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Houston, We Have Your Access: City Joins Top Five with Open Data Policy

Houston, We Have Your Access: City Joins Top Five with Open Data Policy
Houston has joined New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago in having an open data policy, making a clean sweep for the top five largest US cities.
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NYC Wide Web: City Moves Towards Free Wi-Fi for Everyone

NYC Wide Web: City Moves Towards Free Wi-Fi for Everyone
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has brought the dream of a nearly zero-cost (to taxpayers) wireless cloud in New York City closer than ever with a brilliant plan. Admittedly first proposed in the last administration, if successful the proposal will enjoin a private-public partnership system that will install tens of thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots around the city. Access will be free and unlimited, and here's the kicker — it will be, for the most part, privately funded, and gladly so.
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Broadcasters vs Cloud Computing: SCOTUS Hears Debate in Streaming Video Case

Broadcasters vs Cloud Computing: SCOTUS Hears Debate in Streaming Video Case
Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. The high court heard arguments in the dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smart phones and other portable devices. The case has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry.
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Mark Sherman
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Not Bad for 15 Months: Yahoo's Ex-COO Gets $58M Severance Package

Not Bad for 15 Months: Yahoo's Ex-COO Gets $58M Severance Package
Henrique de Castro, Yahoo's Chief Operating Officer for all of a whopping 15 months, was paid a severance package of $58 million, calling into question CEO Marissa Mayer's hiring of him in the first place.
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Absent Net Neutrality, Inequality Increases

Absent Net Neutrality, Inequality Increases
A primer on how eroding net neutrality with directly – and immediately – affect inequality.
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Bitcoin Trader Vanishes from Internet, Taking Millions of Real Dollars With It

 Bitcoin Trader Vanishes from Internet, Taking Millions of Real Dollars With It
After troubles initially required the largest Bitcoin exchange to halt all trading, Mt.Gox has gone ghost, disappearing off the internet, taking millions of dollars with it. Techno libertarian cryptocurrency investors are pissed.
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AT&T Takes First Step to Skirt Net Neutrality

AT&T Takes First Step to Skirt Net Neutrality
AT&T's new “1-800-DATA” proposal would allow big content providers — like movie studios or app developers — to pay the cost of sending data over its network. So customers can download the latest trailer or app without worrying about fees for overrunning their data caps. Sounds good, until the next moves on the chessboard to disarm net neutrality are revealed.
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Do They Really 'Like' You? Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business

Do They Really 'Like' You? Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business
Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers. But an Associated Press examination has found a growing global marketplace for fake clicks, which tech companies struggle to police.
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Martha Mendoza
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Self-Segregation: Many Americans Surround Themselves Exclusively with Members of Their Own Race

Self-Segregation: Many Americans Surround Themselves Exclusively with Members of Their Own Race
While more tolerant and integrated younger generations have eased some of the problems that were on display in the Civil Rights movement, current problems exist and much of that comes from unfamiliarity. A recent study by Reuters found that 40 percent of white Americans and 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by members of their own race.
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Chaz Bolte
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Robert McChesney: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Robert McChesney: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
Robert McChesney discusses a host of internet issues in this Majority Report interview.
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