• T-Mobile Exec Touts Benefits Of Possible Sprint Merger
    T-Mobile Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter says a merger with Sprint would enable the combined company to compete more effectively with the two largest carriers -- AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile's other potential merger partners include cable companies like Dish, according to the wireless carrier's Chief Operating Officer, Mike Sievert.
  • Comcast Rolls Out Fiber-To-The-Home
    Comcast has started offering fiber-to-the-home connections in at least one market -- Jacksonville, Florida. The broadband provider hasn't yet increased speeds in that area.  
  • Republican FCC Commissioner Wants To Block State Broadband Privacy Laws
    FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly, a Republican, says the agency should stop states from creating their own broadband privacy laws. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently expressed a similar idea.
  • Hackers Threaten To Leak New 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'
    Hackers are threatening to leak the upcoming movie "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" online, unless Disney pays a ransom. Disney doesn't plan to pay, according to Deadline.
  • Report: Net Neutrality Rules Haven't Dampened Investment By ISPs
    Contrary to suggestions made by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Internet service providers have increased investment in their networks since 2015, when the net neutrality rules were passed, according to a new report by advocacy group Free Press. "We found that not a single publicly traded US ISP ever told its investors (or the SEC) that Title II negatively impacted its own investments specifically," the report adds.
  • Netflix Blocks App Installations On 'Rooted' Androids
    Netflix won't allow Androids that have been "rooted" -- meaning modified to allow operating systems other than the original -- to install its app. The move appears driven by a desire to preserve Google's software locks that prevent users from copying video.
  • Uber Allowed To Continue Developing Self-Driving Cars
    A judge declined to order Uber to shut down its self-driving car program, but barred engeineer Anthony Levandowski from working on some of the program's technology. Levandowski previously worked for Google's Waymo. Google alleges in a pending lawsuit that Levandowski stole trade secrets and took them to Uber.
  • HP Shipped Laptops Laden With Spyware
    Laptops shipped by Hewlett-Packward were found to contain keyloggers that record all keystrokes made by users -- including their passwords and logins -- a researcher revealed this week. The information is stored in an unencrypted text log on the computer, readable by anyone with access to the device. HP has already issued a Windows patch for at least some affected models.
  • Uber Could Face Charges For Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets From Google
    A federal judge who is presiding over a battle between Google and Uber has recommended that federal prosecutors investigate whether Uber stole trade secrets regarding self-driving cars from Google. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup, who issued the recommendation, currently presides over claims that former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 confidential documents -- including trade secrets -- before joining Uber.
  • Cable Industry Survey Finds People Support Net Neutrality Principles
    A consumer survey conducted by the NCTA -- The Internet & Television Association reveals widespread support for rules that prohibit broadband providers from blocking or throttling material and from charging for prioritized delivery. Sixty-one percent of more than 2,100 consumers surveyed said they support prohibitions on blocking, throttling and paid fast lanes, while just 18% of respondents oppose those prohibitions.
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