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  • Do Online Death Threats Count as Free Speech?

    11/27/2014 6:29:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Nov 2014 | EMILY BAZELON
    Exhibit 12 in the government’s case against Anthony Elonis is a screenshot of a Facebook post he wrote in October 2010, five months after his wife, Tara, left him. His name appears in the site’s familiar blue, followed by words that made Tara fear for her life: ‘'If I only knew then what I know now . . . I would have smothered your ass with a pillow. Dumped your body in the back seat. Dropped you off in Toad Creek and made it look like a rape and murder.'’Exhibit 13, also pulled from Facebook, is a thread that started...
  • Maybe President Obama is Just Trolling?

    11/26/2014 8:34:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For those who don't know, in Internet parlance, trolling is an effort to elicit outrage from a specific group or the public generally. As the always useful -- but not always G-rated, or spell-checked -- Urban Dictionary explains, "Trolling requires deceiving [sic]; any trolling that doesn't involve decieving [sic] someone isn't trolling at all; it's just stupid." (Pro tip: When spelling "deceiving," remember it's "i before e except after c.") The definition continues: "As such, your victim must not know that you are trolling; if he does, you are an unsuccesful [sic] troll. I don't like the president's executive action...
  • New Website to Fulfill Void Caused by Google

    11/24/2014 3:42:52 PM PST · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    westernshootingjournal.com ^ | 11/24/2014 | F Jardim
    Everyone knows that we can buy guns online, but not many are aware that the big search engines like Google and Bing sort of push search results for "guns for sale" farther down the search listing. Not saying that its completely gone in the search. But seems like the search engines are trying to discourage the searches for anything related to gun for sales query. Oh yes, by the way if you're trying to sell through Amazon, same thing not a chance. Twitter too has been on the same wagon, trying to create ads to run on Twitter and...
  • Obama's Net-Neutrality Plan Could Mean New Internet Fees

    11/21/2014 2:23:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/21/14 | Brendan Sasso
    President Obama thrilled liberals and Internet activists last week by calling for the "strongest possible" net-neutrality regulations to ensure that all Internet traffic is treated equally. **SNIP** "The net result is that every single American broadband customer will have to pay a new tax or taxes to access the Internet," Ajit Pai, a Republican FCC commissioner, warned in a speech last week. "That translates into less broadband adoption, especially among the millions of families that still struggle to make ends meet in this lackluster economy." Technically, the FCC does not have the authority to "tax." But the agency already collects...
  • Ted Cruz’s Plan for Internet Freedom? A Permanent Internet Tax Ban

    11/20/2014 4:29:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NextGov ^ | November 20, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Ted Cruz is lobbying hard to prevent government regulation of the Internet, but one measure the Texas Republican supports is expected to create a sizeable budget hole for his state. Cruz, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, spent ample time last week promoting a permanent extension to an expiring ban on federal, state, and local taxation of Internet access that is currently being considered in Congress. The measure, which passed the House earlier this year, is popular in both parties and considered a lame-duck "must pass," as the ban is set to lift on Dec. 11. But a lesser-known...
  • The FCC Plans to Increase Your Phone Bill to Build Better Internet in Schools

    11/19/2014 2:34:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/17/14 | Brendan Sasso
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission unveiled a plan Monday aimed at delivering high-speed Internet to classrooms and libraries around the country. To pay for the $1.5 billion proposal, the agency is planning a substantial increase in government fees on all monthly phone bills.
  • Ted Cruz fires back at Al Franken

    11/18/2014 10:02:25 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/14 03:30 PM EST | Julian Hattem
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) are squaring off over whether new net neutrality rules would hinder or help the growth of the Internet.After Cruz last week called net neutrality “ObamaCare for the Internet,” Franken over the weekend said that the Texas Republican had the issue “completely wrong.” ADVERTISEMENT The Texas senator “just doesn't understand what this issue is,” Franken said.On Monday, Cruz’s office fired back with YouTube videos and Vine clips that it said explains how tough Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would “calcify” the Internet and prevent people from using it as a platform for innovation.Cruz...
  • Cruz Continues Fight for Internet Freedom

    11/18/2014 5:55:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog ^ | November 17, 2014 | Amy Ridenour
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is continuing his fight to limit government interference into (and taxation of) the Internet, today releasing a compilation of comments he has received since his Washington Post op-ed and short video were released last week (you can watch the video here). Here's a few of many (emphases were added by me): "Sen. Ted Cruz got it right last week when he tweeted that Title II would be ObamaCare for the Internet." -- L. Gordon Crovitz, former Wall Street Journal publisher and author of the Wall Street Journal's Information Age column "Private Internet providers already compete with...
  • Rand Paul hires Ted Cruz's digital guru

    11/18/2014 12:15:57 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) -- Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz's top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator's team to work for Sen. Rand Paul's political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest. Harris will join Rand Paul's political action committee and his 2016 team as a chief digital strategist, according to Doug Stafford, executive director of RAND PAC. Stafford said Harris will sit at the "top of the leadership team," as Paul and his inner circle carry out what's expected to be a dizzying political schedule. Paul will likely announce his Senate re-election bid...
  • Ted Cruz Explains Internet Freedom in Nine Seconds

    11/18/2014 11:38:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the video social media service Vine on Monday, publishing two short videos that shared his views on issues related to Internet freedom in less than ten seconds. The posts are clips from a speech Cruz delivered on Friday at the Capital Factory offices in downtown Austin where he advocated against imposing a sales tax on Internet transactions or imposing other burdensome regulations, as Breitbart Texas reported. The first video is a short and simple message, based on the well-known "Don't Mess With Texas" slogan....
  • Online toll roads

    11/18/2014 11:08:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2014 | The Houston Chronicle
    Internet old-timers - those of us over age 25 - remember a time when the web was called the Information Superhighway. The debate over net neutrality has us thinking about another sort of highway: the Trans-Texas Corridor. The TTC, a proposed 4,000-mile toll road, rail and utility project, died a death of a thousand cuts in 2010. First proposed as a much-needed infrastructure investment, the well-intentioned project grew into a monstrosity of politically connected contractors, private property concerns and conspiracy theories. The biggest blow to TTC was statewide opposition to granting Spanish-owned developer Cintra a 50-year, multibillion-dollar deal to control...
  • Net Neutrality Is the Next Con

    11/17/2014 1:35:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The smartest thing to do is distrust anything coming out of this Regime. There's something out there that they're pushing, and it can be really complicated, if you listen to the wrong people about it, and that's called "net neutrality." It's something that is totally mis-titled. There's nothing "neutral" about net neutrality, what the Regime wants to do. But here's the thing. I'm telling you, you don't even need to know what it's about. All you need to know is who is behind it, and that alone should disqualify your support. It's the same people that had...
  • FCC official warns Obama-backed net neutrality plan would bring 'immediate' Internet tax

    11/17/2014 2:16:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 17, 2014
    Internet users would be forced to pay a new federal tax on their monthly bills if the government approves regulations recently endorsed by President Obama, a member of the Federal Communications Commission predicts. Commissioner Mike O'Reilly addressed what's known as "net neutrality" at a Washington seminar on Friday. That law requires telecommunications companies to pay into the FCC’s “Universal Service Fund” -- and would likely require the same of Internet companies. But O'Reilly says history clearly shows that the fees would quickly be “passed off” to customers, just like they are now on monthly phone bills. “Consumers of these services...
  • Jonathan Gruber and Obamacare undone by the ‘stupid’ people

    11/17/2014 3:01:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tammy Bruce
    New media make it difficult for elitists to deceive "..........“Weinstein’s scoop went around the world in a hurry. American Commitment, a conservative 501(c)(4) founded by Americans for Prosperity veteran Phil Kerpen, published the clip on its YouTube channel. Kerpen promoted it through tweets, which quickly became live coverage of the media outlets discovering Gruber.” This is why the political establishment hates the Internet — it allows regular people, individuals, to change the world. This in itself presents a danger to tyrannical regimes everywhere, and to American administrations that rely on keeping you in the dark. It must have been rather...
  • Positive Conversation About Sen. Ted Cruz Drops Sharply on Facebook After Net Neutrality Comments

    11/16/2014 5:18:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Benjamin Bell
    The percentage of conversation about Sen. Ted Cruz that was positive on Facebook fell after the Texas Republican criticized net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Positive interactions related to Cruz on Facebook dropped from 52 percent over the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to 34 percent from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, following the firebrand Texas senator’s reaction to Obama’s embrace of net neutrality, according to data supplied by Facebook. The percentage of negative interactions for the first week examined was 44 percent, with 4 percent of the interactions being neutral. For the later time period,...
  • Ferguson Tweet Cost Texas Teacher Her Job; #VinitaHegwood Trends on Twitter

    11/15/2014 1:18:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    China Topix ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vittorio Hernandez
    It's official. A racially offensive tweet cost Dallas English high school teacher Vinita Hegwood her job. The trustees of the Duncanville Independent School District, in a special meeting on Friday morning, confirmed her discharge over a comment she made on her personal Twitter account about the Ferguson shooting that resulted in the death of Michael Brown. The trustees stressed that it gave Hegwood, a teacher for 20 years, an opportunity to explain her side, but they nevertheless decided to fire her. Hegwood actually resigned from Duncanville High School, although she was suspended without pay first following her tweet. Hegwood told...
  • Government Screws Up Everything: The Internet Version

    11/15/2014 12:23:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    When I read that the Obama Administration wants to regulate the Internet by having the Federal Communications Commission impose “net neutrality” rules, my immediate response is to be opposed.Does my opposition to more regulation and red tape make me a knee-jerk ideologue?I suppose so, though I think it’s simply a common-sense instinct.After all, it’s very difficult to come up with a list of successful interventions by government. So I think my automatic aversion to regulation is akin to my automatic aversion to touching a hot stove. Simply stated, I can’t imagine a positive outcome.But let’s be “open minded” and consider...
  • Why the F.C.C. Should Heed President Obama on Internet Regulation

    11/15/2014 8:25:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Editorial Board
    Big telecommunications companies and many Republicans in Congress have criticized President Obama’s proposal for strong rules to prevent the creation of fast and slow lanes on the Internet. They claim this is heavy-handed government regulation. But in fact, it is correcting an old mistake. Even if broadband is reclassified as a telecommunications service, no one is talking about having federal regulators approve consumer rates or requiring companies to lease their networks to competitors. What Mr. Obama wants is an Internet where service providers handle all content sent and received by consumers equally. His approach takes into account what has happened...
  • FCC fires back at AT&T with questions about its paused fiber rollout (FCC wants ATT plans)

    11/14/2014 10:51:22 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 20 replies
    engadget.com ^ | 11/14/14 | engadget.com
    The fallout from President Barack Obama's push to reclassify internet access as a public utility was immediate, and no one reacted faster the nation's telecom giants. Most issued remarks that characterized the move as a huge mistake, but AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson went one better -- as if on cue, he announced that the company was throwing the brakes on its fiber network rollout because it didn't make sense to sink a ton of money a network infrastructure when no one knew "under what rules those investments will be governed". Long story short, he wants AT&T to wait to build...
  • Cruz makes pitch to save 'American Dream 2.0'

    11/13/2014 12:59:43 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/14 10:12 AM EST | Julian Hattem
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is warning that federal regulators are trying to stifle economic growth and freedom of the Internet.The potential 2016 White House candidate on Thursday wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post warning that net neutrality is “one of the biggest regulatory threats to the Internet,” and laying out a host of policy prescriptions to save freedom online.The Internet, he wrote, is “the American Dream, 2.0.”New Federal Communications Commission rules, however, would “invariably destroy innovation and freedom,” he argued.“We don’t leave our constitutional rights behind when we go online,” Cruz wrote. “The same commitment to the principles of...
  • FCC chair distances himself from Obama on Net Neutrality (NOT Blindly Following Orders)

    11/12/2014 11:46:17 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    That would be the Democratic, Barack Obama-appointed FCC chair, who spent yesterday backpedaling from his boss on a major policy announcement. Obama went so far as to push out a video demanding unilateral action from the FCC on Net Neutrality, the latest White House distraction from the disastrous midterm elections and an attempt to show that Obama is still relevant: “As long as I’m President,” Obama says into the camera after cheesy, 1996-style buffering graphics, “that’s what I’ll be fighting for, too.” He may be fighting for it, but Obama clearly isn’t managing for it very well. Within hours of this...
  • Can someone explain, in plain English, what 'NET NEUTRALITY' means?

    11/13/2014 6:04:17 AM PST · by maineman · 93 replies
    11/13/2014 | maineman
    I've researched the heck out of this BUT still don't get it. Just looking for a simple explanation for a simple man.
  • A German Cloud Company Is Offering Free Heat If You Have Room for Some of Its Servers

    11/13/2014 1:21:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Slate's Future Tense ^ | November 11, 2014 | Lily Hay Newman, lead blogger
    Another polar vortex may or may not be on its way, but winter means heat bills no matter what. Unless, of course, you get your heat for free from a cabinet full of servers that's sitting in your living room. If you live in Germany, it’s possible! Cloud&Heat is a cloud infrastructure company that has started distributing its servers to people who want to store them in exchange for free heat in their homes or offices. Since servers generate so much excess heat and cloud companies have to spend a lot to cool them, the idea to repurpose the waste...
  • AT&T chief: Net neutrality uncertainty puts a pause in investing

    11/12/2014 8:17:50 AM PST · by walford · 20 replies
    C|NET ^ | November 12, 2014 | Roger Cheng
    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson warned that he will hold off on many of his company's capital investment plans if uncertainty persists over how the US government will regulate the Internet. "It's prudent to pause," he said at an investor conference Wednesday. "We want to make sure we have line of sight on this process and where these rules could land, and then re-evaluate." The comments come two days after President Obama threw his support behind the idea that broadband services providers should be regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would treat Internet service providers more like utilities...
  • OBAMANET? Public Option for Internet Next on the Left's Agenda

    11/11/2014 9:57:42 PM PST · by dignitasnews · 16 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 1, 2013 | Paul M Winters
    While on one hand the Obama Administration has announced a plan to hand over supervision of Internet domains to the international community, they are actively looking at plans to control how we purchase and access the internet. In conjunction with it's grand launch, Vox Editor In Chief Ezra Klein debuted an exclusive interview with former Special Assistant to President Obama on Science, Technology and Innovative Policy (what a title) Susan Crawford to stress why "the internet is too important to be left to the private market." The interview came off with as much as much spontaneity as a paid commercial...
  • Alibaba reports record $9 billion Singles' Day sales

    11/11/2014 9:07:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | November 11, 2014 | Adam Jourdan
    HANGZHOU China (Reuters) - E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd reported more than $9 billion in sales on China's Singles' Day on Tuesday, illustrating the buying power of the Chinese consumer and the importance of the event in the retail calendar. Real-time figures on a giant screen at Alibaba's sprawling Hangzhou campus surged past 2013's record to 57.1 billion yuan ($9.3 billion) just after midnight after Chinese and overseas shoppers snapped up heavily discounted goods online. The shopping day, similar to Cyber Monday and Black Friday in the United States, comes less than eight weeks after Alibaba's record $25 billion...
  • Net Neutrality -- Electronic Frontier Foundation's explanation on what it is and what it means.

    11/11/2014 11:50:38 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 44 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | Unknown -- Posted 11/11/2014 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Net Neutrality Net neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. Unfortunately, the FCC is considering a plan that would allow some Internet providers to provide better access to some websites that pay a fee to reach users faster. This kind of “pay-to-play” Internet stifles innovation. New websites that can’t afford expensive fees for better service will face new barriers to success, leaving users with ever fewer options and a less diverse Internet. There are many ways ISPs may discriminate against how we access websites,...
  • Time to buy that new TV online: Boehner kills Internet sales tax bill..

    11/11/2014 11:38:14 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 103 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 11, 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor for MailOnline
    House speaker isn't going to bring up a Senate-passed 'fairness' bill during the lame-duck congressional sessionLegislation would allow states to collect sales taxes from their residents' online purchases, no matter where the e-tailer is locatedBrick-and-mortar stores and their trade groups want a mandate because they all have to collect sales taxes from walk-in customersRepublicans worry that all online stores, including small businesses, will find themselves having to deal with paperwork for nearly every US state House Speaker John Boehner has stuck an Internet sales tax proposal in a drawer and he doesn't intend to dust it off before the...
  • Republicans warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Obama’s push for more Internet regulation

    11/11/2014 9:24:23 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    FOX ^ | November 11, 2014 | FOX
    President Obama drew a sharp rebuke from senior Republicans on Capitol Hill for pushing broad regulation of Internet broadband service, with lawmakers warning that such a move would imperil the “thriving Internet economy and the American jobs it creates.” The president touched off the battle after issuing a lengthy statement on Monday on so-called “net neutrality.” Staking out his position, the president called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility.
  • Man embeds computer chips in hands to store Bitcoin [Mark of the Beast?]

    11/11/2014 6:44:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3:41PM GMT 10 Nov 2014 | By Matthew Sparkes, Deputy Head of Technology
    By implanting 12mm glass computer chips in his flesh Martijn Wismeijer has been able to store Bitcoins inside his body, create a personalised alarm clock and will even be able to install keyless doors in his home. But how painful is the injection? A Dutch entrepreneur has had two wireless computer chips implanted under the skin in his hands to allow him to store digital currencies like Bitcoin inside his body. Martijn Wismeijer is the founder of Mr Bitcoin, a company which installs and operates crypto-currency cash machines in and around his native Amsterdam and across Europe. This month he...
  • The Department of the Internet

    11/11/2014 4:19:22 AM PST · by abb · 61 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 10, 2014 | Andy Kessler
    Get ready for the Department of Broadband. On Monday, President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify the Internet as a public utility—like water or electricity—under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The goal: “to protect net neutrality,” Mr. Obama said in a White House YouTube video, an ironic venue for announcing a monumentally bad idea that could strangle the Internet. For years the FCC has been inching toward imposing net-neutrality rules, which are sold as a way to ban Internet service providers from discriminating against content providers. In reality such rules would dictate what ISPs...
  • Steve Scalise other GOP leaders object to Obama's call for equal access to all Internet providers

    11/10/2014 5:25:38 PM PST · by abb · 33 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 10, 2014 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Republicans were quick Monday to condemn President Barack Obama's declaration that the Federal Communications Commission should block internet providers from striking deals with cable companies and other content providers to stream their material at faster speeds. "Today's attempt by the President to have the FCC reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility is yet another example of the Obama Administration's radical effort to have the government take over more aspects of our economy where there is no justification," said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson. Joining Scalise in expressing opposition to the president's proposal were House Speaker John...
  • Obama: Regulate broadband Internet like a utility so it 'works for everyone'

    11/10/2014 1:49:18 PM PST · by upchuck · 39 replies
    cnet ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Don Reisinger
    President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve "a free and open Internet."In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable "to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas."Obama wades into a contentious debate that has raged over how to...
  • Obama:Government Should Regulate Internet to Keep It Free

    11/10/2014 2:01:46 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 43 replies
    Reason ^ | 10 Nov 2014 | Nick Gillespie
    So President Obama has announced that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility. He's asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify internet service providers (ISPs) from "information services" under Title I as telecommunications providers under Title II regulatory guidelines. (See here for background on the distinction.) This is all being done in the name of "Net Neutrality," keeping the Internet free and open, prohibiting "fast lanes" for certain services and sites, making sure no legal content is blocked, and all other horribles that...have failed to materialize in the absence of increased federal regulation. Reason contributor and Clemson...
  • Obama: Regulate broadband Internet like a utility so it 'works for everyone'

    11/10/2014 11:38:48 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 166 replies
    c/net ^ | November 10, 2014 | Don Reisinger
    President Obama urged the US government to adopt tighter regulations on broadband service in an effort to preserve "a free and open Internet." In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable "to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas." Obama wades into a contentious debate that has raged over...
  • Postal Service confirms security breach, Chinese government hackers reportedly suspected

    11/10/2014 9:48:27 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Staff
    Chinese government operatives reportedly are suspected of hacking the U.S. Postal Service, in a security breach that may have compromised personal information for more than 800,000 workers. The breach was announced Monday, as President Obama arrived in Beijing. The Postal Service confirmed the incident in a written statement, saying personal information that may have been obtained in the attack includes employees' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, emergency contacts and other information. The agency said customers at local post offices or those using its website, usps.com, were not affected. However, people who used its call center may have...
  • Obama’s proposal to regulate the internet signals desire for confrontation with the GOP

    11/10/2014 9:40:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The White House wants you to know that it values the internet as the most transformative communications tool since the invention of the printing press. “More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago,” a statement published by the administration on Monday read. Given this praise for the internet’s developmental trajectory up to this point, it is something of a wonder that the White House has determined the first public policy prescription that it would embrace in the wake of Democrats’ historic 2014 defeats is the regulation...
  • Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility

    11/10/2014 8:05:10 AM PST · by driftdiver · 27 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality. "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act," Obama says in a statement this morning. "In plain English, I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life." "The decision is still up to the FCC" There's been...
  • Microsoft's CEO Gave Us The Clearest Vision For The Company We've Had In Years

    11/10/2014 8:50:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/10/2014 | Steve Kovach
    Over the last few years, it’s been tough to pinpoint what Microsoft’s focus is. In 2012, then-CEO Steve Ballmer wrote an open letter to shareholders labeling Microsoft as a “devices and services” company. It was a signal that Microsoft would not only make the software that people use, but the devices that software runs on. That’s a very Apple-like philosophy, but one that hasn’t paid off for Microsoft as we’ve seen with its Surface line of tablets and acquisition of Nokia. The narrative shifted when Satya Nadella took over as CEO in April. Hardware took a backseat to what he...
  • President Obama Wants To Reclassify The Internet, Turning It Into A Utility

    11/10/2014 8:13:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/10/2014 | LISA EADICICCO
    President Barack Obama wants to reclassify the internet as a utility, he said in a new statement released by the White House on Monday. This would allow the Federal Communications Committee to enforce heavier restrictions on it and protect net neutrality. "The time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do," Obama said in his statement. Obama is officially supporting net neutrality, writing that internet service providers should not be allowed to control, or "pick winners and losers"...
  • Obama Urges FCC to Seize Sweeping New Internet Powers to Save Net Neutrality

    11/10/2014 7:08:26 AM PST · by abb · 58 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 10, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    President Obama leapt directly into the net neutrality fight Monday, urging the Federal Communications Commission to claim expansive new powers over the Internet to enact the "strongest possible" rules. Under his plan, the FCC would classify broadband Internet as a "telecommunication service," a provision the agency already uses to regulate telephone companies. Broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon have been lobbying fiercely against the same classification for Internet service, warning it would strangle their industry with utility-style regulations. Obama noted that the FCC is an independent agency and that the ultimate decision will be up to Chairman Tom Wheeler and...
  • London Police chief Hogan-Howe: Internet is a haven for murderers, jihadis and paedophiles

    11/06/2014 6:59:03 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    London's police chief today warns society against letting parts of the  internet become a “dark and ungoverned” space populated by paedophiles, murderers and terrorists. In a call for action, Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says encryption on computers and mobile phones is frustrating police investigations, meaning parts of the web are becoming “anarchic places”. He was telling a New York law enforcement conference: “We can’t allow parts of the internet, or any communications platform, to become dark, ungoverned space where images of child abuse are exchanged, murders are planned and terrorist plots are progressed. “In a democracy we cannot accept...
  • What will life be like in 2064?

    11/03/2014 10:12:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    World Economic Forum ^ | October 8, 2014 | Martin Sorrell
    That an octopus called Paul had a better success rate than Goldman Sachs when predicting World Cup results (credit to the Wall Street Journal for the headline “Octopus Beats Vampire Squid”) tells you something about the wisdom of guessing the future in public. Guessing what the world will look like in 50 years’ time, however, is pretty safe, as I won’t be here to see myself proved wrong. Or will I? If Google’s director of engineering has his way, we’ll all be around indefinitely – in the cloud at least. AI (artificial intelligence) guru Ray Kurzweil is one of a...
  • Malls Fill Vacant Stores With Server Rooms: Empty Department Stores Converted Into Data Centers

    11/03/2014 7:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 3, 2014 | Drew Fitzgerald and Paul Ziobro
    The Internet is moving to a shopping center near you. In Fort Wayne, Ind., a vacated Target store is about to be home to rows of computer servers, network routers and Ethernet cables courtesy of a local data-center operator. In Jackson, Miss., a former McRae’s department store will get the same treatment next year. And one quadrant of the Marley Station Mall south of Baltimore is already occupied by a data-center company that last year offered to buy out the rest of the building. As America’s retailers struggle to keep up with online shopping, the Internet is starting to settle...
  • 301 views 46 likes, 2 dislikes FEC May Yank 1st Amendment Guards for Drudge, Rest of Internet

    10/29/2014 5:00:48 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 33 replies
    PJ Media - YouTube ^ | 29 Oct 2014 | None
    Video at link....
  • Hungary Waters Down Planned Tax on Internet Use

    10/27/2014 10:06:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 27, 2014 | Margit Feher
    BUDAPEST—Hungary’s government said Monday it will soften its stance on a proposed tax on Internet access after tens of thousands protested the plan that initially saw a steep levy on every gigabyte of online traffic. After protests in Budapest and other cities in Hungary over the weekend, the administration of Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it filed a new version of its tax proposal, capping the tax at 700 forints ($2.87) a month for each individual subscriber and 5,000 forints for businesses. Internet service providers rather than subscribers are to pay the tax, according to the bill.
  • Web outage... ?

    10/27/2014 9:35:24 PM PDT · by BlueNgold · 20 replies
    www | 10/27/2014 | me
    Anyone else having trouble? Major sites.. esp.. Yahoo ... all failing
  • Dick Morris: Obama, Democrats Want Control of Internet Speech

    10/27/2014 6:23:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Oct 2014 | Dick Morris
    Not content with the total bias and domination of the news networks, CNN, and the nation's leading newspapers, the Democrats on the Federal Election Commission have moved to assert federal control over Internet political speech. Claiming the authority to regulate political postings and blogs as independent campaign expenditures, they want to apply federal campaign finance laws to online voices. According to the Washington Examiner, the three Democrats on the FEC moved at the Oct. 24 meeting to impose "burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning." The three Republican members on the commission beat back the measure, warning the proposal would regulate...
  • Faster, Sooner: Why The U.S. Needs 'Gigabit Communities'

    10/27/2014 7:17:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Forbes CIO Network blog ^ | January 18, 2013 | Julius Genachowski, guest poster, chairman, FCC
    Walking the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show last week, I kept thinking of that line from Jaws, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” All the Internet-connected, data-hungry gadgets that are coming to market sent a strikingly clear message: we’re going to need faster broadband networks. Making sure the U.S. has super-fast, high-capacity, ubiquitous broadband networks delivering speeds measured in gigabits, not megabits isn’t just a matter of consumer convenience, as important as that is. It’s essential to economic growth, job creation and U.S. competitiveness. In our 21st century economy, innovation leadership is necessary for economic leadership. Our broadband...
  • FEC deadlock keeps Internet free from broadcast campaign ad regulations

    10/26/2014 7:27:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The Federal Election Commission deadlocked in a crucial Internet campaign speech vote announced late last week, leaving online political blogging and videos free of many of the reporting requirements attached to broadcast ads — for now. All three Republican-backed members voted against restrictions, but they were opposed by the three Democrat-backed panel members, including Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel, who said she will lead a push next year to come up with rules for government political speech on the Internet. It would mark a major reversal for the commission, which for nearly a decade has protected the