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Net neutrality activists, not hackers, crashed the FCC’s comment system

An unprecedented flood of citizens concerned about net neutrality is what took down the FCC’s comment system last May, not a coordinated attack, a report from the agency’s Office of the Inspector General concluded. The report unambiguously describes the “voluminous viral traffic&rd...

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Apple Music users spot ‘Friends Mix,’ a new personalized playlist of friends’ tunes

Apple appears to be working on another personalized playlist for Apple Music subscribers – this time, one that shows you what your friends are listening to on its service, as opposed to a personalized playlist filled with editorial or algorithmic recommendations. The new “Friends Mix&rd...

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Employee email explains Elon Musk’s plan to take Tesla private

Enlarge / Elon Musk in 2015. (credit: Lee Hutchinson) Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sent out an email to employees explaining his plan—first disclosed in a cryptic tweet—to turn Tesla into a privately-held company. "As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price that...

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NASA doesn’t have the funds to get to Mars alone, Ted Cruz says

Enlarge / Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaks during a rally to launch his re-election campaign at the Redneck Country Club on April 2, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images) On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) spent the morning at Houston's Johnson Space Center for a ceremony ann...

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Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting

(credit: Esther Vargas / Flickr) The state of West Virginia is planning to allow overseas voting via smartphone in the 2018 election, and election security experts aren't happy about it. "Mobile voting is a horrific idea," said Joe Hall, an election security expert at the Center for Democracy and...

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Verizon lied about 4G coverage—and it could hurt rural America, group says

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Verizon "grossly overstated" its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, potentially preventing smaller carriers from obtaining funding needed to expand coverage in underserved rural areas, a trade group says. The Federal Communications Commission las...

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Only a small percentage of users buy stuff through Alexa, report claims

Enlarge / The new Amazon Echo. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Analysts have been aggressively optimistic in their predictions about the growth of consumer shopping via virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, but a new report claims that only a small fraction of Alexa device owners shop with voice...

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How Alex Jones lost his info war

On Monday, the bottom dropped out for Alex Jones. After a series of tepid disciplinary actions, which the Infowars host evaded with ease, three of the biggest tech platforms acted in near-unison beginning late Sunday night. And the result is that one of the popular conspiracy performers on the inter...

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Logitech’s first wireless charger is the one Apple should have made for the iPhone X

Logitech is getting into the wireless charging game with its new Powered Wireless Charging Stand, which the company is launching later this month for $69.99. According to Logitech, the company designed the Powered Wireless Charging Stand with Apple, and the end result is something that feels like...

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There aren’t many platforms left for Alex Jones and Infowars

It’s a tough day to be Alex Jones. Following months of debate around the limitations of speech on tech-owned internet platforms, many of the biggest and most popular players in the world of social media have announced that they will no longer host content related to Infowars — the conser...


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