Monday, October 5, 2015

Around The Net

  • LinkedIn Users Should Get New Notices About Class-Action Settlement, Law Prof SaysForbes

    Notices sent to LinkedIn users about a proposed $13 million class-action settlement were "badly bungled," Santa Clara University professor Eric Goldman writes for Forbes. "Communicating with a large class of millions of victims is never easy, but this particular notification was handled particularly poorly," he says. "If I were the judge, I would require the parties to redo the emailed settlement notification properly." ...Read the whole story

  • Alphabet Leaves Behind Google's 'Don't Be Evil' MottoTime

    Alphabet became Google’s parent company Friday, and along with the newest responsibility dropped the tech giant’s "Don’t Be Evil" motto from its Code of Conduct. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated the slogan shortly after starting Google. Alphabet begins trading Monday using their former ticker symbols of GOOG and GOOGL, per Time. ...Read the whole story

  • Mayors Criticize Verizon For Lagging On FiOSThe Verge

    Mayors in 13 cities including New York, Pittsburgh, and Newark criticize Verizon for failing to more quickly build fiber networks. "Consistently and increasingly, our consumers have complained that FiOS service is not available to them," the officials write. The telecom counters that it has "met or surpassed" its obligations to deploy fiber. ...Read the whole story

  • Massachusetts Town Launches 1GB Fiber NetworkDslreports

    The town of Leverett, Massachusetts has launched a new 1 GB fiberoptic broadband network. More than 650 of 800 households in the town have already signed up for the service, which will cost $65 a month, according to DSLReports. ...Read the whole story

  • Wearables, More Data Points Raise Privacy IssuesTechCrunch

    It’s been a pretty big week for tech + privacy, with Apple overhauling the privacy-related info it pushes out to users — sharpening its pro-privacy positioning as a marketing differentiator for its devices and services. And NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden stepping into the public arena by joining Twitter as, well, himself — with the verified account status to prove it. (Who knows if Snowden was lurking on the service under an assumed name prior to uncloaking as @Snowden. Someone has probably DMed him to ask but he clearly has a big backlog of messages to get through…) ...Read the whole story

Next On Consumers' To-Block List: Content Marketing!

It was Advertising Week in New York last week, and the discussions about ad blocking, content marketing and media revenue models were manifold. In one session, Google's head of advertising, Sridhar Ramaswamy, said that the reason ...More