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Michigan Town Approves Fiber Internet Despite Intense Lobbying
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Long-time Slashdot reader Proudrooster writes: Fiber Internet is coming to Traverse City, Michigan in the hopes of attracting high tech startups and helping the city become a high-tech hub. Even in the face of intense lobbying by [commercial high-speed internet provider] Charter, The Mackinaw Center for Public Policy, and a barrage of pop up ads […]

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Days after pledging to expand internet, Ethiopia’s government shuts it off
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Days after Ethiopian ICT officials made public pledges to improve net access, the government began playing on-again, off-again with the internet — shutting it down (almost completely) to coincide with the country’s national exams. Data provided to TechCrunch from Oracle’s Internet Intelligence confirmed intermittent net blackouts from June 11 to 14, with connectivity returning for brief […]

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YouTube Punishes Homophobic, Racist Pundit Following Internet Furor
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YouTube on Wednesday demonetized the account of right-wing commentator Steven Crowder following widespread indignation over its initial response to his attacks on Vox host Carlos Maza. Crowder for years has attacked Maza, host of Vox’s Strikethrough series. Crowder’s homophobic and racist comments often spurred mass social media attacks and other abuse against Maza. Maza repeatedly […]

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Is The Global Internet Disintegrating?
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‘The global internet is disintegrating,” argues BBC Future, calling Russia “one of a growing number of countries that has had enough of the Western-built, Western-controlled internet backbone…aided as much by advances in technology as by growing global misgivings about whether the open internet was ever such a good idea to start with.” “The new methods […]

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Charter squeezes more money out of Internet users with new cancellation policy
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Sean Gladwell) Charter is making it more expensive to cancel its Spectrum Internet service, as it will begin charging customers for the full month after they cancel instead of providing a prorated final bill. Charter broke the news to customers in the fine print of their latest billing statements. Stop […]

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EU's New Copyright Directive Could Break the Internet
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A copyright directive that some fear could break the Internet has cleared the final hurdle in the European Union. The directive makes platforms for user-uploaded content legally liable for violations of the rights of copyright holders. It requires them to obtain the permission of the holders before posting content to their sites. The directive undermines […]

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Katie Bouman was key to that black hole photo, and the internet loves her     – CNET
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Bouman helped develop the algorithm used for the Event Horizon Telescope. Now she’s the toast of social media.

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Before Google+ Shuts Down, The Internet Archive Will Preserve Its Posts
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Google+ “was an Internet-based social network. It was almost 8 years old,” reports KilledByGoogle.com, which bills itself as “The Google Graveyard: A list of dead products Google has killed and laid to rest in the Google Cemetery.” But before Google+ closes for good in April, its posts are being preserved by Internet Archive and the […]

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India, the World's Second Largest Internet Market, Is Turning Its Back on Silicon Valley
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An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, India has wanted foreign companies to thrive in the country. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014, one of its early major pushes was to formulate plans and structure incentives to attract foreign investment. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans to liberalize […]

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