News of the Week; March 28, 2018


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


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


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


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


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