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FCC tries to bury finding that Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated 4G coverage

Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular exaggerated their 4G coverage in official filings to the Federal Communications Commission, an FCC investigation found. But FCC officials confirmed that Chairman Ajit Pai does not plan to punish the three carriers in any way. Instead, the FCC intends to issue an enforcement advisory to the broader industry, reminding carriers “of the penalties associated with filings that violate federal law.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://trib.al/kGPa56A

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YouTube confirms it has removed some Trump campaign ads

Google also does not disclose specifics about why an ad may have been taken down. In the transparency tool, blocked ads are covered up by a message explaining that the ads have violated Google’s advertising policies, and links to a page outlining what Google allows and disallows on its platforms. But Google’s tool does not explain what specific policy an offending ad has violated. – Brian Fung, CNN » https://ift.tt/380zVt1

The most gifted streamer on Twitch got mistakenly banned for 5 days, and he responded by dressing as a clown and pretending to be a Twitch staffer

On November 15, the streamer tweeted that he had gotten banned from Twitch, his primary platform, for livestreaming at a restaurant. PayMoneyWubby says he had received permission from the restaurant’s management to do so, but Twitch issued a 14-day suspension on his channel for “invading the privacy of others,” according to a screenshot of an email PayMoneyWubby tweeted out. – Kat Tenbarge, Tech Insider » https://ift.tt/2sbVcPX [photo: PaymoneyWubby/Twitch]

Roku is locking down TV’s until you give personal data.

Disclaimer: by ‘’Lock’’ I mean soft-lock. They do technically allow you to continue without adding the payment, but the options are hidden and only available if you look for them. Dark patterns are absolutely at work here, and unless you factory reset your TV it’s a freaking brick for the majority of people. Your TV is what I will call ‘’BlueBricked’’ – Usejournal.com » https://ift.tt/2ri9LRs

‘Royalty-Free’ Music Supplied By YouTube Results in Mass Video Demonetization

In common with many YouTubers, Matt didn’t want any copyright issues on his channel. So, to play things safely, he obtained the track ‘Dreams‘ by Joakim Karud from YouTube’s very own audio library for use in his intro. Unfortunately, this strategy of obtaining supposedly risk-free music from a legitimate source still managed to backfire. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2NYyROk

PayPal Pulls Out of Pornhub, Hurting ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Performers

Most visitors to Pornhub likely think of it as a website that simply provides access to an endless supply of free porn, but Pornhub also allows performers to upload, sell, and otherwise monetize videos they make themselves. Performers who used PayPal to get paid for this work now have to switch to a different payment method. – Samantha Cole, VICE News » https://ift.tt/2KnS4qg

YouTube Changes Renew Calls For YouTubers To Unionize

Organized by Jörg Sprave, a German YouTuber with over 2.3 million subscribers, FairTube describes itself as “a campaign to get more fairness and transparency for all YouTube Creators” and has support from IG Metall, the largest trade union in the EU. Recently, FairTube and IG Metall claimed they had organized a meeting with YouTube, only for that meeting to fall through because, Sprave said, YouTube told him he had his own contact at the company. (YouTubers generally have specific contacts they’re supposed to reach out to within the company to address specific grievances.) Today, FairTube kicked off a mass letter writing action in response to this. – Nathan Grayson, Kotaku » http://gizmo.do/FG8tye7

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