FCC Votes 3-2 to Upend Net Neutrality


The FCC on Thursday voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era Net neutrality rules that prevented Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise giving preferential treatment to customers. Backers of the repeal characterized it as promoting greater technological innovation and freedom to conduct business. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the reversal of the Title II Net neutrality regulations, was joined by Commissioners Michael O’Reilly and Brendan Carr. Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel strongly dissented.

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Bitcoin Surges Past $16K: Will the Bubble Burst?


Cryptocurrency bitcoin soared to $16,777 on Thursday, reaching a market capitalization of $274 billion, according to Bloomberg’s composite of exchanges. That was up from just $10,000 last week, and up some 1,500 percent from the beginning of 2017. The latest price increases have come as bitcoin increasingly has been recognized as a legitimate form of currency. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission last week announced that it would allow the trading of bitcoin derivatives on the CME Group and CBOE Global Market exchanges.

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New Search Tool Helps Firms Find the Best B2B Software Fit


Siftery on Thursday announced the launch of its new Product Alternatives search tool, which is designed to help companies find alternative B2B software products when replacements are needed.
It allows users to search a database of more than 40,000 software options, Siftery said. Its AI technology not only helps find suitable alternative products, but also ranks the various options. Recommendations take into account the products companies currently are using, as well as products that are in greater demand.

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How important is Amazon's NFL deal for Amazon and the future of the league?

Amazon is set to begin hosting the first of its 10 Thursday Night Football games with tonight’s match-up between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. As consumers continue to be faced with a deluge of content options and cord-cutting becomes more popular, it remains to be seen whether consumers will fork out an extra $99 per year for something they can already get for free.

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FTC Confirms Probe Into Equifax Data Breach


In a rare move, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday confirmed that it has opened an investigation into the data breach at Equifax that compromised the sensitive personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. The FTC announcement came less than a week after Equifax revealed that an unknown party had gained access to names, addresses, Social Security Numbers and other data belonging to nearly half the U.S. population. An unknown number of Canadian and UK consumers were directly impacted by the breach as well.

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Google mistreats conservative employees, California congressman says

A Republican congressman from California took to Twitter on Thursday, objecting to Google’s recent firing of an employee who criticized the tech giant’s left-leaning corporate culture.

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Google cancels meeting on diversity, citing workers' safety

Google surprised many of its workers Thursday after the company suddenly canceled a town-hall meeting in the wake of the firing of a worker who had written the controversial leaked memo on diversity.

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Consumer Reports slams Microsoft's Surface line, cites 25-percent failure rate

Microsoft’s Surface family suffered a major blow Thursday, as Consumer Reports not only pulled its recommendation forallSurface-branded products, but moves them into the dreaded “not recommended” category.

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Lawsuit blames Google, Facebook, Twitter for Istanbul nightclub terror attack

A lawsuit filed Thursday in a California federal court blames Google, Facebook and Twitter for helping cause the New Year’s Eve terror attack by ISIS at an Istanbul nightclub that left 39 dead.

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Elon Musk announces underground Hyperloop that does NY to DC in 29 minutes

On Thursday, Elon Musk announced that he’s secured “verbal government approval,” whatever that is, to build a Hyperloop linking Washington DC to New York City, stopping in Baltimore and Philadelphia on the way.

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SoftBank to Take Fearsome Robots Off Alphabet's Hands


SoftBank on Thursday announced that it will acquire robotics company Boston Dynamics from Alphabet, parent company of Google. Softbank also agreed to buy robotics firm Schaft as part of the same deal. SoftBank Robotics is the company’s subsidiary that focuses on the development, sales and maintenance of humanoid and service robots. “Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the information revolution,” said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.”

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Microsoft Buys Hexadite to Toughen Windows Security


Microsoft on Thursday said it has agreed to buy a Hexadite, which incorporates artificial intelligence in its automated responses to cyberthreats. The acquisition will help bolster the company’s efforts to help commercial Windows 10 customers deal with advanced attacks on their networks, Microsoft said. It currently offers Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to detect zero-day attacks, ransomware and other advanced threats, and the Hexadite technology will build on that.

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Walmart Delivers E-Commerce Stunner


Walmart on Thursday reported soaring e-commerce growth during its fiscal first quarter, along with strong organic sales figures. Online sales grew a stunning 63 percent during the quarter, perhaps in response to the company’s newly introduced free two-day shipping and its upgraded mobile app. “We’re moving faster to combine our digital and physical assets to make shopping more enjoyable and faster for customers, but we also see plenty of room to improve,” CEO Doug McMillon said during the company’s quarterly conference call.

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Twitter inks new streaming deal with NFL after losing live games to Amazon

Twitter recently lost its Thursday Night Football coverage to Amazon. But keen to keep fans on side, the social media company has just signed a new deal with the NFL for fresh content.

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NASA holding major press conference, will discuss 'future ocean world exploration'

NASA is holding a major press conference Thursday afternoon where it is expected to talk about new findings in the solar system, including plans for “future ocean world exploration.”

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SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket in historic leap

SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

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Consumer Advocates Bemoan Senate Vote to Lift ISP Privacy Restrictions


Privacy advocates and consumer groups are fighting back against the U.S. Senate’s Thursday vote to undo privacy restrictions on Internet service providers. In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate approved the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 34. If the House of Representatives gives it the green light, it then will go to the president to be signed into law. “We’re working actively with a coalition of other consumer groups pushing to defeat the resolution in the House,” said John Simpson, director of the Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project.

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