Internet Marketing News

The latest online marketing news for 2016.

We will be compiling news from the Digital Marketing world as well as some of the latest Internet News and Trends here.

The latest News from the Guardian Internet Editorials can be viewed below:

  • Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:44:26 +0000: Government hints Huawei will be given role in UK's 5G network - Internet | The Guardian

    No 10 source says it would not be viable to exclude Chinese firm despite US warnings

    The government has hinted strongly that it will allow the Chinese firm Huawei some role in the UK’s 5G mobile network, despite warnings from the US that doing so could compromise security.

    A Downing Street source said while no decision had yet been made, it was not viable for the US to seek to exclude Huawei from the UK given the lack of alternative suppliers for the British market.

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  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:30:30 +0000: Petflix and chill: does your dog need a streaming service? - Internet | The Guardian

    The attention economy has turned its eye to a new audience: household pets

    Has it ever occurred to you that your dog might like to watch television? Or that maybe your cat could be into music?

    Spotify has just announced that it will design a special playlist specifically for your dog, cat or hamster. You simply log in, answer a few questions about your pet’s personality (whether they’re relaxed or energetic; shy or friendly), upload a picture and wait while the app scans your existing music catalogue to curate a playlist.

    Related: I don't have a favourite dog or child. Any more | Paul Daley

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  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:00:28 +0000: Present.Perfect. review – China's livestreamers looking for love - Internet | The Guardian

    This eerie documentary dives deep into the hundreds of millions of online attention-seekers desperate to make contact via tales of the bizarre and mundane

    Shengzhe Zhu’s interesting and at times eerie documentary is an edited curation of hundreds of hours of live-stream videos in China. People (or “anchors”) broadcast themselves doing interesting or mundane or bizarre things and sometimes achieve massive followings. Their audiences interact with the livestreamers in real time with comments and requests and donations of virtual gift icons that can be redeemed for cash.

    This is a social-media attention economy in action, and in recent years it’s grown to be an extraordinary phenomenon in China, with more than 400 million livestreamers in 2017, before the government started cracking down, ostensibly because of a tragic accident in which someone fell to his death while attempting to live video himself doing pull-ups from the edge of a skyscraper.

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  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:27:12 +0000: Greenwald charges are ‘existential threat’ to journalism in Brazil, says Edward Snowden - Internet | The Guardian

    Prosecutors’ decision to charge US journalist with cybercrimes decried as abuse of power

    Press and internet freedom advocates – including Edward Snowden – have criticised a decision by Brazilian federal prosecutors to charge the journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes as a blatant abuse of power and an existential threat to investigative reporting in the country.

    Prosecutors claimed on Tuesday that Greenwald, 52, “helped, encouraged and guided” a group of hackers who obtained phone messages between key figures in a sweeping Brazilian anti-corruption investigation.

    Related: Brazil's charges against Glenn Greenwald reek of authoritarianism | Trevor Timm

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  • Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:01:10 +0000: Watchdog cracks down on tech firms that fail to protect children - Internet | The Guardian

    Sites must assess content for sexual abuse and suicide risk or face fines of up to £17m

    Technology companies will be required to assess their sites for sexual abuse risks, prevent self-harm and pro-suicide content, and block children from broadcasting their location, after the publication of new rules for “age-appropriate design” in the sector.

    The UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which was tasked with creating regulations to protect children online, will enforce the new rules from autumn 2021, after one-year transition period. After which companies that break the law can face sanctions comparable to those under GDPR, including fines of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover.

    Related: Think twice before you share our faces online, say children

    a requirement to default privacy settings to high, unless there is a compelling reason not to;

    orders to switch off geolocation by default, and to turn off visible location tracking at the end of every session;

    a block on using “nudge techniques to lead or encourage children to provide unnecessary personal data or weaken or turn off their privacy protections”;

    a requirement on sites to uphold their stated terms, policies and community standards.

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