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Facebook’s Paywall Feature Will be a Double-Edged Sword for Publishers

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:44:48 +0000

Facebook has reportedly been working on building support for paywalls and subscription models into its mobile-first Instant Articles platform. And as with so much of what the social network offers to publishers, it will be a giant double-edged sword. The company is hoping to roll out support for third-party subscriptions by the end of this […]

Trump’s Own Tweets Help Kill His Government’s Travel Ban, Again

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:06:57 +0000

As a number of legal experts warned they might, Donald Trump’s tweets about his “travel ban” helped convince an appeals court to block the controversial order. It’s the second time his own comments have helped the courts knock down the proposed legislation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Monday, ruling that […]

Twitter Accounts of Journalists, Activists Hacked to Spread Fake News

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 21:04:24 +0000

Two of the most difficult problems in the current world of always-on communication are hacking and the spread of “fake news” or misinformation. In some cases, these two very different problems are combining to create one big headache. In Venezuela, for example, digital-rights group Access Now says it discovered recently that Twitter accounts belonging to […]

Google Slammed by the EFF for Blocking Ads but Allowing User Tracking

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:43:34 +0000

Google confirmed recently that it is coming out with a new version of its Chrome browser that will have ad-blocking features built in, which the company says will make it easier for users to surf the web without being annoyed by intrusive ads. The search giant is coming under fire for not blocking another annoying […]

Snap Investors Should be Very Worried About This Number

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:59:50 +0000

When Snap went public in March, in one of the most eagerly anticipated tech IPOs in recent memory, some analysts expressed concern about a slowdown in the growth of its Snapchat messaging app. Now, a new number suggests those concerns may have been well founded. In a note to Nomura Instinet’s invesment clients on Wednesday, […]