Tag Archives: internet

GOP US House Rep Defends Vote To Rollback Web Privacy: Nobody HAS To Use The Internet [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: In a town hall appearance held on Thursday, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. defended his decision to vote to repeal the Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules passed by the FCC last October by arguing that “nobody’s got to use the internet.” When a constituent attending the event in Wisconsin’s fifth district raised the issue that she has only one …

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Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Diversity

“This is an outrage!” – Wingnut sites, probably. CNET reports: A Connecticut student gets to share her vision of the future with the world, with a little help from Google. Sarah Harrison, a 10th grader from Bunnell High School in Connecticut, won the annual Doodle 4 Google competition with her drawing showing peace and diversity among people from all walks …

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GOP Moves To Dismantle Internet Privacy Laws

The New York Times reports: Republican senators moved Thursday to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for consumers in the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration, and a harbinger of further deregulation. The measure passed in a 50-to-48 vote largely along party lines. The House is expected to mirror the Senate’s action next week, …

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Consumer Reports To Test Mobile Apps, Connected Devices, And Software For Privacy Safeguards

From the Consumer Reports company blog: In our recent CR Consumer Voices survey, 65 percent of Americans told us they are either slightly or not at all confident that their personal data is private and not distributed without their knowledge. We think it’s unfair and unrealistic to expect consumers to constantly play defense when the products and services they use …

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TrumpSucks.com: Trump Owns 3643 Domains Including Many That Could Be Used To Attack Him [VIDEO]

CNN Money reports: Donald Trump has a vast online portfolio of domain names — digital addresses that foreshadowed his political career, business projects and accusations of unethical behavior. Before he reached the White House, Trump’s company had laid claim to at least 3,643 website domains, according to internet records gathered by CNNMoney. The buying spree continued as he ran for …

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FCC Ends Investigation Into Net Neutrality Violations

The Hill reports: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday suspended its probes into whether thee major telecommunications companies violated net neutrality rules. The FCC’s wireless telecom bureau sent letters to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile informing them that the probes were over. The letters are a sign that the FCC is changing under new Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican who …

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Macy’s To Close 68 Stores, Cut 6200 Jobs

USA Today reports: After seeing sales drop during the holidays, Macy’s said Wednesday it has either closed or will shutter 68 stores and cut an additional 6,200 positions at a time when shoppers are going online to buy everything from scarves to lipstick. Of the 68 stores out of 730 in total, nine closings had been previously announced and three …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Loony State Rep’s Bill Mandates Porn Blockers For All New Computers And Phones

Go Upstate reports: An Upstate legislator is hoping to prevent anyone who buys a computer in South Carolina from accessing pornography. State Rep. Bill Chumley, R-Spartanburg, said the Human Trafficking Prevention Act would require manufacturers or sellers to install digital blocking capabilities on computers and other devices that access the internet to prevent the viewing of obscene content. The bill …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Google’s 2016 Year In Search

Via Mashable: Google has posted its top lists of most popular topics in 2016, and a lot of it is a painful reminder of all the great people that left us this year. In overall global searches, Prince and David Bowie are in fourth and sixth place. Google lists a category called “Losses” this year, and there the two rock …

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JMG Is Experiencing Techmological Differences

As many of you have surely noted, this here website thingy has been going down intermittently all afternoon. The problem appears to be “network connectivity issues” with the hosting company’s server farm on the West Coast, where JMG lives in a dark electronic cave. My apologies, but at least this time it’s not a DDoS attack aimed just at us.

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Facebook Glitch Tells Users They Have Died

Casey Newton writes at The Verge: Facebook is capping one of the longest weeks in American history by telling everyone that they are dead. Log on to your profile and there’s a good chance it will have a memorial banner sitting on top of it, urging your friends and family members to remember you. “We hope people who love Casey …

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CHINA: Electronics Maker Orders Recall Of Web Devices That May Have Allowed Last Week’s DDOS Attack

SC Magazine reports: Xiongmai, a Chinese electronics firm, has initiated a product recall, prompted by the large DDoS attack that caused large internet websites such as GitHub, Reddit and Spotify to grind to a halt on the east coast of the US, and mainland Europe this past Friday. The root distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), was believed to be …

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Your DVR Might Have Helped In Yesterday’s Hack

From cyber security expert Brian Krebs: A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion for a large number of Web sites was launched with the help of hacked “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders, new data suggests. That’s because while many of these devices allow users to …

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Hacking Wave Continues, Feds Investigate, Anonymous Takes Credit As Revenge For Assange Losing Internet

This morning numerous major sites were inaccessible across the northeast of the United States after unknown hackers launched a denial of service attack on a major DNS host. The initial attack was “mitigated” in about two hours but another wave launched early this afternoon is presently also affecting accessibility on much of the west cost. Politico reports that your earlier …

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Hackers Take Down Major DNS Host

At this writing many major sites are unreachable in much of the eastern United States. Gizmodo has the story: Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. …

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Russians Suspected In DDoS Attack On Newsweek Following Their Exposure Of Trump’s Dealings In Cuba

Their site was unreachable for hours. Talking Points Memo reports: The editor-in-chief of Newsweek confirmed Friday that the magazine’s website was on the receiving end of a denial-of-service attack Thursday night, following the publication of a story accusing one of Donald Trump’s companies of violating the Cuban trade embargo. Editor-In-Chief Jim Impoco noted that the attack came as the story …

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POLL: 47% Of Trump Backers Endorse Mean Trolling

Only 47%? Via Politico: The polarizing clash between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has brought out the worst in people, even to the point of severing friendships, according to a national Monmouth University poll released Wednesday. Seven-in-10 registered voters said the presidential election has brought out the worst in people (just 4 percent said this election has brought out the …

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Lesbian Site AfterEllen Pulls The Plug After 14 Years

The corporate owners of the popular lesbian pop culture site AfterEllen are pulling the plug after 14 years. Editor-in-chief Trish Bendix eulogizes the site for the Advocate: Here are the facts: Evolve Media purchased AfterEllen from Viacom two years ago. They gave us two fiscal years to become their LGBT property and profit in that space, and they found we are …

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The Advocate Reports On Trolling And JMG

Advocate executive editor Neal Broverman interviewed me recently and today published his story about this here website thingy, our commenting community, and how we deal with the growing troll problem that has forced some sites to do away with commenting entirely. Hit the link to read my kind words about you. This is also a good opportunity to suggest that …

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NEW YORK CITY: Plug Pulled On Hundreds Of Free Web Browsing Stations Because People Were Viewing Porn

Gothamist reports: After reports of people using the LinkNYC kiosks to view porn — and masturbating in public — LinkNYC has decided to pull the plug on web browsing. The company said, “Starting today, we are removing web browsing on all Link tablets while we work with the City and community to explore potential solutions, like time limits.” The 400 …

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