Allison Sheridan joins the show and we bring on Molly Wood to help us dig into the US FCC’s proposal for Open Internet Rules. We’ll cut through the FUD and get to what you really need to be concerned with.
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It looks like NCTA Chairman Michael Powell’s idea of World War III will come to pass tomorrow. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote an opinion column for Wired indicating he will propose, “that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.” His proposal will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. He hopes to preserve motivation for investment by insuring “there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, no last-mile unbundling.” For the first time the Open Internet rules would apply to wireless as well wireline providers.
9 to 5 mac has the sources that say Apple is working on an unnamed streaming music service that will use Beats’ music content and technologies. Users will be able to stream music from the searchable music catalog and add songs to their personal libraries, and store music either on a device or in the cloud. Apple will also integrate Beats Music’s Playlists, Activities, and Mixes features into the new service, letting users access human-curated playlists. 9 to 5 mac’s sources say Apple is considering $7.99 a month, and maybe launch at WWDC.
The Verge has a post about some evidence Apple may be testing cars equipped with camera rigs that look similar to Google StreetView cars. Claycord.com published photos of a such a car that San Francisco’s KPIX has confirmed is leased to Apple. A similar car was spotted in New York in September. The cars seem to be equipped with LIDAR, Light Detection and Ranging cameras used by Google and Nokia for their mapping efforts. The car also includes a wheel sensor used by Navteq to create street imagery for Bing. LIDAR is also used for self-driving cars.
TechCrunch reports Microsoft has paid at least $100 million for calendar app maker Sunrise. The company makes apps for iOS, Android, OSX and Web, that consolidates calendars from different providers. Users can access their consolidated calendar from other services like Google, iCloud and Exchange. TechCrunch has heard MS will keep Sunrise as a standalone product while borrowing some tech for Microsoft efforts.
Venture Beat reports that Microsoft has released downloadable previews of the “universal” Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Windows 10. Microsoft says the new apps are optimized for tablets or touch-enabled laptops and desktops and provide “a consistent way for independent software vendors and developers to extend and integrate with Office apps”. A phone version will arrive in the coming weeks. Downloads of the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are available from the Windows Store Beta that ships with the latest Windows 10 build.
According to TechCrunch, The Cyberspace Administration of China is now requiring users of social media, website services and forums to register their actual names and ID starting March 1. Although similar actions have been taken in the past when microblog Weibo enforced real names in 2012 these changes are far more sweeping.
Want the latest version of Android Lollipop? Move to India! The Next Web reports Google updated its Android One website for India today indicating that Android One devices will soon receive the 5.1 update to Android Lollipop. That makes them the first devices int the world to get the update. Android One devices with 5.1 are also schedule to arrive in Indonesia later this month, with Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka expected to get them next.
Reuters reports 30-year-old Ross Ulbricht has been found guilty on Wednesday on seven counts including drug trafficking, and conspiracies to commit money laundering and computer hacking for orchestrating a scheme that enabled $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using bitcoin on the site Silk Road. Ulbricht is believed by many to be the Silk Road operator Dread Pirate Roberts.
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tninja3000 sent us a Tech in Asia report that Alibaba’s online market place Taoboa partnered with Shanghai YTO Express for a three day test program starting today in which 450 customers will get a chance to have packages that weigh less than 340 grams delivered to their door by drone. The site offers a list of available products, which includes a ginger tea that helps to relieve menstrual cramps. Because that’s the kind of thing you want right. away.
starfuryzeta sent us this story from Engadget regarding “Canary Watch” a website created by a coalition of privacy advocacy groups including the EFF and NYU’s technology law and policy clinic. The “Canary Watch” website monitors sites and reports when “canary pages” — pages that state a site has received no national security letter requests for instance– have disappeared.
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