by on January 6, 2018
US President Donald Trump (L) listens with US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a meeting with Republican Members of the Senate about immigration at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2018.  World leaders who use Twitter help foster “necessary discussion,” the social media platform said in an apparent defense of President Trump’s tweets. The calls for Twitter to block Trump from its service were renewed on Tuesday after the president boasted his “nucl...
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by on February 9, 2018
Councilman Brad Lander saw a good opportunity to use the existing kiosks for an additional use. A LinkNYC kiosk in Park Slope where you can check when the next bus comes. Could the WiFi kiosks that continue to dot the city double as bus countdown clocks? Down in Park Slope a trial is underway to do just that, led by City Councilman Brad Lander. “The Links [LinkNYC kiosks] came to Park Slope over the last year and so many of them are located close to bus stops and they have all ...
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by on December 3, 2017
Even an unlimited plan won't save you. With the Federal Communications Commission likely set to abolish net neutrality at its next meeting on December 14, a big, obvious question is just what the internet will look like after the change. A feature AT&T rolled out late last year to reduce users’ bandwidth when streaming videos to their phone may provide a suitably grim preview of an internet without net neutrality — the principle that internet service providers can’t play favorites with...
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by on December 31, 2017
Here's what you need to know about mesh networking.  ast week, the Federal Communications Commission went ahead with its deeply unpopular plan to end net neutrality protections, giving internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast unprecedented control of our experience online. But what if you and your community could become your own internet service provider? Congress can still reject the FCC’s decision, though at least one proposed billsuggests there’s reason not to be overly op...
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by on December 25, 2017
A look at the line trucks and support vehicles that PPL will be sending to Puerto Rico by barge, starting around Jan. 3. It’s been more than three months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and about one-third of the U.S. territory is still without power, according to a website run by the island’s government. Full power restoration isn’t expected until May, the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told various media outlets earlier this month. On Saturday, an Allentown-ba...
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by on January 20, 2018
Plans to boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is announcing its second major tweak to its algorithm this month, saying it will prioritize news based on users’ votes.  Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys. In a blog post and a Facebook ...
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by on February 8, 2018
Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow died this morning, according to a statement made by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Barlow co founded EFF in 1990 with John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor, and was one of the founders of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2012. Barlow is best known for his writings on the emerging philosophy of the internet during the 90s, particularly 1996’s “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.” He is survived by three daughters. Internet pioneer John Perr...
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by on December 25, 2017
  A news conference in Mexico City. The president’s administration has spent nearly $2 billion on advertising in the past five years. Running a newspaper, radio station or television outlet in Mexico usually means relying on a single, powerful client that spends exorbitant sums on advertising with a simple warning: “I do not pay you to criticize me.” That client is the government of Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a ...
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by on January 25, 2018
New York state will require internet providers to observe net neutrality or risk losing eligibility for state contracts, under an executive order issued Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The new policy aims to protect consumers by using the state’s lucrative information-technology contracts as leverage over internet companies. It’s similar to one enacted through executive order Monday by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and comes as states consider how to respond after the Federal Communications ...
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by on February 9, 2018
UK lawmakers visiting the US didn’t pull any punches at a Washington DC hearing on fake news today. “Isn’t Facebook a massive surveillance operation?” asked conservative MP Rebecca Pow. Members of the UK House of Commons’s digital, culture, media and sport committee called US tech companies to George Washington University today, questioning representatives of Facebook, Alphabet, and Twitter, as well as academics and journalists on the general topic of fake news. Brexit on their mind ...
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by on December 29, 2017
Library of Congress The Library of Congress is going to start being more selective about which tweets it decides to save in its archives. Since 2010, the research library for the United States Congress has been archiving all public tweets dating back to Twitter’s launch in 2006. Not anymore. Beginning in 2018, the Library of Congress says it will “continue to acquire tweets but will do so on a very selective basis.” “Generally, the tweets collected and archived will be thematic a...
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by on January 27, 2018
The first ones may hit the rails by mid-2020. A prototype of the R211 subway car is displayed at the Hudson Yards station in December. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to spend nearly $4 billion to replace more than 1,600 subway cars over the next decade. MTA officials chose Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. to potentially design and manufacture more than 1,600 cars for more than $3.6 billion, officials said Monday. The Japanese company would get $1.4 billion to build 535 cars ...
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