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Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter releases Q3-Q4 2012 transparency report

Twitter released its second transparency report, and this one focuses on the second half of 2012, while the first report focused on the first half. The report highlights the number of information requests, government removal requests, and copyright takedown notices that Twitter received throughout the year. In total, the social media service received 1,858 information requests, 46 removal requests by the government, and a whopping 6,646 copyright takedown notices.

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Twitter copyright policy change promises “transparency” through censorship

Twitter copyright policy change promises “transparency” through censorship

Twitter has prompted user confusion by implementing a new copyright policy that censors contentious tweets rather than deleting them altogether, a shift that the microblogging service argues is more transparent. According to Twitter's legal policy chief, Jeremy Kessel, the change offers "more transparency by processing copyright reports by withholding Tweets, not removing," though some users have still criticized the approach for  potentially censoring first and investigating second.

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BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK in November: RIM promises feature progress transparency

BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK in November: RIM promises feature progress transparency

RIM has shared its BlackBerry 10 roadmap, confirming that the Gold SDK - the final version of the tools developers need to create apps for the platform - expected in November. According to the roadmap, the latest R6 SDK beta is up for download today, including a software update for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha smartphone to add the BlackBerry App World storefront app and thus allow developers to share their apps with other Dev Alpha owners.

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Google talks transparency

Google talks transparency

Google has revealed the extent to which world governments request controversial or contrary sites be excluded from search results, using its Transparency Record to highlight potential censorship. The newly updated section details Google's response to complaints such as YouTube videos allegedly promoting terrorism, with takedown-requests from the US more than doubling in the July to December 2011 period from the previous six months.

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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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Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Listen to Mark Zuckerberg & Co., and Facebook's privacy changes this week are not only benign but in your very best interest. A pared down explanation on data protection that's ostensibly clearer than before, as well as a guide to exactly what the privacy settings can do, were the sweetener to the side news that Facebook would actually be doing more information sharing, at least between its recent acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp. Problem is, we've heard those same explanations before, and they've already got at least one big company into very hot water.

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Can you trust Comcast about net neutrality?

Can you trust Comcast about net neutrality?

With President Obama noting his stance on net neutrality yesterday, it gave a big push to proponents of a free and open flow of information. The “last mile” debate will still go on, with various ISPs making their position known, likely behind closed doors. One of the largest, Comcast, posted their stance on the issue today via their blog. Titled “Surprise! We agree with the President’s principles on net neutrality”, Comcast is firmly backing what we want, but may not be in favor of how we want to achieve it.

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