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Google spells out email scanning practices in new terms of service

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation.

Google Glass available in US as of April 15

Google will makes it controversial Internet-linked Glass eyewear available for purchase for a limited time in the United States beginning on April 15. Anyone in the United States with $1,500 to spend on Glass will be able to join the ranks of "explorers" who have gotten to test out the devices prior to them hitting the market, the California-based Internet titan said Thursday in a post at Google+ social network. "Our Explorers are moms, artists, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better," Google said in the post.

French group files privacy suit against social networks

France's leading consumer rights group said on Tuesday it had filed suit against Twitter, Facebook and Google accusing the Internet giants of breaching privacy laws. UFC-Que Choisir said it had filed suit in the Paris high court for "abusive" and "illegal" practices in the conditions of use on the Twitter, Facebook and Google+ social networks. The group, which advises consumers about services, products and their rights, warned the companies last summer that it would file suit if they did not address concerns over terms of use and data-collection practices.

Ex-Microsoft employee charged with leaking trade secrets to blogger

(Reuters) - A former employee of Microsoft Corp is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France, U.S. court documents showed. Russian national Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee in Lebanon and Russia, admitted to Microsoft investigators that he provided confidential company documents and information to the blogger, documents from a Seattle federal court showed.

Pandora raises fee for ad-free music service by $1 a month

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc will increase fees for its ad-free service by $1 a month to almost $5 a month in May, a move to cover the rising cost of licensing tunes that may annoy some longtime fans of the popular music-streaming service. The company, which streams music from virtual radio stations to mobile devices such as Apple Inc's iPhone or Google Android smartphones, said in a Tuesday blogpost that royalties paid to artists had risen 53 percent over the past five years and will rise another 9 percent in 2015.

Google, Viacom settle YouTube copyright suit

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant's YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together," a joint statement by the companies said, without offering details. The suit dates back to 2007 when Viacom accused the Google-owned video-sharing division of using pirated video clips to attract viewers.

Google, Viacom settle YouTube copyright suit

Google and Viacom announced a settlement Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the Internet giant's YouTube video-sharing site promoted copyright infringement. "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together," a joint statement by the companies said, without offering details. The suit dates back to 2007 when Viacom accused the Google-owned video-sharing division of using pirated video clips to attract viewers.

Viacom and Google settle $1B lawsuit over alleged YouTube piracy

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Viacom says it's settled its $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. New York-based Viacom Inc. filed the suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Litigation dragged on for years, but a federal judge ruled last year that the online video site didn't have to police itself as long as it removed infringing videos when copyright owners gave it notice.

Viacom and Google settle $1B lawsuit over alleged YouTube piracy

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Viacom says it's settled its $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. New York-based Viacom Inc. filed the suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Litigation dragged on for years, but a federal judge ruled last year that the online video site didn't have to police itself as long as it removed infringing videos when copyright owners gave it notice.

Turkey warns YouTube and Facebook could be banned

Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a number of online leaks added momentum to a spiralling corruption scandal. Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposals to tighten his government's grip over the Internet has generated criticism at home and abroad about rights in the EU-hopeful country "There are new steps we will take in that sphere after March 30... including a ban (on YouTube, Facebook)," Erdogan told private ATV television in an interview late Thursday.
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