Online piracy of entertainment continues to grow. The Los Angeles Times reports that a new study suggests the Internet bandwidth to stream and download illegal content has risen 160 per cent since 2010. NetNames, a British company that aims to protect brands, says piracy activities account for 24 per cent of all Internet traffic.
The ombudsman for National Public Radio has weighed in on fledgling Al Jazeera America's sponsorship presence on the radio network. Edward Schumacher-Matos examined complaints that NPR was unpatriotic or naive in accepting the sponsorship support. He said there exists several measures to ensure NPR's journalistic integrity, a wealth of sponsors to ensure none unduly influenced, and that a new voice in the media landscape should not be feared.
The Daily Mail is reporting on a University of Vienna study suggesting Facebook uses are quitting "in droves" over concerns about privacy, social media addiction, and the shallowness of conversations. Meantime, Business Insider notes that Twitter's impending filing of documents to support its initial public offering are bound to reveal an important, central fact: how many Twitter users there truly are. Estimates have ranged from about 200 million to nearly a billion.
Cookies track Internet use, but Google is reportedly working on new technology to enhance personal privacy and gain user permission while sharing enough information with advertisers about Internet tracking. USA Today reports the adID system has its disadvantages (Google and other large companies using it could have more clout), but is seen as a measure to permit users to have more control over how their information is gathered.