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What public libraries will lose without net neutrality

A Q&A with NYPL president Tony Marx and associate director of information policy Greg Cram<p>The FCC will vote on a measure today that would repeal net neutrality and pave the way for the end of the free, open internet as we’ve always known it. Librarians aren't happy about it.<p>Yesterday, <i>The Verge</i> …

Libraries

Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox’s film and TV studios in a landmark deal

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em<p>Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox's film and TV studios in a landmark deal worth $52 billion dollars. The arrangement covers the movie studio 20th Century Fox, the company’s TV production arm 20th Century Fox Television, Fox-owned cable networks (including FX and …

Walt Disney Company

Microsoft is adding native OpenSSH to Windows 10

Farewell, PuTTY<p>Microsoft has been steadily making Windows 10 a lot more developer friendly, adding the bash command line, alongside Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora Linux distributions. The software giant is now adding a native OpenSSH client to Windows 10. It’s available immediately as a beta option …

Linux

SoundCloud redesign shines spotlight on creator communities

A much needed home screen change<p>SoundCloud has introduced a refreshed home screen that allows users to see more music from the service’s most popular independent creators. The refreshed home screen features song collections sorted by genre and curated playlists popular in the platform’s community. …

Technology

LG claims its new Gram laptops have ‘full day’ battery life

LG is announcing its refreshed range of its thin and light Gram laptops today, ahead of CES next month. LG is introducing three refreshed versions of the Gram, in 13.3-, 14-, and 15-inch models. The 2018 Gram laptops include Intel’s 8th-generation Core i5 and i7 processors, SSD storage, and an …

Laptops

Samsung updates its Notebook 9 ultrabooks with even bigger batteries

Samsung refreshed its Notebook 9 series of laptops earlier this year, and the company is getting ready to do the same for 2018. Samsung is unveiling three new models today, instead of waiting for CES next month where we typically see a number of new laptops. The first is Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen, …

Laptops

Sally Ride will get her own postage stamp next year

In addition to Mister Rogers, dragons, and John Lennon<p>Today, the United States Postal Service unveiled a preview of its 2018 stamp program, which includes one honoring the late Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space. The USPS didn’t say when the stamp would be available.<p>Ride is …

John Lennon

Comcast says it loves net neutrality, hugs it to death

The FCC is racing to a vote tomorrow to reverse net neutrality, and the ISPs are thrilled. That includes Comcast, which continues to pretend like it <i>loves</i> net neutrality while at the same time arguing that the only rules currently making it a reality ought to be killed.<p>In a post published today, …

Internet

Unpopular grad tax might be cut from GOP tax plan

There’s no tax on tuition waivers in the latest version of the bill, Senator says<p>The GOP’s tax bill may not end up raising taxes for graduate students as much as they had feared, <i>Bloomberg</i> reports. The final version of the tax plan that blends individual bills from the House and Senate won’t tax the …

Steve Daines

What is Layer3 TV and why is T-Mobile buying it?

T-Mobile’s big TV push starts here<p>T-Mobile announced it’s planning to launch its own streaming TV service next year, but it’s not going about the task alone. The company is acquiring Layer3 TV to help build the service, catapulting the relatively small cable company into the national …

Internet

Gfycat says it’ll use machine learning to make more high-res GIFs

Embedding a GIF into your blog post is often a hilarious way to illustrate your reactions, but the GIFs themselves can be low in resolution, like text running across an image that’s too blurry to read. Gfycat is offering an AI-powered solution to improve GIF quality with machine learning, according …

Machine Learning

Microsoft announces new AI-powered search features for Bing

Improved image search, multi-source results, and a more conversational auto-complete<p>Today, Microsoft announced a series of artificial intelligence-driven features for its Bing search engine to make it more conversational and nuanced. The news, unveiled at an event in San Francisco, means that Bing …

Machine Learning

Microsoft is making subreddits more searchable with Bing

Find Reddit AMAs and AskReddit threads more easily using Microsoft’s search engine<p>Microsoft today announced a partnership with Reddit to surface the social news site’s content high up in Bing search results, so that searching for specific Reddit communities, pages, and info will spit back …

SEO

New York attorney general says FCC's net neutrality vote would come after a 'corrupted' comments process

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued an update today on his office's investigation into fake FCC net neutrality comments. More than 5,000 people have filed reports with the office over fake comments, the group says, and up to 2 million comments misused Americans' identities. More than …

Eric Schneiderman

Spotify and Deezer ask EU regulators to stop Apple from abusing its dominance

The music streaming services want help with tech titans<p>A group of European tech companies have asked EU regulators to put a stop to what they see as anti-competitive practices from companies like Apple and Amazon. According to a report in the <i>Financial Times</i>, “Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek and Deezer …

Technology

New Twitter ads admit it’s too hard to use

‘I don’t know what to do. I don’t understand this’<p>New Twitter ads were revealed today that take a jab at one of the service’s core problems. No, not Nazis, but that new users struggle to understand how to even use the platform.<p>The two commercials show comedian Romesh Ranganathan, representing …

Advertising

18 attorneys general ask the FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote

In a letter sent to the FCC today, 18 attorneys general from around the country called on the agency to delay tomorrow’s vote on a repeal of net neutrality protections.<p>The 11th-hour letter, sent by the Oregon attorney general and signed by representatives of 17 states and DC, follows a high-profile …

Government

Baidu apologizes for sexy ‘girlfriend’ VR interface

Baidu-owned video platform iQiyi has pulled an AI “girlfriend” named Vivi from its VR headset after complaints that the product was demeaning to women. “iQiyi has noticed the issue raised by media and already taken the product offline for further modification. We’d like to make an apology for the …

Virtual Reality

Mirai botnet creators plead guilty

Two men, Paras Jha, 21, and Josiah White, 20, entered guilty pleas for their roles in creating and deploying the Mirai botnet last year. The men apparently ran their own DDoS mitigation service, meaning they unleashed this massive botnet of zombie devices in an effort to boost their business. They …

Cybersecurity

7-Eleven is testing a delivery service

7-Eleven is testing mobile ordering on its 7-ElevenNow app at select stores in Dallas, Texas, the company announced today.<p>The purple-colored 7-ElevenNow app is available for download in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The app also supports 7Rewards, where customers can earn points for …

7-Eleven

Google Assistant is now available on Android tablets and even more phones

Slowly but surely<p>Google Assistant has been flexing a lot of new skills as of late, from connecting you with local home services to telling you the name of a song playing nearby. Now, Google has announced Assistant is available to use on even more devices, coming to Android tablets running Android …

Google

Watch this week’s Mr. Robot Digital After Show with BD Wong and Michael Cristofer

It breaks my heart to say it, but we’ve reached the last episode of <i>Mr. Robot</i> season 3. That also means it’s the finale of our Digital After Show, hosted by Nilay Patel, Russell Brandom, and me, Megan Farokhmanesh. But before we say our goodbyes, tune in tonight at 11PM ET to watch us talk with some …

TV

When mothers live near fracking sites, babies are more likely to be born underweight

The shale gas boom comes with some side effects<p>Children born near fracking sites are 25 percent more likely to weigh less than what is healthy at birth, according to a new study. Why this is happening isn’t clear, but the researchers believe that it might have to do with environmental pollution, …

Oil

Homeland Security wants its employees to learn mindfulness, but is that the best way to build resilience?

‘Mindfulness is fine, but you want to create conditions that help the employee have a better day’<p>The US Department of Homeland Security is the latest organization turning to mindfulness training to help its employees. According to public documents from earlier this year, the department is seeking a …

Mindfulness

Republican congressman calls on FCC to delay net neutrality rollback vote

After a chorus of Democratic and Independent lawmakers called for the FCC to delay its planned vote on a rollback of net neutrality protections, at least one Republican is now asking the agency to hit pause, too.<p>This week, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai calling for …

Internet

How Mayor Ed Lee remade San Francisco in Big Tech’s image

Lee’s focus on tech jobs exacerbated an ongoing housing crisis<p>Yesterday was the rare San Francisco day when you couldn't find anyone with a gripe against the city’s top politician, Mayor Ed Lee. Lee's tenure ended, abruptly, at 1:11 in the morning of December 12th when he was pronounced dead at …

San Francisco

Researchers can determine what smartphone a photo was taken on by analyzing it

Like matching bullets to a gun<p>Researchers at the University at Buffalo have discovered a way to identify smartphones by analyzing just a single photo taken by the device. The researchers centered on a flaw in digital imaging called photo-response non-uniformity (PRNU) to do so.<p>PRNU happens when the …

Samsung Galaxy

Patreon scraps new service fee and apologizes to users

Patreon has called off plans to add a service fee to patrons’ pledges, a proposed update that angered many users. “We're going to press pause,” CEO Jack Conte tells <i>The Verge</i>. “Folks have been adamant about the problems with the new system, and so basically, we have to solve those problems first.” …

Banking

Facebook Messenger doubles number of video chats to 17 billion in 2017

People shared over 500 billion emoji<p>If you want a statistic on the tremendous reach and widening scope of Facebook Messenger, here’s a fairly impressive one: the chat app logged a total of 17 billion video calls in 2017. That’s double the number from the year prior. Facebook launched group video …

Facebook

MGMT’s new video makes the AI art of style transfer look cool again

It’s a testament to the speed with which culture moved in 2017 that “style transfer” already feels a little passé. This technique started life in the AI community as a way of applying the textures and tones from image onto another, but it soon made its way into apps like Prisma then big platforms …

Groundhog Day