Koch Brothers Are Cities’ New Obstacle to Building Broadband

The three Republican commissioners now in power at the FCC voted this week to erase the agency’s legal authority over high-speed Internet providers.They claim that competition will protect consumers, that the commission shouldn’t interfere in the “dynamic internet ecosystem,” and that they are “protecting internet freedom.” Now that the vote is done, the agency has … Read more

Google News Will Purge Sites Masking Their Country of Origin

Google News Will Purge Sites Masking Their Country of Origin Published on December 16, 2017 at 09:56PM An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg: Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin or intentionally mislead readers, a further step to curb the spread of fake news that has plagued … Read more

Got a tech question or want to discuss tech? Weekly /r/Technology Tech Support / General Discussion Thread via /r/technology

Got a tech question or want to discuss tech? Weekly /r/Technology Tech Support / General Discussion Thread Greetings Good People of /r/Technology, Welcome to the /r/Technology Tech Support / General Discussion Thread. All questions must be submitted as top comments (direct replies to this post). As always, we ask that you keep it civil, abide … Read more

Google won’t show news from sites that hide their country of origin

A spokeswoman speaking to Bloomberg explained it as a matter of adaptation. Google has to update its policies to “reflect a constantly changing web,” she said, and that means ensuring that people can “understand and see where their news online is coming from.” It’s no secret as to why Google is implementing another measure to … Read more

Why Linux HDCP Isn’t the End of the World

Why Linux HDCP Isn’t the End of the World Published on December 16, 2017 at 08:34PM “There is no reason for the open-source community to worry…” writes Daniel Stone, who heads the graphics team at open-source consultancy Collabora. mfilion quotes Collabora.com: Recently, Sean Paul from Google’s ChromeOS team, submitted a patch series to enable HDCP … Read more

China Will Spend $3.3 Billion to Research Molten Salt Nuclear-Powered Drones

China Will Spend $3.3 Billion to Research Molten Salt Nuclear-Powered Drones Published on December 16, 2017 at 07:34PM Long-time Slashdot reader WindBourne tipped us off to some news from The South China Morning Post: China is to spend 22 billion yuan (US$3.3 billion) trying to perfect a form of technology largely discarded in the cold … Read more

Facial Recognition Algorithms — Plus 1.8 Billion Photos — Leads to 567 Arrests in China

Facial Recognition Algorithms — Plus 1.8 Billion Photos — Leads to 567 Arrests in China Published on December 16, 2017 at 09:39PM “Our machines can very easily recognise you among at least 2 billion people in a matter of seconds,” says the chief executive and co-founder of Yitu. The South China Morning Post reports: Yitu’s … Read more

Google expands booking features for travelers with price tracking and deals

Google We are a week and a half away from Christmas, but it’s still not too late to fly away for the holidays — it’ll just cost a pretty penny to do so. If you’re okay with that, Google announced on its blog that it updated its suite of travel applications and services to feature … Read more