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Monday - August 25, 2014
twitch
Amazon has yanked Twitch right from under Google's nose, as competition between the two intensifies. "In one fell swoop," Amazon may have obtained the online content cornerstone to make its streaming front of mind to "the most lucrative demographic on the Internet," said attorney Holt Foster. "This is an extremely dedicated fan base, a majority of whom spend more than 10 hours a day online." [More...]

Monday - August 25, 2014
Can an automated Google feature that ostensibly helps users with a search be a basis for libel? Courts in Germany, Italy and Hong Kong have had to field that question. Google's position is that there is no human intervention, and that its algorithm is based merely on what others have searched for, or strings of words in indexed pages. Autocomplete predictions are just possible search terms. [More...]

Monday - August 25, 2014
Twitter has reported success with its BotMaker spam-prevention system. Because Twitter operates in real time, BotMaker is designed to work fast to eliminate spammers. Its main goals are to bar spam accounts from being created, to reduce the time they spend on Twitter if they do show up, and to reduce Twitter's reaction time in responding to spammer workarounds that bypass its protection systems. [More...]

Friday - August 22, 2014
on-soundcloud
Many SoundCloud users are dismayed by the thought of ads littering the site, but others are more willing to embrace the business reality of providing a free Web service. There's also the prospect of opening a channel of revenue for indie artists through the program, although it appears that at least initially, the ads will run mainly with licensed content from the likes of Sony and BMG. [More...]

Thursday - August 21, 2014
A conflict between Google's push to make the Web more secure and its Trusted Store program may be costing at least one business money. Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies, which encrypts all the pages on its website, reportedly has had its application for Google's Trusted Stores program turned down. Think of the badge as the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal. [More...]

Thursday - August 21, 2014
Netflix on Tuesday announced that it has signed an interconnection agreement with Time Warner Cable, marking the fourth such deal the content provider has signed with a major Internet service provider. Netflix in recent months has signed similar agreements with Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. News of the agreement has raised fresh concerns about the future of Net neutrality. [More...]

Thursday - August 21, 2014
The good news for Sprint is the stars seem to be lining up for a recovery. Change is occurring throughout the entire wireless industry. Every player -- including AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and C Spire Wireless -- is changing. We will start to see lots of new services, pricing, competition and marketing going forward. [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
Steve Ballmer got some things right and some wrong during his tenure as Microsoft CEO, but one thing he nailed was the timing of his departure from the company. As the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, Ballmer is "going out to play," said tech analyst Laura DiDio, but at the same time, he's giving Microsoft the clean break it needs to make a new start. [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
Dropbox, which acquired Mailbox last year, on Tuesday announced the availability of a Mac-only desktop beta version of the program. The beta is free, but you need a "betacoin" to download it. Betacoins are being emailed to existing users of the program, as well as people who sign up at the Mailbox website. Desktop Mailbox has a number of new features not found in its mobile doppelgangers. [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
The banking industry is up in arms over the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's plan to publish consumer complaint narratives about financial institutions on the Web. Consumers would have to opt in to have their complaints published. The CFPB would strip out all personally identifiable information. The idea is to expand the existing database to include the customer's narrative. [More...]

Tuesday - August 19, 2014
Google may soon allow kids under 13 to have their own personal accounts on services such as YouTube and Gmail. Under the new system, parents would be able to set up accounts for their children, control their use of those accounts, and regulate the information collected about them. "You could say that Google is just recognizing reality," said the Local Search Association's Greg Sterling. [More...]

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