FCC Tells Court It Has No ‘Legal Authority’ To Impose Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission opened its defense of its net neutrality repeal yesterday, telling a court that it has no authority to keep the net neutrality rules in place. From a report: Chairman Ajit Pai’s FCC argued that broadband is not a “telecommunications service” as defined in federal law, and therefore it must be classified as an information service instead. As an information service, broadband cannot be subject to common carrier regulations such as net neutrality rules, Pai’s FCC said. The FCC is only allowed to impose common carrier regulations on telecommunications services. “Given these classification decisions, the Commission determined that the Communications Act does not endow it with legal authority to retain the former conduct rules,” the FCC said in a summary of its defense filed yesterday in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The FCC is defending the net neutrality repeal against a


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Wi-Fi Now Has Version Numbers, and Wi-Fi 6 Comes Out Next Year

The Wi-Fi Alliance said Wednesday it was rebranding the “802.11” Wi-Fi standards that have long served as a source of potential confusion for users. From now on, said the Wi-Fi Alliance, the current 802.11ac standard will be known as Wi-Fi 5, while its successor 802.11ax will be known as Wi-Fi 6. From a report: In the past, Wi-Fi versions were identified by a letter or a pair of letters that referred to a wireless standard. The current version is 802.11ac, but before that, we had 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a, and 802.11b. It was not comprehensible, so the Wi-Fi Alliance — the group that stewards the implementation of Wi-Fi — is changing it. All of those convoluted codenames are being changed. Now, instead of wondering whether “ac” is better than “n” or if the two versions even work together, you’ll just look at the number. Wi-Fi 5 is higher than Wi-Fi 4,


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Comcast Says It Isn’t Throttling Heavy Internet Users Anymore

Comcast, which has been throttling speeds to slow down heavy internet users since 2008, has had a change of heart. From a report: Comcast has deactivated this “congestion management” system, according to an announcement this week. “As reflected in a June 11, 2018 update to our XFINITY Internet Broadband Disclosures, the congestion management system that was initially deployed in 2008 has been deactivated. As our network technologies and usage of the network continue to evolve, we reserve the right to implement a new congestion management system if necessary in the performance of reasonable network management and in order to maintain a good broadband Internet access service experience for our customers, and will provide updates here as well as other locations if a new system is implemented.”

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How to Secure Your Email Now That PGP Is Compromised

If you’ve been using PGP—short for Pretty Good Privacy—to send and receive encrypted emails, it might be time to switch to a different service to maintain the privacy of your communications. A brand-new vulnerability, hilariously called EFAIL, can reveal the contents of your emails (even older emails, in certain…Read more…


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FCC Chair Wants Carriers To Block Robocalls From Spoofed Numbers

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The FCC in 2015 made it clear that voice service providers can offer call blocking tools to customers, but commissioners said at the time that more needed to be done about Caller ID spoofing. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has now scheduled a preliminary vote for March 23 on new rules designed to solve the problem. “One particularly pernicious category of robocalls is spoofed robocalls — i.e., robocalls where the caller ID is faked, hiding the caller’s true identity,” the proposal says. “Fraudsters bombard consumers’ phones at all hours of the day with spoofed robocalls, which in some cases lure consumers into scams (e.g., when a caller claims to be collecting money owed to the Internal Revenue Service) or lead to identity theft.” The proposed rules would let providers “block spoofed robocalls when the spoofed Caller ID can’t possibly be valid.” Providers


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IMDb Is Shutting Down Its Long-Running, Popular Message Boards After 16 Years

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Polygon: After 16 years, IMDb’s message boards and the ability to privately message other users is shutting down, with many members of the community openly mourning the loss of the section. IMDb, which stands from the Internet Movie Database, is one of the world’s biggest databases for film and television. According to the company, there is information on more than 4.1 million titles and 7.7 million personalities available on the site as of January 2017. The message board, which was introduced in 2001, reportedly remains one of the most used services on the website, but despite that, the company is getting ready to shut it down, citing a desire to foster a positive environment and serve its audience the best way it can. “After in-depth discussion and examination, we have concluded that IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience


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Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint

 As promised earlier this year, Google is bringing RCS – Rich Communications Service, an upgrade to the SMS standard – to Android devices. Its first carrier partner on the initiative is Sprint, which is rolling out RCS messaging to its customers with Android devices, starting today. Once enabled, RCS will offer Android users an enhanced messaging experience over SMS, with features… Read More


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Skype For Linux Adds ‘Experimental’ Video Calls, Disables Some Alpha Versions

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes:
This morning Skype released version 1.10 of Skype for Linux which includes an “experimental version” of video calls. “We are not quite there. The 1-on-1 video calls work only between Skype for Linux Alpha clients for now,” warns an announcement on the Skype forum. “Despite the early phase, we’d like to ask you, the Linux community, to help us with testing. Please let us know how the video works for you.”

They’re also disabling some older versions of the Skype for Linux Alpha (versions 1.1 through 1.6), saying “Those users will be asked to update to [the] latest version.” But after a 20-month lull between releases for the old app, it’s refreshing to see a much faster pace for development for this new WebRTC version. It’s been less than a month since the release of version 1.8, and two weeks since version 1.9 came out, offering


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Google Allo Messaging App Launches For IOS and Android

An anonymous reader writes: Google has officially launched their long-awaited messaging app for iOS and Android, called Google Allo. There are several unique features associated with this app that Google hopes will win you over. Smart Reply lets you respond to messages with just a tap, so you can send a quick “yup” in response to a friend asking “Are you on your way?” It will also suggest responses for photos. For example, if you send a picture of a dog, Smart Reply might suggest a heart emoji or “Super cute!” message, which you can select and send with a tap. Google says Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style. You can also send large or small text and emojis, as well as draw on pictures. There’s an incognito mode that will activate end-to-end encryption, discreet notifications, and message expiration on your chats. Arguably best of


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