Employer Snooping On Staff Emails May Be Legal

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Employers in 47 European countries may have the right to read personal messages sent by staff using a work computer. That’s the result of a court ruling concluding a case that ran for nine years. The case involved a Romanian who was fired in 2007. His employer had told him to set up a Yahoo […]

RIP David Bowie: Internet Pioneer

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While millions around the world are quite rightly celebrating the musical career of the late David Bowie, the tech community is remembering some of his pioneering work with the Internet. Bowie of course had numerous connections to technology and science fiction, including starring as an extraterrestrial in The Man Who Fell To Earth, portraying Nikolas […]

Court: Monkey Can’t Copyright Selfie

A macaque monkey is not legally able to claim copyright on a series of self-portrait photographs according to a US court. It’s the latest ruling in a series of lawsuits about who, if anyone, should profit. The image shown above was taken in 2011 in Indonesia during a photoshoot by professional photographer David Slater. However, […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From September-October 2015)

We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with September and October. Insider reports revealed Amazon was working on a low-spec tablet computer which would cost just $50.┬áThat proved correct, though that price was only if you took up the “Special Offers” option, meaning advertisements appear on the lock screen. Reviews suggested […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From July-August 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with July and August. Numerous subreddits were hidden from public view by administrators as a protest against both the firing of employee Victoria ‘chooter’ Taylor and the failure to fill her role as organizer and administrator of Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ sessions. The protests […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From May-June 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with┬áMay. The makers of Oculus Rift said the virtual reality device — already available in a primitive developer form — would be on public sale in 2016. It later confirmed a first quarter public release with a price confirmed only as being more than […]

The Year in News: What Happened Next (Stories From March-April 2015)

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We continue our look back at 2015’s news and subsequent developments with March when Sony revealed that its virtual reality helmet codenamed Project Morpheus would be released in the first half of 2016. Sadly there’s little more in the way of firm details to report, other than that the finished product will be known simple […]

Kim Dotcom Likely Coming To America

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The man behind the controversial Megaupload site has come one step closer to an American courtroom. A judge in New Zealand has ruled that Kim Dotcom (originally known as Kim Schmitz) should be extradited to the US to stand trial on numerous charges relating to copyright infringement. Dotcom was originally arrested by New Zealand police […]

FCC Questions Data Cap Exemptions

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The Federal Communications Commission is asking major broadband carriers to explain their policies on exempting some content from data caps. The commission is looking at the thorny issue of whether such policies violate net neutrality rules. The letters have gone to Comcast, AT&T and T-Mobile, which all offer Internet plans (cable for Comcast, mobile for […]

Troll Insurance Pays Out For Cyberbullying

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An insurer is offering its customers troll insurance. The “cyberbulling cover” will pay out only in specific circumstances. The cover is from the UK wing of the Chubb insurance group. It won’t be a standalone policy but instead will be available as part of personal (householder) insurance policies renewed after January 1st. To qualify for […]

1 in 5 People Online ‘Almost Constantly’ Is Survey’s Vague Claim

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A survey showing 21 percent of Americans are online “almost constantly” is undermined by a lack of clear definition. Indeed, the more surprising stat may be the 13 percent who say they don’t use the Internet at all. The figures come from the Pew Research Center, which regularly runs surveys on tech and Internet use. […]

Schmidt: We Need A “Spellcheck” For Hate Speech

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Google boss Eric Schmidt has called for “spell-checkers for hate” on social media accounts. The call has created some confusion over exactly what forms of censorship, and by whom, Schmidt supports. The comments come in an opinion piece in the New York Times in which Schmidt addresses the role of the Internet in general, and […]