What am I reading today? 17 Dec 2016

Shelves of books in Stockholm library
What am I reading today?

Here are some of the stories that caught my attention this week:


Australia’s banks continue to get on the tech bandwagon: NAB is creating an API developer portal‘ to share ATM and forex data, while Suncorp named Microsoft Australia’s managing director as that bank’s new innovation CEO.

Yahoo disclosed a second major hack in which an “unauthorized third party” stole data from more than 1B user accounts.

​Visa and MasterCard joined forces for payment tokenisation. This is a good step, even if it comes too late to protect my credit card from being skimmed.

Telecommunications & Broadband 

The Australian Government will replace the NBN cross-subsidy with a new AU$7 monthly broadband tax, in order to put wholesale NBN and retail fibre services on the same playing field.

Sen. Mitch Fifield was concerned the mooted domestic mobile roaming regime would leave Australian taxpayers funding rural coverage.

Meanwhile, Canadian taxpayers will actually pay $500 million to deliver broadband to 300 rural and remote communities.

Intellectual Property

The “Barossa Signature” wine trade mark litigation was bottled up: The Federal Court held that Pernod Ricard’s (owner of the Jacobs Creek wine empire) use of BAROSSA SIGNATURE on its wines was not deceptively similar to Yalumba’s registered Australian trade mark no. 805652, THE SIGNATURE. 

The US White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator has released a strategy document (PDF) about Internet regulation through “private agreements”.  You can read the EFF’s take on it: White House IP Czar Promotes Shadow Regulation of the Internet

Fashionista has published a very readable primer on copyright, trademark and patent law in the fashion sector.


You might know that home digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, record what you say to them, but Wired looks at what happens to your data?

A court in the US state of Florida has ruled that police can force you to surrender your phone passcode in very specific circumstances.

After a “revolt” by users, Evernote has backtracked on its proposed privacy policy change (tempest in a teacup, if you ask me).

Just when you thought NAB was getting its arms around this technology stuff… NAB sent details of 60,000 customers to the wrong email address. To avoid a privacy lawsuit, Google will wait until email arrives in your inbox before scanning it for advertising keywords.