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Amid Privacy Concerns, NYC Approves Bid to Turn Payphones into Wifi Hotspots — New York City's ambitious plan to transform thousands of obsolete payphones into blazing fast free public wifi hotspots took a major step forward today, when the city announced the contract's winning bidder and provided details about the rollout. City officials said Monday that when completed, the initiative will result in the largest, fastest network of free public wifi hotspots in the country.

Obama Finally Endorsed Net Neutrality. Now What? — President Barack Obama's strong endorsement of tough new rules regulating US internet service providers sets the stage for a fierce ideological fight that will play out in federal court and Congress in the coming months.

The FCC's Hybrid Net Neutrality Plan Could Break the Open Internet Coalition — There are signs that the pro-net neutrality coalition is under increasing strain as the Federal Communications Commission nears a decision over the form and scope of its new Open Internet rules.

Five Candidates the Internet's Favorite Super PAC Should Spend Its Money On — Internet activist Lawrence Lessig's "Super PAC to end all Super PACs" managed to hit its self-imposed July 4 fundraising deadline, after thousands of donors responded to a last-minute online push spurred in part by Star Trek icon and social media superstar George Takei, who urged his 1.2 million Twitter followers and 7.2 million Facebook fans to help "take back our democracy from the super wealthy."

Behind IBM's Plan to Beat Humans at Their Own Game — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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).
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Nov 26, 2014

Shutting down transportation is a long-standing civil rights protest tactic, as @marclamonthill pointed out earlier @Newyorkist.

Nov 25, 2014

Yeah, it’s smart policy, smart policing. Police keeping people safe, protestors moving quickly. Voices heard. @farrellmcmanus @jonwoods

Nov 25, 2014

They have the resources. Was just in Times Square. But hands-off policy, seems to be directed from the top. Smart. @jonwoods

Nov 25, 2014

Just back from Times Square protest, which I left heading toward UWS. 100% peaceful. NYPD hands off. Drivers annoyed. Tourists baffled.

Nov 25, 2014

@bobbymacReports @PreetaTweets @brianstelter Just back now. I broke off when march turned left on Central Park South, heading up toward UWS.

Nov 25, 2014

Protesters, numbering at least 5000 now, taking a left on Central Park South, which is completely shut down.

Nov 25, 2014

Protesters flood Times Square, shutting down traffic. At least 3000 out. "No justice, no peace. No racist police."

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