Sprint will exempt the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament from consumer' data caps. The move is part of a new partnership with soccer streaming service FuboTV. Sprint will give customers access to all matches if they sign up for a 60-day trial; data streamed from FuboTV won't count against consumers' monthly limits during the tournament, which takes place from June 3 to June 27.
Frontier is asking the West Virginia Supreme Court to send a lawsuit by customers over slow broadband speeds to arbitration. Last December, a lower court judge sided against Frontier, ruling that the company didn't add language about arbitration to its contracts until after the customers signed up for service.
The FCC has received almost 21,000 net neutrality complaints from consumers since last June, when the rules took effect. But the number of complaints doesn't mean that any Internet service providers actually violated net neutrality rules. Often, complaints couched as net neutrality violations are actually about other matters, like slow speeds or high prices, ArsTechnica reports.
Netflix has launched a new tool that gives consumers an easy way to test the speed of their downstream connections. But the new test, Fast, doesn't offer insight into line conditions or other issues that can affect quality, according to Broadband Reports.
Cable lobbyist Michael Powell, CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, criticized the current Federal Communications Commission's "relentless regulatory assault" on the industry. "We increasingly are saddled with heavy rules without any compelling evidence of harm to consumers or competitors," Powell said during a keynote speech at the NCTA's annual conference. Powell, who served as chairman of the FCC during the Bush administration, also criticized rules that subject Internet providers to more regulations than Web content companies. "Internet companies are nurtured and allowed to roam free, but network providers are disparagingly labeled 'gatekeepers' that should be shackled," Powell said.
New York University has sued YouTube for infringing copyright by displaying a video after the school alleged that it infringed copyright. NYU sent YouTube a takedown notice, but the original poster, Jesse Flores, who runs the account Atheists Exposed, apparently filed a counternotice earlier this month. Flores says that he received permission to post the video. YouTube allegedly said it would restore the video -- a move that prompted NYU to file suit.
Researchers publicly released data about almost 70,000 OKCupid users, including their sexual preferences and usernames. Critics say that people may be able to figure out users' real identities based on the data. The data was scraped from the site between November 2014 and March 2015. OKCupid says the researchers violated the site's terms of service.
Mozilla is asking a court to divulge how the FBI hacked into the Tor browser -- which is partially based on Firefox browser code -- last year. In a brief that Mozilla has filed with the courts, “It points out that if the details [of the hack] were disclosed publicly without prior access granted to Mozilla, hackers may be able to exploit Firefox,” Gizmodo reports.
FBI head James Comey said this week that expects more litigation over encryption on phones and other devices. He added that FBI experts have been unable to unlock around 500 devices since October.
Facebook relies heavily on human editors to determine which stories to show in its "trending" topics, according to documents leaked to the Guardian. Facebook "backed away from a pure-algorithm approach in 2014 after criticism that it had not included enough coverage of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, in users’ feeds," the Guardian says.