Over 300,000 computers in more than a hundred countries around the world have been affected by the WannaCry cyberattack. For those not familiar with WannaCry, it works by exploiting outdated versions of Windows, especially those that never got updated with relatively recently rolled out security patches from Microsoft.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) believes that the problems its official website had experienced late in the weekend and until Monday were caused by Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks, and not because of John Oliver, the comedian who urged the public on his HBO Show “Last Week Tonight” to go to the agency’s website, and then express their sentiments regarding the FCC’s move to roll back net neutrality rules.
It seems that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be rolling back its previous stand regarding Net Neutrality, which could have a significant impact on how people (and business establishments) consume the Internet.
It is almost a universal truth that parents nowadays worry about their kids spending too much connected to the Internet. Well, it turns out, the inverse may also be true -- children are also expressing some concern especially if they feel their mom and dad is too engaged with the information superhighway.
According to Common Sense Media, teenage kids these days spend an average of six and a half hours every day busy with their mobile devices. Furthermore, teens apparently spend nearly nine hours daily devouring all types of media (internet, movies, music, and video games), and that does not account for media consumption related to school or for homework.
Over 170 groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), wrote a letter this week and sent it to Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and also Senators John Thune and Bill Nelson, in order to ask them to honor the net neutrality rules
This week, Google has started deploying an update to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), now allowing users to view, copy, and even share the publisher’s own links, instead of the AMP URL. Apparently, some publishers have complained to Google that their traffic was reduced because of the changing of their own URLs to those that had Google in the name when being optimized for easier viewing on mobile devices.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently published a report (read the PDF file here) that states that even though zero rated data services generally do not violate net neutrality regulations, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, through their respective offerings, Go90 and DirecTV
Recently this week, Google has officially announced its Google Stations project, with the objective of delivering free Wi-Fi connections inside trains and buses across the globe. The tech giant has actually began this movement (or something like it) last year when it started bringing free Internet service to train and bus stations in India. Moving forward though, Google is envisioning country in the world to have a similar experience.
Google is currently trying to get approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to conduct some tests in the 3.5 GigaHertz band in up to 24 locations in the United States, including the San Francisco, Boulder, Colorado, and Provo in Utah. According the application filed by Google to the FCC, the end user devices (EUDs) seeking approval for use will be utilized by employees of Google, the company’s contractors, and potentially, a group of certified testers handpicked by Google, with close supervision.