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A Small But Growing Group Of Silicon Valley Heretics Are Disconnecting Themselves From the Internet
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The Guardian reports: Decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an “awesome” button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who complain about the rise of the so-called “attention economy”: an internet shaped around the demands of an advertising economy. These refuseniks […]

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Steve Wozniak: Net Neutrality Rollback 'Will End the Internet As We Know It'
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An anonymous reader quotes Silicon Beat: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak penned an op-ed on Friday with a former Federal Communications Commission chairman, urging the current FCC to stop its proposed rollback of Obama-era net neutrality regulations. In the op-ed published by USA Today, Wozniak and Michael Copps, who led the FCC from 2001 to 2011, […]

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Companies Cheer Completion of Open-Design Transatlantic Internet Cable
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Microsoft has announced completion of the Marea undersea cable, which stretches 4,400 miles between Virginia, and Bilbao, Spain. A joint project of Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius, the cable lies more than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. It is the first cable to link Virginia and Spain. The Bilbao terminus provides access to network hubs […]

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Study tracks what smart home activity can be seen by internet providers
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 We’ve mostly moved past the point where our internet of things devices leak private information to anyone watching via unsecured connections, but that doesn’t mean you can stop being afraid. Never, ever stop being afraid. To top up your paranoia reserves, a new study finds that internet providers can, if they so choose, monitor all […]

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Hey politicians — don’t hate the internet, hate the game
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 We must ask ourselves, what aspects of the Internet are intrinsic to democracy and are they divisible from those necessary for control? Freedom of speech and the right to privacy are essential to democracy and need to be preserved online. Read More

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China investigates internet giants over ‘violence, rumours, porn’     – CNET
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Content allegedly including “violence, rumours, porn,” which China says threaten national security and social order, are reported to be circulating on Chinese versions of Google, Twitter and WhatsApp.

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Robot takes hilarious tumble and the internet missed it     – CNET
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Commentary: Just over a month ago, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot showed off on stage before taking a spectacular fall. Let’s honor it now.

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Case study finds the drawbacks of Facebook's 'free' internet
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Facebook's successor to its Internet.org "web for all" service, Free Basics, has had a troubled rollout. India notoriously shut it out of the country back in February 2016 for violating net neutrality (prioritizing Facebook services), with Egypt bloc…

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Animal rights? Monkey selfie case may undo evolution of the Internet
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Enlarge / The cover of the book at the center of a legal dispute about animal rights, copyright, and an open Internet. (credit: Blurb) Going on two years now, an Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto, represented by his self-appointed lawyers from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has been trying to claim ownership […]

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