Friday, January 13, 2017

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    • Virginia Considers Prohibiting New Muni-Broadband NetworksArstechnica

      A proposed bill in Virginia would make it harder for cities and towns to offer muni-broadband service. The measure would prohibit local governments from building their own networks if an existing provider offers service at speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream. "That speed threshold is low enough that it can be met by old DSL lines in areas that haven't received more modern cable and fiber networks," Ars Technica writes. ...Read the whole story

    • Fingerprints Can Be Recreated From Peace Sign PhotosEngadget

      People who pose for photos with their fingers in the peace sign may be exposing their fingerprints online, according to a study by researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics. "Investigators found that, if the focus and lighting was right, they could recreate fingerprints from images shot up to 3 meters (nearly 10 feet) from the subject," Engadget writes. ...Read the whole story

    • App.net Calling It QuitsVentureBeat

      After about five years of operation, App.net is calling it quits. “The social network billed itself as being ad-free and subscription-based,” Venture Beat notes. “App.net will cease to exist on March 14, citing an inability to generate meaningful revenue and failure to gain attention of developers and users.” ...Read the whole story

    • EU Not Satisfied With US Answers On Yahoo Email ScreeningReuters

      The United States has not satisfied concerns about Yahoo's scanning of all customers' incoming emails for intelligence purposes. The European Commission asked the U.S. in November for clarifications on the secret court order served to Yahoo as part of its monitoring of a new transatlantic pact facilitating the exchange of personal data by businesses. ...Read the whole story

    • Google Drops Internet Drones ProjectBBC

      Google has confirmed that it has closed its Internet drone project Titan, three years after it bought the business. The drones were designed to bring the Internet to remote rural areas, complementing its Loon project -- a similar initiative using hot air balloons. However, the solar-powered vehicles have faced technical difficulties and funding challenges. ...Read the whole story

    How We Changed As A Nation Over The Past 8 Years

    As President Barack Obama bids farewell to the nation and President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take his oath of office, it is appropriate to reflect at how the country has changed over the past eight ye ...More

    • Social-Media Growth Driven By Older Users

      A Pew survey suggests that social media usage among younger adults is leveling off - or maybe even decreasing - as their elders sign on in growing numbers. ...More