FCC to vote on net neutrality repeal
Dec14

FCC to vote on net neutrality repeal

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal so-called net neutrality rules Thursday that govern the way internet service providers treat different types of content and data. The five-member panel includes three Republicans expected to vote along party lines to roll back the rules, imposed in 2015 under President Barack Obama. Repeal supporters claim the rules unnecessarily regulate the industry and impede the free...

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The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal
Dec14

The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal

The Latest on the FCC’s vote on eliminating net-neutrality protections for the internet (all times local): 12 p.m. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat who was appointed by President Barack Obama, lambasted the “preordained outcome” of the vote that she says hurts people, small and large businesses, and marginalized populations. She outlined her dissent from prepared remarks before the vote. The end of net...

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No Paris climate accord? No problem, bloc of states says
Dec14

No Paris climate accord? No problem, bloc of states says

Since President Donald Trump vowed this summer to pull the United States out of an international climate accord, states looking to tackle carbon pollution have been forced to go it alone. More than a dozen formed an alliance committed to reducing emissions in line with the Paris accord, an international agreement that aims to halt the rise in global temperatures. Several state leaders, including California Gov. Jerry Brown, were in...

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As Bitcoin, other currencies soar, regulators urge caution
Dec14

As Bitcoin, other currencies soar, regulators urge caution

The public’s interest in all things bitcoin and efforts by entrepreneurs to fund their businesses with digital currencies is starting to draw more attention from regulators. The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission this week warned investors on the risks of investing in largely-unregulated digital currencies. Just this month, the SEC halted two attempts to raise money through what’s known as an initial coin...

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The Year in Tech: iPhone X, Russia-linked ads and the rise of bitcoin
Dec14

The Year in Tech: iPhone X, Russia-linked ads and the rise of bitcoin

Russia-linked ads, bitcoin’s surge and Apple’s new class of smartphones were only a few of the history-making moments that elicited institutional changes and sparked questions about policies and the future of innovation. Here are five of the most notable headlines in tech news for 2017: Facebook versus Russian-linked ads “Most of what’s happening isn’t with ads …” As the investigation into potential...

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Can digital assistants answer questions about sex?
Dec13

Can digital assistants answer questions about sex?

Digital assistants are making life more hands-free — and, possibly, easier. But can you be hands-off when it comes to talking about “the birds and the bees”? In the famously cheeky Christmas issue of the BMJ, four researchers in New Zealand put Siri and Google Assistant to the test, comparing the answers that these digital assistants gave to questions regarding sexual health to the answers found using a Google search. The...

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