In today’s summary, The Telegraph takes a look at the Terms and Conditions used on Social Networks, asking if anyone ever reads Facebook’s 14,000 word Terms and Conditions Opus before clicking that they accept them. While it refers t0 the recent difficulties Instagram encountered, there is not actually much that is new here, the with point made again that on most networks when you upload a photo it either becomes the property of the network or is covered by such far reaching terms as far as what the network can do with it that it may as well own it, as is the case with twitter.
CNET looks at Android, who now have around 60% of the UK smartphone market, asking whether Google will settle on Android or Chrome as its operating system. Given that, like the majority, I have an Android phone and tablet, it is interesting to see their view that Android and Chrome OS will collide if a year or two. Whether this will improve the chances of Apps being developed more easily remains to be seen, as the BBC has today illustrated as it has launched its BBC Sport App for the Iphone that developing an Android App is much more difficult to do due to the various different evolutions of Android in use. As usual, Android users are left waiting, and the vague assurance that it is to follow is not comforting given that they new I-Player including the Digital Radio App for Android is yet to appear from the BBC despite being out for several months on the I-phone.
The Telegraph also reports how the 4 Million users of French ISP Free have had adverts blocked by default following the ISP’s most recent update. Advertisers and users seem to be angered by this move in equal measure, which has heavily affected Google Search results and the use of You – Tube in France.
Meanwhile in Freedom of Information News, the Daily Record reports that the Scottish Information Commissioner has ordered the Scottish Government to publish details from the diary of one of Alex Salmond’s advisors. The Government has refused the FOI request on the ground that it exceeded the £600 limit by £52, but the order by the Scottish ICO suggests that the diary will be published which may contain details of meetings with SNP backers including donors and News International who have been very vocal in their support of the SNP.
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