Despite predictions by opponents of net neutrality rules, the new regulations haven't slowed investment in broadband by Comcast and other broadband providers, Ars Technica reports. For the quarter ending last month, Comcast's capital expenditures were up 11% compared to 2014, Ars reports. At Verizon, wireless capital investment is up 8.4% from last year.
A court in Australia has ruled that Google is responsible for returning search results that link to defamatory material, The court ruled that Google should have removed the search results after learning that they linked to content that was defamatory.
T-Mobile may be planning to allow customers to stream video from services including Netflix and HBO Now without counting that data against their monthly allotments. The carrier already allows customers to stream music from a variety of services.
Google Fiber will issue credits for two days of service to Kansas City customers who lost their TV and Internet connections during Tuesday night's World Series game. Most customers lost service from around 7 p.m. to 7:35 p.m., while others experienced longer outages. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard than this, and we’re taking immediate steps to ensure this type of issue doesn’t happen again," Kelly Carnago, the Google Fiber manager for Kansas City, said in a statement.
Privacy officials in Germany said on Wednesday that they may prohibit Facebook, Google and other companies from transferring data from Europe to the U.S. The move comes several weeks after the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the "safe harbor" agreement, which allowed companies to send data across the Atlantic.
The European Parliament today voted in favor of net neutrality rules, but with loopholes that could give broadband providers "more leeway" in Europe than the U.S., Ars Technica reports. The rules ban paid prioritization, but allow for exceptions for services including IPTV and high-definition videoconferencing. "Net neutrality advocates believe the exception can be abused and potentially slow down the content of online service providers that don't pay ISPs," Ars Technica says.
The Israel Law Center is suing Facebook for allegedly giving terrorists an online platform, the New York Post reports. “Facebook connects the whole world, and they need to be sensitive that their algorithms are spanning decades of hatred and murder, and connecting people who are not only interested in malicious activities, but are actually going through with these activities,” the group's attorney, Robert Tolchin, told the Post. The nonprofit is asking a judge in Brooklyn Supreme Court to issue an injunction against the social networking service.
AT&T has rolled out a program that offers free data to smartphone users who interact with brands by engaging in activity like taking surveys, shopping at specific sites and signing up for subscriptions. At launch, AT&T is working with brands including Fandango, Hotel Tonight and Rosetta Stone, according to DSLReports.
A federal judge has thrown out Wikimedia's lawsuit
against the National Security Agency. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled that Wikimedia, which publishes Wikipedia, couldn't prove that its contributors had been monitored by the NSA.
The controversial Cyber Information Sharing Act -- which is opposed by tech companies including Google, Apple, Twitter and Yahoo -- could face a vote next week. Security experts have criticized the measure, arguing that it could make it harder to respond to threats while also undermining consumers' privacy.