales up 10% – NPD: Switch hardware and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe dominated the industry
  20. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe devs patch out potentially obscene taunt
  21. Anita Sarkeesian: “Games need to tell better stories that don’t oversimplify oppression”: Critic praises “cultural shift” in video game storytelling, but says recent examples are a “band-aid on a deeper wound”
  22. Many pet rabbits will die in Second Life on Saturday
  23. Lawbreakers dev: PC/console cross-platform play is “dumb” – Bleszinski says developing for keyboard/mouse and console leads to “balance issues.”
  24. How Destiny 2 is leading to gold devaluation in World of Warcraft: Real-world value of in-game gold dips 7 percent since Battle.net announcement.
  25. “Virtual reality will be our best interface with true AI”: VR expert Dave Ranyard discusses the potential for storytelling with virtual and augmented reality at Nordic Game
  26. Oskar Burman: “Free-to-play will grow, but will never dominate VR” – Former Rovio exec believes virtual reality has a lot to learn from mobile, but won’t be ruled by the same type of games
  27. Unity takes $400 million investment from Silver Lake: Half of the money will let employees and shareholders cash out of the company
  28. For Google, the Future of VR Is on the Open Web with WebVR & WebAR
  29. Augment Your Legal Knowledge of Augmented Reality
  30. Conservative party’s immigration policy could hurt UK game devs, warns UKIE
  31. UKIE warns UK Conservative Party over immigration policy: But Dr Jo Twist welcomes ‘commitments to support the UK games and wider creative industries’
  32. Game companies are agreeing to strike terms, say screen actors guild: But they don’t reveal who
  33. Janet Murray On Why Some Players And Critics Still Cannot Tolerate Narrative In Games
  34. How Alexis Kennedy is writing the next Dragon Age
  35. How Cuban game devs balance tense relationship between propaganda and creativity: Gov’t once feared, now starting to embrace games
  36. There’s now 45 million people gabbing about games on Discord
  37. “This is as important as AI or space travel” – Why Improbable is worth over $1bn: We speak to the CEO of Britain’s most talked about start-up
  38. Bioware: Humility and compromise are key to good game design – At Digital Dragons, Bioware design director James Ohlen tackled the differences between the “dream” of game development, and the practical reality
  39. Kerbal Space Program developers hired by Valve: Timeframe for the new hires coincides with departure of eight of Squad’s core staff last year
  40. Jurgen Post: “The Sega brand will come back and start to flourish again”
  41. Humble Bundle has raised over $95 million for charity: Humble Freedom Bundle provided a boost, says co-founder John Graham, but Humble will be careful “not to overstep our bounds” on politics
  42. Veteran game developers reveal their childhood creations: When they were kids
  43. An Improved AlphaGo Wins Its First Game Against the World’s Top Go Player
  44. The Original Monopoly Was Deeply Anti-Landlord: The game of cutthroat capitalism was actually intended as a lesson on wealth inequality.
  45. ‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Set for a Reboot
  46. Nine Days With an Absurd $9,000 Gaming Laptop

DIGITAL

  1. Appeals Court Orders Expedited Hearing in ReDigi Case
  2. Apple and Nokia end their patent fight
  3. Lawsuits get settled, but what about the companies wielding Nokia patents?
  4. Titan Note Continues Trying To Sell Its Questionable Device; Its Own Actions Keep Raising More Questions
  5. Apple, Verizon Join Forces To Lobby Against New York’s ‘Right To Repair’ Law
  6. Terrorism victims can’t hold Facebook liable for Hamas’ use of the platform: Website immunity holds up against the US Anti-Terrorism Act.
  7. Facebook Defeats Lawsuit Over Material Support for Terrorists–Cohen v. Facebook (Eric Goldman)
  8. Turkish President Demands Google Delist A Bunch Of Websites Comparing Him To Hitler
  9. Malta’s Prime Minister Sues Panama Papers Journalist For Defamation; Gets Facebook To Delete His Reporting
  10. Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence – Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics
  11. Facebook content rules leaked days after Tories vow tougher Internet laws: Facebook mod guidelines are OK with violent death, misogyny; but don’t threaten Trump.
  12. A Campus Murder Tests Facebook Clicks as Evidence of Hate
  13. EU fines Facebook 110 million euros over WhatsApp deal
  14. Facebook fined $122 million for misleading EU over WhatsApp deal: Facebook says it couldn’t automatically match WhatsApp accounts; EC disagrees.
  15. Mergers: Commission fines Facebook €110 million for providing misleading information about WhatsApp takeover (European Commission)
  16. European Union Proposes Rules To Hold Online Video Platforms Accountable For Hate Speech
  17. Social networks face tougher EU oversight on video content: Facebook, Twitter and others may have to abide by same regulations as broadcasters
  18. You won’t believe why Facebook will block this headline: Updates to news feed algorithms tweaked to catch spammy and deceptive headlines.
  19. How Facebook Sees The World: By acknowledging the existence of an editorial compass, the technology giant tacitly accepts its role as a de facto censorship power—and opens itself to government attack.
  20. Facebook Will Begin Streaming One Major League Baseball Game A Week On May 19
  21. Facebook Joins Twitter In Live Streaming Major League Baseball Games On Friday Nights
  22. ISIS Has A Strategy To Create A Media Frenzy And News Outlets Are Struggling To Disrupt It: Struggling to cover terror in the media age. (Zeynep Tufekci)
  23. Twitter And Tear Gas: How Social Media Changed Protest Forever (Zeynep Tufekci)
  24. Court of Appeal granted an appeal of the Federal Court’s decision allowing internet service provider to charge a fee for disclosure of suspected infringer
  25. Copyright Board Rules Whether YouTube Uploads Constitute “Publication” and “Making Available” Under Copyright Act
  26. Four copyright registrations expunged where Respondent was not the author and owner of the works
  27. Defense Against the Dark Arts of Copyright Trolling (Matthew Sag)
  28. Uber threatens to fire Levandowski if he doesn’t comply with court order: Can Uber engineer be forced to choose between the Fifth Amendment and his job?
  29. Objecting to sexual harassment got me fired, says ex-Uber employee
  30. The Taking Economy: Uber, Information, and Power (Ryan Calo & Alex Rosenblat)
  31. Paypal says Pandora’s logo infringes, starts trademark battle: “The similarities between the logos are striking, obvious, and patently unlawful.”
  32. Trademark Has Come To This: Tinder Opposes Dating App With Only One Lonely Dude On Its Dating Roster
  33. Shinder, Shinder, Shinder … will you ever be like Tinder?
  34. Did eBay Irreparably Injure Trademark Law? (Mark Lemley)
  35. How Not to Prove a Mark is Generic. Use of GOOGLE as a Verb Does Not Constitute Genericide
  36. A WannaCry Flaw Could Help Some Victims Get Files Back
  37. Windows XP PCs infected by WCry can be decrypted without paying ransom: Decryption tool is of limited value, because XP was unaffected by last week’s worm.
  38. Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Nonstop Botnet Attacks
  39. Windows 7, not XP, was the reason last week’s WCry worm spread so widely
  40. How I accidentally stopped a global Wanna Decryptor ransomware attack: A British security researcher found and pulled WannaCrypt’s kill switch.
  41. WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattack Raises Legal Issues
  42. NSA Was Concerned About Power Of Windows Exploit Long Before It Was Leaked
  43. There’s new evidence tying WCry ransomware worm to prolific hacking group: Common tools, techniques, and infrastructure make link “highly likely.”
  44. Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America
  45. Who Are the Shadow Brokers?: What is—and isn’t—known about the mysterious hackers leaking National Security Agency secrets
  46. The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory: A Tale of Two Filter Bubbles
  47. Someone Is Trying to Scrub Trump’s Name From the Wikipedia Page of Lieberman’s Law Firm
  48. The Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records From Its Catalog Free to Download
  49. Theresa May Plans To Regulate, Tax And Censor The Internet
  50. An EU text and data mining exception: will it deliver what the Digital Single Market Strategy promised?
  51. How a Chipmunk Emoji Cost an Israeli Texter $2,200
  52. A Pro Flag Football League Is Launching And It Might Be The Most High-Tech League In The World
  53. James Corden is getting his own Snapchat show, the first from CBS
  54. BostonGlobe.com disables articles when your browser’s in private mode
  55. Boston Globe Blocks Readers Using Privacy Modes In Browsers
  56. Amid YouTube Ad Plight, Patreon Says It Will Pay Creators $150 Million This Year
  57. The Most-Desired Career Among Young People Today Is ‘YouTuber’ (Study)
  58. Google Confirms Glass Team is Not Working With AR/VR Team
  59. Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers
  60. Google Wants to Apply AI & Machine Learning to All Its Products
  61. Intel to make Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free in bid to spur adoption: And the company has promised to put Thunderbolt 3 controllers into its processors.
  62. Five Ways Elon Musk’s Brain-Computer Interface Could Transform the World
  63. Hear Me Out: Let’s Elect an AI as President
  64. How Artificial Intelligence will impact professional writing
  65. AI and Robots Will Change the Way We Create and Consume Content
  66. An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong: Let’s just say this neural network won’t make you fear the robot uprising.
  67. We Are All Kasparov: When Deep Blue beat the world chess champion 20 years ago, we learned a huge lesson. Just not the one we thought.
  68. Why Humans Are So Terrified Of Robots With Feelings
  69. The value of robotic process automation
  70. How Copyright Law Creates Biased Artificial Intelligence (Amanda Levendowski)
  71. Plagued by high-profile flops, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are bringing in experts to help inventors fulfill their promises.
  72. The Barbarians Are at Etsy’s Hand-Hewn, Responsibly Sourced Gates: The ur-Brooklyn online craft marketplace is under pressure to start acting more like a conventional, shareholder-focused company.
  73. Conference Report – ‘Moral Rights and New Technologies: Authorship, Attribution and Integrity in a Digital World’
  74. Piece by Piece Review of Digitize-and-Lend Projects Through the Lens of Copyright and Fair Use (Michelle M. Wu)
  75. Netflix And Amazon Screenings Are Being Booed At The Cannes Film Festival
  76. The A-EON Amiga X5000: An alternate universe where the Amiga platform never died – A new Amiga computer emerges that is both modern and an Amiga.
  77. Employee misconduct and social media
  78. Eli Pariser Predicted the Future. Now He Can’t Escape It.: Six years after the Upworthy cofounder coined the term “filter bubble,” things are much worse.
  79. Tulips, Myths, And Cryptocurrencies

CREATIVITY

  1. Supreme Court to decide who owns the 38,000 stories of residential school survivors: The courts say it is up to the survivors to decide what happens to the accounts of their experiences. But a coalition representing the survivors’ children and grandchildren wants to save the stories.
  2. Why Is The Far-Right Attacking Ariana Grande After Manchester?: While the world grieves for Manchester, others are taking aim at the pop star’s personal beliefs in a disgusting way.
  3. Manchester was an attack on girls: The bombing — and the trolling that followed — show again how females are targeted
  4. The Meaning of Ariana Grande: She has one of the most loyal, dedicated fanbases in pop. She represents confidence, empowerment, sexiness, independence. Grownups may never understand, but young women do. Is that what terrorists are afraid of?
  5. Conan O’Brien Joke-Stealing Case Gets Green-Lit For Jury Trial
  6. A Brief Explainer About What the Heck Is Going On With Rebel Wilson’s Defamation Case
  7. Supreme Court urged to clarify law on journalist-source protection
  8. Judge Agrees Broadcasters Have First Amendment Right to Refuse Advertisements: SiriusXM wins a lawsuit against a dating company as a result.
  9. Music Performing Rights Organizations and the “Full-Work” vs. “Fractional” Licensing Dispute: Government Seeks to Overturn Fractional Licensing Decision
  10. RIAA Says Artists Don’t Need “Moral Rights,” Artists Disagree: Major entertainment industry associations often create the impression that they are fighting for the rights of smaller artists, not just their corporate overlords. However, responding to a US Government consultation, both sides are now going head to head over the “moral rights” issue.
  11. Sorry East Texas: Supreme Court Slams The Door On Patent Jurisdiction Shopping
  12. Supreme Court makes it much harder for patent trolls to sue in East Texas: Folks got sued in East Texas “just because they had a website.” Those days may be over.
  13. Lawyer who founded Prenda Law is disbarred: Twenty-one months later, an ethics complaint ends in disbarment.
  14. Japanese Music Collection Society Demands Copyright Fees From Music Schools For Teaching Music
  15. Trump Allegedly Wants FBI To Look Into Locking Up Journalists Who Publish Leaks
  16. News Coverage of Donald Trump’s First 100 Days
  17. Burna Boy allegedly stopped from working in US and Canada by New York Supreme Court
  18. The Fyre Festival Is Still a Damn Mess, and Now the FBI Is Involved
  19. The Fearless Girl who challenges the Charging Bull
  20. 17 charts that show the current state of the music industry
  21. Time Magazine Rips Off Mad Magazine?
  22. Spanish Supreme Court Rules on Originality for Architectural Works
  23. The Personal-Essay Boom Is Over
  24. The Mad King of Juice: Inside the Dysfunctional Origins of Juicero
  25. Is there copyright in the taste of a cheese? Sensory copyright finally makes its way to CJEU
  26. Does Fair Use Affect Academic Authors’ Incentive to Write? Some Lessons from Authors of Works from the GSU Course Reserves Case
  27. Seeing’s Insight: Toward A Visual Substantial Similarity Test For Copyright Infringement Of Pictorial, Graphic, And Sculptural Works (Moon Hee Lee)
  28. The Right to Attention in an Age of Distraction
  29. On Bias, Clickbait, And The Future Of Journalism: Insight And Advice From Staffers At The Washington Post

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Canadian TV in the Netflix Age: In Defence of the CRTC Television Licensing Decision (Michael Geist)
  2. Diversity and competitive equity underline the CRTC’s recent decisions on television services operated by Canada’s large French- and English-language ownership groups
  3. Montreal Economic Institute isn’t ready for internet reality: No, cat videos aren’t going to interfere with self-driving cars and the internet of things. (Peter Nowak)
  4. Breaking down the FCC’s proposal to destroy net neutrality: The agency is asking if we even need any rules at all
  5. Net neutrality going down in flames as FCC votes to kill Title II rules: GOP’s 2-1 majority starts repeal process, with final vote coming later in 2017.
  6. The FCC Just Voted. They Are Going to Start Dismantling Net Neutrality.
  7. FCC Ignores The Will Of The Public, Votes To Begin Dismantling Net Neutrality
  8. FCC Commissioner Wants To Ban States From Protecting Consumer Broadband Privacy
  9. Internet Providers Insist They Love Net Neutrality. Seriously?
  10. Cable Companies Refuse To Put Their Breathless Love Of Net Neutrality Down In Writing
  11. Comcast vendor sent cease-and-desist to operator of anti-Comcast website: Net neutrality website stays online as Comcast agrees to take no further action.
  12. The FCC Doesn’t Care That Somebody’s Spamming Its Net Neutrality Proceeding With Fraudulent Comments
  13. FCC Refuses to Release Evidence of the ‘DDoS Attack’ on Its Website
  14. Examining the FCC claim that DDoS attacks hit net neutrality comment system: Attacks came from either an unusual type of DDoS or poorly written spam bots.
  15. Journalist allegedly “manhandled by FCC guards” for asking questions: FCC apologizes, says guards were on “heightened alert” due to threats.
  16. FCC Guards ‘Manhandle’ Reporter Just For Asking Questions At Net Neutrality Vote
  17. Senators ask FCC why reporter was “manhandled” after net neutrality vote – Senators to FCC: Don’t roughhouse journalists who are trying to ask questions.
  18. If Net Neutrality Dies, Comcast Can Just Block A Protest Site Instead Of Sending A Bogus Cease-And-Desist
  19. It’s Not Too Late to Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC: The Trump-appointed FCC chairman has ushered in a virulent strain of market libertarianism. He can and must be stopped.
  20. A Trump FCC advisor’s proposal for bringing free Internet to poor people: Trump advisor says net neutrality hindered free data services for the poor.
  21. California Noncommercial TV Station Licensee Faces $20,000 Proposed Fine for Public Inspection File and Related Violations
  22. Wireless Data Revenues Dip For First Time in Seventeen Years — Thanks To A Crazy Little Thing Called Competition
  23. Viacom wants to leave sports in the dust with future $20 “skinny” TV bundle: How many people really want cable TV with no live sports?
  24. The Worldwide Leader in Schadenfreude: For the first time in 40 years, people aren’t just criticizing ESPN. They’re savoring its decline.
  25. How Deregulation Gave Us FM Radio, HBO, and the iPhone
  26. What toppled Bill O’Reilly? A reporter’s hunch, a cold call, and a Pilates class.
  27. A Fox News Host Was Racist Enough to Actually Get Fired
  28. Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a powerhouse, dies at 77
  29. Roger Ailes: Brilliant and Destructive – Fox News may be the greatest business investment Rupert Murdoch ever made. It was Roger Ailes who led it to massive success and controversy. Some think he destroyed sane, constructive political dialogue in America and gave birth to a sinister breed of news.
  30. Roger Ailes will be remembered as a lecherous, misogynistic and terrible boss — and that’s a good thing: Ailes spent his life fighting for a world where men are free to exploit women — and the good news is, he lost
  31. I’m Sorry To Report That Roger Ailes Ever Lived
  32. Alex Jones’ InfoWars Claims To Have White House Press Credentials: A guy who thinks Sandy Hook was a ‘hoax’ now has access to the same White House briefing room as ‘fake news’ outlets
  33. How the big TV networks are adapting to ad-skipping viewers … and Google, Snapchat and Facebook
  34. Upfronts week just concluded, which means it’s time to take stock of the TV business: Ratings are down, live events are up, and IP is more important than ever
  35. Federal Judge Triples Damages Against Dish In Telemarketing Lawsuit, Resulting in $61.34m in Damages
  36. Plot twist: Cheesy soap opera script is deceptive drug ad, doctors warn – General Hospital character gets rare disease. Drug company has just the pill for that.
  37. The Tricky Ethics of Big Pharma Soft-Selling on Soap Operas

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Russian Military Apparently Using Cell Tower Spoofers To Send Propaganda Directly To Ukrainian Soldiers’ Phones
  2. Wikimedia wins small victory in challenge to NSA “Upstream” spying: “This surveillance will finally face badly needed scrutiny in our public courts.”
  3. Appeals Court Revives Wikimedia’s Lawsuit Against The NSA
  4. “Yahoobleed” flaw leaked private e-mail attachments and credentials: Yahoo promptly retired ImageMagic library after failing to install 2-year-old patch.
  5. Vermont DMV Caught Using Illegal Facial Recognition Program: Local, state, and federal law enforcement were allowed to search DMV photo database, documents show
  6. Get Ready for the Next Big Privacy Backlash Against Facebook
  7. Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections: Lobbyists try to kill “opt-in” privacy standard before it can be implemented.
  8. Facebook whacked with piddly fine after breaching French data law: But free content ad network insists it complies fully with EU data protection rules.
  9. British Human Rights Activist Faces Prison For Refusing To Hand Over Passwords At UK Border
  10. New EU Lawsuit Claims Google Failed To Forget ‘Sensitive’ Information, Such As Their ‘Political Affiliation’
  11. Inspector General’s Report Shows Section 702 Isn’t The Only Thing Being Abused By The NSA
  12. Some Android Phones Keep Listening After ‘OK Google’ Is Disabled
  13. RNC, Chamber Of Commerce Want Robocallers To Be Able To Spam Your Voicemail Without Your Phone Ringing
  14. Something about Trump cybersecurity executive order seems awfully familiar: Trump’s cybersecurity order cribs from his predecessor, despite campaign bluster.
  15. GOP lawmaker who helped kill ISP privacy rules proposes new privacy rules: Bill requires opt-in consent, but prohibits states from imposing stricter rules.
  16. The everyday habits that reveal our personalities: From dining on spicy food to singing in the shower, seemingly innocuous behaviours may say a lot about your character.
  17. Ontario court finds Information and Privacy Commissioner’s decision to order disclosure of a commercial contract between bank and university reasonable
  18. Anti-Lawful Access Tide Continues: Security Consultation Finds Public Strongly Opposed to New Reforms (Michael Geist)
  19. Corporate Surveillance Is Turning Human Workers Into Fungible Cogs: Emerging technologies are enabling more invasive management practices.
  20. Tech Leaders Say You Could Be Storing Data in Your DNA in the Next 10 Years
  21. The Organization That’s Tracking People With Mental Illnesses: An experimental Florida program that aims to use big data to treat the mentally ill raises privacy questions
  22. Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online

Jon

News of the Week; May 17, 2017

GAMES

  1. Judge Explores Boundaries of Authorship With Nods to ‘Star Wars,’ Spike Lee and ‘Love Actually’: Modded video games get likened to movies in a tour de force of legal writing.
  2. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., and Valve Corporation v. Lilith Games (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. And uCool, Inc. (U.S. Dist. Ct., Northern District of California)
  3. ZeniMax extends legal pursuit to Samsung Gear VR: Former id Software employees John Carmack and Matt Hooper involved in fresh VR lawsuit
  4. ZeniMax sues Samsung over Gear VR tech: Suit says Oculus’ Mobile SDK used stolen trade secrets, copyrighted code.
  5. With a legal win against Oculus, ZeniMax turns to a new target: Samsung’s Gear VR
  6. ZeniMax sues Samsung over Oculus-derived Gear VR headset: The lawsuit claims the Gear headset infringes its property rights in the same way as the Oculus Rift.
  7. Ruslan Sokolovsky Gets 3 And A Half Years Suspended Sentence And A Conviction For Playing Pokemon In A Church
  8. Scientists Still Studying Pokémon Go, Months After We All Moved On: The craze around the augmented reality game offers plenty to study, even if it takes a while
  9. In the name of the algorithm, Valve nerfs Steam Trading Cards
  10. Steam tries to shut down “fake” games that abuse Trading Card system: Algorithms will detect content-free titles that use bots to resell cards.
  11. Alan Wake will be removed from digital stores after this weekend: Expiring music licenses means modern classic can no longer be sold for download.
  12. Alan Wake to be removed from sale over music licenses: Renewal is not “in Remedy’s hands” due to Microsoft publishing deal, so the revered game will be pulled from PC and Xbox today
  13. Makers Of Payday 2 Donating DLC Profits To Help 2 YouTubers Fight Copyright Lawsuit
  14. Nier Automata Modder Includes Piracy Checks In Mod, Causing An Uproar, But Should It?
  15. Pirates upset that popular graphics mod won’t work for them: User-made graphical fix for Nier Automata comes with Steam API check
  16. Bethesda’s Pete Hines Shrugs His Shoulders About Trademark Dispute With No Matter Studios
  17. Is Bethesda’s reviews policy really harming game sales?: We look at the data around Doom, Skyrim Special Edition, Dishonored 2 and Prey
  18. Minecraft dev sacrifices Nirvana in-joke to save players’ parrots
  19. After uproar, Minecraft maker to stop feeding cookies to in-game parrots: Mojang accepts concerns that children might imitate the game’s dangerous avian diet.
  20. UploadVR sued over sexual harassment allegations: Former social media director claims “unbearable” atmosphere for female employees, accuses rising VR company of wrongful dismissal
  21. “No region or city is free of the games industry’s gender disparity”: Gram Games calls on companies around the world to push for better diversity, just as it’s doing with The 22% Project
  22. Why Bungie overstaffed on Halo: to train its devs for Destiny: “We needed to bring extra people on to Halo to train them up, ready [them] for Destiny.”
  23. Glu’s losses widen in Q1 despite revenue gains: Mobile publisher lost $22.8m on $56.8m revenue, but Crowdstar acquisition boosted year-on-year bookings
  24. Square Enix posts ‘record-high’ sales and profits as key franchises deliver
  25. Square Enix puts Hitman dev IO Interactive up for sale
  26. Square Enix drops IO Interactive: “There can be no guarantees,” publisher warns as it hunts for a buyer for Hitman developer
  27. Switch Was Best-Selling Console In The Us In April, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe No. 1 Game
  28. Switch best-selling console in US for second month: Nintendo says it sold more than 280,000 systems last month and 550,000 copies of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  29. Two Months In, I’ve Barely Taken My Nintendo Switch Off The Dock
  30. Report: Andromeda’s poor reception sees Mass Effect put on hold – Bioware Montreal staff and resources focused elsewhere for now
  31. Civilization V designer Jon Shafer joins Paradox – under a cloud: Shafer will be game director on new Paradox projects, but his Kickstarted empire builder At The Gates is still years behind schedule
  32. Reported $20m franchise fee is putting esports teams off Overwatch: High costs and scarce events cited as major orgs bide time on OWL
  33. MotoGP owner aims to create “the most important racing esport championship”: Dorna Sports, Milestone and Sony unite for ambitious esports project
  34. Adelaide Crows First Australian Mainstream Pro Sports Organization To Acquire Esports Team
  35. Square Enix posts “record-high” revenue and profits: Full-year results boosted by Final Fantasy XV, weather the storm of IO Interactive withdrawal
  36. “There’s a change in the way games are exploited in the market”: Ubisoft execs explain why they cut unit sales projections by 30% while total revenues are virtually unscathed
  37. Ubisoft’s operating income grows 40% as digital takes 50% of sales: Ghost Recon Wildlands and For Honor were strong performers for the publisher; Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry confirmed for current fiscal year
  38. Google announces support for standalone Daydream VR headsets
  39. Google announces untethered, fully tracked, standalone VR headsets – Also: New “visual position system” is an AR Google Maps for indoors.
  40. PSVR: Losing Steam, or Gaining Traction? – If Sony really has lost interest in PSVR, it’s a major strategic blunder from a company about to face tough competition for the first time this generation
  41. Microsoft intros AR/VR motion controllers: Windows 10 inputs will launch this holiday bundled with an Acer headset for $399
  42. Oculus promises developers better communication
  43. Inside a Chinese Internet Cafe Where Gamers While Away Their Days
  44. Price, scarcity concerns drive a growing bootleg Amiibo scene
  45. Yes, Videogames Are Serious Art. This Guy’s Career Proves It
  46. Derivière: “Games music needs to emancipate itself from Hollywood”
  47. Sega plans to revive ‘major’ franchises by 2020
  48. Sega strategy calls for revival of dormant franchises: Sonic publisher looking to boost game sales 50% in next three years partly by bringing back “major IPs”
  49. Tom Brady Is On Madden 18’s Cover And Life Is Hell
  50. Video games are creating smarter animals: Our relationships to animals in games have evolved, and they just might change the way we treat them in the real world
  51. Playground spent 18 months developing the first 10 minutes of Forza Horizon 3: “First impressions change how players perceive a game,” says creative director Ralph Fulton
  52. The Witcher coming to Netflix as a TV series: Live-action drama is a new direction for video game adaptations.
  53. Characters and Worldbuilding: Analyzing the Strength of Japanese Games
  54. Twitch Unity day aims to promote diversity, inclusivity: Streaming platform also selling t-shirt to raise money for Amnesty International
  55. Sellers of circumvention devices beware!
  56. UKIE lays out new policy manifesto: With an election on the way, UK trade group tells government what the industry needs to succeed in a post-Brexit world

DIGITAL

  1. WannaCry Ransomware That’s Hitting World Right Now Uses NSA Windows Exploit
  2. An NSA-derived ransomware worm is shutting down computers worldwide: Wcry uses weapons-grade exploit published by the NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers.
  3. Leaked NSA Hacking Tool On Global Ransomware Rampage
  4. Massive ransomware attack hits UK hospitals, Spanish banks: Ransomware attack appears to be targeting institutions in several European countries.
  5. Massive cryptocurrency botnet used leaked NSA exploits weeks before WCry: Campaign that flew under the radar used hacked computers to mine Monero currency.
  6. Fearing Shadow Brokers leak, NSA reported critical flaw to Microsoft: WaPo confirms long-held suspicions as NSA cyberweapons crisis threatens to grow worse.
  7. Two days after WCry worm, Microsoft decries exploit stockpiling by governments: Company president specifically notes role of NSA code used by Ransomware worm.
  8. Microsoft Is P___ED OFF At The NSA Over WannaCry Attack
  9. Microsoft Says The NSA Shares Blame For Ransomware Attacks: The WannaCry authors used a stolen NSA vulnerability to hurt Windows users — should the NSA take responsibility?
  10. The Ransomware Meltdown Experts Warned About Is Here
  11. Today’s Massive Ransomware Attack Was Mostly Preventable—Here’s How To Avoid It
  12. Global Ransomware Attack ‘Accidentally’ Halted But It’s Probably Not Over
  13. ‘Accidental hero’ halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over – Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating software’s ‘kill switch’ says criminals will ‘change the code and start again’
  14. Hackers Behind Massive Ransomware Attack Have Made an Embarrassingly Small Amount of Money
  15. WCry is so mean Microsoft issues patch for 3 unsupported Windows versions: Decommissioned for years, Windows XP, 8, and Server 2003 get emergency update.
  16. FBI Gives Hollywood Hacking Victims Surprising Advice: “Pay the Ransom” – Netflix isn’t alone – Agencies and others are balancing demands for money against the fears of stolen data ending up online.
  17. New Netflix DRM Blocks Rooted Phone Owners From Downloading The Netflix App
  18. Two days after WCry worm, Microsoft decries exploit stockpiling by governments: Company president specifically notes role of NSA code used by Ransomware worm.
  19. The WannaCry Ransomware Hackers Made Some Real Amateur Mistakes
  20. Microsoft Says The NSA Shares Blame For Ransomware Attacks: The WannaCry authors used a stolen NSA vulnerability to hurt Windows users — should the NSA take responsibility?
  21. The WannaCry Ransomware Has a Link to Suspected North Korean Hackers
  22. What the Rise of Russian Hackers Means for Your Business
  23. Thailand Demands More Proxy Censorship From Facebook
  24. Well, Duh: Facebook’s System To Stop ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Working — Because Facebook Isn’t The Problem
  25. Abortion Pill Organization Temporarily Booted Off Facebook
  26. Austrian Court’s ‘Hate Speech’ Ruling Says Facebook Must Remove Perfectly Legal Posts All Over The World
  27. US Court Upholds Enforceability Of GNU GPL As Both A License And A Contract
  28. “Genericide” legal assault to nullify the Google trademark fails: Google doesn’t lose trademark even if it is a generic term for searching the Web.
  29. Google Gets Big Ninth Circuit Win That Its Eponymous Trademark Isn’t Generic–Elliott v. Google (Eric Goldman)
  30. A focus on digital habits could help news publishers fight Facebook
  31. Facebook’s plan to disrupt TV advertising may have hit a wall
  32. Bleacher Report CEO Dave Finocchio Doesn’t Buy That Facebook Isn’t Avid About Securing Sports Rights
  33. Texas Court Orders Sports Streaming Sites To Be Blocked In Anticipation Of Piracy
  34. Facebook Warrant Case: Stark Debate and a Divided Court
  35. The MP3 Is About As ‘Dead’ As Pepe The Frog
  36. Recording Industry Claims Imaginary Value Gap As A Bigger Threat Than Piracy (EFF)
  37. SoundExchange Acquires CMRRA
  38. The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy
  39. Cambridge Analytica Explained: Data and Elections
  40. Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online
  41. The Apophenic Machine: The conspiratorial mode and the internet’s data hoard were made for each other (Molly Sauter)
  42. Maybe the Internet Isn’t Tearing Us Apart After All
  43. Can These Apps Really Help You Escape Your Filter Bubble?: New tech products offer some tiny first steps toward shaking up our social networks
  44. We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs
  45. Cloudflare, sued by its first “patent troll,” hits back hard: Blackbird Technologies, owned by its own lawyers, has filed over 100 lawsuits.
  46. Patent Trolling Lawyers May Have Picked With The Wrong Company To Shake Down: Cloudflare Hits Back
  47. Dear Google, You Could Start Fixing Content ID By Taking Down Dozens Of YouTube Videos On How To Defeat It
  48. YouTube still has full albums on its platform, and that’s a problem
  49. When a Picture is Worth… Thousands of Dollars: Ontario Court decides Ground-breaking Online Copyright Case
  50. The Kardashians Can’t Keep up with Copyright Law 
  51. Now Canceled Crowdfunding Project Sent DMCA Notice Following Skeptical Review
  52. Story About Ex-Sony Pictures Boss Magically Disappears From Gawker; His Lawyer Tells Reporters Not To Talk About It
  53. Class action against computer manufacturer proceeds
  54. MySpace Tries To Play Dead To Avoid Lawsuits
  55. Trademarks in a “Social” World: A Canadian Perspective
  56. Snap Blows First Earnings—But That’s Not the Whole Story
  57. Magic Leap settles discrimination lawsuit with former exec
  58. Magic Leap settles sexual discrimination case: Terms of the out of court settlement with Tannen Campbell were not disclosed
  59. Magic Leap, and the Troubles In Sexism Valley
  60. Clashing With Second Circuit, Court Orders Google to Turn Over Foreign-Stored Data
  61. Internet providers ordered to block streaming of Premier League
  62. Google’s Fight Against Uber Takes a Turn for the Criminal
  63. Judge refers Waymo v. Uber lawsuit to criminal investigators: Also, Uber’s bid to move the case into arbitration fails.
  64. Judge’s order bars Uber engineer from Lidar work, demands return of stolen files: “Misuse of that treasure trove remains an ever-present danger wholly at his whim.”
  65. Waymo and Lyft team up against Uber: In the self-driving world, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
  66. Uber not just a dumb app, must comply with EU transport rules—top law adviser: Taxi-hailing app faces a tough ride from regulators in Europe.
  67. Lawsuit: VR Company Had a ‘Kink Room,’ Pressured Female Employees to ‘Microdose’
  68. Judge Alsup Threatens To Block Malibu Media From Any More Copyright Trolling In Northern California
  69. A new tool to further deter smartphone theft: “Think of it as Carfax for phones.”
  70. Spotify and – no joke – iTunes are coming to the Windows Store: Apple’s music app is a major get for Microsoft and Windows 10 S.
  71. One More Thing: Inside Apple’s Insanely Great (Or Just Insane) New Mothership
  72. 15-second ads coming to Amazon’s Alexa: Ads at the start and end of Alexa conversations, thanks to third-party company.
  73. Twitter, NFL Announce New Multi-Year Partnership To Include Live Pre-Game Coverage
  74. Lululemon Turns To Vice Media For Big Ad Push
  75. Vice Media Said to Be Raising More Cash as Prelude to Possible IPO
  76. How Amazon Go (probably) makes “just walk out” groceries a reality: Amazon’s new age grocery likely wasn’t possible even five years ago.
  77. Can Ticketmaster’s Anti-Bot Assault Fix Its Most Infuriating Problem?: “Verified Fan” fights scalper bots to make those Harry Styles tickets easier to snag—but there’s still room for improvement.
  78. Google Rattles the Tech World With a New AI Chip for All
  79. The Surprising Repercussions of Making AI Assistants Sound Human
  80. AI, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning: A Primer
  81. Autonomous Systems — Is it time for empirical research?
  82. Scientists 3-D Print Mouse Ovaries That Actually Make Babies
  83. Fashion visionaries are using 3D printing to create mind-bending textiles that are nearly impossible to wear.
  84. Archive digitization: a coordinated effort by CBC/Radio-Canada to preserve and showcase our heritage
  85. Startup culture’s obsession with “side hustle” gets more unsettling the closer you look
  86. Google’s AI Invents Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before
  87. Website Blocking, Injunctions and Beyond: View on the Harmonization from the Netherlands (Martin Husovec & Lisa Van Dongen)
  88. Digital copies, exhaustion, and blockchains: lack of legal clarity to be offset by technological advancement and evolving consumption patterns? (Eleonora Rosati)
  89. How 4 Agencies Are Using Artificial Intelligence as Part of the Creative Process: Can algorithms replace humans?
  90. Sorry, Westworld: We Should Be Able to Torture Robots
  91. Cristiano Ronaldo Goes Shirtless On Instagram Live To Celebrate Hitting 100 Million Followers
  92. French Theater Owners Freak Out; Get Netflix Booted From Cannes Film Festival

CREATIVITY

  1. Conan O’Brien Will Go to Court Over Joke Theft Allegations: A lawsuit claims that the late night host stole five monologue jokes from a comedy writer’s blog.
  2. Conan O’Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes: Alex Kaseberg overcomes a summary judgment motion and moves forward on jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument.
  3. Here we laugh again! The eternal controversy over parody scope in Copyright law
  4. Latest Attack On A Free Press: Reporter Arrested For Asking Questions To Trump Administration Officials
  5. Does the Media Have a Right to Private Communications?
  6. Cartoonist who claimed to be Kung Fu Panda creator jailed for two years: Jayme Gordon also ordered to repay $3m in legal fees to DreamWorks Animation after filing spurious copyright lawsuit in 2011
  7. Court Finds Infringement of THE KRUSTY KRAB Mark
  8. Paul Levy Hoping To Wake Up Maryland Courts To The Numerous Fraudulent Libel Lawsuits Filed There
  9. Mathew v. The Walt Disney Co.
  10. ITN Flix, LLC v. Univision Television Group, Inc.
  11. Higher Costs Awards for the Winning Party in Federal Court IP Cases
  12. How Pixar Lost Its Way: For 15 years, the animation studio was the best on the planet. Then Disney bought it.
  13. A Candid Conversation About Rap Culture’s Pervasive Disrespect Against Black Women: How do you cope when your social feed reflects how much the world devalues you?
  14. Marvel’s Cancelling Black Panther & The Crew, One of Its Most Important Comics Right Now
  15. Why Drag Is the Ultimate Retort to Trump: RuPaul versus the White House
  16. Kentucky court rejects government attempt to punish printer for refusing to print ‘Lexington [Gay] Pride Festival’ T-shirt
  17. KitKat loses bid to copyright four-finger chocolate bars
  18. Why Photos of President Trump Are So Aggressively Boring
  19. How Amanda Palmer Gave The Music Industry The Finger With Crowdfunding
  20. As Cannes turns 70, must cinema adapt to survive in new digital era?: Festival bosses are welcoming TV shows but have banned Netflix films from the Palme d’Or
  21. Are Your Nails Gucci? Why the Breakout Trend of the Moment Is a Logo Manicure
  22. Revising Non-compete Law to Eliminate Unfair Competition
  23. How Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In
  24. New Copyright Law declared constitutional (Brazil)
  25. Legal Guide to Music Licensing Contracts
  26. Osgoode Hall Law School appoints two Journalists in Residence

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Internet, TV providers focus on new video packages as 1 million Canadians watch unlicensed content on Android boxes
  2. FCC Temporarily Stops Taking Net Neutrality Comments So FCC Can ‘Reflect’
  3. The FCC Spent Last Week Trying To Make Net Neutrality Supporters Seem Unreasonable, Racist & Unhinged
  4. Flooded with thoughtful net neutrality comments, FCC highlights “mean tweets”: Facing extensive net neutrality support, FCC is ready to gut open Internet rules.
  5. Ajit Pai accidentally supports utility rules and open-access networks: Pai praises Clinton, whose FCC enforced open networks and boosted competition.
  6. Title II hasn’t hurt network investment, according to the ISPs themselves: ISPs continue to invest and tell investors that net neutrality hasn’t hurt them.
  7. Cable lobby conducts survey, finds that Americans want net neutrality
  8. Cable Industry’s Own Survey Shows Majority Support Net Neutrality Rules
  9. It’s Time For The FCC To Actually Listen: The Vast Majority Of FCC Commenters Support Net Neutrality
  10. Cisco And Oracle Applaud The Looming Death Of Net Neutrality
  11. Sprint sues government over elimination of broadband price caps: Business Internet price caps were removed by FCC despite lack of competition.
  12. Verizon outbids AT&T for nationwide “5G” spectrum: Verizon to buy Straight Path and its millimeter-wave spectrum for $3.1 billion.
  13. PSA Leads to Threatened Criminal Investigation for Arizona Radio Station
  14. The Widening Blast Radius of the Fox News Scandal: The metastasizing Ailes affair is spilling over into the politics of New York, Virginia and the White House.
  15. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL): A Statistical Analysis from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Latest FISA Court Order Details Why NSA Didn’t Get Any 702 Requests Approved Last Year
  2. NSA Boss: Section 702 Should Be Renewed Because It Helped Prove Russia Hacked Election
  3. Police Body Camera Giant Made Lawyers Sign Away Client Footage: Fearing for their clients, defense attorneys are refusing to hit ‘agree’ to access the company’s cloud-based body cam footage
  4. America Reloaded: The Bizarre Story Behind the FBI’s Fake Documentary About the Bundy Family
  5. Hollywood Helps China Set Up National Surveillance And Censorship System To Tackle Copyright Infringement
  6. Google collected NHS records of 1.6M patients on “inappropriate legal basis”: “We haven’t shared patient data with other Google products, services,” says DeepMind boss.
  7. Google Lens knows more about what’s in your photos than you do: What flower are you snapping a photo of? Google can tell you that.
  8. Here’s How Facebook Knows Who You Meet In Real Life: It may seem like Mark Zuckerburg is personally tracking your every move — but there’s another explanation for those creepy friend requests you’re getting
  9. Revisiting the Discoverability of Facebook Account Activity–Gordon v. TGR (Eric Goldman)
  10. HP laptops covertly log user keystrokes, researchers warn
  11. Cockpit access codes for United Airlines spill online: “The safety of our customers and crew is our top priority,” United says.
  12. Amazon’s Alexa Is Getting Smarter, But Potentially More Intrusive: Users will be able to opt-in to weather and news notifications with the A.I. home assistant
  13. EU regulators welcome stricter rules on cookies and direct marketing: The European Commission has published a draft Regulation regarding cookies and electronic direct marketing. EU regulators have publicly welcomed the proposal, which has potentially significant consequences for all businesses that engage in online commerce or electronic direct marketing.

Jon

News of the Week; May 10, 2017

GAMES

  1. Russian Who Played Pokemon Go in Church Is Convicted of Inciting Hatred
  2. Diego Maradona settles with Konami over likeness dispute: As part of the settlement, the legendary player will sign a deal this month to promote Pro Evolution Soccer
  3. Bethesda Trademark Bullying Results In Indie Game Adding A Whole Letter To Its Name, But Not Its Logo
  4. ZeniMax trademark forces indie to rename Prey for the Gods: “We could’ve fought this but we didn’t want to spend our precious Kickstarter funds”
  5. Oculus Story Studio is getting shut down
  6. Why the Closure of Oculus Story Studio is Good News for VR Filmmakers
  7. ‘Antisocial VR’ and the power of isolation: How Recluse Industries is embracing the power of minimalism to offer a refuge for the solitary gamer
  8. Half Of NBA Teams Jump Into The NBA’s New eSports NBA2K League, FIFA League To Start Soon
  9. 17 NBA Teams Buy In For Startup NBA 2K Esports League
  10. Here Are The 17 Teams Participating In NBA 2K Esports League’s Inaugural Season
  11. Blizzard’s new MLG eSports division to focus on Overwatch: Major League Gaming now fully integrated into Blizzard, will also handle Call of Duty World League
  12. eSports broadcasting – a difficult balance to strike
  13. With streaming sites like YouTube and Twitch now serving as popular hubs for professional gamers, both game developers and the platforms themselves are struggling to forge new rules
  14. ‘Skin economy is a good thing,’ says Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds creator
  15. Activision Blizzard sees record Q1 earnings — 80% of which came from digital sales
  16. Nintendo Switch boosts Nvidia revenues by up to $192m: Graphics hardware firm reports Q1 revenues of $1.94bn, aided by new console’s use of Tegra processor
  17. Minecraft on Nintendo Switch does the trick, hides most of its compromises: Visual and rendering compromises are totally fine, but do you have enough controllers?
  18. EA goes from cautious to “bullish” on Nintendo Switch support: Mega-publisher is “looking at other titles” to bring to hot-selling hardware.
  19. EA Responds To Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Mixed Reaction, Talks BioWare New IP Delay: CEO Andrew Wilson says Mass Effect still has a bright future.
  20. Zynga CEO: “We’ll be profitable in the very near future”
  21. NaturalMotion founder Torsten Reil leaves Zynga
  22. Chinese games market to hit $35bn by 2021 – Niko Partners: Mobile revenue to account for 58% of the market
  23. EA expects console game sales to be 40% digital this year: And that the install base of PS4/Xbox One will hit 105m
  24. YouTubers struggling to make money from Call of Duty: WWII – Depictions of real-war are seeing videos demonetised
  25. TIGA aiming to increase employment in UK games industry by 40 percent
  26. Things to Learn from 2016 Global Mobile Market and Actions to Take in 2017
  27. The Extremes of Mental Presence: Cognitive Enhancement, Biohacking, Psychedelics, & Transhumanism
  28. Top 5 VR Racing Sims for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
  29. Gear VR far and away the leader with almost 7m expected to be sold in 2017: SuperData’s latest figures show 782,000 units sold in Q1; HTC Vive continues to outpace Oculus Rift despite price cut
  30. Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Presence in VR Game Design
  31. This Pulsating ‘Haptic Skin’ is Somewhat Creepy, Mostly Awesome
  32. Fan buys box of Blizzard stuff on eBay, finds StarCraft source code
  33. Four games, including Pokemon and Halo, join World Video Game Hall of Fame
  34. How Moral Panics Can Turn Into Therapeutic Tools: The Dungeons And Dragons Edition
  35. Arcade group promises ticket and claw games will no longer be “rigged”: “Fair Play Pledge” says all redemption games can be “won by the application of skill.”
  36. Rapidly Deflating Pikachu Rushed To Safety By Small Horde Of Suited Men
  37. Vice Will Bring More Of Its Brands To Twitch After Successful Gaming Stream
  38. Execution Labs wraps up with fund “fully deployed”: Indie incubator has a portfolio of 19 active studios; Jason Della Rocca, Keith Katz and support team are all moving on

DIGITAL

  1. Trump administration to Supreme Court: Don’t hear EFF “Dancing Baby” case: Copyright fight over 29 seconds of a toddler dancing to Prince is now a decade old.
  2. The Trump Admin’s Advice to Supreme Court in Copyright Case Is a True Mind-Bender
  3. Hackers Hit Macron With Huge Email Leak Ahead of French Election
  4. Evidence suggests Russia behind hack of French president-elect: Russian security firms’ metadata found in files, according to WikiLeaks and others.
  5. Dear France: You Just Got Hacked. Don’t Make The Same Mistakes We Did. – A brief guide to the information wars. (Zeynep Tufekci)
  6. Here’s How Far-Right Trolls Are Spreading Hoaxes About French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron
  7. Why the Macron Hacking Attack Landed With a Thud in France
  8. Macron campaign team used honeypot accounts to fake out Fancy Bear: Digital team filled fake accounts with garbage data to slow information operation.
  9. A Last Minute Influence Op by Data DDoS: Where there’s smoke, there’s a smoke machine!
  10. As France becomes latest target, are election hacks the new normal?: After the hacking of the Democratic party in the US, governments have been braced for similar attacks. The onslaught has arrived
  11. The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked – A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose?
  12. We are not done with state-sponsored hacking. Far from it.
  13. Russians Say They’re Sick Of Hacking Accusations
  14. China’s New Online Encyclopedia Aims To Surpass Wikipedia, And To ‘Guide And Lead’ The Public
  15. UK Parliament Takes First Step Towards Making Google & Facebook Censor Everything
  16. Dear Europe: Please Don’t Kill Free Speech In The Name Of ‘Privacy Protection’
  17. Cisco kills leaked CIA 0-day that let attackers commandeer 318 switch models: Fix neutralizes attack code that was put into the wild in early March.
  18. Trump’s Campaign Can’t Just Erase History on the Internet
  19. Activists Are Pushing Back Against Tech Platforms That Quietly Empower Hate Groups
  20. No More Trolls: Austria Rules Facebook Must Remove Hate Speech: An Austrian court case aimed at making Facebook responsible for policing vitriolic posts could have an international ripple effect.
  21. Will Facebook actually hire 3,000 content moderators, or will they outsource?: The company refuses to comment on where those 3,000 workers will be employed.
  22. Facebook Sees Video Views Rise By 32% In Q1 2017, Doubles Down On Long-Form Content
  23. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: Paying For Live Sports Video Content Isn’t A ‘Long-Term Goal’
  24. How Sheryl Sandberg’s Sharing Manifesto Drives Facebook: The COO inspires her fans, and her employees, to talk about sadness, even tragedy, at work. That can be healing—and very good for business.
  25. Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable
  26. On Facebook: Why won’t the company let us truly filter our feeds?
  27. Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Crack Down on ‘Low Quality’ Sites
  28. Facebook takes to newspapers to teach UK users how to spot “fake news”: Social network claims to have killed “tens of thousands of fake UK accounts.”
  29. Ridiculous Lawsuit Looks To Hold Social Media Companies Responsible For The San Bernandino Shooting
  30. Norwich orders: who pays under the notice and notice regime? Voltage v Doe
  31. Microsoft’s bid to bring AI to every developer is starting to make sense: The APIs are getting good enough to be built into production systems.
  32. The Commodification of People
  33. Kodi: Open source TV app inspires full-blown copyright panic in the UK – Descended from Xbox Media Center software, it’s a crime wave to copyright cops.
  34. AG Szpunar says that Uber is a transport activity, not an information society service
  35. Warner Music Inks New Deal With YouTube, But Does Not Cease Its Complaints
  36. The Premier League Kindly Requests Google De-List All Of Facebook Over Copyright Infringement Claims
  37. Creator of infamous Playpen website sentenced to 30 years in prison
  38. Kardashian lumped with lawsuit over Instagram snap
  39. Third verse same as the first – Will Richard Prince’s transformation defense work yet again?
  40. 5th Circuit: ISP Not Liable for Infringement Due to Lack of Volitional Conduct, Despite Ineligibility for DMCA Safe Harbor
  41. Megaupload users still can’t get data back: The answer for users waiting five years for their seized data? Keep waiting.
  42. YouTube taps creators, celebrities for new original shows on ad-supported site: Fitness with Kevin Hart, behind-the-scenes with Ellen, and more.
  43. Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s music ambassador, makes his case to the big music labels: Warner Music Group signed a deal with YouTube and then complained about it. Here’s the video site’s response
  44. Maker Studios wrapped up in new, more ‘curated’ Disney YouTube network
  45. Disney rebrands all Youtube content under Disney Digital Network: Maker Studios output subsumed into new ‘Polaris’ channel
  46. Time Inc. To Launch ‘Sports Illustrated’ SVOD Service, Slew Of Social Video Brands
  47. What’s Wrong With Twitter’s Live-Video Strategy
  48. Anti-Authoritarian Book Club: Twitter And Tear Gas (James Grimmelmann)
  49. Report: Uber faces federal criminal probe over regulator-evading software
  50. Imagination Technologies can’t resolve Apple IP spat, opens formal dispute: Starting in 2019, Apple will no longer use firm’s designs.
  51. Tim Cook announces $1 billion investment in “advanced” US manufacturing: Apple also created a page highlighting the jobs it already supports in the US.
  52. When Internet Memes Infiltrate the Physical World: Deplorable frogs and “nasty women” aren’t just online for comic relief. They’re central to how people engage with political issues.
  53. What You Need to Know About Emoji Law (Yes, That’s a Thing)
  54. Surveying the Law of Emojis (Eric Goldman)
  55. Copyright Considerations for using Emoji in Commercial Ads
  56. Data is giving rise to a new economy
  57. Why Do Gas Station Prices Constantly Change? Blame the Algorithm: Retailers are using artificial-intelligence software to set optimal prices, testing textbook theories of competition; antitrust officials worry such systems raise prices for consumers
  58. SpaceX Just Laid out a Plan to Give Everyone Internet Access
  59. US Legislators Form VR-centric “Reality Caucus” to Guide Immersive Technology Policy
  60. Verizon Is Paying the NFL $21 Million for Exclusive Streaming Rights to One Football Game
  61. Premier League scores a big win against illegal streaming
  62. Snapchat lines up media companies to produce original shows for Snap TV: Could your next favorite show be a Snapchat exclusive?
  63. Amazon Alexa Will Now Wait On Seattle Mariners Fans In Private Suites At Safeco Field
  64. Alexa, is Amazon poised to control the connected ecosystem of the future?
  65. Social media and personal injury lawsuits
  66. Libel in the age of the Internet: click with caution
  67. Building a Better Loom: How technology might serve, rather than hinder, democracy
  68. How Vladimir Putin mastered the art of ‘online Judo’ – and why the west should be worried: Russia is using the internet’s idealistic freedom as a hybrid-warfare weapon against the west
  69. The inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the internet, ‘fake news,’ and why net neutrality is so important
  70. Google and Facebook aren’t fighting fake news with the right weapons
  71. Facing digital reality: Regulation, product complexity, and insurers’ large balance sheets have kept digital attackers from insurers’ gates. That is changing, but in ways incumbents should embrace. They can flourish in the digital age—if they move swiftly and decisively.
  72. The meaning of life in a world without work
  73. As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose
  74. University Of Alberta Develops Smallest-Ever Edmonton Oilers Logo Via Nanotechnology

CREATIVITY

  1. Spanish Citizen Sentenced To Jail For Creating ‘Unhealthy Humoristic Environment’
  2. Police Union Sues Toy Gun Maker For Not Doing Enough To Keep Cleveland Cops From Killing 12-Year-Old Boys
  3. Rome Court of Appeal confirms that mere indication of a work’s title is enough to trigger hosting provider’s liability
  4. CJEU to rule on enforceability of German press publishers’ right
  5. Molteni and Cassina duke it out over Gio Ponti chair design
  6. “Turn Down for What” Becomes Latest Target for “Blurred Lines” Lawyer
  7. US Entertainment Firm Milks Croatian Concert Promoter With Trademark Rights It May Never Have Owned
  8. Sad Raiders Fans Fail To Keep Team In Oakland By Squatting On Trademark
  9. A Photographer Sued a Student Over a School Project. Guess How That Turned Out–Reiner v. Nishimori (Eric Goldman)
  10. How Zeke Smith’s Being Outed as Trans May Have Gotten Him Kicked Off Survivor
  11. “Digital Is Cheaper” & Other Bogus Arguments
  12. Illinois right of publicity allows truthful statements about performers in ads (Rebecca Tushnet)
  13. Engineered To Deceive: Many of today’s visual artists are technological innovators, using advanced materials, industrial design, and sophisticated light manipulation to build experiences that trick your brain. Look inside their imaginations—and allow them to expand your own.
  14. Is It “Fake News” To Call The Media “Fake News?”
  15. The Local News Business Model
  16. Vogue India Celebrated Its 10th Anniversary by Getting Kendall Jenner Into Even More Trouble
  17. Coca-Cola and Music: A Case Study
  18. The New Intellectuals: Political wars on college campuses aren’t really about free speech. They’re about what it means to be a student.
  19. The Art Market’s Modigliani Forgery Epidemic: A skyrocketing interest in Amedeo Modigliani’s work is producing Picasso-level price tags, with major museum shows stoking the flame. Buyers are wary, though: the mystery surrounding one of the world’s most-faked artists has led to death threats, lawsuits, and hoaxes.
  20. Branding “Vaverisms”: All I Really Need To Know I Learned From His Quips 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Lawsuit depicts Fox News as not just sexist. Not just misogynistic. Barbaric.
  2. FCC to investigate, ‘take appropriate action’ on Colbert’s Trump rant
  3. Opening up broadcast indecency
  4. The FCC ‘Investigation’ Into Stephen Colbert Is A Complete Non-Story
  5. FCC to Investigate Steven Colbert? – Much Ado About Nothing
  6. A John Oliver Net Neutrality Rant Has Crippled The FCC Website A Second Time
  7. FCC: John Oliver Didn’t Bring Down Our Site, Attackers Did – Just as the comedian sent a flood of people to support net neutrality, attackers brought commenting site down
  8. After net neutrality comment system fails, senators demand answers: John Oliver caused big comment increase, but FCC blames DDoS attacks.
  9. The FCC Claims A DDoS Attack — Not John Oliver — Crashed Its Website. But Nobody Seems To Believe Them
  10. The FCC has received 128,000 identical anti-net neutrality comments: There might be a bot faking widespread net neutrality opposition.
  11. The FCC Is Using Garbage Lobbyist Data To Defend Its Assault On Net Neutrality
  12. AT&T Takes Heat For Avoiding Broadband Upgrades For Poor Areas
  13. AT&T could be punished for unlimited data throttling after all: Ajit Pai cheers court decision, says case to overturn Title II is strengthened.
  14. Comcast, Charter Join Forces In Wireless, Agree Not To Compete
  15. Plan to kill municipal broadband fails in state legislature: Angry constituents convince Maine lawmakers to vote against Republican bill.
  16. UK’s New ‘Digital Economy’ Law Somehow Now Gives Police The Power To Remotely Kill Phone Service
  17. How the NFL is Crippling ESPN and Harming the Future of TV Sports
  18. Only Connect

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Massive vulnerability in Windows Defender leaves most Windows PCs vulnerable: PCs can be compromised when Defender scans an e-mail or IM; patch has been issued.
  2. Google phishing attack was foretold by researchers—and it may have used their code: A potential threat from spoofing Google applications was cited in 2011.
  3. Security News This Week: Oh Good, Hackers Beat Two-Factor to Rob Bank Accounts
  4. Man: Border agents threatened to “be dicks,” take my phone if I didn’t unlock it – “I believe strongly in the Constitution and in my right to privacy.”
  5. Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans
  6. How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful
  7. Lawyers: How can we scrutinize surveillance records that remain sealed?: Stanford attorneys make unusual request to a federal court itself, DOJ opposes.
  8. Lawyer: Cops “deliberately misled” judge who seemingly signed off on stingray – “Any system that is not transparent is inherently corrupt.”
  9. Watch a cop’s staged body cam footage made “to look like it was done in real-time”: “The staging was done in such a way to make it look like it was done in real-time.”
  10. Ahead Of His Senate Hearing, James Comey Pushes His ‘Going Dark’ Theory
  11. James Comey Says Real Journalists Check With The Government Before Publication
  12. Feds propose heightened social media vetting of visa applicants: Plan applies to applicants “who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny.”
  13. Investigatory Powers Act: Back doors, black boxes, and tech capability regs: Expert legal analysis of the UK’s spy law and what it could mean for end-to-end crypto.
  14. Hidden Cameras And Zoom Lenses: Meet The Voyeur Pornographers: Revenge porn gets all the attention, but other forms of nonconsensual adult content are thriving under the radar
  15. Is Facebook Taking Its First Steps Into VR Surveillance?: With new ‘Spaces’ app, privacy advocates warn it could one day offer a wealth of new data to advertisers
  16. More Android phones than ever are covertly listening for inaudible sounds in ads: Your Android phone may be listening to ultrasonic ad beacons without your knowledge.
  17. Your Keystrokes Can Reveal Who You Are — And How You Feel: An NYU researcher is using machine learning to show how easy it is to identify people and emotions from typing patterns
  18. Happy or sad? Your future car might know the difference: Using deep learning technology, Affectiva developed an emotion recognition engine, and it promises to make cars much more human.
  19. How Facial Recognition Will Help Doctors Take Better Care Of Babies: Medical researchers are developing facial analysis apps that diagnose genetic disorders and monitor babies’ pain
  20. Facial Recognition Helps Parents Find Son 27 Years After Abduction: Tens of thousands of Chinese children are kidnapped every year, but artificial intelligence is helping families reunite
  21. Internet Privacy – ISP Snooping and U.S. Surveillance Laws 

Jon

News of the Week; May 3, 2017

GAMES

  1. ZeniMax pressures Prey for the Gods devs to make a name change
  2. Prey developer: Go ahead, use Steam refunds to demo our game – Colantonio – “Steam players can just return the game” before playing for two hours.
  3. Nintendo issues unsurprising take down notice for fan-made Zelda: “Breath of the NES” developer publishes email from NoA attorney
  4. Nintendo comes out on top in Mii patent infringement case
  5. Copyright claim yanks fan-made Breath of the Wild 2D adaptation: Creator vows it will be back ‘bigger and better than ever.’
  6. Nintendo sold 2.3 million NES Classic Editions
  7. Nintendo Switch sold 2.74 million units in March alone: Profits up 5x in the last fiscal year, with Nintendo expecting a further 10 million Switch sales in the year ahead
  8. Switch shipments selling out same day – GameStop: Specialty retailer can’t keep console stocked nearly two months after launch
  9. Switch boasts 2:1 software tie ratio: Sales not limited to Zelda, as Nintendo touts figures for 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, and Snipperclips
  10. Nintendo president: Switch can approach ‘relative parity’ with Wii
  11. Super Mario Run nearing 150m downloads: Nintendo’s mobile platformer has been installed on nearly 72m devices since January
  12. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe becomes fastest-selling title in franchise history
  13. Nintendo now believes Switch can reach Wii sales levels: “We have greatly increased the quantity we can produce in a single month,” says Tatsumi Kimishima
  14. 4 interesting comments from Nintendo’s Q&A session
  15. Epic, near-EVE-worthy troll sabotages Elite: Dangerous community event – “Smiling Dog Crew” shows how you should never let a wolf guard your chickens.
  16. Sarkeesian finishes Tropes vs. Women in Video Games: Feminist Frequency founder reflects on five years of harassment and progress as she brings video series to a “bittersweet” close
  17. Breathing In: The Industry in Consolidation – Vivendi, Tencent, Softbank, Activision; the list of companies with billion-dollar shopping lists continues to grow. Is Disney next?
  18. 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in just the last year
  19. Profits up in Sony’s games division as PS4 sales near 60M
  20. Hearthstone gains 20M players in a year, surpassing 70M to date
  21. Some advice for modders from the creator of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds
  22. Game Maker Sues Milwaukee Over Permit Requirement To Make Augmented Reality Games
  23. VR exclusivity should be a last resort – Owlchemy: Job Simulator studio boss Alex Schwartz talks about his approach to the VR market, where it’s headed and why AR is much further away
  24. You Can Catch A Real Ball While Immersed In Virtual Reality, So What Comes Next?
  25. Unity CEO: VR Will Get Huge, But Devs Need to Survive and Avoid Hype Until it Does
  26. VR/AR to “rival the internet” – Riccitiello: Unity boss kicks off the Vision Summit, noting the success and opportunity in the burgeoning VR/AR market
  27. Oculus VR is the latest company to forgo paying for a booth at E3
  28. The Story of NESticle, the Ambitious Emulator That Redefined Retro Gaming: The product of a talented programmer who designed a hit shareware game while he was still in high school, NESticle was so good that everyone looked past the fact its name was basically a dick joke.
  29. Online games in China are now required to disclose random loot box odds
  30. Was Uber’s CEO really the second-best Wii Sports tennis player? – Short answer: “Yes, with an if…” Long answer: “No, with a but…
  31. NBA COO Mark Tatum Reaffirms Global Vision For New NBA 2K Esports League
  32. eSports investments need a 10-year view – Hi-Rez: Smite and Paladins studio co-founder says competitive gaming is more about community than revenue, takes stock of console platforms’ changing attitudes on free-to-play
  33. “2022 Asian Games is another step towards mainstream acceptance of esports”: Pro-gaming leaders discuss the recent introduction of esports in the Asian games
  34. The Rock Hilariously Reveals Rampage Movie’s Plot: “And when I find them, I will not lick them.”
  35. Mental Models: The reality that we sense in front of us is a fiction created by our brains. A host of modules process information in various ways and the end result is a mental model of the outside world. Knowing how this works is crucial to game development as the shape of these mental simulations has a huge effect on how a game feels and plays.
  36. The AI revolution is making game characters move more realistically: Neural network makes for smarter-looking avatars, not just smarter enemies
  37. Video Games Are Better Without Stories: Film, television, and literature all tell them better. So why are games still obsessed with narrative? (Ian Bogost)
  38. A Dream of Embodied Experience: On Ian Bogost, Epistemological Gatekeeping, and the Holodeck (Bianca Batti & Alisha Karabinus)

DIGITAL

  1. Report: Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel “worthless”: Leaked 2017 document reveals FB Australia’s intent to exploit teens’ words, images.
  2. Facebook Told Advertisers How It Could Target Vulnerable Teens: “Anxious” and “overwhelmed” Australians as young as 14 were swept up by algorithm, though Facebook said it was never used to target ads
  3. Facebook: leaking info about gender bias damages our ‘recruiting brand’ – Tech company is disputing analysis that female engineers have code rejected 35% more than male engineers and said such leaks make it harder to hire women
  4. Facebook To Target Fake News “Information Operations”: The social media giant is getting serious about its role in global civics
  5. Facebook enters war against “information operations,” acknowledges election hijinx: Facebook no longer wants to be a tool for enlisting “useful idiots.”
  6. Facebook will hire 3,000 more moderators to keep deaths and crimes from being streamed
  7. Response To Facebook Video Of Murder Is The Call For An Actual ‘Godwin’s Law’
  8. Mounting Privacy Problems In Europe For Facebook’s Acquisition Of WhatsApp
  9. The Age of Misinformation: Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft must recognize a special responsibility for the parts of their services that host or inform public discourse. (Jonathan Zittrain)
  10. A Look at Government Censorship in the Age of Facebook
  11. The Terrible History Of Using Biased Technology To Lock People Up: Courts are relying on racist algorithms in judicial decisions — apparently we’ve learned nothing from the rise and fall of the polygraph
  12. More penalties for digital “drip pricing” 
  13. New Tools Allow Voice Patterns To Be Cloned To Produce Realistic But Fake Sounds Of Anyone Saying Anything
  14. Zillow Sued By Homeowner Because Its Estimate Is Lower Than The Seller Wants To Sell The House For
  15. New Private Right of Action in Canada for False or Misleading Electronic Advertising
  16. Companies Don’t Really Want You to Read Their Terms of Service: As the uproar over Unroll.me shows, being opaque is part of their business model.
  17. Brands and Influencers Continue to Flout Disclosure Rules Despite FTC Warning
  18. Your Newest Instagram Follower, the FTC: Agency Reminds Endorsers and Marketers to #Disclose with Over 90 Warning Letters
  19. Website/App Provider in Hot Water for Ambiguous Privacy Policy
  20. Neo-Nazi website unleashed Internet trolls against a Jewish woman, lawsuit says
  21. Suing the trolls: A woman’s lawsuit against a neo-Nazi’s “troll storm” could change how to fight back against online harassment
  22. White Supremacists, Brought To You By Squarespace: Website building service Squarespace’s acceptable use policy bans bigotry. So why does it allow prominent white nationalists to use it to create their websites?
  23. ‘Troll Army’ Raises $24K In One Day For Neo-Nazi Leader’s Legal Fund: Andrew Anglin’s trolls are emptying their pockets to preserve his neo-Nazi blog
  24. 20,000 Chinese writers will create their own Wikipedia competitor
  25. Prior Exposure Increases Perceived Accuracy of Fake News (Gordon Pennycock, Tyrone Cannon, David Rand)
  26. Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action
  27. Copyright Troll Sends DMCA Notices Targeting Anti-Troll Websites & Lawyers
  28. DMCA and monitoring – damned if you do, damned if you don’t?
  29. Kodi: The copyright cops want to lock up this free and legal TV app – Fully loaded Kodi boxes, the future of home entertainment, are a thorn in the side of Big Content 
  30. Italian court finds Google and YouTube liable for failing to remove unlicensed content (but confirms eligibility for safe harbour protection)
  31. When a ‘Remix’ Is Plain Ole Plagiarism: Digital technologies make it easier for people to copy the work of other artists—yet the same tools make it more likely for them to get caught.
  32. Lawyering at the Edge of Innovation: A Conversation with Kent Walker, Google’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President
  33. Filmspeler, the right of communication to the public, and unlawful streams: a landmark decision
  34. You Can’t Be Fired For a Facebook Post Calling Your Boss a “LOSER”–NLRB v. Pier Sixty
  35. Google rater fired after speaking to Ars about work conditions: After public revelations, workers report chaos, layoffs, and at least one firing.
  36. Internal Uber e-mail reveals Levandowski stepping down from self-driving car job: “I will be recused from all LiDAR-related work and management at Uber.”
  37. Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms
  38. Washington State Enacts Law Defining Licensing Requirements for Transmitters of Money and Virtual Currency
  39. The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics: Technology is evolving faster than the legal and moral frameworks needed to manage it.
  40. Catching Up On Some Recent Click Fraud Rulings (Eric Goldman)
  41. Will Technology Destroy Our Democracy–or Save It? A Series of Papers at The Atlantic (Eric Goldman)
  42. European Court Of Justice Tightens Screws On “Streaming”
  43. Twitter Goes Bigger On Video With 16 New Streaming Partnerships
  44. Twitter Announces New Sports Live Streaming Initiatives With 24-Hour Sports Channel, NFL, WNBA, PGA TOUR
  45. Hulu’s Live TV Service Launches To Save You From Your Cable Bill
  46. Hulu debuts $40-per-month live TV streaming service with over 50 channels: And it includes Hulu’s regular subscription content, too.
  47. Yik Yak is finally relegated to the dustbin of Internet history: Founders not totally closing up shop, will “start tinkering around” for a while.
  48. Why is Microsoft trying to turn its Surface business into the next Nokia?: Microsoft is developing a worrying habit of neglecting its hardware products.
  49. Samsung could displace Intel as the world’s biggest chip company in 2017
  50. Dating App Lets You Flirt With Coworkers On Slack: Feeld introduces a Slack bot to encourage workplace romances
  51. DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us “Upload” Skills
  52. The Google Assistant SDK will let you run the Assistant on anything: Build your own Google Home out of whatever you want.
  53. YouTube Says Its Six-Second Ads Result In “Significant” Lift In 70% Of Cases
  54. Apple Music To Supply Songs For Musical.ly As Part Of Larger Partnership
  55. This Week In Creative Commons History 

CREATIVITY

  1. French Court Finds Jeff Koons Appropriated Copyrighted Photograph That “Saved Him Creative Work”
  2. Khloé Kardashian sued by paparazzi agency for copyright infringement
  3. Kardashian #copyright saga
  4. Andy Warhol Foundation Asks SDNY to Declare Prince Series Not Infringing
  5. The Michelle Obama Mural Controversy, Explained
  6. Myth: Fair use decimated educational publishing in Canada
  7. Can You Copyright Infringe Anonymously?
  8. This Is The Story About Robert Kraft’s Casino Holdings That Rupert Murdoch’s Paper Never Ran
  9. Game of Thrones-inspired SodaStream advert banned for being offensive
  10. Without Volitional Conduct, Establishing Direct Copyright Infringement Gets Hairy
  11. Australia’s Copyright Agency Keeps $11 Million Meant For Authors, Uses It To Fight Introduction Of Fair Use
  12. Hacker leaks Orange is the New Black new season after ransom demands ignored: Breach of post-production company poses potential threat to many networks’ shows.
  13. That Orange Is the New Black Leak Was Never Going to Pay Off
  14. Hacker Extortion Attempt Falls Flat Because Netflix Actually Competes With Piracy
  15. The Company Behind “The National Enquirer” Just Bought “Us Weekly” — Here’s Why That Matters: American Media — the company behind the National Enquirer, Radar Online, and a handful of others — recently acquired Us Weekly. Its editorial director, Dylan Howard, has an old-fashioned newfangled vision for the future of the tabloid in the era of Trump.
  16. Is ‘Wonder Woman’ receiving the same advertising treatment as her Justice League peers?
  17. Parody Protection For Fair Use Is Important: Taiwanese Man Faces Jail Time Over Parody Videos Of Movies
  18. Exclusive: The Leaked Fyre Festival Pitch Deck Is Beyond Parody – But it’s also the latest chapter in the battle between consumers and advertisers in the digital age.
  19. ‘Hot Girls Wanted’ Producers Deny Outing Sex Workers: They also mock their accusers and allege that sex workers were pressured into making claims against the Netflix series
  20. Mac DeMarco Tells Concert Goers To Go Pirate His Music
  21. The Reports Of The Record Industry’s Rebirth Are Greatly Exaggerated
  22. New York City’s Museum of Trash Rescued by a Sanitation Worker: Tucked away on the second floor of an East Harlem garage, the Treasures in the Trash Museum features items saved from the landfill over three decades by Nelson Molina.
  23. Could libel laws change under Trump?
  24. No, President Trump Isn’t Ditching The First Amendment, But He Is Undermining Free Speech
  25. Is It Time To Examine The Concept Of Originality In Musical Works? (Andres Guadamuz)
  26. Is Trademark Dilution a Unicorn? An Experimental Investigation (Barton Beebe, Roy Germano, Christopher Jon Sprigman & Joel Steckel)
  27. What does a counterfeit look like? (Rebecca Tushnet)
  28. US companies can be enjoined from false advertising in China (Rebecca Tushnet) 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Ex-CRTC commissioner claims victory following Federal Court ruling
  2. Why Canada’s Net Neutrality Commitment Places Consumers in Control (Michael Geist)
  3. Too little, too late? FCC wins net neutrality court case: Wheeler’s court win over ISPs reaffirmed, but Pai plans to overturn the rules.
  4. ISPs Lose En Banc Appeal, Current Net Neutrality Rules Remain Intact…For Now
  5. GOP’s “Internet Freedom Act” permanently guts net neutrality authority: ISPs would gain the freedom to block and throttle websites and applications.
  6. Don’t Get Fooled: The Plan Is To Kill Net Neutrality While Pretending It’s Being Protected
  7. F.C.C. Invokes Internet Freedom While Trying to Kill It
  8. Verizon and AT&T both launched misleading services this week — and it points to a larger problem
  9. Verizon’s bizarre claim that the FCC isn’t killing net neutrality rules: Verizon says it supports open Internet rules despite its role in ending them.
  10. New Verizon Video Blatantly Lies About What’s Happening To Net Neutrality
  11. Net neutrality rules took away your Internet freedom, FCC chair claims: It’s not clear exactly which “freedoms” ordinary consumers lost.
  12. Soundboard Technology Calls Qualify as Robocalls Under TCPA
  13. Google Fiber building in Louisville despite lawsuit from AT&T and Charter: Google Fiber filing permit to begin construction in Louisville.
  14. ESPN Axes Long-Standing Reporters, But Not The Execs That Failed To See Cord Cutting Coming
  15. How ESPN Became A Conservative Cause: Conservative media has seen ESPN’s business problems through the prism of politics. But the network’s struggles are much more straightforward.
  16. Choosing which cable channels to provide is speech, but offering Internet access is not
  17. Broadband Internet Service Providers In Regulatory Limbo After Repeal of FCC Privacy and Data Security Rules

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Public Safety Committee Recommends Against Lawful Access Reforms (Michael Geist)
  2. MPs calling on federal government to boost protection of Canadian civil liberties: Liberals on the Commons public safety committee have made 41 recommendations designed to increase oversight.
  3. A Feast of Commons Reports: National Security Studies by ETHI and SECU Released (Craig Forcese)
  4. VPPA Still Doesn’t Protect App Downloaders–Perry v. CNN
  5. Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic: Visa, MasterCard, and Symantec among dozens affected by “suspicious” BGP mishap.
  6. Russia Tries To Deliver The Killing Blow To VPN Use
  7. Personal Security Takes A Hit With Public Release Of NSA’s Hacking Toolkit
  8. Facebook Reports More Than Half Of Gov’t Demands For Content And Data Come With Gag Orders Attached
  9. US Intelligence “transparency report” reveals breadth of surveillance by NSA, others: Over 151 million call records collected to track 42 targets under new “limited” access arrangement.
  10. The Email Collection The NSA Shut Down Has Been Abused For Years
  11. Surprise: NSA Stops Collecting Americans’ Emails ‘About’ Foreign Targets
  12. The NSA’s 702 Shutdown Is Good News, But There Are A Whole Lot Of Caveats
  13. NSA ends spying on messages Americans send about foreign surveillance targets: FISA court narrows what NSA can collect, because NSA can’t stop “incidental” collection.
  14. Sextortion suspect must unlock her seized iPhone, judge rules: “For me, this is like turning over a key to a safety deposit box.”
  15. Sketchy Bogus Crowdfunding Campaigns To ‘Buy’ Congress’s Private Web Browsing… Only Now Realize That’s Impossible
  16. Punching holes in nomx, the world’s “most secure” communications protocol: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and nomx implodes under scrutiny.
  17. Miami sextortion case asks if a suspect can be forced to decrypt an iPhone: Does the Fifth Amendment mean you don’t have to hand over your password?
  18. A False Facial Recognition Match Cost This Man Everything: Denver resident Steve Talley files $10 million lawsuit after face-matching technology ruined his life
  19. All your Googles are belong to us: Look out for the Google Docs phishing worm: An e-mail disguised as a Google Docs share is ingenious bit of malicious phishing.
  20. Don’t trust OAuth: Why the “Google Docs” worm was so convincing – You really think someone would just go on the Internet and tell lies?
  21. The spammer who logged into my PC and installed Microsoft Office: Spam text made a tempting offer—so I let the spammer take control of my PC.
  22. A Cloud Over the Microsoft Warrant Case
  23. Babies and Baby-making, or Not… Privacy and Security Lessons for the Internet of Things

Jon

News of the Week; April 26, 2017

GAMES

  1. Two-year jail sentence for teen who hacked Xbox: Convict carried out more than 1.7m cyber attacks and enabled further crimes globally
  2. Teenager behind Microsoft and Sony hacks jailed for two years: “I have a duty to the public who are worried about this,” says judge.
  3. Creator of DDoS program used against Minecraft and RuneScape sentenced to prison
  4. Game over for Canadian game copier and Mod chip seller
  5. UK Crime Agency’s Latest Moral Panic: Kids Modding Videogames May Be A Gateway To Becoming Criminal Hackers
  6. Game localization shenanigans in the Chinese-speaking world
  7. Overwatch Pro’s Racist Tirade Ends His Career
  8. Pro Overwatch player dropped for racial slurs: Toronto Esports cuts ties with Matt “Dellor” Vaughn for prolonged outburst during Twitch stream; Vaughn says he’s quitting competitive gaming
  9. Stephens College is now the first all-women’s school to offer eSports scholarships
  10. To create a quality Final Fantasy V translation, fans reworked the game’s code
  11. NPD has been underestimating digital game sales since at least 2010
  12. We’ve been missing a big part of game industry’s digital revolution: NPD “restatement” shows consistent spending growth as digital sales dominate.
  13. Report: Vivendi’s takeover of Ubisoft planned for this year
  14. Vivendi to attempt hostile bid for Ubisoft this year: Reuters’ sources claim that this is the year that the French media giant will accelerate its expansion into video games
  15. Palmer Luckey funds Trump through Chrono Trigger shell companies: Oculus co-founder continues his support for US President, despite controversy over involvement with “s***posting” group
  16. Valve asks for phone numbers to confirm Dota 2 player identities: Move should cut down on expert players intentionally smurfing noobs.
  17. Bleszinski: “AAA is a nearly unsustainable model” – The Gears of War creator discusses why blockbuster games often feel repetitive, and looks ahead to VR
  18. The ESA figures 67% of U.S. households play games
  19. Esports Will Join Real Sports At 2022 Asian Games
  20. Number of college varsity e-sports programs quadruple in 9 months
  21. Stephens College is now the first all-women’s school to offer eSports scholarships
  22. Nintendo Switch drives March games sales to $1.36B in US – NPD: The hardware category nearly doubled year-over-year thanks to Nintendo’s record-breaking Switch launch
  23. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Critical Consensus: Switch software lineup gets a turbo boost with Nintendo racer’s victory lap
  24. A major Nintendo policy change has saved at least one Switch game: Third major patch for Nintendo Switch exclusive Bomberman does the unexpected.
  25. Nintendo, Ever the Toy Company: The fate of NES Classic is a reminder that while Nintendo may be a console firm, its DNA remains that of a toy maker
  26. This Zelda fan game takes the fun of Breath of the Wild to 2D: Forget emulating, you can experience a small sliver of Breath of the Wild right now.
  27. FTC Warns: That Nintendo Switch Emulator Is A Scam: Play ‘Breath of the Wild’ on your computer for free? That download is probably malware
  28. G2A’s reputation can still be fixed, indies say – “Just stop being s***”: Rami Ismail, Mike Bithell and Dan Da Rocha on the art of managing reputation in the games business
  29. G2A: “We’re not a grey marketplace, people just don’t understand our business” – It is the video games industry vs G2A at Reboot Develop
  30. Shopify enables devs to sell physical merchandise in-game: SDK opens potential revenue source for developers, Alto’s Adventure the first to use new tool
  31. Disabled Streamer Receives Hundreds In Donations After Bullies Kick Him From Match
  32. We need game design tools that work for everyone
  33. Early Nintendo programmer worked without a keyboard: Sakurai programmed a Game Boy classic with a trackball and a Famicom Twin.
  34. Unity devs can now sell actual hats (and other merch) in-game via new Shopify SDK
  35. Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons
  36. Transactions of the Digital Games Research Association Volume 3, issue 1

a. Introduction (Christy Dena, Brendan Keogh)

b. Ways of Being: Pervasive Game Design Ethos in Urban Codemakers (Steven Conway, Troy Innocent)

c. Finding a Way: Techniques to Avoid Schema Tension in Narrative Design (Christy Dena)

d. Scarcity and Survival Horror: Trade as an Instrument of Terror in Pathologic (Julian Novitz)

e. Adolescents as Game Designers: Developing New Literacies (Pilar Lacasa, Sara Cortés, María Ruth García-Pernía)

DIGITAL

  1. Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
  2. Father in Thailand Kills 11-Month-Old Daughter Live on Facebook
  3. Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links
  4. Facebook To Reportedly Pay Publishers To Create Videos That Feature New Mid-Roll Ads
  5. The Weird Antitrust Questions Of A Google Chrome Ad Blocker
  6. Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria: “Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
  7. Google pushes fake news, hate-speech workshops (and YouTube) on UK teens: After backlash over censored LGBTQ+ content, Google debuts “Internet Citizens” project.
  8. Wikitribune is Jimmy Wales’ attempt to wage war on fake news: Wikipedia cofounder says pages won’t go live until trusted volunteers verify stories.
  9. Palantir settles US charges that it discriminated against Asian engineers
  10. The Surprising Speed with Which We Become Polarized Online: Users isolate themselves in social media echo chambers, even when they start out looking at a variety of posts.
  11. Instagram Now Has 700 Million Users
  12. Khloe Kardashian Sued for Posting a Photo of Khloe Kardashian on Instagram: This follows a lawsuit focused on Tom Holland republishing an image of Tom Holland on Instagram.
  13. More Shady Libel Lawsuits Resulting In Dubious Delisting Court Orders Uncovered
  14. Feds Say Jewelry Company CEO Scrubbed Google Results With Fake Court Orders And Forged Judge’s Signatures
  15. Five years later, legal Megaupload data is still trapped on dead servers: EFF lawyers head to appeals court to demand one man’s data.
  16. Dutch Court Rules That Freely Given Fan-Subtitles Are Copyright Infringement
  17. Fansubs for TV shows and movies are illegal, court rules: Anti-piracy group tells Dutch court they damage the industry.
  18. CJEU in Filmspeler rules that the sale of a multimedia player is a ‘communication to the public’
  19. Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf applies CJEU McFadden decision
  20. Car Ad Websites Slightly “Scraped” in Copyright Case, Court Puts Brakes on Statutory Damages Minimums
  21. After Bill Gates Backs Open Access, Steve Ballmer Discovers The Joys Of Open Data
  22. Silicon Valley Losing Ground in Washington
  23. Oh Yes They Did! – Ninth Circuit Holds that Use of Moderators May Impact DMCA Safe Harbor Shield
  24. Dozen Amicus Briefs Oppose the Worst Section 230 Ruling of 2016 (and One Supports It)–Hassell v. Bird (Eric Goldman)
  25. Can Your Employer Fire You For Posting Vacation Photos to Facebook?-Jones v. Accentia (Eric Goldman)
  26. Faulty Mobile Device User Interface Jeopardizes Uber’s Contract Formation–Metter v. Uber (Eric Goldman)
  27. Uber’s app fingerprinted iPhone hardware, breaking App Store rules 
  28. Man sues Confide: I wouldn’t have spent $7/month if I’d known it was flawed
  29. Patent-holding company uses ex-Nokia patents to sue Apple, phone carriers: Nokia has spread its patents around widely, and they keep popping up in lawsuits.
  30. Singapore Court Tosses Copyright Troll Cases Because IP Addresses Aren’t Good Enough Evidence
  31. He Tweeted About Chinese Government Corruption. Twitter Suspended His Account.
  32. Russia Is Trying to Copy China’s Approach to Internet Censorship
  33. Russian man gets longest-ever US hacking sentence, 27 years in prison: Roman Seleznev bankrupted businesses, did $170 million in damage.
  34. Internet Censorship Is Advancing Under Trump: We expect attacks on internet speech in Zimbabwe and Russia. Under Trump, it’s hitting home.
  35. Russian DNC Hackers Are Now Targeting Germany’s Merkel — Report
  36. Russia’s Fake News Crusade Is Still Pushing For Le Pen: Kremlin-backed news sites at home and abroad have long favored the pro-Russia French presidential candidate
  37. NY Judge Says Prior Restraint Is America’s Best Defense Against Internet ‘Chaos’
  38. North Korean Media: A Story of Language, Censorship, and Tech
  39. Governing body declares: No IP addresses for governments that shut down internet access
  40. Netflix Hits 100 Million Subscribers, Vows To Raise Another Billion Dollars Of Debt
  41. Cord Cutting Is Very Real, And 25% Of Americans Won’t Subscribe To Traditional Cable By Next Year
  42. Here Comes The Attempt To Reframe Silicon Valley As Modern Robber Barons
  43. Here’s Everything You Need to Know about Elon Musk’s Human/AI Brain Merge
  44. With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don’t Believe It.: Why the billionaire is wrong that telepathy technology will be available in a few short years.
  45. How Garry Kasparov Learned To Stop Worrying & Love The Machines That Beat Him At His Job
  46. YouTube TV review: Not a game-changer out of the gate, but it could be soon – Using it is easy, but it doesn’t offer multiple tiers or apps for many platforms.
  47. Twitter: PGA TOUR LIVE Averages Almost 500,000 Unique Viewers Daily
  48. Regulation of Fintech in Canada
  49. 162 Tech Companies Tell Appeals Court That Trump’s 2nd Travel Ban Is Illegal
  50. Make America Troll Again (James Grimmelmann)
  51. Programming is Forgetting: Toward a New Hacker Ethic
  52. Picture this: Senate staffers’ ID cards have photo of smart chip, no security: Senate employees just use passwords, and their badges sport a picture of an alternative.
  53. Senate ID Cards Use A Photo Of A Chip Rather Than An Actual Smart Chip
  54. How Should a Lawyer Respond to a Yelp Review Calling Him “Worst. Ever.”?–Spencer v. Glover (Eric Goldman)
  55. Rubbing Elbows and Blowing Smoke: Gender, Class, and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Patent Office (Kara Swanson)
  56. An AI wrote all of David Hasselhoff’s lines in this bizarre short film – Ars film debut: Watch It’s No Game and meet the Hoffbot, written by an algorithm.

CREATIVITY

  1. This Lawsuit Goes to 11: The creators of This is Spinal Tap, the most influential mockumentary ever made, have been paid almost nothing. The rock gods are angry.
  2. Beyoncé Aims to End Copyright Suit Against “Formation”: The singer says the claims against her are “grossly overstated.”
  3. Copyright Law Precludes Athletes’ Publicity Rights Suit, Ninth Circuit Rules
  4. Artist Sues Church For Moving His 9/11 Memorial Sculpture
  5. Texas Lawmaker Wants To Decide Who’s A Real Journalist, Make It Easier To Sue Them
  6. Charging Bull, Fearless Girl and comparative moral rights
  7. Horizon’s Copyright Claim Against Marvel’s Iron Man Promotional Poster Survives Motion to Dismiss 
  8. Sixth Circuit has nominative fair use sans la letter: Oaklawn Jockey Club, Inc. v. Kentucky Downs, LLC, No. 16-5582 (6th Cir. Apr. 19, 2017)
  9. Is France Right To Criminalize Online Hate Speech?: Facebook says it’s wary of crossing the boundary into censorship but minorities say France’s muscular approach on the ground is the bigger problem
  10. The Reel Story: Why Changing How We Measure a “Canadian Film” is Long Overdue (Michael Geist)
  11. A Chicago Artist is Under Fire For Plagiarizing a Black Woman’s Artwork For His Michelle Obama Mural
  12. Australian Copyright Scandal Points to the Need for Greater Oversight of Copyright Collectives (Michael Geist)
  13. Duke Ellington And Copyright: Five Things You Should Know

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. As US prepares to gut net neutrality rules, Canada strengthens them: Canada cracks down on zero-rating while FCC allows paid data cap exemptions.
  2. Canada Rushes To Defend Net Neutrality As The U.S. Moves To Dismantle It
  3. As U.S. gears up for Internet fight, Canada sees an opportunity
  4. A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country’s true nature: Reasonable, fair, no-nonsense. Typical Canucks
  5. Canada Just Took a Major Stand for Net Neutrality
  6. Win for citizens as CRTC framework will help prevent telecoms from engaging in differential pricing practices: Today’s ruling strengthens Net Neutrality protections by discouraging telecom providers from zero-rating certain apps and services and not others
  7. Net Neutrality is alive and well in Canada (Scott Prescott)
  8. Net Neutrality Alive and Well in Canada: CRTC Crafts Full Code With Zero Rating Decision (Michael Geist)
  9. CRTC’s Zero Rating Ruling Kills Proposals for Preferential Treatment for Cancon Online (Michael Geist)
  10. Dispelling the net neutrality and zero rating FUD (Peter Nowak)
  11. CRTC Chair Blais Calls Out Telcos For Double-Talk on Internet Fibre Investment (Michael Geist)
  12. Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-104: Framework for assessing the differential pricing practices of Internet service providers
  13. Ajit Pai announces plan to eliminate Title II net neutrality rules: Vote to begin net neutrality rollback scheduled for May 18.
  14. FCC Chair Ajit Pai Announces Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality
  15. FCC Boss Unveils Ingenious Plan To Replace Net Neutrality Rules With Fluff & Nonsense
  16. Comcast and other ISPs celebrate imminent death of net neutrality rules: ISPs say they support net neutrality—but oppose FCC’s authority to enforce it.
  17. FCC helps AT&T and Verizon charge more by ending broadband price caps: Business Internet price caps eliminated even when customers have only one choice.
  18. FCC Moves To Make Life Easier For Business Broadband Monopolies
  19. Mobile industry loses its bid to stop Berkeley’s cellphone warning law – 9th Circuit: Local law actually “complements and reinforces” federal law, policy.
  20. Verizon lost 400,000 customers in the 6 weeks before it launched unlimited data: Verizon turned things around but still lost 289,000 phone subscribers.
  21. FCC Changes in Rules on Computation of Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Now Effective 
  22. In Trump era, Rachel Maddow starts beating Fox News
  23. CTV Toronto (CFTO-DT) & CP24 re promos for CHUM-FM (CBSC decision)
  24. Another Reminder to Comply with CASL: The CRTC Imposes $15,000 Penalty for Non-Compliance 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Search Warrant Gag Order Successfully Challenged In Court
  2. The U.S. government’s ‘witch hunt’ to root out a Trump critic has now sparked an investigation
  3. Man suspected in wife’s murder after her Fitbit data doesn’t match his alibi: Officials say the timeline given by Richard Dabate, accused of killing his wife in their Connecticut home, is at odds with data collected by her wearable device
  4. IoT Privacy Lawsuit- Bose sued for taking headphone data without consent!
  5. Silicon Valley security robot beat up in parking lot, police say: The droid can scan 300 license plates a minute.
  6. A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices: When it comes to features and robustness, Hajime surpasses its blackhat rivals.
  7. Malware Hunts And Kills Poorly Secured Internet Of Things Devices Before They Can Be Integrated Into Botnets
  8. Lessons from the FTC’s First Enforcement Action Against an IoT Company 
  9. Amazon’s Echo Look takes outfit photos and suggests the best styles for you: Is the mirror-selfie dead?
  10. Amazon Wants To Put A Camera In Your Bedroom To Watch You Dress: The Echo Look will mine your mirror selfies and judge your style. What’s unclear is how else this data will be used
  11. Amazon Wants to Put a Camera and Microphone in Your Bedroom: Echo Look will use machine learning to decide if you look fat in that shirt.
  12. Activist’s protest against practice of ‘carding’ derails Toronto police board meeting: Meeting adjourned after journalist Desmond Cole refuses to leave following deputation. Of data collected on citizens by police, Cole said: “It was never your information to take in the first place.”
  13. >10,000 Windows computers may be infected by advanced NSA backdoor: Did script kiddies use DoublePulsar code released by NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers?
  14. NSA backdoor detected on >55,000 Windows boxes can now be remotely removed: Microsoft dismisses DoublePulsar infection estimates, but otherwise remains silent.
  15. Tanium CEO admits using real hospital data in sales demos
  16. Windows bug used to spread Stuxnet remains world’s most exploited: Code-execution flaw is triggered by plugging a booby-trapped USB into vulnerable PCs.
  17. Taking Trust Seriously In Privacy Law (Neil Richards & Woodrow Hartzog)

Jon

News of the Week; April 19, 2017

GAMES

  1. Sweeney: “The future of the games industry? Make everyone a creator” – The Epic Games CEO discusses the importance of open platforms, the benefits of non-games projects and why he’s preserving a forest
  2. Twitch Builds Innovative Features For Its Most Popular Game, ‘League Of Legends’
  3. 2022 Asian Games adds eSports as medal sport: Professional gaming will also feature in next year’s event in Indonesia
  4. “We want to be the global community for people to play, watch and share games”: Facebook is rolling out new features for Instant Games, Gameroom and its gaming videos
  5. Nintendo Ended Up Creating A Competitor After DMCAing Fan-Game It Decided It Didn’t Want To Make Itself
  6. Nintendo Switch becomes fastest-selling system in Nintendo history: NPD reports that 906,000 units were sold in March, and Zelda broke records as well
  7. Nintendo Switch Tops PS4, Xbox One In US March Sales – Report: The new Nintendo console was No. 1 in March.
  8. Why Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the biggest system seller in history: The game is actually selling better than the system it runs on, somehow.
  9. Nintendo Discontinues The NES Classic
  10. Why Did Nintendo Just Kill One of Its Coolest Products in Years?
  11. One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie: NES Classic is no more, but luckily cheap hobbyist boards are great for little projects.
  12. Sony is cutting online support for Kill Strain and 5 other games this summer
  13. In Australia, Microsoft offers free in-store game dev classes
  14. Ricky Gervais Says Magic Leap Will “Change the World,” as Company Courts Celebs
  15. Andre Iguodala has tried Magic Leap. What’s it like?: The Golden State Warrior and 2015 NBA Finals MVP talks about his favorite tech and the mixed-reality eyewear that blew his mind.
  16. Xbox chief Phil Spencer is not a fan of VR game exclusivity deals: “I do not like that people are having to say, which of these VR verticals do I go pick right now, as a developer? Because I don’t think any of them are really big enough yet to support a single experience.”
  17. Global Virtual Reality Industry to Reach $7.2 Billion in Revenues in 2017
  18. Original StarCraft is finally free-as-in-beer after delayed patch: Version 1.18 now live for Windows and Mac, will be compatible with summer remaster.
  19. Gaming video to generate $4.6 billion this year – SuperData: Research firm says there are now 665 million viewers of gaming video content worldwide
  20. That Was Fast: Denuvo’s Version 3 Update Has Been Cracked
  21. Digital sales now represent 74% of the US game market: The games industry added $11.7 billion to the US GDP in 2016, according to ESA’s new Essential Facts report

DIGITAL

  1. Facebook video of elderly man being murdered gets over 1.6 million views: Grandson urges the public to stop sharing footage of his grandfather being killed.
  2. Moral Panics: Don’t Blame Facebook Because Some Guy Posted His Murder Video There
  3. The man behind the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website is being sued by one of his ‘troll storm’ targets
  4. Lawsuit: Neo-Nazi website owner is liable for harassing Montana real estate agent: “It’s that time, fam… ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm?”
  5. China’s Precision Censorship Machine Allows Some Controversial Keywords, But Blocks Combinations Of Them
  6. Facebook highlights its fight against “Fake News” in print: The 10 tips are basic news literacy, but Facebook wants the world to know.
  7. Facebook Launches New Camera Tools as a Foundation for Advanced Augmented Reality
  8. Video Calling, 3D Drawing, and Shared Experiences Inside Facebook’s Social VR App
  9. Facebook’s first VR app surprises, lets us collaborate and be juvenile: Has serious issues, but hand tracking, doodling, media sharing work great in VR “Spaces.”
  10. Facebook Finally Released Details on Their Top Secret Brain-Computer Interface
  11. Facebook is Researching Brain-Computer Interfaces, “Just the Kind of Interface AR Needs”
  12. Tumblr Is The Latest Platform To Launch A Co-Viewing App
  13. ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ Director Ridley Scott Launches VR Film Division
  14. Social Media Is Not Contributing Significantly to Political Polarization, Paper Says
  15. Secret Sorority Handshakes, Questionable Lawsuits, Free Speech, The Right To Be Forgotten And Section 230
  16. IoT garage door opener maker bricks customer’s product after bad review: Startup tells customer “Your unit will be denied server connection.”
  17. The Strange Story Of Why Millions Of Indians Are Furious At Snapchat: The social media company’s CEO allegedly said India and Spain were too poor to care about expanding there.
  18. How Opioid Addicts Are Using Social Media To Get Clean: Facebook groups and other online forums offer many addicts a digital path to recovery
  19. Everything on the Dark Web is not illegal, only half!
  20. FTC Staff Reminds Brands and Influencers About Disclosure Requirements
  21. Kim Kardashian West promotes morning sickness drug on Instagram despite previous FDA warning
  22. Top 100 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • March 2017
  23. Music industry goes to war with YouTube: Record labels are angry about the relatively small fees the platform pays for music videos compared with streaming services
  24. Patent troll with an “Internet Drink Mixer” and a nonexistent office could be in trouble
  25. EFF Goes To Court To Stop Australian Patent Troll From Stifling Free Speech
  26. How a Law School Is Preparing Its Students to Compete Against AI
  27. Machines Learn To Stereotype Humans Just Like Humans: Researchers find AI systems are ready and willing to adopt racial and gender biases
  28. Princeton researchers discover why AI become racist and sexist: Study of language bias has implications for AI as well as human cognition.
  29. Report: Google will add an ad blocker to all versions of Chrome Web browser – The owner of the Web’s biggest advertising platform is building an ad blocker?
  30. FTC Explains Why It Thinks 1-800 Contacts’ Keyword Ad Settlements Were Anti-Competitive–FTC v. 1-800 Contacts (Eric Goldman)
  31. The Future of Ad Blocking: An Analytical Framework and New Techniques (Grant Storey, Dillon Reisman, Jonathan Mayer & Arvind Narayanan Princeton University)
  32. How Copyright Law Creates Biased Artificial Intelligence (Amanda Levendowski)

CREATIVITY

  1. Legal Threat From Creator Of Wall St. Bull Statue Even More Full Of Bull Than Expected
  2. No, The ‘Charging Bull’ Artist Can’t Force Anyone To Take Down ‘Fearless Girl’
  3. ‘Fearless Girl’ and ‘Charging Bull’ lurch towards courtroom showdown
  4. Public Art Installations: Is Fearless Girl ’s girl power trampling moral rights in Charging Bull ? We say no.
  5. On Fearless Girl, women & public art; or, no, seriously, the guy does not have a point.
  6. Separating Art from Function: Supreme Court Creates Copyright Test for Designs
  7. Asos Accused Of Ripping Off Indie Brand After Visiting Its Showroom
  8. My Other Bag Seeks Nearly $1 Million in Legal Fees in Louis Vuitton Case
  9. Bushwick Street Artists Threaten Legal Action Against McDonald’s for Using Their Work: The work appeared in a Dutch ad titled “McDonald’s Presents the Vibe of Bushwick NY.”
  10. Copyright Society’s ‘World IP Day’ Lesson: Give Us Your Copyrights For Nothing
  11. An interview with Michael Geist: copyright reform in Canada and beyond
  12. Fair Dealing in Canada: Dry Erase Boards and Overhead Projectors – Believe It Or Not?
  13. European Court Of Human Rights Revisits Once More Intermediary Liability
  14. Cara Delevingne Rimmel mascara ad banned for airbrushing: Watchdog pulls TV campaign promising ‘dangerously bold lashes’ for using inserts and redrawing to exaggerate effects
  15. How Artists Push Social Change
  16. Copyright in the Public Interest: How Canada Can Establish a Pro-Innovation Reform Agenda
  17. Someone tried to own ‘take off, eh’: Secrets from the Canadian trademarks database
  18. Copyright’s missing voices
  19. Copyright Reform in Canada and Beyond (Michael Geist)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Bill O’Reilly out at Fox after harassment allegations
  2. Fox News Found the Perfect Woman-Hater to Replace Bill O’Reilly 
  3. Alex Jones’ Defense in Upcoming Custody Battle Is That He’s a Fake
  4. When Is An Insane Conspiracy Theorist A Bad Parent?: Bizarre strategy in Alex Jones case.
  5. FTC Commissioner: If The FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Don’t Expect Our Help
  6. Web Firms Urge FCC to Preserve Open Internet Order
  7. Don’t Wait For Google, Netflix Or Facebook’s Help If You Want To Save Net Neutrality
  8. Roku Hires DC Lobbyists For First Time To Fight For Net Neutrality
  9. Verizon CEO: We’d consider merger with almost anyone, including Comcast: No deal is imminent as Verizon CEO claims no one has the fiber to match Verizon.
  10. FCC helps AT&T and Time Warner avoid lengthy merger review: Time Warner sells a TV station to avoid public interest review of AT&T deal.
  11. One broadband choice counts as “competition” in new FCC proposal: Price caps would be eliminated when there’s one more ISP within half a mile.
  12. Future of FCC Privacy Rules Unclear
  13. NBC Reaches Deal With TV Affiliates for Opting in to Internet Video Distribution Agreements
  14. T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US: Dish, Comcast, and US Cellular also bought plenty of 600MHz spectrum.
  15. Ofcom fine BT a record breaking £42 million: A move to a more punitive approach?
  16. The Internet as Cable: The Risk of Treating Telecommunications as Cultural Policy (Michael Geist)
  17. Canada’s analog broadcasting policy makes no sense in a digital world

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Plaintiff Can’t Erase Court Order From the Internet–Nelson v. Social Security Commissioner (Eric Goldman)
  2. Lawyers, malware, and money: The antivirus market’s nasty fight over Cylance – On the front lines of the antivirus industry’s “testing wars.”
  3. Massachusetts AG Settles Geofencing Case 
  4. Geotargeting Medical Facilities? Massachusetts Says ‘No Snoop For You!’ 
  5. These Popular Headphones Spy on Users, Lawsuit Says
  6. Bose headphones spy on listeners: lawsuit
  7. German Consumers Face $26,500 Fine If They Don’t Destroy Poorly-Secured ‘Smart’ Doll
  8. Microsoft Latest Service Provider To Pry A National Security Letter Free From Its Gag Order
  9. Apple Takes Heat For Software Lock That Prevents iPhone 7 Home Button Replacement By Third-Party Vendors
  10. The Teddy Bear And Toaster Act Is Device Regulation Done Wrong
  11. The Illicit Aura of Information
  12. NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers just dumped its most damaging release yet: Windows zero-days, SWIFT bank hacks, slick exploit loader among the contents.
  13. Liberal inaction frustrates Canada’s exiting information watchdog: Stepping down, but not quietly, Suzanne Legault urges reforms to open up Ottawa
  14. Hypocritical CIA Director Goes On Rant About Wikileaks, Free Speech
  15. Vigilante botnet infects IoT devices before blackhats can hijack them: Hajime battles with Mirai for control over the Internet of poorly secured things.
  16. Legislation allowing warrantless student phone searches dies for now – Proponent: California law aimed to bolster student safety, help investigate cyberbullying.
  17. Why one Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet”: Republicans encounter angry citizens after killing online privacy rules.
  18. Trump Privacy Rollback Continues, States Step Up 
  19. Claims under the Data Protection Act can be linked with defamation claims (U.K.)

Jon

News of the Week; April 12, 2017

GAMES

  1. Maradona sees red as he sues ProEvo over image rights
  2. Oculus has filed a motion to request a new trial against ZeniMax
  3. Oculus wants a new trial in ZeniMax case: VR company says initial verdict was “tainted” and the $500 million damages “excessive”
  4. New report delves into the dodgy world of PSN account reselling
  5. Xbox Scorpio: Are its 4K chops masking a change of VR heart?: Some unanswered questions leave us perplexed.
  6. Sony will struggle with location-based VR: PSVR is the biggest success story of consumer VR; but Sony’s location-based plans will leave it a long way outside its comfort zone
  7. Mass Effect update leaves pirates with rough facial animation: BioWare patches in new, uncracked Denuvo version alongside improvements.
  8. The MASSive Mass Effect: Andromeda writing contest: Send in a 500-word fic and you could win a copy of Andromeda for PC and an RC Nomad.
  9. Nintendo v. King: Answering Questions, and Raising New Ones, About Technological Protection Measures
  10. Court Strikes Probation Restrictions Banning Teen From Using Encryption, Accessing Internet For Personal Reasons
  11. First-gen VR won’t live up to hype – Report: IDATE DigiWorld expects 60 million headsets worldwide by 2020, with mobile VR losing share to PC/console
  12. Dear CD Projekt Red: Please Stop Trying To Get Trademarks On The Common Name Of A Genre
  13. Microsoft formally bans emulators on Xbox, Windows 10 download shops: Rules change comes ahead of formal Xbox Live Creators Program unveil.
  14. Microsoft bans and removes emulators from Windows Store: Updated policies blocks all games emulation across PC, mobile and Xbox
  15. The Xbox One loses another exclusive third-party developer: As Remedy goes multi-platform, Microsoft’s exclusive slate looks worse and worse.
  16. Microsoft opening new Minecraft marketplace to sell user-made content
  17. Pokemon Go pulling in over 65M monthly active users
  18. Nintendo will pay up to $20,000 for Switch security information: The scheme started to find 3DS vulnerabilities now includes Nintendo’s new console
  19. Creating a game that is appealing to Youtubers
  20. Twitch unleashes scorched-earth attack to unveil malicious spambot creator: PayPal, Cloudflare, Shaw, and Whois “are involved” in attacks, Twitch claims.
  21. Pewdiepie starts crowdsourced channel on Twitch with new weekly show: YouTube’s biggest star looks elsewhere for livestreaming.
  22. PewDiePie launches weekly show on Twitch: Popular YouTuber is branching out, at the very moment that major advertisers are walking away from YouTube
  23. Why Peter Moore once told Sega’s Yuji Naka to “f*** off”
  24. Peter Moore swears it wasn’t his idea to kill the Dreamcast
  25. Minecraft introduces in-app purchases: New Marketplace feature and Minecraft Coins virtual currency will be used for community creators to sell their own work
  26. Electronic Arts pledges to invest $500 million in Montreal’s game industry over 10 years
  27. Report: GameStop customer information at risk following possible breach
  28. The battle for fair game prices—and Gearbox’s attempt to ruin it: What would you pay for an identical 2011 game with a badly shoehorned Duke Nukem cameo?
  29. Gearbox partners with G2A, then vows to back out unless G2A takes steps to fight fraud
  30. Gearbox backs out of deal with controversial online marketplace G2A
  31. Gearbox severs ties with G2A over fraud backlash: Bulletstorm deal falls apart as reseller fails to comply with developer’s ultimatum to change how it does business
  32. What impact is outsourcing having on the video game industry?
  33. Why Sega is obsessed with Humble Bundle: The Sonic maker has raised over $2m via the charity retailer
  34. Luxor Hotel to get Las Vegas Strip’s first dedicated eSports arena: eSports Arena Las Vegas to be built on the site of a 30,000 square-foot nightclub, will open in 2018
  35. Why Aren’t NFL Owners, Teams Investing In Esports?
  36. University of Utah becomes first top sports school to offer eSports scholarships
  37. eSports Gets An Introduction To Major College Sports At The University Of Utah
  38. University Of Utah Becomes First Power Five School To Offer Varsity Esports
  39. Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry: Video Gaming Kept Him ‘Mentally Sharp’ During Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Battle
  40. I’m Dying to Play
  41. This Dark Souls 3 video is bananas, literally: Like someone actually made a controller out of bananas.
  42. “Play is universal, even more universal than humanity”: Pioneer Raph Koster reflects on metrics, VR and the human need to play

DIGITAL

  1. Appeals Court Rules Website Moderators Can Potentially Undercut Copyright Defense
  2. DMCA “safe harbor” up in the air for online sites that use moderators: Etsy, Kickstarter, Pinterest, and Tumblr say site moderation hangs in the balance.
  3. Dangerous Ruling On DMCA Safe Harbors May Backfire On Hollywood
  4. DMCA, Moral Rights and Photography
  5. Narcissism, Social Media and Power
  6. Yahoo Is Sued Over $17 Million Fund for Chinese Dissidents
  7. Qualcomm loses legal battle with Blackberry, must pay $815M: Huge, non-appealable award makes BlackBerry stock jump 15%.
  8. Qualcomm accuses Apple of Intel chip foul play, egging on regulatory attacks: Chipmaker demands “fair value for our technological contributions to the industry.”
  9. Amazon to refund $70m in IAP after year of legal appeals: Both Amazon and the FTC appealed aspects of a ruling made by the federal court in April 2016
  10. If Facebook Becomes The Internet’s Authentication System, Can Citizen Scores Around The World Be Far Behind?
  11. We Need More Alternatives to Facebook: Chastened by the negative effects of social media, Mark Zuckerberg says he will tweak his service and upgrade society in the process. Should any company be that powerful?
  12. Google expands automatic “fact check” insertion into search results: You’ll want to phrase your searches very carefully to trigger it.
  13. Uber said to use “sophisticated” software to defraud drivers, passengers: Class action says Uber’s “methodical scheme” manipulates rider fares, driver pay.
  14. Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper
  15. Burger King ‘O.K. Google’ Ad Doesn’t Seem O.K. With Google
  16. Google Brings Fake News Fact-Checking to Search Results: Search giant is letting partners and publishers decide what’s true, what’s false and what’s in between.
  17. New York Attorney General Enters Digital Health App and Privacy Enforcement Fray: Announces Three Settlements with Health and Fitness App Providers’ Due to Efficacy Claims and Privacy Practices
  18. MPA Gets Ireland To Crack Open The Site-Blocking Door It Plans To Bust Through
  19. Ubuntu Unity is dead: Desktop will switch back to GNOME next year – Ubuntu phones and tablets also dead, but the desktop, server, and cloud live on.
  20. YouTube nixes monetization until channels hit 10,000 views: Video giant says move is an effort to crack down on impersonating channels
  21. Technology is a marvel – now let’s make it moral: If Britain is bold after Brexit, we can lead the way in demanding more control over our digital destiny
  22. Utah to treat certain virtual currency as abandoned property 
  23. What Do the SEC’s Recent Bitcoin Disapproval Orders Really Mean for Investors?
  24. Portugal Pushes Law To Partially Ban DRM, Allow Circumvention
  25. India Learns The Hard Way That Equating Patents And Innovation Comes At A Price
  26. Italian Court Says Due Process Isn’t Necessary For Blocking Sites Over Copyright Infringement
  27. Who Owns the Copyright in an Instagram Image?
  28. Sketchy Copyright Takedown Kills Bad Lip Reading’s Force Awakens Remix
  29. Revenge Pornster Craig Brittain Issues DMCA Notices Demanding Google Delist Entire Websites, Including Wikipedia
  30. Why Jian Ghomeshi’s New Podcast Is Absolutely Guaranteed to Fail: A friend recently asked me if his firm should consider representing the former CBC Radio host’s media business. Here’s what I told him
  31. You Are Almost Definitely Sharing Memes Made By Nazis
  32. Is Instagram Killing The Graffiti Artist?
  33. Study Claims To Know What Was Going On With That Stupid Dress
  34. Emotional Chatting Machine Assesses Your Emotion and Copies It: Chatbots have never been able to empathize. That looks set to change, thanks to a Chinese team that has built a chatbot capable of conveying specific emotions.
  35. How Trolls Are Stifling Innovators, Gamers and Netflix Junkies: Copyright policy in the public interest
  36. Insurers Scramble to Put a Price on a Cyber Catastrophe: Trying to estimate the maximum cost of a devastating cyber event before one actually happens.
  37. How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing
  38. Adidas wants to sell 100,000 3-D printed sneakers: A personalized shoe that can “adjust the strength, durability, and the shape.”
  39. Disney files patent for “huggable and interactive” humanoid robots: Robots have already been tested, described as “robust to playful, physical interaction.”
  40. The legal issues of robotics
  41. Deciphering the U.S. NAFTA Digital Demands, Part Two: Digital Economy, Services and Transparency (Michael Geist)

CREATIVITY

  1. Universal wins copyright case over sample in Justin Timberlake hit
  2. Andy Warhol Estate Sues over Image of Prince
  3. U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Separability Analysis in its Ruling on Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.
  4. Lombardo v. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
  5. No evidence of harm means no disgorgement in false advertising case (Rebecca Tushnet)
  6. Copyright preemption and the right of publicity in the 9th Circuit (Rebecca Tushnet)
  7. Statutory Damages Awarded in Copyright Infringement Case
  8. First judicial consideration of information location tool under the Copyright Act- Trader Corporation v. CarGurus Inc.
  9. Can a public domain artwork be registered as a trade mark or would that be contrary to public policy and morality?
  10. Irish Burger Chain Accuses McDonald’s of Trademarking Every Word That Starts With ‘Mc’
  11. Defamation Law Series: Melania Trump Settles Her Libel Lawsuit Against Daily Mail 
  12. Author of Wall Street Charging Bull is raging over Fearless Girl, but does he have a valid moral right claim?
  13. ‘Charging Bull’ sculptor says New York’s ‘Fearless Girl’ statue violates his rights: Arturo Di Modica says ‘advertising trick’ placed in Wall Street before international women’s day infringed artistic copyright
  14. The Bull Statue Copyright Claim Is Ridiculous… But Here’s Why It Just Might Work
  15. UK supreme court denies tobacco firms permission for plain packaging appeal: Final legal decision in UK means that all cigarettes sold after 20 May must come in standardised packaging
  16. Marvel Comics Responds To X-Men Gold Art Controversy
  17. How much dough are smells worth?: Hasbro files a scent mark in the US
  18. Copyright as Medium: Art and law might seem like polar opposites. But in the wake of Conceptual Art’s challenge to the traditional operations of the art market, the law—and copyright in particular—has become an increasingly popular subject, and even a medium, for artists. 
  19. Bigger Picture, Bigger Frame? Dr. Saptarishi Bandopadhyay’s Recast of Narrative in Copyright and Disaster Photography
  20. Copyright Protection of Street Art and Graffiti under UK Law (Enrico Bonadio)
  21. The Uncoordinated Public Domain (Robert Spoo)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Paul, Weiss Investigating Bill O’Reilly
  2. Yochai Benkler: The Right-Wing Media Ecosystem
  3. FCC Kills Charter Merger Condition That Would Have Forced ISPs To Compete
  4. President Trump Nullifies FCC Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules 
  5. Yes, There Are Other Laws That Protect Privacy, But FCC’s Rules Were Still Helpful
  6. FCC chair wants to replace net neutrality with “voluntary” commitments: “Voluntary” net neutrality commitments may not be so easy to enforce.
  7. FCC Boss Wants ‘Voluntary’ ISP Net Neutrality Promises Instead Of Real Rules
  8. “Unenforceable”: How voluntary net neutrality lets ISPs call the shots – Pai’s plan would “tilt everything in favor of the incumbents,” regulator says.
  9. Ajit Pai can’t convince websites that killing net neutrality is a good idea: Reps for Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix lobby to keep net neutrality rules.
  10. Comcast to sell “unlimited” mobile plans that get throttled after 20GB: The good news is throttled speeds aren’t horrible at 1.5Mbps.
  11. 70% Support Letting Cities Build Their Own Broadband Networks, So Why Are We Still Passing State Laws Banning It?
  12. Murdoch’s multi-billion pound Sky/Fox merger bid gets thumbs up from EU – Brussels: Murdoch’s grab for full control of Sky isn’t a competition concern in Europe.

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. U.S. Gov Demanded Twitter Unmask Mean Anti-Trump Account: Twitter has filed a lawsuit to protect this user
  2. Twitter Sues Government Over Attempts to Unmask Anti-Trump Account
  3. Twitter Sues Homeland Security Over Attempt To Unmask ‘Alt’ Immigration Twitter Account: Twitter brings in Biglaw to sue government.
  4. Well, That Was Quick: Twitter Dismisses Lawsuit After Feds Drop Attempt To Unmask Rogue Tweeter
  5. Oh, Sure, Now Congress Is Serious About Asking NSA About Surveillance On Americans
  6. WikiLeaks just dropped the CIA’s secret how-to for infecting Windows: Latest batch of documents details how CIA infects targets’ Windows-based computers.
  7. New York Appeals Court Says Facebook Can’t Challenge The 381 Broad Warrants Handed To It By New York Prosecutors
  8. State Appeals Court Says There’s An Expectation Of Privacy In Vehicle Data Recorders
  9. Named Plaintiff Drops Claims Against Gannett as the Definition of “Personally Identifiable Information” Under the Video Privacy Protection Act Evolves
  10. Researcher: 90% Of ‘Smart’ TVs Can Be Compromised Remotely
  11. Booby-trapped Word documents in the wild exploit critical Microsoft 0-day: There’s currently no patch for the bug, which affects most or all versions of Word.
  12. Hacking Attack Woke Up Dallas With Emergency Sirens, Officials Say
  13. Canada’s National Police Force Officially Confirms Ownership, Use Of Stingray Devices
  14. Lenovo and Superfish: Proposed Class Action Proceeds on Privacy Tort and Statutes 
  15. Rash of in-the-wild attacks permanently destroys poorly secured IoT devices: Ongoing “BrickerBot” attacks might be trying to kill devices before they can join a botnet.
  16. The U.S. Congress Is Not the Leader in Privacy or Data Security Law (Daniel Solove)
  17. This Teen’s Story Is Your Worst ‘Predictive Policing’ Nightmare: Crime-prediction algorithms remain unproven and problematic — but that hasn’t stopped police departments across the country from using them
  18. The Ghost in the Algorithm: The necessary struggle to reject “technology first” and develop an ethical framework for the automated era

Jon

News of the Week; April 5, 2017

GAMES

  1. Blizzard awarded $8.5M in damages following copyright infringement lawsuit
  2. Blizzard awarded $8.6m in Bossland lawsuit: German cheatbot company failed to appear in court, ordered to halt sale of Blizzard related products in the US
  3. Nintendo v. King: Answering Questions, and Raising New Ones, About Technological Protection Measures
  4. UK ad authority rules against Liberators dev for misleading images in ads
  5. ASA Ruling on Mutant Box Interactive Ltd
  6. ASA bans Mobile Strike ad for objectifying women: Machine Zone’s latest YouTube video shows women playing the game by the pool in bikinis
  7. ASA Ruling on Machine Zone Inc
  8. How do you deal with CS:GO gambling? Legitimize it: Faceit’s ECS league partners with Genius Sports to provide data to regulated bookmakers.
  9. HTC: There will be no escaping ads in VR, either – Gaze-based technology “can also track whether the users have viewed them.”
  10. HTC introduces eye-tracking VR ads: It can track when players look away to judge ad effectiveness
  11. CCP CEO: “I would call the VR installed base huge” – CCP’s Hilmar Pétursson explains how the EVE developer got into sports with Sparc and why the VR space isn’t as tough as some might think
  12. Sony looking for new markets for PSVR
  13. Sony going commercial with PlayStation VR after making slow progress with consumers
  14. 1-in-4 VR pros say biz growth disappointed in 2016 – Survey: 26% expected more from their VR business last year, but 46% of respondents said they saw strong or very strong growth
  15. Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Out at Facebook
  16. Palmer Luckey to leave Facebook: Company declined to say if Oculus co-founder is leaving voluntarily
  17. BioWare devs respond to Andromeda criticism with ambitious patch plan
  18. Bioware Apologizes For How It Handled Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Transgender Character
  19. Struggling peripheral maker Mad Catz files for bankruptcy
  20. Mad Catz enters bankruptcy: Peripheral company halts operations as it enters liquidation process
  21. Nintendo’s soul-searching on F2P: Super Mario Run was a bold experiment in mobile business models – but the company may not have realised the enormity of the task it was undertaking
  22. Mobile game spend will double to $105 billion by 2021: App Annie’s forecast shows massive gains for games over five years, with China representing 41% of all spending on mobile apps
  23. Activision plans many years of ‘Marvel-esque’ film/TV based on game IP
  24. Would you consider a disc-free console option?: Some gamers may be ready to ditch the disc drive to save on hardware.
  25. BAFTA-winning Brenda Romero: “We need to expand the range of voices making games”: Long-running games designer advocates teaching kids to code, broadening the scope of development and learning from board games
  26. Women In Games launches Ambassador programme: New initiative designed to double the number of women working in games over 10 years
  27. Why depicting gruesome historical moments in games can be a tough call
  28. 16 years later, Blizzard is still patching Diablo II: New update helps the game run on modern operating systems
  29. Two-fifths of gaming firms ‘could relocate over Brexit’
  30. Devs Answer: What are the best ways to trick players?
  31. Indie Games Scene – 2017 Overview
  32. Historians aim to recover, restore, and archive video game media assets

DIGITAL

  1. Use Of VPNs Banned Completely For Millions Of People By Chinese Authorities
  2. New Regulations Appear To Authorize Chinese Law Enforcement To Hack Into Computers Anywhere In The World
  3. A Pic Of Putin In Makeup Is Now ‘Extremist’ Material: Disseminating the image could lead to a fine and even jail time, but some Russians don’t care
  4. Where Speech Goes, Repression Follows: The Global Trend of Criminalizing Online Speech
  5. Social media firms faces huge hate speech fines in Germany
  6. How YouTube Can Fix Its White Nationalism and Anti-Semitism Problem: The Google-run video giant is losing advertisers due to its inability to police its own content. Here’s how it can turn things around.
  7. Netizen Report: India Had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016. How Many Did Your Country Have? – The quiet cost of regional Internet shutdowns in India, China and beyond.
  8. Here’s Why Facebook and Google Can’t Fix the Fake News Problem
  9. Study: Fake election news flooded Mich. Twitter feeds
  10. Lawyers win again in latest privacy class-action settlement: iOS address book deal, if split evenly among class members, pays 53 cents each.
  11. German Court Rules Parents Must Out Their Family Members For Copyright Trolls Or Pay Fines Themselves
  12. Microsoft sued for millions over Windows 10 upgrades: Class action accuses operating system of causing hard drive failures and other problems.
  13. 8,000 aspiring Uber and Lyft drivers fail state background check
  14. Uber exec accused of stealing IP from Google made $120M, but worked on the side: Google hammers on Levandowski, who remains in charge of Uber’s self-driving cars.
  15. Judge orders Uber to search servers, work harder to find Waymo’s 14,000 files: “In 42 years, I’ve never seen a record this strong. You are up against it.”
  16. YouTube TV goes live today in five US cities, gears up to add more networks: AMC, BBC World News, Sundance TV, and more to come at no extra cost.
  17. Top 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide • February 2017
  18. ASA orders takedown of Instagrammer’s post for not having #ad: A promotional post by Instagrammer Sheikhbeauty for the brand Flat Tummy Tea failed to comply with CAP rulings as it lacked any disclosure that the post was an ad.
  19. IoT garage door opener maker bricks customer’s product after bad review: Startup tells customer “Your unit will be denied server connection.”
  20. You Can Now Beg for Money on Facebook
  21. Facebook plans a free version of its Slack competitor 
  22. Spotify finally lets artists restrict new albums to premium subscribers: Plus Kanye West is the first artist to have an album go Platinum on streams alone.
  23. Amazon – Not Twitter – To Stream Thursday Night NFL Games As League Is ‘Expanding Reach’
  24. Amazon outbids Twitter for rights to livestream Thursday Night Football games
  25. But you must be a Prime member to watch.
  26. Amazon agrees to refund up to $70 million worth of in-app purchases made by kids
  27. Amazon’s Kodi Box Ban And Copyright Liability For Device Distributors
  28. Kim Dotcom’s Canadian connection: Servers in Ontario could be key in case against alleged Internet pirate
  29. A kitten becomes Exhibit 41 in defamation suit against Buzzfeed over Trump dossier: “Six ways Buzzfeed has misled the court… and a picture of a kitten.”
  30. Bad Copyright Laws Are Creating Junky, Biased AI: Machine learning systems need lots of data to overcome bias — but copyright limits their menu
  31. Can AI Ever Be as Curious as Humans?
  32. A.I. Versus M.D.: What happens when diagnosis is automated?
  33. Hologram Calls Could Be The Future FaceTime: Verizon and Korean Telecom held the first international live 5G hologram chat
  34. Within the Next Decade, You Could Be Living in a Post-Smartphone World
  35. Golden State Warriors, Philips Lighting Bring Oracle Arena Experience Inside Fans’ Homes
  36. Brazil Proposes New Digital Copyright Rules for the WTO
  37. Attention Markets & the Law (Tim Wu)

CREATIVITY

  1. Jeff Koons Parody Defense Fails in French Copyright Infringement Case
  2. Horizon Comics Productions, Inc. v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC
  3. 5 Pointz Graffiti Artists’ Major Win in Suit against Developers, Explained
  4. If you publish Georgia’s state laws, you’ll get sued for copyright and lose: In some states, you can’t read the law without paying a corporation.
  5. Newly Leaked Documents Expose Stunning Waste And Incompetence At The Copyright Office
  6. Another Major Scandal At The Copyright Office: $25 Million ‘Fake Budget’ Line Item
  7. How to make Millennials hate you, The Pepsi Way.
  8. Pepsi Pulls Controversial Kendall Jenner Ad Following Twitter Uproar
  9. How Pepsi Got It So Wrong: Unpacking One of the Most Reviled Ads in Recent Memory: Experts weigh in on the soda-maker’s tone-deaf debacle
  10. Pepsi’s New Ad Is a Total Success: Every feature of the “Jump In” ad benefits the company—even the act of pulling it from the airwaves.
  11. Moral Rights in America: “the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself”
  12. Myths and Legends of Copyright Reform: A New Hope
  13. Bleistein, the Problem of Aesthetic Progress, and the Making of American Copyright Law (Barton Beebe)
  14. The Terminator Comes to Hollywood to Destroy Old Copyright Grants
  15. Canadian Copyright: Year in Review 2016
  16. Deciphering the U.S. NAFTA Digital Demands, Part One: Intellectual Property (Michael Geist)
  17. The Relative Virtues of Bottom-Up and TopDown Theories of Fair Use (Pamela Samuelson)
  18. Monster Energy Attempts To Run From Laughable Trademark Spat It Started With Thunder Beast Root Beer
  19. Brewery Looks To Reform Trademark Practices After Its Lawyers Bully A Pub Over Its Name
  20. Brexit: what might change Intellectual Property
  21. Law review article ‘Defining Hate Speech’ attempts the impossible
  22. Did Reddit’s April Fool’s gag solve the issue of online hate speech?: Nations battled, voids came and went, and one million pixels said a lot about humanity.
  23. The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism (Emily Bell & Taylor Owen) 

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target, Administration Says
  2. Ajit Pai says broadband market too competitive for strict privacy rules: FCC Chair ignores lack of home Internet competition in argument against privacy rules.
  3. FCC, FTC Bosses Pen Misleading Editorial Falsely Claiming The Best Way To Protect Your Privacy Moving Forward… Is To Gut Net Neutrality
  4. FCC Boss Takes Aim At Efforts To Bring Broadband To The Poor
  5. Fox serves up a fetid reminder that when you’re a star, you can still do anything
  6. Free Market Does What The Court System Could Not: Hurt Bill O’Reilly – This is the PR debacle that pulled the advertiser’s dollars.
  7. Understanding the Role of the BBC as a Provider of Public Infrastructure (Brett Frischmann)
  8. Tweeting #Justice: Audio-Visual Coverage Of Court Proceedings In A World Of Shifting Technology (Itay Ravid)

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Canadian Appeals Court Says Vice Media Must Turn Over Communications With Source To Law Enforcement
  2. RCMP reveals use of secretive cellphone surveillance technology for the first time: After CBC investigation into suspicious signals in Ottawa, police offer new insight into their own tactics
  3. Taser stuns law enforcement world, offers free body cameras to all US police: Company also changes name to Axon to reflect its primary body-camera product.
  4. Why Warrantless Access to Internet Subscriber Information is Back on the Legislative Agenda (Michael Geist)
  5. Snoops may soon be able to buy your browsing history. Thank the US Congress: Not only did they vote to violate your privacy for their own profit – they are seeking to make it illegal for a key watchdog to protect your privacy online (Bruce Schneier)
  6. Want to Stop Your Internet Provider From Selling Your Browsing Data? It Ain’t Easy
  7. President Trump delivers final blow to Web browsing privacy rules: ISP privacy rules are dead as Trump signs repeal instead of issuing veto.
  8. Trump move to kill privacy rules opposed by 72% of Republicans, survey says: Privacy is partisan for lawmakers, but not necessarily for the rest of us.
  9. Trump’s Internet Brigades Shocked To Realize The Government Just Sold Them Out On Privacy
  10. After vote to kill privacy rules, users try to “pollute” their Web history: “ISP Data Pollution” fills browsing history with noise to protect your privacy.
  11. Tim Berners-Lee: selling private citizens’ browsing data is ‘disgusting’
  12. The NYPD Posed as Black Lives Matter Protesters and Spied on Their Text Messages
  13. Samsung’s Tizen is riddled with security flaws, amateurishly written: Researcher calls it the “worst code [he’s] ever seen.”
  14. ISP privacy rules could be resurrected by states, starting in Minnesota: Minnesota could prevent ISPs from collecting personal data without consent.
  15. Comcast Paid Civil Rights Groups To Support Killing Broadband Privacy Rules
  16. AT&T, Comcast & Verizon Pretend They Didn’t Just Pay Congress To Sell You Out On Privacy
  17. Comcast: We won’t sell browser history, and you can opt out of targeted ads
  18. Congress’s vote to eviscerate Internet privacy could give the FBI massive power
  19. Russia’s hack of State Department was “hand-to-hand” combat: State-sponsored hackers are going increasingly brazen and confrontational.
  20. Wikileaks releases code that could unmask CIA hacking operations: “Marble” libraries include code used to obfuscate—and unscramble— CIA malware.
  21. DOJ Refuses FOIA Request On Emails, Claiming ‘Personal Privacy’
  22. Oversight Committee Finds FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Still Filled With Innocent People, Still Wrong 15% Of The Time
  23. FBI Arrests Creator Of Remote Access Tool, Rather Than Those Abusing It To Commit Crime
  24. How A Little Metadata Made It Possible To Find FBI Director James Comey’s Secret Twitter Account
  25. Smart TV hack embeds attack code into broadcast signal—no access required: Demo exploit is inexpensive, remote, scalable—and opens door to more advanced hacks.
  26. Pennsylvania Court Says Bloggers Protected By Journalist Shield Law; Don’t Have To Reveal Commenter IP Addresses
  27. If A Phone’s Facial Recognition Security Can Be Defeated By A Picture Of A Face, What Good Is It?
  28. Canadian Prosecutors Cut Loose 35 Mafia Suspects Rather Than Turn Over Info On Stingray Devices
  29. Microsoft opens up on Windows telemetry, tells us most of what data it collects: Windows telemetry is getting a lot more transparent.
  30. Privacy, Poverty And Big Data: A Matrix Of Vulnerabilities For Poor Americans (Mary Madden, Michele Gilman, Karen Levy & Alice Marwick)

Jon

 

News of the Week; March 29, 2017

GAMES

  1. Playtonic removes controversial YouTuber JonTron from Yooka-Laylee: “We do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints”
  2. JonTron Loses Out On Video Game Role After Racist Rant
  3. JonTron Out As Voice In ‘Yooka-Laylee’
  4. Australian Classication Board reverses Outlast 2 ban: After refusing to rate survival horror game, regulators have now cleared it to launch as R18+ title
  5. Red Barrels made a mistake with Outlast 2 classification: Australian Classification Board’s refusal based on content never intended for game’s final build
  6. Psyonix disapproves of Rocket League gambling: Developer speaks out after betting platform Unikrn adds its hit title to line-up
  7. StarCraft remaster unveiled, and original SD version becomes free-as-in-beer: Original version’s patch to 1.18 will make it free; remastered gameplay revealed.
  8. Take a look at how Blizzard decides which mods live and die
  9. Nintendo Flags YouTuber For Using Switch Sound
  10. GameStop: Switch demand ‘incredibly strong’, Zelda attach rate ‘almost 1:1’
  11. GameStop expects Switch shortages all year: Executives tell investors each shipment sells out in hours, “we’re going to be chasing supply this entire year”
  12. UK retailer GAME blames falling profits on lacklustre console sales
  13. Twitch to start selling video games this week
  14. Super Mario Run revenue fell short of expectations, says Nintendo
  15. Nintendo disappointed by Super Mario Run revenues: However, company says it still prefers pay-once model to free-to-play formulas like the one used in Fire Emblem Heroes
  16. PS4 is clear leader in media coverage despite Switch hype: According to ICO Partners, Switch is seeing around 40% of the coverage that Sony’s console gets on a weekly basis
  17. Overwatch League could bring in $720 million annually – Analyst: Most bullish scenario from Morgan Stanley researchers puts game’s eSports revenues on par with WWE, 20% larger than MLS
  18. Blizzard’s Overwatch League could see $100M in its first year, says analyst
  19. Boston Celtics Co-Owner Wyc Grousbeck: ‘There Will Be An eCeltics’
  20. The Future of Sport—An eSports Epiphany
  21. British Esports Association: ‘Esports Is Not A Sport, But A Credible Activity’
  22. Hearthstone is killing itself – Superdata: Research firm’s monthly digital revenue report says Blizzard’s card game hits new low on mobile as worldwide digital sales growth slows
  23. BioWare Releases Statement On Mass Effect: Andromeda Criticism, Says Improvements Are Coming: “We’ve received quite a bit of feedback, some of it positive and some of it critical.”
  24. Mad Catz to be delisted over “abnormally low” share price: NYSE has already started a process, and Mad Catz does not intend to appeal
  25. Four years later, Xbox exec admits how Microsoft screwed up disc resale plan: Compare and contrast with Mehdi’s marketing push for the plan back in 2013.
  26. Mobile Games’ Booming Market: Opportunity for Hollywood and IP Owners
  27. Devs can now reply directly to user reviews on the Apple App Store
  28. The strange case of the phantom Pokemon: In August 2016, a woman claimed to have been attacked by a real Pokemon. Her terrifying hallucination reveals the mysterious ‘twilight zone’ between waking and sleep — a strange state of consciousness that may also lie behind various phenomena, from the Salem Witch Trials to alien abductions. Psychologist Matthew Tompkins explains.
  29. Roam free: A history of open-world gaming – You know the violence, but there were text-adventures, skiing, space, and ants(!) too.
  30. The Video Game That Claims Everything Is Connected: Instead, it shows how individual and unique things really are.
  31. Pokemon, Halo, and Donkey Kong among 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists
  32. Check out the handwritten game design doc for Asteroids
  33. 1975-2015 – Building a timeline of computer and video game history

DIGITAL

  1. Supreme Court Says You Can Copyright Elements Of ‘Useful Articles’ — Which May Spell Disaster For 3D Printing & More
  2. Victory for Varsity! But Also for Fashion? Supreme Court Rules in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands
  3. Ruffled feathers or serious harm? Controversial UK personality sued for libellous tweets 
  4. Man sentenced to 3 years for Facebook threat to kill Obama loses appeal
  5. Judge: eBay can’t be sued over seller accused of patent infringement
  6. Will the Supreme Court end the East Texas patent scam?: Tech companies and interest groups seek to alter the geography of litigation.
  7. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case About Copyright Protection Of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings
  8. Supreme Court of Canada to address jurisdiction issues in online defamation case
  9. CD, DVD pirate sentenced to 5 years in prison: FBI investigated piracy ring with assistance from the RIAA and MPAA.
  10. In settlement, app makers change their tune on health benefits and privacy: NY Attorney General says three popular app makers over promised and misled.
  11. Consumer Law Group announces the filing of a Canadian class action against Amazon for the collection of undue sales tax
  12. Streaming Video Competition Slowly Begins Killing The Bloated, Pricey Cable Bundle
  13. Big US companies pull YouTube ads after extremist content sparks uncertainty: The ads might not have run over hateful videos, but they’re not taking any chances.
  14. YouTube’s Better-Than-TV Pitch Undermined by Offensive Video
  15. YouTube faces exodus of advertisers: Latest example highlights hidden perils of online ads.
  16. AT&T, Verizon Feign Ethical Outrage, Pile On Google’s ‘Extremist’ Ad Woes
  17. Google and Facebook Can’t Just Make Fake News Disappear: Fake news is too big and messy to solve with algorithms or editors — because the problem is….us.
  18. Trolling Scholars Debunk the Idea That the Alt-Right’s Sh**posters Have Magic Powers: Asserting that alt-right “trolls” were a deciding factor in Trump’s victory minimizes the broader trends that amplified their influence. (Whitney Phillips, Jessica Beyer & Gabriella Coleman)
  19. We’ve Heard All about Fake News—Now What?
  20. Tell California Assembly Not To Ignore The First Amendment As It Tries To Ban Fake News
  21. Real Talk About Fake News
  22. Facebook Officially Toying With Snap Stock Price Like A Sadistic Cat Playing With A Captured Mouse
  23. Elon Musk is setting up a company that will link brains and computers: The ultimate goal would be a “neural lace” to enhance people’s cognitive abilities.
  24. Germany’s Flawed Plan to Fight Hate Speech by Fining Tech Giants Millions
  25. Netflix: The Monster That’s Eating Hollywood: The streaming-video service is hogging talent and pushing up prices, spurring pushback from rival TV producers who once saw it as a partner; 70 new titles this year
  26. Tractor Owners Using Pirated Firmware To Dodge John Deere’s Ham-Fisted Attempt To Monopolize Repair
  27. Guy Who Wants Everyone To Believe He Created Bitcoin, Now Patenting Everything Bitcoin With An Online Gambling Fugitive
  28. How AI Can Aid Authoritarians—And How Humans Fight Back: Hidden algorithms reflect and amplify racism and other human biases, but researchers hope to fix them
  29. Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22: But Google Voice users won’t be affected as much.
  30. The Death of Advertising: And what will rise from its ashes.
  31. Creativity and the Internet
  32. In Support of Untargeted Ads
  33. Kerr: What if your ‘doctor’ were a robot? How Artificial Intelligence is challenging our ethics
  34. Australian Govt.: Just Kidding On That Whole Safe Harbors Reform Thing, Guys
  35. What Would a Digital Economy-Era NAFTA Mean for Canada? (Michael Geist)
  36. On computational ethics: Is it possible to imagine an AI that can compute ethics?
  37. Whack a Meme: Is It Possible to Contain (Let Alone Stop) the “Crying Jordan”?
  38. Man who claims he invented e-mail is now running for US Senate: Shiva Ayyadurai, who sued the Techdirt blog for libel, will run in Massachusetts.
  39. Intel is keeping Moore’s Law alive by making bigger improvements less often

CREATIVITY

  1. Supreme Court Clarifies Test For Determining Whether Designs On Useful Articles Are Eligible For Copyright Protection: Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.
  2. Supreme Court Clarifies Copyright Eligibility for Useful Articles
  3. Supreme Court Seeks to Clarify Copyrightability of Design Features on Useful Articles in Cheerleading Uniform Case
  4. Supreme Court Resolves Split on Design Copyright Eligibility
  5. Supreme Court Finds Cheerleading Uniform Designs Copyrightable
  6. Cheering on the Fashion Industry: U.S Supreme Court Issues Landmark Copyright Decision That Will Have Deep Implications for Fashion and Sports Industries
  7. More Financial Scandals Involving A Collecting Society: Remind Me Again Why They Are Credible Representatives Of Artists?
  8. The Future of Copyright post Brexit
  9. GS Media and its implications for the construction of the right of communication to the public within EU copyright architecture: a new article
  10. Your Periodic Reminder That Initial Interest Confusion Lawsuits Are Stupid–Epic v. YourCareUniverse
  11. Archie Comics Is Trying to Trademark the Cute Couple Names for Betty and Jughead
  12. Broadway Play Changes Set Design Over Cafe Trademark Threat And, No, That Doesn’t Make Any Damned Sense
  13. Does “Raiders Fancast” Infringe the “Fancaster” Trademark? (Eric Goldman)
  14. Trademark Lawsuit Claiming Organic Search Results Create Initial Interest Confusion Falls Apart–Larsen v. Larson (Eric Goldman)
  15. Higher Costs Likely to be the Norm in Federal Court IP Cases
  16. Social Media Erupts as the Art World Splits in Two Over Dana Schutz Controversy: The art world is not a monolith, social media posts reveal.
  17. “Fearless Girl” Sculpture Near Wall Street Prompts Copyright Allegation That is More Bull than Bear 
  18. Hugo, Inc.: Les Misérables was born of one of the riskiest—and shrewdest—deals in publishing history.
  19. Why Hollywood As We Know It Is Already Over
  20. Bibliodiscotheque: Array of Events Planned to Celebrate Disco Culture (Library of Congress)
  21. Extremist Speech and Compelled Conformity (Danielle Keats Citron)

MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS & NET NEUTRALITY

  1. Germany wants to regulate a 24-hour livestream as a broadcaster: Running a non-stop Twitch channel could be expensive.
  2. Consumer Broadband Privacy Protections Are Dead
  3. Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers: ISP now stands for “invading subscriber privacy,” Democratic senator says.
  4. U.S. Senate Approves Resolution to Repeal FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules; Resolution Heads to U.S. House of Representatives for Consideration
  5. Congress Just Voted To Kill Consumer Broadband Privacy Protections
  6. How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them: How the Senate’s vote to kill privacy rules affects you.
  7. No, You Can’t Buy Congress’s Internet Data, Or Anyone Else’s
  8. With U.S. Retreat from Online Privacy, Canada Needs to Safeguard the Internet in NAFTA Talks (Michaele Geist)
  9. AT&T/DirecTV give in to government demands in collusion lawsuit settlement: Customers lost when pay-TV companies illegally shared information, DOJ says.
  10. AT&T Settles With DOJ Over LA Dodgers Channel Collusion Allegations
  11. In New CASL Case, CRTC Sends $15,000 Message 
  12. FCC to halt expansion of broadband subsidies for poor people: Pai won’t approve new applications, drops court defense of Lifeline broadband order.
  13. Netflix Is No Longer Worried About Net Neutrality Now That It’s Massive And Successful
  14. Does a sales tax on Uber pave way for a ‘Netflix tax’ in Canada? Probably
  15. Cable retransmission within reception area copyright free?!
  16. Alex Jones Apologizes For Pizzagate Coverage, Blames Other Media Outlets
  17. Charter promises Trump a broadband push, but no extra Internet connections: Charter’s $25 billion promise is vague and includes stuff it already planned.
  18. Warner Bros., Trademark Lawyers Target “Golden Ticket” Beer Brand

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

  1. Key priorities of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2017
  2. Fixing PIPEDA: My Appearance Before the Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics Committee (Michael Geist)
  3. Appeal court says reporter must hand over material to RCMP
  4. Secretly recorded Planned Parenthood tapes barred from publication: Two activists criminally charged with allegedly violating privacy of people filmed.
  5. Oculus’ VR Privacy Policy Serves the Needs of Facebook, Not Users
  6. Whistleblower Says UK Police Worked With Hackers To Access Activists’ Email Accounts
  7. Someone is putting lots of work into hacking Github developers: Dimnie recon trojan has flown under the radar for three years… until now.
  8. Doxed by Microsoft’s Docs.com: Users unwittingly shared sensitive docs publicly: Thousands of docs with sensitive data still reachable from search engines, including health data.
  9. Vizio Must Face VPPA Suit Over Smart TVs, Court Rules
  10. Dish Network Seeks New Trial After $20 Million TCPA Jury Verdict
  11. US Senate votes to let internet providers share your web browsing history without permission: Just what no consumer asked for
  12. Encryption Workarounds Paper Shows Why ‘Going Dark’ Is Not A Problem, And In Fact Is As Old As Humanity Itself
  13. Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs 
  14. NY Senator Pulls Sponsorship From ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Bill, Effectively Killing It
  15. NSA Official Says It Might Have Been Nice If The Agency Had Handled The Public Disclosure Of The Section 215 Program
  16. Judge rules in favor of “Drone Slayer,” dismisses lawsuit filed by pilot: Is it trespassing if you fly over your neighbor’s land? The answer remains unclear.
  17. Cybersecurity and the Yahoo experience – Legal pays the price
  18. Goldilocks and the Interactive Bear: The Privacy Nightmare 
  19. “Samsung Connect” wrangles all the insecure Things in your Internet of Things: Controlling your home—or the security-nightmare “smart” parts of it—with your voice.

Jon