European antitrust official Margrethe Vestager tweeted today that the EU plans to scrutinize Google's new ad blocker for the Chrome browser. “We will follow this new feature and it’s effects closely,” she said today on Twitter in response to a question.
Tanya Gersh, a real estate agent in Whitefish, Montana has sued Andrew Anglin, owner of the neo-Nazi site "Daily Stormer," for allegedly coordinating a harassment campaign. The lawsuit raises questions about whether a Web site publisher can be held liable for articles that may have spurred online harassment, Ars Technica reports.
An analyst with New Street Research is predicting that cable companies will account for more than 70% of the broadband market within three years, leaving them in a position to raise prices. “As the primary source of value to households shifts increasingly from pay-TV to broadband, we would expect the cable companies to reflect more of the annual rate increases they push through on their bundles to be reflected in broadband than in the past," the analyst wrote in a note to investors.
The FCC has approved Time Warner's $70 million sale of a TV station license in Atlanta to Meredith Corp. The move helps AT&T and Time Warner avoid a merger review by the FCC, which scrutinizes deals that involve the transfer of FCC licenses. The Justice Department will still have to approve the $85 billion merger.
Net neutrality advocate Susan Crawford argues in an op-ed against a plan by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to nix the open Internet rules. "Mr. Pai ... clearly believes that unconstrained companies, unthreatened by competition, will magically provide the networks we need. Given their track record, it’s hard to go along with him," Crawford writes.
Conditions placed on Comcast as a result of its merger with NBC will expire next year, leaving the company better positioned to compete against online services like Netflix. “The handcuffs are off,” analyst Amy Yong told Bloomberg. “Now that the conditions are expiring, they’re more free to explore their options.”
State lawmakers in Washington are considering a bill that would impose new privacy laws on Internet service providers. So far, 75 of the House's 99 members and 35 of 49 Senate members have signed on the proposed measure.
Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill that would give private companies $45 million to extend broadband to rural areas. But the state failed to pass a measure that would have enabled Chattanooga to expand its muni-broadband network, which currently offers connections as far as 10 Gbps.
A new Burger King ad "could renew concerns about whether voice-activated technology has unintended consequences," Bloomberg writes. In the ad, an actor says "Ok Google, what is a Whopper burger," prompting Google Home to read Wikipedia's description of the burger.
The families of eight Chinese dissidents sued Yahoo on Tuesday for allegedly failing to honor a 10-year-old settlement that the company entered into after helping to unmask at least two dissidents. The settlement called for Yahoo to provide support to the families of the two people it helped the authorities identify, and to create a humanitarian fund for other dissidents. The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that Yahoo wrongly depleted that fund.