Today, Google issued an open response to an open attack laid down by News Corp. In an open letter to the European Commission, News Corp explained why they feel Google has too much power over the Internet as we see it. In their open rebuttal, Google explains all the ways that’s just plain wrong.
Contracts have their place, but some subscribers look no further than prepaid offerings. As with most other carriers, AT&T offers prepaid subscription options under its GoPhone service, and as of this week those who use it have some new options for prepaid home phone service and Internet.
Be it balloons, drones, sattelites or just plain laying cable under the surface, various companies are making an effort to digitally connect the world. Google and Facebook have both vowed to bring the Internet as we know it to parts of the world where connectivity is sparse or absent. Facebook is now laying out their plan of action, saying that they should be able to test drones by next year.
Scam listings on eBay have been spotted in recent times, redirecting users to a phishing website in an attempt to get their login credentials. A user would click on a link, only to be taken to a website that looked identical to eBay -- unfortunately, more than one listing was discovered.
Microsoft has updated Bing's Image search again, this time improving the experience as a whole with the intent of giving each individual user the best odds of finding the image they want. This is done by taking into account many things, including how the user browses through images, and will be rolling out to users across the globe over the new couple of weeks.
There are a lot of Google-owned entities, with some overlapping in a big way. One of those situations involves Project Loon, born of Google X, and Titan Aerospace, which Google purchased earlier this year. The two will team up to offer Internet service over areas that don’t currently have a strong signal, if one at all, with Google testing Titan drones in New Mexico.
The leaked celebrity photo scandal has many angles by which to consider it troubling. On one hand, iCloud being hacked is alarming, and that raised eyebrow came well ahead of wondering who was responsible or why they’d even do such a thing. Now it seems Reddit, where many saw the pics initially, actually profited greatly from the event.
Reddit has finally taken down the much-criticized forums which shared and re-circulated stolen explicit celebrity photos, including Jennifer Lawrence and others, though the site's management are at pains to portray it as a copyright issue, not one of free speech. The continued availability of the leaked images, believed to have been extracted from iCloud backups using hacked and stolen credentials, had prompted demands by some that reddit change its stance on what could and could not be published.
Consumers tend to look favorably on municipal broadband, as it usually comes with the perk of faster speeds and lower pricing than the big-ISP alternative. However, as of earlier this year, 20 states have limitations on such municipal networks -- largely in part due to lobbying -- and if AT&T has its way, that number will continue to grow.