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Internet Regulation, Buh-Bye

The FCC was mostly lawful in repealing net neutrality, an appeals court rules

(Newser) - Net neutrality champions suffered a major blow Tuesday—but not a total loss. A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC's decision to ditch net neutrality rules in 2017 was in fact lawful, the Washington Post reports. But the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit... More »

Say Goodbye to the World's Oldest Webcam

The FogCam in San Francisco will soon be no more

(Newser) - Dewy-eyed tech lovers, we're sorry: The FogCam is coming down. After 25 years, the world's oldest-known webcam will be removed from its perch at San Francisco State University campus, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Jeff Schwartz and Dan Wong set it up in 1994 while studying computer science... More »

'Cesspool of Hate' Offline After El Paso Shooting

Even 8chan's creator says, 'Shut the site down' after suspect apparently posted manifesto there

(Newser) - A "lawless" online message board is now offline after the suspected gunman in Saturday's shooting in El Paso, Texas, apparently posted what CNN Business calls a "hate-filled screed" there before the massacre. The reason that security services provider Cloudflare yanked support for 8chan: "They have proven... More »

Ex-Internet Star on Her Sensational Past: I Was an Anarchist

Ana Voog 'livestreamed' her chores and sex life, learned instead about our desire to 'overshare'

(Newser) - Before Logan Paul , Shane Dawson, and even Justin Bieber, social-media stardom belonged to Ana Voog. Two decades ago, Voog launched her 24/7 anacam "livestream" (though a clunkier version, where a poor-quality image would upload via dial-up every few minutes), and millions tuned in to watch her do chores , show... More »

The Web Is 30. Here's What Its Inventor Thinks

Tim Berners-Lee has some suggestions on the 'dysfunction' of his 'troubled adolescent'

(Newser) - Thirty years ago this month, Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal to his boss. At the top of that paper, his boss scribbled three words : "vague but exciting." That March 1989 blueprint was for the World Wide Web, and although Berners-Lee thinks his brainchild's first 15 years went... More »

Arizona Lawmakers Target 'Toxic' Online Vice

The Republican anti-porn bill heads to the House

(Newser) - Pornography, an idle online vice? Not to Arizona lawmakers who are pushing to have it declared a "toxic" public health crisis, the Arizona Republic reports. "Like the tobacco industry, the pornography industry has created a public health crisis," State Rep. Michelle Udall told lawmakers in introducing the... More »

These 100 Sites Shaped the Internet

Gizmodo's staff takes a trip down cyber-memory lane

(Newser) - It’s time, Gizmodo declares, "to start building a canon of the most significant websites of all time." In putting together a list of the "100 Websites That Shaped the Internet as We Know It," the Gizmodo staff considered sites (not apps or services) "that... More »

YouTube Suffers Worldwide Outage

'Please don't call 911,' Philadelphia police say

(Newser) - It wasn't just you: YouTube suffered a worldwide outage Tuesday night that lasted around two hours. The site tweeted around 9pm to thank users for their "reports about YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Music access issues," and announced it was back at 11pm, CBS News reports. There... More »

Eric Schmidt: Internet Could Split in 2 by 2028

He says there could be a 'real danger' of censorship under new regime

(Newser) - Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt suspects there will be two separate Internets a decade from now—and you're not going to be able to Google "Tiananmen Square massacre" on one of them. Schmidt, who led Google from 2001 to 2011, told the audience at an event in San... More »

Google Accused of 'Gross Attack' on Internet Freedom

Company reportedly developing apps in line with Chinese censorship

(Newser) - Google is looking to reenter the Chinese market it exited in protest over government censorship in a move critics say is nothing short of hypocritical. According to the Information and Intercept , Google has presented to Chinese officials two mobile apps—one for internet searches, one focusing on news aggregation—that... More »

How You Can React to the End of Net Neutrality

Some recommended steps, including actually caring about 'terms of service' updates

(Newser) - June 11 isn't just the day that IHOP reveals what IHOb means: It's also the day that net neutrality is officially no more, a move put in place by a December FCC vote . The Obama-era rule forced internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast and AT&T to treat... More »

Crayfish Severs Own Claw to Escape Pot, Wins Over Internet

This is determination

(Newser) - A crayfish that was to be boiled alive has instead survived and, thanks to its plucky determination, become something of an internet hero. It's all due to this 11-second video , which shows the crustacean on the edge of a steaming pot of soup. As the creature struggles to reverse... More »

Don't Ignore Those Privacy Policy Emails

They reveal important changes in how your data is collected and shared: Mona Ibrahim

(Newser) - You've probably noticed emails about companies' privacy policy changes arriving in your inbox. It's less likely you've read them—though it's important you do, says lawyer Mona Ibrahim. Writing at Polygon , Ibrahim notes the emails may be "asking permission to do and track a lot... More »

Man Sues France for Swiping France.com

Jean-Noël Frydman bought the domain in 1994

(Newser) - For 24 years, Jean-Noël Frydman owned a tres formidable web domain: France.com. Now he's suing to get it back. The French-born American shares his saga with Ars Technica , which reports that after buying the domain in 1994, Frydman built a site catering to US-based French speakers. In... More »

Indian Minister: We Had the Internet 5K Years Ago

He's getting support—and a lot of ridicule

(Newser) - Amazon has released an Android browser in India dubbed "Internet," per the Verge —but that's not what the chief minister of Tripura state was referring to Tuesday when he claimed the Internet was invented in India long ago. Speaking in Agartala, Biplab Deb cited the Hindu... More »

His Choice Was Between Dogs and College. He Chose the Dogs

Now Matt Nelson says he's making in the six figures by rating man's best friend on Twitter

(Newser) - It started at a North Carolina Applebee's more than two years ago: Matt Nelson presented the idea to his college buddies that people like weird stuff on Twitter, and that dogs were internet gold. Nelson's brainchild led to WeRateDogs , a Twitter handle with more than 6.4 million... More »

Melania Trump Publicly Launches Cyberbullying Initiative

First lady had promised to make online harassment one of her priorities, will hold first public event

(Newser) - Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady. The meeting Tuesday marks her first public event on the topic, a choice some observers have questioned given... More »

With One Paragraph, Oprah Shuts Down 2020 Buzz

'It's not something that interests me,' she tells 'InStyle'

(Newser) - "Not for me." Three words buried in an InStyle interview, but enough to quash the overwhelming buzz about a possible presidential run by Oprah Winfrey in 2020—at least for now. Winfrey, who appears on InStyle's March cover, spoke to the magazine three weeks before her Golden... More »

Another Potential Victim of Net Neutrality Nix: Free Online Porn

The porn will still be there—you might just have to pay for it

(Newser) - Many individuals and groups are displeased with the FCC's ruling Thursday to nix "net neutrality" rules, which kept ISPs from giving preference to or throttling some online content. But one demographic in particular is particularly hot and bothered, per the Independent Journal Review : consumers of internet porn. The... More »

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 »

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