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EU Considers Regulating Internet Firms Before We Hit “A Point Of No Return”

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According to The Wall Street Journal… “The European Union could create a powerful new regulator to oversee a swath of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies, according to an internal document.” The plan, first reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Fairless, was given to European Union digital commissioner Günther Oettinger as a warning to start the oversee of online power-houses like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The concern is that the rapid pace of change in modern global economy is leading to many businesses —

Wireless Companies Beware- Google Just Launched Its Very Own Mobile Service

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Early on Thursday (4/24), Google shook up the mobile industry by officially unveiling its new wireless service, Project Fi. The service is still in the “early access program” stage, so for now it will be limited to owners of the Google Nexus 6 cell phone (it also requires a special SIM card). Project Fi is unique from other wireless services in that customers will only have to pay for the data they actually use. Data is sold in 1GB blocks, and consumers will be refunded

Facebook Launches ThreatExchange: New Social Network Aimed at Improving Cybersecurity

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With hackers becoming more and more sophisticated every day, the threat of cyber attacks is becoming an increasing concern for governments and businesses alike. On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced the formation of a brand new agency that would focus entirely on cybersecurity. His announcement came less than a week after hackers stole tens of millions of Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other personal information from a database belonging to Anthem Inc., the second largest insurance company in the country. Facebook

Google, Amazon and Microsoft Are Paying to Get Around Adblock Plus Filters

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The internet is saturated with pesky, distracting and irritating ads, which is precisely why Adblock Plus – a service that blocks these ads – has been exploding in popularity recently, growing nearly 70% in just the past year. But while Adblock Plus certainly does an excellent job blocking ads from all sorts of sources, the service is also apparently catering to a small number of web giants who don’t want their advertisements to be hidden. Last week, the Financial Times reported that Google, Microsoft and Amazon have been paying their

Activist Groups Are Planning to Balloon Drop “The Interview” DVDs Into North Korea

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With extremely limited internet access and no phone lines connected to other countries, North Korea’s citizens are almost completely cut off from the outside world. Park Sang Hak was born and raised in North Korea but defected to the South when former leader Kim Jong-Il began purging many of his top intelligence officers in the late 90s. Park’s father, a North Korean intelligence agent who was posing as a businessman in Hong Kong at the time, feared that he and his family would

You Can Now Transfer Money to Other People Via Snapchat. But Would You?

Snapchat has partnered with online payment company Square to develop an easier way for users to transfer money electronically. The announcement was made in a blog post from Snapchat last month. Square is recognized for its contribution to small businesses, connecting online payment services with tablets and smart phones. Though Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel doesn’t expect the investment to rival leading online payment providers like PayPal, the partnership is big for Snapchat users. According to Bloomberg, “Snapchat, which recently received an investment from

NSA Chief Says China Is Capable of Shutting Down Entire U.S. Power Grid With Cyber Attack

Admiral Michael Rogers is the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. Speaking to the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday (November 20), Rogers said that China and “one or two” other countries currently possess the ability to shut down the entire U.S. power grid, as well as other critical infrastructure. Rogers told the congressional panel that his agencies had detected malware in China capable of breaking into the computer networks of major power companies and other critical systems. “It enables

President Obama Speaks Out, Endorsing “Strongest Possible Rules” to Protect Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality has been a major issue of discussion in the United States since the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) voted back in May to move forward on a plan that would create “internet fast lanes”, allowing larger companies to pay more for faster speeds on their sites. The American public has shown strong opposition to this idea, and while FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has expressed his support for the fast lanes, the people now have a very powerful ally on

Elon Musk Teams Up With Former Google Exec to Build Satellites for Global Internet Access

Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading innovators. At just 43 years old, he has already founded a number of impressive businesses, including electric car maker Tesla Motors and private space exploration company SpaceX. Now, Musk has another big idea: using satellites to make internet access available everywhere in the world. This past Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Musk has teamed up with former Google executive Greg Wyler to look into designing small, cheap satellites that could be used to deliver

How Americans Are Paying More for Internet That’s Way Slower

The United States is definitely at the forefront of all things internet. The three largest internet companies in the world, Google, Facebook and Amazon, are all American, and have a combined net worth of more than $650 billion. In fact, 8 out of the top 10 biggest internet companies in the world are American. So it would only make sense that our average internet speeds over here should be pretty fast right? Well according to a new report released by the Open Technology Institute

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