News of the Week; November 7, 2018


  1. CRTC Chair Opens the Door to Weakening Canadian Net Neutrality Rules (Michael Geist)
  2. Supreme Court rejects industry challenge of 2015 net neutrality rules
  3. Supreme Court Rejects Telecom Industry Calls To Hear Net Neutrality Case… For Now
  4. California Net Neutrality Law Put On Hold Pending Federal Litigation  
  5. As The “Net Neutrality” World Turns . . . .
  6. Lawmaker who wants paid fast lanes on Internet wins US Senate seat
  7. All The Mergers In The World Apparently Can’t Save AT&T From Cord Cutting
  8. AT&T Blackout Of HBO On Dish Highlights Perils Of Megamerger Mania 
  9. Cable’s Top Lobbyist Again Calls For Heavier Regulation Of Silicon Valley
  10. Verizon Just Obliterated Ajit Pai’s Justification For Killing Net Neutrality
  11. Ajit Pai slams Sprint, Charter, and CenturyLink for poor robocall effort
  12. FCC Pretends To Hold Carrier Feet To The Fire On Robocalls
  13. How robocall spam and cheap tech are screwing with political polls 
  14. Digital Businesses Beware: You Could be Liable for the Anti-Spam Violations of Others
  15. Charter Spectrum’s CEO Continues To Whine About Streaming Password Sharing
  16. Another Study Shockingly Discovers That Cable TV Needs To Compete On Price


  1. As Canadian ISPs Requested, Canada Get Proposed Law To Ban Copyright Settlement Letters
  2. AT&T steps up copyright enforcement, kicks customers off network
  3. Small And Medium Publishers Protest EU Link Tax, Which Will Harm Them, While Helping Only Large Publishers
  4. Section 230 Doesn’t Support Habeus Petition by ‘Revenge’ Pornographer–Bollaert v. Gore (Eric Goldman)
  5. Gab is back a week after Pittsburgh shooting controversy forced it offline
  6. As He Staves Off T-Series, PewDiePie Isn’t Finished Crossing YouTube Milestones Yet
  7. Chrome 71 will block any and all ads on sites with “abusive experiences”
  8. YouTube Music Chief Lyor Cohen Joins Chorus Of Execs, Creators Denouncing Article 13
  9. YouTube’s head of music warns that EU’s Article 13 is detrimental to remixes, fan videos: Lyor Cohen is the most recent YouTube executive to speak out
  10. YouTube’s ‘Edge Of Seventeen’ Marks Latest In A String Of Series From Female-Led Creative Teams
  11. Anna Kendrick To Star In YouTuber-Filmmaker Joe Penna’s Second Feature Film ‘Stowaway’
  12. Most Parents Who Let Their Kids Watch YouTube Have Encountered Disturbing Videos (Study)
  13. YouTube Has Paid Out More Than $3 Billion To Copyright Holders Through Content ID 
  14. YouTube paid $3 billion to copyright owners through Content ID: Google said its anti-piracy efforts are doing very well.
  15. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Becomes YouTube’s Most-Viewed Music Video From The ‘70s Ahead Of Queen Biopic 
  16. Vancouver School District and City of Vancouver Launch FuturePLAY, a STEAM Program with BroadbandTV 
  17. VSauce2 Launches Create Unknown Podcast About The Business Of Being A YouTuber
  18. Disney Digital Network Lays Off A Number Of Employees As Part Of Shifting Focus To SVOD
  19. TanaCon Organizer Files For Bankruptcy, Will Release His Own Documentary About Ill-Fated Event
  20. Logan Paul Says Being Axed From ‘Google Preferred’ In January Has Cost Him $5 Million
  21. FaZe Clan Is Hiring A House Manager To Oversee Its Growing Fleet Of Creator Mansions
  22. Mixer introduces new monetization for streamers  
  23. The Privacy Battle To Save Google From Itself
  24. Google Patents Eye-Tracking System To Read Expressions For VR 
  25. The Next Level Of Tech Activism: Google Employees Walk Out, Demand Changes From Management
  26. Thousands of Google employees slam execs’ response to sexual misconduct
  27. We’re the Organizers of the Google Walkout. Here Are Our Demands
  28. Vice Media President Andrew Creighton Exits Months After Sexual Harassment Investigation
  29. Vice Media is cutting its staff by up to 15% amid missed revenue and a traffic slump
  30. Nancy Dubuc: Vice Will Be Profitable ‘Within a Fiscal Year’ 
  31. Pet Influencers Can Command $15,000 Per Instagram Post, Says Top Animal Talent Manager
  32. Snapchat’s PR Firm Sues Influencer For Breaching Terms Of $60,000 Brand Deal
  33. Company Sues Influencer for Failing to Influence 
  34. Snapchat to Launch Three More Series From Barcroft Media
  35. On eve of US elections, Facebook pulls down 115 “inauthentic” accounts
  36. Facebook Takes Down 115 Accounts Possibly Linked to Russia Hours Before Polls Open 
  37. We Tested Facebook’s Ad Screeners and Some Were Too Strict: The platform mistook a disabled veterans fundraiser for a political ad.
  38. We posed as 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.
  39. Don’t Leave It All to Facebook: The U.S. Should Do More To Protect Our Data Privacy
  40. TikTok Tops App Charts, Beating Out YouTube, Facebook, Instagram In Number Of October Downloads
  41. Will ‘Deepfakes’ Disrupt The Midterm Election?
  42. Our lack of interest in data ethics will come back to haunt us
  43. Copyright Office Extends Anti-Circumvention DMCA Exemptions To All Filmmakers, Not Just Documentarians 
  44. After Being Sued To Block Sci-Hub; Swedish ISP Blocks Court’s And Elsevier’s Website In Protest
  45. Crypt TV Teams With Netflix On Horror Anthology Series ‘Don’t Watch This’
  46. Free Flickr accounts slashed to 1,000 pictures; the rest will be deleted
  47. Flickr Is Going to Delete a Bunch of Photos—Back Up Yours Now
  48. You can now share IGTV videos to your Instagram Story
  49. Apple’s heart study is the biggest ever, but with a catch
  50. Apple Stock Drops After Company Announces No Growth in iPhone Sales
  51. While iPhone sales remain stagnant, Apple services hit $10 billion in revenue
  52. Report: Apple Nearly Acquired Leap Motion but the Deal Fell Through
  53. Satya Nadella: The cloud is going to move underwater 
  54. Red Hat Hysteria: Aren’t We Past The Point Of Being Surprised That ‘Free’ Is A Part Of The Business Model? 
  55. Bell Says Latest Helicopter was Designed 10 Times Faster With VR
  56. Defendant Can’t Send Virtual Gambling Claims to Arbitration 
  57. AI Meets IP: The patent challenge
  58. We Need an FDA For Algorithms: UK mathematician Hannah Fry on the promise and danger of an AI world.
  59. Should a Self-Driving Car Kill the Baby or the Grandma? Depends on Where You’re From: The infamous “trolley problem” was put to millions of people in a global study, revealing how much ethics diverge across cultures
  60. Winklevoss twins claim famed crypto evangelist stole 5,000 bitcoins from them
  61. Lawyer: My client didn’t steal 5,000 bitcoins, “Period”
  62. Our Music Festival- Empowering a Decentralized Fanbase with Blockchain 
  63. Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy
  64. The Case For Giving Robots An Identity
  65. Restaurants have strict standards to protect customers. Tech platforms don’t
  66. New York Lawmakers Want Social Media History To Be Included In Gun Background Checks
  67. Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Airbnb Has the Potential to Change Online Marketplaces–Harrington v. Airbnb (Eric Goldman)
  68. Making Sense of the Canadian Digital Tax Debate, Part 5: Income Tax Reform to Support the News Media (Michael Geist)
  69. Making Sense of the Canadian Digital Tax Debate, Part 6: Ensuring Internet Companies Pay Their Fair Share of Income Tax (Michael Geist)
  70. A Victory for Software Preservation: DMCA Exemption Granted for SPN
  71. Big Boost For Open Access As Wellcome And Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Back EU’s ‘Plan S’


  1. Massive Canadian IP Law Reform in a Budget Bill – Throwing Parliamentary Scrutiny Under the Omnibus Bus with Bill C-86
  2. Bill C-86: Shaking Up Canada’s IP Legislation 
  3. No Need for New Internet Injunctions: Why Canadian Copyright Law Already Provides Rights Holders with the Legal Tools They Need (Michael Geist)
  4. U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: Intellectual Property Provisions for the Modern Age
  5. Russian Government Hits Last Independent News Outlet With A $338,000 Fine
  6. HBO Would Like Donald Trump to Stop Using Game of Thrones Memes to Stoke Fear Ahead of Elections [Updated]
  7. HBO twitchs Trump’s Game of Thrones-tinged tweet a “misappropriation” of trademark
  8. Conservative Magazine Tweets That President Trump Is Going to Hell
  9. An expert on ‘dangerous speech’ explains how Trump’s rhetoric and the recent spate of violence are and aren’t linked
  10. Another Lawsuit And Another Loss For Plaintiffs Trying To Make Twitter Pay For Terrorism
  11. New Report Details Massive Mysterious Influence Campaign On Twitter
  12. Trump has Twitter. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is winning Instagram
  13. Why The Whole Freaking World Knows That Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Hates Being Called Fartenberry
  14. Notorious patent enforcement entity values its entire portfolio at $2, folds


  1. New data shows China has “taken the gloves off” in hacking attacks on US
  2. How did Iran find CIA spies? They Googled it
  3. The upshot of GDPR: Programmatic ad rates are rising
  4. Hackers Published Private Messages From 81,000 Facebook Users
  5. Police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking pricey IronChat crypto app
  6. Cyber-attackers could exploit security flaw found in the embedded video function of Microsoft Word
  7. Wyden Unveils Plan to Protect Private Data, Restore ‘Do Not Track,’ and Jail Reckless CEOs
  8. Bluetooth bugs bite millions of Wi-Fi APs from Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba
  9. Proposed data privacy law could send company execs to prison for 20 years
  10. California Passes Internet of Things Law 
  11. New Senate report on cyber security should “keep you up at night”
  12. Georgia’s Brian Kemp And The No Good, Very Bad Claim That Democrats Were Hacking Voter Registration System
  13. Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy (Henry Farrell & Bruce Schneier)


  1. Tencent will use police databases to restrict playtime in China
  2. Tencent to run player ID checks across its entire portfolio in China: “Healthy gaming” system to expand beyond Honor of Kings in 2019, to allay the government’s addiction fears
  3. Riot Games sued over allegations of sexual harassment, pay disparity
  4. Current and former employees file class action lawsuit against Riot Games
  5. Riot Games faces class-action suit for discrimination, harassment: One current, one former employee allege company denied equal pay, stifled careers based on their gender
  6. He Helped People Cheat at Grand Theft Auto. Then His Home Was Raided: A gamer in Melbourne has had his assets frozen in connection with a popular video game cheat. He’s one of many being sued by game companies worldwide, raising questions about copyright
  7. Bizarre: TrustedReviews Pulls Website Reporting on ‘Red Dead’ Leak, Pays More Than A Million To Charities Of Rockstar’s Choice
  8. Take-Two Interactive raises financial outlook due to Red Dead Redemption II
  9. NBA 2K19 and GTA Online drive Take-Two results: Digital sales continue to accelerate
  10. British Website Forced To Pay $1.3 Million Over Red Dead Redemption 2 Leak
  11. TI Media donates $1.3 million as apology for leaking internal Take-Two documents
  12. Take-Two, TrustedReviews reach legal settlement over Red Dead Redemption 2 leak: ‘Over £1 million’ settlement to be directed to three charities after February article leak of confidential document
  13. Red Dead Redemption 2 scores 2018’s biggest second week at UK retail: Football Manager 2019 comes in at No.9 in physical form
  14. Rockstar Ports Its Old, Antiquated, Flawed Censorial Blacklist For Player Chat Into New ‘Red Dead Redemption’ Game
  15. Twitch users spent 34M hours watching Black Ops 4 on launch week
  16. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sees 34m hours of Twitch viewership during launch week – Gamoloco – Battle royale mode drove 270% increase over WWII’s launch
  17. Microsoft’s Twitch Competitor Mixer Rolls Out Hefty Update With More Ways For Creators To Make Money And More Ways For Viewers To Engage
  18. Rainbow 6 Siege Will Remove Sex And Gambling References Globally
  19. Visual tweaks hit Rainbow Six Siege ahead of release in Asian countries
  20. Ubisoft removing references to gambling, skulls for global Rainbow Six Siege release: Expansion to Asia to come with aesthetic game changes for “single, global vision” of the game
  21. Just Dance 2019 under fire for advertising paid subscription in ‘Kids Mode’
  22. Ubisoft reworking Just Dance kids mode after parental complaint over subscription ads: Calls for younger users to sign up to Unlimited service prompt apology from publisher
  23. How to handle entitled gamers when announcing a mobile game: Blizzard isn’t the first games giant to have to manage its fans when moving to smartphones
  24. Blizzard announces its first mobile Diablo game
  25. Blizzard’s Diablo mobile game meets community backlash: NetEase co-developed Diablo Immortal sparks online petition, Blizzard categorises response as fan “passion”
  26. Activision Blizzard stock tumbles following Diablo Immortal backlash: Share price takes 6.74% hit to close out day at lowest point since January
  27. Blizzard’s long-awaited World of Warcraft Classic releases next summer
  28. World of Warcraft: Classic free to WoW subscribers – Recreation of original World of Warcraft due out in summer 2019
  29. Blizzard’s Overwatch League is making big changes with player wellness in mind: Season 2 will have more teams and fewer games
  30. Turtle Beach revenue up 107% to $74.4m in latest quarterly financials: Popularity of battle royale games drive strong headset sales
  31. Fallout 76 beta: Bethesda extends UK time after bug deletes game from PCs – A bug managed to delete the whole of the Fallout 76 beta from people’s PCs and they were not happy
  32. Sony keeping Warhawk, other PS3 game servers live through January [Updated]
  33. PUBG’s “console exclusivity” may soon end, as loud hints of a PS4 version mount
  34. As PUBG for PS4 looms, Xbox unofficially responds: have the game for free
  35. Feature erosion watch: Xbox One loses broadcast TV streaming on iOS/Android – iOS and Android apps no longer able to receive antenna TV signals through console
  36. “Companies don’t care about your games. People care about your games”: At Melbourne Games Week, Nick Suttner and Ken Wong advised developers not to see storefronts as monoliths – find the people that work there, and make them your champions
  37. Back from the dead: The people keeping old MMOs alive: Dozens of dead or abandoned MMOs are kept alive by teams of volunteers, many of whom struggle with the legal and financial implications of the task
  38. Dude, Where’s My Money? Part One: The Science of Steam
  39. Dude, Where’s My Money? Part Two: Divvying up the Loot – AurumDust’s Nikolay Bondarenko offers advice on Steam’s tools, key resellers, and how to work with the growing legion of storefronts
  40. 5 years into Early Access, DayZ hits beta ahead of a planned 1.0 release this year
  41. A ridiculously in-depth look at the email marketing ofBoyfriend Dungeon
  42. Starbreeze Studios pre-tax loss triples to $11.3m in Q3 2018: Payday 2 accounts for two-thirds of company’s Q3 revenue as it prepares to launch Overkill’s The Walking Dead
  43. Pokemon GO earned $73 million in October: Earnings represent 67% year-over-year increase, edges Niantic’s title over Fortnite for mobile revenue
  44. Junichi Masuda likely stepping away from director role on future Pokemon games: After Let’s Go!, Masuda to allow “younger generation” to steer the series
  45. Apptopia October report: Asian developers dominate the top new games on iOS and Android – Games from Asian markets account for nine of the top ten new games on App Store in terms of IAP spending
  46. Newzoo lowers global games forecast for 2018 to $134.9 Billion: China’s licensing freeze, mobile copycat fatigue bring mobile market predictions down by $7 billion
  47. Bringing feudal Japan to life in Ghost of Tsushima: Sucker Punch creative director Nate Fox discusses ensuring the game’s setting is authentic, despite the appeal of the romantic imagery
  48. DeNA bringing Tencent’s Arena of Valor to Japan: Mobile specialist will handle operational support, marketing and localisation for the region
  49. Report: Japan’s mobile game creators are losing out to China, South Korea
  50. Capcom will focus on PC for the future of Monster Hunter: World
  51. Capcom considering more cloud games despite Resident Evil 7 shortcomings: Streamed Switch version of horror hit “did not have a significant impact on earnings”, but publisher still sees promise in the technology
  52. Brexit will cause ‘serious harm’ to the UK games industry: White paper from Games4EU suggests consumers will take financial hit while industry suffers ‘brain drain’ and ‘cultural diminishment’
  53. Profits down at Sega despite upswing in packaged game sales
  54. Sega’s H1 games results stagnate on lack of new releases: New Football Manager and Total War games promise a stronger H2
  55. Ingress Prime launches today, first major live events imminent: Niantic also planning Netflix series, web series to develop the game’s plot
  56. Old School RuneScape mobile debuts with over one million installs: iOS launch more than doubles mobile audience, brings game to #1 in the App Store in eight countries
  57. Nintendo to remove offensive Native American designs from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  58. Nintendo Says It Will Remove Racist Native American Animation From Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  59. Nintendo apologizes for Native American caricature: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate callback to 1982 Game & Watch title will see animation changed as company says it “does not represent our company values today”
  60. Super Mario Party passes 1.5 million sales in under a month
  61. Super Mario Party sells 1.5m units in release month: Joy-Con sales driven up by game’s strong performance, says Nintendo
  62. Mario Segale, namesake for Nintendo’s mascot, dies at 84
  63. Obituary: Mario Segale, the real-life namesake of Super Mario, has passed away
  64. Top Twitch Streamer Ninja Talks Planning For A Future Without ‘Fortnite’
  65. Fortnite has been downloaded by half of all Nintendo Switch owners: Epic’s game has been a hit with console’s 22 million-strong audience
  66. Tech billionaire Tej Kohli launches €50 million European esports investment fund: Esports Insider co-founder and managing director Sam Cooke brought on as adviser to Rewired GG
  67. Discord acquires Blitz Esports, closes content platform: Eight editorial team members let go in transition, League of Legends app to continue under new owner
  68. Malaysian government pledges $2.4m for esports in 2019: National budget will boost local esports scene, Razer CEO pledges to match the investment
  69. Danish prime minister opens Counter-Strike esports tournament – Lars Løkke Rasmussen: “You are truly sportsmen following your dreams”
  70. Bat, ball and keyboard? The expansion of traditional athletic organisations into esports
  71. Diablo III leads our list of older games born anew on Nintendo Switch
  72. Survey: Teens spend an average of $184 on video games a year
  73. Study: Tetris is a great distraction for easing an anxious mind
  74. Video: Experimental approaches to improving peer feedback in games
  75. Zynga enjoys best mobile performance in company history: Mobile revenue reaches $212 million in Q3 2018
  76. Candy Crush Friends Saga surpasses $10 million: King’s most recent Candy Crush entry’s launch driven by US, Android users
  77. Sales and profits down at Square Enix as console titles falter
  78. Square Enix wants new studio Luminous to focus solely on triple-A
  79. Square Enix reports $33m extraordinary loss as new AAA studio shifts focus: Half-year financial results also show declines across the board despite Tomb Raider and Octopath Traveller launches
  80. Square Enix picks up 20% stake in Battalion 1944 dev Bulkhead Interactive
  81. Square Enix buys 20% of Battalion 1944 developer Bulkhead
  82. Record bookings drive Glu Mobile ever closer to profit in Q3: Design Home, Tap Sports Baseball and Covet Fashion represented 79% of all bookings
  83. Blog: A case for single-player matchmaking
  84. Swiss studio wins Universal GameDev Contest: Gbanga awarded $150,000 and one-year consulting contract with Universal for Voltron: Cubes of Olkarion
  85. How to design for coziness…and kindness: Tanya X. Short, Rebecca Cordingley, and other developers of “cozy” games explain why and how they make their games safe, familiar and intimate
  86. Kartridge, Kongregate’s game platform with generous rev share, launches in open beta
  87. Oculus co-founder: “Free is still not cheap enough” for current VR tech
  88. Blizzard’s Hearthstone reaches 100 million registered players 
  89. How bad crediting hurts the game industry and muddles history
  90. A look back at the top-selling games of the ’90s


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