• Google Fiber Cancels Installations In Kansas City
    Google Fiber has canceled installations for some Kansas City residents who've been waiting for years for the broadband service. Google doesn't give a reason for its decision, other than to say it wasn't able to "build our network to connect your home or business at this time.'"
  • California And Nevada Officials Criticize AT&T
    Elected officials in California and Nevada told AT&T the company is lagging on broadband deployment. "All too many Californians and Nevadans have waited far too long for AT&T to build the high-speed broadband infrastructure promised to them," mayors and other elected representatives wrote to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.  
  • New York Lawmakers Mull 'Right To Be Forgotten'
    A proposed bill in New York would require online search engines and publishers to remove information about people at their request, if the information is "inaccurate", "irrelevant", "inadequate" or "excessive." The bill defines those terms as content that's "no longer material to current public debate or discourse, especially when considered in light of the financial, reputational and/or demonstrable other harm that the information, article or other content is causing to the requester's professional, financial, reputational or other interest." The law also has an exception for information related …
  • Apple Fixed iPhone Prices In Russia
    Apple illegally fixed prices for some iPhone models in Russia, authorities said today. The company faces penalties of up to 15% of its sales in Russia. Apple can appeal the ruling.
  • Google's Allo Leaked User's Search History
    Google's mobile messaging app Allo accidentally leaked data about a user's prior search queries, Recode reports. The leakage happened when two Allo users were also using the "Assistant" feature -- which conducts searches -- while having a conversation. Google says it fixed the bug.
  • Backpage's Shuttering Of Sex Ads May Have Sparked Rise In Street Prostitution
    Police in San Jose have seen a "conspicuous rise in street prostitution" since Backpage shuttered its sex ads. “When Backpage was running adult ads, we used to get tips, but that has dropped off,” San Jose Police Department Sergeant Eric Quan told The New York Times. said. “It makes it a lot more complicated for us to figure out what’s going on.” Some advocates who fight sex trafficking say Backpage's decision was a step in the right direction, but "more an inconvenience than a crippling blow," the …
  • Ad Serving Malware Found On Androids
    Check Point Software Technologies said today it found malware preloaded on 38 Android devices it tested; the devices were owned by two separate companies. Most of the malware stole were "info stealers and programs that displayed ads on the phones," Ars Technica reports.
  • ACLU Fights Demand For Facebook Data About Pipeline Protest Page
    The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to quash a request by police in Bellingham, Washington to obtain Facebook data as part of an investigation into the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The police have obtained a warrant for account information about anyone who has interacted with the page of the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition, which is protesting the pipeline. “The warrant at issue here is deeply problematic and runs afoul of constitutional protections,” attorney La Rond Baker stated. “Political speech and the freedom to engage in political activity …
  • Public Interest Groups Ask Officials To Preserve Net Neutrality
    One hundred and seventy-one public interest groups asked the FCC and Senate to preserve the recent net neutrality rules. "Protecting net neutrality is crucial to ensuring that the internet remains a central driver of economic growth and opportunity, job creation, education, free expression, and civic organizing for everyone," Public Knowledge, the ACLU, Free Press and others argue in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, and Ranking Member Bill Nelson.
  • Apple To Fix Vulnerabilities Revealed By WikiLeaks
    Apple says it will fix any vulnerabilities that may have enabled the CIA to undermine encryption on iPhones and other devices. The potential security holes came to light yesterday when WikiLeaks released documents about CIA surveillance programs.
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