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DFC Intelligence report: by focusing on games-as-a-service, EA grew to $33B in market value from $4B in 2012, while Activision Blizzard grew to $60B…

Sam Desatoff / GameDaily.biz : DFC Intelligence report: by focusing on games-as-a-service, EA grew to $33B in market value from $4B in 2012, while Activision Blizzard grew to $60B from $10B   —  Thanks to a focus on a continuing revenue model, Activision Blizzard's market value has grown by over $50 billion since 2012.

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Keypoint Intelligence Reveals Winners of New Buyers Lab PaceSetter…

Keypoint Intelligence - Buyers Lab (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging software, hardware, and services, today announced the winners of the first-ever BLI PaceSetter... (PRWeb October 17, 2018) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/keypoint_intelligence_reveals_winners_of_new_buyers_lab_pacesetter_awards_for_the_legal_manufacturing_logistics_and_retail_markets/prweb15844201.htm

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Apple’s big bet on the future of USB is increasingly looking like a rare misfire – Business Insider

Business Insider Apple's big bet on the future of USB is increasingly looking like a rare misfire Business Insider USB -C is hyped as the replacement for regular-old USB , also known as USB Type-A. It can handle charging, plugging in external monitors, and any and all other kinds of accessories from a single cable. It's neat! ... Because while a handful of gadget ... and more »

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UK’s mass surveillance regime violated human rights law, finds ECHR

In another blow to the UK government’s record on bulk data handling for intelligence purposes the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that state surveillance practices violated human rights law. Arguments against the UK intelligence agencies’ bulk collection and data sharing practices were heard by the court in November last year . In today’s ruling the ECHR has ruled that only some aspects of the UK’s surveillance regime violate human rights law. So it’s not all bad news for the government — which has faced a barrage of legal actions (and quite a few black marks against its spying practices in recent years) ever since its love affair with mass surveillance was revealed and denounced by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, back in 2013. The judgement reinforces a sense that the government has been seeking to push as close to the legal line as possible on surveillance, and sometimes stepping over it — reinforcing earlier strikes against legislation for not setting tight enough boundaries to surveillance powers, and likely providing additional fuel for fresh challenges. The complaints before the ECHR focused on three different surveillance regimes: 1) The bulk interception of communications (aka ‘mass surveillance’); 2) Intelligence sharing with foreign governments; and 3) The obtaining of communications data from communications service providers. The challenge actually combines three cases, with the action brought by a coalition of civil and human rights campaigners, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Big Brother Watch, Liberty, Privacy International and nine other human rights and journalism groups based in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The Chamber judgment from the ECHR found, by a majority of five votes to two, that the UK’s bulk interception regime violates Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (a right to respect for private and family life/communications) — on the grounds that “t here was insufficient oversight both of the selection of Internet bearers for interception and the filtering; search and selection of intercepted communications for examination; and the safeguards governing the selection of ‘related communications data’ for examination were inadequate”. The judges did not find bulk collection itself to be in violation of the convention but noted that such a regime must respect criteria set down in case law. In an even more pronounced majority vote, the Chamber found by six votes to one that the UK government’s regime for obtaining data from communications service providers violated Article 8 as it was “not in accordance with the law”. While both the bulk interception regime and the regime for obtaining communications data from communications service providers were deemed to have violated Article 10 of the Convention (the right to freedom of expression and information,) as the judges found there were insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material

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AnchorFree, which makes the Hotspot Shield, one of the earliest VPNs, raises $295M from WndrCo, Accel, and others, bringing total raised to $358M…

Erin Griffith / New York Times : AnchorFree, which makes the Hotspot Shield, one of the earliest VPNs, raises $295M from WndrCo, Accel, and others, bringing total raised to $358M   —  Despite the recent attention on digital privacy, venture capital investors have mostly stayed away from companies that offer virtual private networks …

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Snap launches new styles of Spectacles 2 with polarized lenses that look more like traditional sunglasses, available today for $199 (Chris Welch/The…

Chris Welch / The Verge : Snap launches new styles of Spectacles 2 with polarized lenses that look more like traditional sunglasses, available today for $199   —  And they've got polarized lenses  —  If the main hangup that's kept you from purchasing Snap's Spectacles has been their design, two new models that the company …

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Nokia says its licensing fee for 5G standard essential patents will be a flat rate of €3 per device, lower than those announced by rivals…

Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat : Nokia says its licensing fee for 5G standard essential patents will be a flat rate of €3 per device, lower than those announced by rivals Qualcomm and Ericsson   —  Trade wars generally aren't good for technology companies or consumers, and neither are patent battles …

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Report looks at financial impact on Google and Apple of falling app store commission rates, amid pushback from devs like Valve, Netflix and regulatory…

Bloomberg : Report looks at financial impact on Google and Apple of falling app store commission rates, amid pushback from devs like Valve, Netflix and regulatory scrutiny   —  - Backlash and workarounds begin to worry Wall Street analyst  — ‘Middlemen distributors’ no longer required, Epic Games says

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