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AWS Outage Takes Down Netflix, Pinterest

Were some of your favorite sites and apps offline last night? You can blame Amazon Web Services (AWS), which went down for just under an hour on …

Obama Overtime Rule Scratches the Surface in Helping the Middle Class

WASHINGTON — For all the ambition of President Obama’s plan to significantly expand the number of Americans eligible for overtime pay, the proposal falls well short of its advertised benefit of helping substantially increase middle-class wages.

“This rule will raise wages and lead to better lives …

Middle Class

Hollowing Out the Middle Class

The White House continues to demonstrate its inadequate strategy for growth and middle-class success with more regulations directly impacting the labor market. News reports are indicating that the administration will issue its long-awaited changes to federal overtime pay regulations this Thursday. …

Middle Class

2016-2017 College Financial Aid Formula Penalizes Middle Class $8,000

The 2016-2017 update to the federal college aid formula that determines a student’s expected family contribution (EFC) toward the cost of college has been announced, and like recent years it penalizes middle class families even more. For families that save at all, the change in the formula has …

College & University

Social Security Cuts Punish Middle Class

In April 2015, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey made some strong recommendations about the need for changes to Social Security. One facet of his …


Why isn't the middle class earning $156,000 a year?

New York (CNN) — Everyone knows the Top 1% have been killing it in recent decades, while most Americans have seen their incomes stagnate.

But what if the middle class were doing as well as the richest Americans? What would their annual income be?

CNNMoney asked the Economic Policy Institute, a …

Middle Class

Apple Pay Faces New Challenge From Barclays Contactless Devices

Apple is getting ready to launch its contactless payments service in the UK this week, but one of the country’s main banks has snubbed the iPhone maker to go its own way.

Barclaycard, part of Barclays Group, is launching a set of contactless payment gadgets that anyone with a debit or credit card …


Chicago’s 'cloud tax' makes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive

The past five years have seen a huge shift in the way we consume media, as brick-and-mortar stores shift to digital subscriptions. It's been a valuable tradeoff for some, building billion-dollar companies and unlocking huge libraries of music and video for relatively paltry subscription fees, but …


‘Ag gag’ opponents point to free speech ruling

Capital Press

Published:June 29, 2015 4:41PM

A recent free speech ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may shed light on the controversy over Idaho's "ag …


First in Print: Patent Troll Hunters - Kansas City Business Journal

The front page of the May 29, 2016, weekly print edition.

A small Kansas City law firm quickly is establishing itself in the lore of intellectual …


Why The Tech Industry Hates Patent Trolls, and You Should Too

Congress is inching closer than ever to fixing the single biggest problem in U.S. tech policy. Characteristically, it’s doing so years after the …


The new CIO mandate: Disruptive digital innovation

Coming into 2015, CIOs were told they needed to embrace digital transformation. Soon after, the cry was for masterig digital disruption. That soon …


In South Africa it’s now easier to play with drones than it is to make money with them

South Africa launched new regulations on Wednesday that will free up personal use of drones but significantly raise the bar on being able to deploy drones for commercial use in the country.

Drones have been used for a variety of purposes in South Africa for a while now including Kruger National …


Stevens Point author Rothfuss launches podcast

New York Times best-selling author talks with Cards Against Humanity creator.

Cards Against Humanity

Sling TV’s Web-Based Streaming Service Experienced Third Major Outage On Monday

The transition from traditional cable and satellite TV service to online streaming is not without its issues, as Dish’s Sling TV subscribers can attest to. The web-based streaming platform experienced a significant outage last night – its third sizable outage to date – which brought the service …


Telemedicine deal means some patients skip doc’s office for tests

Thanks to progress in telemedicine, some patients no longer have to go to the doctor to see a doctor.


American Academy of Pediatrics supports telemedicine, but only if PCP-led

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement on telemedicine, coming out in favor of better reimbursement and regulatory support …


New laws in Va., Md. and D.C. regulate drones, Uber, social media - The Washington Post

RICHMOND — Some of the biggest legislative accomplishments of the year in Virginia will go into effect Wednesday, including laws intended to protect the victims and prosecute the perpetrators of campus sexual assault, regulate Uber and limit the use of drones.

Maryland will see the institution of …

Social Media

Latest Apple Campus 2 drone flyover shows the spaceship taking off

Apple has continued making lots of progress at its under construction Campus 2 site in Cupertino ahead of plans to move in late next year, evident by this latest drone flyover courtesy of our friend MyithZ.

Last time we got a great close-up look at Apple’s new auditorium on the campus, a $160 million …


Beats 1 Radio appears to be down for many (Update: back up after 30+ mins)

Update: after about 35 minutes, it appears that the Beats 1 stream is back online. The outage may have been caused by an Amazon Web services outage on the East Coast of the US.

Many readers are reporting Beats1 Radio is offline with error -12880 on iOS and just a spin on iTunes for Mac. As per …

Amazon Web Services

FAA will crack down on Patriots, Giants and Cowboys for using drones

As if the New England Patriots needed another investigation.

With all the recent advancements in drone technology, no wonder that various National Football League teams have been trying to get a leg up by filming their practices with drones. The only issue is that it's illegal to fly drones for …


Woman knocked unconscious by falling drone during Seattle's Pride parade

A woman was knocked unconscious Sunday when she was struck by a small drone during the Pride parade in downtown Seattle.

The 25-year-old woman was …


Busted: App maker who’d hijack your phone to secretly mine Dogecoin

The Federal Trade Commission revealed charges today against an Ohio man who created an app that secretly used consumers' phones to mine second-tier …


Google harms consumers, and is strangling the open web, says study

A study into search engine users’ behaviour claims that Google’s favourable treatment of its own services results in consumer harm, and will make the …


Top 7 most common uses of cloud computing

Cloud computing has been credited with increasing competitiveness through cost reduction, greater flexibility, elasticity and optimal resource …

Cloud Computing

Sony Pictures: Inside the Hack of the Century, Part 3

A cyber-invasion brought Sony to its knees and terrified corporate America. What happened—and why Sony should have seen it coming.

Above video by Sinelab

A cyber-invasion brought Sony Pictures to its knees and terrified corporate America. The story of what really happened—and why Sony should have


Were All Those Rainbow Profile Photos Another Facebook Study?

The social network learns more about its users than they might realize.

Facebook, you may have noticed, turned into a rainbow-drenched spectacle following the Supreme Court’s decision Friday that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right.

By overlaying their profile photos with a rainbow filter, …


How Andy Jassy helped Amazon own the cloud

Jassy helped Amazon Web Services dominate cloud-computing services; now he’s defending AWS’s crown against tough competition.

Major League baseball uses Amazon’s cloud to send real-time updates of player statistics to fans in all 30 of its stadiums. Regulator FINRA uses it to store and analyze more …


Hundreds rally against ag-gag laws

Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of the Victorian Parliament House in Melbourne yesterday to stand in protest against the proposed “ag-gag”


Cost fears keep Medicare telemedicine from expanding

Nearly 20 years after videoconferencing technology has been available for health services, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use it, in …