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VW teases stylish 2019 Jetta ahead of Detroit debut - Roadshow - News - 28 min 15 sec ago
Boring no more, at least according to these sketches.

iPhone 8 and X ranked as 2nd and 3rd most searched terms in 2017 - CNET - News - 54 min 26 sec ago
Google showed us what people are searching for in its annual "Year in Search" blog post.

T-Mobile to launch pay TV service to end your pain - CNET - News - 1 hour 2 min ago
It's acquiring a TV tech startup that will help it get into the television market, with service starting in 2018.

Google Assistant now offered on Android tablets - CNET - News - 1 hour 4 min ago
The personal assistant is also landing on Lollipop phones. All told, half of Android users across the globe will have access to it.

Any lawful device: Revisiting Carterfone on the eve of the Net Neutrality vote

Ars Technica - 1 hour 7 min ago

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As tomorrow's FCC net neutrality vote looms, Ars has been sharing as much of our reporting on the topic as possible. And this week, a longtime reader nudged us about this classic on the FCC's Carterfone decision from nearly 50 years ago. "This story is extremely relevant to the current Net Neutrality debate in that it provides a historical precedent to debunk arguments about regulation stifling innovation," the reader writes. "It shows that this battle is not a recent development, but goes back decades. Might you consider republishing it so that this story can get new exposure?"

Ask nicely (and offer a great suggestion), and you shall receive. This story originally ran in June 2008. Below, it appears unchanged except for updates to the time frame (the piece originally ran on the decision's 40th anniversary).

Nearly 50 years ago, the Federal Communications Commission issued one of the most important Orders in its history, a ruling that went unnoticed by most news sources at the time. It involved an application manufactured and distributed by one Mr. Thomas Carter of Texas. The "Carterfone" allowed users to attach a two-way radio transmitter/receiver to their telephone, extending its reach across sprawling Texas oil fields where managers and supervisors needed to stay in touch. Between 1955 and 1966, Carter's company sold about 3,500 of these apps around the United States and well beyond.

In the end, however, Carterfone's significance extends far beyond the convenience that Thomas Carter's machine provided its users over a decade. It is no exaggeration to say that the world that Ars Technica writes about was created, in good part, by the legal battle between Carter, AT&T, and the FCC's resolution of that fight—its Carterfone decision. The Carterfone saga starts as the appealing tale of one developer's willingness to stick to his guns. But it is really about the victory of two indispensable values: creativity and sharing.

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3D-printed Christmas tree toppers celebrate Beyoncé, Hillary - CNET - News - 1 hour 25 min ago
Move over, angels. You can now crown your Christmas tree with winged versions of Serena Williams, Hillary Clinton and Beyoncé

Mirai botnet hackers plead guilty for 2016 web outage - CNET - News - 1 hour 28 min ago
The massive botnet attack took down websites like Twitter, Spotify and Netflix for several hours in 2016.

Google’s top searches of 2017 were Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer - CNET - News - 1 hour 35 min ago
Also on the list: bitcoin, the solar eclipse and soon-to-be member of the royal family Meghan Markle.

IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush

The Register - 1 hour 43 min ago
Australian tentacle has mucked things up at bank and border security agency

Bosses at IBM's Australian outpost have been forced to remind staff to do their best work during the pre-Christmas rush – that time of year when outsourced clients want a lot of stuff done in a hurry before much of the world shuts down to overeat.…

The huge TV screens of CES 2018 are coming for you (The 3:59, Ep. 332) - CNET - News - 2 hours 5 min ago
We talk with TV guru David Katzmaier about QLED, Micro LED and OLED.

Target acquires Shipt for $550M to bring you same-day delivery - CNET - News - 2 hours 13 min ago
The retail giant says Shipt's platform will help bring same-day delivery to approximately half of Target stores by early 2018.

T-Mobile promises to end the “complete bulls—t” from TV companies in 2018

Ars Technica - 2 hours 39 min ago


T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced today that the mobile phone operator intends to acquire TV service Layer3 TV and next year offer a TV service that lets you watch "what you want, when you want, where you want" without the "complete bullshit"—contracts, forced bundles, and promotional pricing that expires after a year—that typifies the services coming from traditional cable TV providers.

Layer3 TV brands itself as "The New Cable." It currently operates in only a handful of markets, offering access to a wide range of HD and 4K channels (more than 275 in total), streamed using the highly efficient H.265 (also known as HEVC) video codec and a custom set-top box. It's a pure IP service—there's no tuner in the box, and it will connect over Wi-Fi—and to support it, Layer3 has built out a fiber distribution network and data center in Denver that handles transcoding shows into HEVC. It also has partnerships with Internet providers to provide the last mile connectivity. This private backbone network should mean that Layer3 doesn't suffer the kinds of issues that Netflix dealt with a few years ago when its links bought from Cogent became congested.

While the distribution and compression technology are modern, the rest of the current Layer3 service looks quite traditional. Layer3 offers a basic package of about 150 channels—like regular cable TV, you'll get access to your local CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, and PBS affiliates, among others—with add-ons for premium services like HBO, Starz, and Cinemax and additional bundles to add extra sports, music, or Spanish-language programming.

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Mirai botnet: Three admit creating and running attack tool

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 48 min ago
Three men admit creating and running Mirai, a botnet used to block access to much of the web.

FCC's net neutrality repeal 'boggles the mind,' says commissioner - CNET - News - 2 hours 54 min ago
Mignon Clyburn, one of two Democrats on the five-member FCC, is speaking out against the Republican plan to unravel Obama-era net neutrality protections.

Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

The Register - 2 hours 57 min ago
Why use a slow expensive risky currency when you can do real-time bank-to-bank transfers?

The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has opined that cryptocurrencies are most useful “to those who want to make transactions in the black or illegal economy, rather than everyday transactions” and concluded that current enthusiasm for the instruments therefore “feels more like a speculative mania than it has to do with their use as an efficient and convenient form of electronic payment.”…

Continuous Lifecycle 2018: Keynotes, speakers and earlybirds

The Register - 4 hours 2 min ago
Save now, learn later

EVENTS If embracing Continuous Delivery of DevOps is on your New Year’s resolution list, you can get a head start by wrapping up your Continuous Lifecycle London 2018 tickets now - and save a stack of cash into the bargain.…

Trump signs bill barring US government use of Kaspersky - CNET - News - 4 hours 6 min ago
The antivirus software has been prohibited on US government networks due to concerns of Russian government influence.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' felt like a party in a backyard - CNET - News - 4 hours 16 min ago
The cast of the acclaimed new Star Wars film say the huge shoot was surprisingly relaxed -- at least until a couple of princes showed up.

Parents spy on their kids online more than kids think - CNET - News - 4 hours 18 min ago
Commentary: A new survey shows that many parents use tracking technology or other means to keep tabs on their kids' online activity.

Three men plead guilty to creating Mirai botnet [Updated]

Ars Technica - 4 hours 22 min ago

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A New Jersey man was just one of a trio who pled guilty to hacking charges and creating the devastating Mirai botnet, which spread via vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices to unleash numerous massive distributed-denial-of-service attacks. As recently as last week, new Mirai strains continued to proliferate online.

In addition to Paras Jha of New Jersey, a press release issued by the Department of Justice at approximately 1:30pm ET also identified Josiah White, 20, of Washington, Pennsylvania and Dalton Norman, 21, of Metairie, Louisiana as being co-conspirators who also pled guilty.

As Ars reported in October 2016, the most serious DDoS degraded or completely took down Twitter, GitHub, the PlayStation network, and hundreds of other sites by targeting Dyn, a service that provided domain name services to the affected sites.

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