From Engadget RSS Feed: Google tests tools that encourage you to pay for news

It’s no secret that Google and conventional news outlets have a fraught relationship, and that’s in no small part due to the problems publishers have turning Google searchers into paying customers. Why subscribe when you just read an article for free…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Australian courts order ISPs to block 59 pirate websites

Australian authorities will make it much harder to keep up with the latest on Game of Thrones. They’re expected to crack down hard on dozens of pirate websites that serve unauthorized movies and TV shows within the next couple of weeks. That’s becaus…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Uber favors former GE leader as its next CEO

Ever since Uber ousted CEO Travis Kalanick, there’s been one overriding question: just who would be daring enough to replace him and salvage the ridesharing outfit’s tattered reputation? At last, an answer is emerging. Recode sources hear that form…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Recommended Reading: Netflix’s heroes return in ‘The Defenders’

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Netflix’s last Marvel series, Iron Fist, didn’t quite offer the same thrills as its previous three original series. Its fourth installment that unites all four heroes…

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From BetaNews: Facebook will protect your privacy… when you’re dead

Facebook won’t — usually — hand over your private messages to anyone after you die. The social network has used a new blogging series called Hard Questions to reveal just how it handles deaths of its users. The site’s director of global policy management, Monika Bickert, says that Facebook aims to not only be sensitive, but also to respect the wishes of the deceased. After death, accounts are memorialized by default, but everyone is also free to create a “legacy contact” who will be able to mange their account in the event of their death. But Facebook is, it says,… [Continue Reading]

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From BGR: Digital rights group warns that Google’s stance on neo-Nazis is ‘dangerous’

The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns the decision by Google, GoDaddy and Cloudflare to expel white supremacist site the Daily Stormer from their services has worrying free speech implications.

In a statement released Thursday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned the tech companies’ move could set a precedent. “We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was dangerous,� it said. “That’s because, even when the facts are the most vile, we must remain vigilant when platforms exercise these rights. Because Internet intermediaries, especially those with few competitors, control so much online speech, the consequences of their decisions have far-reaching impacts on speech around the world.�

Domain provider GoDaddy expelled the Daily Stormer on Aug. 14 after an online post on the white supremacist site disparaging Heather Heyer, who was killed during protests in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. Daily Stormer registered its domain with Google Domains, but was promptly expelled by the tech giant.


Cloudflare, which provides distributed domain name server services, terminated the Daily Stormer’s account Wednesday.

The EFF condemned “hateful violence and aggression� in its statement but cautioned that “we must also recognize that on the Internet, any tactic used now to silence neo-Nazis will soon be used against others, including people whose opinions we agree with.�

In an email to Fox News, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said that the company “wholeheartedly� agrees with the risks outlined by the EFF, and highlighted Cloudflare’s blog post on the Daily Stormer’s removal. In the blog, Prince acknowledged the dangers of censoring, but explained the circumstances surrounding the termination of the Daily Stormer’s account.


“Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion,� he wrote. “The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology.�

In an email obtained by Gizmodo, Prince wrote an email to his employees, explaining his decision, noting: “the people behind the Daily Stormer are assholes and I’d had enough.”

Google declined to make additional comment beyond the statement it released earlier this week. On Monday, Google explained that it cancelled Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating the tech giant’s terms of service.

GoDaddy has yet to respond to a request for comment on this story from Fox News.


Users of the Daily Stormer website have reportedly moved to a dark web version of the site.

The dark web, or darknet, refers to private networks built from connections between trusted peers using unconventional protocols. Dark web is just one part of what is known as deep web – a vast network that is not indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing.

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Google mobile search shows 6-second video previews

If you’ve searched for videos often enough on Google, you’ve probably had that moment where you tapped the wrong video because you weren’t quite sure it was what you were looking for. No more: Google has added 6-second video previews to its mobile s…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: China’s online court heard its first case today

The Hangzhou Internet Court, a new online court in China that will hear internet-related civil cases, had its first trial today. Today’s copyright infringement case was between a novelist and a web company that offered her novel to online subscribers…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Facebook opens up its Craigslist-like section to retailers

Facebook is trying to figure out what people want from Marketplace, so it’s going to add a bunch of new products from real vendors in order to suss that out. “We’ll kind of look and see what’s popular, what people want to engage with,” Deb Liu, Faceb…

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