politics

Net Neutrality – Why it should matter to you

Net Neutrality – Why it should matter to you

Before this year’s presidential elections became the major factor dividing the US tech industry, it was “net neutrality” that split camps along lines of for or against. And if you thought the (legal) battle is over, you are definitely wrong. Although the FCC already ruled in favor of net neutrality last year, the changing of the guards opens up the real possibility, nay an explicit objective even, of undoing all that. The net neutrality debates are about to be reignited and, whichever side of the camp you stand on, the results will inevitably affect everyone.

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CIA report says Russia interfered with election in effort to help Trump

CIA report says Russia interfered with election in effort to help Trump

Only yesterday it was revealed that US President Obama has ordered an investigation into the effects Russian cyber attacks had on this year's election, however it appears the CIA has already made its own assessment, determining that the goal was to benefit Donald Trump. Both the Washington Post and NY Times have reported that the CIA has already briefed senators on its conclusion, noting that it was "clear" Russia wanted to see Trump get into the White House.

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Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Trump’s CIA chief pick makes encrypted chat popular again

Donald Trump's impending presidency and Pompeo pick for CIA has sent downloads of secure encryption chat apps skyrocketing. According to the makers of the encrypted messaging app Signal, they've had a 400 percent growth increase since election day this month. Moxie Marlinspike, co-founder of OWS, makers of Signal, they've "never really seen any single event that's resulted in this kind of sustained, day-over-day interest." According to Marlinspike, this may be because of fears that Trump's impending control of "the least accountable surveillance apparatus in the history of the world."

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How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

Live streaming the Presidential Debates has become an event multiple outlets clamored to get exclusive rights to this year - lucky you, live video feeds can be found in multiple places. Today we're going to run down the multiple webpages and video portals through which users around the world on desktop or mobile, Windows or OS X, iOS or Android, will be able to stream the United States Presidential Debates - or at least the first of several. We'll be watching too, but you wont find any political commentary from SlashGear proper - we'll leave that to the hearts and minds of our individual writers and their own personal social networking feeds.

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2016 Presidential Debates live streaming: Twitter, Facebook

2016 Presidential Debates live streaming: Twitter, Facebook

Not one to be outdone by its competitors, Twitter has announced that it will be live streaming the Presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook revealed yesterday that it will be live streaming them as well, and now that Twitter has thrown its hat into the ring, those without a cable package have quite a few options when it comes to watching the drama unfold.

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Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a new law that will impose a fee on every ride generated through ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. The fee will only come in at 20 cents per ride, and the good news for consumers is that they won't see the fee tacked onto the cost of their ride, as this law bans the service providers from passing the cost of the fee onto consumers.

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Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Revealed back in April, Facebook Messenger's bots have taken off in a big way. Now numbering in the thousands, these chat bots do all sorts of things, from helping you find travel deals to bots that allow you to send whatever feedback you may have to brands and corporations. Messenger is adding another bot to the list today, but this one definitely stands out from the rest, as it lets you send a note to President Obama.

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Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

After months upon months of political ads, debates, and news stories flying at us from every direction, the general election will finally be decided later this year. Yet, living through nearly two years of endless political commentary and talking heads analyzing nearly every word each candidate has ever said will all be for nothing if you aren't registered to vote when time comes in November. Google has announced today that it's going to try to make the process of registering to vote at least a little easier for those who want their voices to be heard.

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Twitter aims livestream at RNC and DNC

Twitter aims livestream at RNC and DNC

Assuming you haven't already had enough of this election cycle (we're guessing you have), Twitter is ready to dish out another heaping helping of politics. The social media site announced today that it has partnered with CBS to bring users live streams of both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. Presumably, it'll be sort of like Twitter's live stream of Wimbledon, only with less athleticism and more facepalms.

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Vodafone says it may relocate outside UK following Brexit

Vodafone says it may relocate outside UK following Brexit

UK telecommunications company Vodafone is among the many unhappy with the recent vote to leave the European Union, and has dropped a couple serious hints that it's considering a relocation of its London-based headquarters. While nothing has been made final yet, the firm notes that it won't be abandoning its services or customers in the UK, however most of its earning and operations are found outside England.

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Mr Zuckerberg, tear down this wall

Mr Zuckerberg, tear down this wall

Today we need to cut the crap. This nonsense has gone too far. I'm speaking of the Echo Chamber. The search engine optimization, and the filtering of the content I see on the internet. Not only me, but my family and my friends, as well. This point was driven home to me this morning by a fellow by the name of Tom Steinberg who, earlier today, attempted to find any people on Facebook who were expressing happiness with the results of the "Brexit" vote for which results have come in overnight. He couldn't find any. That's not real. At least it's not realistic. At most, it's extremely dangerous.

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Republican Senator mad at Facebook for news bias

Republican Senator mad at Facebook for news bias

It would appear that Republican Senator John Thune has a problem with how Facebook may or may not filter its news feed. After a story on Gizmodo suggested that "several former unnamed Facebook employees" spoke about surpressing "conservative viewpoints" and "artificially highlighted other news stories" - words from Thune's press release. He's displeased with how Facebook chooses to use their news aggregator, suggesting that if these claims are substantiated, "Facebook's assertion that it maintains a 'platform for the people and perspectives from across the political spectrum' misleads the public."

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