• Trump Issues Cybersecurity Order
    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at improving cybersecurity. Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert indicated Thursday that the order calls on the private sector to help combat denial-of-service attacks.
  • Spammers Send FCC Fake Comments Opposing Net Neutrality
    A bot appears to be spamming the FCC's site with fake comments expressing opposition to net neutrality. The comments include the same language, and are attributed to specific individuals. But when reporters contacted the individuals, some denied leaving the comments. The bot may have gotten its list of names from public voter records or an earlier data breach, ZDNet reports.
  • Sprint Renews Push For T-Mobile Merger
    Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son said this week that "door is open" to merge with T-Mobile, given the Republican administration. In 2014, Sprint dropped a prior attempt to acquire T-Mobile
  • Megaupload Users Can't Retrieve Data
    A federal appellate court has refused to intervene in a dispute over whether a user of the defunct cyberlocker Megaupload can retrieve his data. The user, Kyle Goodwin, lost access to the material more than five years ago, when the federal government indicted Megaupload's executives for criminal copyright infringement and shut down the service. Represented by the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, he sought a return of his files. The trial judge never held a hearing on that request, prompting the EFF to ask the 4th …
  • John Oliver, Net Neutrality Fans Fry FCC Web Site
    Inspired by HBO comedian John Oliver, net neutrality fans just succeeded in crashing the FCC’s Web site. As Motherboard reports: “During Sunday night’s episode of ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Oliver urged viewers to visit his recently-purchased URL gofccyourself.com, which redirects to the FCC's comment submission page, and express opposition to [Republican FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai’s plan.”
  • Comcast And Charter Partner On Wireless
    The country's two largest broadband providers, Comcast and Charter, plan to jointly explore entering the wireless market, they said today. The companies already have contracted to use Verizon's network and infrastructure.
  • Illinois Senate Approves New Online Privacy Law
    The Illinois state Senate approved the Right to Know Act, which would require Google, Facebook and other Web companies that collect personally identifiable information to disclose their data-sharing practices to users. The measure, which passed by a 31-21 vote in the Senate, will now go to the House.
  • Feds Launch Criminal Probe Of Uber
    The Department of Justice is investigating whether Uber violated any criminal laws by allegedly using the software program "Greyball" to circumvent officials who were investigating the ride-hailing company, Reuters reports. It's not yet clear whether anyone is likely to face charges.
  • Will Democracy Survive Hypertargeting?
    "What we fear is a future in which potent personal data is combined with increasingly sophisticated technology to produce and deliver unaccountable personalized media and messages at a national scale," write Parsons School of Design associate professor David Carroll and NYC Media Lab Executive Director Justin Hendrix in an essay exploring the relationship between targeting techniques, fake news and politics. They're calling on people to pressure tech companies to "behave in the interests of the democracies that enabled their unrivaled success," and to pressure lawmakers into reforming …
  • Amazon Settles EU Antitrust Probe
    European antitrust authorities have reached a settlement with Amazon over its ebook licensing contracts. The deal requires Amazon to stop including "most-favored nation" clauses in its contracts with publishers; those clauses allowed Amazon to demand better deals than other distributors.  
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