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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 06/19/2013

The Circuit: Firefox moves forward with Do Not Track

Firefox moves ahead with Do Not Track: Mozilla officials aid Wednesday that they will move ahead with plans to block third-party cookies by default, The Washington Post reported.

The non-profit organization makes the Firefox browser first eluded to the possibility in February that it would block cookies. That prompted complaints from advertising executives who said such a policy would substantially harm online advertising revenues.

According to the report, Mozilla also is planning to add limits on cookies placed by sites to which users intentionally navigate. That features is still in testing phases.

Google challenging gag order: Google on Tuesday asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to provide the public with more information on what data it is forced to share with the government.

As The Washington Post reported, the unusual legal filing came after days of discussions between technology firms and the U.S. government about what details the companies can release in the wake of revelations about the National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance program.

In the filing, Google invoked the First Amendment guarantee to free speech and said that the current rules governing what it can report about these requests are too vague.

“Google’s users are concerned about the allegations. Google must respond to such claims with more than generalities,” the filing said.

International regulators ask for more info on Google Glass: International privacy regulators have asked Google for more information on privacy issues that may be raised by its Glass headset, and requests that Google engage in a “real dialogue” about the product, said Jennifer Stoddart, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Stoddart is one of several international data protection and privacy officials who signed the letter, along with commissioners from Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel, Switzerland and the European Union’s Article 29 Working Party.

Last month, member of Congress also sent a letter to Google asking about privacy concerns.

Google said in a statement that it was “thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues. Our Glass Explorer program, which reaches people from all walks of life, will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology.”

Apple adds HBO, ESPN to Apple TV: Apple announced Wednesday that it will be bringing video content from HBO and ESPN through their video apps to its Apple TV set-top box.

The HBO Go and Watch ESPN video apps will be available directly through Apple TV to customers with a subscription to the channels, Apple said in a statement. The company also announced partnerships with Sky News, the anime, Japanese and Korean video site Crunchyroll, and the music and concert-focused Qello channel.

The partnerships with HBO and ESPN are major additions for Apple TV — a successful but not heavily promoted product that the company’s executives still refer to as a “hobby.” 

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