Texas bill would ban throttling in disaster areas

Earlier this week, a member of the Texas state legislature introduced a bill that would make it a crime for a telecommunications company, like Verizon or AT&T, to throttle internet service in declared disaster areas, according to KUT News. This Texas bill, HB 1426, doesn’t go any further to codify …

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How WIRED Covered Facebook These Past 15 Years

When WIRED introduced Facebook to its online readers in 2004, four months after Mark Zuckerberg launched the site with a few friends out of his Harvard dorm room, the first order of business was explaining the poke. “On Thefacebook, poking is a way of saying ‘hi’ to would-be contacts, a …

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These Soviet-Era Spas Are Still Accepting Guests

Between the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, the Soviet Union built hundreds of sanatoriums across its vast empire for the relaxation and recuperation of its citizens. Such sanatoriums—half hospital, half spa—were ordained by Lenin himself, who in 1920 issued a decree entitled “On …

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Sprint Sues AT&T, Proving ‘5G’ Is Still Meaningless

Some AT&T customers with iPhones noticed something weird earlier this week. Those who had installed a new beta version of iOS reported seeing “5GE,” rather than “4G” or “LTE,” in the upper right-hand corner of their screens, according to The Verge. But Apple doesn’t sell an iPhone that supports 5G …

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Does Jeff Bezos Have a Legal Case Against The National Enquirer?

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, accused The National Enquirer Thursday of engaging in “extortion and blackmail” by threatening to publish intimate images of the billionaire unless he agreed to drop his investigation into how the tabloid obtained his private communications. In an extraordinary Medium post, Bezos reproduced emails that appeared …

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Jeff Bezos Aside, Sextortion Is Way Underreported

When Jeff Bezos went public with his accusations of blackmail against the National Enquirer on Thursday, he was hailed by many online for his courage. In a post on Medium, the Amazon CEO alleged that Enquirer representatives threatened to publish intimate photos of him unless he stopped an investigation into …

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The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

What is the Green New Deal? It’s a platform, a Justice Democrat raison d’être, a liberal fever dream, the product of progressive young Americans’ impatience with their government’s approach to climate change. It’s an attempt to link climate change solutionism to a broader social and economic program. It is, technically, …

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