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FCC chairman mocks industry claims that customers don’t need faster Internet

arstechnica.com — The Federal Communications Commission today voted 3-2 along party lines to change the definition of broadband to at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream. The vote was no surprise given Chairman Tom Wheeler's Democratic majority. But Wheeler put on a show just before the vote by contrasting Internet service providers' marketing claims with their statements to the government.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @lilithlela: FCC chairman mocks industry claims that customers don’t need faster Internet arstechnica.com/business/2015/…

Jan 29, 2015

Tom Wheeler really laid into Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable today. It was entertaining. arstechnica.com/business/2015/…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @arstechnica: FCC chairman mocks industry claims that customers don’t need faster Internet ars.to/15LDPEH by @JBrodkin

Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen, hopes to “take Android away from Google”

arstechnica.com — According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will be investing $70 million in Cyanogen, Inc., the Android ROM builder. The report says $70 million would make Microsoft a "minority investor" in a round of financing that values Cyanogen in the "high hundreds of millions."
Jan 29, 2015

When Microsoft invests in Cyanogen, which runs both of my phones, is it time to look elsewhere? arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/0…

Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft to invest in Cyanogen, which hopes to take Android from Google ars.to/15LGkXu Methinks Cyanogen's losing Play Store soon

DOJ inspector general: reporter’s hacking claims can’t be substantiated

arstechnica.com — According to a US Department of Justice Inspector General report released today, an investigation "was not able to substantiate the allegations that [Sharyl] Attkisson's computers were subject to remote intrusion by the FBI, other government personnel, or otherwise." The report was introduced into the Senate record at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.
Jan 29, 2015

DOJ inspector general report says Sharyl Attkisson’s hacking claims can’t be substantiated ars.to/1ziW4LZ

Amazon reports modest Q4 earnings and 2014 loss, but stock soars

arstechnica.com — Amazon has been announcing its entry into every industry under the sun lately-or so it seems-but the aggressive expansion has, until now, not immediately shown the company a solid profit. However, Amazon ended the quarter on a (relatively) good note according to its financial statement released on Thursday [PDF], with a $214 million net income for the company's fourth fiscal quarter of 2014.
Jan 29, 2015

Amazon's cloud usage is up 90%, revenue will get reported separately in future quarters arstechnica.com/business/2015/…

On OkCupid, Ross Ulbricht was a “scientist turned entrepreneur”

arstechnica.com — View all... Government prosecutors say Ross Ulbricht is the mastermind behind Silk Road, the most successful drug-selling market on the Internet. He's currently on trial facing federal drug-trafficking charges and could be sent to prison for life, if convicted.

What we know about Project Spartan: extensions and performance, yes, Windows 7, no

Jan 29, 2015

Project Spartan looks impressive. Microsoft would be smart to open source it so it gets cross-platform support. arstechnica.com/information-te…

Jan 29, 2015

What we know about Project Spartan: extensions and performance, yes, Windows 7, no ift.tt/1LkPCKX

Comcast bill changes customer’s first name to “A$$hole”

arstechnica.com — Just when you thought the tales of Comcast's customer service couldn't get any worse... well, let's just show you this picture: This is what appears to be an actual bill sent to a Comcast customer in Spokane, Washington. The customer's first name is "Ricardo," but it was misspelled as "Asshole."
Jan 29, 2015

RT @mock: another #typical @comcast story: "@arstechnica: Comcast bill changes customer’s first name to “A$$hole” ars.to/1JITvrm by @JBrodkin"

Jan 28, 2015

ok I might be aiding and abetting some shenanigans here, sorry Comcast arstechnica.com/business/2015/…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @jbrodkin: Comcast's Asshole name change "is similar to one from 2005 in which a customer's name was replaced by 'bitch dog.’” arstechnica.com/business/2015/…

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Clinton courting Obama campaign tech team members for 2016

arstechnica.com — Orca, the Romney campaign's "killer" app, skips beta and pays the price. As the last presidential campaign showed, having the right technology team may not win elections, but it certainly helps. The Obama campaign's focus on tech startup-style digital talent helped turn it into a fundraising and voter turnout machine, while the Romney campaign's attempts to match them apparently failed spectacularly.
Jan 29, 2015

Clinton courting Obama campaign tech team members for 2016 ars.to/18yVEbU And so it begins.

Nintendo to share up to 70 percent of ad revenue with game YouTubers

arstechnica.com — Nintendo's somewhat indecisive stance on letting streamers and producers use video of its games online seems to be crystallizing with this week's beta launch of the Nintendo Creators Program. But the program comes with a number of restrictions that limit how video creators can use Nintendo games in their videos and how they can profit from those videos.
Jan 29, 2015

Nintendo's new revenue sharing plan with YouTubers is one step forward, one step back arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/01…

Silk Road trial: heroin addict describes how website led him to selling

arstechnica.com — NEW YORK-"My addiction became very expensive, and I could no longer afford it," said Michael Duch. "So I turned to Silk Road." Today was the eighth day of the Silk Road drug-trafficking trial, and Duch, a heroin addict and dealer, was the third witness on the stand.
Jan 29, 2015

Addicted first by prescription opiods, upstate NY man became heroin user then dealer on Silk Road ars.to/1y6VG0h

Jan 28, 2015

Of the 8 days of the #SilkRoad trial so far there's been 1 where I wasn't glued to my seat. Seriously. Today: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Jan 28, 2015

Heroin addict turned #SilkRoad dealer testified in US v. Ulbricht trial today: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

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Want high-end flight sim pedals? Put $500 in a Polish bank account and contact Slaw

arstechnica.com — Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen have a lot to answer for. Besides the money I've paid for the games themselves, I've sunk what can only be considered a truly embarrassing amount of cash into peripherals-things like the $450 Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog and the $350 Oculus Rift DK2.
Jan 29, 2015

Want high-end flight sim pedals? Put $500 in a Polish bank account and contact Slaw j.mp/1ErWjsN

Jan 28, 2015

Sometimes @Lee_Ars reviews things I didn't think people needed, and sometimes he reviews things I didn't know existed arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/0…

Jan 28, 2015

Need high end rudder pedals for space and flight sims? Better call Slaw! (I did, and they’re awesome - ars.to/1tqXt3I)

Dutch judge allows alleged “sophisticated” Russian hacker to be sent to US

arstechnica.com — Scheme created hundreds of millions of dollars in losses to world's biggest institutions. A Dutch judge has ruled (Google Translate) that an accused Russian "sophisticated hacker" can be extradited to the United States. The Hague District Court Judge M.E.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @arstechnica: Dutch judge allows alleged “sophisticated” Russian hacker to be sent to US ars.to/1zeLzte by @cfarivar

Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing

arstechnica.com — In the wake of a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee's late-night drunken mischief with a DJi Phantom 2 consumer quadrocopter drone over White House airspace, President Barack Obama called for new laws to govern the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @arstechnica: Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing ars.to/1HcNqWd by @thepacketrat

Jan 28, 2015

Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing ars.to/1HcNqWd

Jan 28, 2015

RT @thepacketrat: Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing ars.to/1HcNqWd Meanwhile @BarackObama wants new drone laws.

Jan 28, 2015

Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing ars.to/1HcNqWd

Jan 28, 2015

Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing ars.to/1HcNqWd Meanwhile @BarackObama wants new drone laws.

IT vendors cry foul at new Chinese security rules requiring built-in backdoors

arstechnica.com — Last year, the Chinese government started laying out new rules for technology products used by government agencies and banks, in part as a response to revelations about the National Security Agency's exploitation of Chinese networks.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @Thomas_Drake1: US IT pot calling China gov’t backdoor request kettle black? No different from what NSA wants with ‘lawful’ intercept arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Jan 28, 2015

IT vendors cry foul at new Chinese security rules requiring built-in backdoors ars.to/1Cghm0x

Acompli-based Outlook for iOS, Android promises to do more in 24 seconds

arstechnica.com — Microsoft has updated its Outlook clients for iOS and Android today. The clients-a stable release for iOS, a preview for Android-work with Exchange, Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, as well as standards-based mail. Redmond has had Outlook clients for the mobile platforms before, but these have been front-ends for the Outlook Web App, Microsoft's HTML front-end to Exchange.
Jan 29, 2015

Acompli-based Outlook for iOS, Android promises to do more in 24 seconds ift.tt/1y8sLJr

Amazon goes after Office365 with WorkMail hosted e-mail service

arstechnica.com — Amazon is preparing to unveil a new cloud-hosted e-mail and calendar service today that will compete directly with Microsoft's Office365 and Google's Apps for Business services. Called WorkMail, the service will be the latest in a series of new offerings that increasingly target end-users rather than service providers and developers.
Jan 28, 2015

this is kind of cool, Amazon’s business e-mail service will let customers manage encryption keys arstechnica.com/information-te…

Jan 28, 2015

So is Amazon's new email service going to follow the same arc as AWS, or the same arc as the Fire Phone? arstechnica.com/information-te…

Jan 28, 2015

Amazon goes after Office365 with WorkMail hosted e-mail service ars.to/1EPQAKA Manage your own crypto keys, choose region.

Bug in ultra secure BlackPhone let attackers decrypt texts, stalk users

arstechnica.com — A recently fixed vulnerability in the BlackPhone instant messaging application gave attackers the ability to decrypt messages, steal contacts, and control vital functions of the device, which is marketed as a more secure way to protect communications from government and criminal snoops. Custom-built with privacy in mind, this handset isn't for (Google) Play.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @Techmeme: Silent Circle fixed bug in BlackPhone that let hackers remotely decrypt texts and stalk users arstechnica.com/security/2015/… techmeme.com/150128/p12#a15…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @Techmeme: Silent Circle fixed bug in BlackPhone that let hackers remotely decrypt texts and stalk users arstechnica.com/security/2015/… techmeme.com/150128/p12#a15…

Jan 28, 2015

"a potent reminder that strong encryption means little if one of the endpoints is compromised" arstechnica.com/security/2015/…

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CoinTerra, yet another troubled Bitcoin miner startup, goes bust

arstechnica.com — CoinTerra's product is still delayed despite designer veterans from Samsung, Intel. The venture-backed Bitcoin startup CoinTerra has filed for bankruptcy, making it the second major miner manufacturer to do so in recent months. The Chapter 7 filing, which begins the process of liquidating company assets, was submitted on Saturday and comes just weeks after a Utah-based data center sued CoinTerra over a contract dispute.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @arstechnica: CoinTerra, yet another troubled Bitcoin miner startup, goes bust ars.to/1EPONW3 by @cfarivar

Jan 28, 2015

RT @arstechnica: CoinTerra, yet another troubled Bitcoin miner startup, goes bust ars.to/1EPONW3 by @cfarivar

FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited

arstechnica.com — On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission issued an "Enforcement Advisory" stating that blocking W-Fi in hotels is unequivocally "prohibited." But still really, really wants to force guests to pay for in-room Wi-Fi.
Jan 29, 2015

Can't wait for more FCC rulings?! "FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels prohibited" > ow.ly/I7TRr #NetNeutrality

Jan 28, 2015

FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited | Ars Technica ow.ly/I6d6L

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