THE NEWS WRAP: YouTube gives slow video providers the name-and-shame treatment

YouTube has followed in the footsteps of Netflix and is now publicly shaming internet providers who provide slow video.


When videos have trouble buffering, blur or won’t play at all, YouTube offers a new service which allows them to find out why.


It takes you to a new Google website which displays video playback quality for internet service providers in your area.


Information gathered by NSA on ordinary internet users far outweighs specific targets


Nine out of 10 account holders found in a large cache of conversations intercepted by the NSA were not the intended surveillance targets, according to the results of a four month-investigation by the Washington Post.


The investigation reviewed roughly 160,000 intercepted email and instant message conversations and included medical records sent from one family member to another, resumes from job hunters and academic transcripts of schoolchildren.


Facebook experiments had little oversight


Until recently, Facebook’s Data Science group operated with few boundaries, a former member of the team has told the Wall Street Journal.


At a university, researchers normally have to rely on consent from participants to conduct studies.


Facebook relied on its Terms of Service, which now say that user data may be used for research.


Former Facebook data scientist Andrew Ledvina recalled a minor experiment in which he and a product manager ran a test without telling anyone else at the company.




The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 92.02 to 17,068.26. The Australian dollar is currently trading at US94 cents.


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