Google Adds a Brick to Online Publishers' Paywalls


Google on Monday announced that it was dropping its decade-old policy of requiring media and news publishers to provide a limited amount of free content. The so-called “first click free” policy meant that publishers had to make a certain amount of content available to users who conducted a search on Google, even if their stories, videos or images otherwise were behind a paywall. Media publishers had been required to provide at least three free stories or similar content before those clicking on links via Google would have to pay.

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Judge orders WhatsApp blocked throughout Brazil for 2 days

WhatsApp is blocked throughout Brazil following a judicial order requiring cell phone operators in the country to disable the messaging app for 48 hours.

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Facebook forces some workers to switch from iPhone to Android to reflect majority of users & new markets

Article Image Facebook’s chief product officer is reportedly requiring a number of team members to switch from iPhones to Android phones so they can experience how most people interact with the social network.

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Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.



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Drag queens dress down Facebook over 'real names' policy

San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina.

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California Lays Down the Kill-Switch Law


Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill requiring that anti-theft measures be incorporated into all smartphones sold within California. The measure applies to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015. Though it doesn’t specify the particular technologies used to enable that capability — both hardware and software solutions are possibilities — Senate Bill 962 does require that the feature, often referred to as a “kill switch,” give smartphone users the ability to remotely disable their devices in the event they’re lost or stolen.

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California governor signs 'kill switch' bill into law, required on all smartphones by 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill requiring smartphone manufacturers provide a remote “kill switch” for handsets sold within the state.



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Smartphone Kill Switch Law Reaches California Governor's Desk


California is poised to enact a consumer-friendly law requiring smartphone manufacturers to install “kill switches” — that is, antitheft technology that would be activated by the carrier when a consumer alerts it that a device has been stolen or lost. The technology not only wipes the device of personal data but also renders it inoperable.
The state legislature passed the bill on Monday and has sent it to Gov. Jerry Brown to sign. If he does, California will be the second state to have such a requirement. Minnesota became the first in May.

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Federal Judge Unswayed by Microsoft's Objections to Data Demands


Microsoft’s objections to a court order requiring it to turn over a customer’s emails held on a server in Ireland have been rejected. Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last week issued an oral ruling in the case, reportedly saying the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1996 authorizes such extraterritorial collections of data by the U.S. government. The judge stayed her ruling to give Microsoft time to file an appeal, which the company said it would do.

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