Google faces attack from within its ranks

GoogleLegal cases against Google alleging that it indulges in antitrust activities by leveraging its search engine look to be strengthened after a former ally undermined its arguments.

Tim Wu, a Columbia Law School professor and, according to Bloomberg an ally of Google, co-wrote a paper delivered over the weekend alleging that the firm dishes out its own content rather than operate an even hand to search engine results.… Read the rest

4G coverage in Europe grows

European flagA report issued by the European Commission (EC) said that nearly eight out 10 households in the European Union had access to 4G LTE broadband at the end of last year.

The EC report said that next generation access (NGA) broadband was now available to 68.1 percent of EU homes, meaning that there were 15.5 million households using 30Mbps or greater broadband compared to last year.… Read the rest

British Library offers “digital” Magna Carta

King John LacklandIt’s 800 years since powerful barons forced King John – pictured –  to sign the Magna Carta on a muddy meadow in Runnymede, Surrey.

But now the British Library has come up with a so-called “Magna Carta for the digital age”

It contains 10 clauses selected by 30,000 voters who chose their favourites from a list the British Library supplied.… Read the rest

Internet users feel powerless to save their privacy

big-brother-1984If you wonder why people seem happy to hand over their data to evil corporates who plague them with advertising, it is because they have completely given up trying to fight it.

A new study, penned by the University of Pennsylvania that internet users are unhappy with the way their privacy is undermined by advertisers and online companies, yet feel there is nothing they can do about it.… Read the rest

China takes aim at internet portals

I Ching trigramsIn a bid to further regulate the internet, the government run Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has been given the power to summon people running online news and information portals and bring them to account.

China is already one of the most highly regulated countries in the world and jealously protects its subjects from reading things it doesn’t want them to.… Read the rest

Peugeot signs connectivity deal with IBM

Citroen 2CV - Wikimedia Commons - pretty unconnectedDespite rather worrying financial results earlier this week, IBM continues to blaze the way in its plans to be an important player in the internet of things (IoT).

Indeed it wants to be the most important player.

It signed a seven year deal with French manufacturer Peugeot Citroen today to help analyse data from so-called connected cars.… Read the rest