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Dec. 2, 2014

Tumblr overtakes Instagram as fastest-growing social platform, Snapchat is the fastest-growing app
Tech Crunch
With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world's largest social network by some margin, but when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr's active user base in the last six months grew by 120 per cent, while Facebook's grew by only 2 per cent.More

Top 7 online marketing trends that will dominate 2015
Forbes
Changes and advancements in the digital marketing field are accelerating, and it can be hard for the casual observer to keep up. So, as we near the end of 2014, let's review the marketing trends we've seen this year, as well as what we can expect in 2015.More

U.K. steps up pressure on Internet firms to do more in terror fight
The Wall Street Journal
Britain is taking a lead in a battle with Internet companies over how much responsibility they should have in helping combat terrorist activity amid political accusations that one U.S. firm could have helped prevent a deadly attack in London last year. The growing debate in the U.K. is the latest face-off between European authorities and U.S. Internet companies over a wide range of issues, from privacy concerns to allegations that some firms are abusing their market dominance. The most recent dispute goes to the heart of an issue of particular political sensitivity: national security. More

RCMP drops some internet-related probes following Supreme Court ruling
CBC News
The RCMP has abandoned some investigations because of a key Supreme Court ruling that said police require a warrant or other legal tool to obtain basic internet subscriber information, an internal government memo says. The Mounties and Canada's spy and border agencies are "very concerned" about increased paperwork and delays now involved in obtaining such information, the newly disclosed memo says.More

Half of the world will be using the Internet by 2018
Trusted Reviews
Around half of the world's entire population will be accessing the internet at least once a month by 2018, according to new estimates. eMarketer has revealed that in three years time, somewhere around 3.6 billion people will be denizens of the web. The earth's entire population was just over 7.1 billion in 2013, so a healthy chunk of our planet will have access to all the latest cat memes. What's more, the research team also revealed the number of internet users worldwide would top 3 billion in 2015 for the first time ever.More

Study: Netflix streaming eats up 35 per cent of downstream Internet traffic
Toronto Sun
Netflix's video-streaming service continues to be the most bandwidth-hungry application on the Internet, now accounting for a whopping 34.9 per cent of all downstream traffic during peak periods on North American broadband networks, according to a new study. The No. 1 subscription-video service outstripped all other services in terms of bandwidth consumption, as measured over a one-month period this fall by bandwidth-management vendor Sandvine.More

We can have faster internet, or more competitive internet, but getting both is hard
Vox
People want today's broadband market to be competitive and reasonably priced. They also want tomorrow's networks to be faster than today's. The big challenge for regulators is that these goals are in conflict. Some countries try to deal with the first problem — lack of competition — by forcing incumbents to share a portion of their networks with competitors at regulated rates. More

Businesses shifting apps to the Internet
WhaTech
Within 12 months almost half of all businesses will have the majority of their business applications on the Internet, up from less than 20 per cent of apps today, according to a survey. The research shows that companies are increasingly transitioning to delivering and consuming business applications via the Internet. Although 50 per cent of respondents report running less than 20 per cent of their business applications over the Internet today, 43 per cent expect to deliver the majority of their applications over the Internet in the next year.More

New Sony Pictures movies leaked online following recent hack
Digital Trends
The hack that hit Sony Pictures last week has reportedly led to the leak of at least five of its latest movies, with copyright-infringing download sites seeing rampant activity in connection with the titles. Movies nabbed by hackers in the high-profile attack on Sony's systems include the yet-to-be-released Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice, and To Write Love on Her Arms, as well as Fury starring Brad Pitt, Variety reported.More

Ready for the Internet of Things? 5 skills you'll need
Forbes
Regardless of the degree you hold or the career you now seek, there are five fundamental skills every member of the workforce will need. As the Internet of Things becomes a mainstream phenomenon in 2020, your ability to adopt these five skills now will determine your workplace success or failure. Like economists who consult "leading economic indicators" as harbingers of market growth, we can look to these skill areas as "leading employability indicators" for every level of the workforce.More