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Because cuddles always win. Google's Android scored tops in this week's Viral Video Charts with "Friends Furever," which uses unlikely animal friends to remind us to "be together. Not the same." The video's gotten over 8 million views and, coupled with this, drives us to wonder whether Google's true mission is actually encouraging us to feel sympathy toward our future robot overlords. If it brings us closer to mainstreaming self-driving cars, we're OK with that.
How to be transparent about censorship. Twitter's bi-annual Transparency Report is out, revealing that government requests for account information, content removal, and copyright notices are up 40%—totaling 2,871 demands, up from 2,058 in the first six months of 2014. Removal requests take up the lion's share of demands, at 84%, and Turkey is the biggest demander. DCMA copyright takedown notices have also increased—by 81%. Says Twitter's Jeremy Kessel, senior manager of global legal policy, "Providing this level of transparency is not without its complications and sometimes means we get tough questions and criticism about our decisions," but "the global community deserves this level of transparency from its governments and its service providers."
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