France's Commission Nationale de l'infromatique (CNIL) has fined Facebook $166,000 for violating the country's digital privacy regulations. The fine is in response to an update to Facebook's terms in 2014. That update included an expansion of off-site tracking.
Google and a group of partners are extending Project Link into a new initiative called CSquared, which will work to improve Africa's broadband infrastructure. Project Link was introduced by Google in Uganda in 2013 to assist ISPs and mobile networks in the country.
Of the many pornographic categories featured on PornHub, virtual reality is growing faster than any other. The site has released new user figures that reveal content in Pornhub's VR section receives 500,000 views per day. VR content launched last year.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, told ABC staff today that hackers appear to have stolen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. They're reportedly threatening to release the film in 20-minute chunks unless Disney pays a ransom in Bitcoin. Disney is refusing to pay.
Seven new channels have joined YouTube's streaming service. YouTube TV is now offering AMC, BBC America, and Telemundo as part of its $35 per month offer. It's also offering Universo, Sundance TV, We TV, and IFC. The service now includes 46 cable channels.
Facebook is updating its Live guidelines to limit the reach of fake and low-quality content. It's explicitly disallowing publishers from posting prerecorded videos as if they're livestreams and it also won't allow for static/looping images or livestreamed polls.
A malicious website pretending to be associated with WhatsApp is spreading adware. It's located at "whatsapp.com," yet the characters are replaced with those from the Cyrillic alphabet, making it easier to appear legitimate. The URL could definitely trick people.
The FTC has begun an initiative to crack down on tech support pop-up scams. According to the agency, its "Operation Tech Trap" involves a "nationwide and international crackdown" on scams. These scams often involve security alert-like pop-ups that get people to spend money.
If a website page contains content that violates Google AdSense's policies, the entire website may no longer be affected. With an update to the service's policy, Google says individual pages may lose ads, but the rest of a site could remain unaffected.
Comments submitted to the FCC in response to its proposed rollback of net neutrality regulations are clearly in support of the regulations, according to an analysis from Jeffrey Fossett. Once you remove a set of spam comments, the alternative position dominates.
Thousands of illegitimate anti-net neutrality comments have taken up a lot of space in the FCC's comment section. The agency is currently accepting comments from the public regarding its proposed rollback of net neutrality regulations. Most of the fake responses are the same.
Much like sites that peddle fake news, websites that host spammy advertisements are going to see less traffic from Facebook. The social network is tweaking its algorithm to demote domains that feature spammy and misleading ads. Those sites won't have as large of a reach.
Spotify and Capital One have partnered to let certain customers receive a 50% discount on a premium subscription to the music streaming service. If you sign up for Spotify Premium with a Capital One Quicksilver or QuicksilverOne card you'll get the service for $5 per month.
You can now easily find nearby events within Google searches. The search engine can yield a new "events" section when you type in relevant queries into the Google app or mobile site. You can specify the time period you're looking for as well as the exact kind of event.
Netflix's app on Android now comes with support for HDR video streaming, although the feature currently just works on the LG G6. Since the app uses the Dolby Vision spec for mobile HDR video, the feature is limited to the G6, which is the only phone offering that spec.
The FCC is accepting comments from the public on a proposed rollback of net neutrality rules, but overwhelming traffic temporarily made the system partly inaccessible. According to the agency, that traffic came from a DDoS attack, but little proof has been provided.
To make sure the Trump administration doesn't try to hide public documents, the Internet Archive is building a massive database of files from various government websites. Since fall 2016, the organization has saved over 200 TB of data. 40 million PDFs are among the documents.
Your messages on Snapchat no longer have to be time-limited. The app has introduced two features: Limiteless Snaps and Looping Videos. With the former, you'll be able to send a picture without placing a time limit. That means the picture won't disappear automatically.
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin has reached another milestone, surpassing the $1,700 mark for the first time. This increase in value, which has added hundreds of dollars to the cost of each Bitcoin, isn't well explained. Bitcoin has posted an 85% gain during the course of the year.
The biggest mobile payment service in China, Alipay, is coming to the United States. Alipay already has 450 million users around the world, with nearly all of those coming from Asia, particularly China. It's entering the US through a partnership with First Data.