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Google unveils tools to prevent ads alongside undesirable content Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:12 pm | Agence France-Presse

Google, which has seen a slew of companies withdraw ads after they appeared alongside extremist content, said Tuesday it was introducing new tools to give firms greater control.

FOCUS | Secrets from smart devices find path to legal system Monday, March 20, 2017 6:51 pm | Agence France-Presse

Vast amounts of data collected from our connected devices are increasingly being used in US legal proceedings to prove or disprove claims by people involved.

GADGETS | Quickie review: Focal Listen Monday, March 20, 2017 5:16 pm | Jing Garcia,

Focal’s is bringing their extremely good sound quality to a wider range of consumers who are willing to pay the price.

IBM launches enterprise-ready blockchain service Monday, March 20, 2017 4:11 pm | Anna Irrera, Reuters

International Business Machines Corp has launched a service that will allow businesses to build applications on its cloud using blockchain code from the Hyperledger Project, the cross-industry group led by the Linux Foundation.

Malaysia’s MYEG partners with Philippine I-Pay to bring e-services to PH govt Monday, March 20, 2017 11:45 am | Tony Maghirang,

I-Pay Ventures Commerce Ventures, Inc. (I-Pay) recently signed a joint-venture agreement with MY E.G. Services Bhd (MYEG) to enable government and large enterprises in the Philippines to offer a Payment Gateway and related value-added online services.

Video games linked to sexism in teenagers: study Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:42 pm | Agence France-Presse

The more time a teenage spends on video gaming, the likelier he or she is to display sexist attitudes and gender stereotypes, a study of thousands of French gaming aficionados has found.

Rails, Ruins, and Re-use: New York’s High Line Greenway

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 2:26 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

The first time I’d heard of the High Line was when my wife Chako’s old college buddy Gabby offered to tour us around it during the second week of last October. We were in New York, visiting friends living in …

The state of the Philippine patent system

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 9:35 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

At this year’s annual assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the role of intellectual property, particularly of the patent system, as a driver of economic growth was highlighted once again. With our Asian …

Should news aggregators such as Google and Yahoo! pay newspapers?

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 2:15 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

This month, I submitted my Master’s Thesis for my LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property and Competition Law at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center. It marks the end of a strenuous one-year program that was also attended by 24 other …

The cybercrime law: Service providers, beware!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:32 pm | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

Much has already been said about the controversial insertion of libel into the recently-enacted “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.” In my opinion, more than the inclusion of libel, the discussion should zero in on the effect of the law on …

Of plagiarism, libel, and the end of freedom of expression as we know it

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:23 am | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

And so it has come to pass. The erstwhile Cybercrime Bill is now signed into law and our online lives will never be the same again. But first, a bit of perspective. In the past few weeks, cyberspace was abuzz …

September 15 is Software Freedom Day

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 5:53 pm | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

September 15 is Software Freedom Day, SFD for short. It’s an annual, international celebration observed on the third Saturday of September (i.e. this coming Saturday) to promote the use of FOSS, or Free Open-Source Software. This September 15, parallel celebrations …

Land of the Cyborgs: Thoughts on MIDI Controllers

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 6:03 pm | Cuture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

I spend most of last week playing with this controller I have: the Novation Launchpad. Essentially, it’s an 8 x 9 grid of lighted buttons that plug into your computer . You can see it in action here. The video …

Sotto and a thing or two about copyright

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 5:41 pm | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

Amid the online outrage against Philippine Senate Majority Leader Sen. Vicente C. Sotto III over claims of plagiarism and copyright infringement, it is high time that we discuss here the basic tenets of copyright, particulary involving the Internet. The senator has been …

Spamming and the liability of service providers

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 4:13 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

Spamming or the unsolicited commercial communications using electronic means is one of the content-related offenses listed in the controversial House Bill No. 5808 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Hands down, spamming is intrusive and is a modern day …

On the Net, Google is god; but is SEO really dying?

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 4:34 pm | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

I woke up to the sound of rain pouring heavily outside my window. It was a wet Sunday afternoon and I was feeling slightly disoriented. I should’ve been somewhere else that day but my head decided to be an ass …

Laboratorium Zero: Art and coding in the Age of Facebook

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 2:58 pm | Cuture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

Last August 1, Tengal (the festival director of the media arts showcase Fete dela WSK) called for people to come to Terminal Garden, (the name he calls his house when it’s functioning as a social center/headquarters for his various projects) …

How should the Cybercrime Bill regulate online defamation?

Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 12:28 pm | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

The House of Representatives recently passed on third and final reading House Bill No. 5808 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. One of the most controversial issues about the bill is the last minute inclusion of cyber threats and …

The hardest button to button. Thoughts on interface design

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:37 am | Culture Tech by Tad Ermitaño

How do you know what is what? Whatever else design is supposed to do, clarifying this question is, to me, one of its most interesting tasks. In fact, you could probably say that its answers to this question are the …

Philippines not a signatory to UN resolution on Internet freedom?

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 1:04 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

The United Nations Human Rights Council has recently adopted its first resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet, almost four months after it held its unprecedented high-level panel discussion on the topic.

How newspapers win or lose over Google in Belgium

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 10:37 am | Euro Connection by Maricel Estavillo

Soon, I will start writing my master’s thesis for my program. It will look into how freedom of expression and intellectual property have shaped the evolving and expanding roles of Internet intermediaries such as social media, blogs and news aggregators …

Racism, lookism and all that shizz in cyberspace

Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 10:29 pm | The Occasional Techie by Al Dimalanta

Race has always been a touchy subject. It’s a topic that’s best left alone unless one is prepared to invite differing, oftentimes scathing, opinions. Recently, cyberspace has come alive again with controversial issues that have moved the opinionated among us …