The Digest: Netflix denies VPN crackdown… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Netflix: VPN crackdown claims ‘false’, says executive | BBC News

“Netflix has criticised ‘false’ reports it has been cracking down on customers using a work-around to watch media blocked in their area. The company denied reports it had stepped up its attempts to block access via virtual private networks (VPNs). Netflix said its existing policy against the use of VPNs to circumvent geographical content barriers remained unchanged. But it said its service would still work via some VPNs.”

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Facebook will not cow down to extremists, says Mark Zuckerberg | The Express Tribune

“Mark Zuckerberg has opened up about threats he received from an extremist from Pakistan who had threatened to have him sentenced to death after the social network refused to ban content ridiculing Prophet Muhammad. The Facebook CEO revealed the threats he received just two days after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, which left 12 people dead.”

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Microsoft ends free Patch Tuesday security notices | V3.co.uk

“Microsoft is to stop providing free Patch Tuesday notices to non-premier customers in a move labelled by some as an assault on IT teams. The change relates to the Advance Notification Service (ANS) that provided organisations with information about upcoming Patch Tuesday releases. ANS gave businesses the chance to assess how the updates could affect their systems, and stop any update that could cause problems.”

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Premier League clubs ban selfie sticks from stadiums | Daily Mirror

“Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have taken a bold stand against the very modern football supporter… by banning the selfie stick. An Arsenal spokesman told the New Journal: ‘We can confirm that selfie sticks are banned on matchdays at Emirates Stadium. The club’s ground regulations prohibit any object that could be used as a weapon or could compromise public safety.’ They can be used on stadium tours, however.”

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Uber is letting Chinese customers ride in Maseratis for $2 | Business Insider UK

“Uber has a communist plan for China, sort of. The company just started giving customers the chance to ride in the poshest cars available – and at ‘bargain’ prices. Dubbed the People’s Uber (Renmin Uber) in China, the car-sharing service lets people book a Maserati at a reduced rate.”

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Stuart O’Connor