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US cities react in fury to FCC's $2bn break for 5G telcos: We'll be picking up the tab, say officials

A plan to impose a federal price cap and one-size-fits-all model for the rollout of next-generation mobile networks has been met with fury by US cities. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle and dozens of other cities have responded in anger to a public comment period on two …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Sep 2018
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Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

Analysis Amid the enormous bundle of digital-assistant devices and technology Amazon super-hyped this week, one particular component has the potential to change the future of the smart home market. It's hardware that, in theory, would allow any manufacturer to make their products work with the Alexa system. The Alexa Connect Kit is …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Sep 2018
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In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg

Comment President Donald Trump's trade war with China may come with a serious cost to America's next-generation cellular networks, a federal regulator has warned. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a conference audience on Thursday that part of the new tariffs announced by the White House against China will include 25 per cent …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Sep 2018

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

Apple is accused of deliberately shafting people who didn't upgrade their iPhones and iOS, in a class action lawsuit over its FaceTime video-conferencing software. This week, US district judge Lucy Koh allowed [PDF] a class-action lawsuit against the tech giant to move forward after she rejected Apple's argument that it can do …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Sep 2018

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

Big cable companies have told the federal government that "now's not the time" to talk about US internet speeds; despite a new program that will pay them billions of dollars to expand broadband access across the country, and a new proposal that put even more money in their pockets. Yes, it is the annual farce that is the …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2018

FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert

The latest effort by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand 5G networks across the United States is little more than a cash giveaway to large telcos and will grow, rather than close, the digital divide. That's the opinion of telco expert, author of the United States' National Broadband Plan, and a man credited …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2018
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DNSSEC in a click: Cloudflare tries to crack uptake inertia

Cloudflare is offering DNSSEC in a single click. The content delivery network (CDN) company has included the option to add the security protocol to your domain name through its dashboard in a single, simple form. The goal, the biz said on Tuesday, is increased adoption. Cloudflare won't be charging for the service, its …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2018
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GG n00b lol! Amazon frags support for its own games controllers

In a bold move, Amazon has ended support for its own games controllers on its own streaming box. A recent update to its Fire TV caused the official Fire TV Game Controller to stop working. Users initially though it was a bug that would be ironed out with a quick update but it turns out that the decision was intentional. …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2018
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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

Microsoft has scrapped plans to go IPv6-only on one of its internal networks over fears its campus visitors would be unable to use their virtual private networks (VPNs). The decision to mothball a full shift to the new protocol for that particular network was detailed by Microsoft network architect Veronika McKillop on Monday …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Sep 2018
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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

The head of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, has slammed a net neutrality bill approved by California earlier this month, calling it "radical, anti-consumer" and "illegal." Speaking at the right-wing think tank Heritage Policy Center in Portland, Maine, Pai painted California's effort as seeking " …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Sep 2018
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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

European Union bureaucrats are turning their namesake .eu top-level domain into a red-tape nightmare. Back in May, the European Commission stunned the DNS community – including the company that runs the .eu registry, EURid – by announcing it would scrap 300,000 .eu domain names owned by UK residents due to the country's …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Sep 2018

The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

Society is slowing souring on the internet, according to the latest research by Pew. While a majority of us still think that the global communications network has, on balance, been a positive thing, that number has slipped significantly in the past four years. Back in 2014, when Pew last asked roughly 2,000 adults across the …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2018

US govt confirms FCC's broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage

A report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has confirmed what others have reported for years: that official data on internet access across the country greatly over estimates availability and competition. The report [PDF] is focused specifically on tribal lands – small semi-autonomous areas of the United States …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2018

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

NSFW The US government has conceded that you can indeed fuck Nazis on the internet. You can also shit and piss on the cocksucking motherfucking cu... [we get the picture, Kieren – ed.]... tits [that's enough – ed.] Yes, the "seven dirty words" made famous by the comedian George Carlin in 1972 were until just a few weeks ago also …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2018

GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

Say what you like about Brussels bureaucrats, they are fearless when it comes to preventing the extinction of the human race by killer robots. The European Union took a formal stance against the annihilation of our race by death-dealing machines on Wednesday when it passed a resolution that called for an international ban on …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Sep 2018
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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

Remember when you decided to buy, rather than rent, that movie online? We have some bad news for you – you didn't. Biologist Anders Gonçalves da Silva was surprised this week to find three movies he had purchased through iTunes simply disappeared one day from his library. So he contacted Apple to find out what had happened. …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Sep 2018
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Non-profits push back against Big Cable's bumpkin broadband blueprint for America

A group of 17 consumer and civil rights groups have launched a new coalition aimed at countering efforts by Big Cable to siphon off funds for rural broadband into their already deep pockets. Broadband Connects America is aimed squarely at policymakers that have grown increasingly conscious of the digital divide that exists in …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2018
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Plex plucks media cloud service, sends users scurrying to exit

Streaming biz Plex has dumped its cloud-based media wrangling service, prompting users to dump its subscription service. "We've made the difficult decision to shut down the Plex Cloud service on November 30th, 2018," the company said on Tuesday – six weeks before the deadline. "We've been actively working on ways to address …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2018
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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

It may not exist yet but the mobile phone industry is determined to let everyone knows that when it does, their 5G is going to be the best. On Monday AT&T held a special one-day conference focused on promoting its efforts over the next-generation standard that will offer super-fast cellular internet. Today, Ericsson, T-Mobile …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2018
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Nvidia promises to shift graphics grunt work to the cloud, for a price

It's a fact of life for gamers: If you want to be able to compete, you need the best hardware to give you an edge. That means putting down at least $2,000 to make sure you have a machine with the right processor, motherboard, graphics card and memory - not to mention the best keyboard, mouse and the all-important gaming chair …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2018
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Guys, geez... finally 5Gs: AT&T grows super-fast mobile net city rollout

AT&T has promised real-world rollouts of 5G super-fast mobile internet in five more US cities before the end of the year, taking the total to 12, with another seven due next year. "5G is finally here," said AT&T's chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch opening up its Spark conference in San Francisco this morning – with a …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Sep 2018

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

The US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that a phone service over the internet is no longer a phone service but an "information service" – freeing it from regulatory oversight. That means, in the eyes of the court, voice-over-IP (VoIP) is not considered a public utility, and thus it is not subject to price …
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Silicon Valley CEO admits $1.5m wire fraud: Bouxtie boss forged signatures to investors

Bouxtie had everything you can dream of in a Silicon Valley startup. A stupid name (it's pronounced "bow-tie"), a vastly over-confident CEO with a story, millions in VC money, and a nonsensical business model built around an app. And yet this week its chief exec Renato Libric pleaded guilty, in a US federal district court, to …

Wannabe Supreme Brett Kavanaugh red-faced after leaked emails contradict spy testimony

Analysis Despite repeated denials, some under oath, US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears to have known – and may even have pushed for – the warrantless spying program that was approved by President George W Bush in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. That is the upshot of a series of emails that were provided …

FBI fingers the Norks it wants to pinch for Sony hack, WannaCry attacks

The US government has formally accused the North Korean government of being behind the Sony Pictures hack, the WannaCry ransomware that crippled the UK's National Health Service and other organizations, and a series of online bank heists including $81m stolen from Bangladesh's national bank. The state-sponsored attacks were …

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