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Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service

“The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining the Commission’s preliminary view that the company is abusing a dominant position, in breach of EU antitrust rules, by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission is concerned thatContinue Reading

Consensus-as-a-service: a brief report on the emergence of permissioned, distributed ledger systems

Via Great Wall of Numbers this Report by Tim Sanson, April 6, 2015 – Highlights: •”Distributed ledgers and cryptocurrency systems are fundamentally different. •The key difference involves how transactions are validated: Bitcoin uses pseudonymous and anonymous nodes to validate transactions whereas distributed ledgers require legal identities – permissioned nodes to validate transactions. •Consequently, distributed ledgersContinue Reading

A critical analysis of Facebook’s Revised Policies and Terms

From social media service to advertising network – A critical analysis of Facebook’s Revised Policies and Terms DRAFT 31 March 2015. The authors are part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT/Centre for Intellectual Property Rights(ICRI/CIR) of KU Leuven (www.icri.be), the department of Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) of the Vrije UniversiteitContinue Reading

Heathcare Internet of Things

Heathcare Internet of Things – Jason Healey, Neal Pollard, and Beau Woods. “The Internet of Things (IoT) of digital, networked technology is quickly moving to the forefront of society, the global economy, and the human experience. The IoT sometimes refers to colossal, impersonal concepts like connecting electricity grids to the Internet for economic or environmentalContinue Reading

Financial Analysis of United States Postal Service

Financial Analysis of United States Postal Service Financial Results and 10 – K Statement Fiscal Year 2014, April 1, 2015 – “In FY 2014, the Postal Service recorded its eighth consecutive financial loss, bringing the total net deficit since FY 2007 to $51.7 billion. This growing net deficit has negatively affected liquidity, depleted available borrowingContinue Reading

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Senate Probe of FTC’s Google Antitrust Investigation

News release: “Consumer Watchdog today welcomed plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google that was closed in 2013 without a lawsuit. After the Wall Street Journal earlier this month published portions of a 2012 FTC report recommending the Commission prosecute Google, Consumer Watchdog urged Chairman LeeContinue Reading

Facebook tracks all users in breach of EU law

theguardian, Samuel Gibbs: “Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU, extensive research commissioned by the Belgian data protection agency has revealed. The report, from researchers at the Centre ofContinue Reading

Detekt – free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of commercial surveillance spyware

Via FastCoExit: “Spyware like FinFisher contributes to a multi-billion dollar business. But until last week, activists had few ways to defend themselves, aside from the well-placed bit of duct tape over the computer camera and rigorous digital hygiene practices. That’s why Amnesty International, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation rolled out aContinue Reading

Wall Street Journal Reveals FTC Ignored Google’s Anticompetitive Practices

EPIC –  “According to an internal document obtained by the WSJ, in 2012 the Federal Trade Commission ignored recommendations to reform Google’s anticompetitive practices. The FTC staff report concluded that Google’s “conduct has resulted-and will result-in real harm to consumers and to innovation in the online search and advertising markets.” The internal FTC report saidContinue Reading

Consumer Goods Industry Commits to New Guidelines on Consumer Engagement and Data Privacy

“In order to help build trust with consumers and shape the way companies, retailers and manufacturers use consumer information that is collected digitally, The Consumer Goods Forum today announced that its Board of Directors has agreed on a new set of ‘Consumer Engagement Principles’ (the “Principles”). The industry-wide Principles will act as a framework forContinue Reading

Network Neutrality Revisited: Challenges and Responses in the EU and in the US

DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR INTERNAL POLICIES POLICY DEPARTMENT A : ECONOMIC AND SCIENTIFIC POLICY – Network Neutrality Revisited: Challenges and Responses in the EU and in the US, December 2014. This document was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. Authored by J. Scott Marcus. “This analytical study provides backgroundContinue Reading

Seven ways to grow the e-book business while helping libraries and readers: Ideas based on my two decades of writing about it

Via LLRX.com –  Seven ways to grow the e-book business while helping libraries and readers: Ideas based on my two decades of writing about it –  E-book sales are not posting impressive sales increases, at least not among big publishers. One major reason is that much of the technology is difficult to use. Even increasedContinue Reading