Hundreds of Google users have lost access to their accounts -- including access to Gmail, photos and documents stored in Google's cloud -- for allegedly violating Google's terms of service by re-selling Pixel phones. Forum members of the site Dan's Deals first reported Google's move.
The Snooper's Charter -- a law that would give the British government unprecedented powers to invade citizens’ digital privacy -- is set to take effect. “Both the House of Lords and House of Commons have now passed the Investigatory Powers Bill,” Wired UK reports, calling it, “the biggest overhaul of surveillance powers for more than a decade.” Before being officially adopted, however, “It will need to receive Royal Assent, which is likely to be given before the end of 2016.”
Charter's $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks has resulted in higher prices for subscribers. Charter also has frozen some of Time Warner's planned broadband speed upgrades.
For the second time this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's online accounts have been hacked. The group OurMine said it defaced Zuckerberg's Pinterest account, changing his bio to read, "Don't worry, we are just testing your security."
Comcast has stopped offering some customers near Chicago the opportunity to purchase Gigabit broadband with unlimited data for $70 a month -- a significant discount from the standard price of $140 a month (without a contract) plus $50 for unlimited data. Comcast still offers the $70 deal in some Chicago neighborhoods but no longer offers it to new customers in cities near Chicago.
The number of people signing up for encrypted email services doubled after last week's Presidential election, according to Swiss encrypted email company ProtonMail. Company president says that Donald Trump will now have the power "to rewrite FISA as he sees fit or introduce a new law" that could expand the government's surveillance authority. "Given Trump's campaign rhetoric against journalists, political enemies, immigrants, and Muslims, there is concern that Trump could use the new tools at his disposal to target certain groups," the group states.
Twitter has rolled out new tools aimed at curbing online abuse. Among other changes, the company will now offer users the option of reporting "hate speech and targeted harassment," according to Consumerist.
Comcast is lifting its 1 TB data cap in Maine, but will continue to enforce the cap in 27 other states. The company says it's suspending the data cap in Maine because it doesn't cap data in other areas of the Northeast.
Staff from WikiLeaks denied conspiring with President-elect Donald Trump in a question-and-answer session on Reddit. The company also defended its release of emails that may have damaged the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
AT&T will throttle mobile video to DVD-quality for all customers -- even those on "unlimited" data plans -- unless they opt out, the company said today. The company hasn't yet said whether the new policy will apply to DirecTV video.