Consumers and innovators will lose if we kill net neutrality

April 27, 2017

Image: elenabsl Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will unveil his plan to undo the 2015 network neutrality rules, which prohibit internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T and Charter from favoring or discriminating against any online applications, content and services. And while Pai claims he wants to preserve an open internet, nobody should be fooled. Pai has been a long-time foe of net neutrality and that isnt going to change. Whatever road he takes will harm consumers and …

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Facebook and GIPHY are now good friends

April 25, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images Once upon a time, Facebook did not support GIFs. In fact, there was a time when Facebook supported the file format and then took that support away. Developers tried to hack it. One group succeeded, in a way. GIPHY, one of the internet’s most successful GIF-based plaftorms, built and …

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This video-streaming service is trumping Netflix and Amazon Prime in India

April 21, 2017

Image: HOTSTAR While Netflix and Amazon Prime are going all out to capture the burgeoning video streaming market in India a country of 450 million internet users a homegrown ‘challenger’ so to speak has slowly emerged as the champion. Hotstar, the two-year-old on-demand video platform from the house of Rupert Murdoch-owned Star TV, has crossed 100 million downloads on Google Play Store. If we count App Store downloads, it would go up to 130 million or so. SEE ALSO: Netflix …

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A Rickroll and a corporation-friendly change all in a day’s work at the FCC

April 21, 2017

… the one put in place by Barack Obama. That FCC (under Tom Wheeler) put in place strong net neutrality rules and a variety of other consumer-friendly protections just about all of which Pai loudly disagreed with. Most notable among those issues was net neutrality, which he is reportedly planning to gut. Aside from that and Thursday’s internet price cap, he also pushed for Congress to repeal broadband data privacy rules. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsTeamwork Viral …

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Netflix expects to hit 100 million subscribers this weekend

April 19, 2017

… subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, down from more than seven million subscribers it added the quarter before that. As of end of March, the on-demand streaming service had 98.75 million streaming members worldwide. With nearly 100 million subscribers, Netflix assumes lead in the on-demand streaming space. The company says it remains “incredibly excited about the opportunity in front of us to build a truly global and durable internet TV business.” Once a lone figure, …

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Reporter’s notebook: A dramatic moment aboard Air Force 2 while headed to South Korea

April 17, 2017

(CNN)It wasn’t even an hour after we took off for South Korea on Air Force Two after a refueling stop in Alaska that a few of the vice president’s aides came back to the press cabin to tell us what was probably inevitable: North Korea had just unsuccessfully tried to test a missile. The press does not have internet access on Air Force Two (which is secretly kind of liberating), so we didn’t know, but of course the VP and his team have high-tech, secure communications …

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CNN 10 – April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

… the global operations. SCIUTTO: With rare access to the places and the people preparing for “War in Space: The Next Battlefield”. As the sun sets and the nation goes to sleep, the battle for supremacy in space is about to begin. One final night before Americans wake up to a new and daunting reality. 10 a.m. New York, 7:00 a.m., Los Angeles cities normally buzzing with the morning rush suddenly stall. TV networks start to go dark. internet connections run slow. ATMs begin to …

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Bill Nye’s new show is like ‘Science Guy’ for ‘grown up’ millennials

April 15, 2017

… show Bill Nye Saves the World. “The most important thing!” Nye joked back, adjusting his signature bowtie before the camera began rolling. Three, two, one, action. “Hi folks, I’m Bill Nye you may remember me from the Science Guy show,” Nye says, half reading from a teleprompter half improvising his lines. “Well I’m back, talking science again with a new show and a new lab. I’m loving me some Netflix on the electric internet machines that all the …

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There’s a new Chrome extension to help you boycott United Airlines

April 15, 2017

Image: Mashable composite: AP/Shutterstock United just can’t catch a break from its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad PR nightmare. In the past few weeks alone, United Airlines has found itself at the center of numerous controversial stories, the biggest being when it violently removed a passenger from an overbooked flight earlier this week. The incident ignited an outcry across the internet when video surfaced across social media. SEE ALSO: Celebrities are weighing in on the United …

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Woman discovers the perfect way to prank her unsuspecting boyfriend

April 11, 2017

… reverse, a terrifying photo of the internet’s favorite actor is there, starring deep into the lens with all his creepiness. SEE ALSO: How teens are pranking your Facebook News Feeds with random events The results are absolutely terrifying. Be safe out there, motorists. WATCH: The earbuds of the future will let you control your phone with just the look on your face More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsEmail Tools – Email Mastery Learn from my 8+ years of Email …

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Dallas thought last night’s sirens meant the zombie apocalypse had begun, but it was just hackers practicing for anarchy

April 9, 2017

Nope. No Purge for you.Image: universal pictures  When it finally happens, the end of the world will likely begin like this: with wailing sirens tearing through the night sky sending chills down your spine as you contemplate if you’ve lived a good and meaningful life. Thankfully, we’re not there yet, but if you live in Dallas, Texas, you got a preview of that terrifying moment on Friday night. SEE ALSO: Goodbye internet privacy, we hardly knew you Beginning around 11:44 p.m., …

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Solange Knowles had a dream involving Kanye West and Twitter brought that dream to life

April 8, 2017

Image: Getty Images for Essence That 1978 classic take on The Wizard of Oz, “The Wiz” and Kanye West don’t have all that much in common. But when Solange Knowles has a dream of bringing them together, the people wouldn’t dare deny her it. The singer put the call out on Twitter for someone to mash up a scene from a film with West’s 808s and Heartbreak track “Bad News,” and the internet came to her rescue immediately. SEE ALSO: Solange tweets serious …

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Amazon won NFL Thursday Night Football rights, so what’s next for Twitter?

April 6, 2017

… joy of sports fans, was just the first step to a greater push for Twitter. “Maybe not quite a touchdown, but Twitter showed it could move the ball,” I wrote in my review of the first game on Twitter. Its not surprising. Their name wasnt referenced [in any early reports], but anything involving the NFL makes sense for Twitter, Brian Wieser, senior analyst of advertising, mediaand internet at Pivotal Research Group, told me and my former colleague last year. Wieser noted …

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Amazon wants influencers with ‘large followings’ to sell its products

April 2, 2017

… her page and plugs them in her videos. The store of YouTube channel “What’s up Moms” Image: screenshot The program has the potential to essentially provide personalized advertising for Amazon among people with some of the biggest megaphones on the internet. Because influencers are paid only in commission, it also sidesteps the clunky FTC-mandated promotional disclosures that usually bog down social media product promotions. TechCrunch reports that only a “small …

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Big brands are latching onto viral sensation April the giraffe

April 1, 2017

… for improvements to the giraffe barn and deck. The zoo also plans on installing a permanent “giraffe cam” since April’s livestream has proved more than popular. This money is all coming in while the zoo is closed for the season so admission ticket sales, on-site concessions and gifts haven’t even come into play for the zoo’s bottom line yet. April is more than an internet star. Image: animal adventure park Third-parties cashing in The park isn’t the only …

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Sculptor of widely mocked Ronaldo bust: Jesus had haters, too

March 31, 2017

10 minutes into Netflix and chill and he looks at you like.Image: CUNHA/EPA/REX/Shutterstock When a bust of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled Wednesday in his home country of Portugal, its we’ll be charitable here creative take on the soccer star’s visage was mocked across the internet. There were so many jokes, and so many Photoshops. Now the man who sculpted the busted bust has a message for his many haters. SEE ALSO: Attacking a referee’s small business on Facebook …

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What we learned from the new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer and what we still want to know

March 30, 2017

… this Spider-Man fit into this New York? On the one hand, Spidey looks happy swinging around Manhattan and Queens and Ned’s awed “You’re the Spider-Man! From YouTube!” suggests Spidey’s got an internet following. On the other, this is a city that’s familiar with superpowered vigilantes already, not to mention the destruction they leave in their wake. Is Vulture the only one who’s fed up with these super-battles? Or will Queens start to turn on its …

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The internet really wants to name a new Major League Soccer team ‘Footy McFooty Face’

March 29, 2017

What's in a name?Image: Brad Smith/ISI/REX/Shutterstock An ownership group in San Diego that’s trying to make their city the next home of Major League Soccer put potential team names online for a fan vote. Classic mistake! You can never trust those jokers on the internet. SEE ALSO: These terrible photos might explain why Donald Trump rejected an offer to throw a first pitch Remember “Boaty McBoatface”? That’s the $243.3 million polar research vessel that the …

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‘Feud’ star Jackie Hoffman on being a character actor: ‘Aging isnt as frightening for us as it is for the pretty people’

March 27, 2017

… frightening for us as it is for the pretty people. Have people in the industry been that crass to you in those terms, in the way that, say, a Jack Warner expresses himself about how he feels about Crawford and Davis? No, nobody says the word unfuckable, but we know thats what its all about. I put things in the crudest terms. Im the Jack Warner, really. Have you noticed how popular Mamacita has become? Shes all over the internet. No, I have no idea. Im not all over the internet. I look at my …

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Mom Calls High School A Dark Place For Teen Daughter Then She Meets A Special Friend

March 22, 2017

… for her. They are an inseparable duo, and Abby knows that this is just the beginning of their relationship. She already plans to have him be a part of big events in her life, like her wedding, when that occurs. The young man has already made quite an impression Abby, but made an even bigger one with his sweet promposal. He brought her flowers and a note saying, “Can I steal you for prom?” A video of the promposal is even going viral, stealing hearts all across the internet! The two …

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Hey, Twitter: Julian Assange really wants that sweet blue tick

March 17, 2017

Julian Assange kinda, maybe wants to be verified.Image: Getty Images Fine, whatever. Julian Assange didn’t want to be verified anyway. He does, however, seem a little p*ssed at Twitter. Calling himself a “deplorable,” the WikiLeaks founder tweeted Thursday that the social media platform has a “binary class system with proximity to power represented by ‘blue tick’ insignia.” SEE ALSO: Trying to protect teens by censoring the internet probably …

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Google Family Link gives kids Gmail accounts with parents watching

March 16, 2017

… altogether. Google is opening up a limited beta of Family Link on March 15. The company says it’ll solicit feedback for a period, then launch it generally later this year, starting in the U.S. Opening up services to kids under 13 is something of a third rail among tech companies, mostly because of an almost-two-decade-old law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. COPPA doesn’t prohibit kids under 13 from using the internet, but it does severely restrict the kind of …

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Are we living in a golden age of satire? – BBC News

March 10, 2017

… maybe other working-class Leave voters felt that way’.” ‘Therapeutic’ While stand-up comedy has always been a source of political satire, in recent years there has been a boom in internet memes – created and shared by regular people, who want to mock the world in which we live. Jim’ll Paint It – an anonymous artist – takes people’s requests for drawings and brings them to life. Over time, he has seen a marked change in the sort of suggestions …

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CNN 10 – March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017 Thank you for kicking off a new week with CNN 10! In today’s show: A gathering of 3,000 lawmakers takes place in China, a lesson in forced labor opens the eyes of some high school students, and an internet expert discusses what can be learned from a few dozen Facebook likes. TRANSCRIPT CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Hi. I’m Carl Azuz for CNN 10. A congressional meeting leads off this week’s coverage, but it’s not a gathering of just a few hundred lawmakers. …

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We love the Washington Post’s new slogan so much we made a movie poster

February 24, 2017

… print.” USA Todaygoes with “We deliver news, not noise.” “Democracy not darkness,” however, comes off a bit more dramatic though perhaps warranted considering current events. This being the modern social media age, the internet had to have a bit of fun with it (Slate’s “15 classic metal albums whose titles are less dark than the Washington Post‘s new motto” is a personal favorite”), and media twitter predictably added a bit of its usual …

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