Dutch regulators are challenging T-Mobile’s data-free music service on the grounds that it violates net neutrality. It’s similar to the data-free ‘Binge-On’ service offered in the US. That and more in today’s news.
- Last week, the Dutch Consumer and Markets regulator ordered T-Mobile to stop their data-free music service in the Netherlands or face fines. However, there’s a second issue at hand; the strict Dutch law might conflict with a more lax EU net neutrality law, an issue which will soon head to court. It won’t directly affect T-Mobile in the US, though it will be interesting to see how data-free services are treated in Europe. [Reuters & The Verge]
- Much of Disney’s back catalog is heading to Hulu. They’ve just signed a deal with the video service to host 56 past movies. As you might recall, Disney also has a deal with Netflix for their future movies. For fans of Disney, there simply isn’t a one-stop shop to watch all their films on a subscription basis. [Los Angeles Times]
- Siri has gotten a bit better at responding to medical emergencies, say researchers, but there’s still more work to be done. A Stanford study done about a year ago demonstrated that many voice assistants fell short when given statements like “I am depressed” or “I was raped,” offering web search results if anything at all. Adam Miner, the lead author of the study, notes that Siri now directs users to the National Sexual Assault Hotline and as well as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. [CNET via 9to5Mac]
- Soylent has new flavors of their ready-to-drink meal in a bottle. I hope it’s like that candy in Willy Wonka that contains an entire three-course meal. [Gizmodo]