Bitly, the URL-shortening service, has revealed on its blog a possible security breach, saying it has "reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised." The reason for the concern isn't addressed, however.
Voices in the net neutrality debate are getting raised, with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix and more penning a vocal letter to the FCC demanding equal access to the internet, while the Commission itself argues internally over the issue. The letter, in which big players in web content, internet backbone, and services slam the concept of "bargains" between individual companies and ISPs, calls for "an open internet ... for free speech and opportunity."
Five US internet providers have been accused of "deliberately harming" the web experience for their customers, with claims that the companies are purposefully keeping things congested so as to extract cash from content providers. The US ISPs - described as "large Broadband consumer networks with a dominant or exclusive market share in their local market" - and one European ISP are not named by "internet middleman" Level 3, though the company has previously requested that the FCC look into AT&T's handling of networks.
The government is proceeding with a plan to test an online ID system, something that has been referred to as a "driver's license for the Internet." The test will kick off with a pilot program for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace in Pennsylvania and Michigan.
This year Google will introduce a system tentatively called "Stars." This system will organize your media. It’s organized in its most basic terms into Images, Webpages, and Videos, and it’ll all be based on a tiny Star graphic in the right-hand side of your Chrome web browser’s address bar.
The Washington State Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against Asylum Playing Cards' crowdfunding project, which reportedly failed to live up to its promises. This marks the first action of this sort, and could kick off a set of legal actions against companies and individuals who fail to deliver.
Payphones are all but entirely obsolete, relics left over from an age where a smartphone wasn't found in nearly every pocket. Back in the summer of 2012, New York City began converting its payphone kiosks into WiFi hotspots, something the city plans to expand into a large network across NYC.