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Adblock Plus uninvited from Internet advertising conference

Popular ad blocker Adblock Plus claims that it was uninvited from the US Interactive Advertising Bureau’s big conference. The IAB represents the biggest names in the digital-advertising industry: Google, Facebook, Twitter, online publishers, and ad-tech companies. Each year it holds its annual leadership meeting in Palm Desert, California. It’s where the biggest names in the online-advertising industry network and thrash out their ideas on the...

Sony tries to trademark Let’s Play and pisses off the Internet

Sony tries to trademark Let’s Play and pisses off the Internet

In the video game industry, it doesn’t take a lot to piss off your entire fan base. And Sony is about to re-learn this lesson with one trademark request. San Mateo, California-based Sony Computer Entertainment of America is trying to trademark the term “Let’s Play” to represent “electronic transmission and streaming of video games via global and local computer networks; streaming of audio, visual,...

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Facebook gives another reason not to trust them

The past several years have done wonders for Facebook’s once-murky public reputation. After a series of privacy-related controversies and a rocky debut in the stock market, the company embraced and quickly came to dominate the time we spend on mobile devices. More than a billion of us use its apps every day, and they have come to serve as a vital connection between family...

North America is out of IPv4 addresses

North America is out of IPv4 addresses

As of yesterday, North America is out of IPv4 addresses. Getting that feeling of déjà vu all over again? In July, we reported that ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, was activating its waitlist policy, wherein organizations that qualify for a block of IPv4 addresses larger than the largest block in ARIN’s available pool of addresses could opt to wait for that larger block...

AVG can sell your browsing and search history to advertisers

AVG can sell your browsing and search history to advertisers

Security firm AVG can sell search and browser history data to advertisers in order to “make money” from its free antivirus software, a change to its privacy policy has confirmed. The updated policy explained that AVG was allowed to collect “non-personal data”, which could then be sold to third parties. The new privacy policy comes into effect on 15 October, but AVG explained that...

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New York to get free Google Wi-Fi

Your prayers have been finally answered – that is, if you asked for Google to come to New York City with free Wi-Fi for all. Because that’s totally happening this year, and it’s all part of Google’s grandiose plan to bring free Wi-Fi to the world. According to Bloomberg, Google has already set up a company that’ll handle the free Wi-Fi job in the Big Apple. Sidewalk Labs is...

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SourceForge going too far: Now taking over Firefox

As SourceForge continues to take over projects in order to inject them with malware/adware to line their pockets, the latest victim is none other than Firefox. A bug report has been started by a redditor named TannerMoz to get the attention of Mozilla’s legal team. With luck this will help stop SourceForge from doing these kinds of negative actions to the Firefox project and...

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AdBlock Plus has another victory against lawsuits in Germany

The service prevents ads from appearing on websites unless it has given them permission to be displayed. German broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 had argued that browser plug-in was anti-competitive and threatened their ability to offer users content for “free”. However, a court in Munich ruled in favour of AdBlock’s owner Eyeo. Ben Williams, a spokesman for the German company, told the BBC the dispute...

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Don’t buy the Apple Watch

If you’re a casual tech consumer and you buy the Apple Watch this year, I’m going to laugh at you. Sure, it’s undeniably sexy, and the Apple marketing machine has totally succeeded in making the watch the next gotta-have-it gadget to complete your technologically sophisticated setup, but it’s an unwise expenditure for anyone looking for a long term reliable smartwatch. There are three reasons...

SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows and bundles adware

SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows and bundles adware

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP’s lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with...