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1 Congress just voted to let internet providers sell your browsing history

This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.” The rule published on December 2, 2016: (1) applies the customer privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934 to broadband Internet access service and other telecommunications services, (2) requires telecommunications carriers to inform customers about rights to opt in or opt out of the use or the sharing of their confidential information, (3) adopts data security and breach notification requirements, (4) prohibits broadband service offerings that are contingent on surrendering privacy rights, and (5) requires disclosures and affirmative consent when a broadband provider offers customers financial incentives in exchange for the provider’s right to use a customer’s confidential information.

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Congress votes to repeal internet privacy rules TODAY - here's how to stop them

A very important vote goes before the US House of Representatives today, and if you have any regard for your online privacy, then you need to contact your Rep  now.  Here’s the fastest way to do just that.

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Facebook brings Stories, its Snapchat clone, to main app

If it sounds like you've heard this before, you have. Facebook has already brought Stories to many of its other apps: Instagram has Instagram Stories . WhatsApp has something called Status . Messenger's version is called Messenger Day . But this is the first time Facebook is bringing Stories globally to its marquee app, which gets more than 1.7 billion mobile visitors a month. (Facebook had previously been testing the feature in a handful of countries outside the US, including Ireland and Chile.)

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Congress sends White House repeal of broadband privacy rules

WASHINGTON The U.S. House voted on Tuesday 215-205 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc.

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer bares clash with Tony Stark

The new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer shows Stark in a mentor role and Michael Keaton going full Birdman.

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Samsung unveils new cinema theater screen with support for HDR and 4K

As the first-ever theater-sized High Dynamic Range LED display, Cinema Screen promises “unprecedented picture quality” with “higher vibrancy and accuracy” than anything your eyes have previously seen.

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Amazon launches store-pick grocery service in Seattle

Amazon.com Inc launched AmazonFresh Pickup service from two locations in Seattle, as the online giant attempts to crack into the multi-billion dollar grocery market dominated by retail giants such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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Oh snap: Facebook adds Snapchat-like filters and Stories

The update also adds Stories to Facebook, allowing for images, video or replies to pop up at the top of your News Feed for people to enjoy for 24 hours before it disappears.

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Musk Wins Tencent Backing as 5% Stake Boosts Tesla's Cash

“Having Tencent as a partner helps position Tesla to launch the Model 3 in China,” said Joseph Fath, a fund manager at T. Rowe Price, Tesla’s fourth-largest shareholder. “Tencent is one of the three superpowers in China along with Baidu and Alibaba, and they clearly have a lot of backing from the government.”

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https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/03/28/2019216/us-congress-votes-to-shred-isp-privacy-rules?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

Yes the Republicans have been pushing for this since SOPA, and it was protested about and struck down so they tried renaming it CISPA and that got struck down and now they are pulling this crap. It is not so much about the president but the fact we have Republicans in the house and senate who think they have a blank check to do whatever they want.. I expect they are going to try to make abortion illegal and pull all planned parenthood funding, I imagine they are going to pull all support for climate change research and put as much money into coal and oil drilling and digging and I know for a fact they are going to try to get us embroiled in more wars so that if there is a Democratic resurgence they will be dealing with the fall out from that war so hard that they will not be able to accomplish anything in the 4 or 8 years they have, thereby leaving an open for another republican to get in on the idea that the Democrat guy got nothing done. Same old Republican crap , different day! I have said it before, This is what you get when you vote Republicans into office. Get used to it kids! I learned this a long long time ago.

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How automation and artificial intelligence could transform backup software - TechRepublic

HAL-like control of data backups may be science fiction, but some of the basic concepts are not so far removed from reality. The person in charge of strategy for Commvault is intrigued by these ideas.

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How to make use of the Android Nougat recent apps lock - TechRepublic

How often do you make use of the Android "recent apps" button (officially called the Overview)? Do you every so often tap it to reveal (to your surprise) how many apps are there, or do you tend to use it to switch back and forth between apps? If you are of the latter sort, you know that list of apps can be very useful. Instead of tapping the home button to dismiss an app (so you can then open the App Drawer to locate the new app you want to use), you can skip a step or two and tap the Overview to launch the app you want.

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Why more video games look and feel like text messaging with friends

The one-to-one relationship that messaging interfaces allow is something Seeley finds powerful. “I think interface games can really capture the feeling of a specific time period or generation and help us all empathize with each other,” he says. To make his characters feel real, Seeley considered how long they idled before responding, or whether they deleted words while typing. He helps us build an impression of his characters through the small signs we pick up on when chatting online to gauge someone’s reaction in the absence of body language.

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We Have Seen the First Footage From The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower will hit theaters in July but a trailer has yet to be released. Well, that changed at CinemaCon 2017 where Sony showed about four minutes from the film—a featurette leading into a trailer and an extended scene. Here’s what happened in the footage.

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Uber’s Diversity Report Leaves Out the Most Important Thing

After weeks of scandal, Uber released its first report Tuesday detailing the gender breakdown and racial makeup of its employees. Though welcomed by diversity advocates, the revelations weren’t that surprising: Within engineering, only 15 percent are women and 6 percent are black, Latino or multiracial, which makes Uber not that different from other tech companies, where those groups make up a tiny fraction of the technical workforce.

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Control your August Smart Lock by yelling at Google Assistant

Users can lock their doors through the Google Home app and check its status, but won't be able to unlock it remotely just yet. In a press release, August Home said they were working with to find a "safe and secure way" to enable that functionality, which should come later this year (it took them eight months to add an "unlock" command to Alexa). You'll need the August Connect WiFi bridge to link the Bluetooth-controlled Smart Lock to a device with Google Assistant installed first.

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Uber’s Diversity Report Leaves Out the Most Important Thing

After weeks of scandal, Uber released its first report Tuesday detailing the gender breakdown and racial makeup of its employees. Though welcomed by diversity advocates, the revelations weren’t that surprising: Within engineering, only 15 percent are women and 6 percent are black, Latino or multiracial, which makes Uber not that different from other tech companies, where those groups make up a tiny fraction of the technical workforce.

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Samsung Opens Door to Re-Selling Note 7s as Refurbished Phones

Samsung Electronics Co. has detailed its plans for the millions of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones it pulled off shelves when some caught fire last year, including recycling materials and potentially letting customers use them as refurbished devices.

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Donald Trump is now your last hope for the most basic internet privacy rules

The House voted 215-205 on Tuesday in favor of erasing a rule that would prevent internet service providers from quietly selling off consumer data without notifying those consumers. The rule — enacted last year by the Federal Communications Commission — was so short-lived that it never got the chance to be implemented.

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Twitch to start selling video games this week

Video game streaming site Twitch will soon begin selling PC games and other in-game content on its site, the company says. We understand the games may arrive as soon as tomorrow or later this week, though the exact timing is still in flux. Already one of the top destinations for live streaming and fan engagement, it’s not surprising that Twitch would take the final step to become a video game retailer as well, especially considering the company is owned by Amazon.

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Instagram Killed the Retail Store

One Sunday in November 2015, Alexandre Daillance (known by his nickname, Millinsky, which he made up), woke up slightly hung over in his Wesleyan University dorm room. Then 18 years old, the Paris-born upstart fashion designer did what any teenager would do first thing in the morning: He grabbed his phone. He had dozens of notifications from Instagram, all showing he’d been tagged in a photograph of Rihanna. Still bleary-eyed, he realized she was wearing one of his hats—a simple baseball cap fronting his slogan “I Came to Break Hearts.” Within days he’d sold more than 500 of them. “So many were ordered so quickly that we had to shut down the web store,” Millinsky says. Soon celebrities such as rapper Wiz Khalifa and millennial icon Zendaya were wearing his designs. He was overwhelmed.

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Playing 'Splatoon 2' over LTE won't kill your data plan

When my first round of LTE-powered multiplayer ended, I pulled up Project Fi's usage statistics . My three-minute game burned through a mere 0.011 gigabytes of data -- a little over 10 megabytes. That rate stayed more or less consistent through my second, third and fourth rounds, taking just 45.6 megabytes from my data budget for 20 minutes of online play (including time spent in matchmaking). While that's not a completely negligible amount of data, it's small enough to make a few mobile rounds manageable.

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One of the most dangerous forms of ransomware has just evolved to be harder to spot | ZDNet

Identified by Trend Micro, the new Cerber variant is - like most ransomware - delivered by a malicious phishing email. But rather than encouraging the victim to click on a link to download a file, these emails contain a link to Dropbox controlled by the attackers which downloads and self-extracts the Cerber payload.

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We Have to Talk About Life's Shocking Ending

The new scifi film Life didn’t exactly light up the box office this weekend, and that’s a shame. If audiences had turned out, they would have seen an entertaining movie with an ending that blew their damn minds.

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Dating app figures out what we all hate about sex

The app, which launched in February and matches people based on what they both hate, isn't just for helping people find love. Their users can swipe through more than 3,000 topics to indicate if they love them or hate them, and thus it's become a great source of data on how people feel about all kinds of things — including sex.

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Yes, of course, someone from Congress apparently edited the 'celibacy' Wikipedia page

For a Congress that, in part, wants to defund Planned Parenthood and roll back access to contraception, it is perhaps unsurprising that someone from the U.S. House of Representatives seems to want to put a fun, modern spin on choosing to abstain from sex altogether.

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College girls use 56 boxes of mac and cheese as a bath bomb and we don't know why

Maggio said that the bath was her idea as a joke to Randall. She explained, "Ashley said she wanted to make 10 pots of mac and cheese and I said 'Well why don't ya bathe in it then?,' and here we are."

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Amazon Prime members can now get VIP tickets at gigs and festivals

From this Thursday, Amazon Tickets will offer prime members early bird access to premium seating, VIP tickets and luxury Amazon lounges for gigs, festivals and live events across the UK.

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New IBM security tool uses machine learning to help businesses detect phishing - TechRepublic

The new cognitive phishing detection feature was developed with help from the IBM Cyber Security Center of Excellence at Ben-Gurion University in Israel as well. It works by looking at unstructured website data like URLs, images, text, and more, the post said. It also examines the use of a company logo and the wording on the site to see if the use of the company assets are legitimate.

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Please Help Come Up With a Superhero Movie for Aaron Sorkin

I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one. So, I’m hoping that somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m gonna wanna go back and start reading from the first issue on.

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Uber divides Danish politicians with threat to leave

Uber’s announcement was clearly an attempt to force the parliament’s hand by giving it three weeks to repeal the new legislation. Seeing how divided Danish politicians are on the issue, it might actually work.

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Robert Rodriguez, Eddie Murphy, and Elton John Are All Working on New Animated Films

The names Robert Rodriguez, Eddie Murphy, and Elton John don’t really go together. One’s a cult action director, the second an iconic comedian, and the third a musical legend. But thanks to the world of animation, there’s now a common link between the three.

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This robot automatically prints and burns Trump's tweets

Incendiary tweets manage to rile supporters and skeptics alike, and all we can do is watch the world burn, at least figuratively, each time Trump hits the “Tweet” button. This isn’t by accident, Trump enjoys the attention.

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This Is What a Creative Hackathon For Resisting Trump Looks Like | Fast Company

What’s different about the Media Jam from any of the writers rooms or creative briefings it resembles is that the people involved are doing it for a different reason. It’s not for money, it’s not for prestige, and it’s not because they’ll get fired if they don’t. It’s because they’re committed to a cause they’re every bit as passionate about as any of those other drives, if not more so. Everybody here is willing to give up a Saturday (in most cases, one of many, many Saturdays) to apply their artistry and other skills to this set of tasks, and nobody is half-assing it.

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Spiders could eat all humans in one year, and this petition wants to make it happen

"While we, the undersigned, are certain the spiders are doing the best they can, it's clear that they could use some help. We call on the United States government to utilize whatever resources it deems necessary and effective to help the spiders in their noble cause. We're sending our petition to Sen. Al Franken because he's one of the few people in Washington who we sort of half-trust to not initiate surveillance on us or flag our tax returns for signing such a petition."

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What is Google WiFi? Everything you need to know

In other words, you won’t just have a belting Wi-Fi signal in your living room where the primary device is. If, for example, there’s a ‘dead spot’ (poor connection) way over in the kitchen on the far side of the house, placing a Google WiFi device there will ensure great connectivity while you’re cooking up dinner, rather than a sluggish surfing experience. These linked-up cylindrical devices form what is known as a mesh network.

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Pop Stardom Gets Easier to Track With Kobalt Music's Royalty App

When her debut album is released in June, pop singer Verite will be able to learn in hours how much she’s making just by looking at her mobile phone.

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Why I'm convinced Square can conquer the UK

Square itself makes money from sales of the card readers – which in the UK are going for £39, as well as a percentage of the transaction. In the UK, this is 1.75 percent for all in-person transactions, and 2.5 percent for all sales made online, or where the credit card has to be keyed-in.

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This simple Apple update will make your iPhone faster and free up space

A pple’s i0S 10.3 update has just been released and iPhone users may notice their treasured handsets are running a little faster once it’s installed.

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New Pirates of the Caribbean Featurette Confirms a Fan Favorite Theory

We know that Orlando Bloom is returning to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but we haven’t gotten an actual glimpse of Will Turner in the footage we’ve seen so far. Now, we are at least sure we’ve seen his genes.

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Elon Musk's Neuralink Will Connect Our Brains to Computers

Not content with electric cars, launching rockets, and trying to travel to Mars, Elon Musk also wants to add AI to our brains.

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Amazon Buys Souq.com as Middle East Online Market Takes Off

In Souq.com, Amazon is getting a well-established player with a claimed 23 million online visits a month. The retailer, which employs over 3,000 people, sells more than 400,000 products, from televisions to perfumes -- and calls itself the “Amazon of the Middle East.”

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Crayola is killing off a crayon and WTF does it think it's doing right now?

"The color will be retired across the entire crayon portfolio including the iconic 24 and 64 count boxes as well as all other Crayon products," he said. "Crayola is all about innovating with color so consumers can expect that there will be a new, exciting color coming soon! Of course, the 24 box will always have that number of crayons."

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Use these shortcuts and features to quickly navigate a Word document - TechRepublic

You're probably familiar with a few ways to move the insertion point in a Word document. For example, pressing an arrow key moves the insertion point in that arrow's respective direction. You can also use the mouse to click and double-click to reposition the insertion point. Fortunately, there are many ways to move around a document, and the more options you know, the more efficiently you'll work. This article reviews keystroke shortcuts and features that allow for quick and easy movement through a document.

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Bluetooth Trackers And The Race To Help You Find Your Stuff | Fast Company

TrackR is not alone. Other Bluetooth tracker makers such as Tile and Chipolo have created their own crowdsourced location networks, and Tile is currently tracking some smart wallets, electric bikes, and power banks through a device partnership program similar to TrackR’s. The goal is not just to sell hardware, but to increase the number of people with Bluetooth tracking apps on their phones, thereby making Bluetooth tracking more effective as a whole. Since each company is running its own disparate network, an arms race is now underway to create the biggest network to help you find your stuff.

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Tropical Cyclone Debbie Looked Massive and Furious From the Space Station

Despite being downgraded to a category two storm as it moved inland, Debbie still made landfall with winds gusts of up to 95 miles per hour, wiping out power lines, and turning anything not nailed down into flying shrapnel. It’s said to be the most devastating storm to hit Queensland since 2011, and Australia isn’t in the clear just yet—the country’s cyclone season will last for about another month. Debbie almost certainly won’t be the last storm.

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With new security features in place is it time to try Microsoft Edge? - TechRepublic

I gave the Edge browser a try when it was first released but rejected it because it was noticeably slower loading web pages than Chrome. Now that it has had time to mature, I plan to give Edge another look. There are some annoying quirks in Chrome that crop up from time to time and I want to give a different browser a chance to be my primary choice.

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Blade Runner 2049 looks like a careful extension of Ridley Scott’s vision

The footage included a glimpse at Jared Leto’s character — seemingly a creator along the lines of Tyrell — watching as a new replicant slipped from some sort of plastic sack and fell to the ground before him. “Every civilization was built off the back of a disposable workforce,” Leto’s character said in voice-over while caressing the creature. “We build angels here. But I can only make so many.”

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61 Tesla deal boosts Chinese presence in U.S. auto tech
62 You Won't Be Able to See Or Hear This 36-Hour Nano-Scale Endurance Race
63 The way college kids are using Tinder may surprise you
64 Google Home and Wifi coming in April to U.K., first market outside U.S. for both
65 House votes to repeal internet privacy rules
66 With S-Town, the makers of Serial test the waters of binge-listening
67 Samsung store suffers fire mishap a day before Galaxy S8 launch
68 DNA Is Being Collected to Protect Sex Workers, But It Could Also Be Used Against Them
69 A Tesla employee is suing the company for alleged racial harassment and discrimination
70 We’re looking for the Netherlands' hottest young tech talent
71 Large-Scale Energy Storage Is The (Virtual) Power Plant Of The Future | Fast Company
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74 The World's First 'Period' in a Dish Could Revolutionize Reproductive Medicine
75 Waze takes a small bite of the food business with ‘Order Ahead’ and Dunkin’ Donuts
76 Scientists Have Created Self-Flowing Liquids That Don't Need Pumps to Move Around
77 8 iPhone 7 Lightning Headphones to Help You Pump Up the Jams
78 Facebook’s Snapchat Envy Shows In Its New Stories And Camera | Fast Company
79 Congress votes to repeal internet privacy rules TODAY - here's how to stop them
80 Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse
81 Amazon's new Prime perk gets you the best seats in the house
82 Wall Street Journal staffers signed a letter criticizing the control white men have over the newsroom
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