5 must-read articles for 28 November (Wired UK)


Each morning the WIRED.co.uk news team picks its
favourite need-to-know, interesting or unusual news stories from
around the web. Today, Facebook and Twitter’s confusing terms,
Assad’s evil internet and Black Friday goes global.

1. Social media
told to simplify terms and conditions (BBC)

Social networking
firms including Facebook and Twitter are being told to make it
clearer to members how they collect and use their data.

A report by the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
says the firms’ terms and conditions are far too long and

The MPs say users may not be aware of how their details can be
used by websites and apps.

Any reasonable person would struggle with long privacy policies,
they add.

The committee says reading such documents has been likened to
“engaging with Shakespeare”.

2. Leaked Syrian log files reveal attempts to starve rebels of
information (The Register)

Syria’s Bashar al Assad-led regime blocked scores of legitimate
services and entire network regions in its bid to scrub out access
to sites such as Reddit, Google and Skype, the first analysis of
the nation’s web filtering reveals.

Research by three Sydney researchers from National ICT Australia
(NICTA), together with three French and British colleagues,
examined 600Gbs of Blue Coat System filter logs leaked in 2011 that
they say reveal stealthy and targeted censorship by the Assad

3. Why Apple Failed to Make Sapphire iPhones (MIT Technology

In the year leading up to the release of the iPhone 6, Apple
invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of
the device’s big selling points. Making screens out of the nearly
unscratchable material would have helped set the new phone apart
from its competitors.  

When Apple announced the iPhone 6 this September, however, it
didn’t have a sapphire screen, only a regular glass one. And a
month later, the small New Hampshire-based company chosen to supply
Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, GT Advanced
Technologies, declared bankruptcy.

Recent documents from GT’s bankruptcy proceedings, and
conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT,
provide several clues as to what went wrong.

4. ‘Le Black Friday’ Goes Global With Deals Just a Click Away

Although Londoner Hannah Lyons didn’t have turkey and pumpkin
pie yesterday, she will still be participating in that other
Thanksgiving ritual: Looking for deep discounts at the mall.

“I’ve got my credit card at the ready,” the
30-year-old business fashion student said while shopping at the
Westfield White City mall in London’s Hammersmith borough.

That’s right. Black Friday, the annual rite of retail that
commands American attention the day after Thanksgiving, is catching
on around the world. 

5. After Failed Auction, Record-Holding Game Collection on Sale Again

Earlier this year, the web became abuzz with
news of a record-setting
retro videogame 

collection being auctioned off by a
Buffalo-area game lover and proprietor Michael Thomasson. The
bidding was 
furious and the
winning price came in at a cool $750,250 on 

GameGavel. Many wondered, why after 
certifying it with the Guinness Book of
World Records, would he dream of selling such a

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28 November 2014 | 6:17 am – Source: wired.co.uk


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