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The ongoing revelations about the extent of NSA data collection are causing other countries to tighten up their security and keep their citizens’ data private. Germany in particular has been talking about keeping its internet traffic and email messages private within the country for some time, and now the country is planning to work with France to help build a network throughout Europe that keeps data away from the United States. According to Reuters, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured above) is planning to discuss a European communication network that’ll keep internet traffic away from the US with French President Francois Hollande when they meet later this week.
This comes after it was revealed that the NSA had monitored…
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Twitter has handed over data to French authorities disclosing the details of users accused of posting racist and anti-Semitic tweets. After months of legal appeals requesting that the company share user data with France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) and four other human rights organizations, Twitter has acquiesced, bringing an end to the dispute between the two parties that started in November 2012.
In a statement sent to The Verge, Twitter says it will work with the UEJF “to actively continue contributing together to the fight against racism and anti-Semitism,” adding that it will take measures to “improve the accessibility of the reporting procedure of illegal Tweets.” The UEJF took further legal action against Twitter in March…
To use UltraViolet these days, you have to live in one of a few English-speaking countries. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will change that soon: the company just teased its plans for the digital locker service in mainland Europe. According to the firm’s David Bishop, Germans will get cloud access to Sony movies in late September — possibly September 30th, as DECE hinted in April — while the French will have their turn sometime in the fall. Neither Sony nor other studios have provided additional launch dates, although we know that neighboring countries like Belgium and the Netherlands should be next on the list.
Source: Handelsblatt (translated)
Following last year’s first expansion into Europe, Netflix is stepping into another nearby market: The Netherlands. Later this year, the low-altitude nation will be getting access to Hollywood fare, local and global TV and films, and Netflix’s own original series like House of Cards and Arrested Development, but so far the company hasn’t announced any pricing information. Branching out into new markets has been a key goal for CEO Reed Hastings, who has overseen an expansion into over 40 countries over the past two years, including much of Latin America, the Nordic countries, the UK and Ireland. Last month, reports in the Belgian press indicated that Netflix was planning to move into not only The Netherlands, but also France and…
More signs today the HTC First might also be the last smartphone to ship with Facebook Home pre-installed: UK carrier EE confirmed today that the first Facebook Home phone won’t be launching in the UK soon as planned, as Facebook has decided to concentrate its efforts on making improvements to the Home software before looking to add international markets. EE says it will soon be contacting customers who already used its pre-order system to express interest in the First to let them know about the delay, which is indefinite in length.
Here’s the full statement direct from EE:
Following customer feedback, Facebook has decided to focus on adding new customisation features to Facebook Home over the coming months. While they are working to make a better Facebook Home experience, they have recommended holding off launching the HTC First in the UK, and so we will shortly be contacting those who registered their interest with us to let them know of this decision.
Rest assured, we remain committed to bringing our customers the latest mobile experiences, and we will continue to build on our strong relationship with Facebook so as to offer customers new opportunities in the future.
We’ve also received a near-identical statement from Orange in France, where customers were also able to register their interest, so this isn’t limited to just the UK.
This is not great news for either Facebook or HTC. We’ve seen reports that Facebook Home has been performing poorly as a download, and that the First isn’t selling well in the U.S. Home currently has a 2.5 cumulative average rating in the Google Play store, and AT&T is reportedly in the process of discontinuing the HTC First, though we’ve not heard definitely either way if that’s the final word as of yet.
A so-called “Facebook Phone” under-performing is nothing new; the HTC Status did almost just as poorly, lasting only 36 days before AT&T started considering a swing of the axe.
As of press time, there’s still a button on the Facebook Home splash page that directs you to a page where you can express interest in a pre-order, but presumably that will come down as the carriers move to reflect this change in their own pages and alert customers of the change in the First’s status.
Update: Facebook has povided the following official statement regarding its decision, which mirrors those issued by EE and Orange France:
We’ve listened to feedback from users on their experience using Home. While many people love it, we’ve heard a lot of great feedback about how to make Home substantially better. As a result we’re focusing the next few months on adding customization features that address the feedback we received. While we focus on making Home better, we are going to limit supporting new devices and think it makes a lot of sense for EE and Orange to hold off deploying the HTC First in Europe.
LG’s F-series handsets may not be in the same class an HTC One or GS4, but we can’t help to appreciate the solid specs and LTE-goodness baked into these mid-range devices. Following a debut alongside its F7 sibling at MWC, the F5 will begin trickling out to retail April 29th in France. While there’s no mention of US availability — despite a recent leak pegging it for Verizon — LG will also be soon be pushing it out to parts of Asia and Central / South America as well. Aimed at markets new to LTE, the smartphone packs a beefy 2,150mAh battery, five-megapixel camera, 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor and a 4.3-inch screen to display LG’s skinned version of Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. If you’re curious to give LTE a go with LG, you’ll find the full press release after the break.
ISPs in the United States are simply getting around to enforcing a “six strikes” policy against unlawful P2P sharing, however France is now considering a suppression on the streaming and direct downloads of pirated content. Hadopi, the government company behind the nation’s existing “3 strikes” law, launched a brand-new report that proposes sites take a page from YouTube’s book and actively oversee content by using awareness algorithms and so on to take down things that are presumed unlawful. If a website just weren’t to cooperate after a round of warnings, it may face penalties consisting of DNS and IP obstructing, domain seizures and even monetary repercussions that include having their accounts with “payment intermediaries” (think PayPal) suspended. When it comes to enforcement of this potential government mandate, the dossier posits that it can bank on internet service providers instead of hosting services, which according to EU law, can’t be required to conduct extensive security. For now, these techniques aren’t being made policy, however Hadopi is mulling them over.
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