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U.S. government sues California to stop its new net neutrality regulations

The U.S. Justice Department is suing to prevent California from implementing its new net neutrality law. Under SB822, California will reverse the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality from earlier this year.
Computing

Reddit and Wikipedia criticize EU’s controversial copyright law

Reddit and Wikipedia are speaking out against the EU's controversial Copyright Directive, which was passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Reddit argued that the law is a significant blow to an open internet.
Smart Home

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Web

To make the web safer, Google says URLs must die

Google proposes that URLs must be killed to make the internet safer, but it hasn't offered a solution. Google hopes to have its proposal for how an internet without web addresses will look like by fall or spring.
Emerging Tech

Widespread internet access is causing mass sleep deprivation, study suggests

A study claims that high-speed internet may be costing us up to 25 minutes of sleep per night. And, surprisingly, the biggest problem isn't among those young people who are under 30.
Social Media

Is another broadband option brewing? Facebook is building a satellite

In publicly disclosed FCC emails and in a confirmation to Wired, Facebook has revealed that it is looking to launch an in-house developed satellite called Athena in order to offer broadband service to "unserved and underserved" areas.
Computing

FCC proposal could help Google Fiber roll out to more cities

Gigabit internet could get a boost in the U.S. if the FCC votes to approve a new proposal affecting how utility poles are managed. This could help new service providers, like Google Fiber, rapidly deploy its fast internet service.
Computing

Through the wire, to the limit, to the wall: The 5 best ethernet cables

While our world may be transitioning to wireless connectivity, Ethernet connections are still faster and less prone to lag times than traditional Wi-Fi networks. Here are five of the best Ethernet cables you can buy.
Computing

Internet connectivity is a human right, and Rightmesh has a plan to fulfill it

Rightmesh believes internet connectivity is a human right, and it plans to help spread internet access using mesh networks built from users' existing smartphones, and other devices. The platform has completed an initial coin offering and…
Computing

A second massive Comcast outage leaves customers without service this month

Comcast is aware of a massive outage today. Although the cause of the problem has been identified, Comcast has not given an estimate on when business and residential customers can expect their phone, video, and internet restored.
Social Media

Facebook gives up on building its own internet drone

After four years of work, Facebook says it's ending efforts to build its own internet drone. Instead, it will collaborate with aerospace firms to build drones with the relevant technology for bringing the internet to remote places.
Social Media

‘China’s Hawaii’ plans to ease internet restrictions for foreign tourists

An island known as "China's Hawaii" plans to ease the nation's internet restrictions to improve the vacation experience for foreign tourists. The island of Hainan plans to create special zones with open access to online services.
Mobile

A country is shutting off its entire internet to stop exam cheats

Determined to stop students cheating in exams, the Algerian government is cutting the internet for several hours around the time the tests are being taken. Last year it blocked access to social media, but it proved ineffective.
Computing

How to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi

Are you worried that slow internet speeds and weird activity mean someone is using your Wi-Fi network without permission? It's important to find out immediately if anyone is stealing your bandwidth. Here's how to tell if someone is stealing…
Computing

Iowa man gets 20-year prison sentence for trying to steal a domain at gunpoint

An Iowa man who used a firearm in an attempt to steal a domain and the failed armed robbery to steal the doitforstate.com domain landed Sherman Hopkins Jr. a 20-year prison sentence.
Computing

Comcast gives the internet a victory, ends throttling — for now

Comcast announced that it is endingits throttling practices for now. The company said with a stronger network, it doesn't need to slow down heavy internet users, but it reserves the right to change its decision in the future.
Computing

Congress has until Monday to save net neutrality and keep the internet open

Senate Democrats are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on a bill that would preserve an open internet. Without Congressional intervention, rules governing net neutrality are set to expire on Monday, June 11.
Computing

Reddit beats out Facebook to become the third-most-popular site on the web

Reddit is now more popular than Facebook. The latest rankings show that Reddit only trails Google and YouTube as the most popular internet destination, with Facebook falling to fourth place and Amazon rounding out the top five.