Cable companies now say they are willing to offer apps that will allow consumers to view all linear and on-demand television programs, but would not necessarily allow people to record shows, according to Ars Technica. The cable groups' position marks an attempt to compromise with the Federal Communications Commission, which has proposed rules enabling third parties to create set-top boxes. Public Knowledge reportedly said it was encouraged by the cable industry's proposal, but that it "does not allow for many features that consumers want, such as home recording, and it does not allow for true user interface competition."
Google Fiber has updated its terms of service to mandate that consumers take disputes with the company to arbitration, as opposed to court. "The biggest problem with binding arbitration is because the arbitrator is employed by the ISP, they'll rule for their employer the majority of the time," writes DSLReports. "In the credit card sector, for example, companies that require users engage in binding arbitration win 95% of the time."
A federal judge signaled at a hearing on Wednesday that he intends to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Twitter of enabling the growth of the terrorist group ISIS. The case was brought by the widow of a man killed at a police training center in Jordan. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick in San Francisco indicated at the hearing that he the widow's complaint didn't include enough facts to make out violations of the federal Anti-Terrorism Act. Twitter was represented at the hearing by former U.S. solicitor general Seth Waxman.
Facebook said this week it has created a five-person ethics review board to evaluate potentially controversial research projects, including ones that deal with users' mental health. The group will weigh risks and benefits, and consider whether the project violates consumers' expectations about the use of their information, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Spoiling Dead, a spoiler site for the show "The Walking Dead," won't reveal who one of the characters killed at the end of Season 6. The site made the decision after receiving a letter by AMC threatened to sue the site for copyright infringement. But AMC's letter didn't take into account that the victim's identity was already revealed in the original source material -- the comics the show is based on -- according to Ars Technica.
Google said today the company may bring its Gigabit Fiber to Dallas. "Working alongside Mayor Mike Rawlings and local leaders, we’ll use our Fiber checklist to learn more about local topography, existing infrastructure, and other factors that may impact construction," the company stated. "Building a fiber optic network through a dense and complex urban environment like Dallas is challenging -- these discussions will help us deploy our network efficiently and responsibly."
Ad tech company Criteo, which engages in retargeting, has sued rival SteelHouse for allegedly running a "counterfeit click fraud scheme." SteelHouse allegedly " counterfeited clicks to trick e-tailers into attributing sales to SteelHouse that should have been attributed to Criteo, other competitors and partners, or direct traffic," Business Insider reports.
The U.S. federal government wants to get involved in the legal battle underway in Europe between privacy activist Max Schrems and Facebook. The case has already resulted in EU's Court of Justice invalidating a cross-border data transfer pact. The U.S. government's move appears to mark an attempt to convince European authorities that personal data is protected in the U.S., according to ArsTechnica.
The cable industry spent $22 million lobbying in the first quarter of this year. Much of that effort has gone toward defeating Federal Communications Commission proposals, including a proposal that would allow non-cable companies to develop set-top boxes that can access pay-TV.
A lobbying group for small cable providers is opposing a condition on Charter's merger with TWC and Bright House that could result in increased competition. The FCC is requiring Charter to expand broadband to 2 million more homes, half of which already have access to service provided by at least one other company. The ACA argues that this condition will "damage economic efficiency, injure small providers, and harm consumers."