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FCC saves to public pressure, to revise proposed Net Neutrality plan

Tom Wheeler FCCAfter public outcry intensified by a coalition of tech giants like Google and Netflix, the FCC has announced they will be redrafting their proposal on Net Neutrality.

The original draft, which FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler refused to postpone despite non-partisan calls by both Democrats and Republics in the Senate, would have allowed ISP’s to charge content providers for preferential traffic speeds.

Now, the new draft will apparently make it so that each deal brokered by ISP’s and content providers is deemed “fair” by the FCC, and that no company is “put at a disadvantage”. It also looks at the issue of reclassification of the internet as a utility, which could completely shift the way it is sold, marketed and regulated.

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Major coalition for net neutrality announced amid FCC delays

  • 08/05/2014 at 20:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Net NeutralityThe same day that the FCC asked for a delay on a net neutrality proposal that could potentially give ISPs a way to charge for preferential treatment, a coalition between major tech giants has been announced to battle the issue.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft,  eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter and Yahoo are leading the charge with the biggest yet collaboration to fight against the FCC’s proposed net neutrality laws.

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UN estimates 3 billion Internet users by 2015

  • 07/05/2014 at 18:56 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Tech EyeThe United Nations released a statement today with estimates on the coming six months internet user growth, globally. According to those numbers, there should be around 3 billion by the end of 2014.

Statistics have been gathered and presented by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a group that works to coordinate private and public sector efforts for global telecommunications access.

The majority of growth seems to be mobile, with an increase of almost 32%. A great deal of this is in Africa, where mobile broadband penetration is at its highest rates. In the Americas, two-thirds of the population should have regular online access before 2015 begins.

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Emails reveal a tight relationship between Google and NSA

Google Eyes LogoEmails revealed by Al Jazeera journalists are pointing to a closer working relationship between the NSA’s spying program and Google.

After the revelations began following the Edward Snowden document leaks, tech companies were quickly on the defensive. Google has been an especially vocal opponent of NSA spying, insisting that they only legally provided information on customers under valid court orders.

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Mozilla announces net neutrality plan with a twist

  • 06/05/2014 at 01:27 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Mozilla FirefoxMozilla is one of many companies that are staunchly on the side of Net Neutrality. But they are the ones who have come up with a rather interesting way to attempt to uphold it.

According to their official blog, Mozilla has filed an official petition with the FCC to change how the relationships between ISPs and consumers, and ISP and content providers, are classified. 

If the FCC chose to take Mozilla up on their advice, there would be two relationships cited. The first is that between the consumer and ISPs, which companies like Comcast/XFinity are currently using to dictate how they provide data. The second would create another legal requirement, however. ISPs and content providers would be in a separate relationship category, labeled under “transport”.

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Facebook revamps Login and adds Anonymous Login feature

  • 01/05/2014 at 01:17 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

Facebook Anonymous LoginFollowing years of complaints about the login options related to apps and services, and on the heels of its controversial Nearby Friends feature, Facebook has announced changes to their login process that includes anonymous sign in.

As a massive and profitable online business, Facebook has always been rather sell-happy with user data and information. Both their privacy and sales policies have been the target of internet advocates for awhile. Apps are among the biggest concern, as they require access to personal profile and account details for use.

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Microsoft is now officially a major hardware company

Microsoft Nadella and Nokia ElopAfter last year’s announcement that they had acquired Nokia for $7.9 billion, Microsoft has confirmed that both the handset company’s shareholders and regulatory agencies have approved the deal.

In the past, the results of Microsoft’s mobile efforts have been mixed. The Windows Phone has its share of supporters, but the brand has never made a real dent in a market that is dominated by Apple and Android devices.

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