Channel 4 uses new cookie law to its advantage

As the controversial EU cookie law came into effect last weekend, Channel 4 managed to communicate the idea of collecting user data as part of a positive brand message, with a little help from comedian Alan Carr. See how they did it here… The ‘Viewer Promise’ email...

Google bosses ‘knew about Street View data snooping’

Google could face further legal action for using its Street Cars to harvest data from resident’s unsecured WiFi networks. The details were revealed in a recent US Federal Communications Commission report that found the company’s Street View cars not only...

Rupert Murdoch ‘not fit’ to lead News Corp. say MPs

Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”, MPs have said. The UK culture committee said that the News Corporation chief exhibited “wilful blindness” to what was going on in his media empire and “is...

UK ISPs ordered to block The Pirate Bay

Internet providers in the UK have been forced to stop their users accessing The Pirate Bay file sharing site. The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly pirated free music and video. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent...

Top 5 internet firms ‘only pay 0.8% tax in UK’

The top 5 Internet firms in the UK, Apple, Amazon, Google, eBay and Facebook, have been accused of avoiding some £650m in UK corporation tax during 2010, according to a news report. The Daily Mail reports that the big five internet firms paid 0.8% corporation tax on...

James Murdoch quits as BSkyB boss

James Murdoch has stepped down as chairman of BSkyB, just six weeks after giving up a similar role at News International, following the phone hacking scandal that rocked the News Corp media empire last year. Deputy chairman Nick Ferguson will take over at the helm of...

Google and Apple probed by US completion watchdog

Antitrust regulators investigating Google have asked Apple how it incorporates Google search on its iPad and iPhone, according to a news report. Bloomberg cites two people ‘familiar with the matter’, saying the Federal Trade Commission sent the request for information...

Ofcom gives green light to 4G in UK

Ofcom has provisionally given the greenlight to T-Mobile and Orange’s joint company Everything Everywhere, to use its existing 1800MHz radio spectrum in order to rollout 4G mobile broadband based on either LTE or WiMAX. 4G (fourth generation portable internet) will...

Yahoo sues Facebook for ‘10 patent breaches’

Yahoo! has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social network giant infringed 10 of its patents, in a move that could disrupt the social network’s plans to go public this year. The legal action involves alleged patent infringements covering...

Google privacy policy goes live… despite EU warning

Google has begun to implement its single merged privacy policy for all of its services despite a warning letter from the EU. The combined policy means that user data is shared and linked across more than 60 of Google’s services including Google Mail and YouTube....