Cyberculture agenda: Another secular blogger murdered in Bangladesh… “Vice Staff Unionizes…

Murdered blogger Niladri Chakrabarty Neel, Image by Reza Sumon. Copyright Demotix (7/8/2015)

Murdered blogger Niloy Neel, Image by Reza Sumon. Copyright Demotix (7/8/2015)

Gang armed with machetes kill blogger at his home in Dhaka in the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year.
Vice Staff Unionizes as New Media Gets Old

Vice Staff Unionizes as New Media Gets Old

Vice Media joins Gawker, Salon, and the Guardian US in a growing trend after its US editorial staff voted to unionize


Early Twitter investor Chris Sacca is at it again


The next stage of the Reddit crackdown has begun.


Jim from Open Rights Group writes, “Should file-sharers be threatened with up to 10 years in prison? The UK’s Intellectual Property Office are consulting on this idea.”

Browser Add-On Prevents Data Collection from Ads and Other Hidden Trackers

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today released Privacy Badger 1.0, a browser extension that blocks some of the sneakiest trackers that try to spy on your Web browsing habits.

More than a quarter of a million users have already installed the alpha and beta releases of Privacy Badger. The new Privacy Badger 1.0 includes blocking of certain kinds of super-cookies and browser fingerprinting—the latest ways that some parts of the online tracking industry try to follow Internet users from site to site.

Facebook recently posted a healthy Q2 2015 earnings report – mobile monthly active users were 1.13 billion and 75% of total ad revenue of $4.04 billion was contributed via mobile. This growth is also due to the seriousness that Facebook has shown towards making the News Feed intelligent over time. This year itself Facebook has been quite rampant with occasional tweaks to the News Feed, while keeping both users and brands happy.
YouTube retires its classic 301+ views counter


YouTube 301+ view counts, we hardly knew youYouTube is retiring the 301+ views quirk — which was previously used as a placeholder until YouTube could verify the number of views a video received — and moving to a real-time viewing algorithm.

After extensive amounts of Hacking Team’s internal data leaked online recently, researchers have been combing through it to find what kind of attacks the company was using.

Given that it’s 2015, and we have been logging onto the world wide web for decades, you’d assume people would have a healthy grasp on what makes a good password by now. But no, that doesn’t appear to be the case — if the list of the 25 most popular passwords of 2014 is anything to go by, anyway.

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