AT&T Raises Eyebrows With Call for Internet Bill of Rights


In an open letter and a series of full-page ads in major newspapers, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson on Wednesday urged Congress to enact an Internet Bill of Rights and to bring the Net neutrality debate to an end. Although AT&T supported the Federal Communications Commission’s December vote to repeal its Net neutrality rules, the company has called on legislators to establish new laws to regulate the Internet. AT&T wants to make sure there is a transparent and open Internet for all consumers, Stephenson maintained.

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Apple investors urge tech giant to help curb iPhone addiction among kids

Two of Apple’s biggest investors sent an open letter to the tech giant Saturday urging the company to take prompt action to curb what they see as a growing smartphone addiction among children.

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Internet Pioneers Urge Cancellation of Net Neutrality Repeal Vote


A group of 21 leading technology pioneers this week penned an open letter to key congressional leaders asking them to pressure FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel Thursday’s planned vote to repeal Net neutrality. The process is severely flawed, they argued, and a rules repeal poses an imminent threat to the Internet. The FCC proposal seeks to rescind Obama-era regulations that treat Internet access providers like utilities, protecting consumers and rival services from preference of one content service over another.

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Dark Web decodes nun's letter from the 'devil'

For 341 years, scholars and occultists have been trying to decipher a letter purported to be from the Prince of Darkness, and this week, with the help of the Dark Web, they finally cracked the code.

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Tech Leaders Urge UN to Ban AI-Based Lethal Weapons


A group of the world’s top technology leaders have published an open letter urging the UN to ban the use of artificial intelligence in weapons systems, amid growing concerns that autonomous killer robots could wind up taking control. The group of 116 companies, most of which specialize in robotics or AI, argued that its growing use could revolutionize modern warfare in irreversible ways and pose a danger to nation states. “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” the letter states.

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iPhone 8 production is on schedule, but you still won't be able to get one at launch

iPhone fans, now’s a good time to start typing up a letter to Santa if you’re planning to buy the iPhone 8 this year, because there’s one more report that says your best chance of getting one is by Christmas rather than at launch.

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Blind boy thanks Nintendo for making a video game just for him

Despite having the unfortunate handicap of being blind, a fifth-grader in Japan sent a letter to Nintendo thanking them for making the video game series “Rhythm Heaven,” allowing him to play video games.

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Bill Gates' Open Letter


It has been 40 years since Bill Gates wrote his open letter to the software industry complaining that computer hobbyists were stealing his BASIC program. That was so long ago that Wikipedia has a picture of the source code for “Micro-Soft” BASIC on paper tape. A lot of things have changed since then. In the 1970s when Microsoft was getting started, it was common for people to copy, swap or donate software simply because they could. Especially in the hobbyist community, people bought hardware and they got software in any way possible.

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In new court filing, Apple cites 9 other cases in which FBI asserted the All Writs Act

Article Image In a letter filed last week and unsealed Tuesday, Apple told a New York judge that the federal government had asserted the All Writs Act — the 18th-century law at the center of Apple’s fight with the FBI — in at least nine pending court cases beyond the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting.

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Consumer Advocates Push FCC on Broadband Privacy Rules


A coalition of 59 organizations on Wednesday sent a letter to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on him to get cracking on privacy protection rules for consumers. The groups include consumer advocates such as Consumer Watchdog and the Chicago Consumer Coalition as well as the Center for Democracy and Technology and the American Association of Law Libraries. The coalition wants Wheeler to “move forward as quickly as possible on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing strong rules to protect consumers.”

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Sen. Franken asks Google to address concerns about Chromebooks, Google Apps collecting student data

Article Image U.S. Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking his company to describe what it’s doing with the private data of students who use Chromebooks and/or Google Apps for Education.

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Zuckerberg and Chan Pledge Billions to Charity in Love Letter to Baby


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan on Tuesday posted an open letter to their new baby daughter, Max, explaining why they plan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares — worth about $45 billion currently — to philanthropic causes. The couple intend to make the donations gradually over the course of their lives. “Technological progress in every field means your life should be dramatically better than ours today,” they wrote. “We will do our part to make this happen … .”

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Apple extends restricted stock grant program to all employees

Article Image In a letter to employees on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a new program that extends restricted stock unit grants to all staff members, a strategy normally employed to incentivize work performance.

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Taylor Swift says she was surprised by positive response to Apple Music letter

Pop musician Taylor Swift was surprised by the positive response to an open letter criticizing Apple Music royalties, including Apple’s quick decision to reverse course, according to an interview published on Tuesday.

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Apple again warns White House against policies fostering weak encryption

In a letter delivered to President Barack Obama on Monday, two trade groups comprised of some of the largest tech companies in the U.S. asked the White House to reject government policies designed to undermine encryption systems built to keep consumer data private.



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Apple, other tech companies ask Obama to reject proposals for software backdoors

In a letter to be delivered to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Apple is among a group of signatories requesting the White House reject incoming government proposals that would modify current policies to allow law enforcement access to encrypted user data.



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Carl Icahn sets new Apple target of $240 per share, valuing company at $1.4 trillion

In his latest open letter to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has said he believes shares of the company should currently be trading at more than $100 higher than their current valuation.



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Apple, U.S. tech giants call for government spying reform in open letter to Congress

A number of powerful tech companies sent an open letter to Congress, President Barack Obama and other government agencies on Wednesday, arguing for drastic change in the nation’s surveillance laws that currently allow for bulk consumer data collection.



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