Texas bullet train proposal pits rural landowners against urbanites

A Texas railroad company is looking to build a bullet train to connect two of the state’s largest cities, Dallas and Houston, in under 90 minutes.

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Futuristic bionic arms now available for the nation's bravest

American military members make many sacrifices serving the United States. In fact, more than 1,600 have suffered the loss of a limb in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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5 Ways Etailers Can Make Online Shoppers Feel Safe

At least 145 million Americans — half the United States population — were impacted by a data breach at Equifax that netted thieves personal information such as names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security Numbers and driver’s license numbers. That pales in comparison to the earlier Yahoo breaches, which affected more than 1 billion accounts. However, those incidents may be just the tip of a very large iceberg, as reports of data breaches just keep on coming. “Consumer confidence is at an all-time low,” said Generali COO Paige Schaffer.

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E-Commerce Firms: Get Ready for New Privacy Laws

The Federal Trade Commission regulates privacy in the United States, and under the FTC rules, a website need not have a privacy policy at all. However, a website must comply with and not violate its policy if it has one. ifeLock learned that lesson the hard way when ” target=”_blank”>the FTC sued it for failing to abide by its privacy policy. How do other countries’ privacy laws apply to U.S. businesses? Time will tell, as the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect in May of next year.

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Evolution of the 4th Utility: Fixed Broadband

In-home broadband has become “the fourth utility” in United States households, many of which have multiple connected devices and viewing screens. More than 85 percent of U.S. homes have broadband service, according to Parks Associates, 93 percent of those have DSL, fiber or cable high-speed, fixed-line Internet services. The demand for high-speed fixed broadband is a key contributor to ongoing revenue and profitability for operators, particularly due to declines in pay-TV and landline voice subscribers.

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Lenovo Faces No Significant Penalty for Security-Destroying Superfish Debacle


Lenovo has settled the case brought by the FTC and 32 states over its Superfish software and the security it broke with its own lax practices. The company faces no significant penalty for its actions.

The post Lenovo Faces No Significant Penalty for Security-Destroying Superfish Debacle appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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US Air Force prepping mysterious X-37B space plane for September launch

The United States Air Force’s X-37B program is readying its next robotic mini-shuttle for launch, this time atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket .

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Afghan girls compete in robotics contest after finally arriving in US

The Afghan girls who originally were denied entry into the United States for a robotics contest made it to the competition in time — and received an award for courageous achievement.

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Major Tech Firms Pressure FCC to Stay the Net Neutrality Course

The Internet Association, which represents 40 of the United States’ leading technology companies — including Facebook, Google, Amazon and others — on Monday filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission, urging it to maintain Net neutrality regulations enacted during the Obama administration. The rules have created a level playing field that has helped fuel innovation in the broadband Internet space, according to IA, and any attempt to unravel them could have a disruptive impact on the industry.

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What's Next in the Volatile Pay-TV Services Market?

There has been an erosion in penetration of pay-TV subscriptions in the United States. They have fallen from a high of 86 percent in 2014 to 83 percent in early 2017, based on Parks Associates recent consumer research. Despite signs in late 2015 and early 2016 that the U.S. cable TV industry finally had reversed years of subscriber losses, the numbers declined again for most cable operators late that same year. Over-the-top video services often are viewed as the primary driver for the declining pay-TV subscriber trend.

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Solar eclipse 2017: what it is, when it's happening and why it's important

On August 21, 2017, the United States will have something happen to it that hasn’t happened since Jimmy Carter was President, Sony introduced the Walkman and M*A*S*H was still on TV.The U.S. will go dark.

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The President has a secret air force in case of nuclear war?

“Ever since the 1960s, the United States has been building and equipping a special set of planes whose sole purpose has been to evacuate the president in the event of a nuclear war and allow him to command a war from wherever he may be.”

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House Votes to Kill Privacy Rules Binding ISPs

The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Congressional Review Act, undoing privacy restrictions imposed on Internet service providers during the Obama administration. The Senate passed the CRA last week in a 50-48 vote along party lines. The White House has expressed support for the CRA. “This is one time I believe the White House,” remarked John Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog. Privacy advocates have fought against the CRA, warning of its dire consequences, but ISPs and businesses support it.

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Samsung executive confirms plans to move appliance manufacturing to the U.S.

Samsung looks to be making moves … right on over to the United States. According to a report from the Korea Herald, the South Korean tech giant is looking into relocating manufacturing facilities for home appliances to the U.S.

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US Rep Likens Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to 'Tyranny'

The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has come under increasing fire from Republican lawmakers who now have the Trump administration to back their efforts. Long-time critic Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R.-Texas, who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, compared the bureau to a tyranny in a recent interview. Hensarling reportedly is preparing a new version of the Financial Choice Act — the Republican-led effort to repeal and replace the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act — that would include CFPB reforms.

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Some foreigners traveling to the US are now being asked for social media info

International travelers looking to visit the United States via the visa-waiver program are now being asked to include information on their online presence, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube account names.

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Study: 80 percent of students can't differentiate between real and fake news

An 18-month study in 12 states of nearly 8,000 students in junior high school through college found most couldn’t judge news credibility accurately. Many were swayed by good design and writing, or could not discern conflicts of interest.

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Tech Industry Lambasts New FCC Privacy Rules

The United States Federal Communications Commission last week adopted privacy rules for both wired and wireless broadband ISPs aimed at giving consumers greater control over their data, more privacy, and stronger security safeguards for that data. The rules implement Section 222 of the Communications Act. They establish a framework of customer consent required for ISPs to use and share their customers’ personal information, calibrated to the sensitivity of the information.

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T-Mobile Fined $48M for Pulling Wool Over Customers' Eyes

The United States Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced that T-Mobile has agreed to a penalty of $48 million for misleading customers about restrictions on its so-called unlimited data plans. The company failed to inform subscribers to unlimited plans on its wireless networks and those of MetroPCS, which it owns, that their data bandwidth would be throttled when they hit a preset ceiling. Through its advertising and statements, T-Mobile may have led customers to expect better and faster service than their unlimited plans actually provided, according to the FCC.

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