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Sam Gustin

Correspondent, Motherboard — Vice

Business, tech, policy @VICE @Motherboard @BKCHarvard

Facebook’s WhatsApp Data Gambit Faces Federal Privacy Complaint — Facebook's decision to begin harvesting data from its popular WhatsApp messaging service provoked a social-media uproar on Thursday, and prompted leading privacy advocates to prepare a federal complaint accusing the tech titan of violating US law.

After Legal Defeat, US Mayors Vow to Continue Municipal Broadband Fight — Two weeks after a federal court dealt a major blow to municipal broadband advocates, dozens of US mayors and city leaders vowed on Wednesday to continue the fight for local control of next-generation communications networks.

Congress Should Support Community Broadband Networks, Advocates Say — Now that a federal court has blocked an effort by the FCC to boost community broadband, Congress should respond by passing a bill making it easier for cities to be build affordable, high-speed networks for citizens, according to public interest advocates.

Americans Don't Care About Prison Phone Exploitation, Says FCC Official — Most Americans don't care about the exorbitant phone charges that the nation's 2.2 million prison inmates and their families are forced to endure just to stay in touch, a top federal communications regulator said Thursday.

​Comcast’s Defense of ‘Pay-For-Privacy’ Alarms Consumer Advocates — How much is your privacy worth? That's the question that Comcast customers may soon face if the broadband giant decides to start offering discounts in exchange for more intrusive access to user data. This is not idle speculation.

​These Graphics Show Why the US Needs to Boost Tech Beyond Silicon Valley — Silicon Valley is the epicenter and symbolic home of US technology innovation, spawning world-famous companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook that employ tens of thousands of highly-skilled workers, generating billions of dollars in economic activity.

Big Telecom Wants a DC Circuit Net Neutrality Review. Here’s Why That’s Unlikely — The nation's largest cable and telecom industry trade groups on Friday asked a federal court for a rare "en banc" review of last month's decision upholding US rules protecting net neutrality, the principle that all content on the internet should be equally accessible to consumers.

Democrats Weigh Antitrust Effort Against Silicon Valley Titans — The US Democratic Party has adopted the strongest antitrust platform language in decades, laying the foundation for what some party leaders hope will be an aggressive effort to curb the growing power of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple and Amazon.

After Yahoo Deal, Verizon Faces Uphill Battle Against Google, Facebook — Two turkeys (and a telecom) do not make an eagle. ( With apologies to Vic Gundotra.) That line is a bit of a cliché in the tech world, but it conveys a sense of the challenges facing Verizon as it embarks on a strategy to combine Yahoo's internet business, which the telecom giant is set to purchase for $4.8 billion, with AOL, in an effort to gain a foothold in the fast-growing online advertising market.

Time is Running Out to Save Net Neutrality in Europe — Europe is running out of time to protect net neutrality. One month after a US federal court upheld strong rules protecting net neutrality-the principle that all content on the internet should be equally accessible-the battle over how to protect the internet's open, freewheeling nature has shifted to Europe.
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Aug 26, 2016

.@derektmead Thanks boss. It's a privilege to be part of this team.

Aug 25, 2016

In order to opt out of WhatsApps' binding arbitration agreement, you must notify them by mail! cc: @KForscey_PK

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