Study: One In Five With Netflix Or Hulu Are Cord-Cutters
There's a reason why the cable industry is pushing data caps: Consumers with high-speed Web service are increasingly deciding to do without pricey cable television subscriptions. Experian Marketing Services says in a new report that nearly one in five (18%) of households with Netflix or Hulu, and high-speed broadband service, didn't pay for cable television last year.» 0 Comments
Google Updates Terms, Discloses Targeted Ads In Gmail
Last September, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Google potentially violated the federal wiretap law by scanning Gmail messages in order to surround them with ads. Google argued that people consent to the scans by accepting the company's terms of service, but Koh said that the company's terms of service and privacy policies didn't make its practices clear. This week, Google tried again. The company's newest terms of service now state: "Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. ...» 0 Comments
Franken Asks Netflix To Weigh In On Comcast-Time Warner Deal
Netflix recently agreed to pay Comcast an interconnection fee, which allows the video rental company to connect directly to Comcast's servers. That deal allows Netflix's movies to be delivered significantly faster than in the past to Comcast's subscribers. But Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings has made it clear that he's not happy with the deal. Now, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) -- among the most visible opponents of Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner -- is asking Hastings to express his concerns to the Senate. "As a popular provider of Internet content that competes directly with Comcast, Netflix is uniquely positioned to ...» 2 Comments
Authors Guild Aims To Revive Case Against Google
Continuing its feud with Google, the Authors Guild has asked a federal appellate court to rule that the search company's book-scanning project isn't protected by fair use principles. "Google's massive, unauthorized digitization campaign has acutely harmed the interests of the authors and other rightsholders whose works have been copied," the Authors Guild argues in court papers that were made public late last week. The Authors Guild initially sued Google in 2005, arguing that the company had no right to digitize library books and make snippets available to searchers.» 0 Comments
Consumers Don't Want To Trade Data For Free Services, Study Says
Online ad companies often argue that free material will disappear from the Web if marketers aren't able to draw on data about consumers in order to serve them ads. But many consumers -- particularly those who are 35 and older -- indicate that they're not happy about their data being used in exchange for free services. That's according to a report released today by marketing company Gfk.» 2 Comments
Court Reverses Conviction Of 'Hacker' Who Exposed AT&T Security Lapse
In a closely watched case, a federal appellate court has reversed the hacking conviction of Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, who was sentenced to 41 months in prison after exposing AT&T's poor security practices. Briefly, Auernheimer discovered that AT&T had posted iPad users' email addresses on a Web site that wasn't password-protected.» 3 Comments
Duane Reade Lands In Court Due To Tweet
Last month, drugstore chain Duane Reade boasted on Twitter that actress Katherine Heigl shopped at the store. The tweet prompted the "Knocked Up" star to sue the drugstore for turning her into an unpaid endorser.» 3 Comments
FilmOn X Asks Supreme Court To Okay Aereo's Streaming System
FilmOn X is asking the Supreme Court to side with the rival streaming service Aereo in its upcoming showdown with TV broadcasters. "Contrary to the networks' contention, Aereo and FilmOn are not stealing copyrighted content, but merely providing a convenient method to access content freely available on the public airwaves," FilmOn X argues in a friend-of-the-court brief filed last week.» 0 Comments
MPAA Sues Megaupload For Copyright Infringement
The defunct cyberlocker Megaupload and its embattled founder, Kim Dotcom, were hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit this week by the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA's lawsuit comes more than two years after federal authorities shut down Megaupload and indicted Dotcom for criminal copyright infringement.» 1 Comments
FTC Allowed To Sue Wyndham For Failing To Protect Users' Data
A federal judge has sided with the Federal Trade Commission in a high-profile dispute with Wyndham Hotels about its security practices.» 3 Comments
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