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Behind IBM's Plan to Beat Humans at Their Own Game

wired.com — Update 2/15 3 p.m. EST: Human Jeopardy champ Brad Rutter and IBM supercomputer Watson ended Monday's initial round tied at $5,000. Ken Jennings was in third place with $2,000. The competition continues tonight. IBM supercomputer Watson squared off Monday in a historic Valentine's Day encounter against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a...

​FCC Chief Says He Agrees With Obama on Net Neutrality. Critics Are Skeptical

motherboard.vice.com — Wheeler's comments, delivered during a press conference following the FCC's monthly meeting, came one week after Obama issued a strong statement opposing "paid prioritization," which Open Internet advocates say is anathema to net neutrality, the principle that broadband providers should treat all data equally.

Ebay Is the Latest Tech Giant Under Pressure to Cut Ties to Climate Deniers

motherboard.vice.com — Over the last few weeks, several major tech companies and other corporate giants have cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the controversial conservative group that has come under fire for its opposition to climate change initiatives championed by environmental activists. Ebay is the latest corporate giant to feel the pressure to leave ALEC.

Facebook Promised Transparency About User Experiments, But a Trust Gap Remains

motherboard.vice.com — Facebook vowed on Thursday to change the way it conducts research on its users, but the social network's statement fell short of the reforms that critics have called for after a furor over the company's manipulation of user emotions.

​Verizon Backs Off New Data Throttling Policy After FCC Pressure

motherboard.vice.com — Verizon Wireless has ditched its controversial plan to begin slowing down data speeds for certain customers, just as the new policy was about to take effect, the wireless giant announced on Wednesday. The reversal by Verizon comes after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler criticized the new plan, and represents a small, if clear, victory for the FCC chief.

Google Cut Ties With ALEC for 'Lying' About Climate Change

motherboard.vice.com — Google is dropping its support for a controversial Koch Brothers-backed conservative lobbying group after the tech titan's executive chairman denounced the group for "literally lying" about climate change. Eric Schmidt made the comments during an interview Monday with NPR's Diane Rehm, and they represent an abrupt turnaround for a corporate giant that has faced mounting pressure to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Nancy Pelosi Urged the FCC to Classify the Internet as a Utility

motherboard.vice.com — Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the powerful Democrat House leader who represents San Francisco, is urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband service under a strict regulatory regime favored by many Open Internet advocates.

The FCC Chairman Admits US Broadband Is a Mess. Will He Fix It?

motherboard.vice.com — The United States broadband market lacks robust competition, particularly for high-speed internet service, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler declared on Thursday. This is not news. It's been well documented that US consumers have fewer choices for broadband service, at higher prices but lower speeds, compared to dozens of other developed countries, including throughout Europe and Asia.

AT&T: We Deserve Tax Breaks, Municipal Broadband Doesn't

motherboard.vice.com — Government officials shouldn't give local organizations tax breaks and other incentives to build community broadband networks, telecom giant AT&T said in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, because that would create a "non-level playing field." Instead, the government should give tax breaks and incentives to AT&T and other private telecom interests, the corporate giant said in its filing.

Time Warner: An 'Erroneous IP Configuration' Caused Nationwide Blackout

motherboard.vice.com — Time Warner Cable, the nation's second largest cable company, suffered a nationwide Internet outage Wednesday caused by an "erroneous IP configuration," the company told Motherboard. "During an overnight network maintenance activity in which we were managing IP addresses, an erroneous configuration was propagated throughout our national backbone, resulting in a network outage," the company told Motherboard.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @BeschlossDC: Walter Lippmann advised young Benjamin Bradlee not to use "Ben" in his byline because it would sound like a "sportswriter."

Oct 21, 2014

RT @trevortimm: Ben Bradlee published the Pentagon Papers knowing the @NYTimes was already under an unprecedented court-ordered injunction. That's badass.

Oct 21, 2014

Bradlee most well-known for spearheading Watergate coverage, but worth remembering role in Pentagon Papers. Like NYT, WaPo defied Nixon.

Oct 21, 2014

RT @nxthompson: “So get the fuck outta here and get back to work.” Bradlee’s advice to a young Remnick. ow.ly/D8hlI

Oct 21, 2014

Ben Bradlee started off at the Post covering DC municipal courts in the late ‘40s (!), then became a GA reporter. c-span.org/video/?67506-1…

Oct 21, 2014

“In Boston, you don’t talk about yourself, you don’t write about yourself.” — Ben Bradlee, 1995. @cspan c-span.org/video/?67506-1…

Oct 21, 2014

Here’s Ben Bradlee from 1995 discussing his book "A Good Life: Newspapering,” on @cspan c-span.org/video/?67506-1…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @cspan: Former @WashingtonPost Executive Editor Ben Bradlee had 49 C-SPAN appearances. cs.pn/1yWpMZ2 RIP. pic.twitter.com/uUudgnJ7t9

Oct 21, 2014

RT @washingtonpost: Ben Bradlee: "There is nothing like daily journalism! Best damn job in the world!" wapo.st/1vJWbPV pic.twitter.com/QdID4m9Pd3



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