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Telecom Groups Sue Vermont Over Net Neutrality Legislation Telecom Groups Sue Vermont Over Net Neutrality Legislation

Four lobbying groups with ties to the biggest cable and telecom providers in the country have filed a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over its measures to preserve net neutrality. The dispute is another front in the growing war between state governments and ISPs in the wake of the FCC’s repeal of Title II…

Facebook's War Room Is Definitely Managing at Least One Crisis Facebook's War Room Is Definitely Managing at Least One Crisis

Somewhere in the heart of Facebook HQ, a shadowy team toils behind the closed doors of what would appear to be an average conference room. This is Facebook’s War Room, and it’s the thin line standing between us and chaos.

Major Facebook Shareholders Join Call to Boot Mark Zuckerberg as Chairman Major Facebook Shareholders Join Call to Boot Mark Zuckerberg as Chairman

Mark Zuckerberg’s forehead is likely a little more moist than usual this afternoon. On Wednesday, several major public funds issued a statement backing a push to remove the Facebook founder from his position as chairman of the board. Amid countless scandals and a steadily dropping stock price, the effort would be all…

Apple Finally Lets You Download All Your Data Apple Finally Lets You Download All Your Data

When the European Union’s GDPR privacy protections went into effect in May, the pressure to give Americans the same tools to view their data was high. On Wednesday, Apple fulfilled its promise to offer a data download service for its users the U.S., and now you can find out what Apple’s got on you with a few simple…

Google, Burned by $5 Billion Fine, Tells Europe That Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps Google, Burned by $5 Billion Fine, Tells Europe That Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps

In response to the record-setting $5 billion fine recently levied against Google by the European Union, the search giant is making some changes. On Tuesday, it announced that manufacturers will soon have to pay a licensing fee to ship devices into the European Economic Area (EEA) with Google apps pre-installed.

Ecuador Tells Julian Assange He Needs to Take Care of His Damn Cat Ecuador Tells Julian Assange He Needs to Take Care of His Damn Cat

The good news is that it appears Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s cat is alive in the Ecuadorian embassy. The bad news is Assange needs to be told by the Ecuadorian government to care for the cat or he’ll have to find it a new home.

Palm Returns With a Teeny-Tiny Smartphone to Help You Disconnect Palm Returns With a Teeny-Tiny Smartphone to Help You Disconnect

Palm, the innovative brand behind the PDA, is reborn and it’s coming out of the gate with a product that aims to create a whole new category of smart device.

Uber Just Asked the SEC Permission to Give Its Drivers Equity Uber Just Asked the SEC Permission to Give Its Drivers Equity

From the day Uber started offering its ride-sharing service, it’s been fighting with drivers and governments over its lack of benefits and low wages. On Thursday, it signaled that it wants to give drivers a peace offering in the form of a piece of the company.

Facebook Tempts Political Backlash With Massive Purge of 810 Pages and Accounts Facebook Tempts Political Backlash With Massive Purge of 810 Pages and Accounts

Facebook has been fending off accusations of censorship and bias against conservatives over the last year or so and just ahead of the mid-term elections it has made a risky decision. On Thursday, the company announced that it had removed 559 Pages and 251 accounts for rule violations. It said many of the accounts were…

Twitter Evens Character Count for Emojis, Ending Race and Gender Penalties Twitter Evens Character Count for Emojis, Ending Race and Gender Penalties

Twitter has made a subtle, but not insignificant change to the way it counts emoji in its 280-character limit. Moving forward, all of its natively supported emoji will count as two characters. Previously, adding skin tone and gender modifiers to an emoji unintentionally penalized users and many likely didn’t even…

Nasty WhatsApp Bug Left Users Vulnerable to Attack by Simply Answering a Video Call Nasty WhatsApp Bug Left Users Vulnerable to Attack by Simply Answering a Video Call

On Tuesday, a researcher for Google’s Project Zero security team published a report revealing how WhatsApp users could lose control of their account just by answering a video call from a bad actor.

Amazon's Secret AI Hiring Tool Reportedly 'Penalized' Resumes With the Word 'Women's' Amazon's Secret AI Hiring Tool Reportedly 'Penalized' Resumes With the Word 'Women's'

For years, a team at Amazon reportedly worked on software that vetted the resumes of job applicants in an effort to surface the most likely hires. It gradually became clear that no matter how hard engineers tried to fix it, the recruitment engine found a way to discriminate against women, Reuters reports.

Google Doubles Down on the Pixel’s Excellent Camera With Tons of New Features Google Doubles Down on the Pixel’s Excellent Camera With Tons of New Features

Google’s Pixel 2 was a good smartphone with a great camera. For the Pixel 3, the company’s bringing us a bunch of new software solutions to make the photos look even better.

Google Has a Smart Display Now and It’s Called Home Hub Google Has a Smart Display Now and It’s Called Home Hub

Just a day after Facebook announced its virtually feature-less Portal smart display, Google debuted one of its most loaded IoT devices ever. The first Google Home with a display is available for pre-order starting at $150.

Verizon Pats Itself on the Back After Throttling Firefighters in California Verizon Pats Itself on the Back After Throttling Firefighters in California

The first rule of 2018 is to greet any accusation of foul play with an assertion of exactly the opposite. Verizon has certainly gotten the memo. In August, the company was criticized for throttling the “unlimited” data plan of firefighters battling record-setting blazes in California and now it has a slick new ad…

Let's Make the World Wide Web a National Monument Let's Make the World Wide Web a National Monument

We’re at a critical inflection point for the World Wide Web. Everything is changing, disappearing, splintering, expanding, and being remade. It’s time we provide legal protection to what’s left of this moment in history. And one way to do that is to make it a national monument.

The Most Ridiculous Quotes From the SEC's Lawsuit Against Elon Musk The Most Ridiculous Quotes From the SEC's Lawsuit Against Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to be in deep shit with the SEC over his ill-advised decision to ever, ever tweet. Specifically, he tweeted that he’d secured funding to take Tesla private when, the SEC alleges, that wasn’t accurate at all. Now, he’s being sued by the SEC on charges that he misled investors and the case…

Julian Assange Steps Down From Position as WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange Steps Down From Position as WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief

WikiLeaks’ founder has been stuck in Ecuador’s London embassy for six years and cut off from accessing the internet for six months. Those circumstances have made it difficult for him to do the job of running WikiLeaks and the organization announced on Thursday that Assange will step aside as its editor-in-chief.

FCC Hangs Blockbuster $37.5 Million Fine Over Robocaller Accused of Spoofing Real Numbers FCC Hangs Blockbuster $37.5 Million Fine Over Robocaller Accused of Spoofing Real Numbers

The FCC has announced its proposal to impose a fine of $37.5 million on a company accused of making robocalls and hiding the calls’ origin behind the real phone numbers of consumers. The agency is attempting to show that it’s cracking down on the out of control robocall industry, but critics say it’s too little, too…

Google Now Says It Will Update Chrome to Let Users Opt-Out of Forced Auto-Logins Google Now Says It Will Update Chrome to Let Users Opt-Out of Forced Auto-Logins

Earlier this week, controversy arose around the latest release of Google’s Chrome web browser because it’s far too easy for users to be forced to log in without realizing they’re doing it. Google now says it’ll be making some changes to solve the problem.

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