FCC thinks throttling doesn’t hurt consumers

The Federal Communications Commission today released the draft of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would alter existing net neutrality rules. In it, the FCC outlines what it feels needs to be addressed in the reform of its rules. If you think our emphasis on the potential endgame where everyone has to pay extra based on site-specific throttling is hyperbolic, you might be interested in the section titled “Need for the No-Throttling Rule.” In it, the FCC asks: The no-throttling rule mirrors the no-blocking rule and bans the impairment or degradation of lawful Internet traffic or use of a non-harmful…This story continues at The Next Web

by Rachel Kaser
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https://thenextweb.com/politics/2017/04/28/fcc-thinks-throttling-doesnt-hurt-consumers/
 

Facebook Messenger Lite now in over 100 countries

Facebook is bringing the Lite version of Messenger to over 100 countries around the world today. David Marcus, the head of Messenger at Facebook, posted the announcement on his Facebook page. The company highlights Lite’s compatibility with older phones, but as Abhi pointed out, the app also helps people who have spotty internet connections. Originally, Facebook said the app would be available in 150 more countries, but outlets who’ve viewed the list say the actual number is 132. Either way, the countries include Germany, Italy, Algeria, Colombia, Vietnam, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands. This is in addition to its…This story continues at The Next Web
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by Rachel Kaser
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https://thenextweb.com/apps/2017/04/27/facebook-messenger-lite-now-100-countries/
 

Google opens up Assistant SDK for developers, creates mocktail mixer to prove it

Google made a big deal out of its new Assistant when it launched alongside the Pixel and Home. The company has since brought the Assistant to other Android devices, but now it’s launching a preview of the Assistant SDK so developers can start to add it to their own hardware. To show off the new SDK, Google partnered with Deeplocal to create a colorful mocktail mixer powered by the AI; just tell it what kind of drink you want, and it’ll serve it right up. I want one: If you want to create your own Assistant powered device, you can…This story continues at The Next Web
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https://thenextweb.com/google/2017/04/27/1043688/
 

How to Download Recordings on the Canary Home Security Camera

If you don’t pay for a monthly subscription, the Canary Home Security Camera keeps video recordings for 24 hours before they’re deleted, which should give you plenty of time to download a video clip if you need to. Here’s how to do that.

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https://www.howtogeek.com/304195/how-to-download-recordings-on-the-canary-home-security-camera/
 

Facebook says government requests for your information are on the rise

Facebook revealed today that it’s receiving more government information requests than ever before — but that it’s also taking less content down. The company today released its Global Government Requests Report, which shows the number of request officials have made to Facebook for user data. The report also includes the number of items restricted or removed for violating local laws. It reads very similarly to Twitter’s transparency report released earlier this year. In total, Facebook received 64,279 requests for data, a nine-percent increase from the first half of 2016. 26,104 of those requests come from the US, and Facebook complied about…This story continues at The Next Web
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by Rachel Kaser
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https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/04/27/facebook-says-government-requests-information-rise/
 

Report: Apple is working on a debit card and Venmo competitor

Apple is working on a Venmo-like money-transfer service, according to a report by Recode – and perhaps even its own debit card. Rumors have been floating around about an Apple Money-transfer service since 2015; now it seems the company is making another push in the space. Unfortunately, it seems the service would be limited to people on Apple’s ecosystem, perhaps only from iPhone to iPhone. That would make it extremely-not-useful if you have any friends that owe you money and run Android. The pre-paid debit card rumor is a bit more interesting. According to the report, the company has been in talks with Visa…This story continues at The Next Web
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https://thenextweb.com/apple/2017/04/27/report-apple-working-debit-card-venmo-competitor/