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FCC asked six more ISPs, content providers to reveal paid peering deals
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking to the cable industry in April 2014. NCTA The Federal Communications Commission investigation of how network interconnection problems affect the quality of Internet service began when the FCC obtained the paid peering deals Netflix signed with Comcast and Verizon. The FCC has asked another six Internet service providers and content […]

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Sony “working on” subscription plan for PlayStation Now streaming
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The exact size and makeup of that “library of games” is going to be quite important to Now’s success. When pricing information for the closed beta of Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service leaked last month, many PS4 owners were up in arms over prices of up to $30 for 90-day rentals of games like Final […]

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Hackers Back to Their Old Tricks
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Old tricks that have helped hackers penetrate computers for months or longer worked again last week at Goodwill and Stubhub. Taking a page from the gang that pillaged payment card and personal information from Target last year, hackers clipped payment card information from an undisclosed number of Goodwill Industries International customers. As they were in […]

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Leahy Bill Aims to Rein In Government Snooping
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Government snooping on Americans would be curtailed under a bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. Senate. The measure, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would ban bulk collection of domestic information, limit the scope of searches by government agencies, and add transparency and reporting requirements. Further, it would reform procedures of the FISA […]

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With Apple’s Novel Acquisition, A Chance To Reinvent The Book
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 Apple’s acquisition of BookLamp, a Boise, Idaho-based startup billed as a “Pandora for Books,” is a key move in the battle over the future of our printed-and-bound friends. When we combine this information with the rumors swirling around a potential smartwatch product from Apple, we can start to gaze into the future of publishing. Read […]

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Report: FISC judges own stock in telecoms they let NSA access
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Two years ago, the acronyms FISC or FISA would require a majority to frantically hit the Google search. But thanks to Edward Snowden and his leaked information regarding the NSA, the general public is now aware of the domestic-based Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s role: approving all government requests to engage in its various spying initiatives. […]

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Startup claims it will build fiber network in LA and wireless throughout US
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Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Diliff A startup has told Los Angeles city officials that it wants to build a citywide fiber-to-the-home broadband network and that it also hopes to build nationwide Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The proposal sounds unlikely to succeed, but it’s certainly ambitious. It comes in response to a Los Angeles city […]

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Liveblog: Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings call happens July 22 at 5pm Eastern
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Apple’s newly split stock price has been on the rise lately. Let’s see if this quarter’s earnings make it move one way or the other. Andrew Cunningham Apple will be announcing its Q3 2014 financial results on Tuesday, July 22 at 5pm Eastern time (2pm Pacific), and the standard earnings call with press and analysts will […]

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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC
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An anonymous reader points out that even though China’s internet adoption rate is the lowest it’s been in 8 years, the number of people surfing the net from a mobile device has never been higher. “The number of China’s internet users going online with a mobile device — such as a smartphone or tablet — […]

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