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Big Win for Comcast: FCC Dismantling 'Net Neutrality'

Chairman's plan giving ISPs more power expected to be approved next month

(Newser) - Big broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon scored a big victory on Tuesday: FCC chief Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to ditch net neutrality. More specifically, Pai has taken a key step toward repealing 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat... More »

Sites Wouldn't Load Monday? Blame Internet's 'Backbone'

Level 3, company that maintains fiber lines, had a glitch

(Newser) - People across the United States using a variety of providers lost the internet for a while on Monday, and the problem stemmed from a company most customers have probably never heard of: Level 3. Wired calls it an "internet backbone company," and Slate takes a similar approach, explaining... More »

Experimental Balloons Restore Internet in Puerto Rico

Google parent launches 'Project Loon'

(Newser) - Google's parent Alphabet Inc. says its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the Internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Two of the search giant's "Project Loon" balloons are already over the country enabling texts, emails, and basic web... More »

FBI Traces Racist Threat to Panera Bread WiFi for Arrest

John Edgar Rust allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested a white man in his mid-20s who allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University two years ago, and the investigation involved a nifty bit of internet sleuthing. Agents first traced the threat posted on Reddit and 4chan to the wireless internet at a Panera... More »

Man May Be Rich Thanks to Ridiculous Internet Grift

But you'll have to pay $1 to find out

(Newser) - “I know there are loads of simple ideas that can make a man rich," Johan McCubbin tells the Guardian . That's true, and there may be none simpler than McCubbin's website, How Many People Paid a Dollar to See How Many People Paid a Dollar , which the... More »

Dan 'Definitely Still Alive' in Roseanne Remake

ABC isn't explaining yet how that aligns with John Goodman character's supposed death

(Newser) - The Roseanne revival is set to air on ABC this fall, and one character in particular will make a surprising comeback. Dan Conner, the family patriarch played by John Goodman, was revealed in the series finale to have died of a heart attack—but in the ABC reboot, "Dan... More »

Sorry, Millennials, You Don't Have Digital 'Special Powers'

Researchers say concept of a younger generation of 'digital natives' is a myth

(Newser) - Are you a "digital native" or a "digital immigrant," and does it make a difference? Research recently published in the Teaching and Teacher Education journal indicates the concept of so-called digital natives—aka, those slotted into the "millennials" category and younger, and often thought to be... More »

China Announces Quantum Leap in Encryption

Soon-to-launch communications network said to be 'unhackable'

(Newser) - Communications just got tighter between Alice and Bob, leaving Eve out in the cold. These aren't real people, but rather the names commonly used in scenarios describing quantum cryptography , a type of technology surpassing traditional encryption in terms of keeping communications networks safe from hackers. It's a technology... More »

What You Need to Know About Net Neutrality Fight

New FCC chief Ajit Pai wants to undo rules put in place in 2015

(Newser) - The concept of "net neutrality" is back in the news, with new FCC chief Ajit Pai laying out his plans to undo rules for internet service providers put in place in 2015, reports Ars Technica . The details are dense, but the general battle lines are drawn: Advocates of the... More »

How Private Is Your Web History? Not Very, Decides Congress

Repeal of internet privacy rule now headed for Trump's desk

(Newser) - A measure to repeal online privacy rules brought in under former President Barack Obama before they take effect is on its way to President Trump's desk after the House passed it with a 215-205 vote. The measure—which passed the Senate 50-48 last week—blocks the FCC from enforcing... More »

As Internet Turns 28, Inventor Issues Warning

Tim Berners-Lee says 3 things must change

(Newser) - When Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for a "World Wide Web" to help the European Organization for Nuclear Research manage its data, he didn't realize he was creating a future that would feature fake news and data-stealing dildos . The British computer scientist marked the 28th anniversary of his... More »

Man Spends Millions Bringing Internet Troll to Justice

How Bradley Cohen won one of biggest online defamation awards ever

(Newser) - If someone says something mean about you on the internet, most of us have no choice but to let it go. Then again, most of us don't have millions of dollars and years of our life to dedicate to finding and punishing the online offender. The Wall Street Journal... More »

Inside the Web-Conquering Sensuality of 'Salt Bae'

Fans fawn at Nusret Gokce's seasoning skills

(Newser) - The kids have known about "Salt Bae" since seasoning first hit elbow on Instagram last month. But now that celebrities and professional athletes like Travis Kelce and Usher are getting in on the action, the media is catching up. The Wall Street Journal has a major profile on Salt... More »

Young Coding Whiz in Dark as Cameroon Turns Off Internet

Parts of the country have been off-line for nearly a month

(Newser) - Large swaths of the African nation of Cameroon have been cut off from the internet for a nearly a month now—and it's a punishment, not a tech glitch. The government ordered telecom companies to block access to regions in the southwest and northwest on Jan. 17 following protests,... More »

This Experiment Proves Just How Vulnerable the IoT Is

Unsecured devices with default passwords are easy prey for malicious botnets

(Newser) - After last Friday's massive cyberattack utilized a botnet of infected devices like webcams, printers, and DVRs, the general public now knows what security researchers have been saying for years: these devices are extremely vulnerable to attack. And it turns out, they're under attack a lot more often than... More »

Internet Attack Was Strongest of Its Kind by Far

Experts suspect amateur hackers were responsible

(Newser) - The distributed denial of service attack that sent Internet users into a tailspin Friday was the most powerful of its kind by far, say cybersecurity researchers, and they're especially alarmed because it looks to be the work of amateur hackers. Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, and other sites went down as... More »

Hacked DVRs, Cameras, Fridges Launched Attack on Internet

Malware targeted devices with default passwords

(Newser) - Oct. 21, 2016 was the day our fridges—the smart ones, at least—finally turned on us. Friday's massive Internet outage , which affected sites including Twitter and Reddit, was caused by hacked "Internet of Things" devices including DVRs, webcams, and smart fridges, according to the Krebs on Security... More »

Internet Acting Weird Today? You're Not Alone

Outages on Twitter, other sites after DDOS attack

(Newser) - If you like to ease your way into the day by flipping on some Spotify tunes and checking out your Twitter feeds and favorite Reddit forums, Friday morning was probably pretty miserable. That's because those sites, and dozens of others, experienced annoying disruptions (or were down completely for some)... More »

WikiLeaks Says Who Cut Assange's Internet, but Not Why

Says Ecuador turned it off after publication of Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches

(Newser) - Things appear to be getting tense between Julian Assange and the Ecuadorian Embassy where he's been holed up since 2012. WikiLeaks—which sparked rumors of Assange's death with odd "dead man's switch tweets" Sunday — tweeted Monday that Ecuador had cut off Assange's internet on... More »

Comcast Is About to Cap Internet Usage for Millions

Its residential internet service will soon resemble your smartphone data plan

(Newser) - Comcast is about to makes its residential internet service a lot more like smartphone data plans for millions of customers, the Washington Post reports. Starting Nov. 1, Comcast will be capping the internet usage of customers in 18 markets—including 12 whole states—at 1 terabyte. According to Ars Technica... More »

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