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Obama Speaks Up for Net Neutrality

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President Obama wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve net neutrality. Click here to find telecommunications jobs. While the FCC is an independent agency, Obama hopes he can sway the commission to reclassify Internet service providers as “telecommunications services,” which would give the government greater powers of regulation. At the moment, Internet service providers fall under the umbrella of “information services,” allowing them considerable leeway to determine how they provide the Internet to end-users. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates… continue…

Online Harassment All Too Common: Report

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Nearly three-quarters of Internet users have seen someone harassed online, while 40 percent have been the targets of such abuse, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Those statistics should come as no surprise to anyone who spends significant amounts of time online, especially in light of the recent “Gamergate” controversy. Some 27 percent of those targeted said the harassment took the form of being called offensive names; another 22 percent said that someone had tried to publicly… continue…

Facebook’s Plans for a Jetliner-Sized Drone

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Facebook’s made no secret of its intention to eventually launch unmanned aerial vehicles—also known as drones—into the atmosphere. Once circling the earth at an extremely high altitude, those vehicles will “beam” the Internet down to under-served countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In order to remain aloft for extended periods of time, the vehicles will rely on solar power. Although relatively lightweight, they’ll also be the size of a 747, according to Facebook Connectivity Lab Engineering Director Yael Maguire,… continue…

The Next Big Threat to the Internet

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Here’s cause for a little Monday optimism: A majority of experts interviewed by the Pew Research Internet Project think the Internet will remain free in coming decades. Unlike most Pew surveys, which are randomized and meant to represent a broad swath of the American population, this latest research is described as a “canvassing,” with hundreds of technology experts invited to leave their opinions on the future of the Internet. To those 1,400 willing to submit to questioning, Pew opened with… continue…

Do You Want Google to Forget You?

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On the Internet, the truism goes, content lingers forever. But now Google—under pressure from the Court of Justice of the European Union—will give anyone living in the EU the opportunity to delete the search-engine results leading to that content. Thanks to the Court’s recent ruling, EU citizens can ask Google to remove results on the grounds of the associated links being “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.” Click… continue…

The Most Painful Internet Lag We’ve Ever Seen [Video]

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Lag sucks: we all know that, and here’s a demonstration that proves the point well. The broadband provider Umea Energi strapped four hardy adventurers into Oculus Rift headsets and had them play ping pong, bowl, cook and dance – all with an Internet connection that wasn’t quite up to snuff. The results were both dorky and messy. Related Stories A Hilarious Video of a Business Meeting’s Lone Engineer Internet of Things Could Communicate Using Vodka This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed… continue…

How Google Fiber Fighting AT&T Could Boost Your Business

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Map of Google Fiber April 2014
AT&T plans on introducing high-speed fiber Internet to 100 cities in 21 metropolitan regions across the United States, although those regions have yet to be decided. “We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” Lori Lee, senior executive vice president of AT&T Home Solutions, wrote in a statement. “We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the… continue…

This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed Is Right On Target

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A hundred and thirty million visitors, 110 million YouTube views, a funnel from Facebook — BuzzFeed generates traffic the way Goldman Sachs generates money. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Internet world’s been compared to finance — hell, they’re in bed together — but I haven’t seen anything that marries the two quite like this trailer does. If you don’t get the joke, check out the pitch to the Wolf of Wall Street and all will become clear.… continue…

Internet of Things Could Prove a Boon for Security Experts

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Last week, Nest pulled its ultra-sleek Nest Protect smoke detector from the market after stumbling upon a potentially dangerous glitch in its software. “During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave (a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand) could be unintentionally activated,” Nest CEO Tony Fadell wrote in an open letter to consumers.… continue…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: World Wide Web Needs a ‘Bill of Rights’

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He insists that the World Wide Web remain a “neutral” medium, one in which users push back against government surveillance. continue…