EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide

A Google search page is seen through the spectacles of a computer user in LeicesterBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court. The European Union's privacy watchdogs agreed on a set of guidelines on Wednesday to help them implement a ruling from Europe's supreme court that gives people the right to ask search engines to remove personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". ...



UK terrorism watchdog criticises new security proposals

An armed police officer stands outside the Houses of Parliament, central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticised the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy". A bill introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday is designed to crack down on Britons wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight, and to prevent veterans of those conflicts from returning unless they agree to comply with the authorities under Temporary Exclusion Orders. ...



UK terrorism watchdog criticizes new security proposals

An armed police officer stands outside the Houses of Parliament, central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticized the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy". A bill introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday is designed to crack down on Britons wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight, and to prevent veterans of those conflicts from returning unless they agree to comply with the authorities under Temporary Exclusion Orders. ...



Baghdad red tape puts Iraq Internet under Kurdish control

Iraqi Shi'ite youths use computers at an internet cafe in Sadr City in BaghdadBy Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern autonomous region in control of three-quarters of Iraqi networks. This runs contrary to what Baghdad had sought from state control of fixed infrastructure within its jurisdiction, and the situation has spooked private investors and neutered Internet development outside Kurdistan, which sets its own rules. Iraq bars private companies from owning fixed networks transiting domestic data and anything they build is usually seized by the government. Just 9. ...



Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed selfie app Shots: CNBC

The Twitter logo is pictured at its headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie photo-sharing app, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the Justin Bieber-backed company. The microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under 24, CNBC said. (http://cnb.cx/1AQ7U34) A Twitter spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumor and speculation. Shots could not be reached immediately for comment. (This version of the story was refiled to fix media coding.) (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)



Sony Pictures computer system down after reported hack

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw(Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment said its computer system was down for a second day on Tuesday, following media reports of a major hacking attack aimed at the film and television studio. Before Sony Pictures' computers went dark on Monday, the screens displayed an image of a red skeleton with the phrase "Hacked By #GOP," according to the Los Angeles Times. The hackers warned the unit of Sony Corp that they had obtained "secrets" that they would leak on the Web, the newspaper reported. "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. ...



Facebook video draws Thanksgiving ads from Macy's, others

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustrationBy Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macy's Inc, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. holiday shopping season with a nationally televised parade in Manhattan, also will join a handful of other companies this year parading their ads on Facebook's fledgling video feeds. As the social media platform slowly rolls out its premium video offerings to advertisers, Macy's will launch its online video ads Thursday evening. ...



Israel's SimilarWeb raises $15 million, eyes faster global expansion
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli start-up SimilarWeb said on Tuesday it raised $15 million in a funding round aimed at increasing the pace of its global expansion. SimilarWeb measures computer usage into the mobile Internet realm and the apps where users spend the overwhelming bulk of their time on smartphones. The company has raised $40 million since 2009 and its latest round was co-led by existing shareholders Naspers and Lord David Alliance. ...

At China online coming-out party, Beijing spells out Internet control ambition

Qualcomm Chairman and CEO Jacobs sits next to Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma during a meeting at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen townBy Paul Carsten WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance - clean, controlled and choreographed. Public officials and firms worth $2.5 trillion in market value, from Apple Inc to Facebook Inc, got first-hand exposure in the postcard-perfect town of Wuzhen as China showcased its first 'World Internet Conference' (WIC). ...



EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed. As sponsors of a European Parliament motion seeking action to rein in Google played down suggestions the U.S. Internet search firm should be broken up, European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip told Reuters that he suspected some major companies were abusing their power in the digital market. ...



Digital tsar urges Europe not to weaken net neutrality rules

Ansip speaks during his hearing before the EU Parliament's Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection in BrusselsBy Julia Fioretti and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's new digital tsar voiced alarm on Monday at the efforts of some EU governments to water down equal Internet access, just as EU plans for "net neutrality" were being echoed in the United States by Barack Obama. ...



European Parliament may propose Google break-up in draft resolution

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica(Reuters) - The European Parliament is preparing a non-binding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc's search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one possible option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market.



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