• Microsoft Takes Stand On Government Surveillance
    Microsoft plans to warn people if it suspects that governments are trying to hack into their online accounts. “Users will be informed if their Outlook, OneDrive and other consumer-facing services are being targeted,” BBC reports. “The move could put it at odds with UK government proposals to limit what tech firms can say about surveillance.”
  • Most Pirated Shows Of Year: 'Game Of Thrones,' 'Walking Dead' And 'Big Bang Theory'
    "Game of Thrones" was the most pirated television show of the year, according to Torrent Freak. Game of Thrones drew an estimated 14.4 million BitTorrent downloads, while the second most pirated show, "The Walking Dead," drew 6.9 million. "Big Bang Theory" ranked third with 4.4 million.
  • Comcast Users Complain To FCC
    The Federal Communications Commission receives more complaints about Comcast than AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable combined, Ars Technica reports. Many of the complaints appear driven by the company's billing practices, which only allow customers in test markets to consume 300GB per month before incurring overages.
  • Report: Verizon To Exempt Go90 From Data Caps
    Verizon Wireless reportedly plans to offer a paid version of its Go90 video app, and will exempt videos streamed through that app from consumers' data caps. The service is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2016.  
  • New Zealand Court Orders Megaupload Founder Extradited To U.S.
    A court in New Zealand has ordered that Kim Dotcom, who founded the cyberlocker service Megaupload, can be extradited to the United States to face charges of criminal copyright infringement. Dotcom intends to appeal the ruling.
  • Twitter Deletes Business Insider Journalist's Posts
    Business Insider's Jim Edwards writes that Twitter deleted two of his tweets that discussed a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst's report, after the bank alleged that the tweets infringed its copyright. "The claim here is (in my view) frivolous because I tweeted only a small portion of analyst Teo Lasarte's note to clients," Edwards writes. "If I had tweeted out a PDF of the whole thing, for anyone to download, that would be a decent copyright violation claim."
  • Broadband Providers Hike Prices
    Cox Communications is joining Time Warner Cable, Dish, DirecTV and AT&T in raising the rates for TV and broadband, according to DSLReports. Most Cox TV packages will increases between $1 and $7 a month; broadband service also will see "significant price increases," DSLReports says.
  • Internet Engineers Propose Censorship Notices
    The Internet Engineering Steering Group has approved a new status code -- "451," in honor of the book "Fahrenheit 451" -- that will appear in error notices when people can't reach Web pages due to non-technical reasons, including censorship. "As censorship became more visible and prevalent on the Web, we started to hear from sites that they'd like to be able to make this distinction," Mark Nottingham, chair of the steering group, said.
  • Charter Promises Discounted Broadband For Low-Income Homes, If Merger Closes
    Charter is promising to offer broadband service at speeds of 30 Mbps to low income homes for just $15 a month, if regulators approve the company's acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The company previously said it won't impose data caps for three years after the merger closes.
  • Comcast Customer Successfully Challenges Data Meter
    A Comcast customer, identified only as "Oleg," successfully challenged the company's data meter, which appeared to show that he was using broadband even when he wasn't home. Comcast ultimately determined that someone had entered the customer's MAC address incorrectly, which meant that his meter was counting data used by another customer's modem. "Customers with less technical expertise than Oleg may not know how to challenge erroneous measurements or even suspect that they’re incorrect," ArsTechnica writes.
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