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White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

The White House is considering a ban on personal mobile phone usage, a move that will prevent staffers from using their own handsets during work. The ban, should it happen, would be a cybersecurity move, according to officials, who claim it doesn't have anything to do with leaks to media organizations. The idea is that a staff member's own smartphone probably isn't as secure as one issued by the government.

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Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking on FCC and Net Neutrality at Thanksgiving is your civic duty

Speaking about Net Neutrality with your friends and family is your civic duty this week - today we're going to run down how to do it. Whether you're back to your parents house this holiday season or hosting Thanksgiving yourself, there's a few very simple arguments that you're honor-bound as a citizen of these internets to share with your fellow turkey-devourers. What better way to be thankful for your rights as a United States citizen then by informing your fellow citizens about the death of the internet as we know it?

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The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

The FCC Net Neutrality death proposal is here: It’s worse than we thought

Today Trump-installed FCC chairman Ajit Pai released his plan to destroy Net Neutrality. It's worse than we thought it might be. Yesterday we went over the Trump Administration's 3-point plan to steal internet from poor people and cut all rules from internet provider businesses. Today we're seeing that the plan cuts much more than what we assumed it would.

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Battlefront 2’s loot boxes just got unexpectedly serious

Battlefront 2’s loot boxes just got unexpectedly serious

It seems that the outrage over Star Wars: Battlefront 2's overreaching loot box system may have caused us to hit a tipping point with microtransactions in games. In the span of just a few hours, government officials in Belgium and the US have spoken out against those loot boxes, condemning them as being predatory. This could turn out to be more than just words, too, as those officials have indicated that they'll pursue legislation to ban the sale of games with loot boxes to minors.

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FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

Three moments in time, all within the last couple of months, all add up to one thing: current FCC leadership wants to keep poor people off the internet and give ISPs complete control over the internet. Current head of the FCC Ajit Pai suggested multiple times over the past year that the First Amendment should apply to internet service providers, and as such, they should be allowed to control every aspect of the internet they provide. Never mind the fact that the Net Neutrality rules Pai is dismantling were put in place to protect citizens from the internet companies Pai is fighting for.

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AT&T Time Warner merger may be blocked by DOJ lawsuit

AT&T Time Warner merger may be blocked by DOJ lawsuit

The Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit to block the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, sources have said, marking a big turn of events for the planned -- and controversial -- deal. Details are still rolling in, but sources claim the Justice Department will officially announce an antitrust suit today regarding the merger. For its part, the DOJ confirmed that it has a major antitrust matter in the pipeline, but didn't name companies.

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Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a new round of recalls concerning various hoverboards, a move that follows two new house fires resulting from faulty boards. The issue of poorly made hoverboards catching on fire span back years now, but news on that front has been somewhat quiet. That changes with the CPSC's latest announcement.

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You should absolutely be worried about the AT&T Time Warner deal

You should absolutely be worried about the AT&T Time Warner deal

It's been quite some time since we heard about AT&T's planned acquisition of Time Warner, but today the deal is forcing its way back into the spotlight. As it turns out, there might be some strife between AT&T and US regulators when it comes to the merger. That much should hardly be surprisingly, as Time Warner and AT&T are two already monolithic companies, so having the two in talks to become one would definitely get regulators' attention.

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Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

Meuller Trump investigation unfolds on Twitter [UPDATES]

We're living through a day that'll be remembered in history books, and we're getting in-the-minute updates from Twitter. News on the ground comes from the same online social media platform current-President Donald Trump used over the past half-decade to build himself up and tear others down - this is where we see everything happen in real time. Connections are made as revelations from the news media appear, especially from one Law Professor and Attorney Seth Abramson.

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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Honest Ads Act wants tech companies to reveal who buys political ads

Russian-linked online advertisements have snowballed into a new bill called the Honest Ads Act that would force tech companies like Google and Facebook to disclose when political advertisements are bought on their platforms. This disclosure bill was drafted by Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner; soon after Republican Sen. John McCain signed onto it. The bill aims to increase transparency about who is funding online political advertisements and, potentially, revealing what kind of motives may lie behind them.

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Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Regina Dugan just announced that she'll be leaving Facebook's Building 8. She is now officially ex-Facebook, Google, and DARPA. Today we're having a quick peek at what she's done over the past couple of decades - and have a guess at what she might be doing next. How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018? How about the Senate?

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