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A day after promising to remove language suggesting that users’ photos could be resold for profit, Instagram hasn’t tweaked its policies — and users remained skeptical of the company’s explanations.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you know what that means … Black Friday and Christmas shopping, and Black Friday scams.
An anonymous reader writes “Erik Voorhees blogs for bitinstant.com: ‘On Oct 29, 2012, the European Central Bank (ECB) released an official (and very nicely prepared) report called “Virtual Currency Schemes (PDF).” The 55-page report looks at several facets of what virtual currencies are, how they’re being used, and what they can do. As it happens, the term “Bitcoin” appears 183 times. In fact, roughly a quarter of the whole report is specifically dedicated to Bitcoin and it’s probably a safe assumption that Bitcoin’s growth over the past year was the catalyst for producing this study in the first place. The report from the ECB concludes, in part: Virtual currencies fall within central banks’ responsibility due to their characteristics, and Virtual currencies could have a “negative impact on the reputation of central banks.”‘ Could this be the first step toward regulation of the digital currency?”
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Privacy advocates and consumer rights groups are keeping a wary eye on a new copyright enforcement mechanism set to be rolled out by major Internet Service Providers.
Aaron Greenspan, a programmer and web entrepreneur who was a contemporary of Mark Zuckerberg’s while the two were students at Harvard University, has released a new batch of instant message conversations that allegedly took place between himself and Zuckerberg in 2004.
Though Greenspan has been less recognized in the press than the Winklevoss twins, he is not new to claiming that he played a neglected role in the founding of what is currently the largest social network in the world.
Google’s plan to cut 20% of the workforce at Motorola Mobility has reignited internal fears that the Internet giant acquired the mobile device maker primarily for its 17,000 patents.
South Korea’s Communications Commission is wresting control of the domestic cellphone market away from operators. From May 1st, it is opening the handset business open to any vendor, who will sell phones unlocked so consumers can decide their choice of network. The plan is aimed at lowering prices by introducing competition between the retailers — although some voices in the industry have expressed concerns that the operators will withdraw discounted offers in retaliation. Naturally, the KCC is determined to ensure a better deal for consumers, and is already strong-arming wayward networks into ensuring that doesn’t happen.
Oracle's impending upgrade to its support portal promises to deliver a “next-generation” experience, but some users are worried they will endure a fiasco of the sort that occurred with the last revamp of the site.