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Google adds copyright removals to Transparency Report

Google adds copyright removals to Transparency Report

Google launched its Transparency Report two years ago in order to show the world exactly what data was being collected and what was available on its various services. One of the first features was the ability to view government takedown requests, and another was traffic patterns across Google’s products. Now the search company has added a new copyright section to the Transparency Report.

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Facebook “enhances transparency” in their Data Use policy

Facebook “enhances transparency” in their Data Use policy

The folks at Facebook have both released a news update and have created a fun meet and greet video which surrounds their most recent update to their Data Use Policy. This privacy matter is always one Facebook users galore should be following closely because it has everything to do with the data they release themselves on the daily to the biggest social network in the world. What this update includes is responses to feedback in-video as well as assurances that Facebook has had all sorts of positive feedback from their most recent round of updates to all policies.

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Microsoft muddies Windows Phone update transparency

Microsoft muddies Windows Phone update transparency

Microsoft has announced it is axing its "Where's My Phone Update?" site for Windows Phone, the oft-praised roadmap schedule that kept WP7 device users up to date with what new OS versions they could expect. The increasing number of Windows Phones on the market appears to be the primary reason for the site's shuttering, with Microsoft's Eric Hautala, customer experience lead, hinting that maintaining the page was growing too complex "as we continue our growth." However, there are also indications that Microsoft is giving more control over to carriers as to which customers get updates.

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ISPs threatened over UK Net Neutrality transparency

ISPs threatened over UK Net Neutrality transparency

UK communications regulator Ofcom has threatened ISPs with stricter net neutrality rules if they do not improve the way bandwidth shaping policies and traffic management are explained to users, warning that "it is important that we are able to understand how our access might be restricted." While the organization concedes that ISPs do go some way in communicating what limits are placed on broadband access - such as P2P throttling at "peak" times of the day - it argues the current explanations are only of real use "to technically savvy consumers" and greater work needs to be done on broadening understanding.

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I can finally recommend Windows Phone

I can finally recommend Windows Phone

It’s taken a while - two major generations and a couple of updates - but Windows Phone finally feels ready to take on Android and iOS with confidence. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the platform, and appreciated its minimalistic UI charms and quiet simplicity, even as I’ve been frustrated by its incomplete feature list and patchy third-party app support. Now, with Windows Phone 8.1, I feel like that quiet enthusiasm can spill over into actively recommending it Microsoft’s OS as a legitimate option.

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Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Potentially catastrophic internet security exploits like Heartbleed should be publicized rather than covertly used for surveillance, President Obama has reportedly told the NSA and other intelligence divisions, although exceptions to the rule will still see the US rely on loopholes for its spying and monitoring. Heartbleed pitched the National Security Agency back into the headlines on Friday, after anonymous sources claimed it had discovered the OpenSSL flaw at least two years ago, but opted to keep it secret so as to use it for stealing passwords and other data.

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Condoleezza Rice “fully supports” cloud privacy Dropbox insists

Condoleezza Rice “fully supports” cloud privacy Dropbox insists

Dropbox has responded to calls for a boycott over Dr. Condoleezza Rice joining the cloud company's board, insisting that the former US Secretary of State "fully supports" its commitment to privacy. The controversial appointment earlier this week sparked fury and shock among Dropbox users, suggesting Dr. Rice's background with NSA wiretaps and other surveillance behaviors made her role at the company "tone deaf" given heightened awareness of privacy intrusion.

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Microsoft promises to never email snoop again

Microsoft promises to never email snoop again

Microsoft won't go snooping through users' private content in Outlook, OneDrive, or other services, even if it believes it might find evidence that secrets stolen from the firm are there, as the company changes its policies in reaction to outcry earlier this month. Microsoft had admitted it dug through Hotmail messages back in 2012 as part of an investigation into details of Windows 8 leaked by an employee; however, as a result of the negative reaction from users since the revelation, Microsoft now says it will take a different approach, in a move that may force similar changes from Google and Apple.

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DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

DirectX 12 detailed for Xbox One, Desktop, and Mobile devices

Today Microsoft announced that DirectX 12 is officially headed to all of its platforms for futuristic gaming finesse. Both NVIDIA and AMD are pushing their claim for the collaboration gold on this release, with details on the Xbox One side of things coming mostly from the AMD camp, while NVIDIA appears to be firmly planting itself in the PC gaming side of the map.

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