Ars Technica

Facebook’s emotional experiments on users aren’t all bad

[Commentary] Facebook scared some of its privacy-conscious users by revealing that it performed a scientific study on manipulating the emotional content of users' News Feeds.

Comcast raises your electric bill by turning router into a public hotspot

Since 2013, Comcast's wireless gateways have by default broadcast a second signal that turns each customer's modem and router into a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

We don’t need net neutrality; we need competition

[Commentary] The network neutrality debate is a muddy one at best, with different people using the term in different ways. Regulatory enforcement of the idea would at best prove inadequate to achieve what people want.

Courts may hear challenges to secret cell tracking devices after new ruling

Legal experts say that the landmark Supreme Court decision protecting cell phone privacy does not have any immediate implications for the use of cell tracking devices, known as stingrays.

German publishers want Google to pay 11 percent for quoting them

Several of Germany's largest newspaper and magazine publishers have instituted legal proceedings against Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

Artists who don’t sign with YouTube’s new subscription service to be blocked

YouTube is getting ready to block music videos from artists that haven't agreed to the contract terms for its upcoming subscription service, the Financial Times reported.

Gov’t must give up 5 secret surveillance docs for court to review, judge orders

In a key transparency case, a federal judge has ordered the United States government to hand over four orders and one opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) published in secret between 2005 and 2008.

Tapped in: How your phone gives you up to companies and criminals

[Commentary] A lot has been done to secure major Web services and Internet applications, particularly on the PC.

Satellite company gets government OK to sell higher-resolution images

DigitalGlobe, the only American provider of high-resolution satellite imagery, announced that it had received permission from the United States Department of Commerce to sell its “highest-quality” images.

With the Americas running out of IPv4, it’s official: The Internet is full

In April, ARIN, the (North) American Registry for Internet Numbers, announced that it had reached "phase 4" of its IPv4 countdown plan, with fewer than 17 million IPv4 addresses remaining.