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Google's bad week: YouTube loses millions as advertising row reaches US

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 25, 2017 15695

Major brands including Verizon and Walmart pulled their ads after they were found to be appearing next to videos promoting extremist views or hate speech

It’s been a bad week for Google, with major brands pulling millions of dollars in advertising amid rows over extremist content on YouTube.

Related: Starbucks and Walmart join growing list of advertisers boycotting YouTube

We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate

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WhatsApp must be accessible to authorities, says Amber Rudd

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 26, 2017 12564

After Westminster attack, home secretary says tech firms must not give terrorists ‘place to hide’ with encrypted messaging

Technology companies should no longer be able to provide encrypted messaging services that cannot be accessed in emergencies by the security services, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, said on Sunday.

Speaking after it emerged that the police were investigating reports that Khalid Masood had used the encrypted WhatsApp service just before he launched the

Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd's call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 26, 2017 9228

Home secretary wants police to be able to access WhatsApp, but any backdoor also makes services vulnerable to criminals

Tech companies are facing demands from the home secretary, Amber Rudd, to build backdoors into their “completely unacceptable” end-to-end encryption messaging apps. Speaking on Sunday, just five days after a terror attack in Westminster killed five and injured more than 50, she said “there should be no place for terrorists to hide”.

Are we finally reacting to the disruptive supremacy of Facebook and Google? | Will Hutton

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 25, 2017 5950

Germany challenges Facebook on personal data, Google agrees to police its ads: are these landmark events?

The internet celebrated its 28th birthday a fortnight ago. It’s an invention that ranks alongside the wheel, immunisation against disease and the internal combustion engine as a transformer of human existence. As an open information digital connector, it is an extraordinary force for individual liberation, embodying the very best of Enlightenment values: more information is available to more people through their mobile phones and personal computers than ever before.

Netflix poses no mortal threat to cinemas | Letter from UK Cinema Association

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 27, 2017 4480

Ellen E Jones paints a picture of a cinema industry under mortal threat (Go fullscreen: can Hollywood ever fight back against Netflix?, G2, 24 March).

Happily the facts tell a very different story. Last year both the UK and US box office reached record levels. This year already promises to be even better.

Related: Go fullscreen: can Hollywood fight back against Netflix?

Broadband users in line for millions in Ofcom compensation plan

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 24, 2017 4259

Telecoms watchdog proposes making providers pay automatic compensation for 7.2m customer service failings each year

Broadband and landline customers who suffer poor service could get millions of pounds of money back automatically under a new scheme proposed by Ofcom.

The telecommunications watchdog has published proposals to make providers pay for slow repairs and missed deadlines and appointments.

Related: Plusnet fined £880,000 for charging more than 1,000 ex-customers

Prayer is not wishful nonsense. It helps us to shut up and think | Giles Fraser Loose canon

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 23, 2017 3980

Those who rush to outrage say the stupidest things. As we saw after the Westminster terror attack, modern media has killed off the quiet dignity of grief

Yesterday, a minute or so before 3pm, with a policeman struggling for his life outside, and with details of what had gone on still sketchy and confused, the work of parliament was suspended. David Lidington, leader of the House of Commons, rose to explain why the lockdown was necessary. And his Labour opposite number, Valerie Vaz, replied that “Our thoughts and prayers are with the police officer”, a sentiment with which Lidington concurred and with which the house murmured its agreement.