The Pirate Bay Down Again

The Pirate Bay is down again

By on February 13, 2015 at 3:09 PM.

The Pirate Bay is down again

The saga of The Pirate Bay is far from over. TorrentFreak reported just minutes ago that the popular torrent website has gone offline “exactly two weeks” after it returned from its extended hiatus. It could be a glitch or a server issue, but based on recent events, it seems just as likely that the site might be back in hot water. More →

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Sprint Vs. AT&T T-Mobile Net Neutrality

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

By on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

Rival ISPs’ legal teams will probably pull their hair out when they see what Sprint just did to their arguments against net neutrality. Speaking with Reuters, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye says that not only will the FCC’s net neutrality plan not affect his company’s network investment plans but he also goes so far as to say net neutrality is a positive for Sprint’s customers. More →

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Rapidshare Shutting Down March 31st

One of the world’s iconic file-hosting services will shut down next month

By on February 11, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

One of the world’s iconic file-hosting services will shut down next month

Sad news for people who love uploading and sharing large data files on the web: One of the first hugely successful file-hosting services is going away next month. N4GM brings us word that Rapidshare is shutting down on March 31st, which means any users who have lots of important data uploaded onto the site should start moving it to new sites as soon as possible. More →

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Why Is The Comcast TWC Merger So Bad

Comcast’s most laughable claim about the TWC merger

By on February 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

Comcast’s most laughable claim about the TWC merger

By now, we’re all familiar with Comcast’s litany of customer service horrors. Whether it’s telling customers that they’re going to be locked in at a low rate for a year before jacking up their prices after just three months, disconnecting customers repeatedly during service calls, allegedly pulling unauthorized credit reports, calling customers obscene names on their own bills or using insane people to mentally bludgeon customers into not cancelling their service, Comcast has basically written the book on finding creative ways to not give you what you want. More →

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Netflix Fastest Streaming ISPs

Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs in January – did yours make the cut?

By on February 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs in January – did yours make the cut?

It’s been a while since we checked in on Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs and it looks like longtime champion Verizon FiOS is finally getting some real competition. According to Netflix’s latest rankings, FiOS is now in a virtual tie with Cablevision Optimum for the fastest average Netflix streaming speeds of 3.43 Mbps. More →

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Kickass Torrents Down and Download Alternatives

Yet another hugely popular Torrent site bites the dust

By on February 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

Yet another hugely popular Torrent site bites the dust

Soon after The Pirate Bay was taken offline in early December following a police raid in Sweden, several other torrenting alternatives took its place, as download fans kept looking for their regular torrents elsewhere. One such site is Kickass Torrents, whose popularity surged in the aftermath of The Pirate Bay’s unexpected demise.

Now that The Pirate Bay is back, however, it looks like Kickass is down alongside several other sites. More →

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CTIA Vs. Net Neutrality

New wireless industry video says opposing net neutrality is totally hip

By on February 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

New wireless industry video says opposing net neutrality is totally hip

Your wireless carrier would love to give you all sorts of crazy-cool stuff… but now the mega-bogus FCC is trying to spoil the party. Bummer! The CTIA Wireless Association has put out a new video arguing against FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify both wireline and wireless broadband services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and it tries to make the case that opposing this move is a totally hip thing to do. More →

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Net Neutrality Title II Loophole

The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal everyone is so excited about may have a huge loophole

The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal everyone is so excited about may have a huge loophole

By on February 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

We won. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday took a huge step toward realizing web users’ dream of a truly free Internet; an Internet where net neutrality is real and service providers are barred from boosting their bottom lines by allowing big corporations to pay for priority pipelines. The Commission announced a new proposal that would see broadband Internet service reclassified as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

Even a few short weeks ago, it seemed impossible that we would even get this far… but it looks like there is a pretty serious loophole in the new proposal that could be a big roadblock for net neutrality down the line. More →

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AT&T Verizon Vs. Net Neutrality

If AT&T hates the FCC’s net neutrality plan, it has only Verizon to blame

By on February 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

If AT&T hates the FCC’s net neutrality plan, it has only Verizon to blame

As expected, both AT&T and Verizon are very unhappy with the Federal Communications Commission after chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled a proposal to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. AT&T in particular pined for the days when the FCC was run by more reasonable people such as Julius Genachowski, whom it praised for crafting a compromise net neutrality plan that all sides could live with. More →

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Internet Addiction Cure

A Chinese teen chopped off his own hand to cure his Internet addiction

By on February 4, 2015 at 1:55 PM.

A Chinese teen chopped off his own hand to cure his Internet addiction

Internet addiction can indeed be a serious issue that is debilitating for some people, but one disturbed teen’s cure has clearly taken things too far. A 19-year-old boy from Nantong, China identified only as “Little Wang” couldn’t handle his Internet addiction anymore, so he decided to chop off his own hand in an effort to limit access to his computer and phone. More →

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The free Internet wins: FCC chair proposes reclassifying ISPs as utilities

By on February 4, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

The free Internet wins: FCC chair proposes reclassifying ISPs as utilities

It looks like Tom Wheeler isn’t the dingo that many of us feared. In a new article at Wired, Wheeler outlines his plan to enforce net neutrality rules by doing something that was once unthinkable: Reclassifying broadband services as utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. More →

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Apple Search Job Opening

Apple might be looking to hit Google where it hurts the most

By on February 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Apple might be looking to hit Google where it hurts the most

Apple and Google have been locked in a heated battle in the smartphone arena for nearly a decade now, but no matter how successful the iPhone becomes, Google can always take comfort in the fact that it has something Apple doesn’t: the biggest search engine in the world.

But that might not always be the case. More →

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