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Verizon Is Killing Tumblr's Fight For Net Neutrality

Slashdot - 1 hour 11 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net's day of action. Tumblr CEO David Karp was also part of a group of New York tech CEOs that met with then-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in Brooklyn that summer, while the FCC was fielding public comment on new Title II rules. President Obama invited Karp to the White House to discuss various issues around public education, and in February 2015 The Wall Street Journal reported that it was the influence of Karp and a small group of liberal tech CEOs that swayed Obama toward a philosophy of internet as public utility. But three years later, as the battle for net neutrality heats up once again, Tumblr has been uncharacteristically silent. The last mention of net neutrality on Tumblr's staff blog -- which frequently posts about political issues from civil rights to climate change to gun control to student loan debt -- was in June 2016. And Tumblr is not listed as a participating tech company for Battle for the Net's next day of action, coming up in three weeks. One reason for Karp and Tumblr's silence? Last week Verizon completed its acquisition of Tumblr parent company Yahoo, kicking off the subsequent merger of Yahoo and AOL to create a new company called Oath. As one of the world's largest ISPs, Verizon is notorious for challenging the principles of net neutrality -- it sued the FCC in an effort to overturn net neutrality rules in 2011, and its general counsel Kathy Grillo published a note this April complimenting new FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plan to weaken telecommunication regulations.

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Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

El Reg - 1 hour 14 min ago
Flash? It's all flash, mate

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.…

Imagination Formally Announces It's Selling Itself

Phoronix - 1 hour 29 min ago
Following countless rumors about PowerVR-maker Imagination Technologies, the company has formally announced today it's selling itself...

GNOME 3.25.3 Now Available

Phoronix - 1 hour 43 min ago
GNOME 3.25.3 is now available as the latest stepping stone towards September's release of GNOME 3.26...

UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

El Reg - 1 hour 44 min ago
Researchers finger trojan-slinging AdGholas group

Security researchers have suggested that the ransomware attack on University College London last week was spread through a "malvertising" campaign.…

Putting AI to work in finance? Think algorithms, ethics first

El Reg - 1 hour 56 min ago
More speakers join MCubed Lineup

Events  Ethics, algorithms and finance are all key areas for machine learning and AI, which is why we’re chuffed to announce three more excellent speakers who will be joining us at MCubed London in October.…

Research suggests consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

El Reg - 2 hours 17 min ago
Alt-net providers call for ads to be reviewed

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.…

Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

El Reg - 2 hours 53 min ago
UK and Ireland boss nowhere to be seen

UK and Ireland boss of Fujitsu Lucy Dimes has gone on gardening leave just one year into the job, according to multiple well-placed sources.…

Valve Puts The Steam Link & Steam Controller Back Up For Summer Sale

Phoronix - 2 hours 55 min ago
The Steam Summer Sale will begin today and already Valve is offering up discounts on their Steam Link and Steam Controller hardware devices...

PHP 7.2 Alpha 2 Released

Phoronix - 2 hours 59 min ago
The second alpha release of the upcoming PHP 7.2 is now available for testing...

'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

El Reg - 3 hours 7 min ago
We've already got one tried and tested system, huffs MoD

The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has made “no decision” to install the US Navy’s JPALS aircraft carrier landing system aboard HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers.…

Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

El Reg - 3 hours 25 min ago
Clash with tech titan continues

Trouble struck British chip designer Imagination Technologies has confirmed it is for sale amid an ongoing dispute with Apple that has crushed its valuation on the London Stock Exchange.…

Cossacks 3 Is Now Available For Linux Gamers

Phoronix - 3 hours 52 min ago
Cossacks 3, a real-time strategy game from GSC Game World and a remake of the Cossacks: European Wars from 2001, is now available for Linux...

Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

El Reg - 4 hours 5 min ago
'Dragon'-owned biz shifts focus to B2B market

Mobile gadget souk Expansys shuttered its digital doors to consumers – a natural conclusion for a business that lost direction under the ownership of lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones in a commoditised space.…

Domestic Appliances Guzzle Far More Energy Than Advertised, Says EU Survey

Slashdot - 4 hours 11 min ago
Chrisq writes: An EU study has found that many electronic devices and appliances use more energy in real-world conditions than in the standard EU tests. Often the real world figures are double those in the ratings. Sometimes this is achieved by having various optional features switched off during the test. For example, switching on modern TV features such as "ultra-high definition" and "high-dynamic range" in real-world test cycles boosted energy use in four out of seven televisions surveyed -- one by more than 100%. However some appliances appear to have "defeat devices" built in, with some Samsung TVs appearing to recognize the standard testing clip: "The Swedish Energy Agency's Testlab has come across televisions that clearly recognize the standard film (IEC) used for testing," says the letter, which the Guardian has seen. "These displays immediately lower their energy use by adjusting the brightness of the display when the standard film is being run. This is a way of avoiding the market surveillance authorities and should be addressed by the commission."

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Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

El Reg - 4 hours 34 min ago
NVMe over Fabrics box bashes Dell EMC, Pure and Infinidat

NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.…

Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

El Reg - 5 hours 11 min ago
Not all figures are equal

If you want to develop your ML and AI skills, you will need to pick up some statistics and before you have got more than a few steps down that path you will find (whether you like it or not) that you have entered the Twilight Zone that is the frequentist/Bayesian religious war. I use the term "war" advisedly because war, by definition, has moved beyond debate and discussion. "Religious" because the war is based on belief systems, not information.…

Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

El Reg - 5 hours 42 min ago
Strapline on van: 'Where your vote is your choice'. Meow!

Pic  A rival of the reseller who threatened to sack Labour-voting employees hired a billboard van to drive past their HQ with the words “we’re hiring – where your vote is your choice” emblazoned on its side.…

Cluster kids: Meet the students giving all for science and HPC glory

El Reg - 6 hours 2 min ago
If LINPACK would pack wood... and other computer sports posers

HPC Blog  As part of our continuing coverage of the most exciting events in the computer sporting world, Student Cluster Competitions, we like to meet each team individually.…

Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

El Reg - 6 hours 45 min ago
Curiosity Rover's autonomous operation experiments have been a great success, say astro-boffins

In late 2015 NASA gave the Curiosity Mars rover a software upgrade to let it operate autonomously. The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) code was uploaded because the rover can't be told what to do during the long periods communication with Earth is not possible. A little autonomy, NASA reckoned, could mean Curiosity could do more and perhaps better science.…

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