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The Italian tax police seized 46 websites streaming videos in breach of the copyright holders, but is also going after entities "supporting" such sites through banners published on them so starting a new approach in the fight against copyright breaches potentially impacting Internet liability rules. The battle between Italian authorities and piracy websites continues. In 2013 several sites illegally streaming football matches had been blocked and websites allowing the downloading of movies had been first blocked and then released, but the Italian tax police has now adopted an even more stringent approach ordering Italian Internet service providers to block the access to 46 websites streaming videos in breach of the relative copyright holders.  Such a massive seizure had never occurred in Italy, but the...

$ 3 billion will be spent in 2014 on 10 million units of wearable technologies according to a Deloitte report, but the potentials of this market can be seen also through the attempts by tech companies to patent anything connected to them, including the heart gesture made in front of Google Glasses so setting a new approach for the Internet of Things!  

A competitive bid for the assignment of the usage rights of 3 DTT national frequencies in Italy has been launched creating opportunities for new entrants.Operators interested in participating to the bidding process shall submit their application to participate by the 14th of March 2014. This is a great (and long awaited!) opportunity for new comers or investment funds wishing to set up a network operator in Italy, considering that:the existing DTT network operators that already hold three or more multiplexes (Mediaset, RAI and Telecom Italia, i.e. the major Italian network operators) are excluded from the bid, while Sky Italia can only compete for one of the available multiplexes. Accordingly, there will be no competition from the main Italian players; andthe starting price...

32% of the online advertising sector worldwide and, according to estimates, around 50% in Italy is controlled by Google whose search engine is also the primary source of information for 21.5% of Italian users. But the recent regulatory developments in Italy might hamper Google's consolidated market position despite of the good outcome of the decision on Internet liability principles just published. The above information was included in a much broader report issued by the Italian Communications Authority in relation to the sectors of Internet services and online advertising.  Also interestingly enough, this report comes after that Google in 2011 had been forced by the Italian Competition Authority to put in place measures in order to avoid abuses of its dominant position with...

Adding 450 million monthly users to 1.3 bn monthly users costs $19 bn according to Facebook, but also means that the buyer will be able to know about (and benefit from) much more information on its users to be potentially used for advertising purposes. This is what advertisers might be thinking about, but this might be also the concern of the Canadian, the Dutch and the Italian data protection authority that investigated on WhatsApp in 2013.