The Copyright Alert System is finally being abandoned by the MPAA and RIAA, the main groups covering the music and movie industries. Since 2013 the system has been in place to implement a "six-strikes" policy that was carried out via a partnership between the groups and ISPs.
Dropbox's competitor to Google Docs has left its beta. The tool, called Paper, was first introduced in October 2015 and now it is launching globally. The public beta went live in August 2016. Paper is similar to Docs and it appears Dropbox wants to attract enterprises.
Game streaming site Twitch has reached a new record for current viewers of a single stream. A Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match reached 1.026 million current viewers on Sunday. The match was hosted on ELeague's Twitch channel. The match was part of the grand finals.
Hacker group OurMine temporarily gained control of multiple CNN accounts on Facebook. It gained access to CNN's primary page, CNN International, and CNN Politics. The group proceeded to make its presence known by posting information about itself and linking to its site.
Apple is removing apps from developers and startups based in Iran, reports Techrasa. The company has taken Digikala, the largest Iranian eCommerce service, down from the App Store, among others. There is still no App Store available in the Iranian market.
PayPal remains a leader in the world of web payments and yet it's not available as a payment option on Amazon, but that could be close to changing. The company has been speaking with Amazon about bringing PayPal to the eCommerce site. Reaching Amazon would be useful.
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer TV streaming service is now available on Android devices. The BitTorrent Live app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. It lets you view free programming, including streams related to news and sports. The service lacks major content.
An update for Google Chrome has made the page reload time up to 28% faster. The software improvement comes from work involving Google, Facebook, and Mozilla. This kind of update is particularly useful when you're on a less-than-ideal internet connection.
Google's 2016 Bad Ads report reveals the company got rid of 1.7 billion ads during the course of 2016. That's more than double the 780 million that were removed in the prior year. Some of the ads that were removed had to do with fake news, which Google is combating.
Real-time updates about how crowded a location is have been added to Google Maps for iOS. An update rolling out this week uses anonymized data from mobile devices to figure out how busy a place likely is. The same kind of data has been used to display average busyness.
Hugo Barra recently left Xiaomi after 3.5 years, in which he made the company an important player on the market. He said that he misses his family and that will go back to Silicon Valley in February after Chinese New Year. It was only a matter of time before some big company
Facebook has begun trying out ads in Messenger. With a small test in Australia and Thailand, the company has added advertisements to the messaging app's interface. Businesses can use the ad section to place marketing material on Messenger's home screen.
200 publishers were removed from Google's ad network during the fourth quarter of 2016. A lot of the removals came as a result of Google's new "fake news" policy, which prevents sites from using AdSense if they're built around fake and misleading content.
Netflix has added another reason for people to want expandable storage support on their phones. The streaming service is now letting Android users download movies and TV shows to microSD cards. However, many top phones don't come with microSD support.
More than 70 million people around the world are using Google's G Suite for Education, formerly known as Google Apps for Education. There were 60 million users a year ago and 50 million in October 2015. The productivity app suite includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, and other services.
Confirming reports that have appeared over the past week, Donald Trump has picked Ajit Pai to head the FCC. He's replacing Tom Wheeler and his appointment to the chairman position means the agency will be led by an strong opponent of net neutrality rules.
Uber's food delivery option, UberEATS, is headed to India. The company has confirmed it'll launch the service in the country. Uber is currently speaking with restaurants and delivery partners in India. The service's launch allegedly can "change the food industry."
Snapchat is working to turn itself into a better place for news and part of that effort involves reducing clickbait and fake news in the app. The network's parent company, Snap, has implemented new guidelines that'll result in a crackdown on misleading images and headlines.
Google Voice has received its first real update in five years. The update includes new apps for the web, Android, and iOS. Those apps come with new features like group messaging, photo messaging, Spanish voicemail transcription, and an updated layout.