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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).

Nancy Pelosi Urged the FCC to Classify the Internet as a Utility — 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? — 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 — 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.
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Oct 27, 2014

RT @McAndrew: 10 years of @globalvoices! An incredible milestone. Huge thanks to every contributor, starting with @rmack & @EthanZ. http://…

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RT @BostonGlobe: Under pressure from the White House, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo loosens Ebola quarantine policy

Oct 26, 2014

NYT: ISIS Hostages Endured Torture and Dashed Hopes, Freed Cellmates Say. Harrowing, horrific story by @rcallimachi.

Oct 25, 2014

@Rymo63 Awesome. Have fun at Shoreline for me brotha. Talk soon. S

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